The Magicians - Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians (Plume, $16) resembles the classic tale of the wandering postgraduate. But in this case, the twenty-somethings are highly trained magicians, educated at a secret magical college in upstate New York. Upon graduation, the young magicians move to midtown Manhattan, wondering if magic still has a place in the 21st century. It’s a clever spin on the plight of today’s liberal-arts graduates: “too many magicians, not enough monsters,” one character frets. Grossman’s universe (which is far more troubled and brooding than Narnia or Hogwarts) stretches from Brooklyn and Manhattan to a gloriously imagined sequence in Antarctica. Grossman proves there’s magic in adulthood too.

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ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

Invisible - Paul Auster

Putting faith in Paul Auster, the master of inventive perspectives and refracted truths, is a dangerously exhilarating proposition.  His story of innocence lost takes you around the world, across four decades, alongside all the players—and you’re still not sure whose side you’re on when it’s over.  The three rules to navigating Auster’s Invisible (Holt, $25) are: 1) don’t trust the narrator or any other characters; 2) don’t hope for a particular ending because that will ensure it won’t happen; 3) don’t believe in one Truth because everybody has his or her own version. Once you start this powerful mix of humanity and sexuality, you’re going where Auster wants to take you, and, as should be expected, it’s a dark, twisted place.  Have fun, and don’t forget the rules.

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ISBN: 9780312429829
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - June 22nd, 2010