Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited but never quite forgotten either....
"A sandwich, where the bread is the best part"
Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.
"Complex, thoughtful but fun"
Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....
"I believe this book is best listened to than read"
Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from Northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe or makes a person truly free.
"A good story, shame about the narrator"
Author Zadie Smith discusses her much-anticipated third novel, On Beauty. Set on both sides of the Atlantic, the novel follows the chain of events when the son of a liberal British academic family falls in love with the daughter of an American right-wing icon. A brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, and the intersection of the personal and political, the book is also very funny indeed. Interviewed by Laura Miller of salon.com.
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of NW, Zadie Smith’s first novel since the bestselling On Beauty. Read by Don Gilet and Karen Bryson. This is the story of a city. The north-west corner of a city. Here you’ll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between.
"Feels like three unfinished books."
Zadie Smith brings to her essays all of the curiosity, intellectual rigor, and sharp humor that has attracted so many readers to her fiction, and the result is a collection that is nothing short of extraordinary. Presented in four sections-Reading, Being, Seeing, and Feeling-Changing My Mind invites listeners to witness the world from Zadie Smith's unique vantage.
"bland and nutritious"
Alex-Li Tandem peddles autographs. His business is to hunt down the names people want and sell them. He even fakes them if that's what it takes to give autograph seekers a little taste of fame.
"I loved this book!"
Back on the terrain of NW, The Embassy of Cambodia is another remarkable work of fiction from Zadie Smith. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition is read by the author herself. 'The fact is, if we followed the history of every little country in the world -- in its dramatic as well as its quiet times -- we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming...'
This event was recorded live at the 2006 New Yorker Festival in New York City.
"Mother May I", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Unravelling", by Jon Lee Anderson; "Brother from Another Mother", by Zadie Smith; "Last Girl in Larchmont", by Emily Nussbaum.
In this issue: "Telling the Story", by Amy Davidson; "Yours Truly", by Rebecca Mead; "Go Ask Alice", by Anthony Lane; "Escape from New York", by Zadie Smith; "The Prospectors", by Karen Russell; "Where the Boys Are", by Emily Nussbaum; and "Crackups", by Anthony Lane.
"The Pay Is Too Damn Low", by James Surowiecki; "Origin Stories", by Andrew Marantz; "Compositions in Black and White", by Paige Williams; "Throw Like a Girl", by Ben McGrath; and "Meet the President!", by Zadie Smith.
Alex-Li Tandem sells autographs. He hunts for them, collects them, sells them, and occasionally fakes them, all to give the people a little piece of Fame. But what does Alex want? Only the return of his father, the reinstatement of some kind of benevolent God figure, the end of religion, something for his headache, three different girls, infinite grace, and the rare autograph of a Forties movie actress. With fries.
David Frum is a card-carrying conservative who won’t jump on the G.O.P.’s Trump bandwagon—he believes that America’s fundamental rights will...