Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
We’ve been shouting our love for this book from the rooftops ever since Book Expo America this summer. Most of the staff here has read this book and we’ve all loved being transported to Morgenstern’s magical world where illusionists challenge one another with their incredible feats…and fall in love. Her writing is so vivid it’s almost as if you’re watching a movie (and this book will be a movie – the rights have already been purchased.) Every sound, smell, taste and sight is brought to life. We’ve been so inspired that we’re going to create our own BookPeople Night Circus on October 20th when Morgenstern is here to speak about and sign this fabulous new novel.
On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
From the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America. Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere’s life over seventeen days, On Canaan’s Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.
Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin by Calvin Trillin
For at least forty years, Calvin Trillin has committed blatant acts of funniness all over the place—in The New Yorker, The Nation, and in comic novels like Tepper Isn’t Going Out. In Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin, the author deals with such subjects as the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics ceremony and the mystery of how his mother managed for thirty years to feed her family nothing but leftovers and the true story behind the Shoe Bomber. He remembers Sarah Palin with a poem called “On a Clear Day, I See Vladivostok” and John Edwards with one called “Yes, I Know He’s a Mill Worker’s Son, but There’s Hollywood in That Hair.”
From the man widely hailed as “the Dean of Moderators” comes a lively and revealing book that pulls back the curtain on more than forty years of televised political debate in America. A veteran newsman who has presided over eleven presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America’s presidential elections—and with them the course of history.
Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain
We’re big fans of the Homesick Texan blog and have been eagerly anticipating this first cookbook from Lisa Fain featuring over 100 recipes straight from the Lone Star State, giving everyone a true taste of Texas! After a fruitless search for tastes of Texas in New York City, Fain took matters into her own hands. She headed into the kitchen to cook for her friends the Tex-Mex, the chili, and the country comfort dishes that reminded her of home. In 2006, Fain started the blog Homesick Texan to share Texan food with fellow expatriates. Now, in her long-awaited first cookbook, Fain brings the comfort of Texan home cooking to you.
*We’re thrilled to welcome Lisa Fain right here to BookPeople to speak and sign The Homesick Texan on October 24th. Saint Arnold Brewing Company will provide the beer, join us!
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Playing with the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick once again sails into uncharted territory and takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey. Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful–with over 460 pages of original artwork–Wonderstruck is a stunning achievement from a uniquely gifted artist and visionary.