It’s always exciting to be introduced to a novel by a debut author that leaves us breathless when we’re done reading it. Such was the case with Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire (Knopf, $30), a 900-page epic set in New York City in the mid-1970s. The story centers on an unlikely cast of characters who at first seem only tangentially connected. But as the story unfolds, their lives become curiously entangled thanks to an unsolved shooting in Central Park. Hallberg, who once taught at the Beauvoir School in the District, is too young to have first-hand experience of the era about which he writes, but he has an innate, and uncanny, ability to convey the cultural nuances of the time. His characters include teenage punk rockers, the bored heirs to a family fortune, an aspiring young writer, and a detective and journalist trying to solve the murder. Throw in the blackout in New York City in the summer of 1977 and you end up with a story that is at once edgy, entertaining, and hugely humane.

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ISBN: 9780385353779
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780804172950
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2016

Mary Gaitskill’s sixth work of fiction is the coming-of-age story of Velvet, an eleven-year-old Dominican girl growing up too fast in New York City, where she battles her fearful, resentful mother for control. Then Velvet is accepted into the Fresh Air Fund program upstate. Her host, Ginger, is a woman with a broken past and a desperate desire to be a mother. As Velvet experiences a new world of race and class, she tries to reconcile her past with her present, feeling as if she has two lives, separated by mere miles. Velvet also tries to understand and train a difficult, neglected horse as she comes to understand herself. The Mare (Pantheon, $26.95) examines how early relationships form the way people love themselves and others, and how, for some, love is confused and shifting—at times warm and welcoming, at times hard and hurtful. As Velvet matures, she becomes what all young adults become: flawed, conflicted, hopeful, and searching for a place to call home.

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Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015

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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote parodies of his own famous detective? That authors like Neil Gaiman, Laurie R. King, P.G. Wodehouse, and Stephen King have spent much of their time devoted to the greatest detective of them all? For The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes (Vintage, $25), Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Book Shop in New York City, has tracked down eighty-three stories featuring Holmes, written by some of the world’s greatest mystery authors, including Doyle himself. Penzler, who has edited The Best American Mystery Stories series since 1997, has assembled fifteen Edgar Award winners, five Grand Masters of the Mystery Writers of America, and myriad card-carrying members of the Baker Street Irregulars; these are crack mystery writers, and a sterling set of Sherlockians.

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By Otto Penzler (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781101872611
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - October 27th, 2015

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