Thursday, July 21, 2011
What if there were a computer that could answer virtually any question? IBM engineers are developing such a machine, teaching it to compete on the quiz show Jeopardy. In February 2011, it will face off in a nationally televised game against two of the game’s greatest all-time winners, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Final Jeopardy tells the riveting story behind the match.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
"People have abandoned their loved ones for much less than you've been through," Mira BartÓk is told at her mother's memorial service. It is a poignant observation about the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother. Before she was struck with schizophrenia at the age of nineteen, beautiful piano protÉgÉ Norma Herr had been the most vibrant personality in the room. She loved her daughters and did her best to raise them well, but as her mental state deteriorated, Norma spoke less about Chopin and more about Nazis and her fear that her daughters would be kidnapped, murdered, or raped.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Octavia is a former bestselling novelist who wants to do the forbidden—change the endings to all her old books. Though her fans might object, she longs to revisit the fates of her beloved characters. But before she can hand off her manuscript to her publisher, the one story she really wants to rewrite stares her in the face when a headline announces that her estranged son has been arrested for murder.
The latest from Carolyn Parkhurst, The Nobodies Album follows Octavia as she flies to L.A. to make sense of her family’s troubled past. Interspersed with Octavia’s “last chapters,” it’s a dazzling Russian doll of a story in which clues are hidden within clues…and a murder mystery is wrapped inside a gripping family drama.
The Nobodies Album is now available in paperback from Doubleday. More information is available at the publisher's website.