Staff Picks:

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. Buy the book AND get a ticket to see Kim Gordon herself in conversation with Weekly Alibi editor Samantha Anne Carrillo at the UNM Student Union Ballrooms March 1!

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: Putnam Juvenile, 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 (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594204999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 3/2014


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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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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February 25, 7pm: Gabrielle Zevin, author of the indie favorite, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, visits Bookworks to read from the book, to be released in paperback. The novel tells the story of Fikry, owner of Island Books, in Zevin's love letter to the world of books.


March 1, 7pm: Kim Gordon--musician, artist, and fashionista--launches a new memoir of her time growing up in California and as the female lead of Sonic Youth. Gordon will be in conversation with Weekly Alibi editor Samantha Carrillo at the UNM Student Union Ballrooms B&C. The event is co-sponsored by the UNM English Department's Creative Writing Program. Tickets are $27.99 and include a signed hardcover and the option to add one $5 guest ticket.


Saturday March 7, 10:30 am: Come celebrate (belatedly) the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel--Dr. Seuss (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991). We'll be getting Seussical with stories. Dress as a Fiffer-feffer-feff, a Grickily Gractus, or a Thing-a-ma-Jigger. Costumes are encouraged! More info:


March 10, 7pm: Lisa See reads from her newest novel, China Dolls, on paperback tour. Set in 1938, China Dolls is about three girls who find themselves competing at an audition for showgirl roles at Forbidden City, an exclusive “oriental” nightclub in San Francisco.


March 12, 7pm: Boulder author Hannah Nordhaus talks to Sharon Niederman about her new family history, American Ghost, in which she uncovers family history and the early history of the Jewish diaspora in New Mexico to try to commune with her great-great-grandmother Julia Staab, said to haunt the Staab mansion, now La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe.


March 14, 10:30 am: Butterflies are an important part of New Mexico's ecology. Come learn more about butterflies and view some in person for our March Big on Animals feature. More info:


March 21, 3pm: Northern New Mexico writer and farmer, Stanley Crawford, reads from a new University of New Mexico Press novel, The Canyon.


March 26, 7pm: In his enlightening book Dr. Finkelstein takes you beyond conventional medicine to examine the intricate network of factors that lie behind many common illnesses--and empowers you to take your own health back.


March 25, 7pm: Kirstin Valdez Quade, voted one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" writers last year visits her native New Mexico to launch her debut collection of short stories, Night at the Fiestas. Just published by W.W. Norton, Night at the Fiestas is set in Northern New Mexico and tackles some of its issues around race, identity, poverty, and culture.


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.


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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Gabrielle Zevin, February 25, 7pm
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Jocelyn Buckley, February 26, 7pm
Submerged in the Prophetic

Kim Gordon, March 1, 7pm
Girl in a Band, new memoir
UNM SUB Ballrooms B&C

Joaquin Zihuatenejo, March 3, 7pm
Like and Share, new poems

Courtney White, March 7, 3pm
Age of Consequences

Lisa See, March 10, 7pm
China Dolls, new fiction in paperback


Hannah Nordhaus, March 12, 7pm
American Ghost, a true-life ghost story

Melanie Rubin, March 14, 3pm
What Women Really Want From Men

Julianne Newmark, March 15, 3pm
The Pluralist Imagination from East to 
West in American Literature

Stanley Crawford, March 21, 3pm
The Canyon, new fiction

Stephen Ausherman, March 23, 7pm
Walking Albuquerque, touring the Duke City

Megan McKenna, March 24, 7pm
Listen Here!, on the art of listening


Kirstin Valdez Quade, March 25, 7pm
Night at the Fiestas, new fiction of the SW 


Michael Finklestein, March 26, 7pm
Slow Medicine, on healing

Jason Carney, March 28, 3pm
Starve the Vulture, a memoir

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


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

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

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

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

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