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ISBN-13: 9780062295897
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books, 2/2015


Kim Gordon's new memoir, Girl in a Band, is a fun, fast read on the art rocker front-woman's youth in California, making art in its various forms, creating and touring with Sonic Youth, and being a mother, wife, and feminist icon. Gordon's recollections of 1960s/70s Southern California art and architecture and growing up with an academic father, creative mother, and brother with mental illness, give us intimate insights into her early life. The rest of the book is a who's-who of modern art and music on the coasts that will delight music fans and Sonic Youth diehards, as well as young feminists interested in the evolution of female contributions to American culture.

ISBN-13: 9781616204518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 12/2014


I walked into A.J. Fikry’s life at Island Books and it was heaven. Quirky, endearing, and even grumpy characters perfectly illustrate the joy and power of connecting with people over books. Lives change and lives are enriched by books, and this basically simple story about a bookstore owner and a publisher’s representative is anything but simple. With laughter and tears, with love and friendship, the characters are amazingly alive on the pages. To quote the author ‘Every word is the right word and exactly where it should be’. Zevin’s novel was an immense pleasure to read. I applaud Algonquin Books for finding this wonderful story and giving it to the rest of us to treasure. Zevin visits Bookworks February 25, 7pm! Bring your book club!

The First Bad Man (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781439172568
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2015


The voices, and thoughts, of Miranda July's characters are distinctive. Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, and always engaging, this novel grabbed me from the first line to the last.

Quirky heroine, Cheryl Glickman, searches for love in some very strange places and in some very strange ways. This book keeps reminding me of the Stones song, You Can't Always Get What You Want - you know, "if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need."

ISBN-13: 9780743244572
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster, 1/2004


This is an engrossing non-fiction account that follows the life of Phil Jordan, a high official in the Drug Enforcement Agency, following the murder of his younger brother in a K-Mart parking lot in El Paso. Being the oldest and of Hispanic origin, not to mention his position in law enforcement, it is expected that Jordan will avenge or at minimum prosecute the killer or killers. Rather, the crime nearly destroys him and his family. This book is at once a page-turning crime novel and at its best provides an in-depth understanding of the Columbian/Mexican drug cartel that corrupts at the highest levels of the Mexican government. It is stunning how pervasive, profitable and deadly drug trafficking is Mexico and along the American border. This is an excellent read for those who enjoy a well-crafted true crime mystery and a well-documented understanding of the disaster that has been the "War on Drugs."

Hush Hush (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062083425
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company, 2/2015


P.I. Tess Monaghan and her partner, Sandy, retired police detective, have been hired to deal with security for Melisandre, a woman who is the most narcissistic person you could ever imagine. Years before, she purposely left her baby to die in a hot car while she sat nearby, then she was acquitted and has come back to Baltimore to see her older daughters and make a film of them. Her ex-husband has custody. I wanted to race through this to find out how it ends but at the same time, Melisandre is such an interesting study in human nature that it makes one slow down to try to figure out just what she is planning. Tess is also dealing with a young daughter and Crow, her partner, in her personal life. She is tired and cranky but there is a lovely conversation near the end between Tess and her mother, about having children, how their happiness affects a mother’s happiness, how you worry about them and want life to be perfect for them, and how that is just the way it is. A very intense mystery combining murder and manipulation with motherhood and love. I enjoyed it immensely.

ISBN-13: 9780399166501
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 1/2015


Twist some mid January hours into a page turning read! Debut author Maggie Hall has the ticket for you to take off from boredom and enter a world where travel happens at a moment's notice, where every decision about whom to trust can make you feel very lost, and knowing who your family is is dangerous business.

The Conspiracy of Us is a whirlwind adventures of clues, secrets and grabs for power.

Avery doesn't know much about her father or his family and her mom keeps her moving from place to place. Who is Avery? And who can she turn to for answers? Maybe the answers are too deadly to know. Get ready for twists and turns with this debut novel from a local author who has traveled the world.

Redeployment (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143126829
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Published: Penguin Books, 2/2015


I have read a number of books, fiction and non-fiction, with a theme having to do with war. Nothing I have read captures the damage done to and by individual combatants like this book. Written by Phil Klay, a Marine officer, Iraq war veteran, Redeployment is fiction - short stories. However, each story written from the perspective of a returning Iraq war veteran captures the individual psychological impact of war There seems to be nothing fiction about these stories. There is nothing partisan or necessarily anti-war. They simply ask the reader to be aware of the human cost of war, to think long and hard before using military force as the first option in resolving international conflict. I think Phil Klay is a brilliant young writer. His stories are gripping and disturbing, but well worth reading.

ISBN-13: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor, 6/2014


In 1927, my father was ten years old, and I wasn't even a dream in his sleep. He was reading about Sacco and Vanzetti, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, the great flood on the Mississippi River, flagpole sitting, and a hundred other things going on that summer. I was totally entranced by 1927, and Bryson, whom I think of as a modern day Robert Benchley, captured me completely with this lively history. I finished it at the end of January and it stayed with me all year.

ISBN-13: 9780374280604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 10/2014


This true story is that of 33 miners trapped 2000 feet below the surface, the result of an explosion that completely cut them off from the world above. For me, it was terrifying even to imagine their situation let alone to have to live through it. These were everyday, average people whose story became famous as the world watched their rescue unfolding. Tobar gives voices to the individuals who were trapped, their families and those committed to their extraordinary rescue. We know they survive, but how that remarkable achievement was realized and what all involved had to endure makes this a book you won't put down. I did not anyway.

ISBN-13: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House, 10/2014


The debut book of Girls director, producer, and writer Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl is the type of chronicle well-suited for today's modern young woman trying to make her way in the world. Dunham's candor about sex, jobs, beauty and even her own mental illness disregards any stigma about talking about taboo subjects, and her witty, sardonic storytelling will keep readers turning the pages even if they can't totally relate to her tales. I'd recommend this book especially to Gen-Y and Gen-Xers and also to old school feminists interested in the plights of young women today. The book's design is a throw back to Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl and illustrations by Joana Avillez make this book a fun little package for the holidays.

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April 1 7pm: Environmental writer William DeBuys of Santa Fe presents a tale worthy of April Fool's Day: the story of the last "unicorn,"--a saola-- discovered in a remote region of Laos and the first large land mammal discovered in 50 years.


April 2, 7pm: Told in Navajo, the Dine language, and English, this story exists in many versions, and all demonstrate the importance of thinking, patience, persistence, bravery, and reverence.


April 3, 7pm: When Amy Fusselman visited Tokyo she found a park where children were sawing, hammering, and building open fires. Upon her return to New York, her ideas about space, risk, and fear were changed. Savage Park asks what happens when we deprive ourselves, and our children, of the experience of taking risks, questioning our conceptions about space and safety.


April 4, 3pm: Logan Phillips presents poetry from his new West End Press collection, Sonoran Strange as part of Easter weekend Albuquerque book tour.


April 11, 10:30 am: Caroline Starr Rose returns to Bookworks with her new novel of pre-colonial Roanoke, Bluebirds.


April 17, 7pm: Based on ten years of surveying farming communities around the world, Barber's The Third Plate offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good, too.


April 2015: April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by attending one of our many poetry readings or picking up a book by your favorite poet from our poetry month display.


March 10-April 14: Submit poems about beer to be considered for a pack of prizes from Tractor Brewing Co and Bookworks.


April 19, 12pm: Albuquerque Academy alum Connor White presents his new book for kids, Shivers! The Pirate Who's Afraid of Everything. Dress up like a pirate and join us for a fun party to celebrate!


April 28, 7pm: James Anderson reads from his debut mystery, The Never-Open Desert Diner. The diner was the scene of a horrific crime that was committed forty years earlier and now threatens to destroy the lives of those left in its wake.


May 12, 6:30pm: Kiera Cass debuts her new and fourth novel in the Selection series, The Heir, new from Harper Teen, at Bookworks. Publishers Weekly calls this one "deliciously entertaining."


Bookworks is collecting donations for Blackout Theater's "Wrinkle Writing" in Albuquerque Public Schools. The program teaches school children the joys of writing, reading, and performing culminating in a free public performance at the African American Performing Arts Center in May 2015. Donations of $1 or a greater amount are appreciated and can be bought at our register.

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JR Conway, March 31, 7pm
Greyhound Therapy, new fiction

William DeBuys, April 1, 7pm
The Last Unicorn, on rare species

Jim Kristofic, April 3, 7pm
The Hero Twins, a Navajo-English
story of the Monster Slayers

Amy Fusselman, April 3, 7pm
Savage Park, on play and risk-taking
with Robert Wilder, author of Daddy Needs a Drink

Logan Phillips, April 4, 3pm
Sonoran Strange, new poetry

Caroline Starr Rose, April 11, 10:30 am
Blue Birds, juvenile fiction of Roanoke

Shubraji, April 11, 3pm
In the Lotus of the Heart, on spirit

Mas Tequila Review, April 11, 5pm
Richard Vargas and contributing poets read

Loretta Hall, April 12, 3pm
Space Pioneers , in their own words

Dan Barber, April 13, 7pm
The Third Plate, the future of food

Santiago Vaquera Vasquez, April 15, 7pm
One Day I'll Tell You the Things I've Seen

Stuart Woods, April 16, 7pm
Hot Pursuit, new Stone Barrington

Alexander McCall Smith, April 17, 7pm
Emma, A Modern Retelling
Sponsored by ABC Library
at the KiMo Theater, 423 Central

Happy Gland Band, April 18, 3pm
fun folk music, donations appreciated

David Roberts, April 19, 3pm
The Lost World of the Old Ones

Christian Kiefer, April 21, 7pm
The Animals, new fiction

Patrice Vecchione, April 23, 7pm
Step Into Nature , self help

Ellen Young, April  25, 3pm
Made and Remade, new poetry

James Anderson, April 28, 7pm
The Never Open Desert Diner

Nancy Rivest Green, April 29, 7pm
On the Brink of Shards, prehistoric fiction

Sarah Kotchian, April 30, 7pm
Camino, new poetry and photos

Anne Hillerman, May 5, 7pm
Rock With Wings launch & a fundraiser for
Albuquerque Public Library Foundation
South Broadway Cultural Center


Kiera Cass, May 12, 6:30pm
The Heir, new Selection Trilogy 

David Thurlo, May 2, 3pm
Independent Bookstore Day
Grave Consequences, a Charlie Henry mystery 

Michaela Carter, May 9, 3pm
Further Out Than You Thought, new fiction