New Books! 10/6/15

Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel by Zachary Thomas Dodson (both October’s Trust Fall pick and our Top Shelf Pick)

“This book was so fun and refreshing to read. Adventure, romance, science, history – there’s something for every reader in this novel that spans from the frontier to the dystopian future. The past and future of the narrative spiral together in a circular motion that is dazzling and impressive.”— Consuelo

M Train by Patti Smith (signed copies available!)

The long-awaited follow-up to Smith’s poetic, National Book Award-winning memoir about her life with Robert Mapplethorpe, M Train picks up where Just Kids left off. Kirkus Reviews says, “No matter the distance life may take her, Smith always recovers some semblance of normalcy with the simple pleasures of a deli coffee on her stoop, her mind constantly buoyed by humanity, art, and memory…An atmospheric, moody, and bittersweet memoir, to be savored and pondered.”

Rule for Werewolves by Kirk Lynn (speaking & signing here 10/26!)

“This novel is funny, dark, weird and addictive. I love the way the group dialogue merges the characters’ voices and becomes a chorus; the rhythm in these sections in particular is spot on. I thought this was a unique, engaging way to tell a story and a fresh way of looking at American culture, youth and class. At turns I was reminded of Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk, but really, Kirk’s voice is all his own.”— Julie W.

The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs by Austin Kleon (speaking & signing here 10/23!)

“Perhaps you’re already confident in your creativity – good for you! But Austin Kleon can take you further. I’ve read all of his books, & I devour his fantastic and unique weekly newsletter. He’s expanded my range, inspired me to keep exploring (and reading!), & has led me to ideas I probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise. This journal is a gem worthy of your time.” – Kaitlyn

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley (October New & Noteworthy Pick)

Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. At the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives, yet they soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel. In the midst of all this semi-merriment, a madcap adventure is set into motion, one that leads them from Miami to New York and from L.A. to Paris, as they try to fit together now that their lives haven’t gone as planned and struggle to separate the real from the fake.

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson (signed copies available!)

In this cover version Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Winterson’s story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.

The Secret Chord: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring King David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected.

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (signed copies available!)

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was my absolute favorite book last year. I’ve been very eager to get my hands on a copy of The Tsar of Love and Techno. Marra does not disappoint. His ability to impart political and cultural history through characters who are never cardboard stand-ins, who are fully formed humans bound by family, heart, time and fate, makes his work satisfying, edifying and impossible to put down. I want everyone to read these stories and am so glad to have another Marra book to put in readers’ hands.” — Julie W.

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher (October New & Noteworthy Pick)

The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with the spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War. History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime Street, whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal in an oft-mythologized era.

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA by Roberta Kaplan (October New & Noteworthy Pick)

Renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan knew from the beginning that  Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. In this gripping, definitive account of one of our nation’s most significant civil rights victories, Kaplan shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, the excitement and the worries, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court.

A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros

“Charming, tender: a warm, gently told memoir, assembled from essays, talks, tributes to artists and writers, and poems . . . Cisneros chronicles the creation of The House on Mango Street. Homes feature in many pieces: the apartments her family moved into, always looking for cheaper rent; the house they finally bought, where the author had a closet-sized bedroom; her house in San Antonio that she painted purple, raising objections from the city s Historic Commission. Besides reflecting on her writing, Cisneros discloses a period of severe depression when she was 33; a tantalizing family secret; and eulogies for her parents. The making of a Latina writer.” -Kirkus

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a” complete git,” but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

Shadows of Self ( Mistborn #5 ) by Brandon Sanderson

Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.

The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman (October New & Noteworthy Pick)

Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are you ? How do you make decisions? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human? Eagleman guides us through the world of facial expressions, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality. Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos.

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook (October New & Noteworthy Pick)

Joe T.: “From Ace of Base through Backstreet Boys to Rihanna and Katy Perry, The Song Machine chronicles the story of how a bunch of Swedish DJs and musicians conquered the American and world charts for 20 years. It’s an utterly compelling and fascinating read that opens the door and shines a spotlight upon how hits are written and the anonymous people who write them.”

Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin (October New & Noteworthy Pick)

It is the late fifteenth century and a village healer in Russia is powerless to help his beloved as she dies in childbirth. Devastated, he sets out on a journey in search of redemption that takes him from the Middle Ages to the Plague of 1771 to the political upheavals of the late-twentieth century. He’ll come face-to-face with a host of legendary creatures from the strangest medieval bestiaries, until he decides to return to his home village not realizing that it is here that he will face his most difficult trial yet.

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice. For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai – ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.

Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music by John Fogerty (signed copies available!)

Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of rock, and John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their instantly recognizable classics: “Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Born on the Bayou”, and more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to number one in the world, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. By the next year, though, Creedence was falling apart; their amazing, enduring success exploded and faded in just a few short years. Fortunate Son  takes readers from Fogerty’s Northern California roots, through Creedence’s success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.

Buffalo Trail: A Novel by Jeff Guinn

After barely escaping nemesis Killer Boots in the tiny Arizona Territory town of Glorious, Cash McLendon is in desperate need of a safe haven somewhere, anywhere on the frontier. Fleeing to Dodge City, he falls in with an intrepid band of buffalo hunters determined to head south to forbidden Indian Territory in the Texas Panhandle. In the company of such colorful Western legends as Bat Masterson and Billy Dixon, Cash helps establish a hunting camp known as Adobe Walls. When a massive migration of buffalo arrives, Cash, newly hopeful that he may yet patch things up with Gabrielle Tirrito back in Arizona, thinks his luck has finally changed. But no good can come of entering the prohibited lands they’ve crossed into.

PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy by William Doyle

In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, during a chaotic nighttime skirmish amid the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri barreled through thick fog and struck the U.S. Navy’s motor torpedo boat PT 109, splitting the craft nearly in half and killing two American sailors instantly. Featuring castaways on a deserted island, a spy network of Solomon Island natives, an Australian coast watcher hidden on the side of a volcano, an S.O.S. note carved into a coconut, and a daring rescue attempt led by Kennedy’s fellow American PT boats, PT 109 is an unforgettable American epic of war and destiny.

Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition by Stephanie Meyer

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight”! This special tenth anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Readers will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again… or for the very first time.

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