Friday Reads: The Year of the Dog


February 16th marked the first day in China’s traditional lunar calendar and is the country’s most important holiday with colorful celebrations that culminate with The Lantern Festival on March 2nd.  2018 is the Year of the Dog and, running with that lead, we are unleashing classic and contemporary canine stories for the occasion – all ages welcome!

  Beloved Dog by Maira KalmanBELOVED DOG by Maira Kalman With her trademark style, wit, and with great sensitivity, renowned arist and author Maira Kalman reveals why dogs bring out the best in us.     Dog Love by Ann DeVitoDOG LOVE by Ann DeVito In Dog Love, Ann DeVito brings man’s best friend to life with a collection of vibrant illustrations and snappy descriptions that pay loving homage to pups from all walks of life—no pun intended—from sophisticated, recognized breeds to lovable mutts and everything in between. DeVito’s distinctively bold, whimsical art combined with fun facts and famous quotes results in an elegant book that will delight dog lovers of all kinds.   Dog Songs by Mary OliverDOG SONGS: POEMS by Mary Oliver 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. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will here come to colorful life.   A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue HalpernA DOG WALKS INTO A NURSING HOME: LESSONS IN THE GOOD LIFE FROM AN UNLIKELY TEACHER by Sue Halpern Pransky was bored: she needed a job. And so Sue Halpern decided to give herself and her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy-dog team. Pransky proved to be not only a terrific therapist, but an unerring moral compass as well.   Soldier Dogs by Maria GoodavageSOLDIER DOGS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA'S CANINE HEROES by Maria Goodavage A leading reporter offers a tour of military working dogs’ extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them.     You Had Me at Woof by Julie KlamYOU HAD ME AT WOOF: HOW DOGS TAUGHT ME THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS by Julie Klam The New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman's discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions. Klam shares how her love for dogs and the lessons she's learned caring for them has shaped her heart.   The Call of the Wild by Jack LondonTHE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London The classic survival story by Jack London in a beautiful hardcover edition Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?   Dog Stories by DOG STORIES edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Dog Stories rounds up a pack of vivid and colorful stories about man’s best friend by a wide range of great writers, from Mark Twain and Anton Chekhov to Patricia Highsmith and Jonathan Lethem. Here are stories that touchingly illuminate the dog’s role in the emotional lives of humans, such as Tobias Wolff’s “Her Dog,” in which a widower shares his grief for his wife with her grieving pet. Here, too, are humorous glimpses of the canine point of view, from O. Henry’s tale of a dissatisfied lapdog’s escape to P. G. Wodehouse’s cheerfully naïve watchdog who simply wants everybody to get along. These writers and others—Ray Bradbury, Doris Lessing, Thomas McGuane, Rick Bass, James Salter, and Penelope Lively among them—offer imaginative, lyrical, and empathetic portraits of humanity’s most devoted companion.   WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson RawlsWHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.   The Incredible Journey by Sheila BurnfordTHE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Sheila Burnford An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their owner in this truly “incredible” adventure. Instinct tells them that the way home lies to the west and together the three house pets face hunger, the natural elements, and wild forest animals as they make their way home to the family they love. This timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner inspired the movie “Homeward Bound.”   For more on these and Chinese New Year-related titles visit: Year of the Dog
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There’s a Book for That: Gun Violence

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, , the school’s students and their counterparts across the country are speaking out non-stop against gun violence, leading to two nationwide planned events: the National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24. You may be interested in the following books about this urgent matter published by Penguin Random House imprints:

  Armed in America by Patrick J. CharlesARMED IN AMERICA: A HISTORY OF GUN RIGHTS FROM COLONIAL MILITIAS TO CONCEALED CARRY by Patrick J. Charles This accessible legal history describes how the Second Amendment has been interpreted throughout most of American history and shows that today’s gun-rights advocates have drastically departed from the long-held interpretation of the constitutional right to bear arms.   Bullets into Bells by BULLETS INTO BELLS: POETS & CITIZENS RESPOND TO GUN VIOLENCE Foreword by Gabrielle Giffords; Introduction by Colum McCann; Edited by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague and Dean Rader Focused intensively on the crisis of gun violence in America, this volume brings together poems by dozens of our best-known poets, including Billy Collins, Patricia Smith, Natalie Diaz, Natasha Threthewey, Robert Hass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Yusef Komunyakaa. Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings.   SHOT by Kathy ShorrSHOT: 101 SURVIVORS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA by Kathy Shorr, Max Kozloff SHOT is about people who have been shot and survived the experience. It portrays 101 survivors, aged 8 to 80, from all races and many ethnicities. They are the representatives of “survivorhood.” Most were photographed in the location where they were shot. SHOT allows us to explore a dialogue about gun violence and how we are all vulnerable.   Gun Guys by Dan BaumGUN GUYS: A ROAD TRIP by Dan Baum Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us to guns in the first place. Is it just part of being American? Introducing a wide cast of characters, Baum shows both sides of the gun culture in America, bringing an entire world vividly to life, and in doing so helping to find a middle ground in the gun debate, where actual conversation can take place.   The Gun Control Debate by THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE: YOU DECIDE by Lee Nisbet Using selections from historians, criminologists, social scientists, public health specialists, and jurists, Dr. Nisbet provides an in-depth analysis of the central issues involved in our debate over guns. By providing a set of critical-thinking questions, with examples of experts raising these very points, Nisbet invites readers to evaluate gun-control issues more deeply and thoroughly than is possible in the popular media's portrayal of the issue. No matter what side of the debate you're on, this outstanding collection of the best articles on gun control will give you the critical-thinking tools and the facts needed to understand the complexities of this controversial issue.   For more on these and related titles visit Guns
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Friday Reads: President's Day

On Monday, February 19th we celebrate President’s Day. Did you know that President’s Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president? Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but their birthdays all come either too early or late to coincide with Presidents’ Day, which is always celebrated on the third Monday of the month since 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act: “an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers…” It’s a great occasion to learn something new by reading the following acclaimed adult and children’s nonfiction: 

  The Speeches & Writings of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham LincolnTHE SPEECHES & WRITINGS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN (The Library of America Collection) Edited by the late historian Don E. Fehrenbacher, these two books include all Lincoln’s significant works from the entirety of his public life, including both sides of the complete Lincoln-Douglas debates, dozens of speeches, hundreds of personal and political letters, communications to the generals in the field, presidential messages and proclamations, poems, and private reflections on democracy, slavery, and the meaning of the Civil War’s immense suffering. This is the definitive Lincoln for the general reader, “a momentous and thrilling addition to any private library” in the words of the great literary critic Alfred Kazin.   Friends Divided by Gordon S. WoodFRIENDS DIVIDED: JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON by Gordon S. Wood A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 From the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America’s most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.   Grant by Ron ChernowGRANT by Ron Chernow America’s greatest biographer, brings to life a moving portrait of one of our finest, most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant’s life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.   Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel PhilbrickVALIANT AMBITION: GEORGE WASHINGTON, BENEDICT ARNOLD, AND THE FATE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Nathaniel Philbrick From the New York Times bestselling historian comes a surprising account of the messy middle years of the Revolution and the tragic relationship of George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Valiant Ambition is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents by Brianna DuMontWEIRD BUT TRUE KNOW-IT-ALL: U.S. PRESIDENTS by Brianna DuMont What’s so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse – twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let’s not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled “Yankee Doodle Dandy” duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you’ll have a blast learning that there’s a lot of substance – and weirdness – in every president’s past.   The Presidents Visual Encyclopedia by DKTHE PRESIDENTS VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (DK Children) From George Washington to Donald Trump, this visual reference guide presents a unique insight into life in the White House. More than 150 easy-to-read entries cover the presidents, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Louisiana Purchase, the Gettysburg Address, and more, and over 200 fascinating photographs add to kids’ knowledge of these leaders and the key moments that defined their time in office.   George Washington's Spies (Totally True Adventures) by Claudia FriddellGEORGE WASHINGTON'S SPIES (Totally True Adventures) by Claudia Friddell During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington (AKA “Agent 711”) was the leader of a ring of spies! The group—called the Culper Ring—used secret names, codes, invisible ink, and more to spy on the British and pass along information. Nobody knew about it at the time (and few do so today), but those sneaky heroes risked their lives to help win the American Revolution! Illustrated throughout in black and white, with an appendix that includes photographs, bonus content, and links to primary source materials.   Grover Cleveland, Again! by Ken BurnsGROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! A TREASURY OF AMERICAN PRESIDENTS by Ken Burns, Gerald Kelley This special treasury from America’s beloved documentarian Ken Burns brings the presidents to life for our nation’s children. Each president is given a lushly illustrated spread with curated stories and information to give readers of all ages a comprehensive view of the varied and fascinating characters who have led our nation (with the exception of Grover Cleveland—the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms—who gets two spreads!).   For more on these and related titles visit: PRESIDENTS’ DAY  

Activist DeRay Mckesson to Publish Book with Viking

Viking is pleased to announce ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a new book by DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, coming September 4, 2018. Georgia Bodnar and Wendy Wolf at Viking acquired North American rights, as well as audio and first serial, from CAA. 

In August of 2014, the twenty-nine-year-old activist stood with hundreds of others on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, to push a message of justice and accountability. These protests, and others like them, resulted in the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, in his first book, Mckesson lays out the intellectual, pragmatic political framework for a new liberation movement. [caption id="attachment_9584" align="alignright" width="262"] DeRay Mckesson, photographed in New York City.[/caption] Honest, courageous, and imaginative, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM is a work brimming with hope. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible. Honoring the voices of a new generation of activists, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM is a visionary’s call to take responsibility for imagining, and then building, the world we want to live in.Continuing a conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation’s complex history, he dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. He argues that our best efforts to combat injustice have been stunted by the belief that racism’s wounds are history, and offers a new framework and language for understanding the nature of oppression. With it, we can begin charting a course to dismantle the obvious and subtle structures that limit freedom. DeRay Mckesson says, “In the past three years I’ve seen unrest sweep America, first in the streets in Ferguson and then all over the country. I have seen people claim their power, knowing that this country has not yet delivered on its promise of equity and justice. In this book, I explore the causes of the current inequity and offer a vision for how we get beyond it, to a place of freedom. I’m excited to work with Viking and am excited to write my first book. I believe that we will win.” Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, says, “DeRay Mckesson is the voice of a new generation, leading the charge in the fight against racism and injustice today. In this book, he holds America accountable, but also brings a message of hope and shows us the way forward. We are thrilled to publish him at Viking.” Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media’s podcast, Pod Save the People. He started his career as an educator and came to prominence for his role in documenting the Ferguson protests and the movement they birthed and for publicly advocating for justice and accountability for the victims of police violence and the end of mass incarceration. He’s spoken at venues from the White House to the Oxford Union and universities and appeared on TV shows across the political spectrum. He was named #11 on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list and Harvard’s Black Man of the Year in 2016, among his many other accolades. A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Featured Author Event: Jed Perl Tonight in NYC

Join The Art Students League of New York for a Gallery Lecture by renowned art critic and Knopf author Jed Perl, as he discusses his biography CALDER: The Conquest of Time (Knopf). Tonight, February 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, Jed will show why Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was–and remains–a barrier breaker, an avant-garde artist with mass appeal.  A wine, cheese and book-signing reception will follow the lecture.  

Only now, forty years after the artist’s death, is the full story of Calder’s life being told in this biography, which is based on unprecedented access to private letters and papers as well as scores of interviews. Calder’s life takes on a transatlantic richness, from New York’s Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, to the Left Bank of Paris during the Depression, and then back to the United States, where the Calders bought a run-down old farmhouse in western Connecticut. New light is shed on Calder’s lifelong interest in dance, theater, and performance, ranging from the Cirque Calder, the theatrical event that became his calling card in bohemian Paris to collaborations with the choreographer Martha Graham and the composer Virgil Thomson. Penguin Random House author Joshua Cohen ( Book of Numbers and Moving Kings) praises CALDER: “Not all brilliant studies are definitive, and not all definitive studies are brilliant: Jed Perl’s Calder succeeds at being both. It’s a masterwork account of the life of one of America’s greatest artists that’s also an account of America coming into its own. Passionate, learned, playful and ranging, it’s as solidly-grounded as a stabile, but like a mobile it appears to defy gravity—and float.” Jed Perl is a regular contributor to The New York Times Review of Books. He was the art critic for The New Republic for twenty years and a contributing editor to Vogue for a decade, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His previous books include Magicians and Charlatans, Antoine’s Alphabet, and New Art City, which was a New York Times Notable Book and an Atlantic Book of the Year.  
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Our 23 Finalists for IACP 2018 Awards

The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the finalists for its 2018 Awards, recognizing the very best food writing and publishing of the year, from cookbooks and journalism to photography and digital media.  We received 23 nominations for books, authors and editors from Crown Publishing Group imprints Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press and Lorena Jones Books, as well as Alfred A. Knopf and America’s Test Kitchen (a PRHPS publisher client). The winners will be selected at the annual IACP conference on February 25 in New York.  

  Our IACP 2018 Awards finalists: Cookbooks Baking CANDY IS MAGIC: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes by Jami Curl (Ten Speed Press) SWEET: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (Ten Speed Press) Chefs & Restaurants CHEERS TO THE PUBLICAN, REPAST AND PRESENT: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall by Paul Kahan with Rachel Holtzman (Lorena Jones Books) Compilations CHERRY BOMBE: The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond; Claudia Wu (Clarkson Potter) THE GRAND CENTRAL MARKET COOKBOOK: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles by Adele Yellin; Kevin West (Clarkson Potter) Culinary Travel KING SOLOMON"S TABLE: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World by Joan Nathan (Alfred A. Knopf) Julia Child First Book Award BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves & Meals to Savor Every Slice by Alexandra Stafford with Elizabeth Lowery (Clarkson Potter) General DINNER: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark (Clarkson Potter) Health & Special Diet THE BOOK OF GREENS: A Cook's Compendium of 40 Varieties, from Arugula to Watercress, with More than 175 Recipes by Jenn Louis; Kathleen Squires (Ten Speed Press) VEGAN FOR EVERYBODY: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between by The Editors at America's Test Kitchen (America's Test Kitchen, PRHPS Client Publisher) International KING SOLOMON'S TABLE: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World by Joan Nathan (Alfred A. Knopf) NOPALITO: A Mexican Kitchen by Gonzalo Guzmán with Stacy Adimando (Ten Speed Press) Reference & Technical PEPPERS OF THE AMERICAS: The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor by Maricel E. Presilla (Lorena Jones Books) Single Subject HELLO, MY NAME IS ICE CREAM: The Art and Science of the Scoop by Dana Cree (Clarkson Potter) THE PHO COOKBOOK: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Nguyen (Ten Speed Press) Wine, Beer & Spirits THE BLOODY MARY: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond by Brian Bartels (Ten Speed Press) CHAMPAGNE: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region by Peter Liem (Ten Speed Press) MEEHAN'S BARTENDER MANUAL by Jim Meehan (Ten Speed Press) Beverage-Focused Column Jon Bonné “Jon Bonné on Wine” PUNCH Food-Focused Column Scott Hocker “A Kitchen in New Orleans” TASTE Narrative Beverage Writing Garrett Snyder “How an LA Bar Built One of the World’s Greatest Stockpiles of Rare Spirits” PUNCH March 28, 2017 Culinary Travel Writing Francis Lam “In Good Hands” AFAR May/June 2017 Podcast or Radio Show The Splendid Table, American Public Media The Splendid Table Host, Francis Lam View the complete list of finalists here.

Friday Reads: Fiction in Translation

Award news! For the first time in more than two decades, the National Book Foundation is adding a new category to its literary prizes: the National Book Award for Translated Literature. Announced this week, the new prize will recognize a work of either fiction or nonfiction translated into English and published in the U.S.

Executive Director Lisa Lucas described the unanimously approved move, as such: "We are a nation of immigrants, and we should never stop seeking connection and insight from the myriad cultures that consistently influence and inspire us." With this connection in mind, we invite you to delve into some of the finest, recently published fiction in translation:   Fever Dream by Samanta SchweblinFEVER DREAM: A NOVEL by Samanta Schweblin: Translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell The hallucinatory, terrifying debut novel from a young international literary star and “genius” (The New Yorker): A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel.   My Marriage by Jakob WassermannMY MARRIAGE by Jakob Wassermann; Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Alexander Herzog, a young writer, goes to Vienna to escape his debts and a failed love affair. There he is pursued by book-loving Ganna: giddy, girlish, clumsy, eccentric, and wild. Posthumously published in 1934 and based on Wassermann’s own ruinous marriage, My Marriage is a tragic masterpiece that unfolds in shocking detail.   The Executioner Weeps by Frédéric DardTHE EXECUTIONER WEEPS by Frédéric Dard; Translated from the French by David Coward On a quiet mountain road near Barcelona, a woman steps out in front of a car. When the driver, a well-known artist, stops to some to her aid, he finds she is alive, but without any memory of who she is or where she has come from. As he tries to help her remember her past, the artist finds himself falling in love, but as secrets from the woman’s forgotten life start to come to light, he finds his new romance turning into a nightmare…   Family Lexicon by Natalia GinzburgFAMILY LEXICON by Natalia Ginzburg; Translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee A masterpiece of European literature that blends family memoir and fiction An Italian family, sizable, with its routines and rituals, crazes, pet phrases, and stories comes to life in the pages of Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon. The book takes the shape of a novel, yet everything is true. “Every time that I have found myself inventing something in accordance with my old habits as a novelist, I have felt impelled at once to destroy [it],” Ginzburg tells us at the start.   The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan PamukTHE RED-HAIRED WOMAN by Orhan Pamuk; Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red comes a beguiling mystery tale of family and romance, of east and west, tradition and modernity, by one of the great storytellers of our time. On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck meter by meter, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before—not the poor middle-aged bachelor nor the middle-class boy whose father disappeared after being arrested for politically subversive activities.   Three Floors Up by Eshkol NevoTHREE FLOORS UP by Eshkol Nevo; Translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, this bestselling and warmly acclaimed Israeli novel examines the interconnected lives of its residents, whose turmoils, secrets, unreliable confessions, and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis.   Thus Bad Begins by Javier MariasTHUS BAD BEGINS by Javier Marias; Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa In Madrid, 1980, five years after Franco’s death, Juan de Vere takes a job assisting Eduardo Muriel, a film director in the twilight of his career. Muriel is an irresistible idol for Juan. But certain people, and forces, loom, among them Muriel’s beautiful but difficult wife, Beatriz and Dr. Jorge Van Vechten, a mysterious figure implicated in unsavory rumors. As Juan digs deeper, the deceptions and loyalties he uncovers will change the course of his young life.   The Evenings by Gerard ReveTHE EVENINGS: A WINTER'S TALE by Gerard Reve, Translated from Dutch by Sam Garrett The first English translation of a postwar masterpiece, The Evenings takes the tiny, quotidian triumphs and heartbreaks of our everyday lives and turns them into a work of brilliant wit and profound beauty. Twenty-three-year-old Frits - office worker, daydreamer, teller of inappropriate jokes - finds life absurd and inexplicable. He lives with his parents, who drive him mad. He has terrible, disturbing dreams of death and destruction. Sometimes he talks to a toy rabbit. This is the story of ten evenings in Frits’ life at the end of December, as he drinks, smokes, sees friends, aimlessly wanders the gloomy city street and tries to make sense of the minutes, hours and days that stretch before him.   For more on these titles visit Fiction in Translation
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There’s a Book for That: Black History Month

“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!”

– W. E. B. Du Bois

In anticipation and honor of Black History Month in February, Penguin Random House has an array of beautiful and relevant classics, nonfiction and young readers’ books in the spotlight:  

  Jefferson's Daughters by Catherine KerrisonJEFFERSON’S DAUGHTERS: THREE SISTERS, WHITE AND BLACK, IN A YOUNG AMERICA by Catherine Kerrison Thomas Jefferson fathered three girls: two white and free, one black and a slave. This book about Martha, Maria, and Harriet tells the fascinating story of their very different lives at Monticello and beyond, as daughters of one of our most brilliant and complicated Founding Fathers.   An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul OrtizAN AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINX HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Paul Ortiz Incisive and timely, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists and revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the United States today.   Black No More by George S. SchuylerBLACK NO MORE by George S. Schuyler, Introduction by Danzy Senna The landmark comic satire that asks, “What would happen if all black people in America turned white?” In Black No More, George S. Schuyler attacks myths of white supremacy and racial purity and caricaturizes prominent African-American leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois, C. J. Walker, and Marcus Garvey. Black No More is a hilarious—and frightening—satire of America’s obsession with race.   March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew AydinMARCH by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell March is the groundbreaking graphic novel series and vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.   The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison by Ralph EllisonTHE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF RALPH ELLISON by Ralph Ellison Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections “Shadow and Act” (1964) and “Going to the Territory” (1986). “Ralph Ellison,” wrote Stanley Crouch, “reached across race, religion, class and sex to make us all Americans.”   Passing by Nella LarsenPASSING by Nella Larsen Nella Larsen’s powerful, thrilling, and tragic tale about the fluidity of racial identity that continues to resonate today. A New York Times Editors’ Choice     The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du BoisTHE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK (with “The Talented Tenth” and “The Souls of White Folk”) By W. E. B. Du Bois, Introduction by Ibram X. Kendi The landmark book about being black in America, now in an expanded edition commemorating the 150th anniversary of W. E. B. Du Bois’s birth and featuring a new introduction by Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.   The Blacker the Berry . . . by Wallace ThurmanTHE BLACKER THE BERRY . . .  by Wallace Thurman, Introduction by Allyson Hobbs Written by an overlooked author of the Harlem Renaissance, who was described by Langston Hughes as “a strangely brilliant black boy, who had read everything, and whose critical mind could find something wrong with everything he read,” The Blacker the Berry is a vivid and disturbing portrait of a young woman who has been rejected by her own race, and a still-relevant reflection on the role that skin color plays in American society.   NOT WITHOUT LAUGHTERNot Without Laughter by Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes, Angela Flournoy When this award-winning first novel was first published in 1930, Langston Hughes was already a luminary of the Harlem Renaissance scene, best known for his groundbreaking poetry. Not without Laughter, which he had begun drafting while studying at Lincoln University, established him as a gifted novelist as well as a beloved poet.   FOR YOUNGER READERS   I am Harriet Tubman by Brad MeltzerI AM HARRIET TUBMAN by Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos Harriet Tubman’s heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this New York Times bestselling biography series   Voices from the Underground Railroad by Kay WintersVOICES FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Kay Winters; Illustrated by Larry Day From the creators of Voices from the Oregon Trail and Colonial Voices, an unflinching story of two young runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, told in their voices and those who helped and hindered them.   The Middle Passage by Tom FeelingsTHE MIDDLE PASSAGE: WHITE SHIPS / BLACK CARGO by Tom Feelings Experience Tom Feelings’s award-winning masterpiece, a classic of both children’s literature and art history that explores the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade in a series of extraordinary narrative paintings. This updated edition includes introductions from the artist Kadir Nelson; Tom Feelings’s son Kamili Feelings; and the scholar Sylviane A. Diouf, whose essay traces the Atlantic slave trade’s four centuries of brutality.   From the Heart of Africa by FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA: A BOOK OF WISDOM by Eric Walters A collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more. This book is a celebration of art, of community and of our common history.   BORN TO SWING: LIL HARDIN ARMSTRONG’S LIFE IN JAZZ by Mara Rockliff, Michele Wood Award-winning author Mara Rockliff and acclaimed illustrator Michele Wood capture the story of “Hot Miss Lil” Hardin Armstrong, legendary jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader—and a female pioneer on the music stage.   For more on these titles visit Black History
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There’s a Book for That: Winter

Two of our most luminous writers, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Ali Smith, published second books in their seasonal quartets this month, both titled, WINTER.  The occasion seemed right to bundle together a blanket of other wintery reads… something for everyone, whether seeking warmth or additional chill factor!

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus   Winter by Karl Ove KnausgaardWINTER by Karl Ove Knausgaard In Winter, we rejoin the great Karl Ove Knausgaard as he waits for the birth of his daughter. In preparation for her arrival, he takes stock of the world, seeing it as if for the first time. In his inimitably sensitive style, he writes about the moon, water, messiness, owls, birthdays — to name just a handful of his subjects. New life is on the horizon, but the earth is also in hibernation, waiting for the warmer weather to return, and so a contradictory melancholy inflects his gaze.   Winter by Ali SmithWINTER: A NOVEL by Ali Smith When four people, strangers and family, converge on a fifteen-bedroom house in Cornwall, will there be enough room for everyone? Winter. It makes things visible. Ali Smith’s shapeshifting Winter casts a warm, wise, merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens, art and love.   The Winter People by Jennifer McMahonTHE WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon This Boston Globe Best Book of the Year is a simmering psychological thriller set in Vermont about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters.     A Week in Winter by Maeve BinchyA WEEK IN WINTER by Maeve Binchy Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she's crazy. Laugh and cry with an unlikely group as they share their secrets and see some of their dreams come true. Full of Maeve’s trademark warmth and humor.   Winter in the Blood by James WelchWINTER IN THE BLOOD  by James Welch, foreword by Louise Erdrich A contemporary classic from a major writer of the Native American renaissance, now adapted for film by Alex and Andrew Smith, starring Chaske Spencer and produced by Sherman Alexie The narrator of this beautiful, often disquieting novel is a young Native American man living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Sensitive and self-destructive, he searches for something that will bind him to the lands of his ancestors but is haunted by personal tragedy, the dissolution of his once proud heritage, and Montana's vast emptiness. Winter in the Blood is an evocative and unforgettable work of literature that will continue to move and inspire anyone who encounters it.   If Not, Winter by SapphoIF NOT, WINTER FRAGMENTS OF SAPPHO translated by Anne Carson In this miraculous translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric—or, to use Sappho’s words, as “thin fire . . . racing under skin.”    Winter Count by Barry LopezWINTER COUNT by Barry Lopez "Perfectly crafted” --Los Angeles Times In these resonant and unpredictable stories Barry Lopez proves that he is one of the most important and original writers at work in America today. With breathtaking skill and a few deft strokes he produces painfully beautiful scenes. Combining the real with the wondrous, he offers us a pure vision of people alive to the immediacy and spiritual truth of nature.   If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo CalvinoIF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER by Italo Calvino Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character.     Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann BeattieCHILLY SCENES OF WINTER by Ann Beattie This is the story of love-smitten Charles; his friend Sam, the Phi Beta Kappa and former coat salesman; and Charles’ mother, who spends a lot of time in the bathtub feeling depressed. The basis for the film by the same name starring John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt.     For more on these and related titles visit Winter Reading  

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There’s a Book for That: Women in Hollywood

As the first African-American woman to receive the prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award, Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes was so powerful that the after-buzz was she should run for president.  With current #metoo and Time’s Up movements,  women in Hollywood have been at the forefront. To quote Oprah, “Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year, we became the story.”  Taking that lead, this week we bring you fiction and nonfiction by and about women in Hollywood.  

  New Release! The Girls in the Picture by Melanie BenjaminTHE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE: A NOVEL by Melanie Benjamin An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife. Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm.   The Hollywood Daughter by Kate AlcottTHE HOLLYWOOD DAUGHTER: A NOVEL by Kate Alcott A sparkling and vivid Hollywood coming-of-age novel in which Ingrid Bergman’s affair with Roberto Rossellini upends the life of her biggest fan. In 1950, Ingrid Bergman, already a major star after movies like Casablanca and Joan of Arc, has a baby out of wedlock with her Italian lover, film director Roberto Rossellini. Previously held up as an icon of purity, Bergman’s fall shocks her legions of fans—and none more so than seventeen-year-old Jessica Malloy, whose father is Bergman’s Hollywood publicist.   I Loved Her in the Movies by Robert Wagner and Scott EymanI LOVED HER IN THE MOVIES: MEMORIES OF HOLLYWOOD'S LEGENDARY ACTRESSES by Robert Wagner Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner’s fond tribute to the great women whose beauty and talent have made them screen icons for generations. In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of how they became stars, the charisma they displayed on film, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made, professionally and personally.                                                                                   The Princess Diarist by Carrie FisherTHE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher In 2015, Carrie Fisher discovered journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie; she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Gossipy, scandalous, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.   Leading Lady by Stephen GallowayLEADING LADY BY SHERRY LANSING AND THE MAKING OF A HOLLYWOOD GROUNDBREAKER by Stephen Galloway The definitive biography of movie executive and philanthropist Sherry Lansing traces her groundbreaking journey to become the first female head of a major motion picture studio, shares behind-the-scenes tales from movie sets and Hollywood boardrooms, and explains what inspired her to walk away from it all to start the Sherry Lansing Foundation. When Sherry Lansing became the first woman ever to be named president of a major studio, the news ricocheted around the world. That was just the beginning of an extraordinary run that saw her head two studios, make hundreds of films, produce classic pictures such as Fatal Attraction and rule for twenty-five years as the most powerful woman Hollywood has ever known.   Hello, He Lied by Linda ObstHELLO, HE LIED AND OTHER TRUTHS FROM THE HOLLYWOOD TRENCHES by Linda Obst "Never go to a meeting without a strategy." "Ride the horse in the direction it's going." These are just two of the gems unearthed from the trenches of Hollywood by Lynda Obst, one of the most successful producers in the movie business today. In Hello, He Lied, Obst offers real, practical advice to would-be professionals in any field: "Thou shalt not cry at work," "thou shalt not appear tough," "thou shalt return all thy phone calls," and more. She takes us inside high-pressure meetings with David Geffen, onto the set of Sleepless in Seattle, and reveals what she's learned in more than twenty years in the business: how to swim with the sharks--and not get eaten.                                                          For more on these and related titles visit Women in Hollywood   There’s a Book for That! is brought to you by Penguin Random House’s Sales department. Please follow our Tumblr by clicking here—and share this link with your accounts: Thank you! Did you see something on the news or read about something on your commute? Perhaps you noticed something trending on Twitter? Did you think: “There’s a book for that!”? Then please, send it our way at