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What’s New?

Here are four important new books out this week.



“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”

 



“Is there anything Egan can’t do?” New York Times Book Review Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

 



Jojo and his toddler sister Kayla live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother Leonie on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm–the Mississippi State Penitentiary–on a journey rife with danger and promise.

 



From the title story, which features a so-called relive box that allows users to experience anew almost any moment from their past, to ‘The Five-Pound Burrito,’ the tale of a man aiming to build the biggest burrito in town, the twelve stories in this collection represent a whole new way of looking at the world.

 

Noteworthy

Upcoming book events downtown Upcoming book events downtown

Two author events presented by UCSB Arts and Lectures are coming to our neighborhood.

Walter Isaacson will be appearing around the corner at the Granada Theatre on Saturday, October 14th, at 2 PM, to discuss his major new book, Leonardo Da Vinci.

And J. D. Vance will be two blocks up State at the Arlington Theatre on Monday, October 23rd, at 7:30 PM. His book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, has been a best seller for over a year now.

We have both books in stock.

 
 

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