Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Books to the Store

Welcome September! More books will becoming available now that the fall season has begun. As a bookseller, the one thing that I find to be always true, there is never a shortage of great things to read, only of people willing to read them. Let's hope that this season we will see the creation of lots of new readers! (Please, tell your friends about this blog and read, read, read!)
Here are the new books for today:

Alek by Alek Wek

Born in Wau, in the southern Sudan, Alek knew only a few years of peace with her family before they were caught up in a ruthless civil war that pitted outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated government, and southern rebels against each other in a brutal conflict that killed nearly two million people. Here is her daring story of fleeing the war on foot and her escape to London, where her rise from young model to supermodel was all the more notable because of Aleks non-European looks.

Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s
by Philip K. Dick and edited by Jonathan Lethem

Known in his lifetime primarily to readers of science fiction, Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) is now seen as a uniquely visionary figure, a writer who, in editor Jonathan Lethem's words, "wielded a sardonic yet heartbroken acuity about the plight of being alive in the twentieth century, one that makes him a lonely hero to the readers who cherish him."

This Library of America volume brings together four of Dick's most original novels. The Man in the High Castle (1962), which won the Hugo Award, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), which was the basis for the movie Blade Runner, and Ubik (1969).

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today.

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuk-the curse that has haunted the Oscars family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.


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