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It's literary award season, and we've ensured that you'll find all the winners and nominees on our shelves:
- Saturday, March 31: The Hugo Awards Committee announced the five nominees for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 19, 2018.
- Thursday, April 12: The shortlist (best six novels) was announced for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for the best work of fiction translated into English. (Underlining the importance of translation, the £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator.) The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 22.
- Monday, April 16: This year's Pulitzer Prizes were announced.
- Fiction: LESS by Andrew Sean Greer
- Non-Fiction: LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman
- History: GULF: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
- Biography: PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
- Poetry: HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
- Thursday, April 26: The Mystery Writers of America announced this year's Edgar Awards, the most prestigious awards in the genre. BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke won Best Novel and SHE RIDES SHOTGUN by Jordan Harper won Best First Novel. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann won the award for Best Fact Crime.
More 2018 news:
- Tuesday, May 1 through Monday, May 21: Walden Pond Books resumes buying and trading books for the month of May. (We buy and trade books the first 21 days of each month, from 10:00am through 3:00pm.)
- Sunday, May 13: Mother's Day - Mothers love books! You'll find a: "GREAT BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS FOR GREAT MOMS" tag on all our Mother's Day staff picks.
BOOKS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:
Here's a list of some outstanding new titles on our shelves at Walden Pond Books.
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, children's books, mysteries, and science fiction. . .
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- Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year | A Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of the Year
LESS by Andrew Sean Greer
Arthur Less, a gay failed novelist turning 50, decides to avoid an ex-boyfriend's awkward wedding by skipping town. Accepting invitations from every half-baked literary event in the world, Arthur finds himself in one embarrassing, perilous, ridiculous situation after another. From Mexico City to Berlin, from Marrakech to Kyoto, mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes abound and compound. A writer at the peak of his talents, Andrew Sean Greer delivers a scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, and a bittersweet romance of chances lost.
"Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel I've read. . . Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies. It's no less than bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful." — The New York Times.
"Greer signals his debt to Proust and paints a comic yet moving picture of an American abroad. As Greer explores Less' lovelorn memories, he also playfully mocks the often ludicrous nature of the publishing industry. His finest novel yet. . . Less is a wondrous achievement!" — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Greer is an exceptionally lovely writer, capable of mingling humor with sharp poignancy. . . Brilliantly funny. . . Greer's narration, so elegantly laced with wit, cradles the story of a man who loses everything: his lover, his suitcase, his beard, his dignity." — The Washington Post.
"Philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns. . . Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he's just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Less adorably butchers the German language, nearly falls in love in Paris, celebrates his birthday in the desert and, somewhere along the way, discovers something new and fragile about the passing of time, about the coming and going of love, and what it means to be the fool of your own narrative. It's nothing less than wonderful."— BookPage *** starred review ***.
(Atria/Simon & Schuster)
HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
A brilliant collection of utterly captivating stories - some darkly humorous, some devastatingly poignant - examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. Fearlessly shining a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship, Nafissa Thompson-Spires proves herself a stunning new talent in literary fiction.
"A bold new voice, at once insolently sardonic and incisively compassionate, asserts itself. Thompson-Spires flashes fearsome gifts for quirky characterization, irony-laden repartee, and edgy humor. It seems difficult for even the most experienced storyteller to achieve an appealing balance of astringency and poignancy, and yet Thompson-Spires hits that balance repeatedly." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Every once in a while a book comes around that fills a need - that communicates ideas so effectively and humanely its social value leaps off the page. Heads of the Colored People is such a book." — Entertainment Weekly.
"A powerful debut of 11 original, multilayered stories that focus on the African American community, exploring race and the politics of identity but also class issues and the privileges of the black middle class. Presenting unique characters, gifted storyteller Thompson-Spires navigates the black experience with humor and poignancy while also acknowledging the inherent tensions and exposure to violence black citizens encounter. Highly recommended." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A perfect showcasing of Thompson-Spires's brilliant use of the absurd both to emphasize and alleviate the pressure of difficult issues. The stories float along the tensions between devastation and humor, vulnerability and defiance, frustration and hope. It's a rare talent that can take such complicated and harrowing subjects and turn them into such a refreshing and compulsive read." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"From the opening sentences of the opening story in Nafissa Thompson-Spires’s debut collection, we’re in a world of humor, provocation and deep reflection." — The New York Times.
(Simon & Schuster)
BIG GUNS by Steve Israel
A gun manufacturing tycoon takes advantage of political corruption to get a law passed requiring every American citizen to own a gun. One of the best political satirists writing today takes aim at the National Rifle Association in this devastatingly funny novel about the firearms industry and its enablers. A former Long Island Congressman, Steve Israel has firsthand knowledge of the cynicism and corruption at the heart of our political system. Big Guns will make you laugh, will make you angry, and will make you think as you flip the pages faster and faster to find out what happens next.
"Israel delivers a brilliant political satire targeting the firearms industry and the Washington political establishment. He leaves no stone unturned and no turn unstoned. Promise readers that the only way they will put this book down is when Charlton Heston's ghost pries it from their cold dead hands." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A spirited satire of the gun lobby and American politics in all its hubris and corruption. Drawing with relish on his own experience, Israel cooks up a zany tale of a political scandal that overruns the sleepy fictional Long Island town of Asabogue. Its rollicking carousel of political skulduggery provide plenty of opportunities for Israel to score points off the foibles of our political system." — Newsday.
"A hilarious roller-coaster ride through the American political system and its worst shibboleths. Israel's timely satire on the deadly serious subject of gun control skillfully balances the humor and anger. Readers who enjoy Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Buckley will take pleasure in this fresh voice as he blows on the hot air arising from our political cloakrooms." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A wonderfully irreverent satire about the fractured and fractious American political and lobbying system, skewering gun nuts, politicians, and lobbyists to the left, the right, Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between. This clever political farce exposes the extremism of the gun rights issue with a smart plot, loud, noisy characters, and hilarious dialogue. Shameless greed and overwrought egos drive everyone, with Israel nailing the D.C. scene and national political hubris perfectly: empty suits with heads to match. It's a rollicking comedic trip." — Publishers Weekly.
THE MARS ROOM by Rachel Kushner
As Romy Hall begins serving two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility in California's Central Valley, she comes to grips with her new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners; and the absurdities of institutional living. Rachel Kushner has written a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"In smart, determined, and vigilant Romy, Kushner, an acclaimed writer of exhilarating skills, has created a seductive narrator of tigerish intensity. This is a gorgeously eviscerating novel of incarceration writ large. Rooted in deeply inquisitive thinking and executed with artistry and edgy wit, Kushner's dramatic and disquieting novel investigates with verve and compassion societal strictures and how very difficult it is to understand each other and to be truly free." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Heartbreaking and unforgettable. . . Kushner excels at capturing the minutiae of prison life, and manages to critique the justice system and vividly capture the reality of life behind bars. Her novel is notable for its holistic depiction of who gets wrapped up in incarceration - families, lawyers, police, and prisoners; it deserves to be read with the same level of pathos, love, and humanity with which it clearly was written." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Much of the action of Rachel Kushner's brilliant new novel is set in California prisons. She has done her research. But the moral scope of The Mars Room is really too large for it to be considered a prison novel. Through its vividly rendered characters, it asks the reader to ponder bigger questions about the system of justice, the possibility of redemption and even the industrialization of the natural landscape. A captivating and beautiful novel." — BookPage *** Top Fiction Pick ***.
"The Mars Room is a major novel, a sustained performance, one that broods on several exigent ideas. The Mars Room prowls rather than races. It is like a muscle car oozing down the side roads of your mind. Kushner’s portrait of life inside the women’s prison is grainy and persuasive. It’s all here." — The New York Times.
WEST by Carys Davies
A decade or so after the Lewis and Clark expedition, John Cyrus Bellman, a widower and mule breeder, reads in the newspaper of the discovery of "monstrous bones sunk in the salty Kentucky mud" and is convinced that "the same gigantic monsters still walk the earth in the unexplored territories of the west." Promising to write frequently, Bellman leaves his preteen daughter, Bess, on his Pennsylvania farm and heads west. Bess, unprotected and approaching womanhood, fills lonely days waiting for his letters to arrive. But her father wanders farther and farther from home, across harsh and alien landscapes, in reckless pursuit of the unknown. A spellbinding and timeless parable of the American frontier.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
"Davies' complex, and achingly beautiful first novel is a sculpture of daring shifts and provocative symmetries welded together by lyrical, fast-paced prose. Deployed on the stage of the midlapsarian American frontier, Davies weaves threads of myth and hope into the gnarly chords of historical tragedy. A masterful first novel - the sort of book that warms even as it devastates, that forces serious reflection and yet charms." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"An engrossing work of historical fiction grappling with themes of vulnerability, longing and hope that transcend all contexts... West leaves the reader feeling as vulnerable and full of wonder as the book's main characters." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
"This spare first novel from Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award winner Davies incorporates early American history to lend deep truths to the narrative's alternating stories. Her graceful prose and sharp observations make this absorbing debut a standout." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Davies' slender first novel has all the heft of a sprawling western classic. In a tightly knit, compulsively readable tale, she precisely captures the spirit of untamed curiosity and middle-aged ennui that would have us abandon established societal norms and everything we hold dear only to follow our hearts to uncertain outcomes." — BookList *** starred review ***.
(Simon & Schuster)
THE JUDGE HUNTER by Christopher Buckley
London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored and Charles II sits on the throne. Two of the judges who signed his father's execution warrant have fled to the New World and King Charles is determined to hunt them down. But the agent sent to track down the judges is Balthasar de St. Michel (Balty) - a hapless twit who manages to embroil himself in some of the most ridiculous intrigues and comical controversies possible on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Buckley serves up generous helpings of witty dialogue, colorful characters, and intriguing plot twists that his fans and historical novel enthusiasts will find irresistible." — BookList.
"The political humorist's second historical novel is a witty bromance about international intrigue and a hunt for two regicides in 17th-century New England. An entertaining and wonderfully crafted picaresque thriller with crackling dialogue and a brace of Colonial cops as appealingly mismatched as any of Hollywood's buddy efforts." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A rich story ripe for Buckley’s humor and pointed satire on Puritan ideals, royal peccadillos, and political intrigue. . . In Balty, Buckley has a bumbling, chaffing protagonist who proves the perfect foil for the uptight social constructs of colonial New England. Peppered with historical characters and cleverly using Samuel Pepys’ famous diaries, Buckley masterfully weaves a fictional story with historical fact. An absorbing mystery/thriller with humorous dialog and characters that resonate and draw in the reader. A must for not just fans of historical fiction, but anyone looking for a great read." — Historical Novel Society *** starred review ***.
- Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
SING UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward
Hoping for a loving reunion, a black woman takes her children to meet her white husband who is about to be released from prison. Her journey through modern rural Mississippi becomes a harrowing road trip fraught with danger. Jesmyn Ward's novel of a family haunted by poverty, drug addiction, and the legacy of violence is a powerful and deeply affecting narrative of marginalized people struggling to exist under the weight of hate and prejudice.
"However eternal its concerns, Ward's new book is perfectly poised for the moment. It combines aspects of the American road novel and the ghost story with a timely treatment of the long aftershocks of a hurricane and the opioid epidemic devouring rural America. . . Ward’s greatest feat here is achieving a level of empathy that is all too often impossible to muster in real life, but that is genuine and inevitable in the hands of a writer of such lyric imagination." — The New York Times.
"With intensely evocative imagery, musical rhetoric, and bountiful sympathy toward even the most exasperating of its characters, the terrible beauty of life along the nation's lower margins is summoned in this bold, bright, and sharp-eyed road novel. As with the best and most meaningful American fiction these days, old truths are recast here in new realities rife with both peril and promise." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Speaks across chasms of age, class, and color. . . A moving illumination of danger and exposure. . . The signal characteristic of Ward's prose is its lyricism. The effect can be hypnotic. This, and her ease with vernacular language, puts Ward in fellowship with such forebears as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner." — The New Yorker.
"As long as America has novelists such as Jesmyn Ward, it will not lose its soul. Sing, Unburied, Sing, is nothing short of magnificent. Combining stark circumstances with magical realism, it illuminates America's love-hate tug between the races in a way that we seem incapable of doing anywhere else but in occasional blessed works of art." — The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"Ward’s book conjures the same raw emotion of her previous works, like her previous National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones. But this time, a sense of magical realism deepens the ghostly sense of the past reaching out to touch - or even strangle - the present. Ward’s novel is a true triple threat, expert in prose, human observation and social commentary." — Time Magazine: The Top Ten Novels of 2017.
GOLDEN HILL by Francis Spufford
Winner of the COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD | Named NOVEL OF THE YEAR by the U.K.'s Sunday Times
Newly arrived from London, a mysterious young Englishman confounds and thrills the denizens of 1746 New York City. Is he an idle scoundrel, a wealthy tycoon. . . or something more sinister? This wonderfully captivating homage to the great master of the picaresque novel, Henry Fielding, cannot be recommended highly enough!
"Spufford's action is fast, and plot twists abound. Readers bounce through chases, courtrooms, brawls, debtors' prison, and a momentous steam-room sex scene, and it's all great fun. But most pleasurable is the prose itself, which is clever, silly, and perceptive, somehow managing to seem perfectly historically calibrated while poking fun at itself for such efforts. A virtuoso literary performance." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Golden Hill left my mind feeling like it had been kissed by some sunburn. It's action is so vivid that you seem to be consuming breaking news. Delirious storytelling backfilled with this much intelligence is a rare and happy sight." — The New York Times.
"So gorgeously crafted, so intelligent and entertaining, it makes a case for the enduring vitality of the more straightforward historical novel. Spufford's sprawling recreation here is pitch perfect." — Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air/NPR.
"The intoxicating effect of Golden Hill is much more than an experiment in form. Spufford has created a complete world. . . There are single scenes here more illuminating, more lovingly wrought, than entire books." — The Financial Times (U.K.).
"Splendidly entertaining and ingenious. A first-class period entertainment. . . nothing short of a masterpiece!" — The Guardian (U.K.).
MRS. FLETCHER by Tom Perotta
A provocative anonymous text message sends a middle-aged divorcee leading a placid middle-class life careening into the world of online erotic fantasy. Tom Perrotta, the "Steinbeck of suburbia" delivers a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America's culture wars.
"A large cast of recognizable characters, a rotating point of view, a propulsive plot, a humane vision and clean, non-ostentatious prose to explore a fraught cultural topic. There be dragons, yes, but decency mitigates the danger. Mrs. Fletcher is the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read." — The New York Times.
"Perrotta has been called the 'Steinbeck of suburbia' and an 'American Chekhov,' but with Mrs. Fletcher, he's become the Jane Austen of 21st century sexual mores. . . A delicious, tragicomic and finally forgiving take on the mistakes we modern people can't seem to stop making. Mrs. Fletcher is a delight." — Newsday.
"Raunchy, hilarious, and unexpectedly sweet. Perrotta's latest might just be his best - it's a stunning and audacious book, and Perrotta never lets his characters take the easy way out. Uncompromisingly obscene but somehow still kind-hearted, Mrs. Fletcher is one for the ages." — NPR.
"Perrotta's eye for contemporary mores and social details remains razor-sharp. More spot-on satire with heart and soul from a uniquely gifted writer." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See
In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations - until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen. Lisa See paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people's struggle to come to grips with the modern world.
"The hardships that confront Li-yan in her life are as compelling as the fog-shrouded secret groves where she and her mother cultivate a special healing tea. I could have hung out here in remote China forever, but See has wider ground to cover, including adoption, the international fine tea market and modern Chinese migration to the United States. A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea." — The Washington Post.
"Lisa See is a confident, lyrical, smart, impeccably researched writer. To pick up a Lisa See book is to be in good hands. Her latest is a wonderful addition to the canon. This book takes us someplace entirely fresh. A remarkable story of a mother’s crippling heartache from her ultimate loving sacrifice. . . The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is both unique and a universal story of motherhood." — The Los Angeles Review of Books.
"See’s ambitious novel touches on Chinese cultural history, the centuries-old intricacies of the tea business and both the difficulties and joys of Chinese-American adoptions. But ultimately it’s a novel about the strength of mother-daughter ties - peopled, as is each of See’s novels, with strong characters with whom the reader empathizes from the first page to the last." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
BEAR TOWN by Fredrik Backman
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to poverty, unemployment, and the ever-encroaching trees. But an old ice rink gives the people of Beartown hope that tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All their dreams now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
"The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove tells a poignant story of a hockey town paralyzed by scandal. Lest readers think hockey is the star here, it's Backman's rich characters that steal the show, and his deft handling of tragedy and its effects on an insular town. While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through, ultimately offering hope and even redemption." — Publishers Weekly.
"There are scenes that bring tears, scenes of gut-wrenching despair, and moments of sly humor. . . This is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction. A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time." — Kirkus Reviews.
"In his fourth novel, Fredrik Backman displays once again an almost omnipotent insight into human nature. From teenagers to the elderly, Backman chisels each character in fantastic detail, illuminating the deepest recesses of their souls while touching the deepest recesses of the readers'. One needn't be a fan of hockey to appreciate Beartown. It's merely Backman's vehicle to themes of loyalty, love and community. He will drive the Beartown Bears into the hearts of all his readers, sports aficionados or not." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
HOUSE OF NAMES by Colm Toibin
Inspired by the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, Colm Toibin brings a modern sensibility and language to the tragedy of Clytemnestra, one of the most powerful villains of ancient Greece. This riveting and relevant historical novel is a spectacularly audacious and compelling examination of the dynamics of a family whose violence, vengefulness, and lust are literally legendary.
"A brilliant exploration of times past. . . Toibin's accomplishment here is to render myth plausible while at the same time preserving its high drama. A gripping saga made tangible and graphic in Toibin's lush prose." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"A taut retelling of a foundational Western story. This extraordinary book conveys both confounded strangeness and timeless truths about love's sometimes terrible and always exhilarating energies." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Toibin's success comes down to the power of his writing: an almost unfaultable combination of artful restraint and wonderfully observed detail that transforms his account into a moving tragedy on a human scale." — The New York Times.
"Toibin pumps blood even into the silent figures of Greek tragedy. Despite the passage of centuries, this is a disturbingly contemporary story of a powerful woman caught between the demands of her ambition and the constraints on her gender. Never before has Toibin demonstrated such range, not just in tone but in action. He creates the arresting, hushed scenes for which he's so well known just as effectively as he whips up murders that compete, pint for spilled pint, with those immortal Greek playwrights." — The Washington Post.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
(Simon & Schuster)
BLOOD MOON: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation by John Sedgwick
The story of the century-long blood feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs from the early years of the United States through the infamous Trail of Tears and into the Civil War. Through the eyes of these two primary characters, John Sedgwick restores the Cherokee to their rightful place in American history in a dramatic saga of land, pride, honor, and loss that informs much of the country's mythic past today.
"A broad-ranging history of a political rivalry that upset the Cherokee world for more than a century across the face of North America. Veteran journalist and author Sedgwick dispels any notion that the Native American world was either monolithic or pacific. A vigorous, well-written book that distills a complex history to a clash between two men without oversimplifying." — Kirkus Reviews.
"The amount of research and detail Sedgwick put into this book is remarkable. Sedgwick’s narrative is entertaining and immersive, and this nonfiction book often reads as smoothly as historical fiction. He walks us through the entire collapse of the Cherokee Nation, from beginning to end, so we see it unraveling in all its glory and misery. This is a comprehensive read - all the detail enhances the experience, providing tremendous insight into these historic events." — Quiet Fury Books.
"In this richly textured slice of Native American history, journalist Sedgwick delves into the decades-long conflicts that divided the Cherokee Nation and eventually led factions to fight on both sides of the Civil War. At the center sit two Cherokee leaders, friends turned bitter rivals. Sedgwick has mined the best contemporary scholarship to craft a narrative riven with human drama." — Publishers Weekly.
THE ADDICTION SOLUTION: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs by Lloyd I. Sederer
A groundbreaking examination of addiction from a psychiatrist and public health doctor, offering practical, proven solutions for individuals, families, and communities dealing with substance use and abuse. Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, Sederer's decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before.
"In this timely, well-written look at addiction, Sederer, chief medical officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, zeroes in on the power of substances to pirate away a life. Dr. Sederer draws on many cultural sources to reveal the complex social and personal factors underlying addiction and encourage empathy." — BookList *** starred review ***.
"Enriched with patient case studies that illustrate the complex nature of this disease, Sederer's balanced and compassionate approach makes this a valuable addition to the conversation on this timely topic." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Sederer leaves his audience with the pragmatic understanding that addiction is a multifactorial disease and that its prevention and treatment require a comprehensive approach based on the individual's circumstances and character traits. For readers interested in understanding current thought on addiction, prevention, and recovery, the book will prove invaluable." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
PRIESTDADDY: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood
Patricia Lockwood's father is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met - a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." When an unexpected crisis leads the author and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide. A vivid, heartbreakingly funny, and unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.
"Priestdaddy roars from the gate. . . It's not just that Lockwood has fresh eyes and quick wits, but that in her father she's lucked upon one of the great characters of this nonfiction decade. . . What I love about this book was the way it feels suffused with love - of literature, nature and the English language; for family . . . one of the pleasures of this memoir is its particularly tender mother-daughter bond. . . Lockwood's voice is wonderfully grounded and authentic - she proves herself a formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases." — The New York Times.
"Funny and gorgeously written, with scenes so witty and zany they could be lifted from a Broadway show, Priestdaddy will be one of the major prose debuts of the year." — The Huffington Post.
"A vivid, unrelentingly funny memoir. . . Lockwood's stories are both savage and tender, shot through with surprises and revelations." — The New Yorker.
"Remarkable. . . Lockwood proceeds with a near unflagging sense of ironic exuberance and verbal inventiveness. . . this superabundance of comic energy and literary vigor is a measure of Lockwood's seriousness." — The Washington Post.
"A sidesplittingly funny, and simply gorgeously written reflection on her father's decision to become a Catholic priest. As poignantly self-reflective as it is authoritative and enlightening about the state of the Catholic Church - and modern religion - today." — Harper's Bazaar.
WINNER OF THE 2018 PULITZER PRIZE FOR HISTORY
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
GULF: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
An incisive and comprehensive portrait of the Gulf of Mexico - from its lusty birth in the chaos of shifting continental plates to its slow and agonizing death of a million cuts inflicted by pollution and exploitation. Frequently viewing the history of the Gulf through the prism of artists and writers including Winslow Homer, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway and John D. MacDonald, the author has delivered a uniquely illuminating homage to one of the world's most diverse and productive marine ecosystems.
"Environmental historian Davis presents an engaging, truly relevant new study of the Gulf as a powerful agent in the American story, one that has become lost in the pages of American history. The story of this magnificent body of water and its wildlife grows tragic. . . Still, it remains an improbable, valiant survival tale in the face of the BP oil spill and ongoing climate change. An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental conviction." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***..
"This is a work of astonishing breadth: richly peopled, finely structured, beautifully written." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A perceptive historical survey of America's Gulf Coast, this fascinating work accents the region's nexus between nature and civilization. Amid the land and seascapes Davis populates colorful characters, from would-be conquistadors to business and tourism entrepreneurs to environmental activists, who form a gallery of human interest that easily carries the reader from cover to cover." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A sprightly and sweeping new history. . . Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea, a lyrical paean to its remaining estuaries and marshes, and a marvelous mash-up of human and environmental history." — The New York Times.
"An enthralling splendid new book. . . Davis is a historian, and this book is packed with research, but The Gulf does not read like a textbook. He is a graceful, clear, often lyrical writer who makes sometimes surprising, always illuminating connections - and he is telling an important story. — The Tampa Bay Times.
SURPASSING CERTAINTY: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock
Journalist and TV television host Janet Mock examines her life and career and the challenges of being transgender, a woman, and a person of color. Riveting, rousing, and real, this is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world - without a road map to guide her.
"This book is irrefutable evidence that Janet must be understood through her intellect, spirit, and wit. Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish - she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity. You will be changed by this book." — Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC.
"A vital and indispensable voice in the trans community. Mock is a gifted writer and demonstrates the power of tenacity in this ode to her twenties; highly recommended for all readers." — Library Journal.
"Janet Mock is a glamorous, smarty-pants writer and activist. Her book isn't just a service to the trans community but to every woman - hell, person - who has struggled with identity." — Lena Dunham.
"Mock divulges how she came to be comfortable in her own skin as journalist, television host, wife, and woman of color struggling to find her place in male-centered, white-dominated, corporate America. An honest and timely appraisal of what it means to be true to yourself." — Booklist.
"Brimming with liberated self-discovery, Mock's conversational memoir is smoothly written with plenty of insight and personal perspective. A defining chronicle of strength and spirit particularly remarkable for younger readers, both in transition or questioning." — Kirkus Reviews.
(Simon & Schuster)
THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL by Timothy B. Tyson
In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old boy from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional. But what actually happened to Emmett Till? Part detective story, part political history, this book draws on a wealth of new evidence, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant, the white woman in whose name Emmett Till was murdered.
"Tyson offers new perspectives in this searing account, which is especially relevant today given the Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of the so-called alt-right and its echoes of white supremacy. Till's death, Tyson concludes, was an extreme example of the logic of America's national racial caste system and continues to be a national metaphor for racial injustice. An indispensable inquiry." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"With rare immediacy, Tyson revisits the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi and the acquittal of those responsible in a gripping account of the cultural milieu of a racist environment. A remarkable achievement. . . each thread is explored in detail, backstories as well as main events. Cinematically engaging, harrowing, and poignant, Tyson's monumental work illuminates Emmett Till's murder and serves as a powerful reminder that certain stories in history merit frequent retelling." — Publishers Weekly.
"From one of our finest civil rights historians comes this harrowing, brilliant, and crucial book. The full story of Emmett Till has never before been told. It will terrify you; it should. It will inspire you; it must." — Jeff Sharlet, The New York Times.
THE FIRE THIS TIME: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
National Book Award winner (for Salvage the Bones) Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time as a jumping off point for this insightful and moving collection of essays and poems about race from the voices of her generation and our time.
"Essays and poems, many of them solicited by Ward, respond to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, and Ward's feeling that not much has changed since Baldwin's 1963 The Fire Next Time, which addressed the same questions of being black in the United States. Powerful words from a range of sources. . . each is stirring in its way, and the finest among them offer poetry as well as truth." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Brilliantly examines the interrelated roles of race, history, and religion in the U.S. Building on Baldwin's title, editor Ward has assembled poetry, essays, and flash nonfiction to address the renewed racial tensions that continue to boil in America in the twenty-first century. The result is a powerfully striking collection. An absolutely indispensable anthology." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Ward's remarkable achievement is the gift of freshly minted perspectives on a tale that may seem old and twice-told. Readers in search of conversations about race in America should start here." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Like cordite in your nostrils. . . Essayist after essayist in this powerful book (there are also some poems) considers the black experience in America. Most agree with Ms. Ward, who declares: 'Nothing is new.' Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Carol Anderson, Kevin Young, Garnette Cadogan and Ms. Ward: so alive with purpose, conviction and intellect that, upon finishing their contributions, you feel you must put this volume down and go walk around for a while." — The New York Times.
- Poetry: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-A)
(Andrews McMeel/Simon & Schuster)
THE WITCH DOESN'T BURN IN THIS ONE by Amanda Lovelace
The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now - indestructible. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one. Amanda Lovelace's moving, relatable poetry encourages resilience and emboldens women to take control of their own stories.
"If you loved Amanda Lovelace's debut collection, The Princess Saves Herself In This One, chances are you’ve been waiting for what comes next. Good news: your wait is over. The second installment in her Women Are Some Kind of Magic series is filled with fire. It’s angrier. . . filled with passion, power, and rage. It’s also the natural and welcome consequence of a poet finding her stride, fully arriving in the literary space she inhabits." — Bustle Magazine.
"She will shock you, surprise you, inspire you, teach you about yourself, and might even help save you. Verdict: 10/10 Highly recommended." — College Media Network.
(Andrews McMeel/Simon & Schuster)
THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur
From Rupi Kaur, the acclaimed bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
"Rupi Kaur reinvents poetry. She is undeniably equipped with the poet's ability to articulate emotions that readers struggle to make sense of." — The Economist (U.K.).
"Rupi Kaur is kicking down the doors of publishing. Ms. Kaur’s work reminds us that the ordinary business and experience of millennial minority women is not to be dismissed." — The New York Times.
"Kaur’s style is artless and therefore sincere; its lack of workbench polish is the mark of immediacy. This is poetry that aspires to be message rather than music - and it is a potently direct and feminist message." — The Times (U.K.).
THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY: 2017 edited by David Lehman | Guest Editor: Natasha D. Trethewey
Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner and nineteenth US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, The Best American Poetry 2017 brings together the most notable poems of the year in the series that offers “a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh, and memorable” (Robert Pinsky).
Librarian of Congress James Billington says Natasha Trethewey “consistently and dramatically expanded the power” of the role of US Poet Laureate, traveling the country, and reaching millions through her innovative PBS NewsHour segment Where Poetry Lives. Marilyn Nelson says “the wide scope of Trethewey’s interests and her adept handling of form have created an opus of classics both elegant and necessary.” With her selections and introductory essay for this year's anthology, Trethewey will be highlighting even more “elegant and necessary” poems and poets, adding to the national conversation of verse and its role in our culture.
The Best American Poetry is not just another anthology; it serves as a guide to who’s who and what’s happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event each year. With Trethewey’s insightful touch and genius for plumbing the depths of history and personal experience to shape striking verse, The Best American Poetry 2017 is another brilliant addition to the series.
- Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
(Simon & Schuster)
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #1)
A Printz Award Honor Book | NOW IN PAPERBACK!
In a future in which humanity has conquered death, Scythes are the only ones who are allowed to take a human life. Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe - a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't. National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman starts off a dramatic new series as he creates an engrossing world that pulls readers in and refuses to let them go.
"A brilliant and gripping sci-fi thriller that acutely explores the consequences of worldwide immortality and asks readers to think critically about the nature of morality. A truly astounding, unputdownable read and a fast-paced beginning to an excellent series. A must-have." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Elegant and elegiac, brooding but imbued with gallows humor, Shusterman's dark tale thrusts realistic, likable teens into a surreal situation and raises deep philosophic questions. A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Shusterman raises fascinating questions in his exploration of this seemingly perfect future. Readers will find many things in these pages. A sequel is heralded by the explosive ending." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Shusterman's story forces readers to confront difficult ethical questions. Is the gleaning of a few acceptable if it maximizes the happiness of all? Is it possible to live a moral life within such a system? This powerful tale is guaranteed to make readers think deeply." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
(Simon & Schuster)
THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #2)
Readers are thrown back into the postmortal world of the award-winning Scythe in this high-speed sequel. A year has passed and the Thunderhead, a sentient cloud that rules all of humanity, except the Scythes, is becoming more and more concerned at certain trends developing in the Scythedom.
"The author follows up his Printz Honor Book Scythe with that most difficult of feats: a sequel that surpasses its predecessor. Shusterman widens the already impressive scope of his near-future utopia while also keeping a deft finger on the pulse of our own turbulent times. Exceptionally clear-eyed and brutal in its execution, this raises even bigger moral questions than its predecessorand, like its predecessor, offers no easy answers. " — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Shusterman wields his magic once again in this continuation. The climax and twist ending will leave fans of the series begging for the next installment. A rare sequel that is even better than the first book." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Readers will fly through this 500-plus-page novel, barely aware of the time passing as the stakes rise rapidly, and the plot races at a breathless pace to a massive cliffhanger." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Shusterman cranks up the stakes in this blistering sequel. Interweaving heady questions of morality, responsibility, loyalty, and power, Shusterman builds to a devastatingly intense conclusion that sends the characters and larger world into terrifying new territory." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
- Children's Books & Graphic Novels: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
(Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
LOTS MORE ANIMALS SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT WEAR CLOTHING by Judi Barrett | Illustrated by Ron Barrett
From the award-winning duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs comes the long-awaited sequel to Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing that introduces a hilarious new group of animals that shouldn't, ever ever ever, dress like humans. Judi and Ron Barrett remind us once again why animals are better off just the way they are.
"This husband-and-wife team follow up their classic picture book Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing and its sequel, Animals Should Definitely Not Act like People, with a look at even more animals dressed hilariously in human attire. A finger-wagging narrator up against ludicrous circumstances is familiar but no less delightful in this companion title." — Publishers Weekly.
"The best-selling author/illustrator duo have created another winner. Ron Barrett's humorous illustrations of animals struggling while wearing clothing paired with Judi Barrett's big, bold text create the perfect combination and convincingly prove their point. Alliteration and plays on words make the pages with text just as laughable as the corresponding art. Recommended for anyone who likes to laugh." — School Library Journal.
"Laugh-out-loud moments include the caterpillar overwhelmed by the tide of socks coming out of the dryer and the leashed pet armadillo whose armor matches the knight walking it. Ron Barrett's pen, ink, and digital crosshatch-shaded animals look quite realistic - aside from their clothing." — Kirkus Reviews.
(Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster)
MOMMY'S KHIMAR by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow | Illustrated by Ebony Glenn
A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother's colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book
"This affirming book will be a welcome mirror for Muslim and interfaith families, and a necessary counter to Islamophobic discourse. The illustrations are as lively and brightly colored as the khimars themselves, and smiling faces of friends and family members echo the warm message of the text." — Booklist.
"The delightful prose and whimsical illustrations reflect a culture of diversity and acceptance while offering many entry points for discussion with young audiences. Warm and sweet, Mommy's Khimar is an uplifting and invigorating tale for any story time." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"The illustrations feature soft pastel colors with dynamic lines and gently patterned backgrounds that complement the story's joyful tone. The words are often lyrical, and the story artfully includes many cultural details that will delight readers who share the cheerful protagonist's culture and enlighten readers who don't. With a universal message of love and community, this book offers a beautiful representation of a too often overlooked cultural group." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
(Andrews McMeel/Simon & Schuster)
UNICORN OF MANY HATS by Dana Simpson
Book Seven in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series! Phoebe and her exceptional unicorn pal, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, are back in this all-new collection of comics! Laugh alongside the lovable duo as they question the idea of "coolness," gain a deeper appreciation for the power of friendship, and put off summer reading assignments for as long as physically possible.
"Nothing less than the best comic strip to come along since Calvin and Hobbes. Simpson is that good, and that original." — Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
"The friendship that emerges between the two is impeccably developed. Rich humor lies in the illustrations, since Marigold's wry comments are often taken literally by Phoebe but their slant is present in the unicorn's epic eyerolls and behind-the-back smirks. Marigold and Phoebe hold their own as quirky friends whose bond is obvious even when they are doing their best efforts at throwing shade." — Center for Children's Books Bulletin *** starred review ***.
"A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Clean lines, clearly delineated panels and sparse background detail keep readers focused on the characters, driving the story forward without distraction. A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans." — Kirkus Reviews.
"The character designs for Phoebe and Marigold are charming, and the artwork is admirably consistent. A comparison to Calvin and Hobbes is apt - gentle, winning humor that often results in guffaws. Also like Calvin and Hobbes, there is a thin veneer of snarky cynicism that will keep older readers interested in the stories well beyond most children's magical-unicorn-loving phase." — Booklist.
(Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
TEDDY'S FAVORITE TOY by Christian Trimmer | Illustrated by Madeline Valentine
A mom goes to extraordinary and literally heroic lengths to rescue her son's favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys - and to mothers.
"Teddy has loads of cool toys, but his favorite is Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica, a redheaded doll in a pink dress. When Teddy is at school his mother mistakes Bren-Da for trash and throws her away. When Teddy returns home to find Bren-Da missing, his mother performs some moves worthy of the Warrior Queen of Pacifica herself. The story's implicit messages (it should be unremarkable when boys play with dolls; that parents can become superheroic to do right by their children) ring loud, true, and funny." — Horn Book Magazine
"Trimmer's smart, closely observed portrait celebrates a boy and a mother whose relationship grows out of mutual respect. An imgainative free-for-all." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"Trimmer's simple story of a universal experience will captivate young readers and have them rooting for Teddy's reunion with Bren-Da. A heartwarming story that uses an everyday occurrence to push the envelope on many fronts." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A refreshingly bold story that makes its message clear without being pedantic. What makes this book so appealing is the back-and-forth dynamic between the text and images. Simple, sophisticated language suggests a respectful alliance between mother and son, and is perfectly complemented by charming gouache-and-pencil illustrations that capture the characters' emotions as the story unfolds. Slightly older readers can unpack other layers about social norms and diversity, but all will appreciate this dynamic book's adventurous yet relatable style." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
THEY SAY BLUE by Jillian Tamaki
In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Caldecott Medal and Printz Honor-winner Jillian Tamaki follows a young girl as she examines the colors in the world around her. Playful and philosophical, this is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.
"Tamaki's picture book debut explores color and the seasons in a lyrical, philosophical way that is rooted in a child's sensibilities. Attuned to a child's psychology and patterns of critical thinking, this visually stunning work is a must-purchase." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***
"A girl weighs what she's been told about the world against what she observes and knows, leading to more questions and contemplations. Thinking, imagining, noticing--these, Tamaki suggests, are the tools we have to understand our world." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"The free-associative nature of the child narrator's interaction with her surroundings seems utterly familiar, and approaching it with observational, sensory language lands it firmly in territory children can relate to. This poetic, off-kilter little book has enigmatic power, and observant children will likely be enchanted." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
(Solaris/Simon & Schuster)
THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR: Volume Twelve edited by Jonathan Strahan
For more than a decade award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers. This year's collection (Volume Twelve) is, once again, “a must-read for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and short stories in general".
"A stellar array of stories. This is everything one could ask of a collection of the fantastic." — Booklist.
"Strahan’s selections demonstrate a knowledge of and affection for the fantastic that rival editors would be hard-pressed to match. Strahan draws from sources across the anglosphere, and the stories are written by authors diverse in origin, gender, and age. Recommended for all short-fiction fans." — Publishers Weekly.
"From the latest masterworks by the acknowledged titans of the field to fresh visions from exciting new talents, this outstanding collection is a comprehensive showcase for the current state of the art in both science fiction and fantasy. Anyone who wants to know where the future of imaginative short fiction is going, and treat themselves to dozens of unforgettable stories, will find this year’s edition of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy to be just what they’re looking for." — Nightshade Books.
EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King
Renowned as one of the most essential collections of stories King has published, this new paperback edition includes 14 deliciously creepy dark tales. Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, King is at his eerie best.
"Eyebrows arched in literary circles when, in 1995, the New Yorker published Stephen King's 'The Man in the Black Suit,' a scorchingly atmospheric tale of a boy's encounter with the Devil in backwoods Maine. The story went on to win the 1996 O. Henry Award for Best Short Story, confirming what King fans have known for year - that the author is not only immensely popular but immensely talented, a modern-day counterpart to Twain, Hawthorne, and Dickens. 'The Man in the Black Suit' appears in this hefty collection, along with three other extraordinary New Yorker tales. Then there's 'Riding the Bullet,' the novella that put King on the cover of Time. . . Gritty. . . Witty. . . Displays a mastery of the craft." — Publishers Weekly.
"When Stephen King is on his game, he is a wonder to behold. In this collection of 14 stories he can take a vague feeling that aches deep in your bones and capture it in a single sentence. Everything’s Eventual includes something for every type of King fan. Bottom Line: It’s the real King." — People Magazine, Picks & Raves.
THE UNREAL AND THE REAL: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin
Finally available in paperback, this is an absolutely essential collection of forty-one of the late, great author's personal favorites among her short stories, plus introductions explaining her criteria for selection.
"The Unreal and the Real guns from the grim to the ecstatic, from the State to the Garden of Eden, with just one dragon between. (Every collection needs one dragon.) In every good career-spanning collection, you can observe an author growing into her authority. Here, every story, in its own way and from its own universe, told in its own mode, demonstrates that there is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin." — Slate Magazine.
"Displays her talents as she employs recurring themes and elements - cultural diversity, unlikely heroes and heroines, power's ability to corrupt, love's power to guide - and considers characters and types (women, children, the differently sexed and gendered) so often disenfranchised by other, more technologically oriented SF writers. A classy and valuable collection." — Publishers Weekly.
"A century from now people will still be reading the stories of Ursula K Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names." — The Guardian (U.K.).
THE FOUND AND THE LOST: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin
Every novella by the late Ursula K. Le Guin, an icon of American literature, collected for the first time in one breathtaking volume - finally in paperback.
"A great American writer at her very best. And yet [these collections] contain only highlights from a bibliography that comprises poetry, translations, and a lot more wonderful fiction and nonfiction. Le Guin compells you to think hard about gender, race, politics and love, tells a thrilling story, and, not least, makes you cry. More incidentally, she also shows the disbelieving that some 'genre' literature can be literature plain and simple." — The Washington Post.
"The 13 splendid tales in this huge collection show why Le Guin is one of the most honored living writers of fantastic literature. Throughout her long career she has preferred to deal with heartbreakingly real characters who discover that they can extend themselves into acts of generous compassion. These stories are wonderful, and full of wonder." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"With this astonishing volume, Le Guin demonstrates that she is just as relevant and thought-provoking as ever. No former knowledge of her works is necessary to delve into this remarkable writing, just an open mind with a desire to be filled. Pair this with the reissued The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, and the author’s many admirers will be in heaven." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
- Mystery/Crime/Espionage Fiction: New in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
(Gallery/ Scout/Simon & Schuster)
THE LYING GAME by Kamila Shamshie
An utterly engrossing new novel by the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 introduces four women who have been carrying a terrible secret since their boarding school days, a secret that is about to be unearthed - literally.
"Ware's third outing is just as full of psychological suspense as her earlier books, but there is a quietness about this one, a slower unraveling of tension and fear, that elevates it above her others. Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won't want to move until it's over." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Ware masterfully harnesses menace to create a slow-rising sense of foreboding. Previous blockbusters guarantee popularity for Ware's latest thriller, and, with arguably her most complex, fully realized characters yet, this one may become her biggest hit yet." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Almost 400 pages but gripping enough to be devoured in a single sitting. . . you won't be able to put it down." — The Independent (U.K.).
"The Lying Game is a masterclass in setting an unsettling scene and building tension." — The Express (U.K.).
"Truth, lies, family ties, actions and consequences all play a huge part in this psychological thriller which I demolished in a day. Ware's characters are so well portrayed that I really felt I knew them, their raw emotions cutting me to the quick. Try to set aside a good length of reading time for this one because you won’t want to put it down." — NPR.
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