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We’ve recently ordered several new book titles and they’re being catalogued and will be ready to be put out on shelves hopefully within the week. Some of our new titles include the following:
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck, winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph — his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels when his search leads him to Elizabeth, a divorced mother in North Carolina with a young son – and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, Thibault’s secret will soon threaten to tear them apart, destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Goodreads rating: 4.07 out of 5 stars
The Necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft. H.P. Lovecraft himself denied the Book’s existence, but the dreaded NECRONOMICON has finally surfaced. Written in Damascus in the Eighth Century A.D. by the “Mad Arab” Abdul Alhazred, the accursed volume is filled with myths and rituals that have survived the darkest days of magic and occultism — long-forgotten formulae for evoking incredible things, beings, and monsters into physical appearance. Editor Simon overcame huge obstacles during his daring efforts to bring to light this, the most famous, the most potent, and potentially, the most dangerous Black Book known to the Western World . . .
Goodreads rating: 3.04 out of 5 stars
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight “as long as they have to.” A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.
Goodreads rating: 4.19 out of 5 stars
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. Becky has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it – not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank – letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something . . .
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life – and the lives of those around her – forever.
Goodreads rating: 3.56 out of 5 stars
Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle. Congrats. You fought through War and Peace, burned through Fahrenheit 451, and sailed through Moby-Dick. All right, you nearly drowned in Moby-Dick, but you made it to shore – and you deserve a drink!
A fun gift for barflies and a terrific treat for book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes – paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels – the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.
Goodreads rating: 4.11 out of 5 stars
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, with Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds. A frightening and powerful tale of the loss of freedom and identity in a chillingly believable totalitarian world, V FOR VENDETTA stands as one of the highest achievements of the comics medium and a defining work for creators Alan Moore and David Lloyd.
Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V FOR VENDETTA brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance.
Goodreads rating: 4.24 out of 5 stars
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Robert Neville may well be the only survivor of an incurable plague that has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him.
By day, he scavenges for food and supplies, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But all the while the infected lurk in the shadows, watching hsi every move, waiting for him to make a mistake . . . .
Goodreads rating: 4.06 out of 5 stars
Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner. If you’re stressed out by money and have no idea what to do, this is your playbook: the all-new edition of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life, completely rewritten to address the recession. Whether you earn $20,000 or $200,000, this book busts open the system, teaching tricks for becoming master of your own money universe. You’ll learn how to get out – and stay out – of debt, manage your 401(k) in a tanking market, take advantage of the latest tax rules and save a bundle, come up with a down payment and understand the new strategies for landing a mortgage.
Goodreads rating: 3.87 out of 5 stars
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri. Among the many “how-to” playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri’s classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay.
Examining a play from the inside out, Egri starts with the heart of any drama: its characters. All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motives – why people act the way that they do. Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise – a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior – and to develop the dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior.
Using Egri’s ABCs of premise, character, and conflict, The Art of Dramatic Writing is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in writing.
Goodreads rating: 4.37 out of 5 stars
The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories From the Arizona Borderlands by Margaret Regan. For the last decade, Margaret Regan has reported on the escalating chaos along the Arizona-Mexico border, ground zero for immigration since 2000. Undocumented migrants cross into Arizona in overwhelming numbers, a state whose anti-immigrant laws are the most stringent in the nation. And Arizona has the highest number of migrant deaths. Fourteen-year-old Josseline, a young girl from El Salvador who was left to die alone on the migrant trail, was just one of thousands to perish in its deserts and mountains.
With a sweeping perspective and vivid on-the-ground reportage, Regan tells the stories of the people caught up in this international tragedy. Traveling back and forth across the border, she visits migrants stranded in Mexican shelters and rides shotgun with Border Patrol agents in Arizona, hiking with them for hours in the scorching desert; she camps out in the thorny wilderness with No More Deaths activists and meets with angry ranchers and vigilantes. Using Arizona as a microcosm, Regan explores a host of urgent issues; the border militarization that threatens the rights of U.S. citizens, the environmental damage wrought by the border wall, the desperation that compels migrants to come north, and the human tragedy of the unidentified dead in Arizona’s morgues.
Goodreads rating: 3.89 out of 5 stars
CODE: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold. What do flashlights, the British Invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.
Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines.
It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story – and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PC’s, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you – and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.
Goodreads rating: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance – not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie . . . and whom she is willing to fight for.
Goodreads rating: 4.51 out of 5 stars
The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars – they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side and that Teren is the true enemy. However, the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that don’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who cross her.
Goodreads rating: 4.03 out of 5 stars
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she’s been killed in a terrible accident.
Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.
He warns shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same . . .
Goodreads rating: 4.10 out of 5 stars
Other titles include: The Racketeer by John Grisham; Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke; The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson; Where She Went by Gayle Forman; The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin D. Johnson; The Kinsey Institute New Report on Sex by June M. Reinisch, Ph.D. with Ruth Beasley, M.L.S.; All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner; Paganism by Joyce and River Higginbotham; Installing Linux on a Dead Badger and Other Oddities by Lucy A. Snyder; Launch by Jeff Walker; Dune by Frank Herbert; Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz; The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler; Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia B. Imbeau; The GMO Deception edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber; The Lost City of Z by David Grann; Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams; Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, & Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye by Brad Warner; Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas; Swan Song by Robert McCammon; Take a Chance by Abbi Glines; One More Chance by Abbi Glines; Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.; Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World by Paul Collier; The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey; All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman; A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.; Returning My Sister’s Face by Eugie Foster; and many more.
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