Joe’s pick of the day: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
“Lev Grossman’s deconstruction of C.S.Lewis’ mythology reaches its conclusion. Beginning with a sorcerous heist and culminating in an apocalyptic ‘Last Battle,’ new faces are introduced and old friends reappear. Meanwhile new twists on old mysteries are revealed as we see the true origins of Fillory. A fantastic page-turner and a fitting end to Grossman’s loving tribute to the Chronicles of Narnia!”
2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-stricken father, she doesn’t realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. As three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night. A vivacious, charming and moving debut, 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas will capture your heart and have you laughing out loud.
Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred. Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee. In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.
Raul’s pick of the day: The Blackhouse by Peter May
“DI Fin Macleod returns to the isle of Lewis after the gruesome murder of a childhood bully bears some uncanny similarities to a case he is investigating on the mainland. What he finds threatens to derail his inquiry for shadowy events from his past come back to haunt him. May creates a richly atmospheric story that evokes the culture and people of the Scottish Hebrides. First of a trilogy of mysteries set there.”
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town with the abolitionist, eventually finding himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford
Jan Swafford’s magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world’s most iconic music. Swafford tracks his subject from Bonn to Vienna, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, ill health, romantic rejection, and “fate’s hammer,” his ever-encroaching deafness. More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come.
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeanette by Hampton Sides
Monday, 8/15 at 7PM, join us in welcoming Hampton Sides to BookPeople! He will be speaking and signing his latest book, In the Kingdom of Ice. S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell, calls Sides’ newest title “an arctic thriller, an authentic narrative masterpiece that I put down only reluctantly and willingly gave up sleep in order to finish.”
When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald Rosbottom
When Paris Went Dark evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources—memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies—Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.
Julie’s pick of the day: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
“From Scrabble tournaments to Sweet Valley High to the power of privilege, Roxane Gay’s essays tear open our modern world and demand we dig deeper into our cultural experience. She lays bare her own contradictions and conflicting opinions, her passions and her personal experience as an African American woman in essays that will have you laughing on one page and furious to change the world on the next. These essays cover much more than feminism; they examine a range of pop culture phenomenon and the stereotypes and facades we hide behind. And they don’t let you walk away with easy answers. On top of that – the Scrabble essay is absolutely hilarious. I promise, you will laugh out loud just as often as you’ll you think long and hard about where we are, where we’re going and what your responsibility is to get us there. Read this book.”
The Roommates by Stephanie Wu
In Stephanie Wu’s The Roommates, people of all ages reveal their disastrous, hilarious, and sometimes moving stories of making their best friend for life or lifelong nemesis. Learn what it’s like to share a room in places as unusual as a thirty-person beach house, a billionaire’s yacht, a reality show mansion, and a retirement hotel, and those as familiar as sleepaway camps, boarding schools, and college dorms. Put down your roommate’s dirty dishes and passive-aggressive Post-it’s for this eye-opening glimpse into how people live together in the modern age.
The Art of Noir by Eddie Muller
Film noir is all about style, even more than it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. During noir’s golden age, studios commissioned these arresting illustrations for even the lowliest “B” thriller. The Art of Noir is the first book to present this striking artwork in a lavishly produced, large-format, full-color volume. With rare offerings from around the world and background information on the illustrators, The Art of Noir is the ultimate companion for movie buffs and collectors, as well as artists and designers.