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FEATURED BOOKS OF THE MONTH
Umberto Eco (1932-2016) was an Italian novelist, literary critic and philosopher. He is best known for his 1980 debut novel The Name of the Rose, a murder mystery set in a 14th century monastery, and which has heavy philosophic and postmodern themes.
Numero Zero is his seventh, and final novel, and is a stinging satire aimed at the media. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he can’t resist to ghostwrite a book. His subject: a fledgling newspaper, which happens to be financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns of the editor’s paranoid theory that Mussolini’s corpse was a body double and part of a wider Fascist plot. It’s the scoop the newspaper desperately needs. The evidence? He’s working on it.
“Eco combines his delight in suspense with astute political satire in this brainy, funny, neatly lacerating thriller . . . A satisfyingly scathing indictment brightened by resolute love.”—Booklist
Numero Zero was released in paperback on May 17th, and is available on our shelves now!
A hilarious collection of short stories from a former Second City performer that fans of Office Space or anyone with corporate office ennui can really sink their teeth into.
Kevin Kramer is the new senior vice president of the Products Profit center at Production Solutions. He’s worked hard for all his success. It’s taken him years to perfect a non-clammy handshake. But Kevin Kramer harbors many dark secrets. In fact, for everyone in these stories, avoiding the truth is a full-time job: An HR manager tries desperately to maintain order, even as the entire software department vanishes under mysterious circumstances. An estranged sister devises her comeback by throwing together a DIY wedding shower. A man who wears a Chewbacca costume feels he is uniquely qualified to divide the world into winners and losers. And a call center representative tries to give himself a pep talk after a particularly egregious client interaction.
“Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday made me laugh out loud for the first time in fifteen years. Thank you, Debbie Graber. Buy this book!” —Steve Carell
Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday was released in paperback on May 17th, and is available to order now on BookPeople.com!
Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.
Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.
The Marriage of Opposites comes out in paperback on June 7th, and is available for pre-order now!
Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just ten days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior as nothing more than a plea for attention, but when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death.
A graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program, Annie Liontas writes fiction and poetry. Since 2003, Annie has been dedicated to urban education, working with teachers and youth in Philadelphia, and Newark, NJ. Let Me Explain You is her first novel. She lives with her wife in Philadelphia.
“A big, rollicking, tender novel with a truly original comic voice.” –George Saunders
Let Me Explain to You come out in paperback on June 21st, and is available for pre-order now!
A perfect crossover novel for film and music loving Austinites! Teddy Tremble is nearing forty and has settled into a comfortable groove, working at a stuffy law firm and living in a downtown apartment with a woman he thinks he might love. Sure, his days aren’t as exciting as the time he spent as the lead singer of Tremble, the rock band known for its mega-hit “It Feels Like a Lie,” but that life has long since passed its sell-by date.
But when Teddy gets a cryptic call from an old friend, he’s catapulted into contemplating the unthinkable: reuniting Tremble for one last shot at rewriting history. Never mind that the band members haven’t spoken in ten years, that they left the music scene in a blazing cloud of indifference, and that the only fans who seem to miss them reside in an obscure little town in Switzerland.
If Teddy manages to snooker his band mates out of their adult lives, can a once immature, self-involved fallen idol find his way back to the top—and possibly back to the one who got away
“Think High Fidelity and About a Boy with a dose of Music & Lyrics thrown in.”- Billboard Magazine
Thank You, Goodnight comes out in paperback on June 28th, and is available for pre-order now!
Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley is content hiding from the world. Stoic and independent, she rarely leaves the Tennessee mountaintop where she lives, finding comfort in the mystery novels that keep her company. Her neighbor, Jennifer Young, is also looking to hide. On the run from her old life, she and her four-year-old son, Milo, have moved to a quiet town where no one from her past can find her.
In Jennifer, Margaret sees both a potential companion for her loneliness and a mystery to be solved. She thinks if she says the right thing, tells the right story, Jennifer will open up, but Jennifer refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father, or her past. Frustrated, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries in pursuit of the truth, threatening to unravel the new life Jennifer has so painstakingly created—and reveal some secrets of her own.
“In simple, elegant language, Leah Stewart draws us to a little pond hidden away in the mountains of Tennessee…[and] never relaxes her tight focus on these complex characters.” — New York Times Book Review
Leah Stewart is the critically acclaimed author of The History of Us, Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, and Body of a Girl. The recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize and a NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children.
The New Neighbor comes out in paperback on June 28th, and is available for pre-order now!
FEATURED EVENT OF THE MONTH
Saturday, June 18 at 6PM
speaking & signing
Under the Harrow
Flynn Berry is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and has been awarded a Yaddo residency. Under the Harrow is her first novel.
FEATURED DRINK OF THE MONTH
With the heat of summer already upon us, even though it is still technically spring, Lambrusco is the perfect refreshment to pair with an easy pasta dinner, or just sip on its own while making your way through your summer reading list. I love sparkling wines and only recently was introduced to the idea of a sparkling red! It’s Italian, on the fruity side, and can be either sweet (dolce), dry (secco), or in-between (amabile). For me, it’s the dryer the better! Lambrusco can also be as light as a rosé or as dark as a pinot noir, each with their own particular character.
Whole Foods and Austin Wine Merchant both have a few varieties to choose from in their sparkling sections!