X by Sue Grafton (speaking & signing in our store on Monday, 8/31 at 7PM!)
X: The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter.
X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.
Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, X features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending. Social scientist Brene Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. She’s uncovered that vulnerability, the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome, is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. What did she discover them all to have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.
The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty
Tracy Daugherty delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist Joan Didion in this, the first printed biography published about her life. Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she met while the two were working in New York City when Didion was at Vogue and Dunne was writing for Time. They became wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together. Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction. Some of her most-notable work includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Run River, and The Year of Magical Thinking, a National Book Award winner that dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter. Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento and through to her adult life as a writer, interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.
Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
Sent to a therapeutic community for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the Old Fox of Payton LivingCenter until the sudden arrival of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate unnerves him. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel normal again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return home to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams.
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
An intelligent and madly entertaining novel reminiscent of The Crying of Lot 49, White Noise, and City of Glass, Alexandra Kleeman’s unforgettable debut is a missing-person mystery told from the point of view of the missing person; an American horror story that concerns sex and friendship, consumption and appetite, faith and transformation, real food and reality television; and, above all, a wholly singular vision of modern womanhood by a frightening and often very funny voice. “Alexandra Kleeman’s debut may be our best novel about the weirdness of being female in a culture that is obsessed with women’s bodies.”-Slate
The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now it is back.
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
In this sequel to A Dirty Job, something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are disappearing. No one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of absurd heroes will band together. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind . . .
New in Paperback
Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Serial, and other narrative radio shows. Out on the Wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling, one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium. With the help of Ira Glass, Jessica Abel, a cartoonist and devotee of narrative radio, uncovers just how radio producers construct narrative, spilling some juicy insider details.