Oakland Magazine announces The Best of 2016.
WALDEN POND BOOKS NAMED "BEST BOOKSTORE"
(July/August edition of Oakland Magazine)
2016 Man Booker Prize
Longlist (best 13 novels)
All nominated titles in stock at Walden Pond Books
2016 Hugo Award
for Best Science Fiction Novel:
THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin
Winner and all nominees in stock at Walden Pond Books
2016 Pulitzer Prize winners
for Fiction, Non Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry
All winners in stock at
Walden Pond Books
2016 Edgar Award
for Best Mystery/Suspense Novel.
Winner and all nominees in stock at Walden Pond Books
Winners and nominees of literary awards for every genre have been announced and we've ensured that you'll find all the titles on our shelves:
(Click on the links for complete lists and reviews now on our website.)
- August 20: The Hugo Awards Committee announced the winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winner - THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin - was selected from a field of five nominees.
- July 27: The judges of the most significant annual literary award in the world, the Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction, announced the 2016 longlist (the best 13 books). The "Man Booker dozen" comprises an eclectic list of 13 novels "that will surprise and intrigue in equal measure". All nominated titles - including U.K. editions of those titles not yet published in the U.S. - are in stock. These nominees will be whittled down to a list of five finalists to be announced on Tuesday, September 13 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 25.
- April 28: The Mystery Writers of America announced this year's Edgar Awards, the most prestigious awards in the mystery/suspense genre. LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS by Lori Roy won Best Novel and THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen won Best First Novel.
- April 18: The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced.
THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Prize for Fiction
BLACK FLAGS: The Rise of Isis by Joby Warrick won the Prize for Non Fiction
CUSTER'S TRIALS: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles won the Prize for History
BARBARIAN DAYS: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan won the Pize for Biography
OZONE JOURNAL by Peter Balakian won the Prize for Poetry.
MORE 2016 NEWS:
- Thursday, September 1 through Wednesday, September 21: Walden Pond Books resumes buying and trading books. We buy books for cash and trade books for store credit the first 21 days of each month from 10:00am through 3:00pm.
Remember that we do NOT buy or trade books during the month of December.
BOOKS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:
Here's a list of some outstanding new titles on our shelves at Walden Pond Books.
Fiction, non-fiction, children's books, mysteries, and science fiction. . .
We've carefully picked the best of the best for your consideration.
The titles below are just a sample. View more of our favorite books and staff picks on our web site at www.waldenpondbooks.com.
Drop by Walden Pond Books at 3316 Grand Avenue and browse. Or - if you see a book listed here or on our web site that you know you've just got to read immediately - call us at 510-832-4438 and we'll hold that title for you at the front counter or ship directly to your home.
- Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
WORK LIKE ANY OTHER by Virginia Reeves
As electricity begins to transform 1920s rural Alabama, electrician Roscoe T. Martin is convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison for electrocuting a state power worker. As he climbs the ladder of the ranks of the incarcerated (from dairy hand, to librarian, to "dog boy"), he struggles to reconcile his fierce pride in his expertise with the price paid by him and his family for his crime. Virginia Reeves' debut novel provides a stunning commentary on guilt, love, and redemption - and on intriguing, little-known facets of the Jim Crow South.
"A consummately well-written, deeply affecting, thought-provoking American historical novel of hard labor, broken dreams, moral dilemmas, violence, racism, and the intricacies of marriage, parenthood, and friendship. Reeves' gripping, dynamically plotted, and profound novel will resonant on different frequencies for men and women and spark soul-searching and heated discussion." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"When you're on the last few pages of a book and find yourself longing for more, then you know that it is a very powerful read. Such is the case with Work Like Any Other. This is a deeply gripping portrayal of Americana in the Deep South, replete with racism, violence, and heartbreak. Reeves delivers powerful heartrending scenes of despair and hope and paints magnificent scenes with expressive and direct language. Her characters are well thought out and deeply permeated with emotion. Astonishingly well-written. . . astonishingly beautiful." — New York Journal of Books.
BARKSKINS by Annie Proulx
In the late 18th century Rene Sel, an illiterate French woodsman, emigrates to the Canadian North Woods to seek a living. As an indentured servant in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship and violence, always in awe of the forest he is charged with clearing. In the course of this epic novel, Proulx tells the stories of Rene's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as the descendants of his friends and foes, as they travel back to Europe, to China, to New England, amidst war, pestilence, Indian attacks, and the revenge of rivals.
"A vast multigenerational story of the North Woods. Part ecological fable a la Ursula K. Le Guin, part foundational saga along the lines of Brian Moore's Black Robe and James Michener's Centennial, Proulx's story builds in depth and is always told with the most beautiful language. Another tremendous book from Proulx, sure to enthrall." — Kirkus Reviews.
"Annie Proulx's Barkskins is remarkable not just for its length, but for its scope and ambition. This is a monumental achievement, one that will perhaps be remembered as her finest work. Proulx, a master storyteller, delivers the kind of immersive reading experience that only comes along every few years." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A rigorously researched, intrepidly imagined, complexly plotted, and vigorously written multigenerational epic. Barkskins is nothing less than a sylvan Moby Dick replete with ardently exacting details about tree cutting from Canada and Maine to Michigan, California, and New Zealand, with dramatic cross-cultural relationships and with the peculiar madness catalyzed by nature's glory. Here, too, are episodes of profound suffering and loss, ambition and conviction, courage and love. Proulx's commanding, perspective-altering epic is momentous!" — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A heartbreaking eulogy for the vanished forests and peoples of North America. The novel's scope is huge and encompassing, its vision panoramic. The novel is quite simply tremendous and, of Annie Proulx's many fine works, Barkskins stands, in my view, as her masterpiece." — Newsday.
(Simon & Schuster)
THE COURSE OF LOVE by Alain de Botton
Rabih Khan, from Beirut, and Kirsten McClelland, from Scotland, meet and fall in love. But then what? A novel by a best-selling philosopher explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.
"De Botton analyzes Rabih's feelings, especially, with the finesse of a therapist and in fact there is more than a whiff of the couch in this exemplary tale. Readers looking for insights and guidance will find plenty." — NPR.
"There's no writer alive like de Botton, and his latest ambitious undertaking is as enlightening and humanizing as his previous works." — The Chicago Tribune.
"A return to the form that made Mr. de Botton's name in the mid-1990s. Love is the subject, and in this novel he again shows off his ability to pin our hopes, methods and insecurities to the page." — The New York Times.
"The always-intriguing de Botton, who returns to fiction after 20 years and numerous nonfiction books, aims to answer the question, What is it like to be married for awhile? The answers are often funny but also quite moving, thought provoking, forgiving, and drenched in truth." — Booklist.
"Well-observed and imbued with a tenderness that feels authentic and uncynical. It may even save some marriages." — The Evening Standard (U.K.).
- Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
(Simon & Schuster)
AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving
Juan Diego was a boy who grew up in Guerrero, Mexico with a sister named Lupe who thought she could predict the future. Now a famous writer living in the U.S., Juan Diego tells his fantastic story in flashbacks as he journeys to the Philippines to fulfil a long-ago promise he made to his sister. In an absorbing novel of fate and memory, John Irving returns to the themes that have established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors.
"Irving is spectacularly hilarious and incisive in this tender, mystical, yet caustic tale. Irving often portrays writers in his novels, but Juan Diego is a special case, bringing particularly enchanting radiance to this empathically imagined, masterfully told, and utterly transporting tale of transcendent sacrifice and perseverance, unlikely love, and profound mysteries." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Irving's 14th novel contains many of the ingredients his fans have come to expect: an intricate plot, troubled and quirky but lovable characters, and an examination of social issues that arises naturally without coming across as didactic. Irving also makes sly winks at his own oeuvre and his life as a novelist, while taking a stand on the place of imagination in fiction. VERDICT: An essential purchase." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Summarizing the plot of a John Irving novel is like trying to divert the Nile River into a champagne flute. He is a mega-maximalist and a hawker of magic carpets. Signs and portents, crosses to bear and axes to grind, coincidences and grand designs, grace and disgrace - they're all here." — The New York Times.
THE JAPANESE LOVER by Isabel Allende
From internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, an exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from present-day San Francisco to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.
"Honored last year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her inspiring fiction and soul-baring memoirs, Allende delivers a saga of a couple that keeps its affair secret for the better half of a century. Vividly and pointedly evoking prejudices 'unconventional' couples among the current-day elderly face, Allende, as always, gives progress and hopeful spirits their due." — Kirkus Reviews.
"Themes of lasting passion, friendship, reflections in old age, and how people react to challenging circumstances all feature in Allende's newest saga. As always, her lively storytelling pulls readers into her characters' lives immediately." — Booklist.
"A magical and sweeping tale. . . Remarkable, heartbreaking. . . Eloquent." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A skillfully constructed nonlinear narrative about families devastated by historical trauma. . . its masterfully controlled third-person voice alternating among the characters. Allende makes this unlikely romance, with all its twists and turns, both believable and affecting." — The Boston Globe.
INCARNATIONS by Susan Barker
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year | A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of the Year | A BookPage Fiction Top Pick
Wang Jun, a Beijing taxi driver, begins receiving searing letters sent by a mysterious soulmate. Each letter is accompanied by a story of past lives drawn from more than a thousand years of Chinese history. In each life, Wang and the sender inhabit different roles and relationships, yet every letter tells a tale of betrayal, lust and obsession. An absolutely gripping novel! HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
"The past-life stories are culled from some of the bloodiest moments in Chinese history, from the invasion of Genghis Khan to the Opium Wars and the Cultural Revolution. The novel's shifts from the distant past to the present are seamless, and the bittersweet twist at the book's finale will have readers searching back through the novel for clues to the ending. A cracking good read!" — BookPage *** starred review ***.
"A stunning epic. . . Barker's historical tour de force is simultaneously sweeping and precise. . . Effortlessly blends the past with the present, dark humor with profound sadness. A deeply human masterpiece." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Barker's dazzling use of language and natural storytelling gifts shine from every paragraph. Each episode stands alone as a terrific tale in itself. You can become so immersed in one story that you have to almost physically drag yourself away to commit to the next. . . Mesmerizing storytelling." — Sarah Lyall, The New York Times.
"Astonishing, amazing. . . It's the small sagas of Chinese history contained in the letters, together with Barker's vivid descriptions of today's China, that set this book apart as a work of considerable, if unnerving, importance. Tightly wound, intensely wrought, fantastically exciting . . . Beguiling, readable, intense. A stellar narraritve." — Simon Winchester, The New York Times.
DIARY OF AN OXYGEN THIEF by Anonymous
The travails of a broken-hearted, alcoholic, and bitter misogynist was originally self-published. After selling nearly 100,000 copies online, the Internet phenomenon finally makes it to the printed page and onto the roster of a major publisher. You might not agree with this exposition of the dark side of a young man's psyche, but you also might find it impossible to turn away from one of the most unlikable and unreliable narrarators in current fiction.
"First he steals the oxygen from you, then he spits it right back in your face. One of the most interesting and controversial encounters I've made through a book." — Colors Magazine.
"I read the first page of Diary of an Oxygen Thief and I was hooked." — The Yakima Herald.
"Kinky, artsy, and swoon-worthy." — New York Magazine.
"At first slap I hated Diary of an Oxygen Thief with a passion. But, oh God. I related to him so hard that I had to put the book down, flip my stupid heart the bird, and try to repress wanting to vomit thinking about what I've done when I've had a crush on someone." — The Everett Herald.
(Simon & Schuster)
MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES by Alice Hoffman
Set on the tropical island of St. Thomas, this is a luminous and passionate novel of forbidden love based on the life of the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro, the founder of Impressionist art.
"Lilting prose, beautifully meted out folklore and historical references, and Hoffman's deep conviction in her characters make reading this contes du temps passe a total pleasure." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Hoffman herself is an artist, rendering each setting with sumptuous and incandescent detail and capturing every shade and hue of suffering and bliss. As witty as she is lyrical, she writes ricocheting dialogue. This rhapsodic blend of keenly observed historical elements and vibrantly fabulistic invention generates an entrancing saga of sacrifice, forbidden loves, betrayals, and family tragedies endured in a world fractured by religion, class, and race and redeemed by art and by love. Hoffman is at her resplendent best in this trenchant and revelatory tale of a heroic woman and her world-altering artist son." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A vividly rendered account of how one woman's refusal to deny true love ultimately helped lead to an artistic revolution. While Pissaro created with paint and brush, Hoffman's medium is words. The Marriage of Opposites is a story as sublime as an Impressionist painting." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
THE GENE: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies comes a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information? Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.
"Mukherjee blends science, social history, and personal narrative to explain how our understanding of the gene came about. Along the way he ranges from Aristotle to Crick, Watson, and Rosa Franklin while also revealing the cloud of mental illness hanging over his own family. In graceful prose, Mukherjee combines lucid explanations of scientific concepts with the social and cultural developments at each phase in human understanding of genetics. A highly accessible and thoughtful volume on a cornerstone of modern biology." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"The Gene is a magnificent synthesis of the science of life, and forces all to confront the essence of that science as well as the ethical and philosophical challenges to our conception of what constitutes being human." — Paul Berg, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
"In skillful prose, Mukherjee, an oncologist and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, relates the grand tale of how scientists have come to understand the role genes play in human development, behavior, and physiology. He deftly relates the basic scientific facts about the way genes are believed to function, while making clear the aspects of genetics that remain unknown. Mukherjee grounds the abstract in the personal to add power and poignancy to his excellent narrative." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
THE FIRE THIS TIME: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
National Book Award winner (for Salvage the Bones) Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time as a jumping off point for this insightful and moving collection of essays and poems about race from the voices of her generation and our time.
"Essays and poems, many of them solicited by Ward, respond to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, and Ward's feeling that not much has changed since Baldwin's 1963 The Fire Next Time, which addressed the same questions of being black in the United States. Powerful words from a range of sources. . . each is stirring in its way, and the finest among them offer poetry as well as truth." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Brilliantly examines the interrelated roles of race, history, and religion in the U.S. Building on Baldwin's title, editor Ward has assembled poetry, essays, and flash nonfiction to address the renewed racial tensions that continue to boil in America in the twenty-first century. The result is a powerfully striking collection. An absolutely indispensable anthology." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Ward's remarkable achievement is the gift of freshly minted perspectives on a tale that may seem old and twice-told. Readers in search of conversations about race in America should start here." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Like cordite in your nostrils. . . Essayist after essayist in this powerful book (there are also some poems) considers the black experience in America. Most agree with Ms. Ward, who declares: 'Nothing is new.' Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Carol Anderson, Kevin Young, Garnette Cadogan and Ms. Ward: so alive with purpose, conviction and intellect that, upon finishing their contributions, you feel you must put this volume down and go walk around for a while." — The New York Times.
UNSELFIE: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba
A 9-step program by an expert in the field that helps parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood - and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.
"Drawn from years of research and observation, Borba presents a nine-step plan intended to help children and teens develop the essential skill of empathy. Though Borba's suggestions are supported by research, the presentation is anecdotal and readable rather than academic. Shelves' worth of books have been published over the years highlighting what characteristics children need to succeed, but Borba builds an excellent case for empathy, and parents concerned with the trend toward self-absorption and bullying among young people will find useful tips to counteract the negative messages children are hearing." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Parenting expert Borba traveled the world and researched for decades before writing this fresh and powerful primer on raising caring kids. Her thought- provoking and practical book may very well tip over the parenting priority applecart - and rightly so." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"An engaging and thoughtfully argued book, and its topic - teaching children to be more mindful of other people, and more in control of themselves and their own emotions - is as timely as ever. There is a sense, when reading Unselfie, that so much is possible. Borba s book makes the case that our efforts can and will be repaid in a more empathetic world moving forward." — New York Magazine.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
THE TRIP: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis
In 1963, Andy Warhol and three friends took a high-speed, cross-country car trip from New York City to Los Angeles to attend the opening of his first-ever solo art show. With electric storytelling and riveting prose, Deborah Davis puts us right in the middle of the action as Andy crashes his way across the continent into Hollywood, and ultimately to the heights of the art world.
"The journey itself is only part of the narrative, which spans Warhol's life and career. Davis's strength is her eye for detail, and she recreates the minutia of mid-20th-century America through descriptions of billboards, neon signs, amphetamines, cheap motels, experimental films, and wild parties. Davis's prose mirrors the zeitgeist Warhol brought to his art. Even for Warhol aficionados, this book may add quite a few twists to familiar territory." — Publishers Weekly.
"Both the story of Warhol's life at the moment just before stardom and a clever history of America during that period." — The Chicago Tribune.
"In Deborah Davis' impressive recounting of this adventure, Warhol's experiences mark the turning point in his life between 'Raggedy Andy' Warhola, a small-town kid from Pittsburgh, and Andy Warhol, filmmaker and pop art impresario. Davis shows us the billboards lining Route 66, takes us into the motels and truck stops and listens to the pop songs on the radio. These details do more than evoke the period; they also show how Warhol's iconic 'multiples' - like his Campbell's soup cans - emerge from the mass culture of the 1960s." — BookPage.
- Recently Released Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction, Non-Fiction, & Graphic Novels (Children's Books Section)
(Boom/Simon & Schuster)
LUMBERJANES Volume 4 (Contains material originally published in magazine form as Lumberjanes #14 through 17) by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters | Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best friends who spend their summers at Lumberjane scout camp - and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Jen just wants to have a normal lesson with her cabin, teaching the basic survival skills needed without any supernatural intervention when a blizzard hits camp! Separated from her girls, Jen finds herself in more trouble than ever - until a mysterious stranger swoops in to save the day.
"The next four issues of this female-created and female-starring comic, set at summer camp with creepy happenings, are collected here in this kick-butt volume. References to female heroines add to the charm of this feel-good title that celebrates female empowerment. The vibrant art exudes humor and reinforces themes of teamwork and friendship. VERDICT: A must-have graphic novel!" — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Each adventure is packed with manic cartoon antics. There are plenty of comic-book series with this brand of madcap enthusiasm, but Lumberjanes is the only one so dedicated to feminism in such a lighthearted way. This is pure mystery-solving, bad-guy-bludgeoning, summer-camp fun with buoyant, off-the-wall art and well-rounded characters." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"With a cast of varied skills and temperaments, there's something here for everyone. Humorously riffing on everything from scout badges to the X-Men to feminist heroes, it's a sharp, smart, and most of all fun celebration of sisterhood that will leave readers eager for the Lumberjanes' future exploits." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
(Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book
Seventeen-year-old Matt wears a black suit because he works in a funeral home. Just after his mother dies and he thinks he can't handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who's dealt with a lot more and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down.
"Reynolds' second novel quickly becomes a superb, character-driven story. His protagonist Matt is a wonderfully sympathetic, multidimensional character whose voice is a perfect match for the material and whose relationships are beautifully realized. This quiet story is clearly a winner." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Reynolds has a fantastic ear for the easy, lyrical expressions and idioms of his characters. The story takes on a subtly realized shape that gives the realism weight and texture. Reynolds' work here makes him a fine heir to the Walter Dean Myers tradition of loving storytelling that captures the heart and humor of multigenerational black urban experience." — Center for Children's Books Bulletin *** starred review ***.
"Matthew's voice is authentic and perceptive; he's supported by a believable cast of fully fleshed-out characters. Reynolds writes with a gritty realism that beautifully captures the challenges and rewards of growing up in the inner city. A vivid, satisfying and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption and grace." — Kirkus Reviews.
- Recently Released Books for Young Children & Early Readers (Children's Books Section)
THE CLASS by Boni Ashburn | Illustrated by Kimberly Gee
Twenty young students get ready for their first day of kindergarten. Some feel eager, others are nervous, and a few are even grumpy! But they all get dressed, eat breakfast, pack backpacks, and make their way to school, where they will meet their new teacher and become a wonderful new class. A great pick for little ones getting ready for their first day of school.
"Excellent work, strongly evoking personalities for each of the children through body language, eccentric clothing choices, and a bevy of homey details that will resonate with a broad range of readers." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"An original take on the first-day-of-school theme. Gee's delightful tots are done in pencil and colored digitally, with a watercolor look. She captures each personality, and readers are sure to find at least one kid with whom they can identify.A reassuring peek that will assuage children's fears about their own first days and their classmates." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman)
MAKE WAY FOR READERS by Judy Sierra | Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Young animals ride scooters, skateboards, and bikes to a story hour led by Miss Bingo, a bespectacled flamingo who holds court in an outdoor library, complete with a pond. Miss Bingo shows them that reading can do more than just engage imaginations - with a little improvising, it can turn tears to giggles, too.
"An exuberant celebration of reading, focusing on the joys of a good read-aloud session. Sierra's verse is spot-on in its rhyme and meter, and Karas's wispy colored pencils capture the animals' bountiful enthusiasm." — Publishers Weekly.
"Link nursery rhymes with storytimes, add animal characters and whimsical illustrations, and voila: a rollicking, rhyming story. The colored-pencil illustrations have just the right amount of whimsy to fully entertain readers, who will love spotting familiar favorites. Any adult who has ever read to a group of preschoolers will grin with delight over these familiar antics." — Kirkus Reviews.
SOME BUGS by Angela DiTerlizzi | Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
The Classic Board Book edition of the famous picture book! Grab your magnifying glass, find your field guide, and come hop, hide, swim, and glide through this buggy backyard world. Featuring butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have young insect enthusiasts bugging out with excitement!
"DiTerlizzi demonstrates that it is a bug's world after all, and what a beautiful world indeed."— School Library Journal.
"Marvelous! So vivid are Wenzel's compositions that readers will feel transported to a summer day, when the air is musical and life is literally buzzing." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A picture book that capers with joy in the buggy natural world." — Kirkus Reviews.
(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman)
THE SUMMER NICK TAUGHT HIS CATS TO READ by Curtis Manley | Illustrated by Kate Berube
When Nick decides to teach his cats, Verne and Stevenson to read, Verne is very much interested, especially in books about mice and fish, but Stevenson wants nothing to do with the project - or does he?
"A marvelous debut from writer Manley, and it works! Berube's softly textured paintings are funny, smartly composed, and deeply moving as she makes the cats' literary and artistic endeavors seem like the most natural thing in the world." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Captures the cats' personalities perfectly and creates a cozy, everyday world with just enough amusing details to reward repeat readings.Young listeners of all stripes (and species) will enjoy this warmhearted celebration of literacy and imagination." — Kirkus Reviews.
"This quirky tale filled with subtle humor makes a fun read-aloud, especially for cat lovers, literacy lovers, or anyone looking for a great story." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King
Stephen King's highly anticipated sequel to The Shining marks a return to form for the old master. Decades after surviving the events at the Overlook Hotel, a depressed and alcoholic Danny Torrance finds himself swept into an epic war between good and evil. An absolutely riveting and gloriously gory apocalyptic tale to delight new and old fans of the most intriguing horror writer of all time!
"King clearly revels in his tale, it shows all his old gifts. His cast of characters is as memorable as any King has produced, too. Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one - and with luck, sooner than three decades hence." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is vintage King, a classic good-vs.-evil tale that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night." — Library Journal.
"Expectations for a sequel to a beloved book like The Shining are high. Doctor Sleep delivers! Fans will once again marvel at King's seemingly boundless ability to conjure super-creepy, utterly evil villains." — BookPage.
"While the surface story of supernatural derring-do is never less than a superbly well-engineered ride, full of satisfying twists and switchbacks, the novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils. This is also (or perhaps even firstly) a novel about alcoholic excess, and King's tenderly sympathetic but no-bullshit approach to the subject is in a way more authentically disturbing than any pseudo-vampire." — The Guardian U.K..
- Mystery/Crime/Espionage Fiction: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance - and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever. From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution.
"A quest of Arthurian proportions, stretching back and forth across time. Burke wins us over yet again with another fusillade of lyrical, deeply moving prose that makes us feel the beating hearts of all his characters, demon-wracked though they may be." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Stunning! Burke packs this epic novel with stellar characters. The hero's struggle to reconcile his innate sense of goodness with his violent sense of justice is only one of the story's many facets. Crisp dialogue highlights this tale of redemption and the bonds of family, and the breathtaking conclusion is one that readers won't soon forget." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A breathtaking saga of biblical proportion filled with captivating prose and dynamic characters. It is James Lee Burke's finest literary work to date, cementing his reputation as one of America's all-time masters." — The New York Journal of Books.