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  • Clock Dance

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    July 2018 Indie Next List


    “Anne Tyler’s extraordinary ability to tell a story in the simplest language has helped her become one of our most beloved authors. In Clock Dance, she brings us Willa Drake, who has been seeking something all her life, it seems. It’s not until she’s reached middle age that she finally opens a new door in her heart and welcomes in the most unusual group of people: an entire neighborhood, ready to bring her a new perspective and an understanding of life that will change her forever. Tyler’s newest is one for book groups, one for book lovers, and one for you, too.”
    — Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA

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    NATIONAL BEST SELLER! A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

    Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

    About the Author


    ANNE TYLER is the author of more than twenty novels. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Praise For…


    “Anne Tyler is one of this country’s great artists . . . She has lost none of the inspired grace of her prose, nor her sad, frank humor, nor her limitless sympathy for women who ask for little and get less . . . Beautiful, understated, humane.” USA Today

    “Tyler writes with enormous warmth about all her characters.” Baltimore Sun

    “Tyler’s stirring story celebrates the joys of self-discovery and the essential truth that family is ours to define.” People
     
    “Anne Tyler is the most dependably rewarding novelist now at work in our country.” Wall Street Journal

    “A psychologically astute study of an intelligent, curious woman . . . A triumph.” Boston Globe

    "Feels as comforting as coming home.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    Clock Dance pulls you right in and keeps on ticking . . . Tyler’s novels reassure us that the possibilities for meaningful connection—which so often seem lost in our hectic world—are still out there.” Newsday

    “A gorgeous gem of a novel about family and second chances.” Bustle
     
    “What’s so amazing about Tyler’s novels is the way she makes ordinary people and ordinary things so fascinating . . . In Tyler’s hands, life’s mundane activities feel vital . . . Revelatory . . . Unwrapping the story is a delight.” Chicago Tribune
     
    “Full of wisdom about relationships, delivered in gorgeous language and with considerable charm.” San Francisco Chronicle

    “Delightfully zany . . . Charming . . . Tender." Washington Post

    “She is one of our greatest living fiction writers and if I were in charge, she’d have a Nobel by now.” The Observer (UK)
     
    Clock Dance is Anne Tyler at her best . . . An entertaining, heartwarming story about second chances and the real meaning of family . . . Full of the sorts of eccentric yet totally believable characters that Anne Tyler is a genius at creating . . . Captivating . . . A delight.” Greensboro News & Record (NC)

    “If you want to understand the everyday life of Americans, read Anne Tyler . . . There is no one better at taking the ordinary person—the one we don’t even notice in the supermarket queue—and showing us what lies beneath . . . Clock Dance is a marvelous frog-leap of a book . . . Sequel please!” The Times (UK)

    “A joy to read . . . These characters come to life off the page.” Baltimore Magazine
     
    “Anne Tyler's Baltimore has become a sort of urban Yoknapatawpha.” —Charles McGrath, New York Times
     
    “If Anne Tyler isn’t the best writer in the world, who is?" —Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4

    “Tenderly devastating . . . Affecting . . . A quiet but sharply feminist statement.” Entertainment Weekly

    “Anne Tyler is one of America’s very best living novelists and one of the world’s most loved . . . Her stories about family life—beautifully written, forensically insightful, sometimes laugh out loud funny—are cherished by all ages . . . She sheds light on the secret bits of yourself, the parts no one knows about, and her skill is writing compassionately about our so-called ordinary lives with an apparent effortlessness that conceals great art.” The Times Magazine (UK)

    “In Tyler’s effortless, uncluttered prose, the novel beautifully explores an older woman’s search for meaning and agency in her life.”Christian Science Monitor
     
    Clock Dance, rife with the hurts and joys of living, is far more than merely very good . . . For readers Anne Tyler is a life force; for writers she is simply the best.” Irish Times

    “A smart, touching exploration of altruism and the nature of a meaningful life.”Daily Mail (UK)

    “Stellar . . . A bittersweet, hope-filled look at two quirky families that have broken apart and are trying to find their way back to one another.” Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed)

    “Brilliant, charming, and book-club-ready . . . Tyler’s bedazzling yet fathoms-deep feel-good novel is wrought with nimble humor, intricate understanding of emotions and family, place and community—and bounteous pleasure in quirkiness, discovery, and renewal.” Booklist (starred)

    Clock Dance brims with the qualities that have brought Tyler legions of fans and high critical acclaim. Characters pulse with lifelikeness. The tone flickers between humorous relish and sardonic shrewdness. Dialogue crackles with authenticity . . . Warmly appealing.” The Sunday Times (UK)

    “Tyler does not disappoint. Her characters are distinctly drawn and their stories layered . . . The result is a compelling look at the need for relevance, being offered a second chance, and deciding whether to take it. Highly recommended.” Library Journal, (starred)
     
    “Written with brilliantly deceptive ease . . . So absorbing . . . Tyler’s Baltimore is universal, like Trollope’s Barchester, or Flaubert’s Normandy . . . Even though she performs narrative cartwheels that would lead other novelists to be praised as experimental, she does it with such ease that it seems closer to life than to art.” The Mail on Sunday (UK)
     
    “Tyler’s characteristic warmth and affection for her characters are engaging as ever.” Kirkus Reviews

    “Tyler’s novels are as generous as they are perceptive . . . She has a keen eye and an alert ear, sympathy for her characters, an awareness of both life’s comedy and its tragedy.” The Scotsman
     
    “Perfectly executed . . . Precise, unpretentious, and centred on credible characters to whom Tyler never condescends.” The Spectator (UK)
     
    “Beautifully observed . . . Anne Tyler is renowned for her wry humour, great ear for dialogue, and microscopic observations of human interactions. Clock Dance is no exception.” Sunday Express (UK)


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    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780525521228
    ISBN-10: 0525521224
    Publisher: Knopf
    Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
    Pages: 304
    Language: English
  • Death of Truth

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
    NEW YORK TIMES Editors' Choice

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of America’s retreat from reason


    We live in a time when the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the occupants of the White House. Discredited conspiracy theories and ideologies have resurfaced, proven science is once more up for debate, and Russian propaganda floods our screens. The wisdom of the crowd has usurped research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the beliefs that best confirm our biases.
     
    How did truth become an endangered species in contemporary America? This decline began decades ago, and in The Death of Truth, former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to this gathering storm. In social media and literature, television, academia, and politics, Kakutani identifies the trends—originating on both the right and the left—that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values. And she returns us to the words of the great critics of authoritarianism, writers like George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, whose work is newly and eerily relevant.
     
    With remarkable erudition and insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and points toward a new path for our truth-challenged times.

    About the Author


    Michiko Kakutani is a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic and the former chief book critic of The New York Times.

    Praise For…


    “Kakutani has written the first great book of the Trump administration. The Death of Truth is a fiery polemic against the president and should go down as essential reading. In nine exquisitely crafted broadsides, the Pulitzer winner calls upon her vast knowledge of literature, philosophy and politics to serve up a damning state of the union.” Rolling Stone

    “The Death of Truth 
    is destined to become the defining treatise of our age. Not only does it brilliantly and incisively diagnose the roots of our decaying social and political order; it also shows why we must rescue the truth before it is buried under a regime of lies. Everyone should read this book.” —David Grann

    “This book is essential reading today.” Walter Isaacson

    “Dazzling. . . . Kakutani’s slender, fiery new book . . . could have been written only by someone who reads more, and retains more, than most mere mortals.” —TIME

    “Without the truth we will be neither prosperous nor virtuous nor free. This book begins the self-defense of American culture. May it reach a generation that will make narcissism passé and factuality sexy." —Timothy Snyder

    "This is the book I would have written—but only if I had had a brilliant grasp of literature, politics, and history, and the ability to weave them together in a uniquely original way. The Death of Truth goes indelibly to the dark, dark heart of what is ailing our democracy as no recent book has done." —Graydon Carter

    "Kakutani's The Death of Truth is politically urgent and intellectually dazzling. She deftly goes behind the daily headlines to reveal the larger forces threatening democracy at home in America, and elsewhere around the globe. The result is a brilliant and fascinating call-to-arms that anyone who cares about democracy ought to read immediately." —Jane Mayer

    “An elegant polemic against Trump, tyranny and lies.” —The Times

    “A pointed and penetrating book. . . . The Death of Truth offers a clear-eyed, eloquent assessment of the current predicament. . . . This book is essential for understanding the corrosive effects of an ongoing, relentless assault on truth.” The San Francisco Chronicle

    “An intellectually dazzling read.” —Entertainment Weekly

    “Essential. . . . The Death of Truth is Kakutani’s first book, and to say it’s a doozy would be an understatement.” Bustle

    “Anyone wanting a concise summary of the death of truth should turn to Michiko Kakutani’s eponymous book.” —Edward Luce, The Financial Times

    “Riveting, righteous and relevant.” —The Irish Times

    “A book to which readers could turn for generations to come as an explainer on how the once-unthinkable came to pass.” Longreads

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780525574828
    ISBN-10: 0525574824
    Publisher: Tim Duggan Books
    Publication Date: July 17th, 2018
    Pages: 208
    Language: English
  • Sapiens

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    — From Sapiens

    Description


    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg,  now available as a beautifully packaged paperback

    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

    Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

    Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

    About the Author


    Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His first book, Sapiens, was translated into more than forty languages and became a bestseller in the US, the UK, France, China, Korea, and numerous other countries.

    http://www.ynharari.com/

    Praise For…


    Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.”
    — Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday

    Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…. Fascinating.”
    Wall Street Journal

    “In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read.”
    — Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

    “Yuval Noah Harari’s celebrated Sapiens does for human evolution what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did for physics.… He does a superb job of outlining our slow emergence and eventual domination of the planet.”
    Forbes

    “[I]nteresting and provocative…It gives you a sense of perspective on how briefly we’ve been on this earth, how short things like agriculture and science have been around, and why it makes sense for us to not take them for granted.”
    President Barack Obama

    “I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history…you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
    Bill Gates

    “Thank God someone finally wrote [this] exact book.”
    Sebastian Junger

    Sapiens takes readers on a sweeping tour of the history of our species…. Harari’s formidable intellect sheds light on the biggest breakthroughs in the human story…important reading for serious-minded, self-reflective sapiens.”
    Washington Post

    “It is one of the best accounts by a Homo sapiens of the unlikely story of our violent, accomplished species.…It is one hell of a story. And it has seldom been told better…. Compulsively readable and impossibly learned.”
    — Michael Gerson, Washington Post

    “This was the most surprising and thought-provoking book I read this year.”
    — Atlantic.com

    “Yuval Noah Harari’s full-throated review of our species may have been blurbed by Jared Diamond, but Harari’s conclusions are at once balder and less tendentious than that of his famous colleague.”
    New York magazine

    “This title is one of the exceptional works of nonfiction that is both highly intellectual and compulsively readable… a fascinating, hearty read.”
    — Library Journal (starred review)

    “An encyclopedic approach from a well-versed scholar who is concise but eloquent, both skeptical and opinionated, and open enough to entertain competing points of view.…The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor.”
    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “Writing with wit and verve, Harari…attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth as well as the sole representative of the human genus.… Provocative and entertaining.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “The most idea-packed work of non-fiction I’ve read in years.”
    — Dick Meyer, www.abcactionnews.com

    “In this sweeping look at the history of humans, Harari offers readers the chance to reconsider, well, everything, from a look at why Homo sapiens endured to a compelling discussion of how society organizes itself through fictions.”
    Booklist Best Books of the Year

    “It’s not often that a book offers readers the possibility to reconsider, well, everything. But that’s what Harari does in this sweeping look at the history of humans.… Readers of every stripe should put this at the top of their reading lists. Thinking has never been so enjoyable.”
    Booklist (starred review)

    “The sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain…. Harari…is an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps will have you gasping with admiration.”
    — John Carey, Sunday Times (London)

    “Harari’s account of how we conquered the Earth astonishes with its scope and imagination…. One of those rare books that lives up to the publisher’s blurb...brilliantly clear, witty and erudite.”
    — Ben Shepard, the Observer (London)

    “An absorbing, provocative history of civilization…packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised…you will simply have to read it.”
    — John Gray, Financial Times (London)

    “Full of…high-perspective, shocking and wondrous stories, as well as strange theories and startling insights.”
    — Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

    “Not only is Harari eloquent and humane, he is often wonderfully, mordantly funny”
    — The Independent (London)

    “Engaging and informative…. Extremely interesting.”
    Guardian (London)

    “Harari can write…really, really write, with wit, clarity, elegance, and a wonderful eye for metaphor.”
    The Times (Ireland)
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780062316110
    ISBN-10: 0062316117
    Publisher: Harper Perennial
    Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
    Pages: 464
    Language: English
  • My Absolute Darling

    My Absolute Darling: A Novel Cover Image
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    September 2017 Indie Next List


    “I believe in great American novels, but not the Great American Novel. This is a Great American Novel: exquisitely lush language of the natural world; startlingly vivid characters; a global understanding of social context, in a particular place; and, in this case, steel-wire narrative tension stringing through the beautiful prose like piano wire. It is the book this year that I feel every American should read, because of its greatness and also because of its deep wrestling with issues of class, complacency, climate change, culture, and especially gender.”
    — John Evans (M), DIESEL, A Bookstore, Oakland, CA

    Description


    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
    LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST
    NBCC JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FINALIST
    ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES'S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
    ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST’S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
    ONE OF NPR’S ‘GREAT READS’ OF 2017
    A USA TODAY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

    AN AMAZON.COM BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
    A BUSINESS INSIDER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

    "Impossible to put down." NPR


    "A novel that readers will gulp down, gasping.” —The Washington Post
     

    "The word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one." —Stephen King

    A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.


    Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

    Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

    Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

    About the Author


    Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.

    Praise For…


    "My Absolute Darling is a novel that readers will gulp down, gasping…Tallent [is a] prodigiously talented new writer.” —The Washington Post

    "A searing story of abuse and damaged people, but also about resilience, strength and survival. Much recommended." —Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times

    "With its unconventional heroine and unflinching portrayal of an abused girl’s fight to save herself, My Absolute Darling seems poised to become the breakout debut of the year." —The New York Times

    My Absolute Darling is Gabriel Tallent's first novel, and no less than Stephen King has called it a "masterpiece" to rank with To Kill A Mockingbird and Catch-22.” —NPR

    “Our generation’s next beloved literary heroine....this is one of the most important books you'll pick up this decade.” —Harper's Bazaar

    "A gripping introduction to a seriously brave little girl... My Absolute Darling is an affecting read but also an important one." —USA Today

    “Impressively, this is…a novel of great beauty, filled with lush evocations of the woods.” —Wall Street Journal

    "Make some time to read Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling…The sentences are beautiful, the language spare and tough." —Sam Sifton in The New York Times

    “A gripping read, written in beautiful, brutal prose ... My Absolute Darling is a Great American Novel for the increasingly isolationist, fractionalised and disenchanted contemporary era.” –Financial Times 

    “A stunningly poetic psychological thriller.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

    "There's no shortage of things to admire in My Absolute Darling —it's a devastating and powerful debut from a writer who's almost certain to have a wonderful career ahead of him." —NPR.org

    “An unputdownable coming-of-age novel.” —Entertainment Weekly

    “The best drop-everything debut…if you loved To Kill A Mockingbird’s Scout Finch, you’ll be into Turtle Alveston.” –Glamour 

    “A brilliant and haunting debut.” —People

    “Lush and vivid. You’ll read it with your stomach in your shoes, rooting for [Turtle] the whole time.” —Marie Claire

    “[An] engrossing read.” InStyle

    “Captures a compelling young heroine.” Vanity Fair

    “A major American debut that incorporates psychological realism of the highest order, juxtaposed with nature writing that at times is so lyrical, you might as well be reading poetry.” —The Houston Chronicle

    “Stunning … contemplative and heart-wrenching.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

    “Extraordinarily unsettling and ambitious…an amazing debut." —The San Francisco Chronicle

    “Brilliant and terrifying, told in expansive, wild and bold prose…Reading this book is like watching an electrical storm, both beautiful and dangerous.” —The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    “[A] glaring, gorgeous book… My Absolute Darling sounds primal alarms with an urgent contemporary voice.” –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

    "Beautifully written and emotionally gripping… My Absolute Darling is a strange hybrid of a book, part gorgeous nature writing, part psychologically astute family drama." —Tampa Bay Times

    “Explosive…There are many elements of this story we would rather not believe — all so convincingly rendered that we can’t help but believe them.” —The Boston Globe

    “With its excellent prose and fast-paced plot, it is a spirited debut.” —Dallas News

    My Absolute Darling is an absolute triumph.”The National

    “Loved every minute.” —Newsday

    “The year’s must-read novel...Tallent in this debut makes an old story — the drama of coming of age — feel original and full of youthful power.—The Times (London)

    “An incandescent novel with an extraordinary, unforgettable heroine, both deeply contemplative and utterly thrilling.” —The Guardian

    “Ferocious, heart-breaking …Tallent combines gorgeous passages about the wilderness Turtle knows well and a steady beat of dramatic tension in this smashing debut.” —BBC

    “[A] gripping, vivid debut…Readers will root for Turtle as she sets out to escape and be absorbed by Tallent’s stunning descriptions of nature.” —RealSimple

    “The cinematic pace of My Absolute Darling will have you physically reacting...as you barrel to the end of this incredibly redemptive, satisfying book.” —goop

    "Easily one of my favorite debut novels of the past decade." —LitHub

    “Gabriel Tallent showcases incredible emotional empathy and nature writing in this novel about a young woman named Turtle, who’s my new favorite character in all of fiction.” –Outside Online

    “To read [My Absolute Darling] is to become an evangelist for it.” —The Millions

    "Philosophical but without pretense, the novel proves a fascinating examination of personal strength… by allowing Turtle to define her own reality.” —Paste

    "Cathartic and spine-tingling as hell." —Vox

    "Turtle is the strong, resilient heroine we didn’t know we needed, and you’ll fall head over heels in love with My Absolute Darling.” —HelloGiggles

    “A fearless adventure tale that's as savvy about internal emotional storms as it is about wrangling with family and nature… A powerful, well-turned story about abuse, its consequences, and what it takes to survive it.” —Kirkus, starred review

    “Lucidly written, both heartbreaking and heartfelt, this book is ultimately affirmative without the slightest sentimentality, and it’s remarkable.” –Library Journal, starred review

    “Remarkable not only for its characterization but also for its minute examination of the natural world that Turtle inhabits. So vivid is the gorgeously realized setting that it becomes itself a major character in a novel that lingers in the mind long after the final page.” –Booklist, starred review 

    “Emotionally fraught… Turtle’s story is harrowingly visceral.” —Publishers Weekly

    "There are books we like well enough to recommend, but there are a very few... that we remember forever. To my own shortlist I can now add My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent...This book is ugly, beautiful, horrifying, and uplifting." —Stephen King

    “Every scene in this astonishing novel packs so much tension, so much insight, such beautiful prose and such masterful handling of detail, I simply could not stop reading.” —Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment 
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780735211186
    ISBN-10: 0735211183
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Publication Date: June 26th, 2018
    Pages: 432
    Language: English
  • Be Prepared

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    By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
    $12.99
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    — From Be Prepared

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    "Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can’t stand it.” —Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile

    In Be Prepared, all Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp.

    Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

    About the Author


    Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel, Anya's Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second. Her picture book Leave Me Alone! was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist at Laika Inc. for ten years, working on films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and at last count has knit twenty-five sweaters.

    Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel, Anya's Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second. Her picture book Leave Me Alone! was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist at Laika Inc. for ten years, working on films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and at last count has knit twenty-five sweaters.

    Praise For…


    "Perfect for fans of Shannon Hale’s Real Friends (2017), this will easily lodge a place in readers’ hearts, even as it has them rolling in the aisles."—Booklist, starred

    "The story, both culturally specific and universal, is a welcome addition to the growing canon of comics tales by talented women cartoonists (Raina Telgemeier, Tillie Walden, Zeina Abirached, Cece Bell, and many others) based on their own lives."—Horn Book, starred

    "The dialogue rings true, the pace is seamless, and the panel artwork, in woodsy browns and greens, conveys feelings with clean, assured lines. By turns sardonic, adorable, and noble, Vera is a beguiling hero who learns how to recognize who's really on her side."—Publishers Weekly, starred

    "A gorgeous, emotional memoir worthy of any graphic novel collection."—School Library Journal, starred

    "Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can’t stand it.” —Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile

    "While the culturally specific references will particularly resonate with kids of Russian heritage, the larger story will strike chords with any kid who has ever struggled to find a place to belong."—Kirkus

    "There’s no real villainy here, just the quotidian slings and arrows carelessly shot by kids more concerned with fun than empathy. That makes Vera a character with appeal to every tween who’s ever felt disappointed by peers—or by a fulfilled wish that didn’t live up to its bright, shiny promise."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781626724457
    ISBN-10: 1626724458
    Publisher: First Second
    Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
    Pages: 256
    Language: English
  • Harbor Me

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    Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List


    “Six students with diverse backgrounds end up together in a special-needs 5th/6th grade class in Brooklyn. Their perceptive teacher gives them one hour every Friday afternoon to simply talk with each other unsupervised. The results are deep conversations about their individual experiences and a bond formed from mutual respect and empathy. Through her compelling and big-hearted characters, Woodson makes the conversations around immigration, incarceration, police brutality, and class divide age-appropriate and approachable for young people.”
    — Naomi Chamblin, Napa Bookmine, Napa, CA

    Description


    Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

    Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.


    It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

    About the Author


    Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award, and is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. In 2015, Woodson was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other SideEach Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle's Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and the winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

    Praise For…


    * “Woodson celebrates all that is essential and good for humanity—compassion, understanding, security, and freedom—in this touching novel. . . . Woodson’s skills as poet and master storyteller shine brightly here as she economically uses language to express emotion and delve into the hearts of her characters. Showing how America’s political and social issues affect children on a daily basis, this novel will leave an indelible mark on readers’ minds.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * “Woodson delivers a powerful tale of community and mutual growth. The bond they develop is palpable. . . . The characters ring true as they discuss issues both personal and global. This story, told with exquisite language and clarity of narrative, is both heartbreaking and hopeful. An extraordinary and timely piece of writing.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * “The magic is in the writing. Woodson tells stories torn from headlines but personalizes them with poetry and memories, blunting their trauma with understanding and love. Haley’s history weaves in and out, drawing readers close. These children become each other's safe harbors and Woodson brilliantly shows readers how to find the connections we all need.”Booklist, starred review

    * “Woodson’s spare, lyrical, and evocative prose carries the story seamlessly, weaving in themes of justice and family, friendship and courage. This is a timely and beautifully written story that should be on library shelves everywhere.”—School Library Journal, starred review

    * "In her first middle-grade novel since her 2014 National Book Award winner, Brown Girl Dreaming, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jacqueline Woodson deftly alchemizes a sixth-grade classroom into an affecting metaphor for racial, political and socioeconomic challenges—enhanced by the transformative power of storytelling: ‘what matter[ed] most is that we were heard.’ . . . A powerful love letter to effective teachers, unexpected friendship and the healing magic of hearing, recording and sharing words.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780399252525
    ISBN-10: 0399252525
    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
    Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
    Pages: 192
    Language: English
  • Berkeley Bowl Cookbook

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    Description


    Celebrating the unfamiliar yet extraordinary produce from California's most iconic market, Berkeley Bowl, this cookbook offers recipes for a panoply of fruits and vegetables that have been largely overlooked or forgotten in popular cuisine.

    Registered dietitian Laura McLively, an avid home cook and creator of the popular blog MyBerkeleyBowl, created a recipe for every unfamiliar or "exotic" fruit and vegetable she found at Berkeley Bowl. Here is a collection of her favorite discoveries, and a tribute to the remarkable, 40-year-old family-run market that inspired them.

    Shining a spotlight on the versatile and unique qualities of the astonishingly beautiful, plant-based bounty that's available to vegetarians and meat eaters alike, these recipes and photographs will help you embrace hundreds of exciting fruits and vegetables you may never have tasted or thought of cooking, including crunchy sea bean spindles, tubers bigger than a toddler, wiry haired rambutans, and wrinkly skinned Indian bitter melon. Eating more types and colors of plants exposes us to a wider variety of nutrients, antioxidants, and beneficial bacteria.

    Berkeley Bowl is a mecca for great chefs, and with the recipes in this cookbook, you'll see why. Even if you don't live near Berkeley Bowl, getting your hands on these ingredients can be a fun and rewarding experience in its own right, and cooking with them will make your meals explode with flavors, textures, and new culinary adventures for all your senses.

    Partial list of recipes:
         Green Garlic Soup with Lemon Cardamom Yogurt
         Sweet & Sour Tofu with Gooseberry
         Charred Nopal and Black-eyed Pea Chili
         Corn and Chive Stuffed Squash Blossoms
         Pepino Melon Poke
         Stuffed Indian Eggplant
         Morel Pot Pie
         Starfruit Almond Torte

    About the Author


    Laura McLively is an Oakland, California based registered dietitian and food writer. An avid home cook, Laura is the creator of MyBerkeleyBowl, a popular blog about cooking with unusual fruits and vegetables from Berkeley Bowl, from which the seeds for this book took root. Her mother, who was raised in Spain, exposed her at a young age to the joys of cooking Mediterranean and international cuisine. Laura McLively is a frequent contributor to the food and recipe section of the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News. She has worked at the Native American Health Center in Oakland since 2009, where she is currently the Director of Nutrition and Fitness.

    Berkeley based photographer Erin Scott's images have been featured in Saveur,  Huffington Post, Jamie Oliver, The San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset Magazine, Cottages + Bungalows, Refinery 29 and many many other publications. Her pictures are found in cookbooks published by Ten Speed Press and Roost Books as well as Parallax Press and others, and she is the author, photographer, and stylist of The Yummy Supper Cookbook.

    Praise For…


    "This beautiful book, which celebrates Berkeley's iconic grocery, is filled not only with Erin Scott's stunning photographs but also with recipes and ideas for how to use produce that grows on our shores but is not always the easiest to know what to do with. Now I know how to use those banana flowers I've encountered in Florida––and many other foods as well." —Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and In My Kitchen 

    "I've been waiting for this book for the past decade. Since moving to the Bay Area, Berkeley Bowl has been my go-to market for buying food––whether catering an event or cooking for my family––and I am always discovering new produce there. The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook is an invaluable resource with fresh ideas for familiar ingredients and dozens of recipes for ingredients that you probably have never heard of (let alone cooked)." —Bryant Terry, James Beard Foundation Leadership Award recipient and author of Afro-Vegan 

    "The recipes are adventurous, but their execution is straightforward—perfect for those looking to cook outside their culinary comfort zones." —Publisher's Weekly 

    "If you've ever wanted to diversify your diet and include some of the stranger vegetables at the grocery store, The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook is a must-buy. Registered dietitian Laura McLively has created easy, accessible recipes for vegetables like stinging nettle, sea bean, kohlrabi, ramp, green garlic, chayote, pomelo, and more. She also tells you why they're worthy of inclusion in your diet—and it turns out, there are tons of superfoods (with super benefits!) we're all missing out on." —MindBodyGreen

    "You could say [McLively] wrote the book on the place.... You'll be cooking inventively in no time." —Diablo Magazine  

    "The diversity is stunning and inspiring, with recipes using flowers, seeds and pods, savoury fruits, leaves, spores and succulents, roots and tubers, stems and sweet fruits, plus tips on where to get these if you don’t live in the shop’s vicinity." —American Express Essentials
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781941529966
    ISBN-10: 1941529968
    Publisher: Parallax Press
    Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
    Pages: 216
    Language: English
  • Life in the Garden

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    — From Life in the Garden

    Description


    From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life

    Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom. "Her body of work proves that certain themes never go out of fashion," writes the New York Times Book Review, as true of this beautiful volume as of the rest of the Lively canon.

    Now in her eighty-fourth year, Lively muses, "To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time."

    About the Author


    Penelope Lively is an award-winning novelist and author of children's literature. She received the Booker Prize for her novel Moon Tiger and wide acclaim for The Photograph and How It All Began. Lively is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of PEN and the Society of Authors. In recognition of her contributions to British literature, she has been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

    Praise For…


    Praise for Penelope Lively

    “Lively writes with an astringent blend of sympathy and detachment, emotional wisdom and satiric wit.”
    —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


    “One of our most talented writers.”
    The New York Times Book Review

    “A consummate storyteller.”
    —The Seattle Times

    “In her own late seventies now, with a legion of regular readers and newcomers with every book, Lively continues to surprise and illuminate, writing to ever more dazzling effect.”
    The Boston Globe

    “Witty, gentle-humored, sharp . . . Lively is a keen observer and an engaging narrator.”
    —NPR’s All Things Considered
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780525558378
    ISBN-10: 0525558373
    Publisher: Viking
    Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
    Pages: 208
    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

    Description


    #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.

    About the Author


    Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

    Praise For…


    Praise for Commonwealth:
    “Patchett brings humanity, humor, and a disarming affection to lovable, struggling characters... Irresistible.”
    Library Journal

    “Exquisite... Commonwealth is impossible to put down.”
    New York Times

    “(A) rich and engrossing new novel …”
    New York Times Book Review

    “Indeed, this is Patchett’s most autobiographical novel, a sharply funny, chilling, entrancing, and profoundly affecting look into one family’s “commonwealth,” its shared affinities, conflicts, loss, and love.”
    Booklist

    “…a funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait…Patchett elegantly manages a varied cast of characters…[Patchett is] at her peak in humor, humanity, and understanding people in challenging situations.”
    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “The prose is lean and inviting…A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers.”
    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “Wonderfully executed…”
    Marie Claire

    Commonwealth is a smart, thoughtful novel about the ties that bind us.”
    Pop Sugar

    Commonwealth is an all-American family saga, but her touching and even-handed approach to themes such as family politics, love, the role of literature and the acidic nature of lies is buoyed by a generous sprinkling of matter-of-fact humor”
    BookPage

    Commonwealth bursts with keen insights into faithfulness, memory and mortality… [An] ambitious American epic…”
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    “Patchett’s storytelling has never seemed more effortlessly graceful. This is minimalism that magically speaks volumes…”
    Washington Post

    Commonwealth represents yet another victory for Patchett. Readers will fly through it... the tale is so rich and the plot is so wildly addicting, readers won’t be able to put it down until they’ve turned the final page.”
    Hampton Sheet

    “The genius of the way Patchett approached Commonwealth is that it’s constructed like a puzzle… Maybe it’s another case of the tried-and-true adage: “Write what you know.” Because this book? It’s pure gangbusters.”
    San Francisco Chronicle

    “moving, beautifully crafted novel…”
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Commonwealth is a sly book about storytelling, a story about a single incident - really two pivotal incidents - spun out over the length of a narrative constructed like a conversation but encompassing decades.”
    Kansas City Star

    “splendid new novel… Just try to stop reading. And you won’t want to. Patchett is in stellar form.”
    USA Today

    “… the emotional intelligence of Patchett’s storytelling here feels warmer and richer and more resonant than anything she’s done before.” Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    “close obervation, deadpan humor… Chekhov regularly invoked”
    Wall Street Journal

    “Patchett gives us funny, flawed characters, and the rich reward of Commonwealth is seeing their lives unfold…”
    Houston Chronicle

    “a wry, compassionate tale”
    Christian Science Monitor

    “…to create a story with 10 protagonists that spans 50 years - and at least five settings spread across the globe - is a balancing act that requires immense narrative skill, and Patchett never falters.”
    Knoxville News-Sentinel

    “Reading Commonwealth is a transporting experience… It feels like Patchett’s most intimate novel and is without doubt one of her best.”
    Los Angeles Times

    “Wonderful… Patchett is a master storyteller”
    O, the Oprah Magazine

    “Spinning ordinary lives into literary gold”
    Seattle Times

    “[A] memorable, modern novel”
    Flavorwire

    “Ann Patchett’s gifts are more clear than ever in Commonwealth
    Dallas Morning News

    “Ann Patchett’s moving, beautifully crafted novel”
    Spokesman Review

    “Patchett’s storytelling here feels warmer and richer and more resonant than anything she’s done before.”
    Entertainment Weekly

    “Patchett’s slyly knowing voice - full of wit and warmth - elevates every page of this novel - one that, through the alchemy of her writing, somehow feels more than the sum of its parts.”
    Newsday

    “Surprising, nuanced, complex and, above all, genuine.”
    Asheville Citizen-Times

    “I couldn’t put down Ann Patchett’s terrific new novel…”
    Woman's Day

    “Patchett’s insight into the practical and emotional impacts of uprooting families is impressive... candid, poignant, humorous...”
    Roanoke Times

    “a captivating family drama”
    — Chicago Now.com

    “Patchett cuts to the heart of existence in the age of divorce”
    — Curled Up - Luan Gain's Review

    “[An] achingly real tale”
    — Curled Up - Michael Leonard's Review

    “a family drama with a hint of metafiction at its heart.”
    — Read It Forward

    “Patchett brings every character in Commonwealth to luminous life.”
    — The Entertainment Report

    Praise for State of Wonder:
    “An engaging, consummately told tale.”
    New York Times

    “Emotionally lucid. . . . Patchett is at her lyrical best when she catalogues the jungle.”
    The New Yorker

    “This is surely the smartest, most exciting novel of the summer.”
    Washington Post

    “The book is serious, but also so pleasurable that you hope it won’t end.”
    — NPR

    “Extraordinary. . . . Is there nothing the prodigiously talented Ann Patchett can’t do?”
    Boston Globe

    “Wryly humorous, intensely moving... this domestic novel is a book to savor from one of our finest writers”
    — Coastal Illustrated


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    Product Details
    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, 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.

    About the Author


    Joel Selvin is an award-winning journalist who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. Selvin is the author of the bestselling Summer of Love and coauthor, with Sammy Hagar, of the number-one New York Times bestseller, Red. He has written twelve other books about pop music.

    Praise For…


    Joel Selvin’s book...is a deeply researched, minutely detailed, account of the event as it unfolds, occurs and concludes; and as a result comes to conclusions much greater than historical myth or a ‘documentary’ film can portray...This book is definitely worth a read, and it is extremely well researched.
    — -- AllMusicBooks.com

    “Meticulous research, evocative detail, and a brave conclusion—exactly what a history book should be.”
    — -- Lee Child, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher series

    “Boy did I live in a bubble—or something. I had no idea the extent of bruising under the melting rainbow. Selvin is revealing our tricky gestation in the weird womb of sixties rock. Frightening.”
    — Grace Slick, member of Jefferson Airplane

    “An incisive account of the most infamous concert debacle in rock history...This book provides context and perspective, showing the sea change in rock that was taking place as the Rolling Stones attempted to reassert themselves amid the increasing dominance of San Francisco psychedelia and the spirit of Woodstock...Compelling.”
    — -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    “[A] methodical history. . . Selvin’s presentation of Altamont busts the myth of innocence lost; in fact, Altamont just made the reality harder to ignore.”
    — -- Publishers Weekly

    “It was worse than you think. A lot worse…[A]n account that moves at movie pace, Selvin cuts through woolly cop-out rhetoric, offering clarity and detail…Altamont was a tragedy in the classical sense-a disaster born of hubris and folly-and Selvin nails every last shred of both.”
    — MOJO Magazine

    A fascinating account of the festival and its repercussions, this is also a cultural historical portrait of the West Coast rock scene, a history of the bands involved, and of the counterculture itself. Will be of interest to rock and pop culture fans.
    — -- Library Journal
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780062444257
    ISBN-10: 0062444255
    Publisher: Dey Street Books
    Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
    Pages: 368
    Language: English

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