New Releases - Staff Picks


The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
The Fact of a Body is a startlingly intimate journey through the author’s childhood and molestation by a family member. Her story is intertwined with that of a pedophile sentenced to death for the abuse and murder of a six-year old boy. Her life-long trauma leads her to question the motivations of her abuser, the shroud of silence that surrounded her molestation (and other family secrets), and finally, her feelings about her family, as well as about the death penalty. This cathartic book is deeply personal and moving. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
House of Names: A Novel House of Names: A Novel by Colm Toibin
The thirst for revenge among the members of an heroic but rapidly dwindling family is the driving force in this literate, intrigue-filled novel that utilizes figures from Greek mythology for its central characters. Real daggers often provide a finishing touch to the work that their verbal daggers instigate. The book is a decided departure for this author and a dark and twisted treat for the reader. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman
Grocery shopping is something we all do, but seldom analyze. Ruhlman packs a shopping cart with information on farming, distribution, packaging, and pricing. His conclusions are generally hopeful: more humane treatment of animals, better farming methods, greater food knowledge, healthier eating habits, and, ideally, healthier people. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
Zero K: A Novel Zero K: A Novel by Don Delillo (now in paperback)
A taught, superbly written family story (sort of) set in the near future. A meditation on death, after-life, immortality, meaning and ultimately, Life. Excellent! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow