New in Hardcover:
- The Mission Song by John le Carré — In the latest novel by the renowned spymaster, a naive young interpreter stumbles into the heart of an outrageous British plot.
"Another fine work of intrigue from a skilled interpreter of all things topical," raves Kirkus Reviews.
- Moral Disorder: And Other Stories by Margaret Atwood — If you're one of Atwood's legion of fans, I don't really need to type another word — you're doubtless already holding the book in your hands, or on your way to pick up a copy.
For everyone else, this collection of ten stories is almost a novel by turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal — displaying Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage, proving "Atwood is still a master of the compelling, peculiar portrait of human behavior" (Entertainment Weekly).
- Fear of the Dark by Walter Mosley — Bestseller Mosley takes a break from his Easy Rawlins novels to revisit another series regular, Fearless Jones and bookseller Paris Minton, in a high-velocity, larger-than-life thriller about family, betrayal, and revenge.
Publishers Weekly assures us it's "as entertaining as its predecessors."
- Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith — The delectable new installment in the best-selling and beloved adventures of Isabel Dalhousie, who debuted in The Sunday Philosophy Club, and is is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again, especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.
- The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina by Frank Rich — The New York Times columnist reviews the trajectory of fictions spun by the Bush administration from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, revealing the most brilliant spin campaign ever conducted.
Wait, here's my favorite part: according to his author bio, in his column "Rich makes regular references to South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report." See, that's why the kids all love the former theater critic so blasted much — he's hip to their jive!
- On Agate Hill by Lee Smith — The 2001 Southern Book Critics Circle Award-winning author returns with the tale of a young orphan named Molly Petree, raised in the ruin of the post-Civil War American South, who returns to the farm on Agate Hill to look back on a life without pity.
- Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heartache to Activism by Cindy Sheehan — The woman who turned grief into action and took her anti-war message to the President's doorstep (and earned the ire of countless conservatives in the process) tells her story in her own words — a wrenching tale of heroism that will (hopefully!) inspire a new generation of activists.
- Brothers: A Novel by Da Chen — The author of the bestselling memoirs Colors of the Mountain delivers a sprawling, dynamic family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny, following the lives of two sons of a general under Mao.
- Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets — And How We Let It Happen by Bill Gertz — It's all your fault! And mine! According to Gertz, we let our enemies take advantage of gaping holes in America's defenses — and we didn't even realize it. Filled with headline-making revelations from acclaimed reporter Bill Gertz, Enemies reveals the frightening untold story of the War on Terror.
- Faith and Politics: How The "Moral Values" Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together by John Danforth — A former three-term Republican senator from Missouri and ordained Episcopal priest examines the controversial intersection of faith and politics in America, and "comes across as a welcome paragon of virtue" (Publishers Weekly). Obviously, he has no plans to run for President in 2008.
- The Confession by James McGreevey — The New Jersey governor who made history when he stepped before microphones, declared "My truth is that I am a gay American," and announced his resignation, tells his story.
Apparently, there's more to it than that.
- I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me As Funny by Bob Newhart — The first book from a deadpan master and icon of American comedy is a hilarious combination of stories from his career and observations about life.
Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post Book World calls it a "very nice, and richly amusing, book."
- Things I Didn't Know: A Memoir by Robert Hughes — The Time art critic and author of The Fatal Shore, a history of Australia, turns his eye on perhaps his most fascinating subject: himself and the world that formed him.
"So funny, candid, and incisive is Hughes' self-portrait and chronicle of postwar art world up to 1970, readers will hope avidly for a second installment," swears Booklist.
- Journey to a Revolution: A Personal Memoir and History of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 by Michael Korda — The longtime Simon & Schuster editor (and author of Another Life) offers an eyewitness account of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, "a harrowing and horrifying tale told in spare and poignant prose — sometimes bitter, sometimes ironic, always powerful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
- The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca, and the Shot Heard Round the World by Joshua Prager — The Wall Street Journal writer presents the full, fascinating story of one of the most famous moments in baseball history: Bobby Thomson's home run which won the pennant for the New York Giants against the Brooklyn Dodgers. You've heard your grandfather rant on and on about it — now experience the excitement for yourself!
- Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn — Mendelsohn's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic — part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work — that explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.
- The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson — The author of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire reinterpretes the modern era and the central paradox of why unprecedented progress coincided with unprecedented violence, and why the seeming triumph of the West bore the seeds of its undoing. Lively beach reading for the fall, when the beaches are cold and windswept and you have them all to yourself.
- Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham — From rock bottom to recovery — the son of veteran broadcaster Bill Moyers chronicles his life-shattering battle with addiction and the hard-won fight for recovery, proving yet again that no one actually has it all that good.
- Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto — The celebrity biographer who smeared Hitchcock writes a book about the newest Gap girl. A book that's guaranteed to cure any case of the mean reds.
New in Paperback:
- A Dangerous Man by Charlie Huston — Huston completes his noir trilogy (which began in Caught Stealing and continued in Six Bad Things), with anti-hero extraordinaire Hank Thompson, now the hitman for a Russian mobster, making one final, desperate play for his parents' lives.
- Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay — You've gotta love a serial killer who only murders bad people. With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Lindsay takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years.
- Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due — The acclaimed suspense writer's latest chilling tale examines how the daughter of a musician and jazz club owner finds her life changed when she becomes haunted by the ghost of Scott Joplin. "Due shows herself true to her own powerful gift," Publishers Weekly hailed in its starred review.
- Vita by Melania G. Mazzucco (Translated by Virginia Jewiss) — Award-winning Italian author Mazzucco weaves her own family history into a great American novel of the immigrant experience. A sweeping tale of discovery, love, and loss, Vita is a passionate blend of biography and autobiography, of fantasy and fiction.
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