2017 Man Booker Prize
Longlist (best 13 novels)
All nominated titles in stock at Walden Pond Books
2017 Hugo Award
for Best Science Fiction Novel
Winner and all nominees in stock at Walden Pond Books
2017 Nebula Award
for Best Science Fiction Novel
Winner and all nominees in stock at Walden Pond Books
2017 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 11: The Hugo Awards Committee announced the winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winner - THE OBELISK GATE by N.K. Jemisin - is the author's second Hugo, following her Hugo win last year for THE FIFTH SEASON.
- July 26: The judges of the most prestigious literary award in the world, the Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction, announced the 2017 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 Saturday, September 9 and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 17.
- May 20: The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy: ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.
- April 27: The Mystery Writers of America announced this year's Edgar Awards in the mystery/suspense genre. BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley won Best Novel and THE WICKED BOY: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale won for best work in the Best Fact Crime category.
MORE 2017 NEWS:
- Friday, September 1 through Thursday, 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, poetry, children's books, graphic novels, mystery and suspense, and science fiction and fantasy. . .
We've carefully picked some 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)
THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware
An utterly engrossing new novel by the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 introduces four women who have been carrying a terrible secret since their boarding school days, a secret that is about to be unearthed - literally.
"Ware's third outing is just as full of psychological suspense as her earlier books, but there is a quietness about this one, a slower unraveling of tension and fear, that elevates it above her others. Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won't want to move until it's over." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Ware masterfully harnesses menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding. Previous blockbusters guarantee popularity for Ware's latest thriller, and, with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Almost 400 pages but gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting. . . you won't be able to put it down." — The Independent (U.K.).
"The Lying Game is a masterclass in setting an unsettling scene and building tension." — The Express (U.K.).
"Truth, lies, family ties, actions and consequences all play a huge part in this psychological thriller which I demolished in a day. Ware's characters are so well portrayed that I really felt I knew them, their raw emotions cutting me to the quick. Try to set aside a good length of reading time for this one because you won’t want to put it down." — NPR.
GOLDEN HILL by Francis Spufford
Winner of the COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD | Named NOVEL OF THE YEAR by the U.K.'s Sunday Times
Newly arrived from London, a mysterious young Englishman confounds and thrills the denizens of 1746 New York City. Is he an idle scoundrel, a wealthy tycoon. . . or something more sinister? This wonderfully captivating homage to the great master of the picaresque novel, Henry Fielding, cannot be recommended highly enough!
"Spufford's action is fast, and plot twists abound. Readers bounce through chases, courtrooms, brawls, debtors' prison, and a momentous steam-room sex scene, and it's all great fun. But most pleasurable is the prose itself, which is clever, silly, and perceptive, somehow managing to seem perfectly historically calibrated while poking fun at itself for such efforts. A virtuoso literary performance." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Golden Hill left my mind feeling like it had been kissed by some sunburn. It's action is so vivid that you seem to be consuming breaking news. Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight." — The New York Times.
"So gorgeously crafted, so intelligent and entertaining, it makes a case for the enduring vitality of the more straightforward historical novel. Spufford's sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect." — Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air/NPR.
"The intoxicating effect of Golden Hill is much more than an experiment in form. Spufford has created a complete world. . . There are single scenes here more illuminating, more lovingly wrought, than entire books." — The Financial Times (U.K.).
"Splendidly entertaining and ingenious. A first-class period entertainment. . . nothing short of a masterpiece!" — The Guardian (U.K.).
MRS. FLETCHER by Tom Perotta
A provocative anonymous text message sends a middle-aged divorcee leading a placid middle-class life careening into the world of online erotic fantasy. Tom Perrotta, the "Steinbeck of suburbia" delivers a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America's culture wars.
"A large cast of recognizable characters, a rotating point of view, a propulsive plot, a humane vision and clean, non-ostentatious prose to explore a fraught cultural topic. There be dragons, yes, but decency mitigates the danger. Mrs. Fletcher is the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read." — The New York Times.
"Perrotta has been called the 'Steinbeck of suburbia' and an 'American Chekhov,' but with Mrs. Fletcher, he's become the Jane Austen of 21st century sexual mores. . . A delicious, tragicomic and finally forgiving take on the mistakes we modern people can't seem to stop making. Mrs. Fletcher is a delight." — Newsday.
"Raunchy, hilarious, and unexpectedly sweet. Perrotta's latest might just be his best - it's a stunning and audacious book, and Perrotta never lets his characters take the easy way out. Uncompromisingly obscene but somehow still kind-hearted, Mrs. Fletcher is one for the ages." — NPR.
"Perrotta's eye for contemporary mores and social details remains razor-sharp. More spot-on satire with heart and soul from a uniquely gifted writer." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Toibin
Inspired by the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, Colm Toibin brings a modern sensibility and language to the tragedy of Clytemnestra, one of the most powerful villains of ancient Greece. This riveting and relevant historical novel is a spectacularly audacious and compelling examination of the dynamics of a family whose violence, vengefulness, and lust are literally legendary.
"A brilliant exploration of times past. . . Toibin's accomplishment here is to render myth plausible while at the same time preserving its high drama. A gripping saga made tangible and graphic in Toibin's lush prose." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"A taut retelling of a foundational Western story. This extraordinary book conveys both confounded strangeness and timeless truths about love's sometimes terrible and always exhilarating energies." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Toibin's success comes down to the power of his writing: an almost unfaultable combination of artful restraint and wonderfully observed detail that transforms his account into a moving tragedy on a human scale." — The New York Times.
"Toibin pumps blood even into the silent figures of Greek tragedy. Despite the passage of centuries, this is a disturbingly contemporary story of a powerful woman caught between the demands of her ambition and the constraints on her gender. Never before has Toibin demonstrated such range, not just in tone but in action. He creates the arresting, hushed scenes for which he's so well known just as effectively as he whips up murders that compete, pint for spilled pint, with those immortal Greek playwrights." — The Washington Post.
- Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
ELMET by Fiona Mozley
The clash of ancient concepts of property ownership with those of modern capitalist landlords builds to a violent climax in Fiona Mozley's debut novel. Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.
(SPECIAL NOTE: Author Fiona Mozley wrote Elmet over a period of four years commuting to and from her job at The Little Apple Bookstore in York while studying to complete her degree in Medieval Studies.)
"Fiona Mozley is a rising star. . . An utterly arresting novel about family, home, rural exploitation, violence and, most of all, the loyalty and love of children under siege. Elmet is in so many ways a wonder to behold. It is also this year’s David among the predictable Goliaths on the Booker list. How thrilling if David were to win against them." — The Evening Standard (U.K.).
"A dark and delicate fairy-tale of contemporary Britain. Ms. Mozley writes with clarity and insight, and her descriptions of the natural world and human relationships are both specific and profound. Elmet is a quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable. It is hard not to feel that at 29, Ms Mozley has only just begun." — The Economist (U.K.).
"Thrums with energy and life. . . At the heart of the novel’s dramatic climax lies a dispute about property, about land divvied up and hacked to pieces, how borders are defined and how houses become homes. This is geopolitics played out on a small but no less powerful stage." — The Financial Times (U.K.).
"A dark, bloody, astounding novel from Fiona Mozley. This moving tale set against a violent background has more than earned its place on the 2017 Man Booker longlist." — South China Morning Post.
"Elmet is brave new writing, furrowing a rich vein of Yorkshire gothic, using the region’s language and landscape to chronicle a tale of an odd family under siege. Read it and rejoice in a new literary discovery." — The York Press (U.K.).
THE GERMAN GIRL by Armando Lucas Correa
A fascinating and timely novel about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal's harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany, only to discover that the overseas asylum promised to her is an illusion. Correa's masterful novel sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana.
"A profoundly emotional coming-of-age tale. Correa's impeccably researched historical details shine through, grounding the novel and honing its point. At times The German Girl is heartbreaking, yet readers can often feel joy and excitement emanating off the young narrators. Correa's characters and details are beautifully crafted, creating an insightful and poignantly timed exploration of the refugee experience." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
"A brilliant entree into the souls, terrors, ardors, endeavors and hopeless valor of people who have been written off. Now, in a new age of people in peril and adrift on the world's seas, this magnificent novel and the unexpected and intricate tragedies of its powerfully imagined characters bespeaks this eternal injustice." — Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler s List.
"People en Espanol editor-in-chief Correa bases his debut novel on the real-life account of the ill-fated 1939 voyage of the St. Louis, delivering an engrossing and heartbreaking Holocaust story; his listing of the passengers' names at the end of the book adds to its power." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
ZERO K by Don Delillo
The health of a billionaire's adored young wife is failing and all his wealth seems useless. Or is it? What dividends will be realized from an enormous investment in "Convergence" - a mysterious cryogenics facility that promises virtual immortality? This wise, rich, funny, and moving novel from one of the great American novelists of our time is simultaneously an ode to language, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.
"Among DeLillo's finest work. . . consistently surprising and funny. A thought-provoking novel." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"DeLillo's rich language and rhythmic prose draw readers deep into a rumination on both the inescapability and alluring possibilities of the eternal return as the protagonists push against the physical and philosophical walls of Convergence." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"DeLillo has been thinking about death - his, ours, America’s - over the whole span of his extraordinary career. But time has done nothing to diminish this writer’s casually epigraphic style, his daring narrative choreography nor his sensitivity to the swelling fears of our age. The whole novel offers up phrases that are sure to be recycled in reverent tweets for years." — The Washington Post.
"DeLillo infuses the drama with metaphysical riddles: What of ourselves can actually be preserved? With immortality reserved for the elite, what will become of the rest of humanity on our pillaged, bloodied, extinction-plagued planet? In this magnificently edgy and profoundly inquisitive tale, DeLillo reflects on what we remember and forget, what we treasure and destroy, and what we fail to do for each other and for life itself. DeLillo reaffirms his standing as one of the world's most significant writers." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
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, always in quest of a livelihood or fleeing stunningly brutal conditions - war, pestilence, Indian attacks, 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.
WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
FINALLY IN PAPERBACK!
The paths of two unforgettable characters intersect in the waning days of World War II: an orphaned engineering prodigy recruited into the Nazi ranks, and a blind girl who joins the French Resistance. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel that illuminates the ways, against all odds, that people try to be good to one another.
"I must blame Anthony Doerr for lost sleep, because once I started reading his new novel, there was no putting it down. Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is precise and artful and ingenious. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of storytelling." — The New York Times.
"This novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece. It presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending. Highly recommended." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Gorgeous . . . moves with the pace of a thriller. Doerr imagines the unseen grace, the unseen light that, occasionally, surprisingly, breaks to the surface even in the worst of times." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Enthrallingly told, beautifully written. Every piece of back story reveals information that charges the emerging narrative with significance, until at last the puzzle-box of the plot slides open to reveal the treasure hidden inside." — The Washington Post.
(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.).
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.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
(Simon & Schuster)
WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
One of America's greatest minds takes readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy.
"Wright fascinates readers with this journey through evolutionary psychology in search of answers to the question of whether Buddhism's diagnosis of the human condition is true. Wright's joyful and insightful book is both entertaining and informative, equally accessible to general audiences and more experienced practitioners." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Don't be put off by the fairly argumentative title of Robert Wright's Why Buddhism Is True. This fascinating book is not in any sense a polemic for the superiority of the Buddhist spiritual worldview over that of other faiths. Instead, it's a well-informed and thoughtful seeker's methodical and sometimes skeptical investigation of key aspects of Buddhist thought and practice. Regardless of their own religious or spiritual roots, open-minded readers who accompany Wright on this journey will find insight here." — Shelf Awareness.
"Provocative, informative and, in many respects, deeply rewarding. I found myself not just agreeing with, but applauding the author." — The New York Times.
(Simon & Schuster)
WILD THINGS: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
Bruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood and explores the back stories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces.
"Handy nails it! Writing about everything from The Chronicles of Narnia to Where the Wild Things Are to The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the author demonstrates a deep love of children's literature and a keen understanding of the ways in which reapproaching beloved texts can highlight the connections and differences between a child's perception and adult reality. As well-researched as it is seamlessly composed, this book entertains as it educates." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Consistently intelligent and funny. The book succeeds wonderfully. Wild Things reads as a companionable romp through all the stories you sometimes tire of reading to your own children. But like The Runaway Bunny, it's really a gently obsessive tale, a man gathering up so many words and ideas as if to create a magical stay against his own children growing up." — The New York Times.
"Handy writes in an adult voice that is sophisticated and charming and occasionally profane. . . This book is delightful to read - especially for parents who may be encountering critical theories of children's literature for the first time. The criticism served up is rollicking and razor sharp, consistently engaging, always on point, and packed with history, theory, and humor. VERDICT: Highly recommended for anyone who reads - or has read - children's literature." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"This is catnip to lovers of children's literature and a cordial invitation to strangers to that world to discover what they've been missing. An absolutely delightful book! One of the very best books of its sort in, well, ever. Encore! Encore!" — Booklist *** starred review ***.
SURPASSING CERTAINTY: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock
Journalist and TV television host Janet Mock examines her life and career and the challenges of being transgender, a woman, and a person of color. Riveting, rousing, and real, this is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world - without a road map to guide her.
"This book is irrefutable evidence that Janet must be understood through her intellect, spirit, and wit. Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish - she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity. You will be changed by this book." — Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC.
"A vital and indispensable voice in the trans community. Mock is a gifted writer and demonstrates the power of tenacity in this ode to her twenties; highly recommended for all readers." — Library Journal.
"Janet Mock is a glamorous, smarty-pants writer and activist. Her book isn't just a service to the trans community but to every woman - hell, person - who has struggled with identity." — Lena Dunham.
"Mock divulges how she came to be comfortable in her own skin as journalist, television host, wife, and woman of color struggling to find her place in male-centered, white-dominated, corporate America. An honest and timely appraisal of what it means to be true to yourself." — Booklist.
"Brimming with liberated self-discovery, Mock's conversational memoir is smoothly written with plenty of insight and personal perspective. A defining chronicle of strength and spirit particularly remarkable for younger readers, both in transition or questioning." — Kirkus Reviews.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
(Simon & Schuster)
PLAYING DEAD: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood
Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear.
"Fascinating! Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for." — NPR.
"Macabre, but ultimately very human; it is a questioning of how we seek satisfaction in life, and when we cut and run. Greenwood's narrative voice is humble and approachable, but as an investigator she is tenacious, going the distance - to death and back - to bring this oddly fascinating story to her readers.. Playing Dead will please those attracted to the eccentric, as well as anyone who has ever fantasized about leaving it all behind." — Shelf Awareness.
"From digging up suspect graves to buying her own death certificate, Greenwood investigates the work of death fraud with probing comedic wit, and ultimately delivers a profound reflection on the efficacy of escaping ourselves." — Dujour Magazine.
RAISING HUMAN BEINGS: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child by Ross W. Greene, PhD
A renowned child psychologist explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence. From homework to hygiene, curfews to screen time, Dr. Greene arms parents with guidelines that are clear, doable, and sure to empower both parents and their children.
"Easy to follow and stuffed with examples and mock adult-child conversations. . . makes a powerful case for rethinking typical approaches to parenting and disciplining children." — The Atlantic.
"Inspirational. . . This book is a game changer for parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Its advice is reasonable and empathetic, and readers will feel ready to start creating a better relationship with the children in their lives." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Not only does Dr. Greene teach us how to be collaborative partners in our children's development, but how to both raise and to rise up as better human beings." — GeekDad.
"Greene's framework for parenting dismisses traditional punitive models of discipline in favor of a collaborative process in which parents and children work together to identify and resolve problems. Greene's book reminds parents of the importance of truly listening to their children and the value of working together to develop solutions to problems - skills that are valuable throughout life, not just in the parent-child relationship" — Booklist.
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.
- Recently Released Poetry (Aisle 2-A)
THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY: 2017 edited by David Lehman | Guest Editor: Natasha D. Trethewey
Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together the most notable poems of the year in the series that offers “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorable” (Robert Pinsky).
Librarian of Congress James Billington says Natasha Trethewey “consistently and dramatically expanded the power” of the role of US Poet Laureate, traveling the country, and reaching millions through her innovative PBS NewsHour segment Where Poetry Lives. Marilyn Nelson says “the wide scope of Trethewey’s interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.” With her selections and introductory essay for this year's anthology, Trethewey will be highlighting even more “elegant and necessary” poems and poets, adding to the national conversation of verse and its role in our culture.
The Best American Poetry is not just another anthology; it serves as a guide to who’s who and what’s happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event each year. With Trethewey’s insightful touch and genius for plumbing the depths of history and personal experience to shape striking verse, The Best American Poetry 2017 is another brilliant addition to the series.
- Recently Released Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction (Children's Books Section)
(Simon & Schuster for Young Readers)
SAINTS AND MISFITS by S. K. Ali
Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.
"Ali's debut offers a much-needed, important perspective in Janna. Thanks to her sharp, wry first-person narrative, readers will gain deep insight into her anxieties, choices, and aspirations. For readers unfamiliar with Muslim traditions, Ali offers plenty of context clues and explanations, though she always keeps the story solidly on Janna's struggle to maintain friendships, nurse a crush, deal with bullies and predatory people in her life, and discover her own strength in the process. A wide variety of readers will find solidarity with Janna, and not just ones who wear a hijab." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"The structured delivery magnifies the teen's rich voice in a character-driven novel about identity, highlighting her faith and typical teenage stress. This timely and authentic portrayal is an indisputable purchase in the realistic fiction category." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Ali pens a touching exposition of a girl's evolution from terrified victim to someone who knows she's worthy of support and is brave enough to get it. This book is long overdue, a delight for readers who will recognize the culture and essential for those unfamiliar with Muslim experiences. This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion; readers will be glad to make space in their hearts - and bookshelves - for Janna Yusuf." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by Alexandra Bracken
A darkly delightful contemporary fantasy about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family's curse.
"The story's mysteries keep readers furiously flipping pages. Prosper shows tremendous growth, Bracken's cast is drawn in loving detail, and her twisty plot will keep readers guessing." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"An infectious, entertaining series starter. Hapless, dry Prosper is at hilarious odds with his demanding, old-fashioned demon companion, and the thrilling plot twists will keep even the most savvy readers guessing. Clever, occasionally frightening, and always fun, this will hook plenty." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Unique and humorous, the plot is filled with fantastical mystery and paranormal elements. The main characters, including the villain, are likable and flawed. The author's smooth transitions and delightful writing style will draw readers into the story with ease. This is a must-read for fans of Bracken and paranormal mysteries. " — School Library Journal.
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
A National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature
Four kids from wildly different backgrounds are chosen for an elite middle school track team - a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Ghost might be the most talented runner of them all - but for most of his short life he's been running for all the wrong reasons.
"The ferociously talented Reynolds perfectly captures both the pain and earnest longing of a young boy. The first in the four-book Track series, this is raw and lyrical, and as funny as it is heartbreaking. It tackles issues such as theft, bullying, and domestic violence with candor and bravery, while opening a door for empathy and discussion. An absolute must-read for anyone who has ever wondered how fast you must be to run away from yourself." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Reynolds paints a realistic picture of a boy who needs the support of his community to channel his talent and energy. Supporting adult characters are positive, nuanced, and well-developed. The diverse team members are dealing with their own struggles, which will be explored in three future installments. The focus on track athletics - a subject sorely lacking in the middle grade space - combined with the quality of Reynolds's characters and prose, makes this an essential purchase." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Reynolds has created a wonderfully dynamic character in Ghost; his first-person narrative is one with which young readers will readily identify. Conflicting emotions are presented honestly and without judgment. When it comes to providing mirrors for contemporary African American teens, Reynolds has proven himself to be an emerging leader." — Horn Book *** starred review ***.
PATINA by Jason Reynolds
A BookPage Children's Top Pick, September 2017
A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in Jason Reynolds' follow-up to his National Book Award finalist Ghost.
"The plot races as fast as the track runners in it. Without ever feeling like a book about issues it deftly tackles topics like isolation, diverse family makeup, living with illness, losing a parent, transcending socioeconomic and racial barriers, and - perhaps best of all - what it's like for a tween to love their little sister more than all the cupcakes in the world. The second entry in the four-book Track series, this serves as a complete, complex, and sparkling stand-alone novel." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Writing in Patty's voice, Reynolds creates a fully dimensional, conflicted character whose hard-earned pragmatism helps her bring her relay team together, negotiate the social dynamics of school, and make the best of her unusual family lot. When this last is threatened, readers will ache right alongside her. Another stellar lap - readers will be eager to see who's next." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Where Ghost was about racing for and against yourself, Patina is about teamwork. Reynolds’ scenes are beautifully done. . . full of sensory details. What elevates this book and its predecessor to such a high level (five stars:) is Reynolds’ fabulous writing." — Educating Alice.
ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book
Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature
Two teens - one black, one white - grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
"An all-too-timely book. The scenario that Reynolds and Kiely depict has become a recurrent feature of news reports, and a book that lets readers think it through outside of the roiling emotions of a real-life event is both welcome and necessary." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"This hard-edged, ripped-from-the-headlines book is more than a problem novel; it's a carefully plotted, psychologically acute, character-driven work of fiction that dramatizes an all-too-frequent occurrence. Police brutality and race relations in America are issues that demand debate and discussion, which this superb book powerfully enables." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Timely and powerful, this novel promises to have an impact long after the pages stop turning. VERDICT Great for fostering discussions about current events among teenage audiences. A must-have for all collections." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Written with sharp humor and devastating honesty, this nuanced, thoughtful novel recalls the work of Walter Dean Myers and is worthy of his legacy. Reynolds and Kiely explore issues of racism, power, and justice with a diverse (ethnically and philosophically) cast of characters and two remarkable protagonists." — Horn Book *** starred review ***.
- Recently Released Books for Young Children & Early Readers (Children's Books Section)
(You Should Meet) KATHERINE JOHNSON by Thea Feldman | Illustrated by Alyssa Petersen
Get to know the woman who made many of NASA’s early missions possible in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of biographies about people “you should meet” who have achieved amazing success in their field.
Meet Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA in the early 1950s until retiring in 1986. Katherine’s unparalleled calculations (done by hand) helped plan the trajectories for NASA’s Mercury and Apollo missions (including the Apollo 11 moon landing). She is said to be one of the greatest American minds of all time.
A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus inspiring careers for math lovers. With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!
"I am super excited about this amazing new nonfiction Ready-to-Read biography series from Simon and Schuster called “You Should Meet.” Each book also includes extra historical information, math and trivia. These would make great additions to any home school, classroom or home library. Recommended for children ages 6 - 8 in grades 1 - 3. Check them out!" — Here We Read.
( Simon & Schuster for Young Readers)
CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR! by Aaron Reynolds | Illustrated by Peter Brown
Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He's not afraid of the dark, and he's definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark.
"This strikes the ideal balance between frightening and hilarious, and like the underwear itself, readers are guaranteed to keep coming back for this storytime platinum!" — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Reynolds and Brown are in perfect comedic synch as they channel the surprises and creeping dread of a thriller. Brown's noir-style b&w illustrations make the most of the premise, and the innate absurdity of being afraid of one's undergarments will be a surefire winner with many kids." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Balances a really spooky premise with the hilarity that accompanies any mention of underwear. . . Perfect for those looking for a scary Halloween tale that won't leave them with more fears than they started with." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
WE'LL BITE YOUR TAIL, GERONIMO! (Geronimo Stiltonix Spacemice #11) by Geronimo Stilton
Professor Greenfur, the onboard scientist on the spaceship MouseStar 1, has changed color from green to orange. What's going on? To find out, the spacemice travel to his home planet of Photosyntheson. There, they learn that all of Professor Greenfur's relatives are being threatened by the nibblix, tiny aliens with very sharp teeth. Can the spacemice help in time?
"Lightning pace and full-color design will hook kids in a flash." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Explore space with Geronimo Stiltonix, futuristic analog of the familiar Geronimo Stilton! The format includes the customary Stilton staples: wild types and colors, playful illustrations and sidebars that elaborate on aspects of the fictional world. With a story like an old-fashioned episode of Star Trek, this is a wonderful science-fiction introduction for young readers." — Kirkus Reviews.
SAM, THE MOST SCAREDY-CAT KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD (A Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Companion) by Mo Willems
One day Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Frankenthaler the monster. It's her friend Kerry! Kerry, the second most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, also makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Leonardo the monster. It's his friend Sam!
"A nuanced take on the changeable nature of friendships. The human kids are scared of each other. The monsters, having better things to do, take off, telling the kids, 'Figure it out'. That they do, cavorting across single-color, starkly framed pages, quickly becoming friends who share many wonderful fears, as well as a few unique to only one of them.A book about the shifting alignments of friendships, but also, more subtly, about fears of the other." — Booklist
"Kerry and Sam's timidity gives way to appreciating their differences and similarities - including a mischievous streak. Visually and narratively, this story is a lovely bookend to Leonardo; Willems demonstrates that starting a new friendship - scary as it might seem - is worth it." — Kirkus Reviews.
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Children (Children's Book Section)
DOG MAN: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES (Dog Man #3) by Dav Pilkey | Illustrated by Jose Garibaldi
He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble - a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!
"Pilkey has done it again. This latest installment is just as funny and irreverent as the first two volumes in the series. Sure to be popular, it's a great choice for elementary school graphic novel collections and of particular interest to reluctant readers." — School Library Journal.
"Pilkey has again fired an arrow of joy straight at the fevered childhood psyche of millions of readers." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Sly jokes, alimentary humor, and Flip-O-Rama sequences aplenty. . . Step-by-step instructions for drawing major characters and monsters, plus a tail-wagging plug for reading to canine audiences, cap a sequel that ably fulfills the opener's great expectations. Only chuzzlewits will be less than delighted." — Kirkus Reviews.
THE FORCE OVERSLEEPS (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #5) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Victor Starspeeder's adventures continue in the newest volume of Star Wars: Jedi Academy! Victor is back at Jedi Academy and he truly defines the definition of sophomore, specifically a sophomore in a slump. He was excited about Drama Club and hoped to get the lead in this year's musical. But his best friend, Artemis, got the role. On top of that his sister, Christina, is getting ready to graduate from Jedi Academy. She's always taken care of him, and Victor is lost now that she's not around as much. Can Victor roll with the (force) punches? Or will he revert to his old ways and go back to being the class clown?
"If I were a kid today, I would be obsessed with Scholastic's Star Wars Jedi Academy book series. A ton of fun. Writer/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka tells the story in comic form along with some of Victor's journal entries. He uses the medium to its fullest effect, sometimes using the school paper (The Padawan Observer) to fill in gaps or showing Victor's graded homework assignments. Highly recommended for any kid who loves Star Wars and can relate to Victor's middle school challenges." — Laughing Place.
SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm | Illustrated by Matthew Holm
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.
"Using a combination of short exchanges of dialogue and frequent wordless reaction shots, the Holms again leverage simply drawn scenes into a loosely autobiographical narrative that is poignant and hilarious in turn and emotionally rich throughout. Another radiant outing." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"While bright, cartoonish art and lively atmosphere are certainly playful, there's a serious undercurrent of emotional complexity here. The Holms do an impressive job of tapping into the free-associative way kids process anxiety, and Sunny's gradual process of facing her fears and finding a way to relate to her brother is sweet and inspiring." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Fans of Sunny Side Up will adore this sequel, which provides enough background for new readers to jump right in. The exaggerated, cartoonlike artwork strikes the right balance of humor and heart, candidly conveying Sunny's emotions. The Holms are realistic about Sunny's complicated family situation yet imbue the upbeat narrative with hope. VERDICT: A must-have for middle grade graphic novel collections." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***..
NNEWTS: THE BATTLE FOR AMPHIBOPOLIS (Nnewts #3) by Doug TenNapel
As he navigates a dangerous world filled with mysterious wonders, Herk the Nnewt continues to face big challenges in the final book of this totally unique fantasy-adventure trilogy.
"A richly imagined amphibian-vs.-reptile world. . . Masterfully blends just the right amount of exposition and plot to effectively hook new readers with TenNapel's trademark brilliant imagination." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A clever, old-fashioned adventure with some modern twists and a light-hearted tone, this, like TenNapel's previous work, is not to be missed." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"While keeping the action rolling, TenNapel shapes Herk's world, an expansive and magical everglade populated by strange creatures and steeped in history and lore. His soft spot for oddballs and outcasts gives the book a warm center. A visually rich and abundantly imaginative adventure that lands some serious emotional punches." — Publishers Weekly..
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Adults (Wall Display)
by Stephen King | Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson
Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by George Romero and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories: "Father's Day," "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," "Something to Tide You Over," "The Crate," and "They're Creeping Up on You..". A quintet of unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!
"Creepshow isn’t just a nostalgic trip back to either the 50s or the 80s. It still dazzles with the artist’s bright colors and the author’s stark to-the-point tales. Succeeds beautifully!" — Horror Review.
"Out of print since 1982, Creepshow has been republished, retaining all the original art. Needless to say, the stories herein are as blackly humorous, gloriously gory, and vividly illustrated as they were 35 years ago. Make a point to go for print and immerse yourself in the complete sensory experience." — Horror World News.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
DEATH'S END by Cixin Liu
The acclaimed tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's bestselling and beloved science fiction writer comes to its conclusion.
"Evokes the thrill of exploration and the beauty of scale. Extraordinary." — The New Yorker.
"If you thought The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest were expansive, they're nothing compared to Death's End. A testament to just how far Liu's own towering imagination has taken him: far beyond the borders of his country, and forever into the canon of science fiction." — NPR.
"Liu has breathed new life into a genre . . . The Three-Body tomes chronicle a march of the human race into the universe set against the recent past, the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution. Classic science-fiction in the style of the British master Arthur C. Clarke." — The New York Times.
"The final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy. . . This utterly absorbing book offers dilemmas moral, philosophical, and political; perspectives - a spectacular glimpse of three dimensions seen from a four-dimensional viewpoint; a dying universe shattered by billions of years of warfare; and persuasive ideas whose dismal repercussions extend beyond hope and despair into, inescapably, real-world significance. Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of China, and it's a masterpiece." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin
The earthshaking conclusion to Jemisin's powerful postapocalyptic Broken Earth trilogy (after The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) finds the fate of a damaged world in the hands of a mother, who wants to save it, and her daughter, who wants to destroy it.
"Unforgettable! Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Jemisin continues to break the heart with her sensitive, cleareyed depictions of a beyond-dysfunctional family and the extraordinarily destructive force that is prejudice. She wrestles with moral issues at an extreme level. Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they're simply not available, in this world or ours. Painful and powerful." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Jemisin not only delivers but does it in a way that makes you appreciate how rarely series fiction manages to satisfy so well when it comes time for the final curtain. The Stone Sky manages to stick a very tricky and almost perfect landing, resolving the trilogy’s key conflicts, clarifying most of its mysteries, and outperforming on a level of sheer emotional and visceral punch. This is the work of a writer in complete command of her craft." — SFF180.
"Jemisin is a master worldbuilder, and in the Broken Earth trilogy, she’s crafted something truly spectacular. A truly immersive reading experience. . . The Stone Sky is a heart-stopping conclusion to the trilogy." — Girls in Capes.
- Mystery/Crime/Espionage Fiction: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
THE TRESPASSER by Tana French
In the sixth of Tana French's acclaimed Dublin Murder Squad series, the unfolding of a murder case is seen through the eyes of Detective Antoinette Conway. Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.
"The Trespasser's momentum presses forward to a finish that staggers Conway and Moran as much as it does the reader. This is a complex, compulsively readable novel; French keeps getting better and better." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"A tour de force. When you read Ms. French - and she has become required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting - make only one assumption: All of your initial assumptions are wrong." — The New YorkTimes.
"French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own? Whatever the source of her gift, it's only growing more miraculous with every book." — Salon.
"Each book has a distinct voice, from Rob Ryan's cultured lyricism to the blunt, meticulous fed-upness of Antoinette Conway. Most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming." — The New Yorker.
Winner Of The Edgar Award for Best Novel
MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King
In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop an obsessed and diabolical killer. After having written over 50 horror, sf/fantasy, and suspense novels, King pens his first hard-boiled detective thriller and wins himself a richly deserved Edgar Award!
"A rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses." — The Washington Post.
"Start your engines and fasten your seat belts for a wild ride!" — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"In the battle of good and evil, good may prevail - but not before evil has caused a whole lot of mayhem. Nicely dark, never predictable and altogether entertaining. Vintage King!" — Kirkus Reviews.
"King's fans will recognize his talents with suspense, finely drawn Americana, and the horror of pure evil lurking in the everyday. As the improbable heroes and the Mercedes Killer rush toward a crashing finish, Mr. Mercedes is proof yet again that King can still terrify his readers without invoking the supernatural." — Shelf Awareness.
"Pays off exuberantly. Surprising and invigorating." — The New York Times.