"There are no second acts in American lives," Fitzgerald once famously said, but American or otherwise, lives can be reimagined or molded into happy endings, even rebirths, through the medium of books.
Sharon Guskin's debut novel, The Forgetting Time
, sheds light on reincarnation, a subject most of us might have given thought to through the concept of karma. In his moving autobiography, When Breath Becomes Air
, the neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, whose life was cut short by cancer, outlines an ending he sees coming but equally important, focuses on his own kind of reinvention: where life goals are accelerated and the focus intensely shifts to what makes life worth living. Also, in The Kindness of Enemies
, a historical Islamic leader's story enjoys special resonance if not a kind of rebirth in contemporary times.
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison recreates a vital aspect of the African American experience, one that has unfolded over many years and generations, in God Help the Child
, now out in paperback. Also released in paperback is the critically acclaimed A Little Life
which confirms just how much truth there is in Fitzgerald's famous quote.
You'll love diving into our lively Beyond the Book section where you can travel to 17th-century Amsterdam
, explore the remote Farallon islands
and zoom to Zuccotti Park in New York City to explore the birth of the Occupy Wall Street
Whether you're exploring contemporary lives or ancient ones, books are a great medium to get you there and the many features in this issue deliver on that promise. Happy reading!
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