Did y’all know autumn is one of the busiest times for booksellers? Publishers vie to have their most important titles debut in the fall, just in time for the holidays. This starts as early as the first week in September—there are over 40 new books debuting on Tuesday, not including books for kids and teens. At Curious Iguana, we look forward to fall, because it brings some of the most-anticipated titles of 2017 to our threshold. We’re excited to share them with you!

We at Curious Iguana are especially excited for George & Lizzie because we’re hosting author Nancy Pearl at C. Burr Artz Public Library on Friday, September 15! Pearl is “America’s Librarian” and a regular commentator on NPR. George & Lizzie, her newest book and her first novel, is a love story, but her protagonists couldn’t be more different. George grew up in a conventional, loving family, whereas Lizzie’s psychologist parents took a more experimental approach. Their upbringings have impacted their marriage: George is satisfied, but Lizzie can’t help but feel that something is missing. When a secret from Lizzie’s past comes to light, she and George will have to reckon with the truth of their relationship. You’ll fall in love with the entire cast of characters in Pearl’s book, “a charming, edgy, and many faceted novel of penetrating humor and resonant insight” (Donna Seaman, Booklist).

Norma Ross’ hair mirrors her mood, corkscrewing in moments of danger. So when her hair changes texture at her mother’s funeral, she begins to suspect her mother’s death wasn’t actually a suicide. But who would want to hurt her mother in such a sinister way? Any why? Through cell phone records and video files, troubled Norma pieces together the last months of her mother’s life. The resulting novel, Norma by Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen, is a dark drama about the exploitation of women by society at large and the beauty industry in particular.

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate is Zoe Quinn’s memoir and a call to arms. Quinn was targeted by an abusive cyber-mob after her ex-boyfriend spread malicious rumors about her past and her career. Her life hasn’t been the same since. She and her family received death threats regularly; she couldn’t live in the same place for more than a few months; and she had to abandon her passion, video game design and development, in order to advocate for abuse victims in front of the United Nations and unfeeling tech conglomerates. Crash Override outlines how average internet users can protect themselves from harm and advocate for themselves and their loved ones in the wake of online abuse. It’s one of the books I’ve most looked forward to sharing with our customers; Quinn’s story is compelling and horrifying. You’ll never look at Twitter the same way again.

Move over, Hamilton—I want a musical about The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist. Historian Marcus Rediker explores the life of this incredible man, who traveled the world, put on theatrical performances to shame slave owners, and wound up living and writing in a book-ensconced cave in Philadelphia. In a time when abolitionism was a minority opinion, Benjamin Franklin himself published Lay’s treatise about the evils of slavery. Needless to say, Lay wasn’t popular with his contemporaries, and since his life and death, has been largely ignored by history. But his abolitionist beliefs laid the groundwork for future activists, and his unusual worldview makes him a fascinating biographical subject. Someone page Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Fiction:

    • Clade by James Bradley
    • Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander
    • The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
    • We Were Witches by Ariel Gore
    • The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
    • Napoleon’s Lost Island by Thomas Keneally
    • Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
    • A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
    • The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews
    • A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
    • Black Rock White City by A.S. Patriac
    • Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
    • Get Well Soon by Marie-Sabine Roger
    • The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
    • Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction, ed. Michael Sims
    • Sourdough by Robin Sloan
    • Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart
    • Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
    • The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017, ed. Laura Furman

 

 

Poetry:

  • Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith
  • Best American Poetry 2017, ed. Natasha Trethewey

Non-Fiction:

    • Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen
    • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen
    • A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell
    • Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dankin
    • The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
    • Ultimate Journey for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent by Mike and Anne Howard
    • Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt by Sarah Jaffe
    • The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard
    • The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times by Anita L. Sanchez
    • Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World by Brandy Schillace
    • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek
    • Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters
    • Eleanor Roosevelt: In Her Own Words: On Women, Politics, Leadership, and Lessons from Life, ed. Nancy Woloch