Book Club Corner Picks – August

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Welcome 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:

Station Eleven has brought some much deserved attention to the talents of Emily St. John Mandel. A number of her backlist titles are getting re-released with a face lift. The Singer’s Gun is notable among these titles as winner of an Indie Bookseller’s Choice Award, and it was the #1 Indie Next pick for May 2010.
Everyone Anton Walker grew up with is corrupt: his parents dealt in stolen goods, and his first career was a partnership venture with his cousin Aria to sell forged documents to illegal aliens. By his late twenties he had escaped, and now he’s living a satisfactory life as a successful middle manager…until Aria begins blackmailing him to do one lastjob that will have profound and unexpected repercussions. As Anton’s carefully constructed life begins to disintegrate around him, he’s forced to choose between loyalty to his family and his own desires.
This new edition of The Singer’s Gun is available on our shelves now!

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her banker husband and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is adrift and tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs. But when Anna wants to end these affairs, she finds it difficult. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.
“A powerful, lyrical novel…Hausfrau boasts taut pacing and melodrama, but also a fully realized heroine as love-hateable as Emma Bovary and a poet’s fascination with language…. The beauty of Hausfrau, however, is the freshness it brings to a trope seemingly beaten into the ground….” – The Huffington Post
Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of several collections of poetry and her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry. A member of the core faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program, she lives and writes in Austin, Texas.
This edition of Hausfrau is available to special order now, and usually ships in 1-5 days. Signed hardcover editions are still available on our shelves now.
Madeline, Celeste and Jane…. One a force to be reckoned with, one the illusion of perfection, and one consumed by a sadness beyond her years. Three different women at a crossroads, but all heading to the same place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
“If you’re looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher…look no further. Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit.”
Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot, and The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

The paperback edition of Big Little Lies will be available on our shelves on Tuesday, Aug. 11th.

A mid-life crisis comedy that sees a city man drop everything to move to the country, a hilarious parody of city life that is also a deeply felt celebration of wild Scotland, responsible capitalism and the redemptive power of nature.

With the main character giving up his life in the city to go and fight for wind farms in Scotland, this novel encourages us to ‘switch-off’ in an technology-obsessed world and parodies a city man in his efforts to re-engage with nature. Macintyre is a confident new voice in British comic fiction, and has been described as a born novelist, with an intuitive sense of pace, focus and timing.

Magnus Macintyre grew up in suburban Oxford and rural Argyll, and then studied history at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has been a serial entrepreneur in UK magazine publishing, film, television, and wind farming, with varying degrees of success.Whirligig is his first novel.
The paperback of Whirligig is available to special order now, and usually ships within 1-5 days.

At the center of Elizabeth McCracken’s extraordinary stories is often a jagged space left by loss: a neighborhood is haunted by a child’s ghost, a library staff grapples with the mystery of a patron’s death, a corner store manager obsesses over a missing woman, a son absconds forever with his parents’ savings. But in McCracken’s universe, heartache is interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive.
Thunderstruck & Other Stories was the winner of the Story Prize, longlisted for The National Book Award, and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Miami Herald, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews.
The paperback of Thunderstruck & Other Stories will be released on Aug. 18th. It is available for pre-order now!

Book Club Event Pick for August!



Jennifer Steil

Speaking & Signing

The Ambassador’s Wife

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.

Jennifer Steil is an award-winning American writer, journalist, and actor currently living in La Paz, Bolivia. Her first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Broadway Books, 2010) is a memoir about her adventures as editor of the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a.

Featured Drink of the Month:

 Paul Chollet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

A sparkling blend which offers all the balance, generosity, and strength of character of the Pinot noir varietal: With aromas typical red berry fruits, like strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, this wine has a persistent yet delicate sparkle, is fresh and easy on the palate, and is hyper-refreshing – a necessity in this August heat.

You can find this bottle in the new arrivals section of the Austin Wine Merchant, for $17.50 a bottle.

And I’d remiss if I didn’t mention their Summer Clearance Sale! Going on as-we-speak!

6 thoughts on “Book Club Corner Picks – August

  1. People, I’m so glad to have discovered this blog! It’s wonderful to find a place such as this, where minds with similar interests gather. What could be better than books, coffee and substance talks 🙂 I take great interest in other avid readers’ opinions on many matters of the book world, but I’ll start with this: Can’t help wondering why this difference between cover choices by publishing houses (NYT calibre) and cover choices by indie authors. While the first are elegant, let’s say “for refined tastes”, the others are bold and catch the eye. Is it that “elegant” sells better? What do you guys find effective? Covers such as presented here, or rather flames and well-contoured Gothic castles?

  2. I tend to like the indie covers better myself (more interesting and design oriented, typically though not always). I’m not sure it translates much to sales though. Anybody feel differently?

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