Music in Our Lives


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A Visit from the Goon Squad / Jennifer Egan

Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future.

Ready Player One / Ernest Cline

Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.

High Fidelity / Nick Hornby

A pop music junkie ponders life, love, and hangs out with the two offbeat clerks who work at his semi-failing record store.

Talking to Girls about Duran Duran : one young man’s quest for true love and a cooler haircut / Rob Sheffield
One young man’s quest for true love and a cooler haircut.

How Music Got Free : the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy / Witt, Stephen

A riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It’s about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.

Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue / Marc Spitz

A biography and cultural examination of the Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and the Cultural Revolution he led.

Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

Reckless: my life as a Pretender / Chrissie Hynde

A memoir by the frontwoman for The Pretenders traces her 1950s childhood in Ohio, her immersion in the music scenes of subsequent decades, and her band’s instant rise to fame in the heyday of 1980s culture.

In the Pleasure Groove : love, death, & Duran Duran / John Taylor with Tom Sykes

A personal account by the co-founder of Duran Duran traces their meteoric rise in the 1980s while evaluating the impact of fame on the author’s life, his struggles with addiction and depression and his subsequent journey toward peace.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink / Elvis Costello

A personal introspective by the influential pop songwriter and performer traces his Liverpool upbringing, artistic influences, creative pursuit of original punk sounds, and emergence in the MTV world.

 

M Train / Patti Smith

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee presents reflections on her inner life from the unique perspectives of the cafes and cultural haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.

The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones / Rich Cohen

Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway—privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen’s chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time.

Billie Holiday: the musician and the myth / John Szwed

Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, … jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday’s] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.

Just Listen / a novel by Sarah Dessen

Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.

The piano teacher / Janice Y.K. Lee

Hired by the wealthy Chen family as a piano instructor, Claire Pendleton is seduced by the social life of Hong Kong’s expatriate community and begins an affair with Will Truesdale, an enigmatic Englishman with a devastating past.

This is your Brain on Music : the science of a human obsession / Daniel J. Levitin

Explores the relationship between the mind and music by drawing on recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to discuss topics such as the sources of musical tastes and the brain’s responses to music.

Man on the Run : Paul McCartney in the 1970s / Tom Doyle

Based on exclusive first-hand interviews, a chronicle of Paul McCartney’s struggles in the first decade after the Beatles’ breakup discusses his reclusive life, substance abuses, arrests, and efforts to launch his band Wings.

Waging Heavy Peace : a hippie dream / Neil Young

An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir.

Bob Dylan in America / Sean Wilentz

A noted historian presents an assessment of Bob Dylan and his music that draws on unprecedented access to rare materials and illuminates key cultural influences.

A Freewheelin’ Time: a memoir of Greenwich Village in the sixties / Suze Rotolo

Set against the backdrop of the cultural revolution of the 1960s, a memoir of Greenwich Village describes growing up as the politically active daughter of Italian working-class Communists from Queens, the author’s love affair with Bob Dylan and its disintegration under the pressures of his growing fame, and her memories of a time of dramatic change and possibility.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl : a memoir / Carrie Brownstein

The guitarist and vocalist of feminist punk trio Sleater-Kinney presents a candid and deeply personal assessment of life in the rock-and-roll industry that reveals her struggles with rock’s double standards and her co-development of the comedy “Portlandia.”

The Soloist : a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music / Steve Lopez

Lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music.

Audrey, Wait! / by Robin Benway

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

Songbook / Nick Hornby

Celebrates thirty-one of the author’s favorite songs in a collection of essays about such musical renditions as Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker,” and Van Morrison’s “Caravan.”

There Goes Gravity : a life in rock and roll / Lisa Robinson

An influential music columnist for The New York Post presents an insider’s assessment of major rock-and-roll personalities while tracing her career and the genre’s evolution throughout the past four decades.

Love is a Mix Tape : life and loss, one song at a time / Rob Sheffield

In a memoir of love, loss, and music, a rock and pop culture critic shares the story of his romance and marriage, and his wife’s tragic early death, all viewed from the perspective of the mix tapes that the couple had compiled.

Where She Went / Gayle Forman

Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

This Song will Save your Life / Leila Sales

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

Musicophilia : tales of music and the brain / Oliver Sacks

Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and ordinary people, the author explores the complex human response to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.

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Top Science Fiction & Fantasy


scifiArmada: a novel / Ernest Cline

An actor playing King Lear dies onstage just before a cataclysmic event changes the future of everyone on Earth. What will be valued and what will be discarded? Will art have a place in a world that has lost so much? What will make life worth living? These are just some of the issues explored in this beautifully written dystopian novel.

Rogue One: a Star Wars story / Alexander Freed

The official novelization of the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring a band of rebels on a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans.

The Library at Mount Char / Scott Hawkins

After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by “Father,” a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her “siblings” begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.

Lightless / C.A. Higgins

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond–not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

Wonder Woman – the official movie novelization / Nancy Holder

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.

The Wanderers / Meg Howrey

Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them–and their families–changed forever.

Children of Earth and Sky / Guy Gavriel Kay

From the small coastal town of Senjan a young woman seeks vengeance for her lost family, and from the wealthy city-state of Seressa come two very different people: a young artist travelling to paint the grand khalif at his request, and a fiercely intelligent and angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but secretly sent by Seressa as a spy. Further east a boy is training to become a soldier in the infantry of the khalif. As these lives entwine, their fates will hang in the balance.

 

Arabella of Mars: the adventures of Arabella Ashby / David D. Levine

Arabella Ashby loves her life on the British colony of Mars. Her parents, however, despair of Arabella’s refusal to act like a proper English lady and sends her to Oxfordshire, where she must endure an endless succession of social events for the purpose of finding a husband. But when Arabella receives word that her brother, still on Mars, is in danger, she disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a Mars Trading Company vessel. But will she arrive in time to save him?

Station Eleven / Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of “King Lear” marks the beginning of the world’s dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

League of Dragons / Naomi Novik

The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series. The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory…but at a terrible price. Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the fleeing French army back west, but are demoralized when Napoleon makes it back to Paris unscathed. Worse, they soon learn that the French have stolen Termeraire and Iskierka’s egg. Now, it is do or die, as our heroes not only need to save Temeraire’s offspring but also to stop Napoleon for good!

Version Control / Dexter Palmer

Convinced that “nothing is as it should be; everything is upside down,” Rebecca Wright struggles to explain her conviction to her husband, physicist Philip Steiner, who’s skeptical to say the least. Could the “wrongness” that Rebecca perceives have something to do with Philip’s work? Philip has spent the better part of ten years developing a causality violation device. The CVD is NOT a time machine, although the way it works (if it, in fact, works) seems remarkably similar to how a time machine might behave, disrupting the space-time continuum in subtle, yet powerful ways.

Arcadia / Iain Pears

Spanning multiple worlds, this stylistically complex, yet accessible, novel tracks the intersecting lives of several characters. There’s Henry Lytten, a 1960s Oxford scholar; Angela Meersen, a “psychomathematician” from a dystopian future world who has discovered a method of accessing parallel universes; and Jay, a precocious young man from Anterworld, a universe created by Meersen based on Lytten’s writings — an “Arcadia” visited by Rosie Wilson, an otherwise ordinary British teenager who can travel between dimensions.

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JUST IN – August 2017


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Celine: a novel / Peter Heller

A luminous, spine-tingling novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

Persons Unknown: a novel / Susie Steiner

Enduring cold-case work as the price she must pay for a transfer back to Cambridgeshire and a better work-life balance, pregnant detective Manon Bradshaw becomes unwittingly embroiled in the murder of her former brother-in-law when the case threatens her family and pits her against close colleagues.

The Essex Serpent: a novel / Sarah Perry

In late-nineteenth century England, intellectually minded young widow Cora Seaborne and pious vicar William Ransome investigate rumors about a mythical sea creature that has been blamed for a death in coastal Essex.

Lilli de Jong: a novel / Janet Benton

Lilli finds herself unwed and pregnant, the subject of scandal. Retreating to a charitable home for wronged women, Lilli intends to give her daughter up for adoption. But when she grasps the Dickensian life awaiting Charlotte as the castoff of an unmarried woman, Lilli resolves that whatever their future may be, mother and child must stay together. And so she embarks upon the herculean task of providing for herself and her daughter, while at every turn the pair are beset by misogyny, and misunderstanding.

Rabbit Cake / Annie Hartnett

A debut novel by an award-winning writer follows the darkly comic experiences of a precocious 12-year-old girl named Elvis who worries about her troubled family and tries to figure out her place in the world in the aftermath of her mother’s accidental death.

The Radium Girls : the dark story of America’s shining women / Kate Moore

The so-called “Radium Girls” painted luminescent faces on clock and watch dials using a paint mixture that contained radium. Instructed to “lip-point” their brushes as they painted, they absorbed high doses of radium into their bodies. When the effects of the radium led to horrific disfigurement and pain, the company refused to take responsibility.

The Outrun / Amy Liptrot

The author relates her return home to her family’s Orkney sheep farm at the age of thirty, after a decade of heavy drinking in London, where she discovered the natural healing she needed to put her on the path to recovery from addiction.

Gather the Daughters : a novel / Jennie Melamed

A smoldering debut about an insular community on an island at the end of the world and the girls who start to question the rules that bind them.

Behold the Dreamers : a novel / Imbolo Mbue

In 2007, Manhattan-based Cameroonian immigrant Jende Jonga gets a job chauffeuring for Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards, easing the financial strain on his family. At first, all goes well, but problems in the Edwards’ marriage lead to problems for the Jongas, and when Lehman falls, both families are caught up in the terrible aftermath.

 Reading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship / Michelle Kuo

A former alternative school teacher and Harvard Law School fellow shares the story of her work with a gifted student who was imprisoned for murder in the Mississippi Delta and whose education she continued through classic works of literature.