New Books! 12/1/15

New in Hardcover

The Age of Reinvention: A Novel by Karine Tuil

An international bestseller and finalist for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, The Age of Reinvention is a suspenseful Gatsbian novel of a famous New York lawyer whose charmed and glamorous life is a sham. Sam Tahar seems to have it all: fame, fortune, good looks, a job as a criminal defense attorney, an enviable marriage to a prominent socialite, and two wonderful children. But his life is a house of cards; everything that he has achieved stems from a single lie he told in a moment of weakness. Because Sam Tahar isn’t who he pretends to be; he grew up Samir Tahar, born into a poor Muslim family crammed inside a grimy Paris apartment tower. What happens when the truth is told?

House of the Rising Sun: A Novel by James Lee Burke (signed copies available!)

From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army. This is James Lee Burke’s finest novel to date, and a thrilling entry into the Holland family saga that continued most recently with Wayfaring Stranger.

On Cats by Charles Bukowski

“The Cat is the beautiful devil.”

Felines touched a vulnerable spot in the unfathomable soul of Charles Bukowski. Funny and moving, On Cats offers his musings on the toughness and resiliency of these animals. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly onto the world around time.

Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth about Reality by Brad Warner

Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. Warner’s voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. Hardcore Zen is both an approach and a departure, leaving behind the soft and lyrical for the gritty and stark perspective of a new generation.

New in Paperback

Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon

“Unconventional…Not a garden-variety rock memoir…a strange and lovely book about a woman finding and losing herself onstage and off and crafting a complicated creative life when none of the molds quite fit.” – LA Times

Exploring the artists, musicians, and writers who influenced her, and the relationship that defined her life for so long, Girl in a Band is filled with the sights and sounds of a pre-Internet world.

Special Deluxe by Neil Young

Young reminiscences not only about his influences and the rock n roll life, but one of his deepest, most ebullient passions: cars. Through the framework of the many vehicles he s collected and driven, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile, and examines his newfound awareness of his hobby’s negative environmental impact. With his ferocious devotion to clean energy, he recounts the saga of Lincvolt, his specially modified electric car, and his efforts to demonstrate to lawmakers and consumers how viable non-gas-guzzling vehicles truly can be.

Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries by Kim MacQuarrie

Award winning filmmaker and author Kim MacQuarrie takes us on a historical journey through this unique region. He describes the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, where people’s lives depend entirely on a reed that grows there. He introduces us to a Patagonian woman who is the last living speaker of her language, as he explores the disappearance and sometimes surprising resiliency of indigenous cultures throughout the Andes. He meets a man whose grandfather witnessed Butch Cassidy’s last days in Bolivia, tracks down the ballet dancer who once hid the leader of the brutal Shining Path in her home, and hears a harrowing story from the school teacher who gave Che Guevara his final meal.

 

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