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|THE KING IS ALWAYS ABOVE THE PEOPLE: Stories by Daniel Alarcón|
Migration. . . Betrayal. . . Family secrets. . . Doomed love. . . Uncertain futures. . . In Daniel Alarcón's hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes.
Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar.
"His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination - with characters that live long after the book is closed." — The Washington Post
"Superb! Throughout the collection, Alarcón writes with a spellbinding voice and creates a striking cast of characters. Each narrative lands masterfully and memorably, showcasing Alarcón's immense talent." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"A brilliant stylist. . . Alarcón is an empathic observer of the isolated human, whether isolated by emigration or ambition, blindness or loneliness, poverty or war.
His stories have a reporter's mix of kindness and detachment, and perhaps as a result, his endings land like a punch in the gut. I put the book down with my mouth
open and my eyes stinging. Alarcón writes with a beauty that few writers can achieve, or try to. His purpose isn't to approve or condemn, or to liberate. He's writing to
show us other people's lives, and in every case, it's a pleasure to be shown." — NPR.
|ARTEMIS by Andy Weir|
In 2014, the author astounded readers with his brilliant and best-selling debut novel, The Martian. Now science-fiction fans everywhere can once again rejoice because Andy Weir has done it again. This time the action takes place a little closer to home - Weir's heroine, Jazz Bashara, lives and works in Artemis, the first and only city on Earth's moon.
"Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all - a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science. A four-star read!" — Library Journal *** starred review ***
"Fans of Weir’s brand of science fictional problem solving will find much to satisfy them in Artemis, but the novel goes farther than those concrete issues, revitalizing The Martian’s survival logic within the constraints of a lunar colony. Unlikely hero Jazz serves as the perfect protagonist for Weir. . . a scientifically literate, independent, and strong brown woman as a protagonist is a welcome development." — The Los Angeles Review of Books
"This exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride boasts a wonderful cast of characters, a wide cultural milieu, and the appeal of a striking young woman as the main character. It's one of the best science fiction novels of the year." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"An action-packed techno-thriller of the first order - the perfect vehicle for humans who want to escape, if only for a time, the severe gravity of planet earth. The pages fly by." — USA Today.
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.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
THE POWER by Naomi Alderman|
All over the world women now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death by releasing bursts of electrical current. And, with this
small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. This is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative.
"Destined to be a classic. Speculative fiction has long been a genre where gender roles can be explored - think of The Handmaid's Tale. . . But Alderman goes beyond her predecessors. She brings a fearlessly creative approach to her storytelling. Both a page-turning thriller and timely exploration of gender roles, censorship and repressive political regimes, The Power is a must-read for today's times." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
"As the adage often attributed to Margaret Atwood goes, 'Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.'
The brilliance of The Power, an award-winning speculative-fiction work by Naomi Alderman only now being released in the U.S., is that it conceives of a way to flip this power dynamic entirely upside down.. Richly imagined, ambitious, and propulsively written." — The Atlantic.
"I was riveted by every page. Alderman's prose is immersive and, well, electric, and I felt a closed circuit humming between the book and me as I read.
I felt so hungry, reading this book, for a ball of lightning in my hand." — The New York Times.
"Many books have set out to illuminate inequality or open up new vistas of possibility. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen the status
quo inverted to such devastating effect. A big, brash, page-turning, drug-running, globetrotting thriller. But it’s also endlessly nuanced and thought-provoking, combining elegantly efficient prose with beautiful meditations on the metaphysics of power, possibility and change. The Power is an instant classic of speculative fiction." — The Guardian (U.K.).
"Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything." — Margaret Atwood.
|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.
|YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts|
A cataclysmic flu pandemic wipes out half the world's population, and in the wake of science and technology's failure to save humanity from the plague,
survivors begin to use magic. Nora Roberts, one of the icons of American popular literature, takes a bold leap into the realm of dystopian fantasy - and works wonders!
"Roberts's new direction is electric and ground-breaking. In this series launch, she's created a believable apocalypse that is obviously leading to a grand showdown between good and evil, but the story and the characters navigate timely issues of tolerance and bigotry. A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts' legions of fans." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***
"Romance superstar Roberts heads off in a daring new direction. Longtime Roberts fans, however, shouldn't fret since all the quintessential Roberts elements are
here, including a cast of engaging and empathic characters and a plot that focuses on the importance of family, friends, hope, and
humanity." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"Roberts's full step into a modern fantasy series is long overdue. Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers." — Library Journal *** starred review ***
"The first chapters are bleak and propulsive reading - a disturbing picture of a world irretrievably broken. Yet Roberts teases out a larger conflict in store between the forces of chaos and newly empowered individuals who offer hope and protection. With its widespread cast of characters, some of whom seems destined to cross each other's paths, Year One is the beginning of a thrilling dystopian saga. " — BookPage *** starred review ***.
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10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee|
Lee’s stunning novel chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the
years before World War II to the late 1980s. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld,
Lee's complex and passionate characters - strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis - survive and thrive against the indifferent
arc of history.
"Stunning. . . Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative. A compassionate, clear gaze
at the chaotic landscape of life itself. In this haunting epic tale, Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and
miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen." — The New York Times.
"Expansive, elegant and utterly absorbing. . . Combining the detail of a documentary with the empathy of the best fiction, it's a sheer delight." — The Daily Mail (U.K.).
"An addictive family saga packed with forbidden love, the search for belonging, and triumph against the odds." — Esquire, The Top 10 Best Books of 2017.
"A beautifully crafted story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance. Lee's skillful development of her characters and story lines will draw readers into the work.
A page-turner!" — Library Journal *** starred review ***
"Reads like a long, intimate hymn to the struggles of people in a foreign land. Much of the novel's authority is derived from its weight of research, which brings to life
everything from the fishing village on the coast of the East Sea in early 20th-century Korea to the sights and smells of the shabby Korean township of Ikaino in Osaka - the
intimate, humanising details of a people striving to carve out a place for themselves in the world. Vivid and immersive, Pachinko is a rich tribute to a people that
history seems intent on erasing." — The Guardian (U.K.).
|DIFFICULT WOMEN by Roxanne Gay|
A collection of stories of rare force that paints a wry and haunting vision of modern America, Difficult Women tells of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connections. From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Roxanne Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women.
"The collection is often dark and disturbing, but also deeply empathetic. . . In her deliberate and often exquisite attention to detail, she crafts stories that will haunt the reader
long after the book has been put away." — The Washington Review of Books.
"Haunting and powerful stories which run the gamut between real and surreal. . . Rendered with great specificity and empathy, Gay's characters are unforgettable - and
certainly, in their own ways, are difficult women, but also real human beings in whom we may all find ourselves reflected." — Buzzfeed.
"The stories, phenomenally powerful and beautifully written, demonstrate the threats so many women in reality face, but also how, whatever their situation, they have agency, resilience and identities away from stereotypes created and reinforced by men." — The Guardian (U.K.).
"This is fiction pressed through a sieve, leaving only the canniest truths behind. . . Addictive, moving and risk-taking." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
"The characters who inhabit Difficult Women aren't just characters. They are our mothers, sisters and partners. They are human.
They are us." — USA Today (4 out of 4 stars).
|AFTER THE FIRE by Henning Mankell|
Fredrik Welin, a former surgeon, retires in disgrace to a tiny island on which he plans to live out his days in quiet solitude.
But when his house is destroyed in a fire and a journalist investigates his past, the island community begins to suspect they may have an arsonist in their midst.
"This novel, the last written by the late Mankell, brings resolution, dissipating concerns about death, and a welcome sense of tranquility. One hopes that the author,
most revered for his Nordic mysteries but equally adept, as he shows here, at literary fiction, found the same peace he grants his legendary crime-fiction protagonist, Kurt Wallander." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Mankell's understated yet thrilling use of language brings both the rugged scenery and Fredrik's deep-rooted loneliness to life. It's a skillfully told, exquisitely structured story filled with sharp insights into human nature and unflinching examinations of the complex relationships to which people bind themselves in order to feel a little bit less alone." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"The bell may have tolled for one of Scandinavia’s finest writers, but his connection to those left behind is unbroken. It is almost impossible for those acquainted with
Mankell’s life and work to read After the Fire without wondering how much of the author there is in Welin and his musings.
This strange, beguiling book gives closure to a substantial career without becoming maudlin or overly bleak. The waters around Welin’s island may freeze in the winter, but there is human warmth to be found in these pages, along with glimmers of hope and consolation." — 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 Smith’s 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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10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us by Richard O. Prum|
An acclaimed zoologist extrapolates on Darwin's overlooked theory of sexual selection, which argues that choosing a mate for aesthetic reasons - for the mere pleasure of it - is its own key force in evolutionary change.
"Prum draws on decades of study, hundreds of papers, and a lively, literate, and mischievous mind. . . a delicious read, both seductive and mutinous. Prum's attention
never strays far from nature, and his writing is minutely detailed, exquisitely observant, deeply informed, and often tenderly
sensual." — The New York Times.
"A major intellectual achievement that should hasten the adoption of a more expansive style of evolutionary explanation that Darwin himself would have appreciated." — The Washington Post.
"Exhilarating. . . The Evolution of Beauty should be widely read, as it will provoke readers, shaking them from their dogmatic slumbers.
I don't see how any biologist could read this book and not walk away at least questioning the idea that adaptation must explain every last trait.
Survival of the fittest might not be enough to explain nature. We might need survival of the prettiest, too." — The Wall Street Journal.
"A smorgasbord of evolutionary biology, philosophy, and sociology, filtered through Prum's experiences as a birdwatcher and his diverse research on everything from dinosaur colors to duck sex. Through compelling arguments and colorful examples, Prum launches a counterstrike against the adaptationist regime, in an attempt to 'put the subjective experience of animals back in the center of biology' and to 'bring beauty back to the sciences." — The Atlantic.
"Fascinating. . . we learn about the patterning of dinosaur feathers, consider the evolutionary basis of the human female orgasm, the tyranny of academic patriarchy, and the corkscrewed enormity of a duck's penis. Rich and absorbing. . . The dance Prum performs to convince you to take him on as an intellectual partner is beautiful and deserves to be appreciated on its own terms." — The New Scientist.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|GRANT by Ron Chernow|
America's greatest biographer brings to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. Winner of both the National Book Award and the Pultizer Prize, Ron Chernow
delivers a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance in the definitive biography of Ulysses S. Grant.
"Vast and panoramic in ways that history buffs will love. Books of its caliber by writers of Chernow's stature are rare, and this one qualifies as a major event. . .
Even those who think they are familiar with Ulysses S. Grant’s career will learn something from Chernow’s fascinating and comprehensive biography.
What is more, at a time of economic inequality reflecting the 19th century’s Gilded Age and a renewed threat from white-supremacy groups, Chernow reminds us that
Grant’s courageous example is more valuable than ever, and in this sense, Grant is as much a mirror on our own time as a history lesson." — The New York Times.
"Chernow tells all this rapidly and well; his talent is suited to Grant's story. . . he can uncannily detect the actual meaning beneath social interactions. Fluent and intelligent. . .
Extraordinarily good." — The New Yorker.
"A stupendous new biography. Fascinating and immensely readable. . . Uncommonly compelling and timely, Chernow's biography is replete with fascinating details
and insightful political analysis, a combination that brings Grant and his time to life. Put Grant on your must-read list" — BookPage *** starred review ***.
"Arriving at a moment when excitable individuals and hysterical mobs are demonstrating crudeness in assessing historical figures, Chernow's book is a tutorial on
measured, mature judgment. Chernow's Grant is a gift to a nation much in need of measured judgments about its past." — The Washington Post.
"Another classic. . . It corrects nearly a half-century of stupidity inflicted upon America by historians who preferred a portrait of Grant as a bumbling, corrupt butcher of men. Eminently readable but thick with import, Grant hits like a Mack truck of knowledge. Stupid doesn't stand a chance." — Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman|
The war on crime that began in the 1970s and contributed to the rise of mass incarceration - along with its disproportionate impact on people of color -
was supported by many African American leaders in the nation's urban centers. James Forman seeks to understand how and why.
"Superb and shattering. . . A masterly account of how a generation of black elected officials wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation's capital.
A big deal and a major breakthrough. Forman's novel claim is this: What most explains the punitive turn in black America is not a repudiation of
civil rights activism, as some have argued, but an embrace of it. . . Locking Up Our Own compels readers to wrestle with some very tough questions about the nature of American democracy and its deep roots in racism, inequality and punishment." — The New York Times.
"Forman's moving, nuanced, and candid account challenges another aspect of the New Jim Crow thesis. He shows that some of the most ardent proponents of tough-on-crime policies in the era that brought us mass incarceration were black politicians and community leaders - many of whom were veterans of the civil rights movement.
The correctives offered by Forman have consequences not only for how we understand mass incarceration, but for how we go about fixing it." — The New York Review of Books.
"Remarkable. . . Forman's beautifully written narrative, enriched by firsthand knowledge of the cops and courts, neither condemns black leaders in hindsight nor exonerates the white-dominated institutions. He adds historical nuance to the story of mass incarceration told in The New Jim Crow." — The Washington Post.
"A gritty, eloquent, often revelatory work of local history, interspersed with tales of Forman's experiences as a public defender. A sobering chronicle of how black
people, in the hope of saving their communities, contributed to the rise of a system that has undone much of the progress of the civil rights era. But, as Forman knows,
they could not have built it by themselves." — The London Review of Books (U.K.).
"Poignant and insightful. Forman deftly moves between examples of black community support for a law-and-order crackdown and the dire present-day consequences of
our increasingly punitive and aggressive war on crime. Timely and important." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
|PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser|
The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie books.
Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder's dramatic life provides a unique perspective
on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman
whose classic stories grip us to this day.
"An absorbing new biography that deserves recognition as an essential text. For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder's Little House books as relics
of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure. Meanwhile, Little House devotees will appreciate the extraordinary care
and energy Fraser devotes to uncovering the details of a life that has been expertly veiled by myth." — The New York Times.
"Unforgettable. . . A magisterial biography, richly documented, it is a compelling, beautifully written story. One of the more interesting aspects of this wonderfully
insightful book is its delineation of the fraught relationship between Wilder and her deeply disturbed, often suicidal daughter. But it is its marriage of biography
and history - the latter providing such a rich context for the life - that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A tale of true grit. . . The sweep of the story is magnificent. 'It is a long story, filled with sunshine and shadow,' said Ingalls of her life as she told it, and that is true, too, of this admiring, enormous biography." — The London Times (U.K.).
"Richly demythologizes the life and times of one of America's most treasured authors. . . Fraser assiduously avoids sentimentality. . . proving herself a fearless chronicler, adept at skewering sacred cows. She’s given us the definitive biography of a self-taught writer whose pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mythology cloaked the shame of poverty and airbrushed a life perpetually teetering on the brink of doom." — The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
10 BEST BOOKS 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 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION|
THE FUTURE IS HISTORY: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
The acclaimed journalist and biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of
autocracy and totalitarianism. Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy in Russia and charts their paths against the
machinations of the regime that would crush them all. A powerful and urgent cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
"A remarkable portrait of an ever-shifting era. . . Gessen weaves her characters' stories into a seamless, poignant whole. Her analysis of Putin's malevolent administration is just as effective. A harrowing, compassionate and important book." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Ambitious, timely, insightful and unsparing. . . By far Gessen's best book, a sweeping intellectual history of Russia over the past four decades, told through a Tolstoyan
gallery of characters. What makes the book so worthwhile are its keen observations about Russia from the point of view of those experiencing its return to a heavy-handed
state. It helps that Gessen is a participant, and not just an observer, able to translate that world so adeptly for Western readers." — The Washington Post.
"Fascinating and deeply felt. . . both poignant and frightening." — The New York Times.
"Gessen is an exemplary journalist who knows when to sit back and let facts speak for themselves and The Future Is History just might be the culmination of
her life's work. If you've been confused by all the talk about 'Russia stuff,' this might be the most important book you'll read all year." — The Seattle Times.
"A brave and eloquent critic of the Putin regime. . . For anyone wondering how Russia ended up in the hands of Putin and his friends, and what it means for the rest of us,
Gessen's book gives an alarming and convincing picture." — The London Times (U.K.).
|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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WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
HALF-LIGHT: COLLECTED POEMS 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
The collected works of one of contemporary poetry's most original voices.
The poems of Frank Bidart represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it's that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet's own. Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature.
"A single-minded exploration of the sources and meanings of emotional intensity, the passions, fears, and cravings that drive people to do what we do. . .
Relentless and ever willing to face his demons, no matter how terrifying, in the interest of making great art, Bidart is one of the very few major living poets who never
wavers, never repeats himself, and extends his questing and questioning through each new work. This collected poems is an almost overwhelming bounty,
a permanent book." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Throughout his career, Bidart's self-devoting genius has been his ability to transform a poem into a vocalized performance of consciousness and moral interrogation, an occasion for metaphysical speculation as intense and oracular as any Shakespearean monologue or philosophical treatise. . . Sublime. . . Mesmerizing . . ." — The New York Times.
"Frank Bidart has long challenged readers - and convention - with a complexity and originality not often seen in American poetry. Now readers can gain a deeper
understanding of how Bidart's writing works together to create a vast, manifold narrative. The book closes with an ambitious section of new writing that deals with mortality and remembered friendships, a fitting way to end this monumental work." — The Washington Post.
"Half-light is a tremendous literary event. One of the undisputed master poets of our time, Frank Bidart eats and breathes the high culture of the twentieth
century. But Bidart is no mere aesthete; for him, art is a supreme life force, water in the desert of the soul, a talisman against oblivion. Bidart has honed and refined his relentlessly intense voice. . . Reading him, we feel less alone in our cosmic aloneness." — NPR
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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.).
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 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.
|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 ***
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|TURTLES ALL THE WAY by
BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: New York Times, NPR, Time Magazine, Seventeen, Boston Globe, Booklist, Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
"It's here: the eagerly awaited new novel by John Green, and not to milk the suspense - it's superb. A challenging but richly rewarding read. It is also the most mature of Green's work to date and deserving of all the accolades that are sure to come its way." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"An emotional journey into the world of mental illness. . . heartbreakingly vivid. A teenage romance in which the love story is more about loving yourself than another; it is
an incredibly powerful tale of the pain of mental illness, the pressures of youth and coming of age when you feel like you're coming undone" — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
"In an age where troubling events happen almost weekly, this deeply empathetic novel about learning to live with demons and love one's imperfect self is timely and important." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A deeply resonant and powerful novel that will inform and enlighten readers even as it breaks their hearts. A must-buy." — School Library Journal.
|THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by
David Barclay Moore|
Obsessing on a city that he's constructed out of Lego blocks, 12-year-old Lolly tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel.
"Multicultural Harlem lives again in this daringly diverse tale of growing up against the odds and the imaginative, healing possibilities that we can create through the choices we make. These characters are vibrantly alive. . . A debut that serves as a powerful instructive for writing from and reading the intersections for all readers to enjoy." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Debut author Moore delivers a realistic and at times brutal portrait of life for young people of color who are living on the edge of poverty. At the same time, Moore infuses the story with hope and aspiration, giving Lolly the chance to find salvation through creativity." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Realistic problems and vivid depictions of family and city life make this a stand out." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
Moore's work with the Harlem Children's Zone and Quality Services for the Autism Community serve him well in creating this debut, slice-of-life narrative with an authentic adolescent voice and strong adult supports, all of whom are true to their urban world. It will find a home in classrooms and book clubs. . . earning a well-deserved place on the shelf." — Voice of Youth Advocates *** starred review ***.
|FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway|
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
An only child, Grace was adopted at birth. When she finds herself placing her own daughter up for adoption, she begins searching for the biological family she's never known
and discovers she has a younger sister named Maya and an older brother named Joaquin.
"Benway has created three unique and endearing characters who have experienced adoption in very different ways. With a well-imagined cast of secondary characters who add angst, humor, and depth, Benway adeptly leads readers through a tale of love, loss, and self-discovery. Expect to cry real tears at this one." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Family issues are neither airbrushed nor oversimplified. These are multifaceted characters, shaped by upbringing as well as their genes, in complicated families. From the first page to the last, this compassionate, funny, moving, compulsively readable novel about what makes a family gets it right." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"An equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching story. . . Both nonjudgmental and deeply empathetic, Benway delves into the souls of these characters as they wrestle to
overcome feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal, gradually coming to understand themselves and each other." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A deeply moving novel about families made and born. The trials the three teens face are always confronted directly and never diminished; their relationships, both new
and old, are complicated and beautiful. This novel is a journey into the depths of familial relationships that rings true." — Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
|THE BOOK OF DUST: LA BELLE SAUVAGE by Philip Pullman|
Renowned storyteller Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and The Golden Compass for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons,
alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.
"People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out.
Reading this novel is like standing in a room in which suddenly all of the windows have blown open at once." — Slate.
"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Enthralling, enchanting. . . Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." — The Washington Post.
"Luminous prose, heady philosophical questions, and a lovable protagonist combine with a gripping plot sure to enchant fans and newcomers alike." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"A stunning achievement. . . The author of the trilogy His Dark Materials carries on the story of one of literature's most indelible heroines. Lyra Silvertongue, Lyra Belacqua, but really just Lyra: one of those characters - Pip, Emma, Lolita - who is on first-name terms with her public. It will be devoured." — The New York Times.
|THE 57 BUS: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater|
If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. One afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
"Using details gleaned from interviews, social media, surveillance video, public records, and other sources, Slater skillfully conveys the complexities of both young people's lives and the courage and compassion of their families, friends, and advocates, while exploring the challenges and moral ambiguities of the criminal justice system. This painful story illuminates, cautions, and inspires." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Slater artfully unfolds a complex and layered tale about two teens whose lives intersect with painful consequences. This work will spark discussions about identity, community, and what it means to achieve justice." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"With a journalist's eye for overlooked details, Slater does a masterful job probing the line between adolescent stupidity and irredeemable depravity. Few readers will traverse this exploration of gender identity, adolescent crime, and penal racism without having a few assumptions challenged. An outstanding book that links the diversity of creed and the impact of impulsive actions to themes of tolerance and forgiveness." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is no simple morality tale, as it reveals the tangled complexities of gender, race, crime, justice and hope in America. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of humanity, Slater reveals her characters and their web of relationships with deftness and fluidity.
The 57 Bus does what all great books do - reveals our world to us anew." — BookPage *** starred review ***.
THE SHIP OF THE DEAD (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book Three ) by Rick Riordan|
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But now Magnus must face his most dangerous trial yet. Loki is free from his chains. He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok.
"With an epic plot, engaging (and diverse) characters, and tons of wisecracking humor, Riordan's latest is a page-turner." — School Library Journal.
"This latest installment in Riordan's Nordic-themed fantasy series is a fast-paced adventure narrative featuring snappy dialogue and a diverse cast of well-developed
characters. The author possesses a singular talent for re-creating contemporary teenspeak. An entertaining sequel that will whet fans' appetites for the next
installment." — Kirkus Reviews.
"A whirlwind of myth, action, and wry sarcasm, perfect for readers hungry for a hit of that Percy Jackson-type magic." — The Horn Book.
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HERE WE ARE: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers|
BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Time Magazine, NPR, Boston Globe
Addressing his infant son about what it means to live on Earth, the author/illustrator offers a mix of planetary facts, quotations, bits of advice, and
illustrations. A must-have book for parents.
"Jeffers uses his clever, effervescent cartoon style to welcome a new baby to planet Earth. A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers's candy-colored humans - musicians, hijabis, nuns, explorers, potentates - underscores the twin messages that 'You're never alone on Earth' and that we're all in this together." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***
"From the skies to the animal kingdom to the people of the world and lots of other beautifully rendered examples of life on Earth, Here We Are carries a
simple message: Be kind." — NPR
THE LITTLE BOOK OF LITTLE ACTIVISTS edited by Penguin Young Readers|
A child's very first introduction to political activism, presented at a level that they can understand and relate to. Perfect for parents who want to raise their kids to become participatory members of a democracy.
"Perusing these pages and reading the empathetic thoughts of children will definitely warm your heart, but more importantly remind you who and what the fight is for: the next generation." — BUST Magazine
"Adults will appreciate the reminder that the positive impacts of political activism reverberate through future generations. This is an inspiring reminder that people of any age
can play a role in the quest for social justice." — School Library Journal.
"This book is inspiring and hopeful in all the best ways. The youngest of children need to see adults in action, speaking up for their rights. With this book, they're reminded that they can do so as well. After all, as Maddie, age 14, tells us on the book's final spread, we all need to speak the truth, even if our voices shake. — Kirkus Reviews
THE WOLF, THE DUCK, AND THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett | Illustrated by John Klassen|
When a mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he learns that a duck devoured earlier has set up a table to enjoy the food the gluttonous predator eats.
A delightful fable of cooperation and creative cuisine.
"The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse is funny, with morbid senses of humor that will hit kids' sweet spots. In this darkly witty collaboration, a mouse is gobbled up by a wolf. Inside, he meets a duck who has set up housekeeping. It turns out the wolf's gut harbors the best party in
town, and some readers' sympathies might shift toward the carnivore - aided by the great Jon Klassen's droll paintings; no one does perturbed animals
better." — The New York Times, Editors' Choice
"Klassen's mixed-media artwork transforms the wolf's interior into a delightfully domestic scene, and Barnett's writing is peppered with amusing details.
This original pourquoi tale will make a fantastic choice for storytimes, as kids will want to dance along with the duck and mouse - when they're not rolling
in the aisles, of course." — Booklist *** starred review ***
"The story's timeless, fable-like feel is bolstered by its traditional cast and old-fashioned fairy-tale language. . . A rare treasure of a story, the kind that seems to have been around forever." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
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DOG MAN AND CAT KID (Dog Man #4) by Dav Pilkey | Illustrated by Jose Garibaldi|
In his fourth adventure, Dog Man, the newest hero from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants, is back - and this time he's not alone. The heroic hound
with a real nose for justice now has a furry feline sidekick, and together they have a mystery to sniff out! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet
goes missing, it's up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay hot on the trail, or will Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat, send them barking up
the wrong tree?
"Pilkey has done it again. This latest installment is just as funny and irreverent as the other 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. An utter, unfettered delight." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
PASHMINA by Nidhi Chanani|
A heartfelt graphic novel debut for young adults about an Indian-American teen's attempt to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.
"Chanani masterfully turns the complex immigrant narrative into a magical and captivating work of art." — The New York Times.
"Most impressive. . . Chanani keeps the story's distinct and fascinating plot elements spinning. One work can't represent a whole subcontinent, but readers will come away with a living sense of a small part of it - and characters to care about." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"The graphic-novel format works wonderfully well, keeping the story light and sorting the players' many journeys through actual and imaginary spaces with shifts in
background color. A fantasy with humor and substance, this is a book for girls seeking empowerment and agency." — Center for Children's Books Bulletin.
"This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***..
THE WITCH BOY by Molly Ostertag|
In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted - and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.
When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help - as a witch.
"Magic fans will welcome Ostertag's graphic novel about a modern-day forest settlement where girls become witches and boys learn how to be shapeshifters.
Technical spell-casting details abound.
Ostertag is in full control of plotting, dialogue, and visual techniques to advance the story with her sturdy panel artwork, and her family-centered narrative is warm and wholesome." — Publishers Weekly.
"Ostertag's story acts as a parable for gender conformity that's pitched just right to middle-grade audiences. Her panels are clear, colorful, and
friendly, and her worldbuilding flawless. With charming artwork, interesting supporting characters, natural-feeling diversity, and peeks of a richly developed world, this book leaves readers wishing for more." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Beneath the fantastical elements lies a story about upending gender expectations, forging identity, and uncovering heroic potential in oneself. Those who enjoy sci-fi or fantasy stories about protagonists who must prove that their society's rules are flawed will appreciate this offering. Ostertag's bright, gentle, cartoonlike artwork brims with life and adds extra appeal to this fast-moving story. An excellent choice for reluctant readers, fans of fantasy, and those looking for books that explore gender roles." — School Library Journal.
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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 isn’t just a nostalgic trip back to either the 50s or the 80s. It still dazzles with the artist’s bright colors and the author’s 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.
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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 trilogy’s
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, she’s 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 couldn’t 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, humanity’s 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.).
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|THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley|
In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to return home to England. And sure enough, a corpse
and a mystery await her.
"Adolescent sleuth Flavia de Luce returns in Alan Bradley's eighth novel starring the precocious chemist, heir to the crumbling Buckshaw estate and solver of murders
too bizarre for the village constabulary. Readers who began with Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie are again rewarded, but those just starting out will soon feel at home." — Shelf Awareness.
"Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Mystery fans seeking novels of wit, an immersive English countryside setting, and rich characterizations will be rewarded with this newest entry in the
award-winning series." — Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce." — USA Today.
|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.