New Books

April 30, 2008

More great new books are arriving every day. Here is just a sample of our new arrivals:

Hallam’s War by Elizabeth Rosen ~~ “Rosen paints a balanced picture of antebellum life and writes convincingly about the horrors of combat. (Her description of field hospitals is especially chilling.) Civil War buffs in particular will welcome this thoughtful historical novel.” Publishers Weekly

Inside Egypt: the land of the Pharaohs on the brink of a revolution by John R. Bradley ~~ Five decades after Nasser and the Free Officers overthrew the British-backed monarchy in a dramatic coup d’état, the future of Egypt grows more uncertain by the day. John Bradley examines the junctions of Egyptian politics and society as they slowly disintegrate under the twin pressures of a ruthless military dictatorship at home and a flawed Middle East policy in Washington.

Lamentations Of The Father by Ian Frazier ~~ Frazier’s work is funny and elegant and poetic and of the highest literary aspiration, all at the same time.

Rivals: how the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade by Bill Emmott ~~ The former editor in chief of the Economist returns to the territory of his bestselling book The Sun Also Sets to lay out an entirely fresh analysis of the growing rivalry between China, India, and Japan and what it will mean for America, the global economy, and the twenty-first-century world.

The Demon Of Dakar by Kjell Eriksson ~~ In The Demon of Dakar, Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner’s reputation is equally murky. The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire’s personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet. And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least.

Dream Lucky when Franklin was in the White House, Count Basie was on the radio, and everyone wore a hat by Roxane Orgill ~~ Dream Lucky covers politics, race, religion, arts, and sports, but the central focus is the period’s soundtrack—specifically big band jazz—and the big-hearted piano player William “Count” Basie. His ascent is the narrative thread of the book—how he made it and what made his music different from the rest. But many other stories weave in and out: Amelia Earhart pursues her dream of flying “around the world at its waistline.” Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., stages a boycott on 125th Street. And Mae West shocks radio listeners as a naked Eve tempting the snake.

Fidelity by Thomas Perry ~~ When Phil Kramer is shot dead on a deserted suburban street in the middle of the night, his wife, Emily, is left with an emptied bank account and a lot of questions. How could Phil leave her penniless? What was he going to do with the money? And, most of all, who was he if he wasn’t the man she thought she married?

Fathers And Sins by Jo Bannister ~~ When Robin Firths son Mouse is blamed for a fatal car crash, Robins fury stuns both the boy and Agnes, his new wife. Then the village church burns down, and suspicion falls on Mouse. And then there’s the interest of a band of New Age travelers in the improbable survival of the church’s relic. Its supposed to be a Crusader banner, but that just doesn’t make any sense . . .