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New Releases for This Week

New in Hardcover:

  • Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski — From the author of the cult hit House of Leaves comes a shoot-from-the-hip American road novel about two wild and wayward kids who magically drive from the Civil War to the Iraq War and beyond.

    "[A] trip well worth taking," gushes Kirkus Reviews.

  • Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings — Yes, Alex, I'll take "New Releases" for two thousand.

    Answer: Brainiac by Ken Jennings.

    Question: What is the title of the book by the guy who had that crazy winning streak on Jeopardy! a couple of years back, which details Ken's rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon and the history of trivia?

    I'll take "Shorter Answers" for five hundred, please.

  • The Thirteenth Floor by Diane Setterfield — In this highly anticipated debut novel, amateur biographer Margaret Lea receives a letter from reclusive author Vida Winter, summoning her to write Vida's life story. As Margaret pieces together Vida's story on her own, what she discovers is a chilling and transforming experience.
  • Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert by Roger Ebert — The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic has been M.I.A. all summer while recovering from surgery. If you've been missing Ebert's personal touch, this is the book for you. Awake in the Dark features a bevy of reviews gathered from every year Ebert has been writing, along with interviews and essays, plus a new Introduction by the author that looks back over his storied career.
  • Nicole Kidman by David Thomson — I have mixed feelings about this, as I know someone who went to school with Kidman and Naomi Watts and insists they were horrible b*tches who treated everyone else like crap.

    However, the publisher assures us that film critic Thomson's biography is impassioned, opinionated, and dazzlingly original in its approach and ideas, illuminating the life and filmography of Nicole Kidman. And Booklist calls it a "full-size, honest portrait of Kidman — and a revealing look at Hollywood movies and the stars who make them."

  • The Way We Were by Paul Burrell — Princess Diana's former butler and confidant dishes on Di's life, death, hair, clothes — all the usual stuff. If you own any commemorative plates or "lifelike" porcelain dolls of the late Princess of Wales, you'll surely want to add this to your library. And seek professional help.
  • The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, Book 5) by Eoin Colfer — The teenage criminal mastermind must pair up with his old comrade, Captain Holly Short, to track down a missing demon and rescue him before the time spell dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to earth. I've had days like that.
  • The Beatrice Letters (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket — With the final book in the series on its way in October, Snicket fans will clamor for this exquisite collection of personal correspondence that sheds light on the mysteries surrounding Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Insert the ten millionth "joke" based on how dreadful these books are here.
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks — The author of The Zombie Survival Guide presents a "history book" that compiles recorded testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of the Zombie War that nearly eradicated humankind.

    Powell's own Clyde insists, "If you liked 28 Days Later and George Romero's Dead trilogy, you'll eat this book up like a zombie eats a slow runner."

  • Mephisto Club by Tess Gerristen — The publisher copy informs us, "Evil exists. Evil walks the streets. And evil has spawned a diabolical new disciple in this white-knuckle thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen." Expect satanic murders, lots of suspense, and plots twists.
  • The Taste of Home Cookbook: Timeless Recipes From Trusted Home Cooks — More than 1,200 recipes compiled in this sturdy five-ring binder from the editors and cooks of Home magazine. A subscription to Taste of Home magazine is included with book purchase.

New in Paperback:

  • The March by E.L. Doctorow — Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, Doctorow's latest novel details General Sherman's march of 60,000 Union troops through Georgia and the Carolinas, cutting a 60-mile wide swath of pillage and destruction, in the waning days of the Civil War.

    Hailed far and wide, The March is a "masterpiece [that] uncovers the roots of today's racial and political conundrums" (Booklist, starred review).

  • The Shroud of the Thwacker by Chris Elliott — Set in New York City in 1882, Get a Life star Elliott's hilarious story chronicles the adventures of Police Chief Caleb Spencer and his cohorts, Evening Post reporter Liz Smith and Mayor Teddy Roosevelt, as they unravel the mystery of the world's first serial killer, Jack the Jolly Thwacker.

    Publishers Weekly called it "a rousing good yarn."

  • 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley — Just a few: upside-down, rightside-up, sideways, backwards, cross-eyed...

    Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling novelist Jane Smiley celebrates the novel — and takes us on an exhilarating tour through one hundred of them — in this seductive and immensely rewarding literary tribute.

  • The Best American Poetry 2006 by David Lehman (Series Editor) and Billy Collins (Guest Editor) — One of the most popular poets since Robert Frost, former Poet Laureate Billy Collins guest edits the 2006 edition of the lauded annual anthology of contemporary American poetry.
  • Third Class Superhero by Charles Yu — Charles Yu experiments with form and genre to explore the stories we tell ourselves while navigating contemporary life. Heartbreaking, hilarious, smart, and surprising, Third Class Superhero marks the arrival of an impressive new talent.
  • At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks — — Now in paperback, this heart-rending #1 New York Times bestseller asks the question: Is love at first sight truly possible?

    Seriously, I'm already crying.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

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One Response to "New Releases for This Week"

    pattonjr5 September 13th, 2006 at 7:31 am

    in re the comment about the kidman bio: naomi watts & nicole kidman did not go to school together. they met on a shoot when naomi was 14 & their friendship well after naomi was no longer in school.
    don't believe ANONYMOUS gossip anymore than flying saucer stories.

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