April 12th, 2016

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New Releases: April 12th, 2016


THE BED MOVED: Stories by Rebecca Schiff
A New Yorker, trying not to be jaded, accompanies a cash-strapped pot grower to a “clothing optional resort” in California. A nerdy high-schooler has her first sexual experience at Geology Camp. A college student, on the night of her father’s funeral, watches a video of her bat mitzvah, hypnotized by the image of the girl she used to be. Frank and irreverent, Rebecca Schiff’s stories offer a singular view of growing up (or not) and finding love (or not) in today’s ever-uncertain landscape. Fiction / Short Stories

DAREDEVILS by Shawn Vestal
Fifteen-year-old Loretta slips out of her bedroom every evening to meet her so-called gentile boyfriend. Her strict Mormon parents catch her returning one night, and promptly marry her off to Dean Harder, a devout yet materialistic fundamentalist who already has a wife and a brood of kids. The Harders relocate to his native Idaho, where Dean’s teenage nephew Jason falls hard for Loretta. A Zeppelin and Tolkien fan, Jason worships Evel Knievel and longs to leave his close-minded community. When he and Loretta finally make a break for it, someone Loretta left behind is on their trail. Fiction

FEVER AT DAWN by Péter Gárdos
In July 1945, Miklos --- a 25-year-old Hungarian who survived the camps --- is brought to Sweden. His doctor has given him a death sentence; his lungs are filled with fluid, and he will be gone in six months. But Miklos has other plans. He acquires the names of 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden and writes a letter to each of them. One of these women, Lili, reads his letter and decides to respond. The two engage in a funny, absurd, hopeful epistolary dance for the next two months…eventually finding a way to meet. Historical Fiction

FIRST WOMEN: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
One of the most underestimated --- and challenging --- positions in the world, the First Lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House. Former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources to tell the stories of the 10 remarkable women who have defined that role since 1960. Social History

THE NATURALIST: Theodore Roosevelt, a Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde
No U.S. president is more popularly associated with nature and wildlife than Theodore Roosevelt --- prodigious hunter, tireless adventurer and ardent conservationist. We think of him as a larger-than-life original, yet Darrin Lunde has firmly situated Roosevelt’s indomitable curiosity about the natural world in the tradition of museum naturalism. Drawing on his diaries and travel journals, as well as Lunde’s own role as a leading figure in museum naturalism today, THE NATURALIST reads Roosevelt through the lens of his love for nature. History

In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization --- the Regional Office --- and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. But a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack. Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah, who is fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother’s sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose’s and Sarah’s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end. Fiction


ARMADA by Ernest Cline
Zack Lightman dreams that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Then he sees the flying saucer. Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada --- in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. His skills --- as well as those of millions of gamers across the world --- are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. Science Fiction

THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.   Historical Fiction

Peeking into the archives...today in:
2015: Subscription Box: Comic Bento, March 2015
2014: William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
2013: The Iron King (The Accursed Kings #1) by Maurice Druon
2012: The Burgermeister’s Daughter by Steven Ozment
2011: The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
2010: Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes
2009: Discussion Question: At what point do you give up on a book?