In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
Cormac McCarthy - Nem vénnek való vidék
A vadnyugat lidércei kísértenek a vidéken, csak hősök nincsenek már – annál több az áldozat. Halott emberek mindenütt: bűnözők, bűnüldözők és olyanok, aki számára haláluk pillanatában sem adatik meg a felismerés, hogy bármi közük lehetne az eseményekhez. Bell, az öreg seriff utolsó küldetése ez nyomozás, aki a kifordult világban már csak annyit tud biztosan, hogy szereti a feleségét. Ellenfele, Chigurh, a gyilkológép semmiféle hasonlóságot nem mutat a prófétákkal, mégis prófétai elszántsággal szolgálja a halált. Brutálisan és kevés szóval öl. Ahogy szűkszavúak a rendőrök és a kábítószercsempészek is, akik sorra halnak meg a sivatagban. Az ő háborújukba – mely rég nem az igazság, a morál és a becsület ege alatt zajlik – keveredik bele egy fiatalember (Moss) vadászat közben, mikor véletlenül bűnözők hulláiba botlik, és annyi pénzbe, amennyivel bármilyen élet mindenestől megváltoztatható. A pénz és az ő nyomába szegődik Chigurh – úgyhogy inkább ez a hajsza forgatja fel végérvényesen az életét. Hogy sikerül-e túlélnie? McCarthynak mindenképp sikerül sokkoló erővel ábrázolni ezt a roncs világot és „hőseinek” sajátosan durva nyelvét. A könyv film változatát négy díjjal jutalmazták az Oscar-gálán.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce on-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine...
Simone Elkeles - Chain Reaction
Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?
Cassandra Clare - City of Bones
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting (angol)
Mark Renton is a very sick young man, sick of heroin, sick of trying to get off it. Most of us, he's sick of himself, his friends and growing up in the AIDS/HIV capital of Europe. The nihilistic youth sees nothing ahead in the future: 'Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.' Trainspotting became an instant classic howl of rage, despair and style from the Scottish capital's forgotten streets that would be heard all over the world.
Julie Powell - Julie & Julia (angol)
Powell, a 30-year-old secretary, began keeping her blog in the summer of 2002 as she embarked on trying out all 524 recipes from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 365 days in the kitchen of her Queens apartment. The book turns to poetry everything from shopping for the perfect piece of liver to extracting marrow from the bone. Julie & Julia has sold nearly 100,000 copies and became the nonfiction winner of the first annual Lulu Blooker Prize, celebrating books spawned by blogs.
Jodi Picoult - Plain Truth
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide and, for the first time in her high profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep into the world of those who live 'plain', Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. As she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past comes back into her life.
Max Brooks - World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
It began with rumours from China about another pandemic. Then the cases started to multiply and what had looked like the stirrings of a criminal underclass, even the beginnings of a revolution, soon revealed itself to be much, much worse. Faced with a future of mindless, man-eating horror, humanity was forced to accept the logic of world government and face events that tested our sanity and our sense of reality. Based on extensive interviews with survivors and key players in the 10-year fight-back against the horde, "World War Z" brings the very finest traditions of American journalism to bear on what is surely the most incredible story in the history of civilisation.
Yann Martel - Life of Pi
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy.The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years. Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound readers in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe in God.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
There can be many varying reasons for selling one's soul to the devil. Fame, power, love; a distraction of this world can rapidly consume the entirety of one's concentration until the distraction becomes that person's very "reality". It is fascinating to observe how the good in this world can be overlooked or neglected due to the singularity of one's concentration on what is, ultimately, the "bad". The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story that captures such a concept and places it in the context of late nineteenth century London. Basil Hallward is a painter, one of amateur talents, but a painter that receives an inspiration that some like to call divine. A particularly new acquaintance of his, a Mr. Dorian Gray, seems to put all art into perspective for the aspiring artist. The result is a perfectly splendid picture of the beautiful Dorian Gray, who sits for Hallward in the epitome of innocence. There is a friend of Hallward's, who goes by the name of Lord Henry Wotton. Harry, as his friends call him, is something of an enigma to the familial circles of English aristocracy; Dorian most aptly entitles him "Prince Paradox" much later in the novel. Gray is immediately captivated by the charisma of Lord Wotton, whom he met while Hallward is painting his portrait. Following the completion of the painting, Dorian becomes melancholic, having just learned the wonders of his youth and beauty from Prince Paradox; indeed, upon gazing into his own picture, Dorian Gray is already missing his youthful splendour. In his newfound narcissism, Dorian makes a foolhardy wish: that the painting grows old and ugly while he should retain his exceptional beauty. There is a liberal utilization of symbolization in this controversial book, and most particularly so in Henry Wotton and his meeting with Dorian Gray. Harry, who becomes Dorian's closest friend, represents a kind of hedonism that is vastly different from the sociality of their familiars, and yet also apart from the vulgar tastes of the uneducated. In the words of Dorian Gray: "Yes: there was to be, as Lord Henry prophesied, a new Hedonism that was to recreate life, and to save it from the harsh, uncomely Puritanism that was making its own curious revival. It was to have its service of the intellect, certainly; yet, it was never to accept any theory or system that would involve the sacrifice of any mode of passionate experience. His aim, indeed, was to be experience itself, and not the fruits of experience, sweet or bitter as they might be. Of the asceticism that deadens the sense, as of the vulgar profligacy that dulls them, it was to know nothing. But it was to teach man to concentrate himself upon the moments of a life that is itself but a moment." Before Dorian Gray met Lord Henry Wotton, he recognized things as they were. Following that momentous exchange, Dorian Gray recognized only shadows. Art, to the corrupted youth, was not just a reflection of life and love, but reality itself. Passion is the first and final goal of his new worldview, and it ultimately destroys the child within. Basil Hallward symbolizes the simplicity, the good, and the rare in modern London: his friend Henry calls him "dull", as all great artists are. Hallward, in a clever instance of foreboding, did not want Lord Henry to even meet Dorian: "Dorian Gray has a simple and beautiful nature… Don't spoil him." The good in life seems to become less relevant, less necessary as life goes on, as the individual experiences more, until the good doesn't seem to exist… at all. A key idea in the Picture of Dorian Gray is, I think, the fall of innocence to the pleasures of this novel Hedonism that plays the antagonism of this story. Though Dorian may indeed retain his outer beauty, startling the perceptions of everyone near him, the soul within becomes unrecognizable to a simple eye, to any eye removed of darkness. In the writing of this, his only novel, Oscar Wilde manages to take hold of several key ideas and succeeds in putting them on a magnificent, provocative display. The central themes, art, love and novelty, are the fine threads that boldly form the grandeur of the patterned Idea. As this is the ultimate goal in every work of art, I would claim that The Picture of Dorian Gray is an accomplished story on every level.
Daniel Keyes - Billy Milligan háborúi
Billy Milligannel, a megsokszorozódott személyiségű, ifjú, elmebeteg bűnözővel először a Szép álmokat Billy című kötetben találkozhatott az olvasó. Megdöbbentő történetét az teszi egészen különleges olvasmánnyá, hogy az első betűtől az utolsóig igaz. Billy, aki 1977-ben, az amerikai Ohioban fegyverrel elrabolt, majd megerőszakolt három nőt, valójában huszonnégy különböző korú, nemű és jellemű emberből áll. Elméje annyi darabra "esett szét" még gyermekkorában, szadista nevelőapja bántalmazásai miatt. Ez a könyv annak a harcnak a krónikája, amelyet Billy egyrészt az ellenséges külvilággal, másrészt saját belső személyiségével folytat. Miközben végigkövetjük élete stációit, idegenkedésünk és félelmünk Billytől észrevétlenül sajnálattá, sőt rokonszenvvé változik át. A tét óriási. Belehal-e Billy a küzdelmekbe, vagy sikerül-e végleg egybeolvadnia és évtizedek szörnyű megpróbáltatásai után elkezdenie normális, szabad, emberhez méltó életét?
Paulo Coelho - The Winner Stands Alone
How can we stay innocent in a world of excess? "They are so very cultivated, so very rich and so utterly charming. And at the end of each day, they all ask themselves: "Is it time I stopped?" And they all reply: If I did, there would be no meaning to my life." So thinks Igor Malev. And he knows it to be true. This ruthless, self-made man is massively wealthy, but bereft without the love of his wife - Ewa. She left him for another. He loves her so totally, so far beyond passion, that he will do anything to get her back. He has tracked her to the glittering, jaded heart of the film and fashion world - Cannes International Film Festival. Over just 24 hours, in a town full of the unfulfilled, Igor takes a series of extreme, devastating steps to show some of Cannes' empty vessels the root of their troubles. And to prove to Ewa that his love is as pure and powerful as ever...
J. K. Rowling - The Casual Vacancy
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Charles Frazier - Hideghegy
A múlt századi polgárháborús Amerikában játszódó nagyregény két szálon futó szenvedélyes szerelmi történet. Inman, a sebesült katona kalandos út, ezernyi életveszély közepette tart hazafelé, a romantikus, hátborzongató Hideghegy felé. Költői szépségű tájon, vadregényes és félelmetes vidéken visz az útja, ellenséges és barátságos emberekkel találkozik. A Hideghegyen az elárvult Ada várja, aki kényelmes, védett gyermekkora után váratlanul teljesen egyedül maradva birkózik a birtok és az élet megszerzésével. A párhuzamos szerkesztésű, csodálatos nyelven írott regényben lebilincselő, felemelő élményre lelhetnek mindazok, akik nem felejtették el a hagyományos nagyregények megkapó világát.
Dan Brown - Inferno (angol)
Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm.a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Here is a small fact: You are going to die. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Some important information: This novel is narrated by Death. It's a small story, about: a girl an accordionist some fanatical Germans a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. Another thing you should know: Death will visit the book thief three times...
Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
Veronica Roth - Allegiant
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Shadow is a man with a past and wants nothing more now than to live a quiet life with his wife. When his wife is killed in a terrible accident, Shadow flies home for the funeral. As a raging storm rocks the plane, the strange man in the seat next to Shadow introduces himself as Mr. Wednesday. He knows more about Shadow than is possible--and he warns Shadow an even bigger storm is coming.
Leonore Fleischer - Rain Man - Esőember
Szívfacsaró történet... Charlie Babbitt: vagány (vagy annak hiszi magát), nyüzsgő és keservesen büszke. Amikor apja meghal, azt reméli, nagy vagyont örökölt. De apja mást gondolt. Raymond Babbitt: Charlie tizennyolc évvel idősebb bátyja, akiről Charlie semmit sem tudott: egy gyógyintézet ápoltja, saját elméjének foglya, gyermekkora árnyainak üldözöttje. És hárommillió dollár örököse. Amikor Charlie elrabolja Raymondot, és megpróbálja elrejteni, hogy megszerezze a pénzt, nem sejti, hogy mindkettejüket odüsszeiába hajszolja, keresztül-kasul Amerikán - a múltba vezető hosszú útra, vesztükbe, egyszersmind kölcsönös szeretetük váratlan újjászületéséhez.