Statesman Selects Picks

BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to highlight one book each month that you should not miss. If the Statesman Selects it, you know it's bound to be a good read.

Go here to see this month's pick. Below find a list of all of the Statesman Selects picks thus far. 

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ISBN: 9781594203978
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Published: Penguin Press - September 4th, 2012

December 2012"With her latest novel, “NW,” Smith returns to the fertile territory of northwest London to explore the inner lives of four troubled characters, using inventive narrative techniques that range from streams of consciousness to text-message exchanges."Read the whole review. 

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Tenth of December: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993806
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Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

January 2013"Short story master George Saunders is fascinated by one of the great stories of the modern age — and it’s not climate change, not the world at war. Rather: It is the aching banality of our times. The pervasive McCulture. And how it robs us of our humanity, contorts our moral bearings, separates us from true feeling."Read the whole review. 

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608191055
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - February 19th, 2013

February 2013"In vivid prose, the director of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism explains why his favorite film is important and a masterpiece. And he does so in the clear, economical style of a writer who’s lived a life of deadlines in news capitals around the world."Read the whole review.

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ISBN: 9781451688634
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 5th, 2013

March 2013"Louisa Hall deftly explores the notions of romantic and familial regret in her debut novel, “The Carriage House.” And it’s already getting plenty of attention. Oprah has selected it as one of the top reads in March for her influential book club." Read the whole review.

The Eye of the Mammoth: Selected Essays Cover Image
By Stephen Harrigan, Nicholas Lemann (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780292745612
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - April 15th, 2013

April 2013"Harrigan writes with ease, with a straightforward, friendly
thoughtfulness that lures you in and makes you wonder how someone can be
so nice, so modest, so self-deprecating at times, when it’s obvious
that writing as concisely and clearly as he does is quite difficult."  Read the whole review

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ISBN: 9780385535984
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 14th, 2013

“Over the course of 11 novels, Mosley has made Rawlins into both an exceptionally memorable character and something of an everyman, a detective who, quietly and not so quietly, struggles against the casual, institutional racism of his age and the machinations of the situation he is handed with equal vigor.”Read the whole review

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ISBN: 9780062120397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco Press - May 28th, 2013

June 2013 “The Son appears destined to be a contender for 2013’s top literary prizes."  Read the whole review

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ISBN: 9781455528431
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 16th, 2013

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Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062207623
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Published: It Books - August 6th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781400069439
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Published: Random House - September 10th, 2013

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Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989275910
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Published: Strange Object - October 2013

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ISBN: 9780316055437
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

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By Doug Dorst, J. J. Abrams (Created by)
ISBN: 9780316201643
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 29th, 2013

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Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book about Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455575244
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Published: Grand Central Press - January 7th, 2014

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Little Failure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679643753
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Published: Random House - January 7th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781616201623
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 25th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780374228828
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - April 29th, 2014

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