Here’s a round up of the hottest new releases being published today (8/13)!
Inland by Téa Obreht
In her second novel, the bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife Téa Obreht spins a stunning tale of perseverance across an unforgettable landscape of magic and myth.
In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide: that of Nora, an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life, and Lurie, an outlaw driven by a meeting with lost souls across the Western frontier.
Our adult books buyer, Consuelo, was mesmerized by Inland, saying, “[It] is a novel that you want to live inside of. Its landscape and characters will envelop you into their magic.”
Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht’s talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely—and unforgettably—her own.
Be sure to grab a copy and join us on August 28th at 7PM for a special reading and discussion with Téa Obreht herself!
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
FYI: Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire might be one of Jodie Picoult’s favorite books this year, but we’ll let y’all read up on it and you can decide for yourself…
It finds savvy firewoman Cassie Hanwell in a moment of tremendous change: she’s just uprooted her life in Texas for the northern climes of Boston to care for her ailing mother and start a new career at a Massachusetts firehouse where not everyone’s excited to have a “lady” on the force.
Imbued with a good bit of heart, humor and romance, Things You Save in a Fire is a tender and affecting novel you won’t want to put down. Come out on August 16th at 7PM to hear Katherine Center read and answer all the burning questions you have about this gorgeous new book!
A Statesman Selects pick, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughn has been touted as the first definitive biography of the blues rocker and guitar legend. It will provide an unvarnished look at the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who were with him throughout every stage of his life and career and who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, girlfriends, fellow musicians, crew members and managers. Catch Alan Paul and Andy Aledort here on August 17th at 2PM for a riveting book talk and a bit of live music. This house will surely be a’rockin’!
The Swallows by Lisa Lutz
We’re over the moon that you, the readers, can finally get your hands on a copy of Lisa Lutz’s The Swallows!
This enthralling private school caper begins with a simple writing prompt from Alex Witt, Stonebridge Academy’s new creative writing teacher. But when the students’ answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there’s more going on in the school than the faculty wants to see.
She soon learns about The Ten—the students at the top of the school’s social hierarchy—as well as their connection to something called The Darkroom. She also finds the few girls who’ve started to question the school’s “boys will be boys” attitude and incites a resistance that quickly becomes a movement. But just as it gains momentum, she also attracts the attention of an unknown enemy who knows a little too much about her…
All this and more culminate in what bookseller MK calls “a hell of a revenge fantasy and [an] extremely timely [story] for the post-Kavanaugh world.” Grab a copy now and join us on August 20th at 7PM as Lisa Lutz sits down with Scott Montgomery, BookPeople’s Crime Fiction Coordinator, to discuss The Swallows.
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
It’s the murder trial of the century and Joshua Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house—and to be sure the wrong man goes down for the crime. Because this time, the killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury.
But there’s someone on his tail. Defense lawyer (and former conman) Eddie Flynn doesn’t believe that his movie-star client killed two people. He suspects that the real killer is closer than they think—but who would guess just how close?
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh is the propulsive legal thriller that’s got everyone from Lee Child to Ruth Ware talking, and best of all, Steve’s stopping by BookPeople on August 14th at 7PM to chat with Chandler Baker about his latest. Won’t you join us?
Black Light by Kimberly King Parsons
Taking us from hot Texas highways to cold family kitchens, from the freedom of pay-by-the-hour motels to the claustrophobia of private school dorms, the stories in Black Light erupt off the page with a primal howl—sharp-voiced, bitter, and wise. Kimberly King Parsons storytelling resonates somewhere deep, in the well of memory that repudiates nostalgia.
Our adult buyer Consuelo was so excited to see this one on our shelves and says, “It is rare for me to read literature set in my home place of the Texas panhandle. Parsons drew up memories that I thought I had long lost, but even if I didn’t have this connection to her stories, her characters each have their own form of vulnerability that makes them so easy to empathize with. She’s created something raw and so beautifully human.”
Stop by on August 21st at 7PM to celebrate this electric debut story collection with Parsons herself!
Black Card by Chris L. Terry
Chris L. Terry’s Black Card is an uncompromising examination of American identity. It follows a mixed-race punk rock musician who indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call “black stuff.” But After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life.
Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator raps at an all-white country music karaoke night, absorbs Black pop culture, and attempts to date his black coworker Mona.
When she’s attacked one night, however, the narrator becomes the prime suspect of an investigation headed by an aggressive local police force. Forced to face his past, his relationships with his black father and white mother, and the real consequences and dangers of being Black in America, the narrator must choose who he is before the world decides for him. Events Coordinator Uriel was one of the book’s early fans, writing, “Black Card is probing, revelatory and deftly toes it’s way through the murky waters of the bi-racial experience. Chris L. Terry is infinitely wise and the heir apparent to the likes of Paul Beatty and Percival Everett.”
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.
Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
In this candid look at the ethics, history, law, and science, Kendi has penned an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.”
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead isn’t the name of heavy metal band, it’s the second novel by Man Booker Prize-winning writer Olga Tokarczuk to reach the English-speaking world. This literary marvel bundled up in the trappings of a murder mystery takes us to a secluded Polish village where, one by one, the inhabitants are being offed and discovered propped up in strange positions.
Enter Janina: a recluse with an obsession of William Blake, astrology and the company of animals. As she inserts herself into an investigation of the killings she enters into a fairy tale-esque situation that forces her to explore the murky borderland between madness and sanity, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate.
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
The Memory Police is a surreal and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss. This stunning new work by Yoko Ogawa, the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor, places readers on an unnamed island where everyday objects and people are disappearing and a majority of the inhabitants are oblivious to the drastic changes happening around them – with the exception of a select few. Those who do remember the people and things that have since vanished must cling desperately to the world they once knew and evade the dreaded Memory Police at all cost. Inventory Manager Molly has praised the haunting and Orwellian vision presented in this novel, citing that “Yoko Ogawa is the reigning master of making you feel uneasy.”