The Inaugural Pick of the BookPeople Trust Fall: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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Elizabeth says: “I didn’t want this book to end! Emily St. John Mandel has created an entirely plausible apocalypse and placed her fully realized characters right at the center of it. She effortlessly winds their seemingly unrelated stories together – I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to her characters. It’s a post-apocalyptic novel with heart.”
MysteryPeople New Release Pick of the Day: Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York city hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. But Jesse’s time at the reunion is cut short when a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend is missing and presumed kidnapped. Though seemingly coincidental, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes back in Paradise. As Jesse, Molly, and Suit hunt for the killer and for the missing son, it becomes clear that one of Jesse’s old teammates is intimately involved in the crimes…
Nine Days by Minerva Koenig
“It is Koenig’s love and respect for her characters that make this book pop. Many are unconventional and few are pretty. They and Koenig don’t ask you to like them and that’s why you love them. Julia herself makes no apologies for who she is and proves she can get a man as easy, sometimes easier, than some teen centerfold. Koenig understands that the way to her characters’ humanity is through their unconventionality.”
The Dog by Joseph O’Neill
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Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the “family officer” of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the “doghouse,” a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped—even if he’s just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind’s moral progress, The Dog is told with Joseph O’Neill’s hallmark eloquence, empathy, and storytelling mastery. It is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
Neverhome by Laird Hunt
She calls herself Ash, but that’s not her real name. She is a farmer’s faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Neverhome tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause. In gorgeous prose, Hunt’s rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.
Joe’s New Release Pick of the Day:
Dataclysm by Christian Rudder
“Rudder, the co-founder of dating site OKCupid, lays down the case for big data. Using his access to OkCupid’s user information (aggregated and anonymized, of course [I hope!]) as well as that of Facebook and Twitter, he’s able to describe people in ways that pollsters could only imagine. Infinitely interesting and absolutely frightening, this is a must read book for anyone fascinated about our current addictions to social media.”
Forgetting to Be Afraid by Wendy Davis
It’s here! The new memoir from Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is on our shelves. Senator Davis will be here this Thursday at 12:30pm. Tickets are still available. Can’t make it? Pre-order your signed copy today at bookpeople.com
The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
“Chris Guillebeau is a rare combination of sage and adventurer, and The Happiness of Pursuit is both a distillation of his wisdom and and a demonstration of his — and others’– passion for the questing life… Even if you prefer never to leave your armchair, this book will inspire you to to take a beautiful voyage – one that can be either physical or mental as you chase the thrill of steady accomplishment.” —Susan Cain, Quiet Revolution co-founder and New York Times best-selling author of Quiet
The Grain Brain Cookbook by Davud Perlmutter, MD
Dr. David Perlmutter’s groundbreaking bestseller Grain Brain revolutionized the way we think about our health, exposing the devastating effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain and empowering us with new knowledge: By eating the right foods, you can profoundly affect how your brain will be working next year, in five years, and for the rest of your life. What you eat is the most important decision you make every day in terms of your health, and once you’ve tasted how good the Grain Brain diet can be, you’ll want to keep making the right choices day after day. The Grain Brain Cookbook gives you all the tools you need to shift your body away from dependence on carbs, cut gluten from your diet, eliminate sugar cravings for good, embrace healthy fats, and establish a new mealtime repertoire for long-term, vibrant living.
Iceland is known for being one of the most beautiful and untouched places on earth, and a burgeoning destination for travelers lured by its striking landscapes and vibrant culture. Iceland is also home to an utterly unique and captivating food scene, characterized by its distinctive indigenous ingredients, traditional farmers and artisanal producers, and wildly creative chefs and restaurants. Perhaps no Icelandic restaurant is as well-loved and critically lauded as chef Gunnar Gíslason’s Restaurant Dill, which opened in Reykjavík’s historic Nordic House in 2009. North is Gíslason’s wonderfully personal debut: equal parts recipe book and culinary odyssey, it offers an unparalleled look into a star chef’s creative process. But more than just a collection of recipes, North is also a celebration of Iceland itself—the inspiring traditions, stories, and people who make the island nation unlike any other place in the world.
Pork celebrates the versatility and utter deliciousness of pork in more than 120 tempting recipes. Five chapters are organized by flavor profile, including American, Bistro, Latin, Chinese and Japanese, and South and Southeast Asian. Each recipe is grouped into a set, matching a main course of pork with a complementary grain, pasta, salad, or vegetable. This cookbook encompasses a wide range of techniques for expertly cooking many popular and surprising cuts of pork, from braising, sautéing, roasting, barbecuing, and stewing to serving it encased in soft, warm pasta, buns, or tortillas. Featuring a year’s worth of meals for all occasions, Pork will have cooks of all skill levels salivating.
Hello, I’m Johnny Cash by G. Neri & A.G. Ford
“It’s never too early to introduce your child to the Man in Black, complete with gorgeous paintings of the South and Cash’s childhood.”
“Keith’s autobiography is a bit racy, so this tale of Keith’s grandfather and his first guitar is a much better choice for the kids.”
“Misty Copeland is one of my favorite ballerinas, and this retelling of her most famous role is gorgeous! I love the colors and how creative it is!”