Here it is, as promised, the second half of our look at some of our most highly anticipated books of the Fall 2014 season. Check out Part One right over here. All books are now available to pre-order via bookpeople.com.
More Books To Look For In The Final Quarter Of 2014:
Our friends at local press A Strange Object are putting out their third book in November. McGriff and Tyree watched movies in the Criterion Collection and wrote pieces of fiction after each viewing. The result is both a dual narrative of two boys growing up in the 1980s and an examination of the influence of cinema on our cultural lives.
We’ve had this one on our radar for a while now and are so, so excited we convinced the book gods to send Stephin Merritt our way for a talk and booksigning. Merritt is the singer/songwriter best known for his work with the band The Magnetic Fields. He’s teamed up with Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and author of the recent bestselling graphic novel Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, to give us this witty book of illustrated definitions of all of the legal two-letter words in the game of Scrabble. Merritt is here Friday, October 10. We’re now taking pre-orders for signed copies of the book via bookpeople.com.
Whitmer’s previous novel, Pike, met with high acclaim when it was published in 2010. Whitmer’s style draws comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and Larry Brown. MysteryPeople’s Scott M. has already named Cry Father the MysteryPeople Pick of the Month for September: “This powerful novel follows a tree cutter who works at disaster sites as he tries to clear the wreckage from his life after the loss of his son. His journey takes him though a violent storm of drugs, bikers, and a dark relationship between a father and son. Whitmer looks at his characters with a non-judgemental eye, delivering rich pathos from the margins of America.”
We had a chance to get to know Sara when she attended the 2013 Austin Teen Book Festival with her debut YA novel, If You Could Be Mine. If You Could Be Mine received many honors, including being named one of Rolling Stone’s “40 Best YA Novels”; winning the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/YA; and appearing on the Top Ten Fall 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick. In Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel, Persian high school student Leila struggles to sort out her feelings for a sophisticated, beautiful new girl. We love Sara’s work. She offers a fresh new voice for LGBTQ youth. We can’t wait to have another book from her on the shelf.
When FSG revealed the cover of this novel a few months back, our booksellers went nuts. John Darnielle is the man behind the band The Mountain Goats. This is his debut novel, the tale of a disfigured teenager who creates role-playing games and whose fantasy world is brought into reality by two teenagers in Florida. Darnielle will appear here at BookPeople Monday, October 16 to speak about & sign Wolf in White Van. We’re not taking pre-orders for signed copies.
Sheila Heti talked about this book when she came our way on the paperback tour for How Should A Person Be? The editors surveyed hundreds of women about what they wear and why they wear it. Pushing beyond fashion, the survey was an investigation into what defines personal style and how one develops a sense of oneself through garments. The answers are cataloged in this new book, which includes contributions from Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald and Miranda July.
Shakespeare, apocalypse and a traveling theater troupe populate this novel that has run through our booksellers like wildfire. Assistant Buyer Joe T. is one of its fans: “Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Crisscrossing through time, the novel intermingles the narratives of a small group of people before and after a civilization destroying flu outbreak. Showing how ephemeral our present day culture and relationships are, Station Eleven is the perfect novel for fans of the films of Sophia Coppola or The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.”
Domingo Martinez’s first memoir, The Boy Kings of Texas, made literary headlines and became a New York Times bestseller when it was named a finalist for the National Book Award. It told the story of Martinez’s coming of age in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s. In this latest memoir, Martinez covers the territory of loss, grief and resilience as he examines how tragedy can strengthen and bind us to one another.
Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, has dug deep into the history of one of comic literature’s most famous superheroes to examine her as a key link in the story of America’s feminist movement. Alison Bechdel, bestselling author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother, says, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman is as racy, as improbable, as awesomely righteous, and as filled with curious devices as an episode of the comic book itself. In the nexus of feminism and popular culture, Jill Lepore has found a revelatory chapter of American history. I will never look at Wonder Woman’s bracelets the same way again.”
The final book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy is almost here! If, like two of our big Sci Fi and Horror booksellers, you’ve been hooked by Annhilation and Authority, welcome back to Area X and VanderMeer’s creepy, gothic style. If you have not yet embarked on this journey into a dark, not-so-distant future, you now have all three books to devour at once.
Crossing global history, love, marriage and mathematics, Grannec brings us the story of Adele, wife of Kurt Gödel, one of the 20th century’s most renowned mathematicians. Deemed a “common” marital companion to the genius Gödel, the character of Adele tells her own story, one that cuts through Vienna during World War II and Princeton in 1980. This is French novelist Grannec’s first novel, a humanization of a towering academic figure achieved by shifting the spotlight to the woman who loved and supported him. If you’re a fan of logic and mathematical philosophy, you’ll find plenty of bonus material to enjoy in here (but if not, have no fear; the technical aspects that surface regarding Gödel’s work are written for a layperson).
From Dan Jones, award-winning historian of the Middle Ages, comes another look at a fascinating period of British history. Tommy highly recommends this one: “A wonderful follow up to the Plantagenets, this book chronicles the fall of Henry VI and the improbable rise of the Tudor Kings. With the same sense of humanity and personality that he brought to the Plantagenets, Dan Jones brings the Wars of the Roses to life, with enough murder, intrigue, and plotting to make Shakespeare blush.”
Happy reading, y’all!