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Beautiful You (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385538039
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday, 10/2014


Beautiful You, the sexy new satire by shock-master Chuck Palahniuk, is not for the faint of heart. This is not your grandmother's book, or a gift you'd buy your mother, perhaps, but you can certainly enjoy it in the privacy of your own bed. The book is graphic, let's be honest. Palahniuk is commenting on the mass commodification of the sexual pleasure industry, and in particular how sex, especially, and also fashion and media are "sold" to women. The book's protagonist, Penny Harrigan, is a normal working woman whose relationship with antagonist and dotcom-mogul-turned-sex-toy-barron, C. Linus Maxwell, forever changes her body, mind, and life. Maxwell approaches his sex toy empire with the obsession of a scientist and his research with the reckless abandon of a Casanova. Many dark secrets lie within this book and its plot, with a heavy dose of irony, cultural commentary, and fast-paced storytelling that makes Palahniuk the leader of The Cult that he is. Readers will probably either love this book or hate it, but they won't forget it anytime soon. The ideas and the images remain, even after the vibration wears off. Give it a shot. I dare you.

ISBN-13: 9780393240238
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014


I love, love, LOVE this book! I ripped through it on one long day traveling, and it became one of my favorite books of this fall season. Caitlin Doughty is funny as hell, smart as all-get-out, and the most honest death worker you might ever meet. Written over the course of her term working at a crematorium in LA then going to mortician’s school, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes will cause you to rethink your ideas and deeply entrenched attitudes about death and what we do with the body post-mortem. Herein lies hilarious stories about cremation, social studies of death across cultures worldwide, and Doughty’s own hard-fought nuggets of wisdom gained while working on the job in the completely unglamorous world of the funeral industry. This book will not disappoint you, not one bit, so read it!

ISBN-13: 9780143126683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014


Good characters, a twisty plot slowly pulls you in and keeps you until the last page. This has been a best seller in Europe, and for good reason.

ISBN-13: 9781936744206
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rio Grande Books, 2/2014


How Chile Came to New Mexico is the second in a line of children's books in the series written by Rudolfo Anaya for LPD Press. I love that this book is written, illustrated and published by New Mexicans, and the authenticity comes through. The first book in the series, How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico, told the story of the state's storied flower. Now, one of our best known local crops is historicized and explained in the ever endearing prose of one of the greatest living Chicano writers and Albuquerque's favorite author. The illustrations are equally charming, making this a must-have for the holiday season. Bookworks has signed copies, so call us to reserve one if you can't make it to the event October 18.

ISBN-13: 9781455503247
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 6/2014


The Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts of the l960's were glamorous, daring men who conquered space, but for many of us young women living at this time, the wives of the astronauts were the fascinating ones. This delightful book chronicles the daily lives of these women who were capitulated from ordinary housewives to celebrities in a few short years. Koppel describes the details of these lives with compassion and humor--the fear and dread when husbands flew into the unknown, their knowledge of infidelities, and the presence of reporters documenting their most intimate moments. What prevailed was an exclusive sisterhood of women who faced these challenges with humor, courage and loyalty to one another.

ISBN-13: 9780142180822
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Plume, 3/2014


I was skeptical of this book at first, but I LOVED it. The story made me ponder the strange ways we treat animals and fellow humans, and what it means for all species to be alive collectively on this planet. Plot synopsis: university family raises a chimp as their own, until they don't. Memories are reconstructed and re-construed, and they become a life--a past that is also a present and future and a now. Highly recommend!

The Snow Queen (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374266325
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014


Cunningham is a master of digging deeply into the may layers of creative angst. In all four of these characters, he shows us the delight, despair, illusion and clarity of the creative process. Whether it is dealing with art, fashion, or dying, his writing is profound, thoughtful and beautiful.

The Book of You (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062297600
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Published: HarperTorch, 5/2014


This thriller is creepy, provocative, and repulsive at the same time it is entrancing, well-written, and realistic. Antagonist Rafe has fallen for our protagonist, Clarissa, over the course of one unsuccessful date. He continues to stalk her after she has expressed her disinterest by sending her unwanted gifts, packages and letters; following her to and from work and as she meets with friends, and even getting himself into her building by sweet-talking her old unknowing land lord. 
The story of Clarissa's dodging this stalker plays out while she is on jury duty for a case that involves a female drug addict whose story of abuse is undermined by the biased court. As Clarissa tries to find a way to bring her stalker to justice, readers are reminded of the lengths victims of domestic abuse, stalking, and other unwanted displays of affection must go to to protect themselves and prove their perpetrators are guilty--beyond a shadow of a doubt.

ISBN-13: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013


Donna Tartt absolutely draws you into the tragic world of our protagonist, Theo Decker, via a string of tragic, surprising, and darkly redemptive acts and accomplices that will leave you stunned in the beginning and stunned at the end. Theo and his best friend Boris remind us that the best intentions can have a dark underbelly and the purest of hearts can have a dark core. Truth, love, beauty, all the virtues of life we hold so dear are up for examination, in line at the guillotine and, in the end, redeemed, though not without the near constant tragedies of death, despair, addiction, and struggle. It’s no wonder this book has won so many prizes and sold so many copies: Tartt’s first book in 10 years, she weaves a deft story with the moral dimensions of a prism, all the microtales shining light upon one another until the brilliant gold piece of art that we follow throughout the 770 pages—The Goldfinch—is illuminated.

The History of Love (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780393328622
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2006


Don't let the title turn you off to this book, if you are thinking, "This book sounds sappy." I this excellently written novel, the theme is not romantic love. Rather this book is about love for art and humanity. It's emotionally engaging in the best way. I couldn't put it down.

Fear of Flying (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143107354
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics, 10/2013


Not a new book, but still as noteworthy and relevant as it was more than forty years ago. Jong has influenced a whole generation of feminist with her open attitudes about women's careers and sexuality. This book will make it into my top list of fiction, well, forever, because it's the kind of book you can come back to and enjoy, time and time again. It's erotic and transformative and much, much better written than Fifty Shades of Grey. Try it and see.

ISBN-13: 9780812979329
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2/2013


Everyone should read this prize-winning narrative non-fiction about the inter-connected lives of several families in a slum in India. It will give you a radically different view of globalization and the rise of India than what you may have read in the newspaper.

Wave (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345804310
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 12/2013


Although this is one of the saddest books I have ever read, it also provides a powerful and uplifting story of loss and healing. Don't let the difficult subject matter put you off from reading it. It's a profound read.

ISBN-13: 9781451681758
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Published: Scribner, 4/2013


Beautiful, charming, heartbreaking, and extremely well-written. This book was highly recommended to me by a customer, and I pass on that recommendation to you.

A House in the Sky (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781451645613
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company, 6/2014


This is a memoir about a young girl who loves to travel the world. During her travels, she falls in love with the Middle East and takes on reporting jobs to support her travels. Four days after her arrival in Somalia, her and her partner are kidnapped for ransom and so begins Amanda's story of endurance, survival and forgiveness. This is an amazing book you will want to tell others about!

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Craig Collins, Oct. 21, 7pm
Thunder in the Mountains, on guns

Glenna Luschei, Oct. 22, 7pm
The Sky is Shooting Blue Arrows, new poetry

Molly Antopol, Oct. 22, 7pm
The Unamericans, acclaimed stories
Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE

Katie Lane, Oct. 23, 7pm
Ring in the Holidays, new romance

Nicole Mones, Oct. 23, 7pm
Night in Shanghai, at the JCC BookFest
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE

Jeremy Tolbert, Oct. 25, 3pm
Talking with the Devil About Love, poetry

Max Evans & Robert Knott, Oct. 26, 3pm
Going Crazy with Sam Peckinpah

Gail Sheehy, Oct. 26, 3pm
Daring, at the JCC BookFest
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE

Chuck Palahniuk, Oct. 27, 7pm
Beautiful You, new fiction
University of New Mexico
Student Union Ballrooms B&C

Janice Wilson-Stridick, Oct. 29, 7pm
Alice Steer Wilson, on art and light

Ray John de Aragon, Oct. 30, 7pm
New Mexico Book of the Undead

Laura Kasinof, Nov. 4, 7pm
Don't be Afraid of the Bullets,on war

Tony Hoagland, Nov.  5, 7pm
Twenty Poems that Could Save America
and Other Essays

Valerie Plame, Nov. 6, 7pm
Burned, a Vanessa Pierson thriller

Radley Balko, Nov. 6, 7pm
Rise of the Warrior Cop
South Broadway Cultural Center
ACLU/APD Forward event

Ron Pevny, Nov. 7, 7pm
Conscious Living, Conscious Aging

Gayle Lauradunn, Nov. 8, 3pm
Reaching for Air, poetry

Max Early, Nov. 8, 5pm
Ears of Corn: Listen, poetry & art

Gyasi Ross, Nov. 9, 3pm
How to Say I Love You in Indian

CB McKenzie, Nov. 9, 3pm
Bad Country, Hillerman prize winner

Lois Abraham, Nov. 11, 7pm
Circus Girl and Other Stories

Heather Strang, Nov. 13 7pm
The Quest, a spiritual romance

Naomi Shihab Nye, Nov. 14, 7pm
presented by the NM Humanities Council
KiMo Theater, 421 Central Ave NW

Toby Smith, Nov. 15, 3pm
Bush League Boys, baseball history

Hollis Walker, Nov. 15, 5pm
The Booby Blog, on surviving cancer

JM Mitchel, Nov. 16, 3pm
The Height of Secrecy, new mystery

Susan Croce Kelly, Nov. 18, 7pm
Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery

Katie Singer, Nov. 20, 7pm
Electronic Silent Spring, on radiation

Kimberley Griffiths Little, Nov. 21, 6pm
Forbidden, new romance

Jamie Anderson, Nov. 25, 7pm
Drive All Night, the life of a touring musician