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    Here's a list of some outstanding current and forthcoming titles on our shelves. These are books that offer something special — superb writing by talented authors, a riveting reading experience, unforgettable characters, intriguing concepts, fascinating subject matter, impeccable scholarship, or just sheer literary entertainment. These are books that truly deserve your attention...


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    • Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)


      (Knopf/Random)
      CONCLAVE by Robert Harris
      The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth. The author of Enigma and Fatherland turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller yet - where the power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men.
      "Harris, creator of grand, symphonic thrillers, scores with a novel set in the Vatican in the days after a fictional pope dies. The novel glories in the ancient rituals that constitute the election process while still grounding that process in the real world. An illuminating read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the Catholic Church; for prelate-fiction fans, it is pure temptation." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "Harris has written a gripping, smart book. . . This could become the Catholic version of The Satanic Verses." — The New York Times.
      "Splendid! Harris does not disappoint. . . Whether you have faith in God, the Church, or neither, Conclave will keep you richly entertained." — The Washington Post.
      "A gripping read in the authentic Harris mould. Conclave, though, is more than a crime novel, it is also a psychological and political thriller. The more one looks, the more cunning the book seems. Conclave is a triumphant addition to Harris's acclaimed output." — The Sunday Times (U.K.).
      "Triumphant! I am about to use a word I have never knowingly used in any review of any book ever. During my 25-odd years of writing about books I have done my best to avoid cliches, slipshod summaries, oracular pronouncements and indeed anything else that might appear emblazoned on a book jacket. Nonetheless, there is only one possible word to describe Robert Harris's new novel, and it is this: unputdownable." — The Guardian (U.K.).

      (Doubleday/Random)
      WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
      THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      The unforgettable odyssey of a teenage slave named Cora, who flees the Georgia plantation where she was born, risking everything in pursuit of freedom. This is both a riveting adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
      "Whitehead proves once again that he's a master of language - there are no wasted words in the book, and it's apparent that each sentence was crafted with exacting care. In Cora, he has also created a character that will likely be remembered for generations to come." — NPR.
      "A brutal, vital, devastating novel. The subtly antique prose and detailed description combine to create a world that is entirely convincing. I haven’t been as simultaneously moved and entertained by a book for many years. This is a luminous, furious, wildly inventive tale that not only shines a bright light on one of the darkest periods of history, but also opens up thrilling new vistas for the form of the novel itself." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "A potent, almost hallucinatory novel that leaves the reader with a devastating understanding of the terrible human costs of slavery. One of the remarkable things about this novel is how Mr. Whitehead found an elastic voice that accommodates both brute realism and fablelike allegory, the plain-spoken and the poetic - a voice that enables him to convey the historical horrors of slavery with raw, shocking power. He has told a story essential to our understanding of the American past and the American present." — The New York Times.

      (Skyhorse/Perseus)
      HIS BLOODY PROJECT by Graeme Macrae Burnet
      In 1869, a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish village leads to the arrest of seventeen-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
      “A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multi-layered as an Escher staircase” — The Daily Express (U.K.).
      “A gripping crime story, a deeply imagined historical novel, and gloriously written - all in one tour-de-force of a book.” — Books of the Year, The Sunday Herald (U.K.)
      "This assured and ingenious novel, based on a sensational and dramatic trial at Inverness in 1869, is a deeply imagined tale of persecution, tragedy, revenge and courtroom drama - noir historical fiction at its best. Superbly written. . . This compelling and disturbing novel marks Graeme Burnet as a name to watch." — Crime Review (U.K.).
      "Graeme Macrae Burnet makes such masterly use of the narrative form that the horrifying tale he tells in His Bloody Project seems plucked straight out of Scotland's sanguinary historical archives." — The New York Times.
      "Fiendishly readable! A psychological thriller masquerading as a slice of true crime, the book is also a blackly funny investigation into madness and motivation." — The Guardian (U.K.).

      (Graywolf/FSG)
      ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
      Nine men from nine different backgrounds in nine different cities strive to understand what it means to be alive in a globalized Europe. Tracing a dramatic arc from youth to old age, the nine narratives aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence of modern manhood. As this brilliantly conceived book progresses, the protagonist at the center of each chapter is older than the last one, the weather grows colder, and the story gathers power and momentum. Szalay is a writer of supreme gifts - a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail, intelligence, and relevance.
      "Cleverly conceived, authoritative, timely and (in a good way) crushing. There is a cheerful and ghastly sordidness to everything, and Szalay's prose with its ruthlessly banal dialogue, arm-twisting present tense, shard-like fragments, and on every other page or so an irresistibly brilliant epithet or startlingly quotable phrase, lets nothing go to waste." — London Review of Books (U.K.).
      "Each story grips the reader by the throat. We fully inhabit their progression of heroes and finally face the dreadful truth of the human condition: that nothing is eternal, not us, not our children, the human race, the Earth nor the stars. Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out." — The Daily Mail (U.K.).
      "Without exception, the stories - subtle, seductive, poignant, humorous - bear witness to the alienation, self-doubt, and fragmentation of contemporary life; each succeeds on its own while complementing the others. Riveting prose and a consummate command of structure. . . In 2013, Szalay was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. This effort exceeds even that lofty expectation."— Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.

      (Pantheon/Random)
      WAR & TUPENTINE by Stefan Hertmans
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      The life of Urbain Martien - artist, soldier, survivor of World War I - lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. When his grandson, a writer, retells his grandfather's story, the notebooks provide a key to the locked chambers of Urbain's memories. An extraordinary exploration of one man's life and the echo of its impact resounding through the generations.
      "Wonderful, full of astonishingly vivid moments of powerful imagery and moving moments of mysterious beauty. Hertmans brilliantly captures the intractable reality of a complex man." — The Sunday Times (U.K.).
      "Vivid, masterly. . . War and Turpentine, at once memoir, novel, biography, and confession, is a masterpiece." — Modern Traveler.
      "A future classic. It is a book that lies at the crossroads of novel, biography, autobiography and history, with inset essays, meditations, pictures. In David McKay's lyrical translation, every detail has the heightened luminosity of poetry. . . . The book has such convincing density of detail, with the quiddities of a particular life so truthfully rendered." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "Potent. . . Harrowing. . . War and Turpentine is billed as a novel, but that's hardly the word for it. It's an uncanny work of historical reconstruction. . . Mr. Hertmans explores the places where narrative authority, invention and speculation flow together. A masterly book about memory, art, love and war, War and Turpentine delivers a blast of narrative fresh air." — The New York Times.
    • Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)

      (Harper)
      THE PAST by Tessa Hadley
      At a dramatic family reunion, simmering tensions, hidden passions, and devastating secrets come to a head over three long, hot summer weeks. With subtle precision and deep compassion, Tessa Hadley brilliantly evokes a brewing storm of lust and envy and the indelible connections of memory and affection. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and scope that showcases this major writer's extraordinary talents.
      "Tessa Hadley writes like a dream, even if some of her stories can haunt you like a nightmare. Hadley's measured, perfectly controlled prose masterfully chronicles her characters' turmoil. Unforgettable." — The Boston Globe.
      "Hadley is so perceptive that it can feel like she's revealing little secrets about life that it would have taken you years to notice on your own." — Entertainment Weekly.
      "An exquisite writer, a writer's writer, with a fine eye for detail and a way of crafting sentences that make you stop and inhale. Hadley should be a bestseller rather than literary fiction's best kept secret." — The London Times Book Review (U.K.).
      "Hadley expertly captures the gentle tragedies of living, losses, and regrets, the passage of time, the fissures and slights and unspoken disappointments that simmer underneath the surfaces of all families. Hadley is the patron saint of ordinary lives; her trademark empathy and sharp insight are out in force here. " — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "A supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence." — The New York Times.

      (Simon & Schuster)
      THE RELIC MASTER by Christopher Buckley
      Acclaimed for his American political satires, Christopher Buckley now takes aim at religion in an absolutely hysterical historical novel. Dismas, a 16th century trafficker in holy relics and his friend, the artist Albrecht Durer, attempt to sell a fake shroud of Jesus to the highest bidder. But when the fraud is exposed, Dismas must do penance by finding the "real" shroud. Not since Monty Python and the Holy Grail or the Flashman novels has twisted history been this fun!
      "The Princess Bride meets Ocean's XIII!" — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "The clever narrative is filled with laugh-out-loud one-liners but, amazingly, doesn't stint on the suspense as Dismas tries to play all the angles to get his hands on the shroud. Through the cheeky humor, the author gives readers a very real sense of the early 16th century, when science and superstition held equal sway, and a man was always a swordsbreadth away from a horrible death." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "An inspired piece of literary gymnastics. . . an exuberant adventure caper, with sideswipes in all directions. Copious subterfuge, disguise and villainy. . . It’s so tightly written that it holds the reader till the very last page. The tension ratchets up and one’s reading speed increases to match. The Relic Master is a smart, tart, well-researched romp into one of history’s most irresistibly grubby and outrageous periods of excess." — The New York Times.

      (Penguin)
      THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS by Karan Mahajan
      A BEST BOOK OF 2016: Esquire | TIME Magazine | Washington Post

      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      After witnessing his two friends killed by a "small" bomb that detonated in a Dehli marketplace, Mansoor Ahmed becomes involved with a charismatic young activist, whose allegiances and beliefs are more changeable than he could have imagined. Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.
      "The Association of Small Bombs is simple in premise, but it explodes in bursts of brilliant color. Karan Mahajan's masterful novel explores the aftermath of a small bomb detonation in the '90s in Delhi, and the many people whose lives it alters. With great empathy and no lack of humor, Mahajan shows the multitudinous sides to the kind of story that we usually read a line or two about in a newspaper, or hear short mention of on television." — Esquire.
      "A singularly intelligent novel. . . Wonderful. . . Smart, devastating, unpredictable, and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives about grief, death, violence, and politics, I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste." — The New York Times.
      "Propulsive. . . Powerful. . . Unsettling. . . The architecture of the novel is brilliant in its literary exploration of the aftermath of small bombs. The Association of Small Bombs is a thing of loveliness - its structure and concept are a marvel." — The Los Angeles Review of Books.

      (Hogarth/Random)
      THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang
      Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      Korean housewife Yeong-hye responds to the invasive nightmares that plague her sleep by renouncing meat and becoming a vegetarian. But her act of assertion sparks an attempt from other family members to reclaim their control of her. Yeong-hye spirals into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement - not just from her family, but from herself. Celebrated by readers and critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman's struggle for freedom.
      "Glorious. . . A ferocious, magnificently death-affirming novel. . . A penetrating exploration of whether true innocence is possible in a vicious and bloody world. A mesmerizing mix of sex and violence. . . Like a cursed madwoman in classical myth, Yeong-hye seems both eerily prophetic and increasingly unhinged." — The New York Times.
      "Brilliant. . . gradually digging deeper and deeper into darker and darker places; the writing is spare and haunting; but perhaps most memorable is its crushing climax, a phantasmagoric yet emotionally true moment that's surely one of the year's most powerful. This is an ingenious, upsetting, and unforgettable novel." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "If you love books that grab you by the throat and keep you wide-eyed and shocked throughout, you ve got to pick up Han Kang's The Vegetarian. A complex, terrifying look at how seemingly simple decisions can affect multiple lives. In a world where women's bodies are constantly under scrutiny, the protagonist's desire to disappear inside of herself feels scarily familiar." — Vanity Fair.
      "A spectacular novel. . . Family dysfunction amid cultural suffocation is presented with elegant precision, transforming readers into complicit voyeurs. Fans of authors as diverse as Mary Karr and Haruki Murakami won't be able to turn away." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
    • Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)

      (Da Capo/Perseus)
      I AM BRIAN WILSON: A Memoir by Brian Wilson
      As a cofounding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Brian Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. Derailed in the 1970s by mental illness, drug use, and the shifting fortunes of the band, Wilson came back again and again over the next few decades. Now, for the first time, he weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows. Wilson's story, told in his own voice and in his own way, unforgettably illuminates the man behind the music.
      "In this charming and powerfully written memoir that will engage a readership beyond the multitude of Beach Boys fans, Wilson honestly tells the story of his life. He goes into great detail about how the band's dozens of hits were produced and the many music superstars who added to the lush, complex arrangements Wilson is famous for. Wilson's emotional authenticity is beguiling as he takes readers deeply into his mind, voices and all, to describe his unique manifestation of musical genius." — Publishers Weekly.
      "Everyone's favorite musical mad scientist reveals a troubled yet hopeful life. Readers seeking a tell-all will find instead delicate, thoughtful reflections on how music is made as well as wistful remembrances of Wilson's dead brothers and band mates Carl and Dennis. A superb study in creativity." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "I Am Brian Wilson slipstreams through the past like a message in a bottle. It has moments of personal testimony that are poignant and indelible." — Vanity Fair.
      "Excellent! I Am Brian Wilson is soulful and earnest - like spending quality time with a gentle sage with an endearingly erratic attention span. Wilson is heartbreakingly blunt about his mental breakdowns and suffering at the hands of his father. He has absolutely startling insights into the music." — Rolling Stone.

      (Metropolitan/MPS)
      IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      After a 25-year estrangement, the author's father announced - at age 76 - that she had undergone a sex change operation and requested that her Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist daughter document the transformation. Susan Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's metamorphosis takes her across historical, political, religious, and sexual borders and brings her (and us) face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you choose, or is it the very thing you can't escape?
      "Extraordinary: part riveting family memoir, part revelatory Holocaust history, but most of all a profound meditation on human identity. In the Darkroom is nothing if not timely. We live in an age overflowing with bitter battles over identity with too little of Susan Faludi's humane desire to understand." — The National Book Review.
      "Many great writers eventually turn to biography, but rarely does it so directly crash into their lifelong intellectual pursuits. Very few can dissect a prevailing cultural norm as well as Faludi can." — The Washington Post.
      "A searching investigation of identity barely disguised as a sometimes funny and sometimes very painful family saga. Faludi is a mercilessly droll and careful writer. The emotional incontinence and narcissism that pass for insight and power in memoirs these days is not for her. All the same, I cried quite often as I read her book, and at one point, I had to go off and stare at some flowers for a while. An out-and-out masterpiece of its kind." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "An absolute stunner of a memoir - probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you'd never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth - a simultaneously inscrutable and volatile presence, a black box and a detonator - and to re-examine the very notion and nature of identity." — The New York Times.

      (Nation/Perseus)
      WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION
      STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
      Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.
      "In this tour de force, Kendi explores the history of racist ideas - and their connection with racist practices - across American history. Racism is the enduring scar on the American consciousness. In this ambitious, magisterial book, Kendi reveals just how deep that scar cuts and why it endures, its barely subcutaneous pain still able to flare." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "An engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America. It offers a grim vision of America and of human nature, but one consistent with an era when the prison warden has supplanted the slave master, and when Black Lives Matter is the latest incarnation of a civil rights movement that has no reason to stop moving. The greatest service Kendi provides is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradictions and unintended consequences." — The Washington Post.
      "Kendi's provocative egalitarian argument combines prodigious reading and research with keen insights into the manipulative power of racist ideologies that suppress the recognition of diversity. This is a must for serious readers of American history, politics, or social thought." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.

      (Random)
      THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      One of the Qaddafi regime's most prominent opponents in exile, Hisham Matar's father was kidnapped off the streets of Cairo in 1990 and held in a secret prison in Libya. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, Hisham returns to the homeland he never thought he'd see again to search for his father. The Return is the story of what he found there. It is at once an exquisite meditation on history, politics, and art, a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, and a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power.
      "A masterful memoir, a searing meditation on loss, exile, grief, guilt, belonging, and above all, family. It is, as well, a study of the shaping and breaking of the bonds between fathers and sons. This is writing of the highest quality." — The Sunday Times (U.K.).
      "A moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart by the savage realities of today's Middle East. The crushing of hopes raised by the Arab spring at both the personal and national levels is conveyed all the more powerfully because Matar's anger remains controlled, his belief in humanity undimmed." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "Hisham Matar writes with both a novelist's eye for physical and emotional detail, and a reporter's tactile sense of place and time. The prose is precise, economical, chiseled; the narrative elliptical, almost musical. The Return is, at once, a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father's fate at the hands of a brutal dictatorship, and a son's efforts to come to terms with his father's ghost. . . It seems unfair to call this extraordinary new book a memoir, since it is so many other things besides: a reflection on exile and the consolations of art, an analysis of authoritarianism, a family history, a portrait of a country in the throes of a revolution, and an impassioned work of mourning." — The New York Times.

      (Other Press/Random)
      AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      A spirited and vital account of one of the twentieth century's major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it. Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, Sarah Bakewell follows the story of existentialism from its 1933 birth in a Paris cafe, through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights.
      "Bakewell brilliantly explains 20th-century existentialism. Through vivid characterizations and a clear distillation of dense philosophical concepts, Bakewell embeds the story of existentialism in the story of a whole European century, dramatizing its central debates of authenticity, rebellion, freedom, and responsibility." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "Exciting. . . Persuasive. . . Audacious. . . Enticing and unusual. . . Bakewell asks demanding questions about the ways in which people think about themselves and their relations with others. Her central theme is that the large impersonal ideas pursued by much modern philosophy are less profound and illuminating than the varied and conflicting truths found in stories of individual lives. Those stories, in this book, include impressively lucid descriptions of what these thinkers thought and what they said." — The New York Times.
      "'What is existentialism anyway?' asks Bakewell in her tremendous new work, and you're wrong if you find that question irrelevant to your life. Existentialism is so wound up in contemporary culture that we think it, speak it, and encounter it daily. Along with her rigorous and clarifying explanations of existentialism, Bakewell offers refreshing reaction and context that make this book a journey for the reader as well as the writer. VERDICT: Highly recommended for anyone who thinks." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.

      (Doubleday/Random)
      DARK MONEY: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? As Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views have bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by that network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy.
      "Jane Mayer's Dark Money is absolutely necessary reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our politics. Mayer is telling the epic story of America in our time. It is a triumph of investigative reporting, perhaps not surprising for a journalist who has won most of the awards her profession has to offer. She's a pro, and she's given the world a full accounting of what has been a shadowy and largely unseen force. Remarkable!" — The New York Review of Books.
      "Bombshells explode in the pages of Dark Money. Jane Mayer's indispensible new history combines her own research with the work of scores of other investigators, to describe how the Kochs and fellow billionaires like Richard Scaife have spent hundreds of millions to move their political ideas from the fringe to the center of American political life." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "Written in straightforward and largely unemotional prose, but reads as if conceived in quiet anger. An impressively reported and well-documented work. . . The importance of Dark Money flows from its scope and perspective. . . It is not easy to uncover the inner workings of an essentially secretive political establishment. Mayer has come as close to doing it as anyone is likely to come anytime soon. . . She makes a formidable argument. Revelatory. . . persuasive, timely and necessary." — The New York Times.

      (Crown/Random)
      Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
      A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post | Kirkus Reviews | Politico | The Guardian | Publishers Weekly | BookPage
      : THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2016
      Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary. In vivid, intimate prose, Matthew Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem.
      "Gripping and important. . . Desmond, a Harvard sociologist, is one of a rare academic breed: a poverty expert who engages with the poor. His portraits are vivid and unsettling. It's not easy to show desperate people using drugs or selling sex and still convey their courage and dignity. Evicted pulls it off. " — The New York Review of Books.
      "Thank you, Matthew Desmond. Thank you for writing about destitution in America with astonishing specificity yet without voyeurism or judgment. Thank you for proving that the struggle to keep a roof over one's head is a cause, not just a characteristic of poverty. Evicted is an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography. Desmond has made it impossible to ever again consider poverty in America without tackling the role of housing and without grappling with Evicted. — The Washington Post.
      "Extraordinary! I can't remember when an ethnographic study so deepened my understanding of American life." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and, above all, unignorable book - after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing. Eye-opening and original. . . But Evicted is most memorable for its characters, rendered in such high-resolution detail that their ghost images linger if you shut your eyes." — The New York Times.
    • Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)

      (Grove/PGW)
      THE COMEDIANS: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy by Kliph Nesteroff
      Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. From comedy's part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
      "Comedy buffs and social historians will forever be in Kliph Nesteroff's debt for this book. A heady mixture of show-business anecdotes, gossip, and in-depth research on everything from vaudeville to podcasting. What's more, it's a great read: I couldn't put it down." — Leonard Maltin, author of the annual 'Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide'.
      "Beginning in the always smoky, often dilapidated vaudeville theaters of the early 20th century and spanning over a hundred years, Nesteroff meticulously details the lives and careers of forgotten and famous comics. Nesteroff's exhaustive research is evident and historians will appreciate his thoroughness. Encyclopedic in form, The Comedians ensures the nuanced history of the business of laughs will not be forgotten." — The Associated Press.
      "A definitive volume. A lively, raucous, and immensely entertaining love letter to funny business." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "The history of American funny that we didn't know we needed, but did. An invaluable and indispensable history of American entertainment's sturdiest art form." — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

      (FSG)
      THE BROTHERS VONNEGUT: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic by Ginger Strand
      Worlds (and brothers) collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut In the mid-1950s. In a fascinating cultural history, Ginger Strand chronicles the intersection of Kurt and Bernard Vonnegut's lives at a time when the possibilities of science seemed infinite.
      "The elements of this fascinating dual life of the Vonnegut brothers - the scientist, Bernard, and the novelist, younger brother Kurt - are as interlinked as those in one of the latter's fictions and fit as tightly as cannonballs on the courthouse lawn. This is superb, provocative, and crystal-clear narrative nonfiction, supplying a unique angle on the major issues of technology, individual freedom, and corporate/government regulation that Bernard faced privately and Kurt confronted in his writing." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
      "The Brothers Vonnegut is a gem. Strand has unearthed a little-known, complex story about science and politics that touches on big questions about ethics and progress, and she delivers it with an infectious and unabashed exuberance. Her writing crackles on the page . . . But what's most memorable is how strongly it articulates a message about the importance of making intentional decisions about the work each of us does and not blindly pursuing vocations out of convenience or for money, ego or fame." — The San Francisco Chronicle.

      (Random)
      THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks
      With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks now focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to a culture which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between wealth, fame, and status and those virtues that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness. Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
      "Brooks's gift is for making obscure but potent social studies research accessible and even startling. A hyper-readable, lucid, often richly detailed human story... In the age of the selfie, Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint, self-erasure, and self-suspicion." — The New York Times.
      "A fascinating study. If you want to be reassured that you are special, you will hate this book. But if you like thoughtful polemics, it is worth logging off Facebook to read it." — The Economist.
      "A powerful, haunting book that works its way beneath your skin." — The Guardian (U.K.).
    • Poetry: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-A)

      (Brooklyn Arts Press)
      WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
      THE PERFORMANCE OF BECOMING HUMAN by Daniel Borzutzky
      Daniel Borzutzky's new collection of poetry draws connections between the US and Latin America, specifically touching upon issues relating to border and immigration policies, economic disparity, political violence, and the disturbing rhetoric of capitalism and bureaucracies. Borzutzky argues that to become human is to navigate these borders, and asks what it means to be both an American and a globalized subject whose body is "shared between the earth, the state, and the bank."
      "A relentlessly and unapologetically brutal vision at the center of which is the human body being violated, maimed, tortured, exploited, judged, imprisoned, surveilled, and otherwise unjustly controlled. The voice of the speaker moves from moment to moment through that of a refugee, a migrant worker, a child laborer, a prisoner, a dissident, a victim of racism or ethnic cleansing, a victim of police brutality, a victim of rape, a victim of corporate profiteering." — Boston Review.
      "The bloody images build upon each other relentlessly, creating a world in which we are all complicit and from which there is no escape and no redemption. The Performance of Becoming Human is not an easy book to read, but it is a powerful one." — Vox.
      "Borzutzky's poetry is part Orwellian nightmare and part politicized call to arms regarding the very real state of the world. The bodies in his collection are bordered. They have been conquered and militarized. They have been dumped into gulags to fester. . . Yet Borzutzky manages to instill a hope in his readers that although we remain trapped in our putrid and failing bodies, we, too, will succeed in our spiritual mission to persevere." — American Microreviews & Interviews

      (Grove)
      S O S: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka
      Fusing the personal and the political in high-voltage verse, Amiri Baraka was one of the preeminent literary innovators of the past century. This volume comprises the fullest spectrum of his rousing, revolutionary poems, from his first collection to unpublished pieces composed during his final years.
      "The most complete representation of over a half-century of revolutionary and breathtaking work." — The New York Times
      "S O S provides readers with rich, vital views of the African American experience and of Baraka's own evolution as a poet-activist. Baraka is as adept with spare, imagistic lines as with lyrical realism. Racist, provincial ideas earn his angry unmasking as he sings, shouts and shakes a fist at corruption and ignorance." — The Washington Post
      "S O S is a signal of blunt urgency . . . this is undeniably the work of the kind of poet we will not see again; Amiri Baraka was one of the last of the 20th century's literary lions. This momentous collection exhibits his abiding resistance to almost everything but subversiveness." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***

      (Scribner)
      THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY: 2015 edited by David Lehman | Guest Editor: Sherman Alexie
      The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry. Each volume in the series presents the year’s most extraordinary new poems and writers. This year, guest editor Sherman Alexie’s selections highlight the depth and breadth of the American experience. Culled from both electronic and print journals, the poems showcase some of our leading luminaries and introduce a number of outstanding younger poets taking their place in the limelight.
      SPECIAL NOTE: Yes, this is the anthology that retained the controversial poem by Michael Derrick Hudson (aka Yi-Fen Chou).
      "A 'best' anthology that really lives up to its title." — The Chicago Tribune
      "Showcases emerging, experienced, and high-profile poets who have contributed compelling work. As a measure of the quality of work in the volume, three contributors, Amy Gerstler, Terrance Hayes, and Jane Hirshfield, set a high bar for the other poems in The Best American Poetry 2015, a standard achieved in many contributions. The volume is recommended as an authentically inclusive and rewarding experience that is certain to attract a wide audience." — The Yellow Chair Review

      (Liveright)
      LOVE POEMS by Bertold Brecht
      The full scope and variety of Bertold Brecht's poetic output did not become apparent until after his death. Now, the English-speaking world can access part of his stunning body of work in the first volume in a monumental undertaking by award-winning translators David Constantine and Tom Kuhn to translate Brecht's poetic legacy into English. Love Poems collects his most intimate and romantic poems - many of which were banned in German in the 1950s for their explicit eroticism - and reveals Brecht as not merely one of the most famous playwrights of the twentieth century but also one of its most fiercely creative poets.
      "Poems on erotic devotion, longing, disappointment, and good and bad sex. With the variety in tones comes a welcome mix of forms: a few dozen sonnets (put skillfully into rhymed English), but also enthusiastically vulgar ballads, stark free verse, and beautifully archaizing fragments. Constantine's and Kuhn's forceful, clear versions sound like real poetry, not translationese." — Publishers Weekly

      (Farrar Straus Giroux)
      THE SPIRIT LEVEL: Poems by Seamus Heaney
      Winner of the Costa Book Award, the most prestigious literary prize in the U.K., this is the first book of poems Heaney published after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.
      "Not just a new book but a book with newness in it. It marks a sustained effort, not exactly to unite the two parts of himself and his cultural inheritance but rather to make the line between them more permeable than before." — Nicholas Jenkins, London Times Literary Supplement.
      "So many of Heaney's poems have become personal lodestones for us that reading this new book is like awakening to an experience both fresh and familiar. . . .Heaney offers a vision that is a powerful tonic against the fin de siecle alienation and solipsism touted by fashionable literary criticism." — Richard Tillinghast, New York Times Book Review

      (Wesleyan University Press)
      PLEASURE DOME: New and Collected Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa
      The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1994 (as well as the Bronze Star for his service as a war correspondent in Vietnam), Yusef Komunyakaa has become one of America's most compelling poets. Pleasure Dome gathers the poems of over two and a half decades of Komunyakaa's work, including 25 early, uncollected poems and a rich selection of 18 new poems.
      "Pleasure Dome attests to the protean nature of his poetic imagination and skills, his fluent creative energy, and his passion for living the examined life. . . Komunyakaa is emerging as one of the major American poets of our time." — Booklist *** starred review ***

      (Wesleyan University Press)
      SILENCE IN THE SNOWY FIELDS by Robert W. Bly
      A passionate spokesperson for the healing powers of literature and myth, Robert Bly is credited with rejuvenating public interest in poetry and the imaginative arts in late twentieth-century America. Silence in the Snowy Fields, his first book of poems, signaled a new beginning in American poetry in the early 1960s and it immediately put Bly on the literary map, disarming readers and critics with its clear-sighted intelligence and apparent simplicity. Unlike much of the academically based American poetry of its time, Bly's work aimed at a kind of Oriental balance in which human beings participate in but do not dominate nature. Many still find Silence in the Snowy Fields one of Bly's most healing books. It remains his signature volume.
    • Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)

      (Hyperion/Hachette)
      THE BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon
      Subhi knows only life in the Australian refugee detention center where he was born, and lately, things are getting worse. Then he meets Jimmie, a local child who finds her way into the camp - and an unlikely friendship is born.
      "Fraillon crafts a harrowing vision of life in the detention center, yet Subhi finds solace in sensitively portrayed friendships with a rebellious older boy, a compassionate guard, and an intrepid girl named Jimmie. While addressing themes of loss, desperation, and injustice in an all-too-relevant setting, Fraillon's resonant novel underscores the healing power of story." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "The pivoting story line, with chapters alternating among Subhi, Jimmie, and sparkling slivers of family lore, allows Fraillon to explore the many faces of otherness, bravery, and solidarity. But Subhi's narrative, whether he's squabbling with a rubber duck or searching the stars, remains the standout of the three: wide-eyed, heartfelt, and infectiously imaginative. . . This tale is breathtaking and indispensable." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
      "Outstanding. . . This is an important, heartbreaking book with frequent, unexpected humor that everyone should read." — The Guardian (U.K.).
    • Children's Books: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)

      (Hyperion/Hachette)
      NANNETTE'S BAGUETTE by Mo Willems
      This hilarious new picture book follows a plucky young heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Set in a meticulously handcrafted-paper-modeled French village, the uniquely vibrant laugh-out-loud world of Nanette's Baguette may be Mo Willem's best creation yet.
      "Hilarious complications ensue when Nanette's mom gives her the responsibility of buying the family baguette. Willems is at his outlandish best with line after line of 'ettes' and their absurd rhymes, all the while demonstrating a deep knowledge of children's thought processes. Nannette's every emotion explodes all over the pages in wildly expressive, colorful vignettes. Laugh-out-loud fun for all." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "Willems is a master of this genre: a simple story with a distinctive setting and a relatable childhood predicament; delicious wordplay (who knew there were so many rhymes for baguette?) that reads well aloud; and delightful illustrations that convey energy, emotion, and humor." — Booklist *** starred review ***
      "With lip-smacking delight, Nanette floats through double-page splashes of vibrant color. There is so much to discover and enjoy in this treat for eye and ear. A storytime treat that children will devour!" — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.

      (Little Brown/Hachette)
      THE LAND OF STORIES: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales by Chris Colfer
      Enter the world of fairy tales in this stunningly illustrated collection of stories retold by acclaimed children's author Chris Colfer. This gorgeous, full-color companion book to Colfer's Land of Stories series will appeal to new and old fans alike, who will delight in favorite classics such as "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and more. Here is the beloved fairy-tale treasury that Alex and Conner fall into in The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - a beautifully designed addition to the series, and the magical book that started it all!
      "Dear Reader, you hold in your hands a very special book that contains more than thirty-five classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes, plus your very own survival guide to the Land of Stories. If you notice the pages glowing, followed by an inviting humming noise, don't be afraid! That is just the book's magic. But whatever you do, don't lean too far into the book. You never know where you might end up." — from the Introduction by Chris Colfer.
      "There's more in Colfer's magic kingdoms than Disney has dreamt of." — USA Today.

      (Little Brown/Hachette)
      ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep by Ken Nesbitt | Illustrated by Christoph Niemann
      Fill that last minute before bedtime with something that will feed the imagination, fuel a love of reading, and send them off to sleep in a snap. Reach for a one-minute poem! Former Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt presents a blockbuster collection of all-new poetry penned by some of the most beloved and celebrated poets of our time, including Jack Prelutsky, Jon Scieszka, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, Lemony Snicket, Jane Yolen, and many more. Illuminated with dreamlike wit and whimsy by award-winning artist Christoph Niemann, here is a new bedtime classic.
      "With a broad range of voices and sentiments, the collection delivers poems to meet any mood." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
      "These pithy poetic observations and Niemann's engaging illustrations prove at once antidote and anodyne for the sleep-averse child demanding just one more....A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that's anything but sleepy." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
      "This charming compendium holds a wide variety of poetic forms and emotions. . . it's bound to be a lasting contribution to collections. Perfect for those bedtime or read-aloud pleas of just one more! Sure to enchant adults and children alike." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***

      (Little Brown/Hachette)
      RADIANT CHILD: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
      New York Public Library: 2016 Best Books for Kids | Kirkus Reviews: Best Children's Book of 2016 | School Library Journal: Best of 2016
      Before Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings soared to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. In this visually stunning picture book biography, Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean - and definitely not inside the lines - to be beautiful.
      "Javaka Steptoe is the perfect person to create this book: a tour de force that will introduce an important artist to a new generation." — The Horn Book *** starred review ***.
      "One extraordinary artist illuminates another in this textured, heartfelt picture book biography. Pairing simple text with expressive, encompassing illustrations, this excellent title offers a new generation a fittingly powerful introduction to an artistic luminary." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
      "Vibrant colors and personal symbols channel the 'sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but somehow still BEAUTIFUL' paintings, incorporating meticulously attributed collage elements and capturing the artist's energy and mystery. Stellar - a riveting portrait of a young artist." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
    • Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)

      (Mulholland/Hachette)
      ZOO CITY by Lauren Beukes
      Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel
      Zinzi December lives in an alternative Johannesburg, in the neighborhood known as Zoo City. In Zinzi's world, criminals are inextricably bonded with an animal familiar and possessed of some strange talent. Zinzi is bonded to a sloth and her talent is finding lost objects (and people). Her other talent is getting into terrible trouble.
      "Truly astounding. . . Multi-layered, delicious, in-depth and imminently brilliant. There’s horror, crime, fantasy, magic, realism, drugs, and rock and roll. Zinzi is as tough as she is inventive and brave, and what a fantastic change to see a woman kick so much ass while carrying a heavy Sloth on her back." — Zoe Hinis.
      "Recommended as 'very, very good' by William Gibson, this is the other face of cyberpunk, a face we've seen too little of in the past decade. Not the ultra-violent όbermensch future noir (though there's plenty of violence) but an information-drenched world that has become haunted. Beukes brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now. What her many fans will remember, and value, is deadbeat Zinzi's personal journey towards a frail but determined integrity." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "Beukes delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the urban fantasy subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "Beukes's energetic noir phantasmagoria, the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, crackles with original ideas." — The New York Times.

      (Vintage/Random)
      THE ARRIVAL (originally published as Stories of Your Life and Others) by Ted Chiang
      A "what-if" question fuels each of this masterful collection's eight thought-provoking works of short fiction. "What if genuinely alien aliens visited Earth, and an earthling learned their conceptually different language?" is the question asked in "Story of Your Life", the title story adapted into the motion picture The Arrival.
      "The stakes are high in all Chiang's stories, for their social and existential implications concern him as much as their construction. These are stories to enjoy both for their form and for their intriguing foundations. Chiang puts the science back in science fiction - brilliantly." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
      "Chiang writes seldom, but his almost unfathomably wonderful stories tick away with the precision of a Swiss watch and explode in your awareness with shocking, devastating force." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "Here's the must-read SF book of the year. Chiang's stories are audacious, challenging and moving. They resemble the work of a less metaphysical Philip K. Dick or a Borges with more characterization and a grasp of cutting-edge science." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "Shines with a brutal, minimalist elegance. Every sentence is the perfect incision in the dissection of the idea at hand. . . The eight stories collected here (his entire output over more than a decade) have deservedly notched up three Nebulas and a Hugo - the most prestigious awards in SF. The collection is united by a humane intelligence that speaks very directly to the reader, and makes us experience each story with immediacy." — The Guardian (U.K.).

      (Orbit/Hachette)
      WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen
      Bowen's fascinating debut, set in a gritty and well-realized paranormal Wild West, introduces half-Native American, half-African American teenager Nettie Lonesome. A rich, dark, ferocious fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural.
      "The unforgiving western landscape is home to supernatural beasties as diverse as the human inhabitants, and no-nonsense Nettie is pragmatic and brave. Themes of self-worth, gender, and the complexity of identity are treated with frank realism and sensitivity, and the narrative is a love letter to the paranormal western genre. Fantastical history fans will be delighted." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "Bowen has created a fascinating, textured Wild West world. The monsters are gruesome, the battles are bloody, and the pace of this story never flags. Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure (the first in a planned series) and its strong, dynamic heroine." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "This first novel stand far above the usual fantasy crowd. Incorporating Native American and Western myths, plus Nettie's multicultural heritage and characters from a wide range of backgrounds, this is a must-have for all modern fantasy collections." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
      "There are fast-paced thrill-a-minute novels where the plot twists and wild action just. Keep. Coming. And then there are introspective books about someone searching for their identity and untangling deep issues of race, sexuality and gender. And then occasionally, you get a book that manages to do both. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen is one such book, and it's a goddamn keeper." — io9

      (Voyager/Harper)
      THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers
      Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the motley crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up spaceship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. When the ship's captain accepts a dangerous contract to tunnel a wormhole through space to a distant planet, Rosemary discovers that having a family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
      "A novel of character as the motivations of the diverse and likable crew, comprising humans and aliens, are laid bare for the reader’s delight. It is a quietly profound, humane tour de force that tackles politics and gender issues with refreshing optimism." — The Guardian (U.K.).
      "A wonderfully imaginative and quirky novel. . . It is hard to believe that this is Becky Chambers’ first novel, as it is so well constructed, imaginative, and fluently written. A follow-up is promised. . . I can’t wait!" — Strange Horizons (U.K.).
      "There are many personalities here to love, and they all get a chance to shine. VERDICT: A huge hit in the UK and now nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, this debut space opera is delightful." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
      "An optimistic space opera that is a joy to read. Does The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet really live up to the buzz? The answer is a resounding, and unconditional, YES! Chambers has taken a rag-tag crew, given them each unique and deep personalities, and run with it from there. I only wish that more science fiction would deliver even half of what can be found within these pages. Highly recommended." — SFF World (U.K.)
    • Mystery/Crime/Espionage Fiction: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)

      (Redhook/Hachette)
      SPY GAMES by Adam Brookes
      Journalist Philip Mangan is trying to stay out of trouble in East Africa, his reputation and his life in tatters. But when he is caught in a terrorist attack in East Africa and a shadowy Chinese figure approaches him in the dead of night with information on the origins of the attack, Mangan is suddenly back in the eye of the storm. From Washington, D.C. to the hallowed halls of Oxford University and dusty African streets, a sinister power is stirring. . . Deeply steeped in tension and paranoia, Adam Brookes's second novel is a remarkable, groundbreaking spy thriller.
      "A difficult book to put down. Brookes has separated himself from the pack: I've read a lot of very good China books by excellent journalists, but I've never before stayed up far too late on a work night to finish one, unwilling to go to sleep until I knew how it ended." — The Los Angeles Review of Books.
      "In the tradition of the great spy novelists. . . Brookes' second novel is a multipronged spy thriller that fires on all cylinders. A smarter or more exciting mystery likely won't be released this year. As powerfully as this story is, in fact, resolved, readers will be left hanging on, keenly anticipating the next installment in the series." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
      "Brookes's intricately plotted sequel to Night Heron finds Philip Mangan, foreign correspondent and part-time spy, in Ethiopia looking into a story about how the Chinese are influencing African politics. With a flurry of double and triple crosses, and perfidy. . . Brookes shows that his impressive debut was no fluke." — Publishers Weekly.

      (Harper)
      THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO BROKE ALL THE RULES by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
      Led by the unforgettable 79-year-old Martha Andersson, a band of spirited seniors escape their retirement home, raise some hell, and cause more than a little menace as they plan and execute the perfect crime.
      "A hilarious comedy of errors! The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is the read of the summer!" — Bookloons.
      "The first of the League of Pensioners series translated from the Swedish, Ingelman-Sundberg's tale captures the rebelliousness percolating just under the surface of ignored, shuffled away elderly folks. A merry, lighthearted caper." — Kirkus Reviews.
      "Ingelman-Sundberg's winning seriocomic series debut is both charming and surprising. Readers will pull for the unlikely gang in their efforts to commit the 'ultimate crime'" — Publishers Weekly.
      "A comedy of errors, oversights and obstacles infuse Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg's clever U.S. debut, and the hilarious, escalating antics of a spirited cast of walker-dependent characters in their 70s and 80s will have readers of all ages rooting for their cause." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.

      (Harper)
      THE ABSOLUTION by Jonathan Holt
      Looking for a sinister, complex, immersive suspense series to dive into? You've found it!
      A trio of allies uncover a conspiracy involving the Italian security services, the Vatican, and the CIA - a devastating plot stretching back decades that could destroy all three of them. This conclusion to Jonathan Holt's acclaimed Carnivia Trilogy masterfully connects all the dots and clues from the preceding volumes (The Abomination and The Abduction). This trilogy is one of the greatest conspiracy novel series of the century. Be sure to grab the first two (now in paperback) off of our shelves! (HINT: You may start to regard your smart phone in a new light.)
      "Intriguing from start to finish, Holt's nicely orchestrated plot - complex but never confusing - is a tremendous achievement . Fascinating characters and locales add up to a great read that both instructs and entertains." — Library Journal.
      "British author Holt's masterly sequel to The Abduction concludes his Carnivia trilogy with a bang. Holt manages to make the risks posed by the growing movement toward smart devices intelligible and chilling, bringing all the pieces together plausibly and enabling newcomers to immediately identify with the multifaceted leads." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
      "A fascinating mix of history, paranoia, and real-live terror." — Booklist *** starred review ***.

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