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Skandians are known for their physical strength. Though Hal, Stig, and the other outcasts may be lacking in that area, they more than make up for it with their intellect and courage--which they'll need every ounce of if they're to compete in the ultimate competition.
A short holiday tale from Laurie R. King...
One evening in late 1921 or 1922, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are talking over the unexplored portions of their past. A person might expect the older Holmes to have any number of these—but here, it is Russell who astonishes her husband with news of a previously unknown, even unsuspected, uncle. Jake Russell: scoundrel, charmer, eternal youth. What young girl could resist his charms?
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The People's Advocate is the autobiography of American Constitutional Trial Attorney Daniel Sheehan. Sheehan traces his personal journey from his working-class roots through Harvard Law School and his initial career in private practice. His early disenchantment led to his return for further study at Harvard Divinity School, and rethinking the nature of his career. Eventually his role as President and Chief Trial Counselor for the famous Washington, D.C.-based Christic Institute would help define his role as America's preeminent cause lawyer.
Hal, his Brotherband crew, and the Ranger Gilan have freed the twelve Araluens sold into slavery. Returning to Araluen, Gilan is given a new mission by King Duncan: protect his daughter's life. Princess Cassandra has survived one attempt on her life already, and now whispers of a second attempt have reached the kingdom. A deadly sect known as the Scorpion Cult is thought to be behind the assassination threat.
Welcome to Los Angeles--where anger, hunger and disease run rampant. Jonny is a black-market dealer in drugs that heal the body and cool the mind. All he cares about is his own survival. Until a strange new plague turns L.A. into a city of death, and Jonny is forced to put everything on the line to find the cure. If it can be found on Earth.
"No fair-minded reader could finish this book and doubt Clinton's essential command of the issues, whatever one might think of her solutions for them. She roams widely and delves into war and peace, terrorism and Russia, economic development and women's rights. She knows the players and the history." --Peter Baker, New York Times Book Review
The once and possibly future Democratic presidential candidate looks
back on her adventures as Secretary of State in this diplomatically
phrased memoir. Clinton recounts her handling of four
years of world crises and conflicts, including nuclear negotiations with
Iran and North Korea, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Arab Spring,
the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans,
countless joustings with the Chinese, the Russians, and Congressional
Republicans and journeys stumping for human rights, women's rights, and
LGBT rights. The charisma that made her an international celebrity gushes one star-struck attendee at
her "town hall" meeting in Turkey comes through in her warm prose and
self-deprecating humor. But the book's role as a potential campaign
autobiography precludes the candor that ex-diplomats sometimes uncork in
When was the last time a cake recipe made you weep with laughter? Exactly. Brooks Headley punk dude, vegetarian sympathizer, stealth genius, hero to all in the New York pastry world has created something entirely new. It s a cookable memoir about his life in music and food (i.e., lots of time in basements), but not the kind they ll make a cute movie out of. And the art direction by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin (of Eat Me: The Food & Philosophy of Kenny Shopsin notoriety) take the deadpan brilliance to another level. --Christine Muhlke, executive editor, Bon Appetit
Devotees of the greatest of all fictional detectives will welcome this anthology from King and Klinger, who have assembled a murderers' row of talent, including bestselling authors not usually associated with Holmes and Watson. Only two stories are traditional pastiches; the other 13 pay homage to the spirit of the originals in very different ways. Michael Connelly's "The Crooked Man," in which Harry Bosch consults a coroner named Art Doyle, cleverly riffs on Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Crooked Man." A brilliant bipolar patient puts his gifts for Holmesian deduction to use while tracking a serial killer in Jeffrey Deaver's "The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman." Cornelia Funke provides insights into Holmes's youth in her moving "Lost Boys," while an elderly Holmes plays a heroic role during WWII in John Lescroart's stirring "Dunkirk." Klinger himself weighs in with one of the more memorable entries, "The Closing," which offers a sophisticated variation on one of the most tragic canonical adventures. According to the editors' illuminating introduction, a similarly themed second volume is in the works.
After a four-month estrangement from her family, thirty-two-year-old Emma Michaels visits The Harbor View Assisted Living Home to tell her grandmother, Gussie, that she has made a decision: she s going to sell the family property her inheritance. Sitting on the dock of Poquatuck Village, Connecticut, looking across the harbor to their family s longtime home, the two women debate over Emma s choice and their conversation lays the framework for the book, which flows over the decades, all the way back to Gussie's youth and marriage, then forward through the lives of her three children, Auggie, Livy, and Alyssa, whose hopes and talents are warped by their mother s influence and disappointed expectations. Expectations passed down through the generations. Subtle. Unspoken. Implacable. As Emma and Gussie remember the choices and dynamics that have produced the complicated tapestry that is their family s history, Emma makes a number of surprising discoveries about her loved ones and herself and she prepares to do what no one else in her family has dared: let go of the past to make room for the future, though doing so will destroy the thing her grandmother holds most dear
Palahniuk continues to push limits in this satire of sex and consumerism, in which "the Nerd's Cinderella," Penny Harrigan, finds her average self in bed with tech megabillionaire Cornelius Linus Maxwell, dubbed "Climax-well," the greatest lover ever known. What begins as Penny's shy sexual exploration quickly becomes experimenting for Maxwell's research into pleasure products. While enduring erotically induced comas and life-threatening orgasms, Penny moves up the social ladder, meeting Max's former lovers, actress Alouette D'Ambrosia, and U.S. President Clarissa Hind. But as he did with his previous lovers, Maxwell dumps Penny on exactly day 136 of their relationship, and then releases his Beautiful You personal care products to the public a revolutionary event that marks men's obsolescence and turns women into titillated zombies. While women withdraw to their rooms for days and weeks, Penny learns that Max has much more power than anyone realizes. Men in suits following Penny and a Nepalese sex witch discuss the power of trends and brands, and the choice of self-pleasure over intimate human contact all contribute to Palahniuk's satire. His cheeky wit is at its best in this grotesque novel; his semi-erotic writing is efficacious and there are some downright beautiful scenes.
A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land.
In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe--protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate--we've witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.
Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.
***LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014***
The author of the best-selling and award-winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai.
Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the "family officer" of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the "doghouse," a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped--even if he's just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound
exploration of what has become of humankind's moral progress, The Dog is told with Joseph O'Neill's hallmark eloquence, empathy, and storytelling mastery. It is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.
Cook's potent and unnerving stories depict ghastly battles between
humans and the brute forces of nature. A former producer for This
American Life, Cook ventures without gimmicks or flourishes into the
realm of grim fairy tales and dark fables, writing about horrifying
predicaments with absolute authority. In Cook's bleak world, the state
institutionalizes widows and retrains them for their next assigned
marriage and takes away boys fatally designated Not-Needed. Adept at a
stark spookiness in the vein of Shirley Jackson and William Golding,
Cook also summons up a lonely weirdness like that of Aimee Bender and
George Saunders. Monsters abound. An ogre routinely snatches away babies
while a woman keeps marrying up, hoping ever-larger men will protect
her from the murderous creatures devouring the city's populace. Three
men stranded in a small boat grow desperate; a rich man holes up in his
mansion, refusing to help his neighbors as waters rise. Cook writes
assuredly of archetypal terror and even more insightfully of hungerfor
food, friendship, love, and, above all, survival. A canny, refined, and
We all know texting while driving is dangerous. So why do we keep doing
it? Could it be that we *can't* stop the compulsion to stay connected;
that we are so over-stimulated by our social networks and pressured to
multitask that we are addicted, and in collective denial? A Deadly Wandering
is a riveting account of the fatal tragedy and subsequent seminal legal
(and moral) battle that led to texting-while-driving bans being signed
into law. It links neuroscience research, legal undertakings, and
narrative nonfiction—full of vivid, heartbreaking real-life
“characters”—to expose and objectively question our modern glorification
of multitasking and tech-connectedness. Richtel’s exceptional reporting
will absolutely change the way you think about the devices that keep us
online: you will close this book transformed. This is astonishing,
moving, eye-opening stuff—and a crucial conversation, as we grow
frighteningly more and more attached to our devices. One of the most
important books of our time. --Julia
Mixing memoir with literary criticism and social critique, Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) contends that imaginative literature is essential to good citizenship. Having once advanced this thesis regarding her native Iran, she extends it now to her adopted United States. For Nafisi, America's great works of literature make up a canon of supplementary founding documents, offering a purer articulation of the American dream than pols and pundits. In such books may be found the Republic of Imagination, in which heroic characters exemplify humanistic ideals. According to Nafisi, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"epitomizes America's "national myth" that of a vagrant underdog declaring his independence from a corrupt society and decamping with his moral courage to the wilderness. Similarly exemplary are "Huck Finn's Progenies": Sinclair Lewis's "Babbitt" and John Singer in Carson McCullers's "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" Explaining how she came to appreciate the civic value of these books, Nafisi suggests that, as a refugee from a repressive regime, she can claim a privileged perspective on American ideals. Her social critique is scarcely original: most readers have heard that the downside of American freedom is American greed, that politicians are demagogues, and that American media is polarized. Through accessible and informative readings, however, Nafisi succeeds in conveying her broader point that Great American Novels can teach us to be good "citizen readers."
The year was 1892, and 19-year-old Alice Mitchell was in love with Freda Ward, 17. She determined that if she couldn't marry Freda, nobody else would, either. The two women devised a plan to marry, with Alice posing as a man. However, their scheme was uncovered, and their families forbade the relationship. Freda moved on with her life and discovered other loves. Alice was unable to accept life without Freda and decided to kill her former lover when she visited Memphis. This true-crime drama uses primary-source documents of letters and transcripts from the trial to provide a rich, detailed description of Alice's successful murder plot and the events following the verdict that declared Alice insane and sentenced her to an asylum. This is a captivating account, and readers will quickly become absorbed in the suspense surrounding Freda's murder. Additionally, the book provides a foundation for discussion of sociocultural themes, such as how LGBT relationships have historically been viewed by society, gender and femininity, and even journalism.
The new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.
Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.
In this gripping new novel, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News).
Peter Leigh has been hired by the mysterious USIC corporation to travel
to a newly colonized planet, Oasis, light years away. His job will be to
minister to the indigenous population and establish a rapport. He
leaves his beloved wife, Bea, behind, their only link a kind of
interstellar e-mail. He finds the Oasins eagerly awaiting his arrival
and singing Amazing Grace. (A previous missionary had disappeared.) The
Oasins beg for readings from the Bible, or, as they call it, the book of
strange new things. Peter becomes more and more immersed in his mission
and building his church, to the detriment of his health and his
connection with Bea. Meanwhile, word from home becomes more and more
worrisome. Tidal waves, earthquakes, toppling economies, and violence
wreak havoc with lives and faith. And finally, the true reason for the
Oasis colony comes into question, and Peter must make a decisionto stay
or go. Like Maria Doria Russell's The Sparrow, this is a marvelously
creative and intricate novel, thought-provoking and arresting.
Local Author John Burley's new thriller The Forgettin Place will be available in FEBRUARY of 2015. We will have signed editions available starting then.
A female psychiatrist at a state mental hospital finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy in this dark and twisting tale of psychological suspense from the author of The Absence of Mercy.
We have autographed copies of The Bones of Paris available.
New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, consistently writes richly detailed and thoroughly suspenseful novels that bring a distant time and place to brilliant life. Now, in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens.
We have autographed copies of Eyes Wide Open available.
A hopeful, environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery Award-winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a tool kit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up. --Noreen
We have signed copies of Tokyo Kill available.
"Lancet's familiarity with Japanese history and culture, combined with his storytelling skills, make this a first-rate mystery...a clear indicator that the author considers Jim Brodie a series-worthy character. He'd be right, too." --Booklist
We have autographed copies of Glory O'Brien's History of the Future available.
* "This beautifully strange, entirely memorable book will stay with readers."—School Library Journal, starred review
Retiring with her increasingly erratic professor husband to the New Hampshire town where she has summered for decades doesn't turn out as planned for Sylvia Rowley. Social tensions surface, starting with the renovation work Sylvia's son is doing on the property, and then local homes start falling to an arsonist.
A bereaved father and his son-in-law struggle to understand the tragedies that have befallen them in Smith's debut novel, which is set among the marshes of coastal North Carolina during the uncertain time of the American Revolution. John, a widowed soldier, is perplexed by the faith of others in a God who takes so much and gives so little. When his beloved daughter, Tabitha, contracts yellow fever, he stows her away with him on a schooner bound for Bermuda in a desperate attempt to curb the ravages of the disease. Tabitha's grandfather, Asa, owner of a small plantation called Long Ridge, grieves over the loss of his granddaughter. He also mourns her mother, his only daughter Helen, whom John stole away for a happy interlude of love and freedom on the high seas before her untimely death in childbirth. Helen's slave companion, Moll, like Asa, feels left behind, married off to another slave she did not know. Her only consolation is her feisty first-born son Davy, although she has other children, all girls. When John decides to strike out over land on a journey westward, Moll's heart is irrevocably shattered. Smith's soulful language of loss is almost biblical, and the descriptions of her characters' sorrows are poetic and moving.
Maggie Dupres, recently "involuntarily separated from payroll" at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly's Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along. When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance-even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley's Lover, a book she hasn't encountered since college, in an evening. But the edition she finds at the bookstore is no Penguin Classics "Chatterley-"it's an ancient hardcover with notes in the margins between two besotted lovers of long ago. What Maggie finds in her search for the lovers and their fate, and what she learns about herself in the process, will surprise and move readers. Witty and sharp-eyed in its treatment of tech world excesses, but with real warmth at its core, The Moment of Everything is a wonderful read.
"Eva, age 12, knows her father as a sweet man who visits on Sundays, until her mother announces that his wife has died and they'll be paying him a visit. And so Eva arrives at a home she's never seen to live with her father and older half sister, Iris, whom she didn't know existed. Talented, self-involved Iris is a doggedly hopeful performer, winning every local and regional competition in their small midwestern college town before graduating high school and escaping to Hollywood with the embarrassing but brainy and reliable Eva in tow. There is a gossip-column scandal and a cross-country road trip, an abducted orphan and an accused spy, and more than a couple of masquerades, but everything here is fresh; Bloom's cannonballs read like placid ripples. Told partially from Eva's perspective, and with epistolary interludes over the novel's 193949 span, Eva's world is one of endless opportunities for reinventionand redemptionif one only takes them. With a spare and trusting style, Bloom invites readers to fill the spaces her pretty prose allows, with true and beautiful results."
--Booklist, starred review
Based partially on real-life events during the mid-1600s in southern Canada near the shores of Lake Huron, this new book from Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Boyden (Through Black Spruce) centers on Bird, a Huron warrior and leader. Bird captures the Jesuit missionary Father Christophe and brings him back to his village with young Snow Falls, who is from the rival Iroquois tribe. Father Christophe immediately begins evangelizing but also absorbs the Huron nation's language and customs, while Snow Falls refuses to cooperate in any way with Bird or his people, being hostile to the point of wounding Bird, and herself, accidentally, which serves the purpose of uniting them instead. In this long and detailed story, Boyden seeks to re-create the rhythms and patterns of living a life close to nature, battling the elements, and surviving in a harsh climate. Dignified and penetrating, this work offers themes of clashing cultures and religions that resonate in today's world.
Classics scholar Jack Wiseman, in the last throes of pancreatic cancer, entrusts an enamel locket to his granddaughter, imploring her to find the rightful owner. It's the only thing he's ever asked of her. During WWII, Jack had been a soldier in charge of storing the possessions found on the gold train, which contained the accumulated wealth of Hungarian Jews who had been shipped off to concentration camps. The contents were all meticulously accounted for. But who was there to receive them? The responsibility weighed heavily on Jack, not least because of his involvement with Ilona, a survivor whose shockingly black sense of humor both upsets and entrances him. As Waldman takes us back to Hungary, first in the aftermath of the war, then to the years preceding it, she evokes what it feels like to have your identity and your community stripped from you and how impossibly foolish it can be to think your personal destiny is within your control. With its complicated politics and moral ambiguity, this provocative novel tells a fascinating story.
We have autographed first editions of And the Dark Sacred Night available.
The award-winning author on her best subject—family secrets—in the story of a middle-aged man who searches for his father, upending relationships beyond his own and changing forever the way he fits into the world he thought he knew so well.
A special paper over board TWENTIETH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION of the first novel of the acclaimed Mary Russell series by Edgar Award-Winning author Laurie R. King. This wonderful edition will be available in late May and Ms. King will be signing copies at our store once they arrive. Orders will ship after that point.
Ishmael Beah made his mark in 2007 with A Long Way Gone, his striking memoir of the time he spent as a boy soldier in war-torn Sierra Leone. In Radiance of Tomorrow, his first novel, he revisits Sierra Leone to examine not only what happens to those communities devastated by war, but also their traditions and the outlook for their future. What begins as a story of survivors returning to what used to be home and attempting to reconstruct the rhythms of normal life takes several surprising turns as Beah carefully unfolds his elegant and layered narrative.