New Books! 9/15/15

New in Hardcover

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

“Weaving together fantasy and mystery, historical and contemporary settings, The Marvels is suspenseful and intriguing. It was easy, as a reader, to fall in love with the characters, the ghosts, and the history, and I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears at the ending. It fits in beautifully with the legacy begun in The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonder Struck–and is a strong contender for this year’s Caldecott Award. I will be reading The Marvels again, that’s for certain.”-Demi, Kids Inventory & Marketing Manager

Tickets for our marvelous 10/24 event with Selznick at Westlake Performing Arts Center are now available at our registers online.

It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton (signing in our store 10/8!)

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.

In addition to informing and inspiring readers about topics including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species, this book encourages everyone to get going! With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. You can make a difference. You can make a change. It s “your” world.

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

“This book is perfect for writers of all stripes, not just those interested in memoir. Karr is a poet and a no-nonsense Texan who delivers exactly the kind of writing advice you need – thoughtful, honest, and leaving room for no excuses. Of course, for those of us who are fans of her memoirs The Liar’s Club, Cherry, and Lit, this book provides terrific insight into the process that created some of the most memorable modern memoirs on our shelves. If you can’t get yourself into the MFA program at Syracuse, you can at least sit in your own living room, read this book, and learn more than a thing or two from the incomparable Mary Karr.”

— Julie W.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

He s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie’s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents and once agreed to voice the part of Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen brothers film. Bill Murray’s extraordinary career is rich with fascinating anecdotes, contradictions, and mystery, from his early success on Saturday Night Live and the biggest blockbusters of the 1980s (Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Ghostbusters) to his reinvention as a hipster icon in the early 21st century (in films like Lost in Translation and Moonrise Kingdom). And now you can get your fill of Bill: part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray chronicles every single Murray performance in loving detail, relating all the milestones, yarns, and controversy in the life of this beloved but enigmatic performer. These pages are packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography.

Scrapper by Matt Bell (speaking & signing in our store 10/21!)

A devastating reimagining of one of America’s greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the Detroit known as the zone, an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than copper: a kidnapped boy. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

“I was completely absorbed by this novel. Groff’s linguistic rhythm is entrancing. Her sentences beat like waves, pulling the reader deep into Mathilde and Lotto’s complicated, passionate relationship. Sweeping across decades of their marriage, told first from the husband’s perspective, then the wife’s, this story sinks the reader into the shifting romance, nuanced loyalty, bold secrets, private masks, and willful misconceptions that make up a long time union. The lives of her characters are rich mysteries uncovered in surprising turns. How well can you ever know your beloved? In Fates and Furies, we are lucky to be voyeurs to both versions of Mathilde and Lotto’s life together. Fans of Claire Messud and Ann Beattie will enjoy the dark, literary arches of this engrossing tale. “

— Julie W.

Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon

Adding to a fiction chronicle that has already spanned American history from Lincoln’s assassination to Watergate, Thomas Mallon brings to life the crusading ideologies, blunders, and glamour of the still-hotly-debated Reagan years. Several figures—including a humbled, crafty Richard Nixon; the young, brilliantly acerbic Christopher Hitchens; and an anxious, astrology-dependent Nancy Reagan, populate Finale and show readers the last convulsions of the Cold War, the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, and a political revolution.

My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own by Alice Waters

In her most intimate and compelling cookbook yet, Alice invites readers to step not into the kitchen at Chez Panisse, but into her own, sharing how she shops, stores, and prepares the pantry staples and preserves that form the core of her daily meals. Ranging from essentials like homemade chicken stock, red wine vinegar, and tomato sauce to the unique artisanal provisions that embody Alice’s unadorned yet delightful cooking style, she shows how she injects even simple meals with nuanced flavor and seasonal touches year-round. From fresh cheeses to quick pickles to sweets and spirits, these often-used ingredients are, as she explains, the key to kitchen spontaneity when combined with simple grains, vegetables, and other staple items. With charming pen-and-ink illustrations by her daughter, Fanny and Alice s warm, inviting tone, the latest book from our most influential proponent of simple, organic cooking ensures a gracious, healthy meal is always within reach.

Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson

Known for combining natural foods recipes with evocative, artful photography, New York Times bestselling author Heidi Swanson circled the globe to create this mouthwatering assortment of 120 vegetarian dishes. In this deeply personal collection drawn from her well-worn recipe journals, Heidi describes the fragrance of flatbreads hot off a Marrakech griddle, soba noodles and feather-light tempura in Tokyo, and the taste of wild-picked greens from the Puglian coast. Recipes such as Fennel Stew, Carrot & Sake Salad, Watermelon Radish Soup, Brown Butter Tortelli, and Saffron Tagine use healthy, whole foods ingredients and approachable techniques, and photographs taken in Morocco, Japan, Italy, France, and India, as well as back home in Heidi’s kitchen, reveal the places both near and far that inspire her warm, nourishing cooking.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

In Why Not Me?,  Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

In this brilliantly researched book, Andrea Wulf reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world and in the process created modern environmentalism. Hiis restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, and among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision of nature: that it is a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone.

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, Undermajordomo Minor is Patrick deWitt’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Sisters Brothers (which WE LOVED.) Lucy Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then she accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. This book is an adventure, a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behavior, but above all it is a love story and Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (Our YA BUZZ  BOOK for September!)

Dubbed Dumplin by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doingthe most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant along with several other unlikely candidates to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City and maybe herself most of all.

The Double Life of Liliane by National Book Award winner Lily Tuck

As the child of a German movie producer father who lives in Italy and a beautiful, artistically talented mother who resides in New York, Liliane s life is divided between those two very different worlds. A shy and observant only child with a vivid imagination, Liliane uncovers the stories of family members as diverse as Moses Mendelssohn, Mary Queen of Scots and an early Mexican adventurer, and pieces together their vivid histories, through both World Wars and across continents. What unfolds is an astonishing and riveting metanarrative: an exploration of self, humanity, and family peppered with documents and photos. This an intimate coming of age portrait of the writer as a young woman.

New in Paperback

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Seeking an exciting read that puts the u back in aUtobiography ? Look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this entertaining and innovative memoir, Neil Patrick Harris shares intimate and hilarious stories about everything from his early days in LA, life on the How I Met Your Mother set, secrets from backstage at award shows, and family life with David, Harper, and Gideon. In a fresh spin on the typical celebrity narrative, he lets you, the reader, choose which path you want him to follow. All this plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from his time as a child actor, and even a closing song!

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