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    Miracle Creek A Novel Angie Kim
    9780374156022 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 16, 2019 Print Run: 100000
    $35.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.15 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Sarah Crichton Books
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      The “gripping… page-turner” (Time) hitting all the best of summer reading lists,Miracle Creekis perfect for book clubs and fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng

      How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

      In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

      A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

      “A stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost" (Washington Post),Miracle Creekuncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It’s “a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community” (O Magazine) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family. Drawing on the author’s own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a “miracle submarine” patient, this is a novel steeped in suspense and igniting discussion. Recommended by Erin Morgenstern, Jean Kwok, Jennifer Weiner, Scott Turow, Laura Lippman, and more--Miracle Creekis a brave, moving debut from an unforgettable new voice.

      Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of theHarvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won theGlamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications includingThe New York Times,Salon,Slate,The Southern Review,Sycamore Review,The Asian American Literary Review, andPANK. Kim lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three sons.Miracle Creek is her debut novel.
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      AWashington PostBestseller
      An IndieNext Pick
      An April 2019 LibraryReads Selection
      An April 2019 Book of the Month Club Selection
      A Best New Book atPeople Magazine
      A Best Fiction Book of 2019 (so far) atTime Magazine
      A Best Book of Spring 2019 atSouthern Living

      A Most Anticipated Book of 2019:BuzzFeed, Refinery29, CrimeReads, Electric Literature, Nylon, The Millions, BookRiotand more.Featured inRefinery29,Harper's BAZAAR,The Saturday Evening Post, The Telegraph, and the Reading Women Podcast.

      "[A] thought-provoking journey of ideas [and] a fascinating study of the malleability of truth in the courtroom . . .Miracle Creek is a brave novel that challenges assumptions of reality."
      —Krys Lee,The New York Times Book Review

      "A deeply moving story about parents and the lengths they will go for their children . . . Readers will be riveted by the book’s genre-bending structure and superb pace.Miracle Creek is a stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost."
      Jung Yun,The Washington Post

      "A really, really gripping-page turner. . . . Something goes wrong, a mother and child die, there's a big courtroom showdown, and it turns out everyone is keeping secrets. . . . Recommended for those who love a good thriller."
      Jennifer Weiner for Good Morning America

      "[A] mesmerizing debut . . . [Angie Kim] shows an enormous amount of empathy for her characters, infusing them with such intense humanity that I sat weeping for them in an airplane middle seat, between two strangers, for several minutes after I finished the book. With clear, assured prose and penetrating emotional intelligence, she takes us deep into their inner lives . . . The plotting is deliberate and detailed and marvelously done."
      Steph Cha,Los Angeles Times

      "Gripping . . . Although the plot ofMiracle Creek is propelled by a murder trial . . . the book shines when the characters involved open up about what it’s like to make intense sacrifices for the people they love. From the immigrants who ran the facility to the single mother of the child who was killed, Kim makes a case for compassion that surpasses the suspense of her page-turner."
      —Annabel Gutterman,Time Magazine

      "Miracle Creekis a quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of community."
      Trish Bendix,O: The Oprah Magazine

      "Take the taut pace of a police procedural drama and infuse it with the deftly wrought relationships of a Celeste Ng novel, and you'll getMiracle Creek . . .A page-turner backed up by big ideas about family and what we'd do for them."
      Elena Nicolau,Refinery29

      "Clear your calendars, put your phones on airplane mode, and get ready to hear the sounds of your heartstrings being plucked! This stunning debut is a family drama, courtroom thriller, and a mystery, all of which add up to one of the most incredible novels of 2019 . . . My two-word review: Jaw. Dropping. I was absolutely floored by this book! Reading it felt like opening a present I had been hiding in my heart."
      Liberty Hardy, Book of the Month Club

      "[Miracle Creek] is a gripping page-turner, but what I loved most was Kim’s thoughtful, honest exploration of parents of children with special needs, and immigrants. Perfectly paced, filled with wisdom and compassion, this is a book you don’t want to miss."
      Jean Kwok,Bustle

      "I was immediately drawn in by Kim’s vivid, horrifying opening chapter, building a tension that doesn’t let up until the book’s final pages . . . [Miracle Creek] powerfully, and at times painfully, interrogates the inner lives of women who are the primary caregivers for children with chronic, debilitating medical conditions . . . Even as the courtroom plot unspools, Kim also encourages readers to look at the uncomfortable truths that might remain unspoken or barely whispered, as she lays bare her characters’ deepest vulnerabilities and darkest moments."
      Norah Piehl,BookReporter

      “A rigorous character study, touching on themes of immigration and motherhood.”
      Entertainment Weekly

      "Although the case seems open-and-shut, nothing is quite so simple in Kim's compulsively readable debut."
      The Washington Post

      "Kim has an expert knack for feeding readers clues like breadcrumbs . . . Perhaps one of the most interesting facets ofMiracle Creek is its exploration into the fragility of traditional gender roles . . . Set amidst the U.S. justice system, Kim explores the deepest, darkest and most untamed facets of the human psyche through her riveting tale of murder.Miracle Creek is a thrilling, page-turning story of how even the most well-intentioned white lie can lead to an explosive outcome."
      —Mae Hamilton,Character Media

      "Miracle Creekis a courtroom drama with impeccable pacing, an original plot, and stellar writing. It’s also a remarkably empathetic book, exploring the ripple effects of causality and the urgent need to do right by each other in big and small ways . . . A great read that deserves broad success."
      —Sara Hinckley,

      “With so many complications and loose ends, one of the miracles of the novel is that the author ties it all together and arrives at a deeply satisfying—though not easy or sentimental—ending. Intricate plotting and courtroom theatrics, combined with moving insight into parenting special needs children and the psychology of immigrants, make this book both a learning experience and a page-turner. Should be huge.”
      Kirkus(starred review)

      “This stunning debut by Angie Kim is both an utterly engrossing, nail-biter of a courtroom drama and a sensitive, incisive look into the experiences of immigrant families in America.”

      "Kim effectively uses her background as a trial lawyer, skillfully crafting her narrative by interweaving the stories of her characters, each of whom speak for themselves as the story progresses toward a surprise ending. With touches of mystery, legal thriller, and character-driven storytelling, where nothing is ever quite as it seems, Kim's promising debut will certainly have readers looking forward to her next offering."
      Library Journal(starred review)

      “[A] masterpiece of grief, hope, and recrimination . . . A complex novel of parenting, prejudice, and putting blame where blame’s due, this one is not to be missed.”
      —Crime Reads

      "[Miracle Creek] has everything you're looking for in a book."
      —Reading Women Podcast

      "This courtroom thriller is easily one of my most favorite reads of the year-to-date and the industry buzz is massive. Pre-order this one, so that you can read it before all your friends start talking about it."
      Kristopher Zgorski,Bolo Books

      “A stand-out, twisty debut . . . Kim, a former lawyer, clearly knows her stuff . . . a masterfully plotted novel about the joys and pains of motherhood, the trick mirror nature of truth, and the unforgiving nature of justice.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Powerful courtroom scenes invite comparisons to Scott Turow, but Kim’s nuanced exploration of guilt, resentment, maternal love, and multifaceted justice may have stronger appeal for readers.”

      “I know this story but have never seen it in a novel—the struggles of the Korean immigrant entrepreneur in America, with a technology that seems like magic, who can go from hero to villain in an instant, now at the center of what is possibly a murder—a bright seam of crisis, mystery, and love emerges in these pages. Kim has written a bold debut novel about science and immigration and the hopes and fears each engenders—unforgettable and true.”
      Alexander Chee, author ofThe Queen of the Night

      Miracle Creek is a marvel, a taut courtroom thriller that ultimately tells the most human story imaginable, a story of good intentions and reckless passions. Compelling, generous, at once empathetic and unsparing. I am wrecked, I am heartened and hopeful, which means, in short, thatMiracle Creek is pretty much the perfect novel for these chaotic times in which we live.”
      Laura Lippman, author ofSunburn

      Miracle Creekgrabbed me hard right from the start. This is a terrific courtroom thriller, a sly whodunit that’s beautifully written and also full of heart.”
      Scott Turow, author ofTestimony

      Miracle Creekis an engrossing puzzle-box of a book: a twisty courtroom drama that also manages to be emotionally astute, culturally perceptive, and deeply empathetic. Angie Kim tackles hot-button subjects with a delicate touch, proving herself a master of both portraiture and storytelling. I loved this novel.”
      Janelle Brown, author of theNew York TimesbestsellerWatch Me Disappear

      "I love a good courtroom drama, so I loveMiracle Creek. But this is more than a good thriller; it is the story of parents with children needing treatment for autism or cerebral palsy; the story of a family of Korean immigrants; the story of myriad marriages and the 'right' way to raise children in a very challenging environment. I loved this book and can't wait to introduce it to book clubs . . . if only so I can have someone to talk about it with."
      Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books & Cafe

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    Vibrate Higher A Rap Story Talib Kweli
    9780374283407 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: February 11, 2020 Print Run: 75000
    $36.50 CAD 5.38 x 8.25 x 0.01 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y MCD
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      From one of the most lyrically gifted, socially conscious rappers of the past twenty years,Vibrate Higher is a firsthand account of hip-hop as a political force

      Before Talib Kweli became a world-renowned hip hop artist, he was a Brooklyn kid who liked to cut class, spit rhymes, and wander the streets of Greenwich Village with a motley crew of artists, rappers, and DJs who found hip hop more inspiring than their textbooks (much to the chagrin of the educator parents who had given their son an Afrocentric name in hope of securing for him a more traditional sense of pride and purpose). Kweli’s was the first generation to grow up with hip hop as established culture—a genre of music that has expanded to include its own pantheon of heroes, rich history and politics, and distinct worldview.

      Eventually, childhood friendships turned into collaborations and Kweli gained notoriety as a rapper in his own right. From collaborating with some of hip hop’s greatest—including Mos Def, Common, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar—to selling books out of the oldest African-American bookstore in Brooklyn, and ultimately leaving his record label and taking control of his own recording career, Kweli tells the winding, always compelling story of the people and events that shaped his own life as well as the culture of hip hop which informs American culture at large.

      Vibrate Higher illuminates Talib Kweli’s upbringing and artistic success, but so too does it give life to hip hop as a political force—one that galvanized the Movement for Black Lives, and serves a continual channel for resistance against the rising tide of white nationalism.

      Talib Kweli is one of the world’s most talented and accomplished hip-hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one half of Black Star, partnering with the producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material, or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories, and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli hopes to make Javotti Media into a media powerhouse that releases music, films, and books.
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      "If skills sold, truth be told / Lyrically, I'd probably be Talib Kweli." -Jay Z
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    Mothers Stories Chris Power
    9780374213664 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: January 15, 2019 Print Run: 15000
    $34.00 CAD 5.61 x 7.72 x 1.1 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      An “extraordinary” (The Sunday Times) debut of unnerving beauty, Chris Power’s short story collectionMothersevokes the magic and despair of the essential human longing for purpose.

      Chris Power’s stories are peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends—characters who search without knowing what they seek. Their paths lead them to thresholds, bridges, rivers, and sites of mysterious, irresistible connection to the past. A woman uses her mother’s old travel guide, aged years beyond relevance, to navigate on a journey to nowhere; a stand-up comic with writer’s block performs a fateful gig at a cocaine-fueled bachelor party; on holiday in Greece, a father must confront the limits to which he can keep his daughters safe. Braided throughout is the story of Eva, a daughter, wife, and mother, whose search for a self and place of belonging tracks a devastating path through generations.

      Ranging from remote English moors to an ancient Swedish burial ground to a hedonistic Mexican wedding, the stories inMotherslay bare the emotional and psychic damage of life, love, and abandonment. Suffused with yearning, Power’s transcendent prose expresses a profound ache for vanished pasts and uncertain futures.

      Chris Power lives and works in London. His column, A Brief Survey of the Short Story, has appeared inThe Guardiansince 2007. He has written for the BBC,The New York Times, and theNew Statesman.His fiction has been published inGranta,The Stinging Fly,The Dublin Review, andThe White Review, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.Mothers is his first book.
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      Longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize

      "You won't be able to put [Mothers] down: As soon as you finish the quietly suspenseful book, you'll want to reread its opening story." —Ann Hulbert,The Atlantic

      "[Power’s characters] yearn for the individual moments in their lives to mean something, a quality that makes them lovingly human . . . Power manages to convey […] the universality of a certain ache, of simply not knowing which experiences, which people, will hold weight in the future." —Tausif Noor,Bookforum

      "Power is funny. He puts forth absurdity in the way you’d expect of a more modern (and better socialized) narrator of Beckett’s . . . Not once does he break the delicate combination of breezy and desperate that constitutes the tenor in much of his work." —Sophie Dess, The Millions

      "An elegant collection, touching on a host of issues deeply ingrained in our modern experience . . . Power’s prose is spare and exacting, excising the needless word in pursuit of emotional truth.Mothersproves a rewarding experience for the lover of quiet short stories that speak volumes." —Zack Ravas,Zyzzyva

      "These stories are intrigued by danger, real and imagined, particularly in the context of celebrations, jaunts and holidays . . . The prose, often expository and straightforward, is elevated by striking use of metaphor and simile. " —Jackie Thomas-Kennedy,Minneapolis Star Tribune

      "Power's wide-ranging debut is confident, complex, bizarre, poignant, and elegantly crafted—a very strong collection." —Kirkus

      "These stories thrive on closely observed details and moments told with both pathos and humor . . . Power asks us to consider and appreciate the very human and humanizing experience of striving for something just out of reach, or for opportunities just passed by." —Ross Dworman,Booklist

      "Sparkling . . . There’s plenty to admire in Power’s writing, and the author mines his characters for unexpected traits and decisions, making for an auspicious debut." —Publishers Weekly

      "The extraordinary thing about Chris Power’s stories is the range of personalities and worlds he can inhabit. The sentences and paragraphs are simple but the more you look at them, the deeper they become. How wonderful to encounter this great new talent." —Akhil Sharma, author ofA Life of Adventure and Delight

      “Daring . . . Compelling . . . A uniquely unsettling and subtle debut collection.” —Melissa Harrison,The Guardian

      "Unsettling . . . These are strange stories, forbidding and unnerving, which need to be read carefully with an ear trained to what isn't being said, what isn't being heard." —Susie Boyt,The Financial Times

      “There is an obsessive quality to the best of these stories that makes them feel pregnant with inscrutable meaning . . . It is testament to the depth and distinctiveness of Power’s characters that it seems so important to try to understand them, even as they fail to understand themselves.” —Edmund Gordon,The Sunday Times

      “In Power’s remarkable debut, he depicts mood, happenstance, self-deception and epiphany as well as any of his heroes. In using studied artifice, leaving out everything extraneous, he reveals life’s complexity: the very chaos that we reckon with by telling stories.” —Philip Maughan,New Statesman

      “To readMothersis to take a journey through a landscape familiar enough to console yet strange enough to unsettle. The thrills and dangers of such a journey lie with the unexpectedness of life’s undercurrents and our uncertain, unknowable selves. Chris Power’s quiet yet compelling touch is reminiscent of Alice Munro and Peter Stamm.” —Yiyun Li, author ofDear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

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    Unexampled Courage The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring Richard Gergel
    9780374107895 Hardcover HISTORY / United States On Sale Date: January 22, 2019 Print Run: 50000
    $35.00 CAD 6.34 x 9.23 x 1.12 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Sarah Crichton Books
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      How the blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard changed the course of America’s civil rights history

      On February 12, 1946, Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a returning, decorated African American veteran, was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, after he challenged the bus driver’s disrespectful treatment of him. Woodard, in uniform, was arrested by the local police chief, Lynwood Shull, and beaten and blinded while in custody.

      President Harry Truman was outraged by the incident. He established the first presidential commission on civil rights and his Justice Department filed criminal charges against Shull. In July 1948, following his commission’s recommendation, Truman ordered an end to segregation in the U.S. armed forces. An all-white South Carolina jury acquitted Shull, but the presiding judge, J. Waties Waring, was conscience-stricken by the failure of the court system to do justice by the soldier. Waring described the trial as his “baptism of fire,” and began issuing major civil rights decisions from his Charleston courtroom, including his 1951 dissent inBriggs v. Elliottdeclaring public school segregation per se unconstitutional. Three years later, the Supreme Court adopted Waring’s language and reasoning inBrown v. Board of Education. Richard Gergel’sUnexampled Courage details the impact of the blinding of Sergeant Woodard on the racial awakening of President Truman and Judge Waring, and traces their influential roles in changing the course of America’s civil rights history.

      Richard Gergel is a United States district judge who presides in the same courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, where Judge Waring once served. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Judge Gergel earned undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. With his wife, Dr. Belinda Gergel, he is the author ofIn Pursuit of the Tree of Life: A History of the Early Jews of Columbia, South Carolina.
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      “Richard Gergel presents a deeply researched account of [Isaac] Woodard’s tragic story and weaves it into a larger narrative . . . The definitive account of Woodard’s blinding.” —Kenneth W. Mack,The Washington Post

      “A fascinating historical and legal investigation . . . Gergel reintroduces oft-forgotten civil rights heroes in this captivating, deeply researched work that is likely to draw in general readers, historians, and legal scholars alike.” —Karl Helicher,Library Journal

      “Gergel presents a compelling account of a case that helped point the way for broader, more intense, and more effective efforts in the civil rights movement.” —Jay Freeman,Booklist

      In this enlightening study, judge and historian Gergel illuminates the far-reaching effects of an individual act of cruelty . . . This is an important work on the prehistory of the civil rights struggle and an insightful account of how a single incident can inspire massive social and political changes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

      A federal judge from South Carolina examines a rarely mentioned 1946 race-based crime . . . Gergel is both an astute researcher and an engaging writer, bringing this significant story to vivid life . . . civil rights history at its most compelling.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

      Drawing on his exhaustive investigation of the brutal encounter between a black soldier and a southern police officer, Richard Gergel widens the lens on a critical moment in American history.Unexampled Courage tells a riveting story about the personalities and forces that converged in the aftermath of World War II to fuel the movement that would dismantle Jim Crow and transform the nation.” —Patricia Sullivan, Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and author ofLift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement

      Unexampled Courage is a searing work of history that must be read in today’s America: an account of the fight for civil rights that reminds us just how much we depend on the bravery of a few to right the wrongs of the many. Reading it is an emotional journey. There are tears of rage, but also of admiration for the extraordinary courage of a brutalized and blinded black soldier; of a southern judge whose conscience drove him to oppose his racist heritage; and an American president who risked everything todo what he believed to be right at a time when the United States hoped its moral leadership would resonate around the world.”
      —Christopher Dickey, author ofOur Man in Charleston

      Unexampled Courage, set in the Jim Crow South after World War II, recovers a pivotal moment in America’s civil rights movement. This remarkable story reminds us of the enduring power of the rule of law, even under the most daunting circumstances, when men and women stand for justice. A timely book; a monumental achievement.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

      "Remarkable . . . riveting . . . a revealing window into both the hideous racial violence and humiliation of segregation . . . and the heroic origin of the legal crusade to destroy Jim Crow . . . an engrossing history . . . The great value ofUnexampled Courage is that it might garner a broad audience for the kinds of heroism involved in this history of litigation . . . Would that Chief Justice John Roberts and his fellow conservative justices might read this riveting legal history and rethink the decision in Shelby v. Holder of 2013, which eviscerated federal oversight of voting rights in the Deep South. But while we wait for that unlikelihood, we should remember that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed because of the history Gergel recounts." —David W. Blight,New York Times Book Review

      "Gergel’s hallmark is an emphasis on how people at every level contribute to the making of history...He makes that point memorably in Unexampled Courage. Hopefully it will nurture the ground from which will arise more effective efforts in our own time to confront the ongoing menace of racially motivated police violence." —Randall Kennedy,The American Prospect

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    Ghost Wall A Novel Sarah Moss
    9780374161927 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: January 08, 2019 Print Run: 20000
    $29.00 CAD 6.49 x 7.73 x 0.66 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      ASouthern LivingBest New Book of Winter 2019; A Refinery29 Best Book of January 2019; A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 atThe Week, Huffington Post, Nylon,andLit Hub;An Indie Next Pick for January 2019

      Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic.”
      —Emma Donoghue, author ofRoom

      "A worthy match for 3 a.m. disquiet, a book that evoked existential dread, but contained it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle.”
      —Margaret Talbot,The New Yorker

      A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior

      The light blinds you; there’s a lot you miss by gathering at the fireside.

      In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities but not far from civilization, Silvie and her family are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age.

      For two weeks, the length of her father’s vacation, they join an anthropology course set to reenact life in simpler times. They are surrounded by forests of birch and rowan; they make stew from foraged roots and hunted rabbit. The students are fulfilling their coursework; Silvie’s father is fulfilling his lifelong obsession. He has raised her on stories of early man, taken her to witness rare artifacts, recounted time and again their rituals and beliefs—particularly their sacrifices tothe bog. Mixing with the students, Silvie begins to see, hear, and imagine another kind of life, one that might include going to university, traveling beyond England, choosing her own clothes and food, speaking her mind.

      The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice?

      A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’sGhost Wallurges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.

      Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick. Her books include the novelsCold Earth,Night Waking, andSigns for Lost Children,and the memoirNames for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland.
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      Financial Times Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed

      Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019
      The New York Times Book ReviewEditor's Choice
      A Best Book of 2019 (so far) atElleandThrillist
      An Indie Next Pick for January 2019
      New York Magazine Approval Matrix, "Highbrow Brilliant"
      ASouthern LivingBest New Book of Winter 2019
      ARefinery29Best Book of January 2019
      ANylonBest Book to Read in 2019
      AHuffington PostMost Anticipated Book of 2019
      ALit HubMost Anticipated Read of 2019
      AThrillistMost Anticipated Book of 2019
      AGuardianBest Book of 2018
      ATimes Literary SupplementBest Book of 2018
      ANew StatesmanBest Book of 2018
      ASpectatorBook of the Year
      AFinancial TimesBest Book of 2018
      ATimes(UK) Best Book of 2018
      AMetroBest Fiction Book of 2018

      “I stayed up half the night gulping down Sarah Moss’s slim, unnervingly tense novel. Ghost Wall has subtlety, wit, and the force of a rock to the head: an instant classic.”
      —Emma Donoghue, author ofRoom

      “A compact, riveting book.”
      Alyson Hagy,The New York Times Book Review

      "[Ghost Wall] compresses large and urgent themes—the dangers of nostalgic nationalism, the abuse of women and children, what is lost and gained when humans stop living in thrall to the natural world—into a short, sharp tale of suspense. The way Moss conjures up the dark magic and vestigial landscapes of ancient Britain reminded me a little of the horror movieThe Wicker Man . . .The novel’s feminism, though, felt utterly contemporary . . . I readGhost Wall in one gulp in the middle of the night."
      —Margaret Talbot,The New Yorker

      “A master class in compressing an unbearable sense of dread into a book that can be read in a single horrified (and admiring) hour . . .Ghost Wallis perhaps the finest novel so far to come out of the British literary response to these uneasy times.”
      —Sarah Perry,The Wall Street Journal

      "[A] tiny, sharp knife of a novel . . . a persistent theme of this acutely lovely novel is the way in which all societies—whether ancient or modern, rich or poor—depend on scaffoldings of cruelty, from the meat they eat to the clothes they wear . . . Moss, whose work has long plumbed the psychological roots of timely issues, offers a beautiful corrective to the rugged, wild-man archetype. . . The whole book feel[s] like a web of shimmering connections, unshowy but endlessly complex."
      —Annalisa Quinn,The Atlantic

      "Sarah Moss possesses the rare light touch when it comes to melding the uncanny with social commentary . . .Ghost Wall is such a weird and distinctive story: It could be labeled a supernatural tale, a coming-of-age chronicle, even a timely meditation on the various meanings of walls themselves. All this, packed into a beautifully written story of 130 pages. No wonder I read it twice within one week."
      Maureen Corrigan, NPR

      "Moss’ myth-likeGhost Wall isn’t merely a timely topical novel, but rather a timeless work of art."
      —Randy Rosenthal,The Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “Tense, poetic, and compelling.”
      —Mike Doherty,The Toronto Star

      “The fear produced by this fine-honed, piercing novel springs not from the superstitious customs of prehistory but from the more intimate horrors of human nature.”
      —Sam Sacks,The Wall Street Journal

      "A fascinating, horrifying look into the way in which . . . fixation on the past threatens our present and our future . . . Moss skillfully builds an atmosphere of menace and peril, making it so that I both dreaded and couldn’t wait to turn every page, simultaneously afraid and compelled by what strange, inevitable violence lay ahead . . . Spend an afternoon reading this marvel of a book, and then spend the next few weeks thinking about nothing else."
      —Kristin Iversen,Nylon

      "Much like life: brief, terrifying, and obstinately weird."
      —Rien Fertel,AV Club

      "My Absolute Darling meetsLord of the Flies, an immersive, atavistic rager of a story."
      —Tom Beer and Marion Winik,Newsday

      "The tense realism of Moss’s prose, juxtaposed with the increasingly mythical movement of the text, begs the reader to question the ways in which we are willing to sacrifice ourselves, and others, in the name of preserving male supremacy. A potent, exquisitely written reminder of the how effectively a horror story can expose and reflect contemporary social concerns."
      —Maryse Meijer,Publishers Weekly

      "Ghost Wall’s parabolic approach is a refreshing departure from the fashionable impulse in fiction to relegate political events to the status of inert objects. As the book’s title suggests, Moss instead renders them as ghostly presences . . . Powerful and satisfying."
      —Emma Hager,The Nation

      "Best consumed in one potent gulp, like a shot of whiskey or even hemlock . . . the voice is original, the characters compelling, and the story as chilling as they come."
      —Betty J. Cotter,Providence Journal

      "Ghost Wallis a parable for our broken times, an eerie reminder that our darkest historical moments tend to repeat themselves in the presence of fear, irrationality, and a paranoid insistence on preserving a false idea of a more perfect past . . . a slip of a book, powerful in its tightly controlled prose and multiple understated themes."
      —Dana Hansen,Chicago Review of Books

      "A tense, provocative, explosion of a novel . . .Both mythic and intensely relevant,Ghost Wall deals with issues of sexuality, class, patriarchy and xenophobia. Think Shirley Jackson meets Margaret Atwood, with a nod to William Golding’sLord of the Flies. You can read it one sitting but you’ll think about it long afterward."
      —Suzanne Tobias,KMUW

      "Ghost Wall is a short and cogent book highlighting the dynamics of one family through the lens of a rather bizarre and unsettling family trip. Bringing the distant past together with issues faced by women today—most of them rooted in history themselves—Moss’ novel asks readers to consider what we might stand to gain from history, and what we must leave behind."
      —Casey Jong,ZYZZYVA

      “The story is exquisitely written; the characters are perfectly drawn and pop off the page . . . A triumph.”
      Leah Schnelback,

      "Remarkable, inventive . . . Sarah Moss unpacks the toxic patriarchy all without leaving the confines of a teenage girl's two-week trip to the remote northern edges of England."
      —Elena Nicolaou,Refinery29

      “I love this book. Ghost Wall requires you to put your life on hold while you finish it. It draws you into its unusual world and, with quiet power and menace, keeps you there until the very last page. Silvie's story isn't one you will ever forget.”
      —Maggie O’Farrell, author ofI Am, I Am, I Am andThe Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

      “This book ratcheted the breath out of me so skillfully that as soon as I’d finished, the only thing I wanted was to read it again.”
      —Jessie Burton, author ofThe Miniaturist

      “A perfectly calibrated consciousness that is energetic and lonely and prone to sharp and memorable observations . . . This is a haunting, astonishing novel.”
      Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Thought provoking on multiple levels, with insights into primitive and modern societies, and coming of age in the face of family violence.”
      Library Journal, starred review

      "With stark and haunting prose that perfectly captures the harshness of the conditions the group is re-creating,Ghost Wall explores what the past can teach us about the present and what the present can teach us about the past--especially when the two are not as far removed as we may like to believe."
      —Kerry McHugh,Shelf Awareness

      “A novel as tightly woven as the baskets its heroine plaits, Ghost Wall is a startling and bloody blade of a book. A teenage girl, her parents, and a group of students agree to reenact life in Iron Age England over the course of a holiday, and slide into sacrifice. Elements of The Secret History combine with The Witch, plus bog bodies, patriarchal and class violence—it’s a slender, scathing fable for today, made of the ingredients of the past thousand years.”
      —Maria Dahvana Headley, author ofThe Mere Wife

      “Ghost Wall grabs you by the guts and never lets go. Dazzling."
      —Elizabeth Day, author ofThe Party

      “A thorny, thoroughly original novel about human beings' capacity for violence.”

      “Tackling issues such as misogyny and class divides, Moss packs a lot into her brief but powerful narrative.”

      “A short, sharp shock of a book that closes around you like a vice as you read it . . . From the terse, dismaying little prologue, in which an iron age girl is marched out and murdered before an audience of neighbours and family, to the hair-raising, heart-stopping denouement, it hurtles along and carries you with it, before dumping you, breathless, at the end . . .Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant.”
      —Sarah Crown,The Guardian

      “The curious allure of re-enactment is cleverly explored in Moss’s short, potent novel . . . A Brexity tale to send shivers down your spine.”
      —Rebecca Rose,The Financial Times

      "Ghost Wall . . .is further proof that [Moss is] one of our very best contemporary novelists. How she hasn’t been nominated for the Man Booker Prize continues to mystify me – and this year is no exception . . . a gripping narrative . . . It’s an intoxicating concoction; inventive, intelligent, and like no other author’s work."
      —Lucy Scholes,The Independent, Five-Star Review

      "Ghost Wall, a slim but meaty book, is like nothing I have read before; its creepy atmosphere has stayed with me all summer . . . Moss combines exquisite nature writing, original characters and a cracking thriller plot to make a wonderful literary curiosity. It deserves to pull her out of the bog of underappreciation and on to the prize podiums."
      —Alex O'Connell,The Times (UK)

      "Stunningly good, a tightly written, powerful book about archaeology and Englishness."
      —Alex Preston, The Observer

      "Moss truthfully conveys the way teenage girls make friends . . . In just 149 pages Moss does a remarkable job at building an engaging, textured world and Silvie is a likeable heroine. You root for her — and she might just surprise you."
      —Susannah Butter,Evening Standard

      “[Sarah Moss is] this divided country’s most urgent novelist. Her themes: the cycles of history, male absurdity, the forms female subversion may take, in irony, sickness and sacrifice. It helps that she’s absurdly topical, and that she’s funny.”
      —Daniel Swift,The Spectator

      "ReadingGhost Wall in the context of contemporary Britain only serves to highlight the folly of wishing for the good old days . . . The book can be read as a Brexit fable, where seppuku levels of self-sacrifice are forged with lemming-like gusto . . . There is a spring-taut tension embedded in the pages . . . Moss’s brevity is admirable, her language pristine."
      —Sinead Gleeson,The Irish Times

      "Moss slowly ratchets up the tension, much as the Iron Age people they are studying used to slowly twist a length of rope around the necks of the human sacrifices they made, up on the nearby moors."
      Roger Cox,The Scotsman

      "[Combines] the components of a thriller with a nuanced understanding of history, its fluctuating interpretations and its often traumatic effect on the present . . . Moss’s sensual writing recalls the late Helen Dunmore . . . A bold, spare study of internecine conflict."
      — Catherine Taylor,New Statesman

      "Characteristically intelligent . . . both subtle and devastating . . . Moss is the author of five acclaimed novels but in this short volume has, I believe, produced her best fiction to date."
      Totally Dublin

      “ReadingGhost Wall is an intense experience. Its claustrophobia and fearful build up leave you feeling close to tears. It is a masterful piece of writing that cements Moss’s reputation as one of our best novelists.”
      —Sian Norris,Prospect

      "The 'ghost wall' of the title becomes a powerful metaphor for the invisible boundaries that exist between different groups of people, not just in the past but also at the present time. Sarah Moss combines her research interests in food, place and material culture to good effect."
      —Lucy Whetman,Press Association/The Telegraph

      “A masterpiece of concision . . . Whether evoking the landscape and the natural world or charting the dynamics between her strongly drawn characters, there is precision, elegance and, yes, a dark beauty.”
      —Martin Spice,Star2

      "Moss’s finely balanced novel combines a strong sense of the natural world with a growing atmosphere of menace, interspersed with wry humour."
      —Anthony Gardner,The Mail on Sunday

      “Certain to give you the chills and the creeps . . .Ghost Wall addresses issues of gender and class, British identity and borders, in 160 pages.”
      – Sana Goyal,LiveMint

      “Moss is the author of several unsettling and intelligent novels about women constrained by historical circumstance, and this, narrated beautifully by a teenage girl, is one of her best yet.”

      "Sarah Moss is fascinated by bodies and isolation, and by bodies in isolation . . . Here, [she] is again drawn to an adolescent female body . . . Moss appears to collapse layers of history, to render skin and knife and rope identical across millennia. What provokes and perpetuates that capacity for harm, and what powers a mystical belief in its propitiatory value, remains eerily unclear, but no less urgent a concern for us than for our ghostly forebears."
      —Alex Clark,The Observer

      “Is Sarah Moss the best British writer never nominated for the Booker? . . . as brief and unsettling as a bolt of lightning . . . [Ghost Wall] pins us to the page with creeping menace.”
      —Anthony Cummins,Daily Mail

      “Exquisite . . . the book works subcutaneously, building towards an ending that is all the more horrifying for its unexpectedness . . . an important novel that wears its timeliness lightly.”
      Financial Times

      “Unnerving . . . An intense and menacing book—the sort that’s best read in one sitting.”
      —Francesca Carrington,Tatler

      “Sarah Moss . . . combines a poetic sensibility with great storytelling . . . Moss is brilliant on atmosphere.”
      —John Boyne,Metro UK

      “Succinct and sublime . . . Moss depicts the connections between the people and the landscape with wonderful and lyrical precision, not a word is wasted on the page in her supple prose, and she is also expert at revealing her characters through the tiniest act or gesture.Ghost Wallis a masterclass in the ‘less is more’ style of writing, creating unbearable tension right up to the violent climax.”
      —Doug Johnstone,Big Issue

      “An unsettling novella about gender, power, and control that immerses you in its dark terror and won’t let go . . . Captivating.”

      “Writing that, along with vivid responses to the natural world and acute alertness to class, regional and sexual tensions, recalls the early fiction of DH Lawrence. It brings enriching complexity to this tale of escalating menace.”
      —Peter Kamp,Sunday Times

      “Moss is the author of a series of unsettling, beautifully strange novels, and her latest . . . is no exception.”
      —Sarah Hughes,iNews, “50 Top Reads for Autumn”

      “Outstanding . . . The threat of unchallenged authority is brilliantly exposed . . . Grave and sophisticated, lit by flashes of wry humour, this is a drama that excavates our deepest instincts.”
      —Caroline Jackson,Country Life

      “What I admire . . . is Moss’s ability to find an emotional connection with characters in the far distant past . . . Eerie and gripping.”
      —Editor’s Choice,The Bookseller

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    One Simple Thing A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life Eddie Stern, Deepak Chopra
    9780865478398 Hardcover HEALTH & FITNESS / Yoga On Sale Date: March 12, 2019 Print Run: 20000
    $34.00 CAD 6.79 x 7.69 x 1.08 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y North Point Press
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      Yoga was created as a science for liberation, but in modern times it is used by many to improve physical and mental health, helping us become more productive at work, more caring in relationships, more responsible contributors to society, and better inhabitants of this planet. If yoga does accomplish all that—as many practitioners report—how exactly does yoga do it? How does yoga work?

      Believe it or not, the answers lie in how the human body and mind function. Eddie Stern’sOne Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life explains from both a yogic and a scientific perspective how the human nervous system is wired. It describes the mechanics taking place beneath the surface of our bodies and shows how we can consciously use yogic practices to direct and change our lives in positive ways.

      Drawing on modern neuroscience, ancient wisdom, and decades of practice and teaching, Eddie Stern reveals how what we do—from diet to chanting, from postures to meditation, from ethical practices to breathing techniques—affects who we become, and how a steady routine of activities and attitudes can transform our bodies, our brain functions, our emotions, and our experience of life.

      Eddie Stern is a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer from New York City. He is known for his teaching expertise in Ashtanga yoga, as well as for his multidisciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga. He has been practicing and studying yoga, Sanskrit, and related disciplines since 1987.
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    The Unnamable Present Roberto Calasso, Richard Dixon
    9780374279479 Hardcover HISTORY / Civilization On Sale Date: April 09, 2019 Print Run: 15000
    $34.00 CAD 6.55 x 9.09 x 0.83 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A decisive key to help grasp some of the essential points of what is happening around us.

      The ninth part of Roberto Calasso’s work in progress,The Unnamable Present, is closely connected with themes of the first book,The Ruin of Kasch (originally published in 1983, and recently reissued by FSG in a new translation). But whileKasch is an enlightened exploration of modernity,The Unnamable Present propels us into the twenty first century.

      Tourists, terrorists, secularists, fundamentalists, hackers, transhumanists, algorithmicians: these are all tribes that inhabit the unnamable present and act on its nervous system. This is a world that seems to have no living past, but was foreshadowed in the period between 1933 and 1945, when everything appeared bent on self-annihilation.The Unnamable Present is a meditation on the obscure and ubiquitous process of transformation happening today in all societies, which makes so many previous names either inadequate or misleading or a parody of what they used to mean.

      Translated with sensitivity by Calasso’s longtime translator, Richard Dixon,The Unnamable Present is a strikingly original and provocative vision of our times, from the writerThe Paris Review called “a literary institution of one.”


      Roberto Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni and lives in Milan.The Unnamable Present is the ninth book in an ongoing series that includesThe Ruin of Kasch,The Marriage of Cadmusand Harmony,Ka,K.,Tiepolo Pink,La Folie Baudelaire, andArdor.

      Richard Dixon lives and works in Italy. His translations includeArdor andThe Art of the Publisher by Roberto Calasso, andThe Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. He is one of the translators of FSG’s edition of Leopardi’sZibaldone.

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      "[A] tremendous achievement . . . in Mr. Calasso’s kaleidoscopic series of investigations into the spiritual biography of the secular West. . . . Mr. Calasso is not a lecturer or a literalist. He does not write straightforwardly, but shuffles between ideas and episodes, treating all thought as contemporaneous. He handles the events of the past with the reverence of a priest, rather than the dispassion of a historian." --Dominic Green,The Wall Street Journal

      "Deeply learned . . . a tour de force and among the most memorable things Calasso has written over the course of his series . . . Admirers of contemporary European literature and continental philosophy will find this engaging and provocative." —Kirkus

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    The Gilded Auction Block Poems Shane McCrae
    9780374162252 Hardcover POETRY / American On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 Print Run: 3500
    $30.00 CAD 5.75 x 8.55 x 0.63 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      An incisive new collection of poetry on political and contemporary themes

      I’m made of murderers I’m made
      Of nobodies and immigrants and the poor

      and a whole / Family the mother’s
      liver and her lungs

      InThe Gilded Auction Block, the acclaimed poet Shane McCrae considers the present moment in America on its own terms as well as for what it says about the American project and Americans themselves. In the book’s four sections, McCrae alternately responds directly to Donald Trump and contextualizes him historically and personally, exploding the illusions of freedom of both black and white Americans. A moving, incisive, and frightening exploration of both the legacy and the current state of white supremacy in this country,The Gilded Auction Block is a book about the present that reaches into the past and stretches toward the future.

      Shane McCrae is the author of five previous books of poetry:In the Language of My Captor, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award;The Animal Too Big to Kill, winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky / Editor’s Choice Award;Forgiveness Forgiveness;Blood; andMule. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
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      “Shane McCrae is a shrewd composer of American stories . . . He is a prospector for speech rhythms, collecting his material wherever he can. But American attics are full of old boxes of diaries and letters; and testimony, no matter how arresting, is not itself poetry. What makes McCrae’s compositions so ingenious are their marvels of prosody and form, learned from the English Renaissance poems that he read in libraries when he was just starting out. The result is beautifully up-to-date, old-fashioned work, where the dignity of English meters meets, as in a mosh pit, the vitality—and often the brutality—of American speech.” —Dan Chiasson,The New Yorker
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    Territory of Light A Novel Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt
    9780374273217 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 Print Run: 35000
    $31.50 CAD 5.4 x 7.86 x 0.91 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      From one of the most significant contemporary Japanese writers, a haunting, dazzling novel of loss and rebirth

      “Yuko Tsushima is one of the most important Japanese writers of her generation.” —Foumiko Kometani,The New York Times

      I was puzzled by how I had changed. But I could no longer go back . . .

      It is spring. A young woman, left by her husband, starts a new life in a Tokyo apartment.Territory of Lightfollows her over the course of a year, as she struggles to bring up her two-year-old daughter alone. Her new home is filled with light streaming through the windows, so bright she has to squint, but she finds herself plummeting deeper into darkness, becoming unstable, untethered. As the months come and go and the seasons turn, she must confront what she has lost and what she will become.

      At once tender and lacerating, luminous and unsettling, Yuko Tsushima’sTerritory of Light is a novel of abandonment, desire, and transformation. It was originally published in twelve parts in the Japanese literary monthlyGunzo, between 1978 and 1979, each chapter marking the months in real time. It won the inaugural Noma Literary Prize.


      Yuko Tsushima was born in Tokyo in 1947, the daughter of the novelist Osamu Dazai, who took his own life when she was one year old. Her prolific literary career began with her first collection of short stories,Shaniku-sai(Carnival), which she published at the age of twenty-four. She won many awards, including the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature (1977), the Kawabata Prize (1983), and the Tanizaki Prize (1998). She died in 2016.

      Geraldine Harcourt was awarded the 1990 Wheatland Translation Prize. She is currently working on two books of Yuko Tsushima’s fiction. She lives in New Zealand.

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      Winner of the Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize

      "The fact that the novel, which has been elegantly translated into English by Geraldine Harcourt, seems to be in direct dialogue with contemporary novels of motherhood . . . suggests both its deep prescience and the enduring relevance of its insights. . . Tsushima writes in prose so bare and vivid that even banal details acquire a visceral vibrancy . . . [A] story that searchingly inhabits the lives of women without sentimentality or self-pity." —Jiayang Fen,The New York Times Book Review

      "The brilliance ofTerritory is that Tsushima’s skilled attention to her narrator’s inner struggles ultimately asks the reader to feel empathy not just for one woman but also for a whole strata of women living with little societal support . . . By rendering the everyday details of the mother’s life, whether disastrous or beautiful, Tsushima allows her protagonist a complexity that those around her do not. In the present age, in which mothers are still often seen as monsters or angels, this portrait of an imperfect mother who strives to provide a good life for her child feels painfully relevant." —Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, The Atlantic

      “A striking formal achievement: the book is held together by the force of its images. But the sentences also draw their delicate vigor from the tension between the novel’s fixation on death and its narrator’s wish to get on with her day.” —Abhrajyoti Chakraborty,The New Yorker

      "Divine . . . Delicately explicates the sleep-deprived twilight zone of a newly single mother following a nasty divorce." —O Magazine

      "Territory of Light has the subtle, harrowing shades of Marie Darrieussecq’sMy Phantom Husband and Elena Ferrante’sThe Days of Abandonment, though both were written decades later . . . It is not a neat story of awakening or transformation but of the fearful joy of the unobscured horizon, of how the freshly unstructured life gapes with promise and paralysis alike . . . In Tsushima’s unburdened territory, every corner is filled with light and there is nowhere to hide, for there need not be—not for those who seek illumination." —Emily LaBarge,Bookforum

      “Short and spare yet also luminous and profound . . . [Tsushima] is a writer worth discovering. Deceptively simple and remarkably timely, her story of a marginalized woman trying to cope with the trials of life is certain to entrance a whole new readership and pave the way for further translations of her strangely mesmerizing work.” —Malcolm Forbes,Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      "[Tsushima] wrote novels strikingly ahead of their time—especially in Japan—that nailed the struggles and consolations of single women in a patriarchal culture . . . Tsushima’s treatment isn’t just bracingly honest but bold in leaving room for unexpected outcomes, including happiness." —Boris Kachka, Vulture

      “[Territory of Light] could have been written today . . . [The narrator’s] sleep-deprived agonies strike us with the power of primal thoughts rarely voiced. They pierce the heart of the Western slogan in vogue even then: that women can have it all . . . Tsushima learned more than once that the world will do its worst, no matter how you feel about your own culpability.” —Sheila McClear,New York

      "Harsh but often ravishingly beautiful . . . Slender, restrained." —Lidija Haas,Harper’s

      "Quiet, contemplative . . . Less a novel than a collection of petrified lightning glass, each piece a self-contained time capsule of emotions, interactions, and breath." —Joyce Chen,Orion

      "Spare, yet complex and melancholy . . . Has a timelessness to it." —Clea Simon,Boston Globe

      "Lovely, melancholy . . . Tsushima's prose is achingly elegant, well worth lingering over . . . Each chapter is as elegant and self-contained as a pearl or a perfectly articulated drop of water." —Kirkus(starred review)

      "A young woman confronts life as a single mother in this graceful, eye-opening novel from Tsushima (1937–2016), one of the most influential feminists in Japanese literature . . . Equal parts brutal and tender, Tsushima’s portrait of the strains and joys of motherhood is captivating." —Publishers Weekly(starred review)

      “Fragmented, and rich in dreams and memories, the book is suffused with images of light and water . . . Geraldine Harcourt’s translation subtly conveys the narrator’s precarious grip on reality . . . Spiky, atmospheric and intimate, filled with moments of strangeness that linger in the mind like an after-image on the retina, Territory of Light is not a comforting read, but it will touch women across frontiers.” —Lee Langley,The Spectator (London)

      “[Territory of Light’s] twelve linked tales of the city are fine-grained to the point of mundanity—finding an apartment, discovering a leak, visiting a park—but in Tsushima’s hands they achieve a deceptive, luminous clarity . . . In this short, powerful novel lurk the joy and guilt of single parents everywhere.” —Peter Beech,The Guardian

      “Reflects, like a crystal, scattered moments in the life of an unnamed mother . . . Bracing, often breathtaking.” —John Self,The Irish Times

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    How to Hide an Empire A History of the Greater United States Daniel Immerwahr
    9780374172145 Hardcover HISTORY / United States On Sale Date: February 19, 2019 Print Run: 40000
    $39.00 CAD 6.33 x 9.32 x 1.66 in | 528 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      A pathbreaking history of the United States’ overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empire

      We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?

      InHow to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light. We travel to the Guano Islands, where prospectors collected one of the nineteenth century’s most valuable commodities, and the Philippines, site of the most destructive event on U.S. soil. In Puerto Rico, Immerwahr shows how U.S. doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the U.S. Congress.

      In the years after World War II, Immerwahr notes, the United States moved away from colonialism. Instead, it put innovations in electronics, transportation, and culture to use, devising a new sort of influence that did not require the control of colonies. Rich with absorbing vignettes, full of surprises, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today,How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.

      Daniel Immerwahris an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and the author ofThinking Small: The United States and theLure of Community Development, which won the Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Award. He has written for Slate,n+1,Dissent, and other publications.
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      "To call this standout book a corrective would make it sound earnest and dutiful, when in fact it is wry, readable and often astonishing. Immerwahr knows that the material he presents is serious, laden with exploitation and violence, but he also knows how to tell a story, highlighting the often absurd space that opened up between expansionist ambitions and ingenuous self-regard . . . It’s a testament to Immerwahr’s considerable storytelling skills that I found myself riveted by his sections on Hoover’s quest for standardized screw threads, wondering what might happen next."—Jennifer Szalai,New York Times

      "[Immerwahr's] book is written in 22 brisk chapters, full of lively characters, dollops of humor, and surprising facts . . . It entertains and means to do so. But its purpose is quite serious: to shift the way that people think about American history . . . Immerwahr convincingly argues that . . . the United States replaced colonies with chemistry,' and partially 'substituted technology for territory.' It is a powerful and illuminating economic argument . . . the book succeeds in its core goal: to recast American history as a history of the 'Greater United States.' . . . deserves a wide audience, and it should find one."—Patrick Iber,The New Republic

      "Consistently both startling and absorbing . . . Immerwahr vividly retells the early formation of the [United States], the consolidation of its overseas territory, and the postwar perfection of its 'pointillist' global empire, which extends influence through a vast constellation of tiny footprints."Harper's

      "A richly detailed, thoroughly researched history . . . the author engagingly depicts the nations' conquests . . . Immerwahr animates the narrative with a lively cast of characters . . . A vivid recounting of imperial America's shameful past." —Kirkus (Starred Review)

      "There are many histories of American expansionism.How to Hide an Empire renders them all obsolete. It is brilliantly conceived, utterly original, and immensely entertaining — simultaneously vivid, sardonic and deadly serious."—Andrew J. Bacevich, author ofTwilight of the American Century

      "How to Hide an Empire is a breakthrough, for both Daniel Immerwahr and our collective understanding of America’s role in the world. His narrative of the rise of our colonial empire outside North America, and then our surprising pivot from colonization to globalization after World War II, is enthralling in the telling — and troubling for anyone pondering our nation’s past and future. The result is a book for citizens and scholars alike."—Samuel Moyn, author ofNot Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal Age

      "This book changes our understanding of the fundamental character of the United States as a presence in world history. By focusing on the processes by which Americans acquired, controlled, and were affected by territory, Daniel Immerwahr shows that the United States was not just another 'empire,' but was a highly distinctive one the dimensions of which have been largely ignored."—David A. Hollinger, author ofProtestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America

      “Historian Immerwahr argues in this substantial work that . . . for more than two centuries the U.S. has been . . . a kind of empire . . . made up of territories . . . barely acknowledged in popular conceptions of the country . . . This insightful, excellent book, with its new perspective on an element of American history that is almost totally excluded from mainstream education and knowledge, should be required reading for those on the mainland."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      "President Jefferson imagined an 'Empire of Liberty' . . . [but] Immerwahr illustrates how American territorial expansion included control over and governance of millions of Spanish speakers and various Indian tribes who had to be forcefully subdued . . . a useful and informative work, since many of these overseas territories remain under our governance."Booklist

      "InHow to Hide an Empire, Immerwahr chronicles the history of . . . ‘large colonies and pinprick islands’. The result is a whimsical-serious work: a deft disquisition on America, and America in the world, with a raconteur’s touch and keen sense of the absurd."Stephen Phillips,The Spectator

      "Immerwahr peppers his account with colourful characters and enjoyable anecdotes. This tale of territorial empire, he suggests, throws light on the histories of everything from the Beatles to Godzilla, the birth-control pill to the transistor radio."The Economist

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