2017-10-25 / Front Page

Astoria Bookshop’s New Releases

       It’s October! And in the book world, that means so many new releases! Check out what’s new here, or visit the bookshop to peruse yourself. As always, their calendar is full of exciting events. You can see it online at www.astoriabookshop.com.

Astoria Bookshop has some exciting news. They announced a new event this month – join them for an evening with Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson as they discuss their new book, “F*CKED: Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed” on Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (RSVP via Facebook)

New & Noteworthy Fiction:

“The Best American Short Stories 2017” edited by Meg Wolitzer – Best-selling author Meg Wolitzer guest edits the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction.

“The Rules of Magic: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman – From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic. Find your magic.

“Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King – In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

“An Unkindness of Ghosts” by Rivers Solomon – “Solomon debuts with a raw distillation of slavery, feudalism, prison, and religion that kicks like rotgut moonshine...Stunning.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Ferocity” by Nicola Lagioia – Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s preeminent prize for fiction, ”Ferocity” is a cinematic suspense novel that also addresses vital social questions, filtered through the fierce Mediterranean vision of Elena Ferrante.

New & Noteworthy Non-fiction:

“We Were Eight Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates – In these “urgently relevant essays,” the National Book Award-winning author of “Between the World and Me” reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath – including the election of Donald Trump. **Signed Copies Available!**

“Waiting For The Punch” by Marc Maron & Brendan McDonald – From the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate, hilarious and life-changing conversations with some of the funniest and most important people in the world like you’ve never heard them before.

“A Moonless, Starless Sky” by Alexis Okeowo – In the tradition of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo – a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.

“Edison vs. Tesla: The Battle Over Their Last Invention” by William J. Birnes & Joel Martin – This new dual biography sheds light on the last and least-known of all Edison’s inventions, the spirit phone, and demonstrates the rivalry that drove both men to new discoveries.

“Grant” by Ron Chernow – Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

New & Noteworthy Poetry:

“Thrust” by Heather Derr-Smith – Winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, this potent collection revisits a backwoods Virginia marred by sexual violence, exploring the confluence of trauma and desire.

“The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur – Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

“Devotions” by Mary Oliver – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.

“Electric Arches” by Eve L. Ewing – Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

“Book of Twilight” by Pablo Neruda – When Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda was a teenager, he pawned a family heirloom to fund the publication of his first book,” Book of “Twilight,” which – until now – has never been published in its entirety in the United States.

New & Noteworthy for Young Readers:

“Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green – #1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since “The Fault in Our Stars!” **Signed Copies Available!**

“Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead” by Rick Riordan – Magnus Chase faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?

“Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power” by Mariko Tamaki – This hilarious, rollicking adventure series brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format with brand-new adventures.

“That Inevitable Victorian Thing” by E. K. Johnston – Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved not by the cost of blood and theft but by the effort of repatriation and promises kept, comes a surprising, romantic, and thought-provoking story of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

“13 Minutes” by Sarah Pinborough – “Mean Girls for the Instagram age.” – The Times (London)

The New York Times bestselling author known for her thrilling twists is back: They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart.

New & Noteworthy for Kids:

“The Quiet Crocodile” by Natacha Andriamirado and Delphine Renon – Fossil loves peace and quiet, and as much as he loves his friends too, sometimes they can be a bother. What happens when the noisy bunch comes by to play at nap time? Are crocodiles as fierce as they say?

“The Library Book” by Tom Chapin, Michael Mark and Chuck Groenink – What’s the best way to cure a gloomy day? A trip to the library! Based on the hit song by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, here is an affectionate, exuberant, uproarious celebration of books, reading, and – SHHH! – libraries!

“Little Red: A Fizzingly Fun Fairy Tale” by David Roberts – Young Thomas is known as Little Red. Every week, Little Red visits his grandmother with food and a keg of ginger beer. But on this visit, Grandma doesn’t quite look herself. Can Little Red save Grandma, and himself, from the big bad wolf, perhaps with the help of a certain fizzy beverage?

        “A Night Out With Mama” by Quvenzhané Wallis – From Academy Award–nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes a story about glitz, glamour, and the most important thing of all—family.

“The Wolf The Duck & The Mouse” by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen – This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly.

The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street in Astoria.



“Sleeping Beauties” by Stephen King.


“We Were Eight Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Signed copies available.


“Book of Twilight” by Pablo Neruda.

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