New Book Arrivals

May 9, 2008

New arrivals this week include:

Fiction:

Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs, author of The Friday Night Knitting Club. The lives and loves of a TV chef, her daughters, neighbor and associates all receive a makeover in this lighthearted romantic problem-solver.

Host by Stephenie Meyer, author of the extremely popular young adult series Twilight, turns her skills to an adult book with a clever premise; a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake.

Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield Based on real-life events, this novel concerns the daring British and Commonwealth soldiers who challenged German General Rommel’s desert forces.

House On Fortune Street by Margot Livesey ” The absorbing latest from Livesey (Banishing Verona) opens multiple perspectives on the life of Dara MacLeod, a young London therapist, partly by paying subtle homage to literary figures and works.” Publisher’s Weekly

Non-Fiction:

Craftsman by Richard Sennett Craftsmanship names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, says the author, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. In this thought-provoking book, Sennett explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today’s world.

Gandhi And Churchill: the epic rivalry that destroyed an empire and forged our age by Arthur Herman Each was a late-Victorian political figure who continued to lead into the mid-20th century. Each held an exemplary vision for his country that initially and spectacularly prevailed, but ultimately collided with new modern realities. Each proved great and flawed in different ways.

Post American World by Fareed Zakaria “This is a book not about the decline of America but rather about the rise of everyone else.” America’s strength will lie in freedom and diversity—and the post-American era may not last all that long, since America’s population is growing, and growing younger, while the demographics of Asia and Europe are largely pointing to older populations and, in time, fewer workers.

Spies For Hire: the secret world of intelligence outsourcing by Tim Shorrock “The author penetrates the covert worlds of corporations with names like CACI International Inc., Mantech International and Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as government agencies spending tens of billions of taxpayer dollars with no accountability. The author does a remarkable job of learning as much as he can: gaining entry into conventions of defense contractors usually closed to journalists; sitting through the hearings of congressional committees whose members are regularly stonewalled by the government agencies they are supposed to oversee; reading through partially declassified documents to make the case that only members of Congress, ostensibly accountable to the citizens who elected them, can halt the inefficiencies and occasional outright financial corruption emanating from the private contractor/intelligence agency nexus.” Kirkus

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