Kingsley AmisIntroduction by Keith Gessen
One of the most celebrated comic novelsof all time, particularly known for its famedhangover scene. It’s the story of Jim Dixonwho begrudgingly endures the mediocrity of provincial, collegiate life, until he can take it tono longer and lets forth on one of the funniest,and ultimately successful, rebellions of all time.“Remarkable for its relentless skewering of artiﬁce and pretension,
also containssome of the ﬁnest comic set pieces in thelanguage.” —Olivia Laing,
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The Particular Sadness ofLemon Cake:
Rose Edelstein at age nine discovers she hasa magical gift: she can taste the emotionsof the person who makes her food. She dis-covers this gift to her horror as her mother’shomemade lemon-chocolate cake tastes of despair and desperation. This gift and cursemakes food a peril for the rest of her life and athreat because it reveals her mother’s life out-side the home, her father’s detachment, thevoid that is her brother. A luminous tale aboutthe difﬁculty of loving someone fully when you know too much aboutthem.
Los Angeles, CA
Winner: ALA ALEX Award
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The House on Mango Street
Through a series of vignettes, Cisneros tellsthe story of Esperanza Cordero, a young girlgrowing up in the Latino section of Chicago,whose neighborhood is one of harsh realitiesand harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want tobelong—not to her rundown neighborhood,and not to the low expectations the world hasfor her.
San Antonio, TX
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Ready Player One
“Willy Wonka meets the Matrix” (
)in this jaw-droppingly cinematic debut that’spart virtual space opera, part classic coming-of-age story—and part brilliant pop-culturemash up. It’s the year 2044, and—like mostof humanity—Wade Watts vastly prefers theonline utopia known as the OASIS to an in-creasingly grim, poverty-stricken real world.Like most of humanity, Wade dreams of beingthe one to discover the ultimate lottery ticketthat lies concealed within this virtual reality.Wade stumbles upon the ﬁrst puzzle. Suddenly, he ﬁnds himself pittedagainst thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimateprize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions—andthat will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.
Winner: ALA ALEX Award
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The Language of Flowers:
In Victorian times, the language of ﬂowers
was used to express a wide range of roman-tic emotions. But for Victoria Jones, it’s beenmore useful in communicating things likegrief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhoodspent in the foster care system, she is unableto get close to anybody, and her only solaceis in ﬂowers and the meanings they convey.But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor atthe ﬂower market for Victoria to realize what’sbeen missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she’s forcedto confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worthrisking everything for a second chance at happiness.
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Gardens of Water:
Set in a small town outside Istanbul, Drew’s“remarkable” (
) novel tells the story of a man and his family whose lives are throwninto chaos when the earthquake of 1999destroys their home and way of life. When hisdaughter falls in love with an American boywhose father intercedes to help, thetensions between the two cultures, two fa-thers, two faiths, explode.
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