New Books! 7/28/15

New in Hardcover

Neverwhere: Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman

9780062371058Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

A hallucinatory fantasia of mystery, mythology, and terror that “draws equally from George Lucas, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and John Milton,” Neverwhere is an “Alice in Wonderland with a punk edge.”

Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) by John Fine (Our Statesman Select for August – here Tues 8/18 at 7PM)

9780670026593“The short shelf of great books on indie rock adds another–an unlikely memoir about an obscure band that somehow found demand for its reunion in the Internet age . . . ‘I don’t regret a thing, ‘ writes Fine, and neither will readers who live vicariously through the author’s eyes and memory.” –“Kirkus Reviews (starred)

PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt (Jan’s pick!)

9780312620547“This book is not for you. That is, if you believe that women have a right to control their own time, money, and bodies. But maybe it is. Maybe you are more middle-of-the-road. Maybe you’re okay with most forms of birth control. Maybe you don’t know exactly what certain terms and buzzwords really mean. Pollitt lays all of it out in detail – what it means when we claim that women can vote, have jobs, own property and have lines of credit, but are willing to enact laws that will force them to operate a part of their lives dangerously outside of the law.”

On Writing by Charles Bukowski

9780062396006Charles Bukowski’s stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of previously unpublished material letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers Bukowski shares his insights on the art of creation. Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, pivoting, and celebrated masters.

Badlands by C. J. Box

9780312583217Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad-a place people used to be from, but were never headed to. Grimstad is now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest : A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

9780525429142As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. A young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate, she becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss (previously unreleased book by Dr. Seuss – big book news!)

9780553524260What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment choosing a pet and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations.

The Dying Grass : A Novel of the Nez Perce War

9780670015986Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn. Vollmann’s main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer as we go inside an an American epic.

Ambassador’s Wife by Jennifer Steil


When bohemian artist Miranda falls in love with Finn, the British ambassador to an Arab country, she finds herself thrust into a life for which she has no preparation. From a real-life ambassador’s wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of being reunited. The Ambassador’s Wife is a story of love, marriage, and friendship tested by impossible choices.

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (In our store with MysteryPeople 8/31!)

9780451472670David discovers his sister is secretly raising a child who is not her own a baby she claims was a gift from an angel left on her porch. When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But the mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg. Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned ferris wheel. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past in blood.

New in Paperback

The Deep by Nick Cutter (Joe T.’s pick!)

9781476717739“Nick Cutter’s newest novel is a delightfully creepy read. Like Stephen King rewriting Event horizon and setting it at the bottom of the ocean, it is filled with exquisite Lovecraft-ian dread and Cronenberg-ian body horror all wrapped around the still beating heart of humanity. Not since I read Adam Nevill’s Last Days have I had a sense of creeping doom as I read alone in my house. Whilst not quite a masterpiece, it definitely cements Mr. Cutter’s place on the list of writers to keep your eyes on. I can’t wait for his next novel.”

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