New Books 12/6!

César Aira – Ema, the Captive

Newly translated to English, Ema the Captive is one of the earliest novels of the prolific and award-winning author César Aira. Told in his masterful and immediately recognizable style, Ema is set in 19th-century Argentina admist the violent conflicts of native peoples and European colonizers. Aira twists this broad narrative to  focus on the life of one young woman and her infant child as they struggle to survive while being held captive by soldiers. Aira is among the most inventive and important voices in contemporary literature and Ema, the Captive is an exciting new addition to his translated works.

Dava Sobel – The Glass Universe 

Women in science have often been overlooked, discouraged, or downright uncredited – but in 1880’s Harvard began employing women as “human computers” who made astronomical calculations based on the photographic capture of stars on glass plates, creating  a “glass universe” that enabled  these women to make thousands of incredible discoveries, a precursor to modern astrophysics. Raul Chapa, bookseller extraordinaire and first floor inventory manager loves THE GLASS UNIVERSE by Dava Sobel; and says it is “Truly an important book about the role of women in science, it is a wonderful and inspiring story told by an astute and intelligently sensitive writer.”

Michael Lewis – The Undoing Project

From the bestselling author of FLASH BOYS comes a brand new book detailing the lives and friendship of two psychologists (Kahneman and Tversky) whose research completely overturned our reliance on intuition versus cold, hard math. Their papers showed the way the human mind errs, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations; their work invented behavioral economics, and revolutionized government regulation, medicine, and Big Data. THE UNDOING PROJECT is the story of two unlikely personalities who became one of the greatest partnerships in science, in the process changing mankind’s view of its own mind.

Peter Godfrey-Smith – Other Minds 

For fans of THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS comes a brand new book on the intelligence of cephalopod consciousness. OTHER MINDS, from philosopher scientist Peter Godfrey-Smith draws on the latest scientific research and first-hand knowledge to explore, investigate, and compare the mind of the octopus with our own by delving deep into the sea from whence we sprang and boldly tracking life and consciousness back to its inner roots.

Edited by Lawrence Block – In Sunlight or In Shadow

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the paintings of Edward Hopper are worth millions, inviting viewers to step inside and search out the stories within; viewers like Lawrence Block, editor and author, who invited 17 of our favorite writers to pen a narrative to accompany the Hopper painting that inspired it. Featuring an incredible range of authors with talent from Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, even Craig Ferguson, and Lawrence Block himself, this superbly crafted anthology of brand new fiction is both a visual and literary treat, a must have for fans of the artist, the authors, and both!

Sarah Lohman – Eight Flavors 

This is the story of what Americans eat and why, discovered by young historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman, and told through eight once absent flavors that are now indispensable: black pepper, vanilla, curry powder, chili powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha. Sara Lohman begins in the archives, searching through economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records. She pores over cookbooks and manuscripts, dating back to the eighteenth century, through modern standards like How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Lohman discovers when each of these eight flavors first appear in American kitchens—then she asks why.
Weaving together original research, historical recipes, gorgeous illustrations and Lohman’s own adventures both in the kitchen and in the field, Eight Flavors is a delicious treat—ready to be devoured.

Jeanette Winterson – Christmas Days

For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales.These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson’s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

Kathleen Collins – Whatever Happened to Interracial Love 

This never-before-published collection of stories from a brilliant yet little-known African-American artist and filmmaker Kathleen Collins is a humorous, poignant, and perceptive collective that explores deep, far-reaching issues and seamlessly integrates the African-American experience in her characters’ lives, creating rich, devastatingly familiar, full-bodied men, women, and children who transcend the symbolic, penetrating both the reader’s head and heart. Beloved by a wealth of authors like Zadie Smith, Bliss Boyard, Erica Jong, and Ava DuVernay, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love is an incredible introduction to a brilliant playwright, filmmaker, director, writer and educator who left us before her time.

Paul Bloom – Against Empathy

What if empathy is has a dark side that is capricious and irrational, appealing to our narrow prejudices and leading to bigotry, and cruelty? In AGAINST EMPATHY, Paul Bloom makes the case that, based on breakthrough scientific findings, some of the worst decisions are made based on honest yet misplaced emotion versus distanced and rational compassion.

Brian Jay Jones – George Lucas: A Life 

On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining independent science-fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theaters. Conceived, written, and directed by a little-known filmmaker named George Lucas, the movie originally called The Star Wars quickly drew blocks-long lines, bursting box-office records and ushering in a new way for movies to be made, marketed, and merchandised. It is now one of the most adored -and successful- movie franchises of all time and George Lucas is one of the most influential and revolutionary minds in the filmmaking industry, transforming everything from special effects to sound.

Sebastian Bach – 18 and Life on Skid Row

Best known as the front man for heavy glam metal band Skid Row Sebastian Bach lived a lurid life of debauchery and excess, his wildest dreams fulfilled, only to lose everything: his band, his family and his home. Then he put himself back together again. 18 AND LIFE ON SKIDROW is the extraordinary story of a choir boy who became a chart-topping, record-breaking, hair metal musician and made it out alive.

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