New Books! 4/12/16

 The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzalez

“Like the best of the stories it satirizes so gently, it’s rollicking good fun on the surface, action-packed and shiny in all the right places; underneath that surface, though, it’s thoughtful and well considered. Gonzales has created a superheroic fighting force of the kind we’ve grown so used to through constant exposure to the Avengers and various iterations of the X-Men, and then he has turned out their pockets and flipped open their diaries.” –The New York Times

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter

Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda brings us the official companion book to the Broadway hit Hamilton. Over 200,000 tickets already have been sold, leaving audiences clamoring for more details on Alexander Hamilton’s life. They’ll get that here with these behind-the-scenes photos, annotated song lyrics, and loads of additional material not included in the stage production.

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg (speaking & signing at BookPeople 4/30)

Rarely, a detective novel can combine a tricky, unpredictable and satisfying murder plot with a glimpse at how people live. Without sacrificing the dark tone of her murder plot, Ginsburg perfectly depicts a blase and non-judgmental attitude towards sex, drugs and employment. As a cheaply-tattooed 26-year-old working at a bookstore in a party town, I endorse this book for all millennials!


The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff

“We’re in a golden age of young female writers who, when they wish to be, are powerfully, cleansingly, and sometimes bawdily funny. This is a post-Lorrie (Moore) and Lydia (Davis) generation . . . Irony and satire are only two of the tools in these writers kits, but they are crucial in their consistent drawing of blood. [Schiff s] dark wit gives her stories genuine tensile strength . . . She dips into her own braininess as if it were a bottomless trust fund . . . Schiff has an almost Nabokovian boldness and crispness of phrase.“ -Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Ackerman delivers an extraordinary story that will both give readers a new appreciation for the exceptional talents of birds and let them discover what birds can reveal about our changing world. Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

I Know What I’m Doing — And Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction by Jen Kirkman

New York Times bestselling author and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman delivers a hilarious, candid memoir about marriage, divorce, sex, turning forty, and still not quite having life figured out. Kirkman wants to be the voice in your head that says, “Hey, you’re okay. Even if you sometimes think you aren’t! And ESPECIALLY if other people try to tell you you’re not.”

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Clarke has a plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see her picture in the paper and come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with Louisiana Elefante and Beverly Tapinski. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist’s Quest for a Sustainable Future by Mason Inman (speaking & signing at BookPeople 4/20 at 7PM)

In 1956, geologist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert delivered a speech that has shaped world energy debates ever since. In a deeply researched narrative that mines Hubbert’s papers and correspondence for the first time, award-winning journalist Mason Inman rescues the story of a man who shocked the scientific community with his eccentric brilliance. The Oracle of Oil also skillfully situates Hubbert in his era: a time of great intellectual ferment and discovery, tinged by dark undercurrents of intellectual witch hunts. Hubbert emerges as an unapologetic iconoclast who championed sustainability through his lifelong quest to wean the United States and the wider world off fossil fuels, as well as by questioning the pursuit of never-ending growth.

F*ck That: An Honest Meditation by Jason Headley

Let this book help you find peace with the challenges that surround you. Because they are f*cking everywhere. We all have an inner voice. Sometimes it’s just not quite as serene as we’d like. Based on the viral video that had everyone from yogis to workaholics raving, F*ck That is the completely truthful and oddly tranquil guide to achieving your inner peace.

Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs by Questlove

Questlove is a drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, and best-selling author. What unites all of his work is a profound interest in creativity. In Something to Food About, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, he explores what makes their creativity tick, how they see the world through their cooking and how their cooking teaches them to see the world. The conversations begin with food but they end wherever food takes them. Food is fuel. Food is culture. Food is history. And food is food for thought.

Paris Vagabond by Jean-Paul Clebert

Jean-Paul Clebert was a boy from a respectable middle-class family who ran away from school, joined the French Resistance, and never looked back. Making his way to Paris at the end of World War II, Clebert took to living on the streets, and in “Paris Vagabond,” a so-called aleatory novel assembled out of sketches he jotted down at the time, he tells what it was like. Embraced by the young Situationists as a kind of manual for living off the grid, Paris Vagabond—here published with the starkly striking photographs of Clebert’s friend Patrice Molinard—is a raw and celebratory evocation of the life of a city and the underside of life.

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