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Week of January 14, 2019

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Week of January 14, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of January 14th include LOVE AND RUIN, in which Paula McLain brings to life the story of Martha Gellhorn --- a fiercely independent, ambitious woman ahead of her time, who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century; NO TIME TO SPARE, the collected best of Ursula K. Le Guin's blog that presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world and her wonder at it; THE RECOVERING by Leslie Jamison, which turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself; and Sara Shepard's debut novel for adults, THE ELIZAS, a Hitchcockian double narrative composed of lies, false memories and a protagonist who must uncover the truth for survival.

Adèle written by Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor - Fiction

January 15, 2019

Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored --- and consumed by an insatiable need for sex. Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

The Elizas by Sara Shepard - Psychological Thriller

January 15, 2019

When Eliza Fontaine is rescued from the bottom of a hotel pool just a few weeks before her first novel is going to be published, her family assumes that it’s another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed. The problem is she remembers little of that night, a result of the large quantity of alcohol she consumed and a worsening struggle with memory loss due to a brain tumor. As she searches for answers, something very peculiar begins to happen: The people closest to her start to confuse the events in her novel with those in her real life. The dividing line between fact and fiction seems to be dissolving, and even Eliza is becoming uncertain about where her protagonist’s story ends and hers begins.

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee - Fiction

January 15, 2019

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Mystery/Thriller

January 15, 2019

The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim’s seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she’s not talking. Newly promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja, a psychologist, for her expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn’t best pleased. But she’s determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues, but can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

The Liar's Room by Simon Lelic - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

January 15, 2019

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe. But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna's help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered. Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna? And what has he done to her daughter?

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain - Historical Fiction

January 15, 2019

In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. When Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife, or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.

Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman - Historical/Literary Thriller

January 15, 2019

Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block - Fiction

January 15, 2019

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan - Fiction

January 15, 2019

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison - Memoir/Cultural History

January 15, 2019

Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction --- both her own and others' --- and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a fascinating look at the larger history of the recovery movement, and at the complicated bearing that race and class have on our understanding of who is criminal and who is ill. At the heart of the book is Jamison's ongoing conversation with literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence --- including Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson and David Foster Wallace --- as well as brilliant lesser-known figures, lost to obscurity but newly illuminated here.

Take-Out: And Other Tales of Culinary Crime by Rob Hart - Crime Fiction/Short Stories

January 15, 2019

In TAKE-OUT, Rob Hart has collected 16 stories of culinary crime and noir that will have you savoring every deadly bite. In the title story, a gambler falls into debt with the enigmatic owner of a Chinatown gambling parlor, and must run odd --- and sometimes dangerous --- deliveries to clear his ledger. In "How to Make the Perfect New York Bagel," the owner of one of New York City's last old-school bagel shops has to defend his storefront --- in the past, from the mob, and in the present, from a bank. In "Creampuff," a bakery with the hottest pastry in town has to hire a bouncer to control the unruly line, with tragic results.

This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide by Geneen Roth - Self-Help/Motivational

January 15, 2019