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BookazineBits Thursday June 11 2015

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  1. 1. BookazineBits June 11th, 2015 On the cover of the NYT Book Review for 6/14/15 The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (ISBN 9781590517512 $14.95) “A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims.” —The New Yorker He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach. In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. The Stranger is of course central to Daoud’s story, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice.
  2. 2. Books Rule on Broadway!!! Best Musical – Fun Home (ISBN 9780618871711 $14.95) Best Play - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (ISBN 9781101911617 $14.95) http://deadline.com/2015/06/tony-award-winners-2015-tonys-winner-list-1201438989/ Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide by Michael Oren (ISBN 9780812996418 $30.00) – June 23rd release From Michael Oren—former Ambassador and bestselling author of Six Days of War— comes a memoir of his stint as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and a fascinating, critical, and timely look at the tangle of US-Israeli relations in the wake of the US-Iran negotiations. MSNBC / Morning Joe – 6/23 NPR / All Things Considered – 6/29 or 6/30 Holocaust Memoir ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ (ISBN 9780807014295 $9.99) Heading To Screen http://deadline.com/2015/06/viktor-frankl-holocaust-memoir-mans-search-for-meaning-movie- 1201439694/ Michael McGarrity is about two thirds of the way through The Last Ranch. This will finish the trilogy that was started with Hard Country and continued in Backlands We will probaly see The Last Ranch published in 2016. I for one cannot wait!!! The titles above and other Michael McGarrity titles can be found in todays ‘Showcase’ The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father, One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol (ISBN 9780804140973 $26.00) National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol is best known for his fifty years of work among our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Now, in the most personal book of his career, he tells the story of his father’s life and work as a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain and his astonishing ability, at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, to explain the causes of his sickness and then to narrate, step-by-step, his slow descent into dementia. New York Times Book Review–review – 6/21
  3. 3. Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow (ISBN 9780812997576 $27.00) Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset, Long Island— a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They talked about their careers, the science of a good joke, and their dreams of future glory (turns out, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything). Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd—and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do. Sick in the Head gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh. Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere. NPR/Fresh Air—6/15 Comedy Central/Daily Show with Jon Stewart—6/15 PBS/Charlie Rose—6/16 NPR/Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal—6/22
  4. 4. End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun) by Mary Katharine Ham & Guy Benson (ISBN 9780553447750 $26.00) From the dynamic, unapologetic Fox News and Townhall Media duo comes an exploration of how the Left exploits wedge issues and fake outrage to silence their political opponents—in public, on social media, at work, and even in their homes. End of Discussion grapples with how conservatives and freedom-loving Americans should— and should not—fight back against this strategic effort that makes America less free, less feisty, and less fun. Fox News Channel - Fox & Friends Weekend with Tucker Carlson -6/13 MSNBC-TV - Morning Joe– 6/15 ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 3 Review: Netflix Series Flexes New Muscles http://deadline.com/2015/06/orange-is-the-new-black-season-3-review-netflix-taylor-schilling- 1201440281/ See today’s ‘Showcase’ for tie-in titles The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato (ISBN 9781612194349 $16.95) Suspenseful and wildly original, The Ghost Network is a novel about larger-than-life fantasies—of love, sex, pop music, amateur detective work, and personal reinvention. Debut novelist Catie Disabato bursts on the scene with an ingeniously plotted, witty, haunting mystery. New York Times Book Review – Review – 6/21 Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America's Toughest Communities by Jorja Leap (ISBN 9780807014523 $24.95) A group of former gang members come together to help one another answer the question “How can I be a good father when I’ve never had one?” NPR - Fresh Air – interview with Leap and Big Mike – 6/22
  5. 5. In the Country by Mia Alvar (ISBN 9780385352819 $26.95) These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again. New York Times Book Review – Review – 6/21 NPR - All Things Considered – Interview with Arun Rath – 6/21 Nick Offerman (Gumption ISBN 9780525954675 $26.95) will star in the world premiere production of “A Confederacy of Dunces” (ISBN 9780802130204 $16.00) with the Huntington Theater Company in Boston. “I am simply tumescent at the prospect of assaying the beloved character of Ignatius J. Reilly with our team of magnificent and weird artistic champions,” Mr. Offerman said in a statement. “It seems only fitting that I should follow seven seasons of Ron Swanson’s beef with the pudding of Toole’s corpulent fop.” Performances are scheduled to run Nov. 11 through Dec. 13. New Line Wins Auction For Jonathan Stokes Book Series ‘The Thrifty Time Traveler’s Guide’ http://deadline.com/2015/06/the-thrifty-time-travelers-guide-jonathan-stokes-new-line-movie- 1201438568/ 8 Surprising Facts about the Rise of the Dark Net (ISBN 9781612194899 $27.95) http://flavorwire.com/522104/8-surprising-facts-about-the-rise-of-the-dark- net/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=2EDITORIAL%20- %20FLAVORWIRE%20-%20DAILY&utm_campaign=Copy%20of%202Editorial%20- %20Flavorwire%20-%20New%20Flavorwire%20Template ‘The Help’ Director Tate Taylor Boards ‘Girl on the Train’ http://variety.com/2015/film/news/the-help-director-tate-taylor-boards-girl-on-the-train- 1201502918/ Both titles are listed in todays ‘Showcase’
  6. 6. Releasing June 23rd - The Book of Speculation (ISBN 9781250054807 $26.99) A beautifully crafted and hand-illustrated debut novel about a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family.... Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago. One June day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things-including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned- always on July 24, which is only weeks away. As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he stop it in time to save Enola? The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.
  7. 7. From PW - New Fifty Shades Hits #1, as Vintage Heads to Press for 1.25 Million Copies – Go HERE Now taking orders for – Grey (ISBN 9781101946343 $15.95) Yow will also find EL James previous titles in today’s SHOWCASE Ali Smith's much-nominated How to be Both (ISBN 9780375424106 $25.95) won the UK's Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction. (The book was shortlisted for the Booker and the Folio Prize, and won the Costa Award for fiction.) http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/03/ali-smith-wins-baileys-prize-with-how-to- be-both Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas (ISBN 9780812995367 $35.00) Releasing June 16th New York Times bestselling author of Ike’s Bluff and Sea of Thunder Evan Thomas brings one of the most infamous, polarizing, and enigmatic political figures—President Richard Nixon—to life in an intimate, evenhanded portrait. MSNBC/Morning Joe – interview – 6/16 MSNBC/ Hardball with Chris Matthews – interview – 6/16 NPR/ “Diane Rehm” – interview – 6/22
  8. 8. Back in stock soon, get your backorder in… The Ingenious Mr. Pyke: Inventor, Fugitive, Spy (ISBN 9781610395779 $26.99) The astonishing story of Geoffrey Pyke, the maverick genius, inventor, father of the special forces--and suspected Soviet spy. In the World War II era, Geoffrey Pyke was described as one of the world’s great minds—to rank alongside Einstein. Pyke was an inventor, adventurer, polymath, and unlikely hero of both world wars. He earned a fortune on the stock market, founded an influential pre- school, wrote a bestseller, and came up with the idea for the US and Canadian Special Forces. In 1942, he convinced Winston Churchill to build an aircraft carrier out of reinforced ice. Pyke escaped from a German WWI prison camp, devised an ingenious plan to help the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War, and launched a private attempt to avert the outbreak of the Second World War by sending into Nazi Germany a group of pollsters disguised as golfers. And he may have been a Russian spy. In 2009, long after Pyke’s death, MI5 released a mass of material suggesting that Pyke was in fact a senior official in the Soviet Comintern. In 1951, papers relating to Pyke were found in the flat of “Cambridge Spy” Guy Burgess after his defection to Moscow. MI5 had “watchers” follow Pyke through the bombed-out streets of London, his letters were opened, and listening devices picked up clues to his real identity. Convinced he was a Soviet agent codenamed Professor P, MI5 helped to bring his career to an end. Henry Hemming is the first reporter to sift through this extraordinary new information and finally tell Pyke’s astonishing story in full: his brilliance, his flaws, and his life of adventures, ideas, and secrets.
  9. 9. Nice review for the upcoming movie adaptation of ‘The Little Prince’ (ISBN 9780156012195 $10.00) – Antoine de Saint-Exupery's timeless classic gets a loving 21st-century makeover, especially in its handcrafted stop-motion sequences. http://variety.com/2015/film/festivals/the-little-prince-cannes-review-1201503230/ This movie will release here in the fall More ‘Little Prince’ titles in today’s ‘Showcase’ Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder by Ben Mezrich (ISBN 9781476771892 $28.00) The bestselling author of Bringing Down the House (sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and the basis for the hit movie 21) and The Accidental Billionaires (the basis for the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network) delivers an epic drama of wealth, rivalry, and betrayal among mega-wealthy Russian oligarchs—and its international repercussions. CBS Sports Radio Network-Radio/"Jim Rome Radio Show," June 11 The Price of Salt, or Carol (ISBN 9780393325997 $14.95) There is already early ‘Oscar’ buzz on this film http://deadline.com/2015/05/cannes-cate-blanchett-rooney-mara-carol-1201428884/ http://variety.com/2015/film/news/carol-oscar-cate-blanchett-cannes-lesbian-drama- 1201498645/ Cannes Film Review: ‘A Tale of Love & Darkness’ (ISBN 9780156032520 $16.95) http://variety.com/2015/film/festivals/cannes-film-review-natalie-portmans-a-tale-of-love- and-darkness-1201496238/
  10. 10. Deadline reports HBO has given a straight-to-series commitment to the dark comedy, Big Little Lies (ISBN 9780399167065 $26.95), which is based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman IN STOCK – Jesus Cow by Michael Perry (ISBN 9780062289919 $25.99) New York Times bestselling humorist Michael Perry makes his fiction debut with this hilarious and big-hearted tale, a comic yet sincere exploration of faith and the foibles of modern life that blends the barbed charm of Garrison Keillor, the irreverent humor of Christopher Moore, and the audacious insight of Chuck Klosterman Life is suddenly full of drama for low-key Harley Jackson: A woman in a big red pickup has stolen his bachelor’s heart, a Hummer-driving predatory developer is threatening to pave the last vestiges of his family farm, and inside his barn is a calf bearing the image of Jesus Christ. His best friend, Billy, a giant of a man who shares his trailer house with a herd of cats and tries to pass off country music lyrics as philosophy, urges him to avoid the woman, fight the developer, and get rich off the calf. But Harley takes the opposite tack, hoping to avoid what his devout, dearly departed mother would have called “a scene.” Then the secret gets out—right through the barn door and Harley’s “miracle” goes viral. Within hours pilgrims, grifters, and the media have descended on his quiet patch of Swivel, Wisconsin, looking for a glimpse (and a percentage) of the calf. Does Harley hide the famous, possibly holy calf and risk a riot, or give the people what they want— and raise enough money to keep his land—and, just possibly, win the woman and her big red pickup truck? Harley goes all in, cutting a deal with a major Hollywood agent that transforms his little farm into an international spiritual theme park—think Lourdes, only with cheese curds and t-shirts. Soon, Harley has lots of money . . . and more trouble than he ever dreamed.
  11. 11. The Astronaut Wives Club (ISBN 9781455503247 $17.00) will premiere on Thursday, June 18, at 8 PM Based on Lily Koppel’s book, Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. In its first incarnation, the series was to cover only the wives of the astronauts from the Mercury missions. Its scope was subsequently expanded to also include the Gemini and Apollo missions. The Astronaut Wives Club stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom; Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter; Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard; Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper; Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton; Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn; Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra; Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepard; Bret Harrison as Gordo Cooper; Wilson Bethel as Scott Carpenter; Kenneth Mitchell as Deke Slayton; Joel Johnstone as Gus Grissom; Sam Reid as John Glenn and Aaron McCusker as Wally Schirra. Now taking orders for….. Go Set a Watchman’ (ISBN 9780062409850 $27.99) July 14th Release Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout— struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right. Reese Witherspoon will narrate the audiobook edition of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman (ISBN 9780062409904 $34.99), for release by HarperAudio's Caedmon imprint.
  12. 12. ‘The Alienist’ (ISBN 9780812976144 $17.00) Lands Big Bucks Series Order From TNT http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-alienist-lands-big-bucks-series-order-from-tnt-1201494487/ REVIEW: The Baby-Sitter’s Club GNOV01: Kristy’s Great Idea (ISBN 9780545813877 $10.99) http://www.comicmix.com/2015/06/09/review-the-baby-sitters-club-kristys-great-idea/ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (ISBN 9781616955601 $18.99) Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx. New York Times Book Review – Review confirmed – 6/21 We are now accepting orders for…. What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss (ISBN 9780553524260 $17.99) A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss! This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment— choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds. An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work.
  13. 13. Hogwarts Hops ‘The Pond’: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version of Wizards' School http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/09/413127228/hogwarts-hops-the- pond-rowling-reveals-u-s-version-of-wizards-school Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (ISBN 9780545850568 $9.99) – June 30th release For ordering info on all the above titles, visit our Showcase page at – https://orders.bookazine.com/BOOKAZINEBITS -JUNE-11TH-2015-TITLE/44/bookazine3/show- list-sc

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