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New books for fall are starting to come in. Here are three non-fiction titles. Three novels after the break.

“This is an important book–the indispensable book–for understanding America in the age of Trump. It’s an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights, a saga of how we were always susceptible to fantasy, from the Puritan fanatics to the talk-radio and Internet wackos who mix show business, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories. Even the parts you think you know already are put into an eye-opening context.” –Walter Isaacson


When Alice Waters opened the doors of her “little French restaurant” in Berkeley, California in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape–Alice least of all. In Coming to My Senses Alice retraces the events that led her to 1517 Shattuck Avenue and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity.


Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer’s craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny.

Here are four new fall novels.


The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book–his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years.


Where Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie’s latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. . . . A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed. – Kirkus Reviews


Amy Stewart’s third novel in her clever and original Kopp Sisters series continues the thorny adventures of Constance Kopp. – Publishers Weekly


A new novel about an underground food community by the author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.


The 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death The 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

by Cassandra Austen, pencil and watercolour, circa 1810

One can’t say that the bicentennial of Jane Austin’s death has revived interest in either the author or her work, for interest in her books and life have never faded. But the occasion has produced a bevy of new books. We like these two.


What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan sets out to answer twenty pertinent questions about Austen’s books, including, “Which important characters never speak in the novels?” and, “Is there any sex in Jane Austen?”


Lucy Worsley’s new biography, Jane Austen at Home, shows how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions that mattered to her, and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison.


Signed copies of Crazy Horse biography still available Signed copies of Crazy Horse biography still available

Our event last Sunday with the Tashunke Witko Tiwahe/Crazy Horse Family and author William Matson was a great success. We almost sold out of their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy. We have just five copies left.

Each copy is signed by the author, William B. Matson, and by three of Crazy Horse’s descendants – grandsons Floyd Clown Sr. and Phoenix Clown, and great-grandson, Douglas War Eagle.


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