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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