New Books – Week of July 15

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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish: A Novel

From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th Century. David Rakoff, who died earlier this year, built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists at work today. Written with humour, sympathy and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form.

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff, a Canadian who became an American citizen, sings the song of his adoptive homeland–a country whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal. Here the characters’ lives are linked to each other by acts of generosity or cruelty. A critic once called Rakoff “magnificent,” a word which perfectly describes this wonderful novel in verse.

Review
“Mesmerizing….Combines his wit and his gravity….Astounding” –Publishers Weekly
“A fitting memorial to a humorist whose embrace of life encompassed its dark side….[the book] retains a spirit of sweetness and light, even as mortality and inhumanity provide a subtext…..Strong work. It deepens the impact that this was the last book completed by the author.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A novel in rhyming couplets narrated in iambic tetrameter? Why not?… Along the way, you can have a lot of fun, no matter how serious the subject — family, sometimes alienating, sometimes consoling — because of the rhymes. Rakoff makes such pairings as virago and Chicago, ceases and paresis, skittish and Yiddish, antelope and envelope, horas and Torahs, Alzheimer’s and climbers, for 100 cleverly rendered and entertaining pages.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR.org
“[A] marvelously barbed novel in verse.” –Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair’s “Hot Type”

About the Author
DAVID RAKOFF wrote the bestsellers Fraud, Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Half Empty. A two-time recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, he was a regular contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life. His writing frequently appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Wired, Salon, GQ, Outside, Gourmet, Vogue, and Slate, among other publications. An accomplished stage and screen actor, playwright, and screenwriter, he adapted the screenplay for and starred in Joachim Back’s film The New Tenants, which won the 2010 Oscar for Best Live Action Short. He died from cancer in August 2012 at the age of 47, shortly after finishing his novel entitled Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish. He was born in Montreal and lived in New York City.

This Is How You Die

This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, Machine of Death. The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn’t give dates or specific circumstances-just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it’s going to happen, but you’ll still be surprised when it does.

This addictive anthology–sinister, witty, existential, and fascinating–collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of the first volume, and exceeds the first in every way.

Review
“THIS IS HOW YOU DIE is a brilliantly addictive book that reads like a series of existential, death-obsessed Twilight Zone episodes. It’s a book that can somehow make “brain toxoplasmosis” jump right off the page. It’s fun and twisted, but also surprisingly deep and almost meditative in parts. Very highly recommended.” -Seth Grahame-Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Unholy Night

“This volume takes the already cool concept and pushes it in dozens of fantastic new directions.” -Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn trilogy and Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series

About the Author
Matthew Bennardo is a writer and editor from Cleveland. His short fiction has been appearing in print and online for over a decade, with pieces in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Shimmer, among others. David Malki ! is the Los Angeles-based author of Wondermark, a comic strip available online and in collections from Dark Horse Books, one of which was nominated in 2009 for the Eisner Award (the highest honor in comics) for “Best Humor Publication.” He also holds the distinction of having written the longest article ever published by Poets & Writers Magazine. Ryan North is the Toronto-based author of the online Dinosaur Comics, one of the internet’s most popular comic strips. He’s also currently the writer of the Adventure Time comic book from BOOM! Studios, based on the television show.

Hunting Eve

Hunting Eve

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen brings us book two in a heart-stopping new Eve Duncan trilogy. The stakes are raised even higher in Hunting Eve as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner. Secrets about why Eve has been targeted come into the light, bringing Eve even closer to danger. With its cliffhanger ending, Hunting Eve sets up perfectly for the finale, Silencing Eve.

Review
“Gripping . . . Johansen deftly baits the hook for the next volume.” —Publishers Weekly
“The suspense and action will entertain all, even those new to the series.” —Library Journal

About the Author
IRIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of What Doesn’t Kill You; Bonnie; Quinn; Eve; Chasing The Night; Eight Days to Live; Blood Game; Deadlock; Dark Summer; Pandora’s Daughter; Quicksand; Killer Dreams; On The Run; Countdown; Firestorm; Fatal Tide; Dead Aim; No One To Trust and, with Roy Johansen, Close Your Eyes, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA.

All New Books July 2013

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