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New Releases: March 1st, 2016

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

CHARLOTTE BRONTE: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman
Charlotte Brontë famously lived her entire life in an isolated parsonage on a remote English moor with a demanding father and siblings whose astonishing childhood creativity was a closely held secret. The genius of Claire Harman’s biography is that it transcends these melancholy facts to reveal a woman for whom duty and piety gave way to quiet rebellion and fierce ambition. Drawing on letters unavailable to previous biographers, Harman depicts Charlotte’s inner life with absorbing, almost novelistic intensity. Biography

IMBECILES: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
Adam Cohen tells the story of one of the darkest moments in the American legal tradition: the Supreme Court’s decision to champion eugenic sterilization for the greater good of the country. In 1927, when the nation was caught up in eugenic fervor, the justices allowed Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a perfectly normal young woman, for being an “imbecile.” Exposing this tremendous injustice --- which led to the sterilization of 70,000 Americans --- IMBECILES overturns cherished myths and reappraises heroic figures in its relentless pursuit of the truth. History

THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan
The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York. Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Biography / History

THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC by Mark Tompkins
Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and --- with her twin, Anya --- unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland, interests are divided and greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander, is tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe. However, he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden. Fantasy

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-30s, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives --- from Edward Hopper's Nighthawks to Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, from Henry Darger's hoarding to David Wojnarowicz's AIDS activism --- Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone. Memoir

THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS by Catherine Lowell
Since her father’s untimely death, Samantha Whipple is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family. When she enrolls at Oxford University, long-lost objects from the past begin rematerializing in her life. Her father’s distinctive copy of JANE EYRE, which should have perished in the fire that claimed his life, mysteriously appears on her bed. Annotated in her father’s handwriting, the book is the first of many clues in an elaborate scavenger hunt derived from the world’s greatest literature. Fiction

MRS. HOUDINI by Victoria Kelly
Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife, Bess, from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair’s extraordinary romance. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband’s magic may have been more than just illusion. Fiction


NEW RELEASES IN PAPERBACK

THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY by Rachel Joyce
THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY followed its unassuming hero on an incredible journey as he traveled the length of England on foot --- a journey spurred by a simple letter from his old friend, Queenie Hennessy, writing from a hospice to say goodbye. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s. One word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths, including the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years. Fiction

PIRATE HUNTERS: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men --- John Chatterton and John Mattera --- are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, and battle the tides of nations, governments and experts. History

THE TUTOR by Andrea Chapin
At a time of much unrest in the year 1590, a new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford, William Shakespeare, who swiftly disrupts what fragile peace there is left at Lufanwal Hall. Katharine de L’Isle, Sir Edward’s niece, is at first appalled by the boldness of this new tutor. But when she learns he is a poet, things between them begin to shift. Soon Katharine finds herself drawn into Shakespeare’s verse, and his life, in ways that will change her forever. Historical Fiction

UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years. Agnieszka is afraid that the Dragon will take Kasia, her dearest friend in the world. But when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose. Fantasy / Romance





Peeking into the archives...today in:
2015: March Movie Adaptations
2014: Rant: The Etiquette of Book Borrowing
2013: Sailor Moon Vol. 9 by Naoko Takeuchi
2012: Vacation: Weddingpalooza
2011: Bookmooch Journal: Cold as Ice
2010: Contest (Not Mine): Stella Matutina’s Moving Giveaway
2009: Contest #6 Winner
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