June 2013 Newsletter

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The Book House Events

June 1 from 3-5 pm at The Book House Pauline Gray signs and discusses On
Eagles’ Wings

June 7 at 7pm at The Book House Joseph Persico signs and discusses
Roosevelt’s Centurions

June 13 at 7pm at The Book House Kevin Mednick signs and discusses There
is No Mrs. Guzunterman

June 15 from 3-5pm at The Book House L.Lloyd Stewart signs and discusses
The Mysterious Black Migration 1800-1820: The Van Vrakens and Other
Families of African Descent in Washington County, New York

June 19 at 6:30pm at The Book House, The Book House Book Group will
discuss Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander

June 20 at The Book House at 7pm Patrice Jenkins Presents “What Will I
Do All Day?”

June 22 from 9:30AM-6PM The Stuyvesant Plaza Sidewalk Sale, the AIDS Council will be selling books and more in front of The Book House.

Little Book House Events

June 2 from 2-4 pm at The Little Book House Gretchen Geser signs her new
book One Bright Ring

June 6 from 3-6 pm at The Little Book House Welcomes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Van!

June 8 at The Little Book House Lyn Miller- Lachman signs and discusses

Market Block Books Events

Saturdays we open early to coincide with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market: 9-5.

June 15 from 11am-1pm at Market Block Books Vicki Adesso Dodd signs I
Love You Daddy, I Love You More

June 22 at 2pm at Market Block Books Book Discussion of The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck

June 28 is Troy Night Out. Market Block Books is open until 9:00 PM. No event is scheduled for June at this time.


New Fiction

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers  There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople. She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret Agnès is hiding. Her story reveals a terrible loss, a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. Agnès wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens piece together the truth about her life.

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls  Walls has written a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman  A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

Now in Paperback

Lost Prince by Seldon Edwards

Hologram for the King by David Eggers

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

New Nonfiction

Revolutionary Summer the Birth of American Summer by Joseph Ellis  The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle.

Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer  This popular history explores daily life in Queen Elizabeth’s England, taking us inside the homes and minds of ordinary citizens as well as luminaries of the period, including Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Francis Drake. Organized as a travel guide for the time-hopping tourist, Mortimer relates in delightful (and occasionally disturbing) detail everything from the sounds and smells of sixteenth-century England to the complex and contradictory Elizabethan attitudes toward violence, class, sex, and religion.

Read Aloud Handbook 7th edition by J. Trelease   This updated edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including the good and bad news on digital learning), The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.


Children’s New Releases:

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau  In Cia’s dystopian society it’s an honor to be chosen for The Testing. But it’s not enough to pass the Test. Cia will have to survive it. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (“Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance-and sheer terror-await.

Apprentices by Maile Meloy   A magical new adventure, following Maile Meloy’s critically acclaimed novel The Apothecary, with captivating illustrations by Ian Schoenherr. Two years have passed since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious Apothecary’s defiant son who stole her heart. On the other side of the world, Benjamin and his father are treating the sick and wounded in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam.

Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers   Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

A Pirate’s Guide to Recess by James Preller
  Ahoy, mateys! It’s time for recess, and the schoolyard is teeming with young pirates ready for action. Who will rule the stormy seas of the playground? Recess has never been such an adventure!


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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, Salon.com, 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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