2017-05-17 / Book Review

Books Galore And Author Visits At Astoria Bookshop


“No One Can Pronounce My Name” by Rakesh Satyal, who will be at Astoria Bookshop on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 pm. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson “Real Friends” by Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham. “Goldfish Ghost” by Lemony Snicket, the author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” “No One Can Pronounce My Name” by Rakesh Satyal, who will be at Astoria Bookshop on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 pm. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil DeGrasse Tyson “Real Friends” by Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham. “Goldfish Ghost” by Lemony Snicket, the author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Spring is in full swing, and Astoria Bookshop has an amazing selection for your relaxing day at the park, or just for the daily commute. There are new releases by Robert Repino, Rakesh Satyal, Patricia Lockwood, Jenny Han, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Check out some of highlights below, or stop by to browse and find some new favorites of your own. (And as always, their calendar is full of exciting events – visit www.astoriabookshop.com/event for more.)

New & noteworthy fiction:

“D’Arc” by Robert Repino - The startling saga of Mort(e) continues. No longer able to run away, Sheba and Mort(e) rush headlong into the conflict, ready to fight but unprepared for a world that seems hell-bent on tearing them apart.

“Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins - From the bestselling author of “The Girl on the Train,” comes a fast-paced thriller in which a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town.

“The Boy on the Bridge” by M.R. Carey - From the author of USA Today bestseller, “The Girl With All the Gifts,” a terrifying new novel set in the same post-apocalyptic world.

“No One Can Pronounce My Name” by Rakesh Satyal - From the author of the LAMBDA award-winning novel “Blue Boy” comes a story of “Harit,” a lonely Indian immigrant in his mid-40s, living with his mother who can no longer function after the death of Harit’s sister Swati. In a misguided attempt to keep both himself and his mother sane, Harit has taken to dressing up in a sari every night to pass himself off as his sister. Catch Astoria Bookshop’s event with Rakesh Satyal on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.!

“The Leavers” by Lisa Ko - One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

New & noteworthy non fiction:

“Broke Millennial” by Erin Lowry (signed copies available!) - Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck and Get Your Financial Life Together (#GYFLT)

“Priestdaddy” by Patricia Lockwood - From Patricia

Lockwood – a writer acclaimed for her wildly original voice – a vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition.

“Behave” by Robert M. Sapolsky - From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, author of A Primate’s Memoir, comes a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson - From the acclaimed author of “Origins,” comes a book to reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headline “The Awkward Thoughts” of W. Kamau Bell - A humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today and more.

New & noteworthy for young readers:

“Goldie Vance, Volume 2” by Hope Larson and Brittney Wilson - Nancy who? Goldie Vance is on the case. The adventures of the teen sleuth continue in this second volume of the hit comic book series.

“Real Friends” by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham - Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends and why it’s worth the journey.

“The Lines We Cross” by Randa Abdel- Fattah - Michael’s parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart – and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan.

“Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han - Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

“The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan (signed copies available!) - Apollo, an awesome god turned awkward mortal, journeys across North America with some demigod friends on a quest to regain Zeus’s favor in Book Two of Rick Riordan’s uproarious “Trials of Apollo” series.

New & noteworthy picture books:

“The Three Billy Goats Gruff” by Jerry Pinkney - A classic, read-aloud favorite addressing bullying retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney.

“Goldfish Ghost” by Lemony Snicket, illustrated Lisa Brown - Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in the bowl on a dresser in a boy’s room, but Goldfish Ghost wanted company, so he set out to find a friend. From the author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

“Dragons Love Tacos 2” by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri - The hilarious sequel to the smokin’ hot New York Times best seller, “Dragons Love Tacos.”

“Stack the Cats” by Susie Ghahremani - Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack.

The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11106.

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