New Releases: June 16th, 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…

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for MODERN ROMANCE, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before. Humor / Sociology

SICK IN THE HEAD: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
SICK IN THE HEAD gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh. Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere. Humor

MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY by Fredrik Backman
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy. She is also Elsa’s best (and only) friend. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. Fiction

PIRATE HUNTERS: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Shipby 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 / Adventure

TOM CLANCY UNDER FIRE: A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel by Grant Blackwood
On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth gives Jack a key, along with a perplexing message. The next day, Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared — gone to ground with funds for a vital intelligence operation. They leave Jack with a warning: If you hear from Seth Gregory, call us immediately. And do not get involved. But they don’t know Jack. He won’t abandon a friend in need. Thriller

NEW IN PAPERBACK

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell
Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics — and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. Fiction

WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins
At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age 12, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age 20, she was considered the 19th century’s second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Historical Fiction

GREY: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E L James
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined and utterly empty — until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through Christian — past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to his cold, wounded heart. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt him every night? Erotica

See something that catches your eye? Give us a call and we’ll put a copy on hold for you!

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