Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Treasure Trove of New Books!

Unpacking boxes of books is a daily ritual when you work in a bookstore. Sometimes it's a chore; other times it's a joy -- a little like Christmas morning. Yesterday was one of the latter types, a ginormously wonderful collection of hot-off-the-press just-released eagerly awaited books. Here's just a taste of the new books that went on sale yesterday:
  • Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama, the new graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For fame. Her newest explores her complicated relationship with her mother.
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, the fourth volume in the fascinating and meticulous series of Johnson biographies by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Robert Caro.
  • Just out in paperback is Then Again, by Diane Keaton, her unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. [Hmmm, isn't Mother's Day just around the corner???]
  • Also just out in paperback is In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson's take on an American family living in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. The book is both harrowing and gripping, "like slipping slowly into a nightmare."
  • I was thrilled to unpack the new novel from Simon Mawer, author of the Booker-shortlisted (and one of my favorites) novel The Glass Room. His newest is Trapeze, a blend of fact and fiction that tells the story of a young woman trained as a spy during WWII.
  • Not to leave out the younger readers, it was a big day as the newest from Rick Riordan hit the shelves: Serpents Shadow, Book Three in The Kane Chronicles, with Carter and Sade Kane exploring the world of Egyptian gods and mythology.
  • Another favorite for the younger readers (say, 8 to 12) are the Big Nate books. Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? published in paperback yesterday.
Many more terrific books hit our shelves yesterday. Come in and see for yourself! We've also got a table with ideas for Mother's Day (May 13th) and for graduates, as well as cards for both.

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