Tournament of Books co-founder and novelist Rosecrans Baldwin had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of Parisian living when a French advertising job landed in his lap. But cold réalité soon intruded, as told in this hilarious and winning memoir.
The death of a brilliant surgeon and flawed father reunites the disparate family he abandoned years earlier in suburban Accra, in Taiye Selasi's debut novel of jolting candor and the power of unconditional love. A 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. Read our interview with Selasi here.
Spanning Hollywood, Italy, and Pacific Northwest over five decades, Jess Walter's movie-biz comedy is a tale of reunited lovers, Richard Burton, crafty idealism, and the impeccably named Hotel Adequate View. A BN Review Best Fiction of 2012 selection, and a Tournament of Books Finalist.
Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler's most feared disciple, met his end in broad daylight on a crowded Prague avenue. But who were his dual assassins? Laurent Binet's novel – a 2013 Tournament of Books Finalist -- follows their desperate mission.
In 1856, gorillas were still, to Europeans, a creature as mythical as the unicorn. Enter brave zoologist Paul Du Chaillu, the man who penetrated the West African jungle in search of the truth -- and emerged into a storm of controversy. A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers Selection.
Lauren Groff renders a kaleidoscopic view of a hippie commune’s arduous slog to utopia, as seen through the knowing eyes of lifetime resident Ridley “Little Bit” Stone. A 2013 Tournament of BooksFinalist.
A poignant and riveting memoir of survival during the 2004 tsunami which leveled Sonali Deraniyagala’s native Sri Lanka, and an aftermath of mourning and renewal. A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.
Twin sisters Saba and Mahteb come of age in 1980s Iran, obsessing over American pop culture, until revolution tears them apart. Saba dreams that Mahteb has been swept away to the States, but will the two girls be reunited? A vivid evocation of a young woman facing a radically changing world. A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.
May 23: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died on this day in 1934, gunned down in a police ambush on a road in the north Louisiana woods. The Barrow Gang's crime spree was short and small time, but the young "celebrity bandits" were…