New Release Picks for the Week!

HARDCOVER FICTION

Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
Signed Copies Available While Supplies Last!
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
Raul’s new release pick of the day and MysteryPeople pick of the month!
The Farm is a “dark and provocative story.” Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father. Read Raul’s full review at the MysteryPeople blog!

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
 In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands…

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

Carsick by John Waters
Stephanya’s new release pick of the day! 
“I’m glad that John Waters is still out there giving the squares a thrill on the open roads of America.” John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Michael Jackson Inc. by Zack O. Greenburg
Michael Jackson is known by many as the greatest entertainer of all time, but he was also a revolutionary when it came to business. In addition to famously buying the Beatles’ publishing catalogue, Jackson was one of the first pop stars to launch his own clothing line, record label, sneakers, and video games–creating a fundamental shift in the monetization of fame and paving the way for entertainer-entrepreneurs like Jay Z and Diddy. All told, Jackson earned more than $1.1 billion in his solo career, and the assets he built in life have earned more than $700 million in the five years since his death–more than any other solo music act over that time…

 

PAPERBACK FICTION

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Graeme Simsion will be in-store 6/24, pre-order signed copies now! The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). When an unlikely relationship develops, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
“A character like Bridget Jones is so beloved that she becomes something of a virtual best friend. . . . [The] third Bridget romp is every bit as engaging, hilarious and sometimes downright naughty as the first two: perfect light reading after a long day of holiday shop­ping, online dating or herding co-workers.” —Dallas Morning News

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
Kate’s new release pick of the day! “Over the time it took me to finish Jeannette Walls’s newest novel, The Silver Star, I experienced that blissful craving to read the book at every possible moment. Wall’s weaves beauty into painful, unjust situations. While she may be crafting a work of fiction, her novel clearly echoes with personal struggle and emotion, which enhances her writing and strengthens its emotional impact on the reader. I found myself feeling as the sisters must have felt; frustrated with horrible injustice, yet amazed by the support and friendship of the community. In the end, I think that the strong emotional connection that Walls establishes both among the characters and between the characters and reader are the foremost aspects of the novel that made it such a heartbreaking, yet supremely enjoyable read.”

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Julie’s new release pick of the day! “Set in Sunnyside, Queens, Dissident Gardens tells the story of Rose Zimmerman and her daughter Miriam from the 1930s to present day. This is not, however, your typical mother-daughter story. Lethem gives you a sharp view of the evolution of leftist revolutionary politics across the decades, from Communism to the Occupy Movement. And he introduces you to a lot of characters. There’s Lenny, who wants the Mets to be names the Sunnyside Proletarians. There’s Cicero, the son of Miriam’s lover. There’s an Irish folksinging husband. There’s all of New York. This just might be my favorite Lethem novel to date.”

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails. As their celebrity rose–and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives–they continued to rally together, and forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century…

One Summer by Bill Bryson
The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. All this and much, much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things—and when the twentieth century truly became the American century. One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.

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