2017-07-26 / Front Page

Astoria Bookshop Bestsellers, New Releases, Staff Picks

As we near the midpoint of the summer, many New Yorkers are fleeing the city in favor of the beach to escape the MTA and the hot bustle of the sidewalks. Regardless of whether you’re staying here or venturing outside of Astoria for a well-deserved vacation, be sure to stop by Astoria Bookshop for some cool summer reads! Check out what’s new, what’s on their bookseller’s summer reading lists, or stop in to browse and find some new favorites of your own. As always, Astoria Bookshop’s calendar is full of exciting events, visit their website to see what’s in store: astoriabookshop.com.

New & Noteworthy Fiction:

“Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma – Eight masterful stories that focus on Indian protagonists at home and abroad and that plunge the reader into the unpredictable workings of the human heart.

“The Epiphany Machine” by David Burr Gerrard – A searing alternative history of New York city, from the 60s to the near future, in which a tattoo machine is rumored to inscribe insightful assessments on its users’ forearms – with irreversible consequences. David Burr Gerrard will be visiting Astoria Bookshop along with Angelica Baker (“Our Little Racket”) on August 1.

“What We Lose” by Zinzi Clemmons – From a debut author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age – a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country.

“Ten Dead Comedians” by Fred Van Lente – Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both an homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire.
New & Noteworthy Non-fiction:

“City of Light, City of Poison“ by Holly Tucker – Appointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light.

“Caesar’s Last Breath” by Sam Kean – The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It’s invisible. It’s ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.

“A Beautiful Terrible Thing” by Jen Waite – A compulsively readable tale of betrayal from a woman who suspects she married a psychopath.

“Ars Botanica” by Tim Taranto – Written as letters to his unborn child, Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica describes the infinite pleasures of falling in love – the small discoveries of each other’s otherness, the crush of desire, the frightening closeness – and the terrifying impossibility of losing someone.

New & Noteworthy for Young Readers:

“Women in Sports” by Rachel Ignotofsky – Illustrated profiles of 50 pioneering female athletes, from the author of The New York Times bestseller ”Women in Science.” Women for the win.

“The Disappearances” by Emily Bain Murphy – What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

“The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” by Chris Colfer - In the highly anticipated conclusion to the “Land of Stories” series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the “Land of Stories” fairy tale characters – heroes and villains – are no longer confined within their world.

“A Void the Size of the World” by Rachele Alpine – A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead to her sister’s disappearance.



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