The Cookbook Collector - Allegra Goodman

In The Cookbook Collector (Dial, $15) Allegra Goodman tells the story of two sisters, Emily and Jess, close, but opposites in almost every way.  The novel begins as Emily is about to take her Internet startup public, making its investors millionaires overnight.  Emily’s boyfriend is involved in a similar venture in Boston, and their relationship is stressed by jealousy, ambition, and distance.  Meanwhile, Jess works in a used-book store in Berkeley, owned by a cryptic man who made millions in Microsoft.  The novel takes place between 1999 and 2001, and Goodman deftly evokes the dot-com bubble, its burst, and the 9/11 attacks, making them as fresh and startling for the reader as they are for the characters. This is a truly amazing book.

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ISBN: 9780385340861
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 12th, 2011

Imperfect Birds - Anne Lamott

In Imperfect Birds (Riverhead, $15), Anne Lamott returns to characters she introduced in Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. Rosie Ferguson, now a senior in high school, is experimenting with drugs and boys, lying to her parents, and spinning slowly and surely out of control. Her mother and stepfather try to rein in Rosie’s behavior, but she continues to deceive them, testing the limits to see what she can get away with.  Lamott’s family drama deals with the denial and deception that goes along with substance abuse, and her prose is frank, true, and often very funny even in the most emotionally charged scenes.

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ISBN: 9781594485046
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2011

Red Hook Road - Ayelet Waldman

Set in Maine, Ayelet Waldman’s Red Hook Road (Anchor, $15) opens with a horrific car accident that kills a newly married couple as they’re on their way from the church to the reception.  The rest of the novel, which spans the next four years, tells the story of the two families of the deceased couple, the Hewins, local and working class, and the Kimmelbrods,  wealthy summer people from New York. These two clans, now linked, spend the aftermath of the tragedy bumping in and out of each other’s lives, dealing with the messiness and awkwardness of grief, and the underlying issue of social class.

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ISBN: 9780307275820
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011