Come check out a few of our most highly-anticipated laydowns this weekend. These gorgeous new hardcovers include Rising Strong, from self-help guru Brené Brown, Erik Fassnacht’s A Good Family, A Manual for Cleaning Women, a story collection by Lucia Berlin, Alexandra Kleeman’s novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, beloved mystery writer Louise Penny’s The Nature of the Beast, and Jasper Gibson’s A Bright Moon For Fools. Most covers just happen to be designed around the colors orange and blue. Favorite cover of the week? The sideways, painterly one for Erik Fassnacht’s A Good Family.
You can read a review of Brené Brown’s new book in Positive Psychology, and watch her TED talks here. Publisher’s Weekly calls Fassnacht’s work “engrossing” and “lucid,” The Washington Post promises Berlin’s story collection contains “high-grade pleasure,” NPR calls Kleeman’s absurdist book “brutal, fragile,” and “sharp,” Kirkus writes that Louise Penny is: “an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand,” and the Guardian says that Jasper Gibson’s book is full of “sheer hilarity.”
And how about some fresh cuts in paperbook? As for non-fiction, we have Edward O. Wilson’s The Meaning of Human Existence, 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! , a very comprehensive and enjoyable compedium of writing on popular music by Bob Stanley, and the most elegant guide to the city of Paris we’ve yet seen in book-form. As for fiction laydowns, New Directions brings us a translation of a Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan’s novel Beauty is a Wound, and we have Sweetland by Michael Crummy
Happy weekend! I think you’ve earned yourself a little book-treat.