New Books! 4/5/16

Fellside by M.R. Carey

Orange is the New Black meets Ghost in this follow-up to M. R. Carey’s 2014 novel The Girl With All the Gifts. Like his previous novel. I read this one in little over a day and was completely immersed in the narrative. I don’t want to give anything away but if you thought Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption was way too lacking in supernatural events, then this is the book for you.”— Joe T.

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

A colorful and rhythmic literary debut that brings together a synesthetic art critic and an exiled oil painter, both grappling with personal tragedies in the midst of the vibrant 1980’s New York scene at the moment when art-and the commercialization of it-collide. In powerful and playful prose, Prentiss boldly renders a complex moment when the meaning and nature of art is being all but upended, and New York City as a whole is reinventing itself.

Orson Welles: One Man Band by Simon Callow

“After a wait of nearly 10 years, volume three of actor Simon Callow’s (Amadeus, Four Weddings And A Funeral) masterful biography of Orson Welles has arrived. Focusing on his exile in Europe following the commercial and critical failures of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, ONE MAN BAND sees Welles evolving into the itinerant filmmaker which would define his working style for the rest of his life. This is a must-read book for all fans of cinema and Orson Welles.” — Joe T.

The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer by Skip Hollandsworth

Skip Hollandsworth will speak & sign at BookPeople Thursday, 4/14 at 7PM.

In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London’s infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens’ panic reached a fever pitch.With vivid historical detail and novelistic flair, Texas Monthly journalist Skip Hollandsworth brings this terrifying saga to life.

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings by Stephen O’Connor

“This book is quite astounding. It turns the idea of historical fiction on its head by weaving in dreams and re-imaginings into the traditional narrative. O’Connor’s prose is so evocative and full of color. Not just about black and white, he convinces the reader that all color, while beautiful in its myriad variations, is false because we all see it differently.“— Consuelo

Agnostic by Lesley Hazleton

“Why have dogma and ritual weigh down your spirituality? Hazleton’s work is amazingly insightful regarding what makes us well rounded and free as human beings. Agnostics are often viewed as lacking strength of character because believers think of them as not having convictions. As Hazleton asserts, an agnostic embraces the beauty of all creation and being without the limiting preconceived notions religions bring into play. Agnostics are often more open to the greater mysteries of the universe, the play of love in life, the inherent will to enjoy life. Using observations from such diverse thinkers as William James, St. Augustine, and Einstein, this little book will serve well as a foundation for someone looking for a solid spiritual grounding based on our shared humanity rather than religious doctrine – a happy celebration of wonder and possibility without bounds” —Raul

Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau will speak & sign at BookPeople Friday, April 15 at 7PM.

Looking for the perfect job?  Join us next Friday when Chris Guillebeau talks about his new book, BORN FOR THIS, and learn how to properly search for your dream job! This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau wants to help you find. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, Chris’s book will guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences. Join us at 7PM!

The Path by Michael Puett

Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Because the course challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish. These astonishing teachings emerged two thousand years ago through the work of a succession of Chinese scholars exploring how humans can improve themselves and their society. And what are these counterintuitive ideas? Good relationships come not from being sincere and authentic, but from the rituals we perform within them. Influence comes not from wielding power but from holding back. Excellence comes from what we choose to do, not our natural abilities. A good life emerges not from planning it out, but through training ourselves to respond well to small moments. In other words, The Path upends everything we are told about how to lead a good life.

Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell

“Three-Martini Lunch, set in late 1950s New York approaches the book publishing world in a way not quite seen before. Cliff, the son of an important editor finds it hard to get published. Eden, who desperately wants to be an editor is finding many obstacles she never even expected to be a problem. And Miles is a young African American aspiring author from Harlem with a messy family history. All three are from very different worlds that intertwine to create a very real-feeling story. And please don’t be intimidated by the size becuase Suzanne Rindell’s words flow so well together you’ll have read 50 pages before you know it!” —Melissa

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. This is an illuminating memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

Kill ‘em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

“National Book Award winner James McBride goes on a Citizen Kane-like search for the “real” James Brown and muses about race, identity, music, the north/south divide, and whether one can ever truly know someone. With interviews with distant cousins, ex-wives, life-long childhood best friends, former managers and accountants, and former band members, this is a non-chronological journey into James Brown and an utterly fascinating read.” —Joe, BookPeople Buyer

All Tomorrow’s Parties: A Memoir by Rob Spillman

From the award-winning cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife moved from New York City to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home. This is an intimate, entertaining, and heartfelt memoir, and a portrait of a shifting Berlin, just months after the Wall came down, in the midst of a cultural renaissance

Why Save the Bankers?: And Other Essays on Our Economic and Political Crisis by Thomas Piketty, Seth Ackerman

Thomas Piketty’s work has proved that unfettered markets lead to increasing inequality. Without meaningful regulation, capitalist economies will concentrate wealth in an ever smaller number of hands. Armed with this knowledge, democratic societies face a defining challenge: fending off a new aristocracy. This is an incisive commentary on the financial meltdown and its aftermath.

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

“I was so excited to hear Krista Tippett had a new book coming out! Her radio program, On Being, is life-changing. Each episode features Tippett in conversation with someone interesting – an artist, social activist, scientist, writer or religious leader – about what it means to be human in our world today. #becomingwise is a collection of excerpts curated by Tippett to become ‘a cartography of wisdom about our emerging world’. Thank you for this book, Krista, and for helping me understand ‘how to be’. XOXOXO” —Kaitlyn

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (now in paperback!)

Jessica Knoll will speak & sign at BookPeople Saturday, April 16 at 3PM.

“Ani FaNelli has a charmed life. She works as a successful sex columnist for a prestigious women’s magazine, has snagged a blue-blooded fiance appropriate to her carefully crafted persona, and possesses the competitive skills to climb to the top of high society. She also has a dark secret, and a documentary crew delving into her past may stir up enough memories to crack her well-crafted facade. This novel has enough twists and turns to keep the reader racing to the end. Knoll also includes enough detailed analysis of social competition, this book could almost be a self-help book – if it wasn’t a violent and shocking thriller, that is.”—Molly

Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf by Kevin Robbins

Kevin Robbins will speak and sign at BookPeople Wednesday, April 13 at 7PM.

The first-ever biography of the iconic and beloved golf coach who caddied for Francis Ouimet, played with Ben Hogan, competed against Bobby Jones, shaped Ben Crenshaw, and distilled his golf wisdom into the Little Red Book, granting simplicity to a vexing yet beloved.Kevin Robbins tells the story of this legendary steward of the game.Part elegy to golf s greatest teacher, part inquiry into his simple, impactful teachings, part history of golf over the past century, Harvey Penick is an exquisitely written sports biography.

Family Jewels (Stone Barrington Novels #37) by Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods will speak and sign at BookPeople with David C. Taylor Monday, April 11 at 7PM.

Stone Barrington’s newest client seems to be a magnet for trouble. A poised lady of considerable wealth, she s looking for help discouraging the attentions of a tenacious gentleman. But no sooner does Stone fend off the party in question than his client becomes involved in two lethal crimes. With suspects aplenty, Stone must probe deep into his client’s life to find the truth, and he discovers that the heart of the mystery may be a famous missing piece of history, a stunningly beautiful vestige of a bygone era. It s a piece with a long and storied past and untold value . . . the kind of relic someone might kill to obtain. Among the upper crust nearly everyone has buried a skeleton or two, and it will take all of Stone’s investigative powers to determine whose secrets are harmless, and whose are deadly.

Night Work: A Michael Cassidy Novel (Michael Cassidy #2) by David C. Taylor

David C. Taylor will speak and sign at BookPeople with Stuart Woods Monday, April 11 at 7PM.

The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city. Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop and an unusual way of going about the business. Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

 

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