New Books! 4/19/16

Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie

From comedian and journalist Faith Salie, of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!” a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author’s adventures during her lifelong quest for approval, whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorcism in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of a flapper with a touch of dysentery. Salie reflects on why she tries so hard to please others, and herself, highlighting a phenomenon that many people–especially women–experience at home and in the workplace. This is one woman s journey to realizing that seeking approval from others is more than just getting them to like you it’s challenging yourself to achieve, and survive, more than you ever thought you could.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

From the New York Times bestselling author of Prep. This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room. Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale.

Maestra by L.S. Hilton

Not since Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley has there been so piercing a portrait of someone on the outside, looking in. Meet femme fatale Judith Rashleigh. She’s a woman who knows what she wants—and exactly how to get it. A smooth confidence woman with a talent for self-invention, she’s seen inside the invisible club of the debonair and wealthy, and she knows where she belongs. Maestra is a glamorous, ferocious debut psychological thriller and the beginning of a razor-sharp trilogy.

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work (Storycorps Book) by Dave Isay

Dave Isay will speak and sign at BookPeople Monday, 5/2.

Callings is a new addition to the StoryCorps collection that features unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. Many of their stories have never been broadcast or published by StoryCorps until now. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling.

Peplum by Blutch, translated by Edward Gauvin

The man known as Blutch is one of the giants of contemporary comics, and Peplum may be his masterpiece: a grand, strange dream of ancient Rome. At the edge of the empire, a gang of bandits discovers the body of a beautiful woman in a cave; she is encased in ice but may still be alive. One of the bandits, bearing a stolen name and with the frozen maiden in tow, makes his way toward Rome seeking power, or maybe just survival, as the world unravels. Thrilling and hallucinatory, vast in scope yet unnervingly intimate, Peplum weaves together threads from Shakespeare and the “Satyricon” along with Blutch’s own distinctive vision. His hypnotic storytelling and stark, gorgeous art pull us into one of the great works of graphic literature, translated into English for the first time.

Join by Steve Toutonghi

What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors. Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers and survival brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the ferals left behind by the rush of technology.

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals by Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle will speak and sign at BookPeople on Thursday, May 5. He’ll be in conversation with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.

From the leader of the nation’s most powerful animal-protection organization comes a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in American business that is changing forever how we treat animals and create wealth. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States reveals how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, philanthropists, and a new class of political leaders are driving the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the humane economy. The Humane Economy is a clarion call to business leaders and to the world s growing animal protection movement; it is equally a warning to the static thinking of animal-use industries and their apologists: Here, in this humane economy, Pacelle argues, human ingenuity meets human virtue, and we discover at last that we can have it both ways a better world for us and for animals, too.

Now in Paperback…

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s by Kate Bolick

“What’s surprising about Spinster is how, in its charmingly digressive style, the book sets forth a clear vision not just for single women, but for all women: to disregard the reigning views of how women should live, to know their own hearts and to carve out a little space for their dreams.”-New York Times Book Review

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos by Leonard Mlodinow

How did a near-extinct species, eking out a meager existence with stone axes, become the dominant power on earth, able to harness a knowledge of nature ranging from tiny atoms to the vast structures of the universe? Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an enthralling tour of the history of human progress, from our time on the African savannah through the invention of written language, all the way to modern quantum physics. Along the way, he explores the colorful personalities of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, and traces the cultural conditions and the elements of chance that influenced scientific discovery.

My Struggle: Book 4 Karl Ove Knausgaard (now in paperback!)

Book 4 finds an eighteen-year-old Karl Ove Knausgaard in a tiny fishing village in northern Norway, where he has been hired as a schoolteacher and is living on his own for the first time. When the ferocious winter takes hold, Karl Ove–in the company of the Hafjord locals, a warm and earthy group who have spent their lives working, drinking, and joking together in close quarters–confronts private demons, reels from humiliations, and is elated by small victories. We are immersed, along with Karl Ove, in this world–sometimes claustrophobic, sometimes serenely beautiful–where memories and physical obsessions burn throughout the endless Arctic winter.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

“Reading Felicia Day‘s memoir is like spending the afternoon baking cookies and drinking wine with my best friend. That is, it’s comforting, enlightening and hilarious all at the same time. It’s a series of moments where I think, “OMG, I do that too!”, and then suddenly feel inspired to put my inner-creative back to work!” -Sarah H.


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