New Releases – 7/15/14

HARDCOVER FICTION

book of lifeThe Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness will be in-store, speaking and signing on 8/9 at 4PM! After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences as the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.


house of small shadows
Joe’s New Release Pick of the Day: The House of Small Shadows
by Adam Nevill

“Adam Nevill is one of the leading lights in contemporary British horror and his novel Last Days is one of the best ‘haunted house’ stories of the last 25 years. His new novel, The House of Small Shadows returns to that trope with an unhealthy dose of creepy taxidermy. STOKED!!!”

 

tomorrow and tomorrowRaul’s New Release Pick of the Day
Tomorrow and Tomorrow
by Thomas Sweterlitsch

“Ten years ago, the city of Pittsburgh was annihilated by nuclear terror and John Dominic Blaxton lost his wife. With technological innovation, the city lives again in a virtual landscape, an Archive of what was, that people can visit. Blaxton works for a firm that settles insurance claims from the blast, and he must be a witness to the deaths of hundreds; his only escape when not working is the Archive where he can experience being with his wife again. When he finds the body of a murdered girl in the Archive, it leads to a spiraling chase across real and virtual realms, for someone does not want buried secrets uncovered and Blaxton finds not only his own life in danger – someone may take his virtual life, as well. A well paced debut and an engaging and very readable work.”

shots firedMysteryPeople New Release Pick of the Day:
Shots Fired 
by C.J. Box

Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories—three of them never before published—that make up Shots Fired. Shots Fired is proof once again why “Box is a force to be reckoned with” (The Providence Journal-Bulletin).

hundred-year houseThe Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents’ wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there’s Violet Devohr, Zee’s great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room. In this ambitious and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house.

wayfaring strangerWayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

In his most ambitious work yet, New York Times-bestseller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man’s unforgettable life–connecting a fateful encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to heroic acts at the Battle of the Bulge and finally to the high-stakes gambles and cutthroat players who ushered in the dawn of the American oil industry. A tender love story and pulse-pounding thriller that crosses continents and decades of American history, Wayfaring Stranger “is a sprawling historical epic full of courage and loyalty and optimism and good-heartedness that reads like an ode to the American Dream” (Benjamin Percy, “Poets & Writers”).

PAPERBACK FICTION

doomedDoomed by Chuck Palahniuk

The bestselling Damned chronicled Madison’s journey across the unspeakable (and really gross) landscape of the afterlife to confront the Devil himself. But her story isn’t over yet. In a series of electronic dispatches from the Great Beyond, Doomed describes the ultimate showdown between Good and Evil. Once again, our unconventional but plucky heroine must face her fears and gather her wits for the battle of a lifetime. Dante Alighieri, watch your back; Chuck Palahniuk is gaining on you.

enonEnon by Paul Harding

In Enon, Paul Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy. Grandson of George Crosby (the protagonist of Tinkers), Charlie inhabits the same dynamic landscape of New England, its seasons mirroring his turbulent emotional odyssey. Along the way, Charlie’s encounters are brought to life by his wit, his insights into history, and his yearning to understand the big questions. A stunning mosaic of human experience, Enon affirms Paul Harding as “a contemporary master and one of our most important writers” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

policePolice by Jo Nesbø

The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself…

if it is your lifeIf It Is Your Life by James Kelman

Man Booker Prize-winner James Kelman is the master chronicler of working-class Scottish life. In his fiction, the random thoughts and opinions of ordinary men and women take on an almost transcendental quality. Talking to themselves, his characters create a running dialogue as they look back on their lives or lament their current situations. They surprise us, and sometimes, they surprise themselves. A masterful composer, Kelman makes writing look easy, and then infuses it with a sense of gravitas that can be, at times, breathtaking, in his own modest way.

identicalIdentical by Scott Turow

State Senator Paul Giannis is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County. His identical twin brother Cass is newly released from prison, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Dita Kronon. When Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business, and private investigator Tim Brodie begin a re-investigation of Dita’s death, a complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds…

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

mockingbird next doorThe Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author has said almost nothing on the record. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. In 2004, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters, and a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees’ life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.

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