Colson Whitehead

1 The Underground Railroad (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club)

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  African American  Historical 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2016-08-02
Description :  <b>The National Book Award Winner and #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South</b><br /><br /> Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.<br /> &#xa0; &#xa0; &#xa0;In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.<br /> &#xa0; &#xa0; &#xa0;Like the protagonist of&#xa0;<i>Gulliver’s Travels,</i>&#xa0;Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.&#xa0;<i>The Underground Railroad</i>&#xa0;is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

2 Zone One

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Horror 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-10-18
Description :  <b>From the bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><br /><br />A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. <i>Zone One</i> unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong…<br /><br />At once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, <i>Zone One</i> is a dazzling portrait of modern civilization in all its wretched, shambling glory.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

3 Sag Harbor

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  African American  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2009-04-28
Description :  <b>From the bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>The Underground Railroad</i></b>: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s.<br />&#xa0;<br />Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own.<br />&#xa0;<br />The summer of ’85 won’t be without its usual trials and tribulations, of course. There will be complicated new handshakes to fumble through and state-of-the-art profanity to master. Benji will be tested by contests big and small, by his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), by the New Coke Tragedy, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

4 The Noble Hustle

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Humor  Books  Biographies & Memoirs  Arts & Entertainment  Games 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-05-06
Description :  <b><b>From the bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><br />An NPR Best Book of the Year</b><br /><br />In 2011, Grantland magazine gave bestselling novelist Colson Whitehead $10,000 to play at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. It was the assignment of a lifetime, except for one hitch—he’d never played in a casino tournament before. With just six weeks to train, our humble narrator took the Greyhound to Atlantic City to learn the ways of high-stakes Texas Hold’em. <br />&#xa0; &#xa0; &#xa0; &#xa0;Poker culture, he discovered, is marked by joy, heartbreak, and grizzled veterans playing against teenage hotshots weaned on Internet gambling. Not to mention the not-to-be overlooked issue of coordinating Port Authority bus schedules with your kid’s drop-off and pickup at school. Finally arriving in Vegas for the multimillion-dollar tournament, Whitehead brilliantly details his progress, both literal and existential, through the event’s antes and turns, through its gritty moments of calculation, hope, and spectacle. Entertaining, ironic, and strangely profound, this epic search for meaning at the World Series of Poker is a sure bet.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

5 The Intuitionist

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1998-12-29
Description :  <b>This debut novel by the author of <i>The Underground Railroad</i>&#xa0;wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. </b><br /><br />It is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department, is at the center of it.&#xa0;&#xa0;There are two warring factions within the department:&#xa0;&#xa0;the Empiricists, who work by the book and dutifully check for striations on the winch cable and such; and the Intuitionists, who are simply able to enter the elevator cab in question, meditate, and intuit any defects.&#xa0;&#xa0;<br /><br />Lila Mae is an Intuitionist and, it just so happens, has the highest accuracy rate in the entire department.&#xa0;&#xa0;But when an elevator in a new city building goes into total freefall on Lila Mae's watch, chaos ensues.&#xa0;&#xa0;It's an election year in the Elevator Guild, and the good-old-boy Empiricists would love nothing more than to assign the blame to an Intuitionist.&#xa0;&#xa0;But Lila Mae is never wrong.<br /><br />The sudden appearance of excerpts from the lost notebooks of Intuitionism's founder, James Fulton, has also caused quite a stir.&#xa0;&#xa0;The notebooks describe Fulton's work on the "black box," a perfect elevator that could reinvent the city as radically as the first passenger elevator did when patented by Elisha Otis in the nineteenth century.&#xa0;&#xa0;When Lila Mae goes underground to investigate the crash, she becomes involved in the search for the portions of the notebooks that are still missing and uncovers a secret that will change her life forever.

6 The Colossus of New York

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2003-10-21
Description :  In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the award-winning, bestselling author of <i>The Underground Railroad&#xa0;</i>recreates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in—or spent time—in the greatest of American cities.<b><br /> </b><br /> A masterful evocation of the city that never sleeps, <i>The Colossus of New York</i> captures the city’s inner and outer landscapes in a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories. Colson Whitehead conveys with almost uncanny immediacy the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents and of newcomers who dream of making it their home; of those who have conquered its challenges; and of those who struggle against its cruelties. <br /><br /> Whitehead’s style is as multilayered and multifarious as New York itself: Switching from third person, to first person, to second person, he weaves individual voices into a jazzy musical composition that perfectly reflects the way we experience the city. There is a funny, knowing riff on what it feels like to arrive in New York for the first time; a lyrical meditation on how the city is transformed by an unexpected rain shower; and a wry look at the ferocious battle that is commuting. The plaintive notes of the lonely and dispossessed resound in one passage, while another captures those magical moments when the city seems to be talking directly to you, inviting you to become one with its rhythms. <br /><br /> <i>The Colossus of New York</i> is a remarkable portrait of life in the big city. Ambitious in scope, gemlike in its details, it is at once an unparalleled tribute to New York and the ideal introduction to one of the most exciting writers working today.

7 John Henry Days

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2001-05-15
Description :  <b>From the bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>The Underground Railroad</i></b><br /><br />Colson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. <b>John Henry Days</b> is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 Apex Hides the Hurt

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2006-03-21
Description :  <b>This <i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;Notable Book from the bestselling author of <i>The Underground Railroad</i> is a&#xa0;brisk, comic tour de force about identity, history, and the adhesive bandage industry.<i><br /></i></b><br />The town of Winthrop has decided it needs a new name. The resident software millionaire wants to call it New Prospera; the mayor wants to return to the original choice of the founding black settlers; and the town’s aristocracy sees no reason to change the name at all. What they need, they realize, is a nomenclature consultant. And, it turns out, the consultant needs them. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero’s efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well.

9 Electric Literature No. 2

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-10-19
Description :  5 Great Stories That Grab You. Colson Whitehead charts the rise to fame of a truth-telling comedian. Stephen O’Connor transports us to a cabin in the woods, where a young woman becomes increasingly convinced she’s not alone. Lydia Davis’ narrator acutely details the behavior of three cows who live in a pasture just across the road. Plus inspiring work by Pasha Malla and Marisa Silver.

10 Agony

Author : Mark Beyer & Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Graphic Novels  Books  Comics & Graphic Novels 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-03-22
Description :  ENJOY THE ECSTASY OF<i> AGONY</i>. Amy and Jordan are just like us: hoping for the best, even when things go from bad to worse. They are menaced by bears, beheaded by ghosts,&#xa0; and hunted by the cops, but still they struggle on, bickering and reconciling, scraping together the rent and trying to find a decent movie. It’s the perfect solace for anxious modern minds, courtesy of one of the great innovators of American comics. Now if only Amy’s skin would grow back ...

11 Zona Uno

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Horror  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-09-03
Description :  Una pandemia ha devastato la Terra, lasciando gli esseri umani divisi in due categorie: i vivi e i morti viventi. Guidati da un governo provvisorio stabilitosi a Buffalo, gli americani cercano di restaurare la civiltà. Il loro primo obiettivo è spazzare via da Manhattan le ultime sacche di resistenza, rappresentate da soggetti infetti che non si sono trasformati in zombie ma si trovano in uno stato semicatatonico. Mark Spitz fa parte di una delle squadre di civili che lavorano nella zona sud dell'isola. È un personaggio tortuoso, fosco, confuso. Il suo mondo, il mondo in cui si muove, è un inferno di ludica violenza dove le tracce della follia umana e i danni di un capitalismo aggressivo coesistono con il disperato desiderio di ritrovare la propria umanità. In<i> Zona Uno</i> Colson Whitehead prende il genere horror, ne distrugge gli schemi e ci restituisce un affresco allucinato e preciso di New York. Una celebrazione della modernità e insieme una veglia anticipata per la sua fine.<br /><br /> ***<br /><br /> «Uno dei migliori romanzi degli ultimi anni. Whitehead rinnova un genere letterario, per riflettere sulla questione fondamentale dei nostri tempi: la possibilità stessa di sopravvivere».<br /><br /> <b>«Esquire»<br /><br /></b> ***<br /><br /> «Whitehead scrive meravigliosamente, con un perfetto controllo su una prosa poetica, esuberante e suadente».<br /><br /> <b>«The Nation»<br /><br /></b> ***<br /><br /> «Un romanzo brillante e profondo».<br /><br /> <b>«The New York Times Book Review»</b>

12 Zona Uno

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-09-18
Description :  Desde que una epidemia azotó el planeta, en el mundo quedan dos tipos de personas: los sanos y los infectados; los vivos y los no-muertos. Manhattan ha sido acordonada y el gobierno provisional ha exterminado a casi todos los infectados; la situación parece bajo control. Pero una sorpresa aguarda entre las desiertas calles de la Zona Uno, y Mark Spitz y sus compañeros de la brigada de limpieza están a punto de descubrirla... <br /><br />Revisitando las novelas de zombis y con una vuelta de tuerca más, Colson Whitehead nos ofrece una historia estremecedora que te persigue de forma implacable hasta el final. Una última advertencia: <i>Zona Uno</i> no se parece a nada de lo que hayas leído hasta ahora.

13 La nobile arte del bluff

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-05-13
Description :  Colson Whitehead gioca a carte da sempre. Piccole poste tra amici, perlopiú scrittori con cui vince facilmente grazie alla sua «faccia da poker». Quando «Grantland», una rivista sportiva, si offre di pagargli l'iscrizione alle World Series di Texas Hold'em di Las Vegas, capisce però che deve fare sul serio. Cosí si sottopone a un duro allenamento per resistere ai sette giorni di torneo che lo aspettano, alla tensione e ai buffet dei casinò. <i>La nobile arte del bluff</i> è il racconto della sua immersione in un mondo che finora abbiamo conosciuto solo tramite la Tv. E una riflessione, tanto caustica quanto divertente, sull'America di oggi, la depressione e il peso dei nostri fallimenti.<br /><br /> «Stupefacente...acuto...Tom Wolfe incrociato con Thomas Pynchon».<br /> <b>The Washington Post</b><br /><br /> «Un guida letteraria al bizzarro mondo dei tornei di poker».<br /> <b>The Wall Street Journal</b><br /><br /> «Raccontando il cupo scintillio dei casinò e il gioco d'azzardo, Colson Whitehead riesce a essere divertente e tragico, un perdente di gran classe».<br /> <b>The New Yorker</b>

14 Den underjordiska järnvägen

Author : Colson Whitehead
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Release Date :  2017-08-11
Description :  Cora växer upp som slav i amerikanska södern. En dag beslutar hon sig för att fly via den underjordiska järnvägen som hjälper slavar att ta sig till norr. I verkligheten var det som kallades den underjordiska järnvägen ett nätverk av hjälpare – i Whiteheads roman har den tagit bokstavlig form. Ett drabbande mänskligt drama som ställer frågor om ras, slaveri, historia och vår egen tid.<br /><br />Översättare: Niclas Nilsson

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