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Welcome to the day after tomorrow. In Gary Shteyngart's near-future New York, the dollar has been pegged to the yuan, the American Restoration Authority is on high security alert, and Lenny Abramov, the middle-aged possessor of a decent credit score but an absurdly low--and embarrassingly public--Male Hotness rating, is in love with the young Eunice Park. Like many of the clients of his employer, the Post-Human Services division of the Staatling-Wapachung Corporation, he'd also like to live forever, but all he really wants is to love Eunice. And for a time, despite the traditional challenges of their gaps in age and ethnicity and the more modern hurdle of an oppressively networked culture that makes your most private identity as transparent as the Onionskin jeans that are all the rage, he does. Super Sad True Love Story is as corrosively hilarious as you'd expect from the satirist of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook , but what may surprise you are the moments when the satire hits bedrock and the story becomes--no air quotes required--sad, true, and very much a love story.
roduct Description Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory? Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love? Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.
Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos, like others of their species, are capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships—but unlike most bonobos, they also know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans . . . until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside. When an explosion rocks the lab, severely injuring Isabel and “liberating” the apes, John’s human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he’ll risk his career and his marriage to follow. Then a reality TV show featuring the missing apes debuts under mysterious circumstances, and it immediately becomes the biggest—and unlikeliest—phenomenon in the history of modern media. Millions of fans are glued to their screens watching the apes order greasy take-out, have generous amounts of sex, and sign for Isabel to come get them. Now, to save her family of apes from this parody of human life, Isabel must connect with her own kind, including John, a green-haired vegan, and a retired porn star with her own agenda.
Product Description America’s most-read, most-watched, and most beloved serial killer—Dexter Morgan—is back. After selling more than one million copies and inspiring the wildly popular #1 Showtime series and top-rated crime drama on pay-cable television, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lindsay returns with his most hilarious, macabre, and purely entertaining novel yet. Dexter Morgan has always lived a happy homicidal life. He keeps his dark urges in check by adhering to one steadfast rule . . . he only kills very bad people. But now Dexter is experiencing some major life changes—don’t we all?—and they’re mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals. And, most disturbing . . . these people have decided they would really like to eat Dexter. Jeff Lindsay’s bestselling, dark, ironic, and oftentimes laugh-out-loud hilarious novels about the lovable serial killer with no soul (but a redeeming desire to kill only people who deserve it) have gained a legion of fans and assumed a place in our culture.
Editorial Reviews Product Description The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir—as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels—about his obsessive search for “atonement in women.” The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later. The Hilliker Curse is a predator’s confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her. A layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, The Hilliker Curse is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self. It is unlike any memoir you have ever read. About the Author James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy— American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood’s A Rover —and the L. A. Quartet novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz . American Tabloid was Time magazine’s Best Book (fiction) of 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was a Time Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001. He lives in Los Angeles.
Here's more about the book : &quot;Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it's the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it's not enough for either of them. Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and Room can't contain either of them for much longer.&quot; The book comes out in September. Earlier today, the novel prompted Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles to write : &quot;I probably should stop reading Emma Donoghue's ROOM on the subway. My weeping is scaring the other passengers. #getaholdofyourselfman&quot;
Amazon.com Review Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010 : Welcome to the 20th century as you've never seen it. At over 1,000 pages, Fall of Giants delivers all the elements that fans of Ken Follett have come to treasure: historical accuracy, richly developed characters, and a sweeping yet intimate portrait of a past world that you'll fully inhabit before the first chapter is through. The story follows five families across the globe as their fates intertwine with the extraordinary events of World War I, the political struggles within their own countries, and the rise of the feminist movement. Intriguing stories of love and loyalty abound, from a forbidden romance between a German spy and a British aristocrat to a Russian soldier and his scandal-ridden brother in love with the same woman. Action-packed with blood on the battlefield and conspiracies behind closed doors, Fall of Giants brings the nuances of each character to life and shifts easily from dirty coal mines to sparkling palaces. There is so much to love here, and the good news is the end is just the beginning: Fall of Giants is the first in a planned trilogy. --Miriam Landis Product Description Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage. Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London... These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic. In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
Product Description In this bold novel, Jason Elliot illuminates the dark recesses of the intelligence community during a crucial moment in history: the struggle to avoid a terrorist attack. In the months before 9/11, former army officer Anthony Taverner is leading a quiet life in the English countryside. But his recruitment for a dangerous mission to Afghanistan by the British Secret Intelligence Service—better known as MI6—shatters his fragile peace and plunges him into the kaleidoscopic world of spying. Under the expert guidance of an old-school hero and veteran of the elite British Special Air Service, Taverner prepares to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to destroy a cache of the CIA 's precious Stinger missiles before they can fall into the hands of al-Qaeda. In Britain and America, the intelligence community is poised for a catastrophe that must be kept secret from the public, one that Taverner must attempt to avert—all without exposing a dangerous secret all his own. Based on real characters and drawing on the author's extensive firsthand knowledge of Afghanistan, this is a thriller of rare authenticity, providing sustained insight into influences surrounding 9/11 and raising questions about the role of intelligence agencies in historical events deliberately hidden from the public eye.
Amazon.com Review Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010 : To the End of the Land is a book of mourning for those not dead, a mother's lament for life during a wartime that has no end in sight. At the same time, it's joyously and almost painfully alive, full to the point of rupture with the emotions and the endless quotidian details of a few deeply imagined lives. Ora, the Israeli mother in Grossman's story, is surrounded by men: Ilan and Avram, friends and lovers who form with her a love triangle whose intimacies and alliances fit no familiar shape, and their sons Adam and Ofer, one for each father, from whom Ora feels her separation like a wound. When Ofer, freshly released from his army service, volunteers for an action in the West Bank instead of going on a planned hike with his mother in the north of Israel, she goes instead with Avram, who fathered Ofer but has never met him and has lived in near-seclusion since being tortured as a prisoner in the Yom Kippur war three decades before. As they walk and carefully reveal themselves to each other again, Grossman builds an overwhelming portrait of, as one character says, the &quot;thousands of moments and hours and days&quot; that make &quot;one person in the world,&quot; and of the power of war to destroy such a person, even--or especially--when they survive its cruel demands. --Tom Nissley
mazon.com Review Product Description The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late. Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son. With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation.
Product Description Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. In &quot;The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,&quot; three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In &quot;Hello Kitty,&quot; a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In &quot;The Squirrel and the Chipmunk,&quot; a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members. With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children's books, these stories are David Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising.
mazon.com Review Product Description On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of a psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor. Still Missing is that rare debut find--a shocking, visceral, brutal and beautifully crafted debut novel.
Product Description The good New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons--the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit. The bad Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas--on both sides of the law. And the dead Back off-- or die-- is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own.Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
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Book News <ul><li>The English movie version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will begin filming soon with a scheduled release date of December 21, 2011. </li></ul>
Books To Movies <ul><li>Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro </li></ul><ul><li>Starring: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Release: September 15 </li></ul>
Books To Movies <ul><li>Howl (September 24) </li></ul><ul><li>Cast: </li></ul><ul><li>James Franco </li></ul><ul><li>Mary-Louise Parker </li></ul><ul><li>Jon Hamm </li></ul><ul><li>Jeff Daniels </li></ul><ul><li>David Strathairn </li></ul>
Books To Movies <ul><li>Let Me In (October 1) </li></ul><ul><li>Cast: </li></ul><ul><li>Chloe Moretz </li></ul><ul><li>Kodi Smit-McPhee </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Jenkins </li></ul><ul><li>Based on: Swedish horror debut by John Ajvide Lindqvist </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Super Sad True Love Story </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Gary Shteyngart </li></ul><ul><li>A love story in a future New York City gone hilariously wrong. A Satire of our tech-crazed society. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: One Day </li></ul><ul><li>Author: David Nicholls </li></ul><ul><li>One Day. Twenty straight years. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: I’d Know You Anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Laura Lippman </li></ul><ul><li>A 38 year old woman is contacted by the man on death row who kidnapped her when she was 15. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: The Gendarme </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Mark Mustian </li></ul><ul><li>O ld man suffering from dementia starts having vivid dreams about his role in the Armenian genocide of 1915, and of the young Armenian woman he fell in love with and spared </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: The Way of Kings </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Brandon Sanderson </li></ul><ul><li>The first in a new 10 part fantasy series from the successor to Robert Jordan </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Jonathan Franzen </li></ul><ul><li>A literary portrait of a family in turmoil. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Our Tragic Universe </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Scarlett Thomas </li></ul><ul><li>An author with writers block considers immortality. </li></ul>
New Releases <ul><li>Title: Skippy Dies </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Paul Murray </li></ul><ul><li>A dark comedy with supernatural themes set in a boarding school. And, yes, Skippy dies. </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Russian Winter </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Daphne Kalotay </li></ul><ul><li>A former Soviet-era ballerina confronts her past. </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Liz Murray </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Ape House </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Sara Gruen </li></ul><ul><li>Six Bonobos and the humans who study their language. </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: Dexter is Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Jeff Lindsay </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone’s favorite Serial Killer returns </li></ul>
Hot Off the Press <ul><li>Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women </li></ul><ul><li>Author: James Ellroy </li></ul><ul><li>A memoir about the search for “atonement in women.” </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Room </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Emma Donaghue </li></ul><ul><li>The story of Jack, a five year old, who has lived his entire life in the same room. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Fall of Giants </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Ken Follett </li></ul><ul><li>The first novel in the new Century Trilogy by the acclaimed author. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: The Network </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Jason Elliot </li></ul><ul><li>A Spy Novel set just before 9/11 </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: To the End of the Land </li></ul><ul><li>Author: David Grossman and Jessica Cohen </li></ul><ul><li>A look at family bonds and the cost of war. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: The Wilding </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Benjamin Percy </li></ul><ul><li>A suspense tale set in the wilderness outside of Bend, Oregon. </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: The Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Authors: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan </li></ul><ul><li>The highly anticipated sequel to The Strain </li></ul>
Upcoming Releases <ul><li>Title: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary </li></ul><ul><li>Author: David Sedaris </li></ul><ul><li>A collection of animal themed tales. </li></ul>
Staff Picks <ul><li>Title: Devils in Exile </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Chuck Hogan </li></ul><ul><li>An Iraqi war veteran gets involved with the wrong people. </li></ul>
Staff Picks <ul><li>Title: Winter’s Bone </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Daniel Woodrell </li></ul><ul><li>The basis for the winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. </li></ul>
Staff Picks <ul><li>Title: In Free Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Julie Zeh </li></ul><ul><li>A crime novel of ideas, intrigue and Quantum Mechanics. </li></ul>
Staff Picks <ul><li>Title: Ship Breaker </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Paolo Bacigalupi </li></ul><ul><li>A Young Adult novel set in a future where children scavenge for survival. </li></ul>
Staff Picks <ul><li>Title: Marrowbone Marble Company </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Glenn Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>A GI finds his niche making marbles and fighting racism. </li></ul>
My Personal Recommendations <ul><li>Title: A Visit From the Goon Squad </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Jennifer Egan </li></ul><ul><li>A series of interlocking narratives surrounding one aging music producer. </li></ul>
My Personal Recommendations <ul><li>Title: Still Missing </li></ul><ul><li>Author: Chevy Stevens </li></ul><ul><li>A woman visits her therapist to process the aftermath of her abduction. </li></ul>
My Personal Recommendations <ul><li>The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman </li></ul><ul><li>A behind the scenes look at a failing English-language newspaper. </li></ul>
This Month in James Patterson <ul><li>Title: Don’t Blink </li></ul><ul><li>With: Howard Roughan </li></ul>