When a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities comes out of hiding, their clash with a violent society will spark a revolution-or an apocalypse. Avi Hirsch has always known his daughter was different. But when others with incredible, otherworldly gifts reveal themselves to the world, Avi realizes that her oddness is something more-that she is something more. With this, he has a terrifying revelation: Emmeline is now entering a society where her unique abilities unfairly mark her as a potential threat. And even though he is her father, Avi cannot keep her safe forever. Emmeline soon meets others just like her: Carrie Norris, a teenage girl who can turn invisible . . . but just wants to be seen. Fahima Deeb, a woman with an uncanny knack for machinery . . . but it´s her Muslim faith that makes the U.S. government suspicious of her. They are the nobody people-ordinary individuals with extraordinary gifts who want one only thing: to live as equals in an America that is gripped by fear and hatred. But the government is passing discriminatory laws. Violent mobs are taking to the streets. And one of their own-an angry young man seething with self-loathing-has used his power in an act of mass violence that has put a new target on the community. The nobody people must now stand together and fight for their future, or risk falling apart. A timely saga of love and hope in the face of bigotry, The Nobody People is a powerful novel that uses a world touched by the fantastic to explore our current reality. It is a story of family and community. It is a story of continuing to fight for one another, no matter the odds. It is the story of us. Advance praise for The Nobody People ´´Thoughtful, nuanced, kinetic, and, above all, human, this is the superhero story we´ve been waiting for.´´-Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the October Daye series ´´The Nobody People is an expertly plotted, morally complex, brilliantly written, adrenaline-fueled adventure into a new dawn of heroes and villains. Hold on tight to this novel, because you´re in for a hell of a ride.´´-Benjamin Percy, author of The Dark Net, Thrill Me, Red Moon, and The Dead Lands
Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, VOGUE, TIME MAGAZINE, NPR and THE ROOT Named A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ BY Vogue • Elle • Harper´s Bazaar • Glamour • Buzzfeed • In Style • Men´s Journal • Bustle • Ms. Magazine • Pop Sugar • Newsday • The Millions • Time Out • Bitch • CNN´s The Lead • The Fader ´´[A] cutting take on race and class...part dark comedy, part surreal morality tale. Disturbing and delicious.´´ -People ´´You´ll gulp Senna´s novel in a single sitting-but then mull over it for days.´´ -Entertainment Weekly ´´Everyone should read it.´´ -Vogue From the bestselling author of Caucasia, a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class and manners in contemporary America. As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, ´´King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom.´´ Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They´ve even landed a starring role in a documentary about ´´new people´´ like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her--yet she can´t stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria´s perfect new life but her very persona. Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.
This fresh, smart novel in the guise of a celebrity memoir probes the inner life of a mega-famous pop star Honestly, what amazes me the most with a lot of the people I meet is that they think they´re so big. They think, ultimately, that the universe revolves around them. And I´m beginning to think that it´s only when you live a life like mine-it´s only when you´re in a position where you don´t even really own yourself, when you can´t even really say that you´re a citizen of any particular country-that you realize that we´re all just tiny pieces of cosmic dust floating through the void until we disappear forever and we´re never heard from again. So begins the life story of our uber famous twenty-two year old narrator. A teen idol since he was twelve, when a video of him singing went viral, his star has only risen since. Now, haunted by the suicide of his manager-father, unsettled by the very different paths he and his teenage love (and girl pop-star counterpart) ´´Mandy´´ have taken, and increasingly aware that he has signed on to something he has little control over, he begins to parse the divide that separates him from the ´´normal people´´ of the world. Sneakily philosophical, earnest and funny, Justin Kuritzkes´s Famous People is a rollicking, unforgettable look at the clash between fame and the human condition.
When David Bown arrived in Wythenshawe, one of the largest housing estates in Europe, in the conurbation of Manchester, he found five Methodist churches struggling for survival. It would have been easy to close and concentrate the membership in one place, as a rational wayof ´managing decline´. But David wanted none of that. He set about working to devise a strate-gy for the future which built on the vibrancy and creativity of the local people. He went on to devise a myriad of tactical responses, based on the needs and opportunities he found. The resulting 36 regeneration projects, which ranged from street dance to dog training, and from rummage sales to car washing, connected the people, activities and organisations in the communities around the 5 churches, creating a pathway to the Kingdom of God for ordinary working class people. ´´Here´s a book that takes us into the heart of a lived experience, a social setting, most of us will never penetrate. And it does this through the prism of the Christian gospel. It embracesthe fields of sociology, history, culture and theology. A truly wonderful achievement.´´ Lord Leslie Griffiths ´´A heart-warming Kingdom of God story of how five (traditional/Methodist) churches in working-class Manchester found new partners and friends and a new future.´´ Rev. Dr. Neil Richardson, former Principal of Wesley College Bristol and President of the Methodist Conference 2004. ´´This exciting book brings together striking and varied community stories and projects, along-side insightful discoveries on the life and ministry of Jesus, especially in his parables. Take itand go and do likewise!´´ Rev. Dr. John Vincent, former Director of Sheffield Urban Theology Unit and founder of Ashram Community Trust. ´´Kingdom People is a searching, honest and incisive account depicting the challenges facingany traditional mainstream church with a real desire to relate to the inner-city and the work-ing class. It´s a tough journey requiring those involved to ´let go and let God´! A compelling read. ´´ Rev John Stacy-Marks MBE, retired Director and founder of the Amelia Trust Farm and former Community Chaplain at HMP YOI Ashfield.
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A BBC ONE DRAMA ADAPTATION CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018 WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR WINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN´S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can´t. SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE PRIZE 2019 LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how ´´a skinny Asian kid from upstate´´ became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won´t be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People , Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans´ livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People , Yang imagines a different future--one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision´s core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls ´´human capitalism.´´
From the first answering machine (´´the electronic brain´´) and the Hoover vacuum cleaner to the SS Independence and the Bell telephone, the creations of Henry S. Dreyfuss have shaped the cultural landscape of the 20th century. Written in a robust, fresh style, this book offers an inviting mix of professional advice, case studies, and design history along with historical black-and-white photos and the author´s whimsical drawings. In addition, the author´s uncompromising commitment to public service, ethics, and design responsibility makes this masterful guide a timely read for today´s designers.
Weakness and strength, wisdom and foolishness-it´s all contained in the Word of God. In reviewing the lives of some of the Bible´s most interesting characters a person can emulate their best virtues and stay clear of their worst. Look anew at what God´s Word says to us from the Scriptures. His Word is just as relevant for us to day as it was in the lives of these individuals. 2 Corinthians 10:11 ´´Now these things happened to them as an example and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.´´
Lighting has the power to illuminate and enhance our experience within the built environment. The light that enables people to travel around their neighbourhood or their city; the light which they see themselves and their neighbourhood under. Research into the effects of urban lighting on behaviour, environmental psychology and social interaction is developing at a rapid rate. Yet, despite the affect it has on our daily lives, the practical application of this research is a relatively untapped resource. This book explores the needs and experiences of people at night and how these can be addressed by public lighting. It will give readers the confidence to develop more sophisticated lighting plans and add value to their projects. Case studies provide in-depth analysis of real-life projects and will help the reader to understand lighting designers´ own experiences, including post-installation observations. Written in an accessible style by an array of experts, this is an essential book for practitioners, academics and students alike, that will enable you to put the research in to practice and develop better lighting for better places.