Julissa Arce – My (Underground) American Dream
Julissa Arce has an impressive career. After graduating from the University of Texas she went on to work on Wall Street, and quickly rose to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs — it’s truly the story of achieving the American Dream. But in this brave new memoir, Arce digs deep to reveal the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret that she, like many other high-achieving, successful individuals in the United States, had been forced to keep not only from her bosses, but even from her closest friends — from the time she was brought here by her parents, she was an undocumented immigrant. By opening up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen, Arce shows us the true cost of achieving the American dream-from the perspective of a woman who had to scale unseen and unimaginable walls to get there.
She’ll be here 9/23 at 7pm to discuss her work!
Craig Johnson – An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery
The latest in Craig Johnson’s Longmire series is here, and Craig is here tonight, 9/13, at 7pm.
“The book is the literary version of an acoustic set, stripping the series down to his three essential characters. Walt and and his Cheyenne buddy Henry Standing Bear go up to Hullett, a town near Devil’s Tower hosting a motorcycle climb, in which Henry is participating. The climb has been organized as part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, bringing 50,000 bikers to a town of 400. The book captures the feeling of purgatory these towns assume to non-bikers during the rally. The two are asked to help out an investigation of a young biker gang member who may have been run off the road and put into a coma. Before long, we learn that he is the son of Lola, an old flame Henry named his famous Thunderbird after. With help from Walt’s under-sheriff, Victoria “Vic” Moretti, they find themselves in a mystery involving motorcycle gangs, illegal weapons, and star crossed lovers.” – Scott Montgomery, Crime Fiction Coordinator
Mike Love – Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy
Mike Love is a founding member of The Beach Boys, considered to be the most popular American band in history, with 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four #1 hits. In his new book, he tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys—timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of “Good Vibrations.” Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Kokomo,” while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own—he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them.
Plus, catch him here at BookPeople on 10/6! Buy your copy now to reserve a spot in the signing line.
Carol Burnett – In Such Good Company
A behind-the-scenes look at the critically acclaimed Carol Burnett Show from the host herself. Carol Burnett rewatched all 276 episodes and shares with us all the great backstage antics and anecdotes from the show’s eleven year span, including stories with guest stars Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, and Steve Martin. This book is a love letter to the golden era of television.
John Currence – Big Bad Breakfast
Love all things breakfast? Of course you do! John Currence, the James Beard award winning master of all things Southern cooking, is revealing the secrets behind his restaurant, Big Bad Breakfast. The recipes here, with dishes like Banana-Pecan Coffee Cake, Spicy Boudin and Poached Eggs, and Oyster Pot Pie, are taking breakfast to a whole new level. The book is also filled with stories of the wonderful characters who fill the restaurant every morning, and a meditation on why the Southern breakfast is one of America’s most valuable culinary contributions.
David Brooks – The Road to Character
Now in paperback! Beginning with an examination of how our hunger for wealth and status is eroding our ability to create meaningful inner lives, Brooks looks at men and women throughout history whose genuine sense of humility was fundamental to their success. From St. Augustine, Dorothy Day, Eisenhower, and Samuel Johnson, Brooks explores how their inner struggles transformed each of these men and women into high points of moral clarity and intelligence.
Alan Moore – Jerusalem
“At one million words and 1,236 pages, Alan Moore’s JERUSALEM is a post-modern history of the city of Northampton. I think. Maybe? Probably not. Inspired by William Blake’s visionary and hallucinatory work (specifically JERUSALEM), it covers the stylistic gamut of Dickensian fiction, science fiction, biblical exegesis, stage drama, and more. I’m about a hundred pages into this tome (that’s about 1/12th of the book for those keeping score at home) and I love it.
Lauren Groff – Fates and Furies
Now out in paperback, Fates and Furies garnered much critical acclaim in 2015, and President Obama named it as his favorite book of the year. The story of a marriage between two imperfect people, it is a story about relationships presented in a way we don’t often see in fiction.
“Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers – with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout.”—The New York Times Book Review
Ann Patchett – Commonwealth
The new novel from the acclaimed, bestselling author Ann Patchett! Told over the span of five decades, Commonwealth is the story of how one chance, romantic encounter brings together two families and its repercussions through the generations. When one member of the family, Franny, begins a love affair with the legendary writer Leon Posen, the story becomes fair game for his next wildly successful book. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
Abby Wambach – Forward: A Memoir
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation’s heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup Championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies.
In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, losses, and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach’s book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling universal questions about how we can live our best lives, and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.
Maureen Dowd – The Year of Voting Dangerously
Trapped between two candidates with the highest recorded unfavorables, Americans are plunged into The Year of Voting Dangerously. In this perilous and shocking campaign season, The New York Times columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever. Dowd has covered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton since the ’90s. She was with the real estate mogul when he shyly approached his first Presidential rope line in 1999, and she won a Pulitzer prize that same year for her penetrating columns on the Clinton impeachment follies. Like her bestsellers, Bushworld and Are Men Necessary?, The Year of Voting Dangerously will feature Dowd’s trademark cocktail of wry humor and acerbic analysis in dispatches from the political madhouse. If America is on the escalator to hell, then The Year of Voting Dangerously is the perfect guide for this surreal, insane ride.
Wade Albert White – The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes
A thrilling debut novel where fantasy and science fiction meet, dragons aren’t as innocent as they look, and nothing is quite what it seems. Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes–or face the horrible consequences. Packed with action, humor, and endless heart, this debut novel marks the first volume in an irresistible and original fantasy series.
Traci Chee – The Reader
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and discover what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.