2018-07-25 / Front Page

New Summer Releases At Astoria Bookshop

Is it hot enough for you? Whether you’re hunkering down in an air-conditioned cafe or heading to the beach, make sure you bring a book! Catch up on your favorite authors, and maybe fall in love with a debut. Check out some of Astoria Bookshop’s personal favorites below, or head over there to browse and find some new favorites of your own. As always, their calendar is full of exciting events (Astoriabookshop.com).

New & Noteworthy Fiction & Poetry:

“Give Me Your Hand” by Megan Abbott – A mesmerizing psychological thriller about how a secret can bind two friends together forever...or tear them apart.

“My Year of Rest and Relaxation” by Ottessa Moshfegh – From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.

“The Last Cruise” by Kate Christensen – From the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of comes a riveting high-seas adventure that combines Christensen’s signature wit, irony, and humanity to create a striking and unforgettable vision of our times.

“The Seas” by Samantha Hunt – With the inventive brilliance and psychological insight that have earned her international acclaim, Samantha Hunt pulls readers into an undertow of impossible love and intoxication, blurring the lines between reality and fairy tale, hope and delusion, sanity and madness.

“Hope Never Dies” by Andrew Shaffer – Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs.

New & Noteworthy Non-Fiction:

“No One Tells You This” by Glynnis MacNicol – Intimate and timely, “No One Tells You This” is a fearless reckoning with modern womanhood and an exhilarating adventure that will resonate with anyone determined to live by their own rules. Signed copies are available.

“Risk! True Stories by People Who Never Thought They’d Dare to Share” by Kevin Allison – A diverse collection of uncensored, confessional, and at times outrageously funny essays about coming of age, coming out, and the wildest experiences that define us. Mark your calendars! Kevin Allison will be in-store on Wednesday, August 1!

“White Hot Grief Parade” by Alexandra Silber – Told with raw passion, candor and wit, this memoir by actress & Astoria resident Silber is an ode to the restorative power of family and friendship—and the unbreakable bond, even in death, between father and daughter.

“What the Eyes Don’t See” by Mona Hanna-Attisha–The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, told “with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller” (O: The Oprah Magazine) – an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power.

“The Death of Truth” by Michiko Kakutani – From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of America’s retreat from reason. With remarkable erudition and insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and points toward a new path for our truth-challenged times.

New & Noteworthy for Young Readers:

“Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel” – Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel marks a new era. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

“Harry Potter: Marauder’s Map to Hogwarts” – At last, readers can relive the magic of the Marauder’s Map with this beautiful guidebook to the secrets of Hogwarts, complete with four foldout pages containing portions of the map. When fans are finished poring over the text, they can open up the wand, which doubles as an invisible ink marker and light.

“My Plain Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling “My Lady Jane” are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre—a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem.

“Willa of the Wood” by Robert Beatty – From #1 New York Times best-selling author Robert Beatty comes a thrilling new series set in the magical world of Serafina. Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.

“Minecraft: The Crash” by Tracy Baptiste – The brand-new official Minecraft novel is an action-packed thriller! When a new virtual-reality version of the game brings her dreams—and doubts—to life, one player must face her fears.

New & Noteworthy for Kids:

“We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins – It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .

“Grandad Mandela” by Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela & Sean Qualls – Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother, Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their grandad – the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison.

“Boo Who?” by Ben Clanton – Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of their games. (“You tagged me? Oh, sorry. I couldn’t feel it.”) Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group?

“Are You Scared, Darth Vader?” by Adam Rex – It’s midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn’t scared. OF COURSE I AM NOT SCARED. Nothing can scare Lord Vader! CORRECT. Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what is Darth Vader scared of? Read on in Adam Rex’s hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out! YOU WILL LEARN NOTHING.

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

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