BookCourt http://www.bookcourt.org Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:31:05 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 http://www.bookcourt.org/5371/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5371/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:30:15 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5371 From The Wall Street Journal – July 22nd

By ALEXANDRA ALTER

“Reservation Road,” John Burnham Schwartz’s 1998 novel about the aftermath of a fatal hit and run, doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. When a 10-year-old boy is hit by a car at the book’s opening, the culprit, a tax lawyer, reveals himself immediately to the reader. A long, excruciating confrontation between the boy’s family and the lawyer’s ensues, until the story reaches a cathartic conclusion.

But for years after he released the novel, Mr. Schwartz fielded questions from readers about what became of the characters: the dead boy’s parents, Ethan and Grace Learner; his sister, 8-year-old Emma, who believes the accident was her fault; Dwight Arno, the driver who killed Josh Learner; Arno’s son, 10-year-old Sam and Arno’s ex-wife, Ruth.

John Burnham Schwartz, above, returns to the characters from ‘Reservation Road.’

More than a decade later, fans of “Reservation Road” will get another chapter. In “Northwest Corner,” out next week, Mr. Schwartz picks up the story of the Learner and Arno families 12 years after their lives were shattered. Ethan and Grace have separated. Sam and Emma are in college and have developed a romantic connection. Sam has a violent streak. Dwight, after a stint in prison, works as the manager of a sporting goods store in California. Ruth is recovering from breast cancer.

Mr. Schwartz, who has written two other novels since “Reservation Road,” says he never planned to write a sequel. “It never occurred to me that I would ever revisit the characters from any of my books,” says Mr. Schwartz, 46.

He was drawn back to the story in the summer of 2008, when he was casting around for ideas for a historical novel. “It struck me that they were already there, and that to revisit those characters was a kind of historical imagining,” he says.

Before advancing the tale, Mr. Schwartz reread “Reservation Road,” which tells the story from the alternating perspectives of Ethan, Dwight and Grace. “Northwest Corner” follows a similar blueprint, shifting between the perspectives of Dwight, Sam, Ruth, Emma and Penny, a new character.

Resurrecting old characters wasn’t easy. Mr. Schwartz says he sought to replicate Dwight’s idiosyncratic vernacular, while also presenting him as an older, more contrite version of the cocky, entitled lawyer he was before.

Another challenge was reimagining the characters following their film incarnations. “Reservation Road” was adapted into a 2007 Focus Features film starring Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo. The movie was a commercial disappointment, grossing just $1.8 million globally, and drew lukewarm reviews.

The movie likely gave a boost to the book, however. “Reservation Road” has more than 350,000 copies in print, a big run for a literary novel. Random House hopes to reel in readers for “Northwest Corner” by running ads on Facebook targeting people who have identified themselves as fans of the previous book or movie.

When he sat down to write “Northwest Corner,” Mr. Schwartz was relieved to find that the characters appeared in his mind as he originally envisioned them. “When I thought about Dwight, it was not Mark Ruffalo. It was my Dwight,” he says. “That was an indication to me that the connections were still strong and that it was something I could still pull from.”

Mr. Schwartz hopes that old readers will return to the story, but that “Northwest Corner” will also stand on its own.

“The first book is event-driven in a profound way; it’s about people being crushed by life in a particular moment in time,” he says. “The second book really is more about the things we carry.”

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5347/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5347/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:41:52 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5347 July 11 – July 17, 2011

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5332/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5332/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 19:15:23 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5332 July 4 – July 10, 2011

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  2. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
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http://www.bookcourt.org/5304/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5304/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:33:39 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5304 June 20 – June 26, 2011

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Hardcover Fiction
  1. MAINE. J. Courtney Sullivan. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  2. GO THE F**K TO SLEEP. Adam Mansbach. Akashic Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  3. THE ART OF FORGETTING. Camille Noe Pagan. Penguin. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  4. STATE OF WONDER. Ann Patchett. HarperCollins. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  5. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  6. ILLUMINATIONS. Arthur Rimbaud. Translated by John Ashbery. Norton. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  7. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  8. IN ZANESVILLE. Jo Ann Beard. Little, Brown. $23.99. Our Price $16.79.
  9. STORIES OF THE SEA. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  10. TEN THOUSAND SAINTS. Eleanor Henderson. HarperCollins. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.

Hardcover Nonfiction

  1. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. Erik Larson. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  2. NOM DE PLUME. Carmela Ciuraru. HarperCollins. $24.99. Our Price $17.49.
  3. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price$18.89.
  4. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  5. THE PSYCHOPATH TEST. Jon Ronson. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  6. PLENTY. Yotam Ottolenghi. Chronicle. $35. Our Price $24.50.
  7. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26.Our Price $18.20.
  8. THE GREATER JOURNEY. David McCullough. Simon & Schuster. $37.50. Our Price $26.25.
  9. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28.
  10. ON CHINA. Henry Kissinger. Penguin. $36. Our Price $25.20.

Paperback Fiction

  1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
  2. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  3. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95.Our Price $10.47.
  4. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  5. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  6. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  7. BROOKLYN. Colm Toibin. Simon & Schuster. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  8. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  9. A CLASH OF KINGS. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  10. THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE. Aimee Bender. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

    Paperback Nonfiction

  1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  2. MAN WITH A PAN. John Donohue. Algonquin. $15.95. Our Price $11.17.
  3. BORN TO RUN. Christopher McDougall. Random House. $15.95. Our Price $11.17.
  4. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  5. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  6. CLEAN. Alejandro Junger. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  7. ON BOOZE. F. Scott Fitzgerald. New Directions. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  8. EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON. S.C. Gwynne. Simon & Schuster. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  9. FOOD LOVERS’ GUIDE TO BROOKLYN. Sherri Eisenberg. Globe Pequot Press. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  10. WAR. Sebastian Junger. Grand Central. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.

    Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

  1. OLLIE & MOON. Diane Kredensor & Sandra Kress. Random House. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
  2. BLACKOUT. John Rocco. Hyperion. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  3. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  4. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  5. MOCKINGJAY. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  6. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  7. OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO. Dr. Seuss. Random House. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  8. GOOD NIGHT NYC. Adam Gamble. Our World of Books. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  9. AMOS & BORIS. William Steig. St. Martin’s Press. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  10. MERMAIDS ON PARADE. Melanie Hope Greenberg. Penguin. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
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http://www.bookcourt.org/5287/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5287/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 20:09:22 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5287

COUSIN CORINNE’S REMINDER – ISSUE NUMBER THREE

HOT OFF THE PRESS, MAN!!!

SICK NEW PRICE = $14!!!

DOUBLE THE PAGE COUNT!!!

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5277/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5277/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:25:25 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5277 June 13 – June 19, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

YOU RECEIVE A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS!

Hardcover Fiction
  1. STATE OF WONDER. Ann Patchett. HarperCollins. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  2. GO THE F**K TO SLEEP. Adam Mansbach. Akashic Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  3. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  4. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  5. THE SNOWMAN. Jo Nesbo. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  6. IN ZANESVILLE. Jo Ann Beard. Little, Brown. $23.99. Our Price $16.79.
  7. TEN THOUSAND SAINTS. Eleanor Henderson. HarperCollins. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  8. ILLUMINATIONS. Arthur Rimbaud. Translated by John Ashbery. Norton. $24.95.Our Price $17.47.
  9. TABLOID CITY. Pete Hamill. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  10. STORIES OF THE SEA. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

Hardcover Nonfiction

  1. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. Erik Larson. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  2. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  3. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  4. THE GREATER JOURNEY. David McCullough. Simon & Schuster. $37.50. Our Price $26.25.
  5. THE PSYCHOPATH TEST. Jon Ronson. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  6. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House.$26.Our Price $18.20.
  7. PLASTIC. Susan Freinkel. Houghton Mifflin. $27. Our Price $18.90.
  8. PLENTY. Yotam Ottolenghi. Chronicle. $35. Our Price $24.50.
  9. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28.
  10. STORE FRONT. James Murray. Gingko Press. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.

Paperback Fiction

  1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95.Our Price $10.47.
  2. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95.Our Price $10.47.
  3. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  4. ROOM. Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  5. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  6. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  7. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  8. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  9. BROOKLYN. Colm Toibin. Simon & Schuster. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  10. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND. Helen Simonson. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

    Paperback Nonfiction

  1. BORN TO RUN. Christopher McDougall. Random House. $15.95. Our Price $11.17.
  2. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  3. WAR. Sebastian Junger. Grand Central. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
  4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  5. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  6. TOO BIG TO FAIL. Andrew Ross Sorkin. Penguin. $18. Our Price $12.60.
  7. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  8. TALKING TO GIRLS ABOUT DURAN DURAN. Rob Sheffield. Penguin. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  9. FOUR FISH. Paul Greenberg. Penguin. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  10. CLEAN. Alejandro Junger. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.

    Children’s Paperback & Hardcover

  1. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  2. OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO. Dr. Seuss. Random House. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  3. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  4. MOCKINGJAY. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  5. HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ. Tad Hills. Random House. $17.99.Our Price $12.59.
  6. MERMAIDS ON PARADE. Melanie Hope Greenberg. Penguin. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  7. THE PENDERWICKS. Jeanne Birdsall. Random House. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  8. LEGO HARRY POTTER. DK Publishing. $21.99. Our Price $15.39.
  9. GOOD NIGHT NYC. Adam Gamble. Our World of Books. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  10. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
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Summer Reads for Sticky Days http://www.bookcourt.org/summer-reads-for-sticky-days/ http://www.bookcourt.org/summer-reads-for-sticky-days/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:45:00 +0000 Emma Straub http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5267 This week, I’ve been on a reading binge. I’m taking the subway when I could walk, just for the added reading time. I’m as thirsty for books as I am for iced tea. Here are a few books I’ve gulped down in the last few days, books that will stay with me for ages, but especially through the steamy months ahead.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones: Book Cover

Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow
Talk about a timely book! Jones’ novel about inside and outside families feels particularly necessary in the wake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s indiscretions. The book is told in the voices of the two daughters, the public and the private, and I was riveted throughout. Jones writes gracefully and honestly about her characters’ situation, and doesn’t offer any pat resolutions.

Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest: Book Cover

Emma Forrest, Your Voice in My Head
Forrest’s memoir is about a double dose of heartbreak–the death of her beloved shrink and the death of a romance. The two relationships are so well-drawn that I too mourned their loss, and cried in public places.  Despite the subject matter, which includes suicide attempts and several scenes of self-mutilation, the book is often funny, and Forrest and her family are intensely likable.  (Note: Emma Forrest will be at BookCourt on 6/ 29)

Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner: Book Cover

Hayley Tanner, Vaclav & Lena
Tanner’s first novel begins with a pair of best friends in Coney Island: Vaclav, who wants to be a magician, and Lena, who is roped into becoming his glamorous assistant. They are both children of Russian immigrants, and there is much humor and warmth to be found in the borscht-flavored setting. Lena’s story threatens to become tragic, but this book is more about the permanence of love than a single sad event. When Vaclav and Lena were grown, and the book was over, I was sorry to be out of their company.

–Emma Straub

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5243/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5243/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:59:34 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5243 June 6 – June 12, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

YOU RECEIVE A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS!

Hardcover Fiction
  1. BIG GIRL SMALL. Rachel DeWoskin. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  2. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
  3. THE SNOWMAN. Jo Nesbo. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  4. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
  5. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  6. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  7. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  8. THE CAPTAIN ASKS FOR A SHOW OF HANDS. Nick Flynn. Graywolf Press. $22. Our Price $15.40.
  9. THE TROUBLED MAN. Henning Mankell. Random House. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
  10. THE PARIS WIFE. Paula McLain. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.

Hardcover Nonfiction

  1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  2. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. Erik Larson. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  3. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  4. THE LONG GOODBYE. Meghan O’Rourke. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  5. THIS IS A BOOK. Demetri Martin. Grand Central. $24.99. Our Price $17.49.
  6. THE GREATER JOURNEY. David McCullough. Simon & Schuster. $37.50. Our Price $26.25.
  7. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  8. THE PSYCHOPATH TEST. Jon Ronson. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  9. THE ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE. Harold Bloom. Yale University Press. $32.50. Our Price $22.75.
  10. PLENTY. Yotam Ottolenghi. Chronicle. $35. Our Price $24.50.

Paperback Fiction

  1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
  2. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15 Our Price $10.50.
  3. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  4. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  5. THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN. Siri Hustvedt. St. Martin’s Press. $14. Our Price $9.80.
  6. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  7. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  8. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  9. ARMY CATS. Tom Sleigh. Graywolf Press. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  10. ROOM. Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.

    Paperback Nonfiction

  1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  2. MEDIUM RAW. Anthony Bourdain. HarperCollins. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
  3. WALKING BROOKLYN. Adrienne Onofri. Wilderness Press. $17.95. Our Price $12.57.
  4. TALKING TO GIRLS ABOUT DURAN DURAN. Rob Sheffield. Penguin. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  5. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.
  6. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  7. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  8. ANOTHER BULLSHIT NIGHT IN SUCK CITY. Nick Flynn. Norton. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  9. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALK IN THE WORLD. John Baxter. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  10. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.

    Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

  1. TWEAK TWEAK. Eve Bunting. Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Houghton Mifflin. $14.99.Our Price $10.49.
  2. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  3. MOCKINGJAY. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  4. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  5. IVY & BEAN Book 1. Annie Barrows. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle. $5.99. Our Price $4.19.
  6. THE SNAIL & THE WHALE. Julia Donaldson. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  7. HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ. Tad Hills. Random House. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  8. GOOD NIGHT NYC. Adam Gamble. Our World of Books. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  9. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  10. MERMAIDS ON PARADE. Melanie Hope Greenberg. Penguin. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
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http://www.bookcourt.org/5229/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5229/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 23:23:08 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5229 May 23– May 29, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

Hardcover Fiction
  1. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  2. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  3. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
  4. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  5. HOROSCOPES FOR THE DEAD. Billy Collins. Random House. $24. Our Price $16.80.
  6. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
  7. THE SNOWMAN. Jo Nesbo. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.18.17.
  8. CALEB’S CROSSING. Geraldine Brooks. Penguin. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
  9. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  10. OPEN CITY. Teju Cole. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.

Hardcover Nonfiction

  1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  2. BLOOD & SMOKE. Charles Leerhsen. Simon & Schuster. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  3. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  4. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. Erik Larson. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  5. LETTERS TO MADELEINE. Guillaume Apollinaire. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Seagull Books. $30. Our Price $21.
  6. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  7. A SINGULAR WOMAN. Janny Scott. Riverhead. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
  8. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28.
  9. READING MY FATHER. Alexandra Styron. Simon & Schuster. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  10. UNBROKEN. Lauren Hillenbrand. Random House. $27. Our Price $18.90.

Paperback Fiction

  1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
  2. YOU ARE FREE. Danzy Senna. Riverhead. $15.Our Price $10.50.
  3. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  4. STORIES. Donald Moss. $10. Our Price $7.
  5. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  6. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  7. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  8. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15.Our Price $10.50.
  9. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  10. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

    Paperback Nonfiction

  1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  2. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  3. BORN TO RUN. Christopher McDougall. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  4. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.
  5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  6. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  7. NFT GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY 2011. Not For Tourists. $18.99. Our Price $13.29.
  8. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION. Geoff Dyer. Graywolf Press. $18. Our Price $12.60.
  9. I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE CAKE. Sloane Crosley. Riverhead. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  10. NFT GUIDE TO BROOKLYN 2011. Not For Tourists. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.

    Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

  1. INVISIBLE INKLING. Emily Jenkins. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  2. JEREMY BENDER VS. THE CUPCAKE CADETS. Eric Luper. HarperCollins. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
  3. PAGE BY PAIGE. Laura Lee Gulledge. Abrams. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  4. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  5. HOW TO CATCH A STAR. Oliver Jeffers. Penguin. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  6. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  7. IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. Andrea Beaty. Abrams. $16.95. Our Price $11.87.
  8. THIS IS NEW YORK. M. Sasek. Universe. $17.95. Our Price $12.57.
  9. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  10. A THRONE OF FIRE. Rick Riordan. Hyperion. $18.99. Our Price $13.29.
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EVENTS http://www.bookcourt.org/5209/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5209/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 16:38:59 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5209

  • SUNDAY, JULY 24TH – 11AM:

JON SAMSON’S CO-CREATIVE MUSIC, LIVE!!!

  • SUNDAY, JULY 24TH – 7PM:

JESSE BALL – THE CURFEW

  • TUESDAY, JULY 26TH – 7PM:

JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ – NORTHWEST CORNER

RELEASE PARTY!

Cover Image

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 27TH – 7PM:

ANN NAPOLITANO – A GOOD HARD LOOK

A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano: Book Cover

  • THURSDAY, JULY 28TH – 7PM:

LINDSAY HARRISON – MISSING

RELEASE PARTY!

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5193/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5193/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 14:20:36 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5193 May 16– May 22, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

Hardcover Fiction
  1. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  2. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  3. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
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The Medium, the Message & the Commonplace Book http://www.bookcourt.org/the-medium-the-message-the-commonplace-book/ http://www.bookcourt.org/the-medium-the-message-the-commonplace-book/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 18:57:58 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5190 In his monumental and definitive new book, The Information, James Gleick makes frequent, mostly passing reference to Marshall McLuhan, the “medium is the message” man of the 1960s. Both of them wrote about the transition from print to electronic culture, McLuhan before it happened, Gleick while in the process.

Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland: NOOK Book Cover

The may be no better introduction to the subject, and certainly no more delightful window onto it, than Douglas Coupland’s Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! Half a century later, McLuhan’s predictions about the end of print culture and the rise of “electronic inter-dependence” have become a reality—in a sense, the reality—of our time. Coupland, whose iconic novel Generation X was a “McLuhanesque” account of our culture in fictional form, has written a compact biography of the cultural critic that interprets the life and work of his subject from inside. A fellow Canadian, a master of creative sociology, a writer who supplied a defining term, Coupland is the ideal chronicler of the uncanny prophet whose vision of the global village—now known as the Internet—has come to pass in the 21st century.

The Information by James Gleick: Book Cover

Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us in The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. And then the information age arrives. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And we sometimes feel we are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading.

The Master Switch by Tim Wu: Book Cover

In this age of an open Internet, it is easy to forget that every American information industry, beginning with the telephone, has eventually been taken captive by some ruthless monopoly or cartel. With all our media now traveling a single network, an unprecedented potential is building for centralized control over what Americans see and hear. Could history repeat itself with the next industrial consolidation? Could the Internet—the entire flow of American information—come to be ruled by one corporate leviathan in possession of “the master switch”? That is the big question of Tim Wu’s pathbreaking book, appropriately entitled The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. As Wu’s sweeping history shows, each of the new media of the 20th century—radio, telephone, television, and film—was born free and open. Each invited unrestricted use and enterprising experiment until some would-be mogul battled his way to total domination. Part industrial exposé, part meditation on what freedom requires in the information age, The Master Switch is a stirring illumination of a drama that has played out over decades in the shadows of our national life and now culminates with terrifying implications for our future.

How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish: Book Cover

On a more practical level, Stanley Fish in How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, starts by telling us: “I am always on the lookout for sentences that take your breath away, for sentences that make you say, ‘Isn’t that something?’ or ‘What a sentence!’” Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving readers an instant play-by-play. In this entertaining and erudite gem, Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader). His vibrant analysis takes us on a literary tour of great writers throughout history—from William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Henry James to Martin Luther King Jr., Antonin Scalia, and Elmore Leonard. Indeed, How to Write a Sentence is both a spirited love letter to the written word and a key to understanding how great writing works; it is a book that will stand the test of time.

Product Details

Further breaking things down, social networks are dominating today’s headlines, but they are not the only platforms that are radically changing the way we communicate. Creatives such as designers, photographers, artists, researchers, and poets are disseminating information about themselves and their favorite subjects not via predefined media such as Twitter or blogs, but through printed or other self-published projects so-called zines. Those who publish zines are mostly interested in sole authorship, namely that all components including text, images, layout, typography, production, and distribution are firmly in the hands of one person or a small group. At their best, the results convey a compelling and consistent atmosphere and push against the established creative grain in just the right way. They provoke with surprising and non-linear food for thought. In short, zines are advancing the evolution of today s media. With a cutting-edge selection of international examples, Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture introduces the broad range of zines that exists today. The book examines the key factors that distinguish various zines. It introduces projects in which the printing process significantly influences aesthetics or in which limited distribution to a small, clearly defined target audience becomes part of the overall concept. It not only documents outstanding work, but also shows how the self-image of those who make zines impacts the scene as a whole. Through interviews with people involved in zine production and distribution, the book sheds light on various strategies for this evolving media form.

A Little Common Place Book

In the end, reading is perhaps best understood as a peculiar form of writing, and vice versa. Renaissance thinkers took this paradox seriously, giving it concrete form in their “commonplace books,” manuscript journals of passages copied from assorted texts and organized under various headings. The origins of the practice lay in the preparatory methods of classical oratory and medieval sermon composition, but commonplacing achieved the status of a true art among humanists like Erasmus and Montaigne, who used these notebooks to maintain command over an ever-expanding body of published texts, while culling material for their own correspondence, essays and literary compositions. A Little Common Place Book is a facsimile of a notebook originally printed in 1797—the only remaining copy of which is held in the rare books collection of Princeton University—and  reprints its introduction to the principles of commonplacing as practiced by the philosopher John Locke, as well as 144 blank pages for collecting and cataloguing your own thoughts.

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Some Captivating (Fictional) Life Strategies http://www.bookcourt.org/some-captivating-fictional-life-strategies/ http://www.bookcourt.org/some-captivating-fictional-life-strategies/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 18:41:37 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5170 Tabloid City by Pete Hamill: Book Cover

In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths: The head of one of the city’s last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe. The city is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories–a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades. Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 20 previous books including the bestselling novels Forever and Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle: Book Cover

Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams—not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him. In 1963, 10 years after Hank’s death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, his morphine habit isn’t as easy to support as it used to be. So he lives in a rented room in the red-light district on the south side of San Antonio, performing abortions and patching up the odd knife or gunshot wound. But when Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant, appears in the neighborhood in search of Doc’s services, miraculous things begin to happen. Graciela sustains a wound on her wrist that never heals, yet she heals others with the touch of her hand. Everyone she meets is transformed for the better, except, maybe, for Hank’s angry ghost—who isn’t at all pleased to see Doc doing well.  A brilliant excavation of an obscure piece of music history, Steve Earle’s I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive is also a marvelous novel in its own right, a ballad of regret and redemption, and of the ways in which we remake ourselves and our world through the smallest of miracles.

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks: Book Cover

The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At 12, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe’s shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb’s crossing of cultures. Like Geraldine Brooks’s beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha’s Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, this newest story further establishes Brooks’s place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

The Summer without Men by Siri Hustvedt: Book Cover

Mia Fredrickson, the wry, vituperative, tragic comic, poet narrator of The Summer Without Men, has been forced to re-examine her own life. One day, out of the blue, after 30 years of marriage, Mia’s husband, a renowned neuroscientist, asks her for a “pause.” This abrupt request sends her reeling and lands her in a psychiatric ward. The June following Mia’s release from the hospital, she returns to the prairie town of her childhood, where her mother lives in an old people’s home. Alone in a rented house, she rages and fumes and bemoans her sorry fate. Slowly, however, she is drawn into the lives of those around her—her mother and her close friends, “the Five Swans,” and her young neighbor with two small children and a loud angry husband—and the adolescent girls in her poetry workshop whose scheming and petty cruelty carry a threat all their own. From Siri Hustvedt, the internationally bestselling author of What I Loved, comes a provocative, witty, and revelatory novel about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old question of sameness and difference between the sexes.

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto: Book Cover
While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written. It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though … until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too. They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. Banana Yoshimoto wrote her first novel, Kitchen, while working as a waitress at a golf-course restaurant. It sold millions of copies worldwide, and led to a phenomenon dubbed by Western journalists as “Banana-mania.” Yoshimoto has gone on to be one of the biggest-selling and most distinguished writers in Japanese history, winning numerous awards for her work

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May 2 – May 8, 2011

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  10. AMOS & BORIS. William Steig. St. Martin’s Press. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
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Emma Straub, Other Writers, May 1 at Sundays at Sunny’s http://www.bookcourt.org/emma-straub-other-writers-may-1-at-sundays-at-sunnys/ http://www.bookcourt.org/emma-straub-other-writers-may-1-at-sundays-at-sunnys/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:44:53 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5147 Emma Straub will read from her debut story collection, Other People We Married, at Sunny’s in Red Hook at 3 o’clock Sunday, May 1. Emma will be joined on the monthly Sunday at Sunny’s program by Jim Rasenberger, author of The Brilliant Disaster:  JFK, Castro, and America’s Doomed Invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, and Nancy Rommelmann, whose first novel. The Bad Mother, is set among Hollywood’s transient population of street kids.

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Emma Straub, who works at BookCourt, a co-sponsor of the monthly literary event, has published fiction and essays in The Paris Review Daily, Slate, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and many other journals. Emma’s story collection was published in February, and her first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, is due next year from Riverhead Books.

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Jim Rasenberger is the author of three books–The Brilliant Disaster, America 1908, and High Steel– and has contributed to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, and Wilson Quarterly, among other publications. He has also written for film and television,. A native of Washington, D.C., he lives in New York City with his wife and sons.

Nancy Rommelman’s articles and profiles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Reason, and other publications. The idea for The Bad Mother grew out of her experiences chronicling the stories of Hollywood’s various under-exposed populations: a crew of Mexican gardeners working the Hollywood Hills; the cop groupies who hang out at the LAPD’s favorite bar, and the dream-broke residents of Sunset Boulevard’s transient hotels .She grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sunny’s is at 253 Conover St., and admission is $5.

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5113/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5113/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:45:22 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5113 April 25 – May 1, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

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2011 Pulitzer-Prize Winners http://www.bookcourt.org/2011-pulitzer-prize-winners/ http://www.bookcourt.org/2011-pulitzer-prize-winners/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:21:15 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5070 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: Book Cover

FICTION: Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. In A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, this is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner: Book Cover

HISTORY: In The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, Eric Foner gives us the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. Foner begins with Lincoln’s youth in Indiana and Illinois and follows the trajectory of his career across an increasingly tense and shifting political terrain from Illinois to Washington, D.C. Although “naturally anti-slavery” for as long as he can remember, Lincoln scrupulously holds to the position that the Constitution protects the institution in the original slave states. But the political landscape is transformed in 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act makes the expansion of slavery a national issue.

Washington by Ron Chernow: Book Cover

BIOGRAPHY: In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America’s first president.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee: CD Audiobook Cover

GENERAL NON-FICTION: The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The Best of It by Kay Ryan: Book Cover

POETRY: Kay Ryan’s recent appointment as the Library of Congress’s 16th poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet. Salon has compared her poems to “Fabergé eggs, tiny, ingenious devices that inevitably conceal some hidden wonder.” The 200 poems in Ryan’s The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers.

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris: Book Cover

DRAMA: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris is an acerbically brilliant satire that explores the fault line between race and property in a Chicago neighborhood first in 1959 and revisited in 2009.

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