´´Nathan Ballingrud is one of my favorite short fiction writers.´´ —Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times bestselling author of Annihilation and Borne ´´Ballingrud´s work isn´t like any other.´´ —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing A gripping collection of six stories of terror—including the novella ´´The Visible Filth,´´ the basis for the upcoming major motion picture—by Shirley Jackson Award-winning author Nathan Ballingrud, hailed as a major new voice by Jeff VanderMeer, Paul Tremblay, and Carmen Maria Machado—´´one of the most heavyweight horror authors out there´´ (The Verge). In his first collection, North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud carved out a distinctly singular place in American fiction with his ´´piercing and merciless´´ (Toronto Globe and Mail) portrayals of the monsters that haunt our lives—both real and imagined: ´´What Nathan Ballingrud does in North American Lake Monsters is to reinvigorate the horror tradition´´ (Los Angeles Review of Books). Now, in Wounds, Ballingrud follows up with an even more confounding, strange, and utterly entrancing collection of six stories, including one new novella. From the eerie dread descending upon a New Orleans dive bartender after a cell phone is left behind in a rollicking bar fight in ´´The Visible Filth´´ to the search for the map of hell in ´´The Butcher´s Table,´´ Ballingrud´s beautifully crafted stories are riveting in their quietly terrifying depictions of the murky line between the known and the unknown.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France´s final years in Indochina-and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. An epic story of wasted opportunities and deadly miscalculations, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. Eye-opening and compulsively readable, Embers of War is a gripping, heralded work that illuminates the hidden history of the French and American experiences in Vietnam. ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED WORKS OF HISTORY IN RECENT YEARS Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians ? Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award ? Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award ? Finalist for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post ? The Christian Science Monitor ? The Globe and Mail ´´A balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war.´´-Pulitzer Prize citation ´´This extraordinary work of modern history combines powerful narrative thrust, deep scholarly authority, and quiet interpretive confidence.´´-Francis Parkman Prize citation ´´A monumental history . . . a widely researched and eloquently written account of how the U.S. came to be involved in Vietnam . . . certainly the most comprehensive review of this period to date.´´-The Wall Street Journal ´´Superb . . . a product of formidable international research.´´-The Washington Post ´´Lucid and vivid . . . [a] definitive history.´´-San Francisco Chronicle ´´An essential work for those seeking to understand the worst foreign-policy adventure in American history . . . Even though readers know how the story ends-as with The Iliad-they will be as riveted by the tale as if they were hearing it for the first time.´´-The Christian Science Monitor
***The second novel from Fiona Mitchell, author of the stunning The Maid´s Room*** When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child. The women only discover the devastating error three years later. Tess wants to swap the children back; Annie doesn´t. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds. Two women. Two children. One thought-provoking novel. ******* PRAISE FOR THE MAID´S ROOM ´A modern-day The Help´ - Emerald Street ´Passionate . . . powerful´ - Daily Mail ´Exquisite writing . . . a shocking and powerful story line that had me gripped and moved until the uplifting conclusion . . . A fascinating read about survival and the strength and resilience of the human heart´ - Katie Marsh, author of A Life Without You and This Beautiful Life
The Innocent is a startlingly prescient novel from Booker prize-winning Sunday Times bestselling author Ian McEwan. Into a Berlin wrenched between East and West, comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening - a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he´s willing to shed. ´The plot crackles like thin ice with dread and suspense´ Mail on Sunday
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 THE OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR ´A rattling read... Superbly written´ Derek Lawrenson, Daily Mail ´Arguably the most serious attempt ever made to get behind golf´s great enigma´ Emma John, Guardian ´Exhilarating, depressing, tawdry and moving... perfectly pitched biography´ Dwight Garner, New York Times Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today´s most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, deliver the first major biography of Tiger Woods - sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking, behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of a global icon. Now updated to include his remarkable comeback during 2018. In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life - married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children. Winner of fourteen major golf championships and seventy-nine PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete , earning more than $100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike , Gillette, AT&T and Gatorade. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years - one that exploded in the aftermath of a late-night crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional life off a cliff. In Tiger Woods , Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian dig deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to the question that has mystified millions of sports fans for nearly a decade: who is Tiger Woods? Drawing on more than four hundred interviews with people from every corner of Woods´s life - friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, swing coaches, business associates, Tour pros and members of Woods´s inner circle - Benedict and Keteyian construct a captivating psychological profile of an African-American child programmed by an attention-grabbing father and the original Tiger Mom to be the ´chosen one´, to change not just the game of golf, but the world as well. But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the startling answers in a biography destined to make headlines and linger in the minds of readers for years to come.