Time Travel by James Gleick | Waiting on Wednesday

Title: Time Travel | Author: James Gleick

Publisher: Pantheon | Release Date: September 27th, 2016

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.

The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological: the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future. (With a color frontispiece and black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

 

My thoughts

Time travel. Enough said.

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Pilar

 

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler | Waiting on Wednesday

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upcoming releases.

Title: Vinegar Girl | Author: Anne Tyler

Publisher: Hogarth | Release Date: June 21st, 2016

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Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

 

My Thoughts

I have not read or seen The Taming of The Shrew by Shakespeare, but Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler sounds delightful! I find works such as Vinegar Girl a great way to engage the public and bring them back to, what can appear to be daunting, works like Shakespeare. I will most likely be reading the two together to compare and contrast Tyler’s work to the original.

 

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Shakespearean Nargle

 

 

 

The Girls by Emma Cline | Waiting on Wednesday

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Title: The Girls* | Author: Emma Cline

Publisher: Random House | Release Date: June 14th, 2016

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Girls—their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong—are at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction—and an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.

 

My Thoughts

I cannot WAIT for this to come out! This sounds like the perfect summer read for me. I am currently reading Helter Skelter, the factual and true account of the Manson Murders. It’s not needed to read this book, but since the topic was fresh in my mind I figured I’d read up on it.I’m not sure what it is, but this summer I have this urge to read books and watch movies/tv shows that cater to the dark side of summer. Think summer camp thrillers like Jason. I do not know where it stems from, but it led me to this book and I’m so excited!

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Spooky Summer Nargle

 

*This book is part of my 2016 Summer Reads list.

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Hystopia: A Novel by David Means|Waiting on Wednesday

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 Title: Hystopia: A Novel

Author: David Means

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: April 19th, 2016

Synopsis (From Goodreads)

By the early 1970s, President John F. Kennedy has survived several assassination attempts and–martyred, heroic–is now in his third term. Twenty-two-year-old Eugene Allen returns home from his tour of duty in Vietnam and begins to write a war novel–a book echoing Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse-Five–about veterans who have their battlefield experiences “enfolded,” wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy. In Eugene’s fictive universe, veterans too damaged to be enfolded stalk the American heartland, reenacting atrocities on civilians and evading the Psych Corps, a federal agency dedicated to upholding the mental hygiene of the nation by any means necessary.

This alternative America, in which a veteran tries to reimagine a damaged world, is the subject of Hystopia, the long-awaited first novel by David Means. The critic James Wood has written that Means’s language “offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality.” Means brings this talent to bear on the national trauma of the Vietnam era in a work that is outlandish, ruefully funny, and shockingly violent. Written in conversation with some of the greatest war narratives from the Iliad to the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” Hystopia is a unique and visionary novel.

 

My Thoughts

I read The Alteration last fall and it was my first taste of the alternate history genre. I thoroughly enjoyed the book (highly recommend it!). This lead to me adding a slew of alternate history books to my Goodreads. So naturally when I came across Hystopia, I knew I had to read it soon! What’s interesting is this is not only set in an alternate world, one where JFK survives multiple assassination attempts, but that the author David Means creates another alternate world with his main character Eugene Allen. Much intrigue. So cool.

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The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota | Waiting on Wednesday

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Title: The Year of the Runaways

Author: Sunjeev Sahota

Publisher: Knopf*

Release Date: March 29th, 2016*

*This is the first United States printing of the book. The Year of the Runaways was originally published on June 18th, 2015 by Picador.

 

 

 

Synopsis (From Amazon)

From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota—a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and for the utter immersiveness of its reading experience.

Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them.

In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar’s secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband’s clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit.

She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all.

The Year of the Runaways unfolds over the course of one shattering year in which the destinies of these four characters become irreversibly entwined, a year in which they are forced to rely on one another in ways they never could have foreseen, and in which their hopes of breaking free of the past are decimated by the punishing realities of immigrant life.

A novel of extraordinary ambition and authority, about what it means and what it costs to make a new life—about the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the resurrection of tenderness and humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering.

First Impressions:

I thoroughly enjoy stories where multiple character story lines cross over, connect, and influence one another. My first thought was what an exciting tale this will be. However, upon reading a few reviews it appears this is not a feel good story, but much can be learned from Sahota’s work. While I am looking forward to how the characters’ stories will intertwine, I am curious to read Sahota’s descriptions of the landscapes from India to England. As I have never had the opportunity (yet) to visit outside my home country, I do hope for the words to paint the scenery the characters must travel.

 

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro | Waiting on Wednesday

 

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Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Britanny Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery Retelling
Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

My Thoughts:

One can never have enough Sherlock in their lives. I’m huge a fan of the show Sherlock (BBC) along with having seen the movies with Robert Downey Jr., and I recently began reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock works. A modern retelling with two female characters who are descendants of Holmes and Watson? YAS!

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