New and Noteworthy

Here's a selection of our new and noteworthy titles available at Boswell Book Company. Click on the links for specific categories, the books listed below are a sneak peak of some of the new titles coming out next Tuesday.

 

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New & Noteworthy Mysteries Boswell's Top 25 Bestsellers Independent Bookstore Day 2020 Exclusives

 

Frankissstein Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149398
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Published: Grove Press - September 22nd, 2020

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Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172882
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Published: Vintage - September 22nd, 2020

In Hendrickson’s biography of the famed architect, it’s the 1914 mass murder at Taliesin (for those who don’t know, his mistress, her two kids, and four folks in his employ were axed by servant Julian Carlton) is his defining moment; most aspects of his life before that lead up to it and those after spin out from it. From Cecil Corwin to Mameh Cheney to Edgar Kaufmann to Carlton, few friends, relatives, patrons, and workers are left unexamined in this exhaustive biography, which also seeks to correct the untruths that have been passed along as gospel. The journey of Plagued by Fire is meandering but always fascinating, detouring to many of Wright’s most famous works, and driven by Hendrickson’s attempt to better understand Wright’s life.

— Daniel Goldin


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The Readers' Room Cover Image
By Antoine Laurain, Emily Boyce (Translator), Jane Aitken (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781910477977
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Published: Gallic Books - September 29th, 2020

At the publishing house where she is employed, Violaine Depage worked her way up from the readers’ room, where manuscripts from the slush pile are discovered, to Editorial Director. But after an unfortunate accident that left her in a coma, she’s recovered to find the publisher in a sticky dilemma. It turns out that the hit novel Sugar Flowers (a reader’s room discovery) has just been longlisted for the Prix Goncourt, and Lepage is hiding that she doesn’t know who the true identity of Camille Désencres, the book’s author - what publishers might call a Full Ferrante. What Elena’s publishers didn’t have to deal with is a visit from the police – several of the murders documented in the novel have been duplicated in real life and are now under investigation. The mood is a little darker than Vintage 1954, but the results are no less Antoine-esque. Each character is brought to life with the quirky details Laurain does so well, a few literary figures make an appearance (though aside from Stephen King, perhaps more illusion than reality), and the offers up connections to Laurain’s past works, including French Rhapsody and The Red Notebook, which was recently on the Duchess of Cornwall’s quarantine reading list.

— Daniel Goldin

 

 

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, I sure do love European crime dramas, but I wonder what they would be like under pen of a French novelist who delights in toying with all the twists and turns an ‘ordinary’ life can take - well then, have I got the book for you! Laurain is as charming as ever in his latest, and he uses his signature narrative detours to build up a mystery around a hit novel’s missing author and its editor’s missing memories. Particularly enjoyable are the peeks into the world of French publishing – the career twists of an editor, the craze of awards season, and the trials each manuscript faces as it makes its way from its author’s pen to a reader’s hands. While maybe it’s not the right book for the hardest-boiled mystery fans – Laurain more gestures at the genre than fully embraces it, though he does dial up the gritty to multiple-murder levels -  anyone who likes a novel that zips from city to city and from decade to decade throughout France with Marcel Proust’s walking stick in tow is going to want to spend an afternoon in The Readers’ Room.

— Chris Lee


Tools of Engagement: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062872937
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Published: Avon - September 22nd, 2020

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Dianné Ruz (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358490
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 22nd, 2020

The Chain Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316531238
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 22nd, 2020

Mortmain Hall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781464214059
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 22nd, 2020

Adrianne Geffel: A Fiction Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393634228
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 22nd, 2020

Daughters of the Wild Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778310013
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Published: Park Row - September 22nd, 2020

Eli's Promise: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250271464
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 22nd, 2020

Here We Are: A novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780525658054
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Published: Knopf - September 22nd, 2020

Dancing with the Octopus: A Memoir of a Crime Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635576122
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 22nd, 2020

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Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307266880
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Published: Knopf - October 13th, 2020

God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525512332
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Published: Random House - September 22nd, 2020

Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525543039
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Published: Avery - September 22nd, 2020

Sex with Presidents: The Ins and Outs of Love and Lust in the White House Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062970565
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250204219
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 22nd, 2020

Behind Bars: High Class Cocktails Inspired by Low Life Gangsters Cover Image
By Vincent Pollard, Shawn McManus (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791386843
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Published: Prestel - September 22nd, 2020

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250154057
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2020

The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes Cover Image
By Dale DeGroff, Daniel Krieger (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984823571
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 22nd, 2020