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  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

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    You don't have to live in New York to appreciate this charming novel about a pioneer in the advertising world. Based on a real woman, the story begins in the 1930s when Lillian, young and clever, starts writing copy for Macy's. It ends in 1984 as she strolls around her old haunts on New Year's Eve, reflecting on her most interesting life. A great read!

    — From Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

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    “Join 85-year-old Lillian on a New Year's Eve stroll through Manhattan, a city as changed by time as Lillian herself. As with Joyce's Ulysses, the reader is privy to a life told in snapshots of memory within a single day. Based loosely on the life of Margaret Fishback, Lillian is a former Depression-era advertising copywriter for R.H. Macy's and a poet of light verse. She is also a mother and an ex-wife. Rooney's work has a light touch, but she is never frivolous. Rooney has the capacity to portray depth within brevity, pain within humor. Here is a novel that both entertains and enlightens, a balance rarely achieved.”
    — Sarah Sorensen (E), Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

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    Fall 2016 Library Journal Editors' Pick

    In my reckless and undiscouraged youth, Lillian Boxfish writes, I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street

    She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.

    Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed and has not.

    A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

    Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

    About the Author


    Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. She has been recognized as one of Newcity Lit's "Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2016." Her previous work includes poetry as well as both fiction and nonfiction, and has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Allure, Salon, The Rumpus, and the Chicago Tribune. She works as a senior lecturer in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University where she teaches, among other things, a workshop on The Writer as Urban Walker. Kathleen is married to the novelist Martin Seay.
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    ISBN: 9781250113320
    ISBN-10: 1250113326
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
    Pages: 304
    Language: English
  • Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants

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    A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.
    Every garden--not just vegetable plots--can produce a bountiful harvest This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.
    Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

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    STEFANI BITTNER and ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS are the owners of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm. Bittner is co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden and Harampolis is co-author of the bestselling The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book, and a co-founder/owner of the floral design company Studio Choo.
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    ISBN: 9780399578335
    ISBN-10: 0399578331
    Publisher: Ten Speed Press
    Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
    Pages: 224
    Language: English
  • A Train Through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined

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    This beautiful memoir by the former PBS NewsHour correspondent not only recounts her years spent reporting from danger zones such as Cambodia and Iraq, but also a more personal side. The newly motherless Farnsworth, nine years old, tells the story of her cross-country train trip with her father where she searches for her mother at each stop.

    Weaving a child’s experiences with memories from her life in journalism, Farnsworth explores how she came to cover mass death and disaster. While she never breaks the tone of a curious investigator, she easily moves between her nine-year-old self and the experienced journalist. Imagination is at play in her childhood adventures and in her narrative control, always with great purpose. She openly confronts the impact of her childhood on the route her life has taken. And, as she provides one beautifully crafted depiction after another, we share her journey, coming to know the acclaimed reporter as she discovers herself. Beautifully imagined, beautifully executed, this memoir will resonate with many readers for years to come.

    — From A Train Through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined

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    How much of our memory is constructed by imagination? And how does memory shape our lives? As a nine-year old, Elizabeth Farnsworth struggled to understand the loss of her mother. On a cross-country trip with her father, the heartsick child searches for her mother at train stations along the way. Even more, she confronts mysteries: death, time, and a mysteriously locked compartment on the train.
    Weaving a child's experiences with memories from reporting in danger zones like Cambodia and Iraq, Farnsworth explores how she came to cover mass death and disaster. While she never breaks the tone of a curious investigator, she easily moves between her nine-year-old self and the experienced journalist. Imagination is at play in her childhood adventures and in her narrative control, always with great purpose. She openly confronts the impact of her childhood on the route her life has taken. And, as she provides one beautifully crafted depiction after another, we share her journey, coming to know the acclaimed reporter as she discovers herself. Farnsworth's curiosity lingers on every page of A Train Through Time: A Life Real and Imagined, and so does the making of a powerfully driven woman.
    With Photo Art by Mark Serr.

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    Elizabeth Farnsworth is a filmmaker, foreign correspondent, and former chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor of PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her 2008 documentary, The Judge and the General, co-directed with Patricio Lanfranco, aired on television around the world, winning many awards. She has reported from Cambodia, Vietnam, Chile, Haiti, Iraq, and Iran, among other places. She grew up in Topeka, Kansas, where her ancestors were pioneers. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. in history from Stanford University. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, attorney Charles E. Farnsworth. They have two married children and six grandchildren. She has received three Emmy nominations and is a recipient of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, which is often considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer, which is also administered by Columbia University.
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    ISBN: 9781619028432
    ISBN-10: 1619028433
    Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
    Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
    Pages: 156
    Language: English
  • Homesick for Another World: Stories

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    “This phenomenal collection of short stories has ruined me forever. Ottessa Moshfegh is brilliant when it comes to showing off the uglier, twisted side of humanity, the part that we would never share on Facebook or Instagram. Her characters are often desperate, hungry for something they might be able to obtain if only they could name it. Their bitterness often leads to grotesque, yet honest, reactions to the world around them. I can't wait to recommend this dark little oddity to as many readers as possible.”
    — Becca Chavez (E), Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

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    An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time

    Ottessa Moshfegh's debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015. Garlanded with critical acclaim, it was named a book of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for Another World is the rare case where an author's short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel.
    And for good reason. There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O'Connor, and Homesick for Another World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or A Good Man is Hard to Find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources. And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.

    About the Author


    Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. Her short stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction.
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    ISBN: 9780399562884
    ISBN-10: 0399562885
    Publisher: Penguin Press
    Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
    Pages: 304
    Language: English
  • Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

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    The first major book for young people to tell the Internment story of one man and to talk about how he fought against its legality for 40 years and won.

    — From Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

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    ISBN: 9781597143684
    ISBN-10: 1597143685
    Publisher: Heyday Books
    Publication Date: January 2017
    Language: English
  • The Drifter

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    If you're a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher character, you'll want to make the acquaintance of Peter Ash, a skilled but damaged  veteran who doesn't let his PTSD and attacks of claustrophobia keep him from trying to help the widow of a Marine friend. Unfortunately, a suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives that's guarded by mean, ugly dog make his good-deed efforts more complicated, and the plot is off and running. Unlike other Reacher wannabes, Ash appears to the real deal and a welcome addition to the 'lone hero' crime thriller genre. More good news -  the second book in the series, Burning Bright, has just been published in hardcover.

    — From The Drifter

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    "Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child
    *An Edgar Finalist for Best First Novel
    An explosive thriller debut introducing Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind...

    Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his "white static," the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars. But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he's ever encountered...and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives. As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined...and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he'd left for good. Suspenseful and thrilling, and featuring a compelling new hero, The Drifter is an exciting debut from a fresh voice in crime fiction.
    Also look for BURNING BRIGHT, available now from Nick Petrie

    About the Author


    Nicholas Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story "At the Laundromat" won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. The Drifter is his first novel.
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    ISBN: 9780425283257
    ISBN-10: 0425283259
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
    Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
    Pages: 400
    Language: English
    Series: Peter Ash Novel
  • The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

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    Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover and Booked, shares poetry and inspiring lessons about the rules of life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes such as Stephen Curry and Venus Williams and other exemplars like Sonia Sotomayor and Michelle Obama in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement .

     

    — From The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life

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    You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives?

    Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.

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    ISBN: 9780544570979
    ISBN-10: 0544570979
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
    Pages: 169
    Language: English
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

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    This is an impressive work of investigative journalism that shines the spotlight on the Koch brothers and other immensely wealthy ideologues who are shaping the fate of America. The paperback contains a new preface, in which Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

    — From Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

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    NATIONAL BESTSELLER
    A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

    From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the powerful group of immensely wealthy ideologues who are shaping the fate of America.
    In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

    Why is America living in an age of profound and widening economic inequality? Why have even modest attempts to address climate change been defeated again and again? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? In a riveting and indelible feat of reporting, Jane Mayer illuminates the history of an elite cadre of plutocrats--headed by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys--who have bankrolled a systematic plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Mayer traces a byzantine trail of billions of dollars spent by the network, revealing a staggering conglomeration of think tanks, academic institutions, media groups, courthouses, and government allies that have fallen under their sphere of influence. Drawing from hundreds of exclusive interviews, as well as extensive scrutiny of public records, private papers, and court proceedings, Mayer provides vivid portraits of the secretive figures behind the new American oligarchy and a searing look at the carefully concealed agendas steering the nation. Dark Money is an essential book for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

    About the Author


    Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. She co-authored Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988, with Doyle McManus, and Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, with Jill Abramson, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was named one of The New York Times's Top 10 Books of the Year and won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Goldsmith Book Prize, the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For her reporting at The New Yorker, Mayer has been awarded the John Chancellor Award, the George Polk Award, the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, and the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence presented by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Mayer lives in Washington, D.C.
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    ISBN: 9780307947901
    ISBN-10: 0307947904
    Publisher: Anchor Books
    Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
    Pages: 576
    Language: English
  • Commonwealth

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    Brilliant, funny, and heartbreaking - a story of familes and what connects us. four parents, six children, five decades and the anguish and joy among them.

    - Frayda

    — From Commonwealth

    September 2016 Indie Next List


    “Patchett leaves behind the exotic locales and intricate plots of State of Wonder and Bel Canto for an even darker and more difficult place to navigate -- the interior of a blended family over the course of several decades. While more domestic than many of her previous novels, Commonwealth offers plenty of intrigue and surprises as Patchett explores the interaction of a group of children forced into each other's lives because of their parents' impulsive choices. With keen insight, tears of both sorrow and joy, and some real -- if dark -- humor, Patchett pulls readers into this complex family's world, and we are eager for every detail.”
    — John Christensen (W), Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

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    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    The acclaimed, bestselling author--winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize--tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives.

    One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

    Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

    When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

    Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

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    ISBN: 9780062491794
    ISBN-10: 0062491792
    Publisher: Harper
    Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
  • Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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    A fabulous piece of reportage from the longtime rock music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle that tells the story of rock and roll's most infamous concert. Fueled by exhaustive research, this is narrative non-fiction at its best -- just riveting!

    Hut

    — From Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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    In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

    In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock the day that shattered the Sixties promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth until now.

    Altamont explores rock's darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show from the Stones hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead's role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band's behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security.

    The product of twenty years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, and featuring sixteen pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock's formative and most turbulent decade.

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    ISBN: 9780062444257
    ISBN-10: 0062444255
    Publisher: Dey Street Books
    Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
    Pages: 368
    Language: English

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