A monthly book club for residents (and friends) of Capitol Hill. Sponsored by all the bookish types on the Hill like Riverby Books, Southeast Branch Library, Northeast Branch Library, and others, this group will move around the neighborhood each month and always provide good company and stimulating conversation for those who love to read.
Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte, author of the New York Times bestseller The Ask , offers up The Fun Parts , a book of bold, hilarious, and deeply felt fiction. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Meanwhile, an aerobics instructor, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul. These are just a few of the stories, some first published in The New Yorker , The Paris Review , or Playboy , that unfold in Lipsyte's richly imagined world.
From Nick Harkaway, a virtuosic new novel and his most ambitious book yet--equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle--set in a not-too-distant-future, high-tech surveillance state. In the world of Gnomon, citizens are ceaselessly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of "transparency." When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody during a routine interrogation, Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector, is assigned to the case.