So I’m sitting here up in NYC, just in from a flight, staring out the window at the rain droplets sliding down the glass and, you know, it’s almost enough to make you depressed. Except for one thing. IT’S A TUESDAY!!
What?? That doesn’t excite you?
Oh, I see what happened. You don’t know yet. You don’t know that Tuesdays are special. And why would Tuesdays be special? Um, only because it’s the day that most new books are released! Oh yeah, now you’re excited.
Well, I’m going to try and post every Tuesday to highlight some of the titles I’ve heard good things about. I’ll come up with a name or something soon (if you have any ideas, post them in a comment!)
So, here they are, your new releases for Feb 19, 2013:
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash; Ecco Press; 256 pages
PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss’s gruesomely unusual war trophies. In “The Trusty,” which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer’s young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In “Something Rich and Strange,” a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl’s body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface. The violence of Rash’s characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.
Top Dog by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman; Twelve Books; 352 pages
What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In TOP DOG, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph – and every tragic failure. By enabling you to identify your own competitive style, TOP DOG will help you tip the odds of success in your favor. Integrating wisdom from politics, finance, genetics, neuroscience, psychology, military training, sports, economics, education and more, TOP DOGoffers counterintuitive, game-changing insights into the nature of competition, such as:
Why the home field advantage in sports is just as relevant in diplomacy and deal-making
That women are better at judging risk, while men are better at ignoring it – and how this plays out on K Street and Wall Street
Why younger siblings are more competitive than first-borns, and how early-childhood influences shape competitive styles forever
That the shape of entrepreneurs’ hands can be just as revealing as their business plans
How a single biochemical can predict a winner before an event has even begun
Why discord can be better than harmony, and why stars on a team do deserve special treatment.
When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash. Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free. An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fusecontinues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.