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Friday Reads: Mary Oliver

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

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

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There's a Book for That: Wolves

This week saw the release of AMERICAN WOLF by journalist Nate Blakeslee who tells the story of Yellowstone’s alpha female wolf O-Six. Called “gripping and fascinating” by Margaret Atwood, AMERICAN WOLF is also this season’s Title Wave pick by Penguin Random House employees. Wolves have always captured authors’ and readers’ imaginations, whether in classic fiction, children’s literature or the nonfiction of animal science. Our selection of wonderful wolf titles runs the gamut and should satisfy piqued interest in readers of all ages.  

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  American Wolf by Nate BlakesleeAMERICAN WOLF: A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL AND OBSESSION IN THE WEST by Nate Blakeslee Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. American Wolf is the intimate, involving story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.   Wolf Totem by Jiang RongWOLF TOTEM: A NOVEL by Jiang Rong China's runaway bestseller and winner of the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize: Part period epic, part fable for modern days, Wolf Totem depicts the dying culture of the Mongols--the ancestors of the Mongol hordes who at one time terrorized the world--and the parallel extinction of the animal they believe to be sacred: the fierce and otherworldly Mongolian wolf.   The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories by Jack LondonTHE CALL OF THE WILD, WHITE FANG, AND OTHER STORIES by Jack London A collection of Jack London's most profound and moving allegorical tales includes The Call of the Wild, London's masterpiece about a dog learning to survive in the wilderness and White Fang, set in the frozen tundra and boreal forests of Canada's Yukon territory about a wolf-dog struggling to survive in a human society every bit as violent as the natural world.   Wolf Haven by Brenda PetersonWOLF HAVEN: SANCTUARY AND THE FUTURE OF WOLVES IN NORTH AMERICA by Annie Marie Musselman, Brenda Peterson This stirring book of photographs introduces the many wolves that have been given sanctuary at Wolf Haven International near Mount Rainer in Washington State.   The Company of Wolves by Peter SteinhartTHE COMPANY OF WOLVES by Peter Steinhart As wolves return to their old territory in Yellowstone National Park, their presence is reawakening passions as ancient as their tangled relations with human beings. This authoritative and eloquent book coaxes the wolf out from its camouflage of myth and reveals the depth of its kinship with humanity, which shares this animal’s complex complex social organization, intense family ties, and predatory streak.   The Man Who Lives with Wolves by Shaun Ellis and Penny JunorTHE MAN WHO LIVES WITH WOLVES by Shaun Ellis, Penny Junor In The Man Who Lives with Wolves, Shaun Ellis reveals how his life irrevocably changed the first time he set eyes on a wolf. In exhilarating prose, he takes us from his upbringing in the wilds of Norfolk, England, to his survival training with British Army Special Forces to the Nez Percé Indian lands in Idaho, where he first ran with a wolf pack for nearly two years.   Shadow Mountain by Renee AskinsSHADOW MOUNTAIN: A MEMOIR OF WOLVES, A WOMAN, AND THE WILD by Renee Askins After forming an intense bond with Natasha, a wolf cub she raised as part of her undergraduate research, Renée Askins was inspired to found the Wolf Fund. As head of this grassroots organization, she made it her goal to restore wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where they had been eradicated by man over seventy years before.   Wolf by Jim HarrisonWOLF: A FALSE MEMOIR by Jim Harrison Having abandoned Manhattan after too many heatless apartments, nameless women, and drunken nights, Swanson now finds himself back in the wilderness of northern Michigan. Roaming the woods in the hope that he might catch a glimpse of one of the rare wild wolves that prowl the territory, Swanson pauses often for retrospection, recalling his many wild evenings prowling across the United States.   FOR YOUNGER READERS                             Walk with a Wolf by Janni HowkerWALK WITH A WOLF: READ AND WONDER by Janni Howker, Sarah Fox-Davies ; Ages 4 to 8 Walk with a wolf . . . as she hunts alone, howls to her pack, and greets her cubs and mate. Hunt with the pack as it follows the scent of a bull moose, crouching and charging. Learn all about these lords of the far north, who have been hunted by man nearly to extinction. With evocative watercolors by Sarah Fox-Davies, Walk with a Wolf is as full of beauty and drama as it is of facts about this mysterious and often maligned creature.   National Geographic Kids Chapters: Living With Wolves! by Jim Dutcher and Jamie DutcherNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS CHAPTERS: LIVING WITH WOLVES! : TRUE STORIES OF ADVENTURES WITH ANIMALS by Jim Dutcher, Jamie Dutcher; Ages 7 to 10 Imagine living with a pack of wolves! For National Geographic wildlife documentarians Jim and Jamie Dutcher, that dream came true. Join the Dutchers as they discover what life is like among wolves in the western wilderness. Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers will be howling for more.   For more on these and related titles visit Wolves    

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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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Friday Reads: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

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

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

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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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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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Friday Reads: Banned Books

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

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

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There’s a Book for That: The Vietnam War

This week PBS viewers have been captivated by Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s 10-episode, 18-hour, documentary series, “The Vietnam War” which concludes on September 28th. Six years in the making, written by Geoffrey C. Ward and narrated by Peter Coyote, the series tells the epic story of one of the most controversial and divisive events in American history like never before and “explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.” (PBS.com). The official companion book and audiobook to “The Vietnam War” are now available from Penguin Random House along with other excellent titles – including reportage and reporters featured in the series –  all of which broaden our understanding of this seminal event in our history.

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  FEATURED TITLES:   The Vietnam War by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken BurnsTHE VIETNAM WAR: AN INTIMATE HISTORY by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart–the companion volume to the major, multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017. THE VIETNAM WAR audiobook is narrated by Ken Burns, Brian Corrigan and Fred Sanders.   The Vietnam War by DK THE VIETNAM WAR: THE DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY (DK) Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution, this authoritative guide chronicles America’s fight against Communism in southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s, and comprehensively explores the people, politics, events, and lasting effects of the Vietnam War.   Embers of War by Fredrik LogevallEMBERS OF WAR: THE FALL OF AN EMPIRE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA’S VIETNAM by Fredrik Logevall WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia.   Marine Sniper by Charles HendersonMARINE SNIPER by Charles Henderson The explosive true story of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a legendary Marine sniper in the Vietnam War.       The Girl in the Picture by Denise ChongTHE GIRL IN THE PICTURE: THE STORY OF KIM PHUC, THE PHOTOGRAPH, AND THE VIETNAM WAR by Denise Chong On June 8, 1972, nine-year-old Kim Phuc, severely burned by napalm, ran from her blazing village in South Vietnam and into the eye of history. Her photograph-one of the most unforgettable images of the twentieth century-was seen around the world and helped turn public opinion against the Vietnam War. This book is the story of how that photograph came to be-and the story of what happened to that girl after the camera shutter closed.   The Best and the Brightest by David HalberstamTHE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST by David Halberstam “[The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam. It is also the Iliad of the American empire and the Odyssey of this nation’s search for its idealistic soul.”– The Boston Globe     Vietnam by Stanley Karnow VIETNAM: A HISTORY by Stanley Karnow “A landmark work.” -The Washington Post Book World This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with participants.   Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Dang Thuy TramLAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF PEACE by Dan Thuy Tram Brutally honest and rich in detail, this posthumously published diary of a twenty-seven-year-old Vietcong woman doctor, saved from destruction by an American soldier, gives us fresh insight into the lives of those fighting on the other side of the Vietnam War.     A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan A BRIGHT SHINING LIE: JOHN PAUL VANN AND AMERICA IN VIETNAM by Neil Sheehan Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. When he came to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann was the one clear-sighted participant in an enterprise riddled with arrogance and self-deception, a charismatic soldier who put his life and career on the line in an attempt to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way.   When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip and Jay WurtsWHEN HEAVEN AND EARTH CHANGED PLACES by Le Ly Hayslip Le Ly Hayslip’s searing account of the Vietnam War: just twelve years old when fighting broke out in her village, Le Ly was recruited as by the Viet Cong as a lookout, enduring years at the brutal heart of the conflict before undertaking a courageous path to recovery and triumph. With a new afterword by the author.   The Vietnam Reader by   THE VIETNAM READER: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF FICTION AND NONFICTION ON THE WAR by Stewart O’Nan An extraordinary selection of the finest and best-known art from the American war in Vietnam, from Tim O’Brien to Marvin Gaye, from mainstream bestsellers to radical poetry.     The 1964 Election and Its Aftermath by Robert S. McNamaraVINTAGE SHORTS ON VIETNAM The Vintage Shorts series presents timely reading from enduring classics as well as exciting original works from contemporary voices—exclusively available as eBooks. The Vietnam series features 10 e-titles from authors such as Bao Ninh and Tobias Wolff.     FOR YOUNGER READERS   DK Eyewitness Books: Vietnam War by DKDK EYEWITNESS BOOKS: VIETNAM WAR; Ages 8 to 12 A visual and informative guide to one of the longest and most controversial wars in American history, now revised and updated in the relaunched DK Eyewitness Books format.     For more on these and related titles, visit the collection: Vietnam War  

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There’s a Book for That: Perfect Families

This week Celeste Ng’s hotly anticipated novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, was published and reviews have been outstanding. It’s a #1 Library Reads pick as well as Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club’s (@RWBookClub) next pick!

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The idea of the “perfect family”, as depicted in the novel, brought to mind other novels of seemingly perfect families that are more complex and troubled than appearances would have it. Here are some books that adhere to Tolstoy’s adage: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”   FEATURED TITLES   Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgLITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng From the New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a beautiful novel set in meticulously planned Shaker Heights, that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives   Ordinary People by Judith GuestORDINARY PEOPLE by Judith Guest In Ordinary People, Judith Guest’s remarkable first novel, the Jarrets are a typical American family. Calvin is a determined, successful provider and Beth an organized, efficient wife. They had two sons, Conrad and Buck, but now they have one. In this memorable, moving novel, Judith Guest takes the reader into their lives to share their misunderstandings, pain, and ultimate healing.   The Girl Who Slept with God by Val BrelinskiTHE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD: A NOVEL by Val Brelinski Set in Arco, Idaho, in 1970, Val Brelinski’s powerfully affecting first novel tells the story of three sisters: young Frances, gregarious Jory, and moral-minded Grace. Their father, Oren, is a respected member of the community and science professor at the local college. Yet their mother’s depression and Grace’s religious fervor threaten the seemingly perfect family, whose world is upended when Grace returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.   Family Linen by Lee SmithFAMILY LINEN by Lee Smith A shocking memory from Sybill Hess’ past threatens to upend everything she thinks she knows about herself and her family. But is it even real?     The Admissions by Meg Mitchell MooreTHE ADMISSIONS by Meg Mitchell Moore The Admissions is an emotionally complex yet delightfully screwball novel in which a wealthy, high-achieving California family is put to the ultimate test.     Coming September 19th! The Best Kind of People by Zoe WhittallTHE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE: A NOVEL by Zoe Whittall A timely novel about an accusation against a beloved schoolteacher and the repercussions on his loved ones, exploring issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.   For more on these and related titles visit, Perfect Families  

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