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    9780143133469 Paperback SELF-HELP / Motivational & Inspirational On Sale Date: December 31, 2018
    $24.00 CAD 5.63 x 8.42 x 0.54 in | 0.73 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      A delightful interactive roadmap for getting over a broken heart, with quirky illustrations, song lyrics that totally get it, recipes for eating your feelings, the unique comfort of making lists, and much more

      A broken heart can feel like the end of the world, but bestselling author and illustrator Amalia Andrade knows this simply isn’t true. Change is not a defeat or a surrender but a promise. Because if the “love of your life” doesn’t work out, there is always a chance for something new—a new love, or a new life.

      When Amalia was faced with her own heartbreak, she knew she couldn’t let herself get lost in despair. With her sunshiny outlook, electrifying energy, and unique sense of humor, she constructed the ultimate first aid kit: an interactive guide to getting over someone through reflections, recipes, and lots of ingenious ideas for transforming a negative experience into a liberating one.

      In these pages, you’ll find the secret code for interpreting text message read receipts, loving odes to Beyoncé, the ideal playlist for crying in the shower, and much, much more. You Always Change the Love of Your Life reveals the secret to mending your heart and maybe even opening it up again: in love and in lovelessness, we are never alone.
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      Amalia Andrade was born in Cali, Colombia in 1986. She studied literature at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá. She’s been drawing forever. She’s written for several magazines in both Colombia and the United States. She believes strongly in the power of keeping a diary. When she grows up she want to be a mix between Sylvia Plath and Tina Fey. She lives in Bogotá with her cats.

      Author Residence: Bogota, Colombia
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      “Accessible and easygoing . . . After reading, Andrade feels like one of your friends, but not like she’s got it all figured out. . . . It’s easy to believe that she knows what true heartbreak feels like, and that she can truly empathize. . . . You Always Change will probably help you through your current or next breakup, if only by knowing someone else shares your pain.”
      Lambda Literary

      “If you are looking for a refreshing take on relationships, this may be the book for you.”
      She Reads

      “Andrade’s charming, earnest writing style and relatable descriptions of her own relationship grieving process are uniquely comforting and somehow joyous.”
      MindBodyGreen
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    Adèle A Novel Leila Slimani
    9780143132189 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: January 15, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.6 in | 0.39 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      "Fascinating . . . Adèle has glanced at the covenant of modern womanhood--the idea that you can have it all or should at least die trying--and detonated it." --The New York Times Book Review

      "[A] fierce, uncanny thunderbolt of a book." --Entertainment Weekly

      From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny--one of the 10 Best Books of the Year of The New York Times Book Review--her prizewinning novel about a sex-addicted woman in Paris


      She wants only one thing: to be wanted.

      Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored--and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.

      Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.
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      Leila Slimani is the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year, for which she became the first Moroccan woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. She won the La Mamounia Prize for Adèle. A journalist and frequent commentator on women's and human rights, she is French president Emmanuel Macron's personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture and was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair France's annual list of The Fifty Most Influential French People in the World. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.
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      One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s 10 Titles to Pick Up Now
      One of Time’s 11 New Books to Read This January
      One of Entertainment Weekly’s 20 New Books to Read in January
      One of amNewYork’s 8 New Novels to Read in 2019
      One of The Million’s Most Anticipated of 2019
      One of Nylon’s 50 Books Youll Want to Read in 2019


      “Bold, stylish and deeply felt.” —The Wall Street Journal

      “A slim, compelling read, Adèle examines topics ranging from marriage and motherhood to adultery, but the overarching theme is the notion of freedom. . . . The plot of Adèle recalls Kundera’s masterwork [The Unbearable Lightness of Being].” —Vanity Fair

      “The feverish spark of obsession licks at the corner of nearly every page.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “Sultry, polarizing.” —New York, The Approval Matrix: Highbrow/Brilliant

      “[A] short but weighty book about a self-destructive wife and mother caught in the throes of sex addiction.” —New York, “6 New Paperbacks You Should Read This January”

      “Sensational . . . In her novels, home and hearth are a furnace, not a haven. Families are groups in which power struggles are conducted in close quarters, and with gloves off.” —Time

      “A feminasty thriller.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

      “Engrossing . . . Bracing . . . [A] frisson of tension propels Adèle. . . . Shattering.” —San Francisco Chronicle

      “Brave . . . A skillfully turned novel that gives us nothing we expect . . . Its clean, affectless prose may recall Camus. (A gifted stylist, Slimani can pack a sneaky wallop when she wants.) . . . Any Slimani novel is a major event.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

      “Bracingly erotic . . . Once again Slimani unveils a story which reads us and our moral reactions as we turn its pages.” —John Freeman, Lit Hub

      “If Sally Rooney is her generation’s essential writer on sex, Slimani . . . is its most compelling writer on violence. Her prose is grotesque and vivid; indulging nothing that doesn’t need to be indulged.” —The New Statesman

      “Bracing . . . Elegantly written . . . Provocatively enigmatic.” —The Guardian

      “Thrilling . . . The tight pacing and spare style that had readers hooked to [The Perfect Nanny] are still here. . . . Slimani is one of the few contemporary authors—along, perhaps, with Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy—writing intelligently about motherhood today.” —The Sunday Times (U.K.)

      “One of the most unusual books I’ve ever read. Get a copy if you can, and be prepared to be shaken and stirred by a feat of great writing on an intriguing subject.” —Lorraine Candy, The Sunday Times (U.K.)

      “Unsparingly lucid . . . [Written] in taut, lithe prose . . . A tender and troubling novel.” —Financial Times

      “A riveting and psychologically rich novel, its final pages particularly stirring . . . A story that will strike a chord with many women . . . Slimani is a fearless writer who pulls back the curtain to show what secretly thrills and terrifies women.” —Evening Standard

      “Very racy . . . Intensely graphic . . . Set to cause shockwaves on a global scale.” —Daily Mail

      “[Slimani] writes with a cool detachment and unflinching emotional honesty that takes your breath away. . . . [She is] as eloquent on aftermath and exile as the chase of the high.” —Vogue (U.K.)

      “Haunted and compulsive . . . gripping.” —Words Without Borders

      “Fascinating . . . A dizzying array of sex scenes . . . One can’t be prepared for Adèle.” —The AV Club

      “No man would have dared write what she did. It’s an extraordinary first novel.” —Alain Mabanckou, author of Black Moses and judge for the La Mamounia Prize

      Adèle exposes the contradictory urges of modern womanhood: to want to control and lose control; to mother and destroy; to be adored by many but needed by no one; to be irreproachable in conduct but free to live as she desires. It is a timely, startling read that I dare you to put down.” —Courtney Maum, author of Touch

      “Searing, incisive, fearless, and a damn fine read.” —Elisa Albert, author of After Birth and The Book of Dahlia

      “What’s really compelling about the way Slimani writes Adèle is that she doesn’t try to psychologize her or really account for her motivations. . . . Slimani makes no apologies for her character. But neither are we meant to see her as some kind of unlikable anti-heroine. She’s just a woman with certain desires, full stop, and Slimani is more interested in exploring her reckoning with them than in justifying or explaining them.” —Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse

      “[Slimani] is now the archetype of a certain international image of a female French author: talented, open-minded, and politically engaged.” —Vanity Fair (France), “The 50 Most Influential French People in the World”

      “Exposes the dark desires of a seemingly normal woman . . . Adèle—and the reader—must come to terms with what it is we demand of women in modern times, and how those punishing requirements lead so many of us to crack and try and get autonomy through unorthodox means.” —Nylon, “50 Books You’ll Want to Read in 2019”

      “Almost heart-wrenching . . . Slimani’s terse prose hurls toward its inevitable conclusion.” —amNewYork

      “Cancel your plans, because you’ll finish this addictive novel in one weekend.” —Apartment Therapy

      “Slimani’s fascinating follow-up to The Perfect Nanny . . . is a skillful character study. Slimani’s ending is the perfect conclusion to this memorable snapshot of sex addiction.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Eminently relatable . . . Artful, edgy . . . An unflinching exploration of female self-sacrifice and the elusive nature of satisfaction.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “[A] pacey page-turner . . . that keeps you guessing. . . . [Adèle is] a character that anyone who has ever felt a little unsatisfied with life should be able to relate to.” The Press Association

      “Written in prose of elegant but never bloodless neutrality . . . [Adèle] leads readers through the labyrinth of desire into an understanding of solitude, isolation and the search for authenticity as our common fate.” The Independent (London)

      “An explosive portrait of the claustrophobia that can come with marriage and motherhood and the damaging consequences of stifling women’s sexuality.” Irish Mail on Sunday

      “Shocking . . . A brave choice for the international panel of judges [of the La Mamounia Prize] . . . [It] somehow slipped passed Moroccan censors, but it's a safe bet no Moroccan publisher would have dared print it.” —The Irish Times

      “Displays an undeniable literary power.” L’Express (France)
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    The Writer's Practice Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction Writing John Warner
    9780143133155 Paperback LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing On Sale Date: February 05, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.7 in | 0.48 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      For anyone aiming to improve their skill as a writer, a revolutionary new approach to establish robust writing practices inside and outside the classroom

      After over two decades teaching college-level writing following the most established and well-regarded practices, writer, editor, and educator John Warner knew we could do better. Drawing on his classroom experience and the most persuasive research in contemporary composition studies, he devised an innovative new framework, a step by step method that moves the student through a series of writing problems—an organic, bottom-up writing process that exposes and acculturates them to the ways writers work in the world.

      The time is right for this new and groundbreaking approach. The most popular books on composition take a formalistic view, utilizing “templates” in order to mimic the sorts of rhetorical moves academics make. While this is a valuable element of a writing education, there is room for something that speaks more broadly. The Writer’s Practice invites students and novice writers into an intellectually engaging, active learning process that prepares them for a wider range of academic and real-world writing and allows them to become invested and engaged in their own work.
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      John Warner has more than twenty years’ experience teaching college level writing, working with a range of students from developmental writing through graduate level studies. He has taught many different types of writing, from composition, fiction, and narrative non-fiction to technical and humor writing. A contributing writer at Inside Higher Ed, he has become a national voice on writing pedagogy and his pieces are frequently republished in Slate. He is the author of five books. An editor at large at McSweeney’s, he has worked with writers who have gone on to publish in outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Guardian.

      Author Residence: Charleston, South Carolina
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      “Warner generously offers useful hints for improving nonfiction writing. . . . Warner’s style reads like informal, intelligent conversation founded on a genuine desire to share what he knows, and his helpful book will serve as a trusty companion to writers on their own or in class.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “An essential guidebook in or outside the classroom for anyone who wants to think, act, and communicate as a writer.”
      Library Journal

      “In this uber-handy guide, veteran rhetorician Warner invites readers to sharpen their written communication skills. . . . The guide is well-organized and extremely readable, infused with the perfect amount of Warner’s personality and experiences. Unique and thorough, Warner’s handbook could turn any determined reader into a regular Malcolm Gladwell.”
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      “In The Writer’s Practice, John Warner invites us on a quest. Quite literally—the book is no passive read, but instead an interactive journey. Warner lays out a map of writing challenges and puzzles (he calls them ‘experiences’), provides tools for the odyssey, and keeps up a friendly, encouraging banter throughout. The experiences stretch one’s writing practice in compelling ways, covering a wide variety of genres and skills. Completed collectively or selectively, the practices would assuredly benefit students, professionals, or anyone who desires to improve their writing.”
      —Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Assumption College, author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

      “Think you can’t write? John Warner disagrees. In his carefully plotted guide to better writing, Warner argues that with focused practice, you CAN improve. So can your students. The Writer’s Practice offers an easy-to-follow series of lessons that, while prompting you to write, build essential writing muscles. An ideal book for anyone new to teaching writing or for aspiring writers keen to improve their craft.”
      —Carol Jago, long-time high school English teacher, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project, UCLA

      “A fast and fun guide to what matters in writing (spoiler: attention to audience and purpose), covering everything from academic papers and business reports to travel guides, memoirs, jokes and even obituaries. Warner writes for readers, and they’ll love him for it—plus they’ll learn to do the same.”
      —Daniel F. Chambliss, Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hamilton College, and co-author of How College Works

      “With its focus on doing rather than explaining, The Writer’s Practice invites collaboration. Whatever route readers takes through the book (and Warner outlines several possibilities), they will encounter new and challenging authorial tasks, helpfully contextualized. Working through the various sections, writers will practice the “attitudes, skills, habit of mind, and knowledge” that Warner positions as critical to effective writing. The end product will be a sort of co-authored text, reflecting Warner’s goals and methods, and the reader’s effort and growth. Adaptable for classroom use but just as valuable for solo practitioners, The Writer’s Practice is an indispensable guide for writers and instructors alike.”
      —Susan Schorn, Writing Program Coordinator, School of Undergraduate Studies, University of Texas–Austin

      “John Warner’s approach to nonfiction merges his experience as a creative writer and his expertise as a teacher of college composition. Rather than see creative and academic writing as opposed, Warner encourages the aspiring nonfiction writer to adopt a dual perspective: Analytical writing can be like a dialogue. A memory can be held up to the test of research. Too many writing tasks ask the student to regard their writing at a great distance, as if poking something vaguely distasteful or even dangerous. Warner’s book encourages students to bring non-fiction writing closer to them, to embrace its complexity, its challenge, and its importance to their own lives.”
      —Catherine Prendergast, Professor, Dept. of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

      “Practice? Writer’s practice? Who’s a writer?? You?? Me??? Claiming that everyone is a writer, experienced writer and writing teacher John Warner shares his insights about writing. It’s not magic, but it takes practice—not a list of rules—to write well. He guides novices and even more seasoned writers to think about what they are trying to accomplish, and then how to make it happen. It’s not the usual school-writing, thank goodness, so students and those guiding them will find it refreshing and even, possibly, enlightening. In his I’m-in-love-with-writing approach, Warner can’t be stopped from sharing every trick he’s stumbled upon. We all write. We can all write better. It’s hard, and fun, and will change the way you look at communicating, and possibly the way you think about everything.”
      —Susan D. Blum, Professor of Anthropology, The University of Notre Dame

      In The Writer’s Practice, writer and writing teacher John Warner confesses: ‘There’s no one right way to write.’ Throughout this how-to volume on nonfiction writing, Warner remains grounded in this paradox by avoiding templates while guiding writers as well as would-be writers and teachers through the questions and problems that all writers navigate in the pursuit of writing well. This book is a gift and everyone learning to write (thus, everyone), or seeking ways to teach writing better, must add this work to their essential bookshelf.”
      —P.L. Thomas, professor of Education, Furman University, and author of Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America and Teaching Writing as Journey, Not Destination: Essays Exploring What “Teaching Writing” Means

      “While most writing textbooks devote a chapter to the rhetorical situation, John Warner’s The Writer’s Practice is the rare book whose activities center on the idea that good writing responds to the demands of its situation. Presenting a variety of authentic writing tasks, Warner’s book shows students how to adapt their writing to address different audiences, even if that audience is oneself.”
      —Chris Warnick, College of Charleston
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    Series: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    The Overnight Kidnapper Andrea Camilleri
    9780143131137 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: February 05, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.1 x 7.74 x 0.68 in | 0.45 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      The new novel in the irresistible and transporting New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series

      The day gets off to a bad start for Montalbano: while trying to break up a fight on Marinella beach he hits the wrong man, and is stopped by the Carabinieri. When he finally gets to the office, the inspector learns about a strange abduction: a woman has been abducted, drugged, then released unharmed a few hours later. A few days later, the same thing happens again, but this time the woman abducted is the niece of Enzo, the owner of Montalbano’s favorite trattoria. The only link between the two events is that both women work at a bank.

      Alongside this investigation Montalbano has to deal with a case of arson. A shop has burned down, and its owner, Marcello Di Carlo, seems to have vanished into thin air. Has he run off with his lover after a holiday in the Canary Islands? Is he fleeing from his creditors, or was he murdered by the mafia for not paying their protection money? At first this seems like a trivial case, but a third abduction - yet again of a girl who works in a bank - and the discovery of a body brings up new questions. Whose body is it? Who is the overnight kidnapper? And where has Di Carlo’s secret lover gone?


      Story Locale: Sicily
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      Andrea Camilleri, a mega-bestseller in Italy and Germany, is the author of the New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano mystery series as well as historical novels that take place in nineteenth-century Sicily. His books have been made into Italian TV shows and translated into thirty-two languages. His thirteenth Montalbano novel, The Potter’s Field, won the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

      Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and the author of three books of poetry.


      Author Residence: Italy
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      “The Sicilian dialect . . . as rendered in Sartarelli’s adept translation, provides comic relief. Camilleri fans are in for a treat.” Publishers Weekly

      “[The Overnight Kidnapper is] another wry, amiable procedural from the prolific Camilleri, whose unflappably put-upon hero soldiers on no matter how absurd the crime or aggravating the situation.” Kirkus Reviews


      Praise for Andrea Camilleri and the Montalbano Series:


      “You either love Andrea Camilleri or you haven’t read him yet. Each novel in this wholly addictive, entirely magical series, set in Sicily and starring a detective unlike any other in crime fiction, blasts the brain like a shot of pure oxygen. Aglow with local color, packed with flint-dry wit, as fresh and clean as Mediterranean seafood — altogether transporting. Long live Camilleri, and long live Montalbano.” —A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

      “The idiosyncratic Montalbano is totally endearing.” —The New York Times

      “Camilleri is as crafty and charming a writer as his protagonist is an investigator.” —The Washington Post Book World

      “Hailing from the land of Umberto Eco and La Cosa Nostra, Montalbano can discuss a pointy-headed book like Western Attitudes Toward Death as unflinchingly as he can pore over crime-scene snuff photos. He throws together an extemporaneous lunch of shrimp with lemon and oil as gracefully as he dodges advances from attractive women.” —Los Angeles Times

      “Like Mike Hammer or Sam Spade, Montalbano is the kind of guy who can’t stay out of trouble. . . . Still, deftly and lovingly translated by Stephen Sartarelli, Camilleri makes it abundantly clear that under the gruff, sardonic exterior our inspector has a heart of gold, and that any outburst, fumbles, or threats are made only in the name of pursuing truth.” —The Nation

      “Camilleri can do a character’s whole backstory in half a paragraph.” —The New Yorker

      “Subtle, sardonic, and molto simpatico: Montalbano is the Latin re-creation of Philip Marlowe, working in a place that manages to be both more and less civilized than Chandler’s Los Angeles.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “The novels of Andrea Camilleri breathe out the sense of place, the sense of humor, and the sense of despair that fills the air of Sicily.” —Donna Leon
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    Series: Penguin Poets
    Dolefully, A Rampart Stands Paige Ackerson-Kiely
    9780143132684 Paperback POETRY / American On Sale Date: February 05, 2019
    $24.00 CAD 5.94 x 8.99 x 0.28 in | 0.33 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      A collection of haunting, image-rich poems about isolation, captivity, and vanishing.

      The poems in Paige Ackerson-Kiely’s third collection are set primarily in the rural northeast of America, and explore rural poverty, entrapment, captivity, violence, and a longing to vanish. Ranging from free verse to a long noir prose poem, they examine who her, or our, “captors” might be. Ackerson-Kiely is interested in characters who are aware of their foibles, and who find ways to turn away from those problems in search of connection and freedom.
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      Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of two poetry collections, In No One’s Land and My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer. She is a generalist and lives in Peekskill, New York.

      Author Residence: Peekskill, New York
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      Praise for Dolefully, A Rampart Stands:

      “Ackerson-Kiely’s talent for the uncanny is extraordinary. Her ability to create entire atmospheres through single lines elevates her poems to something approaching the oracular, while never straying from the colloquial and the quotidian . . . Dolefully, a Rampart Stands announces a pastoral poetry for the 21st Century . . . a brilliantly disquieting collection.” Rain Taxi Review

      “Playful, punchy, clever, and strange, Ackerson-Kiely’s poems are on-rhythm and off-center . . . some of the most unique pieces you’ll read this year.” The Millions, "Must-Read Poetry"

      “Dark, yet brimming with life.” HelloGiggles

      “Ackerson-Kiely sketches a landscape in which sexism and economic oppression are indelibly linked . . . [revealing] the ways that power, censorship, and disbelief are internalized, as they live with us in our most solitary moments, and they circumscribe what is possible within our dreaming.” –Kristina Marie Darling, Kenyon Review

      “[Paige Ackerson-Kiely]’s third collection pulls no punches in depicting rural life, rustic customs, and the concerns of bar patrons and working folks. Her poems frequently escape into wildly imaginative imagery . . . consistently one of the most nuanced poets writing today, [she] offers evocative and unmatched verisimilitude.” Booklist


      Praise for My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer:


      “Funny and wild with expertly conceived images . . . [Ackerson-Kiely’s] poems make the familiar more familiar . . . and remind us to be absolutely shot through with anxiety and uncertainty and desire.” —Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune

      “Dark, full of nature, and full of life, this collection will snarl its way into your soul.” Flavorwire
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    Series: Inspector Maigret
    Maigret and the Old People Georges Simenon
    9780241303894 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: February 05, 2019
    $17.50 CAD 5.06 x 7.77 x 0.46 in | 0.31 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 104 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      When a wealthy aristocrat is found murdered in his home, Inspector Maigret must navigate a high-stakes case in the moneyed world of Paris’s upper crust

      Maigret is called to the home of Armand de Saint-Hilaire, a highly respected diplomat who has been found shot dead in his study by his housekeeper. Maigret is urged to be discrete in his investigation, but after interviewing everyone concerned, the inspector is at a loss to the identity of the perpetrator—until he comes across a series of letters spanning decades between the victim and a widowed woman. As Maigret uncovers the details behind the pair’s relationship, he gets closer to discovering the tragic truth behind the official’s demise.

      With the pressure mounting, the inspector must navigate class divides and his own position in society to uncover the killer. Maigret and the Old People is an absorbing mystery and a thoughtful examination of the different worlds money creates.


      Story Locale: Paris, France
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      Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. He is best known in the English-speaking world as the author of the Inspector Maigret books. His prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories has made him a household name in continental Europe.

      Shaun Whiteside is a Northern Irish translator of French, Dutch, German, and Italian literature. He has translated many novels, including Manituana and Altai by Wu Ming, The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink, and Magdalene the Sinner by Lilian Faschinger, which won him the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German Translation in 1997. He lives in London.
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      Praise for Georges Simenon:

      “One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian

      “These Maigret books are as timeless as Paris itself.” —The Washington Post

      “Maigret ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals.” —People

      “I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.” —William Faulkner

      “The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature.” —André Gide

      “A supreme writer . . . Unforgettable vividness.” —The Independent (London)

      “Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales.” —The Observer (London)

      “Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.” —John Gray

      “A truly wonderful writer . . . Marvelously readable—lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the world he creates.” —Muriel Spark

      “A novelist who entered his fictional world as if he were a part of it.”lle —Peter Ackroyd

      “Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century.” —John Banville
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    Series: A DI Adam Fawley Novel
    In the Dark A Novel Cara Hunter
    9780143131069 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: February 19, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5.08 x 7.73 x 0.68 in | 0.59 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      A page-turning suspense novel about the shocking secrets revealed when a woman is discovered held captive behind a basement wall—and it turns out no one is who they appear to be

      Do you know what they’re hiding in the house next door?

      A woman is found locked in a basement, barely alive, unidentifiable: the woman can’t speak, there are no missing persons reports that match their profile, and the confused, elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet street are in shock—how could this happen right under their noses? But Detective Inspector Adam Fawley knows nothing is impossible. And no one is as innocent as they seem.

      As the police grow desperate for a lead, DI Fawley stumbles across a breakthrough, a link to a case he worked years before about another young woman and child gone missing, never solved. When he realizes the missing woman’s house is directly adjacent to the house in this case, he thinks he might have found the connection that could bring justice for both women. But there’s something not quite right, and the truth will send shockwaves through the force that Fawley never could have anticipated.

      A deeply unsettling, heart-stopping novel about long-buried secrets and the monsters who hide in plain sight, In the Dark will have you double checking your locks and racing through the pages late into the night. The second gripping novel in the DI Adam Fawley series.


      Story Locale: Oxford, England
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      Cara Hunter lives and works in Oxford. She also studied for a degree and PhD in English literature at Oxford University.

      Author Residence: Oxford, England
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      Praise for In the Dark

      “A gripping suspense novel about misguided assumptions and secrets hidden in plain sight . . . its final destination is anything but expected.” —Bustle

      “The second in what will hopefully be a long-running series . . . Just as engrossing and complex as [Close to Home].” —CrimeReads (The Most-Anticipated Crime Books of 2019)

      “Arresting and unnerving . . . Hunter exposes human frailties such as social and governmental missteps and policemen’s personal mess-ups while celebrating the essential humanity of those sworn to serve and protect. Readers will eagerly await Fawley’s next outing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[Hunter] gradually unwind[s] a case that is much more complicated that it initially appears. This slow-­burning procedural builds with tension as the narrative moves through several cunning twists, offering fans a pleasing follow-up to the first book in the series, Close to Home.” —Library Journal

      “A tense exploration of manipulation and betrayal . . . A solid psychological thriller with carefully developed characters and disturbing, cleverly masked revelations that will appeal to fans of Tana French and Sophie Hannah.” —Booklist

      “Your next riveting, twisty read!” —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

      In the Dark kept me up into the late hours. Clever and wonderfully complex.” —Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

      “A classy, agile, fresh, unpredictable and utterly compelling gift of a book: hats off!” —Nicci French, author of the Frieda Klein series

      "This a real gripper of a read and hugely satisfying.” —Peter James, author of the Roy Grace series


      Praise for Close to Home

      “Hunter does a masterly job of building tension and keeping the reader guessing to the very end.” —Publishers Weekly

      “This well-written psychological drama will keep you guessing until the very end.” —Book Reporter

      “[A] maze-y, gripping story.” —Ian Rankin, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus series

      Close to Home is an utterly immersive story that pulls you into the heart of a search for a missing child. Compulsive, with an ending you will not see coming.” —Emma Kavanagh, author of After We Fall

      “An amazing, fast-paced thrill ride and one of the best crime thrillers I have ever read! An exciting plot combined with top-quality writing—just perfect!” —Kathryn Croft, author of The Girl with No Past and While You Were Sleeping

      “Great characters, engrossing story, and a twist at the end I did not see coming.” —Marika Cobbold, author of Frozen Music

      Close to Home hit the ground running and didn’t stop right until the final page. . . . The last [twist] was a genuine stroke of genius . . . told in a unique, modern way that sets the bar for new crime writers. . . . The last time I felt that excited by a book was A Kind Worth Killing.” —John Marrs, author of When You Disappeared and The One

      “This book won’t let you off the hook. Once you open it and start reading, forget about doing much else at all.” —Adèle Geras, author of Troy

      “[I] finished Close to Home in one sitting! Such a cleverly written, chilling, and twisty read.” —Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister’s Bones
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    The New Me Halle Butler
    9780143133605 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: March 05, 2019
    $22.00 CAD 5 x 7.71 x 0.52 in | 0.34 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      “A dark comedy of female rage” (Catherine Lacey) and a biting satire of the false promise of reinvention, by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and Granta Best Young American Novelist

      NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY VULTURE, HUFFPOST, BUSTLE, LITHUB, AND THE MILLIONS

      I’m still trying to make the dream possible: still might finish my cleaning project, still might sign up for that yoga class, still might, still might. I step into the shower and almost faint, an image of taking the day by the throat and bashing its head against the wall floating in my mind.

      Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. Then she watches TV until she drops off to sleep, and the cycle begins again.

      When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she’s envisioning - one that involves nicer clothes, fresh produce, maybe even financial independence - within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization, lurking just beneath the surface, of just how hollow that vision has become.

      Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture.


      Story Locale: Chicago, IL
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      Halle Butler is the author of Jillian. She has been named a National Book Award Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: Chicago, IL; East Lansing, MI
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      "Ingenious . . . masterfully cringe-inducing and unsparingly critical . . . The New Me continues the author's interrogation of the disappointments of the workplace and the diminished rewards of the so-called American dream...[and] explores self-improvement at its absolute, impractical, soul-crushing worst...[Butler's] wit and insight keep the pages turning." —Chicago Tribune

      "Scathingly funny." —Entertainment Weekly

      "Office Space meets millennial burnout in this inspired comic novel . . . A must-read." —Esquire

      "[Millie's] rants would make Dostoyevsky's Underground Man beam." —Stephanie Danler, The New York Times Book Review

      "Made me laugh and cry enough times to feel completely reborn." —Nikki Shaner-Bradford, The Paris Review

      "If you loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, don’t miss this . . . Sardonic and grimly relatable." —Bustle

      "[A] surly send-up of the makeover-industrial complex." —Vulture, "The Best Books of 2019 (So Far)"

      "Darkly funny." —Vanity Fair, "The Best Books of 2019, So Far"

      "A sharp and candid satire of the American workplace . . . No matter which generation you're in, this dark, psychological comedy is a must-read." —Today.com (The TODAY Show)

      "A brilliant excoriation of the marketers telling us that life offers an unending parade of do-overs. Butler nails the unspoken hierarchies of contemporary office life in this wry and utterly terrifying work." —Vulture

      "Few authors capture the acidic angst of downtrodden millennials like Butler, whose heroines, trapped in precarious and soulless work, take comfort in consumption, in cynicism, in ill-fated self-improvement." —Huffington Post

      "Anyone who has ever felt like their life is going nowhere—and to make it worse, going nowhere in an achingly slow manner—will recognize themselves in Halle Butler's new novel." —Nylon

      "Wake up, look in the mirror, swear it will all be different today. Sound familiar? Here's that feeling in novel form." —Elle

      "Deftly shifts . . . between hope and anxiety." —The Wall Street Journal, "The 10 Books You’ll Want to Read This Spring"

      "[A] gut-punch . . . Butler does a great job capturing a certain kind of ennui with pitch perfect tone and dark humor." —Brightest Young Things, "The Best Books of 2019 (So Far)"

      "[An] instant classic . . . pleasingly cruel [and] horribly funny." —New Statesman America

      "A skewering of the 21st-century American dream of self-betterment. Butler has already proven herself a master of writing about work and its discontents." —The Millions

      "Millie is just the kind of misanthropic, hopeful/doomed thirty-year-old we’ve all known, and/or been, and/or loved, and/or hated. Butler is an essential contemporary voice." —LitHub

      "The kind of humor found in The New Me is so sharp it cuts." —Popsugar

      "Butler’s curmudgeonly, black-humored depiction of what now passes for work, for friendship, for a life will appeal to fans of Ottessa Moshfegh." —Newsday

      "So precise and cutting you might find yourself laughing, or shivering, with recognition." —Vulture, "6 New Paperbacks You Should Read Right Now”

      "Darkly comic [and] highly readable . . . Butler presents a vivid portrait of her pitiful yet pitiless protagonist. It’s hard to know what Millie needs most: medication, a hug or a restraining order." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

      "A sharp, darkly comedic examination of capitalism, millennial life, and how to escape it all." —Bitch Media

      "Quick-paced . . . laugh-out-loud angst." —amNewYork

      "Butler’s incisive prose cuts sharp. Millie is, like us all, nominally an adult in a world that finds little dignity in adulthood." —Chicago Review of Books

      "[The New Me] brilliantly captures the anxiety of the era . . . It’s depressing and hilarious, cynical and side-splitting. Butler’s observations of character, dialogue, and social class are barbed and relatable." —Newcity Lit

      "[The New Me] dives deep into the idea of millennial burnout. . . Many readers will identify with Butler's psychologically astute yet somewhat hopeless inner monologue." —Mind Body Green

      "A sharp and observant writer, who takes to task the tragicomedy of modern capitalism . . . Butler has created a disquieting heroine with an indelible voice." —Publishers Weekly

      "A bouncy, profane, highly addictive novel about work, female friendship, and other alienations. Halle Butler’s insane talent shimmers on every page of this deadpan misanthrope’s ode. A must-read!" —Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus and Battleborn

      "The New Me renders contemporary American life in such vivid, stinging color that certain sentences are liable to give the reader a paper cut. But you’ll want to keep on reading anyway. Halle Butler is terrific, and I loved this book." —Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

      "A dark comedy of female rage. Halle Butler is a first-rate satirist of the horror show being sold to us as Modern Femininity. She is Thomas Bernhard in a bad mood, showing us the futility of betterment in an increasingly paranoid era of self-improvement. Hilarious." —Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing and The Answers

      "A bleak and brutal book that exposes a nearly unbearable futility to life in the workforce, not to mention life outside it. Butler’s vision is funny and raw and dark—a cautionary tale, hilarious and intimate, against growing up and making do." —Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet

      "Halle Butler has a way of looking at our twenty-first-century neoliberalist condition that simultaneously exposes its brutality and renders that same brutality absurd, hilarious, fizzy with humor. She's an incisive, curmudgeonly bard of the uniquely precarious times we live in, and it is crucial that you read her immediately." —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
  • 9
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    Series: Inspector Maigret
    Maigret and the Lazy Burglar Georges Simenon
    9780241303917 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: March 05, 2019
    $17.50 CAD 5.12 x 7.77 x 0.39 in | 0.28 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 120 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      During a high-profile hunt for the latest criminal gang to hit Paris, Maigret is determined to track down the murderer of a quiet crook whom he cannot help but respect

      When the body of Honoré Cuendot, an old burglar acquaintance of Maigret’s, is found in the Bois de Boulogne with his face bashed in, he is appalled that his superiors consider it a mere gangland killing. And there’s a personal element to this case as well: Maigret rather liked Cuendot. Instead of concentrating on the flashy bank robberies occupying the rest of his department, Maigret decides to inquire into Cuendot’s life—and finds himself tied up in the bank robberies, too, along the way.

      A deliberate, involving murder mystery that only the likes of our trusty Inspector could solve, Maigret and the Lazy Burglar reveals that Maigret’s famous intuition is only one of his skills, and that his incredible empathy is just as important for bringing about justice.


      Story Locale: Paris, France
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      Georges Simenon (1903-1989) was born in Liège, Belgium. He is best known in the English-speaking world as the author of the Inspector Maigret books. His prolific output of more than four hundred novels and short stories has made him a household name in continental Europe.
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      Praise for Georges Simenon:

      “One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian

      “These Maigret books are as timeless as Paris itself.” —The Washington Post

      “Maigret ranks with Holmes and Poirot in the pantheon of fictional detective immortals.” —People

      “I love reading Simenon. He makes me think of Chekhov.” —William Faulkner

      “The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature.” —André Gide

      “A supreme writer . . . Unforgettable vividness.” —The Independent (London)

      “Superb . . . The most addictive of writers . . . A unique teller of tales.” —The Observer (London)

      “Compelling, remorseless, brilliant.” —John Gray

      “A truly wonderful writer . . . Marvelously readable—lucid, simple, absolutely in tune with the world he creates.” —Muriel Spark

      “A novelist who entered his fictional world as if he were a part of it.”lle —Peter Ackroyd

      “Extraordinary masterpieces of the twentieth century.” —John Banville
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    My Mother's Book Elma van Vliet
    9780143133742 Diary FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting On Sale Date: March 19, 2019
    $24.00 CAD 6.82 x 9.29 x 0.72 in | 1.13 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Books
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      A touching, beautifully designed, guided journal that invites mothers to record stories of their lives, creating a personal keepsake for generations to come.

      When Elma van Vliet’s mother became ill in 2001, Elma realized there was still so much she wanted to ask her. That’s why she created a series of books to help share and preserve precious memories. Since then, more than four million people worldwide have used her books to tell their family’s stories.

      My Mother’s Book is a guided journal that prompts your mother to share her memories, dreams, and wishes, asking her to record everything from her favorite band as a teenager and her childhood games to her proudest accomplishment and her first memory of you. Give it to her as a gift; get it back as a chronicle of her life. The end result will be a deeply personal and beautifully designed keepsake, one that helps you remember what is really important in life: the people we love and the stories we share with one another.
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      Elma van Vliet is the creator of a series of books that address people’s universal longing to know where they come from, which have grown to become international successes. She believes that we can make the world a better place by helping people make real contact. Her books have been published in twelve countries and sold more than four million copies worldwide. She lives in Delft in the Netherlands.
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