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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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For more outstanding new fiction, browse the 2019 Booker Prize longlist
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|AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins|
Lydia, an Acapulco bookstore owner, and her son Luca flee to the U.S. to escape the wrath of the leader of a Mexican drug cartel.
Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca discover that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
Jeannine Cummins delvers an insightful page-turner filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity that resonates long after the last page is turned.
"This book is not simply the great American novel; it's the great novel of las Americas. It's the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful." - Sandra Cisneros
"A few pages into reading American Dirt, I found myself so terrified that I had to pace my house. . . the narrative is so swift, I don't think I could have stopped reading.
It immerses the reader immediately and breathlessly in the terror and difficulty of Lydia and Luca's flight. A thriller with real-life stakes. . . A heart-stopping story of survival, danger, and love." - The New York Times.
"The very best novel I've read about immigrants (and the best novel I've read over the past year). American Dirt is being compared to The Grapes of Wrath, and the comparison is apt." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"A heart-pounding, page-turning, can't-put-it-down, stay-up-till-3 a.m., adrenaline-pumping story that examines, with sensitivity, care, and complexity of thought, immense, soul-obliterating trauma and its aftermath." - The Los Angeles Times.
"A literary novel with nuanced character development and arresting language; yet, its narrative hurtles forward with the intensity of a suspense tale. Its most profound achievement, though, is something I never could've been told: American Dirt is the novel that, for me, nails what it's like to live in this age of anxiety, where it feels like anything can happen, at any moment." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR.
|SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid|
A truly striking debut novel from an exhilarating new voice. With empathy, piercing social commentary, and caustic wit, Kiley Reid delivers a big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"A refreshing take on an age-old question: can we connect across barriers of race, gender, wealth and privilege? This is the calling card of a virtuoso talent, a thrilling millennial spin on the 19th-century novel of manners. Such a Fun Age is so fresh and essential that I predict that next year we'll be anxiously awaiting
the next Kiley Reid." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"Kiley Reid's debut works on so many levels it makes me giddy. a page-turner with beautifully drawn characters and a riveting plot. . .
I urge you to read Such a Fun Age. Rejoice that Kiley Reid is only just getting started." - NPR.
"A bold, urgent, essential exploration of race, class, labor, friendship, identity and self-delusion, both deliciously readable and incredibly complex.
Reid's debut is an exemplar novel: Each character's voice is perfectly distinct in dialogue; each text message is plausible, powerful. There is humor and not a small amount of suspense. Every element of back story is tied to a relevant future moment. Not a word is wasted, and not a nuance goes unnoticed in this masterwork." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"What a joy to find a debut novel so good that it leaves you looking forward to the rest of its author's career. A tantalisingly plotted tale about the way we live now.
Reid, 32, is only just emerging into the public eye. Such a Fun Age, however, speaks for itself; I suspect it will turn its writer into a star." - The Times (U.K.).
|AGENCY by William Gibson|
Verity Jane is hired by a shadowy San Francisco start-up to beta test a pair of eye-glasses that double as an artificial intelligence assistant named Eunice. As Eunice's personality and capabilities grow, Verity decides to hide the AI's rapid development from her mysterious new employers. But then, time travellers intervene...
The visionary author who coined the term "cyberspace" in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer is back with a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.
"William Gibson can craft sentences of uncanny beauty, and is our great poet of crowds." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Gibson blurs the line between real and speculative technology in a fast-paced thriller that will affirm to readers that it was well worth the wait." - Booklist.
"Packed with intriguing concepts and characters. . . Cyberpunk fans looking to dive into the 'what-if's' of an alternate timeline will be as enraptured as ever by Gibson's imagination." - Publishers Weekly.
"Gibson's eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen." - The New Yorker.
"Gibson's work is all edge and chill and incipient panic. There's not a speck of filler, not a hint of anachronism. Just sleek, high-gloss, hand-tooled cool.
His worlds are so striking, so plausible, that you're just happy to be along for the ride - until suddenly it hits you: Maybe you're being followed." - The Chicago Tribune.
|A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA by Isabel Allende|
A pregnant young widow and an army doctor flee their native Spain to Chile as General Franco and his Fascists sieze control of the Spanish government.
Starting over on a new continent as World War II erupts in Europe, they find their trials are just beginning. This masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Allende's novel spans generations and countries as it follows a real-life doctor from the Spanish civil war to the fall of Chile's Pinochet.
Allende's style is impressively Olympian and the payoff is remarkable: a huge overview of generations, decades and countries." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"A virtuoso of lucidly well-told, utterly enrapturing fiction, Allende encapsulates the complicated horrors of the Spanish Civil War.
A tale that is seductively intimate and strategically charming. . . Valor, perseverance, transcendent romance, and wondrous reunions provide narrative sweeteners to lure readers into contemplation of past atrocities and, covertly, of the disturbingly similar outrages of the present, in which refugees and immigrants are treated with appalling cruelty and fascist threats escalate around the warming world." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Allende's assured prose vividly evokes her fictional characters, historical figures like Pablo Neruda, and decades of complex international history; her imagery makes the suffering of war and displacement palpable yet also does justice to human strength, hope and rebirth. Seamlessly juxtaposing exile with homecoming, otherness with belonging, and tyranny with freedom, the novel feels both timeless and perfectly timed for today." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
|HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston|
An outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These are gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston's world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer's voice and her contributions to America's literary traditions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston unpacked the lives of everyday black people doing everyday things. . . Add her matchless powers of observation, exemplary fidelity to idiomatic speech and irresistible engagement with folklore, and the outcome is a collection of value to more than Hurston completists. Any addition to her awe-inspiring oeuvre should be met with open arms." - The New York Times.
"The hallmarks of Hurston's distinctive writing are on full display: her use of rural black dialect, the wickedly sly humor she finds in day-to-day life, the folkloric underpinnings of her many tales. These narratives comprise a rich tapestry of Hurston's matchless vision and talent." - BookPage.
"With biting wit, Hurston gets to the heart of the human condition, including racism, sexism, and classism, through the circuitous path of her characters, that is, the straight lick with a crooked stick. Kicked off with a foreword by Tayari Jones, Hurston's rediscovered stories will electrify book media and draw in readers." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
|INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu|
Willis Wu dreams of being a movie star, but complacently accepts the generic Asian acting roles that are all Hollywood has to offer him. Yet in the back of his
mind, his mother's voice resonates: "Be more". When Willis finally gets a chance at the spotlight, the arc of his life and the plot of a TV show mingle in
"Conflates history, sociology, and ethnography with the timeless evils of racism, sexism, and elitism in a multigenerational epic that's both rollicking entertainment and scathing commentary. Ingeniously drawing on real-life Hollywood, the book's sobering reality will resonate with savvy readers." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A caustic, absurd and endearing exploration of Asian American stereotypes, police procedurals and the immigrant experience.
In a passionate and clever ending, Yu shows that sometimes the only way out of a prescribed narrative is to beat it at its own game. Leading with laughs but sneaking in a dose of wrenching irony, Yu's format-bending, deeply felt examination of the American dream is an exercise in encouraged empathy that will hold readers' hearts right up to its brilliant finale." - Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***
"Inspired. . . an inventive drama about an Asian actor who dreams of becoming a star. In spare but moving prose, Yu describes life among Asian Americans living as so-called foreigners and examines the history of bigotry against immigrants in the West for centuries. An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
|NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson|
When Lilian agrees to act as a nanny for an old friend's stepchildren, she gets so much more than she bargained for.
The author of The Family Fang delivers a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Good Lord, I can't believe how good this book is. It's wholly original. It's also perfect. The star of the book is Lillian, the most interesting and gratifying narrator of a novel I've read in years. Wilson writes with such a light touch that it seems fairly impossible for the book to have a big emotional payoff. But there is, and that's the brilliance of the novel - that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn't see coming. You're laughing so hard you don't even realize that you've suddenly caught fire." - The New York Times.
"Wilson's most perfect novel. Paradoxically light and melancholy, it hews to the border of fantasy but stays in the land of realism. You can sense the real heat radiating off these pages. It's entirely true to life. . . except that now and then, the kids spontaneously combust." - The Washington Post.
"Wilson turns a bizarre premise into a beguiling novel about unexpected motherhood. Zips from funny to heartbreaking. . . an exceptional, and exceptionally hilarious, novel." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Wonderfully funny. . . Lillian's voice and observations are touching and delicious. While Lillian stands out, even the secondary characters in Nothing to See Here are given full due. This is a story that is so absorbing and told so briskly it can be devoured in one or two lengthy sittings. It is well worth clearing one's schedule to do so." - The New York Journal of Books.
|DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer|
A blue fox, a homeless woman, an ancient sea monster, a madman, and three rebels converge in terrible and miraculous ways in a nameless city. At stake is the fate of the Earth.
Jeff VanderMeer's psychedelic prose delivers a mind-blowing adventure into an apocalyptic future.
"A darkly transcendent novel filled with phantasmagoric visions, body horror and tortured beings traversing a blasted desert hellscape . . . terrifying and so compelling." - The New York Times.
"A Mobius strip of a novel, with each chapter containing worlds upon nested worlds, all of them dreamlike and dark. In this shattered landscape, VanderMeer explores urgent ideas about capitalism, greed, and natural destruction." - Esquire Magazine.
"VanderMeer is a master of literary science fiction, and this may be his best book yet." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Every reader - and by extension, every reviewer - will, at some point, find themselves completely gobsmacked by a book, wanting to press it into the hands of anyone who will listen. Such is the case with Dead Astronauts. A profoundly moving exploration of connection, isolation, sacrifice and the relationship of man with nature. Ultimately, Dead Astronauts is a book you simply must read. If you were here, I would press it into your hands and not let you put it down." - The Toronto Star.
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2019 BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE | 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION NOMINEE|
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE by Valeria Luiselli
What begins as the account of a family's road trip is overwhelmed by the reality of children at America's southern border trapped in detention centers.
Luiselli's new novel is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity taking us
deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.
"Daring, wholly original, brilliant. . . What Luiselli has pulled off here is a twist on the great American road trip novel, a book about alienation that
chronicles fractures, divides, and estrangement - of both a family and a country. It's a remarkable feat of empathy and intellectuality that showcases Luiselli's ability to braid the political, historical, and personal while explicitly addressing the challenges of figuring out how to tell the very story she's telling. Luiselli is an extraordinary writer." - NPR.
"A mold-breaking new classic. The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli's hands - electric, elastic, alluring, new. The brilliance of the writing stirs
rage and pity. . . Luiselli drives home just how much pain and sacrifice
we are prepared to accept in the lives of others. She dramatizes what it takes for people to stare hard at their own families, to examine their complicity in other people's suffering." - The New York Times.
"As the novel rises to a ferocious climax, Luiselli thunderously, persuasively insists that reckoning with the border will make deep demands of both our intellectual and emotional reserves. A powerful border story, at once intellectual and heartfelt."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Engrossing, constantly surprising - a beguiling mixture of the real and the doubly invented; a passionately engaged book with intellectual amplitude and moral seriousness,
and a beautiful, loving portrait of children and of the task of looking after them. It is a pleasure to be a part of the narrator's family; just as pleasurable is the access we gain to the narrator's mind - a comprehensive literary intelligence." - The New Yorker.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, THE WASHINGTON POST|
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE
WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Both a biting satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. At its center is a black father who turns to an experimental medical procedure to turn his son white. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"We Cast a Shadow asks some of the most important questions fiction can ask, and it does so with energetic and acrobatic prose, hilarious wordplay and great heart. Love is at the core of this funny, beautiful novel. At any moment, Ruffin can summon the kind of magic that makes you want to slow down, reread and experience the pleasure of him crystallizing an image again. Read this book." - The New York Times.
"Stunning and audacious. . . a pitch-black comedy, a chilling horror story and an endlessly perceptive novel about the possible future of race in America. Ruffin proves to be a master. . . The real draw of the novel is Ruffin's gift at creating unforgettable characters. It's a razor-sharp debut from an urgent new voice of fiction" - NPR.
"A dispatch from the frontlines of the African-American psyche. . . Written with ruthless intelligence, it's the story of a father's love and how he tries to protect his son in a country that devours black lives through violence, incarceration, and poverty. Ruffin can drive his story to the outer limits and beyond, and never lose the threads of bitter reality that make it so haunting. We Cast a Shadow soars on Ruffin's unerring vision." - The Boston Globe.
|THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo|
The paths of a dance hall girl and a houseboy cross as each is confronted with a mystery with devastating implications. Set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, Yangsze Choo's mesmerizing novel pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love.
"Richly complex. . . Gorgeous. Transports us into a colonial world we more often see from the view of the occupier. A truly transcendent
tale." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Readers will be so caught up in the natural and supernatural intrigue that the serious themes here about colonialism and power dynamics, about gender
and class, are absorbed with equal delicacy. Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is the kind of book that when you read it, you really are transported back to that time and place. Choo has captured, in a very atmospheric way, the time period and the superstitions. It's a pretty wonderful book." - NPR.
"Riveting! Mythical creatures, conversations with the dead, lucky numbers, Confucian virtues, and forbidden love provide the backdrop for Choo’s superb murder mystery. Mining the rich setting of colonial Malaysia, Choo wonderfully combines a Holmes-esque plot with Chinese lore." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Choo builds characters that are rich and nuanced. A wonderful example of historical fiction, a work of magical realism, a ghost story, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age tale. But most impressive is Choo's ability to weave them all together. Choo pulls it off brilliantly." - Shelf Awareness.
|A GOOD MAN by Ani Katz|
A devoted family man with all the trappings of an enviable life, Paul Martin commits an unspeakable act that brings his world tumbling down around him.
Ani Katz delivers a dark and gripping debut novel of psychological suspense that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
"As she expertly builds a growing sense of dread, Katz creates an unsettling atmosphere of paranoia, fear, and rage, hinting at the catastrophe to come.
This is the sort of relentless novel you can’t put down even when you’re afraid to read what happens next. An unnerving and absorbing exploration of modern masculinity and how the seeds of violence are sown." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Powerful and unsettling. . . produces in the reader a sense of foreboding that builds with ever-increasing intensity to the inevitable and brutal climax.
Katz is in full control of mood and pacing.
A masterly first novel." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Chillingly good. . . infused with dread from the very first page. A whip-smart, beautifully written meditation on marriage, masculinity and the thin line between happiness and disaster." - Bookpage *** starred review ***.
"Simultaneously nightmarish and utterly compelling; perfectly captures the voice of a man who does not recognize his own privilege, who thinks he is trying his best but is really doing his worst. As A Good Man speeds toward its violent conclusion, readers will be captivated. A masterful, suspenseful tale told by an ultimate unreliable narrator." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE|
UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener
A rare first-person glimpse into the high-flying, reckless startup culture of San Francisco and Silicon Valley at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. Unsparing and incisive, this page-turning account is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Extraordinary. . . Wiener's storytelling mode is keen and dry, her sentences spare - perfectly suited to let a steady thrum of dread emerge. Wiener is a droll yet gentle guide.
The real strength of Uncanny Valley comes from her careful parsing of the complex motivations and implications that fortify this new surreality at every level, from the individual body to the body politic." - The New York Times.
"Reveals not just excesses of the tech-startup landscape, but also the Faustian bargains and hidden political agendas embedded in the so-called 'inspiration culture' underlying a too-powerful industry. A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Alternately outrageous and outraging. . . What makes Uncanny Valley unforgettable is not just Wiener's unique take on tech, but the fun of being along on the journey with her. Technophobes have nothing to fear. . . Her immense intelligence and facility with language make the pages fly." - Shelf Awareness ***** 5 out of 5 stars.
"A different sort of Silicon Valley narrative, a literary-minded outsider's insider account of an insulated world that isn't as insular or distinctive as it and we assume.
Through Wiener's story, we begin to perceive how much tech owes its power, and the problems that come with it, to contented ignorance." - The Atlantic.
"The quality of Weiner's on-the-ground observations, coupled with acuity she brings to understanding the psychology at work, makes the book illuminating on a
page-by-page basis. Wiener's empathy makes the portrait all the more damning. Weiner's book isn't a warning so much as a lament over the damage done and the
damage still to come." - The Chicago Tribune.
BOYS & SEX: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein|
A penetrating examination of the sexual lives of boys and young men; the good, the bad, the endlessly complicated and emotionally fraught. Peggy Orenstein peels back typical male bravado and exposes the raw hearts of boys struggling to navigate a confusing sexual landscape. A crucial contribution to the long overdue conversation about masculinity.
"Boys and parents of boys will thank the author for her work as she shares the complex sexual world she discovered. Opens up a welcome forum for exploring a hunger for more guidance about growing up and finding love in a new era. A highly constructive analysis that provides many topics for exploration and discussion by parents and others who interact with boys." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Orenstein's journey into the world of the young American male may not reassure, but it's essential." - People Magazine.
"Orenstein trains her expert eye on the world of adolescent boys, and the unique set of challenges that young men are facing today. Boys & Sex is not just a candid and often devastating view into the lives of real high school and college boys right now; it's an affirmation of hope, and an exercise in the power of listening" - Salon.
"A candid and fascinating portrait of young American masculinity. Expertly written and sometimes disturbing, but always informative, Orenstein's latest is a valuable reference for parents of teenage boys and young men." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A sobering look at the landscape in which young men are growing up - and an invitation for the grown-ups in their lives to offer a lot more support and direction." - Chicago Tribune.
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(St. Martin's Griffin/MPS)
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S PICK | A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR|
A TIME MAGAZINE BEST MEMOIR OF THE YEAR
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
Patrisse Khan-Cullors began the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement to demand justice from the authorities who subject people of color to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. This is her riveting account of championing human rights in the face of violent racism - and surviving
a culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.
"This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Steeped in humanity and powerful prose. . . This is an eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"This is a story of perseverance from a woman who found her voice in a world that often tried to shut her out. When They Call You a Terrorist is more than just a reflection on the American criminal justice system. It's a call to action for readers to change a culture that allows for violence against people of color."
- TIME Magazine.
(Simon & Schuster)
A NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR | A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR|
A TIME MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
Adam Higginbotham delivers the definitive account of one of the most momentous man-made disasters of the twentieth century. A masterful nonfiction thriller: a complex and terrifying story of human resilience and ingenuity, and a cautionary tale of the lessons learned.
"One of those rare books about science and technology that read like a thriller. Replete with vivid detail and sharply etched personalities, this narrative of astounding incompetence moves from mistake to mistake, miscalculation to miscalculation, as it builds to the inevitable, history-changing disaster. Every step feels spring-loaded with tension. The result is superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying." – The New York Times.
"A riveting, deeply reported reconstruction. . . In this powerful work of reportage, Chernobyl and its aftermath emerge as the Soviet Union's last stand, containing all the pathologies and passion of that social experiment now lost to history." - The Los Angeles Times.
"No book has so ably and artfully captured the whole story of what happened that night and in the months and years that followed. With meticulous details, careful research and a gripping narrative, Midnight in Chernobyl is a must-read about nuclear power and the end of the Soviet Union." – TIME Magazine.
"A vivid and exhaustive account. . . Higginbotham masterfully re-creates the emotions, intrigue, and denials and disbelief of Communist Party officials, workers, engineers, and others at every stage. He takes readers directly to the scene. . . Written with authority, this superb book reads like a classic disaster story and reveals a Soviet empire on the brink." - Kirkus Reviews.
|HABEAS DATA: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by David Sedaris|
Until the 21st century, most of our activities were private by default, public only through effort. But today - as we recently learned from reports about Cambridge Analytica - our data might be turned into a propaganda machine against us.
An absolutely crucial exploration of the tools of surveillance that exist today, how they work, and what the implications are for the future of privacy.
"Habeas Data should be required reading for all public officials who want to better understand the near-future of privacy and
surveillance." - Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA.
"A great book. Cyrus Farivar shows that the government, at all levels, needs to more forthright about what kind of surveillance is used on all of us. The law desperately needs to catch up." - Ted Lieu, U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district.
"A lively history of recent Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. Farivar is correct that among the many things the tech industry has disrupted is Fourth Amendment
jurisprudence." - The New Yorker.
"Cyrus Farivar has covered the excitement and tensions of big data collection for years. He his perfectly positioned, with this new book, to chart the history that brought us here and suss out where we're going next." - Slate.
"Cyrus Farivar pulls back the curtain on how the government has transformed everyday technologies into surveillance machines, and public and private places into surveillance traps - part deep-dive into how everything from your smartphone to your home can be used as a surveillance tool, and part crash-course in the court cases that both help and fail to constrain the government's most privacy-invasive activities. Should be at the top of everyone's must-read list." - The Open Technology Institute.
IMPEACHMENT: A Citizen's Guide by Cass R. Sunstein|
An essential guide to the impeachment process that rises above politics and goes beyond punditry, from one of America's foremost legal experts, including
analysis of the Mueller Report.
"An elegant new monograph. . . A legal and historical framework for thinking about impeachment, independent of any specific president. I've been thinking about the topic a lot since finishing the book, and I want to recommend it. It's a careful history of impeachment - of when the founders believed it was appropriate and necessary." - David Leonhardt, The New York Times.
"Considering that the only executive branch event more unnerving for voters than impeachment is assassination, Sunstein's book is a surprisingly cheerful read."
- Sarah Vowell, The New York Times.
"Sunstein has written a concise, enlightening, and argumentative history and guide to getting rid of presidents. It's a why-to and when-to, and a what-were-they-thinking-when-they-decided-to kind of book." - The Washington Post.
"A lively, compact, and authoritative account. Sunstein addresses the most intriguing questions posed by this little used but pivotal constitutional provision. Truly lives up to its promise of being A Citizen's Guide. Offers edifying background for an argument that might soon be in need of eloquent, as well as passionate, delivery." - The Los Angeles Review of Books.
"Thoroughly grounded in constitutional history and past practice. . . Excellent." - The New York Review of Books.
|LIKE A MOTHER: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy by Angela Garbes|
An in-depth look at pregnancy through a scientific and feminist lens challenges popular assumptions, offers help for navigating contradictions, and provides facts to aid with making informed decisions.
"Garbes has created an empowering resource rooted in emerging science and real-life stories. In each chapter, she shares up-to-date, well-substantiated information about women's physical and mental health, aiming to help readers reduce their anxiety and make truly informed choices. Throughout this thoughtful book, she speaks to her readers as peers, providing affirmation that their experiences are important and that they are not alone." - Publishers Weekly.
"In spite of how long women have been giving birth, there is a lot of misinformation out there about pregnancy and motherhood. Angela Garbes seeks to get it straight. She not only corrects misinformation but offers advice and support." - Bustle.
"Garbes unpacks reams of pregnancy advice, often absurd in its conflicting demands. Like a Mother gave me a toolkit for approaching a hoped-for future." - The Huffington Post.
"The science is sublime. I especially appreciated learning how much we still don't know about the high-stakes path to parenthood. But what got me was Garbes' regard for mothers as people in their own right, rather than the hosts or self-sacrificing caregivers they're conditioned to be." - The Seattle Times.
"You don't have to be a mother or even a woman to be fascinated by the science and physiology that Garbes writes about." - NPR.
|POSITIVELY TAROT: A Modern Guide to a Mindful Life by Emma Toynbee*|
Master the art of tarot reading with this unique illustrated guide, filled with clear information and 100 helpful drawings.
In the perfect book for both beginners or experienced tarot readers, Emma Toynbee expertly explains how the tarot can provide all-important answers to the many questions in life.
Want to make major changes or improvements to your life? Or learn how to deal with day-to-day events? Maybe just looking to shake things up? Positively Tarot is a unique, illustrated guide that teaches readers how to ultimately find purpose, well-being, and happiness in their personal life, professional life, finances, or health.
Designed for those who are ambitious in their learning but also want to be time-efficient, this book highlights key terms and uses a logic-based key-coded system to easily understand the complexities of reading the tarot.
* Author Emma Toynbee is a professional metaphysician, clairvoyant reader, astrologer and fine artist trained at St. Martins in London. She studied and has taught at the London College of Psychic Studies and runs a London-based practice. She makes regular appearances at high profile PR and corporate events as a professional tarot reader, most recently at Amazon and Google events.
One of the Ten Best Books of the Year: The New York Times|
SMALL FRY: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
A fascinating and moving account of the author's complex and difficult relationship with her complex and difficult father - Apple founder Steve Jobs. This is a deeply personal and artfully crafted memoir that unveils hidden and unknown sides of Steve Jobs from the person who knew him best. Lisa Brennan-Jobs proves to be an unforgettable guide.
"Entrancing. . . Brennan-Jobs is a deeply gifted writer. Her inner landscape is depicted in such exquisitely granular detail that it feels as if no one else could have possibly written it. Indeed, it has that defining aspect of a literary work: the stamp of a singular sensibility. In the fallen world of celebrity memoirs, this may be the most beautiful, literary and devastating one ever written." — The New York Times (Editors' Choice).
"An epic, sharp coming-of-age story. Brennan-Jobs offers a stunningly beautiful study of parenting that just so happens to include the co-founder of Apple. She skillfully and poignantly navigates her formative years, revealing the emotional wounds that parents can often visit upon their children. But this is not a tell-all; it's an exquisitely rendered story of family, love, and identity. It's rare to find a memoir from a celebrity's child in which the writing is equal to - or exceeds - the parent's reputation, but that is the case with Brennan-Jobs' debut." — Kirkus Revews *** starred review ***.
"A memoir of uncommon grace, maturity and spare elegance. Despite it all, despite Jobs' callousness, Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes about her father without a hint of rancor. Instead, the reader of this exquisite memoir is left with a loving, forgiving remembrance and the lasting impression of a resilient, kindhearted and wise woman who is at peace with her past." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Poetry: Recently Released (Aisle 2-A)
|THE OCTOPUS MUSEUM: Poems by Brenda Shaughnessy|
A stunning collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poetry that imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction,
racism, sexism, and divisive politics. These heartbreaking, terrified poems are the battle cry of a woman who is fighting for the survival of the world
she loves, and a stirring exhibition of who we are as a civilization.
"A highly original look at the world as it is today and the dangers we seem intent on inflicting upon ourselves. . . Shaughnessy writes startling poems that are both intellectually wide-ranging and emotionally riveting." - The New York Journal of Books
"Shaughnessy imagines a dystopian future in which octopuses reign, while humans receive their just deserts for centuries of environmental devastation.
With an unparalleled ear for language, Shaughnessy excels at making the tragic transcendent." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Like octopuses, Shaughnessy's poems manage to be both fleshy and cerebral, concerned with a self that breathes through fragile skin. She offers up these beautiful innards through her words; they twist agony into acceptance only to return and be picked apart again, a recognizable cycle of motherhood and womanhood - humanhood, depending on your definition." - The Paris Review.
"If they are often bleak, Shaughnessy's poems are also very funny. Shaughnessy can also write the kind of line that is confusing in its beauty, whose beauty
exceeds its sense, which is the thing I go to poetry for - lines that can be read and reread without exhausting their potential meaning." - The New York Times.
- Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
|CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by
The second book in Oyemi's Legacy of Orïsha series, this stunning sequel to Children of Blood and Bone finds Zélie and Amari struggling against a sinister
coalition of military and monarchy while a civil war looms on the horizon.
"Combines escapist fantasy with clear-eyed confrontations of race and power. The sequel begins with an unexpected twist. Though Zélie has restored magic to the oppressed people of Orïsha, the monarchy and military now have magical powers, too. Both novels are bruising accounts of violence and persecution, evocative of bigger, real-world conversations about suffering and survival." - TIME Magazine.
"While the first installment builds the narrating characters' foundations and familiarizes readers with the Yoruba orïshas, this follow-up gets into their psyches and unleashes the power of the deities and their respective maji as they fight for claim of Orïsha. Children of Blood and Bone was a runaway hit, and fans of the first book have been waiting with bated breath for this one. Relentless even beyond its finish, this is a sure-fire hit." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love. . . Adeyemi's thrilling second Legacy of Orïsha novel ups the stakes and expands the series' mythology while extolling unity and illustrating the futility of hatred and retribution. . . a vivid, visceral tale studded with action and capped with a literary gut-punch." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society. In this electrifying sequel, magic has returned to Orïsha, but it comes at a heavy cost.
Adeyemi brings a new maturity and depth to the series . . . With a rich world, new characters, a deep dive into the maji’s power and a complex story about how we fight for justice, Adeyemi has sparked magic once again." — The New York Times.
A National Book Award Finalist | A Michael L. Printz Honor Book|
A New York Times Notable Book | A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Daniel is the good son, the good student, living up to his
parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But a chance encounter on a crowded city street changes everything. . .
"Carefully plotted and distinctly narrated in Natasha's and Daniel's voices; yet it also allows space for the lives that are swirling around them. . . It's lyrical and sweeping, full of hope, heartbreak, fate, and free will. Every day, like every book, begins full of possibility, but this one holds more than others." - Booklist *** Editor's Choice ***.
"Is it fate or chance that brings people together? This is the question posed in this impressively multilayered tale of a one-day romance.
With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of every character she introduces, Yoon weaves an intricate web of threads connecting strangers as she delves into the personal histories of her protagonists, as well as the emotions and conflicts of others who cross their paths. A moving and suspenseful portrayal of a fleeting relationship." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Natasha and Daniel meet and fall in love during 12 intense hours in New York City. Yoon's lush prose chronicles an authentic romance that's also a meditation on family, immigration, and fate. With appeal to cynics and romantics alike, this profound exploration of life and love tempers harsh realities with the beauty of hope in a way that is both deeply moving and satisfying." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"A new classic. . .
The lives of two immigrants teens collide in NYC - despite impossible odds and with unimaginable potential. Our young heroes go through all the phases of dramatic love in just over 12 hours: introduction, attraction, infatuation, confrontation, separation, realization, reconciliation." - The Chistian Science Monitor.
- Children's Books: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
|IN A JAR by Deborah Marcero|
When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets another rabbit named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.
But one day, Evelyn has sad news: Her family is moving away. How can the two friends continue their magical collection - and their special friendship - from afar?
"Sophisticated patterning and color design, as well as intricate pen work, create a lush and detailed world. The artist moves between small inserted panels and large spreads to great effect, creating whimsical and uplifting art that perfectly matches the text. In the art, Marcero builds a visual vocabulary for the meaning and importance of memories. As Evelyn opens a jar and stars from Llewelyn's night sky swirl and fall around her, readers will feel the warmth of friendship and the wonder of the world as well. Stunning." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Marcero's pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital compositions display a marvelous sense of pattern within exquisite spreads. Throughout the narrative, sensitive pacing; understated but lovely language; and creative imagery combine to convey the deepening bond and the pair's way of connecting. An enchanting examination of the pleasure reaped from cultivating imagination, friendship, and memory." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Marcero works magic with prismatic watercolors, ink, and pencil, as her light-filled illustrations chronicle the young rabbits' exploits and their appreciative wonder of the world around them. This joyful account of friendship will charm readers with the notion of capturing wind or a rainbow in a jar, but its deeper message of maintaining relationships over a distance will comfort those who have moved or know someone who has." - Booklist *** starred review ***
|THE SERIOUS GOOSE by Jimmy Kimmel|
Young readers are challenged to bring the silly out of a very serious goose. Inspired by comedian/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. This delightful read-aloud is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again!
(Proceeds from sales of The Serious Goose will be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and children's hospitals around the country.)
"There is pleasure in watching the goose's serious expression start to shift, and when she finally dances out in underwear with a ridiculous grin on her face, every reader will grin along with the 'silly goose.' This book will be fun to read aloud to a child, but particularly hilarious to read to a group of children. Laughter is contagious, and there won't be any stopping the silliness busting out when children and adults read this story together." - School Library Journal.
"In his savvy, funny picture-book debut, Kimmel uses his limited drawing style to great advantage; in fact, the less the goose does, the funnier it is. Kimmel knows that when you tell a kid not to do something, it's sure to unleash silliness of epic proportions." - Publishers Weekly.
"Bet you can't make this goose smile, no matter how hard you try. TV personality Kimmel's first foray into picture books presents a feathered grump with a scowl that is proof against any kind of foolery. Dares readers to crank up the volume... and may add a few grown-up voices to the younger chorus of giggles. The goose is all that's serious here." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
|WILD HONEY FROM THE MOON by Kenneth Kraegel|
On a cold winter's eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. There is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown. An utterly original beautifully illustrated celebration of the limitlessness of maternal love.
"Kraegel's tale is an unexpected story of love, determination, and parenting. Divided into seven heavily illustrated chapters, the story is one that will captivate contemplative and creative young readers. Caregivers may find this to be their next weeklong bedtime story and one that fanciful children will want to hear again and again."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"The whimsical, gorgeously detailed ink-and-watercolor pictures stand out. From the charming tree house community where Mother Shrew lives to the mesmerizing patterns of the Queen Bee's garden, readers of all ages will delight in studying the intricate world Kraegel evokes." - School Library Journal.
"In seven short, delightful chapters, Kenneth Kraegel takes enraptured readers on an adventure they are likely to want to experience again and again. Kraegel uses a muted palette, his two-page spreads awash with intricate watercolor and ink illustrations, scratchy lines capturing the textures of animals, trees and grass. Tucked snugly into a tree, surrounded by a village of rope-ladder-connected treehouses, the Shrew home is sweetly detailed with scalloped shingles, lofted beds, books, bowls and baskets. By contrast, the moon's landscape is vast and changeable, with unexpected details like a flower-and butterfly-filled valley and an island fortress of belligerent honeybees.
Wild Honey from the Moon is a mother's love story and a child's adventure to linger over happily." - Shelf Awareness.
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Children (Children's Book Section)
|LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki | Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell|
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. A hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship.
"Stunning artwork, which masterfully captures the mood with gestures and facial expressions. . . Tamaki truly gets to the heart of the struggle to balance the intoxicating allure of being loved by someone thrilling and a desire for a healthy, autonomous sense of identity, all in pitch-perfect teen dialogue. Touching gently but powerfully on topics of bullying, homophobia, and toxic relationships, this superb graphic novel has its finger on the pulse of teenage concerns." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Tamaki explores the nuances of both romantic and platonic relationships with raw tenderness and honesty. Valero-O'Connell's art is realistic and expressive, bringing the characters to life through dynamic grayscale illustrations featuring highlights of millennial pink. A triumphant queer coming-of-age story that will make your heart
ache and soar." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This exploration of toxic relationships and social dynamics at the cusp of adulthood is, like its cast, sharp and dazzling." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Tamaki and Valero-O'Connell's tender-hearted narrative sings with real, honest emotion that will resonate with anyone trying to figure out love." - The New York Times.
|THIS WAS OUR PACT by Ryan Andrews|
On the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when townsfolk float paper lanterns down the river, Ben and his classmates make a pact to find out where the lanterns end up. Soon the pact is broken by all except for Ben and Nathaniel, who travel down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.
"Andrews explores the distinctive, though related, ways cultures can mark a shared experience, and how kids who start out as annoyed and annoying acquaintances can turn into genuine friends. A great starting point for fantasy lovers who haven't yet embraced graphic novels. Do not let the Autumn Equinox (September 23) catch the library without a copy of this in the collection." - Bulletin of Center for Childrens Books *** starred review ***.
"An original and much-needed view of the complex world of middle-school friendships." - The New York Times.
"Andrews' marvelously melancholic, earnest graphic novel, is at its core an exercise in whimsical self-reflection. This story's a quiet one in which danger flickers and hope flares at odd but fruitful moments. The primarily blue and red mixed-media pictures underscore how nighttime sometimes promises transformation. Brilliantly enchanting." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
Richly imagined and complexly emotional. This was Our Pact may owe some of its eerie melancholy and occasionally menacing absurdity to the likes of Lewis Carroll and Shaun Tan, but its message is distinctly its own: what you imagine to be the end of the journey maybe satisfying, but the adventure actually goes on as long as you keep riding down the road." - Booklist *** starred review ***
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Adults (Wall Display)
|GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank & Tim Heidecker | Illustrated by Manuela Pertega|
The long-lost script of a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, recreated as a graphic novel in all its full-color, cinematic, surreal glory.
"The story follows Jimmy, a Spanish aristocrat living in exile, as he becomes infatuated with a mysterious figure known as the Woman Surreal and finds himself in a world gone mad with bizarre imagery and Groucho's quips in equal measure. Artist Pertega excels at portraying dreamlike illustrations. VERDICT: A fascinating project inspired by obvious passion from everyone involved." - Library Journal.
"Don't even try to understand; just revel in the weirdness, along with the wonderful photographs and other archival material Frank includes in this book."
"This graphic novel is utterly one of a kind. The overall page compositions are exceptional, bursting with motion, mind-bending patterns, and wildly shifting color schemes.
This messy, imperfect, fearless visual buffet is almost certainly better than any film version would have been." - Publishers Weekly.
"This book is a gallery, a museum, a riotous romp of art that reverberates through personal and public history and will make your dwelling's shelves (and your mind) a little loonier." - The Austin Chronicle.
|GOOD TALK by Mira Jacob|
Trying to answer her son Jacob's questions, Mira Jacob delivers a deeply relatable graphic memoir that takes on racism, love, and the election of President Trump.
"A masterful mix of pictures and words to speak on life's most uncomfortable conversations." - io9.
"A showstopping memoir about race in America, by turns funny, philosophical, cautious, and heartbreaking. Particularly moving are striking pen-and-ink drawings collaged onto vibrant found photographs and illustrated backgrounds. Told with immense bravery and candor, this book will make readers hunger for more of Jacob's wisdom and light."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Creates an odd, immediate intimacy. . . Mira Jacob employs pages of narrative prose sparingly but hauntingly. The 'talks' Jacob relates are painful, often hilarious, and sometimes absurd, but her memoir makes a fierce case for continuing to have them." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Grace and disarming wit. . . The book lives up to its title, and reading these searching, often hilarious tête-à-têtes—with her parents and brother, confidantes and strangers, employers and exes is as effortless as eavesdropping on a crosstown bus.
The medium is part of the magic of Good Talk. The old comic-book alchemy of words and pictures opens up new possibilities of feeling."
- The New York Times.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
|WESTSIDE by W. M. Akers|
Set in an alternate 1920s Manhattan where a 13-mile barbed-wire fence divides the thriving Eastside from a nightmarish Westside, this fascinating debut novel introduces
a truly remarkable private investigator - Gilda Carr, a Westsider who specializes in solving "tiny mysteries". A delightfully unique setting, an unforgettable heroine,
and sublimely skillful writing - an unbeatable combination.
"An addictively readable fusion of mystery, dark fantasy, alternate history, and existential horror. The seamless blending of genre elements creates a fresh and unpredictable narrative, but the real power here comes from Akers' focus on description throughout. Masterful worldbuilding, character development, and attention to dark atmospherics make for a fully immersive read. The cast of deeply developed characters and the richly envisioned setting are perfectly complemented by a breakneck-paced and action-packed storyline. It's like a literary shot of Prohibition-era rotgut moonshine - bracing, quite possibly hallucination-inducing, and unlike anything you've ever experienced before. The illegitimate love child of Algernon Blackwood and Raymond Chandler." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"W. M. Akers's superb debut is a novel steeped in existentialism while delivering gun molls, drunken wastrels and purebred thugs. Akers's choice to spotlight a sleuth
preoccupied by 'those impossible puzzles that burrow into our brains like splinters' is viscerally effective. A world that could be completely unwieldy is rendered tangible in the sounds of street music, glimpses of skittering shadows and whiffs of violent smells. One cannot effectively borrow from the horror genre as freely as Akers does without concrete imagery to sustain the imagination. His prose is sharply crystalline, especially when describing minute, bittersweet and even ugly moments. Endearingly clearheaded ferocity and good humor. . . Excellent." - The New York Times.
"A fantasy novel that is both literary and convention bending, reading as horror, crime fiction, dark noir, pulp slasher novel, action, and adventure gaming script, hidden-door-anthropological-history, delayed coming-of-age novel, gumshoe mystery, a love letter to pre-Prohibition New York City, and a disquieting dystopian fable reminiscent of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland.
Yes, it is all of those things simultaneously, and yes, it works, thanks in no small part to Akers' talent for staying in tense control of his story.
Beverly Cleary once said great fiction should be, above all things, a pleasure to read, and Westside is certainly that, and then some." - The New York Journal of Books.
|THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H. G. Parry|
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. But some of those
characters don't approve of Charlie's world - and they have plans of their own. . .
A page-turning blend of adventure and mystery and marvel, a story in which the fantastical becomes real. This beautifully-written novel is a wildly entertaining exploration of the power fiction wields.
"Fictional characters come to life - both literally and figuratively. Many have tried and some have succeeded in writing mashups with famed literary characters, but Parry knocks it out of the park. She plays with the canon without trying to imitate it, all the while spinning a truly heartfelt story. There is no excuse to miss this page-turning fantasy. Just plain wonderful." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Fun, witty, and full of insights about the powerful effect of stories on our lives, this book is highly recommended." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A beautiful book-lover's dream. . . Celebrates story and literature and the reader’s relationship to story. . . truly a tale for bibliophiles and literature enthusiasts everywhere." - Bibliophile Magazine.
"Parry's debut novel is a Dickensian booklover's delight. Anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with the Artful Dodger or to hold the legendary Excalibur in their hands will be in excellent company in the pages of this delightful literary fantasy. As one fictional creation puts it: 'I think we've found ourselves in the middle of an adventure'. - Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay|
An unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. Electrifying and haunting, this is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.
"Bram Stoker Award winner Tremblay once again demonstrates his talent for terrifying readers. Offering a terrible situation with no good outcome, this is the author at his best." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"The apocalypse begins with a home invasion in this tripwire-taut horror thriller. Tremblay skillfully seeds his tale with uncertainties and introduces enough doubt into the beliefs and behaviors of all the parties to keep them and the reader off-balance. His profoundly unsettling novel invites readers to ask themselves whether, when faced with the unbelievable, they would do the unthinkable to prevent it." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Powerful. . . full of twists and horrors that will keep even the most jaded genre reader silently turning its pages late into the night." - The New York Journal of Books.
"A striking work of psychological horror and unblinking terror. A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice that matches the power of belief with man's potential for unbridled violence." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU by Heather Child|
Freya's new virtual assistant knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister's.
It adopts her sister's personality, recreating her through a life lived online. But this virtual version of her sister knows things it shouldn't be possible to know. . .
A terrifyingly plausible and insidiously chilling debut from a new star of speculative fiction. Easily this year's most cutting-edge thriller!
"Child's rousing debut features striking prose and a well-imagined reality that showcases the author's careful attention to the attractions and downfalls of technology.
Her portrait of the near-future is astute and immersive, and makes for an impressively detailed backdrop for her heroine's gripping quest." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Masterful. . . Child deftly seeds important facts throughout, drip-feeding exactly what the reader needs to know, when they need to know it. This is the mark of a good writer: one who gives you the information without you realising it. A perfect mix of mystery, SF, and fantasy - but with enough emotional heft to squeeze tears out of the hardest heart. If this is what Child can throw at us on her first try, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next." - Strange Horizons.
"A thrilling debut showing a chilling vision of a future that's just around the corner. You'll never look at your privacy settings in the same way again.
The world of Everything About You is closer than you think." - Fantastic Fiction.
"Thought provoking, cutting edge and heart-breakingly emotive all in a single breath. Heather Child's command of the narrative remains compelling throughout and I was hooked from beginning to end. I had to keep reminding myself this is her debut novel, it is so confident and self-assured." - The Eloquent Page.
|WHAT SHOULD BE WILD by Julia Fine|
Born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, Maisie Cothay has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest.
But when her father disappears, Maisie must venture beyond the boundaries of her carefully protected life to find him.
Julia Fine's bewitching debut is a crackling contemporary fairytale that explores the cost of being extraordinary in a world that asks women to suppress their strength.
"Combines the intrigue of a literary mystery with the mythology of fairy tales. Without hyperbole, it's one of the best debut novels I've ever read." - Chicago Magazine.
"A rich blend of myth and modernity, and an intricately contrived feminist fantasy, What Should Be Wild explores the urges of the body, the nature of desire and the power of the spirit. Marks the arrival of a formidable new talent." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Fine's stellar debut is a mystical combination of curiosity, curses, and compassion. She creates an entirely new twist on the familiar setup of a young woman facing supernatural obstacles while trying to balance her own blossoming youth. Inventive and fascinating." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A hypnotizing fairy tale that explores what it's like to live life in an unruly female body that everyone around it insists on controlling, What Should Be Wild pulsates with originality, curiosity, terror, and pleasure." - Bustle.
"This fast-paced, imaginative, and intriguing tale will grip readers. Libraries will find this realistic fantasy novel hard to keep on their shelves." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"The Brothers Grimm gave us the fairy tales. . . In this astonishing debut, Ms. Fine bids fair to be the Sister Grimmest." - The Wall Street Journal.
- Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Espionage Fiction: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott|
Diane told her best friend Kit a secret about the worst thing she'd ever done. Now Diane knows something that could ruin Kit's life. . .
A devatatingly suspenseful psychological thriller about ambition, betrayal, and friendship.
"Abbott plunges us deep into a vividly realized world of intense competition and creates life-or-death stakes where we wouldn't have known to look for them.
This is a brilliant riff on hard science, human nature, and the ultimate unknowability of the human brain." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Abbott, who always immerses readers in hothouse subcultures in her novels, explores the relationship between competitive scientists at a cutthroat university laboratory.
Give Me Your Hand should cement Abbott's position as one of the most intelligent and daring novelists working in the crime genre today." - The New York Times.
"A spectacular thriller. Give Me Your Hand is a nuanced and atmospheric story about the lure of big dreams." - NPR.
"Trust the nimble Abbott to elevate this smart page-turner into a tense battle between morality and ambition." - People Magazine (Book of the Month).
"In Abbott's deft hands, friendship is fused to rivalry, and ambition to fear, with an unsettling level of believability. It will take more than a cold shower to still the blood thumping in your ears when you finish this." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Entertainment Weekly - Washington Post - AARP - Newsweek - Chicago Public Library - Library Journal - LitHub - Booklist|
NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney
Frank Guidry knows too much about the crime of the century, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On the run from ruthless and determined professional killers,
Frank makes what might be a fatal mistake - he falls in love with Charlotte. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"This superior novel from Edgar winner Lou Berney melds crime fiction with a tale about people reinventing themselves, played out during a cross-country automobile trip. An emotional story about the power of love and redemption through sacrifice with the backdrop of a crucial historical moment." - Associated Press.
"One of the most distinctive, unexpected crime novels of recent years. . . a road novel and a first-rate thriller, a quietly moving evocation of public and private trauma, of individuals searching for new lives in a radically altered world." - The Washington Post.
"A propulsive, romantic and danger-laden story centered on two people taking to the open road, running from past mistakes. A crime novel with a rare combination of emotional weight and gunshot speed. . . Berney gets inside his characters so gradually and gracefully that November Road easily transcends genre conventions.
November Road is indeed something different. There's no shortage of JFK fiction, but this one belongs up there with the best." - The Dallas Morning News.
"Through gorgeous prose, the Edgar, Macavity and Anthony Award-winning author elevates a cat-and-mouse story into a heartfelt journey of hope and discovery for two characters running from their pasts. November Road is more than the sum of its parts - a thrilling plot, an iconic period piece and unforgettable characters. Above all, it’s an American novel not to be missed." - BookPage.