New Books! 8/4/15

New in Hardcover

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

9781451693591Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel’s mother had never forgiven her for refusing to live by the rules. But Rachel’s life is not her own as she’s been married off to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frederick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family.

Fishbowl: A Novel by Bradley Somer

9781250057808A goldfish named Ian is falling from his 27th-floor balcony. He’s longed for adventure, and while plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents, including a handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and his mistress, and a construction worker trapped by a secret. Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives, and as Ian the goldfish knows, “An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had.”

Voices in the Ocean : A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey

9780385537308Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin. While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. Yet there is a dark side to our relationship with dolphins, and no writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures.

The Bangkok Asset : A Novel by John Burdett

9780307272683Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the brash and beguiling Royal Thai Police Force detective who has been our guide through John Burdett’s five previous acclaimed Bangkok novels, is back. The former monk and devout Buddhist, forever battling to protect his karma from the assaults of morally compromising cases, is now faced with the most horrifying technological innovation to make its way to the streets of Bangkok, and a conspiracy of almost unfathomable reach.

Dome of the Hidden Pavilion: New Poems by the late James Tate (1943-2015)

9780062399205This is the seventeenth book of verse from one of America’s finest and most acclaimed contemporary poets, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Provocative, amusing, understated, and riotous all at once, the poems in Dome of the Hidden Pavilion demonstrate James Tate at his finest. Innovative and fresh, they range in subject from a talking blob to a sobering reminiscence of a war and its aftereffects.

Dragonfish by Vu Tran

9780393077803Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who’s blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, “Junior,” and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage.

New in Paperback

After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain

9781597808231UFOlogist Harold Flint is heartbroken and depressed that the aliens that have landed on the White House lawn appear to be straight out of an old B movie. He wants no part of this kitschy invasion until one of the aliens, a beautiful blonde named Asket, begs him to investigate the saucers again and write another UFO book. The aliens and their mission are not as they seem. Neither is Asket.

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