Richard S. Kennedy, E. E. Cummings’ official biographer, compiles a selection of over 100 of the poet’s works. Covering a range of topics, each subject is introduced by Kennedy with brief biographical contextualisation and some of Cummings’ original artworks.
Hiram has a gift. He can remember everything, everything he has ever seen and everything that has ever happened to him. The only thing he can’t remember is his mother. When she is sold into slavery, he is separated from her at just five years old. This experience bestows upon him a power that he is yet to understand the full greatness of. It’s not until he experiences a brush with death which urges him to seek freedom that he will learn the extent of his abilities.
The year is 1935 and Stephen, along with his brother, Kits, are part of a five-strong team of mountaineers that plan to tackle one of the world’s most dangerous peaks: Kangchenjunga. Kits quite literally wants to follow in the footsteps of his idols, those that attempted the mountain in 1907, known as the Lyell Expedition. Only two survived, with five men from the expedition dying on the mountain following terrible accidents and brutal weather. Though five died, only four of them were buried. As the plucky 1935 team begin their ascent, Stephen’s excitement ebbs away and is replaced with the haunting feeling that they’re not alone on the mountain.
When Imo starts university, she dreams of a fresh start, or rather a chance to return to the Imo she used to be, before her whole family was turned upside down. Moving into her halls, she quickly becomes friends with her flatmates; the well-off and haughty Tegan, the level-headed and Mumsy Phoenix, and the eccentric and somewhat manic Amber. But Imo can never fully relax, especially as she keeps noticing a strange man keeping watch around campus. When Amber takes off without a word, Imo is convinced something terrible has happened. She refuses to let a girl go missing without a trace. Not again.
When Cyril Conroy buys the Dutch House, he means it as a surprise for his wife, Elna. More glass than brick, with marble floors, gilt ceiling, and even a ballroom, their move from a tiny New York City apartment to this enormous home in Philadelphia is jarring for humble Elna. Bought from the Vanhoebeeks after their bankruptcy, the house also comes with their servants and all of their wordly possessions. Elna tries to adjust as the children, Maeve and Danny, marvel at their new life, but her selflessness and desire to help the neediest of society contradicts her new luxurious lifestyle. She begins to disappear, sometimes for weeks at a time, until one day she leaves for India and doesn’t return.
Hanne Blank looks at the invention of heterosexuality and what is has meant for society throughout history. Though existing for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1860s that heterosexuality first ‘made a name for itself’. Blank examines how the creation of this label has shaped politics, culture, and media, as well as our personal lives.
Years after a tragic accident that claimed the life of their youngest son, the Hardcastles are throwing an extravagant party that reunites all of the guest that were present that fateful day at Blackheath, decades ago. This party will end in another tragedy; the death of their only daughter, Evelyn. But Evelyn won’t die just once. She’ll keep dying, until Aiden, a guest of the Hardcastles, can figure out who kills her. Every day Aiden wakes up in another body, frantically battling the mind of his hosts in order to solve the mystery and escape the hold that Blackheath has over him. If he lives a full day in his eighth and final host without delivering the murderer, he’ll start all over again with no memory of what he’s discovered so far. That’s if he can make it that long. There’s others hunting the killer in Blackheath, and some of them will kill to make sure they escape first.
Jeanne Marie Laskas gains unprecedented access to the mail room of the White House during the Obama Administration. What she finds is a hardworking group, made up mostly of volunteers, sorting through thousands upon thousands of letters from everyday Americans to the President of the United States. It’s the task of these mail room workers to sort, file, and pass on all of these letters. But ten letters a day find their way into the hands of Barack Obama. And some of those letters get a response.
Adapted from the viral blog post of the same name, Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race uncovers the often unmentioned history of race in Britain, and how relations stand today. She explores the issue from all angles, and this award-winning book has sparked conversations on what it means to be a person of colour in the UK in the twenty-first century. This is a topic which too often goes unspoken of and is relegated to history, but Reni Eddo-Lodge uses her work to show that an open dialogue on race is still incredibly important, now more so than ever.
Nothing is Okay is Rachel Wiley’s second full-length poetry collection, in which she tackles issues such as race, queerness, fatness, and feminism. It is at once a celebration of the self and a critique of society, asking us to reconsider the ways in which we treat ourselves and others.