New books address family, myths and motorcycles

Posted Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Here’s what’s new in stores this week:

•  The Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls (Scribner, $26) — The author, known for the bestselling true stories about her family ( The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses), tries her hand at a fictional dysfunctional clan: 12-year-old Bean, 15-year-old Liz and their unstable mother, who abandons them with money to stock up on chicken potpies. The sisters travel cross-country by bus from California to Virginia to find their Uncle Tinsley and “triumph over adversity” in their new home. Walls reads her novel for the audiobook (Simon & Schuster Audio, $29.99).

•  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow, $25.99) — The bestselling author ( American Gods) returns with his first adult book since 2005’s Anansi Boys, as a 7-year-old boy’s otherworldly experiences are recalled by his adult self. At a slim 192 pages, the fairy tale is filled with magic, myth and, yes, terror as our narrator tries to stay alive against a “menace unleashed” with help from three unusual (supernatural?) neighbor women at the end of the lane. Gaiman narrates the audiobook (HarperAudio, $29.99).

•  Sons of Thunder: Writing From the Fast Lane: A Motorcycling Anthology, selected and introduced by Neil Bradford (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) — For those who are born to run and prefer two wheels to four, how about these love letters for motorcycle enthusiasts? Lovingly curated by Bradford, who has owned and ridden motorcycles of all kinds for more than 30 years, included are all-stars such as Hunter S. Thompson ( Song of the Sausage Creature), Thomas McGuane ( Me and My Bike and Why) and Robert M. Pirsig ( Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance).

— Celeste Williams

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