Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't touch him - his dad isn't so defeated, his town isn't so poor, and everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if the football season is canceled. With no funding for things like uniforms and a cared-for playing field, with seemingly every other family moving to find jobs, there simply isn't enough money or players for a season. Unless one kid can rally an entire town and give everyone a reason to believe .
For fans of his bestselling novels Travel Team and Million-Dollar Throw, Mike Lupica delivers a feel-good sports story in The Underdogs (Philomel, $17.99) that will have readers cheering where they sit.
The acclaimed author of The Sweet Hereafter and Rule of the Bone returns with a provocative new novel that illuminates the shadowed edges of contemporary American culture with startling and unforgettable results
Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.
Barely beyond childhood himself, the Kid, despite his crime, is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and foolish choices he himself struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. A university sociologist of enormous size and intellect, he finds in the Kid the perfect subject for his research on homelessness and recidivism among convicted sex offenders. The two men forge a tentative partnership, the Kid remaining wary of the Professor’s motives even as he accepts the counsel and financial assistance of the older man.
When the camp beneath the causeway is raided by the police, and later, when a hurricane all but destroys the settlement, the Professor tries to help the Kid in practical matters while trying to teach his young charge new ways of looking at, and understanding, what he has done. But when the Professor’s past resurfaces and threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world, the balance in the two men’s relationship shifts.
Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider everything he has come to believe, and choose what course of action to take when faced with a new kind of moral decision.
Long one of our most acute and insightful novelists, Russell Banks often examines the indistinct boundaries between our intentions and actions. A mature and masterful work of contemporary fiction from one of our most accomplished storytellers, Lost Memory of Skin(Ecco, $25.99) unfolds in language both powerful and beautifully lyrical, show-casing Banks at his most compelling, his reckless sense of humor and intense empathy at full bore.
The perfect convergence of writer and subject, Lost Memory of Skin probes the zeitgeist of a troubled society where zero tolerance has erased any hope of subtlety and compassion—a society where isolating the offender has perhaps created a new kind of victim.
LETRA URBANA ENCUENTROS at Books & Books: Arte y Ecología, M Thereza Negreiros, presentación a cargo de Francine Birbragher y Adriana Herrera, curadoras y escritoras independientes.
María Thereza Negreiros nació en Maués, Amazonas, Brasil, en 1930. Realizó sus estudios en la Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Brasil, en Río de Janeiro, donde conoció al arquitecto colombiano Ernesto Patiño Barney. Luego de contraer matrimonio, la pareja se radico en Cali, Colombia, donde María Thereza se distinguió como una de las principales figuras de la vanguardia artística en los años sesenta y setenta. Circunstancias personales la llevaron de regreso al Amazonas dónde residió por varios años. Sus experiencias en la selva la llevaron a cuestionar su papel como artista latinoamericana. Abandonó entonces su trabajo experimental y retomó la pintura al óleo para representar lo que denomina la Serie Amazónica, compuesta por lienzos de gran dimensión, impregnados con colores vivos representativos de la selva tropical vista desde una experiencia personal. A su regreso a Colombia a finales de los años setenta, María Thereza fue fuertemente criticada por abandonar la línea vanguardista y dedicarse a la pintura. Sin embargo, tres décadas después, esa misma obra repunta como pionera de un tema que actualmente cobra importancia y trasciende límites geográficos y culturales: Arte y Ecología.
Swami Chidananda is a senior disciple of Yogi Gupta, one of the great Yoga Masters from India. She has been studying, practicing and teaching the higher forms of Yoga for more than a decade in Florida and Massachusetts.
In 108 Pearls of Wisdom ($20) she offers us a spiritual and motivational call for people to look inside their hearts where the truth is and tap the tremendous power of the inner source to fulfill their material and spiritual needs and ultimately the peace that passes all understanding. The author is presenting these universal truths in a highly appealing poetic form, which provides not only food for thought but also stirs the heart and soul of the reader.