Elaine and Luisa's Picks: May - June 2018

May - June 2018

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There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

The heartbeat of the Urban Indian finally has a voice in Tommy Orange’s astounding debut, There There, which illustrates the many paths members of this community must travel as they find their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. The powerful voices of these characters are perfectly balanced with Orange’s lyrical prose, allowing us to see them as whole individuals, struggling with both the past and the present. Orange never shy’s away from showing both the sadness and beauty contained within the story, allowing the tension to build until we are hit with the unforgettable climax. There There is not just a remarkable debut, it is an important addition to the American voice.  —Luisa


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The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501156212
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 29th, 2018

A strong-willed heroine, a family haunted by secrets, and a gothic mansion vividly come to life in Ruth Ware’s most suspenseful mystery yet! Hal makes a living passing herself off as a tarot card reader, but as the mysteries accumulate how will her skill for reading people help her survive her latest gamble? Ware masterfully transforms the benign into the sinister, showing how one can all too easily become entrapped in a web of deceit. Reminiscent of the best of the Golden Age mysteries, the story balances unforgettable characters with a wonderful puzzle to confound you. This is a mystery that will haunt you after you’ve turn the last page!  —Luisa


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Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538761038
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 22nd, 2018

Franchesca Ramsey hadn’t planned to be an activist, but that was before her insightful and seriously funny YouTube video, “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls,” was viewed more than 12 million times. She was inundated with media requests along with both fan and hate mail. After some missteps, Ramsey decided to use her voice and her talent to fight injustice. She is determined to provide ways for us to listen to each other. Ramsey’s inclusive essays bring us laughter as well as tools for understanding our differences and our shared humanity.  —Elaine


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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 1st, 2018

Join single mother, Romy Hall, as she starts two consecutive life sentences at the Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility in the California Central Valley. Her crime: murdering a stalker. Romy tells us of her not so lovely past in San Francisco where she worked in a sleazy strip club called The Mars Room. With Romy, we meet the other incarcerated women as well as the well-meaning writing teacher and some not at all well-meaning officials. In any other hands, this could be depressing, but Kushner, who wrote Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers, brings us a riveting tale of a woman we come to respect.   —Elaine


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You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592867
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2018

No one does a better job of writing about the high and low points of contemporary relationships than Curtis Sittenfeld. Her characters are petty, flawed, tender, funny, and completely believable. In You Think It, I’ll Say It the characters do not shy away from assuming they know those around them, making the twist that happens when their misjudgments are revealed even more satisfying. While it is easy to fall in love with the insightful storytelling and humor in her writing, Sittenfeld’s true gift is to make you recognize yourself in these pages.  —Luisa


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The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451495327
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Published: Crown - April 24th, 2018

Don’t miss this amazing memoir of brutality, courage, and inspiration! Wamariya was only six when the war in Rwanda brutally ripped her and her sister Claire from their family. After years on the run, the sisters are finally granted refugee status in America. There, Wamariya discovers her life as a girl full of promise stands in contrast to the opportunities available to Claire, as a single mother of three. Bearing witness to evil has etched deep scars on Wamariya’s soul, but so have the tender moments of human connection. Beautifully written and hauntingly alive, Wamariya’s memoir is more than a story of survival; it is an unforgettable examination of the world in which we live.  —Luisa


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Love and Ruin: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101967386
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 1st, 2018

The determined and ground breaking journalist, Martha Gellhorn, was in her element covering the Spanish Civil War. She tells us, “It felt important merely to be here, to witness everything without turning away and to write it all down.” She met Ernest Hemmingway when A Farewell to Arms had already made him an international celebrity. He was her mentor, her friend, her lover, and finally her husband—but their happiness didn’t last. Gellhorn covered wars from Spain to Cuba. In 1939 she went to Finland to report on their war with the Soviet Union. She wrote of the Blitz from London and she was the only woman on the beach in Normandy on D-Day. Yet for all she achieved, she couldn’t fix the mercurial genius whom she adored.  —Elaine


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Warlight: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

I’m a huge Ondaatje fan, but I wasn’t prepared for the haunting brilliance of Warlight. In 1945 Nathaniel and Rachel’s parents suddenly left them at home in London in the care of their upstairs lodger and his friend, a former boxer who involves young Nathaniel in his shady business deals. They may have been crooked, but they were kind to the teenagers. While the parents are off doing heroic work, the kids learned that parents can lie. The title, Warlight, refers to the dim lighting on the streets during wartime blackouts—a perfect fit for the secrets that finally come to light. You’ll be thinking about the people and the surprises in Ondaatje’s masterful new novel for a very long time.  —Elaine


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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

Open Lauren Groff’s brilliant collection of short stories and you’ll find yourself immersed in Florida—not the Florida we see as vacationers or that one that’s so politically important. This Florida has rotting houses, enervating humidity, snakes, and a panther. Every story features fascinating, unforgettable people. There’s the mother who takes solo walks every night to get away from her husband and child. As she unveils her own secrets, she observes her neighbors. In another story, there’s a boy with a herpetologist father who seems to value his reptiles more than his son. Groff’s dark humor makes each of these stories a succinct treasure.  —Elaine


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The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062652553
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Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018

There’s no writer quite like Simon Winchester. He sees connections between disparate ideas that seem to elude others, and then he weaves them with own enchanting style into a memorable book.  He followed the history of the Oxford English Dictionary in The Professor and the Madman, and then turned right around and gave a compelling look at volcanoes in Krakatoa. And now in The Perfectionists, he looks at a seemingly simple topic—the invention of precision-tooled instruments—and shows in convincing fashion how this was the engine of modern civilization.  —Elaine


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Mr. Flood's Last Resort: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501180637
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Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

You can’t help but smile while reading a novel by Jess Kidd. Every description is a delight and every character unforgettable. The story bursts to life on the very first page, where we find gracious caregiver Maud Drennan being harangued by Mr. Flood, an eccentric and mischievous old Irishman. Quickly they discover that they might just be a well-matched pair. Full of humor, magic, and mystery, there is an ease with which Ms. Kidd describes events both amazing and mundane. Saints and secrets appear with regularity as we unearth the unexpected joy of connection and discover the grace of forgiveness.  —Luisa


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The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316548915
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

Today, journalist Masih Alinejad lives in New York where she is a producer at Voice of America Persia. Her story begins in a tiny village where Masih was charged with taking her frightened brother to the outhouse in the middle of the night but was not allowed to play outdoors with him during the day. As a journalist in Iran, she did not please the government. She pushed back against corruption. She encouraged women to appear in public without the hijab. She has been vilified and put in danger. The Wind in My Hair is more than a memoir, it’s an inspiring and often terrifying adventure. It’s the story of a woman who won’t be stopped in her work to bring freedom to the women of Iran.  —Elaine


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Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

With little fuss or flourish, Sarah Winman has written one of the most loving stories of our time. Here we meet three friends whose affection for each other defies easy characterization. Through years together and apart their deep bond continues to color their view of the world around them. With the graceful touch of Winman’s steady hand beauty unfolds with unexpected brilliance and characters walk off the page and into our hearts. This is a love story, a surprising story, a story of the relationships that make life worth living.  —Luisa