The academic year is getting underway, but don't tell Mother Nature. We may still get a month of summer out of her before she's through. Whatever she may decide, this is definitely the time to pick up one of our ever-popular August to August organizers in the bright color of your choice.
September 22nd features a great off-site author event with Naseem Rakha, author of The Crying Tree. Details are here. We've also got memoirist Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch, coming to the store on the 30th.
And did you notice the new tab on the menu above? We're always interested in conversation with our friends and neighbors, so we've recently launched a blog that gives us one more way to talk to you. Even more importantly, it gives you one more way to talk to us, and to each other. The door is always open--let us know what you think.
Globalization is not a new phenomenon--it started with a rush when Columbus stumbled across the many vibrant civilizations in the Americas in 1492. Militarily, politically, and even ecologically, our world has never been the same since. A revelation and a new way of thinking about history and our modern world on almost every page.
Here's the story of a watershed year in the life of a strong-willed 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. The best part is the setting--New York at the end of the Depression comes to life as Kontent embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool to the upper echelons of society in search of a brighter future. You'll love the complex relationships among the three main characters as they come of age, and the sparkling atmosphere is a vivid delight.
Set in Provence, London, and New York, this is a daughter's brilliant and witty memoir of her mother and stepfather and the life they lived at the center of absolutely everything. Gully Wells takes us into the heart of London's lively, liberated intellectual inner circle of the 1960s. Here are Alan Bennett, Isaiah Berlin, Iris Murdoch, Bertrand Russell, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens, Robert Kennedy, and Claus von Bulow, and later in New York a completely different mix: Mayor John Lindsay, Mike Tyson, and lingerie king Fernando Sanchez. Woven throughout is La Migoua, the old farmhouse in France, where evenings were spent cooking bouillabaisse with fish bought that morning in the market in Bandol, and afternoons included visits to M. F. K. Fisher's favorite cafe, with a late-night stop at the bullfighters' bar in Arles. It's a spellbinding, gossipy story with a luminous sense of place.
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle . . . .
In 2007, chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by "Food & Wine," and he'd recently opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by "Gourmet" magazine. Then, positioned firmly in the world's culinary spotlight, Achatz was diagnosed with tongue cancer. The prognosis was grim, and doctors agreed the only course of action was to remove the cancerous tissue, which included his entire tongue. Desperate to preserve his quality of life, Grant undertook an alternative treatment of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. But the choice came at a cost: he lost his sense of taste. Tapping into the discipline, passion, and focus of being a chef, Grant rarely missed a day of work. He trained his chefs to mimic his palate and learned how to cook with his other senses: the food was never better. Five months later, Grant was declared cancer-free, and just a few months following, he received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef in America Award.
A story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave, Next to Love follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of World War II and its aftermath, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when their children are on the cusp of their own adulthood. Book clubs will love it even more than they did The Postmistress.
Alexandra Fuller braids a multilayered narrative around the perfectly lit Africa of her mother's childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father's English childhood; and the darker, civil war-torn Africa of her own childhood. At its heart, this is the story of Fuller's mother, Nicola. Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa: loyalty to blood, passion for land, and a holy belief in the restorative power of all animals. Fuller interviewed her mother at length and has captured her inimitable voice with remarkable precision.
National Book Award-winner Lily Tuck returns with a tale that unfolds over a single night as Nina sits at the bedside of her husband, Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Still too shocked to grieve, she lets herself remember the defining moments of their long union, beginning with their meeting in Paris. She is an artist, he a highly accomplished mathematician--a collision of two different worlds that merged to form an intricate and passionate love. As we move through select memories--real and imagined--Tuck reveals the most private intimacies, dark secrets, and overwhelming joys that defined Nina and Philip's life together.