Emma Watson is an English actress, model and activist. As a child, she rose to prominence with her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.

  • 1984

    Written more than 70 years ago, , was George Orwell???s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever…,???,???,Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can???t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…,A startling and haunting novel, , creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel???s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions???a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years???from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding???that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives???the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness???are inextricable from the history playing out around them.,Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made , a beloved classic, , is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love???a stunning accomplishment.

  • Ain’t I a Woman

    A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain’t I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman’s involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar’s bookshelf.

  • 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.

  • Annie John

    Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kincaid’s novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood. Annie’s voice???urgent, demanding to be heard???is one that will not soon be forgotten by readers.,An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl’s existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother’s benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, “It was in such a paradise that I lived.” When she turns twelve, however, Annie’s life changes, in ways that are often mysterious to her. She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she instinctively rebels against authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a “young lady,” ceases to be the source of unconditional adoration and takes on the new and unfamiliar guise of adversary. At the end of her school years, Annie decides to leave Antigua and her family, but not without a measure of sorrow, especially for the mother she once knew and never ceases to mourn. “For I could not be sure,” she reflects, “whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world.”

  • Bad Feminist

    ???,In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture., is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

  • Beyond Words

    I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you?,Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack’s personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly peaceful society of killer whales living in the crystalline waters of the Pacific Northwest.,Beyond Words brings forth powerful and illuminating insight into the unique personalities of animals through extraordinary stories of animal joy, grief, jealousy, anger, and love. The similarity between human and nonhuman consciousness, self-awareness, and empathy calls us to re-evaluate how we interact with animals. Wise, passionate, and eye-opening at every turn, Beyond Words is ultimately a graceful examination of humanity’s place in the world.

  • Brave Enough

    From the best-selling author of Wild, a collection of quotes–drawn from the wide range of her writings–that capture her wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor, presented in a gift-sized package that’s as irresistible to give as it is to receive.,Around the world, thousands of people have found inspiration in the words of Cheryl Strayed, who in her three prior books and in her “Dear Sugar” columns has shared the twists and trials of her remarkable life. Her honesty, spirit, and ample supply of tough love have enabled many of us, even in the darkest hours, to somehow put one foot in front of the other–and be brave enough.,This book gathers, each on a single page, more than 100 of Strayed’s indelible quotes and thoughts–“mini instruction manuals for the soul” that urge us toward the incredible capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, and endurance that is within us all.National Best Seller

  • Catching the Big Fish

    In ,, internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch provides a rare window into his methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.,Lynch describes the experience of “diving within” and “catching” ideas like fish – and then preparing them for television or movie screens, and other mediums in which he works, such as painting, music, and design. Lynch writes for the first time about his more than three-decade commitment to Transcendental Meditation and the difference it has made in his creative process.,In brief chapters, Lynch explains the development of his ideas – where they came from, how he grasps them, and which ones appeal to him the most. He specifically discusses how he puts his thoughts into action and how he engages with others around him. Finally, he considers the self and the surrounding world – and how the process of “diving within” that has so deeply affected his own work can directly benefit others., comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch’s personal vision. And it is equally intriguing to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.

  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

    Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike’s deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person?,David Foster Wallace answers these questions and more in essays that are also enthralling narrative adventures. Whether covering the three-ring circus of John McCain’s 2000 presidential race, plunging into the wars between dictionary writers, or confronting the World’s Largest Lobster Cooker at the annual Maine Lobster Festival, Wallace projects a quality of thought that is uniquely his and a voice as powerful and distinct as any in American letters.

  • East of Eden

    A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America???s most enduring authors.,In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called , ???the first book,??? and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California???s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families???the Trasks and the Hamiltons???whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.,The masterpiece of Steinbeck???s later years, ,is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah???s Book Club back, , has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

  • Eloquent Rage

    Far too often, Black women???s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women???s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It???s what makes Beyonc?????s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It???s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.,Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don???t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother’s eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper???s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one’s own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.

  • Feminism Is for Everybody

    Acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks offers an open-hearted and welcoming vision of gender, sexuality, and society in this inspiring and accessible volume. In engaging and provocative style, bell hooks introduces a popular theory of feminism rooted in common sense and the wisdom of experience. Hers is a vision of a beloved community that appeals to all those committed to equality, mutual respect, and justice.,Hooks applies her critical analysis to the most contentious and challenging issues facing feminists today, including reproductive rights, violence, race, class, and work. With her customary insight and unsparing honesty, hooks calls for a feminism free from barriers but rich with rigorous debate. In language both eye-opening and optimistic, hooks encourages us to demand alternatives to patriarchal, racist, and homophobic culture, and to imagine a different future.

  • Feminist Theory

    A sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics, bell hooks’ new book Feminist Theory: from margin to center argues that the contemporary feminist movement must establish a new direction for the 1980s. Continuing the debates surrounding her controversial first book, Ain’t I A Woman, bell hooks suggests that feminists have not succeeded in creating a mass movement against sexist oppression because the very foundation of women’s liberation has, until now, not accounted for the complexity and diversity of female experience.,In order to fulfill its revolutionary potential, feminist theory must begin by consciously transforming its own definition to encompass the lives and ideas of women on the margin. Hooks’ work is a challenge to the women’s movement and will have profound impact on all whose lives have been touched by feminism and its insights.

  • Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars

    by Kai Cheng Thom is the highly sensational, ultra-exciting, sort-of true coming-of-age story of a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents??? abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who live in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles.,Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, Dearly blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, the protagonist joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family.

  • Good and Mad

    From Rebecca Traister, the , bestselling author of ,comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.,In the year 2018, it seems as if women???s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women???s March, and before the MeToo movement, women???s anger was not only politically catalytic???but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women???s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.,With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel???from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women???s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women???s collective fury has become transformative political fuel???as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society???s (and the media???s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.,Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister???s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women???s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

  • Half the Sky

    From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era???s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.,With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.,They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.,Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women???s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it???s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.,Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

  • Harry Potter

    Now for the first time ever, J.K. Rowling???s seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set! The Harry Potter series has been hailed as ???one for the ages??? by Stephen King and ???a spellbinding saga??? by USA Today. And most recently, , called , the ???fastest selling book in history.???

  • Heart Berries

    Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father???an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist???who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.,Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn’t exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.,”I am quietly reveling in the profundity of Mailhot???s deliberate transgression in Heart Berries and its perfect results. I love her suspicion of words. I have always been terrified and in awe of the power of words ??? but Mailhot does not let them silence her in Heart Berries. She finds the purest way to say what she needs to say… [T]he writing is so good it???s hard not to temporarily be distracted from the content or narrative by its brilliance… Perhaps, because this author so generously allows us to be her witness, we are somehow able to see ourselves more clearly and become better witnesses to ourselves.” ???Emma Watson, Official March/April selection for Our Shared Shelf

  • His Dark Materials

    The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are available together in one volume perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series.,These thrilling adventures tell the story of Lyra and Will???two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armored bears, fallen angels and soul-eating specters. And in the end, the fate of both the living???and the dead???will rely on them.,Phillip Pullman???s spellbinding His Dark Materials trilogy has captivated readers for over twenty years and won acclaim at every turn. It will have you questioning everything you know about your world and wondering what really lies just out of reach.