Book Club Corner Picks – Paperbacks We Received in May

book clubWelcome to our Book Club Corner, where each month we highlight books new to paperback we think would make perfect picks for your next book club discussion. If you’re looking to join a book club, we host a wide variety of free, bookseller-run book clubs right here at BookPeople. Join us! We love to talk books.

Featured Books of the Month:

9780316334754Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Are you sick of hearing about how much all of us at Book People love this book yet? Good, because I’m not sick of talking about it yet! Mike Carey, known for his work on many graphic novel series, including Hellblazer and X:Men – Legacy, has created a creepy horror/post-apocalyptic road trip novel that pits a group of survivors against infected, zombie-like persons called “hungries”. The very survival of humanity is at stake, but the one person that can save them, a young infected girl named Melanie, just may (or may not) have humanities best interests at heart. Who can tell the mind of a girl that has become something no one has ever encountered before?

This book is really just a lot of creeptastic fun and we just want everyone to else to experience it to. That’s why we just won’t shut up about it.

Located in: Horror & Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-fi

Stephen King RevivalRevival by Stephen King

Mr. King seemingly cannot be stopped. Only six months after his most recent novel arrived in hardcover, the paperback has made its way onto our shelves, with an appropriately creepy cover to boot. Spanning over half a century, the book chronicles the lives of Jamie Morton and Reverend Charles Jacobs, whose paths cross fifty years ago in a small New England town. Reverend Jacobs and his wife transform the local church, but when tragedy strikes the family, the good reverend curses God and is banished from the town. Young Jamie grows up playing in bands and living the rock ‘n roll lifestyle. In his mid-thirties, when stranded and addicted to heroin, he crosses paths with Charles Jacob, and events spiral into terrifying, Kingsian depths.

Both paperback and hardcover are available in the Horror section of the bookstore.

fives and twenty fivesFives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

This is the debut novel by Iraq war veteran, Michael Pitre. It follows the lives of several members of a road repair platoon (an unglamorous, but essential, job), where the rule of Fives and Twenty-Fives can literally save your life. Pitre, having double majored in History and Creative Writing, joined the Marines in 2002, served two tours in Iraq, and attained the rank of Captain before returning home to pursue his MBA, is in a unique position to tell realistic and emotionally driven stories of the realities of war in the Middle East, and the psychological toll it takes on the individuals that fight them.

“An unblinking, razor-edged portrait of the war . . . Deeply moving.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Located in: General Fiction

the children actThe Children Act by Ian McEwan

The most recent novel by best-selling author, Ian McEwan, tells the story of Fiona May, a British High Court Judge presiding over a case involving a seventeen-year-old Jehovah’s Witness that is refusing life saving medical treatment. Should the court compel a minor, against his and his family’s wishes, to get the medical treatment that could save his life? The novel delves deep into the relationship that develops between the two characters, without ever becoming didactic, and leaves the reader strangely hopeful at the end of it.

Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, winning for his 1998 novel AmsterdamHis 2001 novel, Atonement, was made into an Oscar winning film starring Keira Knightly and James McAvoy. He truly is one of the great authors of our time.

Location: General Fiction

not my fathers sonNot My Father’s Son by Alan Cummings

The autobiography of Scottish actor, producer, author and activist, Alan Cumming, began when a popular celebrity genealogy show asked Cumming to appear. He wanted to uncover the mystery behind his maternal grandfather’s disappearance. But the experience led him to something much closer to home. In Not My Father’s Son, he details his life growing up under the violent hand of his father (who he only reconnected with just before the filming of the show).

Cumming is a fascinating individual whose performances have garnered him much acclaim. And his autobiography is not the first book he’s written. His novel, Tommy’s Tale, can also be found on our shelves in the Gay: Fiction section on the second floor. His characteristic wit and insight are evident in both books.

Location: Film-Biography

Featured Event of the Month:

everything you ever wantedBest-selling author Jillian Lauren

Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir

Speaking & Signing

Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm

In her thirties, Jillian’s most radical act is learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs.  After Jillian loses a close friend to drugs, she herself is saved by her fierce, bold love for her son as she fights to make him—and herself—feel safe and at home in the world.

 Featured Wine of the Month:

Old Vine RedMarietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 61

A little something dark to go with the heavy topics of our featured Book Club books…

Deep ruby in color with ripe Zinfandel-influenced aromas suggesting dark ripe berries with hints of the vineyard floor and savory herbs; cool on entry, with a supple texture that gives way to good solid structure and an almost Italian-esque grip that would suggest pairing this delicious northern California red wine with pizza, antipasti, salamis, hard Italian cheese and the like.

$11.99 at Austin Wine Merchants

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