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There's a Book for That: Russia, Putin and Trump

This week’s dominant story is President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the time of this post, news and social media is abuzz with reactions to the summit on the heels of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report indicting 12 Russian officers. To add context, we offer the following expertly researched titles full of trenchant analysis and narrative history by world-renowned journalists and insiders:

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  The Invention of Russia by Arkady OstrovskyTHE INVENTION OF RUSSIA: FROM GORBACHEV'S FREEDOM TO PUTIN'S WAR by Arkady Ostrovsky A highly original narrative history by The Economist’s Moscow Bureau Chief is a breathtakingly ambitious book that reaches back to the darkest days of the cold war to tell the story of the fight for the soul of a nation. With the deep insight only possible of a native son, Arkady Ostrovsky introduces us to the propagandists, oligarchs and fixers who have set Russia’s course since the collapse of the Soviet Union, inventing a new and more ominous identity for a country where ideas are all too often wielded like a cudgel.   The Perfect Weapon by David E. SangerTHE PERFECT WEAPON: WAR, SABOTAGE, AND FEAR IN THE CYBER AGE by David E. Sanger From the premiere New York Times national security correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and changing diplomacy and war.     The Future Is History by Masha GessenTHE FUTURE IS HISTORY: HOW TOTALITARIANISM RECLAIMED RUSSIA by Masha Gessen Winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction: The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a virulent new strain of autocracy. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.   A Very Expensive Poison by Luke HardingA VERY EXPENSIVE POISON: THE ASSASSINATION OF ALEXANDER LITVINENKO AND PUTIN'S WAR WITH THE WEST by Luke Harding A true story of murder and conspiracy that points directly to Vladimir Putin, by The Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief. On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium—a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story—complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. From his investigations of the downing of flight MH17 to the Panama Papers, Harding sheds a terrifying light on Russia’s fracturing relationship with the West.   The New Tsar by Steven Lee MyersTHE NEW TSAR: THE RISE AND REIGN OF VLADIMIR PUTIN by Steven Lee Myers Former New York Times Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Vladimir Putin’s journey for many years, and gives us the fullest, most absorbing account we have of his rise to power: The epic tale of Putin’s path to power—detailing the current Russian president’s emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history.   Trump and a Post-Truth World by Ken WilberTRUMP AND A POST-TRUTH WORLD: AN EVOLUTIONARY SELF-CORRECTION by Ken Wilber The world is in turmoil. As populist waves roil the Brexit-bound U.K., along with Europe, Turkey, Russia, Asia—and most visibly, the U.S. with the election of Donald Trump—nationalist and extremist political forces threaten the progress made over many decades. Democracies are reeling in the face of nihilism and narcissism. How did we get here? And how, with so much antagonism, cynicism, and discord, can we mend the ruptures in our societies? A cutting-edge philosopher of our times, Ken Wilber, offers a provocative and balanced examination of our current social and political situation: It is only when members of society’s leading edge can heal themselves that a new, Integral evolutionary force can emerge to move us beyond the social and political turmoil of our current time to offer genuine leadership toward greater wholeness.   Putin's Labyrinth by Steve LevinePUTIN'S LABYRINTH: SPIES, MURDER, AND THE DARK HEART OF THE NEW RUSSIA by Steve Levine For politicos, dissidents, and Eastern European buffs, a brazen book about the culture of murder in Russia.     The Man Without a Face by Masha GessenTHE MAN WITHOUT A FACE: THE UNLIKELY RISE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN by Masha Gessen The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low- level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history firsthand and has drawn on information and sources no other writer has tapped.   Collusion by Luke HardingCOLLUSION: SECRET MEETINGS, DIRTY MONEY, AND HOW RUSSIA HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN by Luke Harding From the author of The Snowden Files comes an explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game that upended the 2016 election.     Facts and Fears by James R. Clapper and Trey BrownFACTS AND FEARS: HARD TRUTHS FROM A LIFE IN INTELLIGENCE by James R. Clapper, Trey Brown The former Director of National Intelligence’s candid and compelling account of the intelligence community’s successes—and failures—in facing some of the greatest threats to America.     Coming in September:   House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig UngerHOUSE OF TRUMP, HOUSE OF PUTIN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF DONALD TRUMP AND THE RUSSIAN MAFIA by Craig Unger House of Trump, House Of Putin offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped win Trump the White House.     For more on these and related titles, visit the collection: Russia
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There's a Book for That: The Supreme Court

Given Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire, President Trump announced this week his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh currently serves on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He will now make “courtesy calls” with senators though his confirmation hearings are yet to be announced.

The Supreme Court has also entered popular culture this summer with the hit documentary, RBG, about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At 85 years-old, Justice Ginsburg is the eldest on the court. As testament to her popularity, FCTRY, a Brooklyn-based product design company, has raised more than $600,000 for a Ruth Bader Ginsburg life-like action figure, exceeding its funding goal of $15,000 by over 4,000%.

With public interest percolating, we’re highlighting books about the highest court in the land – its history, landmark cases, personalities and its crucial role in American democracy.

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  Without Precedent by Joel Richard PaulWITHOUT PRECEDENT: CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL AND HIS TIMES by Joel Richard Paul This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman - born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education - invented himself as one of the nation’s preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation. Without Precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, who with cunning, imagination, and grace shaped America’s future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.   Dissent and the Supreme Court by Melvin I. UrofskyDISSENT AND THE SUPREME COURT: ITS ROLE IN THE COURT'S HISTORY AND THE NATION'S CONSTITUTIONAL DIALOGUE by Melvin I. Urofsky In Dissent and the Supreme Court, acclaimed historian Melvin Urofsky examines the great dissents throughout the Court’s history. Urofsky looks at the many aspects of American constitutional life that were affected by the Earl Warren Court, the rise of conservatism, and the present age of incivility. Yet within the Marble Palace, the members of the Supreme Court continue to hear arguments, vote, and draft majority opinions, while the minority continues to “respectfully dissent.” The Framers understood that if a constitution doesn’t grow and adapt, it atrophies and dies, and if it does, so does the democratic society it has supported.   The Court and the World by Stephen BreyerTHE COURT AND THE WORLD: AMERICAN LAW AND THE NEW GLOBAL REALITIES by Stephen Breyer A fascinating account of how an increasingly globalized and interdependent world influences the deliberations of America’s highest court, by the sitting justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work and Active Liberty.     Showdown by Wil HaygoodSHOWDOWN: THURGOOD MARSHALL AND THE SUPREME COURT NOMINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Wil Haygood An authoritative biography of the first African American Supreme Court justice—one of the giants of the civil rights movement, and one of the most transforming Supreme Court justices of the twentieth century.     The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality, Gift Edition by Anthony M. KennedyTHE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY, as delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy A beautifully packaged gift edition of Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s landmark Supreme Court decision on marriage equality     Supreme Court Decisions by SUPREME COURT DECISIONS by Richard Beeman, Jay M. Feinman The Supreme Court is one of America's leading expositors of and participants in debates about American values. Legal expert Jay M. Feinman introduces and selects some of the most important Supreme Court Decisions of all time, which touch on the very foundations of American society. These cases cover a vast array of issues, from the powers of government and freedom of speech to freedom of religion and civil liberties. Feinman offers commentary on each case and excerpts from the opinions of the Justices that show the range of debate in the Supreme Court and its importance to civil society.   The Nine by Jeffrey ToobinTHE NINE: INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF THE SUPREME COURT by Jeffrey Toobin In this gripping and definitive account of the modern Supreme Court, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin pulls back the curtain on one of the least well-known - and most important - forces shaping contemporary America.   Coming in September… The Most Dangerous Branch by David A. KaplanTHE MOST DANGEROUS BRANCH: INSIDE THE SUPREME COURT'S ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTION by David A. Kaplan In the bestsellling tradition of The Nine and The Brethren, David A. Kaplan, the former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, takes us into the secret world of the Supreme Court. Never before has the Court been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time—from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights. Kaplan shows how too often the nine justices subvert the role of other branches of government—and how we’ve come to accept that at our peril.   For more on these and related titles, visit the collection: Supreme Court
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Penguin Random House Donates Books to Save the Children as Part of “Grand Central Reads”

Penguin Random House has launched a limited-time charitable-giving opportunity as part of our Grand Central Reads partnership with MTA Metro-North Railroad and Grand Central Terminal, a brand new program that allows commuters and visitors to use their mobile devices to download free Penguin Random House book excerpts.

In celebration of Penguin Random House’s five-year anniversary, the company is offering Grand Central Reads users a special 5-minute Reads section on the mobile platform, which will trigger book donations from Penguin Random House to its charitable partner, Save the Children, empowering New Yorkers to give back to those in need. For every five minutes read in this section, Penguin Random House will donate one of its book to global humanitarian organization Save the Children, up to 25,000 books, which will be distributed during community events, family activities and holiday celebrations at parks, schools, and libraries in the areas the organization serves.

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“Inspiring a culture of reading in communities is central to who we are and what we do as Penguin Random House,” said Claire von Schilling, EVP, Director, Corporate Communications, Penguin Random House. “This special initiative on the Grand Central Reads mobile platform is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together with Save the Children and our home-town New Yorkers to give back and make a positive difference in the lives of others through books.” “Save the Children is committed to ensuring every last child gets the opportunity to learn,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. “We know the significant impact reading can have on a child’s life, and are grateful for Penguin Random House’s support and the Grand Central Reads partnership in helping us give more children the best chance for success.” Grand Central Reads features a platform created by Penguin Random House that offers users free access to extensive excerpts from a wide range of its book content, including thrillers, nonfiction, classics and cookbooks, via free wi-fi, inside Grand Central Terminal, on terminal platforms, and in the Park Avenue Tunnel. The program highlights the works of New York authors and stories featuring the Big Apple, Grand Central Terminal, and eventful train rides. Among the featured titles are:   For more information about the GCR program, please visit grandcentralreads.com.

There's a Book for That: U.S.- Mexico Border

Mexico has a new President: Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, won Mexico’s presidential election by a large margin last Sunday. López Obrador’s party, Morena, is new and he defeated two candidates from parties that have ruled Mexico for a century. He ran on a message of tackling corruption and more government aid to the poor.

The United States’ current border issues with Mexico draw attention to the hardships of life there. CNN reports that nearly 35,000 individuals were arrested crossing the southern US border illegally in June. The separation of children from their families created public outcry and nationwide human rights protests. To educate ourselves further, here is a selection of books about Mexico and border crossing:

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  The Line Becomes a River by Francisco CantúTHE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER by Francisco Cantú For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes: They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River goes behind the headlines, making urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.   We Built the Wall by Eileen TruaxWE BUILT THE WALL: HOW THE US KEEPS OUT ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA AND BEYOND by Eileen Truax A Mexican-American lawyer exposes corruption in the US asylum procedure and despotism in the Mexican government We Built the Wall is an immersive look at the new front in the immigration wars. It follows the gripping stories of people like Saúl Reyes, forced to flee his home after a drug cartel murdered several members of his family, and Delmy Calderón, a forty-two-year-old woman leading an eight-woman hunger strike in an El Paso detention center. Truax tracks the heart-wrenching trials of refugees like Yamil, the husband and father who chose a prison cell over deportation to Mexico, and Rocío Hernández, a nineteen-year-old who spent nearly her entire life in Texas and is now forced to live in a city where narcotraffickers operate with absolute impunity.   Detained and Deported by Margaret ReganDETAINED AND DEPORTED: STORIES OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES UNDER FIRE by Margaret Regan Compelling and heart-wrenching, Detained and Deported offers a rare glimpse into the lives of people ensnared in America’s immigration dragnet.     Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo CorchadoMIDNIGHT IN MEXICO: A REPORTER’S JOURNEY THROUGH A COUNTRY’S DESCENT INTO DARKNESS by Alfredo Corchado In a country where the powerful are rarely scrutinized, noted Mexican American journalist Alfredo Corchado refused to shrink from reporting on government corruption, murders in Juarez, or the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. A paramilitary group spun off from the Gulf cartel, the Zetas, controls key drug routes in the north of the country. In 2007, Corchado received a tip that he could be their next target—and he had twenty four hours to find out if the threat was true. Rather than leave his country, Corchado went out into the Mexican countryside to investigate the threat. Midnight in Mexico is the story of one man’s quest to report the truth of his country—as he raced to save his own life.   The Death of Josseline by Margaret ReganTHE DEATH OF JOSSELINE: IMMIGRATION STORIES FROM THE ARIZONA BORDERLANDS by Margaret Regan Dispatches from Arizona—the front line of a massive human migration—including the voices of migrants, Border Patrol, ranchers, activists, and others.     Coyotes by Ted ConoverCOYOTES: A JOURNEY ACROSS BORDERS WITH AMERICA'S MEXICAN MIGRANTS by Ted Conover To discover what becomes of Mexicans who come illegally to the United States, Conover disguised himself as an illegal alien, traveling and working across America for more than a year. This is the chronicle of his journey.     For more on these and related titles, visit the collection: U.S.-Mexico Border
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Friday Reads: Water

Welcome summer! As many of us seek bodies of water to refresh ourselves in the heat… refreshing reads with “water” in the title have become conspicuous to us. Water doesn’t only sustain, it entertains! So dip into this glimmering selection of fiction – including mysteries, thrillers, historical tales, and children’s classics – which take readers to exotic and domestic locales… Care for a ticket to Nevada or Bora Bora?

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  Something in the Water by Catherine SteadmanSOMETHING IN THE WATER: A NOVEL by Catherine Steadman Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick for June! Erin and Mark seem to have it all: he’s a successful banker, she’s a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; they’re young and in love, about to embark on their dream honeymoon to Bora Bora. But when, after a blissful day of scuba diving, they discover a mysterious bag filled with incalculable riches, their subsequent choices trigger a sequence of events that will change their lives—and their marriage—forever.   Into the Water by Paula HawkinsINTO THE WATER: A NOVEL by Paula Hawkins When a single mother and a teenage girl each turn up dead at the bottom of the river, just weeks apart, the ensuing investigation dredges up a complicated history. Like she did in The Girl on the Train, Hawkins’s Into the Water hinges on a powerful understanding of human instincts and the damage they can inflict.     The Waters & The Wild by DeSales HarrisonTHE WATERS & THE WILD: A NOVEL by DeSales Harrison A debut novel about a New York City psychoanalyst, and single dad of a teenage daughter, haunted by a past crime and a past lover—a story that examines what it means to love, to betray, and to forgive.       The Water Knife by Paolo BacigalupiTHE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi In the near future, the Colorado River has dwindled to a trickle. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel Velasquez “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that its lush archology developments can bloom in Las Vegas. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive.   The Shape of Water by Andrea CamilleriTHE SHAPE OF WATER by Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (translator) The Shape of Water is the first book in the sly, witty, and engaging Inspector Montalbano mystery series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.     Song of the Water Saints by Nelly RosarioSONG OF THE WATER SAINTS: A NOVEL by Nelly Rosario This vibrant, provocative début novel explores the dreams and struggles of three generations of Dominican women.  
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There’s a Book for That: America

As we ready ourselves for the festivities of July 4th, Independence Day, The people of the United States of America are in the throes of declaring their values while grappling with many complex issues. For the occasion, we’ve selected contemporary and classic titles which showcase our country’s vast natural beauty and history alongside portraits of current communities and people’s lives here in America:

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  Our Towns by James Fallows and Deborah FallowsOUR TOWNS: A 100,000-MILE JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA by James Fallows, Deborah Fallows For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself.   The Soul of America by Jon MeachamTHE SOUL OF AMERICA: THE BATTLE FOR OUR BETTER ANGELS by Jon Meacham We have been here before. In this timely and revealing book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. With clarity and purpose, Meacham explores contentious periods and how presidents and citizens came together to defeat the forces of anger, intolerance, and extremism.   Fantasyland by Kurt AndersenFANTASYLAND: HOW AMERICA WENT HAYWIRE: A 500-YEAR HISTORY by Kurt Andersen From a razor-sharp thinker, a new understanding of our post-truth world—the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P.T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe…to Donald Trump.     Scars of Independence by Holger HoockSCARS OF INDEPENDENCE: AMERICA'S VIOLENT BIRTH by Holger Hoock The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America’s founding, the Revolution was also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand. Vivid and authoritative, Scars of Independence offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary—an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.   Tales of Two Americas by TALES OF TWO AMERICAS: STORIES OF INEQUALITY IN A DIVIDED NATION by John Freeman Thirty-four major contemporary writers—including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Edwidge Danticat, Rebecca Solnit, Joyce Carol Oates, Hector Tobar, and Karen Russell—examine life in a deeply divided America. Tales of Two Americas demonstrates how boundaries can break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches us all.   One Summer by Bill BrysonONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 by Bill Bryson The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. All this and much, much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things—and when the twentieth century truly became the American century. One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.   The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel WilkersonTHE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA'S GREAT MIGRATION by Isabel Wilkerson In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.   The National Parks by Dayton Duncan and Ken BurnsTHE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world’s first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres.   Travels with Charley in Search of America by John SteinbeckTRAVELS WITH CHARLEY IN SEARCH OF AMERICA by John Steinbeck An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers. To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the light—these were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.     FOR YOUNGER READERS   Words That Built a Nation by Marilyn Miller, Ellen Scordato and Dan TuckerWORDS THAT BUILT A NATION: VOICES OF DEMOCRACY THAT HAVE SHAPED AMERICA’S HISTORY by Marilyn Miller, Ellen Scordato and Dan Tucker; Illustrated by Mary Kate Mcdevitt Words that Built a Nation was hailed for bringing together the United States’ most important historical essays, speeches, and documents into one accessible collection for kids. This history lovers’ must-have has been revised, revamped, and expanded for the 21st century.   We Came To America by Faith RinggoldWE CAME TO AMERICA by Faith Ringgold From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and hope. Vividly expressed in Faith Ringgold’s sumptuous colors and patterns, We Came to America is an ode to every American who came before us, and a tribute to each child who will carry its proud message of diversity into our nation’s future.   The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb RosenstockTHE CAMPING TRIP THAT CHANGED AMERICA: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JOHN MUIR, AND OUR NATIONAL PARKS by Barb Rosenstock; Illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation's history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.   For more on these and other great books for dad, visit the collection: America
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There's an Audiobook for That! Celebrity Readers

Happy Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year allows for more listening, and June is Audiobook Month! We congratulate this year’s Audie Award winners, view them here. We’d also like to draw attention to this week’s new release, BEDTIME STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS, as well as other outstanding audiobooks brought to vivid life by celebrity narrators. These adult and children’s titles, available in the CD format and as audio downloads, are ideal for vacations, commutes or while walking the dog! So turn up the volume…your Summer listening may commence!

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  Room to Dream by David Lynch and Kristine McKennaROOM TO DREAM: A LIFE by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna; Read by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family — adapted by David Lynch from the print book especially for this audio program. With insights into…Eraserhead; The Elephant Man; Dune; Blue Velvet; Twin Peaks; Mulholland Drive and more!   You Can't Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt AndersenYOU CAN'T SPELL AMERICA WITHOUT ME: THE REALLY TREMENDOUS INSIDE STORY OF MY FANTASTIC FIRST YEAR AS PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) by Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump’s presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars, and experts on greatness generally   Uncommon Type by Tom HanksUNCOMMON TYPE: SOME STORIES by Tom Hanks; Read by Tom Hanks A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. Featuring additional performances by Peter Gerety, Peter Scolari, Cecily Strong, Holland Taylor, and Wilmer Valderrama on “Stay With Us.”   Heartburn by Nora EphronHEARTBURN by Nora Ephron; Read by Meryl Streep Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of “Sleepless in Seattle” reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.   M Train by Patti SmithM TRAIN by Patti Smith; Read by Patti Smith From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”     FOR ALL AGES   Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca CavalloGOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS The beloved New York Times bestsellers and Kickstarter crowdfunding sensations are available on audio for the first time, read by a star-studded fierce female cast including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard, and Samira Wiley! Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring listeners with the stories of 100 heroic women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Painters, scientists, dancers, chefs, astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, political leaders…from every corner of the globe!   The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip C. SteadTHE PURLOINING OF PRINCE OLEOMARGARINE by Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead, Erin Stead; Read by Keegan-Michael Key and Philip Stead A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children’s story is brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip Stead and Erin Stead. In a hotel in Paris one evening in the 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Choosing a picture from a magazine to get started, Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds, who finds himself on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished…until now. With Mark Bramhall as the voice of Mark Twain, Julia Whelan as Susy Clemens, and an Editor’s Note read by Frances Gilbert.   Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg SloanAPPLEBLOSSOM THE POSSUM by Holly Goldberg Sloan: Read by Dustin Hoffman Fans of E.B. White and Dick King-Smith will adore this heartwarming and funny animal adventure by the award-winning author of Counting by 7s.     A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'EngleA WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle; Read by Hope Davis Madeleine L’Engle’s ground-breaking, Newbery Medal-winning science fiction and fantasy classic was adapted into a major motion picture earlier this year. This movie tie-in audiobook includes an introduction read by director Ava DuVernay, a foreword read by the author, and an afterword read by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis.   The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul CurtisTHE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis; Read by LeVar Burton Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, Kenny, and Byron, Kenny's older brother, who, at thirteen, is an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. Heading South, they're going to Birmingham, Alabama, and toward one of the darkest moments in America's history. By turns comic, tragic, and touching, this remarkable Newbery Honor work, delightfully performed by LeVar Burton in this unabridged production, will delight listeners young and old as they meet Christopher Paul Curtis, a storyteller of bold ambition and a true and original voice and his inimitable Watsons.   For more on these and other great audiobooks, visit the collection: June is Audiobook Month
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A Farewell To Smashing Ideas

We are bidding farewell to everyone at Seattle-based Smashing Ideas, Inc., the tremendously creative design and innovation agency, which has been part of our company since 2011. As you’ll read in their purchaser’s press release, Smashing has been acquired by Luxoft Holding, Inc., a global IT service provider, in a transaction announced the afternoon of June 18. We wish our now-former colleagues as collegial and productive a working relationship with Luxoft as the one we long have enjoyed with them.

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Luxoft Acquires US-based Digital Innovation Agency, Smashing Ideas Zug, SWITZERLAND -- June 18, 2018 -- Luxoft Holding, Inc (NYSE:LXFT), a global IT service provider, today announced the acquisition of Smashing Ideas, a Seattle-based design and innovation agency. Smashing Ideas consults across the product design and development lifecycle, with a focus on accelerating innovation at every stage for their Global 500 clients. Their approach and depth of experience in strategy, design, development, and program management fosters collaboration and enables them to bring new products, services, and businesses to market, faster. Luxoft purchased Smashing Ideas from Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher, which has owned the company since 2011. This acquisition bolsters Luxoft’s digital research, strategy, and design capabilities, and illustrates its ongoing commitment to provide valuable expertise to its global clients. It comes at a pivotal time in the industry, when ongoing collaboration among technology, design, and strategy is critical to delivering products as companies look to enhance their user experience, improve their results and ensure market share gains. The acquisition expands the range of services both companies can provide, creating a unique market position that accelerates clients through all phases of their lifecycle. The increased depth of capabilities is intended to positively impact each of Luxoft’s lines of business: Digital Enterprise, Financial Services and Automotive, with Smashing Ideas supporting Luxoft’s horizontal digital transformation practice, Luxoft Digital. “Our commitment to helping revolutionize the technology offerings of our clients is more evident than ever with our acquisition of Smashing Ideas,” said Dmitry Loschinin, CEO and President of Luxoft. “Luxoft prides itself on being a value-added provider that is focused on technical strategy and implementation. This move further extends our capabilities into design and business strategy, allowing us to provide even more value to our strategic client partners.” Smashing Ideas CEO, Brian Burke, added, “By joining Luxoft, we are well-positioned to advance our clients’ most ambitious initiatives across the innovation lifecycle. Luxoft’s worldwide presence enables us to collaborate across time zones to service global clients via a multitude of delivery centers. This allows us to bring products to market faster, while Luxoft’s deep technical expertise in blockchain, IoT, and machine learning amplifies the enterprise scale we can provide. Together, we look forward to being a true innovation partner to our clients’ organizations.” “Penguin Random House and Smashing Ideas have enjoyed a long and productive working relationship. While we have continued to work together on several exciting digital product experiences, we believe that moving forward, Smashing Ideas, and its exceptionally talented strategists, designers, developers and program managers, will be best served by an owner that can contribute more synergies and added value for shared clients. We believe Smashing Ideas and Luxoft are a perfect fit, and we wish them enormous success together,” said Nina von Moltke, President, Director of Strategic Development, Penguin Random House U.S.. GP Bullhound acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Penguin Random House and Smashing Ideas on this transaction. About Luxoft: Luxoft (NYSE:LXFT) is a global IT service provider of innovative technology solutions that delivers measurable business outcomes to multinational companies. Its offerings encompass strategic consulting, custom software development services, and digital solution engineering. Luxoft enables companies to compete by leveraging its multi-industry expertise in the financial services, automotive, communications, and healthcare & life sciences sectors. Its managed delivery model is underpinned by a highly-educated workforce, allowing the Company to continuously innovate upwards on the technology stack to meet evolving digital challenges. Luxoft has more than 12,900 staff across 42 cities in 21 countries within five continents, with its operating headquarters office in Zug, Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.luxoft.com. About Smashing Ideas: Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Seattle, WA, Smashing Ideas is a design and innovation agency with deep expertise in creating highly engaging digital experiences. They partner with the Global 500 to create connected smart products, apps, websites, and content management systems that make a positive impact on user engagement and their clients’ bottom line. From business strategy and service design to UX, visual design, and development, their trademarked process, Motivational UX™, accelerates digital transformation and increases user engagement. Their unique service offerings, which include lean strategy, digital product and service design, product realization, managed services, and data science and analytics, has resulted in 60+ awards and a Fortune 500 client list spanning manufacturing, mobility, health, entertainment, and retail. Forward-Looking Statements: This news release of Luxoft Holding, Inc (“Luxoft”) contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our business and financial condition, as well as the results of operations, liquidity, plans and objectives. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “may,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “expect,” “predict,” “potential,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements are subject to, without limitation, the risk factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Luxoft’s Annual Report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission by Luxoft. Except as required by law, Luxoft undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this news release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investor Inquiries Tracy Krumme Vice President, Investor Relations 212.964.9900 x246 IR@luxoft.com Media Inquiries Robert Maccabe Director, Public Relations t: +44 (0)20 3828 2346; m:+44 7950 517 836 Press@luxoft.com Twitter: @Luxoft Brittany Carlstrom Associate Marketing Director t: 1.206.378.0100 ext. 143 PR@smashingideas.com Twitter: @smashingideas          

Featured Author Event: Tommy Orange (Washington, DC)

Colleagues in Westminster take note: Knopf author Tommy Orange will be presenting his groundbreaking debut novel, THERE THERE, at Politics & Prose at the Wharf in Washington, DC on Monday, June 25.

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THERE THERE tells the tale of a nation and its people, shaped by violence and recovery, and memory and identity. The novel follows the paths of twelve individuals who share a common goal: to travel to the Big Oakland Powwow. While Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to reunite with the family she left behind in shame, Dene Oxendene is recovering from his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow in order to pay respect to his uncle’s memory. Through his gripping and visceral prose, Orange evokes an urgency regarding the plight of the urban Native American who faces a new kind of violence—one that takes the form of addiction, abuse, and suicide. Yet he also illustrates a coming to terms with a history of suffering and loss, and a remembrance of beauty and tradition. Tommy Orange was born and raised in Oakland, California, and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow.

Friday Reads: Summer Weddings

Have your Facebook and Instagram feeds begun to fill with glorious wedding photos from romantic locales? Perhaps you are the one getting married this summer or are in the wedding party or a guest. Whatever the case, Summer is high season for matrimony. This weekend, catch our book bouquet – great for gifts or reading on the way to the wedding.

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  A French WeddingA FRENCH WEDDING by Hannah Tunnicliffe The Big Chill meets The Little French Bistro in this sumptuous novel about six college friends reuniting on the coast of Brittany to celebrate one of their own’s fortieth birthday. With delicious food and plenty of wine, the table is set for tricky romantic entanglements and the spilling of longheld secrets.     A Nantucket WeddingA NANTUCKET WEDDING: A NOVEL by Nancy Thayer It’s summer on Nantucket and Alison is finally engaged to the love of her life. Things would be perfect—if only she could make peace between her daughters. Felicity, wild at heart yet a loving mother to her own children, and Jane, the extremely organized and high-earning businesswoman, arrive on the island hoping to get through these next few weeks without ruining their mother’s big day. But when Felicity’s husband reveals a long-term affair and Jane falls for her soon-to-be step-brother, everyone gets way more drama than they bargained for.   The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryTHE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory “What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel….One of the best books I’ve read in a while.”—Roxane Gay A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.   Wedding Stories by WEDDING STORIES by Diana Secker Tesdell A bouquet of great wedding stories—by turns funny, passionate, bittersweet, and romantic—by famous writers from across the past two centuries. From F. Scott Fitzgerald to Lorrie Moore, and from Stephen Crane to Edwidge Danticat. EVERYMAN’S LIBRARY POCKET CLASSICS. The stories collected here—including such gems as Stephen Crane’s “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” O. Henry’s “The Marry Month of May,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Bridal Party,” Joy Williams’s “The Wedding,” and Lorrie Moore’s “Thank You For Having Me”—encompass comic wedding mishaps, engagements broken and mended, honeymoon adventures, and scenes both heartwarming and heartbreaking.   Save the Date by Jen DollSAVE THE DATE: THE OCCASIONAL MORTIFICATIONS OF A SERIAL WEDDING GUEST by Jen Doll An “engaging and disarmingly honest” (People) examination of the search for love and the meaning of marriage in a time of anxiety, independence, and indecision. Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.   Wedding Night by Sophie KinsellaWEDDING NIGHT: A NOVEL by Sophie Kinsella Lottie is thirty-three and sick of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears after fifteen years and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember or one to forget?     The Wedding by Dorothy West THE WEDDING: A NOVEL by Dorothy West In her final novel, Dorothy West offers an intimate glimpse into African American middle class. Set on bucolic Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s, The Wedding tells the story of life in the Oval, a proud, insular community made up of the best and brightest of the East Coast's black bourgeoisie. With elegant, luminous prose, Dorothy West crowns her literary career by illustrating one family's struggle to break the shackles of race and class.   For more on these and other great books for dad, visit the collection: Wedding Lit
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