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  • Euphoria

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    Inspired by real life events in New Guinea during the 1930’s.  Margaret Mead and Andrew Bankson were doing research - they met and the rest is a story of discovering and, oh yes, love.  Lily King has written a dazzling fiction.

    A New York Times Best Book of 2014

    — Frayda

    Inspired by real life events in New Guinea during the 1930’s.  Margaret Mead and Andrew Bankson were doing research - they met and the rest is a story of discovering and, oh yes, love.  Lily King has written a dazzling fiction.


    — From Euphoria

    June 2014 Indie Next List

    “Loosely based on Margaret Mead's time in Papua New Guinea, this engaging, insightful novel features three young anthropologists in the 1930s who studied the remote, primitive Sepik River tribes. Euphoria is about cutting-edge research and revolutionary ideas, but inevitably it is also about the complications within the scholars' relationships when societal norms are stripped away, and love, greed, jealousy, and control are left unfettered. Artfully narrated, alternating between first person and third person as well as journal entries, King's novel offers a unique view into these rich and complicated characters.”
    — Katie McDougall, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

    Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

    Euphoria is a fascinating historical novel based on a complex woman. Science, culture, and nature collide. The beginnings of the study of anthropology were fraught with peril and make it a great jumping off point for discussion.”
    — Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX


    A New York Times Bestseller

    Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize

    Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction

    A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

    A Best Book of the Year for:

    New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Vogue, New York Magazine, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Our Man in Boston, Oprah.com, Salon

    Euphoria is Lily King's nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the '30's caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is "dazzling ... suspenseful ... brilliant...an exhilarating novel."--Boston Globe

    About the Author

    Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, and Father of the Rain, a New York Times Editor's Choice and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction. King is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the Maine Fiction Award twice. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780802123701
    ISBN-10: 0802123708
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
    Pages: 288
    Language: English
  • The Red Notebook

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    By Antoine Laurain, Jane Aitken (Translator), Emily Boyce (Translator)
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    By the author of The President’s Hat, an utterly charming, very French story of a bookseller, a stolen purse, and a cat -- the interconnectedness of lost objects. Wonderful, merveilleux!



    — From The Red Notebook

    May 2015 Indie Next List

    “Parisian journalist Laurain delightfully proved his fiction-writing prowess with The President's Hat. Mistaken identities and twists of fate figure once again in this charming love story of a woman who is mugged and badly hurt and the bookseller who finds her purse and, for reasons he can't explain, embarks on a journey to find her and return the handbag and its contents. Set against the backdrop of the small bookstores and arrondissements of Paris, and featuring recent Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano, this is a story that is sure to please.”
    — Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


    'A clever, funny novel . . . a masterpiece of Parisian perfection' Duchess of Cornwall 'The very quintessence of French romance' The Times

    Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

    About the Author

    Antoine Laurain is the award-winning author of six novels including The Red Notebook (Indie Next, MIBA bestseller) and The President's Hat (Waterstones Book Club, Indies Introduce). His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than 180,000 copies in English. He lives in Paris.
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    ISBN: 9781908313867
    ISBN-10: 1908313862
    Publisher: Gallic Books
    Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times

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    By Emma Trevayne, Glenn Thomas (Illustrator)
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    This is a strange and beautiful steampunk adventure for middle grade readers! Jack slips into a marvelous world of soot and steel, of clockwork girls and flying ships. But in this fabulous city, Jack is in terrible danger…


    — From Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times


    A boy discovers a mysterious mechanical world he may never escape in this steampunk fantasy that’s “a thrill a minute” (Kirkus Reviews), set in nineteenth-century England.

    Ten-year-old Jack Foster has stepped through a doorway and into quite a different London.

    Londinium is a smoky, dark, and dangerous place, home to mischievous metal fairies and fearsome clockwork dragons that breathe scalding steam. The people wear goggles to protect their eyes, brass grill insets in their nostrils to filter air, or mechanical limbs to replace missing ones.

    Over it all rules the Lady, and the Lady has demanded a new son—a perfect flesh-and-blood child. She has chosen Jack. His only hope of escape lies with a legendary clockwork bird.

    The Gearwing grants wishes—or it did, before it was broken—before it was killed. But some things don’t stay dead forever.

    Fans of books like Splendors and Glooms and Doll Bones will find Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times irresistible!

    About the Author

    Emma Trevayne is a full-time writer. She is an avid music collector, a lover of computer code languages, and a photographer. She is the author of Coda, ChorusFlights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, and Spindrift and the Orchid. She has lived in Canada, England, and America.

    Praise For…

    “So full of verve and imagination that the sinister steampunk world practically pops off the page. The prose sparkles, the inventions astonish, and the characters are ones you'll root for from the moment you meet them. Loved it, beginning to end.”
    — Stefan Bachman, author of The Peculiar

    "In this steampunk fantasy...no one character is all good or all bad, and Trevayne explores their motivations and machinations thoroughly. The richly drawn world and inventive steampunk elements help this novel stand out from the pack of middle-grade fantasy."
    — School Library Journal

    "[F]ast-paced, escalating suspense...the novel’s strength lies in worldbuilding and vivid descriptions, and Anglophiles will likely enjoy the historical-cultural references."
    — Kirkus Reviews

    "Once action passes through to Londinium the pace picks up and the steampunk narrative starts to hum. Jack's mechanical ability is put to good use, but it is the power of loyalty and friendship that gives the story its strength and drives it to a rousing conclusion."
    — The Horn Book Magazine
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    ISBN: 9781442498792
    ISBN-10: 144249879X
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
  • Fourth of July Creek

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    This compelling first novel depicts our nation’s social disquiet and violent contradictions.  Brilliant writing!


    — From Fourth of July Creek


    In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

    After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

    But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

    About the Author

    Smith Henderson is the author of Fourth of July Creek and lives in California and Montana.

    Praise For…

    “First novels don’t come much more confidently written or fully imagined than this.”
    — New York Times

    “This is a hell of a great book.”-
    — Esquire

    “Breathtaking...heartbreaking…Henderson’s immersive, colorful style makes this scenic journey worthwhile. He’s a curious kind of hard-boiled poet - part Raymond Chandler, part Denis Johnson.”
    — Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)

    “The best book I’ve read so far this year...Henderson choreographs these parts so masterfully that the novel is never less than wholly engaging… All week I was looking for opportunities to slip back into these pages and follow the trials of this rural social worker.”
    — Washington Post

    “...a masterful debut...we find ourselves rooting for these deeply human characters in the end.”
    — The Oregonian (Portland)

    “Fourth of July Creek is an extremely dark book, but Henderson’s lyrical sentences lend an elegance-an importance-to the lives of his fictional children. By tenderly portraying horrible family secrets, Henderson is able to illuminate the richness and possibility in even the most painful lives.”
    — Kirkus Reviews

    “On a political level, Henderson skillfully presages the contemporary political environment in his portrayal of the America of three decades ago. On a deeper level, this dark, compassionate novel finds in Jeremiah’s-and Pete’s-pain a mirror of everyone’s. This is a significant debut.”
    — Library Journal

    “Born and raised in Montana, author Smith Henderson knows the terrain and its people, crafting a profoundly American tale that explores our love for freedom, our individualism and the price people sometimes pay.”
    — AARP

    “[A] remarkable first novel...”
    — Shelf Awareness

    “This book left me awestruck; a stunning debut which reads like the work of a writer at the height of his power…Fourth of July Creek is a masterful achievement and Smith Henderson is certain to end up a household name.”
    Philipp Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Son

    “Fourth of July Creek knocked me flat. This gorgeous, full-bodied novel seems to contain all of America at what was, in retrospect, a pivotal moment in its history...Smith Henderson has delivered nothing less than a masterpiece of a novel.”
    Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    “Fourth of July Creek cannot possibly be Smith Henderson’s first book. Its scope is audacious, its range virtuosic, its gaze steady and true. A riveting story written in a seductive and relentlessly authentic rural American vernacular, this is the kind of novel I wish I’d written.”
    Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn

    “Fourth of July Creek is an astonishing read. The writing is energetic and precise. Henderson has a mastery of scale that allows this particular place and these particular people to illuminate who we are as Americans...I could not recommend this book more highly.”
    Kevin Powers, bestselling author of The Yellow Birds

    “Tremendously satisfying—think Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone...or Jimmy McNulty...set...in...another kind of violent American wilderness...[a] mesmerizing accomplishment. I cannot think of a finer first novel; it’s hard, in fact, to think of a finer second, third, or fourth one, either.”
    Antonya Nelson

    “A soul-wrenching debut novel... Henderson’s talents lie in the tenderness and empathy he extends to (almost) every character in the book, no matter how damaged.”
    — O, the Oprah Magazine

    “Henderson, a Montana native, is a nimble wordsmith… His debut novel gives us flawed people, a bleak setting, and a story that’s impossible to forget.”
    — Parnassus Books / Musing

    “This is an impressive, bold, ambitious book, an unforgettable epic that confidently navigates big themes and breaks your heart with small tragedies.”
    Miami Herald

    “I was blown away by Smith Henderson’s debut novel, Fourth of July Creek....”
    Dallas Morning News

    “In Henderson’s impressive novel, an overburdened social worker becomes involved with a near-feral boy and his survivalist father in 1980 Montana.”
    — New York Times Book Review, Notable Book

    “[A] stunningly accomplished debut novel … Henderson’s narrative enthralls, his dialogue crackles, and on the considerable strength of this, a promising literary career beckons.”
    Minneapolis Star Tribune

    “The myth of rugged individualism crumbles…at the side of the body of water that gives Henderson’s debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, its name…Henderson’s saga of looking for salvation by way of saving others is lyrical, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. Not all can be rescued, but we can all be redeemed.”
    — Entertainment Weekly, #3, Year's Best Fiction

    “Another big, gripping novel and fine feat of naturalistic storytelling.”
    — Janet Maslin, NYT, Top Ten Books of 2014

    “My favorite book of 2014, Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek, is out in paperback... which gives me another chance to recommend it. This exciting, beautifully written debut novel describes the travails of Pete Snow, a social worker in Montana struggling to save damaged families - including his own.”
    — Washington Post, Ron Charles

    Fourth of July Creek is the beautifully written story of a flawed man trying to save children from bad people like himself… a richly satisfying novel and well worth its reader’s time.”
    — Tullahoma News

    “Probably the most significant book to come from a Portland writer in the past year is Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek… one of the most assured and accomplished debut novels in recent memory, right up there with Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. The book… is both savage and beautiful.”
    — Willamette Week (Portland)

    “Henderson’s firm understanding of rural Montana and its residents reminds one of Kent Haruf’s novels set in Colorado, but, as if Cormac McCarthy has come to town, there’s an undercurrent of violence and vice throbbing throughout the story. Henderson understands the explosive possibilities of having those tensions surface.”
    Cleveland Plain Dealer
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    ISBN: 9780062286468
    ISBN-10: 0062286463
    Publisher: Ecco
    Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
    Pages: 480
    Language: English
  • Lies I Told

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    This is book number 1 in the Lies I Told series.

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    For Grace Fontaine’s family, life is all about The Con. They move from state to state, infiltrating high society to steal money, information, and gold. But Grace is ready to give it up…A thrilling tale of high-stakes deception. I could not put it down - ready for the sequel!

    ~ Antonia

    — From Lies I Told


    Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. But it's all a lie.

    Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught . . . including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

    Perfect for fans of Ally Carter and Robin Benway, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

    About the Author

    Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Her first novel, Prophecy of the Sisters, was chosen as one of ALA Booklist's Top Ten Novels for Youth of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library's Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.

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    ISBN: 9780062327123
    ISBN-10: 0062327127
    Publisher: HarperTeen
    Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
    Pages: 352
    Language: English
    Series: Lies I Told
  • H is for Hawk

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    If there were an award for the best book that defies genre, this is it. To be read slowly for the pleasure of language and style. Four stars!


    — From H is for Hawk

    March '15 Indie Next List

    “This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read.”
    — Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT


    One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

    One of Slate's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years

    ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20)

    The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

    About the Author

    Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the bestselling H Is for Hawk, as well as a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry, including Shaler's Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She now writes for the New York Times Magazine. Twitter: @HelenJMacdonald
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    ISBN: 9780802123411
    ISBN-10: 0802123414
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
    Pages: 288
    Language: English
  • Family Life

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    This is a beautifully composed, tender, true novel. How Akhil Sharma managed to mix sadness and hope is a marvel. Family Life is a very fine novel and absorbing read. Highly recommended!

    — Susan

    A sad story becomes fascinating as you follow a young boy's coming of age in an immigrant family struck by tragedy.  Crisply and lovingly told, this is a tale to ponder long after it ends, not least of which because it's true.


    — From Family Life


    Winner of the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

    "Gorgeously tender at its core…beautiful, heartstopping…Family Life really blazes." —Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review

    Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.

    We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.

    Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

    About the Author

    Akhil Sharma is the author of Family Life, a New York Times Best Book of the Year and the winner of the International DUBLIN Literary
    Award and the Folio Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and teaches English at Rutgers University–Newark.


    Praise For…

    Outstanding…Every page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent.
    — David Sedaris

    Riveting… Sharma is compassionate but unflinching.
    — Sonali Deraniyagala

    Dark humor twines through Sharma’s unforgettable story of survival and its costs.
    — Mary Pols

    Surface simplicity and detachment are the hallmarks of this novel, but hidden within its small, unembellished container are great torrents of pity and grief. Sedulously scaled and crafted, it transforms the chaos of trauma into a glowing work of art.

    I lost all track of time while I was reading it, and felt by the end that I’d returned from a great and often harrowing journey… To my own surprise, I found myself renewed after reading it, and imbued with a feeling of hope.
    — John Wray

    Sharma spent 13 years writing this slim novel, and the effort shows in each lucid sentence and heartbreaking detail.
    — Stephen Lee

    A heartbreaking novel-from-life… [Sharma] takes after Hemingway, as each word of his brilliant novel feels deliberate, and each line is quietly moving.
    — Maddie Crum

    There's nothing like the pleasure of being devastated by a short novel. Like Jhumpa Lahiri, Akhil Sharma writes of the Indian immigrant experience with great empathy and a complete lack of sentimentality. Family Life is a dark and thrilling accomplishment by a wildly gifted writer.

    — Ann Packer

    Family Life is a terse, devastating account of growing up as a brilliant outsider in American culture. It is a nearly perfect novel.

    — Edmund White

    Sharma is a rare master at charting the frailties and failures, the cruelties and rages, the altering moods and contradictions, whims and perversities of a tragic cast of characters. But this most unsentimental writer leaves the reader, finally and surprisingly, moved.
    — Kiran Desai

    An immigrant story like no other: funny and dark, unrelenting and above all, true.
    — Nell Freudenberger
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    ISBN: 9780393350609
    ISBN-10: 0393350606
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Publication Date: February 2nd, 2015
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Born with Teeth

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    O captain, my captain! Even if you’re not a fan of Star Trek: Voyager or Orange is the New Black, Mulgrew’s lyrical, honest voice makes this extraordinary memoir well worth reading. It’s a truly compelling self-portrait, rich in complexity, of a remarkable life.


    — From Born with Teeth


    Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred.

    Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

    It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen.

    We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played -- Captain Janeway on Star Trek ; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, Born with Teeth is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

    About the Author

    Kate Mulgrew is an American actress noted for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, and, most recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She has performed in numerous television shows, theater productions, and movies. She is the winner of a Golden Satellite Award, a Saturn Award, and an Obie Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

    Praise For…

    A "gem of a memoir...readers will savor Mulgew's gift for erudite, honest writing and want to read more about her mesmerizing life."
    Publishers Weekly

    A "vivaciously lyrical memoir, revealing [Mulgrew] as a character more fascinating than any she's played."
    Natalie Beach, O Magazine

    "[Kate's] voice is engaging and funny...Reading about her life, which contains real trauma as well as success, is like being told stories by a good friend over drinks. She takes you behind the scenes on-stage and off, and it's a fascinating journey."
    Jenn Northington, BookRiot

    "Written with a marvelous flair for anecdote and detail" and a "candid, jaunty, pinch-of-sarcasm verbiage."
    Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly

    "Mulgrew swaggers endearingly across its pages, her 'able and hardy constitution' ever on display as she powers through the many challenges--both personal and professional--that life has tossed her way. Eloquent and impassioned, the book reaches beyond the standard Hollywood memoir to something more affecting and enduring...Throughout, she narrates with the grandeur of a stage diva holding court: 'Actresses. What a bunch of sad saps, we are,' she intones. 'Madly in love with the child. Madly in love with the craft. Trying desperately to forge an alliance with the two, and constantly failing.' Mulgrew can be proud that this memoir, her defining monologue, proves otherwise."
    Nora Krug, Washington Post

    "It seems unfair that such a talented actress is also such a talented writer."
    Gwen Ihnat, The Onion A.V Club

    "A powerful, beautifully written piece of work."
    The Chicago Tribune

    "Stunningly candid about everything from the search for her daughter to aging in Hollywood, the actress...brings it all in her arresting new memoir."
    Mary Green, People

    "Mulgrew has a big story to tell--several stories, actually--and she tells it with a straightforward lyricism that made me think immediately of Patti Smith's Just Kids and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. It's that good."
    Joanna Connors, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

    "She has formidable literary skill herself, as she makes clear from the first page of her book (I defy anyone not to fall for her from the first lines)."
    Cahir O'Doherty, The Irish Voice

    "Born with Teeth jumps spectacularly from tale to trial, each approached with abandon and honesty. Reading it feels like joining a friend on a spontaneous adventure that extends to another day, another party, another trip, leaving you breathless and unable to do anything but follow."—Christine Thomas, The Miami Herald

    "Richly descriptive and relatable, the book will make you a fan of Mulgrew."
    Marisa Spyker, Coastal Living

    "Brilliantly written."
    Diane LaRue, The Auburn Citizen

    Coverage from NPR

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780316334310
    ISBN-10: 0316334316
    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
    Pages: 320
    Language: English
  • Soil

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    Mississippi has done it again - a killer story told in killer language. Hope and innocence against the backdrop of choked river bottoms and darkness. Everything a good southern novel can be - hilarious and disturbing.



    — From Soil

    March '15 Indie Next List

    “In his debut novel, Kornegay has confidently announced himself as a writer to watch. Centered around Jay Mize, an idealistic farmer whose luck just keeps breaking bad, the story kicks into high gear when Jay discovers a corpse on his failing farm. Fearing he is being framed by his less progressive neighbors, Jay hides the discovery rather than reporting it. Kornegay expertly heightens the tension, tightening the screws on the increasingly paranoid Jay in a way that makes it impossible for the reader to put the book down. With Soil, Kornegay joins Wiley Cash and Tom Franklin as a strong voice in the world of Southern gothic fiction.”
    — Josh Christie, Sherman's Book & Stationary, Bar Harbor, ME


    A darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin—and becomes increasingly paranoid he’s being framed for murder.

    It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the twenty-first century. He did not know that within a year he’d be ruined, that flood and pestilence would invade his fledgling farm or that his wife and son would leave him to pick up the pieces by himself.

    When Jay Mize discovers a corpse on his property, he is sure his bad luck has come to a head and he is being framed. Were Jay in his right mind, he might have reported the body to the police at the very same moment they were searching for a missing tourist from Ohio. He might have not dragged the body back to his farm under the cover of night and spent hours disposing of it. But Jay Mize is not in his right mind. His mounting paranoia is accelerated by a hot-rod local deputy, nosing around with questions about the missing tourist and making dark comments about Jay’s estranged wife Sandy. It’s enough to make an honest man a maniac…

    Drawing on elements of classic Southern noir, dark comedy, and modern dysfunction, Jamie Kornegay’s novel is about the gravitational pull of one man’s apocalypse and the hope that maybe, just maybe, he can be reeled in from the brink. Readers will “applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction” (Jonathan Miles, award-winning author of Want Not and Dear American Airlines).

    About the Author

    Jamie Kornegay lives in the Mississippi Delta, where he moved in 2006 to establish an independent bookstore, Turnrow Book Co. Before that he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi. Soil is his first novel.

    Praise For…

    “Let us stand, brothers and sisters, to applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction. Dig your hands into this Soil to find gutty and peppery writing, an almost recklessly bold imagination, audacious empathy, and a story so twisty and volatile that nearly every turn feels electrifyingly unexpected. This rough-n-tumble model of Southern literature—the vehicle of choice for the late greats Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and William Gay—has felt stalled on the roadside for several years now; Jamie Kornegay just pulled up with some big-ass jumper cables.”
    —Jonathan Miles, author of Want Not and Dear American Airlines

    "Jamie Kornegay's novel Soil heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice. This book is atmospheric 'as all get-out,' as my grandmother might have said, and it crackles with intensity. It's everything I want a novel to be, a fine story well-told with characters I won't forget, set in a world so real you can smell it and taste it. Kornegay's something special."
    –Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances

    "Mississippi has done it again, given us yet another brilliant writer. Welcome, Jamie Kornegay, to a long line of kick-ass storytellers. Soil is one of the most memorable novels I've read in years, with a killer story told in killer language. Highly, highly recommended."
    —Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

    “Jamie Kornegay's prose is as rich and fertile as the Mississippi Delta landscape that spreads across the pages of Soil. It is poetic, both in its language and in the soulful complexity of its characters, all of them fallen and trudging along the hard worn path of redemption on dirty hands and knees.”
    —Michael F. Smith, author of Rivers

    “Marked by wry humor, unforgettable characters, and riveting suspense, Jamie Kornegay’s Soil is a spellbinding Greek tragedy played out against the backdrop of the choked river-bottoms, sprawling fields, and dusty roads of the Mississippi Delta. A brilliant, haunting portrait of the havoc one desperate man’s decisions and dreams can wreak upon himself and those around him. This remarkable novel springs from rich earth indeed, and the end result is a book that will leave readers reeling.”
    —Skip Horack, author of The Eden Hunter, and The Southern Cross

    “A darkly droll, epic novel told in a style I’d have to call a deceptively swift amble through a most vividly rendered, watery Delta world. Anyone from Coleridge to Twain to Faulkner to William Gay would have loved reading this book, and you will, too.”
    —Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury and Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

    "Jamie Kornegay's powerful debut novel, Soil, is just as rich, dark and primal as the title suggests and it is hard not to discuss the various characters' plights without slipping into metaphor as they both literally and figuratively dig and tunnel and turn up all that is buried. This novel is brimming with suspense while continuously locating the fine line separating good from evil. Just as the soil delivers all that is decomposed and lost, it also brings promise of future growth and in this case, it is in the form of the protagonist's son. Kornegay's rendering of hope and innocence against the backdrop of depravity and darkness is admirable and

    moving." —Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life after Life

    "Kornegay's skillful writing keeps the story gripping and the atmosphere haunting."
    Kirkus Reviews

    "Kornegay imbues his characters with depth and his story with suspense, but the real star of the book is the pungent and foreboding Mississippi earth itself. A promising debut from an assured new voice in Southern fiction.”
    Library Journal

    “Kornegay's keenly observed novel is a bit of a slow burner at first, but it soon builds into a page-turning crescendo and a suspense-filled finale which will make your heart pound and leave you opened-mouthed in horror.”
    Western Gazette

    “This marvelous bookresembles the Southern Gothic novels of the past such as the classic EternalFire by Calder Willingham.”
    Smoky Mountain News

    Coverage from NPR

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781476750811
    ISBN-10: 1476750815
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
    Pages: 368
    Language: English
  • Rook

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    Staff Reviews

    A post-apocalyptic homage to The Scarlet Pimpernell! By day, Sophia Bellamy is a well-bred young lady about to save her family’s fortunes by marrying a rich, airhead parisian. By night, she is Le Corbeau Rouge, the Red Rook: a mysterious trickster who snatches prisoners from the very scaffold of the guillotine in a blood-washed, dystopian Paris. Swashbuckling! Swordplay! Narrow escapes! Romance! Repartee!

    — Fiona

    A post-apocalyptic homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel! By day, Sophia Bellamy is a well-bred young lady about to save her family’s fortunes by marrying a rich, airheaded Parisian. By night, she is Le Corbeau Rouge, the Red Rook: a mysterious trickster who snatches prisoners from the very scaffold of the guillotine in a blood-washed, dystopian Paris. Swashbuckling! Swordplay! Narrow escapes! Romance! Repartee! Sink me, it’s awesome!


    — From Rook


    History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.

    About the Author

    Sharon Cameron's debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Sharon is also the author of its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, which was selected as an Indiebound Indie Next List Top Ten selection, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a Parents' Choice gold medalist; and The Forgetting, an Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List selection. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, and you can visit her online at sharoncameronbooks.com.

    Praise For…

    Praise for Rook:

    A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

    An Indiebound Indie Next Top Ten selection

    Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award

    "The suspense kicks right off in this action-packed tale, quickly wrapping readers up in the drama." -- Romantic Times

    "Full of derring-do and double crosses, this romantic adventure is thoroughly engrossing." -- Kirkus Reviews

    "Cameron crafts a brilliant homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel yet also manages to make her telling unique, particularly in... the many twists, turns, betrayals, and lucky breaks [that] will keep readers breathless until the very end." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "Rook is sure to be a read all readers will remember." -- Portland Book Review

    Praise for The Dark Unwinding:

    A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

    Winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

    "Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative." -- USA Today

    "Haunting thrills unfurl..." -- Entertainment Weekly

    "Gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape." -- Publishers Weekly

    "[A] singularly polished piece." -- The Horn Book

    "A strikingly original, twisty gothic tale that holds surprises around every dark corner." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied

    Praise for A Spark Unseen:

    "Gripping... [an] absorbing, intelligent adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780545675994
    ISBN-10: 0545675995
    Publisher: Scholastic Press
    Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
    Pages: 464
    Language: English