|The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if people properly simplify and organize their home once, they’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom a person to pick away at piles of stuff forever. Her method with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
|Tales from Timp 2014: A Collection of Stories Told at the @014 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Institute
A collection of the best tales told at the 2014 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
|Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, Michael Dirda
Dirda’s latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the postmoderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda’s topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer’s block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture.
|Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them.
|The Murder House, James Patterson
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance. Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity.
|Gestapo Mars, Victor Gischler
Carter Sloan is a trained assassin–the best there is, pulled out of cryogenic sleep whenever an assignment demands his skills. So when he’s kept in the deep freeze for 258 years, he’s seriously pissed off. Yet his government needs him, to hunt down the enemy known as the Daughter of the Brass Dragon. The future of the galaxy-spanning Reich depends on it, so Sloan is off–screwing, swearing, and shooting his way across interstellar space.
|Spooks and Saints: Intriguing Ghost Legends of Salt Lake City, Utah, Cherie Davis
Meticulously researched and masterfully retold, Cherie has collaborated with storytellers Kristen Clay and Mark Gollaher to tingle the spine with these ghost legends. Stories in this volume include Jean Baptiste, grave robber at the Salt Lake City Cemetery; the Purple Lady of the Denver Rio Grande Railroad Station; George at the Capitol Theater; and many others both well-known and more obscure.
|The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt
As Serious Eats’s culinary nerd-in-residence, J. Kenji López-Alt has pondered how to pan-fry a steak with a charred crust and an interior that’s perfectly medium-rare from edge to edge when you cut into it and more. In this book, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new–but simple–techniques.
|Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum, Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
Find Me Unafraid tells the uncommon love story between two uncommon people whose collaboration sparked a successful movement to transform the lives of vulnerable girls and the urban poor.