Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men
Summer reading 2013/14
Book Sculptures (by Odires Mlaszho)
Check out what’s new from Penguin Classics in February!
We’re rounding out our revival of Shirley Jackson this month! The Sundial brings you the Halloran family, who become an apocalypse-predicting cult unto themselves and The Bird’s Nest depicts Elizabeth, who seems to be one girl, but turns out to contain multiple warring, destructive personalities. All so pleasant. Lavalle’s foreword offers an insightful assessment of Jackson’s work, while Wilson’s foreword is a quiet piece of poignant appreciation. Read at your own risk.
Frederick Douglass - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
If it’s been a while since you’ve read Douglass’s incredible first memoir, or if it’s time to admit you haven’t, African-American History Month is the perfect time. This edition brings you an introduction that insists on why Douglass remains so relevant (spoiler alert: it opens with The Fugees), and also contains Douglass’s speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and his only work of fiction, The Heroic Slave.
Richard Jefferies - Landscape with Figures: Selected Prose Writings
Nature writing is about as English as tea and crumpets. And Richard Jefferies is the man perhaps responsible for that deep tradition. Jefferies walked the English countryside, observing his surroundings and the intense emotions they evoked in him. This collection includes and introduction from Richard Mabey, a celebrated nature writer in his own right.
Friedrich Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morals
Believe it or not, this is the first time we’ve had this text in Penguin Classics, and it’s about time. Prepare to spend the next year(s) puzzling our Nietzsche’s cryptic aphorisms, and of course, this must be read in tandem with Beyond Good and Evil.