New Books 8/30!

TheNixNathan Hill – The Nix

“If you want to impress your friends and family by carrying around a 600+ page book, I recommend “The Nix”. Nathan Hill’s debut novel chronicles the mostly-unhappy life of Samuel Andresen-Anderson, an adjunct professor and failing/flailing writer who would much rather immerse himself in an online role-playing game where elves battle orcs than deal with his apathetic students’ obvious plagiarism. Samuel was once a talented young writer with a book deal and a hefty advance, but years have past and he has yet to write anything. Samuel’s publisher has given up waiting and is suing him for the advance. Samuel scrambles, realizes the woman he’s seen on the news throwing rocks at a notorious right-wing politician is none other than his estranged mother, and makes a deal–he will pony up a scathing tell-all on his mother, whatever he remembers, in exchange for that lawsuit. Obviously it gets complicated, as all good books do.” – Claire

The Nix is also our next Trust Fall pick. Check out the subscription box and order yours now!

Sabaa Tahir – A Torch Against The NightATorchAgainstTheNight

The sequel to the New York Times-bestselling An Ember in the Ashes! Picking up right away where the first book left off Elias and Laia are now running for their lives. Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire.  Laia is determined to break into Kauf the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars’ future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia’s side…even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom. But Elias and Laia will have to fight every step of the way if they are going to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike. Helene’s mission is horrifying, unwanted, and clear: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


Jacket image - BLACK PRINCE OF FLORENCECatherine Fletcher – The Black Prince of Florence

In her new book, historian Catherine Fletcher tells the riveting story of the life of  Alessandro de’ Medici, the ruler of Renaissance Florence.  The young prince’s meteoric rise to power was rivaled only by his sudden downfall and assassination at the hands of his own family members. The Black Prince of Florence unravels centuries-old mysteries, exposes forgeries, and brings to life the epic personalities of the Medicis, Borgias, and others as they waged sordid campaigns to rise to the top. Drawing on new research and first-hand sources, this biography of a most intriguing Renaissance figure combines archival scholarship with discussions of race and class that are still relevant today.  And don’t forget to join us on September 15 at 7pm as Catherine Fletcher will be in the store to discuss and sign copies of her book!


MooSharon Creech –Moo

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents volunteer Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and that stubborn cow, Zora. This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

KingdomOfSpeechTom Wolfe – Kingdom of Speech

Bestselling novelist Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. The Kingdom of Speech is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech–not evolution–is responsible for humanity’s complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in the Kingdom of Speech.

James Lee Burke – The Jealous KindTheJealousKind

New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke returns with a powerful coming-of-age story set in 1950s Texas, as the specter of the Korean War looms. On its surface, life in 1950s Houston is as you’d expect; stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath that surface lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Broussard’s feet. The Jealous Kind is a powerful story that illustrates how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what “traditional America” means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

LucyandAndyJeffrey Brown – Lucy & Andy Neanderthal 

A fun, funny, and informative look at the prehistoric era from Jeffrey Brown. For fans of the amazing Star Wars: Jedi Academy series, LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL follows the antics of two siblings…who also happen to be Neanderthals. That’s “nea-an-der-TALL,” for the record. This fun graphic novel also includes historical and archeological facts for the curious!


Tahereh Mafi – FurthermoreFurthermoreTaherehMafi

Join Alice Alexis on her amazing journey into FURTHERMORE, a strange, fairy-tale style Wonderland. She and nemesis Oliver are on the hunt for Alice’s father, imprisoned unjustly and unable to come home. This adventurous, whimsical journey is inspired by ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND! Pick up your copy today and snag a ticket for the event with Mafi and Ransom Riggs on Tuesday, September 6th at 7PM!


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