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We've got a great author event coming up this week: Robert Rosell, author of the forthcoming novel Virtually Yours, Jonathan Newman, will be here on Wednesday, August 3rd. This is something of a sneak preview, as Island Books will be the very first place his book will be available. Although we'll shortly be adding the title to our web catalog, for the moment the only way to order it if you can't visit the store is to give us a call or drop us an email. Remember, US shipping is free when you order from us directly.

And of course, we have lots of brand-new hardcovers to read this summer, whether you're out on a lounge chair or stuck indoors. What is it with this weather?


Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307272539
Published: Knopf - June 21st, 2011

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers, where living is so difficult that as many Guianese live abroad as in their homelands; an interior of watery, green anarchy where border disputes are often based on ancient Elizabethan maps, where flora and fauna are still being discovered, where thousands of rivers remain mostly impassable. And under the lens of John Gimlette--brilliantly offbeat, irreverent, and canny--these three small countries are among the most wildly intriguing places on earth.

Faith: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060755805
Published: Harper - May 10th, 2011

It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care.As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family's history of silence--and the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness. Throughout, Haigh demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefs--and restore them.

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316043007
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 24th, 2011

The first complete and never-before revealed history of ESPN is a wild, smart, effervescent look at the triumph, genius, ego, and rise of an empire unlike any television has ever seen.

State of Wonder: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062049803
Published: Harper - June 7th, 2011

Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug, the development of which has already cost the company a fortune. Nothing about Marina's assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding her former mentor as well as answers to several troubling questions about her friend's death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.

Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592406814
Published: Gotham Books - June 9th, 2011

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the "Enterprise" actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene in the surprise cult hit "Shaun of the Dead," his enduring appeal and rise to movie star with a dedicated following has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

Untold Story: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451635485
Published: Scribner - June 28th, 2011

When Princess Diana died in Paris's Alma tunnel, she was thirty-seven years old. Had she lived, she would turn fifty on July 1, 2011. Who would the beloved icon be if she were alive today? What would she be doing? And where? One of the most versatile and bold writers of our time, Monica Ali has imagined a different fate for Diana in her spectacular new novel. Fast forward a decade after the (averted) Paris tragedy, and an Englishwoman named Lydia is living in a small, nondescript town somewhere in the American Midwest. She has a circle of friends: one owns a dress shop; one is a Realtor; another is a frenzied stay-at-home mom. Lydia volunteers at an animal shelter, and swims a lot. Her lover, who adores her, feels she won't let him know her. Who is she really?

The Ancient Guide to Modern Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590206379
Published: Abrams Press - May 12th, 2011

In times as turbulent as these, comedienne Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship, wit, and a deeply insightful eye to the topic of reexamining our classical past to have a richer present. She contends there are few things more encouraging than the realization that the Greeks and Romans lived in much tougher conditions than most of us do. Yet the people living through these tumultuous times thrived--they created successful political models, they built empires, they created poetry and art, and they questioned the very nature of man's place in the world. Haynes bridges the gap between these seemingly archaic pieces of our history and the way our every day lives evolve, in politics, pop culture, history, making comparisons to such popular pieces of culture as the HBO series "The Wire," as well as Obama's election to office--and she does it all with a unique and charming narrative that truly and seamlessly pulls history into the forefront of our lives. Our history doesn't belong in dusty classrooms and dog-eared textbooks, it belongs in our lives, teaching us how to live here and now, and Natalie Haynes makes realizing this important lesson a pleasure.