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    The Empire and the Five Kings America's Abdication and the Fate of the World Bernard-Henri Levy
    9781250203014 Hardcover PHILOSOPHY / Political On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 Print Run: 50000
    $36.50 CAD 6.79 x 8.47 x 0.94 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      One of the West’s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America’s withdrawal from world leadership and the rising powers who seek to fill the vacuum left behind

      The United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and peoples on all continents looked to America to stand up for the values that created the Western world, and to oppose autocracy and repression. Even when America did not live up to its ideals, it still recognized their importance, at home and abroad.

      But as Bernard-Henri Lévy lays bare in this powerful and disturbing analysis of the world today, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role, and in its place have come five ambitious powers, former empires eager to assert their primacy and influence. Lévy shows how these five—Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism—are taking steps to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.

      The Empire and the Five Kingsis acri de coeur that draws upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture to reveal the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if its principles and values are to survive.

      As seen onReal Time with Bill Maher (2/22/2019) andFareed Zakaria GPS (2/17/2019).

      Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker and author of more than thirty books includingThe Genius of Judaism, American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face,andWho Killed Daniel Pearl?His writing has appeared extensively in publications throughout Europe and the United States. His documentaries includePeshmerga, The Battle of Mosul, The Oath of TobrukandBosna!Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.
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      “Often arresting, always heartfelt prose.This is a brave book . . . we need Mr. Lévy’s voice.” —Martin Peretz,The Wall Street Journal

      An erudite and impassioned callfor the West to retake the lead in championing liberty.”—Kirkus Reviews

      Striking. . . Lévy’s analysis of the internet landscape and its impact on truth isdeeply insightful.” —Publishers Weekly

      The Empire and the Five Kings is that rare book that few write anymore, and few even know how to. It isthe product of a truly literate mind of the sort that has virtually gone extinct in this post-literate digital age.” —Robert D. Kaplan, author ofThe Return of Marco Polo’s World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century

      “Bernard-Henri Lévy puts his deep first-hand knowledge of the world together with his extraordinary gift for horizontal thinking—leaping easily from epoch to epoch and from one philosophical idea to the next—to offera startling and persuasive picture of this moment of decisive historical transition.” —Adam Gopnik, author ofParis to the Moon andAt the Strangers' Gate

      “At the heart of Bernard-Henri Lévy’s passionate essay is his anger at the betrayal of the Kurds. He spirals out from there to offer a strongly felt portrait of our contemporary reality in which the ‘empire of nothing,’ the West that has lost its way, risks being superseded by new powers, the ‘five kings, pathetic yet daunting, cartoonish yet terrible.’A challenging analysis, at once scholarly and readable.” —Salman Rushdie

      “In thisexquisite gem of a book, Bernard-Henri Levy offers a poetic plea for moral courage and clear thinking in these dark times.He is an international treasure.” —Robert Kagan, author ofOf Paradise and PowerandThe Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World

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    The Cassandra A Novel Sharma Shields
    9781250197412 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 Print Run: 40000
    $36.50 CAD 6.43 x 9.43 x 1.08 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind.

      Mildred Groves is an unusual young woman. Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred runs away from home to take a secretary position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Hanford, a massive construction camp on the banks of the Columbia River in remote South Central Washington, exists to test and manufacture a mysterious product that will aid the war effort. Only the top generals and scientists know that this product is processed plutonium, for use in the first atomic bombs.

      Mildred is delighted, at first, to be part of something larger than herself after a lifetime spent as an outsider. But her new life takes a dark turn when she starts to have prophetic dreams about what will become of humankind if the project is successful. As the men she works for come closer to achieving their goals, her visions intensify to a nightmarish pitch, and she eventually risks everything to question those in power, putting her own physical and mental health in jeopardy. Inspired bythe classic Greek myth, this 20th century reimagining of Cassandra's story is based on a real WWII compound that the author researched meticulously. A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy,The Cassandrauses both legend and history to look deep into man's capacity for destruction, and the resolve and compassion it takes to challenge the powerful.

      Sharma Shields holds an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the author of the short story collectionFavorite Monster, winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize, and the novelThe Sasquatch Hunters’ Almanac,winner of the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared inThe Kenyon Review,The Iowa Review,Electric Literature, and more. Shields has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State. She lives in Spokane with her husband and children.
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      "It’s difficult to imagine a myth riper for harvest than that of Cassandra, the tragic Greek figure who uttered prophecies no one believed. She was, to begin with, a woman, and that is what Sharma Shields, in her biting second novel, sinks her sharp teeth into the deepest. . . .The dream scenes. . . .provide necessary, sickening contrast to the spit-and-polish patriotism via talking coyotes, deformed fetuses and other grotesqueries. . . .But nothing is more troubling or more brilliant thanMildred’s horrifying reaction to a trauma that implicates all of us so forcefully that it’s easy to believe Shields is the one blessed — or cursed — with visions of impending ruin." --Daniel Kraus,The New York Times Book Review

      "Provocative, beautifully rendered...With this novel, Shields has crafted a clever, fierce parable about the blindness of those entranced by the powers of violence—that those people are mostly men should come as little surprise."--Nylon, Best Books of February

      "Balancing thorough research and mythic lyricism, [The Cassandra] is a timely warning of what
      happens when warnings go unheeded."--The Millions "Most-Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2019 Book Preview"

      "[A] galvanizing variation on the ancient Greek tale of a seer doomed always to be right, yet never to be believed. Shields . . . offers satirically comedic scenes and satisfyingly venomous takedowns of the patriarchy, welcome flashes of light in this otherwise harrowing dive into the darkest depths of hubris and apocalyptic destruction. A uniquely audacious approach to the nuclear nightmare."--Booklist (starred review)

      "Lyrical. . . Well-researched. . . .Shields' reworking of the classic myth—about a young woman whose warnings about a future she alone can see are ignored—is filled with grotesque and violent images and episodes of keening sorrow. Shields delivers what her heroine cannot: a warning, impossible to ignore, about the costs of blind adherence to ideology."--Kirkus

      "[An] alluring, phantasmagoric story. . . .With a plucky, charismatic narrator and vivid scenes incorporating the history of a real WWII facility, Shield’s novel digs into the destructive arrogance of war."--Publishers Weekly

      "The Cassandra is a magnificent exploration of the consequences—both incredible and devastating—of human ingenuity and human intuition. This novel is full of magic and hope, even while it brings up to the light some of our darkest past."--Ramona Ausubel, author ofSons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty andAwayland

      "The Cassandra is a fantastic achievement of unflinching honesty, psychic power, and sustained empathy. Sharma Shields’s fearless reckoning with American might at the beginning of the nuclear age closes the distance between victor and victim, historical detail and mythic truth. This fevered novel’s seer will infect you with her visions, but her moral candor will work on you long after the dream is over."--Smith Henderson, author ofFourth of July Creek

      "The Cassandrafeels powerfully—chillingly—relevant to our own political moment, even as it unfolds against the bleak splendor of the 1940s American West. It’s a harrowing story, beautifully told, of patriarchy and violence intertwining to make a combustible monster; and of the woman who speaks the truth about this monster, only to be dismissed as unhinged."--Leni Zumas, author ofRed Clocks

      "A stunning fable of hubris, complicity, and nuclear genesis, set against the raw backdrop of the wartime northwest. Sharma Shields illuminates the grotesquerie of humanity’s progress and offers up an elegy for a damned world."--Megan Kruse, author ofCall Me Home

      "Sharma Shields is one of our finest literary fabulists and The Cassandra is further proof – a brilliantly tightening knot of dread, a phantasmagoria of nightmares and daytime horrors that glows with powerful insights about the nation’s reckless nuclear history and its corrosive chauvinism."--Shawn Vestal, author ofGodforsaken Idaho

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    Normal Sucks How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines Jonathan Mooney
    9781250190161 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / People with Disabilities On Sale Date: August 13, 2019 Print Run: 40000
    $34.99 CAD 5.38 x 8.25 x 0 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      Confessional and often hilarious, inNormal Sucks a neuro-diverse writer, advocate, and father meditates on his life, offering the radical message that we should stop trying to fix people and start empowering them to succeed

      Jonathan Mooney blends anecdote, expertise, and memoir to present a new mode of thinking about how we live and learn—individually, uniquely, and with advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was twelve, the realization that that he wasn’t the problem—the system and the concept of normal were—saved Mooney’s life and fundamentally changed his outlook. Here he explores the toll that being not normal takes on kids and adults when they’re trapped in environments that label them, shame them, and tell them, even in subtle ways, that they are the problem. But, he argues, if we can reorient the ways in which we think about diversity, abilities, and disabilities, we can start a revolution.

      A highly sought after public speaker, Mooney has been inspiring audiences with his story and his message for nearly two decades. Now he’s ready to share what he’s learned from parents, educators, researchers, and kids in a book that is as much a survival guide as it is a call to action. Whip-smart, insightful, and utterly inspiring—and movingly framed as a letter to his own young sons, as they work to find their ways in the world—this book will upend what we call normal and empower usall.

      Jonathan Mooney’s work has been featured inThe New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, TheChicago Tribune,USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News,New York Magazine,The Washington Post, andThe Boston Globe, and he continues to speak across the nation about neurological and physical diversity, inspiring those who live with differences and advocating for change. His books includeThe Short Bus andLearning Outside the Lines.
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      "Thought-provoking. . . .[Mooney] provides an extensive history of how the idea of normal evolved, giving readers an eye-opening look at the standards we are often forced to live with, whether we know it or not. . . A new, engaging, and informative perspective that redefines what "normal" should really mean."

      "Mooney expertly deconstructsnormal in this intelligent examination that will shatter preconceived notions."
      Publishers Weekly

      "Unforgettable. Smart. Humane. Hilarious. I laughed out loud with every page, except for the ones that broke my heart.”Normal Sucks left me rooting not just for Mooney but for the countless readers who will be helped by this book."
      —Meg Jay, PhD, author ofThe Defining DecadeandSupernormal

      “Jonathan Mooney is touched by beautiful human magic. His experience and talent have given him a unique perspective and a genuine, moving appreciation of those who live outside the lines and inspiring us to question the boring conventions that restrain us. I’d follow him just about anywhere.”
      —George Hodgman,author ofBettyville

      "An urgent, personal and long overdue manifesto against the tyranny of normal, whatever that it is. Normal isn't the problem, it's the tyranny."
      Seth Godin, author ofThis is Marketing

      “By the time I finished Jonathan Mooney’s raucous chronicle of the evolution of his thinking about difference as he struggled to survive dyslexia, our one-size-fits-all education system and his hot mess of a family, I was asking myself just how ‘normal’ I really am. Using humor to soften a devastating critique of the statistical ‘research’ and “science” that has shaped our concept of normality, Mooney makes it clear that humanity is really just a vast collection of oddball individuals who cannot easily be pigeonholed, sorted or categorized. NORMAL SUCKS is a celebration of difference that is long overdue.”
      Joichi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, co-author ofWhiplash: How To Survive Our Faster Future

      "The attempt to make us conform to someone’s definition of ‘normal’ insults the exquisite mutability of the human race. In this candid, poignant, and insightful anthem to all of humanity, Mooney rejects the straitjacket of normalcy and demonstrates through the beautiful telling of his own struggle that humans thrive when we are accepted as we are."
      Julie Lythcott-Haims,New York Times bestselling author ofHow to Raise an Adult

      “Entertaining, heartfelt, and deeply considered, this book will convince you forever and for good that normal indeed sucks.”
      Emily Rapp Black, bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World

      “Paradigm-shifting, highly enjoyable, and destined to become hugely influential, this book will resonate with anyone who’s ever felt different—and will open the minds of everyone who has not.
      Rachel Simon, New York Times Bestselling Author ofRiding The Bus With My SisterandThe Story of Beautiful Girl

      “Jonathan Mooney’sNormal Sucks is all at once real, raw, revelatory, profound, and deeply funny.”. Mooney's narrative stands as a battle cry for all of us who've struggled with fitting in (and who hasn't?), affirming that not only is it okay to be different, there's actually an incredible strength and power in the very things that make us feel like outsiders. It's a message of vital importance at a time when the pressure on young people to fit in is arguably worse than it's ever been. NORMAL SUCKS offers genuine insights into how we can develop the skills we need to find wholeness in ourselves and authentic connections in this increasingly disparate and fractured world.”
      Nic Sheff, author ofTweak, the basis for the major motion pictureBeautiful Boy

      “This book will make you think. Well researched and written in an accessible and engaging style, Mooney has provided his readers with an interesting and creative guide that will compel us to re-think the purpose of education and how we go approach it. The pressure kids experience to be normal and to experience what we conventionally regard as success, is taking a toll on children throughout the country. Mooney shows us that it need not be this way. For those who are ready to think outside the box, and who are ready to make the changes needed to create learning opportunities that make it possible for children to thrive, this book will be an invaluable resource and a breath of fresh air.”
      Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools

      “Jonathan Mooney writes an irreverent, funny, and deeply moving…Addressing his own children, Mooney transforms complex ideas from the likes of Michel Foucault into understandable readable moments.”
      Lennard Davis, author of Beginning with Disability

      "This book will not only make you OK with all of your unique quirks and so-called ‘weird’ preoccupations but see them in a new and empowering light.”
      —Scott Barry Kaufman, Columbia University and co-author ofWired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

      On every page reasons to shout out for joy, ‘Normal, stand down. Long live what's real!’” Bless you, Mr. Mooney.”
      —Edward M. Hallowell M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder and other books

      “If you’ve ever questioned who made the rules and why do we have to follow them, this book is for you. With wit, empathy, and defiance, Jonathan Mooney delivers a powerful message from the frontlines of the inclusion revolution.”
      —Liz Benjamin writer and producer whose credits includeMan in the High Castle andThirteen Reasons Why

      “Come out, be proud, and fight against society’s view that we are abnormal. This book teaches through history and personal story how to burst into the light with strength gained through resistance.”
      Judith E. Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate

      “Jonathan Mooney has created a new genre here, where his unflinching recollections propel our collective humanity.”
      Maryanne Wolf, Director, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice, UCLA, and author ofReader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

      “Mooney brings…wonder and grace to the diversity of our minds, reminding us how to be in the world.”
      Howard Axelrod, author ofThe Point of Vanishing andThe Stars in Our Pockets: Getting Lost and Sometimes Found in the Digital Age

      “With crackling wit, big heart, and the canniest attention to detail, Jonathan Mooney shares his story of self-definition, rewriting the faulty codes of normalcy along the way. Mooney is a guide I trust.”
      —JoAnna Novak, author ofI Must Have You andNoirmania

      “In this wonderfully wry, deeply personal, and insightful book, Jonathan Mooney exposes how the phantom called normal that has made so many of us so miserable comes for us and how we can and should resist. The underside of normal, Mooney reveals, is the shocking history of our American eugenics movement and how close we are right now to the same logic of ridding humanity of all of us who don’t fit into the ever tightening space of normal.”
      Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

      “A deft, approachable blend of personal and cultural history,Normal Sucks is suffused with sharp humor, curiosity honed as a survival tactic, and, perhaps most importantly, a father’s profound tenderness. It understands that ‘normal is a statistical fiction,’ but that combating its systemic consequences is ‘what we owe each other,’ an individual and communal project of the upmost urgency for those who we love, and all who will follow us.”
      Molly McCully Brown

      “Jonathan Mooney combines personal narrative, history, and critical theory to expose the tyranny of normalcy and its perverse impact on the lives of people with disabilities and other diverse identities. With seriousness and humor Mooney makes the case for confronting ableist assumptions, and creating a world in which the gifts of all people, particularly children are valued. This is a must read for educators, parents policy makers, and all those who seek to create a more just and equitable society. I loved this book!”

      “Jonathans compelling book,Normal Sucks, takes readers on a journey that combines personal memoir, critical theory, and scientific history and exposes them to the fallacy of what constitutes normal. Using both warm humor and sharp social critique, Jonathan liberates the reader from the death grip of normalcy, that keeps people them from loving their uniqueness and embracing the diversity of others. This book is a refreshing reminder of the power of embracing our own authenticity and the need to enter into beloved community that celebrates the value and diversity of others. This book is destined to start a revolutions and is a must read for parents, educators, policy makers, and funders.
      Roberto Rivera, Artist, Educator, Change Agent

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    Make Me a City A Novel Jonathan Carr
    9781250294012 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date: March 19, 2019 Print Run: 50000
    $39.00 CAD 6.8 x 9.36 x 1.52 in | 448 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      A propulsive debut of visionary scale,Make Me a City embroiders fact with fiction to tell the story of Chicago's 19th century, tracing its rise from frontier settlement to industrial colossus.

      The tale begins with a game of chess—and on the outcome of that game hinges the destiny of a great city. From appalling injustice springs forth the story of Chicago, and the men and women whose resilience, avarice, and altruism combine to generate a moment of unprecedented civic energy.

      A variety of irresistible voices deliver the many strands of this novel: those of Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable, the long-unheralded founder of Chicago; John Stephen Wright, bombastic speculator and booster; and Antje Hunter, the first woman to report for theChicago Tribune. The stories of loggers, miners, engineers, and educators teem around them and each claim the narrative in turns, sharing their grief as well as their delight.

      As the characters, and their ancestors, meet and part, as their possessions pass from hand to hand, the reader realizes that Jonathan Carr commands a grand picture, one that encompasses the heartaches of everyday lives as well as the overarching ideals of what a city and a society can and should be. Make Me a City introduces us to a novelist whose talent and ambition are already fully formed.

      In between periods spent living in the UK, Kenya, Gambia, Greece and Louisiana,Jonathan Carr first visited Chicago in 1983. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has worked as a travel correspondent, a book reviewer and a teacher of English. He holds a PhD from Bath Spa University in Creative Writing.Make Me a City is his first novel. He currently lives in Bologna, Italy.
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      "Carr’s kaleidoscopic debut embroiders fact with fiction to tell an alternative history of Chicago’s 19th century in a symphony of voices. Using real-life historical figures, colorful stories and fictional journal entries, Carr traces Chicago’s rise to an industrial titan and all-time great American city."--USA Today

      Make Me a City is. . .a wondrous, bold and playful first novel. Seductively fascinating characters, real and imagined, populate this fiction with their interweaving and intergenerational stories." --The Saturday Paper

      "There is much of the panache of David Mitchell’sCloud Atlashere: it is an epic story. . . .A notably rich, rewarding read." --Daily Mail Online

      "Impressive...Carr effectively weaves the stories of his sprawling cast of minor and major figures to underscore the city's myriad threads of development: economic, political, social. An ambitious literary debut that occupies a liminal space between alternative history and experimental literature." --Library Journal

      "The rise of Chicago in the 19th century provides the frame for a trove of colorful stories and characters in this entertaining debut novel. . . .Carr has a sure touch, and in many extended anecdotes, his narrative skills show exceptional detail, pacing, and tension. A solid storyteller enlivens a rich patch of American history."--Kirkus

      "Make Me a City is a thrillingly ambitious and ingeniously accomplished first novel. This is a stunning debut by a new and instantly important literary voice."--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer-winning author ofA Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

      "Make Me a City’s scope and scale is quite breathtaking. It digs deep into the history of Chicago to uncover hidden stories about the people who built the city, and its clever way of dealing with competing historical narratives is very exciting. A real pleasure to read!"--Gerard Woodward, author of Booker Prize shortlistedI'll Go to Bed at Noon

      "Absolutely magnificent. Carr grasps the complexity of a city’s history, the individuals who shape it, those who gain and those who suffer. The prose is graceful and vibrant, the gradual unfolding of the interrelated lives of these people is superbly done. This is an elegant, richly enjoyable book."--Tricia Wastvedt, author ofThe River

      "Make Me a City is a multitude of novels all rolled into one — a wonderfully sprawling epic about Chicago’s founding fathers (and mothers), a searching exploration of colonialism in action, and a compelling collection of stories about people and places. But it is something else too, the one thing that is known to all of us, namely a single, tender map of the human heart. In Make Me a City Jonathan Carr draws on his considerable talent to tell the story of Chicago through the eyes of its many inhabitants, exploring life, death and what is left behind with admirable deftness and style. This is a bold, thrilling debut from a seriously good writer."--Francesca Rhydderch, author ofThe Rice Paper Diaries

      "Jonathan Carr’s brilliant novel could not be more relevant to today’s world.Make Me a Cityexplores the nature of history itself — both the official record and the suppressed stories that lie beneath. Covering a century, from mid-western wilderness to the bustling modern city of Chicago, it has a correspondingly large cast, but incidents and characters are interwoven to create not just a satisfying narrative but a working model of how civilization comes into being, for better or worse. This novel itself is a city, one that contains the myriad hopes, ambitions, disappointments and loves of its citizens, as they work like coral insects to build the structure in which they live and die."--Richard Francis, author ofThe Old Spring andCrane Pond

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    Trust Exercise A Novel Susan Choi
    9781250309884 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 09, 2019 Print Run: 75000
    $35.00 CAD 6.72 x 9.4 x 0.96 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      “Electrifying” (People) “Masterly” (The Guardian) “Dramatic and memorable” (The New Yorker) “Magic” (TIME) Ingenious” (The Financial Times) "A gonzo literary performance” (Entertainment Weekly) “Rare and splendid” (The Boston Globe) “Remarkable” (USA Today)“Delicious” (The New York Times) “Book groups, meet your next selection" (NPR)

      In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

      The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

      As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi'sTrust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

      Susan Choi’s first novel,The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel,American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film.Her third novel,A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel,My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Her fifth novel,Trust Exercise, and her first book for children,Camp Tiger, came out earlier this year. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn.
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      NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2019 (so far) by Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Bustle, Refinery29,Town & Country,Cosmopolitan, The Millions, andTIME


      “Mind-bending. . . . A Gen-X bildungsroman that speaks to young generations, a Russian nesting doll of unreliable narrators, and a slippery #MeToo puzzle-box about the fallibility of memory. . . . [Trust Exerciseis] a perfectly stitched together Frankenstein’s monster of narrative introspection and ambiguity. . . . It flexes its own meta-existence—as a novel about the manipulation inherent in any kind of narrative—brilliantly.”
      New York Magazine

      “[Trust Exercise] burns more brightly than anything [Choi’s] yet written. This psychologically acute novel enlists your heart as well as your mind. Zing will go certain taut strings in your chest. . . . Choi builds her novel carefully, but it is packed with wild moments of grace and fear and abandon. . . . [A] delicious and, in its way, rather delicate . . . phosphorescent examination of sexual consent.”
      The New York Times

      “An intelligent and layered portrait of a school’s legacy. . . . [Trust Exercise] makes something dramatic and memorable from the simple elements of a teen movie.”
      The New Yorker

      “Perhaps the best [novel] this year. . . . [Trust Exercise] begins as an enthralling tale of teenage romance and then turns into a meticulously plotted interrogation of the state of the novel itself. . . . Read it once for pleasure, and then again to turn up all the brilliant Easter eggs.”

      “Ingenious. . . . Choi’s prose is damp with tears and sweat, bruised with hurt and lust, sprinkled with sugar, salt, and e-numbers. Hormones practically drip off the page. . . . [But] then, suddenly and without warning, Choi executives a bravura bait-and-switch. . . . Sure, submitting to it is a ‘trust exercise’ all of its own, but the razzmatazz that awaits is well worth it.”
      The Financial Times

      “Magic. . . . This mind-bending book is worth the wait as Choi challenges readers to consider the boundaries between fiction and reality.”

      “Masterly. . . . [Choi has] taken the issues raised by #MeToo and shown them as inextricable from more universal questions about taking a major role in someone else’s life, while knowing that we’re offering only a minor part in return. . . . With consummate wit, punchiness and feeling, [Choi] shows how much we need our female novelists within the sea change of our current moment.”
      The Guardian

      “An elaborate trick; [Trust Exercise] is a meta work of construction and deconstruction, building a persuasive fictional world and then showing you the girders, the scaffolding underneath, and how it’s all been welded together. It’s also a work that lives in the gray area between art and reality: the space where alchemy happens.”
      The Atlantic

      “Book groups, meet your next selection. . . .Trust Exerciseis fiction that contains multiple truthsandlies. Working with such common material, Choi has produced something uncommonly thought-provoking.”

      “Electrifying. . . . [A] story that cuts to the heart of gender politics and the teacher-student dynamic.”

      “A gonzo literary performance one could mistake for a magic trick, duping its readers with glee before leaving them impossibly moved. . . . Facts are debated inTrust Exercise, yes, but Choi always tells the truth.”
      Entertainment Weekly

      “In her masterful, twisty [novel], Susan Choi upgrades the familiar coming-of-age story with remarkable command . . . [displaying her] talent for taking ineffable emotions and giving them an oaken solidity. . . . So many books and films present teenage years as a passing phase, a hormonal storm that passes in time. Choi, in this witty and resonant novel, thinks of it more like an earthquake—a rupture that damages our internal foundations and can require years to repair.”
      USA Today

      “A twisting feat of storytelling. . . . [Choi] uses language brilliantly. . . . She is an astute, forensic cartographer of human nature; her characters are both sympathetic and appalling. In the end, [Trust Exercise] is a tale of missed connection and manipulation—and of willing surrender to the lure and peril of the unknown.”
      The Economist

      “Choi’s voice blends an adolescent’s awe with an adult’s irony. It’s a letter-perfect satire of the special strain of egotism and obsession that can fester in academic settings. . . . [Choi is] a master of emotional pacing: the sudden revelation, the unexpected attack. . . . How cunningly this novel considers the way teenage sexuality is experienced, manipulated, and remembered. . . . The result is a dramatic exploration of the distorting forces of memory, envy, and art. . . . You won’t be disappointed.”
      The Washington Post

      “Compulsively readable and formally brilliant: this is basically a literary unicorn.”
      —Lit Hub

      “Sharp, willy. . . .Trust Exercisebusts out of its coming-of-age shell and becomes a stranger and far more marvelous creature.”

      “Choi, a master novelist, takes advantage of her prose’s magnetic qualities. . . . Kaleidoscopic. . . . Prepare for an ending that will make you questioneverything.”

      “A rare and splendid literary creature: piercingly intelligent, engrossingly entertaining, and so masterfully intricate that only after you finish it, stunned, can you step back and marvel.”
      The Boston Globe

      “[As readers] we find ourselves doubting everything we previously took as fact. It’s dark, evocative, and fun.”

      “Choi captures this awkward, vulnerable stage [of maturity] perfectly—the shifts in peer loyalty, the perilous allure of adults. . . . Dazzling.”
      The Mail on Sunday (UK)

      “One of the most insightful commentaries on life in the #MeToo era.”
      Vogue (UK)

      “A fun twisty treat. . . . You’ll definitely want to read with a friend to trade reactions and hot takes.”
      Book Riot

      “A punchy, hotly anticipated novel. . . . Strap in for a wild ride.”
      Town & Country

      “Fresh, nuanced. . . . Choi writes passages of real beauty, some of which stumble forth raw and unformed, fragments and observations that double back, accreting. Other times she deploys descriptions that feel more planned out and note perfect.”

      "Fans of experimental plot structure will find much to love in [this] spellbinding new novel."

      “A feat. . . . [Trust Exercise] isbold.. . . There is innuendo and insinuation and a hint of sinister. . . . In the end, there’s no shortage of insight in this novel. Or pathos.”

      “[A] remarkable novel with a narrative twist that will knock you out.”

      “Gets at questions of truth and fiction in a way that feels, this year, particularly relevant.”
      Vanity Fair

      “Never have I ever encountered a narrative twist that caused me to questioneverythingI’d just read.”

      "Explosive. . . . [Trust Exercise] will linger long after the book ends."

      "This twisty novel . . . seems a straightforward enough storyuntil the roller-coaster second half makes you doubt everything that came before."
      Marie Claire

      “Immerses the reader in the suffocating hothouse atmosphere of a 1980s performing arts high school and all the intense drama, heartbreak, and scandal many remember from their teen years.”
      Los Angeles Times

      “Riveting. . . . [Trust Exercise] will surely become a favorite with book clubs.”
      International Examiner

      “A book you will very much want to discuss with other readers.”

      "Superb, powerful . . . Choi’s themes—among them the long reverberations of adolescent experience, the complexities of consent and coercion, and the inherent unreliability of narratives—are timeless and resonant. Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing insight, this novel is destined to be a classic."
      Publishers Weekly(starred review)

      "What begins as the story of obsessive first love between drama students at a competitive performing arts high school in the early 1980s twists into something much darker in Choi's singular new novel . . . an effective interrogation of memory, the impossible gulf between accuracy and the stories we tell. . . . The writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi's latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive."
      Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

      “[Choi’s] finest novel. . . .Trust Exerciseshould immediately put readers on alert . . . exposing tenuous connections between fiction, truth, lies, and, of course, people. Literary deception rarely reads this well.”
      Booklist(starred review)

      “Choi toys with our trust but it pays off in dividends. . . . Trust us.”
      Broadway Direct

      “Brilliant. . . .Trust Exercisedeftly shifts time and perspective, and teen drama becomes a dark, edgy exploration of boundaries between coercion and consent, theater and reality, charisma and manipulation, and student and teacher.”
      The National Book Review

      "An ingenious, morally complex exploration of how our youthful entanglements, cruelties, and traumas shape the rest of our lives. Choi’s writing is dazzling in its control and precision; this witty, sharp, unsettling novel grabs you and won’t let you go."
      —Dana Spiotta, National Book Award-nominated author ofEat the DocumentandInnocents and Others

      "I can't remember the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book, or was so dazzled by a writer's inventiveness with structure. Susan Choi is a master andTrust Exerciseshould be on every human's reading list. A perfect knockout, with profound things to say about art-making, adolescence, and consent."
      —Julie Buntin, author ofMarlena

      "This novel is a work of genius and should be a future classic. It has the most audacious narrative shift I've read since John Fowles'sThe Collector. Plus, it includes the phrase 'a virtuoso feeling-state lasagna.'"
      —Gabe Habash, author ofStephen Florida

      "What a wickedly clever, formally inventive bookTrust Exercise is. I was blown away by Susan Choi's literary vision, not to mention her sensitivity and wit."
      —Jami Attenberg,New York Timesbestselling author ofAll Grown UpandThe Middlesteins

      “As soon as I finished . . . [I was] desperate to talk about the novel with anyone else who’d read it. A startling, perplexing, fascinating book by a writer I’ve long been—and will always be—eager to read.”
      —R.O. Kwon, author ofThe Incendiaries

      "Packed with the kind of shrewd psychological insights that make you sit up straighter, Trust Exerciseis a frequently brilliant novel that draws you in slowly and carefully and then becomes increasingly hard to put down. I don't want to give too much away, so all I'll say is that the book is full of twists that are thrilling without being manipulative or melodramatic. I am sure I am far from the only one who had to put aside everything else while I raced to the end."
      —Adelle Waldman, nationally bestselling author ofThe Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

      "Trust Exercise is a brilliant and challenging novel, an uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past that turns into a meditation on the slipperiness of memory and the ethics of storytelling. Susan Choi is a masterful novelist, who understands exactly where we are right now and how we got here."
      —Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author ofMrs. Fletcher, The Leftovers, Little Children, andElection

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    Falter Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Bill McKibben
    9781250178268 Hardcover NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection On Sale Date: April 16, 2019 Print Run: 75000
    $36.50 CAD 6.12 x 9.25 x 0.98 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.

      Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking bookThe End of Nature --issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.

      Faltertells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

      Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

      Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of the bestsellersThe End of Nature,Eaarth, andDeep Economy. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize. He lives in Vermont.
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      “He has gathered the mostvivid statistics, distilled history to its juiciest turns, and made the case asurgently and clearlyas can be: The whole breadth of our existence—the ‘human game’—is in jeopardy.” —The Washington Post

      “[An] unsettling look at the prospects for human survival. . . . Readers open to inconvenient and sobering truths will findmuch to digest in McKibben’s eloquently unsparing treatise.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “A compelling call for change.”Kirkus Reviews

      “[A] deeply caring, eloquently reasoned inquiry into environmental and techno-utopian threats. . . .Profoundly compelling and enlightening, McKibben balances alarm with hope.” —Booklist(starred review)

      “McKibben providesa fresh perspective with surprising examples and an engaging writing style.” —Jared Diamond,The New York Times Book Review

      “[A] lyrical masterpiece . . . [and]a humane and wise book, even a beautiful one, if that’s not oxymoronic, given its subject . . .Falter provides ample evidence that we are on the cusp of an avoidable disaster.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

      “Fascinating. . . McKibben is a mighty orator on the page here, just as he was inThe End of Nature (1989) andEaarth(2010), and his call for creating more compassionate and equitable societies is inspiring.” —Pacific Standard

      Falteris McKibben’s most powerfully argued book, and maybe his most important sinceThe End of Nature 30 years ago. . . . It affirms him as among a very few of our most compelling truth-tellers about the climate catastrophe and the ideological forces driving it.” —Wen Stephenson,The Nation

      Falter is the work of one of America'smost skillful long-form journalists. . . . [McKibben has] an uncannilyentertaining way of combining information with interpretation and insight.” —Seven Days

      “A deeply reported, broad-spanning investigation. . . . Compelling.” —Outside

      “McKibben, a veteran environmental writer, is never hectoring or hyperbolic; here, he turns the possibility of human extinction (from climate change, artificial intelligence, etc.) intoan absorbing analysis with a glimmer of hope.”The New York Times Book Review,Editor’s Choice

      Falter is a book about which it would be impossible to say too much. . . .McKibben has positioned himself on the cutting edge of history.”The Progressive

      “The strength of [McKibben's] writing on climate change is that itsspecificityburns away the mist from what, to most people, is a hazy issue.” —The Times(London)

      Falter is a bracing call to arms, one that concerned readers ignore at their peril.” —Palo Alto Weekly

      “A love letter, a plea, a eulogy, and a prayer.This is Bill McKibben at his glorious best. Wise and warning, with everything on the line.Do not miss it.”—Naomi Klein, author ofThis Changes Everything andThe Shock Doctrine

      “McKibben himself isa hopeful soul . . . Rather than pushing us toward despair, McKibben situates his book asa call to action. Hope is a useful tool only if you know the shape of reality that you face.” —The Christian Century

      “I braced myself to plunge into this book about the largest and grimmest of situations our species has faced, and thenI found myself racing through it, excited by the grand synthesis of innumerable scientific reports on the details of the crisis. And then at the end I saw the book as a description of a big trap with a small exit we could take, if we take heed of what Bill McKibben tells us here, and act on it.”—Rebecca Solnit, author ofA Paradise Built in Hell andHope in the Dark

      “It’s not an exaggeration to say that Bill McKibben has written a book so important, reading it might save your life, not to mention your home: Planet Earth.Falter is abrilliant, impassioned call to arms to save our climate from those profiting from its destruction before it’s too late. Over and over, McKibben has proven one of the mostfarsighted and gifted voices of our times, and withFalter he has topped himself, producing a book that honestly, everyone should read.”—Jane Mayer, bestselling author ofDark Money

      “No one has done more than Bill McKibben to raise awareness about the great issues of our time.Falter isan essential bookhonest, far-reaching and, against the odds, hopeful.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofThe Sixth Extinction

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    The Lazarus Files A Cold Case Investigation Matthew McGough
    9780805095593 Hardcover TRUE CRIME / Murder On Sale Date: April 30, 2019 Print Run: 40000
    $39.00 CAD 6.22 x 9.56 x 1.31 in | 608 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      A deeply-reported, riveting account of a cold case murder in Los Angeles, unsolved until DNA evidence implicated a shocking suspect – a female detective within the LAPD’s own ranks.

      On February 24, 1986, 29-year-old newlywed Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in the home she shared with her husband, John. The crime scene suggested a ferocious struggle, and police initially assumed it was a burglary gone awry. Before her death, Sherri had confided to her parents that an ex-girlfriend of John’s, a Los Angeles police officer, had threatened her. The Rasmussens urged the LAPD to investigate the ex-girlfriend, but the original detectives only pursued burglary suspects, and thecase went cold.

      DNA analysis did not exist when Sherri was murdered. Decades later, a swab from a bite mark on Sherri’s arm revealed her killer was in fact female, not male. A DNA match led to the arrest and conviction of veteran LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus, John’s onetime girlfriend.

      The Lazarus Filesdelivers the visceral experience of being inside a real-life murder mystery. McGough reconstructs the lives of Sherri, John and Stephanie; the love triangle that led to Sherri’s murder; and the homicide investigation that followed. Was Stephanie protected by her fellow officers? What did the LAPD know, and when did they know it? Are there other LAPD cold cases with a police connection that remain unsolved?

      Matthew McGoughhas written forThe Atlantic,The New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, and more. His acclaimed memoir Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees was the basis of “Clubhouse,” a primetime TV series on CBS, and his story about his first day with the Yankees was selected to lead the pilot episode ofThe Moth Radio Hour. Formerly a legal consultant and writer for NBC’sLaw & Order, he lives in LA with his wife and children.
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      "The Lazarus Files is crime writing at its finest. Matthew McGough’s deep dive into one of the most controversial cases in Los Angeles history is expertly researched and recreated in exacting and haunting detail. I was riveted."—Michael Connelly

      “[An] engrossing true crime account…This memorable and powerful work deserves a wide readership.”Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

      "The Lazarus Files is a thorough, comprehensive, and impressive account of the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, and how LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus got away with the crime for more than two decades. Matthew McGough has not only written a singular true crime story, but a careful and damning indictment of systemic failure, one that should reverberate for years to come." —Sarah Weinman, author ofThe Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World

      The Lazarus Files chronicles one of the most fascinating homicide cases in the history of the LAPD. Matt McGough does a herculean job of research and reporting in order to track down the many serpentine threads in this coldest of cold cases. This is a thrilling story of justice long delayed—but justice finally served. McGough has written an impressive book." —Miles Corwin, author of the national bestsellerThe Killing Season andLos Angeles Times bestsellerHomicide Special

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    Hotbox Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business Matt Lee, Ted Lee
    9781627792615 Hardcover COOKING / Essays & Narratives On Sale Date: April 09, 2019 Print Run: 60000
    $36.50 CAD 6.48 x 9.36 x 1.02 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      Matt Lee and Ted Lee take on the competitive, wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of a food business few home cooks or restaurant chefs ever experience.

      Hotbox reveals the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the culture from the inside-out. It’s a realm where you find eccentric characters, working in extreme conditions, who must produce magical events and instantly adapt when, for instance, the host’s toast runs a half-hour too long, a hail storm erupts, or a rolling rack of hundreds of ice cream desserts goes wheels-up.

      Whether they’re dashing through black-tie fundraisers, celebrity-spotting at a Hamptons cookout, or following a silverware crew at 3:00 a.m. in a warehouse in New Jersey, the Lee brothers guide you on a romp from the inner circle—the elite team of chefs using little more than their wits and Sterno to turn out lamb shanks for eight hundred—to the outer reaches of the industries that facilitate the most dazzling galas. You’ll never attend a party—or entertain on your own—in the sameway after reading this book.

      The Lee Bros. are the authors of several bestselling cookbooks:Charleston Kitchen, Southern Cookbook,andSimple Fresh Southern. They have written forThe New York Times, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, Saveur,and other publications, and have appeared on many TV shows, including Anthony Bourdain’sNo Reservations andThe Today Show. They have won six James Beard and IACP Awards.
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      "A marvelous read"
      —Evan Kleiman, 'Good Food' on KCRW

      "Hotbox is theKitchen Confidential of the big-ticket catering world."
      The New York Times

      "Lively...[with] just the right combination of sophistication and self-deprecation [to] show us what really goes on behind the scenes."
      The Wall Street Journal

      "Fast and furious and funny,Hotbox digs deep into the messy, mad world of catering. It's an absorbing, immersive, appetizing tale, written with sharp intelligence and style."
      —Susan Orlean, author ofThe Library Book

      Hotbox takes you from the frying pan into the fire. The cutthroat world of catered events come to life in this compelling book by the Lee Brothers.”
      —Tom Colicchio

      “Catering chefs and their teams are often the unsung heroes of the culinary world. With compelling storytelling, Matt and Ted Lee take you behind-the-scenes to show the challenges, perseverance, integrity, and work ethic necessary to achieve excellence.”
      —Drew Nieporent, Restaurateur: Nobu, Bâtard, Tribeca Grill

      "Who knew that food improv was a thing? Hotbox is wicked and funny as hell. The Lee Bros. journeyed into the lowly outback of haute cuisine—catering—and came out with a new genre, food bouffe."
      —Jack Hitt, author ofBunch of Amateurs

      “A brilliant, gleeful, fly-on-the-lip-of-a-saucepan narrative, full of tips and secrets, and proof (yet again) that some of our greatest stories are in how we make food. You will never ever take a passed hors d’oeuvre for granted.”
      —Bill Buford, bestselling author ofHeat

      "The Lee brothers...pull back the curtain on the catering world, an often-dismissed arm of the culinary industry denounced for its 'rubber chicken and dry salmon,' in this captivating tell-all.”
      —Publishers Weekly

      "Readers see behind the scenes of galas to show the conflict between sales teams and kitchen teams, understand the unique challenges of creating restaurant-quality food for a single evening, and meet the major players in the New York event world. The authors' reverence for caterers' work ethic comes through on every page. A mixture of history and memoir, the Lees' investigation offers insights into a segment of the food world that often deliberately keeps itself invisible."

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    9781250179845 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies On Sale Date: May 07, 2019 Print Run: 35000
    $35.00 CAD 5.38 x 8.25 x 1.16 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Metropolitan Books
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      What is democracy really? What do we mean when we use the term? And can it ever truly exist?Astra Taylor, hailed as a “New Civil Rights Leader” by theLos Angeles Times, provides surprising answers.

      There is no shortage of democracy, at least in name, and yet it is in crisis everywhere we look. From a cabal of plutocrats in the White House to gerrymandering and dark-money compaign contributions, it is clear that the principle of government by and for the people is not living up to its promise.

      The problems lie deeper than any one election cycle. As Astra Taylor demonstrates, real democracy—fully inclusive and completely egalitarian—has in fact never existed. In a tone that is both philosophical and anecdotal, weaving together history, theory, the stories of individuals, and interviews with such leading thinkers as Cornel West and Wendy Brown, Taylor invites us to reexamine the term. Is democracy a means or an end, a process or a set of desired outcomes? What if those outcomes,whatever they may be—peace, prosperity, equality, liberty, an engaged citizenry—can be achieved by non-democratic means? In what areas of life should democratic principles apply? If democracy means rule by the people, what does it mean to rule and who counts as the people?

      Democracy's inherent paradoxes often go unnamed and unrecognized. Exploring such questions,Democracy May Not Exist offers a better understanding of what is possible, what we want, why democracy is so hard to realize, and why it is worth striving for.

      Astra Taylor is the author ofThe People's Platform (winner of the American Book Award) and made two documentary films,Zizek! andExamined Life.Taylor’s writing has appeared in theNew York Times, theWashington Post,n+1, andThe Baffler, where she is a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.
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      "We live in an age that demands that we rethink democracy from the roots—and teach ourselves to think again as citizens. Smart and engaging, Astra Taylor’s Democracy May NotExistmakes a formidable contribution to meeting those pressing generational challenges."—Danielle Allen, author ofOur Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

      "A brilliant, deeply learned discourse on democracy, equality, and how the second might save the first, by one of the most incisive thinkers on participatory politics today."—Molly Crabapple, author ofBrothers of the Gun

      "What a lot of trouble democracy has been! Over the years it’s been hijacked by its enemies, its reforms have backfired, it has evaded challenges, it has refused to heed its prophets. But as Astra Taylor reminds us in this timely and sagacious book, there is no substitute. The fate of the world depends on it."—Thomas Frank, author ofListen, Liberal

      "What is this thing called Democracy? Google the question and you will exceed one million hits. But for an honest and illuminating answer, read this book—every single word. Searching, lucid, visionary, Astra Taylor takes a deep oceanic dive into the history, meaning, uses, and promise of democracy—moving from Plato’s Greece to Syriza’s Greece, from the Global South to post-Communist East, from slavery to fascism, liberalism to neoliberalism, Occupy to the Commons. She knows what most political scientists don’t: that democracy is a promise unfulfilled, and in our strivings to achieve it nothing is guaranteed. But we can’t live without it."
      —Robin D. G. Kelley, author ofFreedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

      "Astra Taylor is a rare public intellectual, utterly committed to asking humanity’s most profound questions yet entirely devoid of pretensions and compulsively readable. Now she plunges deep into the crisis that underlies so many others: the sorry state (and the exhilarating promise) of this thing called democracy. At once richly historical and immediately relevant, this wise, lucid and unflinchingly honest book deserves to be at the center of public debate."—Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough

      “Moths never reach the moon, but they navigate by it; we humans may never reach democracy, Astra Taylor tells us, but we navigate by its ideals. This is a beautiful, revelatory book about ideas and how they matter in everyday life, by the only writer who could herself navigate so gracefully among factory workers, contemporary economics, and ancient Athenian history.”
      —Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me

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    Downhill from Here Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality Katherine S. Newman
    9781250119469 Hardcover SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology On Sale Date: January 29, 2019 Print Run: 35000
    $39.00 CAD 6.44 x 9.54 x 1.14 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Metropolitan Books
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      A sharp examination of the looming financial catastrophe of retirement in America.

      As millions of Baby Boomers reach their golden years, the state of retirement in America is little short of a disaster. Nearly half the households with people aged 55 and older have no retirement savings at all. The real estate crash wiped out much of the home equity that millions were counting on to support their retirement. And the typical Social Security check covers less than 40% of pre-retirement wages—a number projected to drop to under 28% within two decades. Old-age poverty, a problem we thought was solved by the New Deal, is poised for a resurgence.

      With dramatic statistics and vivid portraits, acclaimed sociologist Katherine S. Newman shows that the American retirement crisis touches us all, cutting across class lines and generational divides. White-collar managers have seen retirement benefits vanish; Teamsters have had their pensions cut in half; bankrupt cities like Detroit have walked away from their commitments to municipal workers. And for Generation X, the prospects are even worse: a fifth of them expect to never be able to retire. Only the vaunted “one percent” can face retirement without fear.

      Other countries are confronting similar demographic challenges, yet they have not abandoned their social contract with seniors.Downhill From Here makes it clear that America, too, can—and must—do better.

      Katherine S. Newman is the author of more than a dozen books, on topics ranging from urban poverty to middle-class economic insecurity to school violence.No Shame in My Game: the Working Poor in the Inner City received the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Book Award. Newman, who has held positions at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Princeton, is currently senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Massachusetts system.
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      “With urgency and humanity, Katherine Newman paints a dire picture of retirement in communities across the United States, and challenges us to fix it. This book is a wake-up call for this country, and a clarion call for all of us to take action.”
      —Darren Walker,president of the Ford Foundation

      “With great skill and compelling evidence, Katherine Newman explains why most of the boomer generation doesn’t have enough money to retire on while CEOs and others at the top are socking away a fortune. And she offers some practical solutions. Thoughtful, beautifully written, and urgent.”
      —Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and author ofThe Common Good

      “Newman combines panoramic thinking about America with the most precise details about towns and companies. She shows us a country disregarding the needs of many of its citizens. As one of her subjects puts it, ‘I can’t go back to work. If I do, I’ll end up dead.’ After reading this book, you will never be able to unsee this growing social tragedy.”
      —Alissa Quart, author ofSqueezed

      “Newman’s careful account of lost pensions blows past illusions that mainstream suggestions for fixing the retirement crisis – nudging people to save more and work for longer – have any bearing in reality. Vivid interviews with all types of workers point to swift federal action to expand Social Security, restore lost pensions, and provide retirement accounts for all Americans.”
      —Teresa Ghilarducci, coauthor ofRescuing Retirement

      “Katherine Newman tells searing stories of retirement insecurity, and makes clear why more than three-quarters of Americans fear retirement more than death. Happily, she also proposes practical solutions. Thanks to Newman’s meticulous research and compelling recommendations, we can make this a better country for our seniors and our families.”
      —Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, director of retirement security at the Economic Policy Institute

      “This book is urgently needed to awake citizens of all generations to the cruel consequences of inequality ravaging our already fragile social contract. And it offers wise and feasible reform ideas. America can do better; its workers deserve better.”
      —Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher ofThe Nation

      Downhill from Heredescribes the devastating impact on the lives of people when pensions fail, and sees real limits in asking those with low wages to save on their own. This book clearly shows how our retirement system, which works fine for some, fails for far too many.”
      —Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research and coauthor ofFalling Short

      “This well-written and carefully researched book is just what is needed to spur an urgent debate on how to fix the long-overlooked shortcomings of our nation’s retirement programs.”
      —Karen Ferguson, director of the Pension Rights Center

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