This time of year we find ourselves asked about gifts for graduates, some of which we have been recommending successfully for years, like Eudora Welty's timeless memoir One Writer's Beginnings (Harvard University Press, $18, pb) whose three parts, "Listening," "Learning to See," and "Finding a Voice," offer wisdom for writers or anyone else embarking upon a voyage toward independence (we also have the 3 - CD version of this in her own voice, $32.00); North Toward Home (Vintage, $15.95 pb), by Willie Morris, in which the writer explains how leaving Mississippi for Texas and New York was part of becoming fully adult. (Willie's My Two Oxfords, ($20, U. Press of Miss.) also makes a nice gift on this occasion); David Foster Wallace's This Is Water ($15, Little Brown), his commencement address of "some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion, about living a compassionate life"; and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Hyperion, $21.99).
There are four new books just published (or about to be) that are quality suggestions, two of which seem especially good for those entering a business career -- Young Money ($27, Grand Central) by Kevin Roose, who spent three years shadowing eight post-2008 crash entry-level Wall Street recruits, an excellent account of what to expect in the financial world today, and the ever-reliable Michael Lewis on Wall Street revolt, Flash Boys ($27.95, Norton). Facebook CEO's Sheryl Sandberg has been atop the bestseller list for months now with Lean In, and she now has written a book tailor-made for a graduation gift, Lean In For Graduates ($24.95, Knopf), with new chapters by experts, including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are.
We expect to have in stock soon two graduation gift tomes to be published
April 22 -- You Are Not Special: ...and
Other Encouragements (Ecco, $21.99) by David McCullough, Jr, the
schoolteacher son of the historian of the same name, and Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness ($14,
also as a CD, $20), a graduation address by George Saunders, one of our
favorite writers. Finally, there is The
Opposite of Loneliness, Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan (Scribner,
$23.00, with an introduction by Anne Fadiman), the 2012 Yale Magna Cum Laude
graduate who was tragically killed in a car accident just five days after
commencement. Even though she was only 22, she left behind a trove of
writings that address the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation.
Drop in to talk with us about these and get your free gift wrapping, or give us a call or an email. - RH
More than a murder mystery, Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone explores what it means to be “blinded by love:” the wife whose adoring husband is unfaithful, the mistress who believes he’ll choose her, the daughters who love their father and thus ignore his crimes. Set against the backdrop of a cold case investigation, these characters are so striking that by the end, you won’t want to know which one of them is responsible. There’s no question about it: Laura Lippman is one of the best in the business. --Kaitlyn
We have lost count of the number of times over the past few years that we have been asked, "When is Greg Iles' new book coming?" Natchez Burning (800 pages and the first of a trilogy!) will be out April 29, and Greg Iles will be at Square Books the next day, April 30. And we can't wait. You can pre-order now from our site or from his http://www.gregiles.com/ -- where he has included Square Books and Lemuria among the likes of Amazon, an example we wish more authors would follow.