In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.
"Worth Waiting It Out"
This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.
"Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook"
New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.
"Great stories and readers, but technically sloppy"
It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.
"Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
Anfang der siebziger Jahre, in einer von Ulmen gesäumten Vorstadtstraße Nordamerikas, richten sich die Blicke einer Schar junger Männer...
It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.
"Better than TV"
"Rebuilding" by Nicholas Lemann; "The Zombie Hunters" by Evan Ratliff; "When Pain Remains" by Jerome Groopman; "Early Music" by Jeffrey Eugenides; and "Getting In" by Malcolm Gladwell.
"Learning by Degrees", by Rebecca Mead; "Party Games", by John Lanchester; "National Defense", by Hampton Sides; "Hot Wings: Notes on My Next Best-Seller", by Larry Doyle; and "Extreme Solitude", by Jeffrey Eugenides.
"Native Son", by George Packer; "Cyclotron's Last Stand", by Kate Linthicum; "Too Dumb to Fail", by James Surowiecki; "Pomegranate Princess", by Amanda Fortini; "Great Experiment", by Jeffrey Eugenides; and "The Horror", by Louis Menand.