New Books! 2/17/15


Find Me by Laura Van Der Berg

From the author of two highly acclaimed story collections comes a debut novel about a sickness that sweeps the country, staring with memory loss and ending with death. One woman’s immunity sends her on the road in a devastated America, where she encounters mysterious companions, cities turned strange, and one very eerie house. As she closes in on Florida, she must confront her own damaged memory and the secrets she has been keeping from herself.

Satin Island: A Novel by Tom McCarthy

New novel from the author of Remainder and C (short-listed for the Man Booker Prize). U., a “corporate anthropologist,” is tasked with writing the Great Report, an all-encompassing ethnographic document that would sum up our era. Yet at every turn, he feels himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data, lost in buffer zones, wandering through crowds of apparitions, willing them to coalesce into symbols that can be translated into some kind of account that makes sense. As he begins to wonder if the Great Report might remain a shapeless, oozing plasma, his senses are startled awake by a dream of an apocalyptic cityscape.

Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King

Signed copies available! From Publisher’s Weekly: “Snappy prose and a captivating plot distinguish King’s 14th novel featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes….This book gives every indication that this series still has a long life ahead of it.”


Making Nice by Matt Summell

In Matt Sumell’s blazing first book, our hero Alby flails wildly against the world around him—he punches his sister (she deserved it), “unprotectos” broads (they deserved it and liked it), gets drunk and picks fights (all deserved), defends defenseless creatures both large and small, and spews insults at children, slow drivers, old ladies, and every single surviving member of his family. In each of these stories Alby distills the anguish, the terror, the humor, and the strange grace—or lack of—he experiences in the aftermath of his mother’s death. Swirling at the center of Alby’s rage is a grief so big, so profound, it might swallow him whole.

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ‘Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment–a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer.



The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon

Finally! The unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man’s lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game’s questionable origins.

Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs for Your Sassy Side by Julie Jackson

In this wicked little book, Jackson reinvents the age-old craft of cross-stitch, finally putting an end to all that saccharine sentimentalism and giving modern stitchers the chance to say what’s really on their minds. Includes 33 patterns.


Is Shame Necessary? New Uses For An Old Tool by Jennifer Jacquet

An exploration of the social nature of shame and of how it might be used to promote large-scale political change and social reform. Jacquet presents a case for public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance that can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment.

Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying) by Bill Gifford

Steven Johnson, bestselling author of How We Got to Now: “Bill Gifford’s terrific Spring Chicken gives us a riveting account of the most important change of the last century-the doubling of our lifespans-and an intimate vision of what it will take to not only keep that trend going, but keep ourselves healthy and vibrant as we age.”

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser

“From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. In his new book, Fraser posits that over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? He seeks to solve that mystery.”


The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

Tommy’s new release pick of the day! “This is the sequel to Fool. It’s just as filthy and funny. This time it’s not just Shakespeare Moore takes on, he also brings in Edgar Allan Poe. This is the same Moore style of, ‘I’m gonna make you laugh while teaching you about the subject I’m writing about.’ Oh, and when he says “serpent” of Venice, he doesn’t mean slimy merchant, he means giant snake. Just FYI.”

Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck

“This is a magnificent account, intimately researched, and relevant for anyone interested in how the recent past may inform our near future… Van Reybrouck’s bibliography alone is worth the cover price. But what distinguishes the book is its clearheadedness.”–New York Times Book Review


Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love“Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching. It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom (something we all must do eventually), but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment. I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother–along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.”

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress by John Brockman

The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world’s most brilliant minds to tackle’s 2014 question: What scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress?

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