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Do you feel like you are constantly bombarded with news headlines on your computer, on your phone, on the radio, or on TV? Get a fresh perspective with our suggested reads: every headline is linked to a book dealing with this subject.

Our selections and ebook recommendations of the week (30/01/2015)

Tuesday was Holocaust Memorial Day; in remembrance, we have a few literary recommendations, with autobiographical accounts by Shoah survivors such as Elie Wiesel, as well as fictional writings on the subject. The list is not finite, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments if there is a title we should include to enrich the selection.

FatelessnessIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's BerlinAuschwitzNight

If Marilynne Robinson ranks among your favorite authors… Or if you think the thriller genre is deeply indebted to Patricia Highsmith… Or if you looked back on your last reading year and realized that you had read far more books written by men than by women… You might be interested in the latest releases published by Virago, committed to publishing new women writers and reissuing out-of-print titles by cult authors such as Patricia Highsmith, Mary Renault, and many more great writers.

Little Tales of MisogynySouthpawOn the Wilder Shores of LoveI'll Have What She's HavingSubmerged

Lastly, here are the latest releases we personally recommend this week: there should be enough genres in this selection to please everyone!

Playlist for the DeadMr. Mac and MeThe SacrificeA Cold LegacyLurid & Cute

This winter’s new releases in five words

No time to read what the critics said about the latest releases? If you want to pick your next read based on only one word, we think we might be able to help! Discover some of this winter’s most exciting releases, in five words…

CHILLING

Her: A NovelThe Girl on the Train: A NovelThe Rabbit Back Literature Society

EXHILARATING

The Rosie Effect: A NovelThe Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again!Hall of Small Mammals: Stories

FUTURISTIC

The Galaxy GameAmnesia: A novelGoodhouse

THOUGHT-PROVOKING

Loitering: New & Collected EssaysOutlineThe Glass Cage

WILD

The First Bad Man: A NovelGlow: A novelBonita Avenue: A Novel

Our selection of ebook releases

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

And if you’re interested in the subject of war and its aftermath in fiction, we highly recommend our selection with great authors such as Phil Klay, Hassan Blasim and many others.

The Just City

Jo Walton is a brilliant, and, thankfully, very prolific writer, tackling a wide array of genres. Discover all of her titles available in ebook.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkHow to Build a GirlA Brave Man Seven Storeys TallCanada

Discover the rest of our offers and selections in our Reading list section!

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

The Girl on the Train is assured to be this winter’s hit! Eager to know what everyone will read this season? Keep track of all the latest big releases with our dedicated up-to-date selection!

Curtain Call

If you prefer to know what the newspapers said about a book before reading it, make sure to head over to our Editorial reviews section.

Our selection of ebook releases

2015 is upon us with an abundance of great releases–this week, we offer you a presentation by category, so that you can view the most interesting releases all at once! Happy reading.

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

Wrongful Death

Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. It was ruled a suicide; the police investigation was closed. Then a young man awaiting trial for armed robbery tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered . . . and that he has information to share. As part of an exchange between the Metropolitan Police and the FBI, DCI Anna Travis is scheduled to leave for training at the Academy in Quantico. But her boss asks her to review the case before she goes, alongside senior FBI agent and crime-scene expert Jessie Dewar.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. The sun has not yet risen on Flavia’s first day in captivity when a gift lands at her feet. Flavia being Flavia, a budding chemist and sleuth, that gift is a charred and mummified body, which tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), and assessing the school’s stern headmistress and faculty (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is on the hunt for the victim’s identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives, and means. Rumors swirl that Miss Bodycote’s is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace. When it comes to solving multiple mysteries, Flavia is up to the task—but her true destiny has yet to be revealed.

LITERARY FICTION

God Loves Haiti

At the heart of God Loves Haiti are the connected but divergent fates of its President, his wife, and her lover. The first lady has locked her paramour in the closet of her room at the National Palace, in an attempt to abandon him and to escape from her eternally godforsaken hometown of Port-au-Prince. She meets her husband, the soon-to-be ex-President, at the airport. Standing on the tarmac, she realizes that while she does not love him, she’s grateful to him. It is at this moment that buildings “tumble on people as if they were made of cards.”

The Possibilities

In the idyllic ski resort of Breckenridge, there’s trouble in paradise for Sarah St. John. Her twenty-two year old son, Cully, has been killed in an avalanche, and she is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. All Sarah wants is to be left alone in her grief, but everyone seems to want something from her. Her father, a retiree who has become addicted to the shopping channel, has moved into her basement. Her best friend is juggling a messy divorce and a new found habit of smoking pot. And then there’s Cully’s father, whose sudden reemergence in Sarah’s life stirs a cauldron of emotions. Just as Sarah is ready to face the world, a girl called Kit appears on her doorstep. And Sarah is confronted with the hardest decision yet.

YOUNG ADULT

Golden Son

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

All the Bright Places

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

SCIENCE FICTION

The Galaxy Game

On the verge of adulthood, Rafi attends the Lyceum, a school for the psionically gifted. Rafi possesses mental abilities that might benefit people . . . or control them. Some wish to help Rafi wield his powers responsibly; others see him as a threat to be contained. Rafi’s only freedom at the Lyceum is Wallrunning: a game of speed and agility played on vast vertical surfaces riddled with variable gravity fields.

Goodhouse

An educational establishment with a difference. Outside its walls lies danger. But threat also lurks within. To break out is to risk death. To stay is worse. Welcome to Goodhouse. For boys with bad genes. A bold and page-turning look into a plausible near-future – where genetic profiling is meant to prevent crime, but instead becomes a tool for oppression. If, one day, we can see into our genetic make-up – both the good and the bad – places like Goodhouse could be just around the corner …

ESSAYS

Death on the Fourth of July

In Death on the Fourth of July, veteran journalist David Neiwert explores the hard questions about hate crimes that few are willing to engage. He shares the stories behind the Ocean Shores case through first-hand interviews, and weaves them through an expert examination of the myths, legal issues, and history surrounding these controversial crimes. Death on the Fourth of July provides the most clear-headed and rational thinking on this loaded issue yet published, all within the context of one compelling real-life tragedy.

Loitering: New & Collected Essays

Charles D’Ambrosio’s essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy’s safe return. For anyone familiar with D’Ambrosio’s writing, this enthusiasm should come as no surprise. His work is exacting and emotionally generous, often as funny as it is devastating.