New releases 11/20

The Camelot Code, Book #1 The Once and Future Geek Cover ImageThe Camelot Code

By Mari Mancusi:

THE CAMELOT CODE: THE ONCE AND FUTURE GEEK is the first book in a new middle grade series–a fantastic genre-bending twist on The Sword in the Stone, perfect for adventurous readers with a great sense of humor! Mancusi brings humor to her re-imagining of the King Arthur legend by giving Merlin insider knowledge of today’s technology and an ability to drop modern slang at will, and showing Arthur’s wonder as he experiences our world for the first time. Cars! Pizza! Warm beds! Come support a local author and snag a signed copy on Saturday, December 1, starting at 2 PM!

Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) Cover ImageFire & Blood

By George R. R. Martin:

Centuries before the events of A GAME OF THRONES, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. FIRE AND BLOOD begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart. The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A SON OF ICE AND FIRE, the inspiration for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World Cover ImageArt Matters

By Neil Gaiman:

A stunning and timely creative call-to-arms combining four extraordinary written pieces by Neil Gaiman illustrated with the striking four-color artwork of Chris Riddell. Drawn from Gaiman’s trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, Art Matters is an embodiment of this remarkable multi-media artist’s vision—an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives. ART MATTERS bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry: “Credo,” “Make Good Art,” “Making a Chair,” and “On Libraries.” Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity, and dares us to choose to be bold.

Newcomer: A Mystery Cover ImageNewcomer

By Keigo Higashino:

From the international bestseller Keigo Higashino, author of THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, comes one of his finest works of crime fiction yet. In this new case from internationally bestselling Keigo Higashino, Detective Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.

Smash!: Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the '90s Punk Explosion Cover ImageSmash

By Ian Winwood:

Two decades after the Sex Pistols and the Ramones birthed punk music into the world, their artistic heirs burst onto the scene and changed the genre forever. While the punk originators remained underground favorites and were slow burns commercially, their heirs shattered commercial expectations for the genre. In 1994, Green Day and The Offspring each released their third albums, and the results were astounding. Green Day’s Dookie went on to sell more than 15 million copies and The Offspring’s Smash remains the all-time bestselling album released on an independent label. The times had changed, and so had the music. While many books, articles, and documentaries focus on the rise of punk in the ’70s, few spend any substantial time on its resurgence in the ’90s. Smash! is the first to do so, detailing the circumstances surrounding the shift in ’90s music culture away from grunge and legitimizing what many first-generation punks regard as post-punk, new wave, and generally anything but true punk music.

The Illustrated Secret History of the World Cover ImageThe Illustrated Secret History of the World

By Mark Booth:

Since its first publication in 2008, The Secret History of the World has sold over 250,000 copies and established itself as the authoritative text on the subject of esoteric belief systems and secret societies. Now, with The Illustrated Secret History of the World, this landmark book achieves a new level of authority, adding to its thorough and revealing text more than 350 illustrations—many of them rare—of the symbols, drawings, engravings, paintings, and photographs that are a key part of the world’s secret history. This richly illustrated edition features exclusive new material to accompany the original text in a beautiful package and oversized format. The Illustrated Secret History of the World presents a radical re-interpretation of human existence and a view of the world previously hidden from us.

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose Cover ImagePromise Me, Dad

By Joe Biden:

In November 2014, the Biden family gathered for Thanksgiving, a tradition offering a much-needed respite, and a time to connect and reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden’s eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and his survival was uncertain. “Promise me, Dad,” Beau had told his father. “Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be all right.” Joe Biden gave him his word. PROMISE ME, DAD chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden’s extraordinary life and career. The year brought real triumph and accomplishment, and wrenching pain. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with Barack Obama. If you missed this moving release last year, now is your chance to grab it, now in paperback.

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