Thursday, May 28, 2009

June Book Club Pick!

Farley's is excited to announce our June book club selection! This month, we'll be reading the Selden Edwards's The Little Book.

Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards's dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden--banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero--one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain, and even the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

“A wide-ranging novel of grand ideas... a graceful waltz of a book, spinning at times at dizzying speed, but leaving behind a haunting, unforgettable melody.” ~ New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Edwards has great fun with time travel paradoxes and anachronisms, but the real romance in this book is with the period. ... This novel ends up a sweet, wistful elegy to the fantastic promise and failed hopes of the 20th century." ~ Publisher's Weekly

Please join us on Tuesday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. for some good company, great conversation, and, as always, light refreshments as well. See you then!

2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominees

Yesterday, the Mythopoeic Society announced this year's nominees for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award! Given annually, this award recognizes the best of the fantasy genre. This year's nominees are....


Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, by Carol Berg

The rebellious Valen has spent his life trying to escape his family legacy. But his fate is sealed when he winds up half-dead, addicted to an enchantment-which leads him into a world he could never possibly imagine...

Addicted to an enchantment that turns pain into pleasure--and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon--Valen risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the dying land of Navronne its rightful king.

Pandemonium, by Daryl Gregory

As a boy, Del Pierce is possessed by the Hellion, an entity whose mischief-making can be deadly. With the help of Del's family and a caring psychiatrist, the demon is exorcised... or is it? Years later, after a car accident, the Hellion is back, trapped inside Del's head and clamoring to get out. Del's quest for help leads him to a variety of characters, all with connections to possession. What's more, they all believe that Del holds the key to the plague of possession--and its solution. But for Del, the cure may be worse than the disease.

Lavinia, by Ursula K. LeGuin

In The Aeneid, Vergil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills. And so she tells us what Vergil did not: the story of her life, and of the love of her life. Lavinia is a book of passion and war, generous and austerely beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her powers.

The Bell at Sealey Head
, by Patricia McKillip

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is an impressive estate, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses...

An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolf

Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is a story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious sorcerer and private detective, and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided--perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. And the rich man is the benefactor of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils...


Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight--she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy--but if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family...

House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones

When Charmain Baker agreed to look after her great-uncle's house, she thought she was getting blissful, parent-free time to read. She didn't realize that the house bent space and time, and she did not expect to become responsible for an extremely magical stray dog and a muddled young apprentice wizard. Now, somehow, she's been targeted by a terrifying creature called a lubbock, too, and become central to the king's urgent search for the fabled Elfgift that will save the country. The king is so desperate to find the Elfgift, he's called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help. And where Sophie is, the great Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer won't be far behind. How did respectable Charmain end up in such a mess, and how will she get herself out of it? Sequel to Jones's beloved classic, Howl's Moving Castle.

Savvy, by Ingrid Law

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy--a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity... and now it's the eve of Mibsa's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up--and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Nation, by Terry Pratchett

Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne--a girl from the other side of the globe--is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives--all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down...

Winners will be announced in July!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2009 Man Booker International Prize

The winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize was announced today... and it's none other than Alice Munro!

Born in Ontario, Canada, Alice Munro is one of the world's most talented and beloved writers. Primarily a writer of short stories, Munro has published eleven new story collections (with a twelfth due out later this year), as well as a novel and a volume of selected stories. Her first collection of stories, titled Dance of the Happy Shades, debuted in 1968, and her most recent collection, The View from Castle Rock, was released in 2006. Too Much Happiness is scheduled for publication in November.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every other year to a living author in recognition of a body of work that has contributed to excellence in fiction across the world. Previous winners include Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe (2007) and Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, who won the inaugural prize in 2005.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced in October. For more on the prizes, visit

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Release Tuesday 5/26

Wow, TONS of new releases today!! Check 'em out...


The Scarecrow, by Michael Connelly

"Former Los Angeles Times crime reporter Connelly has said that his goal in writing The Scarecrow was to come up with a story 'that would be a thriller first and a torch song to the newspaper business second.' He succeeds on both counts. By bringing back Jack McEvoy, the reporter star of The Poet (1996), and by beginning the novel with McEvoy downsized from his job as crime reporter for the Times, Connelly puts both plotlines in gear. McEvoy, determined to go out with guns blazing, plans on writing a story about how poverty turns a 16-year-old into a killer, but he quickly learns that the kid’s confession is bogus. That unlocks the door to a serial killer every bit as warped, perverted, and brilliant as the Poet, the case that made McEvoy’s career. It also leads to a reunion, both professional and romantic, with FBI agent Rachel Walling. ... Alternating point of view between villain and reporter, Connelly builds tension expertly, using dramatic irony to its fullest, screw-tightening potential. Even confirmed Harry Bosch fans will have to admit that this Harry-less novel is one of Connelly’s very best." ~ Bill Ott, Booklist

The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11, by Richard Ben-Veniste

Widely respected as a trial lawyer, Ben-Veniste delivers a fascinating insider's tale in his memoir of a career spent fighting hypocrisy and seeking accountability among the highest ranks of government. A legal wunderkind, Ben-Veniste was hired at age thirty by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to investigate the Watergate cover-up. In the Senate Whitewater hearings, Ben-Veniste helped expose the partisan agenda behind the effort to take down President Clinton. The author gained further national prominence as a member of the 9/11 Commission, in which his artful questioning of Condoleeza Rice revealed how ill-prepared the Bush Administration had been in the weeks leading up to 9/11. A lifelong devotee to the principles of an open democracy, the author argues that the pursuit of truth is not one that should depend on party affiliations--that we should all seek to be partisans for the truth. Ben-Veniste recounts a remarkable career spent at the center of the most poignant public investigations of the last half century, fighting the abuse of power by those who wielded it most.

The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon, by John Ferling

Even compared to his fellow founders, George Washington stands tall. Our first president has long been considered a stoic hero, holding himself above the rough-and-tumble politics of his day. Now John Ferling peers behind that image, carefully burnished by Washington himself, to show us a leader who was not only not above politics, but a canny infighter--a master of persuasion, manipulation, and deniability. Ferling argues that not only was Washington one of America's most adroit politicians--but that the proof of his genius is that he is no longer thought of as a politician at all.

Bangkok Days, by Lawrence Osborne

Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons--a sex change operation, a night with two prostitutes dressed as nuns, a stay in a luxury hotel. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry. Broke (but no longer in pain), he finds that he can live in Bangkok on a few dollars a day. And so the restless exile stays.

Osborne's is a visceral experience of Bangkok, whether he's wandering the canals that fill the old city; dining at the No Hands Restaurant, where his waitress feeds him like a baby; or launching his own notably unsuccessful career as a gigolo. A guide without inhibitions, Osborne takes us to a feverish place where a strange blend of ancient Buddhist practice and new sexual mores has created a version of modernity only superficially indebted to the West. Bangkok Days is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne's faith in adventure and the world.


The Last Campaign, by Thurston Clarke

After John F. Kennedy's assassination, Robert Kennedy--formerly Jack's no-holds-barred political warrior--had almost lost hope. He was haunted by his brother's murder, and by the nation's seeming inabilities to solve its problems of race, poverty, and the war in Vietnam. Bobby sensed the country's pain, and when he announced that he was running for president, the country united behind his hopes. Over the action-packed eighty-two days of his campaign, Americans were inspired by Kennedy's promise to lead them toward a better time.

With new research, interviews, and an intimate sense of Kennedy, The Last Campaign goes right to the heart of America's deepest despairs--and most fiercely held dreams--and tells us more than we had understood before about this complicated man and the heightened personal, racial, political, and national dramas of his times.

The Little Book, by Selden Edwards

Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards's dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden--a banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legendas son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero--one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

The Likeness, by Tana French

Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction.

The Beach House, by Jane Green

Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow whoas not above skinny-dipping in her neighborsa pools when theyare away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: "Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach."

Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down. As she did so masterfully in her New York Times bestseller Second Chance, Jane Green once again proves herself one of the preeminent writers of contemporary women's fiction.

Lucky Everyday, by Bapsy Jain

Forced to flee Bombay when her wealthy and charming husband divorces her and squashes her career, Lucky Boyce feels defeated and desperate for respite. Fortunately, old friends welcome her to New York where life begins with promise. Determined and trying to make a difference, she volunteers to teach yoga to prison inmates. But with her confidence in question and love starting to surface, a series of bizarre events leave Lucky searching once again for answers. Is her journey through life destined to be marred by duplicity and betrayal? Or does she simply need to overcome her fears and look within for the strength to break free? A stunning novel about one womanas struggle toward enlightenment, Lucky Everyday blends the principles of yoga with a thoroughly modern take on the quest for a fulfilled life.

A Vengeful Longing, by R.N. Morris

The acclaimed author of The Gentle Axe returns with another atmospheric thriller starring investigator Porfiry Petrovich.

Hailed with glowing reviews, R. N. Morrisas The Gentle Axe borrowed Porfiry Petrovich of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment to create a wholly new, hauntingly authentic novel of suspense. A Vengeful Longing, Petrovichas next outing, is even more engrossing. As the laconic investigator follows a trail that begins innocently with a box of chocolates, he is drawn deep into St. Petersburg's squalid heart. Aided by Morris's effortless prose, readers are immersed in the stifling world of nineteenth-century tsarist Russia and treated to an unforgettable rendering of a brutal time and place that will ensnare every fan of sophisticated historical fiction.

Cost, by Roxana Robinson (local author!!)

Julia Lambert, an artist, is spending the summer in her old Maine farmhouse. During a visit from her elderly parents, she hopes to mend complicated relationships with her domineering father, a retired neurosurgeon, and her gentle mother, who is descending into the fog of Alzheimer's. But a shattering revelation intrudes: Julia's son, Jack, has spiraled into heroin addiction. In her attempts to save him, Julia marshals help from her loosely knit clan, but Jack's addiction courses through the family with a devastating energy, sweeping them all into a world of confusion, fear, and obsession. In Cost, Roxana Robinson applies her "trademark gifts as an intelligent, sensitive analyst of family life" and creates a "warmly human and deeply satisfying book, marking a new level of ambition and achievement for this talented author" (Chicago Tribune).

My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life--all within four hours--Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by astepping to the righta of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by abrain chatter.a Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online "Soul Series," Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Book Signing w/Dennis Tafoya!

This weekend, we hosted a signing with the talented and delightful Dennis Tafoya! His debut crime novel, Dope Thief, is set right here in Bucks County, and we had a great time with him!

Take a look at a few photos from the event:

View more photos on our Facebook page here!

To learn more about Dennis, check out his website,, or follow him on Twitter at

Thanks, Dennis, for a great event!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Local Author Spotlight: Dennis Tafoya

Bucks County, Pennsylvania has a rich literary history that only continues to expand as a number of talented local authors share their voices with the world. We want to help spread the word on these fantastic local writers, so we're excited to announce a new blog feature: the Local Author Spotlight.

Every so often, we'll take an opportunity to introduce you to some of our favorite local talent. And since he'll be joining us for a signing this Saturday (more on that in a bit!), we thought we'd begin with none other than Dennis Tafoya!

Hailed as "an important new voice in crime fiction," Dennis Tafoya lives in Doylestown, PA, and his first novel, Dope Thief, is a gripping mystery/thriller set in our very own Bucks County.

"Ray and Manny, flashing bogus badges and wearing DEA windbreakers purchased at a 'flea market in Jersey,' take down small drug dealers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It’s easy and lucrative, but they know it can’t last: 'Everyone was high. Everyone was stupid. Everyone had guns.' Reality, in the form of New England bikers trying to muscle into the Philadelphia–New Jersey drug trade, rears its head quickly, and Ray and Manny are on the run. But that’s only half of this fine first novel. An abusive, criminal father and a number of jail stints beginning in high school seem to have doomed Ray to relive his father’s sordid life, but Ray is a bright man looking for a shot at redemption. When it comes, redemption is both unlikely and interesting. Tafoya is off to a promising start: Ray and a number of other characters are quirky and engaging. The locale of Bucks County, which ranges from city gritty to bucolic beauty, works well. The plotting is solid, and the action has a hard, violent edge that recalls Richard Price." ~ Thomas Gaughan, Booklist

To learn more about Tafoya, visit his Web site at Better yet, come meet him this weekend at Farley's, where he will be joining us to sign copies of Dope Thief!

Farley's Bookshop
44 S. Main Street
New Hope, PA

Saturday, May 23rd
from 1-4 p.m.

And, if you buy your copy of Dope Thief during the signing, you'll save 10% off the cover price! Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Take 5: Butter's Favorite Animal Books

Those of you who have visited Farley's have no doubt met Butter, our handsome and charming store cat.

Isn't he adorable?? Check out his top five animal books:

1. Dewey, by Vicky Myron.

How could Butter pass this one up? It's the story of Dewey Readmore Books, who was abandoned as a kitten in the book return slot of the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa.

2. I Can Has Cheezburger?

Do you love those LOLcats?? Then you'll really love this collection of favorite captioned images from the site.

3. Indognito, by Karen Ngo

Did we mention that Butter likes dogs too? We get lots of canine visitors to the bookshop, and Butter is always more than welcome to share the store with them. This book features a collection of "canines in costume" and is super amusing.

4. Wesley the Owl, by Stacey O'Brien

Wesley the Owl tells the heartwarming story of Stacey O'Brien, who on Valentine's Day in 1985 met a four-day-old baby barn owl with an injured wing. So began a 19-year relationship between the owl and his girl...

5. Farley Follows His Nose, by Lynn Johnston and Beth Cruikshank

How could Butter--or anyone?--resist a picture book about a dog named Farley??

Come visit Butter yourself, and take a closer look at his top 5 animal books! And don't forget to share your ideas for future editions of Take 5 in the comments...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Release Tuesday 5/19

It's that time of the week again! Today, we've got two great new titles in paperback: Ethan Canin's America America and Marlena De Blasi's That Summer in Sicily. Read on to find out more about them!

"Ethan Canin's new novel is a powerful lament that haunts us like a latter-day ghost of The Great Gatsby. Delivered its own corrupt and luscious poetry, Canin gives us a poisoned lullaby of the Nixon era.

Canin's narrator, Corey Sifter, is a kind of Nick Carraway (but with working-class origins), who finds his way into the land of the rich. Corey is 16 in 1971; he lives in a little town in western New York State that used to belong to the Erie and Seneca Indians, but is now ruled by Liam Metarey, a tycoon of Scottish descent whose holdings cover a third of the county. Riddled with guilt over his father's rapacious gathering of wealth, Liam longs, like some benevolent laird, to reverse America's politics of greed. He sets about creating his own president, Henry Bonwiller, a United States senator from New York who is a champion of the working man and wants to get America out of Vietnam. He also "adopts" Corey, who becomes a caretaker of Liam's grounds and mingles with his dysfunctional family. Corey soon becomes involved in Bonwiller's presidential campaign, but Bonwiller is a deeply flawed candidate--a megalomaniac, a drunkard and a philanderer." ~ Jerome Charyn, Publisher's Weekly

“At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she stumbles upon one summer while traveling with her husband. There de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the patroness of the villa, who shares her own unforgettable love story. In a luminous and tantalizing voice, de Blasi re-creates Tosca’s life and romance with the last prince of Sicily descended from the French nobles of Anjou. But when Prince Leo attempts to better the lives of his peasants, his defiance of the local Mafia costs him dearly. The present-day narrative finds Tosca sharing her considerable inherited wealth with a harmonious society composed of many of the women–now widowed–who once worked the prince’s land alongside their husbands. This marvelous epic drama reminds us that in order to live a rich life, one must embrace both life’s sorrow and its beauty.

Monday, May 18, 2009

What We're Reading: Rebekah visits The Lost City of Z

Hmmm... I'm sitting here at the computer knowing I should be going through the bookstore to set things straight after the weekend but I seem unable to leave my cup of tea. There is a chance that I should not have left my bed this morning. I couldn't sleep last night so I read of course. I'm reading the Lost city of Z (among other books, but that is my primary). It is wonderful, all about the Amazon and perhaps its most well-known explorer, Percy Fawcett. His exploits were thought to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World as well as Evelyn Waugh's Handful of Dust (which of course are now sitting on my bedside table as well). Check it out below!

A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world's largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed "Z"--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett's fate--and the tantalizing clues he left behind about "Z"--became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett's party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle's "green hell." His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett's fate and "Z" form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Autographed Books the Bookshop!

We have some great new titles in the bookshop autographed by two of our favorite authors. Stop in to pick up a special volume for yourself or someone you love!

A chilling and vividly rendered ghost story set in postwar Britain, by the bestselling and award-winning author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith.

Sarah Waters's trilogy of Victorian novels Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, and Fingersmith earned her legions of fans around the world, a number of awards, and a reputation as one of todayas most gifted historical novelists. With her most recent book, The Night Watch, Waters turned to the 1940s and delivered a tender and intricate novel of relationships that brought her the greatest success she has achieved so far. With The Little Stranger, Waters revisits the fertile setting of Britain in the 1940s' and gives us a sinister tale of a haunted house, brimming with the rich atmosphere and psychological complexity that have become hallmarks of Waters's work.
The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

Abundantly atmospheric and elegantly told, The Little Stranger is Sarah Waters's most thrilling and ambitious novel yet.

Bestselling author Ruth Reichl examines her mother's life, giving voice to the universal unarticulated truth that we are grateful not to be our mothers.
In Not Becoming My Mother, bestselling author Ruth Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

Growing up in Cleveland, Miriam Brudno dreamed of becoming a doctor, like her father. But when she announced this, her parents said, "You are no beauty, and it's too bad you are such an intellectual. But if you become a doctor, no man will ever marry you." Instead, at twenty, Miriam opened a bookstore, a profession everyone agreed was suitably ladylike. She corresponded with authors all over the world, including philosophers such as Bertrand Russell, political figures such as Max Eastman, and novelists such as Christopher Marlowe. It was the happiest time of her life.

Nearly thirty when she finally married, she fulfilled expectations, settled down, left her bookstore behind, and started a family. But conformity came at a tremendous cost. With labor-saving devices to aid in household chores, there was simply not enough to do to fill the days. Miriam and most of her friends were smart, educated women who were often bored, miserable, and silently rebellious.

On what would have been Miriam's one hundredth birthday Reichl opens up her mother's diaries for the first time and encounters a whole new woman. This is a person she had never known. In this intimate study Reichl comes to understand the lessons of rebellion, independence, and self-acceptance that her mother, though unable to guide herself, succeeded in teaching her daughter.

New Release Tuesday 5/12

It's Tuesday--and that means new releases at Farley's! Check out some of our favorite new titles... We are really excited about these!!!

The comics that first launched Tomine into his luminary career, in a special-edition box set
Redesigned to coincide with the release of "Shortcomings" in paperback is a brand-new edition of Adrian Tomine's first book, "32 Stories," that collects his inaugural mini-comics in a special edition. This onetime printing includes facsimile reprints of the seven mini-comics packaged in a slipcase, as well as an additional pamphlet containing a new introduction and notes by Tomine.

The bestselling author of "A History of the World in 6 Glasses "brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages.

Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. "An Edible History of Humanity "is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes--caused, enabled, or influenced by food--has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

The first civilizations were built on barley and wheat in the Near East, millet and rice in Asia, corn and potatoes in the Americas. Why farming created a strictly ordered social hierarchy in contrast to the loose egalitarianism of hunter-gatherers is, as Tom Standage reveals, as interesting as the details of the complex cultures that emerged, eventually interconnected by commerce. Trade in exotic spices in particular spawned the age of exploration and the colonization of the New World.

Food's influence over the course of history has been just as prevalent in modern times. In the late eighteenth century, Britain's solution to food shortages was to industrialize and import food rather than grow it. Food helped to determine the outcome of wars: Napoleon's rise and fall was intimately connected with his ability to feed his vast armies. In the twentieth century, Communist leaders employed food as an ideological weapon, resulting in the death by starvation of millions in the Soviet Union and China. And today the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development, the environment, and the adoption of new technologies.

Encompassing many fields, from genetics and archaeology to anthropology and economics--and invoking food as a special form of technology--"An Edible History of Humanity "is a fully satisfying discourse on the sweep of human history.

John Hart's "New York Times" bestselling debut, "The King of Lies," announced the arrival of a major talent. With "Down"" River," he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with "The Last Child," he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.
Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.
Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.
Then a second child goes missing . . .
Undeterred by Hunt's threats or his mother's pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.
Traveling the wilderness between innocence and hard wisdom, between hopelessness and faith, "The Last Child" leaves all categories behind and establishes John Hart as a writer of unique power.

Be Cool. If Elmore Leonard hadn't already used it for the sequel to Get Shorty, it would have been a natural title for this deliciously breezy follow-up to another Leonard-to-Hollywood hit, Out of Sight. You may best recall Jack Foley, as played by George Clooney, bantering with Jennifer Lopez in the trunk of a jailbreak getaway car, but when Out of Sight ended, Foley was headed back to the clink to finish a 30-year bid. Road Dogs opens with Foley on the van to prison with Cundo Rey, a pint-size Cuban who soon engineers their early release--legally, this time. Jack's happy to be out and enjoying the California hospitality of Cundo and his wife Dawn (both Leonard veterans too, from LaBrava and Riding the Rap). But Dawn is lovely and wily (and maybe a psychic), Cundo is a murderously jealous husband who may well think Jack owes him big-time, and Jack? Well, when you've robbed a hundred-twenty or so banks, is it that easy to go straight? As so often with Leonard, the real fun is less in the action than the talk, especially from Foley, the pleasure-minded, level-headed hood: an ex-con whose biggest con may be that he is exactly who he says he is. --Tom Nissley

The third installment of this new series by the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Warriors saga continues the journey of a black bear, a polar bear, and a grizzly cub that are brought together by a twist of fate for a mystical quest to find the Last Great Wilderness.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Take 5: Katie's Favorite Food Writers

We're starting a new feature here at the Farley's blog... Take 5! Every so often, we'll feature a top 5 Q&A with a Farley's Bookshop staffer.

Today's Take 5 is with Katie, who is one of our resident foodies. Here, she shares her top 5 favorite food writers.

In no particular order:

1. Ruth Reichl

2. Alice Waters

3. Laurie Colwin

4. Nigel Slater

5. Deborah Madison

If you've got any suggestion for future editions of Take 5, we'd love to hear them! Send us your ideas in an email, or in the comments!