New in Hardcover:
- Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman — The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Anansi Boys (see below) releases his second collection of short fiction, poems, and other miscellany. Fragile Things includes a novella featuring the hero of Gaiman's masterpiece, American Gods, and charts the terrain between life and death, perception and reality, darkness and light.
- iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak — The mastermind behind Apple (a.k.a. "The Other Steve") sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution — and helped give so many millions of us a truly effective way to shut out the other commuters on our bus rides.
- Piece of Work by Laura Zigman — From the bestselling author of Animal Husbandry comes a touching and hilarious novel about a stay-at-home mom reentering the working world as a celebrity publicist with the client from hell. Scoff if you will, lit-snobs, but Publishers Weekly says it's "an amusing read, and the ending is just as happy as can be."
- Under Orders by Dick Francis — The unstoppable Francis concocts the return of Sid Halley, former jockey-turned-detective. Death at the races is not uncommon, especially in Francis's novels, but three in one day — including a winning horse and champion jockey — are more than enough to raise Halley's suspicions.
- Dream Angus: Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith — In McCall Smith's retelling of the ancient Celtic myth, five different young men named Angus find themselves living the myths of the Celtic deity, Angus — from his search for the girl he loves to his discovery that the man who raised him is not his father.
- The Gourmet Cookbook: More Than 1000 Recipes edited by Ruth Reichl — With engaging introductions to each chapter by Ruth Reichl, entertaining headnotes, indispensable information about ingredients and techniques, hundreds of tips from Gourmet's test kitchens, and an extensive glossary, this is the essential kitchen companion for anyone who wants one-of-a-kind recipes and spectacular results every time.
- The Man Time Forgot: A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine by Isaiah Wilner — In 1923, young Briton Hadden started Time magazine with his friend Henry R. Luce. At age 31, millionaire Hadden died and Luce began to take credit for his friend's innovations, effectively erasing Hadden's legacy. The true story of their tortured friendship has never before been told... until now!
- U2 by U2 — The legendary Irish rock group is still building then burning down love in this oral history, distilled from more than 200 hours of interviews, that reveals everything their most obsessed fans could possibly want to know about the band. I just want to know if they ever found what they were looking for, with or without us.
- The Desperate Housewives Cookbook: Juicy Dishes and Saucy Bits — Fans of Desperate Housewives will find recipes for all the foods made famous by the show as well as many others inspired by each housewife. Do you love the show? Do you love food? Then you'll probably dig this book.
- Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly — The host of Fox's O'Reilly Factor takes off his gloves in the ongoing struggle for America's heart and soul. You don't want to read this book? Shut up, you hate America! If you can't see that O'Reilly is trying to elevate the discussion of politics in this country, then shut up — just shut up!
- Diana by Sarah Bradford — From the New York Times bestselling author of America's Queen comes the definitive biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. If there is a single thing not yet known about her life, death, family, hobbies, hair, and clothes, Bradford will dig it up and fling it at you.
- For One More Day by Mitch Albom — A first novel from the bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Which means the people who published Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven possibly thought Albom's debut was too treacly and craptastic to see publication. Thank God we have a second chance to drown in his corn syrup.
- Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson — The creators of the Off-Broadway smash Jewtopia present a hilarious, fully illustrated guide to Judaism that's the ultimate book of Jewish humor. Oy to the world!
- In the Line of Fire: A Memoir by Pervez Musharraf — The president of Pakistan offers his candid thoughts on Pakistan's confrontations with India, 9/11 and its aftermath, on Israel, on bin Laden and al Queda, and on the status of women in Pakistan.
New in Paperback:
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart — For everyone who was too cheap to buy the hardcover, the #1 New York Times bestseller is now in trade paperback with a new introduction and a text corrected by the most reputable college professor the writers could find and afford.
- Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman — If I screw this one up, Bolton will have my head (he's obsessed, I tell ya — obsessed!). So I'll just let him say it: "Filled to the brim with strong characters and a personable narration as entertaining and off the cuff as the voice Gaiman uses in his online journal, Anansi Boys is pure reading pleasure."
- A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin — The fantasy genre's other great "R. R." continues his mammoth saga in this fourth volume of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Beth assures us, "The quality of the writing and of the story have not diminished."
She also asks, "Is it fair to say a book that has been on the shelves less than two months is the best book of 2005?" Judging by the fact that Feast was her pick for best book of the year, we'd say the answer is yes.
- The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks — The gripping New York Times bestseller, based on one of the great forgotten Civil War stories, is now in trade paperback. Kirkus Reviews hailed, "A thunderous, action-rich first novel....An impressive addition to the library of historical fiction on the Civil War, worthy of a place alongside The Killer Angels, Rifles for Watie, and Shiloh."
- Slow Man by J. M. Coetzee — Not to be confused with the "classic" C. Thomas Howell-starring '80s "comedy" Soul Man, the Nobel Prize winner's latest novel is "beautifully composed, deeply thought, wonderfully written" (New York Times). Photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, and his perspective on life changes dramatically. He begins to address the universal concerns such as: What does it mean to do good? Is feeling loved more important than feeling cared for? And why would anyone (even in the '80s) think blackface is funny? Whoops — I got those two mixed up again.
- Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter — The peanut-farmin' former prez takes on our underbrush-clearin' current prez and denounces the nasty nastiness of the administration. Carter "may not have been one of our best presidents," opines the Washington Post, "but he is undoubtedly one of our finest human beings." To which Bill O'Reilly responds, "Shut up! Just shut up!"
- The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt — "Bestselling" doesn't quite encompass the magnitude of success enjoyed by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Now its hallowed author (who, by the way, has his own trading card!) returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.
- Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt — Available in paperback at last, Frank McCourt's critically acclaimed bestseller recounts how his 30-year teaching career in the public schools of New York City shaped his second act as a writer. "McCourt's many fans will of course love this book, but it also should be mandatory reading for every teacher in America." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil — In his latest, thrilling foray into the future, a great inventor and futurist envisions an event — the "singularity" — in which technological change becomes so rapid and so profound that human bodies and brains will merge with machines.
This is a New Favorites selection, too — so you can get it at 30% off the cover price. BONUS!
- Predator by Patricia Cornwell — Investigating the disappearance of two sisters in Florida, Dr. Kay Scarpetta follows clues that twist and turn, leading her into the psychopathic depths of a jailed serial killer's mind.
"[A] solid and insightful psychological thriller that sports a nice little twist," says the Denver Post.
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin — The controversial bestseller by the acclaimed historian centers on Abraham Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
"[Ms.Goodwin] argues that Lincoln's success in winning the election and in building an exceptionally effective administration lay in his extraordinary ability to empathize with his rivals." — Library Journal
- The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood — Atwood presents the story of Penelope — as told by Penelope, herself. Recounting the saga of Homer's Odyssey from the point of view of Penelope and her 12 hanged maids, the bestselling author of Oryx and Crake draws on Greek mythology for Volume 2 in Canongate's acclaimed Myths series.
- Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan — Another author featured in our trading cards comes to paperback! The much-loved author of The Joy Luck Club returns with the story of an ill-fated art expedition into Burma, in which eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour — and disappear. Through twists of fate, they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of a leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages of the Myanmar military regime.
- The Truth (with Jokes) by Al Franken — Complete with new material for this paperback edition, The Truth (with Jokes) is more than just entertaining, intelligent, and insightful. It is at once prescient in its analysis of right-wing mendacity and incompetence, and inspiring in its vision of a better tomorrow for all Americans (except Jack Abramoff).
- Making It Up by Penelope Lively — Hailed by critics as a benchmark in a career full of award-winning achievements, Making It Up is Penelope Lively's answer to the oft-asked question, How much of what you write comes from your own life? PW praises it as "an engrossing, perverse challenge to genre." Yeah, that's a good thing.
- The Sisters by Robert Littell — A reissue of a modern classic of espionage from the author of the renowned bestseller The Company, the twisty tale of the CIA legends Francis and Carroll, dubbed "the Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts.
"Right up there with the novels of Le CarrÃ©, Deighton, and the rest of the best," says People magazine.
- Katz on Dogs: A Commonsense Guide to Training and Living with Dogs by Jon Katz — Hey, c'mon, I know it's humiliating. If it's supposed to be "common sense," why do you need to buy a book about it? Well, pick up that dragging ego and buy the book — for your dog's sake! Dog expert Jon Katz shares his plan for living well with dogs, including information on choosing a dog — the purebred-versus-the-shelter-or-rescue debate — understanding the importance of real training, and knowing when it's time to end a dog's life.
- Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103 — The first in a series of fascinating original true crime tie-ins with Court TV is the gripping tale of a female student from Pennsylvania who was brutally murdered while studying abroad in South Korea.
Court TV will air a show about the case on October 23.
- Burning Tower by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle — Return to the "vivid and unusual" (Kirkus Reviews) world of SF greats Niven and Pournelle's The Burning City, where the fire god has retreated into myth, leaving the residents of Tep's Town unprotected for the first time in their history.
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