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Here's a list of some outstanding current and forthcoming titles on our shelves. These are books that offer something
special — superb writing by talented authors, a riveting reading experience, unforgettable characters, intriguing concepts,
fascinating subject matter, impeccable scholarship, or just sheer literary entertainment.
These are books that truly deserve your attention...
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- Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
|TANGERINE by Christine Mangan|
Lucy Mason turns up in exotic and dangerous 1950’s Tangier, ostensibly to pay a supportive visit to her old college roommate, Alice Shipley, who has recently escaped
a potential scandal by marrying a dissolute English aristocrat. Told in alternating viewpoints by both Lucy and Alice, Christine Mangan's debut novel relentlessly develops
into a chilling psychological drama of passion, obsession, and devotion gone wrong. (BACKSTORY: Scarlett Johansson will star in a George Clooney-produced film that
began generating buzz, months before the book was even published.)
"The thriller that everyone will be talking about. One of those sinuous, Hitchcockian tales that disorients in the best way." — Esquire Magazine
"Unbelievably tense, incredibly smart. Mangan full-speeds up to her shocking finale, twisting the plot with reveals you never see coming. Her writing is so accomplished, so full of surprises and beauty, that you'd swear she was a seasoned pro." — The San Francisco Chronicle
"A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties. Tangerine is endearing and even impressive in the force of its determination to conjure a life more exciting than most. Just the ticket!" — The New Yorker
"The lying, the cunning, and the duplicity is so very mannered that it's chilling. Rich in dread, the foreboding positively drips from every page." — The Washington Post
"Hypnotic! A deadly, Hitchcockian pas de deux plays out under an unrelenting, Camus-like African sun. . . Sucks the reader in almost instantly." — Booklist *** starred review ***
|NOIR by Christopher Moore|
All the requisite noir elements are here: a wise-cracking down-on-his-luck bartender, his inscrutable Chinese sidekick, a mysterious blonde who can drink any wise-cracking down-on-his-luck bartender and his sidekick under the table, sinister gangsters, and, of course, outrageous politically incorrect snappy dialogue. The action ranges from Tenderloin bars, to Chinatown, to Nob Hill drawing rooms, and, finally to Roswell Air Field (yes, that Roswell). Christopher Moore somehow manages to channel both P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler simultaneously and delivers an homage that is much more than a parody – it’s a loving tribute to the genre.
"Raymond Chandler meets the SyFy channel in Moore's latest humorous adventure. Fans of noir film and fiction will find a lot to enjoy in this loving genre tribute, and those already familiar with Moore's books will simply be in love." — Library Journal *** starred review ***
"Dizzy dames and shadowy gangsters! Sammy, Moore's comic revision of Sam Spade, will take you on a silly-thrilly ride through late-1940s San Francisco, and you'll be laughing all the way." — The Washington Post.
"Moore's weird and oddly hilarious new novel, features sunglasses-wearing government agents, a rogue black mamba snake, a helpful madam, and a mysterious object that fell out of the sky in a place called Roswell. This isn't just a spoof of the kind of noir that Thompson, Cain, and Goodis were writing in the 1940s and '50s; hiding behind those trappings is a pedal-to-the-metal, exquisitely written comic romp through a neon-lit San Francisco that may never have actually existed, but that, in Moore's supremely talented hands, sure feels like it could have." — Booklist *** starred review ***
|AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones|
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they
are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime he didn't commit.
A profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of people both bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
"Wise and compassionate. . . It is beautifully written, with many allusions to black music and culture - including the everyday poetry of the African-American community that begs to be heard. It also warns us to awaken our compassion and empathy. This can be you, the story whispers. Forget that at your peril." — The New York Times
"Compelling. . . intimate and introspective: a story about the unpredictable ways love ferments in the airless conditions of forced separation.
Each character speaks directly to us." — The Washington Post
"Jones’s exploration is a breathtaking look at who and what can be complicit in the breakdown of a marriage. Quietly powerful. . . It becomes head-spinning how Jones
upends all expectations, flipping the reader’s perceptions and offering unexpected moments of clarity." — The Atlantic.
"Peopled by vividly realized, individual characters and driven by interpersonal drama, but also very much about being black in contemporary America. This is,
at its heart, a love story, but a love story warped by racial injustice. And, in it, Jones suggests that racial injustice haunts the African-American story. Subtle,
well-crafted, and powerful." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
PERSEPOLIS RISING by James S. A. Corey (pen name for Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham)|
In the thrilling seventh chapter of Corey's acclaimed Expanse space opera series, an ambitious colony world ruled by a ruthless dictator with access to
powerful alien technology threatens the ring gates that connect 1,300 human colonies to the Sol system.
"Corey's tense, tightly plotted story is stuffed to the brim with intrigue, action, awesome alien tech, multidimensional characters, and provocative ideas." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Combining an exploration of real human frailties with big science fiction ideas and exciting thriller action, Corey cements the series as must-read space opera." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"We’re already familiar with the characters, but the new threat challenges them in ways we haven’t seen in the past six books. Like the novels that came before it, Persepolis Rising is a tightly-plotted thriller that juggles a variety of often-opposing threads. As the action plays out, it’s clear that the authors have a huge finale planned, with huge stakes and challenges ahead for its characters." — The Verge.
"A narrative that takes no prisoners as it approaches its devastating destination. Persepolis Rising proves as pulse-pounding and poignant as any of its powerful predecessors" — Tor.com.
- Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
|EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid|
NEW YORK TIMES: 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR | 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, an electrifying love story that unfolds in a
country teetering on the brink of civil war. Fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy
by the unrest roiling their city. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, 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.
"In spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy. He shows just how swiftly ordinary life - with
all its banal rituals and routines - can morph into the defensive crouch of life in a war zone and how insidiously violence alters the calculus of daily life. By mixing the real
and the surreal, and using old fairy-tale magic, Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today's
headlines." — The New York Times.
“This is the best writing of Hamid's career. Readers will find themselves going back and savoring each paragraph several times before moving on. He's that good. Breathtaking!” — NPR.
"Skillful and panoramic from the outset. A meticulously crafted, ambitious story of many layers, many geopolitical realities, many lives and circumstances.
Here is the world, Hamid seems to be saying, the direction we're hurtling in. How are we going to mitigate the damage we've done?" — The New York Review of Books
“A marvelously well-sustained dramatic monologue that reveals a great deal about its speaker, while also concealing precisely what he intends to do to his listener.
Hamid employs a tone of radical simplicity that borders on brutality, and makes every conversation, every detail, every scene feel at once vital and under
threat.” — The Guardian (U.K.)
|THE TERROR by Dan Simmons|
Greeted with excited critical praise when it was first released a decade ago, this extraordinary epic novel - inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the
Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition - swells with heart-stopping suspense, Lovecraftian horror, and heroic adventure. (Now republished in a new edition to coincide with the acclaimed television miniseries.)
"The best and most unusual historical novel I have read in years." — The Boston Globe.
"Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, The Terror is masterfully chilling work." — Entertainment Weekly.
"The Terror is both dazzling history and a sparkling chiller" — People Magazine.
"Simmons brings the horrific trials and tribulations of arctic exploration vividly to life in this beautifully written historical, which injects a note of supernatural horror into the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A brilliant historical novel. Simmons is more than plausible. He is also dramatic and vivid - at times, horrifically so. While remaining true to the historical record in every important particular, Simmons has given us a host of colourful, believable characters caught up in a driving, hell-bent narrative. The Terror is a tour de force. " — The Toronto Globe & Mail.
|HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Toibin|
Inspired by the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, Colm Toibin brings a modern sensibility and language to
the tragedy of Clytemnestra, one of the most powerful villains of ancient Greece. This riveting and relevant historical novel is a spectacularly audacious
and compelling examination of the dynamics of a family whose violence, vengefulness, and lust are literally legendary.
"A brilliant exploration of times past. . . Toibin's accomplishment here is to render myth plausible while at the same time preserving its high drama.
A gripping saga made tangible and graphic in Toibin's lush prose." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"A taut retelling of a foundational Western story. This extraordinary book conveys both confounded strangeness and timeless truths about love's sometimes
terrible and always exhilarating energies." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Toibin's success comes down to the power of his writing: an almost unfaultable combination of artful restraint and wonderfully observed detail that transforms
his account into a moving tragedy on a human scale." — The New York Times.
"Toibin pumps blood even into the silent figures of Greek tragedy. Despite the passage of centuries, this is a disturbingly contemporary story of a powerful woman
caught between the demands of her ambition and the constraints on her gender. Never before has Toibin demonstrated such range, not just in tone but in action.
He creates the arresting, hushed scenes for which he's so well known just as effectively as he whips up murders that compete, pint for spilled pint, with those immortal
Greek playwrights." — The Washington Post.
|GOLDEN HILL by Francis Spufford|
Winner of the COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD | Named NOVEL OF THE YEAR by the U.K.'s Sunday Times
Newly arrived from London, a mysterious young Englishman confounds and thrills the denizens of 1746 New York City. Is he an idle scoundrel,
a wealthy tycoon. . . or something more sinister? This wonderfully captivating homage to the great master of the picaresque novel, Henry Fielding, cannot be
recommended highly enough!
"Spufford's action is fast, and plot twists abound. Readers bounce through chases, courtrooms, brawls, debtors' prison, and a momentous steam-room sex scene,
and it's all great fun. But most pleasurable is the prose itself, which is clever, silly, and perceptive, somehow managing to seem perfectly historically calibrated while
poking fun at itself for such efforts. A virtuoso literary performance." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Golden Hill left my mind feeling like it had been kissed by some sunburn. It's action is so vivid that you seem to be consuming breaking news. Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight." — The New York Times.
"So gorgeously crafted, so intelligent and entertaining, it makes a case for the enduring vitality of the more straightforward historical novel.
Spufford's sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect." — Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air/NPR.
"The intoxicating effect of Golden Hill is much more than an experiment in form. Spufford has created a complete world. . .
There are single scenes here more illuminating, more lovingly wrought, than entire books." — The Financial Times (U.K.).
"Splendidly entertaining and ingenious. A first-class period entertainment. . . nothing short of a masterpiece!" — The Guardian (U.K.).
|AMERICAN WAR: A Novel by Omar El Akkad|
The Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. Oil is outlawed, Louisiana is half underwater, and unmanned drones fill the sky.
Award-winning journalist Akkad's gripping and frightening debut novel takes off from current American political and environmental issues to imagine a bleak and savage not-too-distant future.
"In El Akkad's debut novel, the second American Civil War has broken out, and six-year-old Sarat Chestnut is herded into a displaced persons camp with her family. There, a mysterious official begins training her to be a weapon of war. VERDICT: Well written, inventive, and engaging, this relentlessly dark tale introduces a fascinating character in Sarat. Highly recommended!" — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Explosive! El Akkad has created a brilliantly well-crafted, profoundly shattering saga of one family's suffering in a world of brutal power struggles, terrorism, ignorance, and vengeance. American War is a gripping, unsparing, and essential novel for dangerously contentious times." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Terrifyingly plausible. . . Part family chronicle, part apocalyptic fable, American War is a vivid narrative of a country collapsing in on itself." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Follow the tributaries of today's political combat a few decades into the future and you might arrive at something as terrifying as Omar El Akkad's debut novel,
American War. Across these scarred pages rages the clash that many of us are anxiously speculating about in the Trump era: a nation riven by irreconcilable ideologies, alienated by entrenched suspicions. . . both poignant and horrifying." — The Washington Post.
"Whether read as a cautionary tale of partisanship run amok, an allegory of past conflicts or a study of the psychology of war, American War is a deeply unsettling novel.
The only comfort the story offers is that it's a work of fiction. For the time being, anyway." — The New York Times.
|4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster|
2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
Paul Auster has been turning readers' heads for three decades, bending the conventions of storytelling.
He now presents his most capacious, demanding, eventful, suspenseful, erotic, structurally audacious, funny, and soulful novel to date.
His first novel in seven years follows Archibald Ferguson through four different, simultaneous lives starting from his birth in Newark in 1947.
This ravishing 880-page opus takes in momentous events, from the cold war through the Kennedy assassination and the My Lai massacre as its various personal stories unfold.
"An epic bildungsroman! Original and complex. . . It's impossible not to be impressed - and even a little awed - by what Auster has accomplished. . . A work of outsize ambition and remarkable craft, a monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a novel that contains multitudes." — The New York Times.
"A stunningly ambitious novel, and a pleasure to read. Auster's writing is joyful even in the book's darkest moments, and never ponderous or showy. . . An incredibly moving, true journey." — NPR.
"Draws the reader in from the very first sentence and does not let go until the very end. An absorbing, detailed account - four accounts! - of growing up in the decades following World War II. Auster's prose is never less than arresting. In addition to being a bildungsroman, 4321 is a kunstlerroman, a portrait of the artist as a young man whose literary ambition is evident even in childhood. . . I emerged from this prodigious book eager for more." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
|LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders|
WINNER OF THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
Short story virtuoso George Saunders delivers his first novel - a spellbinding story of love
and loss that breaks free of its historical framework into a hilarious and terrifying supernatural realm.
While mourning the passing of his son Willie in a Georgetown graveyard in his first year as President, Abraham Lincoln is accosted by the ghosts of dead Americans who
are trapped in the Bardo - a transitional state between death and the next realm. As the spirits condemn, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance,
the new President discovers that what is at stake is the fate of his son's soul.
"A stunningly powerful work, both in its imagery and its intense focus on death, this remarkable work of historical fiction gives an intimate view of 19th-century fears and mores." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A wild and wily improvisation that mirrors, by turns, the ambience of Hieronymus Bosch and Tim Burton. A boldly imagined,
exquisitely sensitive, sharply funny, and utterly unnerving historical and metaphysical drama." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"The novel beats with a present-day urgency - a nation at war with itself, the unbearable grief of a father who has lost a child, and a howling congregation of ghosts, as divided in death as in life, unwilling to move on." — Vogue.
"A true artist charting hidden creative territory. . . a luminous feat of generosity and humanism. In the graveyard’s slaves and slavers, drunkards and priests, soldiers of
doomed regiments, suicides and virgins, are assembled a country. The wretched and the brave, and such is Saunders’s magnificent portraiture that readers will recognize
in this wretchedness and bravery aspects of their own characters as well. He has gathered 'sweet fools' here, and we are counted among their number." — The New York Times.
|NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman|
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a dazzling rendition of the great Scandinavian sagas and myths.
"There's plenty of mayhem and gore, and once the gods have had their fun, everything comes 'crashing down and crumbling into ash and devastation.'
But before that happens and Ragnarok descends, we have this lively book to cheer us along. Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the
student of comparative religion and mythology alike. " — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Giants, ogres, dwarves, fantastical beasts, and the occasional human freely mingle with Thor, Odin, Loki, Freya, and other, less well-known gods and goddesses,
all of whom are passionate, flawed, weird, and divinely entertaining. VERDICT: A spectacularly entertaining and elucidating collection of stories.
Essential for all collections." — Library Journal *** starred review ***
"Gaiman's retelling of these ever-striking and strange stories should be every reader's first book of Norse mythology." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"Gaiman's work reflects his restless spirit, encompassing
science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, children’s books, adult books, comic books, screenplays, short stories, essays and poetry.
His new book starts with the beginning of the world and ends with its destruction by ice and fire and darkness before hope is restored, gingerly and tentatively, with the beginnings of a new earth from the ruins of the old one. Its message seems relevant just now." — The New York Times
|ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay|
2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
Nine men from nine different backgrounds in nine different cities strive to understand what it means to be alive in a globalized Europe.
Tracing a dramatic arc from youth to old age, the nine narratives aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence of modern manhood.
As this brilliantly conceived book progresses, the protagonist at the center of each chapter is older than the last one, the weather grows colder,
and the story gathers power and momentum. Szalay is a writer of supreme gifts - a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail, intelligence, and relevance.
"Cleverly conceived, authoritative, timely and (in a good way) crushing. There is a cheerful and ghastly sordidness to everything, and Szalay's prose with its ruthlessly
banal dialogue, arm-twisting present tense, shard-like fragments, and on every other page or so an irresistibly brilliant epithet or startlingly quotable phrase, lets nothing
go to waste." — London Review of Books (U.K.).
"Each story grips the reader by the throat. We fully inhabit their progression of heroes and finally face the dreadful truth of the human condition: that nothing is eternal,
not us, not our children, the human race, the Earth nor the stars. Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out." — The Daily Mail (U.K.).
"Without exception, the stories - subtle, seductive, poignant, humorous - bear witness to the alienation, self-doubt, and fragmentation of contemporary life; each succeeds
on its own while complementing the others. Riveting prose and a consummate command of structure. . . In 2013, Szalay was named as one of Granta's Best of
Young British Novelists. This effort exceeds even that lofty expectation."— Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
|RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor|
2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. Everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. And thirteen years go by. . .
There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost. . . An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence as the aftershocks of a tragedy refuse to subside.
"A new novel from the absurdly gifted Jon McGregor is haunting and heartbreaking, the tale of a disappearance and its aftermath - his best yet.
The rural village, the missing girl, the search for a body - then life goes on, as an archetypal story is rekindled with explosive results.
McGregor is a writer with extraordinary control, and he uses the power of the archetype as well as our genre expectations for his own purposes. We’re pulled in from the first page.
An enthralling and brilliant investigation of disturbing elements embedded deeply in our story tradition." — The Guardian (U.K.).
"Award-winning Jon McGregor defies expectations with this superbly crafted and mesmerizingly atmospheric portrait of an unnamed village. Unsentimental and occasionally
very funny, this is a haunting, beautiful book." — The Daily Mail (U.K.).
"Even by the standards of his mature work, McGregor's latest novel is a remarkable achievement. Fluid and fastidious, its sparing loveliness feels deeply true to its subject.
There are moments, as in life, of miraculous grace. . . a humane and tender masterpiece." — The Irish Times (U.K.).
|HIS BLOODY PROJECT by Graeme Macrae Burnet|
2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
In 1869, a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish village leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae.
There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds.
Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
“A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multi-layered as an Escher staircase” — The Daily Express (U.K.).
“A gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written - all in one tour-de-force of a book.” — Books of the Year, The Sunday Herald (U.K.)
"This assured and ingenious novel, based on a sensational and dramatic trial at Inverness in 1869, is a deeply imagined tale of persecution, tragedy, revenge and courtroom drama - noir historical fiction at its best. Superbly written. . . This compelling and disturbing novel marks Graeme Burnet as a name to watch." — Crime Review (U.K.).
"Graeme Macrae Burnet makes such masterly use of the narrative form that the horrifying tale he tells in His Bloody Project seems plucked straight out of Scotland's sanguinary historical archives." — The New York Times.
"Fiendishly readable! A psychological thriller masquerading as a slice of true crime, the book is also a blackly funny investigation into madness and
motivation." — The Guardian (U.K.).
"Sly, poignant, gritty, thought-provoking, and sprinkled with wit." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
|RUSSIAN ROULETTE: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump|
by Michael Isikoff & David Corn
A story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history weaving together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. As U.S./Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election.
The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no "third-rate burglary." It was far more sophisticated and sinister - a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened?
"Russian Roulette performs an important service in tracing how establishment Washington - policymakers, intelligence chiefs, journalists - came to understand that what Russia was (and reportedly is still) up to was not routine espionage. Corn and Isikoff’s writing on the Steele dossier, for example, is the clearest, cleanest account of how that document came to be... Hard to get through without a creeping sense of dread." — The Washington Post.
|3 KINGS: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O'Malley Greenburg|
A fascinating and detailed look at the rise of the financial empires built by Jay-Z and his hip-hop contemporaries Diddy and Dr. Dre that focuses on the entrepreneurial spirit of these three titans of the genre.
"Greenburg's vivid descriptions - a small sampling includes the 'farty bass lines' of Dre's G-funk period; Suge Knight in his notorious 1995 Source Awards
appearance 'looking like a gang-affiliated Kool-Aid Man'; and Diddy dressed like 'a very fashionable porcupine' - make for engaging reporting that will satisfy
neophytes and devotees alike." — Publishers Weekly.
"What sets this book apart from other biographies is Greenburg's attention to hip-hop as a cultural phenomenon. More important, Greenburg details the thinking of
these three tastemakers throughout their musical careers and into their corporate identities as they focus on shaping the way people enjoy their lives. Greenburg
offers a refreshing perspective on three immensely talented and popular personalities." — Booklist.
"There is no keener, more knowledgeable and scintillating observer of the modern cultural scene than Zack Greenburg. He proves it with this definitive, absorbing history
of hip-hop and its three mega-giants. It reads better than an adventure novel and provides highly useful entrepreneurial lessons for anyone who wants to achieve
success." — Forbes Magazine.
"A comprehensive review of hip-hop history on all fronts. It will inspire newcomers and deepen the appreciation of aficionados, while explaining just how hip-hop took its current place on the world stage." — The Huffington Post.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser|
The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books.
Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder's dramatic life provides a unique perspective
on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman
whose classic stories grip us to this day.
"An absorbing new biography that deserves recognition as an essential text. For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder's Little House books as relics
of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure. Meanwhile, Little House devotees will appreciate the extraordinary care
and energy Fraser devotes to uncovering the details of a life that has been expertly veiled by myth." — The New York Times.
"Unforgettable. . . A magisterial biography, richly documented, it is a compelling, beautifully written story. One of the more interesting aspects of this wonderfully
insightful book is its delineation of the fraught relationship between Wilder and her deeply disturbed, often suicidal daughter. But it is its marriage of biography
and history - the latter providing such a rich context for the life - that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A tale of true grit. . . The sweep of the story is magnificent. 'It is a long story, filled with sunshine and shadow,' said Ingalls of her life as she told it, and that is true, too, of this admiring, enormous biography." — The London Times (U.K.).
"Richly demythologizes the life and times of one of America's most treasured authors. . . Fraser assiduously avoids sentimentality. . . proving herself a fearless chronicler, adept at skewering sacred cows. She’s given us the definitive biography of a self-taught writer whose pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mythology cloaked the shame of poverty and airbrushed a life perpetually teetering on the brink of doom." — The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
PRIESTDADDY: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood|
Patricia Lockwood's father is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met - a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on
the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." When an unexpected crisis leads the author and her husband to move back into her parents'
rectory, their two worlds collide. A vivid, heartbreakingly funny, and unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won
identity with the weight of family and tradition.
"Priestdaddy roars from the gate. . . It's not just that Lockwood has fresh eyes and quick wits, but that in her father she's lucked upon one of the great characters
of this nonfiction decade. . . What I love about this book was the way it feels suffused with love - of literature, nature and the English language; for family . . . one
of the pleasures of this memoir is its particularly tender mother-daughter bond. . . Lockwood's voice is wonderfully grounded and authentic - she proves herself
a formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases." — The New York Times.
"Funny and gorgeously written, with scenes so witty and zany they could be lifted from a Broadway show, Priestdaddy will be one of the major prose debuts of the year." — The Huffington Post.
"A vivid, unrelentingly funny memoir. . . Lockwood's stories are both savage and tender, shot through with surprises and revelations." — The New Yorker.
"Remarkable. . . Lockwood proceeds with a near unflagging sense of ironic exuberance and verbal inventiveness. . . this superabundance of comic energy and literary vigor is a measure of Lockwood's seriousness." — The Washington Post.
"A sidesplittingly funny, and simply gorgeously written reflection on her father's decision to become a Catholic priest. As poignantly self-reflective as it is authoritative and enlightening about the state of the Catholic Church - and modern religion - today." — Harper's Bazaar.
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION|
THE FUTURE IS HISTORY: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
The acclaimed journalist and biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of
autocracy and totalitarianism. Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia and charts their paths against the
machinations of the regime that would crush them all. A powerful and urgent cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
"A remarkable portrait of an ever-shifting era. . . Gessen weaves her characters' stories into a seamless, poignant whole. Her analysis of Putin's malevolent administration is just as effective. A harrowing, compassionate and important book." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Ambitious, timely, insightful and unsparing. . . By far Gessen's best book, a sweeping intellectual history of Russia over the past four decades, told through a Tolstoyan
gallery of characters. What makes the book so worthwhile are its keen observations about Russia from the point of view of those experiencing its return to a heavy-handed
state. It helps that Gessen is a participant, and not just an observer, able to translate that world so adeptly for Western readers." — The Washington Post.
"Fascinating and deeply felt. . . both poignant and frightening." — The New York Times.
"Gessen is an exemplary journalist who knows when to sit back and let facts speak for themselves and The Future Is History just might be the culmination of
her life's work. If you've been confused by all the talk about 'Russia stuff,' this might be the most important book you'll read all year." — The Seattle Times.
"A brave and eloquent critic of the Putin regime. . . For anyone wondering how Russia ended up in the hands of Putin and his friends, and what it means for the rest of us,
Gessen's book gives an alarming and convincing picture." — The London Times (U.K.).
|HUNGER: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay|
From the author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.
"A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Gay pulls no punches. The author offers hope for others struggling with weight, sexual trauma,
or bodily shame. An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"It's hard to imagine this electrifying book being more personal, candid, or confessional. Gay powerfully takes readers through realities that pain her, vex her, guide her,
and inform her work. The result is a generous and empathic consideration of what it's like to be someone else: in itself something of a miracle." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"This raw and graceful memoir digs deeply into what it means to be comfortable in one's body. Gay denies that hers is a story of a triumph, but readers will be hard
pressed to find a better word." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A gripping book, with vivid details that linger long after its pages stop, Hunger is arresting and candid. It affords women, in particular, something so many other
accounts deny them - the right to take up space they are entitled to, and to define what that means." — The Atlantic.
|DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean|
Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots which has been working
not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement.
Democracy in Chains names its true architect and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.
"MacLean constructs an erudite, searing portrait of how the late political economist James McGill Buchanan and his deep-pocketed conservative allies have
reshaped - and undermined - American democracy. A thoroughly researched and gripping narrative. . . Her work here is a major feat of American intellectual and political history." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take over the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. MacLean takes
the time to meticulously trace how we got here. If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be. And if someone you know isn't convinced,
you have just the book to hand them." — NPR.
"MacLean provides an extensive history lesson that traces the genesis of the right wing back to post-WWII doctrines. MacLean's intense and extensive examination
of the right-wing's rise to power is perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American
government." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A vibrant intellectual history of the radical right. Powerful and disturbing. . . What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort." — The Atlantic.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman|
The war on crime that began in the 1970s and contributed to the rise of mass incarceration - along with its disproportionate impact on people of color -
was supported by many African American leaders in the nation's urban centers. James Forman seeks to understand how and why.
"Superb and shattering. . . A masterly account of how a generation of black elected officials wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation's capital.
A big deal and a major breakthrough. Forman's novel claim is this: What most explains the punitive turn in black America is not a repudiation of
civil rights activism, as some have argued, but an embrace of it. . . Locking Up Our Own compels readers to wrestle with some very tough questions about the nature of American democracy and its deep roots in racism, inequality and punishment." — The New York Times.
"Forman's moving, nuanced, and candid account challenges another aspect of the New Jim Crow thesis. He shows that some of the most ardent proponents of tough-on-crime policies in the era that brought us mass incarceration were black politicians and community leaders - many of whom were veterans of the civil rights movement.
The correctives offered by Forman have consequences not only for how we understand mass incarceration, but for how we go about fixing it." — The New York Review of Books.
"Remarkable. . . Forman's beautifully written narrative, enriched by firsthand knowledge of the cops and courts, neither condemns black leaders in hindsight nor exonerates the white-dominated institutions. He adds historical nuance to the story of mass incarceration told in The New Jim Crow." — The Washington Post.
"A gritty, eloquent, often revelatory work of local history, interspersed with tales of Forman's experiences as a public defender. A sobering chronicle of how black
people, in the hope of saving their communities, contributed to the rise of a system that has undone much of the progress of the civil rights era. But, as Forman knows,
they could not have built it by themselves." — The London Review of Books (U.K.).
"Poignant and insightful. Forman deftly moves between examples of black community support for a law-and-order crackdown and the dire present-day consequences of
our increasingly punitive and aggressive war on crime. Timely and important." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
| KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann|
In the 1920s, members of the oil-rich Native American tribe, the Osage Nation, began to be murdered one by one. Those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and together with the Osage began to expose a chilling conspiracy. Based on years of research and new evidence, David Gann (author of The Lost City of Z) delivers a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
Named a best book of the year by The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, The Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate.
"A master of the detective form. . . Killers of the Flower Moon is something deep and not easily forgotten." — The Wall Street Jpournal.
"A masterful work of literary journalism crafted with the urgency of a mystery. . . Mesmerizing storytelling." — The Boston Globe.
"Masterful! A story of murder, betrayal, heroism and a nation's struggle to leave its frontier culture behind and enter the modern world. Filled with almost mythic characters from our past, it's a haunting tale of unimaginable betrayal, naked greed and the birth of modern law enforcement." — Rolling Stone.
"Close to impeccable. It's confident, fluid in its dynamics, light on its feet. The crime story it tells is appalling, and stocked with authentic heroes and villains.
It will make you cringe at man's inhumanity to man. Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries
that also happen to be true. It will sear your soul." — The New York Times.
|The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore|
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping chronicle
reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance,
with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Lenin.
"Spellbinding! It takes true historical daring to tackle such an immense subject. Montefiore's novelistic gift of drawing vivid characters with a few choice words never fails
him." — The New York Times.
"The story of the Romanovs has been told countless times but never with such acompelling combination of literary flair, narrative drive, solid research and psychological
insight. The Romanovs covers it all, from war and diplomacy to institution building and court intrigue, but it is chiefly an intimate portrait that brings to life the twenty sovereigns of Russia in vivid fashion." — The Literary Review (UK).
"The attention to historical detail is breathtaking. The lives of 20 tsars and tsarinas are recorded in exquisite detail. Although some of their escapades are not for the
faint-hearted, the rich and vibrant history is utterly compelling. It grabs you by the hand and thrusts you into the world of Imperial Russia with all its decadence and finery.
A delight to read." — The Sun (UK).
|THE FIRE THIS TIME: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward|
National Book Award winner (for Salvage the Bones) Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time
as a jumping off point for this insightful and moving collection of essays and poems about race from the voices of her generation and our time.
"Essays and poems, many of them solicited by Ward, respond to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, the
subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, and Ward's feeling that not much has changed since Baldwin's 1963 The Fire Next Time, which addressed
the same questions of being black in the United States. Powerful words from a range of sources. . . each is stirring in its way, and the finest among them offer
poetry as well as truth." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Brilliantly examines the interrelated roles of race, history, and religion in the U.S. Building on Baldwin's title, editor Ward has assembled poetry, essays, and flash
nonfiction to address the renewed racial tensions that continue to boil in America in the twenty-first century. The result is a powerfully striking collection.
An absolutely indispensable anthology." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Ward's remarkable achievement is the gift of freshly minted perspectives on a tale that may seem old and twice-told. Readers in search of conversations about race in America should start here." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Like cordite in your nostrils. . . Essayist after essayist in this powerful book (there are also some poems) considers the black experience in America.
Most agree with Ms. Ward, who declares: 'Nothing is new.' Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Carol Anderson, Kevin Young, Garnette Cadogan and Ms. Ward: so alive with purpose, conviction and intellect that, upon finishing their contributions, you feel you must put this volume down and go walk around for a while." — The New York Times.
- Poetry: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-A)
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
HALF-LIGHT: COLLECTED POEMS 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
The collected works of one of contemporary poetry's most original voices.
The poems of Frank Bidart represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it's that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet's own. Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature.
"A single-minded exploration of the sources and meanings of emotional intensity, the passions, fears, and cravings that drive people to do what we do. . .
Relentless and ever willing to face his demons, no matter how terrifying, in the interest of making great art, Bidart is one of the very few major living poets who never
wavers, never repeats himself, and extends his questing and questioning through each new work. This collected poems is an almost overwhelming bounty,
a permanent book." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Throughout his career, Bidart's self-devoting genius has been his ability to transform a poem into a vocalized performance of consciousness and moral interrogation, an occasion for metaphysical speculation as intense and oracular as any Shakespearean monologue or philosophical treatise. . . Sublime. . . Mesmerizing . . ." — The New York Times.
"Frank Bidart has long challenged readers - and convention - with a complexity and originality not often seen in American poetry. Now readers can gain a deeper
understanding of how Bidart's writing works together to create a vast, manifold narrative. The book closes with an ambitious section of new writing that deals with mortality and remembered friendships, a fitting way to end this monumental work." — The Washington Post.
"Half-light is a tremendous literary event. One of the undisputed master poets of our time, Frank Bidart eats and breathes the high culture of the twentieth
century. But Bidart is no mere aesthete; for him, art is a supreme life force, water in the desert of the soul, a talisman against oblivion. Bidart has honed and refined his relentlessly intense voice. . . Reading him, we feel less alone in our cosmic aloneness." — NPR
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THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur|
From Rupi Kaur, the acclaimed bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
"Rupi Kaur reinvents poetry. She is undeniably equipped with the poet's ability to articulate emotions that readers struggle to make sense of." — The Economist (U.K.).
"Rupi Kaur is kicking down the doors of publishing. Ms. Kaur’s work reminds us that the ordinary business and experience of millennial minority women is not to be dismissed." — The New York Times.
"Kaur’s style is artless and therefore sincere; its lack of workbench polish is the mark of immediacy. This is poetry that aspires to be message rather than music - and it is a potently direct and feminist message." — The Times (U.K.).
ON CATS by Charles Bukowski | Edited by Abel Debritto|
Felines touched a vulnerable spot in the unfathomable soul of Charles Bukowski. On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer's reflections on the animals
he considered among his most profound teachers. An illuminating portrait of this one-of-a-kind artist and his unique view of the world, witnessed through his relationship with the animals he so admired.
"This anthology of Bukowski's poems and short prose honors the animals that touched his soul. Bukowski captures the spirit of his own pet cats as fighters, hunters
and survivors, including photos of himself with his charges." — The Associated Press.
"Acclaimed writer Charles Bukowski turns his signature eye on the world of felines. A series of essays and poems all about cats, Bukowski's classic funny and frank
tone becomes, at times, even endearing as he explores and honors the majestic creatures and our relationship with them." — Bustle Magazine.
"Would you have guessed the hard-drinking writer whose life inspired the film Barfly would have a soft spot for felines? Editor Abel Debritto has pulled together
Bukowski poems and prose about cats, friendly and respectful but not gooey - and given Bukowski s other preoccupations, not for kids." — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
|THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY: 2017 edited by David Lehman | Guest Editor: Natasha D. Trethewey|
Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together the most notable poems of the year in the series that offers “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorable” (Robert Pinsky).
Librarian of Congress James Billington says Natasha Trethewey “consistently and dramatically expanded the power” of the role of US Poet Laureate, traveling the country, and reaching millions through her innovative PBS NewsHour segment Where Poetry Lives. Marilyn Nelson says “the wide scope of Trethewey’s interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.” With her selections and introductory essay for this year's anthology, Trethewey will be highlighting even more “elegant and necessary” poems and poets, adding to the national conversation of verse and its role in our culture.
The Best American Poetry is not just another anthology; it serves as a guide to who’s who and what’s happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event each year. With Trethewey’s insightful touch and genius for plumbing the depths of history and personal experience to shape striking verse, The Best American Poetry 2017 is another brilliant addition to the series.
|MAGIC CITY GOSPEL by Ashley M. Jones|
In traditional forms and free verse poems, an exploration of race, identity, and history through the eyes of a black woman from Alabama. From De Soto's
"discovery" of Alabama to George Wallace's infamous stance in the schoolhouse door, to the murders of black men like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner in
modern America, Magic City Gospel weaves its story through time, weaving Jones' personal history with the troubled, triumphant, and complicated history
of Alabama. In Magic City Gospel's pages, you'll find that "gold is laced in Alabama's teeth," but you will also see the dark underbelly of a state and
a city with a storied past, and a woman whose history is inextricably linked to that past.
"Ashley M. Jones achieves magic. She is not just a Southern writer. She is a writer for the present time who has carefully observed Alabama history and canonized it in the fabric of American history, blending her own childhood experiences into the complex American tapestry." — Up the Staircase Quarterly
"Jones paints a sweeping picture of Southern culture in her terrific debut collection, exhibiting pride of place as well as unflinching honesty about the traumas of
its historical legacy. Through rich imagery and fluid language, Jones paints a complete picture of the South without sugarcoating the truth." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
- Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
|TURTLES ALL THE WAY by
BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, NPR, Time Magazine, Seventeen, Boston Globe, Booklist, Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
"It's here: the eagerly awaited new novel by John Green, and not to milk the suspense - it's superb. A challenging but richly rewarding read. It is also the most mature of Green's work to date and deserving of all the accolades that are sure to come its way." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"An emotional journey into the world of mental illness. . . heartbreakingly vivid. A teenage romance in which the love story is more about loving yourself than another; it is
an incredibly powerful tale of the pain of mental illness, the pressures of youth and coming of age when you feel like you're coming undone" — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"In an age where troubling events happen almost weekly, this deeply empathetic novel about learning to live with demons and love one's imperfect self is timely and important." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A deeply resonant and powerful novel that will inform and enlighten readers even as it breaks their hearts. A must-buy." — School Library Journal.
|THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by
David Barclay Moore|
Obsessing on a city that he's constructed out of Lego blocks, 12-year-old Lolly tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel.
"Multicultural Harlem lives again in this daringly diverse tale of growing up against the odds and the imaginative, healing possibilities that we can create through the choices we make. These characters are vibrantly alive. . . A debut that serves as a powerful instructive for writing from and reading the intersections for all readers to enjoy." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Debut author Moore delivers a realistic and at times brutal portrait of life for young people of color who are living on the edge of poverty. At the same time, Moore infuses the story with hope and aspiration, giving Lolly the chance to find salvation through creativity." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Realistic problems and vivid depictions of family and city life make this a stand out." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
Moore's work with the Harlem Children's Zone and Quality Services for the Autism Community serve him well in creating this debut, slice-of-life narrative with an authentic adolescent voice and strong adult supports, all of whom are true to their urban world. It will find a home in classrooms and book clubs. . . earning a well-deserved place on the shelf." — Voice of Youth Advocates *** starred review ***.
|FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway|
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
An only child, Grace was adopted at birth. When she finds herself placing her own daughter up for adoption, she begins searching for the biological family she's never known
and discovers she has a younger sister named Maya and an older brother named Joaquin.
"Benway has created three unique and endearing characters who have experienced adoption in very different ways. With a well-imagined cast of secondary characters who add angst, humor, and depth, Benway adeptly leads readers through a tale of love, loss, and self-discovery. Expect to cry real tears at this one." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Family issues are neither airbrushed nor oversimplified. These are multifaceted characters, shaped by upbringing as well as their genes, in complicated families. From the first page to the last, this compassionate, funny, moving, compulsively readable novel about what makes a family gets it right." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"An equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching story. . . Both nonjudgmental and deeply empathetic, Benway delves into the souls of these characters as they wrestle to
overcome feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal, gradually coming to understand themselves and each other." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A deeply moving novel about families made and born. The trials the three teens face are always confronted directly and never diminished; their relationships, both new
and old, are complicated and beautiful. This novel is a journey into the depths of familial relationships that rings true." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
|THE BOOK OF DUST: LA BELLE SAUVAGE by Philip Pullman|
Renowned storyteller Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and The Golden Compass for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons,
alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.
"People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out.
Reading this novel is like standing in a room in which suddenly all of the windows have blown open at once." — Slate.
"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Enthralling, enchanting. . . Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." — The Washington Post.
"Luminous prose, heady philosophical questions, and a lovable protagonist combine with a gripping plot sure to enchant fans and newcomers alike." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A stunning achievement. . . The author of the trilogy His Dark Materials carries on the story of one of literature's most indelible heroines. Lyra Silvertongue, Lyra Belacqua, but really just Lyra: one of those characters - Pip, Emma, Lolita - who is on first-name terms with her public. It will be devoured." — The New York Times.
|THE 57 BUS: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater|
If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. One afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
"Using details gleaned from interviews, social media, surveillance video, public records, and other sources, Slater skillfully conveys the complexities of both young people's lives and the courage and compassion of their families, friends, and advocates, while exploring the challenges and moral ambiguities of the criminal justice system. This painful story illuminates, cautions, and inspires." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Slater artfully unfolds a complex and layered tale about two teens whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work will spark discussions about identity, community, and what it means to achieve justice." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"With a journalist's eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is no simple morality tale, as it reveals the tangled complexities of gender, race, crime, justice and hope in America. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of humanity, Slater reveals her characters and their web of relationships with deftness and fluidity.
The 57 Bus does what all great books do - reveals our world to us anew." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
THE SHIP OF THE DEAD (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book Three ) by Rick Riordan|
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But now Magnus must face his most dangerous trial yet. Loki is free from his chains. He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok.
"With an epic plot, engaging (and diverse) characters, and tons of wisecracking humor, Riordan's latest is a page-turner." — School Library Journal.
"This latest installment in Riordan's Nordic-themed fantasy series is a fast-paced adventure narrative featuring snappy dialogue and a diverse cast of well-developed
characters. The author possesses a singular talent for re-creating contemporary teenspeak. An entertaining sequel that will whet fans' appetites for the next
installment." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A whirlwind of myth, action, and wry sarcasm, perfect for readers hungry for a hit of that Percy Jackson-type magic." — The Horn Book.
- Children's Books: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
HERE WE ARE: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers|
BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Time Magazine, NPR, Boston Globe
Addressing his infant son about what it means to live on Earth, the author/illustrator offers a mix of planetary facts, quotations, bits of advice, and
illustrations. A must-have book for parents.
"Jeffers uses his clever, effervescent cartoon style to welcome a new baby to planet Earth. A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers's candy-colored humans - musicians, hijabis, nuns, explorers, potentates - underscores the twin messages that 'You're never alone on Earth' and that we're all in this together." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"From the skies to the animal kingdom to the people of the world and lots of other beautifully rendered examples of life on Earth, Here We Are carries a
simple message: Be kind." — NPR
THE LITTLE BOOK OF LITTLE ACTIVISTS edited by Penguin Young Readers|
A child's very first introduction to political activism, presented at a level that they can understand and relate to. Perfect for parents who want to raise their kids to become participatory members of a democracy.
"Perusing these pages and reading the empathetic thoughts of children will definitely warm your heart, but more importantly remind you who and what the fight is for: the next generation." — BUST Magazine
"Adults will appreciate the reminder that the positive impacts of political activism reverberate through future generations. This is an inspiring reminder that people of any age
can play a role in the quest for social justice." — School Library Journal.
"This book is inspiring and hopeful in all the best ways. The youngest of children need to see adults in action, speaking up for their rights. With this book, they're reminded that they can do so as well. After all, as Maddie, age 14, tells us on the book's final spread, we all need to speak the truth, even if our voices shake. — Kirkus Reviews
THE WOLF, THE DUCK, AND THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett | Illustrated by John Klassen|
When a mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he learns that a duck devoured earlier has set up a table to enjoy the food the gluttonous predator eats.
A delightful fable of cooperation and creative cuisine.
"The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is funny, with morbid senses of humor that will hit kids' sweet spots. In this darkly witty collaboration, a mouse is gobbled up by a wolf. Inside, he meets a duck who has set up housekeeping. It turns out the wolf's gut harbors the best party in
town, and some readers' sympathies might shift toward the carnivore - aided by the great Jon Klassen's droll paintings; no one does perturbed animals
better." — The New York Times, Editors' Choice
"Klassen's mixed-media artwork transforms the wolf's interior into a delightfully domestic scene, and Barnett's writing is peppered with amusing details.
This original pourquoi tale will make a fantastic choice for storytimes, as kids will want to dance along with the duck and mouse - when they're not rolling
in the aisles, of course." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"The story's timeless, fable-like feel is bolstered by its traditional cast and old-fashioned fairy-tale language. . . A rare treasure of a story, the kind that seems to have been around forever." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Children (Children's Book Section)
DOG MAN AND CAT KID (Dog Man #4) by Dav Pilkey | Illustrated by Jose Garibaldi|
In his fourth adventure, Dog Man, the newest hero from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants, is back - and this time he's not alone. The heroic hound
with a real nose for justice now has a furry feline sidekick, and together they have a mystery to sniff out! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet
goes missing, it's up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay hot on the trail, or will Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat, send them barking up
the wrong tree?
"Pilkey has done it again. This latest installment is just as funny and irreverent as the other volumes in the series. Sure to be popular, it's a great choice for
elementary school graphic novel collections and of particular interest to reluctant readers." — School Library Journal.
"Pilkey has again fired an arrow of joy straight at the fevered childhood psyche of millions of readers. An utter, unfettered delight." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
PASHMINA by Nidhi Chanani|
A heartfelt graphic novel debut for young adults about an Indian-American teen's attempt to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.
"Chanani masterfully turns the complex immigrant narrative into a magical and captivating work of art." — The New York Times.
"Most impressive. . . Chanani keeps the story's distinct and fascinating plot elements spinning. One work can't represent a whole subcontinent, but readers will come away with a living sense of a small part of it - and characters to care about." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"The graphic-novel format works wonderfully well, keeping the story light and sorting the players' many journeys through actual and imaginary spaces with shifts in
background color. A fantasy with humor and substance, this is a book for girls seeking empowerment and agency." — Center for Children's Books Bulletin.
"This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***..
THE WITCH BOY by Molly Ostertag|
In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted - and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.
When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help - as a witch.
"Magic fans will welcome Ostertag's graphic novel about a modern-day forest settlement where girls become witches and boys learn how to be shapeshifters.
Technical spell-casting details abound.
Ostertag is in full control of plotting, dialogue, and visual techniques to advance the story with her sturdy panel artwork, and her family-centered narrative is warm and wholesome." — Publishers Weekly.
"Ostertag's story acts as a parable for gender conformity that's pitched just right to middle-grade audiences. Her panels are clear, colorful, and
friendly, and her worldbuilding flawless. With charming artwork, interesting supporting characters, natural-feeling diversity, and peeks of a richly developed world, this book leaves readers wishing for more." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Beneath the fantastical elements lies a story about upending gender expectations, forging identity, and uncovering heroic potential in oneself. Those who enjoy sci-fi or fantasy stories about protagonists who must prove that their society's rules are flawed will appreciate this offering. Ostertag's bright, gentle, cartoonlike artwork brims with life and adds extra appeal to this fast-moving story. An excellent choice for reluctant readers, fans of fantasy, and those looking for books that explore gender roles." — School Library Journal.
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Adults (Wall Display)
by Stephen King | Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson
Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by
George Romero and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories:
"Father's Day," "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," "Something to Tide You Over," "The Crate," and "They're Creeping Up on You..".
A quintet of unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!
"Creepshow isn’t just a nostalgic trip back to either the 50s or the 80s. It still dazzles with the artist’s bright colors and the author’s stark to-the-point tales.
Succeeds beautifully!" — Horror Review.
"Out of print since 1982, Creepshow has been republished, retaining all the original art. Needless to say, the stories herein are as blackly humorous,
gloriously gory, and vividly illustrated as they were 35 years ago. Make a point to go for print and immerse yourself in the complete sensory
experience." — Horror World News.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin|
The earthshaking conclusion to Jemisin's powerful postapocalyptic Broken Earth trilogy (after The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) finds the fate of a damaged world in the hands of a mother, who wants to save it, and her daughter, who wants to destroy it.
"Unforgettable! Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving
survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Jemisin continues to break the heart with her sensitive, cleareyed depictions of a beyond-dysfunctional family and the extraordinarily destructive force that
is prejudice. She wrestles with moral issues at an extreme level. Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they're simply not available, in this
world or ours. Painful and powerful." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Jemisin not only delivers but does it in a way that makes you appreciate how rarely series fiction manages
to satisfy so well when it comes time for the final curtain. The Stone Sky manages to stick a very tricky and almost perfect landing, resolving the trilogy’s
key conflicts, clarifying most of its mysteries, and outperforming on a level of sheer emotional and visceral punch. This is the work of a writer in complete command
of her craft." — SFF180.
"Jemisin is a master worldbuilder, and in the Broken Earth trilogy, she’s crafted something truly spectacular. A truly immersive reading
experience. . . The Stone Sky is a heart-stopping conclusion to the trilogy." — Girls in Capes.
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS: A Novel of the Commonwealth by Peter F. Hamilton|
The concluding volume of Hamilton's epic two-book saga has finally been released in paperback. This sequel to The Abyss beyond Dreams more than
fulfills the promise of its predecessor. Events are brought to a furious boil as the society and technology on the planet Bienvenido are completely re-set following
its expulsion from the Void.
"The characters, always Hamilton's strength, remain as distinctive as ever. Roars relentlessly along in utterly mesmerizing style, with edge-of-the-seat
plotting, thrilling action, and knife-edge tension that will leave readers gasping. An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to
be missed." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Not a single page is wasted in the telling, and once again, it's a joy to witness such a master of science fiction at
work. . . the work of an author at the top of his game. Unforgettable characters, story elements, and plotting. . . Night Without Stars shows conflict on a
human level against the most terrifying of enemies, all the while delivering an action-packed page-turner. Highly recommended." — SFFWorld.
"Hamilton expertly interleaves disparate storylines, introducing new characters and settings, and challenges the reader to work out their relevance to the greater picture.
A thrilling, multi-viewpoint ride ties all the loose ends together in a satisfying denouement." — The Guardian (U.K.).
"A fascinating society, engaging characters, fantastic plot, and one major unexpected turn that made me need to flip back to the start of the book to make
sure I couldn’t have been stupid enough to miss it coming. A great conclusion to an equally great first book. Highly recommended." — Strange Currencies.
|THE END OF THE DAY by Claire North|
At the end of the day, Death comes to us all. . . But just before that, Charlie does. You might meet him in a hospital, in a warzone, or at the scene of a traffic accident.
Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Will you recognize him when you meet him? An absolutely unique take on the personalities
of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Claire North's latest is one of those rare works of speculative fiction that haunt you long after you've turned the
last page. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Episodic and impressionistic, never straightforward - but it gradually works its magic on the reader. Charlie's journey has real emotional power. Readers
will find this book wholly original and hauntingly beautiful. North is a writer to watch." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A beautiful read that resists being labeled with any particular genre." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"North has established a reputation for tense, dense, science fiction/fantasy-inflected thrillers that defy facile explanations.
Well-paced, brilliant and balanced." — The New York Times.
"Enviable readability and an assured narrative control. . . North's most ambitious novel, taking on a plethora of major issues and offering hope.
North examines bigotry, global warming, humanity’s propensity for violence - and the big one, the meaning of life and death. Every one of the
short 110 chapters is shaped with philosophical panache." — The Guardian (U.K.).
- Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Espionage Fiction: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
|THE DRY by Jane Harper|
Australian Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his boyhood friend Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk was saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime.
But Luke lied. . . Jane Harper's award-winning debut bristles with wit, crackles with suspense, and radiates atmosphere like few other literary thrillers on our shelves.
"Australian author Harper's debut is a stunner. it's a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Ms. Harper has jampacked her swift debut thriller with sneaky moves that the reader has to track with care.
She throws out so many teasing possibilities that it’s hard to believe this is her first novel. The Dry is a breathless page-turner.
The novel has caught the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who has a solid track record for spotting novels with strong movie potential. But Ms. Harper has made her own major mark long before any film version comes along." — The New York Times.
"A devastating debut. . . From the ominous opening paragraphs, all the more chilling for their matter-of-factness, Harper, a journalist who writes for
Melbourne's Herald Sun, spins a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Jane Harper turns up the heat in her accomplished debut mystery, filling the arid atmosphere with blistering tension.
A taut investigation in a harsh environment written with clarity and skill. . . a thrilling procedural that pays off on every level." — Shelf Awareness.
|THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO STRUCK LUCKY AGAIN by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg|
The little old lady is back! This time, Martha Andersson and her friends - the League of Pensioners - have left behind their dreary care home in Stockholm and are enjoying the bright lights of Las Vegas - and planning a casino heist. This devilishly fun sequel to The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules reminds us that it's never too late to get in the game.
"The hilarious, escalating antics of a spirited cast of walker-dependent characters in their 70s and 80s will have readers of all ages rooting for their cause. In this
second installment of their adventures set six months later, the group accidently cross paths with dangerous jewel thieves and, through a series of laugh-out-loud mix-ups
and mishaps, come into possession of a cache of stolen diamonds and other gemstones worth millions. As Ingelman-Sundberg's devious yet charming criminal masterminds work together to benefit mankind, they also deliver a hilarious story." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Ingelman-Sundberg deftly orchestrates the foibles of real life and captures the rebelliousness percolating just under the surface of ignored, shuffled away elderly folks.
A merry, lighthearted caper." — Kirkus Reviews.
"Ingelman-Sundberg's winning seriocomic series is both charming and surprising. Readers will pull for the unlikely gang in their efforts to commit
the 'ultimate crime'". — Publishers Weekly.
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|THE LYING GAME by Kamila Shamshie|
An utterly engrossing new novel by the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 introduces four women who have been carrying a terrible secret since their boarding school days, a secret that is about to be unearthed - literally.
"Ware's third outing is just as full of psychological suspense as her earlier books, but there is a quietness about this one, a slower unraveling of tension
and fear, that elevates it above her others. Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won't want to move until it's over." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Ware masterfully harnesses menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding. Previous blockbusters guarantee popularity for Ware's latest thriller, and,
with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Almost 400 pages but gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting. . . you won't be able to put it down." — The Independent (U.K.).
"The Lying Game is a masterclass in setting an unsettling scene and building tension." — The Express (U.K.).
"Truth, lies, family ties, actions and consequences all play a huge part in this psychological thriller which I demolished in a day. Ware's characters are so well
portrayed that I really felt I knew them, their raw emotions cutting me to the quick. Try to set aside a good length of reading time for this one because you won’t
want to put it down." — NPR.