Foreign Agent, by Brad Thor. In a safe house
near the Syrian border, a clandestine
American operations team readies to launch a
dramatic mission months in the making. But
before they can strike, the safe house is
attacked. As the search for answers mounts,
Scot Harvath—half spy, half covert counterterrorism operative—quickly finds himself at
the center of the storm. The edition sold at
Costco includes a short story not currently
available anywhere else. (Item #1072465,
Barkskins, by Annie Proulx. In the late 17th
century, two Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles
Duquet, arrive in New France to work as
woodcutters—barkskins. Proulx follows the
descendants of Sel and Duquet over 300 years.
Their stories include rivals taking revenge,
accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks and cul-
tural annihilation. Over and over again, they
seize what they can of a presumed infinite
resource, leaving the modern-day characters
face to face with possible ecological collapse.
(See Annie Proulx interview on page 75.)
(Item #1069955, 6/14)—Tyler Damon
The Girls, by Emma Cline. It’s the end of the
1960s in Northern California, and teenager
Evie Boyd is charmed by a group of girls she
sees in a park. Desperate to be accepted, she is
particularly captivated by an older girl,
Suzanne. Without understanding what’s going
on, Evie is drawn into a cult and inches ever
nearer to committing unthinkable acts of vio-
lence. (Item #1069918, 6/14)—Shana Stowers
The Big Book of Hacks, from Popular Science.
Packed with 250 DIY tech projects, this book
is the ideal gift for any tinkerers and makers
in your life. Chapters on toys, home improvements, gadget upgrades, and transportation
and fitness explain how to do everything
from making a cotton candy machine to running a flashlight on dead batteries. Additional
titles in the assortment include The Total
Outdoorsman Manual, from Field & Stream,
and The Ultimate Survival Manual, from
Outdoor Life, among others. (Item #228289,
available now)—Alex Kanenwisher
Staff book picks
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