New Releases – 8/26/14



We’re very excited to have Scalzi, author of Redshirts, one of our Top Shelf picks a while back, in the store Wed 8/27 with his latest sci-fi novel, LOCK IN.


“Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers such as Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones and others.”

DIARY OF THE FALL by Michel Laub, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (Ben’s New Release Pick)

“Vulnerable and empowering, Laub shows us that, as long as we are human, there will always be value in what we have to say. That no matter what has caused it, pain is viable and real, and that we can trace its scars long after the wound has healed. The Diary of the Fall is a superb and beautifully rendered novel.”

Read Ben’s full review over on our blog: 



“A heart-stopping debut novel about war and its aftermath by an Iraq War veteran–and an essential examination of the United States’ role in the world.”



F by Daniel Kehlmann (Julie W’s New Release Pick)
“I loved this novel. This has been one of my top summer reads. Philosophical, funny and absorbing, this story of three brothers (an artist, a priest and a stockbroker) groping through adulthood in the long shadow of their unpredictable father (a bestselling author), reminded me that my favorite novels are the ones that make me think beyond the story, that challenge my presumptions about the characters, and that just make me laugh. And then they gave it an awesome cover!”


AGAINST FOOTBALL: One Man’s Reluctant Manifesto by Steve Almond

“Bestselling author Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions. There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.”


“When Jenny Rosenstrach’s kids were little, her dinner rotation looked like this: Pasta, Pizza, Pasta, Burgers, Pasta. Her solution? A family adventure: She and her husband, Andy, would cook thirty new dishes in a single month–and her kids would try them all. Now shares her story, offering weekly meal plans, tons of organizing tips, and eighty-plus super-simple, kid-vetted recipes.”



Book 11 in the insanely popular Captain Underpants series is here! Dav Pilkey himself will share this latest adventure with us Thursday, September 11 at 6:30pm. Books & tickets for the signing now available. Visit for info.




THE SYSTEM: The Glory & Scandal of Big-Time College Football by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian

“A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year! Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, with stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU, LSU, Texas A&M and many more, this book explores and exposes the complex, and perhaps broken, machine that churns behind the glamour of college football.”


decemberTHE THING ABOUT DECEMBER by Donal Ryan (Consuelo’s New Release Pick)

“I’ve never been so happy about a sad Irish book. The character of Johnsey is so full of pain and humor and loneliness. Donal Ryan is a genius at turning human observation into powerful, beautiful, insightful words.” Ryan’s previous novel, The Spinning Heart, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won 2012 Book of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards. Ryan’s style draws comparisons to Faulkner.”


THE DEVIL RIDES OUT and TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER by Dennis Wheatley (Joe’s new release picks of the day)

“I am stoked beyond words that THE DEVIL RIDES OUT and TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER by Dennis Wheatley are finally getting the reissue treatment in the United States. Originally published in 1934 and 1953 respectively, these books presaged the ’70s occult boom (such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen) and were the among the foundational works of British horror. I’ve been waiting 15 years for these and am excited to be able to finally add them to The Nightmare Factory Book Club’s reading list.”


“The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems. Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of angry witches, and a weaponized LSD program, and you have Toby Barlow’s “Babayaga” a wickedly sharp tale of the City of Light that’s part love story, part thriller, and pure brilliance.”

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