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Here's a list of some outstanding current and forthcoming titles on our shelves. These are books that offer something
special superb writing by talented authors, a riveting reading experience, unforgettable characters, intriguing concepts,
fascinating subject matter, impeccable scholarship, or just sheer literary entertainment.
These are books that truly deserve your attention...
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|PROVENANCE by Ann Leckie|
A driven young woman has just one chance to win family approval and to secure the status she craves. To regain priceless stolen artifacts prized by her people,
she must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Following her record-breaking debut Ancillary trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner
of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, privilege and birthright.
"The intricacies and oddities are a delight. . . A thrill for fans of heists and capers." The Washington Post
"Setting her new novel in the same universe as her previous books, Leckie again uses large-scale worldbuilding to tell a deeply personal story - in this case, to
explore what binds children to their families. As always, she impels the reader to consider the power that language has to shape perception and reality. The title
is meaningful in several senses. More intriguing cultures to explore, more characters to care about, more Leckie to love." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"A standalone SF thriller styled as a space opera of manners. . . full of the charm and wit characterizing Leckie's other works, including delightful appearances by a Radch ambassador and tantalizing hints about the upcoming conclave." Publishers Weekly.
"A perfect follow-up to the trilogy. . . Should please those who like tea with their space opera." The New York Times
|LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng|
No one is more placid and complacent in her progressive neighborhood than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
But when a custody battle over an orphaned Chinese-American baby splits the community, Elena pursues an obsessive hunt into the secret pasts of her
neighbors that has devastating repercussions.
"Following her magnificent debut, Everything I Never Told You, Ng's spectacular sophomore work again manipulates time and perspectives through multiple narrators.
Devastating and illuminating. . . Ng writes what she knows into a magnificent, multilayered epic that's perfect for eager readers and destined for major award
lists." Library Journal *** starred review ***
"This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright. The ultimate effect is cataclysmic.
Ng conjures a sense of place and displacement and shows a remarkable ability to see - and reveal - a story from different perspectives. The characters she creates
here are wonderfully appealing, and watching their paths connect is mesmerizing." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Ng's stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the
notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest. A tour de force." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A novel about class and race, privilege and prejudice, and unraveling family ties. As characters pick sides, reveal their true colors and clash, we become in thrall to a
multilayered, tightly focused and expertly plotted narrative. Ng has crafted a deeply impressive novel with the power to provoke and entrance." Minneapolis Star Tribune.
|A LEGACY OF SPIES by John Le Carre|
The undisputed master of espionage fiction returns with a riveting new book - his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years.
Intelligence agent Peter Guillam must defend his mentor, George Smiley - and operations that were once the toast of secret London - to a generation with no memory
of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. As past and present intertwine, le Carre and his narrator present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
"George Smiley returns in this stunning spy novel from Grand Master le Carre, though it's Peter Guillam, Smiley's devoted assistant from MI6, who takes center stage.
The result is both a riveting reprise of the Smiley novels and a new articulation of le Carre's theme: spying is as morally bankrupt as the ideologies it serves. Readers
familiar with le Carre will recognize allusions everywhere; those who aren't won't be left out, given the power of the storytelling and le Carre's inimitable prose. He can
convey a character in a sentence, land an emotional insight in the smallest phrase - and demolish an ideology in a paragraph." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"Le Carre returns to his peerless chronicles of George Smiley and his fellow spies to put yet another spin on the events of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
The miracle is that the author can revisit his best-known story and discover layer upon layer of fresh deception beneath it." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Among this books pleasures is a reminder that adults were once in charge of the destiny of the free world.
For many readers, le Carre's characters are old friends - part of their mental furniture. Theres something moving about seeing him revive them so effortlessly, to see
that the old magic still holds. He thinks internationally but feels domestically. In an upside-down time, he appeals to comprehension rather than instinct. I might as well
say it: to read this simmering novel is to come in from the cold." The New York Times.
(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 wont
want to put it down." NPR.
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|HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamshie|
Kamila Shamsie relocates Sophocles' Antigone
to the U.K. and the U.S. and weaves a timely tale of two Muslim families with differing ideas about bigotry, belief and loyalty. A suspenseful and heartbreaking story of
immigrants driven to pit love against faith, with devastating consequences.
"Shamsie's seventh and most accomplished novel. . . The emotionally compelling plot is well served by her lucid storytelling, and she digs into complex issues with
confidence. In accessible, unwavering prose and without any heavy-handedness, Shamsie addresses an impressive mix of contemporary issues, from Muslim profiling
to cultural assimilation and identity to the nuances of international relations. As this deftly constructed page-turner moves swiftly toward its inevitable conclusion, it forces
questions about what sacrifice you would make for family, for love." BookPage: Top Pick, August 2017.
"Shamsie's latest is a haunting and arrestingly current portrait of two families forever caught in the insurmountable gap between love and country, loyalty and desire.
An explosive novel with big questions about the nature of justice, defiance, and love." Kirkus Reviews
"Gut-wrenching and undeniably relevant to today's world. . . Shamsie peers deeply into her characters' innermost selves, delineating the complicated emotions, idealistic principles, and vulnerabilities that drive them. This shattering work leaves a lasting emotional impression." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"The novel has an enormous wingspan that catches a wonderful storyteller's wind. . . beautifully composed, and often terribly moving." NPR.
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|THE CHANGELING by Victor D. LaValle|
When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA.
Now Apollo is a father himself, and when he loses both his wife and child he learns the only way to get them back is to embark
upon a journey into a land of unfathomable secrets.
"The author has a knack for blending social realism with genre tropes, and this blend of horror story and fatherhood fable is surprising and admirably controlled.
LaValle has successfully delivered a tale of wonder and thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a parent. A smart and knotty merger of horror, fantasy,
and realism." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Part of the horror and joy of this book is in the turns it takes, lowering the reader by degrees into its strange and pressurized world.
The twists never betray the story logic, which is as much about navigating the shoals of adulthood as it is about losing parents.
Strange, exuberant and haunting." Shelf Awareness
"This haunting tale weaves a mesmerizing web around fatherhood, racism, horrific anxieties and even To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the reasons to read Victor LaValle's novels is the simple sentence-by-sentence pleasure of them. If monsters are your subject, writing like an angel helps." The New York Times.
"A bewitching masterpiece. Like a woke Brothers Grimm, his clever new spin on the ages-old changeling myth is a modern fairy tale for the Trump era,
taking on fatherhood, parenting, marriage, immigration, race and terrifying loss. LaValle impressively maintains his storytelling momentum throughout The Changeling.
He not only recaptures the need for fairy tales but makes his tale essential reading as well." USA Today (4 out of 4 stars).
|GOOD ME BAD ME by Ali Land|
Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police.
As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is
doomed to turn out like her mother after all. Without exaggeration, one of the most heartrending, compelling and ultimately terrifying novels of psychological suspense
you may ever read.
"The new Girl on The Train, which was the new Gone Girl. You get the picture. This psycho-thriller by Ali Land is set to be
massive." Cosmopolitan (U.K.)
"Unsettling. Holds our attention from the opening page. There is so much to praise here." The Guardian (U.K.)
"A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that's at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of
the damage wrought by childhood trauma." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"Could not be more unputdownable if it was slathered with superglue." The Sunday Express (U.K.).
"A sense of creeping dread drives the narrative, and that most fascinating of crime-novel subjects, the female serial killer, casts a formidable shadow.
Readers will be more than happy to go along for the ride and may be surprised how they feel about the conclusion, proving the unmistakable spell that
Land has cast. Sly, unsettling, and impossible to put down." Kirkus Reviews.
|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 ***
|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.
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|MOONGLOW by Michael Chabon|
A man's deathbed confession to his grandson reveals the seesawing intensity of the American century, ranging from South Philadelphia's Jewish slums to the
invasion of Germany, to snake hunting in a Florida retirement home. Rooted in autobiography (the author was inspired by his terminally ill grandfather's floodgates-open
revelations in 1989), Michael Chabon's spellbinding new novel captures both wartime horror and post-war heartbreak.
"Sparkling, richly satisfying. . . More than 25 years after his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, there's no need to re-estimate the opinion of Chabon.
His writing is joyful, his timing and humor have grown only more impeccable, and his characters still live with you long after you turn the final
page." BookPage *** starred review ***.
"Elegiac and deeply poignant. . . Chabon weaves these knotted-together tales together into a tapestry that's as complicated, beautiful and flawed as an antique carpet.
Chabon is one of contemporary literature's most gifted prose stylists. In Moonglow, he writes with both lovely lyricism and highly caffeinated fervor." The New York Times.
"Charming and elegantly structured. . . What seduces the reader is Chabon's language, which reinvents the world, joyously, on almost every page." Publishers Weekly.
"His most beautifully realized novel to date. . . a masterful and resounding novel of the dark and blazing forces that forged our tumultuous, confounding, and precious world." Booklist *** starred review ***.
|ELMET by Fiona Mozley|
The clash of ancient concepts of property ownership with those of modern capitalist landlords builds to a violent climax in Fiona Mozley's debut novel.
Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.
(SPECIAL NOTE: Author Fiona Mozley wrote Elmet over a period of four years commuting to and from her job at The Little Apple Bookstore in York while studying to
complete her degree in Medieval Studies.)
"Fiona Mozley is a rising star. . . An utterly arresting novel about family, home, rural exploitation, violence and, most of all, the loyalty and love of children under siege. Elmet is in so many ways a wonder to behold. It is also this years David among the predictable Goliaths on the Booker list. How thrilling if David were to win against them." The Evening Standard (U.K.).
"A dark and delicate fairy-tale of contemporary Britain. Ms. Mozley writes with clarity and insight, and her descriptions of the natural world and human relationships are
both specific and profound. Elmet is a quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable. It is hard not to feel that at 29, Ms Mozley has only just begun." The Economist (U.K.).
"Thrums with energy and life. . . At the heart of the novels dramatic climax lies a dispute about property, about land divvied up and hacked to pieces, how borders are
defined and how houses become homes. This is geopolitics played out on a small but no less powerful stage." The Financial Times (U.K.).
"A dark, bloody, astounding novel from Fiona Mozley.
This moving tale set against a violent background has more than earned its place on the 2017 Man Booker longlist." South China Morning Post.
"Elmet is brave new writing, furrowing a rich vein of Yorkshire gothic, using the regions language and landscape to chronicle a tale of an odd family under siege.
Read it and rejoice in a new literary discovery." The York Press (U.K.).
|DAYS WITHOUT END by Sebastian Barry|
After fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, seventeen-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, join the U.S. Army and experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of
atmosphere and language and a haunting and unforgettable portrait of the most fateful years in American history.
"Some novels sing from the first line, with every word carrying the score to a searing climax, and Days Without End is such a book. Pitch-perfect, the outstanding novel of the year." The Observer (U.K.).
"A haunting archeology of youth. . . Barry introduces a narrator who speaks with an intoxicating blend of wit and wide-eyed awe, his unsettlingly lovely prose unspooling with an immigrant's peculiar lilt and a proud boy's humor." The New York Times.
"For its exhilarating use of language alone, Days Without End stands out among the year's novels. Epic in conception, this brutal, beautiful book also features the year's most beguiling narrator. A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman." The Times Literary Supplement (U.K.).
"Mr. Barry's frontier saga is a vertiginous pile-up of inhumanity and stolen love: gore-soaked and romantic, murderous and musical. The rough-hewn yet hypnotic voice
that Mr. Barry has fashioned carries the novel from the staccato chaos of battle to wistful hymns to youth. . . an absorbing story that sets the horrors of history against the consolations of hearth and home." The Wall Street Journal.
"One of the most compelling, bravura and heart-wrenching fictional projects of recent memory. A work of staggering openness; its startlingly beautiful sentences are so
capacious that they are hard to leave behind, its narrative so propulsive that you must move on. Breathtakingly exciting. . . A crowning achievement." The Guardian (U.K.).
|SWING TIME by Zadie Smith|
At a dance class offered in a local church in London in the early 1980s, two girls recognize themselves in one another and become friends.
But only one is a truly talented dancer. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free.
"With homage to dance as a unifying force, arresting observations, exceptionally diverse and magnetizing characters, and lashing satire, Swing Time is an acidly funny, fluently global, and head-spinning novel about the quest for meaning, exaltation, and love." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Zadie Smiths fifth novel and for my money her finest. . . For its plot alone, Swing Time makes for truly marvellous reading.
What makes the book so extraordinary are the layers on which it operates; beneath its virtuosic plotting lies the keenest social commentary.
Swing Time has brilliant things to say about race, class, and gender, but its most poignant comment is perhaps this: given who we are, who we are told that we are not, and who we imagine we might become, how do we find our way home?" The Guardian (U.K.).
"A story at once intimate and global, as much about childhood friendship as international aid, as fascinated by the fate of an unemployed single mother as it is by
the omnipotence of a world-class singer. Swing Time uses its extraordinary breadth and its syncopated structure to turn the issues of race and class in every direction.
We finally have a big social novel nimble enough to keep all its diverse parts moving gracefully toward a vision of what really matters in this life when the music stops." The Washington Post.
"A multilayered tour-de-force. Smith burnishes her place in the literary firmament with Swing Time, her fifth novel. The work is so absorbing that a reader
might flip it open randomly and be immediately caught up. Its precision is thrilling!" The Los Angeles Times.
|WAR & TUPENTINE by Stefan Hertmans|
The life of Urbain Martien - artist, soldier, survivor of World War I - lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. When his grandson, a writer, retells
his grandfather's story, the notebooks provide a key to the locked chambers of Urbain's memories. An extraordinary exploration of one man's life and the echo of its impact
resounding through the generations.
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"Wonderful, full of astonishingly vivid moments of powerful imagery and moving moments of mysterious beauty. Hertmans brilliantly captures the intractable reality of a complex man." The Sunday Times (U.K.).
"Vivid, masterly. . . War and Turpentine, at once memoir, novel, biography, and confession, is a masterpiece." Modern Traveler.
"A future classic. It is a book that lies at the crossroads of novel, biography, autobiography and history, with inset essays, meditations, pictures. In David McKay's
lyrical translation, every detail has the heightened luminosity of poetry. . . . The book has such convincing density of detail, with the quiddities of a particular life so
truthfully rendered." The Guardian (U.K.).
"Potent. . . Harrowing. . . War and Turpentine is billed as a novel, but that's hardly the word for it. It's an uncanny work of historical reconstruction. . .
Mr. Hertmans explores the places where narrative authority, invention and speculation flow together.
A masterly book about memory, art, love and war, War and Turpentine delivers a blast of narrative fresh air." The New York Times.
|BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue|
Winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
When Cameroon immigrants Jende and Neni Jonga land jobs in the household of a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, they believe they can
at last gain a foothold in America. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, both employers' and employees' lives are dramatically upended and
Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
"As a dissection of the American Dream, Imbolo Mbue's first novel is savage and compassionate in all the right places.
Mbue writes with great confidence and warmth. . . There are a lot of spinning plates and Mbue balances them skillfully, keeping everything in motion. . .
A capacious, big-hearted novel." The New York Times.
"Behold the Dreamers just might be the most accessible novel I've ever read. Mbue does an admirable job of developing characters whose lives seem so
heartbreakingly real that the pages of this book often seem like something of a confinement. When you close the book, you will hear their pain. You might feel them
calling for you." The Los Angeles Review of Books.
"Among the spate of novels forged in the crucible of the previous decade, Mbue's impressive debut deserves a singular place. . . Realistic, tragic, and still remarkably kind to all its characters, this is a special book." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
|NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles|
A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging Captain Jefferson Kidd agrees to transport Johanna, a young German captive of the Kiowa, back to her people
in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel. Their 400-mile journey through the unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain of the Old West
is an unforgettable saga that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
"Jiles makes the narrative compelling by unsentimentally constructing a bond based at least in part on a mutual need for survival, but slowly and delicately,
Johanna and Kidd begin to respect as well as need one another. Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting cliches through its empathy and through
the depth of its major characters." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Jiles' lyrical style and minimal punctuation allow the reader to become immersed in the dusty Texan landscape, witnessing the anguish, fear, compassion, and joy in the unlikely pair's journey" Booklist *** starred review ***.
"The author delivers a taut, evocative story of post-Civil War Texas in this riveting drama of a redeemed captive of the Kiowa tribe.
Jiles unfolds the stories of the Captain and Johanna, past and present, with the smooth assuredness of a burnished fireside tale, demonstrating that she is a master of the western." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A beautifully written story based on a real-life former soldier, Capt. Jefferson Kidd, who traveled the north Texas landscape in the 1870s reading the news to the
inhabitants of small towns and frontier outposts. Jiles writes with great sensitivity and conveys in sparse language the emotions of perfectly drawn characters, building
to a remarkable conclusion that will not soon be forgotten." BookPage *** starred review ***.
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|HUNGER: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay|
From the author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.
"A heart-rending debut memoir from the outspoken feminist and essayist. Gay pulls no punches. The author offers hope for others struggling with weight, sexual trauma,
or bodily shame. An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"It's hard to imagine this electrifying book being more personal, candid, or confessional. Gay powerfully takes readers through realities that pain her, vex her, guide her,
and inform her work. The result is a generous and empathic consideration of what it's like to be someone else: in itself something of a miracle." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"This raw and graceful memoir digs deeply into what it means to be comfortable in one's body. Gay denies that hers is a story of a triumph, but readers will be hard
pressed to find a better word." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A gripping book, with vivid details that linger long after its pages stop, Hunger is arresting and candid. It affords women, in particular, something so many other
accounts deny them - the right to take up space they are entitled to, and to define what that means." The Atlantic.
|DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean|
Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots which has been working
not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement.
Democracy in Chains names its true architect and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.
"MacLean constructs an erudite, searing portrait of how the late political economist James McGill Buchanan and his deep-pocketed conservative allies have
reshaped - and undermined - American democracy. A thoroughly researched and gripping narrative. . . Her work here is a major feat of American intellectual and political history." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take over the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. MacLean takes
the time to meticulously trace how we got here. If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be. And if someone you know isn't convinced,
you have just the book to hand them." NPR.
"MacLean provides an extensive history lesson that traces the genesis of the right wing back to post-WWII doctrines. MacLean's intense and extensive examination
of the right-wing's rise to power is perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American
government." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A vibrant intellectual history of the radical right. Powerful and disturbing. . . What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort." The Atlantic.
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WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR HISTORY
BLOOD IN THE WATER: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Boston Globe | Newsweek | Kirkus Reviews | Publishers Weekly
The first definitive telling of the Attica prison uprising, the state's violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice.
Drawing from more than a decade of extensive research, historian Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on every aspect of the uprising and its legacy, giving voice to
all those who took part in this forty-five-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of
law enforcement. A searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century.
"Gripping. . . A masterly account. The power of this superb work of history comes from its methodical mastery of interviews, transcripts, police reports and other documents, covering 35 years, many released only reluctantly by government agencies. It's Ms. Thompson's achievement, in this remarkable book, to make us understand why this one
group of prisoners rebelled, and how many others shared the cost." The New York Times.
"A real eye-opener for readers whose interest in Attica and knowledge of what happened ended when the headlines receded. Compelling. . . Sensitive. . . Impressively authoritative and thoughtfully composed." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***..
"Writing with cinematic clarity from meticulously sourced material, Thompson brilliantly exposes the realities of the Attica prison uprising.
Thompson's superb and thorough study serves as a powerful tale of the search for justice in the face of the abuses of institutional power." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Blood in the Water is extraordinary - a true gift to the written history of civil rights and racial justice struggles in America." Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow.
|AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell|
A spirited and vital account of one of the twentieth century's major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it.
Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, Sarah Bakewell follows the story of existentialism from its 1933 birth in a Paris
cafe, through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights.
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"Bakewell brilliantly explains 20th-century existentialism. Through vivid characterizations and a clear distillation of dense philosophical concepts, Bakewell embeds the
story of existentialism in the story of a whole European century, dramatizing its central debates of authenticity, rebellion, freedom, and
responsibility." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Exciting. . . Persuasive. . . Audacious. . . Enticing and unusual. . . Bakewell asks demanding questions about the ways in which people think about themselves
and their relations with others. Her central theme is that the large impersonal ideas pursued by much modern philosophy are less profound and illuminating than
the varied and conflicting truths found in stories of individual lives. Those stories, in this book, include impressively lucid descriptions of what these thinkers thought
and what they said." The New York Times.
"'What is existentialism anyway?' asks Bakewell in her tremendous new work, and you're wrong if you find that question irrelevant to your life.
Existentialism is so wound up in contemporary culture that we think it, speak it, and encounter it daily. Along with her rigorous and clarifying explanations of existentialism,
Bakewell offers refreshing reaction and context that make this book a journey for the reader as well as the writer.
VERDICT: Highly recommended for anyone who thinks." Library Journal *** starred review ***.
WINNER OF THE 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FACT CRIME
THE WICKED BOY: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale
The former literary editor of The Daily Telegraph, Kate Summerscale, transforms the investigation and trial of one of the most chilling murder cases of the Victorian era
into an extraordinary reconstruction of turn-of-the-century Britain and an insightful tale of hard-won redemption. A masterful mixture of crime detection, courtroom drama,
and sociological study.
"Irresistible!. . . An atmospheric tale of crime and punishment from a distant era written in lucid, limber prose, The Wicked Boy also implicitly raises questions
that remain with us today. The author's easy mastery of what turns out to be a complicated, at times surprising narrative drives the book forward. Ms. Summerscale draws
no firm psychological conclusions, but instead leaves the mystery of the boy and the man to our imaginations, where it pricks at us throughout the book." The New York Times.
"Summerscale bolsters her reputation as a superior historical true crime writer with this moving account of Victorian-age murder that is a whydunit rather
than a whodunit. Her dogged research yields a tragedy that reads like a Dickens novel, including the remarkable payoff at the end." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A remarkable job of historical reconstruction. In the time-honored tradition of Victorian crime stories, The Wicked Boy is a compelling mixture of the gruesome and the perfectly ordinary, a brew uniquely British, a feat of genuine detective work." Dallas Morning News.
"Summerscale has taken her research to many levels of learning for the reader. It's more than The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer - it's a tale about change. It belongs on every reader's bookshelf." The New York Journal of Books.
|IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi|
After a 25-year estrangement, the author's father announced - at age 76 - that she had undergone a sex change operation and requested
that her Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist daughter document the transformation.
Susan Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's metamorphosis takes her across historical, political, religious, and sexual borders and brings her
(and us) face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you choose, or is it the very thing you can't escape?
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"Extraordinary: part riveting family memoir, part revelatory Holocaust history, but most of all a profound meditation on human identity.
In the Darkroom is nothing if not timely. We live in an age overflowing with bitter battles over identity with too little of Susan Faludi's
humane desire to understand." The National Book Review.
"Many great writers eventually turn to biography, but rarely does it so directly crash into their lifelong intellectual pursuits. Very few can dissect a prevailing cultural norm
as well as Faludi can." The Washington Post.
"A searching investigation of identity barely disguised as a sometimes funny and sometimes very painful family saga. Faludi is a mercilessly droll and careful writer.
The emotional incontinence and narcissism that pass for insight and power in memoirs these days is not for her. All the same, I cried quite often as I read her book, and
at one point, I had to go off and stare at some flowers for a while. An out-and-out masterpiece of its kind." The Guardian (U.K.).
"An absolute stunner of a memoir - probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you'd never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth - a
simultaneously inscrutable and volatile presence, a black box and a detonator - and to re-examine the very notion and nature of identity." The New York Times.
|The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore|
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping chronicle
reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance,
with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria, and Lenin.
"Spellbinding! It takes true historical daring to tackle such an immense subject. Montefiore's novelistic gift of drawing vivid characters with a few choice words never fails
him." The New York Times.
"The story of the Romanovs has been told countless times but never with such acompelling combination of literary flair, narrative drive, solid research and psychological
insight. The Romanovs covers it all, from war and diplomacy to institution building and court intrigue, but it is chiefly an intimate portrait that brings to life the twenty sovereigns of Russia in vivid fashion." The Literary Review (UK).
"The attention to historical detail is breathtaking. The lives of 20 tsars and tsarinas are recorded in exquisite detail. Although some of their escapades are not for the
faint-hearted, the rich and vibrant history is utterly compelling. It grabs you by the hand and thrusts you into the world of Imperial Russia with all its decadence and finery.
A delight to read." The Sun (UK).
|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.
WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION
STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and
more insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history,
one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.
"In this tour de force, Kendi explores the history of racist ideas - and their connection with racist practices - across American history. Racism is the enduring scar
on the American consciousness. In this ambitious, magisterial book, Kendi reveals just how deep that scar cuts and why it endures, its barely subcutaneous pain still
able to flare." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"An engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America. It offers a grim vision of America and of human nature, but one consistent with an era
when the prison warden has supplanted the slave master, and when Black Lives Matter is the latest incarnation of a civil rights movement that has no reason to
stop moving. The greatest service Kendi provides is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradictions and unintended
consequences." The Washington Post.
"Kendi's provocative egalitarian argument combines prodigious reading and research with keen insights into the manipulative power of racist ideologies that
suppress the recognition of diversity. This is a must for serious readers of American history, politics, or social thought." Library Journal *** starred review ***.
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ON CATS by Charles Bukowski | Edited by Abel Debritto|
Felines touched a vulnerable spot in the unfathomable soul of Charles Bukowski. On Cats brings together the acclaimed writer's reflections on the animals
he considered among his most profound teachers. An illuminating portrait of this one-of-a-kind artist and his unique view of the world, witnessed through his relationship with the animals he so admired.
"This anthology of Bukowski's poems and short prose honors the animals that touched his soul. Bukowski captures the spirit of his own pet cats as fighters, hunters
and survivors, including photos of himself with his charges." The Associated Press.
"Acclaimed writer Charles Bukowski turns his signature eye on the world of felines. A series of essays and poems all about cats, Bukowski's classic funny and frank
tone becomes, at times, even endearing as he explores and honors the majestic creatures and our relationship with them." Bustle Magazine.
"Would you have guessed the hard-drinking writer whose life inspired the film Barfly would have a soft spot for felines? Editor Abel Debritto has pulled together
Bukowski poems and prose about cats, friendly and respectful but not gooey - and given Bukowski s other preoccupations, not for kids." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
|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 Tretheweys 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 whos who and whats happening in American poetry and is an eagerly awaited publishing event each year. With Tretheweys 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.
|MAGIC CITY GOSPEL by Ashley M. Jones|
In traditional forms and free verse poems, an exploration of race, identity, and history through the eyes of a black woman from Alabama. From De Soto's
"discovery" of Alabama to George Wallace's infamous stance in the schoolhouse door, to the murders of black men like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner in
modern America, Magic City Gospel weaves its story through time, weaving Jones' personal history with the troubled, triumphant, and complicated history
of Alabama. In Magic City Gospel's pages, you'll find that "gold is laced in Alabama's teeth," but you will also see the dark underbelly of a state and
a city with a storied past, and a woman whose history is inextricably linked to that past.
"Ashley M. Jones achieves magic. She is not just a Southern writer. She is a writer for the present time who has carefully observed Alabama history and canonized it in the fabric of American history, blending her own childhood experiences into the complex American tapestry." Up the Staircase Quarterly
"Jones paints a sweeping picture of Southern culture in her terrific debut collection, exhibiting pride of place as well as unflinching honesty about the traumas of
its historical legacy. Through rich imagery and fluid language, Jones paints a complete picture of the South without sugarcoating the truth." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
(Brooklyn Arts Press)
WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
THE PERFORMANCE OF BECOMING HUMAN by Daniel Borzutzky
Daniel Borzutzky's new collection of poetry draws connections between the US and Latin America, specifically touching upon
issues relating to border and immigration policies, economic disparity, political violence, and the disturbing rhetoric of capitalism and bureaucracies.
Borzutzky argues that to become human is to navigate these borders,
and asks what it means to be both an American and a globalized subject whose body is "shared between the earth, the state, and the bank."
"A relentlessly and unapologetically brutal vision at the center of which is the human body being violated, maimed, tortured, exploited, judged, imprisoned,
surveilled, and otherwise unjustly controlled. The voice of the speaker moves from moment to moment through that of a refugee, a migrant worker, a child laborer,
a prisoner, a dissident, a victim of racism or ethnic cleansing, a victim of police brutality, a victim of rape, a victim of corporate
profiteering." Boston Review.
"The bloody images build upon each other relentlessly, creating a world in which we are all complicit and from which there is no escape and no redemption. The Performance of Becoming Human is not an easy book to read, but it is a powerful one." Vox.
"Borzutzky's poetry is part Orwellian nightmare and part politicized call to arms regarding the very real state of the world. The bodies in his collection are bordered. They have been conquered and militarized. They have been dumped into gulags to fester. . . Yet Borzutzky manages to instill a hope in his readers that although we remain trapped in our putrid and failing bodies, we, too, will succeed in our spiritual mission to persevere." American Microreviews & Interviews
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|THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING by
A darkly delightful contemporary fantasy about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family's
"The story's mysteries keep readers furiously flipping pages. Prosper shows tremendous growth, Bracken's cast is drawn in loving detail, and her twisty plot will keep
readers guessing." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"An infectious, entertaining series starter. Hapless, dry Prosper is at hilarious odds with his demanding, old-fashioned demon companion, and the thrilling plot twists will keep
even the most savvy readers guessing. Clever, occasionally frightening, and always fun, this will hook plenty." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Unique and humorous, the plot is filled with fantastical mystery and paranormal elements. The main characters, including the villain, are likable and flawed. The author's
smooth transitions and delightful writing style will draw readers into the story with ease. This is a must-read for fans of Bracken and paranormal mysteries. " School Library Journal.
( Katherine Tegen/Harper)
|THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee|
An Entertainment Weekly Must-Read Book of the Summer, 2017
A hilarious and swashbuckling teen historical fiction novel. Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, this 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age is
an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
"Tongue-in-cheek, wildly entertaining, and anachronistic in only the most delightful ways. Monty is a hero worthy of Oscar Wilde, his sister Felicity is a practical,
science-inclined wonder, and his relationship with Percy sings. Modern-minded as this may be, Lee has clearly done invaluable research on society, politics,
and the reality of same-sex relationships in the eighteenth century. Add in a handful of pirates and a touch of alchemy for an adventure that's an undeniable joy." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"From the start, readers will be drawn in by Monty's charm, and Felicity and Percy come alive as the narrative unfolds. Lee's masterly writing makes it all seem effortless.
This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering one's place in the world. A stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection." School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Mayhem, adventure, and a swoon-worthy emotional roller-coaster of a romance. . . At the center of all this, Monty is pitch-perfect as a yearning, self-destructive,
oblivious jerk of a hero who inspires equal parts sympathy, frustration, and adoration from readers. A genre tribute, satire, and exemplar in one: trope-filled in the
most gleeful way." Horn Book *** starred review ***.
|AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor|
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. There seems to be no place where she fits in.
And then she discovers something amazing - she is a "free agent" with latent magical power.
"There's more imagination on a page of Nnedi Okorafor's work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." Ursula K. Le Guin.
"This fantasy features one of the most charming, feisty, and memorable heroines of the genre. The authors infusion of her Nigerian culture adds authenticity to the mystery." Voice of Yourth Advocates.
"This vividly imagined, original fantasy shows what life is like in today's Nigeria, while it beautifully explores an alternate magical reality. A consistently
surprising, inventive read." School Library Journal.
"A successful tale of African magic. . . filled with marvels and sure to appeal to teens whose interest in fantasy goes beyond dwarves and
fairies." Publishers Weekly.
"The worldbuilding is stellar, packed with details that will enthrall readers bored with the same old magical worlds. Meanwhile, those looking for a touch of the familiar
will find it in Sunny's biggest victories, which are entirely non-magical (the detailed dynamism of Sunny's soccer match is more thrilling than her magical world saving). Ebulliently original." Horn Book *** starred review ***.
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SCHOMBURG: THE MAN WHO BUILT A LIBRARY by Carole Boston Weatherford I Illustrated by Eric Velasquez|
A hundred years ago, when Arturo Schomburg's collection of African and African-American books became so big it began to overflow his house, he turned to the New
York Public Library, where he created and curated the groundbreaking collection that became known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children's literature's top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg's quest to track and correct
"Lavishly illustrated. . . A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books
about them." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"The remarkable life and achievements of the Afro-Puerto Rican scholar, collector and curator Arturo Schomburg have ideal chroniclers in
Weatherford." The New York Times
"Schomburg would be pleased by Weatherford's prose-poem biography, which praises his passion for researching and collecting books, manuscripts, and other
written materials relating black heritage and history. A rich book to add to all collections." Booklist *** starred review ***
"Velasquez's richly detailed oil paintings aptly capture Schomburg's zeal for learning and for teaching others. Framed images imbedded in the narrative focus
on important black historical figures who had been left out of the history books, as well as those whose African heritage had been whitewashed out of historical records.
A must-read about a bibliophile extraordinaire." Horn Book Magazine.
RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS: ANOTHER BILLY SOOK written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein|
A collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.
With tongue-twisting word play and uproarious characters, the endearingly befuddled Runny Babbit and his friends embody Shel Silverstein's singular style in this
book of laugh-out-loud adventures!
"Silverstein uses spoonerisms - transposing the first letters or syllables of words - for humorous effect to enliven his rhyming text. Kids will laugh out loud at the
silly wit, but parents, teachers, and librarians can use these spoonerisms as a jumping-off place to get kids writing and show them ways to have fun with language.
Jood gob, Runny Babbit! New Silverstein! That's a dig beal." Booklist *** starred review ***
"Each situation becomes wackier and more entertaining. The distinctive line illustrations provide not only more humor but also lovable
personalities. A new Silverstein title is a welcome addition to all poetry shelves, and this one offers plenty of joy and laughter to those who
read or listen to it read aloud." School Library Journal.
"Runny Babbit and his spooneristic woodland friends are back in 41 new silly, short poems full of nonsense and linguistic play. Each poem is accompanied
by one of Silverstein's scratchy line drawings, each matching perfectly. They echo all that readers loved and all that made them laugh in Uncle Shelby's
work." Kirkus Reviews
SAM, THE MOST SCAREDY-CAT KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD (A Leonardo, the Terrible Monster Companion) by Mo Willems|
One day Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Frankenthaler the monster. It's her friend Kerry! Kerry, the second
most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, also makes a terrifying discovery. It's not Leonardo the monster. It's his friend Sam!
"A nuanced take on the changeable nature of friendships. The human kids are scared of each other. The monsters, having better things to do, take off, telling
the kids, 'Figure it out'. That they do, cavorting across single-color, starkly framed pages, quickly becoming friends who share many wonderful fears, as well
as a few unique to only one of them.A book about the shifting alignments of friendships, but also, more subtly, about fears of the other." Booklist
"Kerry and Sam's timidity gives way to appreciating their differences and similarities - including a mischievous streak. Visually and narratively, this story is a lovely
bookend to Leonardo; Willems demonstrates that starting a new friendship - scary as it might seem - is worth it." Kirkus Reviews.
THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE MYSTERIOUS PLAYDATE by Shannon & Dean Hale | Illustrated by LeUyen Pham|
A pet-eating monster interrupts a perfect playdate with Princess Sneezewort. . . but who is that new masked avenger?
Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort have plans. . . mysterious plans, like a princess playdate! But then a shout from outside Princess Sneezewort's castle
interrupts their fun. It's a monster trying to eat someone's kitty! This is a job for the Princess in Black. Yet when the Princess in Black gets there, she finds only a
masked stranger and no monster in sight. . . or is there? Action and humor abound in this ode to friendship that proves that when shape-shifting monsters intrude
on your plans, two heroes are better than one.
"By day, Princess Magnolia is a tiara donning, hot chocolate sipping, scone eating, pink dress wearer. But when an alarm sounds, she dons black tights
and a cape and becomes the Princess in Black. Her job: to fight monsters who forget to stay in Monster Land. Charmingly told. . . lovely old-fashioned illustrations
and a great message: You cant judge a princess by the color of her gown." The New York Times.
"Little jolts of energy and wit on every page, with full-page and spot illustrations that have the vivaciousness and irreverence of contemporary
animation." Publishers Weekly.
THE BAD SEED by Jory John | Illustrated by Peter Oswald|
He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody
and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be. . . happy?
A funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being yourself. Perfect for readers young
and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.
"The illustration of the flies and stench surrounding him (he never washes his hands or feet) is sure to elicit laughter. This charmingly illustrated book would be
a comical read-aloud and useful for class or family discussions about manners, behavior, and reputation." School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Young readers will enjoy watching the dramatic seed intimidate his nervous neighbors, and might not even realize they're learning a lesson about good
behavior in the process." Booklist.
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DOG MAN: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES (Dog Man #3) by Dav Pilkey | Illustrated by Jose Garibaldi|
He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble - a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!
"Pilkey has done it again. This latest installment is just as funny and irreverent as the first two volumes in the series. Sure to be popular, it's a great choice for
elementary school graphic novel collections and of particular interest to reluctant readers." School Library Journal.
"Pilkey has again fired an arrow of joy straight at the fevered childhood psyche of millions of readers." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Sly jokes, alimentary humor, and Flip-O-Rama sequences aplenty. . . Step-by-step instructions for drawing major characters and monsters, plus a tail-wagging plug
for reading to canine audiences, cap a sequel that ably fulfills the opener's great expectations. Only chuzzlewits will be less than delighted." Kirkus Reviews.
THE FORCE OVERSLEEPS (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #5) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka|
Victor Starspeeder's adventures continue in the newest volume of Star Wars: Jedi Academy! Victor is back at Jedi Academy and he truly defines the definition of sophomore, specifically a sophomore in a slump. He was excited about Drama Club and hoped to get the lead in this year's musical. But his best friend, Artemis, got the role. On top of that his sister, Christina, is getting ready to graduate from Jedi Academy. She's always taken care of him, and Victor is lost now that she's not around as much. Can Victor roll with the (force) punches? Or will he revert to his old ways and go back to being the class clown?
"If I were a kid today, I would be obsessed with Scholastic's Star Wars Jedi Academy book series. A ton of fun. Writer/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka tells the story in comic form along with some of Victor's journal entries. He uses the medium to its fullest effect, sometimes using the school paper (The Padawan Observer) to fill in gaps or showing Victor's graded homework assignments. Highly recommended for any kid who loves Star Wars and can relate to Victor's middle school challenges." Laughing Place.
SWING IT, SUNNY by Jennifer L. Holm | Illustrated by Matthew Holm|
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing,
she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.
"Using a combination of short exchanges of dialogue and frequent wordless reaction shots, the Holms again leverage simply drawn scenes into a loosely
autobiographical narrative that is poignant and hilarious in turn and emotionally rich throughout. Another radiant outing." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"While bright, cartoonish art and lively atmosphere are certainly playful, there's a serious undercurrent of emotional complexity here. The Holms do an impressive
job of tapping into the free-associative way kids process anxiety, and Sunny's gradual process of facing her fears and finding a way to relate to her brother is
sweet and inspiring." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Fans of Sunny Side Up will adore this sequel, which provides enough background for new readers to jump right in. The exaggerated, cartoonlike artwork
strikes the right balance of humor and heart, candidly conveying Sunny's emotions. The Holms are realistic about Sunny's complicated family situation yet imbue
the upbeat narrative with hope. VERDICT: A must-have for middle grade graphic novel collections." School Library Journal *** starred review ***..
NNEWTS: THE BATTLE FOR AMPHIBOPOLIS (Nnewts #3) by Doug TenNapel|
As he navigates a dangerous world filled with mysterious wonders, Herk the Nnewt continues to face big challenges in the final book of this totally unique fantasy-adventure trilogy.
"A richly imagined amphibian-vs.-reptile world. . . Masterfully blends just the right amount of exposition and plot to effectively hook new readers with TenNapel's trademark brilliant imagination." Kirkus Reviews.
"A clever, old-fashioned adventure with some modern twists and a light-hearted tone, this, like TenNapel's previous work, is not to be missed." Booklist *** starred review ***.
"While keeping the action rolling, TenNapel shapes Herk's world, an expansive and magical everglade populated by strange creatures and steeped in history and lore. His soft spot for oddballs and outcasts gives the book a warm center. A visually rich and abundantly imaginative adventure that lands some serious emotional punches." Publishers Weekly..
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by Stephen King | Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson
Now back in print: the graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King's Creepshow, based on the 1982 horror anthology and cult classic film directed by
George Romero and featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Bernie Wrightson and cover art by the acclaimed Jack Kamen! A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories:
"Father's Day," "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," "Something to Tide You Over," "The Crate," and "They're Creeping Up on You..".
A quintet of unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!
"Creepshow isnt just a nostalgic trip back to either the 50s or the 80s. It still dazzles with the artists bright colors and the authors stark to-the-point tales.
Succeeds beautifully!" Horror Review.
"Out of print since 1982, Creepshow has been republished, retaining all the original art. Needless to say, the stories herein are as blackly humorous,
gloriously gory, and vividly illustrated as they were 35 years ago. Make a point to go for print and immerse yourself in the complete sensory
experience." Horror World News.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
DEATH'S END by Cixin Liu|
The acclaimed tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's bestselling and beloved science fiction writer comes to its conclusion.
"Evokes the thrill of exploration and the beauty of scale. Extraordinary." The New Yorker.
"If you thought The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest were expansive, they're nothing compared to Death's End.
A testament to just how far Liu's own towering imagination has taken him: far beyond the borders of his country, and forever into the canon of
science fiction." NPR.
"Liu has breathed new life into a genre . . . The Three-Body tomes chronicle a march of the human race into the universe set against the recent past,
the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution. Classic science-fiction in the style of the British master Arthur C. Clarke." The New York Times.
"The final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy. . .
This utterly absorbing book offers dilemmas moral, philosophical, and political; perspectives - a spectacular glimpse of three dimensions seen from
a four-dimensional viewpoint; a dying universe shattered by billions of years of warfare; and persuasive ideas whose dismal repercussions extend
beyond hope and despair into, inescapably, real-world significance. Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of
China, and it's a masterpiece." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin|
The earthshaking conclusion to Jemisin's powerful postapocalyptic Broken Earth trilogy (after The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) finds the fate of a damaged world in the hands of a mother, who wants to save it, and her daughter, who wants to destroy it.
"Unforgettable! Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving
survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home." Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Jemisin continues to break the heart with her sensitive, cleareyed depictions of a beyond-dysfunctional family and the extraordinarily destructive force that
is prejudice. She wrestles with moral issues at an extreme level. Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they're simply not available, in this
world or ours. Painful and powerful." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Jemisin not only delivers but does it in a way that makes you appreciate how rarely series fiction manages
to satisfy so well when it comes time for the final curtain. The Stone Sky manages to stick a very tricky and almost perfect landing, resolving the trilogys
key conflicts, clarifying most of its mysteries, and outperforming on a level of sheer emotional and visceral punch. This is the work of a writer in complete command
of her craft." SFF180.
"Jemisin is a master worldbuilder, and in the Broken Earth trilogy, shes crafted something truly spectacular. A truly immersive reading
experience. . . The Stone Sky is a heart-stopping conclusion to the trilogy." Girls in Capes.
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS: A Novel of the Commonwealth by Peter F. Hamilton|
The concluding volume of Hamilton's epic two-book saga has finally been released in paperback. This sequel to The Abyss beyond Dreams more than
fulfills the promise of its predecessor. Events are brought to a furious boil as the society and technology on the planet Bienvenido are completely re-set following
its expulsion from the Void.
"The characters, always Hamilton's strength, remain as distinctive as ever. Roars relentlessly along in utterly mesmerizing style, with edge-of-the-seat
plotting, thrilling action, and knife-edge tension that will leave readers gasping. An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to
be missed." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Not a single page is wasted in the telling, and once again, it's a joy to witness such a master of science fiction at
work. . . the work of an author at the top of his game. Unforgettable characters, story elements, and plotting. . . Night Without Stars shows conflict on a
human level against the most terrifying of enemies, all the while delivering an action-packed page-turner. Highly recommended." SFFWorld.
"Hamilton expertly interleaves disparate storylines, introducing new characters and settings, and challenges the reader to work out their relevance to the greater picture.
A thrilling, multi-viewpoint ride ties all the loose ends together in a satisfying denouement." The Guardian (U.K.).
"A fascinating society, engaging characters, fantastic plot, and one major unexpected turn that made me need to flip back to the start of the book to make
sure I couldnt have been stupid enough to miss it coming. A great conclusion to an equally great first book. Highly recommended." Strange Currencies.
|THE END OF THE DAY by Claire North|
At the end of the day, Death comes to us all. . . But just before that, Charlie does. You might meet him in a hospital, in a warzone, or at the scene of a traffic accident.
Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Will you recognize him when you meet him? An absolutely unique take on the personalities
of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Claire North's latest is one of those rare works of speculative fiction that haunt you long after you've turned the
last page. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Episodic and impressionistic, never straightforward - but it gradually works its magic on the reader. Charlie's journey has real emotional power. Readers
will find this book wholly original and hauntingly beautiful. North is a writer to watch." Kirkus Reviews.
"A beautiful read that resists being labeled with any particular genre." Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"North has established a reputation for tense, dense, science fiction/fantasy-inflected thrillers that defy facile explanations.
Well-paced, brilliant and balanced." The New York Times.
"Enviable readability and an assured narrative control. . . North's most ambitious novel, taking on a plethora of major issues and offering hope.
North examines bigotry, global warming, humanitys propensity for violence - and the big one, the meaning of life and death. Every one of the
short 110 chapters is shaped with philosophical panache." The Guardian (U.K.).
- Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Espionage Fiction: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 1-B)
|THE TRESPASSER by Tana French|
In the sixth of Tana French's acclaimed Dublin Murder Squad series, the unfolding of a murder case is seen through the eyes of Detective Antoinette Conway.
Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.
"The Trespasser's momentum presses forward to a finish that staggers Conway and Moran as much as it does the reader. This is a complex, compulsively readable novel; French keeps getting better and better." Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"A tour de force. When you read Ms. French - and she has become required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting - make
only one assumption: All of your initial assumptions are wrong." The New YorkTimes.
"French does something fresh with every novel, each one as powerful as the last but in a very different manner. Perhaps she has superpowers of her own?
Whatever the source of her gift, it's only growing more miraculous with every book." Salon.
"Each book has a distinct voice, from Rob Ryan's cultured lyricism to the blunt, meticulous fed-upness of Antoinette Conway. Most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming." The New Yorker.
|CONCLAVE by Robert Harris|
The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.
The author of Enigma and Fatherland turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel, and gives us his most ambitious, page-turning thriller
yet - where the power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men.
"Harris, creator of grand, symphonic thrillers, scores with a novel set in the Vatican in the days after a fictional pope dies. The novel glories in the ancient rituals that
constitute the election process while still grounding that process in the real world. An illuminating read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the Catholic
Church; for prelate-fiction fans, it is pure temptation." Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Harris has written a gripping, smart book. . . This could become the Catholic version of The Satanic Verses." The New York Times.
"Splendid! Harris does not disappoint. . . Whether you have faith in God, the Church, or neither, Conclave will keep you richly entertained." The Washington Post.
"A gripping read in the authentic Harris mould. Conclave, though, is more than a crime novel, it is also a psychological and political thriller. The more one looks, the more cunning the book seems. Conclave is a triumphant addition to Harris's acclaimed output." The Sunday Times (U.K.).
"Triumphant! I am about to use a word I have never knowingly used in any review of any book ever. During my 25-odd years of writing about books I have done my best
to avoid cliches, slipshod summaries, oracular pronouncements and indeed anything else that might appear emblazoned on a book jacket. Nonetheless, there is only one
possible word to describe Robert Harris's new novel, and it is this: unputdownable." The Guardian (U.K.).
|THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO STRUCK LUCKY AGAIN by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg|
The little old lady is back! This time, Martha Andersson and her friends - the League of Pensioners - have left behind their dreary care home in Stockholm and are enjoying the bright lights of Las Vegas - and planning a casino heist. This devilishly fun sequel to The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules reminds us that it's never too late to get in the game.
"The hilarious, escalating antics of a spirited cast of walker-dependent characters in their 70s and 80s will have readers of all ages rooting for their cause. In this
second installment of their adventures set six months later, the group accidently cross paths with dangerous jewel thieves and, through a series of laugh-out-loud mix-ups
and mishaps, come into possession of a cache of stolen diamonds and other gemstones worth millions. As Ingelman-Sundberg's devious yet charming criminal masterminds work together to benefit mankind, they also deliver a hilarious story." Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"Ingelman-Sundberg deftly orchestrates the foibles of real life and captures the rebelliousness percolating just under the surface of ignored, shuffled away elderly folks.
A merry, lighthearted caper." Kirkus Reviews.
"Ingelman-Sundberg's winning seriocomic series is both charming and surprising. Readers will pull for the unlikely gang in their efforts to commit
the 'ultimate crime'". Publishers Weekly.