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PRHPS’s “On the Road: Berkeley” Event Connects, Informs and Raises Funds

Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) and many of their client publishers gathered in Berkeley, California for “On the Road: Berkeley,” an Ideas Exchange event on November 1 and 2.  Todd Berman, Vice President, Business Development and Publishing Strategy for PRHPS, said, “On the Road events are a unique way for our publishers to connect with their PRHPS colleagues, other clients, and industry leaders. And it is invaluable to us to be able to see our clients on their home turfs.” 

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The first day kicked off with a bookstore tour in San Francisco, where about 70 participants visited the famous Green Apple Books and City Lights Books. The next stop was the Berrett-Koehler offices, where everyone celebrated with a cocktail party that featured two appetizers from local client cookbooks, The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook (Parallax) and The Myrtlewood Cookbook (Sasquatch). The “On the Road” conference took place the second day (November 2) at the DoubleTree Marina, Berkeley. Featured speakers and panels included:
  • What’s in the Bag: How Gift Reps Champion Your Books: Mary Margaret Callahan (Special Markets, PRH), Andy Armanino (Key Account Sales, PRH), and Linda Parrent (Key Account Sales, PRH) gave a behind-the-scenes look at who they are and how they get our clients’ books into niche locations in Northern California.
  • Present Tense: What’s Happening with Indies Today: Alison Reid (Diesel, A Bookstore), Luisa Smith (Book Passage), and Stephen Sparks (Point Reyes Books) discussed tactics they employ to make their stores flourish in a complex bookselling landscape.
  • Novel Ideas: How to Partner with Indie Bookstores: Calvin Crosby (NCIBA), Samantha Schoech (Independent Bookstore Day), and Paul Yamazaki (City Lights Books), in an engaging overview of the bookselling marketplace, these industry leaders explored the state of the indie bookselling landscape. Based on their experiences running prominent indie book organizations, they discussed the significance of relationships between indie bookstores and indie publishers and how clients can get more involved.
In the wake of the recent devastating fires in Northern California, PRHPS worked with two organizations, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and the California Fire Foundation, to give PRHPS staff and clients the opportunity to support the California fire relief efforts.  Penguin Random House matched their donations.  

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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There's a Book for That: National American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month designated as such by President George W. Bush in 1990.  The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and other cultural centers join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

In commemoration of the culture and people that were the original settlers of this land, we present the following books that celebrate and offer insight into Native life.  

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  FEATURED TITLES: Fools Crow by James WelchFOOLS CROW by James Welch, Foreword by Thomas McGuane In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life.   Indian Nations of North America by National Geographic, Rick Hill and Teri FrazierINDIAN NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA (National Geographic) Walk with the indigenous people who settled North America —and with their descendants, whose more than 500 tribes range from the Arctic Circle across the Great Plains and to the Eastern Seaboard. Lakota, Cherokee, Navajo, Haida: these groups and many others are profiled in engaging entries and portrayed in magnificent images and maps that authentically evoke each tribe's history and character.   The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears by Theda Perdue and Michael GreenTHE CHEROKEE NATION AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS (Penguin Library of American Indian History) by Theda Perdue and Michael Green Historians Perdue and Green reveal the government’s betrayals and the divisions within the Cherokee Nation, follow the exiles along the Trail of Tears, and chronicle the hardships found in the West. In its trauma and tragedy, the Cherokee diaspora has come to represent the irreparable injustice done to Native Americans in the name of nation building and in their determined survival, it represents the resilience of the Native American spirit.   An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz American Book Award winner for 2015 Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.   The Earth Is Weeping by Peter CozzensTHE EARTH IS WEEPING: THE EPIC STORY OF THE INDIAN WARS FOR THE AMERICAN WEST by Peter Cozzens A magisterial, essential history of the struggle between whites and Native Americans over the fate of the West. Here is the fullest account to date of how the West was won—and lost—giving us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States.   Code Talker by Joseph BruchacCODE TALKER: A NOVEL ABOUT THE NAVAJO MARINES OF WORLD WAR TWO by Joseph Bruchac; Young Adult fiction Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker.   The Wind Is My Mother by Bear HeartTHE WIND IS MY MOTHER: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF A NATIVE AMERICAN SHAMAN By Bear Heart With eloquent simplicity, one of the world's last Native American Medicine Men demonstrates how traditional tribal wisdom can help us maintain spiritual and physical health in today's world.   Spider Woman's Granddaughters by Paula Gunn AllenSPIDER WOMAN'S GRANDDAUGHTERS: TRADITIONAL TALES AND CONTEMPORARY WRITING BY NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN edited by Paula Gunn Allen American scholar, literary critic, poet, and novelist Paula Gunn Allen, who is herself a Laguna Pueblo-Sioux Indian, became increasingly aware in her academic career that the writings of Native Americans, especially women, have been marginalized by the Western literary canon. Allen set out to understand why this was so and, more importantly, to remedy the situation. The result is this powerful collection of traditional tales, biographical writings, and contemporary short stories, many by the most accomplished Native American women writing today including Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan and many others.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection Native American Heritage Titles  

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Featured Author Event: Gretchen Rubin (Indianapolis)

Bestselling author and famed podcaster, speaker, and blogger, Gretchen Rubin, will be a Keynote speaker at the Indiana Conference for Women next Tuesday, November 7 in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.  She will be discussing her latest book, THE FOUR TENDENCIES: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life (Harmony), and presenting other speakers, including Laurie Burns McRobbie, Gerry Dick, and Joe Hogsett, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. There will be a book signing following an audience Q&A.

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9781524760915During her multi-book investigation into understanding human nature, Ms. Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.  Our tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.  THE FOUR TENDENCIES can help readers get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. “The Four Tendencies will immediately improve every area of your life—and I say this from personal experience. If you’ve been feeling stuck in your relationships, career, health, or self-confidence, understanding your Tendency and how to make it work for you is the game-changer you’ve been looking for.”—Melissa Hartwig (Upholder), author and cocreator of The Whole30 Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project.  A member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, Ms. Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also has a highly ranked, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

There’s a Book for That: PEN Literary Awards

PEN Center USA, The West Coast center of PEN International, which is the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization, held their 27th annual Literary Awards last Friday, October 27 in Beverly Hills, California. Hosted by Nick Offerman, the ceremony honored Margaret Atwood with a Lifetime Achievement Award and winners in 8 categories were announced. Congratulations to all winners and finalists!

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WINNERS PEN Award for Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Random House) Also a finalist for the Pulitzer, this deeply humane memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis attempts to answer the questions: given that all organisms die, what makes a meaningful life? And, as a doctor, what does it mean to hold mortal—and moral—responsibility for another person’s identity? For readers of Atul Gawande and Siddhartha Mukherjee.   PEN Award for Research Nonfiction: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth LettsTHE PERFECT HORSE: THE DARING U.S. MISSION TO RESCUE THE PRICELESS STALLIONS KIDNAPPED BY THE NAZIS by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine) The daring behind-Nazi-lines rescue of priceless pedigree horses by American soldiers in the closing days of World War Two—a riveting equine adventure story from the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion.   PEN Award for Young Adult Fiction: Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee (Speak) Critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee continues to weave adventure and romance in a novel set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake: A spot at St. Clare’s School is off limits for all but the wealthiest white girls. However, fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong knows that education is the best way out of Chinatown’s squalor.   FINALISTS The Association of Small Bombs by Karan MahajanTHE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS: A NOVEL by Karan Mahajan (Viking) Also a finalist for the National Book Award, The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, dazzling in its acuity, and ambitious in scope.   Cockroaches by Scholastique MukasongaCOCKROACHES by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Jordan Stump (Archipelago) Scholastique Mukasonga’s Cockroaches is the story of growing up a Tutsi in Hutu-dominated Rwanda—the story of a happy child, a loving family, all wiped out in the genocide of 1994. A vivid, bittersweet depiction of family life and bond in a time of immense hardship, it is also a story of incredible endurance, and the duty to remember that loss and those lost while somehow carrying on.   For more on these titles visit the collection: PEN Awards 2017 Stay tuned for this week’s Friday Reads wherein we will honor the work of Margaret Atwood.  

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There’s a Book for That: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Please find below books that educate and support those confronting breast cancer.

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Visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month for more information.  FEATURED TITLES:   Better by Amy RobachBETTER: HOW I LET GO OF CONTROL, HELD ON TO HOPE, AND FOUND JOY IN MY DARKEST HOUR by Amy Robach Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach shares the intimate details of her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment—from the shock of its discovery during an on-air mammogram on GMA to the impact on her work and family life—and the universal lessons she’s learned about handling any unexpected adversity in life with inner strength and optimism.   The New Generation Breast Cancer Book by Dr. Elisa PortTHE NEW GENERATION BREAST CANCER BOOK: HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS-AND REMAIN OPTIMISTIC-IN AN AGE OF INFORMATION OVERLOAD by Dr. Elisa Port From the Chief of Breast Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Co-director of the Dubin Breast Center in Manhattan, the definitive guide to managing breast cancer in the information age, an optimistic antidote to internet information about screening, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.   Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhDANTICANCER: A NEW WAY OF LIFE by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD The revolutionary, New York Times bestselling guide to the powerful lifestyle changes that fight and prevent cancer—an integrative approach based on the latest scientific research.     A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika SikkaA BREAST CANCER ALPHABET by Madhulika Sikka The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Madhulika Sikka’s A Breast Cancer Alphabet offers a new way to live with and plan past the hardest diagnosis that most women will ever receive: a personal, practical, and deeply informative look at the road from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.   Red Sunshine by Kimberly Allison, M.D.RED SUNSHINE: A STORY OF STRENGTH AND INSPIRATION FROM A DOCTOR WHO SURVIVED STAGE 3 BREAST CANCER by Kimberly Allison, M.D. Dr. Kimberly Allison diagnoses breast cancer for a living. But as a 33-year-old healthy new mother, she never expected to find herself looking at her own malignant cells under the microscope. Like many others diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Allison was starving for stories of other survivors. She wanted to hear someone’s tale, to feel their experiences and look for hidden clues to what her own future might hold. Ultimately, the story that Dr. Allison was looking for was found in her own life.   Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella MarchettoCANCER VIXEN: A TRUE STORY by Marisa Acocella Marchetto The groundbreaking graphic memoir that inspires breast cancer patients to fight back—and do so with style. “What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds . . . a lump in her breast?” That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion.   Yoga for Breast Care by Bobby ClennellYOGA FOR BREAST CARE by Bobby Clennell Practices for breast cancer survivors include sequences for those who have recently undergone breast-cancer surgery and are receiving intensive chemotherapy or radiation treatment and for those with decreased mobility and numbness in the arm, shoulder, and chest. Whether readers have experienced problems with their breasts or not, this book provides positive and practical methods for raising awareness and regaining confidence in the body.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid SliwerskiCANCER HATES KISSES by Jessica Reid Sliwerski; Illustrated by Mika Song; Ages 3 to 5 Author Jessica Reid Sliwerski was diagnosed with breast cancer four months after giving birth to her daughter. And through all the stages of treatment—surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, losing her hair—she thought about how hard it would be to talk to your child about cancer while coping with it. Mothers are superheroes when they’re battling cancer, and this empowering picture book gives them an honest yet spirited way to share the difficult experience with their kids.   For more on these and related titles visit Breast Cancer Awareness Month Books  

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There's a Book for That: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Coalition against Domestic Violence created and observed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October 1987 and Congress designated it as such in 1989.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month events promote awareness, encourage reporting, provide safety for victims, encourage people to look out for one another, and ensure treatment is provided and administrative action taken when needed. It’s a painful reality that deserves attention and gets better with education and compassion. It is our hope the following books will help:

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  FEATURED TITLES   WHY DOES HE DO THAT? By Lundy Bancroft In this groundbreaking bestseller, Lundy Bancroft—a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men—uses his knowledge about how abusers think to help women recognize when they are being controlled or devalued in a relationship, and to find ways to get free of abuse.   INVINCIBLE: THE 10 LIES YOU LEARN GROWING UP WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND THE TRUTHS TO SET YOU FREE by Brian F. Martin Through powerful first-person stories, including the author’s own experiences, as well as insightful commentary based on the most recent social science and psychology research, Invincible not only offers a deeper understanding of the concerns and challenges of those who grew up with domestic violence, but also provides proven strategies everyone can use to reclaim their lives and futures. The author is donating all net royalties to the Childhood Domestic Violence Association.   ANGER: HOW TO LIVE WITH AND WITHOUT IT by Albert Ellis, Foreword by Raymond A. DiGiuseppe Anger. It’s one of our most basic, and often most destructive, human emotions. And in today’s world, it’s a constant, escalating force, from road rage to domestic abuse, from teen violence to acts of terrorism. More than ever we need effective ways to live with it, understand it—and learn to deal with it.   Children Who See Too Much by Betsy Mcalister GrovesCHILDREN WHO SEE TOO MUCH: LESSONS FROM THE CHILD WITNESS TO VIOLENCE PROJECT by Betsy McAlister Groves Groves makes the powerful case that traumatic events carried out by family members carry the most severe psychological risks for very young children. She uses clinical case studies to show that being young does not protect against the lasting effects of witnessing violence, and she offers ways adults can help.   The Gift of Fear by Gavin De BeckerTHE GIFT OF FEAR: AND OTHER SURVIVAL SIGNALS THAT PROTECT US FROM VIOLENCE by Gavin De Becker A date won't take "no" for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.   When Things Fall Apart by Pema ChödrönWHEN THINGS FALL APART: HEART ADVICE FOR DIFFICULT TIMES (20th Anniversary Edition) by Pema Chodron Pema Chödrön’s perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life’s difficulties draws from traditional Buddhist wisdom to offer life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.   When Dad Hurts Mom by Lundy BancroftWHEN DAD HURTS MOM: HELPING YOUR CHILDREN HEAL THE WOUNDS OF WITNESSING ABUSE by Lundy Bancroft Written by a therapist who specializes in abusive men, this guide reveals how abusers interact with and manipulate children—and how mothers can help their children recover from the trauma of witnessing abuse.   For more on these and related titles visit, Domestic Violence Awareness Month  

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Friday Reads: International Coffee Day!

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

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

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

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Our #BannedBooksWeek Reading List: Part 5

Throughout Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, we have been highlighting frequently banned and challenged books published by Penguin Random House imprints to help raise awareness of the importance of defending our right to express ourselves and read without censorship or interference. Keep reading for Banned Books reading list inspiration. This is the final installment. 

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  Click here to enter for your chance to win a personalized Banned Books Box filled with ten of your favorite books and a special banned books mug courtesy of Out of Print Clothing (No purchase necessary. US residents, 18+. Ends 9/30/17. See Official Rules.)    I AM JAZZ by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas Challenge Reasons: Inaccurate, Homosexuality, Sex Education, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited for Age Group The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.   FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James Challenge Reasons: Nudity, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited for Age Group When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidat­ing. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.   LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding Challenge Reasons: Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Excessive Violence LORD OF THE FLIES remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. Also during Banned  Books Week, head over to Out of Print Clothing to find out how you can contribute to hurricane relief efforts through book donations from Penguin Random House. For each piece of Banned Books merchandise sold on the Out of Print website during Banned Books Week, September 24 – 30, Penguin Random House will donate one book in support of hurricane relief efforts through First Book up to 10,000 books. Click here to start browsing and give back.  

There’s a Book for That: Puerto Rico

September 2017 has been the most active month of any Atlantic hurricane season on record (weather.com). The devastation, and resulting humanitarian crisis, caused by Hurricane Maria has thrust Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands into the latest news. Puerto Rican officials said electricity may not be fully restored for more than a month.  Three million of the island’s U.S. citizens still lack adequate food, water and fuel. With this in mind, we are spotlighting Puerto Rican literature.  

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  FEATURED TITLES   Sweet Diamond Dust by Rosario FerreSWEET DIAMOND DUST: AND OTHER STORIES by Rosario Ferre Originally published in Spanish under the title Maldito Amor (“Cursed Love”), Sweet Diamond Dust introduced American readers to a voice that is by turns lyrical and wickedly satiric. A finalist for the National Book Award with her 1995 novel, The House on the Lagoon, Ferre here uses family history as a metaphor for the class struggles and political evolution of Latin America and Puerto Rico in particular.   Image result for puerto rico mioPUERTO RICO MIO: FOUR DECADES OF CHANGE, IN PHOTOGRAPHS by Jack Delano Puerto Rico Mio is an extraordinary collection from two series of photographs: the first taken when Delano first went to Puerto Rico with the Farm Security Administration in 1941-42 and the second when he re-photographed those same places in the 1980s.   BORICUAS: INFLUENTIAL PUERTO RICAN WRITINGS - AN ANTHOLOGY edited by Roberto Santiago "Boricua is what Puerto Ricans call one another as a term of endearment, respect, and cultural affirmation; it is a timeless declaration that transcends gender and color. Boricua is a powerful word that tells the origin and history of the Puerto Rican people." —From the Introduction   MUNDO CRUEL: STORIES by Luis Negron, Suzanne Jill Levine A finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Luis Negrón’s debut collection reveals the intimate world of a small community in Puerto Rico joined together by its transgressive sexuality. The writing straddles the shifting line between pure, unadorned storytelling and satire, exploring the sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking nature of survival in a decidedly cruel world.   CONQUISTADORA by Esmeralda Santiago An epic novel of forbidden love and adventure by the author of the bestselling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican, in which passions and politics collide in 19th century Puerto Rico.     meaning1THE MEANING OF CONSUELO: A NOVEL by Judith Ortiz Cofer (ages The Signe family is blessed with two daughters. Consuelo, the elder, is thought of as pensive and book-loving, the serious child-la niña seria-while Mili, her younger sister, is seen as vivacious, a ray of tropical sunshine. Two daughters: one dark, one light; one to offer comfort and consolation, the other to charm and delight. But, for all the joy both girls should bring, something is not right in this Puerto Rican family; a tragedia is developing, like a tumor, at its core.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   GOOD NIGHT PUERTO RICO by Lisa Bolivar Martinez, Matthew Martinez, Joe Veno (board book; ages 3 and under) Good Night Puerto Rico features Old San Juan, El Morro, El Yunque, Kiosks of Luquillo, Canopy tour, celebrating “Los Reyes,” surfing in Rincón, caves in Camuy, vejigantes in the Carnaval de Ponce, La Fortaleza, the lighthouse at Cabezas de San Juan in Fajardo, Plazas of Puerto Rico, local foods, and more.   EMILY GOLDBERG LEARNS TO SALSA by Micol Ostow (ages 12 and up) Emily is a Jewish girl from the suburbs of New York. Her mother has family in Puerto Rico, but Emily has never had contact with them—ever. Then Emily’s grandmother dies and Emily is forced to go to the Caribbean for her funeral. Buttoned-up Emily wants nothing to do with her big, noisy Puerto Rican family, until a special person shows her that one dance can change the beat of your heart.   For more information on these and related titles visit Puerto Rico  

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