New in Hardcover
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Spoiler Alert: This is one of our Top Shelf picks for June.)
According to Joe:”Uprooted: Imagine Frozen crossed with Evil Dead and animated in the style of the Rankin/Bass Last Unicorn film and you’ve got Uprooted in a nutshell. Inspired by Polish faerie and folk tales, Novik (author of the Master and Commander with Dragons series, Temeraire) has fashioned an amazing story filled with high fantasy and creeping dread that’s perfect for adults, teenagers, and even middle grade readers. If you loved Neil Gaiman‘s Stardust or Peter S. Beagle‘s The Last Unicorn then this is the book for you!”
“Only a poet and a soldier–like these collaborating authors–are mad enough or ambitious enough to conceive of this smart, wise and wise-assed first novel. Seattle hipsterville to Baghdad, Cambridge theory nerds and Army grunts, this book has sweep and heart and humor. It captures coming of age during foreign wars and domestic malaise, and it does so with electrifying insight.”–Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (Come see him at BookPeople on May 30th, 7PM!)
Joe says: “‘The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.’ With that sentence (my favorite first sentence for 2015), Neal Stephenson begins his newest novel, Seveneves. How does society deal with the imminent destruction of all life on earth and what changes will those decisions put upon our culture and our species is the focus of Stephenson’s newest 800 page tome. I’m about a 1/3 of the way through the book and it is everything you want from Neal Stephenson. I CAN’TWAIT FOR THE BOOK SIGNING ON THE 30TH!!!!!!”
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana by Dan Michaels and Chris Erikson
Green is reading for a new generation of curious and sophisticated pot smokers. Presented in an eye-popping package and filled with hyperdetailed photography of individual buds, this essential guide to marijuana is smart, practical, and exceedingly beautiful. The “Primer” section explores the culture of this complex flower and explains the botany that makes each strain unique. The “Buds” section describes the variations of lineage, flavor, and mental or physical high that define 170 exceptional strains. Poised to become the go-to marijuana guide for recreational and medicinal users alike, Green is easy to pick up and impossible to put down.
Jiang came to the US with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite corporate success, his first entrepreneurial attempt ended in rejection. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him. Thus was born his “100 Days of Rejection” experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis. Jia learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way, and shares the secret of successful asking, how to pick targets, and how to tell when an initial “no” can be converted into something positive. But more important, he learned techniques for steeling himself against rejection and ways to develop his own confidence–a plan that can’t be derailed by a single setback.
Lifted by the Great Nothing by Karim Dimechkie
After his mother’s murder, Max emigrated from Beirut with his father, Rasheed, who is enamored of his concept of American culture and has one purpose in life: to provide Max with a joyful childhood. Max wants nothing more than to him that he is a successful single parent, until he learns his father has been lying to him. Max’s understanding of the world is so rocked that he he crosses the ocean on an uncertain mission. Lifted by the Great Nothing is a startlingly graceful, and often hilarious, coming-of-age story about the lengths we go to preserve the untruths we live by. With its poignant relationships, unsettling misadventures, and surprising love stories, it is a touching and devastating portrait of a young man coming to terms with his country’s–and his own–violent past.
New in Paperback
In the epicenter of the world financial crisis, a comedian launched a joke campaign that didn’t seem so funny to the country’s leading politicians . . . It all started when Jon Gnarr founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country’s political system. The financial collapse in Iceland had, after all, precipitated the world-wide meltdown, and fomented widespread protest over the country’s leadership. Entering the race for mayor of ReykjavIk, Iceland’s capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, free towels at public swimming pools, a “drug-free Parliament by 2020” . . . and he swore he’d break all his campaign promises. But then something strange started happening: his campaign began to succeed. And in the party’s electoral debut, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner.
Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb
Discovering George Michael’s “Faith” confirmed for David Crabb what every bully already knew: he was gay. What saved him from high school was finding a group of outlandish friends who reveled in being outsiders. David found himself enmeshed with misfits: wearing black, cutting class, staying out all night, drinking, tripping, chain-smoking, idolizing the Pet Shop Boys–and learning lessons about life and love along the way.Richly detailed with nineties pop-culture, and including black-and-white photos throughout, Bad Kid is as laugh-out-loud funny as it is poignant. David Crabb’s journey through adolescence captures the essence of every person’s struggle to understand his or her true self.