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  • The Daughters of Mars

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    At once epic and intimate, Daughters of Mars tells the story of two sisters, Australian nurses, thrown into the maw of World War 1. This is an old-fashioned read, told by a master storyteller.


    — From The Daughters of Mars


    From the acclaimed author of Schindler's List, the new novel that has been called the best of Thomas Keneally's career, and hailed as "magnificent...stunning...full of suspense, searing particulars, and deep emotion" (The Guardian).

    In what is perhaps "the best novel of his career" (The Spectator), the acclaimed author of Schindler's List tells the unforgettable story of two sisters whose lives are transformed by the cataclysm of the first world war.

    IN 1915, Naomi and Sally Durance, two spirited Australian sisters, join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father's farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Amid the carnage, the sisters' tenuous bond strengthens as they bravely face extreme danger and hostility--sometimes from their own side. There is great humor and compassion, too, and the inspiring example of the incredible women they serve alongside. In France, each meets an exceptional man, the kind for whom she might relinquish her newfound independence-- if only they all survive.

    At once vast in scope and extraordinarily intimate, The Daughters of Mars is a remarkable novel about suffering and transcendence, despair and triumph, and the simple acts of decency that make us human even in a world gone mad.
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    ISBN: 9781476734620
    ISBN-10: 1476734623
    Publisher: Washington Square Press
    Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
    Pages: 517
    Language: English
  • Lowriders in Space

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    In this action packed graphic novel a couple of friends fix up a lowrider car—and travel to space! Illustrated entirely in four different colors of ballpoint pen, I love how Raul the Third shows you don’t need fancy, expensive art supplies to create something beautiful. Just pick up your pen and start drawing!


    — From Lowriders in Space


    Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash just what the team needs to open their own shop Ay chihuahua What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Striking, unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure.

    About the Author

    Cathy Camper is a librarian focusing on outreach to schools and children in grades K-12. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Raul the Third teaches classes on drawing and comics for kids at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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    ISBN: 9781452128696
    ISBN-10: 1452128693
    Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
    Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
    Pages: 111
    Language: English
  • Brown Dog

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    These novellas are the literary equivalent of comfort food. Written over the course of four decades, this collection of six novellas tells of the life and legend of Brown Dog, the eponymous protagonist -- a harmless and rascally character. He is modest, wise, and unforgettable. The last novella, never before published, is a beautiful conclusion to the Brown Dog series. This is a must-have collection.


    — From Brown Dog


    What Harrison does on every page of "Brown Dog" is have fun . . . not simply for the sake of delight but because he believes delight is as close to sublimity as humans can get. . . . The great project of life, he reminds us, is to sit still long enough to appreciate it. Anthony Doerr, "The New York Times Book Review"
    Brown Dog is . . . an everyman on the most fundamental level . . . vividly, evocatively, alive. . . . These novellas read like a nuanced conversation between author and character. . . . Masterful. David Ulin, "Los Angeles Times"
    "New York Times" best-selling author Jim Harrison is one of America's most beloved writers. Of all his creations, Brown Dog has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance, scrambling to stay out of jail after his salvage-diving operation uncovers the frozen body of an Indian man in the waters of Lake Superior. A "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year, now in paperback, this book gathers together all the Brown Dog novellas, including one that has never been published.
    Brown Dog is a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, a former pulp cutter who looks on work as something to do when he needs money, far inferior to the pleasures of fishing. Of course, the flip side of this is that he's never far from catastrophe. Overindulging in food, drink, and women while just scraping by, B.D. meets a nubile archaeologist who presses him for the location of a sacred Native American burial ground; the ensuing flirtation with radicalization results in B.D. wandering Los Angeles in search of a stolen bearskin. When he returns home a little older and wiser, B.D. will seek out family and end up pining for the lesbian social worker who's pushing him toward stability. The collection culminates with He Dog, written for this book, which finds B.D. still marginally employed and looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay) as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, in search of an answer to the riddle of family and, perhaps, a chance at redemption.
    Witty and poignantly human, "Brown Dog" underscores Harrison's place as one of America's most irrepressible writers, and one of our finest practitioners of the novella form. It is the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison's irresistible everyman.

    About the Author

    Jim Harrison is the author of thirty-five previous books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including "Legends of the Fall," "The Road Home," "Returning to Earth," and "The English Major." A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.
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    ISBN: 9780802122865
    ISBN-10: 0802122868
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: September 1st, 2014
    Pages: 525
    Language: English
  • A Circle of Wives

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    The dynamics of this menage a trois are brilliantly narrated.  Alice LaPlante has a grasp of the human condition that is generous and smart. This is a novel of manners - not Jane Austen but a contemporary take on our own needs and romance and love and frailties.


    — From A Circle of Wives

    March 2014 Indie Next List

    “What would you do if you discovered your husband had another wife, or even two, at the same time that he is married to you? Full of marital and murderous deception, LaPlante's new novel echoes the tension and suspense of her previous work, Turn of Mind, and leads the reader down a path of betrayal, power, passion, and terror. A fabulous read!”
    — Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT


    * An Indie Next Pick
    * A LibraryReads Selection
    * An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Mysteries & Thrillers)
    * A Daily Candy Best Book of March
    * One of "More" Magazine's "Five Thrillers Not to Read After Dark"
    When Dr. John Taylor turns up dead in a hotel room, the local police uncover enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers petty crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile case that is more complicated than any she has faced before. A renowned reconstructive surgeon and a respected family man, Dr. Taylor was beloved and admired. But beneath his perfect facade was a hidden lifein fact, multiple lives. Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. As the circumstances surrounding his death emerge, Detective Adams finds herself tracking down a murderer through a tangled web of marital deception and revenge. "New York Times" bestselling author Alice LaPlante's haunting and complex novel of family secrets dissectswith scalpel-like agilitythe intricacies of desire and commitment, trust and jealousy.

    About the Author

    Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in "Epoch," "Southwestern Review," and other literary journals. Alice is the author of six books, including the LA Times bestseller "Method and Madness: The Making of a Story" (W.W. Norton 2009). Her first novel, "Turn of Mind," was a "New York Times," NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller, won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and was named a "New York Times" and "Booklist" Editors' Choice and a #1 IndieNextPick. She lives with her family in Northern California. Author website: alicelaplante.com
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780802122926
    ISBN-10: 0802122922
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
    Pages: 328
    Language: English
  • Children of the Canyon

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    A wonderful trip back to the 1970s, when "The Revolution" revealed itself as not all it was cracked up to be.  In this evocative coming-of-age novel, set in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, cultural milestones are referred to obliquely, and it's great fun to recognize them while the young protagonist tries to puzzle them out.  So let your hair down and go with the flow!



    — From Children of the Canyon


    Children of the Canyon tells the story of David, a boy growing up in L.A.'s fabled Laurel Canyon neighborhood as the 1960s counterculture is coming to an end. David's record producer father works with the reclusive former leader of a surf music band on an album that promises to elevate the legacies of both men to immortal status. His distant, peripatetic mother rides the waves of activism and feminism in and out of David's life. The elusive Topanga, named for the city's last remaining Eden, whom David meets on the beach the night of his parents' separation, continues to elude his futile attempts to reconnect with her throughout the decade. Through David's eyes, we bear witness to the fallout from the California Dream's malfunction: the ruined families, failed revolutionaries, curdled musical idealism, and, ultimately, the rise of the conservatism that put the country on its present path.

    About the Author

    A graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has 11 produced film and television credits to his name. He has written for every studio and network in Hollywood, has published two books on film and television writing, and has been the subject of features in Variety, Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter. Kukoff has taught writing at Northwestern, UCLA, and NYU, has served as a guest editor to Palgrave MacMillan, and has been a featured as a guest lecturer at UCLA's Faculty Lecture Series at Lake Arrowhead. He lives in Los Angeles. Children of the Canyon is his first novel.
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    ISBN: 9781940207605
    ISBN-10: 1940207606
    Publisher: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book
    Publication Date: November 18th, 2014
    Pages: 286
    Language: English
  • Loving Learning

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    Reading this book as a Park Day School alum was a kind of bizarre exegesis for me. It reminded me how blessed I am to have been a pupil of Tom Little’s, to have benefitted so thoroughly from his wisdom and compassion. With the arrival of this book, everyone, and not just his former students, can appreciate the potency of his pedagogical vision.

    You needn’t have known Tom, or be in any way affiliated with Park Day School to find this a remarkable book -- it puts forth a highly compelling argument about the transformative potential of inquiry-based, experiential learning models in America’s classrooms. If you did know Tom, I recommend doing him the favor of reading his introduction to this volume -- he writes about his school, his students, and his colleagues with characteristic warmth and grace. We miss you, Tom.


    — From Loving Learning


    The longtime head of Park Day School, Tom Little embarked on a tour of 43 progressive schools across the country. In this book, his life's work, he interweaves his teaching experience, the knowledge he gleaned from his trip, and the history of Progressive Education. As Little and Katherine Ellison reveal, these educators and schools invigorate learning and promote inquisitiveness by allowing the curriculum to grow organically out of children's questions--whether they lead to studying the senses, working on a farm, or re-creating a desert ecosystem in the classroom.

    We see curious students draw on information across disciplines to think in imaginative yet practical ways, like in a "Mini-Maker Faire" or designing and building a chair from scratch. Becoming good citizens was another of Little's goals. He believed in the need for students to learn how to become advocates for themselves, from setting rules on the playground to engaging in issues of social justice in the wider community.

    Using the philosophy of Progressive Education, schools can prepare students to shape a vibrant future in the arts and sciences for themselves and the nation.

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    ISBN: 9780393246162
    ISBN-10: 0393246167
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Publication Date: March 2nd, 2015
    Pages: 256
    Language: English
  • Prince of Shadows

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    We read this with jaws dangling in disbelief. The premise--Romeo’s cousin, Benvolio, is a revenge cat burglar--should be absurd. Instead, the book is exquisitely crafted, a balancing act between swashbuckling romp and nuanced, moving take on “Romeo & Juliet.” Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fantastic, romantic adventure--or to anyone who knows that “Romeo & Juliet” is full of dirty jokes. Pair with Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty for a double dose of gorgeous historical-fantasy romance with a sense of humor!

    ~Antonia & Fiona

    — From Prince of Shadows


    In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and--if they survive--marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.
    Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona--and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona...
    ...And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

    About the Author

    Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the Revivalist series.
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    ISBN: 9780451414427
    ISBN-10: 045141442X
    Publisher: Berkley Books
    Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
    Pages: 384
    Language: English
  • Being Mortal

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    We are all going to die. Yet because of amazing advances in medical technology, most of us will have to decide when and how our lives end.  Writing with compassion and clarity, Atul Gawande suggests new ways to consider end-of-life decisions in this age of “medical miracles.”  Urgently recommended.


    — From Being Mortal


    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

    Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

    Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

    Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

    About the Author

    Atul Gawande is author of four bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon as one of the ten best books of 2007; The Checklist Manifesto; and his most recent, Being Mortal. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.
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    ISBN: 9780805095159
    ISBN-10: 0805095152
    Publisher: Metropolitan Books
    Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
    Pages: 282
    Language: English
  • The Outlander

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    Gil Adamson is a poet and her writing truly is poetic. The story of a woman on the run in the Canadian Wilderness is captivating.


    — From The Outlander

    October 2008 Indie Next List

    “The Outlander is a breathlessly told tale of a murderess widow who flees into the mountain wilderness, pursued by her vengeance-seeking brothers-in-law. As she makes her hapless way, she meets up with an entertainingly odd series of characters who propel her on her journey, their eccentricities mirroring her sometimes faltering mind. A marvelous adventure in the early 1900s North American West.”
    — Kathleen Johnson, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA

    September 2009 Indie Next List

    “The Canadian Rockies, described with intensity, are the stage for an outlaw heroine's improbable ride from vengeance, both her own and that of her victim's kin. Thrilling in the way an imaginative page-turner should be, the story is nonetheless hooked upon the barbs of real events and real personalities.”
    — Neil Strandberg, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


    In 1903 Mary Boulton flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, she has just become a widow-and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive instinct for survival at any cost, she retreats ever deeper into the wilderness-and into the wilds of her own mind.

    Praise For…

    “THE OUTLANDER deserves to be read twice, first for the plot and the complex characters which make this a page-turner of the highest order, and then a second time, slowly, to savor the marvel of Gil Adamson’s writing. This novel is a true wonder.”
    -Ann Patchett

    “This remarkable novel opens at full gallop and never slows. Adamson has seamlessly merged a compelling narrative with poetic language to create a work that is full of beauty and heart and wonder.”
    -Ron Rash, author of SAINTS AT THE RIVER and SERENA

    “A remarkable first novel, full of verve, beautifully written, and with all the panache of a great adventure.”
    -Michael Ondaatje

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780061491344
    ISBN-10: 0061491349
    Publisher: Harper Perennial
    Publication Date: June 30th, 2009
    Pages: 389
    Language: English
    Series: P.S.
  • Hausfrau

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    Captivating and erotic, Anna’s story carries you along like the Swiss trains she adores.  Essbaum writes prose like the poet she is, with great power and emotion. This is a book to bask in!


    — From Hausfrau

    April 2015 Indie Next List

    “In this powerful, affecting novel, Essbaum has written an ode to desire and the destructive choices we make. There is a grace in Essbaum's writing that leads the reader to love Anna, to befriend her, and to be endlessly protective of her. Whatever it is that a poet does with words -- the arranging, the building of something that is more than the sum of its parts -- Essbaum, an accomplished poet, does with the emotions and the honesty in this work. It is brave, vulnerable, and filled with love, passion, and the kind of lust that one never speaks about. This is something special.”
    — Kenny Coble, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA


    A debut novel about Anna, a bored housewife who, like her Tolstoyan namesake, throws herself into a psychosexual journey of self-discovery and tragedy. "O: The Oprah Magazine"
    Sexy and insightful, this gorgeously written novel opens a window into one woman's desperate soul. "People"
    Anna was a good wife, mostly.For readers of "The Girl on the Train" and "The Woman Upstairs" comes a striking debut novel of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality, featuring a fascinating heroine who struggles to live a life with meaning.
    Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno a banker and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zurich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her.
    But Anna can t easily extract herself from these affairs. When she wants to end them, she finds it's difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.
    Intimate, intense, and written with the precision of a Swiss Army knife, Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality, and most especially self. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying heroine whose passions and choices readers will debate with recognition and fury. Her story reveals, with honesty and great beauty, how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.
    Praise for "Hausfrau
    Elegant . . . There is much to admire in Essbaum's intricately constructed, meticulously composed novel, including its virtuosic intercutting of past and present. "Chicago Tribune"
    For a first novelist, Essbaum is extraordinary because she is a poet. Her language is meticulous and resonant and daring. NPR's "Weekend Edition"
    We re in literary territory as familiar as Anna's name, but Essbaum makes it fresh with sharp prose and psychological insight. "San Francisco Chronicle"
    This marvelously quiet book is psychologically complex and deeply intimate. . . . One of the smartest novels in recent memory. "The Dallas Morning News"
    Essbaum's poignant, shocking debut novel rivets. "Us Weekly
    A powerful, lyrical novel . . . "Hausfrau" boasts taut pacing and melodrama, but also a fully realized heroine as love-hateable as Emma Bovary. "The Huffington Post"
    Imagine Tom Perrotta's American nowheresvilles swapped out for a tidy Zurich suburb, sprinkled liberally with sharp riffs on Swiss-German grammar and European hypocrisy. "New York.

    About the Author

    Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of several collections of poetry and her work has appeared in "The Best American Poetry, " as well as its sister anthology, "The Best American Erotic Poems, 1800-Present." She is the winner of the Bakeless Poetry Prize and recipient of two NEA literature fellowships. A member of the core faculty at the University of California, Riverside s Palm Desert Low-Residency MFA program, she lives and writes in Austin, Texas."

    Coverage from NPR

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780812997538
    ISBN-10: 0812997530
    Publisher: Random House
    Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
    Pages: 336
    Language: English


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