Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story
Bono, the frontman of U2 and one of the world’s most celebrated artists and activists, has released an autobiography. The book goes from his younger days growing up in Dublin and the sudden loss of his mother at the tender age of 14, to U2’s unexpected journey and success as one of the world’s most dominant rock bands, as well as his activism against AIDS and poverty. Nostalgic and self-reflective qualities offer an intimate glimpse into his character and inner life and reveal the family, friends and experiences that have challenged and shaped him throughout the years. He says: “Surrender is a word freighted with meaning for me. A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. Surrender is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress…With a fair amount of fun along the way.”
By Cormac McCarthy
The American novelist and playwright Cormac McCarthy has released his first novel in a 15 years. The Pullitzer Prize winner for his 2007 novel The Road has been named one of the four major American novelists of his time by critic Harold Bloom. The Passenger tells the tale of a deep-sea crash site which mysteriously lacks the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box and the 10th passenger. Bobby Western, the protagonist of the story and discoverer of the site, tries to unravel the puzzle as he travels across the American South. Throughout his journey, he is constantly shadowed by men with badges and haunted by the ghost of his father, the inventor of the bomb that fell on Hiroshima during World War II, and his sister, who is both his greatest love and downfall.