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The Knockoff, a novel, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossymagazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.
When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.
Robert B. Parker's Kickback, a novel, by Ace Atkins
What started out as a joke landed seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life.
Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing.
The Scarlet Gospels, a mystery by Clive Barker
Barker's first novel for adults since '07. The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. This long-awaited sequel is everything fans have begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?
The Sage of Waterloo, a novel, by Leona Francombe
June 17, 1815, the Duke of Wellington amassed his troops at Hougoumont, an ancient farmstead not far from Waterloo. The next day, the French attacked—the first shots of the Battle of Waterloo—sparking a brutal, day-long skirmish that left six thousand men either dead or wounded.
William is a white rabbit living at Hougoumont today. Under the tutelage of his mysterious and wise grandmother Old Lavender, William attunes himself to the echoes and ghosts of the battle, and through a series of adventures he comes to recognize how deeply what happened at Waterloo two hundred years before continues to reverberate. “Nature,” as Old Lavender says, “never truly recovers from human cataclysms.”
The Sage of Waterloo is a playful retelling of a key turning point in human history, full of vivid insights about Napoleon, Wellington, and the battle itself—and a slyly profound reflection on our place in the world.
NEW NON-FICTION HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Negotiator, by George Mitchell
Find out what he’s learned about the art of negotiation during every stage of his life. It’s a classic story of the American Dream. George Mitchell grew up in a working class family in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing effects of unemployment when his father was laid off from a lifelong job. But education was always a household priority, and Mitchell embraced every opportunity that came his way, eventually becoming the ranking Democrat in the Senate during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Told with wit, frankness, and a style all his own, Senator Mitchell’s memoir reveals many insights into the art of negotiation. Mitchell looks back at his adventures in law and politics—including instrumental work on clean air and water legislation, the Iran-Contra hearings, and healthcare reform—as well as life after the Senate, from leading the successful Northern Ireland peace process, to serving as chairman of The Walt Disney Company, to heading investigations into the use of steroids in baseball and unethical activity surrounding the Olympic Games. Through it all, Senator Mitchell’s incredible stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—offer invaluable insights into critical moments in the last half-century of business, law, and politics, both domestic and international.
The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough The surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty and they never stopped reading.
When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their “mission” to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.
Drawn on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
American Wife, by Taya Kyle
How does someone carry on after the death of a hero?
By becoming a hero herself.
Though Chris and Taya Kyle’s marriage had its difficult moments, it was always a love story. Together, they’d endured military service, a bestselling book, unexpected fame, and a film deal starring a hot Hollywood actor. But just when Taya thought that she and Chris were finally going to live their dream together, her husband was murdered. In the wake of his death, a grieving Taya was left to raise her two young children and handle the many things Chris left behind: the business, the book, the movie, and a myriad of legal issues.
Matching the straightforward, soul-baring style of American Sniper, Taya talks with honesty about the trials and triumphs of her life with—and without Chris—the sleepless nights as a military spouse, the exhilaration as her husband was lionized, the quiet moments when family sheltered them from the madness of fame, the joy of discovering her own purpose in harmony with Chris’s own legacy. In American Wife, she recounts the struggles and looks toward the future, revealing the intimate story of her marriage and the inspirations that have given her strength. She speaks out on the effects of fame, both good and bad, and provides a road map for others faced with difficulties, big and small. American Wife is a startling and affecting portrait of woman of grit and determination—an example we can all follow to become a hero in our own lives.
American Wife, by Lucky Life Interrupted, by Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw had led a lucky life—marrying his childhood sweetheart (they have been married for 51 years), rising to fame in the journalism world on the Today Show and as the NBC Nightly News anchor for 22 years, publishing the world-renowned book The Greatest Generation—when suddenly he took two inexplicable falls. Nagging back pain led him to the doctors at Mayo, who had shocking news: he had multiple myeloma, the treatable but incurable blood cancer. Brokaw leads the readers through his decision to keep a journal of experiences, during a year of denial, acceptance, struggle, and his courageous battle to get the cancer under control and to go on with his life, even as he reflects on the things he thought about, during a year in a life interrupted: news stories of special significance to him, lessons learned about family and friendship, a man coming to terms with aging and his own mortality. Written in Brokaw’s natural, warm voice, this candid, intimate book is a memoir of understanding and empowerment, of the importance of a patient taking charge of his or her condition, of understanding aging, the importance of family and relationships, the role of caretakers and coordinated care, of gratitude for a good life.
Pedro, by Pedro Martinez & Michael Silverman
Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. Now in Pedro, the charismatic and always colorful pitcher opens up for the first time to tell his remarkable story.
Martinez entered the big leagues a scrawny power pitcher with a lightning arm who they said wasn’t “durable” enough, who they said was a punk. But what they underestimated about Pedro Martinez was the intensity of the fire inside. Like no one before or since, Martinez willed himself to become one of the most intimidating pitchers to have ever played the game.
China Mirage, by James Bradley
In each of his books, James
Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind the history of America's
engagement in Asia. In Flags of our Fathers he revealed the
painful legacy of Iwo Jima; in Flyboys he told the unknown
story of a group of lost American pilots in the Pacific; and in The
Imperial Cruise he laid bare the hidden origins of the
Spanish-American War. THE CHINA MIRAGE is his most ambitious book yet, a vast
history of American-Chinese relations from its missionary origins to the eve of
WWII. Sure to be controversial in its dark portraits of those whom conventional
history has acclaimed, potent in its critique of the missionary instinct, and
brilliant in its exploration of the power of myth and mirage to convince men
and women and nations that destiny is on their side, this is James Bradley's
most intrepid work yet. And at a moment when relations between China and
America are Topic #1, the book--the vigorous discussion it will spawn--could
not be better timed.
The Great Divide, by Stiglitz
Stiglitz exposes in full
America's inequality: its dimensions, its causes, and its consequences for the
nation and for the world. From Reagan-era to the Great Recession and its long
aftermath, Stiglitz delves into the irresponsible policies—deregulation, tax
cuts, and tax breaks for the 1 percent—that are leaving many Americans farther
and farther beyond and turning the American dream into an ever more
unachievable myth. With formidable yet accessible economic insight, he urges us
to embrace real solutions: increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy;
offering more help to the children of the poor; investing in education,
science, and infrastructure; helping out homeowners instead of banks; and, most
importantly, doing more to restore the economy to full employment.
Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall
The best-selling author of Born to Run travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive & well on the island of Crete. After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past Nazi pursuers, with only their own wits and courage to guide them?
McDougall makes his way to the island to retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero—natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall
All the Wild That Remains, by David Gessner Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. These two great westerners had very different ideas about what it meant to love the land and try to care for it, and they did so in distinctly different styles.
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War, by Lynsey Addario
Her true story of turning her first love of photography into a career. She becomes an award-winning photojournalist, traveling at a moment's notice to the front lines of war-torn countries: Afghanistan before and after Taliban control, Iraq, Dafur, Libya, and the Congo. Her photos illustrating Human Rights violations, particularly against women, have been featured in National Geographic, the New York Times, Time and Life magazines. This is a beautifully written, gripping suspense that will keep you turning the pages long into the night.