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NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS

 

OBAMA: An Intimate Portrait, by Peter Souza (Little, Brown, $50)  Published in early December last year, this book sold out immediately and we (and many other bookstores) could not obtain copies until now.  It was worth the wait!  Candid historic photographs by Souza, Obama's official White House photographer during his presidency, show the huge range of people, issues and events that marked Obama's historic presidency.  A perfect gift for yourself or anyone who remembers less chaotic political times and more intelligent discourse fondly.

 

 

 

NEW IN PAPERBACK

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $17.00)  Elizabeth Strout's newest book is a collection of short stories that create a novel. It is set in the same rural Maine town that the narrator of My Name is Lucy Barton grew up in, and readers will get to revisit familiar characters, as well as meet many new ones.

 

 

THE DRY, by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books, $15.99)  This highly-praised debut novel won several awards last year in the very competitive (and crowded) crime novel category. An Australian federal agent who left his hometown many years before is drawn back after his childhood best friend and his family were murdered.  He returns home during the worst drought in a century, and starts uncovering secrets from his own past that he does not want to know. Highly recommended by a number of reviewers.

 

 

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, by David Grann (Vintage, $16.95) This book dives into a part of the history of the wealthy Osage Nation of Oklahoma, when their people began to be slowly and mysteriously murdered during the 1920's.  The gripping tale combines history, mystery and native culture, and reveals the creation of the FBI and the conspiracy that led to these murders.

 

 

EXIT WEST, by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books, $16.00) This unique and lovely love story, about two refugees in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, stays with one long, long after the end.  It is both realistic and surreal, as war always is, and describes the complexities of navigating a relationship amid the uncertainty of where to live and for how long, when the city will be attacked again, and who to trust.  At a certain point, the couple, Nadia and Saeed, have to make difficult choices as to whether they will stay together, and where they will live.

 

 

NEW HARDBACKS

 

THE OVERSTORY, by Richard Powers (Norton, $27.95)

Powers is one of those underappreciated authors whose books have won major awards, but remains an author who many have not yet read.  This powerful, passionate new novel would be an excellent place to start. Nine different people, each affected in some way by trees in their lives, are brought together in an unprecedented stand to save the continent's last stand of virgin forest.  Along the way, historical  accounts of the great timber wars of the Pacific Northwest are interwoven.

 

THE GREAT ALONE, by Kristin Hannah  ()

Set in the remote Alaskan wilderness after the Vietnam War, this story of a family's search for a new lease and life to help heal the wounds of the war is a searing portrait of survival.  When Ernt Allbright, a former POW comes home from the war, he is a changed man--volatile and impulsive.  He soon decides to move his family to the wilds to be more self-sufficient, with many disasterous consequences.

 

ASYMMETRY, by Lisa Halliday (Simon & Schuster, $26)  A debut novel that resonates long after finishing it, this story follows a young editor who lives in New York and begins a surprising affair with a famous older writer.  At the same time, it follows the challenges of a practical economist who is held by immigration officials in England when he tries to visit his brother in Kurdistan.  How are these stories linked, and why? Halliday beautifully renders the story of challenges and imbalances that both cripple and sustain us.  Funny and compassionate, the story weaves the lives of three major characters into a beautiful braid.

 

MANHATTAN BEACH, by Jennifer Egan (Scribner, $28)

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan has another eagerly-awaited new novel.  The US is at war, and Anna Kerrigan works as the first woman to become a diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One evening at a club, she meets a man her father once introduced her to when she was a child; a man Anna believed had something mysterious to do with her family, particularly her father. As she tries to untangle the mystery of how her father disappeared, and what the man--Dexter Styles--may have had to do with it,  Anna becomes involved with a quirky and dark underworld characters. With the feel of a dark thriller mixed with historical novel, Egan's new story is a decided winner.