August 2013 Newsletter

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August 21 at 6:30pm at the Book House, The Book House Book Group will discuss The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. All are welcome.


August 24 at 2pm at Daniel Mahoney will sign his new book, Monstergarten.


August 30 from 7-9pm Diane Cameron will sign and discuss her newest book, Looking for Signs, at Troy Night Out.

August 31 from 11am-1pm Matthew Goldstein will sign and discuss his new book, Dark Mind.

September 7 from 11am-1pm The Bleecker Consort




Archangel by Andrea Barrett

In this magnificent new book, Barrett unfolds five pivotal moments in the lives of her characters and in the history of knowledge. Barrett explores the thrill and sense of loss that come with scientific progress and the personal passions and impersonal politics that shape all human knowledge.


Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. 


The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting’s true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is—putting Liv’s belief in what is right to the ultimate test.


Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

This slim volume, in near poetry, paints the unlikely portrait of a poor North Korean prisoner of war who, almost by hazard, begins a new life in a low-key port city in Brazil rather than returning home. Taken in by a kindly Japanese tailor, Yohan learns the trade, learns the language and slowly becomes a member of this odd foreign family of two. A touching portrayal of immigrant life, isolation, and the search for human connections in a strange new world. — DarwinEllis, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT



Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? Moyes is one of our consistently popular authors.

Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.  And speaking of Ms. Rowland…

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (her pen name) is getting rave reviews from the staff at Market Block Books!



Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.

Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most
Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
by Boris Kachka

Roger Straus, editor and publisher at FSG, was loved, loathed, feared, and admired, and the publishing house with which he came of age was (and still is) perhaps the mightiest producer of quality literature in America. Hothouse perfectly captures the often uneasy alliance of commerce and culture. Through anecdote and first hand reminiscences, Kachka weaves a compelling — and sometimes hilarious — history of 20th Century American publishing, involving the geniuses, egotists, and neurotics, namely most of the important voices in writing and publishing of a golden era of American literature. — Mark  LaFramboise, Politics & Prose Books and Coffee Shop, Washington, DC

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn

Manson is not simply a biography of a killer and a cultist. It’s a history of American culture from the Great Depression to the close of the 20th century. It’s the dirty boogie in four-four time, a fascinating study of greed, mind control, celebriphilia, sex, narcotics, racism, and the misuse of power. I lived in South Los Angeles when many of the events in this book took place. No one has told the story as accurately as Jeff Guinn. It’s the story of Nixon and Johnson, Martin Luther King, Vietnam, the SDS, the Black Panthers, the acid culture, and a nation coming apart at the seams. From the first page to the last, I could hardly put it down. Hang on, reader. This is a rip-roaring ride you won’t forget. -James Lee Burke




Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance. Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.


Infinity Ring 5: Cave of Wonders by Matthew J. Kirby

Fix the past. Save the future. Europe is in the grip of the Dark Ages, but there is a light in the dark: Baghdad. The great city has become a center of learning, populated by scholars, merchants, and explorers from all across the known world. But danger lurks in the desert . . . and Dak, Sera, and Riq must act fast to save the world’s greatest library from utter destruction.


Uh-Oh, Dodo! by Jennifer Gordon Sattler

Dodo loves adventure. He’s endlessly curious. And going for a walk with his mom offers tons of opportunity for trouble and excitement. Good thing his mom is always nearby to help, if needed.



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July 2013 Newsletter

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July 16 from 7-8:30pm 

Stephen Kiernan signs and discusses his book, The Curiosity.


July 17 at 6:30pm


The Book House Book Group will meet to discuss Hollis Seamon’s book, Corporealty (Stories). 



August 3 from 9:30am-5:30pm


The Book House will hosts the AIDS Council for the Stuyvestant Plaza Sidewalk Sale. 



Saturday hours 9am-5pm

We open early coincide with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market.

July 27 from 11am-1pm

Star Donovan signs discusses her children’s book series, Young Vampire Adventures.


July 26 from 6-9pm

Troy Night Out. Come join the fun downtown. The Uncle Sam Project maps are available at Market Block Books.



Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Set in 1955, Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But, when she is assigned to a gruesome new case, a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood. Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history. Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.


Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant


By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family in order to succeed.


Fin and LadyFin and Lady by Cathleen Schine  


It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.


Best of Connie Willis by Connie Willis


Few authors have had careers as successful as that of Connie Willis. Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and recently awarded the title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Willis is still going strong. Her smart, heartfelt fiction runs the gamut from screwball comedy to profound tragedy, combining dazzling plot twists, cutting-edge science, and unforgettable characters. From a near future mourning the extinction of dogs to an alternate history in which invading aliens were defeated by none other than Emily Dickinson; from a madcap convention of bumbling quantum physicists in Hollywood to a London whose Underground has become a storehouse of intangible memories both foul and fair—here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today.




Indiscretion by Charles Dubow 


A story of love, lust, deception, and betrayal as seen through the omniscient eyes of Maddy’s childhood friend Walter, a narrator akin to Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Indiscretion is an irresistibly sensual page-turner.


Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr  



Breathtakingly profound and compulsively readable, Caleb Carr’s long-awaited new book is an action-packed, multicharacter epic of a medieval clash of cultures—in which new gods collide with old, science defies all expectation, and virtue comes in many guises.


The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam Book 1 by Jasper Fforde 

In his witty first novel for young readers, New York Times best-selling author Jasper Fforde introduces fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, who runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away. 



No Recipe CookbookNo Recipe Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide  by Susan Crowther


The No Recipe Cookbook teaches you how to cook, stay healthy, and practice life skills– such as resiliency and adaptability– through the art of cooking. We’ve already raved about this on Facebook. You MUST see this book to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of its style.





ZombelinaZombelina by Kristyn Crow, Illustrated by Molly Idle 


Zombelina loves to dance. She moonwalks with mummies and boogies with bats. She spins like a specter and glides like a ghost and loves to dance for her family the most. When Zombelina enrolls in a ballet class for real girls, her dancing gives everyone the chills! When her first recital brings on a case of stage fright, her zombie moans and ghoulish groans scare her audience away. Only her devoted family’s cheers, in their special spooky way, help Zombelina dance the ballet debut of her dreams.


The 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award is around the corner. Head into The Book House to see the beautiful window display and pick up and award winner.


Jabba the Puppet


Release date August 6th. 

Reserve your copy NOW!

Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett

by Tom Angleberger




Do you have a summer reading list? If not, we’d love to help you. Order online, call one of our stores or come in, most books are available within three days.



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