New Books! 1/19/16

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

“This book is as awesome as every other Bill Bryson book I’ve read (and I’ve read all of them). Coming back from his recent hits At Home and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, he returns to the travelogue, in this case describing his experiences traveling around England to every place he and his wife ever lived. Part of it is stereotypical hilarious Bryson commentary on foolish things and part of it is his nostalgic look back to when he first came to Britain almost 40 years ago. I enjoyed The Road to Little Dribbling just as much as every other Bill Bryson book I’ve ever read. He’s still hilarious. Things might have changed around him, but Bryson hasn’t changed. He’s still awesome.” — Merrilee

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John (speaking & signing this Friday at 6PM!)

Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, Daymond had to come up with out-of-the box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon.  Here, the FUBU founder and star of ABC’s Shark Tank shows that, far from being a liability, broke can actually be “your greatest competitive advantage” as an entrepreneur. Why? Because starting a business from broke forces you to think more creatively.

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker

Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different.

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull (speaking & signing at BookPeople tomorrow, 1/20 at 7PM!)

From Consuelo: “The Radiant Road is the story of a fifteen year old girl who sees the magic (or Strange with a capital “S”) in everyday life. When Clare moves back to her birthplace and childhood home in Ireland, she learns she is a gatekeeper between the worlds of humans and fairies. She is soon embroiled in battling a centuries old evil in which the ability to love and create is at stake. Catmull beautifully explores the themes of both worlds. As someone who has very vivid dreams, I was particularly drawn to how much of the plot revolves around dreaming, and how influential it is in our lives.”

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Dan Gasby and B. Smith

Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer’s patient. She’s not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks. B. and her husband, Dan, working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, unstintingly share their unfolding story. Crafted in short chapters that interweave their narrative with practical and helpful advice, readers learn about dealing with Alzheimer’s day-to-day challenges: the family realities and tensions, ways of coping, coming research that may tip the scale, as well as lessons learned along the way.

Warriors of the Storm (Saxon Tales #9) by Bernard Cornwell

A fragile peace reigns in Wessex, Mercia, and East Anglia. King Alfred’s son, Edward, and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule the kingdoms. But all around, the restless Northmen are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdom’s greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia, but forces are gathering against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. And with Uhtred s own daughter married to Ivarson s brother, who can be trusted? In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior’s courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred, and this may be his finest hour.

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement. But in this powerful, meticulously reported history, Mayer shows that a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views also played a key role by bankrolling a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze

A New York Review of Books Classic: “During the 1950s, Gold Medal Books introduced authors like Jim Thompson, Chester Himes, and David Goodis to a mass readership eager for stories of lowlife and sordid crime. Today many of these writers are admired members of the literary canon, but one of the finest of them of all, Elliott Chaze, remains unjustly obscure. Now, for the first time in half a century, Chaze’s story of doomed love on the run returns to print in a trade paperback edition.”

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them. But he’s no legend. Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear. Now, however, someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer.

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel by a brilliant New Yorker contributor, set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture clash of new money and old (anti-establishment) values, and with the specter of our current wars looming across its pages. “Reading Elizabeth McKenzie’s winning new novel, The Portable Veblen, feels a bit like jumping into a Wes Anderson movie. Like Anderson, McKenzie has a bent toward the surreal, the madcap, and the bizarre.” –Kirkus (starred)

New in Paperback

The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship by Paul Lisicky (speaking & signing at BookPeople 2/4!)

Lisicky creates a collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. “This is a portrait of a friendship unlike any I’ve read. In embracing the fluidity of relationships platonic and romantic, real life and idolatrous, even human and canine it reminds us that true connection can be as fleeting and precious as true solitude.” -Megan Daum

It’s back! The Harry Potter Coloring Book from Scholastic

Escape to explore the Hogwarts Castle, the Forbidden Forest, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and much more via these intricate illustrations! You will also find pages of magical creatures and iconic scenes from the films, from the Sorting Ceremony in Harry’s first year, to the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort, as well as some of the marvelous props used in the movies, such as The Quibbler, Quidditch World Cup posters, and the Triwizard Cup.

A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot

After surviving World War II, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the their granddaughter’s journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife’s name aloud after she left him.

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy! One choice will define you. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation like a single choice changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? Told from a riveting dual perspective, this third installment in the series follows Tris and Tobias as they battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature while facing impossible choices of courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.This paperback edition includes bonus content by Veronica Roth!

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Fans of the Divergent trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view. This collection also makes a great pick for fans of the blockbuster movies who want to delve deeper into the character played by Theo James..

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