New Books! 2/2/16

New in Hardcover

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

97805534481841The Vegetarian is about transformation: birthmarks bloom into flowers, trees alight with flames, arms stretch out into roots, a bird speaks with a mother’s voice, a piece of art transcends the piece itself to shatter several lives. Yeong-hye’s violent dreams are a product of a lifetime of internalized aggressions, microaggressions, and passive erasure. This book is about the violence that women hold onto inside themselves and the only way to let it go is to let go of the entire world.” –more from Jan

On My Own by Diane Rehm

9781101875285With John gone, Diane Rehm was indeed “on her own,” coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world—struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past. In a deeply personal book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s) of her husband, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

On Love by Charles Bukowski

9780062396037Charles Bukowski was a man of intense emotions, someone an editor once called a passionate madman. In On Love, we see Bukowski reckoning with the complications and exaltations of love, lust, and desire. Alternating between tough and gentle, sensitive and gritty, Bukowski lays bare the myriad facets of love—its selfishness and its narcissism, its randomness, its mystery and its misery, and, ultimately, its true joyfulness, endurance, and redemptive power.

A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan 

9780307700674We’re thrilled to welcome back celebrated Texas writer Stephen Harrigan bestselling author of The Gates of the Alamo, with his new novel. Historically accurate, rich in character, filled with the juice and dreams and raw ambitions of americans on the make in an early frontier city. A Friend of Mr. Lincoln is a revelatory and moving portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in his young manhood.

Stephen Harrigan will speak & sign in our store tomorrow night at 7PM.

The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life by Natalie Goldberg

9781611803167What does it take to have a long writing life? Drawing on her years of writing, teaching, and practicing Zen, Natalie Goldberg shares the experiences that have opened her to new ways of being alive—experiences that point the way forward in our lives and our writing, allowing obstructions to shatter, pain to crack, and previously resisted truth to release.

Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack (Cole and Hitch Novel #4) by Robert Knott

9781101982532“The book is a western whodunit – a Denver lawman’s wife has been murdered, and the chief suspect is Boston Bill Black, a gunman and gambler opening up a new gambling hall in Apaloosa. Throw in a bounty hunter with ties to Cole’s past and a new love interest for Hitch and you have a novel that continues the fun you expect out of the series.” -Scott of MysteryPeople

Robert will speak & sign here at BookPeople this Friday, 2/8.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

9780399160301World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the “Wilhelm Gustloff.” Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

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The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel by Yann Martel

9780812997170From the author of the award-winning, bestselling Life of Pi. In this allegorical three-part novel—quixotic quest story, ghost story, and contemporary realism—all set in Portugal (in Lisbon and in the fictional High Mountains of Portugal)—in the 17th century, at the turn of the 20th century, mid-20th century, and today—Yann Martel presents us with three intersecting narratives that explore our relationship with faith.

Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next by L.A. Reid

9780062274755“I’ve been a fan of L.A. Reid for since I was a teenager. As a member of the R&B group The Deele, founder of the record label LaFAce (with his The Deele bandmate Babyface), husband of singer Pebbles (“Mercedes Boy”), and the mogul who helped sign and develop TLC, Usher, Pink, Toni Braxton, and Outkast, Reid has been at the forefront of the music industry I cannot wait to dig into this book!” -Joe T.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

9780062377012“Complete and utter heartbreak in the first chapter, but if you can make it by that, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable story. The story is about big things – the atrocities of war, the power of true friendship and love, the loss of childhood innocence, what it takes to heal from physical & emotional wounds – but it feels small, quiet, and intimate. You want to hold close both Peter and Pax, who tell their story in alternating chapters. Together, they shine of love, hope, courage beyond their years, and unflinching devotion in a war-torn and scarred landscape. It is unlike anything I’ve read in a long time and has all the markings of being a modern classic.” -Ellen

Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe Lansdale

9780316329408Honky Tonk Samurai is everything you want from a Hap and Leonard novel. There is a lot of laughs and some well put together shoot outs, and at the core a friendship that gives Butch and Sundance a run for their money. For the fans of the series, it is like getting together with an old friend, especially the one that just got out of prison.” -Scott

Meet Joe at MysteryPeople’s next Noir at the Bar, Tues 2/16 at Opal Divine’s Pennfield.

Little Felted Dogs: Easy Projects for Making Adorable Pups by Saori Yamazaki

9780553447965Whether you adore dachshunds or dalmatians, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make charming miniatures of them with a felting needle and some raw wool. Great for beginners, the two dozen projects in Little Felted Dogs provide surprisingly life-like results.

New in Paperback

The Final Programme: The Cornelius Quartet 1 by Michael Moorcock

9781783291779Joe T.: “Out of print for over a decade, the 2016 reissues of Michael Moorcock’s THE CORNELIUS QUARTET are already the best thing that will happen this year. This is the science fiction contribution to 60s Swinging London. If you’re an Alan Moore or Grant Morrison fan then this is the ground zero you’ve been looking for. The first volume, The Final Programme, is released to today so pour yourself a drink, pop a blue pill, and put on a Hawkwind record cause Jerry Cornelius is here to party!”

Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It by Grace Helbig

9781501120589Grace & Style  lampoons fashion and beauty, all the while offering some practical advice in the sweet and irreverent voice that has endeared Grace to millions and billions. Guess what? Grace will be HERE AT BOOKPEOPLE this Monday, 2/8 to sign Grace & Style! Tickets for the signing are now available in-store & online at

Almost Everything Very Fast by Christopher Kloeble, translated by Aaron Kerner

9781555977290Albert is nineteen, grew up in an orphanage, and never knew his mother. All his life Albert had to be a father to his father: Fred is a child trapped in the body of an old man. He spends his time reading encyclopedias, waves at green cars, and is known as the hero of a tragic bus accident. Albert senses that Fred, who has just been given five months left to live, is the only one who can help him learn more about his background. With time working against them, Albert and Fred set out on an adventurous voyage of discovery that leads them via the underground sewers into the distant past–all the way back to a night in August 1912, and to the story of a forbidden love.


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