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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)
|VARINA by Charles Frazier|
Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older Jefferson Davis. She expects a placid life on a Mississippi plantation,
but when Davis is appointed president of the Confederacy, Varina finds herself at the center of one of the darkest moments in American history and
comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.
In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of his acclaimed Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War.
"Beautifully rendered. . . Frazier in this, his fourth novel, lyrically resurrects the blasted but hauntingly beautiful Southern landscape.
Thanks to Frazier’s delicate ventriloquism, Varina Davis becomes a marvelously fallible character, complicated enough to stand on her compromised own." — The New York Times.
"Varina showcases historical fiction at its finest: emotive and explanatory. It displays Frazier's immense talent and bountiful creativity. And it earns its place
among the finest Civil War novels of any era as it chronicles damaged lives and a deservedly lost cause." — The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
"Superb. . . can be read as an antidote to Gone With the Wind. . . being on the wrong side of history carries consequences.
Frazier’s historical research is embedded gracefully in dialogue. His prose is both of the characters’ time and perfectly evocative. A finely wrought novel that will
reward rereading. Elegaic without being exculpatory, it is an indictment of complicity without ignoring the historic complexity of the great evil at the core of American
history." — The Washington Post.
"Frazier is a superb prose stylist who elevates the historical fiction genre. His writing can be breathtaking. . . Varina the character is a fictional triumph." — USA Today.
|BLACKFISH CITY by Sam Miller|
After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and
sustainable energy. But decay has set in: the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are
spawning unrest, and a new disease is ravaging the population. A remarkably urgent novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the
consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection.
"An ambitious, imaginative, and big-hearted dystopian ensemble story that's by turns elegiac and angry. Miller has crafted a thriller that unflinchingly examines the ills of
urban capitalism. The floating city of Qaanaaq is a beautiful and brutal character in its own right, rendered in poetic interludes." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Qaanaaq is vividly brought to life in all its squalid glory, and Miller excels at depicting a metropolis bursting at the seams and populated by both refugees and the elite.
Blackfish City is a compelling dystopian thriller." — The Guardian (U.K.)
"An eco-punk thriller with startling implications for how climate change, technology, and the political machinations of the mega-rich could dramatically alter our future.
Sam J. Miller has proven himself a force to be reckoned with. Fascinating. . . A science fantasy that is truly remarkable in scope." — B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy.
"An urgent tale imploring us to look at the ties between technology, race, gender and class privilege. . . Surprisingly heartwarming. . . Ultimately, Blackfish is a book about power structures and the way that privilege is built on the backs of the disenfranchised - wrapped in an action-packed science fiction thriller." — The Washington Post.
WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION|
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year | A Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of the Year
LESS by Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less, a gay failed novelist turning 50, decides to avoid an ex-boyfriend's awkward wedding by skipping town.
Accepting invitations from every half-baked literary event in the world, Arthur finds himself in one embarrassing, perilous, ridiculous situation after another.
From Mexico City to Berlin, from Marrakech to Kyoto, mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes abound and compound.
A writer at the peak of his talents, Andrew Sean Greer delivers a scintillating satire of the American abroad,
a rumination on time and the human heart, and a bittersweet romance of chances lost.
"Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I've read. . . Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies.
It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful." — The New York Times.
"Greer signals his debt to Proust and paints a comic yet moving picture of an American abroad. As Greer explores Less' lovelorn memories, he also playfully mocks the often ludicrous nature of the publishing industry. His finest novel yet. . . Less is a wondrous achievement!" — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Greer is an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy. . . Brilliantly funny. . . Greer's narration, so elegantly laced with wit, cradles the story of a man who loses everything: his lover, his suitcase, his beard, his dignity." — The Washington Post.
"Philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns. . . Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he's just as adept at ruminating on the
deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Less adorably butchers the German language, nearly falls in love in Paris, celebrates his birthday in the desert and, somewhere along the way, discovers
something new and fragile about the passing of time, about the coming and going of love, and what it means to be the fool of your own narrative. It's nothing
less than wonderful."— BookPage *** starred review ***.
|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 ***
WINNER OF THE 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke
A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Financial Times (U.K.), Vulture, The Strand Magazine, Southern Living, Publisher's Weekly, Book Riot,
The Guardian (U.K.), Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, Dallas News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, National Public Radio, Texas Monthly, The Daily Beast,
and the South Florida Sun Sentinel
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. Attica Locke delivers
a propulsive novel concerning past deeds, injustice and courage. A riveting masterpiece of Southern noir - and much more: it's also a powerful and dramatic look at contemporary black life in rural America.
"An emotionally dense and intricately detailed thriller, roiling with conflicting emotions steeped in this nation's troubled past and present. A rich sense of place and relentless feeling of dread permeate Attica Locke's heartbreakingly resonant new novel about race and justice in America. Bluebird, Bluebird is no simple morality tale. Far from it. It rises above 'left and right' and 'black and white' and follows the threads that inevitably bind us together, even as we rip them apart." — USA Today.
"Stupendous. . . Pushing her classic noir plot deep into history and culture, Attica Locke sings her own unshakable, timeless lament. Streaked with wit and hard-earned wisdom, Bluebird, Bluebird soars." — The Chicago Tribune.
"Locke's mesmerizing new novel bears all the hallmarks of modern crime fiction: the alcoholic protagonist with the damaged marriage; the townsfolk who close rank against outsiders; the small-town law enforcement agent with murky loyalties. But Bluebird, Bluebird is a true original in the way it twists these conventions into a narrative of exhilarating immediacy. Locke is building a compelling body of work. In this age of enduring and renewed racial tensions, we need her voice more than ever." — The Guardian (U.K.).
"Gripping, suspenseful and gut-wrenching. . . I've never bought the notion of the Great American Novel, but if Attica Locke's Bluebird Bluebird isn't on literary
historians' lists, I'm coming back to haunt them. This is a layered portrait of a black man confronting his own racial ambivalence and ambition told with a pointed and
poignant bluesy lyricism. . . Locke's novel is America 'telling on itself.' Listen up." — The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
- Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
|A LEGACY OF SPIES by John Le Carre|
The undisputed master of espionage fiction returns with a riveting new book - his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years.
Intelligence agent Peter Guillam must defend his mentor, George Smiley - and operations that were once the toast of secret London - to a generation with no memory
of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. As past and present intertwine, le Carre and his narrator present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
"George Smiley returns in this stunning spy novel from Grand Master le Carre, though it's Peter Guillam, Smiley's devoted assistant from MI6, who takes center stage.
The result is both a riveting reprise of the Smiley novels and a new articulation of le Carre's theme: spying is as morally bankrupt as the ideologies it serves. Readers
familiar with le Carre will recognize allusions everywhere; those who aren't won't be left out, given the power of the storytelling and le Carre's inimitable prose. He can
convey a character in a sentence, land an emotional insight in the smallest phrase - and demolish an ideology in a paragraph." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"Le Carre returns to his peerless chronicles of George Smiley and his fellow spies to put yet another spin on the events of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
The miracle is that the author can revisit his best-known story and discover layer upon layer of fresh deception beneath it." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Among this book’s pleasures is a reminder that adults were once in charge of the destiny of the free world.
For many readers, le Carre's characters are old friends - part of their mental furniture. There’s something moving about seeing him revive them so effortlessly, to see
that the old magic still holds. He thinks internationally but feels domestically. In an upside-down time, he appeals to comprehension rather than instinct. I might as well
say it: to read this simmering novel is to come in from the cold." — The New York Times.
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|THE CHANGELING by Victor D. LaValle|
When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA.
Now Apollo is a father himself, and when he loses both his wife and child he learns the only way to get them back is to embark
upon a journey into a land of unfathomable secrets.
"The author has a knack for blending social realism with genre tropes, and this blend of horror story and fatherhood fable is surprising and admirably controlled.
LaValle has successfully delivered a tale of wonder and thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a parent. A smart and knotty merger of horror, fantasy,
and realism." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Part of the horror and joy of this book is in the turns it takes, lowering the reader by degrees into its strange and pressurized world.
The twists never betray the story logic, which is as much about navigating the shoals of adulthood as it is about losing parents.
Strange, exuberant and haunting." — Shelf Awareness
"This haunting tale weaves a mesmerizing web around fatherhood, racism, horrific anxieties and even To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the reasons to read Victor LaValle's novels is the simple sentence-by-sentence pleasure of them. If monsters are your subject, writing like an angel helps." — The New York Times.
"A bewitching masterpiece. Like a woke Brothers Grimm, his clever new spin on the ages-old changeling myth is a modern fairy tale for the Trump era,
taking on fatherhood, parenting, marriage, immigration, race and terrifying loss. LaValle impressively maintains his storytelling momentum throughout The Changeling.
He not only recaptures the need for fairy tales but makes his tale essential reading as well." — USA Today (4 out of 4 stars).
|THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS by Arundhati Roy|
Roy's first novel since her 1997 Booker Prize-winning debut, The God of Small Things is being acclaimed as her second masterpiece.
Her new book is replete with eviscerating social critique and caustic humor, but it is also a deeply tragic and profound saga of the intersecting lives
of unforgettable characters who take the reader on an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent.
"Fearless. . . staggeringly beautiful - a fierce, fabulously disobedient novel so fully realized it feels intimate, yet vibrates with the tragicomedy of myth.
Roy is writing at the height of her powers. Once a decade, if we are lucky, a novel emerges from the cinder pit of living that asks the urgent question of our global era.
Roy's novel is this decade's ecstatic and necessary answer." — The Boston Globe.
"A fiercely unforgettable novel. . . a love story with characters so heartbreaking and compelling they sear themselves into the reader's brain." — USA Today.
"Stirring. . . humane and impassioned. . . beautiful and rich. Roy's observations unspool as vivid and gimlet, whether she is describing personal catastrophe or national disasters. Brilliant writing - an ambitious story with a profound moral integrity and a deep emotional impact." — The Chicago Tribune.
"This new book finds Roy writing in gorgeous, supple prose. Again and again beautiful images refresh our
sense of the world. Sections of the book filled me with awe for the sheer fidelity and beauty of detail. Roy writes with astonishing vividness." — The New York Times.
"A gem - a great tempest of a novel: a remarkable creation, a story both intimate and international. Here is writing that swirls so hypnotically it doesn't feel like words on
paper so much as ink on water. This vast novel will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion."— The Washington Post.
|FRANKENSTEIN IN BAGHDAD by Ahmed Saadawi|
2018 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FINALIST
In American-occupied, bomb-strewn Baghdad, Hadi the junk dealer collects human body parts and lovingly sews them together, intent on creating a whole corpse
representing the city's slain, which he hopes the government will recognize as deserving of a proper burial. But the corpse is stolen, and soon an unkillable homicidal
monster roams Baghdad's streets seeking revenge. Saadawi skillfully employs his metaphor signifying Iraq's runaway chaos to utmost advantage. Already the winner
of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, his novel is a finalist for this year's Man Booker International Prize.
"Intense and surreal. . . Assured and hallucinatory, funny and horrifying in a near-perfect admixture. Saadawi blends the unearthly, the horrific and the mundane
to terrific effect. What happened in Iraq was a spiritual disaster, and this brave and ingenious novel takes that idea and uncorks all its possible meanings." — The New York Times.
"Wonderful, literate Frankenstein reimagining. . . few so viscerally mine Shelley's story for its metaphoric riches. In graceful, economical prose, Saadawi places us
in a city of ghosts, where missing people return all the time, justice is fleeting, and even good intentions rot. A haunting and startling mix of horror, mystery, and
tragedy." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
“A remarkable achievement, and one that, regrettably, is unlikely ever to lose its urgent relevancy. An acute portrait of Middle Eastern sectarianism and geopolitical ineptitude, an absurdist morality fable, and a horror fantasy. . . Strange, violent, and wickedly funny.” — The Guardian (U.K.).
“Come for the fascinating plot; stay for the dark humor and devastating view of humanity. — The Washington Post
"Ingenious! Hugely engaging and richly satisfying. . . Tells a vital story in a masterful way. . . One of those rare novels that manages to juggle literary ambition, political and social metaphor, and pure page-turning readability." — The National (U.K.).
- 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.
|FEEL FREE: Essays by Zadie Smith|
Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.
Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. This is literary journalism at its best.
"A compelling collection of essays and reviews embracing literary, art, film, and cultural criticism, amplified by a dissection of the vagaries of modern life.
The author is honest, often impassioned, always sober. Smith executes these pieces with consummate skill. She is never less than a formidable intellect, with an imposing command of literary and artistic canons." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Brilliant. . . Smith's new book is lively, intelligent and frequently hilarious, and proves that she's one of the brightest minds in English literature today.
She engages artists on their own terms; she's opinionated, but not judgmental. And she manages to breathe new life into well-worn topics.
There's not an essay in Feel Free that's less than engrossing. More importantly, she's an elegant writer, original, big-hearted and enthusiastic." — NPR.
"It is exquisitely pleasurable to observe Smith thinking on the page, not least because we have no idea where she's headed." — The New York Times.
"What binds the collection is Smith's voice: frank, urgent, self-ironic. Dipping into these pieces (in any order) is like setting out on a walk with a vibrant, curious, gracefully articulate friend." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
|FASCISM: A Warning by Madeleine Albright|
The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace. A book for our times that is relevant to all times. Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
"Yes, it can happen here. . . The Georgetown professor and former Clinton Secretary of State identifies various characteristics of fascism, including hypernationalism and populism mixed with authoritarian-leaning rule, militarism, contempt for democratic customs, persecution of minority populations, a dread of disorder and decadence, charismatic leaders, and public spectacles. Albright's incisive analyses are enriched by her experiences as a refugee from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and as America's diplomat-in-chief.
She offers cogent insights on worrisome political trends" — Publishers Weekly.
"A close observer of world governments sounds an alarm about threats to democracy. Albright concludes with 10 questions to ask of any prospective leader: Do they
inflame prejudices and incite desire for revenge; encourage contempt for governing institutions, the press, and the judiciary; exploit symbols of patriotism; brag about
their power to solve all problems? Sage advice in perilous times." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"A cautionary primer on what democracy's antithesis looks like. Albright outlines the warning signs of fascism and offers concrete actions for restoring America's values and reputation. There is priceless wisdom on every page." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
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|SAPIENS: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari|
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one: homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human."
"One of the exceptional works of nonfiction that is both highly intellectual and compulsively readable. . . a fascinating, hearty read." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"It's not often that a book offers readers the possibility to reconsider, well, everything. But that's what Harari does in this sweeping look at the history of humans. . .
with both wit and intellectual heft. Readers of every stripe should put this at the top of their reading lists. Thinking has never been so
enjoyable." — Booklist *** starred review *** Best Books of the Year.
"It is one hell of a story. And it has seldom been told better. . . Compulsively readable and impossibly learned, Sapiens takes readers on a sweeping tour of the
history of our species. Harari's formidable intellect sheds light on the biggest breakthroughs in the human story. . . important reading for serious-minded,
self-reflective sapiens." — The Washington Post.
"Harari’s account of how we conquered the Earth astonishes with its scope and imagination. A bravura retelling of the human story. . . Brilliantly clear, witty and erudite.
One of those rare books that lives up to the publisher’s blurb. It really is thrilling and breath-taking; it actually does question our basic narrative of the
world." — The Guardian (U.K.)
HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance|
The riveting story of how the author overcame his dysfunctional rural Kentucky upbringing to graduate from Yale Law School and embark on a stable and happy adulthood
poses the bigger question of how other such "hillbillies" can surmount these problems. Vance compellingly describes the terrible toll that alcoholism, drug abuse, and an
unrelenting code of honor took on his family, neither excusing the behavior nor condemning it.
"In this understated, engaging debut, the author reflects on his stormy journey from the coal-country Kentucky hollers of Appalachia to the declining Rust Belt to life
among the Ivy League-educated elite. An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Vivid characters and an eye for nuance are among the strengths of this sincere memoir, an elegy for both the hillbillies Vance has loved, and a large population
of struggling, working-class poor. He offers ideas for improving his people's lot: cultural change from within rather than policy. But the bulk of Hillbilly Elegy
is a loving remembrance of imperfect but dearly beloved individuals, who did their best with what they had." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"To understand the rage and disaffection of America s working-class whites, look to Greater Appalachia. J.D. Vance confronts us with the economic and spiritual travails of this forgotten corner of our country. Here we find women and men who dearly love their country, yet who feel powerless as their way of life is devastated. Never before have I read a memoir so powerful, and so necessary." — The National Review.
"A compassionate, discerning sociological analysis. Combining thoughtful inquiry with firsthand experience, Mr. Vance has inadvertently provided a civilized reference
guide for an uncivilized election, and he's done so in a vocabulary intelligible to both Democrats and Republicans. Imagine that." — The New York Times.
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 2018 PULITZER PRIZE FOR HISTORY|
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
GULF: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
An incisive and comprehensive portrait of the Gulf of Mexico - from its lusty birth in the chaos of shifting continental plates to its slow and agonizing death of a million cuts inflicted by pollution and exploitation. Frequently viewing the history of the Gulf through the prism of artists and writers including Winslow Homer, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway and John D. MacDonald, the author has delivered a uniquely illuminating homage to one of the world's most diverse and productive marine ecosystems.
"Environmental historian Davis presents an engaging, truly relevant new study of the Gulf as a powerful agent in the American story, one that has become lost
in the pages of American history. The story of this magnificent body of water and its wildlife grows tragic. . . Still, it remains an improbable, valiant survival tale
in the face of the BP oil spill and ongoing climate change. An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental
conviction." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***..
"This is a work of astonishing breadth: richly peopled, finely structured, beautifully written." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A perceptive historical survey of America's Gulf Coast, this fascinating work accents the region's nexus between nature and civilization.
Amid the land and seascapes Davis populates colorful characters, from would-be conquistadors to business and tourism entrepreneurs to environmental activists, who form a gallery of human interest that easily carries the reader from cover to cover." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A sprightly and sweeping new history. . . Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea, a lyrical paean to its remaining estuaries and marshes, and a marvelous mash-up of human and environmental history." — The New York Times.
"An enthralling splendid new book. . . Davis is a historian, and this book is packed with research, but The Gulf does not read like a textbook. He is a graceful, clear, often lyrical writer who makes sometimes surprising, always illuminating connections - and he is telling an important story. — The Tampa Bay Times.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us by Richard O. Prum|
An acclaimed zoologist extrapolates on Darwin's overlooked theory of sexual selection, which argues that choosing a mate for aesthetic reasons - for the mere pleasure of it - is its own key force in evolutionary change.
"Prum draws on decades of study, hundreds of papers, and a lively, literate, and mischievous mind. . . a delicious read, both seductive and mutinous. Prum's attention
never strays far from nature, and his writing is minutely detailed, exquisitely observant, deeply informed, and often tenderly
sensual." — The New York Times.
"A major intellectual achievement that should hasten the adoption of a more expansive style of evolutionary explanation that Darwin himself would have appreciated." — The Washington Post.
"Exhilarating. . . The Evolution of Beauty should be widely read, as it will provoke readers, shaking them from their dogmatic slumbers.
I don't see how any biologist could read this book and not walk away at least questioning the idea that adaptation must explain every last trait.
Survival of the fittest might not be enough to explain nature. We might need survival of the prettiest, too." — The Wall Street Journal.
"A smorgasbord of evolutionary biology, philosophy, and sociology, filtered through Prum's experiences as a birdwatcher and his diverse research on everything from dinosaur colors to duck sex. Through compelling arguments and colorful examples, Prum launches a counterstrike against the adaptationist regime, in an attempt to 'put the subjective experience of animals back in the center of biology' and to 'bring beauty back to the sciences." — The Atlantic.
"Fascinating. . . we learn about the patterning of dinosaur feathers, consider the evolutionary basis of the human female orgasm, the tyranny of academic patriarchy, and the corkscrewed enormity of a duck's penis. Rich and absorbing. . . The dance Prum performs to convince you to take him on as an intellectual partner is beautiful and deserves to be appreciated on its own terms." — The New Scientist.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION|
A New York Times Best Book 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|
Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.
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.
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.
"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.
- 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
(Andrews McMeel/Simon & Schuster)
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.
- Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
In this prequel to Alexander's Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Josh and Jordan's father, Chuck Bell, takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.
"Once again, Alexander has given readers an African-American protagonist to cheer. He is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, especially two brilliant female characters, his friend CJ and his cousin Roxie, as well as his feisty and wise granddaddy. Music and cultural references from the late 1980s add authenticity. An eminently satisfying story of family, recovery, and growing into manhood. " — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is an Alexander production, so the plot, as rich and satisfying as it is, is outdazzled by the brilliance of wordplay and syntax. There is a rhythm to each page,
whether it's the snappy give-and-take of dialogue, the throbbing of Charlie's bottomless melancholy, or the rushing excitement of a basketball game.
A pitch-perfect follow-up. " — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"As in his previous novels in verse, Alexander shows off his expert command of the format, employing staccato breaks with smooth rhymes that mimic the bounce and flow of the sport. Alexander's poetry is buoyant and optimistic. Fans of The Crossover will delight in learning the origin tale of Josh and JB's dad, while new readers can comfortably jump right into the game." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
( Henry Holt/MPS)
|CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Dashka Slater (Children of Orisha #1)|
Tomi Adeyemi's fantasy debut - set in a kingdom with traditions and mythology reminiscent of Nigeria and greater West Africa - is an astounding feat of storytelling and world-building.
"Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love. A story that resonates with magic both literal and figurative while condemning apathy in the face of injustice. . . Complex characters, colossal stakes, and a kaleidoscopic narrative captivate, and the book's punishing pace catapults readers to a jaw-dropping conclusion that poses as many questions as it answers." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Plunges readers into a dense, vivid world full of intriguing politics, evocative magic, and brutal violence. Cinematic pacing, alternating viewpoints, and well-choreographed action make the pages fly toward the cliff-hanger ending, which will surely leave readers eager for the next installment." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Adeyemi's debut and series opener is a revelation. She has brilliantly woven the Yoruba language and culture into a complex and epic tale. Readers will appreciate the intergenerational cast. This extraordinary literary work should be on every shelf." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Well-drawn characters, an intense plot, and deft writing make this a strong story. That it is also a timely study on race, colorism, power, and injustice makes it great.
Powerful, captivating, and raw - Adeyemi is a talent to watch. Exceptional!" — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Filled with fascinating landscapes, complex mythology and nuanced characters coping with a world on the brink of massive change.
Unmistakably descended from traditional high fantasy, Children of Blood and Bone is perfectly positioned to join the ranks of sprawling speculative
worlds for teens, bringing with it a much-needed Afrocentric perspective." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
- Children's Books: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
|THEY SAY BLUE by Jillian Tamaki|
In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Caldecott Medal and Printz Honor-winner Jillian Tamaki follows a young girl as she examines the colors in the world around her. Playful and philosophical, this is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.
"Tamaki's picture book debut explores color and the seasons in a lyrical, philosophical way that is rooted in a child's sensibilities. Attuned to a child's psychology and
patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***
"A girl weighs what she's been told about the world against what she observes and knows, leading to more questions and contemplations. Thinking, imagining, noticing--these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"The free-associative nature of the child narrator's interaction with her surroundings seems utterly familiar, and approaching it with observational, sensory language lands it firmly in territory children can relate to. This poetic, off-kilter little book has enigmatic power, and observant children will likely be enchanted." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
(Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
|TEDDY'S FAVORITE TOY by Christian Trimmer | Illustrated by Madeline Valentine|
A mom goes to extraordinary and literally heroic lengths to rescue her son's favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys - and to mothers.
"Teddy has loads of cool toys, but his favorite is Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica, a redheaded doll in a pink dress. When Teddy is at school his mother mistakes Bren-Da for trash and throws her away. When Teddy returns home to find Bren-Da missing, his mother performs some moves worthy of the Warrior Queen of Pacifica herself.
The story's implicit messages (it should be unremarkable when boys play with dolls; that parents can become superheroic to do right by their children) ring loud, true, and funny."
— Horn Book Magazine
"Trimmer's smart, closely observed portrait celebrates a boy and a mother whose relationship grows out of mutual respect. An imgainative
free-for-all." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"Trimmer's simple story of a universal experience will captivate young readers and have them rooting for Teddy's reunion with Bren-Da. A heartwarming story that uses an everyday occurrence to push the envelope on many fronts." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A refreshingly bold story that makes its message clear without being pedantic. What makes this book so appealing is the back-and-forth dynamic between the text and
images. Simple, sophisticated language suggests a respectful alliance between mother and son, and is perfectly complemented by charming gouache-and-pencil
illustrations that capture the characters' emotions as the story unfolds. Slightly older readers can unpack other layers about social norms and diversity, but all will appreciate this dynamic book's adventurous yet relatable style." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Children (Children's Book Section)
(Andrews McMeel/Simon & Schuster)
|UNICORN OF MANY HATS by Dana Simpson|
Book Seven in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series!
Phoebe and her exceptional unicorn pal, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, are back in this all-new collection of comics! Laugh alongside the lovable duo as they question the idea of "coolness," gain a deeper appreciation for the power of friendship, and put off summer reading assignments for as long as physically possible.
"Nothing less than the best comic strip to come along since Calvin and Hobbes. Simpson is that good, and that original." — Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
"The friendship that emerges between the two is impeccably developed. Rich humor lies in the illustrations, since Marigold's wry comments are often taken literally by Phoebe but their slant is present in the unicorn's epic eyerolls and behind-the-back smirks. Marigold and Phoebe hold their own as quirky friends whose bond is obvious even when they are doing their best efforts at throwing shade." — Center for Children's Books Bulletin *** starred review ***.
"A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn.
Clean lines, clearly delineated panels and sparse background detail keep readers focused on the characters, driving the story forward without distraction. A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans." — Kirkus Reviews.
"The character designs for Phoebe and Marigold are charming, and the artwork is admirably consistent. A comparison to Calvin and Hobbes is apt - gentle, winning humor that often results in guffaws. Also like Calvin and Hobbes, there is a thin veneer of snarky cynicism that will keep older readers interested in the stories well beyond most children's magical-unicorn-loving phase." — Booklist.
- 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)
|AMBERLOUGH by Lana Elena Donnelly|
2018 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST
In freewheeling and decadent Amberlough, spies, criminals, cabaret bohemians, and lovers struggle to save what matters
to each of them from a tide of rising fascism and violence. Donnelly's debut - set in a richly imagined city evocative of Weimar-era Berlin - is an audacious blend of
espionage, romance, and tragedy.
"Amberlough has an amazing voice. Its spy-thriller twists and ever-growing tension combine to provide an extraordinarily entertaining ride. And I have to say: if this is her debut? I can’t wait to see what Donnelly does next." — Locus.
"Donnelly's striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision. The emotional journeys of the characters as they struggle to survive in a society under siege by dark forces will strike a chord with readers as they race to the story's conclusion." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Donnelly's masterly creation is richly imagined and moves at an unchecked pace, painting a layer of sumptuous indulgence over a society of corruption, vice, and oppression.
the characters are drawn inexorably to their limits in a conclusion that is as heartbreaking as it is satisfying." — Publisher's Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A sense of inevitable loss and futility permeates this rich drama. The fascists may never be defeated but only escaped - if the characters are willing to abandon the people they love. That dilemma will haunt them, as it haunts the reader." — Kirkus Reviews.
(Saga/Simon & Schuster)
THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER by Theodora Goss|
2018 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST
A remarkable group of women come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders - and the bigger mystery of their own origins.
When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return.
An utterly delightful gothic gem of a novel!
"A standout pastiche of late Victorian mystery fiction, set in an alternate 1880s London and featuring Sherlock Holmes and a quintet of remarkable women.
This is a tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with impressive wit and insight." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Theodora Goss has assembled a deceptively intricate mosaic of friendship, family, history, science, and the way literature - not to mention truth - can be manipulated.
As each of the characters' haunting pasts comes to light, the book's balance between academic playfulness and poignant storytelling becomes more exquisite.
A swiftly paced, immaculately plotted mystery full of winning characters you always thought you knew. Overhauls, and pokes gentle fun at the era's weird-fiction tradition.
But it's also a sparkling, insightful conversation with the canon from which it sprang." — NPR.
"Goss upends fantasy tropes to bring to life characters who would have been ignored in the period works that inspired them, and the result is a fantastic, gripping read that feels true to the spirit of the original works, but updated with a modern spin for the 21st century reader." — The Verge.
THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin|
2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST | 2018 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST
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.
SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty|
2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST | 2018 NEBULA AWARD FINALIST
The ship Dormire carries 2,000 colonists and a crew of six clones with criminal pasts who are hoping to build new lives with clean slates. But nearly 25 years into the mission, the ship's crew awaken from their cryogenic sleep in the middle of a bloody crime scene. A masterful mix of locked-room mystery detection and hard science-fiction
that will enthrall fans of either genre.
"Interleaving urgent scenes with telling flashbacks, Lafferty delivers a tense nail-biter of a story fueled by memorable characters and thoughtful worldbuilding.
This space-based locked-room murder mystery explores complex technological and moral issues in a way that's certain to earn it a spot on award ballots." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Six survivors must figure out who killed their previous bodies and why. Lafferty delivers the ultimate locked-room mystery combined with top-notch sci-fi worldbuilding. The puzzle of who is responsible for the devastation on the ship keeps the pages turning." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A taut, nerve-tingling, interstellar murder mystery with a deeply human heart." — NPR.
"A perfect blend of science fiction and mystery, complete with Clue-like red herrings and thought-provoking philosophizing about the slippery slope of cloning technology. Lafferty jumps back and forth in time, developing each character and building a world in which human cloning is completely believable. Highly recommended." — Booklist.
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi|
2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST | 2018 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST
Humanity has spread to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can
survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and, for the empire's rulers, a system of control.
The brilliant first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning author of Redshirts and Old Man's War.
"Scalzi mixes science, history, and politics with sharp action and intriguing characters. Readers will be thrilled to take another wild ride across the universe with the author of the Old Man's War series." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable world-building, and a thought-provoking examination of culture and politics. . .
Yet more evidence that Scalzi is a master." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Scalzi has constructed a thrilling novel so in tune with the flow of politics that it would feel relevant at almost any time." — Entertainment Weekly.
"The Collapsing Empire - whose title alone seems like an appallingly on-the-nose allegory for the state of the United States at this moment - is one
of the most important revisionist hyperspace narratives to come along in some time. Combines elements of Asimov’s Foundation series with Banks’s
Culture series, Herbert’s Dune, and Lucas’s Star Wars in ways that I found quite delightful as a life-long fan of the
genre." — The Los Angeles Review of Books.
NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson|
2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST
In the 22nd century a series of climate disasters and ocean level risings have left New York City partially underwater.
But the residents of the partially submerged Met Life skyscraper are determined to stay - and to survive. This is their story - a story of
real estate, finance, climate change, treasure hunting, and kidnapping. Kim Stanley Robinson once again delivers a masterful novel of ecofiction.
"The tale is one of adventure, intrigue, relationships, and market forces. The cast is large and varied. . . The individual threads weave together into a complex
story well worth the read. This is hard SF the way it's meant to be written: technical, scientific, with big ideas and a fully realized society." — Booklist.
"Exploring this vastly changed cityscape, where familiar streets are replaced by skybridges and subways by vaporettos, is great fun. A post-disaster fairy tale that's
a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future." — Kirkus Reviews.
"New York may be underwater, but it's better than ever." — The New Yorker.
"Robinson, one of the greatest living science fiction writers, presents a drastically changed city that retains many of its eternal charms and perils.
Sporting a diverse cast of characters and a bracing, rarely cynical tone, this is some of Robinson's nimblest writing to date.
Through it all, though, his 2140-era New York City remains as delightfully confounding as the present iteration." — Shelf Awareness.
RAVEN STRATAGEM by Yoon Ha Lee|
2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST
This stunning sequel to the Hugo and Nebula-nominated Ninefox Gambit contains a riveting mixture of interstellar battles, politics, intrigue, and
arcane technology. This is world-building space-opera at its finest.
"With multiple characters skilled in deception, Lee is able to keep readers guessing until the end. A brilliantly imagined tale." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"The sequel to Yoon Ha Lee’s phenomenal Ninefox Gambit, a sequel that is as mind-blowing as its predecessor but in a completely different way.
How do you follow-up a breathtaking, multiple award-nominated debut that combined world-changing technologies, interesting reality-altering mathematics and awesome characters?
You change perspective. Then add a plot to change the world. And then twist everything around half way through." — Kirkus Reviews.
"Yoon Ha Lee breaks new ground, focusing tightly on questions of free will. Ninefox explored the ethics of war, Raven is unflinching in its criticism
of the ethics of power. The entire novel acts as a strident call to arms: to reject inhumane government; to resist wherever possible.
Raven is a triumphant continuation of a vibrant new space opera. I expected intrigue and entertainment; I wasn’t prepared for all the feelings. I can’t wait to see where Yoon Ha Lee takes this rollercoaster next." — The Speculative Herald.
|PROVENANCE by Ann Leckie|
2018 HUGO AWARD FINALIST
A driven young woman has just one chance to win family approval and to secure the status she craves. To regain priceless stolen artifacts prized by her people,
she must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Following her record-breaking debut Ancillary trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner
of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, privilege and birthright.
"The intricacies and oddities are a delight. . . A thrill for fans of heists and capers." — The Washington Post
"Setting her new novel in the same universe as her previous books, Leckie again uses large-scale worldbuilding to tell a deeply personal story - in this case, to
explore what binds children to their families. As always, she impels the reader to consider the power that language has to shape perception and reality. The title
is meaningful in several senses. More intriguing cultures to explore, more characters to care about, more Leckie to love." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"A standalone SF thriller styled as a space opera of manners. . . full of the charm and wit characterizing Leckie's other works, including delightful appearances by a Radch ambassador and tantalizing hints about the upcoming conclave." — Publishers Weekly.
"A perfect follow-up to the trilogy. . . Should please those who like tea with their space opera." — The New York Times
[Currently available in hardcover - paperback to be released July 10, 2018]
- Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Espionage Fiction: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
WINNER OF THE 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL
SHE RIDES SHOTGUN by Jordan Harper
Polly McClusky is eleven years old when she is unexpectedly reunited with her ex-convict father and is flung into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. Confident, brutal, but always human, Jordan Harper's debut novel is a darkly irresistible parable of family and sacrifice. With an intelligence and fervor all her own, Polly McClusky is an unforgettable character.
"From its bravura prologue to its immensely satisfying ending, this first novel comes out with guns blazing and shoots the chambers dry. It's both a dark, original take on the chase novel and a strangely touching portrait of a father-daughter relationship framed in barbed wire." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"The characters' loyalty, love, and struggle for redemption grip the reader and don't let go." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"A True Grit sort of saga, but on hot-wired horsepower instead of horseback. With Harper's storytelling chops, it's a rolling hell-bent adventure with all the snappy dialogue and action of the best noir fiction." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Buckle up for a winning debut! A visceral noir that will at turns shock, delight and completely subvert readers’ expectations. An emotionally resonant road story that puts the pedal to the medal." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
"Fascinating, tightly written. Readers will find this book hard - hard to put down." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
|PRUSSIAN BLUE by Philip Kerr|
2018 EDGAR AWARD FINALIST
The French Riviera, 1956. Bernie Gunther's nemesis Erich Mielke, deputy head of the East German Stasi, has turned up in Nice. An old and dangerous adversary, Mielke pressures the former Berlin homicide detective to poison a female agent in London. Fleeing to Berlin, Bernie recalls solving a murder at Hitler's mountaintop retreat in 1939.
The 12th episode in the late, great Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther saga, this is a masterpiece of twin narratives. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Stunning. . . races along on two parallel tracks. Kerr once again brilliantly uses a whodunit to bring to horrifying life the Nazi regime's corruption and brutality." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"This case had it all. . . absurdity, alienation, existential anxiety, and no shortage of likely and unlikely suspects. The double and triple dealing atop Hitler's mountain
steals the show." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Gunther is one of crime fiction's most gratifyingly melancholy creations, and in Prussian Blue we watch him match wits with the officialdom of two Germanys, pre- and postwar. In terms of narrative, plot, pace and characterization, Kerr's in a league with John le Carré." — The Washington Post.
"A knockout, zipping along like a car with a cut brake line. As the novel swings between decades, Bernie Gunther's saving graces are his cynical humor and sense of honor.
He wonders why he didn't plant a bomb in Hitler's study. The reader wonders with him, but knows he will stay the course, even when events of the two decades stunningly converge." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
|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.
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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.