Anne Holman

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories By Anthony Marra Cover Image
$25.00
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ISBN: 9780770436438
Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

The title story of this stunning collection begins dead-center in the book’s 300+ pages. Which is appropriate since it connects the book’s disparate pieces into one dazzling whole. Suddenly you realize what you’re reading is more novel than collection, a sweeping tale of Russian history’s cruel ironies in which memory is the incandescence heart. In the first tale, which takes place in 1937, a failed portraitist whose job is to expunge the images of the disloyal from all paintings and photographs replaces the faces of those he’s supposed to remove with that of his dead brother. The next tale, “The Granddaughters,” is a kind of Greek chorus of village gossip in which the image that doomed our painter is brought to life in the form of a dancer and her progeny, and we are introduced to each of the characters whose intersecting lives people this amazing book from 1937 forward to the era of technology—whether in Kirovsk, high above the Arctic Circle, St. Petersburg, or Chechnya. At its heart are star-crossed lovers whose fates are woven from tale to tale and into our hearts; the love of brothers; and of mothers and fathers. If there is betrayal it is that of the state in a story with the breadth of scope and the depth of feeling of the finest literature. – Betsy Burton and Anne Holman

TKE Birthday: BYOB (that’s book, not bottle) - Looking Back at Books We’ve Loved

by Betsy Burton and Anne Holman 

We want you to be in on our trip down memory lane too! So come to our 38th Birthday Party on Thursday, September 10th  from 5-7 p.m. WITH AN OLD FAVORITE IN HAND. It can be an adult or a children’s book. Or, bring your own favorite novel and bring your child with his or her favorite book. It’s BYOB with a difference!

As you’ll see on the following pages, there are, as always, exciting new books just out or forthcoming—books that make us think and laugh and weep and see the world through others’ eyes. What we don’t always remember is that the same can be said for books from the past. Last year there was All the Light We Cannot See and Just Mercy. The year before, Life after Life and Benediction. The year before that, The Round House, Dog Stars, and Far from the Tree. The year before that Wolf Hall, and the year before, Cutting for Stone…. In all the years we’ve been in business, every single one has brought us new books to fall madly and passionately in love with, books we’ve raved to you about, books many of you have bought and read. But even our most rabid readers haven’t read them all—although most of these old loves of ours still reside on our shelves, as full of wonder as ever.

Therefore, on the occasion of our birthday we’ve decided to rekindle old passions in our hearts and yours, telling you about—and celebrating—authors you may have forgotten, books you may have only meant to read, and learning from you about your favorites. We were moved to do this first because the publication of Go Set a Watchman has refocused the attention of so many of our customers on To Kill a Mockingbird, which dozens of people have expressed gratitude for the prompt to revisit, and second because this has been a year of great loss in the world of books.

Three of our favorite authors, E.L. Doctorow, Ivan Doig, and Kent Haruf, left us this year. We’ve spent so many pleasurable hours over the decades thinking and writing and talking to all of you about their books—Ragtime, This House of Sky, Plainsong, just to begin with—and there is no better way to honor them than by keeping their books alive on our shelves and in your hearts.

Remember these stand-alone jewels by otherwise unknown authors: Rules for Old Men Waiting, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page and Turtle Diary? And what about Fugitive Pieces, The Lost Garden and The All of It? When we start talking about backlist titles we get excited. So, here’s the plan: We’ve chosen five books for each month—not five of our all-time-favorites but five you might not know that we love as much now as we did five or twenty-five years ago (click here to see our Backlist for Booklovers and click here to see our Backlist Favorites from TKE Children's Room). We want to remember, re-read, and re-introduce them to you, our friends and customers. And, we want to read yours—so don’t forget, BYOB!

See you on September 10th when old and new books alike will be 25% off all day long! 

Other Books Mentioned in This Piece: 
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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781476746586
Availability: Not on our shelves currently | available to order
Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: Not on our shelves currently | available to order
Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Life After Life: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316176491
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

Benediction (Vintage Contemporaries) By Kent Haruf Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2014

The Round House: National Book Award Winning Fiction By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062065254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) By Peter Heller Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity By Andrew Solomon Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780743236720
Availability: Not on our shelves currently | available to order
Published: Scribner - October 1st, 2013

Wolf Hall: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) By Hilary Mantel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429980
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

Cutting for Stone By Abraham Verghese Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780375714368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

The Harper Lee Collection: To Kill a Mockingbird + Go Set a Watchman (Dual Slipcased Edition) By Harper Lee Cover Image
$55.00
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ISBN: 9780062423351
Published: Harper - October 27th, 2015

Ragtime: A Novel By E.L. Doctorow Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978186
Availability: Not on our shelves currently | available to order
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 8th, 2007

This House Of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind By Ivan Doig Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780156899826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books Classics - February 19th, 1980

Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) By Kent Haruf Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375705854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

Rules for Old Men Waiting: A Novel By Peter Pouncey Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812973969
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page By G.B. Edwards, John Fowles (Introduction by) Cover Image
By G.B. Edwards, John Fowles (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590172339
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - July 10th, 2007

Turtle Diary By Russell Hoban, Ed Park (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Russell Hoban, Ed Park (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590176467
Availability: Not currently available
Published: NYRB Classics - June 11th, 2013

Fugitive Pieces: A Novel (WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION) (Vintage International) By Anne Michaels Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679776598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 26th, 1998

The Lost Garden: A Novel By Helen Humphreys Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393324914
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 17th, 2003

The All of It: A Novel By Jeannette Haien Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062090096
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - June 7th, 2011