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I know it's not out until May, but I just started reading All the Light We Cannot See (9781476746586, Scribner, $27.00, HC) and I have to agree with everyone that's told me how wonderful it is! Doerr's writing on this one reminds me a bit of Life After Life (9780316176491, Little, Brown & Co., $18.00, PB) and [...]Read More »
(Chronicle Books, $29.95, PB, 9781452118888)
Every artist has faced a "creative block" in his or her lifetime that has threatened their artistic livelihood. Filled with interviews with 50 successful international artists all whom at some point suffered from "creative block", this helpful guide offers insights on how these artists conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow.
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Biography - Autobiography
(Scribner Book Company, $16.00, PB, 9781451676617)
After Visiting Friends is a searing memoir of a son's search to discover the decades-old truth about his father's mysterious death. A universal story of love and loss and the resilience of family in the face of hardship, After Visiting Friends is the account of a son who goes searching for his father, and in the journey discovers new love and admiration for his mother. Now in paperback
Also New in Biography - Autobiography:
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
(Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, PB, 9780544227750)
In this brilliantly clear, often surprising work, Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Economist data editor Kenneth Cukier explain what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. Now in paperback
Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe
(Korero Books, $24.95, PB, 9781909051041)
From the author of Steampunk Fashion, comes a stunning collection of steampunk jewelry from top artists around the globe. Steampunk Jewelry will appeal to professional and amateur jewelers alike (whether in the movement or not), to anyone working with steampunk, but also to all steampunk enthusiasts, who seem to have an insatiable appetite for the latest aesthetic manifestations of this remarkable genre.
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(Doubleday Books, $25.95, HC, 9780385537438)
Kitchen Confidential meets Three Junes in this mouthwatering novel about three brothers who run competing restaurants, and the culinary snobbery, staff stealing, and secret affairs that unfold in the back of the house. Filled with hilarious insider detail--the one-upmanship of staff meals before the shift begins, the rivalry between bartender and hostess--Bread and Butter is both an incisive novel of family and a gleeful romp through the inner workings of restaurant kitchens.
Also New in Fiction:
- Chance... Kem Nunn
- The Innocent Sleep... Karen Perry
- A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain... Adrianne Harun
- The Martian... Andy Weir
- Mary Coin... Marisa Silver
- The UnAmericans... Molly Antopol
- The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards... Kristopher Jansma
- Unchopping a Tree... W. S. Merwin; Illustrated by Liz Ward
- White Is for Witching... Helen Oyeyemi
- The Wives of Los Alamos... Tarashea Nesbit
(William Morrow & Company, $16.99, PB, 9780062202659)
Drawing on a wealth of historical texts, local Japanese sources, and his own comprehensive treks across Asia, acclaimed author John Man takes us back to the ninjas' origins in China, through to their heyday in the bloody civil wars that ended with the unification of Japan in 1600. Compelling and absorbing, Ninja reveals at last the fascinating true history behind one of the world's most enduring legends. Now in paperback
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(N+1, $16.00, PB, 9780865478138)
In a widely read essay entitled MFA vs NYC, Chad Harbach argued that the American literary scene has split into two cultures: New York publishing versus university MFA programs. This book brings together established writers, MFA professors and students, and New York editors, publicists, and agents to talk about these overlapping worlds, and the ways writers make (or fail to make) a living within them. MFA vs NYC is a must-read for aspiring writers, and for anyone interested in the present and future of American letters.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Thomas C. Foster
(Harper Perennial, $15.99, PB, 9780062301673)
A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide, How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised is a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.
(Laurence King, $29.95, HC, 9781856699402)
Not to be confused with your grandmother's Bingo game, Bug Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game as players learn the names and colorings of both favorite species like the Honey Bee and more exotic bugs like the Vampire Moth.
Also New in Nature:
(Sarah Crichton Books, $26.00, HC, 9780374176952)
In her groundbreaking book, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are, Emily Parker, formerly a State Department policy advisor, provides on-the-ground accounts of how the Internet is transforming lives in China, Cuba, and Russia. This book introduces us to an army of bloggers and tweeters--generals and foot soldiers alike as they navigate the risks of authoritarian life, they feel free. Now I Know Who My Comrades Are is their story.
(Penguin Books, $16.00, PB, 9780143124931)
The world is populated with words and images that prompt unexpected, unconscious decisions. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how the environment shapes what people think, how they feel, and the ways they behave. Now in paperback
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(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $17.00, PB, 9781620405215)
Last Ape Standing profiles the mysterious "others" who evolved with us--the Neanderthals of Europe, the "hobbits" of Indonesia, the Denisovans of Siberia, and the recently discovered Red Deer Cave people of China, who died off just as we stood on the brink of civilization eleven thousand years ago. Last Ape Standing is evocative science writing at its best--a witty, engaging and accessible story that explores the evolutionary events that molded us into the remarkably unique creatures we are.
Also New in Science:
Editors of Chronicle Books
(Chronicle Books, $14.95, Other Book, 9781452128955)
Unplug Every Day is an inspiring journal that offers 365 achievable ways to take small breaks from technology with simple suggestions that encourage journalers to unplug from electronics and appreciate their surroundings. With a year's worth of digital-detox prompts, this chunky gift book also offers journaling space for readers to reflect on the power of unplugging.
(New Press, $19.95, PB, 9781595589781)
Foodopoly tells the shocking story of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of companies such as Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. A thoroughly researched account of how we have lost control of our food system, author Wenonah Hauter argues that solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table--a change that is about politics, not just personal choice. Now in paperback
Also New in Social Science:
- The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business... Christopher Leonard
- The News: A User's Manual... Alain de Botton
- Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes--The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists... Napoleon A. Chagnon
- Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal... Melanie Warner
(Current, $16.00, PB, 9781617230103)
In Present Shock, an award-winning author explores how the world works in our age of "continuous now." According to author Douglas Rushkoff, "presentism" is the new ethos of a society that's always on, in real time, updating live. He shows how this trend is both disorienting and exhilarating. Now in paperback