December 2014
Happy Holidays from
Broadway Books!
Holiday Gift Ideas

Welcome to our annual series of newsletters sharing some holiday gift ideas. Besides this first installment on fiction, we'll be sending out newsletters with ideas for young readers, cookbook mavens, and lovers of nonfiction, along with some of our favorite new coffee table books and items suitable as stocking stuffers.

We love sinking our teeth into a big yummy new novel, and we bet you know people in your life who feel the same way. Here are some of our favorites this season -- to give as gifts or to add to your own wishlist.

Besides the novels and poetry collections listed below -- and believe us, it was a challenge to narrow it down to just the ones listed -- just about every major mystery author has a new book out for the season. And we have plenty of great reads in paperback as well. Just come tell us who you're shopping for, and we'll do our best to play matchmaker with the best reads in the store.


Don't forget we offer extended hours during the holidays for your convenience: Monday through Saturday we're open from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sundays we're open from 10 am to 7 pm. We'll close at 5 pm on Christmas Eve. And you can always shop 24/7 on our website!



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  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer ($27, Scribner) A finalist for the National Book Award, All the Light We Cannot See is a beautifully written and carefully structured novel about a blind French girl and a young German boy whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II. J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar, says that Doer "sees the world as a scientist but feels it as a poet," creating images and scenes so haunting that they "make you think forever differently about the big things -- love, fear, cruelty, kindness, the countless facets of the human heart." If you are going to read one novel this year, this should be the one.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami and translated by Ted Goosen ($18, Knopf) Murakami, whose most recent novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage was just published in August, now gives us a fantastically illustrated short (less than 100 pages) novel about a lonely boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library, along with a mysterious mute girl and a tormented sheep man. Full-page designs from Chip Kidd divide the sections in this dryly funny fable that conjures up thoughts of Lewis Carroll and the Brothers Grimm.
 Some Luck by Jane Smiley ($26.95, Knopf) From the author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres comes a multigenerational novel once again set in an Iowan farming community, spanning three transformative decades in America, from 1920 through the early 1950s. A lush yet grounded novel of children and parents, hope and disappointment, this book augers well for the next books to come in the trilogy.

Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss ($25, Houghton Mifflin) In the late '30s, a young cowboy escapes a family tragedy in Oregon and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider. On the long bus ride south, Bud strikes up a friendship with a young woman hoping to make it in Hollywood as a screen writer, a friendship that carries them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood -- and continues through the end of their lives. Portland author Gloss is the author of several previous books, including most recently The Hearts of Horses.

  Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014  by Alice Munro ($30, Knopf) Nobody rocks a short story like Alice Munro, winner of last year's Nobel Prize in literature. Family Furnishings brings us twenty-four of Munro's most accomplished stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. These stories illuminate the quotidian yet extraordinary particularity in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world.

 Lila by Marilynne Robinson ($26, Farrar Straus Giroux) Lila is the third of Robinson's three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, following Gilead and Home. The new book tells the story of Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside. She steps inside a small-town church, the only available shelter from the rain, and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life as she becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newly found security. 

Redeployment by Phil Klay ($26.95, Penguin). The winner of this year's National Book Award for Fiction, this collection of stories takes readers to the frontlines of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking readers to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.    

Revival by Stephen King ($30, Scribner). With more than forty books under his belt, Stephen King has given us another fat tome of a thriller. Opening in a small New England town over a half century ago, Revival explores themes of addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side. King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism, and every nightmare we ever had about death.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ($30, Random House). Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. The author of Cloud Atlas and four other novels, Mitchell has produced a cautionary genre-bending, time-leaping, world-traveling metaphysical thriller.

For the reader of post-apocalyptic fiction on your gift list, we've got a couple of books to suggest, the first a debut novel by a Portland author and the second a finalist for the National Book Award. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ($26, Little, Brown), by David Shafer, is a suspenseful, global thriller in the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk. Three young adults grapple with the usual problems of thirty-somethings, while also dealing with a cabal intent on privatizing all information. The book has been described by reviewers as wickedly hilarious, chilling, fast-paced, and outlandishly cleverly -- "literary entertainment of the highest order." If you hurry in, you might score a signed copy! Station Eleven ($24.95, Knopf), by Emily St. John Mandel, was a finalist for this year's National Book Award. Vividly depicting life before and after a devastating flu pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel explores the themes of art and fame, human relationships, and those things we would miss and all those we would still have. Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, says "Once in a very long while a book becomes a brand new old friend, a story you never knew you always wanted. Station Eleven is that rare find that feels familiar and extraordinary at the same time, expertly weaving together future and present and past, death and life and Shakespeare. This is truly something special." We agree.

Here by Richard McGuire ($35, Knopf) If you're looking for fiction that completely steps outside of the box, take a look at this new book from McGuire, one of the great comic innovators. Using comic panels that resemble Edward Hopper's clean paintings, McGuire presents a corner of a single room and the events that have happened in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years in a sort of hopscotch illustrated narrative. Each two-page spread features a fixed view of the room in a certain year, with pop-up windows giving glimpses of what might have been visible in exactly that spot at various moments in the past and future, from the tail of a passing dinosaur to a 1960s children's birthday party to a quiet late-21st-century fireside chat.



Blue Horses by Mary Oliver ($24.95, Penguin) It's always cause for celebration when Mary Oliver comes out with a new collection of her stunning poetry. In Blue Horses, herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence, penned by a poet who is a visionary of the natural world. At its heart, this collection asks what it means to truly belong to this world, to live in it attuned to all its changes. 

And while we're talking about Mary Oliver....Last year one of our bestselling titles during the holidays was Oliver's collection Dog Songs. This year Penguin has produced a lovely deluxe edition of that book, with the hardcover version housed in an elegant box, along with a special poster with a new poem from Ms. Oliver that wasn't in the original edition. For dog lovers, poetry lovers, lovers of Mary Oliver, or all of the above, this would be a wonderfully charming gift. 

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck ($23, Farrar Straus Giroux) This new collection from Gluck is this year's winner of the National Book Award for Poetry (won last year by Portland's Mary Szybist, for her collection Incarnadine). Faithful and Virtuous Night, a collection about beginnings and endings, draws partly from the poet's memories of childhood and partly from an awareness of imminent mortality.The book, much of which takes place in an imaginary British countryside is given shape by a long monologue.

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