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This is your chance to get your mitts on advance reading copies of our Fall 2014 titles. Get ‘em now. Get ‘em before BEA even. Just fill out the form below to enter for a chance to win a complete set of our Fall books.
And here’s a wee bit about each book to whet your appetite:
The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl follows Evelyn and Godfrey’s soon-to-be-entwined lives, set in motion by the fabulist premise of a world with envisionists like Dr. Chin. As the characters struggle with their pasts and possible futures, they wrestle with sorrow, love, death, and fate.
This novel will capture you with its brightness, its hopefulness, its anxious twists and turns; it is a love story that is ultimately a statement about happiness and how to accept our fleeting existence.
Flirting with French by William Alexander: Bill Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. To sip absinthe at the window of a dark café, a long scarf wrapped around his neck, a copy of Le Monde at hand. Among the things that have stood in his way of becoming French, though, is the fact that he can’t actually speak the language. So Alexander sets out to conquer the language he loves. Readers will find out if it loves him back.
The High Divide by Lin Enger: Set in 1886, ten years after the Indian Wars on the northern plains, this novel, both intimate and epic in its scope, chronicles the journey of two boys in search of their father—a man trying to come to terms with his buried past—and the trials endured by their mother, who discovers that she never really knew the man she married.
Enger’s breathtaking portrait of the vast plains landscape is matched by the rich expanse of his characters’ emotional terrain, as pivotal historical events–the bloody turmoil of expansionism, the near total demise of the bison herds, and the subjugation of the Plains Indians–blend seamlessly with the intimate story of a family’s sacrifice and devotion.
Of All the Gin Joints by Mark Bailey and Edward Hemingway: The good, the bad, and the ugly tales of celebrity drinking and hijinks, served up with delicious wit, a twist of scandal, and a frothy mix of recipes. From the frontier days of silent film up to the wild auteur period of the 1970s, Mark Bailey has pillaged the Hollywood vaults of history and lore to dig up the true—and often surprising—stories of seventy-five of our most beloved actors, directors, and screenwriters at their most soused.
With Edward Hemingway’s two-color celebrity portraits, here’s a spirited package for anyone who wants to pull up a barstool and hear the stories, drink the drinks, watch the movies, visit the hotspots—and share some laughs.
The Birds of Pandemonium by Michele Raffin: Each morning at first light, Michele Raffin awakens to the bewitching music that heralds another day at Pandemonium Aviaries—a symphony that swells from the most vocal of over 350 avian throats representing over 40 species. “It knocks me out, every day,” she admits.
Pandemonium Aviaries is a conservation organization dedicated to saving and breeding birds at the edge of extinction, including some of the largest populations of rare species in the world. And their behavior is even more fascinating than their glorious plumage or their songs. They fall in love, they mourn, they rejoice, they sacrifice, they have a sense of humor, they feel jealous, they invent, plot, cope, and sometimes they murder each other. Their stories make up the heart of this book, a book about one woman’s crusade to save precious lives, bird by bird. The Birds of Pandemonium offers insights into how following a passion can transform not only oneself but also the world.
The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach: For three days, two strangers are stranded together during a ferocious winter storm in this spellbinding new novel from the acclaimed author of Life Among Giants.
They’re calling it the “storm of the century,” so Eric stops at the market for provisions on his way home from work. But when Danielle, the unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in front of him in line, comes up short of cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart–twenty bucks and a ride home.
He gets her set up, departs with relief, climbs to the road; it’s a job well done. But his car has been towed with his phone inside. There’s no choice but to return to the cabin. Danielle is terrified, then merely hostile–who is this guy with his big idea that it’s she who needs rescuing? As the snow keeps mounting–they’re forced to ride out the storm together. For better and for worse.
The Happiest People in the World by Brock Clarke: The absurdity and distortion of reality that made Brock Clarke’s previous two novels–the bestselling An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, and Exley, picked by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best books of the year–so outrageously funny and yet so moving are on full display in his new novel,The Happiest People in the World.
Adapting the format of the political thriller and subverting it to tell his story of innocence corrupted, Clarke has delivered a biting and controversial satire on the American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it, along with a challenging reassessment of individual freedoms inherent in our “pursuit of happiness” at all costs.
Descent by Tim Johnston: Descent, the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn’t come back, marks the adult fiction debut of a remarkable young writer. Stunning in its emotional impact, Descent is a compulsively readable page-turner with a strong literary sensibility.
The girl’s vanishing–on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning–all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths, until all that continues to bind them to one another are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point does a girl stop fighting for her life?