The year is 1987...
What happens to the girl left behind?
What happens when a statistician brings big data to the literary canon?
Gizelle was always a reminder that as self-centered as New York seemed to make you think you needed to be, I wasn‘t the only thing that mattered, and my closet job wasn‘t my only purpose. Gizelle didn‘t care if I unpacked boxes of denim for a living...Gizelle helped me stop thinking about myself and my job and just feed my dog because she needed to be fed.
Great advice from real authors!
A love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and to adolescence - a time when anything feels possible - THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS will make you laugh, will make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love something - or someone - for the very first time.
"Shannon Leone Fowler's restlessness in the face of her unimaginable loss makes the reader feel her battered Lonely Planet travel guide was aptly named. Like Cheryl Strayed's WILD, Fowler makes us feel that a hero's journey is our only hope for surviving grief. TRAVELING WITH GHOSTS is a brace and necessary record of love, and beautiful as it is heartbreaking." - Ann Patchett, author of BEL CANTO and STATE OF WONDER
Sometimes the big things in life start out small...
"In this affectionate and insightful history of American cookery, Sarah Lohman tells a story filled with surprising characters, unexpected history - and the occasional irresistible recipe. EIGHT FLAVORS is a flavourful delight, start to finish." - Deborah Blum, author of THE POISONER'S HANDBOOK
"When you recognise that it is work." -Nina MacLaughlin
"A 24 hour read. A rip-roaring memoir of addiction that is at once glamorous and nasty, both gaspingly funny and thoroughly gutting. Cat Marnell may have murdered her life but certainly not her writing. These pages have a pulse." - LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE author Jessica Knoll
"Told with humour and compassion, this book will also move you to tears." -Larry Levin, author of Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love
"We'll never forget where we were the exact moment we found her. We never saw it coming, and we were never the same. She was a storyteller, a mind-reader, a believer, and a friend. She was one of us. She was Taylor Swift."
"Ellie, a wonderful mistake, is two and a half years old. Amazing. Mele remembers bringing her home from the hospital, her little head not yet fitting in the support cushion of the car seat. Mele kept looking back in disbelief. Two days prior she had left her apartment without a baby and now she was returning with one."
"I always hated it when my heroines got married."
"The city was like a beacon. And it drew us from wherever we'd been left. For me, the outskirts of a smoke jumped's base in a cold mountain town, for Jasper and Milo the London suburbs and rain-soaked council housing of Manchester. We were looking for nothing and had found it in Athens: Demeter's lips white as stone, Apollo's yellow mantle sun washed, sanded, wind blown to granite..."
"My father had told me that no matter how comfortable we might feel, we must live like fish, unattached to any land. Wherever there was water, we would survive. Some fish could stay in the mud for months, even years, and when at last there was a high flooding tide, they would swim away, a dark flash, remembered only by their own kind. So perhaps the stories they told of our people were true: no net could hold us."
"The worst thing would be to decide that it was love, and then to discover - after one was taken - that it hadn't been. No: the worst thing would be to decide that it wasn't love, and then to discover years later - old and unconsoled - that it had been. No: the worst thing - the worst, worst thing - was this having to decide."
"At the hospital nobody visited except her mother. Nobody phoned. Nobody missed her. Rumors had begun in town. She was crazy. It was all her fault. She was bad luck and should be avoided at all costs. Girls who had been friends with Helene and Shelby decided they had lost both friends. It was easier that way. What was gone was gone."
"Though the house cats' play for survival in a human-dominated world is striking and unique, their story has universal implications. It's an example of how a single, small, and seemingly innocent human act - taking up with a petite species of wild cat, and giving it the run of our hearths and, ultimately, our hearts - can have cascading global consequences..."
"Yes to everything."