Monday, May 14, 2012

Announcing Open Season on Spring Paperbacks

Spring is (finally) in the air. Although we officially left winter behind almost two months ago, only recently have the pre-summer months begun to offer their full bounty. Birds are chirping, trees are blooming, flowers are blossoming, and baseball season is in full swing.

Because spring is a season to celebrate rebirth and renewal, there's no better time to dive into a paperback. This month brings yet another collection of Overlook hardcover favorites into print, in beautifully repackaged paperback editions. So whether you're looking to discover the true story of one woman's journey to break into the brutal world of professional boxing, a riveting literary murder mystery set in the Warsaw Ghetto, or a fascinating account of American history in the making, grab your favorite picnic blanket, find a grassy patch of park, and dig into one of the latest paperbacks from Overlook!

The Warsaw Anagrams
Richard Zimler
Available Now

It is autumn, 1940. The Nazis have sealed 400,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto. Erik Cohen, an elderly psychiatrist, moves into a tiny apartment with his last remaining relatives. Then, his beloved great-nephew Adam goes missing and his body is discovered, strangely mutilated. Soon afterward, another body turns up, this time a young girl. Could there be a Jewish traitlor luring children to their deaths? With an unlikely hero and hair-raising suspense, The Warsaw Anagrams is a profoundly moving and darkly atmospheric thriller.

"Part murder mystery and part historical fiction ... thrilling." Boston Globe

The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Evangeline Walton
Available Now

The Mabinogion is to Welsh mythology what the tales of Zeus, Hera, and Apollo are to Greek myth. These tales constitute a powerful work of the imagination, ranking with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Evangeline Walton's compelling rendition of these classic, thrilling stories of magic, betrayal, lost love, and bitter retribution include the encounter between Prince Pwyll and Arawn, the God of Death, which Pwyll survives by agreeing to kill the one man that Death cannot fell, and the tale of Bran the Bless and his family's epic struggle for the throne.

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
Natalie Haynes
Available Now

Is Buffy the Vampire Slayer our Aeneid? Do the Beckhams have parallel lives with The Satyricon's Trimalchio? What does Barack Obama have in common with Pericles? In The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship and wit to the most fascinating true stories of the ancient world. Haynes not only reveals the origins of our own culture in classical philosophy, politics, language, and art, she also draws illuminating connections between antiquity and the present day.

"A constantly amusing but quite serious book." Associated Press

The White-Luck Warrior
R. Scott Bakker
On-Sale: 5/29/2012

 Widely praised by reviewers and a growing body of fans, R. Scott Bakker has established his reputation in the fantasy genre. In The White-Luck Warrior, the second book in the Aspect-Emperor series, Anasûrimbor Kellhus and his Great Ordeal march ever farther into the Ancient North. Meanwhile, his consort Esmenet finds herself at war with not only the Gods, but her own family. And Achamian leads a ragtag expedition to the ruins of Sauglish, and to a truth he can scarcely survive. Into this tumult, walks the White-Luck Warrior, assassin and messiah both. The White-Luck Warrior delves into a universe of myth, violence, and sorcery. Dazzling and suspenseful, it is a magnificent portrayal of war itself. 

"A must-read that will not only appeal to fans of R. Scott Bakker's brilliant Prince of Nothing trilogy, but also new readers wanting to see what all the fuss is about." FantasyBookCritic

Alistair Cooke
On-Sale: 5/29/2012

"For nearly sixty years, Alistair Cooke reported on American life for the BBC. His beloved radio show, Letter from America, saw eleven presidents, four wars, and an incredible shift in culture. Compiling his most striking and significant essays and "letters," many of which were previously unpublished in America, Reporting America is a fascinating account of history in the making. Cooke adored the United States as only a naturalized citizen could, and his reports were incisive and often moving. He traveled extensively across the country to convey the views of citizens in all the nuances of regional opinion as well as those of the presidents and policy makers to whom he had easy access. Here, in Cooke's own signature voice, are the triumphs, disasters, and vicissitudes of American life—from Korea, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, JFK, the moon landings, Watergate, Nixon's resignation, Clinton's scandals, the attacks of 9/11, right up to the war in Iraq—as told by one of the world's most admired reporters.

"A peerless observer of the American scene for almost 70 years ... his observations were not only insightful but also gracefully written and often gently witty." The New York Times

Kate Sekules
On-Sale: 5/29/2012

Published to coincide with the first Olympic event for women's boxing, The Boxer's Heart is a brilliantly candid memoir of the world of this headline-grabbing sport. In raw and vivid style, and updated with a new afterword by the author, it tells the story of how a young writer moves to New York City and, despite disappointments in her personal life, rises through the ranks at the famed Gleason's gym to box professionally. Any woman who has grappled with anger or trust within a relationship, felt insecure at the gym, or wondered what it feels like to throw a punch will identify with this remarkable account of the "sweet science of bruising."

"The best sportswriting often touches on the fundamental of human nature, and Sekules has that skill nailed. In prose both sensitive and muscular, she relates in candid detail how good it feels to land a punch." US Weekly

1 comment:

M. Bouffant said...

Hey, literary smart guys, you got the wrong accent on "Winged" in your header.

If you want it to be pronounced Wing-ed, go w/ the grave, not the acute!