While it is best known as a novel about adultery, Anna Karenina examines some of the most important issues at the heart of the nineteenth-century Russian milieu: family, loyalty, freedom-of-choice, status, and social obligation. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his essay on Tolstoy, “We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life.” Anna Karenina is married to a St. Petersburg government official when she meets and falls in love with a dashing military man, Alexei Vronsky. When their love affair is discovered, it is Anna alone that is scorned by society, which pushes her toward heartrending choices. Tolstoy paints a stunning canvas of Russian life, providing both balance and contradiction to Anna’s ultimately tragic search for happiness and love.
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Series: Shattered Sea Trilogy #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.
Author: Kyo Maclear
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Warble is a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. But on a warm day, a deep fog rolls in and obscures his view. The rest of the birds don’t seem to notice the fog or the other changes Warble observes on the island. The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads. When a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) appears, Warble discovers that he’s not the only one who notices the fog. Will they be able to find others who can see it too? And is the fog here to stay?