The Hustler – Walter Tevis

“If Hemingway had the passion for pool that he had for bullfighting, his hero might have been Eddie Felson” (Time). The novel that inspired the classic film starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, The Hustler tells the story of Fast Eddie Felson, a young pool player who hustles suckers in small towns, looking for stake money so he can reach his goal: a marathon match in Chicago against Minnesota Fats. An exploration of guts, stamina, and character, and of the difference between winners and losers, this tense, ...



All American Christmas – Rachel Campos-Duffy, Sean Duffy

Pull up a chair, pour some eggnog, and enjoy the Christmas spirit with friends… From the wind-swept, snowy ranges of Wyoming to Florida beaches glowing with Christmas lights, All American Christmas traces holiday traditions across the United States. In this beautiful personal keepsake, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy present a dazzling collection of emotional stories, treasured family photographs, and homegrown Christmas recipes from some of Fox News’ most beloved personalities. Dana Perino takes readers out west to the cattle ranch where she celebrated Christmas with real life ...



The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows – John Koenig

A truly original book in every sense of the word, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows poetically defines emotions that we all feel but don’t have the words to express, until now—from the creator of the popular online project of the same name. Have you ever wondered about the lives of each person you pass on the street, realizing that everyone is the main character in their own story, each living a life as vivid and complex as your own? That feeling has a name: “sonder.” Or maybe ...



Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life – John Gray

The author of Straw Dogs, famous for his provocative critiques of scientific hubris and the delusions of progress and humanism, turns his attention to cats—and what they reveal about humans’ torturous relationship to the world and to themselves. The history of philosophy has been a predictably tragic or comical succession of palliatives for human disquiet. Thinkers from Spinoza to Berdyaev have pursued the perennial questions of how to be happy, how to be good, how to be loved, and how to live in a world of ...



Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon – Mark McGurl

Best Book of Fall (Esquire) and a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 (Lit Hub) What Has Happened to Fiction in the Age of Platform Capitalism? Since it was first launched in 1994, Amazon has changed the world of literature. The “Everything Store” has not just transformed how we buy books; it has affected what we buy, and even what we read. In Everything and Less, acclaimed critic Mark McGurl explores this new world where writing is no longer categorized as high or lowbrow, literature or popular ...



Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook – Joshua Weissman

A Weissman once said… “…can we please stop with the barrage of 2.3 second meals that only need 1 ingredient? I get it…we’re busy. But let’s refocus on the fact that beautifully crafted burgers don’t grow on trees.” Ironically this sounds a lot like he’s trying to convince you to cook, but he’s really not. Is this selling the cookbook? The point is that the food in this book is an invitation that speaks for itself. Great cooking does, and should, take time. Now is ...



Storm Lake: Change, Resilience, and Hope in America’s Heartland – Art Cullen

“A reminder that even the smallest newspapers can hold the most powerful among us accountable.”—The New York Times Book Review Watch the documentary Storm Lake on PBS. Iowa plays an outsize role in national politics. Iowa introduced Barack Obama and voted bigly for Donald Trump. But is it a bellwether for America, a harbinger of its future? Art Cullen’s answer is complicated and honest. In truth, Iowa is losing ground. The Trump trade wars are hammering farmers and manufacturers. Health insurance premiums and drug prices are soaring. That’s ...



The Book Charmer – Karen Hawkins

Sometimes all you need is a good book… Sarah Dove, the seventh Dove daughter of Dove Pond, believes that books are magical. As the town librarian she makes sure every book finds the reader who most need it and when a new resident moves to town Sarah knows it is up to her and the books to welcome her. After her sister’s tragic death Grace Wheeler has moved to Dove Pond with her grieving young niece and ailing foster mother to focus on her family. ...



And Now She’s Gone – Rachel Howzell Hall

“Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now She’s Gone is one hell of a read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before Isabel Lincoln is gone. But is she missing? It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family. Featuring two complicated women in a ...

The Eighties – Dave Di Vito

It’s the eighties, a decade where almost everything suddenly seems possible, yet Alekzandr’s musical shortcomings remain obvious to everyone. After years of struggling, he’s somehow landed himself another recording deal. But in an industry already crowded with one hit wonders, even Alekzandr’s record label doubts there’s space for a Queer “talent” like him. Still, Alekzandr – the Vinyl Tiger – isn’t about to let that stop him. He has crossed oceans and endured all kinds of ordeals just to get this far, and, is as ...



The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World – John Forti

“Empowers readers with a toolkit of traditional and sustainable practices for an emerging artisanal crafts movement, and a brighter future.” —Alice Waters, chef and owner, Chez Panisse; founder, The Edible Schoolyard Project Modern life is a cornucopia of technological wonders. But is something precious being lost? A tangible bond with our natural world—the deep satisfaction of connecting to the earth that was enjoyed by previous generations? In The Heirloom Gardener, John Forti celebrates gardening as a craft and shares the lore and traditional practices that link ...



Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer – Steven Johnson

Now a PBS documentary series “An important book.” —Steven Pinker, The New York Times Book Review The surprising story of how humans gained what amounts to an extra life, from the bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From As a species we have doubled our life expectancy in just one hundred years. All the advances of modern life—the medical breakthroughs, the public health institutions, the rising standards of living—have given us each about twenty thousand extra days on average. There are few ...



I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution – Emily Nussbaum

From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch. “Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic—smart, engaging, funny, generous, and insightful.”—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Chicago Tribune • Esquire • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews From her creation of the “Approval Matrix” in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued for a new way of looking ...

Just A Little Wicked – J.A. Belfield

You call them witches like it’s a bad thing. It’s time to get wicked with over a dozen tales of magic, mystery, and mayhem from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Put away your broomsticks and get out your cauldrons; it’s time to settle in for some frightfully delicious reads. Featuring: USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Margo Bond Collins USA Today bestselling author Maggie Alabaster USA Today bestselling author SK Gregory Angela Kulig Stephanie ...