Winzerer Recommendations: English Books

William Melvin Kelley: A Drop of Patience

At the age of five, a blind African-American boy is handed over to a brutal state home. Here Ludlow Washington will suffer for eleven years, until his prodigious musical talent provides him unlikely ticket back into the world.

The property of a band, playing for down-and-outsin a southern dive, Ludlow's pioneering flair will take him to New York and the very top of the jazz scene - where his personal demons will threaten to drag him back down to the bottom.

A Drop of Patience is the story of a gifted and damaged man entirely set apart - by blindness, by race, by talent - who must wrestle with adversity and ambition to generate the acceptance and self-worth that have always eluded him.

ISBN 978-1-78747-807-7 | 13,00 €


Mick Kitson: Sal

This is a story of something like survival.

Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun. And how to protect her sister, Peppa. Because Peppa is ten, which is how old Sal was when Robert started on her.

Told in Sal's distinctive voice, and filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things.

 

ISBN 9781786891914 | 9,95 €


Sally Rooney: Conversations with Friends

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

ISBN 9780571333134 | 12,00 €


Ocean Vuong: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to the American moment, immersed as it is in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

ISBN 9781787331501 | 15,95 €


Virginia Woolf: A Room of One's Own

The book is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled 'Women and Fiction', and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.

ISBN 9783458194682 | € 15,00


Valeria Luiselli: Lost Children Archive

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.

Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father.

In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained--or lost in the desert along the way.

As the family drives--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure--both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.

ISBN 9780008290047 | 18,00 €


Jane Gardam: Last Friends

Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat told with bristling tenderness and black humour the stories of that Titan of the Hong Kong law courts, Old Filth QC, and his clever, misunderstood wife Betty. Last friends, the final volume of this trilogy, picks up with Terence Veneering, Filth's great rival in work and - though it was never spoken of - in love.

Veneering, filth and their friends tell a tale of love, friendship, grace, the bittersweet experiences of a now-forgotten Empire and the disappointments and consolations of age.

ISBN 978-0-349-00016-9|€ 13,99


Louise Erdrich: the plague of doves

Pluto, North Dakota, is a town on the verge of exstinction. Here, everybody is connected - by love or friendship, by blood, and, most importantly, by the burden of a shared history.

Growing up on the nearby reservation is Evelina Harp, witty and abitious, and prone to falling hopelessly in love. Listening to her grandfather's tales, she learns a horrific crime that has marked both Obijwe and whites. Noboy understands the weight of that crime better thand Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who keeps watch over Pluto's inhabitants and recounts their lives with compassion and rare insight.

In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich's characters unravel the stories of different generatiobs and families in this powerful and moving portrait of the complex allegiances, passions and drama of a haunting land and its all-too-human people.

ISBN 078-0-00-727076-7|€ 12,50


John Williams: Augustus - a novel

After the brutal murder of his great uncle Julius Caesar, Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power struggles, bloody wars and family strife, to transform his realm and become the greatest ruler the western world had ever seen: Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor.

ISBN 978-0-09-944508-1|€ 13,90


J.L. Carr: A Month In The Country

'That night, for the first time during many months, I slept like the dead and, next morning, awoke very early.'

One summer, just after the Great War, Tom Birkin, a demobbed soldier, arrives in the village of Oxgodby. He has been invited to uncover and restore a medieval wall painting in the local church. At the same time, Charles Moon - a fellow, damaged survivor of the war - has been asked to locate the grave of a village ancestor. As these two ousiders go about their work of recovery, they form a bond, but they also stir up long dormant passions within the village. What Berkin discovers here will stay with him for the rest of his life...

ISBN 978-0241-97203-8|€ 9,70


Lydia Davis: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

With her deep sensibility, sly wit and syntactic precision, Lydia Davis is capable of hitting the nail on the head in each and every one of the stories published in this volume. Davis is celebrated for having invented an entirely new genre, combining the emotional compactness of poetry with the formal liberty of the short story. Definitely the most unique writing in contemporary American fiction. And, everything you ever wanted to know about marriage, children, friendship and death.

ISBN 978-0-241-96913-7 | 18,99 €


Teju Cole: Open City

The bestselling debut from a writer heralded as the twenty-first century W.G. Sebald.

A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss and surrender, Open City follows a young Nigerian doctor as he wanders aimlessly along the streets of Manhattan. For Julius the walks are a release from the tight regulations of work, from the emotional fallout of a failed relationship, from lives past and present on either side of the Atlantic.

Isolated amid crowds of bustling strangers, Julius criss-crosses not just physical landscapes but social boundaries too, encountering people whose otherness sheds light on his own remarkable journey from Nigeria to New York - as well as into the most unrecognisable facets of his own soul.

ISBN: 978-0-571-27943-2 | 9,70€

 

 


Meg Wolitzer: Belzhar

Devastated by the death of her first love, sixteen-year-old Jam Gallahue is having difficulty moving on with her life. After nearly a year of her being mired with grief, her parents send her to a boarding school in rural Vermont for troubled teens. At first, nothing helps and her downward spiral continues. But when a journal-writing assignment in a class on the poet and novelist Sylvia Plath unlocks the seemingly idyllic world of Belzhar, Jam starts down a path of discovery even as her connection to reality begins to slip away. It isn´t long before Belzar reveals that her classmates are hiding secrets from the past. Does Jam have a secret of her own?

 ISBN: 978-0-14-242629-6 | 11,99€


Siri Hustvedt: The Blazing World

The artist Harriet Burden, furious at the lack of attention paid her by the New York art world, conducts an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts in a series of exhibitions. Their success seems to prove her point, but there's a sting in the tail - when she unmasks herself, not everyone believes her. Then her last collaborator meets a bizarre end.

In this mesmerising tour de force, Burden's story emerges after her death through a variety of sources, including her (not entirely reliable) journals and the testimonies of her children, lover and a dear friend. Each account is different, however, and the mysteries multiply.

ISBN: 978-1-4736-1156-6 |11,99€


John Williams: Butcher's Crossing

Will Andrews is no academic. He longs for wildness, freedom, hope and vigour. He leaves Harvard and sets out for the West to discover a new way of living.

In a small town called Butcher's Crossing he meets a hunter with a story of a lost herd of buffalo in a remote Colorado valley, just waiting to be taken by a team of men brave and crazy enough to find them. Will makes up his mind to be one of those men, but the journey, the killing, the harsh conditions and sheer hard luck will test his mind and body to their limits.

ISBN: 978-0-09-958967-9 | 14,99€


John Green: The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars is award-winning author John Green`s most ambitious heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, his final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel`s story is about to be completely rewritten.

ISBN: 978-0-14-134565-9 | 8.55€


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and achievs triumphs, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into undocumented life in Britain.

Years later, is wealthy in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu achieved succes as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. When Ifemelu decides to return home, she and Obinze will face the hardest decision of their lives.

`An Adichie`s able prose, social comedy mingles with cultural polemic under the umbrella of an exuberantly romantic love story` Financial Times


ISBN: 978-0-00735634-8 | 10,05€


Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and an absent father, miraculously survives a catastrophe that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by a family of a wealthy friend. Theo is tormented by longing for his mother and down the years he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, captivaiting painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.


ISBN: 978-0-349-13963-0 | 11.30€


Alice Munro: Dear Life

Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, change encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories of "Dear Life" build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.


ISBN 978-0-09-957863-5 | 12,99 €


John Williams: Stoner

William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. Later, he becomes a teacher. He marrries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely.

Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. "Stoner" tells of the conflicts, defeats und victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.

ISBN 978-0-09-956154-5 | 12,99 €


Yann Martel: Beatrice and Vergil

This is the story of an extraordinary journey undertaken by a man named Henry. It begins with a mysterious parcel. It ends in a place that will make you think again about one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. It also involves a howler monkey, a donkey, an enigmatic taxidermist and a dog named Erasmus. Once you have finished reading it, it is impossible to forget.

ISBN 978-1-84767-932-1 | 9,95 €


Jack Kerouac: On the Road

Fifty years after its original publication, Kerouacs road epic - typed on one continuous scroll in only three weeks - is published for the first time as the author intended, complete with real names, places, and scandalous details. In this influential odyssey of jazz and drugs, of filling stations and marriage licences, of sex, and poolsharks, and hiballs, Kerouac tells the real story of his travels with car thief and Beat icon Neal Cassady, and the famous friends they met, drank with, and ignored. 

ISBN 978-0-141-118921-5 | 10,40 €


Otfried Preußler: The little Ghost

The little ghost lived in an old oak chest in a cobwebbed corner of an attic in an old castle. He was one of those harmless little ghosts who haunt places by night, and never hurt anyone unless they are provoked. He enjoyed haunting, but did so wish he could see the town by day instead of by night. Then one day it happend. But a town by daylight is no place for a little white ghost...

ISBN 978-3-522-17440-4 | 7,90 €


Grimm's Most Beautiful Fairy Tales

In the year 1857 the Grimm brothers published their classic collection of folk songs and folktales, which should become one of the world's most popular fairy tale collection ever since. For this new editon the storyteller Arnica Esterl has chosen the most beautiful and most loved fairy tales from the original collection. Even nowadays Grimm's fairy tales have lost nothing of their wit and charm and are still able to fascinate young and grown-up readers alike.

The Russian artist Anastassija Archipowa has lavishly illustrated the book in her unique way: detailed watercoulours sensitively convey the fairy tales' individual mood!

ISBN 978-3-480-21638-3 | 19,80 €


Babette Cole: A Dose of Dr. Dog

Feeling poorly? You need a dose of Dr. Dog! Dr. Dog is taking a well-deserved break when his pesky family, the Gumboyles, turned up, and proceed to cathch all sorts of nasty holiday ailments.

Luckily Dr. Dog and his new side-kick are on call with some ingenious natural remedies. But even this dynamic duo can't protect the Gumboyles fron a hungry and highly dangerous plant...

ISBN 978-0-099-48768-5 | 9,90 €


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