New Books! 1/26/16

New in Hardcover

The Blue Line by Ingrid Betancourt

From the extraordinary Colombian-French politician and activist Ingrid Betancourt, who spent more than six years held hostage by the FARC in the depths of Colombian jungle. Buenos Aires, the 1970s. Julia inherits from her grandmother a gift, precious and burdensome. Sometimes visions appear before her eyes, mysterious and terrible apparitions from the future, seen from the perspective of others. From the age of five, Julia must intervene to prevent horrific events. At fifteen, Julia falls in love with Theo, a handsome revolutionary four years her senior. Their lives are turned upside down when Juan Peron, the former president and military dictator, returns to Argentina. Confronted by the realities of military dictatorship, Julia and Theo become Montoneros sympathizers and radical idealists, equally fascinated by Jesus Christ and Che Guevara. Captured by death squadrons, they somehow manage to escape. . . .

Shaker by Scott Frank (MysteryPeople will present Scott Frank, along with authors Terry Shames and Josh Stallings, Monday, 2/1 at 7PM.)

“Roy Cooper is a button man who is sent to the west coast to take out a problem, and after the job is done, Roy becomes the subject of a viral video that brings nothing but problems. Some gang bangers murder an old man in front of Roy and he is seen as a hero for standing up to them. But attention is the last thing Roy wants because soon the thugs want revenge for their embarrassment, a on-the-outs police detective wants him to answer some important questions about his being in the area of two murders, and an old colleague of Roy’s, who was thought to be long dead, surfaces in order to find Roy and pay him back for a long ago wrong. In the background, politicians and people take advantage of the aftershocks to further their own agenda. Full of well developed characters, wickedly plotted and electrifying with twists and turns, this book is a fast read that is like a movie in your head.” –Raul

Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Join MysteryPeople when he speaks & signs in our store Sat, 1/30 at 5PM!)

Reed Farrel Coleman gives us a new protagonist in his latest: Gus Murphy a former Suffolk County cop dealing with the death of his son and the disintegration of his marriage. When an ex-con asks Gus to look into the murder of his son, his forced to face off against bad guys on both sides of the law. He must also take stock of his own demons. “Modern noir at its absolute best! Reading Where It Hurts is to bask in the joy of the heyday of private eye fiction Chandler, Hammett, Cain and the whole crew. Everything’s a delight, from the speedy and clever plot, to the firecracker snap of the dialog, to the heart-wrenching portrayal of the characters good and bad.” -Jeffery Deaver

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

“This novel follows Truman Capote’s rise in the literary world through the memories of the “Swans”, a group of Manhattan women in the 1950s who brought him into high culture that inspired much of his work, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I like the way the novel is built around these women and their stories. You get a sense of how little they understood about themselves in the face of a society that told them who they were. Capote exploits this and their friendship, divulging their deepest secrets in his fiction and ultimately leading to his own demise, as he becomes obsessed with that world of glitz, glam and high culture. This is the perfect book for anyone who likes a mix of history and fiction.” -Amy

Staked by Kevin Hearne (speaking & signing 2/27)

Iron Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, hero of Kevin Hearne’s epic New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, has a point to make and then drive into a vampire’s heart. When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires. As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

 

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (speaking & signing 2/27)

A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions. Now, the city s god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings. So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten. At least, it makes the perfect “cover “story. The truth is that the general has been pressed into service one last time, dispatched to investigate a discovery with the potential to change the world–or destroy it. The trouble is that this old soldier isn’t sure she’s still got what it takes to be the hero.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Childhood friends Patricia and Laurence didn’t expect to see each other again. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

New in Paperback

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (speaking & signing 3/23)

“Hanya Yanagihara’s second novel, A Little Life, starts where many books would leave off – an oprhan (Jude),rescued from unbearably severe trauma, is finally free to pursue a normal life. With the help of his friends, mentors and colleagues, Jude gradually gains a semblance of normalcy and healing, but Yanagihara gives us no easy resolution. A Little Life is a story of the lingering, long-time effects of trauma, and while much of the novel’s hope comes from watching the delicate ways that Jude’s friends try to help him, Jude defies their attempts to heal him completely; an impossible task, given his experience. Beautiful writing, major tearjerker.” – Consuelo

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

A fiery and provocative novel, God Help the Child–the first book by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment–weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself  Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Brid’ s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

In Satin Island, “Tom McCarthy the acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-nominated author of Remainder and C captures the way we experience our world and our efforts to find meaning in the narratives we think of as our lives. U., a corporate anthropologist, is tasked with preparing the Great Report, an all-encompassing ethnographic document that sums up our era. Yet at every turn, he feels himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data. But just as U. begins to wonder if his project will ever take shape, his senses are startled awake by a dream of an apocalyptic cityscape. Unlike anything you’ve read before, Satin Island is a mind-bending adventure from one of the most original voices in literature today.

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