2019年3月29日 - 微生物


10. “The Dry” by Jane Harper


After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk
arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the
funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused
of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of
suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim
that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more
than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is
dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective
question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates
to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be,
long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them.
And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


9. “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan


Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco
robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and
collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who
run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every
evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and
fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the
sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they
tell her―feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.Lois is
no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of
microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread,
she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The
company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a
whole new world opens up.


8. “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” by Sherman Alexie


Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie’s bond with
his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family
into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on
the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but
created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for
strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the
affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for
her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to
achieve it. It’s these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a
beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human
woman. When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother
shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting
ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he
knew how: he wrote.


7. “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne


Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive
parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery,
then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her
rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin
couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is
adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship
with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the
mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to
know himself and where he came from – and over his many years, will
struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.


6. “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders


“February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting
has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a
long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved
eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely
ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies
and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too
good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called
him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns,
alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

1862年十一月,United States南北战争发生不到一年。战争彻底打响,意大利人逐渐发现到,这将会是一场旷日持久的血腥斗争。与此同时,Lincoln至爱的外甥,十四岁的威利却躺在白金汉宫中,身患重病。即使医师估计情况将会改善,但几天后,威利依然距离了人世,在大阪公墓永远安息。“笔者12分的男女,他太杰出了,不应该留在那俗世上,”Lincoln总统说,“上帝召唤他回家了。音讯报导称,非凡忧伤的Lincoln好两回单独回来墓穴中,把幼子的骨肉之躯揽入怀中。

5. “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari


What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human
agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we
set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? “Homo Deus” explores
the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first
century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the
fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect
this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next
stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.


4. “微生物,Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid


In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—
sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They
embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature
intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning
familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they
begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away,
if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and
Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland
and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.


3. “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman


People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the
forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But
down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the
working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason
people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their
junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals,
and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of
this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Beartown” explores the hopes that bring a small community together,
the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an
individual to go against the grain.


2. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng


In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything
is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the
houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no
one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding
principle is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist
and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged
daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and
Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn
to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past
and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this
carefully ordered community.


1. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann


In “Killers of the Flower Moon, ” David Grann revisits a shocking
series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood.
Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a
masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation
reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that,
it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward
American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for
so long.





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