Here’s what’s brand new on the shelves as of today. Blurbs provided by the books’ publishers.
Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward – Amanda Eyre Ward’s latest novel is a dark mystery partially inspired by real events. For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer. But when she begins to question that reality, her whole world shifts focus. We’re thrilled to be hosting the release party for Amanda’s new book this Friday, July 29th, 7p! Rock band Schmillion will be here at 6:30p and we’ll be serving beer (to folks 21+, please bring your ID) courtesy of Saint Arn0ld’s Brewing Company. It’s a party! All are welcome!
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher – When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…
Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin – In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.
Next To Love by Ellen Feldman – A story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave, Next to Love follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of World War II and its aftermath, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when their children are on the cusp of their own adulthood.
Kicking Ass and Saving Souls by David Matthews – The story of a boy from Baltimore who evolves from a safecracking, jewel-heisting, deep-sea diving, ultimate-fighting, international playboy into a globetrotting humanitarian.
Swamplandia by Karen Russell – Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.
Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes – The Brightest Star in the Sky features seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit descends on 66 Star Street to radically transform at least one person’s life in the Dublin town house.