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Mahyar A. Amouzegar - The Hubris of an Empty Hand

Event date: 

Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special eveining with Mahyar A. Amouzegar to celebrate the release of his fourth book of fiction, The Hubris of an Empty Hand. This program includes a talk about Yalda, a two-thousand-year-old Iranian winter solstice observance that the Amouzegar family has renewed with reverence and irreverence, wine and pasties, and millennial-old poems and more modern verse. The night will conclude with a reading from the new book, which finds the Gods returning to their meddling.

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Check out our Octavia Books bestsellers for the two weeks ended Saturday, November 13, 2021 (including pre-orders):

Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781642937602
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Post Hill Press - May 11th, 2021

Exhale is the riveting memoir of a top transplant doctor who rode the emotional rollercoaster of saving and losing lives—until it was time to step back and reassess his own life.

A young father with a rare form of lung cancer who has been turned down for a transplant by several hospitals.


Fighting Time Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646031672
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Published: Pact Press - November 5th, 2021

The evening of April 12,1979 was clear and warm. Unaware of the danger lurking on the periphery of the French Quarter, Drs. Ronald Banks and John Hakola made a tragic decision – to walk the few blocks from the historic district to the Hyatt Regency. Inches from the safety of their hotel entrance they were accosted by two young men – a scuffle ensued, a shot fired, Dr.


The Flight: A Father's War, a Son's Search Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780807175378
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - August 11th, 2021

Both history and memoir, The Flight tells the story of Richard W. "Dick" Bridges's heroic service in World War II. Bridges survived a German attack on his plane, the Fascinatin' Witch, by parachuting out of the exploding B-24.


Yes, Again: (Mis)Adventures of a Wishful Thinker Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781647423155
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: She Writes Press - October 26th, 2021

In this laughter-through-tears memoir, Sallie Weissinger, a late-in-life widow, recounts the highs and lows of navigating the tricky online dating world of the 2000s.


This special edition invites fans inside the world of the March sisters. It includes the full text of Little Women, plus gorgeous, removable replicas of the characters' letters and other writings.


The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982115852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 9th, 2021

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a “compelling” (The Washington Post) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

Winner, IACP Book of the Year
Winner, IACP Best American Cookbook
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Saveur, Washington Post, and Garden & Gun Best Cookbook of the Year
Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Eater, Epicurious, and The Splendid Table Best New Cookbook

A Forbes


New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys Cover Image
By Emilie Rhys, David Kunian (Contributor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781737413868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scene by Rhys - October 1st, 2021

New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys examines the relationship and work of father and daughter artists. With this profusely illustrated book, Emilie Rhys provides a visual record of the exhibition of the same name, curated by David Kunian, on display at the New Orleans Jazz Museum until late 2021.


Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 16) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419749155
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 26th, 2021

The Lincoln Highway: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735222359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick


A New York Times Notable Book, and Chosen by Oprah Quarterly and The Washington Post as a Best Book of the Year

“Wise and wildly entertaining . . . permeated with light, wit, youth.” —The New York Times Book Review
 


The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063076099
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books - October 5th, 2021

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

So, I've written a book.


A Century on Harmony Street: The Kohlmaier Cabinetmakers of New Orleans, written by New Orleans Art Historian Cybèle Gontar and published by the Louisiana Museum Foundation, discusses the distinctly Anglo-American style of Kohlmaier furniture, which responded to the early 20th-century zeal for traditional and well-loved Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton styles—spurred, in part, by the Colonial Revival.

 


Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501187346
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Scribner - October 12th, 2021

Erin Brockovich meets Dark Waters in this propulsive and heart-wrenching legal drama set in Appalachian coal country, as one determined lawyer confronts a coal industry giant in a battle over clean drinking water for a West Virginia community—from Wall Street Journal reporter Kris Maher.


Jean Laffite Revealed: Unraveling One of America's Longest-Running Mysteries Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781946160720
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette - March 1st, 2021

Goodnight Jesus Cover Image
By Judy Andry, Leanne Franson (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781733634168
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Susan Schadt Press LLC - October 5th, 2021

One starry night, In a stable very small...


Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

A New York Times Notable Book

“If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Washington Post

The instant New York Times bestseller and finalist for the 2021 National Book Award is “wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood


Our Country Friends: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984855121
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - November 2nd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Washington Post Kirkus Reviews


They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496833075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 4th, 2021

They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans is the previously untold story of perhaps the oldest outsider settlement in America, an invisible community on the annually flooded shores of the Mississippi River. This community exists in the place between the normal high and low water line of the Mississippi River, a zone known in Louisiana as the batture.


Above New Orleans: Roofscapes of the Crescent City Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9780807176061
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - September 15th, 2021

The first full-length book of drone photography of the Crescent City, Above New Orleans offers readers perspectives never before captured by a camera. Overhead scenes cover the entire metropolis, from the French Quarter to Uptown, from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, from Westwego to New Orleans East, and from Gentilly to Gretna.


What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo Cover Image
By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780988760318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Sleepy Animals, LLC - May 1st, 2014

Rhinos rock out. Alligators stroll under limbo polls. Elephants pound the piano. Pelicans cater.

Ever wonder why the animals at the zoo are always so sleepy? When Renee asks her father why the zoo animals are snoozing all day, he dreams up an elaborate answer.


Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem.


The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374157357
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation.


Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.


Oh William!: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - October 19th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from—and what they’ve left behind. 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Washington Post • NPR


The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525658818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - September 21st, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin', the warmhearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.


Aaron Slater, Illustrator (The Questioneers) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419753961
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 2nd, 2021

An uplifting story about the power of art, finding your voice, and telling your story even when you’re out of step with your peers from the #1 bestselling creators of Sofia Valdez, Future Prez and Ada Twist, Scientist!

Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself.


Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374602604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER

Beautiful World, Where Are You
is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.


Cokie: A Life Well Lived Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062851475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - November 2nd, 2021

The extraordinary life and legacy of legendary journalist Cokie Roberts—a trailblazer for women—remembered by her friends and family.


The Smart Cookie (The Food Group) Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063045408
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - November 2nd, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Be a smart cookie—and don’t miss the fifth picture book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Food Group series from creators Jory John and Pete Oswald! 


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series

From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel


New Orleans: An Intimate Journey Through a City with Soul Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781864707175
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Images Publishing Group - July 21st, 2019

- Adds a new dimension to the architectural guide by marrying incisive analysis of the development of New Orleans's urban design context with beautiful color illustrations, as well as beautiful photos- The book takes you on a vibrant pictorial tour of the city's innovative architecture, building interiors, cityscapes and topography by renowned photographer Timothy Dunford.


Crossroads: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374181178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

Jonathan Franzen’s gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads.


The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501171345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
SELECTION OF THE REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB
A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF SUMMER SELECTED BY * VOGUE * USA TODAY * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * CNN * TOWN & COUNTRY * PARADE * BUSTLE * AND MORE!

A “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who think


Pick Up the Phone and Sell: How Proactive Calls to Customers and Prospects Can Double Your Sales Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781119814603
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Wiley - September 22nd, 2021

Unlock the power of a simple phone call to boost your sales with guidance from a world-renowned expert


Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura) Cover Image
$42.50
ISBN: 9781523502196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 12th, 2021

A New York Times, USA Today, and national indie bestseller.

A Feast of Wonder!
Created by the ever-curious minds behind Atlas Obscura, this breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink.


Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062950598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - August 10th, 2021

On the west bank of the Mississippi lies the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers. Short on hope but big on dreams, its mostly poor and marginalized residents find joy on Friday nights when the Cougars of Edna Karr High School take the field.


A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781604699586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - March 16th, 2021

“This is the book all of us Mississippi writers, dead and alive, need to read.


Another Kind of Eden Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982151713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 17th, 2021

New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke brings readers a captivating tale of justice, love, brutality, and mysticism set in the turbulent 1960s.

The American West in the early 1960s appears to be a pastoral paradise: golden wheat fields, mist-filled canyons, frolicking animals.


Bienville's Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781887366854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Louisiana - November 4th, 2008

All New Orleans' glories, tragedies, contributions, and complexities can be traced back to the geographical dilemma Bienville confronted in 1718 when selecting the primary location of New Orleans.


Grand Jeté and Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062392022
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 19th, 2021

This Christmas, join a young girl and her grandmother as they embark on a holiday adventure to see The Nutcracker together! Her grandmother, known as Grand Jeté, was once a prima ballerina and danced in The Nutcracker herself, and now she’s sharing the magic of this special ballet.


The Big Door Prize Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735218505
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 31st, 2021

The New York Times bestselling author of My Sunshine Away returns with another instant Southern classic: a gripping and heartfelt novel about a mysterious machine that upends a small Louisiana town, asking us all to wonder if who we truly are is who we truly could be.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“If youre looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and &ldq


Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup—from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and the new novel Malibu Rising, available now!


Dog Man: Mothering Heights: A Graphic Novel (Dog Man #10): From the Creator of Captain Underpants Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338680454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - March 23rd, 2021

Dog Man and Petey face their biggest challenges yet in the tenth Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Dog Man is down on his luck, Petey confronts his not so purr-fect past, and Grampa is up to no good. The world is spinning out of control as new villains spill into town. Everything seems dark and full of despair. But hope is not lost.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas in Louisiana Cover Image
By Jo Parry (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781728237756
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hometown World - October 1st, 2021

A classic Christmas story featuring all the magic of Santa combined with the magic of your favorite city, state, or country.


Snowball Rainbow: A New Orleans Color Book Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780990409311
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millfree Mursaps Media - October 1st, 2016

This bright and sturdy board book introduces all the colors (and flavors!) with New Orleans' favorite summer treat. Perfect for any NOLA baby, toddler, or preschooler.


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