2017-09-27 / Book Review

Astoria Bookshop’s New Releases


“The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz, the latest book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz, the latest book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Now that fall is here, Astoria Bookshop has got a whole assortment of new releases to lose yourself in! It’s time to begin your next great read, and they’re got a list of new releases that’s an excellent place to start. Check out what’s new, or go to the bookshop to browse. As always, their calendar is full of exciting events astoriabookshop.com.

New & Noteworthy Fiction:

“The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz – From the author of the #1 international bestseller “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”: the new book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”


“Buildablock” by Christopher Franceschelli and illustrated by Peskimo introduces readers to more than 24 construction machines. “Buildablock” by Christopher Franceschelli and illustrated by Peskimo introduces readers to more than 24 construction machines. “Forest Dark” by Nicole Krauss – the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of “The History of Love,” conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.

“The Living Infinite” by Chantel Acevedo – “The Living Infinite” is based on the true story of the Spanish princess, Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family’s reign. Chantel Acevedo made an appearance at Astoria Booksop in conversation with Santiago Gamboa on 9/22.


“The Templars” by Dan Jones is about a small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, whose legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since medieval times. But who were they really and what actually happened? “The Templars” by Dan Jones is about a small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, whose legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since medieval times. But who were they really and what actually happened? “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng – From the bestselling author of “Everything I Never Told You,” a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. (Signed copies available!)

“We Were Witches” by Ariel Gore – Buying into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, phallocratic narratives permeate every subject, and creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag’s pyramid to analyze life.

New & Noteworthy Non-fiction:

“What Happened” by Hillary Clinton – The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath – both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

“Paperbacks from Hell” by Grady Hendrix – Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ‘80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs. Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate.

“The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve” by Stephen Greenblatt – Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness.

“Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown – A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of “Rising Strong, Daring Greatly,” and “The Gifts of Imperfection.”

“The Templars” by Dan Jones – Jerusalem 1119 AD. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Over the next 200 years, the Templars would become the most powerful religious order of the medieval world. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really and what actually happened?

New & Noteworthy for Young Readers:

“Swing It, Sunny” by Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, and Illustrated by Lark Pen – Summer’s over and it’s time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she’s doing, she always tells him she’s fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.

“Release” by Patrick Ness – Inspired by Judy Blume’s “Forever” and Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway,” this novel that Andrew Smith calls “beautiful, enchanting, and exquisitely written” is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance – and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

“Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu – An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of “The Truth About Alice.” Moxie Girls Fight Back!

“Jane, Unlimited” by Kristen Cashore – The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the “Graceling Realm” series – a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.

“When I Cast Your Shadow” by Sarah Porter – Equal parts supernatural horror and family drama, “When I Cast Your Shadow” will undoubtedly draw in readers of all ages who enjoy the works of Kendare Blake, Madeleine Roux, and Ransom Riggs. (Signed copies available!)

New & Noteworthy for Kids:

“Squiggle!: Doodle Over 200 One-Line Animals!” by Kenzo Hayashi – It’s a brand-new way to doodle, and an innovative way to learn to draw.

“It Takes A Village” by Hillary Clinton tells the heartwarming and universal story of a diverse community coming together to make a difference. All kinds of people working together, playing together, and living together in harmony makes a better village and many villages coming together can make a better world. Together we can build a better life for one another. Together we can change our world.

“ABC Pop-Up” by Courtney Watson McCarthy – Whether you’re a young child or a design connoisseur, the clever associations in this diminutive pop-up will charm you in a big way.

“Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship” by David Elliot, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet – A hilarious and satisfying tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship from David Elliott and Melissa Sweet that is sure to have readers in stitches from start to finish.

“Buildablock” by Christopher Franceschelli and illustrated by Peskimo – In this companion to Alphablock, Countablock, Dinoblock, and Cityblock, readers are introduced to more than 24 construction machines. As in the previous books, Buildablock features die-cut shapes on every other spread and the charming art of British design team Peskimo.

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