New Releases 5/13/14


Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill
Cargill appears here Thursday 5/15.

Raul’s new release pick of the day! “Colby Stevens has got a major problem: a young woman from his past has become something unearthly and menacingly dangerous. She is aggressively recruiting all the evil things of the night into an army. As their queen, she is leading them to Austin, Texas to unleash her vengeance upon Colby. He has only one chance to save himself and his friends, but it will lead him down a very dark path – he will have to traffic with the worst demons and wager his life and very soul. This is the follow-up to Cargill’s other great book, Dreams and Shadows.” Event Info.

The Transcriptionist by Amy Roland

Julie’s new release pick of the day! “Lena, the main character, works as a transcriptionist for The Record, a major newspaper based in New York City. As she becomes obsessed with the suicide of a blind court stenographer she met briefly on a city bus, we’re drawn into Lena’s isolated life. This is a thoughtful, ultimately hopeful novel about the degree of tenderness we bring to the millions of fine details about other people’s lives we encounter every day. How do we manage such a regular knowledge of so very much, particularly when we’re exposed to so many stories of pain, isolation, disaster and terror? As Lena finds her way through, so do we.”

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
Ferris reads here at BookPeople Wednesday 5/21.

Ben’s new release pick of the day! To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a critique and sonnet to the modern human, to the head-down worker and dreamer paralyzed by the chance of an inclement nightmare. Ferris ambitiously takes on the big questions regarding life and truth, leaving us a novel which acts an answer with which we might be satisfied, if but for a little while.” Event Info.

The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour

Based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic Book of Kings, a kaleidoscopic fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York as the city hurtles toward 9/11.


Jupiter War by Neal Asher

Raul’s (other) new release pick of the day! “The climax of this series does not disappoint. Trans-human Alan Saul transforms the former Argus station into the first interstellar spaceship and prepares the crew for a post human life. It all comes together in a fiery battle around Io, a moon of Jupiter. Filled with action, philosophical conundrums, electrifying suspense and unexpected twists, Asher illustrates his magnificent storytelling abilities.”

Next Life Might Be Kinder by Howard Norman

Julie’s other new release pick of the day! “Howard Norman’s new novel winds through the psychology of a man haunted by the loss of his wife. When Elizabeth is murdered by an employee of the hotel where she lives in blissful marriage with her husband, Sam, Sam is sent into a tailspin of grief. He believes he visits Elizabeth out on the beach, where each night she lines up books. Is she really there? Is it all in Sam’s head? Meanwhile, out of desperation, he’s sold the rights to their story to a filmmaker he doesn’t trust. Norman is one of my favorite writers; he balances the eerie, dark side of human behavior and psychology with beautiful scenes of passion, art and intellect.”

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

“Witty and smartly moving, Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody offers a heart-thumping mystery of music and murder, wherein the past repeats itself, and in doing so becomes malleable again: just as an orchestral score can be rearranged to new effect, so an unsolved crime sometimes returns to shock and surprise anew–and in both cases the outcomes are as unpredictable as they are suspenseful.” –Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods


The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Signed Copies Available! “The Orenda is a heart song that spans the continent, and echoes to us across the years. At times devastating and difficult, Joseph Boyden’s novel is equally compassionate and inspiring.” —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 


Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

“Both devastating and transporting, this is the rare novel a reader lives in, so persuasive is the impact, the insight, the heat of south Texas.” –Amy Hempel 


Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

“Gripping, beguiling and beautifully written, Bittersweet is a page turner that chills as it intoxicates. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore has created a family so dangerously enthralling that the more we learn of their greed and bloodlust, the more we aspire to belong.” –Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of “The Great Man” and “Blue Plate Special” 


No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

Joe’s new release pick of the day! “I may not agree with everything Mr. Greenwald says, but, having been the most consistent pundit on civil liberties over the last 15 years, he’s earned the right for me to listen to what he has to say. This book deals with his work with Edward Snowden & the NSA leaks, and may be one of the most important books of the year.”

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by Blake Harris

Andrew’s new release pick of the day! Console Wars is thoroughly engrossing. It’s a classic David versus Goliath tale that tells the inside baseball of the 16-bit wars between Sega (David) and Nintendo (Goliath). Told mainly through Sega’s perspective, readers learn the absurd amount of competition in the resurgence of the home console market of the 90s. It’s also a tale of American style business versus Japanese style business and the cultural prejudices that were prevalent throughout the time. This book is amazingly told, well researched, and written well. A reader can easily consume 200 pages without noticing the time go by at all. I was bred on the Sonic vs. Mario war and always chose Sonic. Sonic’s origin story is particularly interesting because of the culture clash between his Japanese designers and the American marketers. Every battle was hard fought for Sega of America but they usually won to stunning results. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it.”

The Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy Geithner

“As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as President Barack Obama’s secretary of the Treasury, Timothy F. Geithner helped the United States navigate the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, from boom to bust to rescue to recovery. In a candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, he takes readers behind the scenes of the crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy.”


Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy

For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy–the world-changing ‘A New Hope’ and its operatic sequels, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’–as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes.


Jack of Spies by David Downing
Downing appears here at BookPeople Sunday 5/18.

Scott: “In many ways, Jack Of Spies reflects The Great War. Our protagonist enters it with a devil-may-care attitude and slowly finds himself in several sobering quandaries. Downing seamlessly moves from Ian Flemming adventure to John LeCarre politics across the broad canvas of a particular time period, never losing the intimacy with his characters.”  Read Scott’s Review.  Event Info.

Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson appears here Wednesday 6/11!

Another Mysterypeople favorite! Craig Johnson’s latest Longmire mystery, Any Other Name, sends Walt to an adjacent county to investigate the death of a by-the-book detective. Three missing women, dark secrets, and Wyoming-style justice, read up now before Craig comes by the store to discuss and sign his new book! Event Info.

The Son by Jo Nesbo

MysteryPeople favorite Jo Nesbo, bestselling author of the Harry Hole series, now gives us an electrifying stand-alone novel set amid Oslo’s hierarchy of corruption, from which one very unusual young man is about to propel himself into a mission of brutal revenge.



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