New Releases – 8/19/14


We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Chad Harbach, bestselling author of THE ART OF FIELDING, calls this epic novel about an Irish family in Queens, “…a powerfully moving book, and the figure of Eileen Leary–mother, wife, daughter, lover, nurse, caretaker, whiskey drinker, upwardly mobile dreamer, retrenched protector of values–is a real addition to our literature.”

Friendswood by Rene Steinke
“When tragedy rears its head with an industrial leak that kills and sickens residents in the small Gulf Coast town of Friendswood, Texas, it pulls on the common thread that runs through the community. Inspired in part by the town where Steinke grew up, this is a layered, propulsive, psychologically complex story.”

We’ll welcome Steinke here to BookPeople Wed, 10/15 at 7p!

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
“Schumacher has a unique novel here and it is well worth picking it up. It is funny and enlightening and while a novel composed entirely of letters of recommendation may seem like a gimmick, it is not. It’s varied and we learn much about the characters, even with as strict a point of view as unanswered letters.”



You: A Novel by Zoran Drvenkar
“From the author of the highly praised novel Sorry comes a new gritty, pulsating, psychological thriller centered on a cadre of teenage girls who face off against one of Berlin’s most hardened underworld crime bosses.”

Adultery by Paulo Coelho
“In the latest novel from Paulo Coelho, bestselling author of THE ALCHEMIST, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.”

Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark
“It’s 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training. While testing a new artificial sweetener–“Sweetness #9”–he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys: anxiety, obesity, mutism, and a generalized dissatisfaction with life. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America’s most popular sweetener–and David’s family is changing.  Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David’s failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition? Wickedly funny and wildly imaginative, “Sweetness #9″ questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are.”

Flings: Stories by Justin Taylor
“A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his car, and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends tries to stay close after graduation, but are drawn away from–and back toward–each other by the choices they make. From an East Village rooftop to a cabin in Tennessee, from the Florida suburbs to Hong Kong, Taylor covers a vast emotional and geographic landscape while ushering us into an abiding intimacy with his restless, unforgettable characters.”





The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin, bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music

“The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more–and faster–decisions about our lives than ever before. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives.”

Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, The Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker by Doug J. Swanson
“Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion’s crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas.”

International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
“Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter’s finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night’s dinner. Their new co-authored cookbook is brimming with recipes for fifty-two special meals, along with the recipes, stories, and insights he’s collected over more than thirty years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history, as well as his charming pen-and-ink drawings.”



Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco.
“A must-have for any Percy Jackson fan. I love John Rocco’s work. Percy tells classic mythology tales as only he can.”

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