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Lots of new titles seem to be hot right out of the gate. I loved Shining Girls (9780316216852, Mulholland, $26.00, HC) even though it's more than a bit gritty, but I wasn't expecting it to take off immediately. We still have limited stock, but it's definitely on lock down, so call if your orders don't [...]Read More »
(Mariner Books, $15.95, PB, 9780544002265)
How does the animal world deal with death? And what ecological and spiritual lessons can we learn from examining this? Bernd Heinrich has long been fascinated by these questions, and when a good friend with a terminal illness asked if he might have his "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp in Maine, it inspired the acclaimed biologist and author to investigate. Life Everlasting is the fruit of those investigations, illuminating what happens to animals great and small after death. Now in paperback
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Biography - Autobiography
(Dutton Books, $26.95, HC, 9780525953951)
The "Fox Mole" made headlines last year when it was revealed that Joe Muto, a self described "bleeding-heart liberal" and "The Fox Mole", took a job at Fox News Channel working as an associate producer for Bill O'Reilly. In An Atheist in the Foxhole, Muto delivers a funny, opinionated memoir of his eight years at the unfair, unbalanced cable channel. This book has everything that liberals and Fox haters could desire: details about how Fox's right-wing ideology is promoted throughout the channel; the bizarre stories Fox anchors actually believed (and passed on to the public); and tales of behind-the-scenes mayhem and mistakes, all part of reporting Fox's version of the news.
Also New in Biography - Autobiography:
- Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father... Alysia Abbott
- Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind... Alex Stone
- The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis... Julie Kavanagh
- The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down... Andrew McCarthy
- Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness ... Alfredo Corchado
- Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety... Daniel Smith
- Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville... Michael Streissguth
- Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus... Dean N. Jensen
- The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker... Janet Groth
- A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance... Marlena De Blasi
- To Eat: A Country Life... Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd
Cooking & Food
Kevin Williams and Lovina Eicher
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, $29.99, HC, 9781449421090)
In Amish Cooks Across America: Recipes and Traditions from Maine to Montana, the celebrated columnist (The Amish Cook) and cookbook author Kevin Williams explores why one Amish community in the Northeast makes Shoofly Pie while another settlement in the South favors Muscadine Pie. This collection of fascinating recipes is filled with full-color photographs of food and the places visited, along with profiles that explore the origins and cooking traditions of each community. This is a book like no other--a delicious melting pot and a fascinating armchair tour of Amish America.
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(Riverhead Books, $16.00, PB, 9781594631436)
A New York Times bestseller, The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer in 1922, and how it changes both their lives. Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s, '30s, and beyond, The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them. Now in paperback
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Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire--And How It All Came Crashing Down
(William Morrow & Company, $27.99, HC, 9780062240095)
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built AbsolutePoker.com, a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica. The U.S. Department of Justice had placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker and the friends found themselves in a high stakes game with the government. Should they fold--or double down and ride their hot hand? Impossible to put down, Straight Flush is an exclusive, never-before-seen look behind the headlines of one of the wildest business stories of the past decade.
Health & Fitness
(Little Brown and Company, $27.00, HC, 9780316227940)
Eating on the Wild Side is the first book to reveal the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables. Starting with the wild plants that were central to our original diet, investigative journalist Jo Robinson describes how 400 generations of farmers have unwittingly squandered a host of nutrients that have made us more vulnerable to our most troubling conditions and diseases--obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, and dementia. In an engaging blend of science and story, Robinson effectively argues that by "eating on the wild side"--choosing present-day fruits and vegetables that come closest to the nutritional bounty of their wild ancestors--we can recoup our nutritional losses to lead a healthier life.
(Grand Central Publishing, $28.00, HC, 9781455503254)
In this entertaining and colorful book, bestselling author Lily Koppel reveals for the first time the stories and secrets of America's unsung heroes--the wives of our original astronauts. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Through celebrity status, divorce and tragedies, these wives have remained friends for more than fifty years. The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
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(Three Rivers Press, $14.00, PB, 9780307986337)
Dear Girls Above Me is based on the wildly popular Twitter feed of the same name that has garnered a following from regular folk to celebrities. When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors--two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties--on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. McDowell never imagined that his Twitter feed would get the attention it has from production studios to major media outlets such as" Time" and" Glamour." Now for the first time, fans of the blog can get the whole story; the Twitter feed was just a teaser.
Also New in Humor:
Adam Leith Gollner
(Scribner Book Company, $16.00, PB, 9781476704999)
Adam Gollner examines the fruits we eat and explains why we eat them in this vivid and unforgettable expedition through the world of exotic fruit. The Fruit Hunters is the engrossing story of some of Earth's most desired foods told by an intrepid journalist and keen observer of nature--both human and botanical.
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(W. W. Norton & Company, $24.95, HC, 9780393088984)
In this pithy, warmhearted, and very funny book, British professor Terry Eagleton journeys through the language, geography, and national character of the United States and melds a good old-fashioned roast with genuine admiration for his neighbors "across the pond."
(W. W. Norton & Company, $26.95, HC, 9780393082838)
In Rewire, media scholar and activist Ethan Zuckerman explains why the technological ability to communicate with someone does not inevitably lead to increased human connection. At the most basic level, our human tendency to "flock together" means that most of our interactions, online or off, are with a small set of people with whom we have much in common. In examining this fundamental tendency, Zuckerman draws on the latest research in psychology and sociology to consider technology's role in disconnecting ourselves from the rest of the world. Rich with Zuckerman's personal experience and wisdom, Rewire offers a map of the social, technical, and policy innovations needed to more tightly connect the world.
(W. W. Norton & Company, $25.95, HC, 9780393239324)
The best-selling author of Italian Neighbors returns with a wry and revealing portrait of Italian life--by riding its trains. Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, Parks delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy. Italian Ways explores how trains helped build Italy and how their development reflects Italians' sense of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and beyond. Most of all, Italian Ways is an entertaining attempt to capture the essence of modern Italy.