New Books! 3/8/16

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography by Elaine Showalter

Julia Ward (1819-1910) was a heiress and aspiring poet when she married Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an internationally-acclaimed pioneer in the education of the blind. Together the Howes knew many of the key figures of their era, from Charles Dickens to John Brown. But he also wasted her inheritance, isolated and discouraged her, and opposed her literary ambitions. Julia persisted, and continued to publish poems and plays while raising six children. Authorship of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” made her celebrated and revered. But Julia was also continuing to fight a civil war at home; she became a pacifist, suffragist, and world traveler. She came into her own as a tireless campaigner for women s rights and social reform. Esteemed author Elaine Showalter tells the story of Howe’s determined self-creation and brings to life the society she inhabited and the obstacles she overcame.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, & Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk

He’ll be here Friday! Get into the interactive spirit tonight as bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk draws from his popular #AskGaryVee show to offer surprising, often outrageous, and always useful and honest answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about navigating the new business world. Whether you re-launching your own company, working in digital media, starting your first job, or looking for inspiration, #AskGaryVee is your essential guide to making things happen in a big way.

Gary Vaynerchuk will speak & sign at BookPeople Friday, 3/11 at 6PM.

All Things Cease to Appear: A Novel by Elizabeth Brundage

A novel that combines noir and the gothic in a story about two families entwined in their own unhappiness, with, at its heart, a gruesome and unsolved murder. Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife killed and their three-year-old daughter alone. A rich and complex portrait of a psychopath and a marriage, this is also an astute study of the various taints that can scar very different families, and even an entire community.

If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner

Austin comedian Zach Anner lives by the mantra: when life gives you a wheelchair, make lemonade. He has captured the heart of many through his videos and talks. We’re thrilled to have this one-of-a-kind individual here at BookPeople 3/21 to speak and sign his memoir, If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures With Disaster and Destiny. This is the unlikely but not unlucky story of a man who couldn’t safely open a bag of Skittles, but still became a fitness guru with fans around the world. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love with the Olive Garden all over again, and learn why cerebral palsy is, definitively, “the sexiest of the palsies.”

Zach Anner will speak & sign at BookPeople 3/21 at 7PM.

When Women Win: Emily’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics by Ellen R. Malcolm

The dramatic inside story of the rise of women in elected office over the past quarter-century from the pioneering founder of three-million-member EMILY’s List, one of the most influential players in today’s political landscape. Incorporating exclusive interviews with Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Baldwin, and others, When Women Win delivers stories of some of the toughest political contests of the past three decades, including Barbara Mikulski, Elizabeth Warren, Anita Hill and many more. It’s a story of heartbreaking losses and unprecedented victories, but it’s also a political saga that may well lead up to the election of the first woman president of the United States.

Ellen R. Malcolm will speak & sign at BookPeople 4/18 at 7PM.

Smarter Better Faster: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

From the author of the New York Times bestselling The Power of Habit comes an exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing “how” you think rather than “what” you think can transform your life. At its core are eight key concepts from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making that explain why some people and companies get so much done.

Top Shelf in March: Innocents & Others by Dana Spiotta

From Kaitlyn: “While its cover hints at its sensuality, don’t let the flowered sheets mislead you—Innocents and Others is a bold novel of subversive characters and eccentric technologies. Beginning in 1980s L.A., it follows Meadow and Carrie, best friends who grow up to be successful filmmakers (of very different varieties), and one of their sad and seductive subjects. Through episodes that include phone-phreaking, proto-catfishing, and a possible affair with Orson Welles, Spiotta uses the language and history of cinema for an exploration of sight and sound, reality and illusion.”

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow

As New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan managed the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s greatest, toughest cities into dynamic spaces safe for pedestrians and bikers. Streetfight pulls back the curtain on the battles Sadik-Khan won to make her approach work. It deconstructs, reassembles, and reinvents the street, inviting readers to see it in ways they never imagined.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi

Long before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home and how we taste the world. Today, despite all her travels, her favorite food remains the simple rice she first ate sitting on the cool floor of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India. This is Lakshmi’s extraordinary account of her journey from that humble kitchen, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, to the Top Chef Judges Table and beyond.

A Woman of Property by Robyn Schiff

“Robyn Schiff remembers some of the deep, old qualities that many contemporary poets seem to forget — the way forms and sounds can meet with subjects to say unsayable things about the everyday world…It sounds tame, but it’s not. Schiff can wake the ordinary, making it alien and widely alive, with the subtlest flick of a word.” -NPR

Murder on the Quai by Cara Black

It’s November 1989: Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris’s preeminent medical school, living in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency. But the week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aimée’s life as she knows it. Someone has sabotaged her lab work, she finds out her aristocrat boyfriend is planning to get engaged to another woman, and father takes off to Berlin on a mysterious errand. He asks Aimée to help out at the detective agency while he’s gone, and she finds herself investigating a murder linked to a transport truck of Nazi gold.

MysteryPeople presents Cara Black at Bookpeople 6/23 at 7PM.

The Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen (paperback release)

The enigmatic billionaire founder of Tetration, the world’s most powerful tech company, hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. The mogul, known as Principal, brings Josh behind the digital veil, tracing the rise of Tetration, which started in the earliest days of the Internet by revolutionizing the search engine before venturing into smartphones, computers, and the surveillance of American citizens. Principal takes Josh on a mind-bending world tour from Palo Alto to Dubai and beyond, initiating him into the secret pretext of the autobiography project and the life-or-death stakes that surround its publication. Insider tech expose, leaked memoir-in-progress, international thriller, family drama, sex comedy, and biblical allegory, Book of Numbers renders the full range of modern experience both online and off. Embodying the Internet in its language, it finds the humanity underlying the virtual.

The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits (paperback release)

“In the tradition of diaries, The Folded Clock is brazenly confessional, necessarily self-involved, occasionally rambling, and steeped in nostalgia for the struggles of the past.  These intimidatingly brilliant vignettes describe, through perpetual inquisitiveness and an obsession with culture on every scale, a woman searching through her life for evidence that she has lived it. This extraordinary diary weaves accidental but irrefutable aphorisms out of mundanity and imprecisely but perfectly encapsulates the examined human experience.”

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