The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 245mb
Overview: On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike-and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible-one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Children/Young adult
Continue reading “The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason”
The Art of Leaving: A Memoir by Ayelet Tsabari
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.7MB
Overview: An intimate memoir in essays by an award-winning Israeli writer who travels the world, from New York to India, searching for love, belonging, and an escape from grief following the death of her father when she was a young girl.
This searching collection opens with the death of Ayelet Tsabari’s father when she was just nine years old. His passing left her feeling rootless, devastated, and driven to question her complex identity as an Israeli of Yemeni descent in a country that suppressed and devalued her ancestors’ traditions.
In The Art of Leaving, Tsabari tells her story, from her early love of writing and words, to her rebellion during her mandatory service in the Israeli army. She travels from Israel to New York, Canada, Thailand, and India, falling in and out of love with countries, men and women, drugs and alcohol, running away from responsibilities and refusing to settle in one place. She recounts her first marriage, her struggle to define herself as a writer in a new language, her decision to become a mother, and finally her rediscovery and embrace of her family history-a history marked by generations of headstrong women who struggled to choose between their hearts and their homes. Eventually, she realizes that she must reconcile the memories of her father and the sadness of her past if she is ever going to come to terms with herself.
With fierce, emotional prose, Ayelet Tsabari crafts a beautiful meditation about the lengths we will travel to try to escape our grief, the universal search to find a place where we belong, and the sense of home we eventually find within ourselves.
Genre: Non-fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Continue reading “The Art of Leaving: A Memoir by Ayelet Tsabari”
The Art of Hunger: Aesthetic Autonomy and the Afterlives of Modernism by Alys Moody
Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.2 MB
Overview: Offers an original account of the prevalence of hunger in twentieth-century literature and sheds light on the persistence of commonplace tropes such as the ‘starving artist’
Provides a history of the reception of modernism and aesthetic autonomy in the second half of the twentieth century
Locates Samuel Beckett, Paul Auster, and J. M. Coetzee in relation to their historical contexts, especially debates about the relationship between art and politics
Presents original archival research into the Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee papers, as well as the student activism papers in the Columbia University archives and post-war French and Anglophone periodicals
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Continue reading “The Art of Hunger by Alys Moody”
Art as Human Practice: An Aesthetics by Georg W. Bertram, Nathan Ross (Translation)
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 598 KB
Overview: How is art both distinct and different from the rest of human life, while also mattering in and for it? This central yet overlooked question in contemporary philosophy of art is at the heart of Georg Bertram’s new aesthetic. Drawing on the resources of diverse philosophical traditions – analytic philosophy, French philosophy, and German post-Kantian philosophy – his book offers a systematic account of art as a human practice. One that remains connected to the whole of life.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Continue reading “Art as Human Practice by Georg W. Bertram”