Staff Pick

Raised on the wrong side of Dallas’s Trinity River, Casey Gerald achieved success with the odds stacked against him. His father abused drugs, his mother was often gone and then gone forever, yet Gerald still went on to play varsity football at Yale, earn an MBA from Harvard, and see for himself what the American dream truly is. However, what makes There Will Be No Miracles Here (Riverhead, $27) distinct is that Gerald rejects his own rags-to-riches story. He does not linger in his own achievements, and his humble and forthright storytelling breathes life into the flawed and saintly people of his past. Written with clarity, wit, and a tangible purpose, yes, this book does tell the story of the American dream. But what makes it both unique and worthwhile is that it tells that classic tale with an honesty that will make you rethink what it means to get to the top in America.

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735214200
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2018

Staff Pick

Written and brilliantly illustrated by Jane Mount, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany (Chronicle, $24.95) houses lists and illustrations of all things bookish. A booklover’s dream, there are book lists that cover mortality, short stories, sports, even “Technothrills and Cyberpunks.” Beautiful artwork maps books from around the world, breaks down the various parts of the physical book, and depicts the furry likeness of bookstore cats from Chilliwack to Baltimore. While undeniably lovely and fun, Mount’s work is especially endearing because it reveals that the book world does not lie solely between Chapter One and The End. Books build magnificent libraries, inspire film and music, and keep safe our favorite recipes and dishes. Mount, with her many lists and illustrations, does not hesitate to show this. What’s more, she lists Politics and Prose as a “Beloved Bookstore” on page fifteen. If nothing else, she has great taste. Gibs Ramm

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany (Book for Writers, Book Lovers Miscellany with Booklist) Cover Image
By Jane Mount (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452167237
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018