Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
On Sale 1/7/14
Finally, the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story; Absurdistan; and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook tells all. Moving from memories of his early childhood in Russia to his family’s immigration to Queens to his present day life as a writer, Shteyngart’s humor pulls heartstrings with stories of his one-armed Chewbacca and a father who affectionately called him “Failurchka”, or “little failure”.
Shteyngart visits BookPeople Thursday, February 13. More info & to pre-order signed copies.
Leaving the Sea: Stories by Ben Marcus
On Sale 1/7/14
Marcus’s most recent novel, The Flame Alphabet, was an entrancing, creepy imagining of a world where children’s voices slowly murdered their parents (and it had one of the best covers of 2012, hands down). His fearless, experimental style is here at work in shorter form, with a collection of stories that handles marital infidelity, mortality, and the possibilities of a story told in a single sentence (once again, with a highly successful cover).
Marcus visits BookPeople Tuesday, February 11. More info & to pre-order signed copies.
The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia by David Stuart MacLean
On Sale 1/14/14
David Stuart MacLean woke up on a train platform in India with no idea where he was, how he got there, or who he was. A strong reaction to a malarial drug erased his memory and he was faced with rebuilding his identity. MacLean told his story on This American Life in 2010 and now, in this new memoir, invites us to contemplate the nature of who we are, why we think we are who we are, and where identity lives.
MacLean visits BookPeople Friday, January 31. More info & to pre-order signed copies.
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
On Sale 1/20/14
One by one, we’re falling in love with this book. The Last Days of California is a road trip novel told from the perspective of fourteen year old Jess. It follows a family of four as their father drives them towards California for the Second Coming. Here are adolescence and America told with some grit, in a teenager’s voice that is neither precocious nor absurdly naive.
Miller visits BookPeople Thursday, January 23. More info & to pre-order signed copies.
The UnAmericans: Stories by Molly Antopol
On Sale 2/3/14
Molly Antopol was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Honorees in 2013. Her work has been included in This American Life, One Story, American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, and many other fine and highly regarded literary journals. This collection marks her debut, stories that move from America to the Soviet Union to Israel with a distinctive, memorable voice.
By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan
On Sale 2/4/14
One of the most highly coveted ARCs thus far – we have some major fans of The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising around here. This final installment promises a final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires.
Duncan visits BookPeople Tuesday, February 18. More info & to pre-order signed copies.
Misadventure by Nicholas Grider
On Sale 2/18/14
This is the second book from Austin-based small press A Strange Object (whose first book, Kelly Luce’s Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, was one of our favorite story collections of 2013). Grider is fearless and precise in his storytelling. His predominantly male characters confront issues of power and identity, sex and violence and bondage, in prose that does not quiver, does not shy away from its subject matter. Story structure varies, from an alphabetized catalog of ex-boyfriends cast against a man’s illness, to a narrative presented as a quiz. Inventive and addictive, Publisher’s Weekly called this collection “vital”.
Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity & Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
On Sale 3/11/14
Kleon’s previous book, Steal Like an Artist, encouraged readers to draw creative inspiration from the works of others, offering a freedom to the process that thousands of people clamored for, making the book a bestseller both here at BookPeople and nationwide. In Show Your Work, Kleon, an Austinite who will give the 2014 SXSW Interactive Opening Keynote, urges artists to share their work in order to succeed, offering practical, no-excuses advice for making a name for yourself and your work.
All I Have In This World by Michael Parker
Parker, the author of eight novels including the most recent The Watery Part of the World, brings his literary voice to bear on West Texas, where a used Buick brings together a man heading for Mexico and a woman returning to her home town. Parker’s sentences unwind like the wide open landscape: “Here he was in Texas, of all places Texas, who would have predicted how much he loved it here, loved its rivers and deserts and shimmery grasslands, its taquerias and dance halls, and he was glad Maria had taken him along to see this river, and he was thankful also to the Buick for not overheating and to Earth, Wind and Fire for writing “That’s the Way of the World,”….” And that’s not even the whole sentence.
Such a big year! So many books! More to come tomorrow…..
All of this books are available to pre-order via bookpeople.com.