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  • Another Brooklyn

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    From the award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming, a beautifully rendered coming of age story that reads like a prose poem. From the warm rural South to chilly Brooklyn, August finds her way through the death of her mother and on to discover the value of friendship and intellectual pursuits. Marvelous!

    Marion

    — From Another Brooklyn

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    A Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award

    New York Times Bestseller

    A SeattleTimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 2017

    The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.

    Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything--until it wasn't. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant--a part of a future that belonged to them.

    But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

    Like Louise Meriwether's Daddy Was a Number Runner and Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative time when childhood gives way to adulthood--the promise and peril of growing up--and exquisitely renders a powerful, indelible, and fleeting friendship that united four young lives.

    About the Author


    Jacqueline Woodson was awarded Newbery honors for her books Feathers and Show Way and was a National Book Award finalist for her books Hush and Locomotion; the latter also received a Coretta Scott King Honor, as did her books I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This and From the Notebooks Of Melanin Sun. Miracle's Boys won the Coretta Scott King Award.


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    ISBN: 9780062359988
    ISBN-10: 0062359983
    Publisher: Amistad Press
    Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
    Pages: 192
    Language: English
  • Heroes of the Frontier

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    Eggers' protagonist in Heroes of the Frontier, a mother on the run named Josie, is both determined and increasingly crazy, but he manages the neat trick of keeping her both a believable and empathetic character as her flight to Alaska resurrects old ghosts and sparks new opportunities for failure.

    Hut

    — From Heroes of the Frontier

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    A picaresque adventure and spiritual coming-of-age tale On the Roadcrossed with Henderson the Rain King Deeply affecting. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
    Longlisted foran Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

    A captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness from the bestselling author ofThe Circle, thisis a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story ofadventure.
    Josie and her children's father have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancee's family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RVnamed the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.
    A tremendous new novel from the best-selling author ofThe Circle, Heroes of the Frontieris the darkly comic story of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

    About the Author


    DAVE EGGERS is the author of ten books, including the national best sellers The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco. Eggers is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country, and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.


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    ISBN: 9780451493804
    ISBN-10: 045149380X
    Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
    Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
    Pages: 400
    Language: English
  • The Smaller Evil

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    — From The Smaller Evil

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    Sometimes the greater good requires the smaller evil.

    17-year-old Arman Dukoff can't remember life without anxiety and chronic illness when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He's taken a huge risk--and two-thousand dollars from his meth-head stepfather--for a chance to "evolve," as Beau, the retreat leader, says.

    Beau is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman's not sure, but more than anyone he's ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than what he usually feels--worthless.

    The retreat compound is secluded in coastal California mountains among towering redwoods, and when the iron gates close behind him, Arman believes for a moment that he can get better. But the program is a blur of jargon, bizarre rituals, and incomprehensible encounters with a beautiful girl. Arman is certain he's failing everything. But Beau disagrees; he thinks Arman has a bright future--though he never says at what.

    And then, in an instant Arman can't believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? Or murder? Arman was the only witness and now the compound is getting tense. And maybe dangerous.

    As the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he's always trusted the least: himself.

    About the Author


    Stephanie Kuehn is the critically acclaimed author of four young adult novels, including Charm & Strange, which won the ALA's William C. Morris Award for best debut novel. Booklist has praised her work as "Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist." She lives in Northern California and is a post-doctoral fellow in clinical psychology.
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    ISBN: 9781101994702
    ISBN-10: 1101994703
    Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
    Pages: 256
    Language: English
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women

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    There are remarkable stories -- you never know what will happen next. Funny, sad, and everything in between-- this collection is long overdue.
    Highly recommended!

    — Freyda

    One of our longtime staff favorites!

    — From A Manual for Cleaning Women

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    A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the Laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians.

    Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.

    About the Author


    Lucia Berlin (1936-2004) worked brilliantly but sporadically throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Her stories are inspired by her early childhood in various Western mining towns; her glamorous teenage years in Santiago, Chile; three failed marriages; a lifelong problem with alcoholism; her years spent in Berkeley, New Mexico, and Mexico City; and the various jobs she later held to support her writing and her four sons. Sober and writing steadily by the 1990s, she took a visiting writer's post at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994 and was soon promoted to associate professor. In 2001, in failing health, she moved to Southern California to be near her sons. She died in 2004 in Marina del Rey. She is the author of the short story collection A Manual for Cleaning Women.
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    ISBN: 9781250094735
    ISBN-10: 1250094739
    Publisher: Picador USA
    Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
    Pages: 432
    Language: English
  • You Know Me Well

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    Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

    Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

    That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

    When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

    A book told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

    About the Author


    NINA LACOUR is the award-winning author of Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. A former indie bookseller and high school English teacher, she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.DAVID LEVITHAN is the New York Times bestselling author of many YA novels, including Another Day, Two Boys Kissing, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). By day, he works as an editor. By night, he lives in New Jersey.
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    ISBN: 9781250098641
    ISBN-10: 1250098645
    Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
    Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
    Pages: 256
    Language: English
  • Paper and Fire

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    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    In Ink and Bone, author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library--and rewrite history...

    With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

    Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

    Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library's deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

    But Jess's home isn't safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control...

    About the Author


    Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Great Library series, Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.
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    ISBN: 9780451472403
    ISBN-10: 0451472403
    Publisher: Berkley Books
    Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
    Pages: 368
    Language: English
    Series: Great Library
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories

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    This is a stunning collection of interlinked stories. Marra is one of about three living writers whose books (all of two now) consistently move me to tears. Even though he’s still at the beginning of his career, it is evident to this reader (and the staff at this store) that his narrative skills and stylistic grace will ultimately make him one of the most talented and distinguished American writers of his generation. His newest is a profound book -- a book to savor.

    — Nick

    October 2015 Indie Next List


    “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is one of my favorite novels of the last several years, and now Marra follows that up with a dazzling set of linked stories set in Russia, Chechnya, and Siberia over a period of time spanning from the Russian Revolution to the modern day and beyond. As with his debut novel, what I love are the characters that he makes readers care so deeply about, as well as the fact that I constantly found myself wanting to know more about their lives and the history of their countries. Get on the Marra train now because one thing is certain: He is one of our brightest young talents writing today.”
    — Cody Morrison (M), Square Books, Oxford, MS

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    From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena--dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.

    This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts.

    In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

    About the Author


    ANTHONY MARRA is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), which won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and appeared on over twenty year-end lists. Marra's novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and France's Prix Medicis. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, California. Visit http: //anthonymarra.net/ From the Hardcover edition.
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    ISBN: 9780770436452
    ISBN-10: 0770436455
    Publisher: Hogarth Press
    Publication Date: July 19th, 2016
    Pages: 384
    Language: English
  • White Trash The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

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    In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, what The New York Times hails as "formidable and truth-dealing," Nancy Isenberg takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing if occasionally entertaining poor white trash.

    — From White Trash The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

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    The New York Times bestseller
    A New York Times Notable and Critics' Top Book of 2016
    Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
    One of NPR's 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On
    NPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2016's Great Reads
    San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
    A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
    Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016

    "Formidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary." --The New York Times

    "This eye-opening investigation into our country's entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant." --O Magazine

    In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing--if occasionally entertaining--poor white trash.

    "When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there's always a chance that the dancing bear will win," says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

    The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies. They were alternately known as "waste people," "offals," "rubbish," "lazy lubbers," and "crackers." By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called "clay eaters" and "sandhillers," known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.

    Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society--where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics--a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.

    We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation's history. With Isenberg's landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.

    About the Author


    Nancy Isenberg is the author of Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Biography and won the Oklahoma Book Award for best book in Nonfiction. She is the coauthor, with Andrew Burstein, of Madison and Jefferson. She is the T. Harry Williams Professor of American History at LSU, and writes regularly for Salon.com. Isenberg is the winner of the 2016 Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was #4 on the 2016 Politico 50 list. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Charlottesville, Virginia.


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    ISBN: 9780670785971
    ISBN-10: 0670785970
    Publisher: Viking
    Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
    Pages: 480
    Language: English
  • A Wilder Life: A Season-by-Season Guide to Getting in Touch with Nature

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    In our technology-driven, workaday world, connecting with nature has never before been more essential. A Wilder Life, a beautiful oversized lifestyle book by the team behind the popular Wilder Quarterly, gives readers indispensable ideas for interacting with the great outdoors. Learn to plant a night-blooming garden, navigate by reading the stars, build an outdoor shelter, make dry shampoo, identify insects, cultivate butterflies in a backyard, or tint your clothes with natural dyes. Like a modern-day Whole Earth Catalog, A Wilder Life gives us DIY projects and old-world skills that are being reclaimed by a new generation. Divided into sections pertaining to each season and covering self-reliance, growing and gardening, cooking, health and beauty, and wilderness, and with photos and illustrations evocative of the great outdoors, A Wilder Life shows that getting in touch with nature is possible no matter who you are and--more important--where you are.

    About the Author


    Celestine Maddy is the founder and publisher of Wilder Quarterly. She was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business for 2012 and is also a Cannes Lion winner. Before founding Wilder Quarterly, Maddy was the director of emerging media at the global agency StrawberryFrog. She lives in San Francisco, where she is currently VP of marketing at Reddit.
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    ISBN: 9781579655938
    ISBN-10: 1579655939
    Publisher: Artisan Publishers
    Publication Date: January 26th, 2016
    Pages: 272
    Language: English
  • Dead Man's Float

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    “My work piles up,
    I falter with disease.
    Time rushes toward me --
    It has no brakes. Still,
    The radishes are good this year.
    Run them through butter,
    Add a little salt.”
    -- A poem from Dead Man’s Float

    He never lost it. We’ll miss you Jim, you old crow. -- Nick

    — From Dead Man's Float

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    Jim Harrison's final book of poems, published only a few months before his death

    " Jim Harrison] is still close to the source...Dead Man's Float is, as its title would suggest, a flinty and psalmist look at mortality and wonder."--Los Angeles Times

    "Mr. Harrison's novels and poems over the last two decades have been increasingly preoccupied with mortality, never so much as in Dead Man's Float, his very good new book of verse. Here he details the shocks of shingles and back surgery, as well as the comprehensive low wheeze of a fraying body... The joys in Mr. Harrison's world have remained consistent. If sex is less frequently an option, his appetites for food and the outdoors are undiminished. In one poem, he goes out into a rainstorm at night and sits naked at a picnic table. In another, he writes: 'I envied the dog lying in the yard/so I did it.'... The title of this volume, Dead Man's Float, refers to a way to stay alive in the water when one has grown tired while far from shore. As a poet, however, Mr. Harrison is not passively drifting. He remains committed to language, and to what pleasures he can catch."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

    "Few enough are the books I decide to keep beyond a culling or two. Barring fire or flood, Dead Man's Float will be in my library for the rest of my life. If it's the last poetry collection we get from Harrison--and I hope it isn't--it is as fine an example of his efforts as any."--Missoula Independent

    "Harrison's poems succeed on the basis of an open heart and a still-ravenous appetite for life."--The Texas Observer

    "Forthright and unaffected, even brash, Harrison always scoops us straight into the world whether writing fiction or nonfiction and] goes in deep, acknowledging our frailness even as he seamlessly connects with a world that moves from water to air to the sky beyond."--Library Journal

    "Harrison pours himself into everything he writes... in poems, you do meet Harrison head-on. As he navigates his seventies, he continues to marvel with succinct awe and earthy lyricism over the wonders of birds, dogs, and stars as he pays haunting homage to his dead and contends with age's assaults. The sagely mischievous poet of the North Woods and the Arizona desert laughs at himself as he tries to relax by imagining that he's doing the dead man's float only to sink into troubling memories...Bracingly candid, gracefully elegiac, tough, and passionate, Harrison travels the deep river of the spirit, from the wailing precincts of a hospital to a "green glade of soft marsh grass near a pool in a creek" to the moon-bright sea."--Donna Seaman, Booklist

    "Jim Harrison has been a remarkably productive writer across a multitude of genres... His poetry is earthy, witty, keenly observed and tied closely to the natural world and] mortality looms large in Dead Man's Float, his 14th collection of poems... F]orceful, lucid, fearlessly honest, Harrison knows that the nearness of death intensifies life."--Arlice Davenport, Wichita Daily Eagle

    Warbler

    This year we have two gorgeous
    yellow warblers nesting in the honeysuckle bush.
    The other day I stuck my head in the bush.
    The nestlings weigh one twentieth of an ounce,
    about the size of a honeybee. We stared at
    each other, startled by our existence.
    In a month or so, when they reach the size
    of bumblebees they'll fly to Costa Rica without a map.

    Jim Harrison (1937-2016) was one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers.

    About the Author


    Jim Harrison: Jim Harrison, one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction--including Legends of the Fall, the acclaimed trilogy of novellas, and The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, and in 2007 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With a fondness for open space and anonymous thickets, he divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona.
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    ISBN: 9781556594458
    ISBN-10: 1556594453
    Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
    Pages: 156
    Language: English

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