Staff Pick

Quichotte (Random House, $28), the Booker short-listed new novel by Salman Rushdie, is a retelling of the 400-year-old tale of Don Quixote adapted to today’s digital era. Ismail Smile is a pharmaceutical salesman who loses his job and sets off across America, accompanied by his imaginary son Sancho, to win the heart of Salma R, a TV star he’s fallen in love with. Then, however,
we learn that this is just a story within a larger story and that Quichotte, as Ismail signs himself in his love letters to Salma, is a character in a draft of a novel written by a mediocre crime novelist
named Sam DuChamp. Mind boggling in a true Rushdie way, full of pop culture references, strange characters, and even stranger occurrences, the novel is a mirror of the times we live in, reflecting
back to us how estranged we’ve become, as we perpetually look for love via our phone, computer, or TV screens, all the while living in the fantasy world rather than the real one. But as Rushdie’s wise protagonist tells us, this is “the Age of Anything-Can-Happen”, hey?

Quichotte: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593132982
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

Staff Pick

Andrew Smith's job is to go into the homes of those who have died alone and dig through their belongings in the hopes of finding a next of kin or at least money for the funeral. In his spare time he finds solace in Ella Fitzgerald’s music and an online community of model train aficionados. But then he meets Peggy, and this is just the beginning. Dark and funny, How Not to Die Alone is a story exploring loneliness, the ways we shield ourselves from others and the walls we build. But it’s also a story of love and friendship and finding the strength to break those walls.

 

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525539889
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 28th, 2019

Staff Pick

Gifted Brazilian artist Marina Amaral and one of Britain’s leading historians, Dan Jones, have teamed up to give us a new history of the world. Covering events from the 1850s to the Space Race, The Colour of Time (Pegasus, $39.95) tells the story of some of the most important events and people that shaped the world, from Napoleon III and Queen Victoria to Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. With vintage black-and-white photographs expertly colorized by Amaral, these distant moments in time come to life before our eyes; this is history as we haven’t quite seen it before. And even though a photo is worth a thousand words, brilliant writing by Dan Jones gives just enough context and a deeper meaning to what we see. A combination of two hundred amazing photographs and perfectly chosen words to accompany them, this book is a must have not only for history buffs but for everyone. If you are looking for a perfect Holiday gift, look no further.

The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 Cover Image
By Marina Amaral (By (photographer)), Dan Jones
$35.00
ISBN: 9781786692689
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Head of Zeus - October 1st, 2018

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