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    The Piranhas The Boy Bosses of Naples: A Novel Roberto Saviano, Antony Shugaar
    9780374230029 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 04, 2018 Print Run: 150000
    $35.00 CAD 6.42 x 9.15 x 1.34 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      InGomorrah, aNew York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, Roberto Saviano revealed a true, devastating portrait of Naples, Italy under the rule of the Camorra, a crime organization more powerful and violent than the Mafia. InThe Piranhas, the international bestselling author returns to his home city with a novel of gang warfare and a young man’s dark desire to rise to the top of Naples’s underworld.

      Nicolas Fiorillo is a brilliant and ambitious fifteen-year-old from the slums of Naples, eager to make his mark and to acquire power and the money that comes with it. With nine friends, he sets out to create a newparanza, or gang. Together they roam the streets on their motorscooters, learning how to break into the network of small-time hoodlums that controls drug-dealing and petty crime in the city. They learn to cheat and to steal, to shoot semiautomatic pistols and AK-47s. Slowly they begin to wrest control of the neighborhoods from enemy gangs while making alliances with failing old bosses. Nicolas’s strategic brilliance is prodigious, and his cohorts’ rapid rise and envelopment in the ensuing maelstrom of violence and death is riveting and impossible to turn away from. InThe Piranhas, Roberto Saviano imagines the lurid glamour of Nicolas’s story with all the vividness and insight that madeGomorraha worldwide sensation.

      “With the openhearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples.” —Elena Ferrante

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      Roberto Savianowas born in 1979 and studied philosophy at the University of Naples.Gomorrah, his first book, has won many awards, including the prestigious 2006 Viareggio Literary Award, and was adapted into a play, a film, and a television series.

      Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. He is the author ofCoast to Coast andI Lie for a Living and the coauthor, with Gianni Guadalupi, ofDiscovering America andLatitude Zero.

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      Awards
      Financial Times Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
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      "With the openhearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples." -Elena Ferrante
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    Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World James Miller
    9780374137649 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies On Sale Date: September 18, 2018 Print Run: 30000
    $35.00 CAD 6.42 x 9.12 x 1.25 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A new history of the world’s most embattled idea

      Today, democracy is the world’s only broadly accepted political system, and yet it has become synonymous with disappointment and crisis. How did it come to this? InCan Democracy Work? James Miller, the author of the classic history of 1960s protestDemocracy Is in the Streets, offers a lively, surprising, and urgent history of the democratic idea from its first stirrings to the present. As he shows, democracy has always been rife with inner tensions. The ancient Greeks preferred to choose leaders by lottery and regarded elections as inherently corrupt and undemocratic. The French revolutionaries sought to incarnate the popular will, but many of them came to see the people as the enemy. And in the United States, the franchise would be extended to some even as itwas taken from others. Amid the wars and revolutions of the twentieth century, communists, liberals, and nationalists all sought to claim the ideals of democracy for themselves—even as they manifestly failed to realize them.

      Ranging from the theaters of Athens to the tents of Occupy Wall Street,Can Democracy Work? is an entertaining and insightful guide to our most cherished—and vexed—ideal.

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      James Miller is a professor of politics and liberal studies at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of the critically acclaimedExamined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche;Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947–1977; andDemocracy Is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago.
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      "What makes the book compelling is its focus on colorful thinkers, activists, and political leaders who lived and breathed the democratic moment throughout history, from Pericles and Socrates in ancient Athens to Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin in the early twentieth century. Miller shows that democracy’s ascent is best seen not as a gradual unfolding of a political principle driven by reason and moral destiny but rather as a grand roller coaster ride of struggle, revolution, and backlash. Today’s populist outbursts look quite ordinary alongside this history."—G. John Ikenberry,Foreign Affairs

      "The strength of this book lies . . . in the exquisite portraits it paints of characters who stand behind the immortalized Pericles, Robespierre, and Thomas Jefferson . . . [Miller] forces the reader to sit up and realize that history isn’t a definitive grayed parchment beyond reproach, but actually a living force constantly capable of new interpretation and meaning in our current world. . . Like the ekklesia in Athens, the constituent assembly in Versailles, and the soviet in Petrograd –Can Democracy Work? offers insightful context on how our own body politic will survive these turbulent times."—John Colin Marston,The Christian Science Monitor

      “This is a bold, eloquent, and utterly convincing history of what democracy has meant and should mean—from the Assembly of ancient Greece to the anti-Trump resistance. James Miller has produced one of the wisest reflections on the glories and limits of popular rule I have ever read."—Michael Kazin, author ofThe Populist Persuasion: An American History

      “Democracy has always been at the center of James Miller’s career, whether he was investigating the sublime theories of the Enlightenment or the street politics of the 1960s. Now, at the very moment of democracy’s apparent endangerment, one of its best friends offers up the most capacious and inspiring history of it ever composed. From the Greeks to the present, Miller’s light touch and profound insight join each other on every page to make this a truly indispensable work for the present crisis.”—Samuel Moyn, author ofNot Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

      “No one is better qualified to wrestle with the riddle of democracy than James Miller, which is why I have been eagerly awaiting this brilliant and necessary book.Can Democracy Work?is an eloquent, clear-eyed account of democracy’s myriad challenges. This concise and compelling history deserves to be read and debated by all who still dare to dream of a society of equals. These pages left me feeling better prepared and reinvigorated to work toward a more democratic future.”—Astra Taylor, director ofWhat is Democracy? and author ofThe People’s Platform

      “James Miller, who has illuminated democracy's radical possibilities, now offers some sharp reflections on how those possibilities have fared over the centuries. At a moment when the very meaning of the word is up for grabs, Miller brings us back to philosophical essentials as forged by contingency, contradiction, and human folly. Refreshing and unsettling, here is some political intelligence in a dark and confusing time.”—Sean Wilentz, author ofThe Rise of American Democracy

      “Distinguished historian of ideas James Miller’s short history of democracy and its different meanings is both compulsive and compulsory reading for our sometimes shockingly disenchanted times. Ever optimistic, Miller remains enamored of his native United States’s striking experiment in cosmopolitan self-governance, and stands proudly and persuasively tall for liberal—and democratic—ideals.”—Paul Cartledge, author ofDemocracy: A Life

      “This sharp, spirited, engaged intellectual history of democracy, including its recent and often loose coupling with liberalism, combines an appraisal of both inherent and situational pitfalls with an appreciation of redemptive possibilities. If democracy is protean, what matters, this rich work teaches, is the quality of our normative choices and institutional imagination.”—Ira I. Katznelson, author ofFear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

      ". . . An attractively broad and accessible account of democracy from the Greeks to the present day. . .[guides] readers through the mass of difficult material with enviable clarity . . . [offers] impressive new evidence and analyses."—David A. Bell,New York Review of Books

      "Engaging ....I’m particularly drawn to Miller’s investigation of a concept that most of us think we understand. As Miller demonstrates, “democracy” deserves a second look." —Stan Persky, Dooney's Cafe

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    Heart: A History Sandeep Jauhar
    9780374168650 Hardcover MEDICAL / Cardiology On Sale Date: September 18, 2018 Print Run: 30000
    $35.00 CAD 6.36 x 9.15 x 1.01 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      The bestselling author ofIntern andDoctored tells the story of the thing that makes us tick

      For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows inHeart: A History, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live.

      Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. He introduces us to Daniel Hale Williams, the African American doctor who performed the world’s first open heart surgery in Gilded Age Chicago. We meet C. Walton Lillehei, who connected a patient’s circulatory system to a healthy donor’s, paving the wayfor the heart-lung machine. And we encounter Wilson Greatbatch, who saved millions by inventing the pacemaker—by accident. Jauhar deftly braids these tales of discovery, hubris, and sorrow with moving accounts of his family’s history of heart ailments and the patients he’s treated over many years. He also confronts the limits of medical technology, arguing that future progress will depend more on how we choose to live than on the devices we invent. Affecting, engaging, and beautifully written,Heart: A Historytakes the full measure of the only organ that can move itself.

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      Sandeep Jauhar, MD, PhD, is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is the author ofDoctored andInternand writes regularly forThe New York Times. He lives with his wife and their son and daughter on Long Island.
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      A PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB PICK
      AMail on Sunday Book of the Year
      AScience FridayBest Science Book of 2018
      A Los Angeles Public Library Best Nonfiction Book of 2018
      Shortlisted for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize

      "[Sandeep Jauhar's] gripping new book,Heart a History, had me nearly as enthralled with this pulsating body part as [Jauhar] seems to be. The tone—a physician excited about his specialty—takes a sharp turn from his first two memoirs . . . Jauhar hooks the reader ofHeart from the first few pages."—Randi Hutter Epstein,The New York Times Book Review

      "At once intimate and detached. And over the ensuing pages, [Jauhar] is our trusty guide through a compelling story about what makes each and every one of us tick. Both primer and ode,Heart is a fascinating education for those of us who harbor this most hallowed organ but know little about it. "—Katie Hafner,The Washington Post

      "The cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar has become a Dante of modern medicine, with his earlier memoirs, “Intern” (2008) and “Doctored” (2014), casting the progress from training to career as a path studded with suffering, indignity and ethical hazard. His latest book, “Heart: A History,” is something of a “Paradiso,” pointing to the field’s brightest and noblest stars while recognizing just how much darkness is still left in the firmament . . . Poignant and chattily erudite."—Laura Kolbe,The Wall Street Journal

      "Beautifully written, informative, and thought-provoking . . . Jauhar is a gifted storyteller who paints portraits deftly and with few words. He is a master of the verbal miniature . . . [his] engaging prose makes us as happy to spend time with him, his patients, and his family as we are to read about William Harvey or heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard."—Suzanne Koven,The Los Angeles Review of Books

      "Sandeep Jauhar, a New York cardiologist and the author of two medical memoirs, has written a book of unusual depth and richness about a subject that concerns us all . . .Heart: A Historyis elegantly conceived and still more elegantly executed, with a narrative that flits effortlessly between medieval Persia and contemporary America, medical scholarship and personal anecdote . . . Jauhar writes with a vital, pulsating energy."Thomas Morris,The Times Literary Supplement

      "Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar’s exploration of that marvellous muscle, the heart, meshes cutting-edge science, memoir and history . . . A moving narrative echoing to the beat of 'this organ, prime mover and citadel’." —Barbara Kiser,Nature

      "Jauhar’s history is full of colorful stories and fascinating facts...but it also has a lot of heart.”Zócalo Public Square

      “Much of this intimate and assured history focuses on developments in the medical understanding and treatment of the heart . . . Jauhar convincingly argues that a paradigm shift is required in cardiovascular medicine to give psycho-social factors more prominence. ‘To treat our hearts, we must repair our societies and minds.’” —The Sydney Morning Herald

      "Part-memoir, part-history of his medical specialty,Heart links the physical organ with the emotional one. Jauhar pairs engaging descriptions of how the heart works with tales of creativity and self-experimentation that enabled treatments for infarctions, arrhythmias and myopathies." —Kate Womersley, The Spectator

      “This is both a history of surgical interventions to heal the heart, and a personal meditation on illness, family, loss, and living. [Jauhar], who has lost several family members to heart disease, takes time to examine both the work of doctors trying to fix hearts and the lives of people living with heart disease, for a book that is touching and ultimately, hopeful.”Los Angeles Public Library, “Best of 2018”

      "Heart is a fascinating exploration into the roots of early medicine and cardiology . . .Heart traverses the past, present and future of the field in which he currently practices . . . Where the book really shines . . . is Jauhar’s weaving of a tender personal narrative . . .Heart invites us into both his personal and professional connection to cardiac disease, while also helping address mysteries that have long perplexed doctors, as well as the patients they care for." —Amitha Kalaichandran,The Global and Mail

      “A fascinating, gripping book on the history of the human heart that will bring you closer to your heart than ever before—this is truly a bold and beautiful book on cardiology.”—Swapna Raghu Sanand,Financial Express (India)

      “Readers’ jaws will drop and drop again at stories of daring researchers experimenting on themselves and pioneering surgeons leaving a trail of dead patients, many of them children, as they perfected machines, devices, and techniques that often work miracles, fixing fatally malformed hearts, correcting defects, and, when they succeed, extending lives.”—Kirkus

      “Jauhar pairs medical history with revelations of his own family’s tragic encounters with heart disease, delivering a deftly written and heartfelt (literally) contemplation of our most precious and often-misunderstood internal organ.” —Carl Hays,Booklist

      “Beautifully written, with prose that reads almost like poetry in places.” —Susamma Joy Kurian,The Week

      "Sharp, engrossing . . . An artful blend of the historical and the personal."—Peter Lewis,Barnes and Nobles Review

      “A thumping tribute to the protagonists — some legendary some unsung — of medicine, who over the years have innovated and persevered to find cures for cardiac ailments through landmark breakthroughs in their field.”Business Standard

      “Fascinating and moving in equal parts.”The Telegraph (India)

      “This captivating investigation deftly communicates the beauty, mystery, and scientific wonder of the human heart.”Library Journal

      “Jauhar’s writing blends pathos and playfulness and is suffused with an elegiac tension, haunted as it is by the specter of his own mortality . . . Jauhar invites the reader into the resonant chambers of his heart, narrating the history of an organ while also offering a stirring personal tour of his sorrows.” —Raj Telhan,American Scholar

      "Cardiologist Jauhar (Intern) moves beautifully between 'dual tracks' of 'learning about the heart... but also what was in my heart,' . . . Covering enough physiology to make scientific details easily understood, Jauhar emphasizes how brave, desperate, and sometimes foolhardy experiments led to important developments, such as the heart-lung machine . . . Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder."Publisher's Weekly(Starred Review)

      “My friend Sandeep Jauhar has shown us again why he is one of our most diligent teachers. For Jauhar,Heart: A History is a personal journey. Besieged with a tragic history of heart disease, he sets out to change his preordained fate. Along the way, we learn not only the history of the heart, but what we can do to prolong our own heart health.” —Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN and Faculty Neurosurgeon at Emory Clinic

      “Sandeep Jauhar writes with the eye of a doctor and the heart of a poet. His latest book,Heart: A History, is a superb tribute to our most vital organ.”—Marilyn Yalom, Stanford University, author ofThe Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love

      “An engaging walk through the history of modern cardiology with an authoritative guide. Sandeep Jauhar draws on personal experience, family history, his training and clinical work, and his knowledge of his field to craft an account of the heart—what we know about it and how we came to that understanding—that is at once intimate and comprehensive.”—Peter D. Kramer, author ofListening to Prozac and Ordinarily Well

      “InHeart: A History, Sandeep Jauhar, one of the most talented physician-writers of our era, takes us on an enlightening, uplifting journey through the major milestones and advances of heart disease—while at the same time anchoring his intimate personal experiences.”—Eric Topol, Scripps Research Institute, author of The Patient Will See You Now

      “Sandeep Jauhar expertly weaves little-known tales from medical history into his own personal and professional experiences to create a richly detailed book about the human heart. Thoroughly engrossing and full of historical gems.”—Lindsey Fitzharris, author ofThe Butchering Art

      “Engaging . . . Jauhar brings literary flair . . . narrating the history of cardiology through stories of daring innovations, painstaking research, and chance discoveries.”—K. Srinath Reddy,Indian Express

      "This is a vital book. A charming, honest and unflinching exploration of a most fascinating organ: the heart. Cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves medical research with philosophy, science with personal stories—of patients and doctors, including his very own. The depth of his knowledge is remarkable but the breadth of his compassion even more so."Elif Shafak, Chair, 2019 Wellcome Book Prize

      "Jauhar weaves his own personal and family story into his history of the heart...very effectively... This gives a certain dramatic tension to the book, as it tells the fascinating and rather wonderful history of cardiology... Jauhar tells us that “the human heart became an obsession with me” and his book, about the heart, comes from the heart. It is a subject in which he is entirely expert, and is written with great eloquence."—Henry Marsh,New Statesman

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    The Golden State A Novel Lydia Kiesling
    9780374164836 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 04, 2018 Print Run: 40000
    $34.00 CAD 5.65 x 8.39 x 1.02 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y MCD
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      NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION 5 UNDER 35 PICK. LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION'S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE.

      Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by NPR,Bookforum andBustle. One ofEntertainment Weekly's 10 Best Debut Novels of 2018. An Amazon Best Book of the Month and named a fall read byBuzzfeed, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Vanity Fair, Vulture,Refinery29 andMind Body Green

      A gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America

      In Lydia Kiesling’s razor-sharp debut novel,The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler, Honey. Bucking under the weight of being a single parent—her Turkish husband is unable to return to the United States because of a “processing error”—Daphne takes refuge in a mobile home left to her by her grandparents in hopes that the quiet will bring clarity.

      But clarity proves elusive. Over the next ten days Daphne is anxious, she behaves a little erratically, she drinks too much. She wanders the town looking for anyone and anything to punctuate the long hours alone with the baby. Among others, she meets Cindy, a neighbor who is active in a secessionist movement, and befriends the elderly Alice, who has traveled to Altavista as she approaches the end of her life. When her relationships with these women culminate in a dangerous standoff, Daphne must reconcile her inner narrative with the reality of a deeply divided world.

      Keenly observed, bristling with humor, and set against the beauty of a little-known part of California,The Golden State is about class and cultural breakdowns, and desperate attempts to bridge old and new worlds. But more than anything, it is about motherhood: its voracious worry, frequent tedium, and enthralling, wondrous love.

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      Lydia Kiesling is the editor ofThe Millions. Her debut novel,The Golden State, was longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her essays and criticism have appeared inThe New York Times Magazine,The Guardian,Slate, andThe New Yorker online, and have been recognized inThe Best American Essays 2016. Kiesling lives in San Francisco with her family.
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      Awards
      NPR Best Book of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Flavorwire Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
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      "The Golden State anchors Daphne’s journey in the visceral and material realities of motherhood . . . The novel beautifully depicts the golden light of California, the smell of the fescue grasses, the thinness of the air, and the way that Daphne and Honey often feel overwhelmed by the scale of the spaces they find themselves in. The result is less an untroubled analogy between the landscapes of motherhood and the American West than an invitation to think more deeply about how limited our canonical literaryimaginings of each have been." --Sarah Blackwood,The New Yorker

      "Kiesling vividly renders the high desert town, its beauty and its starkness, its juniper-scented air and its neglect, the way it both centers and saps Daphne. Kiesling is also an astute cultural commentator, shedding light on our current political divide and university politics and Orientalism and the barbarism of America past and present while shedding light on parts of California often ignored by news and literature. She reminds us that the Golden State is more complexly storied than we often give it credit for; she also reminds us that for all its stretches of tedium and potential for heartbreak, the state of raising a young child can be pretty golden, too." --Gayle Brandeis,San Francisco Chronicle

      "Dry, observant, self-aware, smart without being showy . . . Respectfully but unsentimentally, [Lydia Kiesling] articulates the sorts of emotional drama that undergirds life with a small child, giving shape and consequence to the joy, boredom, nostalgia, tenderness, and frustration that parenting constantly provokes . . . An excellent, accomplished, original novel, one of the best I’ve read in a while." --Adelle Waldman,Bookforum

      "Gorgeously written, deeply engaging, character-driven . . . It's been a very long time since my daughters were toddlers, but Daphne's trenchant observations of her complicated feelings brought it all back." --Nancy Pearl,NPR (Best Books of 2018)

      "Remarkable . . . What Kiesling syntactically accomplishes is an exquisite look at the gulf between the narrow repetitive toil of motherhood and the sprawling intelligence of the mother that makes baby care so maddening . . . We don’t get to enter a golden state without conflict or boredom. But love can persist despite crappy Skype connections, and wonder can flourish in the interstices between tasks." --Heather Abel,Slate

      "In heartrending prose, Lydia Kiesling weaves through an exploration of the political and the private, fear and love, survival and obligation, loneliness and longing." --Arianna Rebolini,Buzzfeed(Best Books of Fall 2018)

      "a quiet adventure that tackles questions of motherhood, academic pursuits, sexism, and immigration. In a narrative that could have become claustrophobic, Kiesling’s prose feels open and propulsive as Daphne ponders issues that plague all mothers, women, people." --Vanity Fair (This Fall's Best Fiction)

      "A first novel of deep personal specificity that also illuminates broad cultural rifts." --Boris Kachka,Vulture(8 New Books You Should Read This September)

      "Motherhood and home are two of the themes with which Lydia Kiesling grapples inThe Golden State, a lucid, lyrical look at the often alienating, disorienting experience of early motherhood, the way in which it frays at already unraveling nerves, and the way in which external realities contribute to that fraying, that fuzziness, when the fragility of the world around and within us becomes all too apparent."--Kristen Iversen,NYLON

      "Already poised to be one of the great (and greatly inventive) novels about motherhood." --Elena Nicolaou,Refinery29 (The Books of September)

      "The overwhelming love and loathsome, crushing boredom of mothering a young child arrive in profound, convincing and equal measure . . .The Golden Statenot only puts fathomless familial love on display, but also unleashes the power of fiction to provoke empathy, shame, fear, imagination, memories, despair and joy."--Lou Fancher,The San Jose Mercury News

      "Kiesling’s intimate, culturally perceptive debut portrays a frazzled mother and a fractious America, both verging on meltdown . . . Kiesling depicts parenting in the digital age with humor and brutal honesty and offers insights into language, academics, and even the United Nations. But perhaps best of all is her thought-provoking portrait of a pioneer community in decline as anger and obsession fray bonds between neighbors, family, and fellow citizens."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      "First novelist Kiesling nails the particular travails of new mothers, puts a human face on immigration issues, and adds some contemporary political commentary . . . There's so much to love about this novel . . . Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary literary fiction and can handle a few swear words." --Library Journal (starred review)

      "Lydia Kiesling’s first novel encapsulates the intense and often conflicting feelings of early parenthood: frustration, tenderness, isolation. By playing with punctuation and sentence structure, Kiesling immerses the reader in the fragile headspace of the anxious new mother. With a style reminiscent of Claire Vaye Watkins and Sarah Stonich,The Golden State sparks the lovely, lonely feelings inside us all” --Booklist

      "Kiesling is a talented author . . . with a unique voice. She’s very smart, very funny, and wonderfully empathetic . . . [A] skilled and promising writer" --Kirkus

      The Golden State is a perfect evocation of the beautiful, strange, frightening, funny territory of new motherhood. Lydia Kiesling writes with great intelligence and candor about the surreal topography of a day with an infant, and toggles skillfully between the landscape of Daphne’s interior and the California desert, her postpartum body and the body politic. A love story for our fractured era.”—Karen Russell, author ofVampires in the Lemon Grove andSwamplandia!

      The Golden State is a rare and important novel not only because it depicts with blazing accuracy the everyday experience of raising a young child but also because it uses the quotidian to reveal larger truths about humanity’s gifts and deficits. In Lydia Kiesling’s remarkable first novel, the familiar and the foreign are not so different after all, and what we remember may not be what is. A profound book.”—Edan Lepucki, author ofWoman No. 17 andCalifornia

      The Golden State is spectacularly good at rendering maternal obsession and panic. Lydia Kiesling is brilliant on our certainty that for all we feel, we don’t do nearly enough for those we love.”—Jim Shepard, author ofThe World to Come

      “Lydia Kiesling has written a bold, keenly detailed, and distinctively female coming-of-age story about a woman who, having happily stumbled into marriage, motherhood, and a great job, must now rethink everything. Kiesling makes her patch of high-California desert as vivid a character as the secessionist next door. Beautifully, intricately written, true to life and to women’s experience in particular; full of insight and humor and memorable landscapes,The Golden State is a marvelous and captivating literary debut.”—Michelle Huneven, author ofOff Course

      “A big, rollicking adventure of a novel, overflowing with the kind of intense, fractal consciousness life with small children entails, the world at once collapsed and expanded infinitely, in which whole lifetimes are contained in each and every single day, Lydia Kiesling’sThe Golden State is as funny and alive a story as they come.” —Elisa Albert, author ofAfter Birth

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    The Field of Blood Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War Joanne B. Freeman
    9780374154776 Hardcover HISTORY / United States On Sale Date: September 11, 2018 Print Run: 50000
    $36.50 CAD 6.42 x 9.34 x 1.51 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War

      InThe Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery.

      These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities—the feel, sense, and sound of it—as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told,The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril.

      Bio
      Joanne B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading authority on early national politics and political culture. The author of the award-winningAffairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic and editor ofThe Essential HamiltonandAlexander Hamilton: Writings, she is a cohost of the popular history podcastBackStory.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      NPR Best Book of the Year 2018, Long-listed
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      ANew York Times Notable Book of 2018
      An NPR Best Book of 2018
      One ofSmithsonian'sBest History Books of 2018

      Finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
      Semifinalist for the PEN/ John Kenneth Galbraith Award


      "Given the enormous literature on the Civil War era, it’s difficult for a historian to say something genuinely new, but Freeman has managed to do just that . . . Freeman is a meticulous researcher and a vivid writer, andThe Field of Bloodmakes for entertaining reading."—Eric Foner,The London Review of Books

      "An impressive feat of research . . . Freeman's story [. . .] has elements of both horror and slapstick . . . The Field of Blood [. . . ] feels current. The political discourse it documents, if not the level of political violence, is alarmingly familiar in our own time . . ."—Andrew Delbanco,The Nation

      "Superb . . . Freeman has written a smartly argued, diligently researched, even groundbreaking book."—Eric Herschtal,The New Republic

      "Absorbing, scrupulously researched . . . Freeman uncovers the brawls, stabbings, pummelings, and duel threats that occurred among United States congressmen during the three decades just before the Civil War.... Men and women crowded the Congressional galleries with the expectation of seeing entertaining outbreaks, much the way fans of professional wrestling or hockey do today . . . But Freeman never loses sight of the fact that fighting in Congress was far more than a sport."—David S. Reynolds,The New York Times Book Review

      “A superb, serious, authoritative, lively, occasionally amusing work of scholarly bravura . . . Freeman’s research is prodigious, her scholarship unimpeachable. By shifting her gaze from the conventionally cited causes of the Civil War, she has deepened our understanding of its coming. ”—James M. Banner, Jr.,The Weekly Standard

      "Fascinating . . . [Field of Blood] demonstrates the historic truth of an observation by black activist H. Rap Brown in the 1960s: ‘Violence is a part of America’s culture; it is as American as cherrypie.’ . . . [Joanne B.] Freeman’s book goes far toward explaining why there was a Civil War." —H.W. Brands,The Wall Street Journal

      "In her vivid and remarkable new book . . . Joanne B. Freeman puts dozens of forgotten episodes of political violence into stark context . . . Freeman's wry touch and appreciation for the absurdities of politics – and politicians – give the book a burst of energy and readability. Most vitally, the story she tells has heightened relevance in our own tumultuous era."—Randy Dotinga,Christian Science Monitor

      "Freeman's research, both archival and secondary, is stunning ... [her] prose is clear and accessible ... [a] superb volume, which should stand for years as one of the most important books on the antebellum era."—Douglas R. Egerton,Civil War Book Review

      “Compelling and enlightening . . . Freeman’s pathbreaking book should be read by anyone interested in Congress, the Civil War or American history in general.”—Roger Bishop,BookPage


      “Leavened by the author’s wry wit, the book is a page turning triumph of narrative history, deeply researched and persuasively argued. It explains, more lucidly than ever before, “the wrenching experience of plotting a political path in a nation behind torn in two.”—Brian Matthew Jordan,New York Journal of Books

      “With narrative flair and scholarly gravitas, Joanne Freeman has given us a powerful and original account of a ferociously divided America. For readers who think things in the first decades of the 21st century have never been worse, Freeman’s portrait of a tempestuous and tumultuous U.S. Congress offers a sobering and illuminating corrective. She shows us that the battles of the Civil War began not at Fort Sumter but in the U.S. Capitol, providing a new and compelling angle of vision on the origins of what Lincoln called our ‘fiery trial.’”
      —Jon Meacham, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winningThe American Lion

      “In 1861, Americans grimly set to slaughtering the better part of a million of their fellow citizens. It was the most extraordinary break in the nation’s history—and Joanne Freeman charts its approach in an extraordinary new way. With insightful analysis and vivid detail, she explores the human relationships among congressmen before the Civil War, and finds a culture of astonishing violence. In fistfights, duels, and mass brawls, her innovative account detects steps toward disunion—and changes how we think about political history.”—T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofCuster’s Trials

      “Joanne B. Freeman’s erudition—and humor—are their own accomplishment, but it’s remarkable a masterful work on the disruptive state of the Union arrives precisely at this time. There could be no better guide. I’m left wondering whether America is in a state of disrepair or still in the process of being born.”—Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author ofRandom Family

      “Those who deplore the hyperpartisanship and decline of civility in contemporary American politics as unprecedented need to know more history. As Joanne Freeman makes clear in this compelling account, party strife, personal honor, and above all the slavery controversy brought unparalleled mayhem to the floors of Congress in the generation before the Civil War. Southern bullying and growing Northern resistance in the House and Senate foreshadowed the battlefields of 1861-1865.”James McPherson, emeritus professor of history Princeton University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winningBattle Cry of Freedom

      “Joanne Freeman puts us on the tumultuous and touchy floor of Congress during its most contentious and momentous years. In a story researched and written with bold energy, she chronicles a young America brawling its way toward war. The personalities and conflicts of long-forgotten duels and fights leap to life, speaking to our own time with surprising relevance.”—Edward L. Ayers, author ofThe Thin Light of Freedom, winner of the Lincoln Prize

      “Joanne Freeman of Yale calls attention to the scandalously frequent role of violence in the United States Congress across 28 tense years culminating in the Civil War. She describes many varieties of Congressional violence, including bullying, fighting in the halls of Congress, fisticuffs, guns, knives, duels and threats of duels. With painstaking research, she penetrates the conspiracy of silence imposed by sources frequently reluctant to publicize the embarrassing truth. The reader is surprised that such an important story should have waited so long to be told.”—Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofWhat Hath God Wrought

      “Congress in the 19th Century was a violent place to work. Legislators let out their sectional rage on each other, throwing punches and wielding weapons, in an institution that made our current politics look downright tame. In her riveting narrative, Joanne Freeman unpacks this volatile world to explain why the relations between elected officials became so brutal.”—Julian Zelizer is a political historian at Princeton University and author ofThe Fierce Urgency of Now

      "[Freeman] excavates a little-discussed aspect of American history in this scholarly but brisk and accessible account . . . French’s long-standing friendship with the unmemorable Franklin Pierce provides fresh insight into the political culture of the time, and the descriptions of the tragicomic Cilley-Graves duel and the horrific caning of Charles Sumner are detailed and thoughtful . . . Freeman grants followers of modern politics a look back at another fascinating, impassioned period of change in which Congress became full of 'distrust, defensiveness, and degradation,' mimicking the constituents at home."Publisher's Weekly

      "A finely researched and well-written examination of the often overlooked legislative breakdown that preceded the Civil War."Booklist

      "A thought-provoking and insightful read for anybody interested in American politics in the lead up to the Civil War."Library Journal (Starred Review)

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    CoDex 1962 A Trilogy Sjon, Victoria Cribb
    9780374125639 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 11, 2018 Print Run: 15000
    $39.00 CAD 5.8 x 8.55 x 1.61 in | 528 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y MCD
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      Spanning eras, continents, and genres,CoDex 1962—twenty years in the making—is Sjón’s epic three-part masterpiece

      Over the course of four dazzling novels translated into dozens of languages, Sjón has earned a global reputation as one of the world’s most interesting writers. But what the world has never been able to read is his great trilogy of novels, known collectively asCoDex 1962—now finally complete.

      Josef Löwe, the narrator, was born in 1962—the same year, the same moment even, as Sjón. Josef’s story, however, stretches back decades in the form of Leo Löwe—a Jewish fugitive during World War II who has an affair with a maid in a German inn; together, they form a baby from a piece of clay. If the first volume is a love story, the second is a crime story: Löwe arrives in Iceland with the clay-baby inside a hatbox, only to be embroiled in a murder mystery—but by the end of the volume, his clay son has come to life. And in the final volume, set in present-day Reykjavík, Josef’s story becomes science fiction as he crosses paths with the outlandish CEO of a biotech company (based closely on reality) who brings the story of genetics and genesis full circle. But the future, according to Sjón, is not so dark as it seems.

      InCoDex 1962, Sjón has woven ancient and modern material and folklore and cosmic myths into a singular masterpiece—encompassing genre fiction, theology, expressionist film, comic strips, fortean studies, genetics, and, of course, the rich tradition of Icelandic storytelling.

      Bio

      Born in Reykjavik in 1962,Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic author whose novels have been published in over thirty-five languages. He won the Nordic Council's Literary Prize for his novelThe Blue Fox(the Nordic countries' equivalent of the Man Booker Prize) and the novelFrom The Mouth Of The Whalewas shortlisted for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The novelMoonstone – The Boy Who Never Was received every literary prize in Iceland, including the coveted Icelandic Literary Prize.CoDex 1962, a novel in three books written over 25 years, was published in Iceland in 2016 to great acclaim. As a poet, librettist, and lyricist, Sjón has published more than a half dozen poetry collections, written four opera libretti, and lyrics for various artists. In 2001 he was nominated for an Oscar for his lyrics in the filmDancer In The Dark. Sjón is the president of PEN International's Icelandic Centre and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and two children.

      Victoria Cribb has spent the last twenty-five years immersed in Iceland’s language and literature. After reading Old Icelandic at Cambridge, she took an MA in Scandinavian Studies at University College London and a BPhil in Icelandic at the University of Iceland, before working in Iceland for a number of years as a publisher, journalist, and translator. Since 2002 she has lived in London, working as a freelance translator, and currently also teaches Icelandic at University College London and in Cambridge. Her translations include Sjón’sThe Blue Fox,From the Mouth of the Whale,The Whispering Muse, andMoonstone, and three novels in collaboration with Olaf Olafsson, as well as countless other works of fiction and nonfiction, published in books, anthologies, and magazines.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Boston Globe Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Financial Times Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Reviews

      "Sjon is a prodigal storyteller in all senses of the phrase . . . He is a master of atmosphere, a fine observer of the cross-hatchings of human motivation, and a vivid noticer of detail." —Garth Risk Hallberg,The New York Times Book Review

      "The Icelandic literary maverick and Oscar-nominated songwriter Sjón writes with a poet's ear and a musician's natural sense of rhythm. [In] this extraordinary performance . . . the effect is hypnotic. The reader becomes a gleeful collaborator in an extravaganza in which Bosch meets Chagall, with touches of Tarantino." —Eileen Battersby,The Guardian

      "A work of virtuoso narrative . . . An Icelandic1001 Nights." —The Sunday Times

      "[A] challenging and cacophonous epic by the talented Sjón . . . An amalgam of creation myth, surrealist absurdity, ancient saga, and contemporary satire." —Booklist

      "Sjón is more than a novelist; he is a storyteller in the ancient tradition, and this work may be remembered as his masterpiece." —Publishers Weekly(starred review)

      "In this beguiling, surpassingly eccentric triptych, Icelandic novelist Sjón takes on, in turn, romance (classic, not Gothic), mystery, and science fiction to examine how people parse themselves into little camps and try to make their way through this harsh world . . . Sjón’s work is unlike anything else in contemporary fiction. Strange—but stunning." —Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

      "Sjón can flick from angelic frolics to seedy violence as if each tale were a smooth refraction of the last. He has a knack for high comedy, too . . . Victoria Cribb deserves equal praise for bringing all this zest into English so well." —Cal Revely-Calder,The Daily Telegraph (UK)

      "A work of virtuoso narrative . . . an Icelandic1001 Nights." —Phil Baker,The Sunday Times(UK)

      "A master of Icelandic fiction . . .Sjón's stories compound the dreamscapes of surrealism, the marvels of Icelandic folklore and a pop-culture sensibility into free-form fables." —The Economist (UK)

      “No one can escape Sjón’s wild originality.” —Informatíon (Denmark)

      “Sjón delivers a complex story in which violence and desire, voices and actions, are beautifully woven together.” —Politiken(Denmark)

      “It’s as if Hans Christian Andersen is telling a story by Kafka, or vice versa.” —Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

      “Sjón’s book gives us hope for the novel as an art form.” —Sydsvenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

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    Identity The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment Francis Fukuyama
    9780374129293 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory On Sale Date: September 11, 2018 Print Run: 50000
    $34.00 CAD 5.7 x 8.57 x 0.89 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      TheNew York Times bestselling author ofThe Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state

      In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people,” who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole.

      Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism.Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.

      Identity is an urgent and necessary book—a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.

      Bio
      Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Fukuyama was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department’s policy planning staff. He is the author ofPolitical Order and Political Decay, The Origins of Political Order,The End of History and the Last Man,Trust, andAmerica at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He lives with his wife in California.
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        - NYT bestselling author
        - over 1,500 copies of Political Order and Political Decay sold in Canada
        - Kirkus review
        - Publishers Weekly review
        - Booklist review
        - CBC The Current interview (pending)


    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Financial Times Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Reviews

      The Times (UK) Best Books of 2018, Politics Financial Times Best Books of 2018

      "Smart, crisp . . . We need more thinkers as wise as [Fukuyama]." —Anand Giridharadas,The New York Times Book Review(Editor's Choice)

      "Intelligent and provocative." —SF Chronicle

      "[Identity] is in itself an indictment of the perilous times we live in today." —Arjun Neil Alim,The Standard (London)

      "[Identity] is as wise as it is compact, traveling at great speed through difficult terrain to a sensible conclusion." —Daniel Finkelstein,The Times (London)

      "The renowned political scientist argues persuasively, and urgently, that a desire for recognition of one's dignity is inherent in every human being—and is necessary for a thriving democracy . . . A cogent analysis of dire threats to democracy." —Kirkus

      "Ambitious and provocative . . . This erudite work is likely to spark debate."—Publishers Weekly

      "Keenly thought-provoking and timely." —Brendan Driscoll,Booklist

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    Life in Culture Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling Lionel Trilling, Adam Kirsch, Adam Kirsch
    9780374185152 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters On Sale Date: September 25, 2018 Print Run: 10000
    $45.50 CAD 6.38 x 9.05 x 1.47 in | 464 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A great critic’s quarrels with himself and others, as revealed in his correspondence

      In the mid-twentieth century, Lionel Trilling was America’s most respected literary critic. His powerful and subtle essays inspired readers to think about how literature shapes our politics, our culture, and our selves. His 1950 collection,The Liberal Imagination, sold more than 100,000 copies, epitomizing a time that has been called the age of criticism.

      To his New York intellectual peers, Trilling could seem reserved and circumspect. But in his selected letters, Trilling is revealed in all his variousness and complexity. We witness his ardent courtship of Diana Trilling, who would become an eminent intellectual in her own right; his alternately affectionate and contentious rapport with former students such as Allen Ginsberg and Norman Podhoretz; the complicated politics ofPartisan Review and other fabled magazines of the period; and Trilling’s relationships with other leading writers of the period, including Saul Bellow, Edmund Wilson, and Norman Mailer.

      InLife in Culture, edited by Adam Kirsch, Trilling’s letters add up to an intimate portrait of a great critic, and of America’s intellectual journey from the political passions of the 1930s to the cultural conflicts of the 1960s and beyond.

      Bio

      Lionel Trilling (1905–1975) taught at Columbia University from 1931 until his death and was the author of many books, includingMatthew Arnold and the novelThe Middle of the Journey.

      Adam Kirsch is a poet and literary critic whose writing appears inThe New Yorker,The New York Review of Books, and other publications. He lives in New York.

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      Awards
      Reviews

      "[A] well-edited volume . . . Trilling’s letters to [Allen] Ginsberg are among the highlights of this book; indeed, you can imagine their relationship . . . being made into a stage play. “What is Batman?” Trilling asks in one of them . . . Trilling’s letters read, in this selection, like well-appointed essays."—Dwight Garner,The New York Times

      "The recent publication ofLife in Culture: Selected Letters of Lionel Trilling, wonderfully edited by Adam Kirsch, puts a new Trilling before us. In this book, he is not the Olympian essayist. His voice is not perfectly modulated and polished as it was in his essays, an author happy to hide behind the veil of literary criticism. In his letters, Trilling is caustic and affectionate, self-assured and vulnerable. He is tersely and revealingly himself. He is very much an anachronism and one with a great deal to say at the present moment. The revelation of Life in Culturelies less in its extraordinary recreation of the past than in Trilling’s preferred combination of literature and politics . . . Trilling’s letters come to us as a specimen—an artefact perhaps—of the literary self in a liberal polity. They remind us of the alertness literature can give its devotees, the skill of scrutiny (not least of self-scrutiny) and of the magisterial powers and beneficence of privacy, of the novel’s patient, meticulous slowness and of literature’s innate hostility to dogma. They remind us that good literature’s resistance to conservatism and liberalism and radicalism, its provocations to the absolutes of political pride and fury, is the very stuff of tolerance and pluralism. From today’s vantage point, Trilling’s letters are triumphant. "—Michael Kimmage,The National Interest

      "Judiciously edited by Adam Kirsch . . .Life in Culturegives us, among much else, intimate glimpses of Trilling’s continuous self-appraisal . . . Trilling’s letters resolve themselves into a captivating portrait of a man wrestling with roles essential to his sense of himself: as a teacher, a liberal, a Jew and a critic . . . The letters selected by Mr. Kirsch offer persuasive testimony that the contradictions Trilling discovered within himself acted as a fulcrum for his achievement, with a result that was anything but sterile."—Benjamin Balint,Wall Street Journal

      "Adam Kirsch's judicious selection of [Lionel Trilling's] letters throws instructive light on both Trilling's life and American intellectual culture from the 1920s to the 1970s. For anyone concerned with the many leading writers, critics, and thinkers with whom Trilling corresponded or curious about how the son of Jewish immigrants came to play such a central role in American literary life, this is a fascinating book."—Robert Alter, Jewish Review of Books

      "It's a measure of Trilling's brilliance and humanity that these letters are as alive now as then were then. A joy to read, this is one of the most inviting letter collections readers will come across this year."Library Journal (Starred Review)

      "A generous sampling of letters that displays the rich intellectual life of mid-20th-century America's leading critic as well as his staunchly even temperament and many second thoughts . . . This epistolary interior monologue shows the defensiveness of a restless and meticulous mind, wary of easy answers and labels and astute about matching the right word to the precise shade of thought."Kirkus Reviews

      "Kirsch has done a fine job culling ...Trilling's correspondence is undoubtedly valuable . . . The reader is rewarded by [Trilling's] engagement in literature and culture . . . Well worth reading."Publisher's Weekly

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    Like Poems A. E. Stallings
    9780374187323 Hardcover POETRY / American On Sale Date: September 25, 2018 Print Run: 4000
    $31.50 CAD 5.65 x 8.6 x 0.72 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

      A stunning new collection by the award-winning young poet and translator

      Like, that currency of social media, is a little word with infinite potential; it can be nearly any part of speech. Without it, there is no simile, that engine of the lyric poem, the lyre’s note in the epic. A poem can hardly exist otherwise. In this new collection, her most ambitious to date, A. E. Stallings continues her archeology of the domestic, her odyssey through myth and motherhood in received and invented forms, from sonnets to syllabics. Stallings also eschews the poetry volume’s conventional sections for the arbitrary order of the alphabet. Contemporary Athens itself, a place never dull during the economic and migration crises of recent years, shakes off the dust of history and emerges as a vibrant character.

      Known for her wry and musical lyric poems, Stallings here explores her themes in greater depth, including the bravura performanceLost and Found, a meditation inottava rima on a parent’s sublunary dance with daily-ness and time, set in the moon’s Valley of Lost Things.

      Bio
      A. E. Stallings is the author of the poetry booksArchaic Smile, which won the Richard Wilbur Award;Hapax, which won the Poet’s Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin H. Danks Award; andOlives. She has also published a verse translation of Lucretius’sThe Nature of Things. Stallings is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Athens, Greece.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Pulitzer Prize - Finalist 2019, Short-listed
      The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Reviews
      Praise for A. E. Stallings "One of the strongest talents to emerge in recent years." - Poetry
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    Deviation A Novel Luce D'Eramo, Anne Milano Appel
    9780374138455 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 18, 2018 Print Run: 15000
    $35.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.32 x 1.21 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A devoted fascist changes her mind and her life after witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust

      First published in Italy in 1979, Luce D’Eramo’sDeviation is a seminal work in Holocaust literature. It is a book that not only confronts evil head-on but expands that confrontation into a complex and intricately structured work of fiction, which has claims to standing among the greatest Italian novels of the twentieth century.

      Lucia is a young Italian girl from a bourgeois fascist family. In the early 1940s, when she first hears about the atrocities being perpetrated in the Nazi concentration camps, she is doubtful and confused, unable to reconcile such stories with the ideology in which she’s been raised. Wanting to disprove these “slanders” on Hitler’s Reich, she decides to see for herself, running away from home and heading for Germany, where she intends to volunteer as camp labor. The journey is a harrowing, surreal descent into hell, which finds Lucia confronting the stark and brutal realities of life under Nazi rule, a life in which continual violence and fear are simply the norm. Soon it becomes clear that she must get away, but how can she possibly go back to her old life knowing what she now knows? Besides, getting out may not be as simple as getting in.

      Finally available in English translation,Deviation is at once a personal testament, a work of the imagination, an investigation into the limits of memory, a warning to future generations, and a visceral scream at the horrors of the world.

      Bio

      Luce DEramo(1925–2001) was born in Reims, France, to Italian parents. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novelsNucleo Zero andPartiranno.Deviation, a fictionalized account of her experiences during the Second World War, was an international bestseller.

      Anne Milano Appel has been awarded the Italian Prose in Translation Award, the John Florio Prize for Italian Translation, and the Northern California Book Award for Translation—Fiction. She has translated works by Claudio Magris, Primo Levi, Paolo Maurensig, Roberto Saviano, and numerous others.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      NPR Best Book of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Reviews

      "If we appreciate Karl Ove Knausgaard for his introspective tenacity, then we must genuflect before Luce D'Eramo . . . It is not simply D'Eramo's personal story, but also her ruthless quest for self-knowledge, that renderDeviationa literary tour de force." —Martha Anne Toll,NPR

      "Luce D’Eramo’s extraordinary novelDeviation, a bestseller in Italy when published in 1979 but only now available in En­glish . . . is, as its title may imply, a rejection of the idea that literary form can be neatly separated from psychic and political life." —Lidija Haas,Harper's Magazine

      "Perhaps most like D. M. Thomas' controversial The White Hotel (1981), or the unflinchingly brutal realism of Pier Pasolini’sSalò, D’Eramo's tale is built from disparate memories as they returned to her later in life, and she consciously tries to avoid giving shape or structure to this fictionalization of her experiences. The result is a difficult, disturbing, and yet brilliantly ambiguous exploration of humanity’s darkest time. A difficult, disturbing, and yet brilliantly ambiguous exploration of humanity’s darkest time." —Alexander Moran,Booklist

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