The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles Description:

Greece in the age of heroes Patroclus an awkward young prince has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles Despite their difference Achilles befriends the shamed prince and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper despite the displeasure of Achilles mother Thetis a cruel sea goddess br br But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny Torn between love and fear for his friend Patroclus goes with him little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear

Rating: 3.62 out of 5


Galatea Description:

In Ancient Greece a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen the gift of life Now his wife Galatea is expected to be obedience and humility personified but it is not long before she learns to use her beauty as a form of manipulation In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep her under control she is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses But with a daughter to rescue she is determined to break free whatever the cost

Rating: 3.60 out of 5


Circe Description:

In the house of Helios god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans a daughter is born But Circe is a strange child not powerful like her father nor viciously alluring like her mother Turning to the world of mortals for companionship she discovers that she does possess power the power of witchcraft which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves br br Threatened Zeus banishes her to a deserted island where she hones her occult craft tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology including the Minotaur Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus the murderous Medea and of course wily Odysseus br br But there is danger too for a woman who stands alone and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians To protect what she loves most Circe must summon all her strength and choose once and for all whether she belongs with the gods she is born from or the mortals she has come to love br br With unforgettably vivid characters mesmerizing language and page turning suspense Circe is a triumph of storytelling an intoxicating epic of family rivalry palace intrigue love and loss as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man s world

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths Description:

b Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow up to the bestselling i My Mother She Killed Me My Father He Ate Me i b br br Icarus flies once more Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse his cremains in a bullet Here in compelling guise are your favorite mythological figures Narcissus and Echo Orpheus and Eurydice Pygmalion and Galatea even Argos Odysseus s faithful dog alongside characters from Indian Punjabi Inuit and other traditions Featuring talkative goats a cat lady a bird woman a beer drinking ogre and a squid who falls in love with the sun these are stories of boundless wonder and invention br br If xo signals a goodbye then i xo Orpheus i is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking a book that boldly heralds a new beginning for one of the world s oldest literary traditions

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill

The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill Description:

To be up all night in the darkness of your youth but to be ready for the day to come that was what going to Brown felt like Jeffrey Eugenides br br In celebration of Brown University s th anniversary fifty remarkable prizewinning writers and artists who went to Brown provide unique stories many published for the first time about their adventures on College Hill Funny poignant subversive and nostalgic the essays comics and poems in this collection paint a vivid picture of college life from the s to the present at one of America s most interesting universities br br Contributors br br Donald Antrim Robert Arellano M Charles Bakst Amy DuBois Barnett Lisa Birnbach Kate Bornstein Sarah Shun lien Bynum Mary Caponegro Susan Cheever Brian Christian Pamela Constable Nicole Cooley Dana Cowin Spencer R Crew Edwidge Danticat Dilip D amp Souza David Ebershoff Jeffrey Eugenides Richard Foreman Amity Gaige Robin Green Andrew Sean Greer Christina Haag Joan Hilty A J Jacobs Sean Kelly David Klinghoffer Jincy Willett Kornhauser Marie Myung Ok Lee David Levithan Mara Liasson Lois Lowry Ira C Magaziner Madeline Miller Christine Montross Rick Moody Jonathan Mooney Rowan Ricardo Phillips Dawn Raffel Bill Reynolds Marilynne Robinson Sarah Ruhl Ariel Sabar Joanna Scott Jeff Shesol David Shields Krista Tippett Alfred Uhry Afaa Michael Weaver and Meg Wolitzer br br At Brown we felt safely ensconced in a carefree counterculture cocoon free to criticize the university president join a strike by cafeteria workers break china laughing or kiss the sky Pamela Constable

Rating: 3.32 out of 5