Category: New Releases

March New Releases

March New Releases

There are some great new titles out this month!

The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power By: Kim Ghattas

SecretaryAn intimate, admiring look at the four-year global travails of the secretary of state from a member of her traveling press corps. A Beirut-born BBC journalist assigned to the U.S. State Department in 2008, Ghattas has closely observed Clinton in her busy, high profile position as secretary over the last four years. Here, she records her key role in the reshaping of American foreign policy. Ghattas’ work is invaluable in revealing the effort behind the headlines, from Clinton’s choice of Japan for her maiden voyage to sparring with the Israelis, Pakistanis and Chinese, plugging holes from WikiLeaks revelations and riding the eruptions of Arab uprisings. Yet here also is a rare glimpse of the woman behind the glamorous name and powerful credentials: Flanked by her devoted young assistants, Clinton often ventured to the back of the plane, sans makeup and wearing her glasses, to share a drink and chat off the record with the cadre of reporters who regularly traveled with her around the world. Unlike her buttoned-up predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, Clinton seemed to relax amid her staggering travels and meetings, usually running late (“on Hillary time”) but giving everyone her full attention, speaking to rapt audiences and letting the officers who held her agenda sweat it out. Wielding her “soft agenda” of women’s rights, moving to repair much [...]
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February New Releases

February New Releases

Calling Dr. LauraCalling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

By: Nicole Georges

When Nicole Georges was two years old, her family told her that her father was dead. When she was twenty-three, a psychic told her he was alive. Her sister, saddled with guilt, admits that the psychic is right and that the whole family has conspired to keep him a secret. Sent into a tailspin about her identity, Nicole turns to radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice.

Packed cover-to-cover with heartfelt and disarming black-and-white illustrations, Calling Dr. Laura tells the story of what happens to you when you are raised in a family of secrets, and what happens to your brain (and heart) when you learn the truth from an unlikely source. Part coming-of-age and part coming-out story, Calling Dr. Laura marks the arrival of an exciting and winning new voice in graphic literature. (Publisher’s Marketing)

 

See Now ThenSee Now Then

By: Jamaica Kincaid

A decade after her last novel, Mr. Potter (2002), Kincaid returns to fiction with a vengeance. Her urgent subject has always been her life in Antigua and America imaginatively and courageously transformed into a microcosm of the crimes, psychic pain, and social aberration unleashed in the fateful year of 1492. In this furious, funny, and sorrowful tirade and lament, Kincaid meshes autobiography with archetypes as the unraveling of an unlikely marriage turns into a heightened, hypnotic and shrewdly complex inquiry into time, [...]
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January New Releases

January New Releases

What a great way to start a new year—check out this flock of new releases!

Pow! By Mo YanPow! By: Mo Yan

In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, a benign old monk listens to a prospective novice’s tale of depravity, violence, and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama—in which nearly everyone dies—unfurls. But in this tale of sharp hatchets, bad water and a rusty WWII mortar, we can’t help but laugh. Reminiscent of the novels of dark masters of European absurdism like Gunter Grass, Witold Gombrowicz or Jakov Lind, Mo Yan’s Pow!” is a comic masterpiece. In this bizarre romp through the Chinese countryside, the author treats us to a cornucopia of cooked animal flesh—ostrich, camel, donkey, dog, as well as the more common varieties. As his dual narratives merge and feather into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, Mo probes the character and lifestyle of modern China. Displaying his many talents, as fabulist, storyteller, scatologist, master of allusion and cliché and more, Pow! carries the reader along quickly, hungrily and giddily, up until its surprising denouement. Mo Yan has been called one of the great novelists of modern Chinese literature and the New York Times Book Review has hailed his work as harsh and gritty, raunchy and funny. He writes big, sometimes mystifying, sometimes infuriating, but always entertaining novels—and Pow! is no exception. “If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan. Like Kafka, Mo Yan has [...]
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December New Releases

December New Releases

Cold Days

By: Jim Butcher

HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!! After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Guess which Mab wants first? Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday. Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…His soul. (Publisher’s Marketing)

 

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November New Releases

November New Releases

Check out these great new reads for November!

Flight Behavior

By: Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman’s narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel’s inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith and everyday truces between reason and conviction.

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town and [...]
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New Releases

New Releases

America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t

By: Stephen Colbert

Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we’re the #1 nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can’t exchange it because we’re 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around—we don’t make anything anymore, we’ve mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse, the L.A. Four Seasons Hotel doesn’t even have a dedicated phone button for the Spa. You have to dial an extension! Where did we lose our way?! It’s high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost! Luckily, AMERICA AGAIN will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts. Covering subject’s ranging from healthcare (“I shudder to think where we’d be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering”) to the economy (“Life is giving us lemons, and we’re shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade”) to food (“Feel free to deep fry this boo—it’s a rich source of fiber”), Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track. (Publisher’s Marketing)

 

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September New Releases

September New Releases

The Literary Duck is celebrating September new releases. Salman Rushdie! Alan Ball! J.K. Rowling! And more, more, more!

Syndrome E

By: Frank Thilliez

Spare evocative prose propels French author Thilliez’s stellar U.S. debut. When French film buff Ludovic Senechal goes blind after viewing an old short he picked up at an estate sale in Lille, Belgium, he calls ex-girlfriend Lucie Henebelle, a police lieutenant in Lille. Lucie, who is preoccupied with the illness of one of her daughters, views the mysterious film without losing her vision, though she’s shaken by its violent, disturbing images. Meanwhile, Chief Insp. Franck Sharko of the Paris Violent Crimes unit, who lost his wife and daughter five years earlier in horrible circumstances, must sort out how five bodies, each missing the top of its skull, ended up buried in a riverbank in a small town near Le Havre. Once Lucie and Sharko discover a link between their two investigations, they embark on a worldwide voyage toward the chilling truth. This is a crackerjack story that most readers will devour in one sitting. (Publisher’s Weekly)

 

The Shape of the Final Dog and Other Stories

By: Hampton Fancher

Best known as the original screenwriter of Blade Runner, author Hampton Fancher makes his debut with this extraordinary collection that bears all of the hallmarks that have made him beloved to film fans. These are stories [...]
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August New Releases

August New Releases

Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing

By: Neal Stephenson

One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels—works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in complexity. Exploring and blending a diversity of topics, including technology, economics, history, science, pop culture and philosophy, his books are the products of a keen and adventurous intellect. Not surprisingly, Stephenson is regularly asked to contribute articles, lectures and essays to numerous outlets, from major newspapers and cutting-edge magazines to college symposia. This remarkable collection brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as a new essay (and an extremely short story) created specifically for this volume.

Stephenson ponders a wealth of subjects, from movies and politics to David Foster Wallace and the Midwestern American College Town; video games to classics-based sci-fi; how geekdom has become cool and how science fiction has become mainstream (whether people admit it or not); the future of publishing and the origins of his novels. Playful and provocative, Some Remarks displays Stephenson’s opinions and ideas on:

The Internet, our dwindling national attention span, and the cultural importance of books and bookishness Waco, religion, and the cluelessness of secular society Metaphysics and the battle between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz The laying of the longest wire on Earth—and why it matters to you Technology, freedom, commerce, and the Chinese How Star Wars and 300 mirror who we are today and what [...]
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New Releases

New Releases

Portland, Oregon’s Chef Table

By: Laurie Wolf

Portland, Oregon Chef’s Table celebrates the food and culture of what the New York Times calls the city’s “golden age” of dining and drinking. The city’s food scene—largely a celebration of the farm-to-table movement—has grown and evolved tremendously in the last five years, with an abundance of local fisheries, farms, and small beef, lamb and pork producers providing the city’s fascinating restaurants with a wide array of locally-grown deliciousness. Portland, Oregon Chef’s Table is the first cookbook to gather Portland’s top chefs and restaurants under one cover. With over seventy recipes for the home cook from approximately fifty of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and showcasing around 100 full-color photos from award-winning photographer Bruce Wolf, featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs and lots of local flavor, Portland, Oregon Chef’s Table is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both the tourist and the Portland local. (Publisher’s Marketing)

 

Shadow of Night

By: Deborah Harkness

In the wake of Harkness’ best-selling debut, A Discovery of Witches, fans have been impatiently waiting to discover where Matthew, the vampire geneticist, and Diana, the witch historian, landed when they “stepped into the unknown” at that novel’s cliff-hanging close. Now in Elizabethan England, they are hunting an enchanted alchemical manuscript. At the same time, Diana must continue her magic education and Matthew reunites with friends, including [...]
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June New Releases

June New Releases

ADULTS

The Long Earth

By: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

An un-missable milestone for fans of Pratchett: the first science fiction and fantasy novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities—a series of parallel “Earths” with doorways leading to adventure. The possibilities are endless. (Just be careful what you wish for. . . .)

“1916: The Western Front.” Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood and blasted landscape of no-man’s-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone?

“2015: Madison, Wisconsin.” Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth—and far beyond. All it takes is a single step. . . . (Publisher’s Marketing)

 

Invisible Monsters Remix

By: Chuck Palahniuk

Published as a paperback original [...]
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