New Books!! – 10/06/15

It’s finally starting to feel like fall outside. With the temperatures dropping and the clouds rolling in, what better time could there be to curl up under your favorite blanket with an engrossing book? We have just the selection for you.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. 

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion – to join a team of agents on a vital mission, in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself – because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of – a woman with a future.

Inspired by her grandmother’s journal, Newberry Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a comedic tour de force destined to become a modern classic. Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!) takes its reader on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burns.

Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary by Edward Klein The problem with Hillary goes further than you know. In this stunning expose of Hillary Clinton and her floundering race for the White House, New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein – one of America’s most respected investigative journalists – whisks the reader behind the scenes and reveals in colorful detail and meticulously re-created conversations the plots and secret plans hatched at the Clinton homes in Chappaqua and Whitehaven and in the family quarters of the Obama White House.

With unprecedented access to personal friends and longtime associates of the Clintons and the Obamas, Klein draws a troubling portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a highly unlikeable presidential candidate and a woman more associated with scandal than with accomplishments, with lying than with truth, with arrogance than with compassion.

Among the many startling revelations in Unlikeable:

  • How Obama’s consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, leaked damaging information to the media about Hillary’s use of a private e-mail account as secretary of state and foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.
  • The reason Hillary stormed out of the Oval Office after a meeting with Obama.
  • Why Bill Clinton helped arrange “likeability” lessons for Hillary with Steven Spielberg.
  • Which Republican candidates the Clintons fear most.
  • How Barack and Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett are trying to enlist a candidate to beat Hillary in the Democratic Party primaries.
  • Why Bill is ambivalent about the prospect of Hillary becoming president.
  • How Hillary helped steer business to her cronies while secretary of state.
  • How failing health – both Bill’s and Hillary’s – could derail the Clinton campaign for president.

Klein’s unparalleled reporting and penetrating insights make Unlikeable must reading – and raise profound questions about Hillary’s fitness for the highest office in the land.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down – his Uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naive but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals – in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg – whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk Encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two . . . as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead – yet.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks Geraldine Brooks is acclaimed for her ardent imaginative engagement with the blank spaces in history’s record. In perhaps her most ambitious novel yet, she reconsiders a man who shimmers between history and legend.

Grounded in the gritty, violent reality of Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks’s exploration of a mercurial David reveals a life that arcs from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from brilliant poet, glorious musician, and glamorous young tyrant into an ailing and remorseful old age. Inspired by brief tantalizing biblical references to the lost book of Nathan, Brooks tells the story through the eyes of the courtier who both counseled and castigated David, and who is said to have chronicled his life.

The Secret Chord reinterprets the well-known episodes of David’s life and foregrounds other, even more remarkable and emotionally intense episodes that have been largely neglected. Brooks gives voice to those who love and those who fear him: his mother, Nizevet; his older brother Shammah; his beloved Yonatan; and his wives – the passionate and embittered Mikhal; the canny and indispensable Avigail; and enigmatic Batsheva, who must endure unspeakable trauma in order to grasp her own royal destiny. But it is Nathan who guides the king through the turbulet events unleashed by David’s murderous eldest sons, and who finally raises up Solomon, the late-born child who redeems David’s Lear-like dotage and fulfills the promise of his kingship.

This beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family and ambition brings David magnificently alive.

Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Audrey Niffenegger Includes stories by: Edgar Allan Poe, Audrey Niffenegger, Edith Wharton, Pg.G. Wedehouse, M.R. James, Neil Gaiman, Rudyard Kipling, Saki, Ray Bradbury, AND MANY MORE.

Haunted houses, spectral chills and, of course, the odd cat . . .

In this volume, Audrey Niffenegger, bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, has brought together her selection of the very creepiest, weirdest and wittiest ghost stories around.

Scare yourself silly with old favorites by Edgar Allan Poe and M.R. James. Entertain the unnerving with tales from Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link and Audrey Niffenegger herself. And as bedtime nears, allay your fears with funny new writing from Amy Giacalone and the classic wit of Saki.

When the nights draw in and the fire burns low, enjoy the eeriness, the dread and the comedy of all things ghostly.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley – a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry – and anyone who reads about him – will find unforgettable. 

The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.

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