New Books! 10/20/15

New in Hardcover

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (speaking & signing in our store 11/2 DETAILS)

An insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette. Riding shotgun with Lafayette, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War, swerving from the high-minded debates of Independence Hall to the frozen wasteland of Valley Forge, from bloody battlefields to the Palace of Versailles, bumping into John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Lord Cornwallis, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette and various kings, Quakers and redcoats along the way. Vowell’s narrative look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (speaking & signing in our store 11/6 DETAILS)

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances. “Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in.”–The Guardian

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

From Willa of BookPeople’s Teen Press Corp “It’s set up as a report from a group called Illuminae that is doing recon on the invasion of Kady and Ezra’s home planet. The collection of files are a mixture of images, reports from pilots, chat conversations between Kady and Ezra and her hacking mentor, and transcripts of surveillance footage. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to follow the story through seemingly random documents, but I was quickly proven wrong. I became invested in Kady and Ezra’s relationship/non-relationship as well as the overall survival of everyone in the book. I loved Illuminae. It was different, exciting, breathtaking, and addicting all in one.”

The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality (as delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy)

A milestone in the history of American civil and human rights, “Obergefell et al. v. Hodges” legalized gay marriage across the United States. A powerful testament to the progress of human and civil rights, “The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality” is an essential document of our times.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! by Ree Drummond

From Ree: “A beloved collection of all the scrumptious supper recipes that make their way through my kitchen in regular rotation, from main dish salads to satisfying soups to hearty casseroles to comfort food classics . . . and everything in between. I lay out all the different ways I tackle dinner in my house, from super-quick 16-Minute Meals to make-ahead Freezer Food to irresistible pastas and a bundle of brand-new favorites of my crew.” (Include step-by-step recipe photos!)

Find A Way by Diana Nyad

At the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, from Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of endurance and human will. Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after thirty-five years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Diana s perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra “Find A Way” that led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form. Now, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

Golden Age by Jane Smiley

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: the much-anticipated final volume in her Last Hundred Years trilogy, following Some Lucky and Early Warning, that began on Rosanna and Walter Langdon’s Iowa farm in 1920, and followed their offspring as they spread across the country through the middle years of the 20th century. Bringing the Langdon family into present times, Golden Age takes from 1987 to 2019, a time when the nation’s soil is as depleted as its soul. Combining intimate drama, emotional suspense, and a full command of history, Golden Age brings to a magnificent conclusion the century-spanning portrait of this unforgettable family and the dynamic times in which they’ve loved, lived, and died: a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling.

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

Mevlut Karata, though he cherishes his family, senses that something is missing. Every evening, without fail, he wanders the streets of Istanbul, wondering at the strangeness in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for. Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, this is a modern coming of age in a great city, and a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years.

The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray

While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul’s fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress. But Paul’s plan is not what it seems and neither is Claude’s employer, the Investment Bank of Torabundo. which swells through dodgy takeovers and derivatives trading until well, you can probably guess how that shakes out. The Mark and the Void is the funniest novel ever written about the recent financial crisis, and a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art and commerce.

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals by Merlin Tuttle (speaking & signing in our store 11/23 DETAILS)

From Jan: “Here in Austin, Texas, we already know bats are awesome. And we have Merlin Tuttle and Bat Conservation International to thank for our enviro-civic pride! This book is not only part memoir and part nature document, it is also part advocacy manual. Tuttle recounts his decades of bat research and photography, resulting in numerous discoveries about the complex ways bats interact with nature and drive the evolution of various plant and animal species–we have no idea the benefits we enjoy just being near bats! And that’s part of the problem.”

The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman (joining us for a Yappy Hour on 11/12! DETAILS)

The Dogist is a beautiful, funny, and inspiring tribute to the beloved dogs in our lives.Every page presents dog portraits that command our attention. Whether because of the look in a dog’s eyes, its innate beauty, or even the clothes its owner has dressed it in, the photos will make you “ooh” and “aah,” laugh, and fall in love. Photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, every portrait in the book tells a story and explores the dog s distinct character and spirit. Themed sections include Puppies, Cones of Shame, Working Dogs, and Dogs in Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.

War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick

In the summer of 1804, two of America’s most eminent statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. That two such men would risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge is almost beyond comprehension. Yet we know that it happened. The question is why. In War of Two, John Sedgwick explores the long-standing conflict between Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr, who were compatriots, colleagues, and even friends, but above all they were rivals.

New in Paperback

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham

“The gifted [Lena] Dunham not only writes with observant precision, but also brings a measure of perspective, nostalgia and an older person s sort of wisdom to her portrait of her (not all that much) younger self and her world. . . . As acute and heartfelt as it is funny.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Rookie Yearbook Four by Tavi Gevinson

“ is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. In Rookie Yearbook Four, we take a good, long look at stuff likefriendship, crushes, speaking out, taking action, and learning about yourself. Our Senior year is full of beautiful art and photographs, playlists, DIY tutorials, adviceranging fromhow to get over trauma to how to write a college admissions essay, interviews with Rookie role models like Marina and the Diamonds, TLC, Laverne Cox, and FKA twigs, and exclusive content from Willow Smith, Ariana Grande, Solange, Charli XCX, Lorde..and Donna Tartt, PLUS a sticker sheet, posters, pizza banner, teen bedroom diorama, and collage kit.School s out, but Rookie is immortalized right here, in print, forever.”

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