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House of Ghosts

House of Ghosts is a gripping mystery that takes readers through some of the most harrowing and most shrouded history of the twentieth century. From modern-day boulevards of suburban New Jersey to the streets of 1930s Brooklyn, through the halls of pre-war Princeton to the piers of Havana, this is a story you won’t be able to put down. On an August day in 1944, Allied air forces launched a top-secret aerial assault on the I.G. Farben synthetic oil and rubber plant, the flight plan taking bombers directly over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp five miles away. Considering the threat endured by the Jewish population at such a late stage of their persecution, why did Allies fly a mission that bypassed Hitler’s most notorious extermination camp without once trying to knock out the gas chambers or railways? In the sweltering summer of 2000, at the estate sale of the late Preston Swedge, an alcoholic recluse and World War II veteran, a diary including details of that 1944 aerial assault is found by retired detective Joe Henderson. He reads descriptions of a rogue attempt by a Jewish-American pilot, Paul Rothstein, to drop bombs on Auschwitz to prevent the imminent murder of another 300,000 Jews. What follows is Henderson’s determined search for the truth, where we meet up with such notables as Charles Lindbergh, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr., General Fulgencio Batista, in a shocking revelation as to why the raid on Auschwitz never happened.
(source: Bol.com)

House Harkonnen

**Our Review**
**All Eyes on Arrakis**
Here, in *Dune: House Harkonnen,* the second prequel novel (following [ *Dune: House Atreides* ](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0553580272)) to the classic Frank Herbert Dune series, Herbert’s son Brian again collaborates with bestselling science fiction novelist Kevin J. Anderson to give us the complex plots, immense political tensions, sprawling cast, and high-action sequences of the original Dune works.
[*Dune*](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0441172717) is the intricate saga of the desert planet Arrakis (also known as Dune), the very heart of a vast galactic empire and all its rebel factions. Dune is the only source of Melange, a spice that grants psychic powers and near-immortality to interstellar pilots.
As ruler of a galaxy-spanning empire, Shaddam IV of House Corrino continues to use his influence, assassins, and allies to keep an iron grip on his Peacock Throne. Duke Dominic Vernius, onetime leader on the mechanized planet Ix, smuggles spice, while his children, Rhombur and Kailea, remain on Caladan as guests of the Leto Atreides. Leto and Kailea have an affair that produces a son, Victor, but their relationship is filled with hidden intent and betrayal. The mystical order of Bene Gesserit witches continue to work in secret in order to breed the “Kwisatz Haderach,” a superhuman psychic child that can only be created through the manipulation of both Atreides and Harkonnen genes.
The childless Baron Harkonnen, now suffering the effects of a disfiguring illness devised by the Bene Gesserit, calls back his outcast brother Abulurd in order to ensure the future of House Harkonnen. Abulurd, the only Harkonnen who retains his gentleness and integrity, lives out his existence on an ice planet as his own two evil sons join the baron in his schemes. Eventually, Leto falls in love with the Bene Gesserit Jessica without ever realizing that Jessica is to give birth to a daughter who will mate with a Harkonnen and bear the Kwisatz Haderach.
Once again, Herbert and Anderson prove that they’re not only capable of extrapolating events from the original Dune series but are also extremely skilled at continuing the tradition of a visionary, multilayered narrative. This novel brims with emotionally charged, muscular prose and a wealth of absorbing subplots. The authors are completely at ease with the enthralling material as they achieve the grandeur and profound depth of Frank Herbert’s captivating and far-reaching epic saga. Audacious, labyrinthine, and wonderfully readable in its own right, *Dune: House Harkonnen* will garner a vast readership for this prequel trilogy. Fans of the original Frank Herbert novels will welcome their return to planet Arrakis, and new readers will enthusiastically enter into the mysterious sands of Dune.
*–Tom Piccirilli*
*Tom Piccirilli is the author of eight novels, including* [Hexes](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0843944838) *and* [Shards](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=1885173415), *and his Felicity Grove mystery series, consisting of* [The Dead Past](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=1885173288) *and* [Sorrow’s Crown](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0425170284). *He has sold more than 100 stories to the anthologies* [Future Crimes](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0886778549), Bad News, [The Conspiracy Files](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0886777976), *and* [Best of the American West II](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=0425171450). *An omnibus collection of 40 stories titled* [Deep into That Darkness Peering](http://cart2.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?isbn=096581355X) *has just been released by Terminal Fright Press. Tom divides his time between New York City and Estes Park, Colorado.*

House for Mister Biswas

SUMMARY: The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul’s brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul’s father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels.In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous–and endless–struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a man’s quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.

House Corrino

**The triumphant conclusion to the blockbuster trilogy that made science fiction history!
In **Dune: House Corrino** Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring us the magnificent final chapter in the unforgettable saga begun in **Dune: House Atreides** and continued in **Dune: House Harkonnen**.
Here nobles and commoners, soldiers and slaves, wives and courtesans shape the amazing destiny of a tumultuous universe. An epic saga of love and war, crime and politics, religion and revolution, this magnificent novel is a fitting conclusion to a great science fiction trilogy … and an invaluable addition to the thrilling world of Frank Herbert’s immortal **Dune**.
**Dune: House Corrino
Fearful of losing his precarious hold on the Golden Lion Throne, Shaddam IV, Emperor of a Million Worlds, has devised a radical scheme to develop an alternative to melange, the addictive spice that binds the Imperium together and that can be found only on the desert world of Dune.
In subterranean labs on the machine planet Ix, cruel Tleilaxu overlords use slaves and prisoners as part of a horrific plan to manufacture a synthetic form of melange known as amal. If amal can supplant the spice from Dune, it will give Shaddam what he seeks: absolute power.
But Duke Leto Atreides, grief-stricken yet unbowed by the tragic death of his son Victor, determined to restore the honor and prestige of his House, has his own plans for Ix.
He will free the Ixians from their oppressive conquerors and restore his friend Prince Rhombur, injured scion of the disgraced House Vernius, to his rightful place as Ixian ruler. It is a bold and risky venture, for House Atreides has limited military resources and many ruthless enemies, including the sadistic Baron Harkonnen, despotic master of Dune.
Meanwhile, Duke Leto’s consort, the beautiful Lady Jessica, obeying the orders of her superiors in the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, has conceived a child that the Sisterhood intends to be the penultimate step in the creation of an all-powerful being. Yet what the Sisterhood doesn’t know is that the child Jessica is carrying is not the girl they are expecting, but a boy.
Jessica’s act of disobedience is an act of love — her attempt to provide her Duke with a male heir to House Atreides — but an act that, when discovered, could kill both mother and baby.
Like the Bene Gesserit, Shaddam Corrino is also concerned with making a plan for the future — securing his legacy. Blinded by his need for power, the Emperor will launch a plot against Dune, the only natural source of true spice. If he succeeds, his madness will result in a cataclysmic tragedy not even he foresees: the end of space travel, the Imperium, and civilization itself.
With Duke Leto and other renegades and revolutionaries fighting to stem the tide of darkness that threatens to engulf their universe, the stage is set for a showdown unlike any seen before.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

The Hound of the Baskervilles

‘Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’ The death, quite suddenly, of Sir Charles Baskerville in mysterious circumstances is the trigger for one of the most extraordinary cases ever to challenge the brilliant analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. As rumours of a legendary hound said to haunt the Baskerville family circulate, Holmes and Watson are asked to ensure the protection of Sir Charles’ only heir, Sir Henry – who has travelled all the way from America to reside at Baskerville Hall in Devon. And it is there, in an isolated mansion surrounded by mile after mile of wild moor, that Holmes and Watson come face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past . . .
(source: Bol.com)

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “Sentimental, heartfelt….the exploration of Henry’s changing relationship with his family and with Keiko will keep most readers turning pages…A timely debut that not only reminds readers of a shameful episode in American history, but cautions us to examine the present and take heed we don’t repeat those injustices.”***– Kirkus Reviews***“A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever, **Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet **gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war–not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today’s world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And, more importantly, it will make you *feel*.” ***– *Garth Stein**, *New York Times* bestselling author of *The Art of Racing in the Rain*“Jamie Ford’s first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut.”***– *Lisa See**, bestselling author of *Snow Flower and the Secret Fan*****In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, **Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet**, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, **Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet** is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

Hot Money

From Publishers Weekly

Francis has another winner, as skillfully constructed as his previous bestsellers. This time, amateur British jockey Ian Pembroke tells what happens after the murder of his father Malcolm’s fifth wife, Moira. A rapacious, sharp-tongued woman, she has caused a break between Malcolm and Ian, who despised her for marrying his father solely to get her hands on his considerable fortune. But two attempts on the old man’s life compel him to ask Ian for help. Although the trusted son isn’t fond of his eight half-siblings or their motheror even of his ownhe’s loath to suspect them of conspiring to kill Malcolm, which seems to be the case. To protect his father, Ian takes him to America and other countries, where the two attend the glamorous, big-purse horse racesscenes at which the author excelsbefore returning warily to England. The story gains momentum, with extended family members furious over Malcolm’s spending spree and blaming Ian for wasting their inheritance. A real spellbinder, the mystery ends when the miscreant plays one trick too many. Reader’s Digest Condensed Book selection; Literary Guild dual selection and Mystery Guild alternate.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Amateur jockey Ian Pembroke is the narrator and principal mover in this engaging effort from the veteran British author. Summoned by his fabulously wealthy father, Malcolm, after a three-year estrangement, Ian attempts to discover who murdered Malcolm’s money-grubbing fifth wife and who wants Malcolm dead as well. Suspects include the man’s three surviving ex-wives, variously vicious or vindictive, and eight children, arrayed in darkening shades of nasty. Hidden gold, house bombs, expensive racehorses, and foreign venues spice up the familial infighting. A best bet. Literary Guild dual main selection; Mystery Guild featured alternate. REK
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Hot Mess 2

[Siren Publishing: The Stormy Glenn ManLove Collection: Erotic Alternative Romance, M/M, HEA] As a lieutenant on the city’s elite SWAT team, I had a job I loved. I lived in a beautiful penthouse apartment overlooking the city park. And the love of my life spent every night in my arms. My life was pretty damn good. Which was why I was not thrilled that someone was messing with it. Someone should have told me I was the comic relief. I would have prepared better for it or at least remembered to wear underwear. Tonight was the one year anniversary of the night Sal and I met. It was special. I was going to propose. It would have been a whole lot easier to propose if the man I wanted to propose to was actually there. Tonight was supposed to be perfect. Which was why I was not thrilled that someone was messing with it. ** *A Siren Erotic Romance*

Hostile Intent

EDITORIAL REVIEW: It starts with the most horrific act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Only one man can stop them. Code named Devlin, he exists only in the blackest shadows of the United States government — operating off the grid as the NSA’s top agent. He’s their most lethal weapon . . . and their most secret. But someone is trying to draw him out into the open by putting America’s citizens in the crosshairs — until they get what they want.

Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The incredible rapid rate at which various animals and plants are disappearing from the planet is shocking. Scientists currently believe that habitats across the globe are losing dozens of species every day. Jane Goodall, who has become one of the standard-bearers for animal conservation through her numerous books, television programmes and close work with animals, is nonetheless defiant – ‘While there is life there is hope’, she states in her introduction to this profound and inspirational book. In demanding natural and political environments conservationists risk their lives to save animals from the brink of extinction. Jane’s unique access takes us inside these programmes, meeting first-hand a vast range of animals from Giant Pandas in China to the young generations of Whooping Cranes in Texas that are being taught new migration routes – led by human devotees in flying machines. “Hope For Animals and Their World” is a celebration of the great work being done to protect our wildlife for future generations. Goodall’s message rings loud and clear: we must not give up.


A new reign of terror has brought fear and hatred to the land, while an ancient legend stirs in the heart of the wildwood The Norman conquest of England is complete – but for one young man the battle has only just begun. When Bran ap Brychan’s father is murdered by Norman soldiers, he flees to London, seeking justice. The journey is long and hard – and the suffering of those he meets along the way fuels his anger. With his demands dismissed, Bran has no choice but to return home, but a worse fate still awaits him there. His lands have been confiscated and his people subjugated by a brutal and corrupt regime. Should Bran flee for his life or protect his people by surrendering to his father’s murderers? The answer, perhaps, is known only to the Raven King – a creature of myth and magic born of the darkest shadows in the forest. Stephen R. Lawhead’s Hood brings to life the legend of Robin Hood as never before.
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Honor Thyself

Honor Thyself by Danielle Steel
Carole Barber has come to Paris to work on her novel and to find herself. A legend of film and stage, Carole has set a standard of grace, devoting herself to her family and causes around the world. But one fiery instant of terror shatters hundreds of lives—and leaves Carole alone, unconscious and unidentified.
In the days that follow, as the truth emerges, the paparazzi swarm. A mysterious stranger quietly visits the hospital to see the woman he once loved and never forgot. Carole’s grown children rush to her bedside, waiting and praying—until the miraculous begins to happen. But as a woman whom the whole world knows slowly awakens, she knows nothing of herself. Every detail must be pieced back together—from a childhood in rural Mississippi to the early days of her career, from the unintentional hurt inflicted on her daughter to a fifteen-year-old secret love affair that went tragically wrong. Carole has been given a second chance to count her blessings, heal wounded hearts, recapture lost love…and to live a life that will truly honor others—beginning with herself.
A tale of survival and dignity, of small miracles and big surprises, **Honor Thyself** creates an unforgettable portrait of a public figure whose hopes, fears, and heartbreaks are as real as our own. Her courageous journey inspires us all.

Honor Thy Father

El primer libro de no ficción que desveló los secretos de la Mafia y puso en jaque la vida de su autor, quien viajó a Sicilia y se infiltró en la intimidad de los Bonanno durante seis años.
Una lluviosa noche de octubre de 1964, dos gángsters secuestraron al famoso jefe mafioso Joseph Bonanno, y a la mañana siguiente la policía neoyorquina informó de que estaba muerto. Un año después, Bonanno reapareció de forma misteriosa, y su vuelta desató una sangrienta disputa entre familias mafiosas…
Esta obra monumental, que se lee como una trepidante novela —llena de detalles íntimos y fruto de una brillante labor periodística—, se convirtió en un bestseller desde su publicación en 1971, y fue llevada a la pantalla televisiva en miniseries de la CBS; luego inspiraría Los Soprano. Ningún otro libro ha contribuido tanto a desvelar los secretos, la estructura, las guerras, las luchas de poder, las vidas familiares y las personalidades fascinantes y aterradoras de la mafia.

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

SUMMARY: From the creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” the classic book about homicide investigation that became the basis for the hit television showThe scene is Baltimore. Twice every three days another citizen is shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned to death. At the center of this hurricane of crime is the city’s homicide unit, a small brotherhood of hard men who fight for whatever justice is possible in a deadly world. David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and this electrifying book tells the true story of a year on the violent streets of an American city. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator; Harry Edgerton, a black detective in a mostly white unit; and Tom Pellegrini, an earnest rookie who takes on the year’s most difficult case, the brutal rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl. Originally published fifteen years ago, “Homicide” became the basis for the acclaimed television show of the same name. This new edition–which includes a new introduction, an afterword, and photographs–revives this classic, riveting tale about the men who work on the dark side of the American experience. David Simon’s “Homicide” won an Edgar Award and became the basis for the NBC award-winning drama. Simon’s second book, “The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood,” co-authored with Edward Burns, was made into an HBO miniseries. Simon is currently the executive producer and writer for HBO’s Peabody Award-winning series “The Wire.” He lives in Baltimore. David Simon was the first reporter ever to gain unlimited access to a homicide unit, and in this book he tells the story of his year on the streets of an American city. The narrative follows Donald Worden, a veteran investigator; Harry Edgerton, a black detective in a mostly white unit; and Tom Pellegrini, an earnest rookie who takes on the year’s most difficult case, the rape and murder of an eleven-year-old girl. “Homicide” was originally published in 1991. This new edition–which includes a new introduction, an afterword, and photographs–revives this classic, riveting account of those who work on the dark side of the American experience. “One of the most engrossing police procedural mystery books ever written, not only because the crimes and plots and personalities are real, but because Simon is a terrific writer.”–“Newsday” “Through wonderfully descriptive writing, Simon details the work of fifteen detectives, three sergeants and a lieutenant charged with investigating dozens of Baltimore’s 234 murders that year . . . Simon takes readers inside the detectives’ lives, describing the frustration of departmental red tape and politics, the bursts of energy and moments of despair . . . For a complete look at what it’s like to investigate violence for a living, “Homicide” is well worth the time.”–“Orlando Sentinel” “This may be the best true-crime book, the best naked look at murder and cops and crime and life on the killing streets of big-city America in the late 20th century . . . A rich, revealing look at the twisted lives of killers and their victims and at the men who are obsessed with solving the most heinous and baffling murders.”–“San Diego Union” “As Richard Price says in his new introduction, Simon ‘camped out’ with the Baltimore PD’s homicide unit for a year while researching this no-punches-pulled look at murders and the cops who solve them. The 1985 title was the basis of the award-winning NBC drama of the same name . . . The city of Baltimore saw 234 murders in 1988. Allowed unlimited access to a shift of the city’s homicide unit, police reporter Simon chronicles that year. The sociopaths, the crackheads, and their crimes are horrifying, but equal horrors are found in the attitudes of jurors in a case of the shooting and blinding of a policeman and in statistics showing the ultimate legal fates of those apprehended by the unit. Immersing his readers in cases, procedures, politics, and the detectives’ personalities, Simon risks being sabotaged by the sheer scope of his account. Still, for those with strong stomachs and the willingness to work to keep the characters and dramas straight, he has produced a riveting slice of urban life. Recommended.”–Jim Burns, Pompano Beach City Library, Florida, “Library Journal” “We seem to have an insatiable appetite for police stories . . . David Simon’s entry is far and away the best, the most readable, reliable and relentless of them all….An eye for the scenes of slaughter and pursuit and an ear for the cadences of cop talk, both business and banter, lend Simon’s account the fascination that truth often has . . . Fueled by coffee, cigarettes, and the drive to ‘put down’ (i.e. close) cases, these heroes keep at it long after ordinary mortals would have lost heart.”–“The Washington Post Book World” “”Baltimore Sun” reporter Simon spent a year tracking the homicide unit of his city’s police, following the officers from crime scenes to interrogations to hospital emergency rooms. With empathy, psychological nuance, racy verbatim dialogue and razor-sharp prose, he offers a rare insider’s look at the detective’s tension-wracked world. Presiding over a score of sleuths is commander Gary D’Addario, ‘connoisseur of survival’ who grapples with political intrigue, massive red tape and ‘red balls’ (major, difficult cases). His detectives include Tom Pelligrini, obsessed with solving the rape-murder of an 11-year-old girl; Rich Garvey, whose ‘perfect year’ is upset by a murder case that collapses in court; and black, cosmopolitan Harry Edgerton, a lone wolf, son of a jazz pianist. This hectic daily log reveals the detective’s beat on Baltimore’s mean streets (234 murders in 1988) to be brutal, bureaucratic and, occasionally, mundane.”–“Publishers Weekly”

Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *Once in nine lives,something extraordinary happens…*****The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid-buzz. He survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night. But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all: Love isn’t something you see with your eyes. **Homer’s Odyssey** is the once-in-a-lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the refusal to accept limits—on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds. By turns jubilant and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody who’s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.*From the Hardcover edition.*

Homer & Langley: A Novel

SUMMARY: From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World’s Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers-the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, scavenging the city streets for things they think they can use, hoarding the daily newspapers as research for Langley’s proposed dateless newspaper whose reportage will be as prophecy. Yet the epic events of the century play out in the lives of the two brothers-wars, political movements, technological advances-and even though they want nothing more than to shut out the world, history seems to pass through their cluttered house in the persons of immigrants, prostitutes, society women, government agents, gangsters, jazz musicians . . . and their housebound lives are fraught with odyssean peril as they struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves. Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this mesmerizing narrative, a free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York’s fabled Collyer brothers, is a family story with the resonance of myth, an astonishing masterwork unlike any that have come before from this great writer. “From the Hardcover edition.”