The Girls by Emma Cline
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. A lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (speaking & signing Saturday, 6/18 at 6PM)
Flynn Berry will be here Saturday at 6PM! From Molly: “…a powerful novel about women, their choices, and their relationships with each other. Nora, London sophisicate and ex-party girl, takes the train to Cornwall, expecting a nice, bucolic visit with her sister Rachel. Upon her arrival, she finds her sister murdered. Her vacation away from the stress of the city turns into a nightmare of rural secrets and resurfacing traumas as she seeks her sister’s killer…the novel does not sacrifice pace for feminism, or vice versa. I also must admit that while I hate recommending books as “beach reads,” I did read most of Under the Harrow at the beach, and the dark atmosphere of the novel provided a perfect antidote to the hot, hot sun.”
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley (who’ll appear at the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival!)
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm s edges. Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.
The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain by Mark Z. Danielewski
Xanther and her nameless cat are back and settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled. Honeysuckles haunt the air and smell of offerings . . . Meanwhile, Cas and Bobby’s survival may depend on facing the one person they fear most. And on the other side of the world, Jingjing and Tian Li set out to find what was lost: their missing cat. With spectacular visuals and the vibrant wordplay that are his trademark, this is a beautiful and singular reading experience that could come only from the imagination of Mark Z. Danielewski.
The Sadness by Benjamin Rybeck (speaking & signing Wednesday 6/15 at 7PM)
Broke and homeless at 30, Kelly Enright flees returns to her hometown of Portland, ME, her only plan to track down her estranged but well-off father. But her twin brother, Max, is living in their deceased mother’s home, and if anyone’s more screwed up than Kelly, it’s disheveled, misanthropic Max, who has just one obsession: film. He dreams of completing his own, but there s a major problem: Evelyn, his actress and muse, has recently disappeared. As Max’s search for his lost leading lady becomes increasingly, absurdly self-destructive, Kelly must help her brother, who has never recovered from their mother’s death.
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
New from Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Brokeback Mountain! In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters barkskins, evntually suffering extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest they are charged with clearing. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.
Arcade by Drew Nellins Smith (speaking & signing Wednesday, 6/15 at 7PMspeaking & signing Wednesday, 6/15 at 7PM)
A new world opens up to Sam when, fresh from a breakup, he discovers a XXX peepshow on the outskirts of town. More than a mere venue for closeted men to meet for anonymous sex, it’s an underground subculture populated by regular players, and marked by innumerable coded rules and customs. A welcome diversion from his dead-end job and the compulsive cyberstalking of the cop who broke his heart, Sam returns to the arcade again and again. When the bizarre setting triggers reflections on his own history and theories, he contemplates his anxious, religious upbringing in small-town Texas, the frightening overlap between horror movies and his love life, and the false expectations created by multiple childhood viewings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Then, of course, there is the subject of sex.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday (speaking & signing Friday, 6/17 at 7PM)
While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition. Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by conquering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.
BookKids pick! The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald (recommended for kids 8-12)
It’s 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room. The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there s more to the story and that the paintings in the Sewell s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth. But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what s really going on with Rose Sewell?