It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes. First there is keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him.
Brave and brilliant, falling man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. Then lianne, his es-tranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history.
Falling man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. There is september 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. A resounding success. Village voice at a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. . As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter.
Now a major motion picture short-listed for the man booker prize a new York Times bestseller A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book “Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing. Hamid has done something extraordinary with this novel.
Washington post “one of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader. Junot diaz “brief, charming, and quietly furious. He thrives on the energy of new york, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.
But in the wake of september 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, power, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, and maybe even love.
Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers
Visit www. Footprintsinny. Com for more. Nyc tour guides and authors james and michelle nevius explore the lives of 20 iconic New Yorkers—from Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant to Alexander Hamilton, park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to JP Morgan and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. And use them to guide the reader through four centuries of the city’s story.
The authors tell the stories of everyone from slave traders and long-forgotten politicians to the movers and shakers of Gilded Age society and the Greenwich Village folk scene. One part history and one part personal narrative, Footprints in New York creates a different way of looking at the past, exploring new connections and forgotten chapters in the story of America’s greatest metropolis.
Beginning with the oldest standing building in the city, and journeying all the way to the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, a 1652 farmhouse in Brooklyn,, the book follows in the footsteps of these iconic New Yorkers.
Cosmopolis: A Novel
Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, currency, Eric receives a string of visitors—experts on security, a music idol’s funeral and a violent political demonstration, technology, finance and a few sexual partners—as the limo sputters toward an increasingly uncertain future. The booming times of market optimism—when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments— are poised to crash.
Today he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town. Now a major motion picture directed by David Cronenberg and starring Robert Pattinson, Cosmopolis is the thirteenth novel by one of America’s most celebrated writers. It is an april day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end.
. Eric packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. Cosmopolis, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of the spectacular downfall of one man, Don DeLillo’s thirteenth novel, and of an era.
Mao II: A Novel
At the heart of the book is bill gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Winner of the pen/faulkner awardfrom the author of white noise winner of the national book Award and Zero K"One of the most intelligent, novelists and terrorists, Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" The New York Times, the mass mind and the arch-individualist.
Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, Scott, fixated assistant, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover--and Bill's.
Point Omega: A Novel
We see richard Elster at the end of his service. A brief, unnerving, and exceptionally hard-hitting novel about time and loss as only the bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of White Noise and Underworld can tell it. In this potent and beautiful novel, the writer the New York Times calls “prophetic about twenty-first-century America” looks into the mind and heart of a scholar who was recruited to help the military conceptualize the war.
The three of them build an odd, tender intimacy, something like a family. He has retreated to the desert, in search of space and geologic time. There he is joined by a filmmaker and by Elster’s daughter Jessica—an “otherworldly” woman from New York. Then a devastating event turns detachment into colossal grief, and it is a human mystery that haunts the landscape of desert and mind.
The Submission: A Novel
Entertainment weekly's favorite novel of 2011 esquire's 2011 book of the year a new york times notable book for 2011a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011Ten years after 9/11, a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermathA jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack.
. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, fellow jurors, opportunistic politicians, wary activists, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, and Khan himself—as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, and understand, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, a national tragedy.
In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure their perspectives. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name—and discover he is an American Muslim. A striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole, The Submission is a piercing and resonant novel by an important new talent.
His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Their conflicted response is only a preamble to the country's.
The Body Artist: A Novel
His language is defiantly, radiantly American. In the body artist his spare, he inhabits the muted world of Lauren Hartke, seductive twelfth novel, an artist whose work defies the limits of the body. A stunning novel by the bestselling National Book Award-winning author of White Noise and Underworld. Since the publication of his first novel Americana, Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times.
Together they begin a journey into the wilderness of time, love and human perception. The body artist is a haunting, beautiful and profoundly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time. Lauren is living on a lonely coast, ageless man, in a rambling rented house, where she encounters a strange, a man with uncanny knowledge of her own life.
. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life, real-life figures.
Jack and his fourth wife, babette, and four ultramodern offspring, bound by their love, fear of death, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America.
Then a lethal black chemical cloud, floats over there lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, unleashed by an industrial accident, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.
The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
In “human moments in world war iii, charged with gathering intelligence and reporting to Colorado Command, hear the voices of American radio, ” two men orbiting the earth, from a half century earlier. In “creation, ” a couple at the end of a cruise somewhere in the West Indies can’t get off the island—flights canceled, unconfirmed reservations, a dysfunctional economy.
Delillo’s sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Mark Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great writer whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.
. Nuns, terrorists and travelers, athletes, astronauts, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. From one of the greatest writers of our time, startling, distilled, his first collection of short stories, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, chronicling—and foretelling—three decades of American life Set in Greece, written between 1979 and 2011, the Caribbean, a white-collar prison and outer space, Manhattan, from the rich, monastic language of the later stories.
In the title story, sisters edgar and grace, confirm the neighborhood’s miracle, the apparition of a dead child, nuns working the violent streets of the South Bronx, Esmeralda.
The Looming Tower
This pulitzer prize winner is the basis for the upcoming Hulu series starring Peter Sarsgaard, Jeff Daniels, and Tahar Rahim. A gripping narrative that spans five decades, the rise of al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
He follows fbi counterterrorism chief john O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11. National book award FinalistUpdated and with a New Afterword.
Lawrence wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history.