April 2013 Newsletter


April 9 at 7:00pm at The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Madeleine Kunin will discuss and sign her book, The New Feminist Agenda.

April 11 at 8:00 pm at The Egg Hart Theater An Evening with David Sedaris

April 17 at 8:00pm at Biotech Auditorium at RPI, Marilyn Robinson Reading and McKinney Award Ceremony.

April 17 at 6:30pm at The Book House, the Book House Book Group will discuss Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. ALSO May 22 Book Group will be discussing The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones.

April 23 6:30-8:30pm at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Mike Joyce signing and artist reception.

April 23 Celebrate World Book Night.

April 26 at 7:00pm at The Book House Bill Heller signs and discusses Stolen Lives Albany High Classes, ’53, ’54,.

April 26 at 7pm at Market Block Books celebrates Poetry Month at Troy Night Out.

New Fiction

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende  The New York Times bestselling author returns with a startling and surprising new book of suspense and a contemporary coming-of-age story narrated by an American teenage girl who falls into a life of drugs and crime and must escape before it’s too late.

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman  Brigid Quinn’s experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she’s put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs. With a fiercely original and compelling voice, Becky Masterman’s Rage Against the Dying marks the heart-stopping debut of a brilliant new thriller writer.

Long-awaited sequels

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni Book two in the Angelology series

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear A Maisie Dobbs Novel Book ten

Finally out in paperback:

Broken Harbor by Tana French

Beastly Things by Donna Leon

Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman 


New Non-Fiction:

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham.  On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme -better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry- and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had an accident. They were later arrested and quickly confessed to the murder. Their motive? A plan to escape to the United States to be come writers and Honora’s determination to keep them apart.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff  A gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of “New York Times”-bestseller “Lost in Shangri-La.”

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan  Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris  From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach  The irresistible, ever-curious, and always bestselling Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm that people carry around inside. We caution you NOT to read this during meals.

Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson  Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Wilson imparts the wisdom of his storied career to the next generation.


Children’s New Releases:

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen   Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark. With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.

That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems  One day, a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose. A dinner invitation is offered.  Will dinner go as planned? Or do the dinner plans involve a secret ingredient . . . ?  (Don’t forget to listen to the baby geese!)  From the brilliant mind of Mo Willems comes a surprising lesson about listening to your inner gosling.

Silver Dream: An InterWorld Novel by Neil Gaiman
  New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves deliver a thrilling sequel to the science fiction novel InterWorld, full of riveting interdimensional battles and alternate realities.

Elite by Kiera Cass  The sequel to The Selection.


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