In this disturbing, stunningly accomplished debut novel, which focuses on two 10-year-old girls in a gritty 1970s Yorkshire town, Coe unsentimentally evokes the pleasures, confusions, yearnings, and vulnerabilities of girls—and the casual way in which adults continually put their own interests ahead of the children who depend on them.
The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662
Edited by Brian Cummings
This work has shaped the inner life and branded the tongue of the English-speaking peoples. Its phrases and rhythms did not merely enter the language. In this richly annotated and handsomely designed edition, Cumming elucidates the doctrinal, social, political, historical, and literary reverberations of a monumentally significant work.
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of Germans After the Second World War
Douglas, a historian at Colgate, offers the most thorough study available of the largest expulsion of a people in human history and by far the most horrific instance in post-war Europe of what is now called ethnic cleansing: the forcible transfer of at least 12 million ethnic Germans, mostly women and children from Eastern and Central Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War. The result is an authoritative analysis of an episode that has utterly failed to penetrate the popular historical memory.
Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States
David Hackett Fischer
This comparison of the United States with New Zealand is a pioneering, illuminating, and at times startling book. A historical examination of the idea of fairness, and of its social and political ramifications, it is a work of great sweep and imagination by one of America's foremost historians.
The Road to Ruins
In this beguiling autobiography, the handsome, highborn author, the founding director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Program at Harvard, recalls a charmed life as an archaeologist-explorer. This is at once a captivating adventure tale and a poignant reflection on the redemption of a winsome ne'er do well.
Evening's Empire: A History of Night in Early Modern Europe
In this engaging work, Koslofsky, a historian at the University of Illinois, mines rich and varied sources to probe with dexterous imagination a long-overlooked historical development—the transformation in nighttime activities and attitudes toward the night in 17th- and 18th-century Europe—and rightly pronounces it a cultural "revolution."
Dear Life: Stories
Many of the stories in this collection are set in the 1970s, and Munro brings to that era of shifting social mores her strikingly keen and subtle understanding of women's behavior, their desires and the devises they employ in their efforts to find happiness. This is a worthy addition to the author's body of work, which, if there is any justice in the literary world, should soon win her the Nobel Prize