When the unpublished papers from a late French philosopher mysteriously appear in his office, Simon Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a vast array of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers—including his own—causing him to embark on one final project. Reading-group guide available.
Taken in by a near-alcoholic artist and a jaded academic, a young Dominican girl in Brooklyn's Fresh Air Fund program explores the contrasts between her inner-city life and her hosts' privileged world and finds her realities powerfully shaped by her relationship with a horse.
Escaping New York City to search for an island off the west coast of Ireland that he bought nine years earlier, John Lennon of Beatles fame leaves behind domestic life and his floundering creativity to seek isolation, only to fall into the fantastical hands of a shape-shifting Irish guide.
Five different people disappear through a mysterious door in an unassuming alleyway to visit the Slade House and vanish completely from the outside world.
Landing in prison after accidentally triggering laughter in a straitlaced rural community that is economically dependent on its pickled vegetables, the hapless ringleader of a circus troupe inspires his fellow entertainers to orchestrate his escape using their unusual talents, with wacky results.
"From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive "New Woman"—the girl behind Tiffany's chapel—and the love that threatens it all. As preparations for the 1893 World's Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen. But when Louis's dream is threatened by a glassworkers' strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses,take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the "Tiffany Girls." Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home, she quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world. As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?"—