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  • Stella by Starlight

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    An evocative new novel from the bestselling author Out of My Mind. Stella grows up in depression-era North Carolina, living under the dark shadow of Jim Crow. Draper doesn’t shy away from the hardships, yet kids will be drawn to Stella’s gumption and resilient spirit. A must-read!

    ~Antonia

    — From Stella by Starlight

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    When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de force from Sharon Draper, the New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind.

    Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

    About the Author


    Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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    When a young girl gains confidence from her failures and strength from what her community dreads most, life delivers magic and hope. Stella Mills and her brother Jojo witness the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross late one starry night, setting off a chain reaction that leaves their entire community changed. During the Depression, North Carolina was less than hospitable for African-Americans forced to work more to earn less while being deprived of basic human rights. Through the perspective of Stella, young readers glimpse the nearly suffocating anguish that envelops this black community, illuminating the feelings associated with suppression. In a telling passage, Stella's mother attempts to comfort her: " 'It's gonna be all right,' her mother whispered as she smoothed down Stella's hair. But Stella felt the tension in her mother's arms, and she knew that in reality, fear hugged them both." Draper expertly creates a character filled with hope, dreams and ambition in a time when such traits were dangerous for a girl of color. While the use of language honors the time period, the author is careful to avoid the phonetic quagmire that ensnares lesser writers of the period, allowing the colorful idioms to shine. A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes.
    — Kirkus, *STARRED REVIEW

    After 11-year-old Stella and her brother witness late-night Ku Klux Klan activity, word spreads through their North Carolina town. It’s 1932, and every “Negro family in Bumblebee knew the unwritten rules—they had to take care of their own problems and take care of one another.” Draper (Panic) conveys a rich African-American community where life carries on and knowledge is passed along (“My mama taught me. I’m teachin’ you. You will teach your daughter”), despite looming threats. While in town, Stella notes the white children’s fine school building and speculates about who might be Klansmen; in her parents’ backyard, spontaneous potluck celebrations chase away gloom as adults trade tall tales: “remember last summer when it got so hot we had to feed the chickens ice water to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs?” Stella’s desire to become a writer parallels her father’s determination to vote. In a powerful scene, the entire black community accompanies three registered black voters to the polling location and waits silently, “Ten. Fifteen. Twenty-five minutes,” until the sheriff steps aside. This compelling story brims with courage, compassion, creativity, and resilience.
    — Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW

    Eleven-year-old Stella Mills may have trouble getting words on paper for school, but she’s a deep thinker, “a gemstone hiding inside a rock,” her mother tells her. Even on the coldest of nights, she sneaks out of the house and writes under the starlight. Writing helps her makes sense of her world; the novel’s third-person point of view provides readers with a perspective wider than young Stella’s, as much of life in segregated 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, is beyond her understanding. There’s plenty of action—cross burnings, house burnings, a snakebite, a near-drowning, and a beating. But at its core this story is one of a supportive African American community facing tough times, a community acting as an “unseen river of communication that forever flows—dark and powerful,” keeping an eye on its children as they walk to school, knowing who is sneaking out at night, bringing cakes and pies when folks are ill, and attending the (unexpectedly hilarious) Christmas pageant at school. If times are bad, the community makes them better, and Stella grows in its warmth and love. Even her writing gets better as she writes about things that matter—Mama, snakes, truth, hate, even the Klan. Readers will close the book knowing that Stella will turn out just fine: “Roosters never look beyond the fence. I doubt if they ever think about flying. But I do.”
    — Horn Book Magazine

    Coretta Scott King Award winner Draper draws inspiration from her grandmother’s journal to tell the absorbing story of a young girl growing up in Depression-era, segregated North Carolina. One frightening night Stella and her brother Jojo witness a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan, practically in their own backyard. This meeting is the signal of trouble to come to the black community of Bumblebee. The townspeople must come together to find strength and protection to face the injustices all around them. This is an engrossing historical fiction novel with an amiable and humble heroine who does not recognize her own bravery or the power of her words. She provides inspiration not only to her fellow characters but also to readers who will relate to her and her situation. Storytelling at its finest.
    — School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

    *'When a young girl gains confidence from her failures and strength from what her community dreads most, life delivers magic and hope. A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

    *"This compelling story brims with courage, compassion, creativity, and resilience." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

    *"Storytelling at its finest." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

    Sharon Draper (Out of My Mind) sets her suspenseful, hope-filled story in a small segregated North Carolina town at the time of the 1932 presidential election between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    In the opening scene, 11-year-old Stella and her eight-year-old brother, Jojo, witness a wooden cross burning on the other side of Kilkenny Pond. "Nine robed figures dressed all in white. Heads covered with softly pointed hoods," the author begins. "Who are they?" Jojo asks. " 'The Klan.' Just saying those words made Stella's lip quiver." Draper gives young readers enough information to place the events in context. The threat is real, but the love and safety Stella finds with her family and the warm community on her side of Bumblebee, N.C., provides the antidote. The KKK, dormant for roughly three years, is showing itself because of the upcoming election. Only Stella's father, Pastor Patton and Mr. Spencer are brave enough to register to vote. And when the KKK strikes back by burning down the Spencers' home, the entire community comes to their aid--including a few white families.

    Draper balances the larger cultural forces at play with the daily routines of doing chores, attending school and going to church. The author shows Stella's maturity and strength as she comes through again and again for her family and her neighbors. At the same time, Stella crafts her writing, alone and in private, trying to improve and also as a way to air her fears. Her sense of honesty and justice make her a child with whom all readers can identify. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness

    Discover: A suspenseful, hope-filled story of a courageous 11-year-old in a racially divided town on the eve of the 1932 election.
    — Shelf Awareness for Readers, *STARRED REVIEW

    *"Her sense of honesty and justice make her a child with whom all readers can identify." - Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW

    Written as a fictional tribute to her grandmother, Draper has crafted a historical tale that addresses racial inequalities of the Depression era. Ten-year-old Stella resides in the small (imagined) town of Bumblebee, North Carolina, with her mother, father, and younger brother Jojo. Stella struggles with school and attempts to improve her writing skills by keeping a diary. Stella sneaks out at night to write about her life and her observations of the changing world around her small African American community. In the opening chapter, Stella and Jojo are out at night and witness nefarious activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Attempts by African American males of voting age to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election are met with opposition and violence. With the knowledge that the Ku Klux Klan is active in their community, Stella, her family, and other members of their community band together to stand strong against the injustices of racism.

    Draper’s characterization of Bumblebee’s African American residents is well done and readers will enjoy their interactions. A warm and homespun quality to the story balances the serious and life-threatening situations encountered throughout the book. Draper offsets the hateful attitudes of some of the white community members with compassionate, non-racist residents of Bumblebee. Stella forges a bond with Paulette Packard, the daughter of the reprehensible member of the Ku Klux Klan, Dr. Packard. Stella realizes that even seemingly perfect appearances can have a dark side. Although the primary appeal for this book will be younger readers and the middle school audience, older readers would benefit from and enjoy this slim story of historical note.—Adrienne Amborski.

    Written for middle school readers, this historical story about Stella and her family is well executed. Readers will learn about struggles that Stella and her family face during the Great Depression. Older teens may think the book is juvenile, but it still provides a good story. 4Q, 3P.—Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer.
    — VOYA
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    ISBN: 9781442494978
    ISBN-10: 1442494972
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
  • Undoing the Demos

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    Bold, fierce, sublime.  Foucault scholar, U.C. Berkeley Professor, and ardent critic of contemporary economic conditions, Wendy Brown is both a local hero, and, along with her partner, Judith Butler, a giant in modern political thought. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the stealth operations of neoliberal policy -- it takes the reader on a tour of how the aggressive faith in free market principles impoverishes and imperils diverse operations of the American public sphere, from business and law to politics and education. It is well-written, brilliantly argued, and easily one of the most compelling and important works of scholarship to appear this year, if not the best-known.

    ~Nick

    — From Undoing the Demos

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    Tracing neoliberalism's devastating erosions of democratic principles, practices, and cultures.

    Neoliberal rationality--ubiquitous today in statecraft and the workplace, in jurisprudence, education, and culture--remakes everything and everyone in the image of homo oeconomicus. What happens when this rationality transposes the constituent elements of democracy into an economic register? In Undoing the Demos, Wendy Brown explains how democracy itself is imperiled. The demos disintegrates into bits of human capital; concerns with justice bow to the mandates of growth rates, credit ratings, and investment climates; liberty submits to the imperative of human capital appreciation; equality dissolves into market competition; and popular sovereignty grows incoherent. Liberal democratic practices may not survive these transformations. Radical democratic dreams may not either.

    In an original and compelling argument, Brown explains how and why neoliberal reason undoes the political form and political imaginary it falsely promises to secure and reinvigorate. Through meticulous analyses of neoliberalized law, political practices, governance, and education, she charts the new common sense. Undoing the Demos makes clear that for democracy to have a future, it must become an object of struggle and rethinking.

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    A prize-winning examination of why nation-states wall themselves off despite widespread proclamations of global connectedness.
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    ISBN: 9781935408536
    ISBN-10: 1935408534
    Publisher: Zone Books
    Publication Date: February 6th, 2015
    Pages: 296
    Language: English
    Series: Zone / Near Futures
  • Iridescence of Birds

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    Incredibly elegant and spare in its storytelling, Iridescence of Birds is one of the most beautiful picture books of the year!

    ~Ariel

    — From Iridescence of Birds

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    If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures?

    Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world's most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper.

    A Neal Porter Book

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    Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many novels for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall; Baby; Waiting for the Magic; and The Truth of Me. Among her picture books are What You Know First and Lala Salama. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and her old dog, Emmet.

    Hadley Hooper works as an editorial illustrator for numerous magazines and newspapers. In 2011 she illustrated Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey. The Iridescence of Birds is her second picture book and first for Roaring Brook Press. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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    “A spacious and beautiful book, as much a lesson for adults on visual enrichment and nurturing a creative spirit as an introductory biography for children.” —The Horn Book

    “*Glorious . . . Effective page turns and the accretion of detail in both text and illustration take readers on a journey.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

    “*The book gives off a creative energy that readers of all ages will find fulfilling . . . A poetic look at creativity, both natural and nurtured.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

    “*In two long, lyrical sentences, Patricia MacLachlan wonders about the early years of Henri Matisse . . . an essential, spirited picture book.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

    “*It's a sumptuous meditation on the way artists see and feel, one that possesses an iridescence of its own.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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    ISBN: 9781596439481
    ISBN-10: 1596439483
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
    Pages: 40
    Language: English
  • Highgrove

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    By HRH The Prince of Wales, Bunny Guinness (Text by), Marianne Majerus (Photographs by), Andrew Butler (Photographs by), Andrew Lawson (Photographs by)
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    Gorgeously photographed and impeccably written, this is a rare peek at a lovingly curated royal estate. Splendid!

    ~Fiona

    — From Highgrove

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    The pioneering demonstration of organic gardens planned and planted by the Prince of Wales over thirty years at Highgrove. The gardens at Highgrove are one of the world’s most celebrated examples of organic gardening, offering inspiration to generations of gardeners by showing that a gorgeous landscape through completely organic and earth-friendly means is truly possible. Like a personal tour through each of the seasons, the Prince of Wales, along with Bunny Guinness, describes the thinking behind each planting, lessons learned from trial and error, the highlights and triumphs, as well as future plans. Lavishly illustrated with photographs that capture both the light and detail of this majestic space, this beautiful book will delight and inspire gardeners of every level. It is an exquisite celebration of garden design, full of passion and inspiration.

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    H.R.H. The Prince of Wales has long championed organic farming and sought to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change. He founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976 and is a patron of over 450 charitable organizations worldwide. Bunny Guinness is a chartered landscape architect, journalist, and a regular panelist on the famous BBC radio program, Gardener’s Question Time.

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    ". . . a proving ground for organic gardening and agriculture." -Architectural Digest

    "[Bunny] Guinness . . . teams up with Prince Charles to detail the organic garden that he and a bevy of experts have spent decades creating." -Library Journal

    “The Prince of Wales offers a personal tour through the gardens in all seasons along with his reasoning behind the plantings and advice for fellow gardeners.” –At Home in Arkansas

    "Strictly speaking, Highgrove: An English Country Garden (Rizzoli), is about a magnificent estate that happens to have an exceptional kitchen garden. Author Bunny Guinness takes the reader on a tour of the property month by month.  It is a charming read and a look into the very private world of Charles and Camilla." -Palm Beach Daily News
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    ISBN: 9780847845613
    ISBN-10: 0847845613
    Publisher: Rizzoli
    Publication Date: February 17th, 2015
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories

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    From one of the great masters of the contemporary short story, here is an astonishing collection that showcases Charles Baxter's unique ability to unveil the remarkable in the seemingly inconsequential moments of an eerie yet familiar life.
    Penetrating and prophetic, the ten inter-related stories in There's Something I Want You to Do are held together by a surreally intricate web of cause and effect--one that slowly ensnares both fictional bystanders and enraptured readers. Benny, an architect and hopeless romantic, is robbed on his daily walk along the Mississippi River, and the blow of a baseball bat to the back of his knee feels like a strike from God. A drug dealer named Black Bird reads Othello while waiting for customers in a bar. Elijah, a pediatrician and the father of two, is visited nightly by visions of Alfred Hitchcock. Meanwhile, a dog won't stop barking, a passenger on a transatlantic flight reads aloud from the book of Psalms during turbulence, and a scream carries itself through the early-morning Minneapolis air.
    As the collection progresses, we delve more deeply into the private lives of these characters, exploring their fears, fantasies, and obsessions. They appear and reappear, performing praiseworthy and loathsome acts in equal measure in response to the request--or demand--lodged in each story's center. The result is a portrait of human nature as seen from the tightrope that spans the distance between dreams and waking life--a portrait that could have arisen only from Baxter's singular vision. Readers will be stunned by his uncanny understanding of human attraction and left to puzzle over the meaning of virtue and the unpredictable and mysterious ways in which we behave.

    About the Author


    Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light, and the story collections Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. The stories -Bravery- and -Charity, - which appear in There's Something I Want You to Do, were included in Best American Short Stories. Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
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    ISBN: 9781101870013
    ISBN-10: 110187001X
    Publisher: Pantheon Books
    Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Monastery

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    By Eduardo Halfon, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
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    A beautiful follow up to The Polish Boxer. The personal is political for Halfon, and his reflections on family, memory, and religion makes this book a truly powerful short read. It’s that rare kind of novel that’s smart but entertaining enough to read in one sitting. Which is what I did, kind of by accident. Couldn’t put it down!

    — Nick

    This is a beautiful follow-up to Halfon’s first novel, The Polish Boxer. The personal is political for Halfon, and his reflections on family, memory, and religion makes this book a truly powerful short read. It is that rare kind of novel that is smart but entertaining enough to read in a single sitting -- which is what I did, kind of by accident. Couldn’t put it down! ~Nick

    — From Monastery

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    Best Translated Book Award Longlist
    Reader's Digest Great New Book
    World Literature Today Holiday Gift Guide Recommendation

    "Offer s] surprise and revelation at every turn." --Reader's Digest

    "Eduardo Halfon is a brilliant storyteller." --DANIEL ALARC N, author of At Night We Walk in Circles

    In Monastery, the nomadic narrator of Eduardo Halfon's critically-acclaimed The Polish Boxer returns to travel from Guatemalan cities, villages, coffee plantations, and border towns to a private jazz concert in New York's Harlem, a former German U-Boat base on the French Breton coast, and Israel, where he escapes from his sister's Orthodox Jewish wedding into an erotic adventure with the enigmatic Tamara. His passing encounters are unforgettable; his relationships, problematic. At once a world citizen and a writer who mistrusts the power of language, he is pursued by history's ghosts and unanswerable questions. He is a cartographer of identity on a compelling journey to an uncertain destination. As he draws and redraws his boundaries, he confronts us with the limitations of our own.

    Eduardo Halfon was named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogot and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Jos Mar a de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. The Polish Boxer, his first book to appear in English, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon is currently the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College in New York and travels frequently between his homes in Nebraska and Guatemala.
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    ISBN: 9781934137826
    ISBN-10: 1934137820
    Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
    Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
    Pages: 158
    Language: English
  • The FitzOsbornes in Exile

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    This is book number 2 in the The Montmaray Journals series.

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    “This sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray delivers the goods. After their island home is destroyed by the Germans, Sophia and her family evacuate to London, where they try to regain control of their homeland. Set in the years leading up to WWII, the family saga, both bittersweet and hilarious, continues. This meticulously researched book presents another great work from a stellar voice in historical fiction for young adults.”
    — Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

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    Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.

    Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?!

    And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom?

    Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever?

    About the Author


    MICHELLE COOPER has held a variety of jobs including selling shoes and working at a blood bank. But she now works as a speech pathologist. She specializes in learning disabilities and reluctant readers, so she's passionate about getting children and teenagers interested in books. You can learn more about Michelle and her books at MichelleCooper-Writer.com.

    Praise For…


    Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2011:
    "Multilayered and engrossing, Cooper’s tale alternates between frothy fun and heartbreaking seriousness with utter mastery."
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    ISBN: 9780375851551
    ISBN-10: 0375851550
    Publisher: Ember
    Publication Date: March 13th, 2012
    Pages: 464
    Language: English
    Series: The Montmaray Journals
  • Dorothy Parker Drank Here

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    If you love Dorothy Parker, imagine her ghost haunting the Algonquin Hotel, frightening the guests and ordering cocktails from the staff. In Meister’s witty novel, Parker encounters a cast of characters, including a curmudgeonly old writer and an eager young television producer, each with their own crazy agenda.

    A fun ride great for fans of Jonathan Tropper or Maria Semple. ~Antonia

    — From Dorothy Parker Drank Here

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    The acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom.
    Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity.
    After forty years she thinks she's found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a devastating plagiarism scandal. Now a prickly recluse, he hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her.Ted, however, might be the only person living or dead who's more stubborn than Parker, and he rejects her proposal outright.
    When a young, ambitious TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. Instead, she and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted's past that the future changes for all of them.

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    Ellen Meisterhas writtenfive novels includingFarewell, Dorothy ParkerandThe Other Life as well as numerous short stories and essays.She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, and does public speaking about her books and other writing-related issues. Ellen lives on Long Island with her husband and three children."
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    ISBN: 9780399166877
    ISBN-10: 0399166874
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
    Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
  • China Dolls

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    One of the most accurate depictions of “showbiz” I have read in recent years. See paints a portrait of the lives of 3 female entertainers in the glamorous (and not so glamorous) nightclub scene of the 1940s in San Francisco. She tackles tough stuff too -- female friendships in a competitive business, and the panic and xenophobia following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Rich in historical detail - hard to put down!

    — Antonia

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese American woman in the 1930s and ’40s.”—The New York Times Book Review
     
    “Superb . . . This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity.”—The Washington Post (One of the Best Books of the Year) 
     
    San Francisco, 1938: A world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Talented Grace, traditional Helen, and defiant Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.
     
    Praise for China Dolls
     
    “A sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.”Los Angeles Times
     
    “Bravo! Here’s a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs.”—Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
     
    “Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger in your memory long after you close the pages.”Bookreporter
     
    “Stellar . . . The depth of See’s characters and her winning prose make this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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    Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Dreams of Joy, Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

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    “Superb . . . This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity.”The Washington Post
     
    “This is one of those stories I’ve always wanted to tell, but Lisa See beat me to it, and she did it better than I ever could. Bravo! Here’s a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs.”—Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
     
    “A fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese-American woman in the 1930s and ’40s.”—The New York Times Book Review
     
    “A sweeping, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, good fortune, bad fortune, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation.”—Los Angeles Times
     
    “Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger in your memory long after you close the pages.”—Bookreporter
     
    “Stellar . . . The depth of See’s characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
     
    China Dolls plunges us into a fascinating history and offers an accessible meditation on themes that are still urgent in our contemporary world. The women’s story explores burning questions about the possibilities of friendship, the profound effects of betrayal, the horrors of prejudice and the nature of ambition—especially female ambition. . . . These Asian artists were true pioneers, breaking ground, chasing vast dreams, subverting stereotypes simply by appearing onstage against the odds. Here, in China Dolls, they have found another stage of sorts, another place to rightfully shine.”San Francisco Chronicle
     
    China Dolls is [Lisa See’s] most penetrating since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.”The Seattle Times
     
    “A spellbinding portrait of a time burning with opportunity and mystery.”O: The Oprah Magazine
     
    “[An] impeccably researched and distinctive historical saga of desire and ambition, betrayal and revenge . . . See again lavishly explores the thorny intricacies of female friendships.”Booklist
     
    “Fresh and lively . . . powerful passages . . . a compelling story.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
     
    China Dolls mines a fascinating part of our cultural history through the story of a trio of women who become a complex constant in one another’s lives even as the world serves up painful transformation. Lisa See gets so much just right here. You’ll want to dive right in.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
     
    “Colorful and fascinating historical touches tie the story together perfectly and form an exquisite backdrop.”Library Journal
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780812982824
    ISBN-10: 0812982827
    Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
    Pages: 416
    Language: English
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

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    Port Chicago 50 is incredibly compelling and moving, with great primary sources, backmatter, and design, but most importantly this is LOCAL history with a huge impact on the civil rights movement. I want every middle and high school student in the bay area to read it!

    ~Anne

    — From The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

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    An astonishing World War II military story of civil rights from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin.

    A National Book Award Finalist
    A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
    A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

    On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.

    The Port Chicago 50 is a fascinating story of the prejudice and injustice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.

    This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum, including history and social studies.

    “Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story, one he discovered while working on his Newbery Honor book, Bomb...Archival photos appear throughout, and an extensive bibliography, source notes, and index conclude this gripping, even horrific account of a battle for civil rights predating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Also by Steve Sheinkin:

    Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
    The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
    Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
    Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
    Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward Expansion
    King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution
    Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
    Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

    About the Author


    Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, was a National Book Award finalist and received the 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, won both the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War was a National Book Award finalist, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner, and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

    Praise For…


    “Through effective research, Sheinkin re-creates a story that remains largely unknown to many Americans, and is one of the many from World War II about segregation and race that is important to explore with students.” —School Library Journal, starred review

    “Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story, one he discovered while working on his Newbery Honor book, Bomb....Archival photos appear throughout, and an extensive bibliography, source notes, and index conclude this gripping, even horrific account of a battle for civil rights predating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

    “In this thoroughly researched and well-documented drama, Sheinkin lets the participants tell the story, masterfully lacing the narrative with extensive quotations drawn from oral histories, information from trial transcripts and archival photographs. The event, little known today, is brought to life and placed in historical context, with Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson figuring in the story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    “Sheinkin follows Bomb (rev. 11/12) with an account of another aspect of the Second World War, stemming from an incident that seems small in scope but whose ramifications would go on to profoundly change the armed forces and the freedom of African Americans to serve their country.” —The Horn Book

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781596437968
    ISBN-10: 1596437960
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Publication Date: January 21st, 2014
    Pages: 208
    Language: English

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