Staff Picks:

Beautiful You (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385538039
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday, 10/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Beautiful You, the sexy new satire by shock-master Chuck Palahniuk, is not for the faint of heart. This is not your grandmother's book, or a gift you'd buy your mother, perhaps, but you can certainly enjoy it in the privacy of your own bed. The book is graphic, let's be honest. Palahniuk is commenting on the mass commodification of the sexual pleasure industry, and in particular how sex, especially, and also fashion and media are "sold" to women. The book's protagonist, Penny Harrigan, is a normal working woman whose relationship with antagonist and dotcom-mogul-turned-sex-toy-barron, C. Linus Maxwell, forever changes her body, mind, and life. Maxwell approaches his sex toy empire with the obsession of a scientist and his research with the reckless abandon of a Casanova. Many dark secrets lie within this book and its plot, with a heavy dose of irony, cultural commentary, and fast-paced storytelling that makes Palahniuk the leader of The Cult that he is. Readers will probably either love this book or hate it, but they won't forget it anytime soon. The ideas and the images remain, even after the vibration wears off. Give it a shot. I dare you.


$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780393240238
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

I love, love, LOVE this book! I ripped through it on one long day traveling, and it became one of my favorite books of this fall season. Caitlin Doughty is funny as hell, smart as all-get-out, and the most honest death worker you might ever meet. Written over the course of her term working at a crematorium in LA then going to mortician’s school, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes will cause you to rethink your ideas and deeply entrenched attitudes about death and what we do with the body post-mortem. Herein lies hilarious stories about cremation, social studies of death across cultures worldwide, and Doughty’s own hard-fought nuggets of wisdom gained while working on the job in the completely unglamorous world of the funeral industry. This book will not disappoint you, not one bit, so read it!


$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143126683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014

RECOMMENDED BY ELAINE

Good characters, a twisty plot slowly pulls you in and keeps you until the last page. This has been a best seller in Europe, and for good reason.


$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781936744206
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rio Grande Books, 2/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

How Chile Came to New Mexico is the second in a line of children's books in the series written by Rudolfo Anaya for LPD Press. I love that this book is written, illustrated and published by New Mexicans, and the authenticity comes through. The first book in the series, How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico, told the story of the state's storied flower. Now, one of our best known local crops is historicized and explained in the ever endearing prose of one of the greatest living Chicano writers and Albuquerque's favorite author. The illustrations are equally charming, making this a must-have for the holiday season. Bookworks has signed copies, so call us to reserve one if you can't make it to the event October 18.


$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781455503247
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 6/2014

RECOMMENDED BY KARIN

The Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts of the l960's were glamorous, daring men who conquered space, but for many of us young women living at this time, the wives of the astronauts were the fascinating ones. This delightful book chronicles the daily lives of these women who were capitulated from ordinary housewives to celebrities in a few short years. Koppel describes the details of these lives with compassion and humor--the fear and dread when husbands flew into the unknown, their knowledge of infidelities, and the presence of reporters documenting their most intimate moments. What prevailed was an exclusive sisterhood of women who faced these challenges with humor, courage and loyalty to one another.


$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780142180822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Plume, 3/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

I was skeptical of this book at first, but I LOVED it. The story made me ponder the strange ways we treat animals and fellow humans, and what it means for all species to be alive collectively on this planet. Plot synopsis: university family raises a chimp as their own, until they don't. Memories are reconstructed and re-construed, and they become a life--a past that is also a present and future and a now. Highly recommend!


The Snow Queen (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374266325
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

Cunningham is a master of digging deeply into the may layers of creative angst. In all four of these characters, he shows us the delight, despair, illusion and clarity of the creative process. Whether it is dealing with art, fashion, or dying, his writing is profound, thoughtful and beautiful.


The Book of You (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062297600
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch, 5/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

This thriller is creepy, provocative, and repulsive at the same time it is entrancing, well-written, and realistic. Antagonist Rafe has fallen for our protagonist, Clarissa, over the course of one unsuccessful date. He continues to stalk her after she has expressed her disinterest by sending her unwanted gifts, packages and letters; following her to and from work and as she meets with friends, and even getting himself into her building by sweet-talking her old unknowing land lord. 
The story of Clarissa's dodging this stalker plays out while she is on jury duty for a case that involves a female drug addict whose story of abuse is undermined by the biased court. As Clarissa tries to find a way to bring her stalker to justice, readers are reminded of the lengths victims of domestic abuse, stalking, and other unwanted displays of affection must go to to protect themselves and prove their perpetrators are guilty--beyond a shadow of a doubt.


$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780316055437
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Donna Tartt absolutely draws you into the tragic world of our protagonist, Theo Decker, via a string of tragic, surprising, and darkly redemptive acts and accomplices that will leave you stunned in the beginning and stunned at the end. Theo and his best friend Boris remind us that the best intentions can have a dark underbelly and the purest of hearts can have a dark core. Truth, love, beauty, all the virtues of life we hold so dear are up for examination, in line at the guillotine and, in the end, redeemed, though not without the near constant tragedies of death, despair, addiction, and struggle. It’s no wonder this book has won so many prizes and sold so many copies: Tartt’s first book in 10 years, she weaves a deft story with the moral dimensions of a prism, all the microtales shining light upon one another until the brilliant gold piece of art that we follow throughout the 770 pages—The Goldfinch—is illuminated.


The History of Love (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780393328622
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2006

RECOMMENDED BY LAURA

Don't let the title turn you off to this book, if you are thinking, "This book sounds sappy." I this excellently written novel, the theme is not romantic love. Rather this book is about love for art and humanity. It's emotionally engaging in the best way. I couldn't put it down.


Fear of Flying (Paperback)

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143107354
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics, 10/2013

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Not a new book, but still as noteworthy and relevant as it was more than forty years ago. Jong has influenced a whole generation of feminist with her open attitudes about women's careers and sexuality. This book will make it into my top list of fiction, well, forever, because it's the kind of book you can come back to and enjoy, time and time again. It's erotic and transformative and much, much better written than Fifty Shades of Grey. Try it and see.


$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780812979329
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2/2013

RECOMMENDED BY BILLY HANDMAKER
HEAD OF BOSQUE SCHOOL

Everyone should read this prize-winning narrative non-fiction about the inter-connected lives of several families in a slum in India. It will give you a radically different view of globalization and the rise of India than what you may have read in the newspaper.


Wave (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780345804310
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage, 12/2013

RECOMMENDED BY BILLY HANDMAKER

Although this is one of the saddest books I have ever read, it also provides a powerful and uplifting story of loss and healing. Don't let the difficult subject matter put you off from reading it. It's a profound read.





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KIMBERLEY GRIFFITHS LITTLE RETURNS WITH ROMANCE

November 21, 6pm: Popular young adult writer Kimberley Griffiths Little revisits Bookworks with a new romance, Forbidden, which takes place in the harsh, historical era of hardship in ancient Mesopotamia.


BUT MY FRIENDS CALL ME BURQUE

November 26, 7pm: Burqueno educator and poet Manuel Gonzales shares poetry from his new Swimming with Elephants Publications poetry collection, But My Friends Call Me Burque. Come give this hometown poet a warm welcome!


SHOP SMALL

November 26: Get a $10 credit on your American Express card for purchases at Bookworks over $10, up to 3 times. Sign up at the Shop Small page


NOVEMBER 29 IS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND INDIES FIRST

November 29, 9am-9pm: Bookworks celebrates Small Business Saturday with events in the store and authors working as part of the Indies First Campaign. Authors taking part include Hester Bass, Lisa Lenard Cook, Lynne Hinton, Daniel Abraham, and Benjamin Radford. More details here.


FIONA THE FUNKADELIC FRECKLE FAIRY

Small Business Saturday, November 29, 10:30 am: Albuquerque author Alayne Roche reads from her book Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy on a special Small Business Saturday story time! This book is all local, with a local author and local publisher. Free event for all families. Join us!


JEFFE KENNEDY AND DARYNDA JONES PRESENT NEW SUPERNATURAL ROMANCES

December 5, 7pm: Join New Mexico romance authors Jeffe Kennedy and Darynda Jones for a supernatural reading and the launches of their new books.


KINKY FRIEDMAN VISITS THE JCC

December 6, 7:30pm: Bookworks will be on hand to sell books for Kinky Friedman's engagement with the Jewish Community Center. Tickets are $36 at brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds benefit the JCC arts and culture fund.


FATHER RICHARD ROHR RETURNS TO BOOKWORKS

December 7, 1pm: Bookworks is pleased to host Franciscan writer and scholar Richard Rohr for a talk about his new book on St. Francis of Assisi, Eager to Love.


TERRY TEMPEST AND BROOKE WILLIAMS TALK ABOUT RECOVERED WORK OF TRANSCENDENTAL WRITER RICHARD JEFFRIES

December 13, 7pm: Bookworks, in collaboration with the Albuquerque Academy, host Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams for the release of a recovered piece of literature, The Story of My Heart, by British writer Richard Jeffries. Event is free and open to the public. Book sales of all Terry's books and Brooke's works will be happening on site.


ALBUQUERQUE WRITER PUBLISHES DEBUT YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

January 15, 7pm: Maggie Hall, young adult writer from Albuquerque and former Bookworks employee, launches a new young adult novel just published from Random House, The Conspiracy of Us.


FIRE SEASON AUTHOR RECOUNTS FAMILY TRAGEDY IN NEW MEMOIR

February 19, 7pm: Silver City author Philip Connors visits Bookworks to talk about hew new memoir from W.W. Norton, All the Wrong Places, the follow-up to his award-winning book, Fire Season, and an exploration of the family tragedy that drove him to leaving a life in New York City for the fire towers of New Mexico.





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Kimberley Griffiths Little, Nov. 21, 6:30 pm
Forbidden, new romance

Don Usner, Nov. 22, 3pm
Chasing Dichos, photography

Dick Bakken, Nov. 23, 3pm
Whiskey Epiphanies, poetry

Jamie Anderson, Nov. 25, 7pm
Drive All Night, the life of a touring musician

Manuel Gonzales, Nov. 26, 7pm
But My Friends Call Me Burque

Alayna Roche, Nov. 29, 10:30 am

Mark Stevens, Nov. 29, 3pm
Trapline, a new thriller

Renato Rosaldo, Dec. 1, 7pm
The Day of Shelly's Death, ethnographic poetry

Paul Citrin, Dec. 2, 7pm
Lights in the Forest, on Judaism

Brian Hendrickson, Dec. 3, 7pm
Of Small Children and Other Poor Swimmers

Darynda Jones, Dec. 5, 7pm
Seventh Grave and No Body

Jeffe Kennedy, Dec. 5, 7pm
Twelve Kingdoms: The Tears of the Rose

Kinky Friedman, Dec. 6, 7:30 pm
The Prisoner of Vandam Street
Jewish Community Center
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE
$36 Brown Paper Tickets


Richard Rohr, Dec. 7, 1pm
Eager to Love, on Francis of Assisi

Nasario Garcia, Dec. 7, 3pm
Grandma Lale's Tamales, for children


Gyasi Ross, Dec. 8, 7pm
How to Say I Love You in Indian

Terry Tempest & Brooke Williams
The Story of My Heart, Dec. 13, 7pm
ABQ Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE

John Kremer, January 10, 3pm
Book Publicity 101

Lynne Hinton, January 11, 3pm
Sister Eye, Private Eye, new mystery

Maggie Hall, January 15, 7pm
The Conspiracy of Us, new YA fiction

Philip Connors, February 19, 7pm
All the Wrong Places, a memoir

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

 

Hannah Nordhaus, March 12, 7pm
American Ghost, new fiction 

 

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

 

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

 

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