Living in a ramshackle Wisconsin farmhouse—faced with thirty-seven acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields, and informed by his pregnant wife that she intends to deliver their baby at home—Michael Perry plumbs his unorthodox childhood for clues to how to proceed as a farmer, a husband, and a father.
Chances are, your father’s lessons --- the big ones and the small ones --- have remained in your memories and influenced your behavior and outlook even after you’ve outgrown childhood. Fathers’ spheres of influence tend to be larger than even they know.
Nowhere is this idea more dramatically portrayed than in Norman Ollestad’s moving memoir, CRAZY FOR THE STORM.
One day after reading a book about a wilderness adventurer, David Pierce’s 15-year-old daughter Chera announced that she wanted to climb a mountain. What David heard behind that wish was a bold declaration: “I’m growing up, Dad --- what are you going to do about it?”
In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders.
Chabon touches on many of the motifs that he has explored in his other nonfiction writing and in his novels --- baseball, comics, sex, writing, religion --- but inevitably circles back to what is, for him, at the center of it all: his family.
This is the story of a family of survivors; part memoir and part adventure tale, North By Northwestern brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars and into the history of a family with a common destiny. Built around a gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North By Northwestern is the multi-generational tale of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fishermen who, through the popularity of The Deadliest Catch, have become modern folk-heroes.
The mighty Empire of the Moghuls burst out of Central Asia into India in the 16th century. The first in a compelling new series of novels, RAIDERS FROM THE NORTH tells the largely unknown story of the rise and fall of the Mogul dynasties.
Former Parade editor-in-chief Kravitz makes amends and spends a year living connectedly. Reflecting on his life after losing his job, the author was not pleased with what he found --- a workaholic living in self-exile not just from his family but his greater life. He felt diminished because of his firing, and he felt guilty about the important things he dropped by the wayside: family and friends, a broad curiosity, an inclusive worldview.
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I am organizing my bookshelves this winter. It's a very slow process. I seem to spend a lot of time stopping to read instead of shelving. I also would not make a good librarian, as I am terrible about "weeding" out the books that I have read!
Happy “Game of Thrones” month, Books on Screen readers! Can you feel it in the air, as thick as Jon Snow’s hair? That’s not early spring humidity; it’s excitement! It feels like a lifetime ago that the season five finale aired, and now we’re finally going to learn the fates of our favorite characters (JON SNOW JON SNOW JON SNOW), come hell or Ramsay Bolton. I was strictly told that I couldn’t devote this entire column to “Game of Thrones,” but --- as someone who, against all odds, was able to write about GONE WITH THE WIND in every single ninth grade English paper --- there are always loopholes. So welcome to Books on Screen, Thrones Edition! And sorry in advance, Tom.