Books on the Best of 2016 Lists
THE KILLING KIND wins Best Novel
A NEW YORK TIMES best seller
"A genuinely humorous and compelling voice...Havrilesky's writerly energy and passion confirm that the exchange of best friend wisdom -- a domain that has always been considered 'female,' and therefore trivial -- can be elevated into art."—The New York Times Book Review
"The best advice columnist of her generation."—Esquire
"[Havrilesky] is part Buddha and part Amy Schumer: wise, whip-smart, and profanely funny."—Entertainment Weekly
Should you quit your day job to follow your dreams? How do you rein in an overbearing mother? Will you ever stop dating wishy-washy, noncommittal guys? Should you put off having a baby for your career? Heather Havrilesky, the author of the weekly advice column Ask Polly, featured in New York Magazine’s The Cut, is here to guide you through the “what if’s” and “I don’t knows” of modern life with the signature wisdom and tough love her readers have come to expect. How to Be a Person in the World is a collection of never-before-published material along with a few fan favorites. Whether she’s responding to cheaters or loners, lovers or haters, the depressed or the down-and-out, Havrilesky writes with equal parts grace, humor, and compassion to remind you that even in your darkest moments you’re not alone.
An IndieNext Pick
"A page-turner of the highest order."—Kirkus Reviews
“As high-concept as it is, Sleeping Giants is a thriller through and through. . . . Not only is Sleeping Giants one of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory, it’s a smart demonstration of how science fiction can honor its traditions and reverse-engineer them at the same time.”—NPR
"Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, Sleeping Giants is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoot for (and lands among) the stars."—Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising
"Pick for the year's breakout blockbuster a la The Martian."—Barnes & Noble
An enormous hand flowing with strange symbols is found in South Dakota by young Rose Franklin, who years later becomes a scientist and heads the team studying this unbelievable artifact. The hand is just the beginning as the researchers hunt for more pieces of what turns out to be an enormous alien robot-like construct. Through transcripts of interviews of those investigating the machine and a secretive man directing the work, we follow the discovery and assembly of the relic and the mystery of who left it and why. Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists
Authors nominated for Audie Awards
The new collection from a "master of the form"
"Brilliant, spooky, almost addictive in the way the stories roll out before the readers’ eyes, Interior Darkness is the definitive collection of Peter Straub’s best short works...sure to entertain and dazzle all who take in its exceptionally crafted words." - New York Journal of Books
“Interior Darkness is a book for those who think they dislike horror, as well as for those who love and respect the genre. Filled with terror, wit and unexpected grace notes, it’s a remarkable achievement that reflects the arc of a lengthy and celebrated career." - Washington Post
"If the only mass-market horror writer you've ever read is Stephen King, you owe it to yourself to check out Peter Straub." - Rob Merrill, Associated Press
"Dark, brooding fiction from a master of the form." - Kirkus Reviews
"This outstanding collection of 16 reprints highlights what makes Straub such a master of genre-bending horror and suspense, and it’s an effective introduction for readers new to his considerable body of work...This is a powerful collection from an enduring favorite in literary chills." - Publishers Weekly
“Peter Straub's shorter fictions are like tiny novels you drown in: perfectly pitched, terrifyingly smart, big-hearted, dangerous, and even cruel...If you care about the short story, you should read this book, and watch a master at work.” - Neil Gaiman
Matthew Baker Nominated for 2016 Edgar Award
National Endowment for the Arts Grants Announced
NPR picks their Best Books of 2015
Bill Gates reviews THING EXPLAINER by xkcd
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TGC clients in Amazon's Best of 2015
WINTER IS COMING author Garry Kasparov talks Putin with Leonard Lopate
A #1 New York Times Best Seller
“…a wonderful guide for curious minds.” —Bill Gates
“Like any good work of science writing, [Thing Explainer] is equal parts lucid, funny, and startling.’’ —NewYorker.com
From the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller What If?, brilliantly annotated blueprints that explain everything from nuclear bombs to ballpoint pens.
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help using line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
Food-heating radio boxes (microwaves); Tall roads (bridges); Computer buildings (datacenters); The shared space house (the International Space Station); The other worlds around the sun (the Solar System); The big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates); The pieces everything is made of (the Periodic Table); Planes with turning winds (helicopters); Boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers); and The bags of stuff inside you (cells) Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
An Instant #1 New York Times Best Seller
"Terrific...so cleverly plotted it could be used as a how-to manual in fiction writing classes." - The Washington Post
"Sebastian Rudd is a kind of social justice warrior and Grisham uses him to take jabs at the legal system…all with a blunt, rude, gravelly poetic wise guy voice that makes Rudd come across as a kind of 21st-century Philip Marlowe." -The New York Times Book Review
His phone number is unlisted. His office is a bulletproof van. He’s on the right side of the law, sort of...
Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun.
Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior.
Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.
Garth Risk Hallberg
A New York Times Best Seller
"A big, stunning first novel...A novel of head-snapping ambition and heart-stopping power."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A soaring debut...a magesterial epic"—Vanity Fair
"Garth Risk Hallberg has written the kind of debut novel that only comes around once every 20 years or so—one that everyone who’s read it roots for. ... An edge-of-your-seat epic, which is as tightly told as it is ambitious."—Elle
"Thrilling...Exuberant...A kind of punk Bleak House."—Vogue
New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.
The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.
City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live…and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.
A New York Times Best Seller
"This glorious series summit is suffused with the wit and the skillful eye for character that fans have come to expect from Leckie. Breq and her lieutenants are destined to be beloved giants in the space opera canon."—Publishers Weekly
"Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy is the best thing to happen to science fiction this decade, and Leckie totally sticks the landing in this stunning conclusion to the series."—Buzzfeed
"Leckie creates a grand backdrop to tell an intimate, cerebral story about identity and empowerment. ... Wraps up the story arc with plenty of room to tell many more tales in this universe. Let’s hope Leckie does."—Kirkus
For a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then a search of Atheok Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist - someone who might be an ancillary from a ship that's been hiding beyond the empire's reach for three thousand years. Meanwhile, a messenger from the alien and mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself. Anaander is heavily armed and extremely unhappy with Breq. She could take her ship and crew and flee, but that would leave everyone at Athoek in terrible danger. Breq has a desperate plan. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
“As one of the most influential critics of Vladimir Putin's reign of Terror, Garry Kasparov has become a champion for the causes of freedom, democracy and human rights in Russia.” —United States Senator John McCain
“It's always important to read Garry Kasparov, who warned of the dangers of Putinism long before so many others.”—Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag and Iron Curtain, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
"Winter Is Coming presents a picture of the internal forces propelling Russia's descent into aggressive authoritarianism. And it offers a scathing analysis of the contribution of the West to that outcome."—The Wall Street Journal
The stunning story of Russia’s slide back into a dictatorship—and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen.
The ascension of Vladimir Putin—a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB—to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years—as America and the world’s other leading powers have continued to appease him—Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an internationalthreat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.
For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin’s intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin’s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world.
As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint—only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us.
Argued with the force of Kasparov’s world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country,Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.