Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Why We Came to the City, by Kristopher Jansma (Viking, $27) — The award-winning author (The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards) follows his debut with the story of five 20-something besties — three guys and two girls — living the dream in post-9-11 New York City. When Irene, an artist, gets a devastating diagnosis, all their struggles to make their way in the city become trivial as they rally to support their friend.
▪ The Quality of Silence, by Rosamund Lupton (Crown, $26) — The bestselling author (Sister) sends a woman and her deaf daughter into the Alaskan wilderness in winter on a search for the husband/father who is said to have died in a horrible accident in a remote village. Both refuse to believe it, and off they go — with a nasty storm bearing down. And it soon becomes apparent that they have company on a treacherous ice road.
▪ The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government, by Fergus M. Bordewich (Simon & Schuster, $30) — In time for Presidents Day, the author focuses on the two-year session of the very first Congress in which the groundwork of our government was forged. Among their accomplishments: approving the Bill of Rights and creating the courts system.
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Meet the author
Texas author Marvin O’Bryant will talk about and sign his new book, Life Without Father, from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Dock Book Shop, 6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 817-457-5700, www.thedockbookshop.com.