Book Club Corner – November

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Welcome to our Book Club Corner, where each month we highlight books new to paperback we think would make perfect picks for your next book club discussion. If you’re looking to join a book club, we host a wide variety of free, bookseller-run book clubs right here at BookPeople.


Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao

fishinexileHow do you bear the death of a child? With fishtanks and jellyfish burials, Persephone’s pomegranate seeds, and affairs with the neighbors. Fish in Exile spins unimaginable loss through classical and magical tumblers, distorting our view so that we can see the contours of a parent’s grief all the more clearly.

Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khanh, Vietnam. Vi’s work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her novel, Fish In Exile, will make its first appearance in Fall 2016 from Coffee House Press. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.

“In this jagged and unforgettable work, Vi Khi Nao takes on a domestic story of losing one’s children and elevates it to Greek tragedy. Refusing sentimentality and realism, she shows how personal devastation can feel, to the sufferer, as powerful and enduring as myth.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen

Fish in Exile was recently released in paperback and is available on our shelves now!

Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau

everyanxiouswaveEvery Anxious Wave tells the story of good guy Karl Bender, a thirty-something bar owner whose life lacks love and meaning. When he stumbles upon a time-traveling wormhole, Karl, along with best friend Wayne, develops a business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to hear their favorite bands. It’s a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl, intending to send Wayne back to 1980, transports him to 980 Mannahattan instead.

Karl is distraught. He needs an ally. And he finds one in prickly, overweight astrophysicist, Lena Geduldig. Karl and Lena’s connection is immediate. While they work on getting Wayne back, they fall in love-with time travel, and each other. Unable to resist meddling with the past, Karl and Lena bounce around time. That’s when they alter the course of their lives. That’s when they threaten their future together.

Mo Daviau was born in Fresno, California and proclaimed her life goal of publishing a novel at the age of eight. A former librarian and independent bookseller, Mo is also a solo performer, having performed at storytelling shows such as Bedpost Confessions and The Soundtrack Series. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan where Every Anxious Wave won a Hopwood Award. Mo lives in Portland, Oregon. This is her first novel.

“A bittersweet, century-hopping odyssey of love, laced with weird science, music geekery, and heart-wrenching laughs.” —NPR

Every Anxious Wave comes out in paperback on November 22nd, and is available for pre-order now!

A Zero-Sum Game by Eduardo Rabasa, translated by Christina MacSweeney

zero-sum-gameA hilarious satire and universal exploration of the origins of power and corruption. A Zero-Sum Game uses the highly-charged election for the presidency of a residents’ committee and the influence of a powerful stranger to both expose those in power and to sympathize with individuals who find themselves caught in the paradox of empowerment and impotence that is modern consumer society and the democratic state.

Eduardo Rabasa studied political science at Mexico’s National University (UNAM), where he graduated with a thesis on the concept of power in the work of George Orwell. He writes a weekly column for the national newspaper Milenio, and has translated books of authors like Morris Berman, George Orwell and Somerset Maugham.

Christina MacSweeney is a literary translator specializing in Latin American fiction.

“Rich with the absurdity and excess of human folly, A Zero-Sum Game is a satire bursting with invention. Eduardo Rabasa displays the keen eye of a Huxley or a Vonnegut, mocking our obsession with progress, our endless consumerism and our desire for utopia. Villa Miserias could be a stand-in for any city in any country in the world. Hilarious and original, Rabasa’s debut is pure joy and the introduction of an exciting new voice.” —Mark Haber, bookseller, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, Texas)

A Zero-Sum Game comes out in paperback on November 22nd, and is available for pre-order now!

The Visitor by Christopher Chase Walker  

thevisitorHere is a little something different, for those with a penchant for the dark and supernatural. Only 88 pages!

Satan, in the form of a bewildered and naked Old Man, arrives in Brighton one dark and snowy December morning. That night a gull kills itself trying to get at Lucy Cuthman, a charity worker in her early 30s, through her bedroom window. A thick fog descends over the city – and lingers. The Old Man is twice attacked on the streets, before finding the squat where Geoffrey Cantor, our cultured and Byron-quoting narrator, lives. The Old Man discovers he has a mesmeric singing voice, and starts to busk around Brighton. He attracts the attention of Lucy, who is so diabolically enchanted that she can only see him as a beautiful young boy in need of help. In this guise, the Old Man visits her at work one evening – and promptly disappears. Hopelessly beguiled, Lucy searches everywhere for him. Meanwhile, mysterious bundles of money start turning up at her charity…

Christopher Walker was born in Maryland and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Since graduating from the College of Wooster, he has lived in Chicago, London and, currently, in Brighton. His first novel, Now You Know, was published in 2012.

The Visitor comes out in paperback on November 25th, and is available for pre-order now!

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz    

thepassengerForty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid in the twenty-first century, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret. From heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, we are left to wonder…can she possibly outrun her past?

The Passenger’s white-knuckled plot and unforeseeable twists make one thing for certain: the ride will leave you breathless. “When the answers finally come, they are juicy, complex, and unexpected. The satisfying conclusion will leave readers rethinking everything and immediately turning back to the first page to start again. Psychological suspense lovers will tear through this thriller” (Library Journal, starred review).

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, How to Start a Fire, Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children’s book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik).

The Passenger comes out in paperback on Nov 29th, and is available for pre-order now!


Kelly Luce 

Speaking & Signing with debut novel, Pull Me Under

Wednesday, November 2nd @ 7pm

Kelly Luce, one of our favorite new authors, returns to Austin with her debut novel Pull Me Under. This original, psychologically rich story explores the life of Rio Akitani as she travels back to Japan following the death of her estranged father and is forced to confront the ghosts of her past. Join us tonight for a reading and signing of her latest book.


2012 Lunta Malbec Mendoza

LuntaRed.jpgLunta Malbec is produced of 100% Malbec from the southernmost parcel of the Mendel estate vineyard which lies in Lunlunta, Argentina. About ⅔ of the wine is aged in oak, ⅓ each new, one and two year barrels, and about ⅓ in stainless steel. The result is really, really good: dusty, arid soil-inflected aromas, earth, plum, dark cherry nuance of fine chocolate and mint; medium-full in body; richly-fruited with polished round tannins and bursting flavors; warm and invigorating to the finish; superb choice for heartier fall and winter cuisines.

You can pickup a bottle of this robust red from The Austin Wine Merchants on W. 6th St, on your way home from book shopping!

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