There’s a Book for That

There’s a Book for That: Baseball!

We are now officially into Summer – the season of ice cream, pool parties, beaches and baseball. To celebrate the sport of summer, we’ve put together a list of books about baseball, past and present.

  FEATURED TITLES The Grind by Barry SvrlugaTHE GRIND:  INSIDE BASEBALL’S ENDLESS SEASON by Barry Svrluga Shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing In The Grind, Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post’s national baseball correspondent, zooms in on the 2014 Washington Nationals, reporting not just on the roster’s star players, but also on the typically invisible supporting cast who each have their own sacrifices to make and schedules to keep.   The Last Hero by Howard BryantTHE LAST HERO:  A LIFE OF HENRY AARON by Howard Bryant In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry (Hank) Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude. But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures.     Baseball by Ron MartrianoBASEBALL:  GREAT RECORDS, WEIRD HAPPENINGS, ODD FACTS, AMAZING MOMENTS, & OTHER COOL STUFF by Ron Martriano Jam-packed with cool baseball trivia, history-making records, unforgettable moments, and wacky true tales of your favorite games, players and events. This book hits a grand slam right out of the park!     Shades of Glory by Lawrence D. HoganSHADES OF GLORY:  THE NEGRO LEAGUES AND THE STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN BASEBALL by Lawrence D. Hogan Celebrating African America’s contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and a unique statistical component, to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues. Packed with stories, biographical essays, scores of archival photographs and other evocative artifacts, it is an important contribution to sports history and a wonderful tribute to the players and teams who wrote a unique chapter in the annals of baseball and American culture.   Casey Stengel by Marty AppelCASEY STENGEL:  BASEBALL’S GREATEST CHARACTER by Marty Appel Appel creates an intimate portrait of a private man who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 and named “Baseball’s Greatest Character” by MLB Network’s Prime 9Casey Stengel is a biography that will be treasured by fans of our national pastime.     A Nice Little Place on the North Side by George WillA NICE LITTLE PLACE ON THE NORTH SIDE by George F. Will In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it enters its second century. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?   9780804190015THE CUBS WAY by Tom Verducci With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.   For more baseball books, visit the Edelweiss collection

Friday Reads: Father’s Day

fridayreadstnailSunday, June 18, is Father’s Day. For this installment of Friday Reads we focus on dad and his myriad interests with some of our bestselling titles.

    FEATURED TITLES 9780399180859_08457ATTITUDE: DEVELOP A WINNING MINDSET ON AND OFF THE COURT by Jay Wright, Michael Sheridan, Mark Dagostino In this behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, the coach of the Villanova University men’s basketball team shares his competitive and cooperative philosophy, along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his personal road to success.   9781101985878_fa6a5THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF KAMAU BELL: TALES OF A 6′ 4″, AFRICAN AMERICAN, HETEROSEXUAL, CISGENDER, LEFT-LEANING, ASTHMATIC, BLACK AND PROUD BLERD, MAMA’S BOY, DAD, AND STAND-UP COMEDIAN by W. Kamau Bell A memoir and manifesto from the comedian, hit podcast host, and star of United Shades of America.   9781594205071_33c34BEHAVE: THE BIOLOGY OF HUMANS AT OUR BEST AND WORST by Robert M. Sapolsky From the great neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of the decisive factors that dictate the boundaries of human behavior, both good and bad.     9780812995343_5c7adLINCOLN IN THE BARDO: A NOVEL by George Saunders The captivating first novel by the best-selling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War.     9780812993547_1f8f9BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME: NOTES ON THE FIRST 150 YEARS IN AMERICA by Ta-Nehisi Coates A bold investigation into America’s racial history and its contemporary echoes from “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer), told through the author’s own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life.   9780140280197_398bfTHE 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene, Joost Elffers Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and more. Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.   9780143109396_ac73eBARBARIAN DAYS: A SURFING LIFE by William Finnegan Winner of the Pulitzer Prize: A deeply-rendered self-portrait of a life-long surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker journalist.     9780143128854_aa6b6ORIGINALS: HOW NON-CONFORMISTS MOVE THE WORLD by Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg The #1 national bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink     For more on these and other great books for dad, visit the collection: Fathers Friday Reads

There’s a Book for That: Audie Award Winners!

TABFT audiesJune is audiobook month and we congratulate this year’s Audie Award winners, announced June 1, 2017 at the Audie Awards Gala in New York! Penguin Random House has 4 award winners and many finalists: View the full list here.

  LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS 9780735209817_63787HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi Narrated by Dominic Hoffman This unforgettable story introduces us to two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.   MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE 9780735210172_d9a18SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult Narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell and Ari Fliakos Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?   SCIENCE FICTION 9780399567490_632c3STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS by Alan Dean Foster Narrated by Marc Thompson Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.   YOUNG ADULT 9780147525437_6f974SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys Narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris and Michael Crouch Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff—the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.   Visit Books on Tape’s 2017 Audie Winners page here to play clips of these titles! Visit the Edelweiss collection for all of our 2017 Award Winners and Finalists: Audie Awards 2017

There’s a Book for That: Pride Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnailIn June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. First, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 2, 2000. In 2009, President Barack Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. We realize that there are more people who celebrate pride than those mentioned in the LGBT acronym, including but not exclusive to those who are queer, intersex, asexual, and straight allies. We have featured below titles that focus on as many experiences as possible.   9781101965122_c0eba copyRUBYFRUIT JUNGLE by Rita Mae Brown In trade paperback for the first time, with a new introduction by the author, a fresh, contemporary repackage of Rita Mae Brown’s ground-breaking, landmark novel that Gloria Steinem has called “The rare work of fiction that has changed real life…If you don’t yet know Molly Bolt—or Rita Mae Brown, who created her—I urge you to read and thank them both.”   9780735213463_b4b72BOY ERASED: A MEMOIR OF IDENTITY, FAITH, AND FAMILY by Garrard Conley A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love, and understanding from a survivor of ’ex-gay’ therapy.     9781101973240_24c8cGENDER OUTLAW: ON MEN, WOMEN, AND THE REST OF US by Kate Bornstein Trans performance artist, playwright, and activist Kate Bornstein guides readers on a funny, insightful, and wonderfully scenic journey across the frontiers of gender and identity.     9780807061343_36bbbQUEER VIRTUE: WHAT LGBTQ PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE AND HOW IT CAN REVITALIZE CHRISTIANITY by The Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman LGBTQ people are a gift to the Church and have the potential to revitalize Christianity. As an openly lesbian Episcopal priest and professional advocate for LGBTQ justice, the Reverend Elizabeth Edman has spent her career grappling with the core tenets of her faith. After deep reflection on her tradition, Edman is struck by the realization that her queer identity has taught her more about how to be a good Christian than the church.   9781632170132_1cdd1THE BEST PARTY OF OUR LIVES: STORIES OF GAY WEDDINGS AND TRUE LOVE TO INSPIRE US ALL by Sarah Galvin This moving collection of true stories about gay weddings shows how LGBT couples have overcome cultural and personal obstacles to their unions, made wedding traditions their own, and what everyone can learn from them. Told in a series of essays that mimics the course of a traditional wedding, from engagement to walking down the aisle to the honeymoon and beyond, The Best Party of Our Lives invites readers to reflect on what makes their own relationships unique, and the significance of public celebrations of love.   9781612195322_b8bd4THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY: AS DELIVERED BY JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY by Anthony M. Kennedy (Gift Edition) A milestone in the history of American civil and human rights, Obergefell et al. v. Hodges legalized gay marriage across the United States. A powerful testament to the progress of human and civil rights, The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality is an essential document of our times.   9780807055861_ad732ONE TEACHER IN TEN IN THE NEW MILLENIUM: LGBT EDUCATORS SPEAK OUT ABOUT WHAT’S GOTTEN BETTER . . . AND WHAT HASN’T by Kevin Jennings Twenty stories of negotiating the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT educator in the twenty-first century. For more than twenty years, the One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source of strength and inspiration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators. This all-new edition brings together stories from across America—and around the world—resulting in a rich tapestry of varied experiences.   9780143117834QUEER: A NOVEL by William S. Burroughs For more than three decades, while its writer’s world fame increased, Queer remained unpublished because of its forthright depiction of homosexual longings. Set in the corrupt and spectral Mexico City of the forties, Queer is the story of William Lee, a man afflicted with both acute heroin withdrawal and romantic and sexual yearnings for an indifferent user named Eugene Allerton.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection PRIDE Month Visit Read Proud/Listen Proud for information and resources

There’s a Book for That: Memorial Day 2017

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)On the last Monday of May we pay tribute to the American men and women who have died in service to our country. To honor the occasion, here is an essential list of nonfiction and fiction which honor their sacrifices. From classic, and award-winning, novels to front-line journalism, these titles take readers back to the Civil War and up to the Middle East conflict.

FEATURED TITLES 9780143126829_80da5REDEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.     9780425262542_bb7a9THE GHOSTS OF HERO STREET: HOW ONE SMALL MEXICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY GAVE SO MUCH IN WORLD WAR II AND KOREA by Carlos Harrison The Mexican-American families who lived on one street in Silvis, Illinois sent fifty-seven of their children to fight in World War II and Korea—more than any other place that size in the country. Eight of those children died. It’s a distinction recognized by the Department of Defense, one that earned that strip a distinguished name: Hero Street. Based on interviews with relatives, friends, and soldiers who served alongside the men, as well as personal letters and photographs, The Ghosts of Hero Street is the compelling and inspiring account of a street of soldiers—and men—who would not be denied their dignity or their honor.   9781400076833_07330PACO’S STORY: A NOVEL by Larry Heinemann Paco Sullivan is the only man in Alpha Company to survive a cataclysmic Viet Cong attack on Fire Base Harriette in Vietnam. Everyone else is annihilated. Brilliantly and vividly written, Paco’s Story–winner of a National Book Award–plunges you into the violence and casual cruelty of the Vietnam War, and the ghostly aftermath that often dealt the harshest blows.   9780385324083_c9753THE THIN RED LINE: A NOVEL by James Jones, Foreword by Francine Prose They are the men of C-for-Charlie company—“Mad” 1st Sgt. Eddie Welsh, Pvt. 1st Class Don Doll, Pvt. John Bell, Capt. James Stein, Cpl. Fife, and dozens more just like them—infantrymen who are about to land, grim and white-faced, on an atoll in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. This is their story, a shatteringly realistic walk into hell and back.   9780425200407GENERATION KILL: DEVIL DOGS, ICEMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, AND THE NEW FACE OF AMERICAN WAR by Evan Wright Based on Evan Wright’s National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series.     9780553393958_993f9AMERICA’S WAR FOR THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST by Andrew J. Bacevich A searing reassessment of America’s foreign policy in the Middle East over the past four decades—by a retired Army Colonel and New York Times-bestselling author. From the end of World War II to 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else outside the “open-ended war” in the Greater Middle East.   9781598535143_ce255WORLD WAR I AND AMERICA: TOLD BY THE AMERICANS WHO LIVED IT edited by A. Scott Berg For the centenary of America’s entry into World War I, A. Scott Berg presents a landmark anthology of American writing from the cataclysmic conflict that set the course of the 20th century.     9780792242048VOICES OF WAR: STORIES OF SERVICE FROM THE HOME FRONT AND THE FRONT LINES edited by The Library of Congress The experience of war has affected every generation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and every soldier has a story to tell. Since the year 2000, the Veteran’s History Project, a permanent department of the Library of Congress, has been collecting and preserving the memories of veterans. In the first book to showcase the richness and depth of this collection, Voices of War tells a compelling, emotional, history of the experience of war, weaving together veterans’ stories from in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.   FOR YOUNGER READERS 9780141327525THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Wendell Minor; Ages 9-11 Henry Fleming dreams of the thrill of battle and performing heroic deeds in the American Civil War. But his illusions are shattered when he comes face to face with the bloodshed and horrors of war. Now he’s a raw recruit, Henry experiences both fear and self-doubt. Will war make Henry a coward or a hero? A vivid fictionalized account of the experiences of an ordinary innocent young soldier on the battlefields of the American Civil War, introduced by American writer, illustrator and historian, Wendell Minor.   9781465459848_19f14VIETNAM WAR (DK EYEWITNESS BOOKS); 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. Explore the people, places, battles, and weapons of America’s Indochina struggle. Now available for the first time in paperback, DK Eyewitness Books: Vietnam War tells the dramatic story of patriotism, tragedy, bloody conflict, and heroism.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection: Memorial Day 2017
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There’s a Book for That: Jewish American Heritage Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)May is Jewish American Heritage Month – proclaimed such in 2006 by President George W. Bush to honor the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.

This year Penguin Random House was pleased to have the following nine books win, or be finalists for, National Jewish Book Awards in eight categories. The National Jewish Book

Award, established by the Jewish Book Council in 1950, recognizes outstanding works of Jewish literature. You can learn more about the Jewish Book Council here.   WINNERS: Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice: Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award 9781611803358CHANGING THE WORLD FROM THE INSIDE OUT: A JEWISH APPROACH TO PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE by Rabbi David Jaffe (Shambhala) An inspiring and accessible guide, drawn from Jewish wisdom, for building the inner qualities necessary to work effectively for social justice.     Debut Fiction: Goldberg Prize 9780553522082_02ef0ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit (Knopf Books for Young Readers; Ages 12 and up) Set in Poland during the Second World War, Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original novel perfect for readers of The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See.   Poetry: Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash 9781609807276_efee9ALMOST COMPLETE POEMS by Stanley Moss (Seven Stories Press) Moss is oceanic: his poems rise, crest, crash, and rise again like waves. His voice echoes the boom of the Old Testament, the fluty trill of Greek mythology, and the gongs of Chinese rituals as he writes about love, nature, war, oppression, and the miracle of language.     FINALISTS: Book Club Award: The Debby and Ken Miller Award 9780805243291_744fbTWO SHE-BEARS (Schocken Books) One of Israel’s most celebrated novelists—the acclaimed author of A Pigeon and a Boy—gives us a story of village love and vengeance in the early days of British Palestine that is still being played out two generations later.     Fiction: JJ Greenberg Memorial Award 9781101910894_fd7f1CARRY ME by Peter Behrens (Pantheon Books) Billy and Karin first bond over the popular Wild West stories of Karl May, and later over their passion for jazz and Berlin nightclubs. But they also come to share a fantasy of escape from the 1930s Germany that is rapidly darkening around them—escape to the high plains of Texas and New Mexico they’d read about as children. Against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to power, their friendship deepens into a love affair with extraordinarily high stakes.   History: Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award and Holocaust 9780525433729_3c647EAST WEST STREET: ON THE ORIGINS OF “GENOCIDE” AND “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY” by Philippe Sands (Knopf) While exploring the basis and creation of humanitarian law—the direct result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich—East West Street is also a moving personal detective story which looks at the personal and intellectual evolution of the two men who simultaneously originated the ideas of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity.”   Children’s Literature 9780803740976_449cdDREIDELS ON THE BRAIN by Joel ben Izzy (Dial Books; Middle Grade – 10 and up) At last a great American Hanukkah story! This very funny, very touching novel of growing up Jewish has the makings of a holiday classic.     9780525426165_20dc5THE INQUISITOR’S TALE: OR, THE THREE MAGICAL CHILDREN AND THEIR HOLY DOG by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Books for Young Readers; Middle Grade –  ages 10 and up) Also a 2017 Newbery Honor Book and Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm. Beautifully illustrated throughout!   Young Adult: The Posner Award 9781770497160_e9541ANOTHER ME by Eva Wiseman (Tundra Books; Ages 12 and up) Set against the backdrop of plague-ravaged Europe, this spellbinding new novel from one of Canada’s foremost writers of historical fiction for young people will have readers racing to the electrifying climax.     9780553522082_02ef0ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit (Knopf Books for Young Readers; Ages 12 and up ) “The third-person narrative—lyrical, fluid, with a pervasive shadow of menace—lends a folkloric feel to a graceful story steeped in history, magic, myth, and archetype.” —The Horn Book, Starred Review   Note: The Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition (JAHM) keeps a calendar to help you find events in your area. To learn more about these and other National Book Award titles visit National Jewish Book Awards

There’s a Book For That: Mental Health Awareness Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)May is Mental Health Awareness Month, observed at this time each year since 1949 when it was established by Mental Health America. This year’s theme is Risky Business.

From Mental Health America: “It’s important to educate people about habits and behaviors

that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. These include risk factors such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns…We hope to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present—especially to young people—and help people who may be struggling to detect early warning signs and seek help.” This May we urge you to pick up a book and learn about the people who deal with mental illness daily, as sufferers or caretakers and to consider the signs. FEATURED TITLES 9780553418576_7e688ON EDGE: A JOURNEY THROUGH ANXIETY by Andrea Petersen On Sale Date: May 16, 2017 A wry, sympathetic, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety, coupled with deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. Although having a name for her terrifying physical symptoms (a racing heart, difficulty breathing, and more) and fears was an enormous relief, identifying it was only the beginning of a journey to understand it.   9780307700278_4a485SETTING THE RIVER ON FIRE: A STUDY OF GENIUS, MANIA, AND CHARACTER by Kay Redfield Jamison In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of poet Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal verse left a lasting mark on the English language and changed the public discourse about private matters.   9780451494092_dec89A REALLY GOOD DAY: HOW MICRODOSING MADE A MEGA DIFFERENCE IN MY MOOD, MY MARRIAGE, AND MY LIFE by Ayelet Waldman The true story of how a renowned writer’s struggle with mood storms led her to try a remedy as drastic as it is forbidden: microdoses of LSD. Her revealing, fascinating journey provides a window into one family and the complex world of a once-infamous drug seen through new eyes.   9780399185717_f7374A COMMON STRUGGLE: A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST AND FUTURE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION by Patrick J. Kennedy A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy’s private and professional narratives. Focusing on the years from his ‘coming out’ about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy’s journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans’ propensity to treat mental illnesses as “family secrets.”   9781101984321_449aeTHE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE: TALES FROM THE EDGE OF THE SELF by Anil Ananthaswamy In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy skillfully inspects the bewildering connections among brain, body, mind, self, and society by examining a range of neuropsychological ailments from schizophrenia to autism and Alzheimer’s to out-of-body experiences and body integrity identity disorder.   9780143128724_c4632REASONS TO STAY ALIVE by Matt Haig Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.   9780553448061_05f96LIAR: A MEMOIR by Rob Roberge An intense memoir of addiction and mental illness, relapse and recovery, memory and storytelling, from an acclaimed novelist. When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. As Roberge struggles to stay afloat on a sea of broken promises and betrayed relationships, pulled ever under by the twin anchors of addiction and mental illness, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves.   FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS 9781101938898_c1494THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati For fans of 13 Reasons Why, this is a novel that shows the path to hope and life for a girl with mental illness. Seventeen-year-old Catherine Pulaski knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disorder, almost triumphed once; that was her first suicide attempt…   9781101994702_f3816THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn; Ages 14 And Up Seventeen-year-old Arman Dukoff is crippled by anxiety and chronic illness when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He’s taken a huge risk for a chance to “evolve.”  Beau, the retreat leader, is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman’s not sure. As the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he’s always trusted the least: himself.   For more on these and related titles visit the collection Mental Health Awareness

There’s a Book for That: Poem in Your Pocket Day!

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)April 27th, 2017 is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Initiated in 2002 in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, Poem in Your Pocket Day has been adopted by all fifty states. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day  to Canada.

As a grassroots part of National Poetry Month, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Find out more ways to celebrate at Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets editions are ideal for filling your head, heart and pocket with poems to savor and share. Here are 10 gorgeous volumes, of the nearly 100 in the series, edited by some of our most distinguished poets. Viva Poetry! FEATURED TITLES 9780375415043_40e10POEMS OF NEW YORK edited by Elizabeth Schmidt All the icons of this greatest of cities swirl and flash through these pages: taxis and subways, bridges and skyscrapers, ghettos and roof gardens and fire escapes, from the South Bronx to Coney Island to Broadway to Central Park, and from Langston Hughes’s Harlem to James Merrill’s Upper East Side. Wallace Stevens, e. e. cummings, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, and Audre Lorde are just a few of the poets gathered here, alongside a host of new young voices.   9780679447269_757bcGARDEN POEMS edited by John Hollander The splendid poems in this collection both represent and glorify the cultivating instinct, and each of them succeeds in “annihilating all that’s made,” as Andrew Marvell puts it in one of the most famous of all English poems, “to a green thought in a green shade.” Contents include poems on Paradises, Gardens of Love, Gardens in the Mind, Gardens and Seasons, Flowers, Gardeners, The Work of the Garden, Gardens of the Wild, City Gardens, Public Gardens, Ruined Gardens, and A Garden of Gardens. Contributors include John Milton, Ovid, E.E. Cummings, Thom Gunn, John Donne, James Merrill, Wallace Stevens, Robert Browning, Shakespeare, and many others.   9780307269744RUSSIAN POETS edited by Peter Washington This volume gathers together some of the best-loved, most powerful and immediate poems from the greatest Russian poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Here is the work of Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Andrei Bely, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ivan Bunin, Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and Joseph Brodsky, among many others.   9780375712449_e7f4aPOEMS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH edited by David Biespiel Poems of the American South includes poems both by Southerners and by famous observers of the South who hailed from elsewhere. These range from Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe through Langston Hughes, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, James Dickey and include a host of living poets as well: Wendell Berry, Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, Yusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab Nye, C. D. Wright, Natasha Trethewey, and many more.   9780307957863_88d1aVILLANELLES edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth MalAnnie Finch, Marie-Elizabeth Mali The first of its kind–a comprehensive collection of the best of the villanelle, a delightful poetic form whose popularity ranks only behind that of the sonnet and the haiku. With its intricate rhyme scheme and dance-like pattern of repeating lines, its marriage of recurrence and surprise, the villanelle is a form that has fascinated poets since its introduction almost two centuries ago and is enjoying a revival with contemporary poets.   9780307592668MILLAY: POEMS by Edna St. Vincent Millay; edited by Diana Secker Tesdell One of America’s most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay burst onto the literary scene at a very young age and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923. Her passionate lyrics and superbly crafted sonnets have thrilled generations of readers long after the notoriously bohemian lifestyle she led in Greenwich Village in the 1920s ceased to shock them. Millay’s refreshing frankness and cynicism and her ardent appetite for life still burn brightly on the page more than half a century after her death.   9781400041282_fea30HAIKU edited by Peter Washington Simple yet capable of great complexity, the haiku is a tightly structured verse form that has a remarkable power to distill the essence of a moment keenly perceived. For centuries confined to a small literary elite in Japan, the writing of haiku is now practiced all over the world by those who are fascinated by its combination of technical challenge, expressive means, and extreme concentration. This anthology brings together hundreds of haiku by the Japanese masters–Basho, Issa, Buson, Shiki–with superb examples from nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers.   9780375414596_49f98POEMS OF THE AMERICAN WEST edited by Robert Mezey Here is the West in all its rich variety–the harsh life of farms and ranches; man’s destructive invasion into forest and desert solitudes; the bars and bistros of San Francisco and Hollywood; Pacific surf and endless highways; the ghost towns, the poverty, and the legendary world of cowpunchers and gunslingers. From Robert Frost’s “Once by the Pacific” to Charles Bukowski’s “Vegas,” from Fred Koller’s “Lone Star State of Mind” to Thom Gunn’s “San Francisco Streets”–the West is evoked in all its incarnations, both actual and mythic.   9780375414190_7a128LULLABIES AND POEMS FOR CHILDREN edited by Diana Secker Larson Diana Secker Larson In this enchanting and comprehensive collection are beautiful lyrics to sing or read to little ones, from Shakespeare’s lullaby for the fairy queen, Titania, to Brahms’s “Lullaby”; and from Gershwin’s “Summertime” to Langston Hughes’s lovely lullaby for a “night black baby.” Here, too, are poems for children that range from tender to nonsensical, from quiet to raucous–from T. S. Eliot to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.   9780679436317ANIMAL POEMS edited by John Hollander From East to West, from ancient times to modern, from Mei Yu Ch’en on swarming mosquitoes to William Cullen Bryant’s solitary waterfowl and Rainer Maria Rilke’s enchanted gazelle, from Auden on cats and dogs to E.E. Cummings’s verse in the shape of a grasshopper to James Merrill’s vision of the octopus, here—selected by John Hollander—are 136 poems that provide exhilarating access to literature’s glorious lyric zoo.   For more on these and other titles in Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series visit Pocket Poets

There’s a Book for That!: Earth Day

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ve unearthed a spate of profound books about environmental leaders and their contributions to helping our fragile planet, and the creatures that depend on it, survive and flourish. Put one of these books in your backpack, head out into Mother Nature and remember to take only memories, leave only footprints.

For more information visit: FEATURED TITLES 9780143130444_a8736DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING Edited by Paul Hawken In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. Read more about this book on Igloo: How Can We Help Save the Earth? Paul Hawken Has a Plan in DRAWDOWN   9780385354363_a44ddWILD THINGS, WILD PLACES: ADVENTUROUS TALES OF WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION ON PLANET EARTH by Jane Alexander Author Jane Alexander, award-winning actress and impassioned conservationist, delivers an inspiring, personal look at the vastly changing world of wildlife on planet earth as a result of human incursion, and the crucial work of animal and bird preservation across the globe being done by scientists, field biologists, zoologists, environmentalists, and conservationists.   9781101875759_c7c6bTHE WOOD FOR THE TREES: ONE MAN’S LONG VIEW OF NATURE By Richard Fortey A few years ago, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there.   9781524711078_11d48THE SIBLEY BIRDS COLORING FIELD JOURNAL by David Allen Sibley A portable, deluxe adult coloring book from the renowned birder, illustrator, and author of the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. The perfect gift for birders everywhere, to use at your windowsill or in the field. Including 75 original and previously unpublished images. With millions of copies sold, David Sibley is the best-known name in North American birding today.   9780345806291_94b0aTHE INVENTION OF NATURE by Andrea Wulf Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.   9781633882256_2d271PROTECTING THE PLANET: ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS FROM CONSERVATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE  by Budd Titlow, Mariah Tinger Climate change is often associated with predictions of dire calamities. But in the past, heroic individuals have stepped forward to meet even the most ominous ecological challenges. This book tells an inspirational story–a story both of pioneering environmentalists who raised our collective consciousness regarding nature’s value and heroes of today who are working to secure a sustainable future.   9780140255706MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA by John Muir Based on Muir’s journals from his 1869 stay in the Sierras, the renowned naturalist, who founded the Sierra Club and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, brings the flora and fauna of the region beautifully to life.     FOR YOUNGER READERS 9781465458674_19ab5UTTERLY AMAZING EARTH by DK From volcanoes and earthquakes to the water cycle and seasons, this interactive book brings amazing natural phenomena to life with pop-ups, pull-tabs, flaps, and wheels. It even features activities and experiments that kids can do at home—including building an erupting volcano. Together, the pop-ups, experiments, and bite-size facts ensure kids have different ways to absorb the information, no matter how they like to learn.   9780448479590_445ebWHO WAS RACHEL CARSON? by Sarah Fabiny, Dede Putra, and Nancy Harrison (ages 8-12) Though she grew up in rural Pennsylvania, Rachel Carson dreamed of the sea. In 1936 she began work with the Bureau of Fisheries and soon after published Under the Sea Wind, her first of many nature books. A pioneering environmentalist, Rachel Carson helped awaken the global consciousness for conservation and preservation.   9780670062720AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL WARMING by Al Gore (ages 10 and up) Dramatic full-color photos, illustrations, and graphs combine with Gore’s effective and clear writing to explain global warming in very real terms: what it is, what causes it, and what will happen if we continue to ignore it. An Inconvenient Truth will change the way young people understand global warming and hopefully inspire them to help change the course of history.   9781580895866_c9e8bJOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg and Jamie Hogan (ages 4-8) The now iconic figure John Muir, while living at the base of Yosemite Falls in California, ventures up the trail from his cabin one night and has a harrowing waterfall adventure. Back matter roots the story in Muir’s life’s work as a conservationist and naturalist.   For more on these and related titles, visit: Earth Day 2017

There’s a Book for That: Autism Awareness Month

TheresABookForThatlogoTnail (1)April is Autism Awareness Month begun by the Autism Society nearly 25 years ago as a nationwide effort “to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.”

With that goal in mind, we offer an illuminating and supportive selection of titles – from groundbreaking research to history to memoir. FEATURED TITLES 9780307985675_fec82IN A DIFFERENT KEY: THE STORY OF AUTISM by John Donvan, Caren Zucker Finalist, 2017 Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction An extraordinary narrative history of autism: the riveting story of parents fighting for their children ’s civil rights; of doctors struggling to define autism; of ingenuity, self-advocacy, and profound social change Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family’s odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition.   9780399531651THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD: RECOGNIZING AND COPING WITH SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER by Carol Kranowitz, Lucy Jane Miller The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)–and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents.   9780399159541AUTISM: THE SCIENTIFIC TRUTH ABOUT PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING, AND TREATING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS–AND WHAT PARENTS CAN DO NOW by Robert Melillo From the bestselling author of Disconnected Kids, a clear and compassionate explanation of the causes of the autism epidemic—and a scientifically based approach for prevention and treatment.   9780307275653THINKING IN PICTURES: MY LIFE WITH AUTISM by Temple Grandin Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism–because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.   9780399166631_f7946AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AUTISM by Chantal Sicile-Kira Comprehensive and authoritative, Autism Spectrum Disorders explains all aspects of the condition, and is written for parents, educators, caregivers, and others looking for accurate information and expert insight.   9780143126546_c3fceOVERCOMING AUTISM: FINDING THE ANSWERS, STRATEGIES, AND HOPE THAT CAN TRANSFORM A CHILD’S LIFE by Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D., Claire LaZebnik Since Overcoming Autism was first published more than a decade ago, many theories about autism have fallen by the wayside. But the interventions described in this book have been shown to be the best approach to improving the development and quality of life of children with autism.   9780812985153_f8972THE REASON I JUMP: THE INNER VOICE OF A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH AUTISM by Naoki Higashida, KA Yoshida, David Mitchell The phenomenal bestseller that changed our perspective on autism translated and with an introduction by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas. A remarkable journey into the mind of a 13-year-old boy with severe autism: Naoki Higashida was only a middle-schooler when he began to write The Reason I Jump.  
9781617230189_6a66bTHE PRODIGY’S COUSIN: THE FAMILY LINK BETWEEN AUTISM AND EXTRAORDINARY TALENT by Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens Ruthsatz and reporter Kimberly Stephens take us from the mystery of prodigy to the cutting-edge of genetics research where scientists are focused not on those who are sick, but on those who are healthy. Stephens and Ruthsatz challenge our understanding of what makes exceptional talent possible, and explore whether a long-awaited breakthrough in autism treatment may come from an unexpected direction.  
9780399185618_46361NEUROTRIBES: THE LEGACY OF AUTISM AND THE FUTURE OF NEURODIVERSITY by Steve Silberman, Oliver Sacks Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.  Going back to the earliest days of autism research, Silberman offers a gripping narrative of Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger, the research pioneers who defined the scope of autism in profoundly different ways; he then goes on to explore the game-changing concept of neurodiversity. Check out Steve Silberman’s post on Uniquely Ourselves: Inspiring Books on Autism for Kids, Tweens and Teens For more books on autism spectrum disorder visit the collection: Autism Awareness Titles