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  • Writers & Lovers

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    Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with an unforgettable portrait of an artist as a young woman.

    Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

    Writers & Lovers follows Casey--a smart and achingly vulnerable protagonist--in the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with King's trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.

    About the Author


    Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize. She lives in Maine.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780802148537
    ISBN-10: 0802148530
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
    Pages: 320
    Language: English
  • Arguing with Zombies

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    An accessible, compelling introduction to today’s major policy issues from the New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize–winning economist Paul Krugman.


    There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won’t die.


    In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it’s headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, Arguing with Zombies is Krugman at the height of his powers.


    Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades’ worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe. With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.



    About the Author


    Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics and best-selling author, has been a columnist at The New York Times for twenty years. A Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, he resides in New York City.

    Praise For…


    In an era when facts are too often disdained and discarded, Paul Krugman wields them like a rapier. A brilliant scholar and polemicist, Krugman's incisive columns are a beacon for anyone who cares about public policy and progressive change.
    — David Axelrod

    Years after appearing in the daily newspaper, Paul Krugman’s columns resonate because he avoids the herd mentality of most journalism. Applying history, math, and humanity, he transforms our understanding of great issues and when writing on economics translates the dismal science into plain English.
    — David Cay Johnston, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal, and the George Polk Award
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781324005018
    ISBN-10: 1324005017
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
    Pages: 464
    Language: English
  • Bad Blood

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    The Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year
     
    A New York Times Notable Book
    A Washington Post Notable Book
     
    One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, San Francisco ChronicleTime, EsquireFortune, Marie Claire, GQ, Mental Floss, Science Friday, BloombergPopular Mechanics, BookRiot, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal

    In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings—from journalists to their own employees.

    Rigorously reported and fearlessly written, Bad Blood is a gripping story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron—a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

    About the Author


    John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for twenty years. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Bad Blood was named the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. Carreyrou lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three children.

    Praise For…


    “A great and at times almost unbelievable story. . . . Theranos may be the biggest case of corporate fraud since Enron.” New York

    “Chilling. . . . Reads like a thriller. . . . Carreyrou tells [the Theranos story] virtually to perfection.” —The New York Times Book Review

    “Gripping. . . .  Riveting. . . .  [Told] with a momentum worthy of a crime novel.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

    “Riveting. . . . For all its boomtime feel, there are timeless aspects to Theranos’ story. Venality is age-old, but so is courage, and that of the ex-employees who blew the whistle on its deceptions is restorative. . . . And more than an honorable mention should go to Carreyrou, a dogged old-school reporter uncowed by Theranos’ legal hardball.” —San Francisco Chronicle

    “Engrossing. . . . Hard to put down. . . . Boasts movie-scene detail. . . . Theranos employees are the story’s heroes, with the force of journalism not far behind.” —Science

    “A veritable page-turning. . . . Gripping. . . . Presents comprehensive evidence of the fraud perpetrated by Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes... Unveils many dark secrets of Theranos that have not previously been laid bare.” —Nature

    “This is a ‘stay up all night to read’ book that is just as propulsive, shocking, and riveting as the best thriller novels.” —Bustle

    “I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates, “Five Books I Loved in 2018”

    “Riveting. . . . Compelling. . . . [Carreyrou’s] unmasking of Theranos is a tale of David and Goliath.” —Financial Times

    “A fascinating true story that reads like a suspense novel. . . . A telling parable of Silicon Valley magical thinking.” —Selby Drummond, Vogue
     
    “In Bad Blood, Carreyrou tells the full, gripping tale of how he slayed the ‘unicorn’ in a fascinating look at how buzz and billions can blind people to facts.”Marie Claire

    “A parable about Silicon Valley delusion. . . . Gossipy fun comes from seeing which high-profile man (James Mattis, Joe Biden) gets drawn into Holmes’ scammy web next.” Elle

    “A thorough and devastating piece of reporting that deserves a place alongside the masterworks of the inside-the-boardroom business genre. . . . He quietly compiles detail after damning detail into a fascinating narrative.” The Weekly Standard

    “Masterfully reported.” —Bethany McLean, bestselling coauthor of All the Devils Are Here
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780525431992
    ISBN-10: 0525431993
    Publisher: Vintage
    Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
    Pages: 368
  • Lost Children Archive

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    February 2019 Indie Next List


    “Really incredible fiction takes you on a journey, and somewhere along the way you realize how much of it reflects your own reality. In Lost Children Archive, Valeria Luiselli’s narrator is highly observant of her inner life and the world around her. She unravels a story that’s about family and how walls between people and nations are built — and what they damage. In reading this book, I felt like I was in the car on the family’s road trip — feeling all the conflicting emotions that Luiselli’s narrator is feeling as a partner, mother, and resident in today’s United States.”
    — Zoey Cole, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY

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    ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

    ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
    THE WASHINGTON POST • TIME MAGAZINE • NPR • CHICAGO TRIBUNE • GQ • O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE • THE GUARDIAN • VANITY FAIR • THE ATLANTIC • THE WEEK • THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS • LIT HUB • KIRKUS REVIEWS • THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY • BOSTON.COM • PUREWOW


    “An epic road trip [that also] captures the unruly intimacies of marriage and parenthood. . . . This is a novel that daylights our common humanity, and challenges us to reconcile our differences.” The Washington Post

    In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.
     
    Through ephemera such as songs, maps and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained—or lost in the desert along the way.
     
    A breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive—a powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.

    About the Author


    Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa, and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award twice and the Kirkus Prize on three occasions. She has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in New York City.

    Praise For…


    WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION

    FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 
    FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION
    LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
    LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE


    “Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight. Everyone should read this book.”
    —Tommy Orange, author of There There

    “A Great American Novel for our time.”
    Vanity Fair
     
    “Unforgettable, down to its explosive final sentence. . . . [Luiselli] audaciously stretches the bounds of storytelling.”
    Entertainment Weekly

    “Virtuosic. . . . The brilliance of the writing stirs rage and pity. It humanizes us.”
    The New York Times Book Review
     
    “This is a novel that challenges us, as a nation, to reconcile our differences. . . . [The] writing shimmers like its desert setting.”
    The Washington Post

    “Electric, elastic, alluring, new.”
    The New York Times
     
     “A remarkable feat of empathy.”
    —NPR
     
    “[A] brilliantly intricate and constantly surprising book.”
    The New Yorker
     
    “[Luiselli’s] language is so transporting, it stops you time and again.” 
    O, The Oprah Magazine
     
    “Like all great novels. . . . Lost Children Archive is unquestionably timely, [but] it also approaches a certain timelessness.”
    Los Angeles Times
     
    “Stunning. . . . Uniquely rewarding—and even life-changing.”
    The Seattle Times
     
    “Delicate, funny, effortlessly poetic.”
    The Guardian
     
    “Passionate.”
    The New York Review of Books
     
    “Rollicking. . . A highly imaginative and politically deft portrait of childhood within a vast American landscape.”
    Harper’s Magazine
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780525436461
    ISBN-10: 0525436464
    Publisher: Vintage
    Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
    Pages: 384
  • Dragon Pearl

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    Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee's space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.
    Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.
    When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.
    Min's quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.
    This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

    About the Author


    Yoon Ha Lee (yoonhalee.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of several critically acclaimed short stories and the Machineries of Empire trilogy for adults: NINEFOX GAMBIT, RAVEN STRATEGEM, and REVENANT GUN. Yoon draws inspiration from a variety of sources, e.g. Korean history and mythology, fairy tales, higher mathematics, classic moral dilemmas, and genre fiction. Yoon's Twitter handle is @motomaratai.

    Praise For…


    *"Lee has created an adrenaline-filled space opera with mythological creatures living alongside humans. It is refreshing to see both Korean elements and a nonbinary character seamlessly integrated into the storyline. A high-octane, science-fiction thriller painted with a Korean brush and a brilliant example of how different cultures can have unique but accessible cosmology and universal appeal."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    *"Lee skillfully weaves Korean folklore into this space opera narrative, creating dynamic and relatable characters. VERDICT With ghosts, pirates, and a rollicking space adventure, there's a little something for everyone here."—School Library Journal (starred review)

    "Lee offers a perfect balance of space opera and Korean mythology with enough complexity to appeal to teens."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Who would have thought Korean mythology would make for such an intense and magical space opera! I loved every moment of it and want the next book NOW so I can explore all the Thousand Worlds with Min!This book is brilliant and gorgeous, and why didn't I have it when I was a kid??"—Ellen Oh, author of Spirit Hunters and the Prophecy series

    "I was so impressed by DRAGON PEARL. The story is multi-layered, the world construction is
    impeccable-with an awesome intersection of tech and culture-and it is totally compelling to
    read. Min's nuanced feelings about her magic, her family, and her fox heritage are marvelously complicated. I loved her, and I know you will, too!"—E.K. Johnston, author of
    E.K. Johnson, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Ahsoka
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781368014748
    ISBN-10: 1368014747
    Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
    Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
    Pages: 320
  • Here in the Real World

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    Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List


    “I love how this book centers on a kid who detests Meaningful Social Interaction. Ware skips rec camp and with Jolene creates a secret castle and papaya garden. What at first is a secret world turns into a fight in the real world: a fight for birds and to save the sanctuary. The details of building the secret world parallel the building of trust between Jolene and Ware. A lyrical, well-constructed story destined to become a classic.”
    — Jennifer Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA

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    From the author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling novel Pax comes a gorgeous and moving middle grade novel that is an ode to introverts, dreamers, and misfits everywhere.

    Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.

    On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot.

    Jolene scoffs, calling him a dreamer—he doesn’t live in the “real world” like she does. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they have one thing in common: for them, the lot is a refuge.

    But when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights’ Code of Chivalry: Thou shalt do battle against unfairness wherever faced with it. Thou shalt be always the champion of the Right and Good—and vows to save the lot.

    But what does a hero look like in real life? And what can two misfit kids do?

    About the Author


    Sara Pennypacker is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pax; the award-winning Clementine books and its spinoff series, Waylon!; and the acclaimed novel Summer of the Gypsy Moths. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. You can visit her online at www.sarapennypacker.com.

    Praise For…


    “Pennypacker’s humane tale is written with straightforward grace and populated with exquisitely layered characters; vulnerable, imaginative Ware’s journey to self-acceptance is particularly skillfully rendered.”
    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “This story gently rejoices in two charismatic young people whose dedication and compassion illustrate what it means to be heroes in the real world.”
    — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

    "Pennypacker tells a human story of growth and transformation. Smooth prose and short chapters make for a compulsively readable tale, fit for middle-graders in the process of discovering themselves."
    — Booklist

    “This sweet, sensitive book shines a light on the introverts and misfits.”
    — School Library Journal
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780062698957
    ISBN-10: 0062698958
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
    Pages: 320
    Language: English
  • The Obama Portraits

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    A richly illustrated celebration of the paintings of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

    From the moment of their unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in early 2018, the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama have become two of the most beloved artworks of our time. Kehinde Wiley's portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald's portrait of the former first lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public, and attendance at the museum has more than doubled as visitors travel from near and far to view these larger-than-life paintings. After witnessing a woman drop to her knees in prayer before the portrait of Barack Obama, one guard said, "No other painting gets the same kind of reactions. Ever." The Obama Portraits is the first book about the making, meaning, and significance of these remarkable artworks.

    Richly illustrated with images of the portraits, exclusive pictures of the Obamas with the artists during their sittings, and photos of the historic unveiling ceremony by former White House photographer Pete Souza, this book offers insight into what these paintings can tell us about the history of portraiture and American culture. The volume also features a transcript of the unveiling ceremony, which includes moving remarks by the Obamas and the artists. A reversible dust jacket allows readers to choose which portrait to display on the front cover.

    An inspiring history of the creation and impact of the Obama portraits, this fascinating book speaks to the power of art--especially portraiture--to bring people together and promote cultural change.

    Published in association with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

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    ISBN: 9780691203287
    ISBN-10: 0691203288
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
    Pages: 160
    Language: English
  • SURFACEDESIGN: Material Landscapes

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    The first book to present the work of Surfacedesign, an innovative San Francisco landscape architecture and urban design firm with major public and private projects throughout the Bay Area and in Hawaii, Mexico, and New Zealand.

    This monograph explores the design philosophy of the three partners of Surfacedesign, who are committed to solutions that emerge from the site itself and challenge conventional approaches to landscape. The work is informed by the vast openness and frontier spirit of the West, expressed in rugged materials and sustainable planting. Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways. The design approach emphasizes and celebrates the unique context and imaginative potential of each project. The studio's process is rooted in asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users, a process that has led to engaging and inspiring landscapes that are rugged, contemporary, and crafted.

    Twenty-five projects are presented, ranging in scale from the landscape approach to Auckland International Airport in New Zealand to intimate residential gardens in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Featured are Anaha, a Honolulu residential complex overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Land's End Lookout in the Golden Gate National Recreation area, Barnacles, a community gathering space on the Embarcadero, restoration of the Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, the first commercial winery in California, and the landscape for the Museum of Steel in Monterrey, Mexico, a repurposed foundry that now incorporates the largest green roof in Central America.

    About the Author


    A graduate of the University of Southern California and Harvard Graduate School of Design, James Lord is trained as both an architect and a landscape architect. Prior to opening Surfacedesign, he worked at the offices of Peter Walker and Partners, Martha Schwartz Partners, and Hargreaves Associates. His innovative design approach has established the firm as a leader in urban design and sustainability internationally. Roderick Wyllie leads the office's residential, estate, and vineyard design efforts, integrating a passion for craft and vast knowledge of plants and material construction into all phases of the design process. Roderick holds a BA in music from Harvard College and an MLA from the Graduate School of Design. Geoff di Girolamo directs the firm's large-scale urban design projects nationally and in Asia. Prior to joining Surfacedesign, he worked as an architect with SOM, Pei Cobb Freed, and Marta Fry Landscape Associates. He received a BA in art from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.Arch from UCLA.
    Anita Berrizbeitia is professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the GSD.
    Alan Maskin is a partner in Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781580935500
    ISBN-10: 1580935508
    Publisher: The Monacelli Press
    Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
    Pages: 304
  • Nothing Fancy

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • It’s not entertaining. It’s having people over. The social media star, New York Times columnist, and author of Dining In helps you nail dinner with unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect.
     
    IACP AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The New Yorker • NPR • The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle • BuzzFeed • The Guardian • Food Network

    Nothing Fancy delivers what those of hoping to up our dinner party game are looking for: It’s utterly current and distinctly doable.”—Eater

     
    An unexpected weeknight meal with a neighbor or a weekend dinner party with fifteen of your closest friends—either way and everywhere in between, having people over is supposed to be fun, not stressful. This abundant collection of all-new recipes—heavy on the easy-to-execute vegetables and versatile grains, paying lots of close attention to crunchy, salty snacks, and with love for all the meats—is for gatherings big and small, any day of the week.
     
    Alison Roman will give you the food your people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, pans of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off. With Nothing Fancy, any night of the week is worth celebrating.

    Praise for Nothing Fancy

    “[Nothing Fancy] is full of the sort of recipes that sound so good, one contemplates switching off any and all phones, calling in sick, and cooking through the bulk of them.”Food52
     
    “[Nothing Fancy] exemplifies that classic Roman approach to cooking: well-known ingredients rearranged in interesting and compelling ways for young home cooks who want food that looks (and photographs) as good as it tastes.”Grub Street
     
    “The recipes will provide well for friendly dinner parties, while still being straightforward enough to cook quickly on a midweek evening after work.”Vogue
     
    “Roman's recipes are elegant but straightforward, impressive but actionable, with an emphasis on easy vegetables (like peppers with yuzu), homespun desserts (like blackberry and cornmeal cake), and show-stopping entrees (like lamb chops for the table).”Esquire

    About the Author


    Alison Roman is a columnist for the New York Times Food section and Bon Appétit. She is the author of the bestselling Dining In, named a best cookbook of the year by NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Epicurious, among others. A native of Los Angeles, Alison lives in Brooklyn.

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    “Ms. Roman offers recipes in Nothing Fancy that are crunchy, cheesy, tangy, citrusy, fishy, smoky and spicy. . . . They work, and not only for company . . . squash scattered with spiced pistachios or pasta with chorizo bread crumbs and broccoli rabe could appear anytime. For dinner parties, she provides cocktail recipes, extra snacks and pep talks so urgent and encouraging that having people over for leg of lamb and tiramisù suddenly seems like a bucket-list event.”—Julia Moskin, The New York Times

    “Roman makes food more interesting. . . . [Nothing Fancy] has a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that simplicity.”The New Yorker

    “[Roman] could offer a master’s program in Approachable Recipe. . . . [Nothing Fancy is] a manual not just for dinner, but for life.”The Washington Post

    Nothing Fancy is like an all-access pass to [Roman’s] stunning-yet-relaxed recipes.”HuffPost, “Best Cookbooks to Give as Gifts”

    “The title of this book says it all. Alison Roman delivers relaxed-but-impressive, easily executed, people-pleasing food like single-pot dishes of aromatic coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas and sheets of lemon turmeric tea cake.”Forbes
     
    The cookbook to buy right now . . . just as appropriate for the regular home cook as it is for the person who aspires to throw the enviably relaxed dinner parties Roman’s become known for.”Eater “Guide to Holiday Shopping”

    “This follow-up to Dining In answers the perennial question of what to serve when people are coming over as only Alison can: with legit fun ideas—Pizza Night! Baked Potato Bar!—and unfussy recipes. (I’ve already bookmarked ‘A Very Good Lasagna’ and ‘Casual Apple Tart.’)”—Julia Kramer, deputy editor, Bon Appétit
     
    Nothing Fancy’s recipes are on-trend but unpretentiously so. . . . Most relevant of all is Roman’s attitude toward hosting: that all of us can do it, that we should embrace the imperfections of our plans, and that it’s more fun to try than to stress. . . . Roman is leading the charge in revitalizing the art of gathering your community around the dinner table.”Eater
     
    “In her signature wry voice, Roman lays out simple and elegant recipes, recipes including spritzes, coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, celery and fennel with walnuts and blue cheese, and more. It’s worth noting that one of our editors already took a crack at the lemony turmeric tea cake, to delicious results. (Also worth mentioning: the DIY martini bar.)”Food & Wine
     
    “This has to be one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year—Alison Roman’s Dining In is a modern day classic, and her new work is sure to join it on scores of ‘best’ lists soon enough. It focuses on having people over for dinners that are the opposite of fussy, but are still festive (just witness the DIY martini bar guide within its pages for proof).”Chowhound
     
    “In this follow-up to the award-winning Dining In, [Roman] transitions her signature breezy panache to that most fear-inspiring topic: entertaining (or, as Roman likes to call it, ‘having people over’). But the recipes are just as laid-back and uncomplicated to attempt on an average weeknight, when you're cooking for yourself.”Food52
     
    “You can’t open Instagram these days without running into Alison Roman or one of her dishes—and for good reason. Roman, who creates crowd-pleasing fare that tends to be generous on salt, acid, and (a personal favorite) cheese, has mastered the art of impressive but unfussy food that's easy for even a novice host to recreate.”Epicurious

    “A fresh, downright-festive encouragement to make and enjoy good food with good people.”Booklist (starred review)
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780451497017
    ISBN-10: 0451497015
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
    Pages: 320
  • 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!

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    — From Another Brooklyn

    August 2016 Indie Next List


    “National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson has crafted a beautiful, heart-wrenching novel of a young girl's coming-of-age in Brooklyn. Effortlessly weaving poetic prose, Woodson tells the story of the relationships young women form, their yearning to belong, and the bonds that are created - and broken. Brooklyn itself is a vivid character in this tale -- a place at first harsh, but one that becomes home and plays a role in each character's future. Woodson is one of the most skilled storytellers of our day, and I continue to love and devour each masterpiece she creates!”
    — Nicole Yasinsky (E), The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN

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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 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 Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn (Harper/Amistad), which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years. In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. 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 three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.


    http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/

    Praise For…


    “Woodson’s unsparing story of a girl becoming a woman recalls some of the genre’s all-time greats: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Bluest Eye and especially, with its darkly poetic language, The House on Mango Street.
    — Sarah Begley, Time

    “An engrossing novel about friendship, race, the magic of place and the relentlessness of change.”
    People Magazine

    “Woodson manages to remember what cannot be documented, to suggest what cannot be said. Another Brooklyn is another name for poetry.”
    Washington Post

    “Woodson does for young black girls what short story master Alice Munroe does for poor rural ones: She imbues their everyday lives with significance.”
    Elle

    “In Jacqueline Woodson’s soaring choral poem of a novel…four young friends…navigate the perils of adolescence, mean streets, and haunted memory in 1970s Brooklyn, all while dreaming of escape.”
    Vanity Fair

    Another Brooklyn joins the tradition of studying female friendships and the families we create when our own isn’t enough, like that of Toni Morrison’s Sula, Tayari Jones’ Silver Sparrow and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde. Woodson uses her expertise at portraying the lives of children to explore the power of memory, death and friendship.
    Los Angeles Times Book Review

    “…it is the personal encounters that form the gorgeous center of this intense, moving novel...Structured as short vignettes, each reading more like prose poetry than traditional narrative, the novel unfolds as memory does, in burning flashes, thick with detail...”
    New York Times Book Review

    “With Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson has delivered a love letter to loss, girlhood, and home. It is a lyrical, haunting exploration of family, memory, and other ties that bind us to one another and the world.”
    Boston Globe

    “Woodson writes lyrically about what it means to be a girl in America, and what it means to be black in America. Each sentence is taut with potential energy, but the story never bursts into tragic flames; it stays strong and subtle throughout.”
    Huffington Post

    “Gorgeously written and moving, Another Brooklyn is an examination of the complexities of youth and adolescence, loss, friendship, family, race, and religion.”
    — Jarry Lee, Buzzfeed

    “[E]ntwined coming-of-age narratives-lost mothers, wounded war vets, nodding junkies, menacing streetscapes-are starkly realistic, yet brim with moments of pure poetry.”
    Elle Books Feature

    “…fine-cadenced prose…”
    Wall Street Journal

    “The novel’s richness defies its slim page count. In her poet’s prose, Woodson not only shows us backward-glancing August attempting to stave off growing up and the pains that betray youth, she also wonders how we dream of a life parallel to the one we’re living.”
    — Booklist (Starred Review)

    Another Brooklyn reads like a love song to girlhood…”
    — Bustle

    “emotionally resonant work”
    Seattle Times

    “Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is a gauzy, lyrical fever dream of a book.”
    Vox Magazine

    “There are nothrowaway sentences in Another Brooklyn — each short, poetic line feels carefully loved and polished. The first half of this novel asks urgent questions; the second delivers uneasy, heartbreaking answers. At its core, this book is about fragility, how light shines in the broken places.”
    — Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

    “Jacqueline Woodson is a gorgeous writer…lyrical prose, really, really beautiful.”
    — Emma Straub, New York Times Bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers

    ‘’…And Sister Jacqueline Woodson comes singing memory. Her words like summer lightning get caught in my throat and I draw her up from southern roots to a Brooklyn of a thousand names, where she and her three ‘sisters’ learn to navigate a new season. A new herstory. Everywhere I turn, my dear Sister Jacqueline, I hear your words, a wild sea pausing in the wind. And I sing…”
    — Sister Sonia Sanchez

    “Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is another kind of book, another kind of beautiful, a lyrical, hallucinatory, heartbreaking, and powerful novel. Every gorgeous page leads to another revelation, another poignant event or memory. This is an incredible and memorable book.”
    — Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light

    “Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is another kind of book, another kind of beautiful, a lyrical, hallucinatory, heartbreaking, and powerful novel. Every gorgeous page leads to another revelation, another poignant event or memory. This is an incredible and memorable book.”
    — Ann Patchett, New York Times Bestselling Author of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage and State of Wonder

    “In this elegant and moving novel, Jacqueline Woodson explores the beauty and burden of growing up girl in 1970’s Brooklyn through the lens of one unforgettable narrator. The guarded hopes and whispered fears that August and her girlfriends share left me thinking about the limits and rewards of friendship well after the novel’s end. Full of moments of grief, grace, and wonder, Another Brooklyn proves that Jacqueline Woodson is a master storyteller.”
    — Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, a finalist for the National Book Award

    “Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is a wonder. With a poet’s soul and a poet’s eye for image and ear for lyrical language, Woodson delivers a moving meditation on girlhood, love, loss, hurt, friendship, family, faith, longing, and desire. This novel is a love letter to a place, an era, and a group of young women that we’ve never seen depicted quite this way or this tenderly. Woodson has created an unforgettable, entrancing narrator in August. I’ll go anywhere she leads me.”
    — Naomi Jackson, author of The Star Side of Bird Hill

    “Jacqueline Woodson’s spare, emphatic novel about young women growing up in 1970s Bushwick brings some of our deepest silences-about danger, loss, and black girls’ coming of age-into powerful lyric speech. Another Brooklyn is heartbreaking and restorative, a gorgeous and generous paean to all we must leave behind on the path to becoming ourselves.”
    — Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Life on Mars and Ordinary Light

    “A stunning achievement from one of the quietly great masters of our time.”
    Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    “Woodson…combines grit and beauty in a series of stunning vignettes, painting a vivid mural of what it was like to grow up African-American in Brooklyn during the 1970s…Woodson draws on all the senses to trace the milestones in a woman’s life and how her early experiences shaped her identity.”
    Publishers Weekly, (Boxed and Starred Review)

    “With spare yet poetic writing, this long-awaited adult novel by National Book Award winner Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) is a series of vignettes narrated by August, shortly after her dad’s funeral and a chance encounter with an old friend.”
    Library Journal (starred review)

    “Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Woodson’s background not only as a novelist but also as a poet, Another Brooklyn is told in spare, lyrical prose, with a surface simplicity that belies its underlying narrative strength and emotional heft. Often, in Woodson’s novel, what isn’t said is as essential as what is, and readers come away feeling as if they, in the process of reading the novel, are somehow partners in Woodson’s project of telling her poignant and devastating story about dreams deferred, destroyed, and—in rare cases—realized.”
    — BookBrowser Review


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    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780062359988
    ISBN-10: 0062359983
    Publisher: Amistad
    Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
    Pages: 192
    Language: English

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