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New Releases for October 18th, 2011

17 Oct 2011

 Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

"Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison," declares the whip-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk's subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a mari-juana overdose--and the next thing she knows, she's in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone's favorite detention movie. Madison and her pals trek across the Dandruff Desert and climb the treacherous Mountain of Toenail Clippings to confront Satan in his citadel. This is the afterlife as only Chuck Palahniuk could imagine it: a twisted inferno where The English Patient plays on end-less repeat, roaming demons devour sinners limb by limb, and the damned interrupt your dinner from their sweltering call center to hard-sell you Hell. He makes eternal torment, well, simply divine.

Doubleday Books
226 pages, Hardcover, $24.95

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods by Jennifer Reese

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for. She had never before considered making her own peanut butter and pita bread, let alone curing her own prosciutto or raising turkeys. And though it sounded logical that "doing it yourself" would cost less, she had her doubts. So Reese began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life. With its fresh voice and delightful humor, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter gives 120 recipes with eminently practical yet deliciously fun "Make or Buy" recommendations. Reese is relentlessly entertaining as she relates her food and animal husbandry adventures, which amuse and perplex as well as nourish and sustain her family. Here's the full picture of what is involved in a truly homemade life--with the good news that you shouldn't try to make everything yourself--and how to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.

Free Press Publishing
304 pages, Hardcover, $24

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Her third offering in the Cousins' War series (after The White Queen and The Red Queen) is the story of Jacquetta, mother of the White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Given first to a husband who desires only the magical powers she might possess, Jacquetta marries second for love, much below her station. Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York. A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.

Touchstone Books
464 pages, Harcover, $27.99

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her --and riles her up --like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what's expected. Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Simon Pulse
304 pages, Hardcover, $16.99


Now in Paperback:

Djibouti by Leonard Elmore
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving by Jeffrey Masson

New Releases for October 11th, 2011

6 Oct 2011



 The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

It's the early 1980s--the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. But real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes.

Farrar, Straus, Giroux
416 pages, Hardcover, $28







Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins

Ten years after the worldwide bestseller "Good to Great, " Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous and fast-moving times. 


320 pages, Hardcover, $29.99


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Sparks' latest is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined--and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of their mentor, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

Grand Central Publishing

304 pages, Hardcover, $25.99






Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President by Eli Saslow

Every day, 20,000 Americans write the president. Every night, President Obama sits down with a folder containing 10 of the most compelling messages, reading every one and responding to several with a handwritten note of acknowledgment and encouragement.  Washington Post reporter Saslow tells the stories of 10 of the president's correspondents during those three years, revealing their motivations for writing and examining their letters' repercussions on their writers and the country.

Doubleday Books

304 pages, Hardcover, $25.95




Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes by Paula Deen with Melissa Clark

An encyclopedic tour of Southern cuisine that leaves no doubt about Deen's latest bountiful and delicious contributions to the contemporary American kitchen. This omnibus is celebrity Deen's answer to The Joy of Cooking, covering the wide swath of regional favorites from Creole jambalaya to Memphis dry-rub ribs, from Charleston shrimp and grits to the grilled turkey sandwich known as the Kentucky Hot Brown. Simplified illustrations throughout demonstrate techniques such as dropping cookies onto a baking sheet, arranging coals on a grill and scoring a ham. Over 200 brand new, regionally diverse recipes appear alongside classics from Deen's The Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah.

Simon & Schuster
480 pages, Hardcover, $29.99


Autographed Copies of Lee Child's "The Affair" Now Available!

28 Sep 2011
From the popular author
Lee Child
comes his new Reacher novel
The Affair

What turned career army cop Jack Reacher into the wandering and deadly version of a knight in rusted armor? In this 16th novel in the highly successful Reacher franchise, Child goes back to small-town Mississippi in 1997 where women have been murdered near a secret Ranger base. The Rangers are suspected, and the official investigation is a mess. Reacher is sent to town disguised as a bum to keep one eye on what might be a flawed army investigation, the other on a series of similar killings in the town, and if he had a third eye, he would use it to cover his back.
The Affair is a novel of unrelenting suspense.

Now available:
Signed first editions 20% off retail price
Get your copy today, while supplies last.