New Releases - Staff Picks


Men Without Women: Stories Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami
As his rabid fans not-so-patiently await the arrival of his next novel in America, Haruki Murakami lovers can satiate themselves with this new collection of short ficiton. The title "Men Without Women" is not a random choice, or just an homage to the Hemingway collection.
Each story included here shows Murakmai's gifts for making the somehow mundane seem to be extraordinary. This legendary author has a way of delving into a man's inner psyche in a way that few other authors do. And while all of the men herein may be, indeed, without women, that does not mean women do not play a large part of the works. So while a car ride with a recently widowed man and his chauffeur may seem dull on the surface, we learn that people are never as straightforward as they seem. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
The Thirst The Thirst by Jo Nesbo
Hard to believe that Norway (2013 population 5.04 million) and Scandinavia's well publicized happiness index (Norway now ranked happiest nation) could produce so many fiendish serial killers. If Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole crime novels are to be taken at face value, there's something the happiness rankings have overlooked! But don't let that apparent disconnect spoil your appreciation for these gripping thrillers - perhaps it takes a happy nation to produce a series this scary. Harry Hole is back again, with all his scars and flaws and self-loathing. The Thirst reunites most of the characters we've been following for years, with tight plotting and cunning misdirection, and of course, a grisly series of murders. A detailed review of a crime novel is never appreciated, so I will leave it at this: if you haven't read any of Nesbo's thrillers, start at the beginning so that The Thirst doesn't become a spoiler. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Cool Papa was a Bluesman and Clayton was his biggest fan, his best student and his only grandson. Now Cool Papa is playing in a heavenly band and Clayton's sadness is wailing inside him like a saxophone. Everyday since has been trouble - trouble in school, trouble at home - he just has to get away. With only the blues and his harmonica for company, Clayton takes to the subways of NYC. Williams-Garcia brings us another powerful story of family love and growing up - wonderful! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
A superb and painfully real graphic memoir about one girl’s summer at an all-girls camp. Unlike other years, fifteen-year-old Maggie finds herself falling in love during her stay—but with her camp counselor! Lots of identity questioning and angst follows in this very funny first novel. I loved it. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo