New Books! 1/12/16

New in Hardcover

The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling (Amy’s pick!)

Join us here at BookPeople for a fabulous evening with dancing electronic violinist and YouTube star Lindsey Stirling this Saturday, 1/16! She’ll be here to talk about her new book, The Only Pirate at the Party, and sign books. The speaking portion of the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and now available in-store and via  If you can’t make it, order signed copy! We ship worldwide.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi s transformation from a naive medical student possessed, as he wrote, by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout (signed copies available! Tip-ins.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Oliver Kitteridge comes a powerful narrative of a woman coming to terms with her past. Lucy Barton’s mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her in the hospital. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

We have a limited number of copies in stock! Come in and get yours now in-store or at For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Joe T.s pick! This Census Taker by China Miéville

In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He tries—and fails—to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

The Expatriates: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee

From the author of the bestselling The Piano Teacher. Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all.

Eleanor by Jason Gurley

Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Years pass and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. She walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones. Then one fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is thrown into a new world altogether.

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa

Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin: “A symphony of a novel. Sunil Yapa inhabits the skins of characters vastly different to himself: a riot cop in Seattle, a punk activist, a disillusioned world traveler and a high-level diplomat, among others. Through it all Yapa showcases a raw and rare talent. This is a protest novel which finds, at its core, a deep and abiding regard for the music of what happens.”

One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. His talent was unmatched. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful, whatever the risks. So when he arrived at the world’s premier freediving competition, he was expected to shatter records. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition, Nick Mevoli had died. With unparalleled access.  One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.

What She Left: A Novel by T.R. Richmond

On a snowy February morning, the body of twenty-five-year-old Alice Salmon washes up on a riverbank south of London. The sudden, shocking death of this beloved local girl becomes a media sensation. Then a professor pieces together the life and mysterious death of his former student, unearthing a shocking revelation about her final days. Bit by bit, the real Alice—a complicated and vulnerable young woman—springs fully formed.

American Housewife: Stories by professional author and poker player Helen Ellis

A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bar fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.

The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics by Ramzi Fawaz

“A powerhous one-of-a-kind book! By charting the radical transformations of the comic book superhero in the postwar period, Fawaz brings to light the extraordinary secret history of American Otherness.” -Junot Diaz

New in Paperback

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

A stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana — stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape. Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate. “[H]arrowing…. [I]ncisive…. Krakauer’s investigation will succeed in altering the conversation around sexual violence…. “Missoula “will undoubtedly fortify those of us who have already broken our silence and may rally those who have not dared to.” –Los Angeles Times

The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville

Ghosts-of-Belfast-final-COV-400x600“Former IRA soldier Gerry Ferguson returns from prison haunted by the twelve victims who didn’t deserve their fate. To redeem them he must kill those that gave him orders or betrayed them, bringing out old allies and enemies…in this gritty, poignant look at war, redemption, vengeance and the fragile peace in Northern Ireland.” -Scott

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