New Releases

Joyous day it is, we have new books dropped fresh from the publishing storks. Thank you sweet birds, we’ll cherish them. As always the blurbs are provided by the book’s publishers.

HARDCOVER FICTION

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the world from his perspective felt bewildering, nearly impossible. He didn’t speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died.

Panorama City by Antoine Wilson
Oppen Porter, a self-described “slow absorber,” thinks he’s dying. He’s not, but from his hospital bed, he unspools into a cassette recorder a tale of self-determination, from village idiot to man of the world, for the benefit of his unborn son. Written in an astonishingly charming and wise voice, Panorama City traces forty days and nights navigating the fast food joints, storefront churches, and home-office psychologists of the San Fernando Valley.

Join us Thursday, October 11 at 7PM when Antoine Wilson will be in-store speaking and signing Panorama City.

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

Listening In by Ted Widmer & Caroline Kennedy
Accompanied by extensively annotated transcripts of the JFK Oval Office recordings, and with a foreword by Caroline Kennedy, “Listening In” delivers the story behind the story in the unguarded words and voices of the decision-makers themselves.” Listening In” covers watershed events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, Vietnam, and the arms race, and offers fascinating glimpses into the intellectual methodology of a circumspect president and his brilliant, eclectic brain trust.
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario;  leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles. He recounts going solo; forming Crazy Horse; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it.

HARDCOVER POETRY

October Mourning by Leslea Newman
October Mourning, a novel in verse, is Leslea Newman’s deeply felt response to the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.

PAPERBACK FICTION

Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
A village on the Devil‘s Moor: a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition. There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village‘s darkest secrets.

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words by Kate Whouley
In this unsentimental memoir of watching her mother fade away, Kate Whouley brings us right into the laugh-or-you’ll-cry experiences of meeting the challenge of Alzheimer’s. In her mother, we meet a strong-minded, accidental feminist with a weakness for unreliable men. And we meet a daughter who learned early to fend for herself. We encounter their shared passions: books, words, and music. As her mother falls into forgetting, Whouley remembers for her. And when the books are forgotten, and the words begin to fade, it is the music that matters most.

Tension City by Jim Lehrer
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. Drawing on his own experiences as “the man in the middle seat,” in-depth interviews with the candidates and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer illuminates what he calls the “Major Moments” and “killer questions” that defined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.

YA

Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
For Daphne, the glass is always half full. For Gabby, nothing ever works out positively.  Her best friend, Mule, is the only one who has been there for her every step of the way. But when the richest boy in school befriends Gabby, and Daphne starts to hang out more and more with her best friend, Mule, Gabby is forced to confront the emotional barriers she has put up to stop the hurting. And for once, her sassiness may fall prey to her definition of stupidity.

Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis
Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood. But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client.  Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet.

KIDS

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin & James Dean
‘Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill.
In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill.
Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that?
“Never!” cried Santa.
“Let’s call Pete the Cat!”

Cinderella by Jane Ray
Jane Ray’s layered cut-paper artwork elegantly retells the time-honored tale of a scullery maid turned royalty. Six meticulously detailed tableaux include a shabby kitchen, a gorgeous nightscape in a magical garden, and a sparkling ballroom filled with nobles, as well as Cinderella’s iconic gilded pumpkin coach. Side panels unfold to reveal the story’s text and evoke an evening at the theater. Little girls who dream of fairy godmothers will adore this unique portrayal of the world’s most famous princess — no glass slippers required.

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