Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski is an American model and actress. She was born in London, England, to American parents, Kathleen (Balgley), a professor, and John David Ratajkowski, a painter. She is of British Isles, German, Polish, and Jewish ancestry. Emily was raised in Encinitas, California, near San Diego.

  • A Manual for Cleaning Women

    compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they’d ever overlooked her in the first place.

  • After Visiting with Friends

    This haunting story of a son???s quest to understand the mystery of his father???s death is ???searing and unforgettable???memoir writing at its best??? (,)???a ???powerfully affecting??? (,) portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets.,???Family? Secrets? Sometimes I think they are the same thing.??? So writes Michael Hainey in this unforgettable story of a son???s search to discover the decades-old truth about his father???s mysterious death. Hainey was a boy of six when his father, a bright and shining star in the glamorous, hard-living world of 1960s Chicago newspapers, died under mysterious circumstances. His tragic absence left behind not only a young widow and two small sons but questions about family and truth that would obsess Michael for decades.,Years later, Michael undertakes a risky journey to uncover the true story about what happened to his father. Prodding reluctant relatives and working through a network of his father???s old colleagues, Michael begins to reconcile the father he lost with the one he comes to know. At the heart of his quest is his mother, a woman of courage and tenacity???and a steely determination to press on with her life. A universal story of love and loss and the resilience of family in the face of hardship, , is the account of a son who goes searching for his father, and in the journey discovers new love and admiration for his mother.

  • All About Love

    The acclaimed first volume in bell hooks’ “Love Song to the Nation”,???The word ???love??? is most often defined as a noun, yet . . . we would all love better if we used it as a verb,??? writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, bell hooks (renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist) skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.,As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question ???What is love???? her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society???s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the ???100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.??? All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.

  • Assata

    On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.,This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside , and the works of Maya Angelou.,Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.

  • Blow-Up

    A young girl spends her summer vacation in a country house where a tiger roams . . . A man reading a mystery finds out too late that he is the murderer’s victim . . . In the fifteen stories collected here???including “Blow-Up,” which was the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni’s film of the same name???Julio Cortazar explores the boundary where the everyday meets the mysterious, perhaps even the terrible.

  • Conversations with Friends

    Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman???s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nick???s flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange???and then painful???intimacy.,Written with gemlike precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, , is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.

  • Dead Girls

    A collection of poignant, perceptive essays that expertly blends the personal and political in an exploration of American culture through the lens of our obsession with dead women.,In her debut collection, Alice Bolin turns a critical eye to literature and pop culture, the way media consumption reflects American society, and her own place within it. From essays on Joan Didion and James Baldwin to ,, Britney Spears, and ,, Bolin illuminates our widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster a man???s story.,From chronicling life in Los Angeles to dissecting the ???Dead Girl Show??? to analyzing literary witches and werewolves, this collection challenges the narratives we create and tell ourselves, delving into the hazards of toxic masculinity and those of white womanhood. Beginning with the problem of dead women in fiction, it expands to the larger problems of living women???both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.,Sharp, incisive, and revelatory, , is a much-needed dialogue on women???s role in the media and in our culture.

  • Delicate Edible Birds

    From Lauren Groff, author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling novel ,, comes ,, one of the most striking short fiction debuts in years. Here are nine stories of astonishing insight and variety, each revealing a resonant drama within the life of a twentieth-century American woman.,In “Sir Fleeting,” a Midwestern farm girl on her honeymoon in Argentina falls into lifelong lust for a French playboy. In “Blythe,” an attorney who has become a stay-at-home mother takes a night class in poetry and meets another full-time mother, one whose charismatic brilliance changes everything. In “The Wife of the Dictator,” that eponymous wife (“brought back . . . from [the dictator’s] last visit to America”) grows more desperately, menacingly isolated every day. In “Delicate Edible Birds,” a group of war correspondents-a lone, high-spirited woman among them-falls sudden prey to a brutal farmer while fleeing Nazis in the French countryside. In “Lucky Chow Fun,” Groff returns us to Templeton, the setting of her first book, for revelations about the darkness within even that idyllic small town.,In some of these stories, enormous changes happen in an instant. In others, transformations occur across a lifetime–or several lifetimes.,Throughout the collection, Groff displays particular and vivid preoccupations. Crime is a motif–sex crimes, a possible murder, crimes of the heart. Love troubles recur; they’re in every story–love in alcoholism, in adultery, in a flood, even in the great flu epidemic of 1918. Some of the love has depths, which are understood too late; some of the love is shallow, and also understood too late. And mastery is a theme–Groff’s women swim and baton twirl, become poets, or try and try again to achieve the inner strength to exercise personal freedom.,Overall, these stories announce a notable new literary master. Dazzlingly original and confident, , further solidifies Groff’s reputation as one of the foremost talents of her generation.

  • How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

    From the author of ,, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist???and how we form our identities in life and in art.,As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as ???masterful??? by Roxane Gay, ???incendiary??? by the ,, and “brilliant” by the ,. With , his first collection of nonfiction, he???s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well., is the author???s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation???s history, including his father???s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing???Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley???the writing of his first novel, , and the election of Donald Trump.,By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, , asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.

  • Know My Name

    She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford???s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral???viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.,Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways???there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.,Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.

  • Luster

    No one wants what no one wants.,And how do we even know what we want? How do we know we???re ready to take it?,Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties???sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage???with rules.,As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren???t hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric???s home???though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows.,Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven Leilani???s Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life???her hunger, her anger???in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

  • Normal People

    At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He???s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne???s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers???one they are determined to conceal.,A year later, they???re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.,Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

  • Notes From No Man’s Land

    A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity, begins with a series of lynchings and ends with a series of apologies. Eula Biss explores race in America and her response to the topic is informed by the experiences chronicled in these essays — teaching in a Harlem school on the morning of 9/11, reporting for an African American newspaper in San Diego, watching the aftermath of Katrina from a college town in Iowa, and settling in Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood.,As Biss moves across the country from New York to California to the Midwest, her essays move across time from biblical Babylon to the freedman’s schools of Reconstruction to a Jim Crow mining town to post-war white flight. She brings an eclectic education to the page, drawing variously on the Eagles, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Baldwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Joan Didion, religious pamphlets, and reality television shows.,These spare, sometimes lyric essays explore the legacy of race in America, artfully revealing in intimate detail how families, schools, and neighborhoods participate in preserving racial privilege. Faced with a disturbing past and an unsettling present, Biss still remains hopeful about the possibilities of American diversity, “not the sun-shininess of it, or the quota-making politics of it, but the real complexity of it.”

  • Self-Help

    In these tales of loss and pleasure, lovers and family, a woman learns to conduct an affair, a child of divorce dances with her mother, and a woman with a terminal illness contemplates her exit. Filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language Moore has become famous for, these nine glittering tales,marked the introduction of an extravagantly gifted writer.

  • Sleepless Nights

    In , a woman looks back on her life???the parade of people, the shifting background of place???and assembles a scrapbook of memories, reflections, portraits, letters, wishes, and dreams. An inspired fusion of fact and invention, this beautifully realized, hard-bitten, lyrical book is not only Elizabeth Hardwick’s finest fiction but one of the outstanding contributions to American literature of the last fifty years.

  • Super Sad True Love Story

    The author of two critically acclaimed novels, , and ,, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America???s dysfunctional coming years???and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.,In a very near future???oh, let???s say next Tuesday???a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don???t that tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well be the world???s last diary, and less-proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio. Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn???t it? Lenny???s from a different century???he totally loves books (or ???printed, bound media artifacts,??? as they???re now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.,After meeting Lenny on an extended Roman holiday, blistering Eunice puts that Assertiveness minor to work, teaching our ???ancient dork??? effective new ways to brush his teeth and making him buy a cottony nonflammable wardrobe. But America proves less flame-resistant than Lenny???s new threads. The country is crushed by a credit crisis, riots break out in New York???s Central Park, the city???s streets are lined with National Guard tanks on every corner, the dollar is so over, and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Undeterred, Lenny vows to love both Eunice and his homeland. He???s going to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, in a world where single people can determine a dating prospect???s ???hotness??? and ???sustainability??? with the click of a button, in a society where the privileged may live forever but the unfortunate will die all too soon, there is still value in being a real human being.,Wildly funny, rich, and humane, , is a knockout novel by a young master, a book in which falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.

  • The Beauty Myth

    The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity. In today’s world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women’s movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It’s the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of “the flawless beauty.”

  • The Empathy Exams

    From personal loss to phantom diseases, , is a bold and brilliant collection; winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.,Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison???s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another???s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain???real and imagined, her own and others??????Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory???from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration???in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

  • The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

    This book explores the political and personal life of an extraordinary woman. Opposed to both authoritarianism and instrumental reformism, an advocate of radical democracy and individual responsibility, Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) is perhaps the most eminent representative of the libertarian socialist tradition, and her work still sparks political and scholarly debate. This volume offers the most extensive collection of Rosa Luxemburg’s letters available in English. This new edition adds a wealth of new material, including nearly fifty new letters which have never before been published in English. This remains an essential work for examining the tradition of libertarian socialism and its unfulfilled democratic promise.

  • The Reckonings

    This extraordinary, timely new collection of essays by the award-winning writer of ,???rooted in her own experience with sexual assault???pursues questions of justice, sexual violence, and retribution.,In 2014, Lacy Johnson was giving a reading from ,her ???instant classic??? (,) memoir of kidnapping and rape, when a woman asked her what she would like to happen to her rapist. This collection, a meditative extension of that answer, draws from philosophy, art, literature, mythology, anthropology, film, and other fields, as well as Johnson???s personal experience, to consider how our ideas about justice might be expanded beyond vengeance and retribution to include acts of compassion, patience, mercy, and grace.,From ???Speak Truth to Power,??? about the condition of not being believed about rape and assault; to ???Goliath,??? about the concept of evil; to ???Girlhood in a Semi-Barbarous Age,??? about the sacred feminine, ???ideal woman,??? and feminist art, Johnson creates masterful, elaborate, gorgeously written essays that speak incisively about our current era. She grapples with justice and retribution, truth and fairness, and sexual assault and workplace harassment, as well as the broadest societal wrongs: the BP Oil Spill, government malfeasance, police killings. ,is a powerful and necessary work, ambitious in its scope, which strikes at the heart of our national conversation about the justness of society.