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Featured Books of the Month:
by Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, each of which won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012. In this collection of short stories, Mantel writes about gender, marriage, class, family and sex, all with an acute eye aimed at revealing a human experience. This collection goes in unexpected directions, from ghost and vampire stories, to mini family dramas. By all accounts, Mantel is at the top of her game.
The paperback edition of The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher was released on September 1st and is available on our shelves now.
by Héctor Tobar
When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in “Deep Down Dark, “he brings them to haunting, visceral life.
This title was a National Book Critic Circle Award Finalist, was chosen by Ann Patchett as the first selection for NPR’s Morning Edition book club, “Morning Reads”, and was an NPR Best Book of the Year. It is also soon to be a major motion picture, starring Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Juliette Binoche.
HÉCTOR TOBAR is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a novelist. He is the author of The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.
by Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman is an American poet, essayist, and naturalist known for her wide-ranging curiosity and poetic explorations of the natural world. This non-fiction book takes the reader on an inspiring tour through the ways in which humans are working with nature to try to save the planet. In The Human Age she confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth.
Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in addition to many other awards and recognitions for her work, which include the best-selling The Zookeeper s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses. She lives with her husband Paul West in Ithaca, New York.
The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us will be released on September 14th, and is available for pre-order now!
by Elizabeth Crook
In the aftermath of the Charles Whitman massacre on UT Austin campus in 1966, three student’s lives are forever entangled. After Sally takes a bullet, cousins Wyatt and Jack bravely rush from their classrooms to help. That day marks the beginning of of a relationship that will define their three lives for the next forty years.
Kirkus Review named Monday, Monday the Best Fiction Book of the Year.
Elizabeth Crook is the author of three novels, The Raven’s Bride, Promised Lands, and The Night Journal. She has written for anthologies and periodicals, including Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and has served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Book Festival. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children.
Monday, Monday will be released in paperback on September 15th, and is available for pre-order now.
by Alice Munro
Family Furnishings is a companion to A Wilderness Station: Selected Stories, 1968-1994, and contains 25 of Munro’s most accomplished and most powerfully affecting stories written in the last two decades. These stories illuminate the extraordinary particularity in the lives of men, women, and children as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, head out into the unknown, suffer defeat, and find a way to be in the world.
Alice Munro has been hailed as one of the “greatest contemporary writers of fiction” and “a master of the short story”. She grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.
Book Club Event Pick for August!
Wednesday, September 9th at 7PM
AWARD WINNING NOVELIST
Speaking & Signing
The Art of Crash Landing
From a bright new talent comes this debut novel about a young woman who travels for the first time to her mother’s hometown, and gets sucked into the mystery that changed her family forever
Before writing her first novel, Decarlo worked as an artist, graphic designer, grant writer and computer programmer. She was born and raised in Oklahoma, and now lives in East Texas with her husband and many rescue animals.
Featured Drink of the Month:
2013 Beaujolais Blanc Domaine des Nugues
This Beaujolais, made from young Chardonnay grapes, is both crisp and dry, two ideal characteristics in the late summer. I’m not normally a Chardonnay drinker, but I’ll make an exception for unoaked ones from France (or Italy). With aromas of red apple, and notes of peach, this wine pairs well with both chicken or shrimp.