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Friday Reads: Picture Book Month!

November is Picture Book Month! Though picture books are the usual entry way to a child’s reading life, the right picture book can capture the imagination of any age. And what better bridge between child and adult is there than sharing a beautiful picture book? Most of us can recall with fond feelings the picture books of our youth. Here are some newer titles that are sure to delight and inspire!

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  Bluebird by Bob StaakeBLUEBIRD by Bob Staake; ages 4-8 "Like nothing you have seen before," raves Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm.   My Journey to the Stars by Scott KellyMY JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Scott Kelly, illustrated by André Ceolin; ages 5-8 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was the first to spend an entire year in space! Discover his awe-inspiring journey in this fascinating picture book memoir (the perfect companion to his adult book Endurance) that takes readers from Scott’s childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars.   Little Wood: Wolfie Paints the Town by Sabina GibsonLITTLE WOOD: WOLFIE PAINTS THE TOWN by Sabina Gibson; ages 2-5 Welcome to Little Wood, the tiniest town around! The first in a new picture-book series from innovative textile artist and photographer, Sabina Gibson. Wolfie is a little shy, but she loves to paint. Her friends and neighbors all want to see what she is working on, but she is not ready to share just yet. As she makes her way around Little Wood, she meets Bear, Rabbit, and Badger and paints them as they go about their day. Soon she is brave enough to show everyone what she has been doing—and the whole town is invited to her art show!   Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola DaviesMANY: THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE ON EARTH by Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton; ages 5-8 After magnifying the beauty of unseen organisms in Tiny Creatures, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton turn their talents to the vast variety of life on Earth. The more we study the world around us, the more living things we discover every day. The planet is full of millions of species of plants, birds, animals, and microbes, and every single one — including us — is part of a big, beautiful, complicated pattern.   The Lost Picnic by B. B. CroninTHE LOST PICNIC by B. B. Cronin; ages 3-7 A brilliantly illustrated seek-and-find that dazzles even more than The Lost House, from the award-winning B. B. Cronin! Grandad is taking his grandchildren on a picnic in his jalopy. They ride on a busy highway full of cars and signs, past charming villages and topiary-filled parks, out into the country. But when they finally arrive at the picnic spot, they discover all their food has tumbled out of the car along the way! It’s up to readers to find the missing food so the family can enjoy their meal at last.                                                                     For more on these and other great picture books visit Picture Books Month For more information on Picture Book Month visit picturebookmonth.  

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Friday Reads: Margaret Atwood

On Friday, October 27th in Beverly Hills, PEN Center USA honored Margaret Atwood with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. In conversation with novelist Edan Lepucki, Ms. Atwood discussed the screen adaptations of her novels, notably THE HANDMAID’S TALE, but especially ALIAS GRACE. The Netflix Original miniseries about a 19th century murder, “Alias Grace” was adapted by Sarah Polley and premieres tonight Friday, November 3rd. Ms. Atwood read a beautiful excerpt from the novel and you may watch the trailer here. Don’t stop there though… for this Friday Reads edition we offer the following superb books from Margaret Atwood’s distinguished body of work. 

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    Alias Grace by Margaret AtwoodALIAS GRACE: A NOVEL Now a 6-part Netflix original mini-series: in Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century. It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories?   Hag-Seed by Margaret AtwoodHAG-SEED: A NOVEL Now in paperback, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold. Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a “Tempest” like no other. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theater course at a nearby prison.   The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in) by Margaret AtwoodTHE HANDMAID'S TALE: A NOVEL A seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author, and Emmy-award winning Hulu series. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.   Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret AtwoodBLUEBEARD'S EGG: STORIES By turns humorous and warm, stark and frightening, Bluebeard’s Egg glows with childhood memories, the reality of parents growing old, and the casual cruelty men and women inflict on each other. Here is the familiar outer world of family summers at remote lakes, winters of political activism, and seasons of exotic friends, mundane lives, and unexpected loves. But here too is the inner world of hidden places and all that emerges from them-the intimately personal, the fantastic, the shockingly real…   The Blind Assassin by Margaret AtwoodTHE BLIND ASSASSIN: A NOVEL WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE. In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history.   The Heart Goes Last by Margaret AtwoodTHE HEART GOES LAST: A NOVEL Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in a new novel that brilliantly satirizes the corporate prison complex of the twenty-first century.     The Edible Woman by Margaret AtwoodTHE EDIBLE WOMAN The novel that put the author of The Handmaid’s Tale on the literary map; a groundbreaking work of fiction. Ever since her engagement, the strangest thing has been happening to Marian McAlpin: she can’t eat. First meat. Then eggs, vegetables, cake, pumpkin seeds—everything! Worse yet, while Marian ought to feel consumed with passion, she really just feels … consumed. A brilliant and powerful work, rich in irony and metaphor, The Edible Woman is an unforgettable masterpiece by a true master of contemporary literature.   Oryx and Crake by Margaret AtwoodORYX AND CRAKE Margaret Atwood’s brilliant, page-turning new novel joins her all-time bestselling The Handmaid’s Tale in conjuring a frighteningly convincing future dystopia.     Stone Mattress by Margaret AtwoodStone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales Nine brilliantly imaginative tales—filled with Atwood’s trademark creativity, intelligence, and humor—that speak to our times with deadly accuracy in tales of acute psychological insight and biting humor.     Angel Catbird Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) by Margaret AtwoodANGEL CATBIRD VOLUME 1 (Graphic Novel; from Dark Horse) Atwood’s first graphic novel, a cat-centric all-ages New York Times bestselling adventure. On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure—with a lot of cat puns.    There are now 3 in the series .   For our full list of amazing Margaret Atwood titles visit the collection: Atwood  

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Friday Listens: Spooky Stories

This is, indeed, Halloween.  Or near enough.  Any time is a good time for haunting, hair-raising books, but have you considered listening to one during this particularly spooky time of year?  From classics to modern day treasures, here are some picks to make your Halloween just a bit more bone chilling.

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  cover_9780739337844THE BEST OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: (Listen here!) A collection of 13 stories from one of the most influential American writers. Includes: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado,The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven, Annabel Lee, Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, Ulalume, The Black Cat, The Bells, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter, & The Gold Bug.   cover_9781415951842FRANKENSTEIN BY MARY SHELLEY:   (Listen here!)  Frankenstein is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothicism and the prototype of the twentieth-century science-fiction novel. It was conceived in the Swiss Alps in mid-June 1816 after a conversation about bringing corpses to life provoked a nightmare, and was written over the next eleven months in largely morbid circumstances. Death and the terrors of childbirth–as much as Romanticism, a burgeoning awareness of unconscious drives, and contemporary ideas of atheism, the collapse of the social contract, and the corrupting influence of society on human nature–inform this story of a man (or monster) built by Dr. Victor Frankenstein and brought to life by electricity.   cover_9780739353356THE HISTORIAN BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA:  (Listen here!) Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of–a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula.   cover_9780451481900MALLON THE GURU & THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF FREDDIE PROTHERO BY PETER STRAUB:  (Listen here!) Peter Straub has spent forty years at the forefront of modern literary horror. This pair of stories represent his astonishing range and his ability to terrify, transport, and hold a reader hostage. Both stories crack the foundation of our reality and opens our eyes, taking us further and further into the darkness that normally remains deeply, and safely, hidden.   cover_9780525595281THE WORLD OF LORE:  MONSTROUS CREATURES BY AARON MAHNKE:  (Listen here!): A beautifully illustrated collection of stories from the hit podcast Lore—now a streaming television series—that combines fan favorites like “Unboxed” and “They Made a Tonic” with new tales to deepen the legends.     cover_9780739346426WORLD WAR Z BY MAX BROOKS:  (Listen here!) The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result.   cover_9780525495314THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE BY STEPHANIE PERKINS:  (Listen here!) It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.   cover_9780307941824ROTTERS BY DANIEL KRAUS:  (Listen here!) Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.  Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.   Need more spooky reads and listens?  Visit the Edelweiss collection!  

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Friday Reads: Mary Oliver

There is so much to praise about Mary Oliver: Her wisdom, her humility, her love of the world (especially dogs and birds) while addressing suffering – both personal and planetary. Her books are exhilarating, born of faith, intellect and attention.  Just think if she hadn’t put her writing into the world, if she’d kept her rare gift to herself?  And yet we at Penguin Random House are fortunate enough to publish Mary Oliver, with the latest offering, DEVOTIONS, making its way into the hands of readers, including those who once believed they didn’t like poetry.

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  THIS MORNING This morning the redbirds’ eggs have hatched and already the chicks are chirping for food. They don’t know where it’s coming from, they just keep shouting, “More! More!” As to anything else, they haven’t had a single thought. Their eyes haven’t yet opened, they know nothing about the sky that’s waiting. Or the thousands, the millions of trees. They don’t even know they have wings. And just like that, like a simple neighborhood event, a miracle is taking place. – Mary Oliver   Devotions by Mary OliverDEVOTIONS: THE SELECTED POEMS OF MARY OLIVER Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.     Felicity by Mary OliverFELICITY: POEMS “If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,” Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in this stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems.     Upstream by Mary OliverUPSTREAM: SELECTED ESSAYS A collection of essays from the beloved Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller Mary Oliver: “In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”   Blue Horses by Mary OliverBLUE HORSES: POEMS In this stunning collection of poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature. Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence.   Why I Wake Early by Mary OliverWHY I WAKE EARLY: NEW POEMS The volume includes poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer and, finally, lingering in happiness.     Thirst by Mary OliverTHIRST: POEMS Thirst introduces two new directions in the poet’s work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over forty years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And within these pages she chronicles for the first time her discovery of faith, without abandoning the love of the physical world that has been a hallmark of her work.   Dog Songs by Mary OliverDOG SONGS: POEMS Threaded throughout Mary Oliver’s many collections, there have always been dogs. Beloved by her readers, special to the poet’s own heart, the dog poems offer a special window into Mary Oliver’s universe.     Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary OliverOWLS AND OTHER FANTASIES: POEMS AND ESSAYS Within these pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows and, of course, the snowy owl, among a dozen others-including ten poems that have never before been collected.   Blue Iris by Mary OliverBLUE IRIS: POEMS AND ESSAYS A rich collection of ten poems, two essays, and two dozen of Mary Oliver’s classic works on flowers, trees, and plants of all sorts, elegantly illustrated, Blue Iris is the essential companion to Owls and Other Fantasies.     For more on these and related titles visit Mary Oliver    

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Friday Reads: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was just awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro and we congratulate him! Another perennial favorite for the award is the African writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Thiong’o, who is from Kenya, is a distinguished professor of comparative literature and English at University of California, Irvine. Featured below are some of the best works from the novelist, playwright, essayist and memoirist to immerse yourselves in this weekend and beyond…

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  Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa Thiong'oDEVIL ON THE CROSS A legendary work of African literature, Devil on the Cross is one of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s enduring fame—and at the heart of his perennial contention for the Nobel Prize. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects.   In the House of the Interpreter by Ngugi wa Thiong'oIN THE HOUSE OF THE INTERPRETER: A MEMOIR “Ngũgĩ’s memoir eloquently telegraphs the complicated experience of being simultaneously oppressed and enlightened at the hands of a colonial regime.” —The New York Times Book Review     The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong'oTHE RIVER BETWEEN The 50th anniversary edition and a powerful addition to the Penguin African Writers Series: the great Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fictional critique of the influence of Western missionaries on postcolonial Kenya.     Weep Not, Child by Ngugi wa Thiong'oWEEP NOT, CHILD Thiongo’s first novel introduces readers to two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, who stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. But this is Kenya, and the times are against them: In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie.   A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'oA GRAIN OF WHEAT The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer’s best-known novel is set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency.   Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa Thiong'oDREAMS IN A TIME OF WAR: A CHILDHOOD MEMOIR Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between the Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young Ngũgĩ displayed what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning, yet it was unimaginable that he would grow up to become a world-renowned novelist, playwright, and critic.   Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'oWIZARD OF THE CROW Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, Wizard of the Crow dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for the souls of the Aburirian people, between a megalomaniac dictator and an unemployed young man who embraces the mantle of a magician.   Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'oPETALS OF BLOOD The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya.     For more on these titles visit the collection Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o  

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Friday Reads: International Coffee Day!

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” ― Dave Barry

It’s International Coffee Day!  Sweet, sweet coffee – you are the drink that wakes us up in the morning and keeps us up at night.  Celebrate with your favorite cup and join us in a world full of coffee-based literature.

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  Coffee Obsession by DKCOFFEE OBSESSION by DK: In Coffee Obsession, we take a journey through the coffee-producing nations around the world, presenting the different styles, flavors, and techniques used to brew the perfect cup. We explore how coffee gets from bean to cup in each region, and what that means for the final product.   The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman and Tara DugganTHE BLUE BOTTLE CRAFT OF COFFEE by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman & Tara Duggan One of the country’s most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup.   LIQUID EDUCATION: COFFEE:  FROM BEAN TO PERFECT BREW by Jason Scheltus From growing and harvesting to making the perfect cup. Do you love a good brew but don’t know your robusta from your arabica? Do you wish you could espouse the benefits of your Chemex over a French press? Maybe you just want to make a damn good cup of coffee at home. Liquid Education: Coffee will educate you on everything from growing conditions, bean varieties, picking, drying, and roasting to extraction and brewing, milk selection, and drink types. This comprehensive guide will help you navigate the multitude of beans, blends, and equipment available to make your way to your perfect cup.   Fika by Anna Brones and Johanna KindvallFIKA:  THE ART OF THE SWEDISH COFFEE BREAK, WITH RECIPES FOR PASTRIES, BREADS, AND OTHER TREATS by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall: An illustrated lifestyle cookbook on the Swedish tradition of fika–a twice-daily coffee break–including recipes for traditional baked goods, information and anecdotes about Swedish coffee culture, and the roots and modern incarnations of this cherished custom.   Coffee Talk by Morton SatinCOFFEE TALK by Morton Satin: This entertaining yet comprehensive book describes how, in recent times, coffee has become the magnet that draws people together for spirited interchanges of information and ideas.   For more titles, visit the Edelweiss collection….and drink up!

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Friday Reads: Banned Books

Banned Books Week runs next week from September 24 – September 30, 2017 . A celebration of the freedom to read and to heighten awareness for book censorship, Banned Books Week was started in 1982 as a response to a sudden increase in book challenges. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. In honor of the occasion, we’re highlighting classic and modern classic novels that have been challenged, along with the reason for the challenge(s). Exercise your right to read!

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  INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison: Challenge reason:  Strong language Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.   The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XTHE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Malcolm X Challenge reason:  Offensive content In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement.   Anne Frank by Anne FrankANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank:  Challenge reason:  Explicit language (anatomical details) Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.   Beloved by Toni MorrisonBELOVED by Toni Morrison: Challenge reason:  Explicit content Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.   Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainTHE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain: Challenge reason:  Explicit/offensive language The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen and a foreword by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination.   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootTHE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot: Challenge reason:  Graphic content/descriptions Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.   The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniTHE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini: Challenge reason:  Explicit content Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America’s most treasured writers.   Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiPERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi: Challenge reason:  Objectionable content Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonTHE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon: Challenge reason:  Explicit content and language Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. For more information, visit the Banned Books Week website and the Edelweiss collection

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Friday Reads: Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and runs through October 15th during which time we honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. September 15th marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

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 Hispanic Heritage Month goes back to 1968. In honor of the occasion we’ve selected the following memoirs which offer rich, colorful and sometimes difficult portrayals. For more information visit: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/   FEATURED TITLES:   Rita Moreno by Rita MorenoRITA MORENO: A MEMOIR by Rita Moreno In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. (Also available in a Spanish edition)   My Beloved World by Sonia SotomayorMY BELOVED WORLD by Sonia Sotomayor An instant American icon—the first Hispanic on the US Supreme Court—tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. (Also available in a Spanish edition)   Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Oscar HijuelosTHOUGHTS WITHOUT CIGARETTES: A MEMOIR by Oscar Hijuelos Born in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights to Cuban immigrants in 1951, the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing and to the real people and places that have influenced his life and literature.   A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy HernandezA CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED: A MEMOIR by Daisy Hernandez A coming-of-age memoir by a Colombian-Cuban woman about shaping lessons from home into a new, queer life. In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race.   American Chica by Marie AranaAMERICAN CHICA: TWO WORLDS, ONE CHILDHOOD by Marie Arana In her father’s Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother’s American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken’s neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait. A finalist for the National Book Award!   DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS by Piri ThomasDOWN THESE MEAN STREETS by Piri Thomas Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here is the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood. It is an unsparing document of Thomas’s plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery—a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop.   THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A BROWN BUFFALO by Oscar Zeta Acosta Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo.” Written with uninhibited candor and manic energy, here is Acosta’s own account of coming of age as a Chicano in the psychedelic sixties. It is a landmark of contemporary Hispanic-American literature, at once ribald, surreal, and unmistakably authentic.   An American Son by Marco RubioAN AMERICAN SON: A MEMOIR by Marco Rubio Few politicians have risen to national prominence as quickly as Marco Rubio. Here is the story of his unlikely journey. Florida Senator Marco Rubio electrified the 2012 Republican National Convention by telling the story of his parents, who were struggling immigrants from Cuba. They embraced their new country and taught their children to appreciate its unique opportunities. “His success is an affirmation of the sacrifices members of his parents’ generation made so that their children could have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.” –Kirkus Reviews    For more on these and related titles, visit the collection: Hispanic Heritage Month titles

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Friday Reads: International Literacy Day!

Friday, September 8th is the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day. Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8th International Literacy Day to “actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies” (Unesco). This year’s theme is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future.”

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In honor of the occasion, we’re focusing on books about books: We love books, and books about libraries, bookstores, librarians, booksellers, readers, and authors are a great way to celebrate that love.  So grab a book or three and dive into the literary world of books and book lovers.   The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover BartlettTHE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH by Allison Hoover Bartlett John Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed “bibliodick” (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure. With a mixture of suspense, insight, and humor, she has woven this entertaining cat-and-mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes, where he stashed the loot, and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books, the lure to collect them, and the temptation to steal them.   What We See When We Read by Peter MendelsundWHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.     Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara? by Jenny Bond and Chris SheedyWHO THE HELL IS PANSY O’HARA by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy Before Who the Hell is Pansy O?Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reveals in short, pithy chapters, the lives, loves, motivations, and quirky, fascinating details involving fifty of the best-loved books of the Western world.   The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh HanagarneTHE WORLD’S STRONGEST LIBRARIANS  by Josh Hanagarne Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old when he first began exhibiting symptoms. When he was twenty and had reached his towering height of 6’7”, his tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh tried countless remedies, with dismal results. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman taught Josh how to “throttle” his tics into submission using increasingly elaborate feats of strength. What started as a hobby became an entire way of life—and an effective way of managing his disorder.   Books for Living by Will SchwalbeBOOKS FOR LIVING by Will Schwalbe From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.     Walking a Literary Labryinth by Nancy M. MaloneWALKING A LITERARY LABYRINTH by Nancy M. Malone Who of us doesn’t have a list of books that changed our life? Reflecting on her own reading life, Nancy Malone examines the influence of reading in how we define ourselves. Throughout, she likens the experience of reading to walking a labyrinth, itself a metaphor for our spiritual journey through life. The paths within the labyrinth are not straight, but winding, and in the end, it is not the small circle in the center that defines the self, but the whole grand design of the labyrinth—every experience, every person we meet, and every book we read—that makes us who we are.   Books Always Everywhere by Jane BlattBOOKS ALWAYS EVERYWHERE by Jane Blatt Babies and toddlers join in an exuberant celebration of books of all shapes and sizes in this charming picture book. For little kids, books can be anything from a chair, to a tower, to a hat. But once little ones discover the magical world that can be found inside a book, the best thing a book can be—is a book! This joy of discovery is evident on the faces of these little kids as they open up a book and find a favorite story. In short, this book about books is so adorable and tempting, it will have toddlers and parents running to libraries and bookstores everywhere.   The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations by Jo BrielynBOOK LOVER’S TREASURY OF QUOTATIONS by Jo Brielyn Rich with meaningful quotes, heartfelt humor and witty one-liners, The Book Lover’s Treasury of Quotations brings together the best and brightest to speak on all that books have to offer. Whether it’s their ability to transport us to exciting new worlds, or the way they open our eyes to new ways of seeing our own, The Book Lover’s Treasury of Quotations speaks to the lifelong reader in each of us.   For more titles, visit the Edelweiss collection.

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Friday Reads: Fall Cookbooks!

If you’re already looking for perfect recipes for fall entertaining, these cookbooks might just have the fix.  See what grabs your fancy – and your palette – from these featured titles.  And if you’re looking for even more recipes and ideas, check out Taste Cooking, our online cooking/food magazine, with scrumptious recipes like Spanish Potato Omelette with Roasted Peppers, which looks like the winner of your next brunch menu.

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  Peter Callahan's Party Food by Peter CallahanPETER CALLAHAN’S PARTY FOOD by Peter Callahan; Foreword by Kate Spade Venerated caterer Peter Callahan compiles his 30 plus years of entertaining experience for serving visually stunning and palate-electrifying food in new ways. You’re invited into his world of whimsy and wit as he shares brand-new signature hors d’oeuvres and expands his repertoire for the first time to offer ideas for tablescapes, buffets, seated dinners, and bars. Peter brilliantly breaks down his high-end serving style with simplifications and shortcuts, enabling you to throw the coolest of parties—regardless of your skill level, the size of the crowd, the venue, or the theme.   SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERY DAY by Deb PerelmanSmitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, understands that a happy discovery in the kitchen has the ability to completely change the course of your day. Whether we’re cooking for ourselves, for a date night in, for a Sunday supper with friends, or for family on a busy weeknight, we all want recipes that are unfussy to make with triumphant results.   GUERRILLA TACOS: RECIPES FROM THE STREETS OF L.A. by Wesley Avila and Richard Parks III:Guerrilla Tacos by Wesley Avila and Richard Parks III The definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world’s best restaurants to create taco perfection.   HALF BAKED HARVEST COOKBOOK: RECIPES FROM MY BARN IN THE MOUNTAINS by Tieghan Gerard:Half Baked Harvest Cookbook Whether you need to get dinner on the table for your family tonight or are planning your next get-together with friends, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook has your new favorite recipe.     THE ESSENTIAL COCKTAIL BOOK edited by Megan Krigbaum:The Essential Cocktail Book by An indispensable atlas of the best cocktail recipes—each fully photographed—for classic and modern drinks, whether shaken, stirred, up, or on the rocks.     MODERN CIDER by Emma Christensen:Modern Cider by Emma Christensen Homebrew guru Emma Christensen presents accessible hard cider recipes with modern flavor profiles that make for perfect refreshments across the seasons. This lushly photographed cookbook features recipes for basic ciders, traditional ciders from around the world, cider cousins like perry, and innovative ideas that take ciders to the next level with beer-brewing techniques and alternative fruits. With Christensen’s simple, friendly tone and 1-gallon and 5-gallon options, this book’s fresh and fizzy recipes prove that cider-brewing is truly the easiest homebrewing project–much easier than brewing beer–with delicious, fruit-forward results!   THE SIMPLE BITES KITCHEN by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque:The Simple Bites Kitchen by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque Toasty warm in the winter and cool in the summer, Aimée’s comfortable kitchen is a place where the family gathers, cooks together, and celebrates everyday life. In The Simple Bites Kitchen, she brings her love of whole foods to the table and shares heart-warming kitchen stories and recipes that are nutritious, fairly simple to make, and utterly delicious.  

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