S.C. Gwynne – The Perfect Pass
Bestselling author and journalist S.C. Gwynne turns his attention this time to football, and specifically the evolution of the passing game. How did football turn from a primarily run-heavy, ground-and-pound war of attrition to an all-out, aerial, pass-first assault? Gwynne explores the lives and strategies of two underdog coaches, Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, as they develop an offensive scheme that will forever change the way football is played and, at the same time, catapult it in popularity to the top of the American sports echelon.
And don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm as S.C. Gwynne will be stopping by to discuss and sign copies of his new book!
Kelly Bennett Seiler – The Plan
The only survivor in a brutal car wreck that claimed the lives of her husband and children, Claire Matthews’ life is torn apart. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Callum Fitzgerald’s has been overcoming limitations all his life. Born as a trilateral amputee, Callum has built a career motivating others to find success. The Plan is an inspiring love story between two of the unlikeliest individuals, separated on opposite sides of the ocean. Yet somehow they will find each other through the highs and lows of personal tragedies and triumphs.
And author Kelly Bennett Seiler will be in the store Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm for a talk and book signing!
Ridley Pearson – Lock and Key: The Initiation
The first in a new series by the magnificent Ridley Pearson, author of the Kingdom Keepers series and coauthor of the Peter and the Starcatchers series! Pearson takes on the Sherlock Holmes stories with aplomb, featuring young mastermind James Moriarty and his little sister, Moira, in an amazing adventure. Don’t miss it!
And don’t miss Ridley Pearson for an in store talk and book signing on Thursday, September 29th at 6pm
Eimear McBride – The Lesser Bohemians
Eimear McBride writes like no one else. It’s easy to get lost in the rhythm of her captivating prose, but her characters keep you afloat. Her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, won the Bailey’s Womens Prize and received critical acclaim around the world. In her new book, she takes us into the mind of a young woman trying to make it as an actress and looking for love. It may sound like a story told over and over, but McBride makes it new again and her language and style make the pages flow seamlessly. The fiery language and style of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is still there, but the tone and subject are lighter and readers everywhere are sure to take notice.
Tracy Kidder – A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success
Tracy Kidder, the author of the bestselling classic The Soul of the New Machine, gives us the inspiring story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur. Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what will later be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” Yet when English makes a fortune as co-founder of the travel website Kayak.com, the first thing he thinks about is how to give it away.
Colum McCann – Thirteen Ways of Looking
Colum McCann’s latest is here in paperback! Thirteen Ways of Looking is a novella and three short stories, and the cast of characters depicted ranges widely but makes for a fascinating group. McCann has won the National Book Award and is a New York Times-bestselling novelist, and in his latest book of lyrical, subtly powerful stories he reminds us why. This book is sure to be a favorite again in paperback.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez – Reputations
Juan Gabriel Vasquez, the author of The Sound of Things Falling and Lovers on All Saints Day is back with the tale of Javier Mallarino, a legendary Colombian cartoonist who has become “the conscience of a nation.” Still, he is only human, and when an unexpected visitor forces him to reevaluate his life and work as is taken back through parts of his own past. A beautiful novel from a master in the making.
“‘Well-behaved women never make history’ is an adage for a reason: it has a ring of truth. The relationship between a woman and the public is a multifaceted entity that often becomes more important than the individual. When a woman establishes her own narrative, she steps outside the strict rules of society. A misogynistic society that considers the public persona more important than the individual persona will hijack her narrative. Thus the trainwreck is born. In this microhistory, Doyle examines our modern trainwrecks like Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, and Miley Cyrus, then constructs a wider context in Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Jacobs, and other trainwrecks that we have claimed into the pantheon of feminism. 2016 is an amazing year for feminist publications, but as a woman who has her middle fingers furled and ready to fly on the regs, my heart beats most strongly with the tempo of these wrecked women.” – Jan
Emma Donoghue – The Wonder
The new book from the New York Times-bestselling author of Room. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, The Wonder works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.
Kendare Blake – Three Dark Crowns
An incredible new YA novel from Kendare Blake, Three Dark Crowns is a world removed, full of magic and power. Every generation on the island of Fennbirn triplet Queens are born, gifted with special abilities. Immunity to poison, the manipulation of nature, command over the elements, each is born with a power that gives her the right to rule. But only one may rule, and the crown doesn’t come without a price: the lives of the Queen’s two sisters.
We’re so excited for this new series from Kendare Blake, we can’t wait for the event Oct. 12th at 7pm.
Alan Bradley – Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel
New from New York Times-bestselling author Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d is being hailed as a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes! After being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve year old Flavia de Luce is excited to be back home in England. Out on her trusty bicycle Gladys, Flavia is tasked to deliver a message to a reclusive wood carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man’s body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation.
Debbie Levy & Elizabeth Baddeley – I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” One of our favorite quotes from the subject of this new picture book, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg! With charming illustrations from Elizabeth Baddeley and a powerful story from Debbie levy, I Dissent introduces us to some of the incredible accomplishments and differences RBG made, not only in her life, but in ours as well!
Stacy Schiff – The Witches
Now out in paperback today! “When our Puritan founding families arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they left behind them the mercantilist capitals of London and Amsterdam and entered into a world not unlike Grimm’s fairy tales. Surrounded by the primeval forest, threatened by unrelenting weather, and deathly afraid and suspicious of their new neighbors, these fundamentalists cracked and summoned up a witchcraft craze that still lingers in our history and imaginations: The Salem Witch Trials. Alongside slavery, it is one of the original sins of this country, and Pultizer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff recounts that horrifying experience in this phenomenal follow-up to her bestselling book, Cleopatra. For over 300 years we’ve been obsessed with this event, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Arthur Miller we’ve interpreted this event, now we can experience what really ahppened back in Salem, 1692.” – Joe