New Books! 6/02/15

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

9781501100079“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold character has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is finding one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family who must deal the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

9781101875049Judy Blume, the best-selling author of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured story against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere–that is until a succession of airplanes falls from the sky, leaving a community reeling. In the Unlikely Event paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place: Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable”, Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

Death Thing by Andrew Hilbert ( A FORMER BOOKSELLER IN OUR STORE!)

71bEbg253hLThey should have walked away. They should have left well enough alone. Gilbert gave them every chance and they still wouldn’t stop breaking into his car, again and again. He could imagine them laughing at him as they destroyed what was his. But he’ll show them. He’ll make them pay. Gilbert’s car is about to get some killer upgrades. “Sometimes it feels like a book was written just for you. Demented, funny, and way more philosophical than you’d think a novella about a deadbeat booby-trapping his car would be, Death Thing reads like part-Harold Pinter, part-Roger Corman.” — Adam Cesare, author of Mercy House and Tribesmen.

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by John Morris

9781594747632You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? In The League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father, One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol

9780804140973National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol tells the story of his father, Dr. Harry Kozol, an unusually intuitive clinician with a special gift for diagnosing neurological and psychiatric illnesses in highly complicated and creative people (who would himself would begin a slow descent into dementia.) Eugene O Neill, moved to Boston in the last years of his life so Kozol could examine him and talk with him almost every day. Kozol evaluated criminal defendants including Patricia Hearst and the Boston Strangler, Albert H. DeSalvo, who described to him in detail what was going through his mind while he was killing thirteen women.

Though it covers the doctor’s public life, this is also a father/son tale.Somehow, the author says, all those hours that we spent trying to fathom something that he wanted to express, or summon up a vivid piece of seemingly lost memory that still brought a smile to his eyes, left me with a deeper sense of intimate connection with my father than I’d ever felt before.

Fateful Lightning: a Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Shaara

9780345549198The Civil War did not end quietly. In the concluding novel of his epic Civil War tetralogy, Jeff Shaara tells the dramatic story of the final eight months of battle from multiple perspectives: the commanders in their tents making plans for total victory, as well as the ordinary foot soldiers and cavalrymen who carried out their orders until the last alarum sounded. Through Sherman’s eyes, we gain insight into the mind of the general who vowed to make Georgia howl until it surrendered. In Johnston, we see a man agonizing over the limits of his army’s power, and accepting the burden of leading the last desperate effort to ensure the survival of the Confederacy. The Fateful Lightning brings to life those final brutal, bloody months of fighting with immediacy, grounded in the meticulous research that readers have come to expect from Jeff Shaara.

New In Paperback

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize)

malala“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.” When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

9780804172448One snowy night, a famous actor has a heart attack during a production of King Lear. Soon after, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates. Fifteen years later, a small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare. But when they encounter a violent prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect the characters in a novel that moves back and forth through time.

“Deeply melancholy, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac . . . A book that I will long remember, and return to.” — George R. R. Martin

“I get slightly angry when I finish any good book — I’m miffed that I’m not reading it anymore, and that I’ll never be able to read it again for the first time. The last good book I read was Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.” — Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Diana Gabaldon

9780553386882In her now classic novel Outlander, now an acclaimed television series, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. Now, it’s 1778 and France has declared war on Great Britain. The story continues. (And it’s full of “all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”–People) Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

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