Tuesday is New Book Day. We celebrate each week by highlighting titles we’re excited to see arrive in paperback.
The Gods of Gotham
by Lyndsay Faye
In 1845, Timothy Wilde tends bar, saving up in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when those dreams are destroyed by a fire that devastates downtown Manhattan, he has little choice but to accept a job in the newly minted New York City Police Department. Returning from his rounds one night, Tim collides with a little girl covered in blood. She tells him an unbelievable story of dozens of bodies buried in the forest north of Twenty-Third Street. Now, as the image of a killer is revealed and anti-Irish rage infects the city, the reluctant cop will engage in a battle that may cost him everything...
Abide with Me
by Sabin Willett
As the fog lifts one morning, a lone soldier is walking home. Who is he? The sleepy, gossipy tow of Hoosick Bridge, Vermont had forgotten him, but it will soon remember. He is Roy Murphy, returning to face his violent, complicated reputation as the bad boy from the “Park.” Returning to Emma Herrick, descendant of Hoosick’s Bridge’s first family, who occupies its grandest, now decaying, house: The Heights. Their intense and unlikely adolescent romance provided scandalous gossip for the town, especially after Emma’s father brought disgrace and tragedy to the family. The young lovers escaped Hoosick Bridge, but Emma remained Roy’s obsession long after they parted ways. Now Roy returns from Afghanistan a changed and extraordinary man who will stop at nothing to obtain a piece of the Herrick’s legacy.
by Chris Lynch
The other guys on Eric’s hockey team call him the Iceman, because he’s a heartless player, cold as ice. Only Eric knows the truth—he’s not cold, he’s on fire, burning with a need he just can’t explain. Least of all to his family—not to his dad, whose only joy in life is watching Eric smash other hockey players to a pulp. Or his mom, who starts every conversation with, “Your problem is...” Or even his brother, Duane, once a star athlete, now a star slacker.
Can Eric find a way to make them understand how he feels—before the fire inside consumes him completely?
by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that's only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They're a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it's up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals -- and their novice recruits -- to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, launch an all-new original graphic novel series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier.
by Ronald de Feo
A dark yet often funny novel narrated by a man who, for the past two months, has been a patient at a New York City mental ward. Having suffered a breakdown-due to his shattered marriage and an irrational fear of fading away as a human-he now finds himself caught between two worlds, neither of which is a place of comfort or fulfillment: the world of the ward, where abnormality and an odd sort of freedom reign, and the outside world, where convention and restrictive behavior rule. Finally on his way to becoming reasonably "normal" again, he requests and is granted a "solo pass," which allows him to leave the (locked) ward for several hours and visit the city, with the promise that he will return to the hospital by evening. Solo Pass is an unsettling satire that depicts, with inverted logic, the difficulties of madness and normalcy.
by Joyce Carol Oates
Princton, New Jersey 1913. Woodrow Wilson, the former president of Princeton University and Governor of New Jersey, has just become the Commander-in-Chief of the United States. On a farm near the university, muck-raking novelist Upton Sinclair, enjoying the success of The Jungle, has taken up residence with his family. Grover Cleveland, finishing his second term in the White House, is retiring to town for a quieter life. Meanwhile, the elite families of Princeton have been beset by a powerful curse-their daughters are disappearing. A young bride about to be married is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man, a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil. In the Pine Barrens at the edge of town, a mysterious and persuasive evil is taking shape.
The Wisdom of Hair
by Kim Boykin
In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, and Zora is ready for life to be beautiful.
With the help of a beloved teacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome young widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn't save Mama, but maybe she can save him. As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn about the few things that are precious in this life—like real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately...forgiveness.
by Tom Holt
Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he's unlikely to get it back). His wife has left him. And he doesn't have any money. Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died. By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. A battle to save humanity itself. This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny - and a doughnut.
Notes from a Coma
by Mike McCormack
JJ O' Malley, adopted from a Romanian orphanage by a single father in the west of Ireland, grows up a permanent outsider, and yet he finds his place in the community. At least until his world is shaken by the death of his best friend, and he volunteers for the "Somnos Project," an experimental program testing deep coma as a potential option in the EU penal system. In a prison ship docked in Killary Harbour, JJ is hooked up to monitoring devices that feed out to the Internet, and he and his fellow guinea pigs become global celebrities. A beautifully rendered look at small-town Irish life, and a far-reaching investigation of politics, neuroscience, global communications, and the ethics of incarceration, Notes from a Coma is a major work from one of the world's bravest and most unusual novelists.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
by Nathan Englander
The title story, inspired by Carver's masterpiece, is a comic classic, a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. "Camp Sundown" is an outlandishly dark story of vigilante justice undertaken by a troop of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. "Free Fruit for Young Widows" is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. "Sister Hills" chronicles the history of the Israeli settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child. Beautiful and courageous, funny and achingly sad, Englander's work is a revelation.