May 2013 Newsletter

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May 9 at The Book House at 7pm Barbara Chepatis signs and discusses Saving Eagle Mitch.

May 11 at The Book House at 3pm RoseMary Dronchi signs and discusses Blood Feud.

May 11 at Market Block Books from 11am-1pm, Dennis Mahoney signs Fellow Mortals.

May 18 at Market Block Books from 11am-1pm, Pauline Gray signs her newest book On Eagles Wings.

May 22 at The Book House at 6:30pm The Book House Book Group will discuss The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones.

May 22 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media at 7pm Jeremy Scahill will be signing and discussing his new book, Dirty Wars.

May 22 at 6:30pm at The Book House The Troy Book Makers presents an informative workshop for prospective authors who would like to get their book in print:  Preparing for Print Workshop.

May 23 at The Book House from 5:30-7:30 Diane Cameron signs Looking for Signs to benefit Soldier On, Inc.

May 24 at The Book House at 7pm Lawrence Wittner signs and discusses What’s Going on at UAarkdvark?

May 25 at Market Block Books from 11am-1pm Bernadette Mayer signs and discusses her newest book of poetry The Helens of Troy, NY.

May 25 at Market Block Books at 2pm M.M. Vaughn will be signing and discussing The Ability.

May 27 The Book House, Market Block Books and the Little Book House will be CLOSED for Memorial Day.

May 31 at Market Block Books at 7pm celebrate Troy Night Out.

June 1 at The Book House at 3-5PM Pauline Gray signs her newest book On Eagles Wings.



New Fiction

We Need New Names By NoViolet Bulawayo  Darling is only 10 years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her–from Zadie Smith to Monica Ali to J.M. Coetzee–while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini  In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Dead Ever After: The FINAL Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris    Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clear-cut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.
 But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough.

Round House by Louise Erdrich
Age of Desire by Jennifer Fields
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
And Staff Favorite: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks



New Non-Fiction:

Lucky Peach, Issue 7 (Magazine) By David Chang, Peter Meehan, Chris Ying  If you don’t know about this food writing magazine from McSweeney’s then YOU are in for a treat! Expect the unexpected, the irreverent, the funny. Recipes in “Lucky Peach” defy the tired ingredients-and-numbered-steps formula. This issue gives a platform to a brand of food writing that began with unorthodox authors like Bourdain, resulting in a publication that appeals to diehard foodies and fans of good writing and art in general.

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945: Volume Three of the Liberation Trilogy by Rob Atkinson   It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson’s riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory.

American Savage: Insights, Slights and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics by Dan Savage   Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love,” but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project—his book of the same name was a New York Times bestseller—his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he’s written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian,, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and sex education.

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer   The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. Packer’s novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.


Children’s New Releases:

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick  
Funny writer, Paul Rudnick delivers another winner. This time it’s a young adult modern fairy tale of a girl from a trailer park in Missouri who gets to live out the fantasy of many girls (any maybe a few boys?). After the death of her mother, Becky finds a phone number that will totally alter her life and her wardrobe. It’s a name-dropper of fashion and fame, including royalty (all fictional)!

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle   In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!


Mustache Baby By Bridget Heos, ilustrated by Joy Ang  When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his parents have to figure out if it’s a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache in this hilarious picture book comedy!


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