Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving (speaking & signing in our store 11/12! Tickets available online.)
Juan Diego a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what’s coming specifically, her own future and her brother’s. Consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future, especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future? Juan Diego grew up in Mexico, but as an older man traveling in the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past in Mexico collides with his future.
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (speaking & signing in our store 11/9)
“This is the first Gaitskill book I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. The writing is strong and compelling, so you don’t want to put it down. The language drags you in. The story is about motherhood and women’s relationships with their mothers and daughters, as well as the story of a girl’s coming of age. A woman in upstate New York takes on an inner city girl as part of the Fresh Air Fund program. The way the woman interacts with this girl, who has a difficult relationship with her mother and a troubled life in the city, as well as the way the girl starts connecting with the woman as a maternal figure, hooked me. What it says bout maternal relationships and the relationships women have with each other and their families is really interesting. The girl’s experience learning to ride horses and connecting with a difficult horse adds another level of suspense and hope to the story. Great read, I highly recommend it.”— Meghan L.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (speaking & signing in our store 11/16)
The Japanese Lover is a love story and multi-generational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War, and focuses on two survivors and the letters that have connected them over the years. We are honored to welcome acclaimed Chilean author Isabel Allende to our store on Monday, 11/16. She’ll be in conversation with Barefoot Dogs author Antonio Ruiz-Comacho. Tickets are available in-store and online. “Allende’s magical and sweeping tale focuses on two survivors of separation and loss…Befitting the unapologetically romantic soul bared here–the poignant letters to Alma from Ichimei are interspersed throughout–love is what endures.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review
Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson (speaking & signing in our store 11/10)
“Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating . . .” Whatever the occasion, food-in the making and the eating-should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives with recipes that are uncomplicated and relaxed yet always satisfying. From quick and calm workday dinners (Miso Salmon; Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry) to stress-free ideas when feeding a crowd (Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel) to the instant joy of bowlfood for cozy nights on the sofa (Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Shrimp), here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good. Simply Nigella is the perfect antidote to our busy lives: a calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
On a rainy April morning, a canny young woman is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in, eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Originally appearing in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, this is Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story.
“Yehuda Amichai (1942 – 2000) is perhaps my favorite 20th century poet and the first to write in colloquial Hebrew. This new book, translated by Hebrew scholar Robert Alter, is the largest English language collection of his poems to date. Beautiful work.” -Joe T.
The Givenness of Things: Essays by Marilynn Robinson
Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer–and Shakespeare–can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson’s peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.
John le Carré: The Biography by Adam Sisman
Joe T.: “From about ’63 to about ’79 (give or take a novel or two), John le Carré wrote books that fused the two halves of Graham Greene’s output (potboiler spy novels and tortured ant-hero “literary fiction”) and created works that are probably the closest that the spy genre will ever come to “literature.” I cannot wait to read this brand new biography by the award-winning writer, Adam Sisman.”
All the Houses by Karen Olsson
“I don’t know whether to think of him as a coconspirator or a complicit bystander or just someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Helen Atherton has been spiraling into a depression fueled by hours spent watching C-SPAN—her obsession with politics a holdover from a childhood interrupted by her father’s involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal. Though the rest of the world has forgotten, the Atherton family never quite recovered, and when a family emergency strikes, Helen must piece together the political moves that pulled her family apart.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King
Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader: “I made them especially for you, says King. Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek In All of Us by Rosanna Pansino
The long-awaited cookbook from the creator of the Internet’s most popular baking show, Nerdy Nummies! The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook combines two things Rosanna loves: geek culture and baking. Her fondness for video games, science fiction, math, comics, and lots of other things considered nerdy have inspired every recipe in this book. It is the perfect companion that you ll turn to whenever you want to whip up a delicious treat and be entertained all at once. You’ll find the recipes for many beloved fan favorites from the show, such as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, and Volcano Cake; as well as many new geeky recipes, such as Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macarons, and the Periodic Table of Cupcake
Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
A newspaper committed to blackmail and mudslinging, rather than reporting the news. A paranoid editor, walking through the streets of Milan, reconstructing fifty years of history against the backdrop of a plot involving the cadaver of Mussolini’s double. The murder of Pope John Paul I, the CIA, red terrorists handled by secret services, twenty years of bloodshed, and events that seem outlandish until the BBC proves them true. A fragile love story between two born losers, a failed ghost writer, and a vulnerable girl, who specializes in celebrity gossip yet cries over the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh. And then a dead body that suddenly appears in a back alley in Milan. Set in 1992 and foreshadowing the mysteries and follies of the following twenty years, Numero Zero is a scintillating take on our times.
DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting: 35 Tried and Tested Projects Anyone Can Make & Everyone Will Love by Joselyn Hughes
Doing it yourself always seems so simple. Only 3 steps! Just 5 supplies! Less than 30 minutes! Yeah right.The truth is, craftin’ ain’t easy. But it also doesn’t have to be an exasperating lesson in your own clumsiness. Joselyn Hughes knows the struggle. She’s lived it. And now, with DIY, Dammit!, she offers up foolproof craftables that deliver maximum cute with minimal effort. There are easy-to-follow instructions and realistic shortcuts because waiting for paint to dry is as boring as well, you know.With Joselyn by your side you’ll laugh, learn, and end up with handcrafted creations that will impress your friends, family, and strangers you accost on the street. She’s already made all the mistakes, so you don’t have to. What are you waiting for? DIY, Dammit!