New Releases – 1/7/14



Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic. Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are two longtime friends, Benjamin and Bockarie, must return to their hometown, Imperi, and learn to build community on the ruins of war. Ishmael Beah will be in the store on Wednesday, Jan 29 at 7PM. The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. A ticket for the signing line is required & can be purchased only with a copy of Radiance of Tomorrow from BookPeople.

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus

From one of the most innovative and vital writers of his generation, an extraordinary collection of stories that showcases his gifts—and his range—as never before. Bestselling author of The Flame Alphabet Ben Marcus presents another story collection. This collection moves from more traditional narratives into the experimental work that has made Ben Marcus a groundbreaking master of the short form. Ben Marcus will be in the store on Tuesday, Feb 11 at 7PM. The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. A ticket for the signing line is required & can be purchased only with a copy of Leaving the Sea from BookPeople.

The Invention of Wings by Susan Monk Kidd

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee

From the beloved award-winning author of Native Speaker and The Surrendered, a highly provocative, deeply affecting story of one woman’s legendary quest in a shocking, future America. On Such a Full Sea takes Chang-rae Lee’s elegance of prose, his masterly storytelling, and his long-standing interests in identity, culture, work, and love, and lifts them to a new plane. Stepping from the realistic and historical territories of his previous work, Lee brings us into a world created from scratch. Against a vividly imagined future America, Lee tells a stunning, surprising, and riveting story that will change the way readers think about the world they live in.



Smart Change  by Art Markman

UT Professor and Bestselling Author of Smart Thinking uses his new book to explore the psychological mechanisms that form and maintain habits in individuals and groups and offers real, accessible and actionable advice for changing habits. An insightful guide, Smart Change shows how habits of behavior are formed, and how we can transform bad habits into positive behaviors in ourselves and others. Art Markman will be in the store on Thursday, Jan 9 at 7PM.

Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart

After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience.The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Gary Shteyngart will be in the store on Thursday, Feb 13 at 7PM for a very special pre-Valentine’s evening. The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public. A ticket for the signing line is required & can only be purchased with a copy of Little Failure from BookPeople.

Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser

In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review, to describe her love of literature. A book in the spirit of E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Elizabeth Hardwick’s A View of My Own, Why I Read is iconoclastic, conversational, and full of insight. It will delight those who are already avid readers as well as neophytes in search of sheer literary fun.

The Trickster’s Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity by Nick Bantock

The act of creating art, in all its forms, offers us a path to our souls. But the path can be confusing, and getting lost along the way is inevitable. However, maybe that’s the point. In The Trickster’s Hat, bestselling author of the Griffin & Sabine cycle Nick Bantock invites you to lose yourself in order to become a better creator. Inspired by Nick’s popular and mischievous workshops, the book’s forty-nine perceptive exercises will encourage you to forget your destination while you meander through the wondrous world that awaits you in the periphery of your mind’s eye.

Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram

In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world’s unhappiest countries. Anjan Sundaram is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Africa and the Middle East for the New York Times and the Associated Press. His writing on Africa has also appeared in Foreign Policy, Fortune, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, and the Huffington Post.

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel

A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition. As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood.



The Last Days of Jack Harbin: A Samuel Craddock Mystery by Terry Shames
Terry Shame’s follow-up to A Killing on Cotton Hill, MysteryPeople Book of the Month pick for August 2013, the second novel in the Samuel Craddock series involves the shocking murder of a wounded veteran that will challenge Craddock’s investigative skills. Against the backdrop of small-town loyalties and betrayals, Craddock discovers dark secrets of the past and present to solve the mystery of Jack’s death. Terry Shames will be in the store on Monday, Jan 27 at 7PM. Join us for this great MysteryPeople event.


Tenth of December: Stories by George Sanders

National Book Award Finalist and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book ReviewOne of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness.”



The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights by H. H. Dalai Lama & Victor Chan

The Wisdom of Compassion offers rare insights into the Dalai Lama’s life and his efforts to translate compassion into action. This is the Dalai Lama at his most human, and most humane. We see how he approaches the world with playfulness, optimism, and a profound empathy for the suffering of others. Through his own conduct, he shows us the tangible benefits of practicing kindness, forgiveness and compassion. And he demonstrates that opening our hearts and minds to others is the surest path to true happiness.

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff

The author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Boy offers a new paradigm for dealing with addiction based on cutting-edge research and stories of his own and other families’ struggles with – and triumphs over – drug abuse. “Clean will change not only how you look at drug abuse, but also what you think should be done about it. This book is essential reading about one of our most important social problems.” — Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness



The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

“Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the most inspiring authors of our generation. The Impossible Knife of Memory does not disappoint and it is impossible to put down.” – Laura, TPC from the post naming The Impossible Knife of Memory the BookPeople Teen Press Corps’ Buzz Book for January. The story centers around Hayley Kincaid and her father as they move back to their hometown to try a ‘normal’ life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives. Signed copies are available while supplies last via Write that you want a “signed copy” in the comments section at the time of purchase.

Zom-B Gladiator by Darren Shan

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, B Smith has decided to live–and to fight for good as long as possible. However, London is overridden with the brain-eating undead and swarming with human mercenaries whose sense of right and wrong dissolved when society did. When they lay a trap, B is captured. And it’ll take dozens of battles–and the fight of a lifetime–to escape. Filled with gripping, bloody action sequences, the sixth book in Darren Shan’s horrifying Zom-B series promises the fright–and the fight–of your life.

Unhinged: Splintered Book Two by A. G. Howard

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

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