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October 2015
In This Issue
Love mysteries? Can't get enough science fiction? Need ideas for your next book club read? Want to know when your child's favorite author is coming to sign? Easy! Manage your e-mail preferences to stay informed  about the books and author events that interest you most. 

Free signing line tickets will be available with the purchase 
of the authors' new books.

Jojo Moyes, Brandon Sanderson, Chelsea Clinton, Joan Lunden, Jenny Lawson, Mitch Albom and more...all coming to the Tattered Cover this fall. Check our website for  ticket information , so you don't miss a thing!

Looking Back

One of September's highlights was an autographing with talented singer/songwriter Jewel, who gave an intimate concert and a fascinating book talk before signing  her new memoir Never Broken for  a full house of readers and music fans at our Aspen Grove store. What a voice and what a story she has to tell!

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Saturday, October 31, 1 pm
Tattered Cover on Colfax Ave
The contest entry deadline is this Friday! Entries must be postmarked no later than October 2.  At the end of the month, the authors of the winning and honorable mention stories, with their families and friends, will join us to receive prizes and a copy of this year's story collection. You're invited too. Guests are encouraged to come in Halloween costumes for spooky treats and a celebration of young writers.

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The V.I.B. selections are books for adults and kids that our staff members love, and feel are true stand-outs (very impressive books!) in a season of many excellent and compelling new titles.
by Patrick DeWitt 
( $26.99 Ecco)

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
(ages 13 to 17, $17.99, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

Autographed Book Collectors' Club

A club for the true collector, the ardent bibliophile, and all lovers of the printed word. Members of the ABC Club receive one signed first edition chosen by our buyers and events staff each month. Our ABC Club Selection for October is:

by Jonathan Franzen
($28.00, Farrar Straus Giroux)
Dom's Book Club
Dom Testa is an author, advocate for children's education, and the host of Dom in the Morning on Mix 100.3. He loves reading, and we love sharing his favorites with you. Check out his reviews on his blog, and happy reading!

Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase  in-store to receive 20% off this month's selection: Salem's Lot by Stephen King

7News Book Club
Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo not only knows the weather, she knows great books, and is an avid reader! Each month she shares her picks and reviews on the 7News website
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Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off this month's selection:  Her Fearful Symmetry  by Audrey Niffenegger

Young Children's Storytimes 
Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue 
Tuesdays at 10:30 am & Saturdays at 10:30 am, Aspen Grove

Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm
Colfa x Avenue
Charles Belfoure, the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect, will read from and sign his wonderful new novel House of Thieves ($25.99 Sourcebooks).

Thursday  , October 1, 7:00 pm
Historic LoDo
At 57 years old, Neil Hanson began a cross-country bicycle journey, exploring America on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle. Hanson will discuss and sign his memoir from that trip, Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America ($14.95 High Prairie Press).

Friday, October 2, 7:00 pm
CU South Denver, Liniger Building, 10035 Peoria St, Parker, Colorado 80134 
Tattered Cover joins the Douglas County Libraries in presenting perennial book club favorite and New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes. Known for titles like The Girl You Left Behind and One Plus One, Moyes will discuss and sign her new book, After You ($27.95 Penguin).  Important event and ticket information.

Saturday, October 3, 11:00 am
Colfax Avenue
Colorado author Audrey Kinsman, author of  Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween, will host a special storytime with a new addition to the collection Switch Witch & The Magic of Switchcraft ($29.99 Four Boys Industries).

Meg han Dougherty & Alece Birnbach
Satur day, October 3, 2:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Meghan Dougherty and Alece Birnbach, authors of Rise of the Undead Redhead, the first in Dorothy's Derby Chronicles for middle grade readers, will read from and sign their new book The Woe of Jade Doe  ($6.99 Sourcebooks), the second book in the series.

Sunday, October 4, 1:00 pm
Sie FilmCenter 

Monday, October 5, 7:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Freddie Steinmark, a safety for the undefeated University of Texas Longhorns in 1969, and a player in the thrilling "Game of the Century," whose leg was amputated less than a week later, is the subject of a new book Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football ($24.95 University of Texas Press).

Tu esday, October 6, 6:00 pm
As pen Grove
Beloved Colorado author Lauren Myracle, author of the Internet Girls trilogy ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r, among many other books, will read from and sign her new book for middle grade readers Upside-Down Magic ($14.99 Scholastic), the first in a fun new series co-written with bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski and Emily Jenkins.

Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Brandon Sanderson, author of Steelheart, the first book in his  Reckoners series, as well as the Stormlight Archive and the  Mistborn series, was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. He will join us to launch Shadows of Self ($27.99 Tor), the next book in the Mistborn series. 

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Historic LoDo
Peter Nabokov, Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and author of A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History, will discuss and sign his new book   How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family  ($32.95 Viking).

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Ann Leckie, author of the Imperial Radch series, will read from and sign Ancillary Mercy (15.99 Orbit), the stunning conclusion to the trilogy. Greg Bear, a Hugo and Nebula Award-winner, will read from and sign Killing Titan ($26.00 Orbit), the second book in his bestselling new War Dogs series.

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
John Marzluff, assistant professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington in Seattle, will discuss and sign the new paperback edition of his book Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife ($18.00 Yale University Press).

Friday, October 9, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Award-winning local author Pamela Nowak will read from and sign her new historical romance Escaping Yesterday ($25.95 Five Star Publishing).

Saturday, October 10, 10:30 am
Aspen Grove

William Paul Young 
Sunday, October 11, 2:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
William Paul Young, the author of the 22-million-copy bestseller The Shack, will discuss and sign his new novel Eve ($27.00 hardcover, $16:00 in paperback, Howard Books), a bold exploration of the Creation narrative.  Important event and ticket information.

Jeff Guinn 
Monday, October 12, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Guinn, bestselling author of The Last Gunfight, Go Down Together, and Glorious, will read from and sign his new book  Buffalo Trail ($27.00 Putnam).

Tuesday, October 13, 12:30 pm
Aspen Grove

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Carol S. Pearson, author of The Hero Within and Awakening the Heroes Within, will discuss and sign her new book Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within ($26.99 HarperElixir).

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Gavin Aung Than, the Australian graphic-designer-turned-cartoonist, who started turning the words of  icons such as Confucius, Marie Curie, and Henry David Thoreau, into graphic stories through his weekly Zen Pencils blog, will discuss and sign his new collection Zen Pencils Volume Two: Dream the Impossible Dream ($14.99 Andrews McMeel).

An Evening with the Clyfford Still Museum & David Anfam
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm
Historic LoDo
The world's most intact public collection of a major American artist will become even more comprehensive this fall. Repeat/Recreate: Clyfford Still's "Replicas" will bring fifteen additional works of art to Denver's Clyfford Still Museum. This new exhibit is curated by David Anfam, who will join us to discuss this extraordinary exhibit and the catalog.

Richard Ford 
Friday, October 16, 7:00 pm
University of Denver, Sturm Hall
The University of Denver Enrichment Program joins us in welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford to the DU campus. His books  The Sportswriter and Independence Day gave readers Frank Bascombe, one of the most esteemed characters in contemporary literature. Ford will discuss and sign the new paperback edition of his most recent novel  Let Me Be Frank with You ($14.99 Ecco).  Important event and ticket information.

Rebecca Snow
Friday, October 16, 7:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Award-winning local author Rebecca Snow will read from and sign her debut novel Glassmusic ($12.99 Conundrum Press), a historical coming-of-age novel exploring the sometimes devastating realities of loyalty and jealousy.

Saturday, October 17, 2:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Denver writer Colleen Oakes, author of the bestselling Queen of Hearts saga and the Elly in Bloom series. Oakes will read from and sign her new novel Wendy Darling ($17.00 SparkPress).

Monday, October 19, 2:00 pm
Colfax Avenue

Monday, October 19, 6:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Emilie Christie Burack will read from and sign her debut novel for young readers The Runaway's Gold ($16.95 Abrams).

Monday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
John A. Flanagan, author of the  Ranger's Apprentice epic fantasy series for middle grade readers, will present his new book The Tournament at Gorlan ($18.99 Philomel Books), first in a new prequel series that lays the groundwork for the epic battles that culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge-Books 1 and 2.

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Kennedy Odede, one of Africa's best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs, joins Jessica Posner, a nationally recognized, award-winning social entrepreneur and activist, to discuss and sign their memoir Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum ($27.99 Ecco).

Thomas G. Andrews
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Historic LoDo
Thomas G. Andrews, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss and sign his new book Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies ($29.95 Harvard University Press).

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and S how Your Work, will discuss and sign The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs ($12.95 Workman Publishing).

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Our guest authors will explore the variety of strong, creative, intelligent heroines in today's fiction for young adult readers. Julie Murphy, will present  Dumplin' ($17.99 Balzar & Bray). E.K. Johnston will present  Prairie Fire ($18.99 Carolrhoda Books). Amy Tintera will present  Rebel ($9.99 HarperTeen). Natalie C. Parker will present  Beware the Wild ($17.99 HarperTeen). Michelle Kyrs will present  Charmed ($17.99 Delacorte Press).

Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Joan Lunden, former co-host of Good Morning America will discuss and sign her new book Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival ($26.99 HarperCollins), in which she speaks candidly about her very recent battle against breast cancer and the transformative effect it has had on her life.   Important event and ticket information.

Friday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Elin Hilderbrand, author of Summer People , The Castaways , and The Rumor , among others, will read from and sign her new novel   The Winter Stroll   ($25.00 Little, Brown).

An Afternoon with Midnight Ink

Saturday, October 24, 2:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Celebrate 10 years of Midnight Ink publishing with local mystery and thriller authors Mark Stevens ( Lake of Fire ), Laura DiSilverio ( The Reckoning Stones ), and Linda Joffe Hull ( Black Thursday ).

Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Catherynne M. Valente, the phenomenal talent behind the New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making , and several sequels, will read from and sign her new book for adult readers Radiance ($24.99 Tor).

Tuesday, October 27, 10:30 am
Colfax Avenue

Tuesday, October 27, 5:00 pm
Colfax Avenue

Paula Hawkins
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Paula Hawkins will read from and sign her worldwide bestselling debut novel The Girl on the Train ($26.95 Riverhead), an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller.

Bonnie Jo Campbell
Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of three previous books of fiction including American Salvage , a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, will read from and sign her new novel Mothers, Tell Your Daughters ($25.95 W.W. Norton).

Steve Knopper
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper will discuss and sign MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson ($27.00 Scribner), a critical biography of Michael Jackson exploring and celebrating his influence in music, dance, and pop culture, drawing on 400 interviews.

Stephanie Arnold & Sari Padorr
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Historic LoDo
When Stephanie Arnold gave birth to her second child, she flatlined on the operating table for 37 seconds, during which time she had a spiritual experience she would never forget. Arnold and coauthor Sari Padorr will discuss and sign Stephanie's remarkable memoir 37 Seconds: Dying Revealed Heaven's Help-A Mother's Journey ($24.99 HarperOne).

Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Aspen Grove
Greg Meng, author and co-executive producer of Days of Our Lives , will be joined by many members of the beloved soap opera's cast to sign the new book Days of Our Lives: 50 Years ($34.99 Sourcebooks), an in-depth journey of the longest-running scripted program in NBC's history. Important event and ticket information.

Friday, October 30, 6:00 pm
Colfax Avenue, Historic LoDo & Aspen Grove

Saturday, October 31, beginning at 9:00 am
All stores (excluding the airport stores)

Saturday, October 31, 1:00 pm
Colfax Avenue
Fates and Furies: A Novel, by Lauren Groff
(Riverhead, $27.95)
" Fates and Furies is an engrossing and complex novel about a seemingly perfect marriage of beautiful people, told in two parts. The first is a gentle introduction to Lotto and Mathilde, their marriage, and their friends and family; the second, a violent storm to wash away all you thought you knew. Groff crafts amazing, shocking sentences and brilliantly reveals the lies and deceit hiding behind the perfect façade. It's a book you will finish too quickly and then want to tell your friends about. Very highly recommended." -
Tarah Jennings, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD

City on Fire: A Novel, by Garth Risk Hallberg
(Knopf, $30)
"Big, juicy, and full-throated,  City on Fire absorbs readers into an expertly crafted 1970s New York City and introduces them to character after lushly drawn character: the charismatic young woman with a hidden life, her asthmatic punk groupie friend, the wizened reporter, the obscenely rich and rebellious, the not-so-rebellious, and those who love them. Their lives create a rich tapestry, beginning with a murder on the brink of the New Year in 1977 and culminating later that year during the infamous blackout. With unequivocal skill, Hallberg makes readers feel like they are holding the whole city in their hands. Breathe deep and enjoy the experience!"  -Melinda Powers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

(University of Texas Press, $22.95)
"You don't need to be familiar with Chesnutt's or Hersh's work to appreciate this phenomenal book, but you will undoubtedly want to be once you've finished it. Hersh is a writer of intense and subtle beauty, and she will make you cry and feel a hundred other things with the power of her style alone. Through the tragic story of her close friend and tourmate, Chesnutt, Hersh evokes the torture of all that artistic genius encapsulates and makes that pain sing in a voice both opaque and elegant, grimy and pristine. Ultimately, this is a deeply affecting meditation on one's thrust toward 'important art' and on how music is a necessary expression of sadness and loneliness but also one of intense and inimitable beauty."  -Donovan Swift, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

God's Kingdom: A Novel, by Howard Frank Mosher
(St. Martin's Press, $25.99)
"If the past is a foreign country, we certainly have an expert native guide in Mosher who recreates perfectly, right down to the smoky fire smoldering in the town dump, the small town of Kingdom Common, Vermont, in the 1950s. Here fans of previous books are reintroduced to Jim Kinneson, now entering high school. For first-time readers, the ubiquitous, multi-generational Kinneson clan of the Northern Kingdom will be immediately accessible through the talent of master storyteller Mosher in this latest variation on the themes of tradition, the burden of family history, small-town secrets, and the stark beauty of the wilds of Northern Vermont." -  Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT

The Secret Chord: A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks
(Viking, $27.95)
"The Old Testament includes tantalizing references to a prophet called Natan. Brooks brings this mysterious figure to life as the confidante to and narrator of King David's life. From David's beginning as an unknown, fearless rebel fighter through his rise to ruling the Kingdom of Israel, the people, places, and politics of ancient times are brought to life. David is a complex and compelling character who jumps off the page, and Natan is his conscience and conduit to their God. Brooks once again proves herself a master of meticulously researched and vividly imagined historical fiction."  -Cindy Pauldine, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, NY

Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel, by Claire Vaye Watkins
(Riverhead, $27.95)
"Watkins' depiction of a sun-scorched, drought-plagued West is a hypnotic and terrifying vision of an otherworldly and, perhaps most frightening of all, not-too-distant future. Part J.G. Ballard, part Joan Didion,  Gold Fame Citrus explores the complexities of human relationships in the face of environmental catastrophe. Loneliness, jealousy, heartbreak, love, loyalty - even in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, people are still people, though just what sort of people is another thing altogether. Haunting and hallucinatory, the world crafted by Watkins is a dream of the future that will not soon be forgotten."  -Emily Ballaine, Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA

Quicksand: A Novel, by Steve Toltz
(Simon & Schuster, $26)
"A dark comedy that ups the ante on both the 'dark' and the 'comedy,' pulling laughs from some of the worst situations that can be imagined,  Quicksand is also an incredible distillation of the absurdity that makes up life in the 21st century. All too frequently, authors who take on so vast a topic struggle to say anything of real meaning, but Toltz drops simultaneously profound and hilarious observations as if they were one-liners and hardly pauses to let them sink in before moving on to the next. With characters both vibrant and tragic, and the story both an encapsulation and a dazzling parody of our modern lives, Quicksand is a book not to be missed."  -Christopher Phipps, DIESEL: A Bookstore, Oakland, CA

Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel, by Zachary Thomas Dodson
(Doubleday, $27.95)
"Bats of the Republic is a book connoisseur's dream. It is a propulsive novel - often a novel within a novel - that shatters the restraints of genre with brilliance matched only by its complexity and originality. Dodson weaves a story from a past filled with hope and regret with a future rife with promise and dire consequences to keep the reader engaged throughout. Complete with maps and ephemera that make this a singular reading experience,
Bats of the Republic is gorgeous, unputdownable, and above all in this day and age, necessary."  -Javier Ramirez, The Book Table, Oak Park, IL

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
(Riverhead, $24.95)
"In her latest book, Gilbert will completely change the way you think about the creative process. Whether the medium is a canvas, a pastry, a garden, or a page, everyone has a creative genius, but not everyone is brave enough to recognize it within themselves. In  Big Magic , Gilbert advocates for the magical and divine creative muse that is ultimately a gift to both the creator and the audience. In doing so, she dispels the myth that an artist must suffer for his or her craft, affirms the paths of those who have already allowed their creative geniuses to have a voice within their lives, and inspires those who thought they needed to be completely free of their fear in order to begin."  -Tamara Michelson, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA

The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr
(Harper, $24.99)
"Karr, a professor of literature at Syracuse University and the author of three memoirs, provides readers and writers with background, insights, hints, history, and humor related to both her own writing and that of other memoirists, past and present. The book is valuable not only to those who aspire to document portions of their own lives, but also to those who find the genre of memoir of interest for casual reading."  -Susan Posch, The Book Shoppe, Boone, IA

Undermajordomo Minor: A Novel
by Patrick deWitt (Ecco, $26.99)
"With dry and witty dialogue worthy of a  Monty Python movie, this wonderful novel takes some getting used to, but once you fall into this world you will not want to come back out. A remote castle, a crazy Baron, an incredibly incompetent cook, and a lovely village girl-what else could the young narrator Lucien, known as Lucy, need for a good story? Of course, the fact that he's a compulsive liar makes things more interesting, too. Dewitt, the author of
The Sisters Brothers, once again crafts an unusual and wholly entertaining story that is sure to surprise and delight his growing legion of fans."  -Dana Schulz, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI
by Jenny Lawson (Flatiron Books, $26.99) 
"Anyone  living with depression knows that it's like being held hostage by your own brain, and sometimes survival means clinging to the knowledge that it won't last forever. Lawson takes this to the next level in Furiously Happy, her catalogue of the wonderful, ridiculous adventures that she has gone on in an effort to make the good times overshadow the bad. By fearlessly embracing her weirdness and being open about her experiences with mental illness in a culture that still largely stigmatizes and misunderstands such disorders, Lawson shines a light on what it's like to live with depression, OCD, insomnia, and anxiety. More than that, though, she shows that it is possible to fight back-even if it sometimes requires holding a midnight raccoon rodeo." -Marita Rivir, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

Pretty Girls: A Novel, by Karin Slaughter
(William Morrow, $27.99)
"I was grabbed from the first page of Slaughter's latest and roped in on the second. Boldly written and at times very raw, this psychological thriller is as suspenseful as it is scary. Dangerous secrets reunite two sisters who have been estranged since their older sister went missing 20 years earlier. As they search to discover what happened, they uncover evidence of her brutal murder and true evil. It is a gifted writer who can make you adore a character at the beginning of a book and loathe the same character at the end. Slaughter, author of both the  Grant County and  Will Trent series, has done just that in her newest stand-alone thriller."  -Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

A Line of Blood: A Novel, by Ben McPherson
(William Morrow, $25.99)
"Surely an unspoken fear of parents is that they will discover that their child has some dark secret, that their normal, well-adjusted, happy child is hiding something. McPherson introduces us to just such a family in a whodunit with many layers of psychological intrigue, secrets, and unspoken emotion. Alex and Millicent and their son, Max, find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation and what was once taken for granted begins to unravel around them. This is a must-read for anyone who loves being in the clutches of a brilliant thriller with anything but a straight line to the conclusion."  -Linda Schaefer, The Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson, OH
(Algonquin Books, trade paper, $16.95)
"Twenty-seven authors share stories about hair and all its meanings in this revelatory collection. Hair can represent class, race, a period in history, health, neuroses, and more. What a wonderful way to ponder our life histories and traumas and still keep a sense of humor as we are invited to remember what hairstyles we were wearing at key times in our lives. Through the focus on hair, this book leads us to consider our stories in both a fun and oddly serious way."
-Rona Brinlee, The BookMark, Neptune Beach, FL

Twain's End, by Lynn Cullen
(Gallery Books, $26)
"Isabel Lyon, who was born to gentility, supported herself as a nanny and a secretary and is best known as secretary/companion to the family of Samuel Clemens. Her late marriage to Clemens' business manager left her life in shambles, as afterwards both were fired and slandered. What led to those dramatic shifts is the premise behind  Twain's End . Mark Twain may be beloved beyond all American writers, but Cullen has crafted a well-researched tale supporting the view that a very manipulative, selfish, and distant Samuel Clemens and his family hid behind that façade. It is up to you to decide. A marvelous read!"  -Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA

(Hogarth, $25)
" A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is one of my favorite novels of the last several years, and now Marra follows that up with a dazzling set of linked stories set in Russia, Chechnya, and Siberia over a period of time spanning from the Russian Revolution to the modern day and beyond. As with his debut novel, what I love are the characters that he makes readers care so deeply about, as well as the fact that I constantly found myself wanting to know more about their lives and the history of their countries. Get on the Marra train now because one thing is certain: He is one of our brightest young talents writing today."  -Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
(W.W. Norton, $25.95)
"This collection is Campbell at her best and most audaciously appealing. At the center of each of these stories is a fierce, floundering, and unmistakably familiar woman. Mother of a daughter in some instances but always a caretaker, aware of and struggling with a hellish truth, or at justified peace with her right to impose her flawed self on a tragic other. These women's violations-both endured and perpetrated - are most certainly recognizable, and their stories are stunning. Booksellers, tell your customers. Friends, tell your people. Mothers, tell your daughters. Read this book!"  -Joanna Parzakonis, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

(Steerforth Press, trade paper, $15)
"Exquisite and elegant, Ryan's collection of short stories highlights his talents as a writer of note. Each piece evokes the Irish people-the spirit, the voice, the culture-as the characters confront the pain of life. The beauty of the stories comes from the almost musical quality of Ryan's writing. His sentences flow with an ebullient tone that appreciates the good and bad in equal measure, and readers are caught by the lyrical rhythms and inner harmonies, which bring them to a deeper understanding of other people. These stories will make you cry, shake your head in shock, and ponder the great gulfs between men, which are rooted in our own humanity in all its beauty and roughness."  -Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, TX

(MIRA, $26.99)
"As Thomas walked into Lily Goldman's antiques shop, he had no idea that his life was about to change completely. Assigned to write about Lily's deceased father, a famous film industry mogul, Thomas meets a host of fabulously wealthy and eccentric people and quickly becomes a part of their privileged lives. Things get complicated when he meets Matilda, daughter of the most powerful man in Los Angeles, who has kept her confined to their estate her whole life. Thomas' journalistic instincts kick in as he is enchanted by Matilda and he soon uncovers the many secrets these powerful people would rather not have revealed. This book is the definition of a page-turner: filled with romance, mystery, and great writing."  -Lori-Jo Scott, Island Bookstore, Kitty Hawk, NC
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