New Books! 1/5/16

New in Hardcover

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

In this highly anticipated follow-up to the #1 New York Times best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (3M sold worldwide), sought-after Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo presents a detailed, illustrated manual to her signature KonMari Method, including item-specific organization, step-by-step folding line drawings, and answers to her fans’ burning questions about clearing clutter—and sparking joy—once and for all.

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, a “nursery for terrorists”; to the Western media, a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, their last resort. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Lucid, vivid and illuminating,City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dabaab home.

Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

Ruth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth’s niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who — or what — has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?

The Past: A Novel by Tessa Hadley

Over five novels and two collections of stories, Tessa Hadley has earned a reputation as a fiction writer of remarkable gifts. She brings all of her considerable skill and an irresistible setup to The Past, a novel in which three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house one last time before it is sold. The house is filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father); yet beneath the idyllic surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

The First Order by Jeff Abbott

Two brothers. One dead, executed by extremists on a grainy video. The other forged into a top undercover agent. But now, Sam Capra has reason to believe that his brother, Danny, may be alive. And if Danny has been living a secret life these past years, where has he been–and what has he become? Jeff is the winner of an International Thriller Writers Award and is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

More than thirty years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times bestselling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura

From Molly of MysteryPeople: “In the age of open carry, we can all take a lesson from the serious, life-altering consequences when a young man finds a single gun with four bullets in its chamber in Fuminori Nakamura’s latest example of spare, haunting prose, simply titled ‘The Gun’.”

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (signed copies available!)

When Kristin agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can by Cynthia Levinson (speaking & signing in our store this Saturday, 1/9 at 11:30AM!)

Join us this weekend as we celebrate the latest book by Austin children’s author Cynthia Levinson, an inspiring and meticulously researched middle grade biography of Hillary Rodham. Levinson creates a compelling and personal portrait of Hillary’s historic journey from her childhood to her service as Secretary of State and beyond.

New in Paperback

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

A hauntingly beautiful book about the meaning of memory and the persistence of love. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly Briton couple, decide to leave their village in search of their lost son. Along the way they encounter a hateful Saxon warrior, a stricken child, and the elderly Sir Gawain. Evoking stunning images of post-Arthurian England, then enveloping those images inside a magical mist thicker than the blood-soaked killing fields. Put this one on the shelf next to T. H. White and Thomas Mallory. It will break your heart.

The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol’ Dirty Bastard by Buddha Monk

A decade after his death, Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard lives on in epic legend. Dirty’s friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a collaborator onstage and in the studio with the raucous and renegade group that forever altered the hip-hop world, shares his knowledge of the complex and talented performer. From Dirty’s days with Buddha on the streets of Brooklyn, to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang’s star, from his bouts in prison to his court-mandated rehab, from his favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success

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