Staff picks from Andrew.
In 1977 the kids of the Blyton Hills Summer Detective Club solved their final mystery when they caught a man in a salamander suit trying to steal buried treasure from the local haunted house. Or did they? Cantero takes you on a trip to the darkest reaches of Oregon as the sleuths try to uncover the truth behind that terrible night 13 years earlier, and trust me, you won’t see it coming. Full of twists and turns, this novel will keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out the mystery of why four kids and a Weimarener might be the key to stopping an ancient evil.
Imagine if John Carpenter’s The Thing and Fallout had a baby, then this novel is what you’d get. Rachel and Wick are scavengers of old world tech in a ruined city, when Rachel stumbles upon something that redefines their existence. But what is Borne? And what is its relationship to Mord, a giant genetically engineered flying bear that may be a god? This bizarre novel will keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to answer these questions, and you may not like what you find.
Jon and Chloe are childhood best friends, until Jon is kidnapped by a substitute teacher. Four years later he is returned, but, believing he is the product of a Lovecraftian experiment, runs away from his old life. Chloe, devastated by this, throws herself into her art—art based on him. Meanwhile, bodies start turning up across the Northeast, and a detective makes a startling connection between Jon and the bodies. It’s a little unsettling for a love story, but Kepnes has created a world you won’t want to leave, if only to see the next chapter in Chloe and Jon’s story.
I’m a big fan of his earlier nonfiction books, so when I learned he had a novel I was really excited. When Sophie and Barry find themselves stranded on a desert island, they must learn to live and work together, and maybe rediscover the joy of living along the way. It’s smart, funny, and has a lot of heart.
Embattled Rebel by James McPherson isn’t your standard biography of Jefferson Davis because it doesn’t look at every facet of his life, instead McPherson looks at how he performed his duties as President of the Confederacy. By drawing extensively on Davis’ personal correspondence and contemporary sources, McPherson creates a readable portrayal of a man fiercely dedicated to his ideals.
When A. inherits a large estate after the sudden and mysterious suicide of his cousin, he is thrust into the middle of a mystery with deadly consequences. Ghosts, cultists, and dreams of unspeakable acts are only the beginning for A. as he tries to uncover the secrets of Acton House. A mystery in the tradition of Lovecraft, King, Henry James, and Edith Wharton (who lends this book its title), this book will leave you wanting more because once Cantero has you hooked you won't want to put it down.
Matthew Quick, the bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, offers a new novel about dealing with loss, change, and realizing that good can always be found in a bad situation. When Bartholomew’s mother dies and he finds himself alone in the world, only the help of an ex-priest, a girl librarian, her cat-obsessed brother, and Richard Gere can help him find his way again.
Existential food critics. Awkward romances. These and more await in the debut novel by actor Jesse Eisenberg, who manages to create a brilliant snapshot of life in the digital age in this collection of short stories. Witty and amusingly gloomy, Eisenberg introduces the reader to an eclectic variety of characters and situations you won’t soon forget, especially the chapter on postmodern dating.
After losing the election of 1912, Teddy Roosevelt set off on a speaking tour of South America, and while there was asked to participate in an expedition to chart a previously uncharted river. Accompanying him was his son Kermit, who was asked to keep an eye on his father. Partway through their journey, the pair become separated from the rest of their expedition and stumble into a village plagued by a mysterious and sinister beast. Tasked by the villagers to kill the beast, Kermit and Teddy find themselves fighting a creature that might just be the death of them. A thrilling novel that will satisfy lovers of history and adventure alike.
Don't let the title fool you, this cookbook is fun for all ages. Pansino starts with the building blocks of baking, using easy to follow recipes that will be used throughout to create deliciously nerdy desserts. Rather than grouping her creations by pies, cakes, and cookies, she groups them by interest, allowing readers to quickly find their obsession of choice. It can be complex at times, but overall this is a solid, fun cookbook.
I'm a sucker for anything about the Civil War, but I have never seen a book quite like this. Part biography, part cookbook, Eighmey looks at Lincoln and his relationship with food--the way he used it in his speeches and the way it influenced his life. For every recipe included there is a story to go with it, and the best part is that each recipe has been updated to include readily available ingredients and modern measurements. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in style with this delicious exploration of our 16th President.
It's hard to summarize this book into a few lines, but the basic premise is this: as immigrants come to America, they bring their gods with them, and as they assimilate their gods become mostly normal people, having to work for a living while dreaming about their past lives. Enter into this world a man named Wednesday, who is preparing for a war between the old gods and the new ones that are growing more powerful in modern America--the gods of finance, technology, and Hollywood. Prepare to be blown away by this epic novel by the master of fantasy--seriously this novel deserves to be read, savored, and read again.
Most novels about fighting aliens focus on one thing: fighting aliens. If you're lucky, they might talk about war on a philosophical level, but that's a rarity. This novel is an exception though--while it's full of space marines fighting aliens, it takes an introspective look at the nature of war and the politics surrounding it. It's a cliche to say the book is better than the movie, but in this case it's true.
Have you ever wondered if Lancelot was real? Or if chivalry was really that important? Well, this book will answer all of those questions as it follows the life of William Marshal, a knight who rose from nothing to be the paragon of chivalric virtue. Asbridge vividly brings to life the turbulent middle ages in a way that makes Game of Thrones look tame by comparison. This is a seriouslygood history book that reads like an action movie.
This slim volume is not a quick or an easy read, although Dyson does his best to make it appear so by breaking it into easy to digest chapters. He aims to make people aware of the racism in everyday life: the minor insults, harassment, and institutional racism, all of the things that make people feel like they don’t belong in their own country. He does this by providing examples from his own life and the lives of his children, and your heart breaks with each one. This is an important book for the times we live in
Of all the trophies to leave Nazi Germany in the wake of its fall, you would not expect to find a limo in the mix. However, a small number of the elite Mercedes Grosser limos made it through the war and to America, all of them claiming to be the personal car of Hitler. Klara meticulously researched each car to reveal a stunning portrait of the relationship between Hitler, Mercedes, and the collectors who have pursued these cars.
I know it's scary looking, but in this immersive novel, no page is wasted. In a love letter to his hometown, Moore chronicles the history of Northampton, England through 1200+ years of ghosts, war, politicians, marytrs, authors, and reformers, but beyond that, he tries to explain why it's a magnet for history. Two characters provide the framework for this tale as they figure out their connection to the city, and to each other. This is possibly the best book I have ever read as it was something for everybody.
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a rip-roaringly hilarious detective novel. It's one that keeps you guessing as A.Z. Kimrean, conjoined twins, detectives, and all-around creative problem solvers, try to prevent all-out war between two gangs. At turns funny, sad, and shocking, this highly original mystery will stay with. Seriously, it's really good.