New Releases This Week: January 27th, 2015

Every week, dozens of new books are released in hardcover and paperback editions. We are highlighting just a few that have caught our eye…


GATEWAY TO FREEDOM: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner
Building on fresh evidence — including a detailed record of slave escapes secretly kept by Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key organizers in New York — Eric Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history. It eventually took a civil war to destroy American slavery, but here at last is the story of the courageous effort to fight slavery by “practical abolition” — person by person, family by family.  History

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies, though it’s costing her the everyday joys of her family. With each passing day, her half-sister, Sydney, longs more for a baby, while her daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before.  Fiction


GUANTANAMO DIARY written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, edited by Larry Siems
Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity, Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody, “his endless world tour” of imprisonment and interrogation, and his daily life as a Guantánamo prisoner.  Memoir


THE SWEET SPOT: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work by Christine Carter, Ph.D
Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, THE SWEET SPOT shows us how to say “no” strategically and when to say “yes” with abandon, stop multitasking and gain efficiency, and much more.  Self-Help / Sociology


PRIVATE VEGAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
In Las Vegas, Lester Olsen treats gorgeous young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows and limo rides — and then teaches them how to kill. Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin — and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before.  Thriller


THE SON by Jo Nesbø
Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. He has been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit — or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes.  Thriller

CARELESS PEOPLE: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
CARELESS PEOPLE is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of one of America’s best-loved novels. Acclaimed scholar of American literature Sarah Churchwell reconstructs the events of that pivotal autumn in 1922, revealing in the process new ways of thinking about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.  Literary History


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