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Friday Reads: Immigrant Stories

Immigration continues to be a lead story in Washington, DC and across the country.  Many books published by Penguin Random House imprints reflect an America that is a nation of immigrants and their stories make for truly absorbing and enlightening reading.  Here is a selection of titles.  

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  The Far Away Brothers by Lauren MarkhamTHE FAR AWAY BROTHERS: TWO YOUNG MIGRANTS AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LIFE by Lauren Markham In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother’s custody in Oakland, CA. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers—girls, grades, Facebook—with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming of age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America’s child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.   Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club) by Imbolo MbueBEHOLD THE DREAMERS: A NOVEL (Oprah's Book Club) by Imbolo Mbue A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.     Immigrant Voices, Volume 2 by Gordon HutnerIMMIGRANT VOICES, VOLUME II edited by Gordon Hutner Filled with moving narratives by authors from around the world, Immigrant Voices: Volume II delivers a global and intimate look at the challenges modern immigrants confront. Their stories, told with pride, humor, trepidation, candor, and a touch of homesickness, offer rarely glimpsed perspectives on the difficult but ultimately rewarding quest to become an American.   Little Failure by Gary ShteyngartLITTLE FAILURE: A MEMOIR by Gary Shteyngart A serious exploration of what it means to be an immigrant, a grown-up, a son, and an American, this is the most personal work yet from one of his generation’s most celebrated writers, and “an ecstatic depiction of survival, guilt and perseverance…as vivid, original and funny as [anything] contemporary U.S. literature has to offer” (Los Angeles Times).   Undocumented by Dan-el Padilla PeraltaUNDOCUMENTED: A DOMINICAN BOY’S ODYSSEY FROM A HOMELESS SHELTER TO THE IVY LEAGUE by Dan-El Padilla Peralta An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton class. Undocumented is essential reading for the debate on immigration, but it is also an unforgettable tale of a passionate young scholar coming of age in two very different worlds.   Becoming Americans: Immigrants Tell Their Stories from Jamestown to Today by VariousBECOMING AMERICANS: IMMIGRANTS TELL THEIR STORIES FROM JAMESTOWN TO TODAY edited by Pete Hamill Immigration is the essential American story, though one often told in terms of its impact on those already here. Becoming Americans tells this epic story from the inside, gathering for the first time over 400 years of writing by first-generation immigrants about the immigrant experience—Over eighty writers create a vivid, passionate, and revealing firsthand account of the challenges and aspirations that define our dynamic, multicultural democracy.   Hunting Season by Mirta OjitoHUNTING SEASON: IMMIGRATION AND MURDER IN AN ALL-AMERICAN TOWN by Mirta Ojito The true story of an immigrant's murder that turned a quaint village on the Long Island shore into ground zero in the war on immigration. In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.”   Open City by Teju ColeOPEN CITY: A NOVEL by Teju Cole At the beginning of Open City, Julius has just broken up with his girlfriend, and feeling adrift and alone, he sets out on a series of walks through the city. On these walks he encounters a number of people—both strangers and old acquaintances—who reveal stories about their own pasts and the history of New York and, especially, its immigrants. Through these stories, each a little history in its own right, Julius begins to probe deeper into his own past.   Girl in Translation by Jean KwokGIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok Through Kimberly’s story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about.   Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge DanticatBREATH, EYES, MEMORY: A NOVEL by Edwidge Danticat Edwidge Danticat is one of our most celebrated novelists, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti--and the enduring strength of Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage.     Immigrant Kids by Russell FreedmanIMMIGRANT KIDS by Russell Freedman (children's middle grade) America meant “freedom” to the immigrants of the early 1900s—but a freedom very different from what they expected. Cities were crowded and jobs were scare. Children had to work selling newspapers, delivering goods, and laboring sweatshops. In this touching book, Newberry Medalist Russell Freedman offers a rare glimpse of what it meant to be a young newcomer to America.   For more on these and related titles visit Immigrant Stories  

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Friday Reads: Genius!

“Genius” is a word bandied about in the common vernacular, but just what, or who, is an actual “genius”?  Has the word lost meaning?  According to our keyword search, it’s a pretty popular one to include in book titles, and the meaning isn’t just limited to someone who staggers others with the power of their intellect.

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  The Genius Plague by David WaltonTHE GENIUS PLAGUE by David WaltonWALL STREET JOURNAL Best Science Fiction Book of 2017! In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors.   Brave Genius by Sean B. CarrollBRAVE GENIUS:  A SCIENTIST, A PHILOSOPHER, AND THEIR DARING ADVENTURES FROM THE FRENCH RESISTANCE TO THE NOBEL PRIZE by Sean B. Carroll The never-before-told account of the intersection of some of the most insightful minds of the 20th century, and a fascinating look at how war, resistance, and friendship can catalyze genius.   How to Be a Genius by DK PublishingHOW TO BE A GENIUS by DK How to be a Genius reveals the magical and mysterious world of the brain. With facts, puzzles, brain teasers, optical illusions, and other brain training activities, readers will unlock their true intellectual power.     Catching Genius by Kristy KiernanCATCHING GENIUS by Kristy Kiernan As children, Connie and Estella were best friends-until Estella was discovered to be a math prodigy, which led to the sisters’ estrangement. Now, years later, they are forced to reunite on the Gulf Coast of Florida as they pack up their childhood home and ready it for sale. The reunion comes at a time when both Connie and Estella must come to terms with painful revelations and devastating consequences in their own lives. And once again, her sister’s genius may alter Connie’s life in ways she cannot control.   A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave EggersA HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother.   Genius by James GleickGENIUS:  THE LIFE AND SCIENCE OF RICHARD FEYNMAN by James Gleick To his colleagues, Richard Feynman was not so much a genius as he was a full-blown magician: someone who “does things that nobody else could do and that seem completely unexpected.” The path he cleared for twentieth-century physics led from the making of the atomic bomb to a Nobel Prize-winning theory of quantam electrodynamics to his devastating exposé of the Challenger space shuttle disaster. At the same time, the ebullient Feynman established a reputation as an eccentric showman, a master safe cracker and bongo player, and a wizard of seduction.   Genius by Marfe Ferguson DelanoGENIUS:  A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN by Marfe Ferguson Delano On the 100th anniversary of the publishing of the special theory of relativity, this National Geographic photobiography chronicles the life of one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived. Through compelling text and stirring archival photographs, the author recounts Einstein’s life from his privileged childhood in Austria through the crucial years during World War II, and his death 50 years ago in Princeton, New Jersey. Young readers learn about Einstein’s remarkable theories that still influence technologies of today and discover the causes he passionately supported such as disarmament and civil liberties.   I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh LiebI AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT by Josh Lieb When a provocation from his dad irks twelve-yearold evil genius Oliver Watson, he’ll have to put his plans for world domination on hold in order to beat the pants off the competition and win the middle school election!   For more Keyword “Genius” titles, visit the collection on Edelweiss.  

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Friday Reads: Jacqueline Woodson

For the first Friday Reads of the New Year, we are focusing on young readers and hope for the future. Penguin Random House author Jacqueline Woodson was just named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by The Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Library of Congress. During her two-year term, Woodson, a four-time Newbery Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate, will travel the country promoting her platform, READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s Your Equation?). You can read more about Jacqueline Woodson’s appointment here and we invite you to immerse yourself in her award-winning books:

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  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonBROWN GIRL DREAMING Winner of the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and a Newbery Honor Book Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson shares the poignant, the gritty, and the sweet memories of her childhood—as well as revealing the first sparks that ignited her writing career—in these lyrical free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.   I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This by Jacqueline WoodsonI HADN'T MEANT TO TELL YOU THIS MUCH Coretta Scott King Award Winner Twelve-year-old Marie is a leader among the popular black girls in Chauncey, Ohio, a prosperous black suburb. She isn't looking for a friend when Lena Bright, a white girl, appears in school. Yet they are drawn to each other because both have lost their mothers. And they know how to keep a secret. For Lena has a secret that is terrifying, and she's desperate to protect herself and her younger sister from their father. Marie must decide whether she can help Lena by keeping her secret...or by telling it.   From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline WoodsonFROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN Coretta Scott King Award Winner Melanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it's hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot--they're about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she's gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren't hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him--is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family?   Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline WoodsonMIRACLE'S BOYS Awarded the Coretta Scott King Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Jacqueline Woodson brings us the story of three remarkable young men—brothers who have only each other to rely on and must decide whether they’ll work with that or let it tear them apart. Nothing is like it used to be. If it were, Mama would still be alive. Papa wouldn’t have died. And Charlie would still be the same old loving big brother to 13-year-old Lafayette, not a hostile stranger, just back from doing time at a correctional facility. Oldest brother, Ty’ree, would have gone to college, instead of having to work full-time to support the three of them. And Lafayette wouldn’t be so full of questions, like why Mama had to die, why Charlie hates him so much now, and how they’re all supposed to survive these times together when so much seems to be set against them.                                      After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline WoodsonAFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER A Newbery Honor Book The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they’re keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world—like the shooting of Tupac Shakur—and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When—all too soon—D’s mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply. Includes a discussion guide by Jacqueline Woodson.   Feathers by Jacqueline WoodsonFEATHERS A Newbery Honor Book “Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more “holy.” There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he’s not white. Who is he? During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new light—her brother Sean’s deafness, her mother’s fear, the class bully’s anger, her best friend’s faith and her own desire for “the thing with feathers.”   Show Way by Jacqueline WoodsonSHOW WAY; Illustrated by Hudson Talbott; Ages 4-8 A Newbery Honor Book and Caldecott Medal Winner From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson’s family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott’s luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives.   Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline WoodsonCOMING ON HOME SOON; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis; Ages 5-8 Winner of the Caldecott Medal Ada Ruth’s mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. It’s war time, and women are needed to fill the men’s jobs. As winter sets in, Ada Ruth and her grandma keep up their daily routine, missing Mama all the time. They find strength in each other, and a stray kitten even arrives one day to keep them company, but nothing can fill the hole Mama left. Every day they wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be coming on home soon. Set during World War II, Coming On Home Soon has a timeless quality that will appeal to all who wait and hope.   For more on these and Jacqueline Woodson’s other titles visit: Jacqueline Woodson  

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Friday Reads: Sam Shepard

Careers don’t interest me. The only thing that interests me is continuing to be a poet on one level or another, whether acting or writing or directing.

– Sam Shepard

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    Last week saw the bittersweet publication of Sam Shepard's final work, SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON. Shepard was the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifty-five plays, three story collections and a novel. As an actor, he appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination for The Right Stuff.  Most recently he portrayed the patriarch of a troubled Florida family in the Netflix series “Bloodline.” He received a Gold Medal for Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He died in 2017 from complications due to ALS. Sam Shepard’s unique voice comes alive in the following masterful works, immortal contributions to theatre and literature: Spy of the First Person by Sam ShepardSPY OF THE FIRST PERSON The final work from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, actor, and musician, drawn from his transformative last days. In a brilliant braid of voices it tells the story of an unnamed narrator who traces, before our rapt eyes, his memories of work, adventure, and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on the loved ones who are caring for him. Vivid, haunting, and deeply moving, Spy of the First Person takes us from the sculpted gardens of a renowned clinic in Arizona to the blue waters surrounding Alcatraz, from a New Mexico border town to a condemned building on New York City’s Avenue C. It is an unflinching expression of the vulnerabilities that make us human—and an unbound celebration of family and life.

 

A Particle of Dread by Sam ShepardA PARTICLE OF DREAD In this daring play, Sam Shepard looks to one of the most famous narratives in history—Oedipus Rex—and recasts it as a modern thriller. In this telling, Oedipus, King of Thebes, prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, alternates between his classical identity and that of contemporary “Otto.” Acting as our Greek chorus are two present-day policemen from the American West, who are determined to get to the bottom of this murder case.   The One Inside by Sam ShepardTHE ONE INSIDE: A NOVEL Foreword by Patti Smith The first work of long fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—opens with a man in his house at dawn, surrounded by aspens, coyotes cackling in the distance as he quietly navigates the distance between present and past. As memory overtakes him, he sees the bygone America of his childhood: the farmland and the feedlots, the railyards and the diners—and, most hauntingly, his father’s young girlfriend, with whom he also became involved, setting into motion a tragedy that has stayed with him. His complex interiority is filtered through views of mountains and deserts as he drives across the country, propelled by Benzedrine, rock and roll, and a restlessness born out of exile. Fifteen One-Act Plays by Sam ShepardFIFTEEN ONE-ACT PLAYS In these fifteen one-acts, we see him at his best, displaying his trademark ability to portray human relationships, love, and lust with rare authenticity. These fifteen furiously energetic plays confirm Shepard’s status as our most audacious living playwright, unafraid to set genres and archetypes spinning with results that are utterly mesmerizing.   Day out of Days by Sam ShepardDAY OUT OF DAYS: STORIES Written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and Shepard’s trademark wry humor these stories are set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the American West: A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs on the overhead sound system. A wandering actor returns to his hometown against his better instincts and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, scoring Benzedrine, and sleeping with whores in Tijuana… and more. Buried Child by Sam ShepardBURIED CHILD Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1978 A scene of madness greets Vince and his girlfriend as they arrive at the squalid farmhouse of Vince’s hard-drinking grandparents, who seem to have no idea who he is. Nor does his father, Tilden, a hulking former All-American footballer, or his uncle, who has lost one of his legs to a chain saw. Only the memory of an unwanted child, buried in an undisclosed location, can hope to deliver this family from its sin.   Fool for Love and Other Plays by Sam ShepardFOOL FOR LOVE AND OTHER PLAYS Here are eight of Sam Shepard's most stunning plays. This brilliant American dramatist creates what The New Yorker dubbed "Shepard Country"--a landscape of the imagination, a unique theatrical experience that captures our culture and consciousness, our fears and fantasies. FOOL FOR LOVE * ANGEL CITY * GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER * ACTION * COWBOY MOUTH * MELODRAMA PLAY * SEDUCED * SUICIDE IN B FLAT   Read Sam Shepard’s New York Times Obituary here For more Sam Shepard titles visit Sam Shepard

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Friday Reads: Lifestyle Trends

As we approach the holidays and look for gifts that are meaningful and fashionable, let us consider international lifestyle trends past, present and future. The following titles feature lifestyle philosophies that hail from Asia and Scandinavia, but have been embraced in America.  Beautiful to a page, these books offer inspiration to anybody who wants their environs to inspire and reflect  inner peace.

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  The Hygge Life by Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Jody EddyTHE HYGGE LIFE: EMBRACING THE NORDIC ART OF COZINESS THROUGH RECIPES, ENTERTAINING, DECORATING,SIMPLE RITUALS, AND FAMILY TRADITIONS by Gunnar Karl Gíslason, Jody Eddy A food and lifestyle book dedicated to the Scandinavian concept of hygge (loosely translated as “coziness”); how to create it for yourself and others, and how to incorporate it into holidays, travel, decor, entertaining, and everyday life, with approximately 30 recipes. The Danish concept of hygge (loosely translated as “coziness”) is centered around the idea of feeling snug and inviting comforting elements into day-to-day life while creating warmth, community, and intimacy.   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoTHE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.   The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie KondoTHE LIFE-CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP: A MAGICAL STORY by Marie Kondo From lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, comes this graphic novelization which brings Kondo’s life-changing tidying method to life with the story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo’s advice and inspiration.   The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen BritsTHE BOOK OF HYGGE; THE DANISH ART OF CONTENTMENT, COMFORT, AND CONNECTION by Louisa Thomsen Brits The centuries-old Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) comes from a country voted to be the happiest on Earth, and its special custom of emotional warmth, slowness, and appreciation, is becoming increasingly familiar to an international audience. To “hygge” means to enjoy the good things in life with good people. The Book of Hygge is a beautifully aesthetic four-color guide to the philosophy, including steps to incorporate the practice into everyday life.   Spark Joy by Marie KondoSpark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo In this highly anticipated follow-up to the #1 New York Times best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (3M sold worldwide), sought-after Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo presents a detailed, illustrated manual to her signature KonMari Method, including item-specific organization, step-by-step folding line drawings, and answers to her fans’ burning questions about clearing clutter—and sparking joy—once and for all.   FENG-SHUI: THE ANCIENT WISDOM OF HARMONIOUS LIVING FOR MODERN TIMES by Eva Wong The first complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design for interiors, buildings, and sites—including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, feng-shui is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck. It is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment. With 200 photos and diagrams.   Fika by Anna Brones and Johanna KindvallFIKA: THE ART OF THE SWEDISH COFFEE BREAK by Anna Brones, 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.   Coming Soon! Live Lagom by Anna BronesLIVE LAGOM: BALANCED LIVING, THE SWEDISH WAY by Anna Brones An inviting exploration of “the new hygge”: the Swedish concept of lagom—finding balance in moderation—featuring inspiration and practical advice on how to find a happy medium in life, home, work, and health. Following the cultural phenomena of fika and hygge, the allure of Scandinavian culture and tradition continues in the Swedish concept of lagom. From home design and work-life balance, to personal well-being and environmental sustainability, author Anna Brones presents valuable Swedish-inspired tips and actionable ways to create a more intentional, healthy lifestyle.   For more information on these and related titles visit Lifestyle Friday Reads

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Friday Reads: Art on Exhibit

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”                                                                                                                                                                              –          Marc Chagall

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    Art is everywhere! And this season of exhibitions in museums across the country feature artists about whom we’ve published gorgeous books. They make wonderful gifts for the art lover on your list, but will transport any reader into the life and heart of the artist.   Marc Chagall by Jonathan WilsonCHAGALL by Jonathan Wilson Novelist and critic Jonathan Wilson clears away the sentimental mists surrounding an artist whose career spanned two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, and the birth of the State of Israel. Marc Chagall’s work addresses these transforming events, but his ambivalence about his role as a Jewish artist adds an intriguing wrinkle to common assumptions about his life. Drawn to sacred subject matter, Chagall remains defiantly secular in outlook; determined to “narrate” the miraculous and tragic events of the Jewish past, he frequently chooses Jesus as a symbol of martyrdom and sacrifice.   Caravaggio by Stefano ZuffiCARAVAGGIO by Stefano Zuffi This generously illustrated volume on the work of Caravaggio makes the world’s greatest art accessible to readers of every level of appreciation. This monograph explores Caravaggio’s entire life and career by focusing on the most important of his works. Readers will learn about his innovated use of light and shadow, his physical and psychological realism, and his radical technique of omitting initial drawings and creating straight onto the canvas.   David Hockney by Richard Benefield, David Hockney, Sarah Howgate and Lawrence WeschlerDAVID HOCKNEY: A BIGGER EXHIBITION by Richard Benefield, David Hockney, Sarah Howgate and Lawrence Weschler Now available in a new edition, this lavishly illustrated book captures the grand scale and vibrant color of David Hockney’s work of the 21st century. In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, David Hockney has focused his attention on landscapes and portraits, as well as still lifes, all the while maintaining his fascination with digital technology. The resulting work is an extravagance of color and light, ranging in dimension from billboard- to letter-size. Edvard Munch by Elizabeth Prelinger and Andrew RobinsonEDVARD MUNCH by Elizabeth Prelinger and Andrew Robinson Edvard Munch’s images of love, alienation, jealousy, and death – universal human experiences but filtered through events in his own life – are explored in this publication which brings together nearly sixty of Munch’s most important prints, from the National Gallery of Art and two exceptional private collections, demonstrating how the artist’s experimental impulses over the course of his lifetime endowed his haunting motifs with new meanings.   AUGUSTE RODIN by Rainer Maria Rilke Sculptor Auguste Rodin was fortunate to have as his secretary Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the most sensitive poets of our time. These two pieces discussing Rodin's work and development as an artist are as revealing of Rilke as they are of his subject. Written in 1902 and 1907, these essays mark the entry of the poet into the world of letters. Rilke's description of Rodin reveals the profound psychic connection between the two great artists, both masters of giving visible life to the invisible.   LOUISE BOURGEOIS by Daniel Tilkin A stunning selection of late and unseen works by Louise Bourgeois analyzed from philosophical, critical and artistic points of view. Aim of the project is to show the last ten years of Louise Bourgeois' work, her private and continue interest in Freud and how she reflected it in her art and diaries.   For more information on these and related titles visit Art Exhibits

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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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