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    D-Day Girls The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II Sarah Rose
    9780451495082 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:April 23, 2019
    $37.00 CAD 6.42 x 9.51 x 1.39 in | 1.38 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Crown
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      NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The dramatic, untold history of the heroic women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II

      “Gripping. Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, courage, and treachery (lots of treachery)—and all of it true.”—Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake

      In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was on the front lines. To “set Europe ablaze,” in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive  (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharpshooting, was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women. Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France.

      In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently de­classified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women. There’s Andrée Borrel, a scrappy and streetwise Parisian who blew up power lines with the Gestapo hot on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mother who saw the SOE as her ticket out of domestic life and into a meaningful adventure; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely independent member of French colonial high society and the SOE’s unflap­pable “queen.” Together, they destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis, plotted prison breaks, and gathered crucial intelligence—laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war.

      Rigorously researched and written with razor-sharp wit, D-Day Girls is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance: a reminder of what courage—and the energy of politically animated women—can accomplish when the stakes seem incalculably high.

      Praise for D-Day Girls

      “Rigorously researched . . . [a] thriller in the form of a non-fiction book.”Refinery29

      “Equal parts espionage-romance thriller and historical narrative, D-Day Girls traces the lives and secret activities of the 39 women who answered the call to infiltrate France. . . . While chronicling the James Bond-worthy missions and love affairs of these women, Rose vividly captures the broken landscape of war.”The Washington Post

      “Gripping history . . . thoroughly researched and written as smoothly as a good thriller, this is a mesmerizing story of creativity, perseverance, and astonishing heroism.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      Bio
      Sarah Rose is the author of For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Outside, The Saturday Evening Post, and Men's Journal. In 2014, she was awarded a Lowell Thomas Prize in Travel Writing.
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      “Inspiring and empowering—there were countless moments that gave me full-body chills. I have never read a book like this. Even if you think you don’t like nonfiction, pick up this book.”—Sarah J. Maas on NBC’s Today

      “Comprehensive and compelling . . . Readers get to know these amazing women as individuals as their duties unfold against the backdrop of the war. . . . Rose smoothly integrates developing events with biographical details and glimpses into French wartime society, creating a digestible and easy-to-follow story. This satisfying mix of social history and biography . . . should engage a wide audience.”Booklist (starred review)

      D-Day Girls, written with novelistic detail, weaves together five women’s narratives using historical research from contemporary periodicals, archives, and interview records. . . . [D-Day Girls is part of] a new library and a more robust approach to analyzing women’s essential role in war.”Foreign Policy

      D-Day Girls brims with detail, akin to the nonfiction narratives of Erik Larson and Laura Hillenbrand.”Women’s Wear Daily

      “The mission is this: Read D-Day Girls today. Not just for the spy flair—code names, aliases, and operating covers—but also because this history feels more relevant than ever, as an army of women and girls again find themselves in a fight for the common good.”—Lily Koppel, author of The Astronaut Wives Club

      “Sarah Rose's D-Day Girls is not only a page-turning spy story that reads like fiction, it's a highly relevant account that will, at long last, inscribe the names of three remarkable female spies—Andrée Borrel, Odette Sansom, Lise de Baissac—into our history books.”—Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire

      “With skill and heart, Sarah Rose captures the adventures of an extraordinary group of women who kept the resistance alive during the darkest days of World War II, risking everything to liberate their loved ones, their nations, and democracy itself. Spies and saboteurs, high explosives, ingenious deceptions, dirty poems transformed into cryptologic keysI couldn’t stop reading.”—Jason Fagone, author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes

       “Sarah Rose's edge-of-the-seat spy thriller weaves the incredible stories of World War II's forgotten heroines—daring, modern, and key to defeating the Nazis in France. Brilliantly researched and gorgeously written—with a cameo from Winston Churchill—this is the D-Day book the world has been waiting for.”—Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

      “Sarah Rose has worked wonders to provide a fresh, thrilling account of the female spies whose courage and audacity helped win the day on June 6, 1944.”—Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys and Avenue of Spies

      “Rose delivers a swift moving . . . expert blow-by-blow account. . . . A readable spy thriller that fights against the idea of ‘the original sin of women at war.’”Kirkus Reviews
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    The Spies of Shilling Lane A Novel Jennifer Ryan
    9780525576495 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:June 04, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.6 x 1.2 in | 1.32 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes a thrilling new WWII story about a village busybody—the mighty Mrs. Braithwaite—who resolves to find, and then rescue, her missing daughter
       
      Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left—her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war.
       
      But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn’t been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there’s no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter.
       
      Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty’s unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that’s been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?
       
      Readers will be charmed by the unforgettable Mrs. Braithwaite and her plucky, ruthless optimism, and find in The Spies of Shilling Lane a novel with surprising twists and turns, quiet humor, and a poignant examination of mothers and daughters and the secrets we keep.

      Bio
      JENNIFER RYAN is the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.
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      “[A] quick and delightful mystery.”The New York Times Book Review

      “A crisp and energetic book . . . with a tight plot [that will] keep a reader gladly bouncing along.”—NPR

      “Richly detailed . . . This tale swept me away!”First for Women

      “With its eccentric, believable characters and plot of home front intrigue, this delightful drama will appeal to fans of Martha Hall Kelly.”Publishers Weekly
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    The War for Kindness Building Empathy in a Fractured World Jamil Zaki
    9780451499240 Hardcover PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology On Sale Date:June 04, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.32 x 9.42 x 0.88 in | 1.01 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      “In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

      Empathy is in short supply. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States was suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things seem to have only gotten worse. 

      It doesn’t have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki shares cutting-edge research, including experiments from his own lab, showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort. He also tells the stories of people who embody this new perspective, fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances. We meet a former neo-Nazi who is now helping to extract people from hate groups, ex-prisoners discussing novels with the judge who sentenced them, Washington police officers changing their culture to decrease violence among their ranks, and NICU nurses fine-tuning their empathy so that they don’t succumb to burnout.

      Written with clarity and passion, The War for Kindness is an inspiring call to action. The future may depend on whether we accept the challenge.

      Praise for The War for Kindness

      “A wide-ranging practical guide to making the world better.”—NPR

      “Relating anecdotes and test cases from his fellow researchers, news events and the imaginary world of literature and entertainment, Zaki makes a vital case for ‘fighting for kindness.’ . . . If he’s right—and after reading The War for Kindness, you’ll probably think so—Zaki’s work is right on time.” San Francisco Chronicle

      “In this landmark book, Jamil Zaki gives us a revolutionary perspective on empathy: Empathy can be developed, and, when it is, people, relationships, organizations, and cultures are changed.”—Carol Dweck, author of Mindset
      Bio
      Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
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      “Lucid, stimulating . . . [The War for Kindness aims] to challenge antiquated views of the brain and human behavior. . . . Zaki issues a call for concerted action to build empathy in a world he sees as fractured and threatened by escalating tribalism, cruelty, and isolation.”The American Scholar

      “Zaki is a compelling writer, and even an android could not help but respond to his prose. . . . Zaki’s goals go beyond sharing the science of empathy with the masses. He hopes to inspire people to actually practice more kindness in their lives.”Science

      “Zaki’s heart-of-the-matter writing style relates complex emotion in clear, direct language. He walks his own fine line, between significant research findings and his personal emotional and empathic responses. His research and his book are worthy.”Booklist

      “With alarming evidence of our society's rapidly diminishing empathy, Zaki draws on decades of clinical research, along with experiments conducted at his lab, to consider the forces that impact our modern condition . . . an urgent message.”Kirkus Reviews

      “Jamil Zaki is one of the brightest lights in psychology, and in this gripping book he shows that kindness is not a sign of weakness but a source of strength.”—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals

      “Beautifully written and deeply felt, The War for Kindness is an outstanding scientific analysis of our species’ best and last hope for survival—our unique ability to care about each other.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

      “A beautifully written, uplifting, scientifically impeccable book.”—Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave

      “Seamlessly stitching together his own experiences with fascinating stories and research from around the globe, Jamil lays out the irrefutable evidence for what we may already instinctively be sensing . . . that in these uncertain times, our ability to cultivate empathy for one another is not only possible, it’s necessary. A must read for anyone willing to peek under the hood of the human heart.”—Amanda Palmer
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    Recursion A Novel Blake Crouch
    9781524759780 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:June 11, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.39 x 9.53 x 1.11 in | 1.21 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most mind-boggling, irresistible work to date, and the inspiration for Shondaland’s upcoming Netflix film.

      “Gloriously twisting . . . a heady campfire tale of a novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

      NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • NPR • BookRiot

      Reality is broken.
       
      At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shock wave, unleashed by a stunning discovery—and what’s in jeopardy is not our minds but the very fabric of time itself.
       
      In New York City, Detective Barry Sutton is closing in on the truth—and in a remote laboratory, neuroscientist Helena Smith is unaware that she alone holds the key to this mystery . . . and the tools for fighting back.
       
      Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront their enemy—before they, and the world, are trapped in a loop of ever-growing chaos.

      Praise for
      Recursion

      “An action-packed, brilliantly unique ride that had me up late and shirking responsibilities until I had devoured the last page . . . a fantastic read.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian

      “Another profound science-fiction thriller. Crouch masterfully blends science and intrigue into the experience of what it means to be deeply human.”Newsweek

      “Definitely not one to forget when you’re packing for vacation . . . [Crouch] breathes fresh life into matters with a mix of heart, intelligence, and philosophical musings.”Entertainment Weekly

      “A trippy journey down memory lane . . . [Crouch’s] intelligence is an able match for the challenge he’s set of overcoming the structure of time itself.”Time

      “Wildly entertaining . . . another winning novel from an author at the top of his game.”AV Club
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      Blake Crouch is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include the New York Times bestseller Dark Matter and the internationally bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a teleivsion series for FOX. He also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.
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      “A mind-bending thriller.”—USA Today

      “[Crouch] has sketched out the rules for a new reality. . . . [Recursion] has a thrumming pulse that moves beyond big ideas and into their effects on a larger, more complex world.”—NPR

      “[Recursion] will keep you up all night—first because you can't stop reading it, and then because you can't stop thinking about it.”BuzzFeed

      “[An] epic page-turner.”Good Housekeeping

      “Quintessential SF . . . [features] wrenching emotional moments . . . tense and vivid action scenes . . . eminently rigorous and logical methodology and science . . . And yet you will not predict anything.”Locus

      “[A] fantastic philosophical thriller [with] ingenious plotting, cinematic action and unflappable characters.”—Minneapolis StarTribune

      “Recursion will leave you breathless as it dives headfirst into a strange reality.”PopSugar

      “The fragile elements of time, identity, and memory intertwine in Crouch's unforgettable new sci-fi thriller. . . . A lightning-paced, techno-fantasy that lingers long after the last, mind-numbing page.”SyFy Wire

      “The smartest, most surprising thriller of the summer.”BookPage

      “Crouch isn’t just a world-class thriller writer, he’s a Philip K. Dick for the modern age. Recursion takes mind-twisting premises and embeds them in a deeply emotional story about time and loss and grief and most of all, the glory of the human heart.”—Gregg Hurwitz, #1 internationally bestselling author of the Orphan X series

      “Blake Crouch has invented his own brand of page-turner—fearlessly genre-bending, consistently surprising, and determined to explode the boundaries of what a thriller can be.”—Karin Slaughter, #1 internationally bestselling author of Pieces of Her

      “Brilliant. Crouch’s innovative novels never fail to grip!”—Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl

      “A masterful mind-bender of a novel. Crouch brilliantly infuses his story with dire repercussions and unexpected moral upheaval, and leaves you wondering what you would do if you had the chance to turn back the clock.”—Mark Sullivan, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Private series and author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

      “Cutting-edge science drives this intelligent, mind-bending thriller. . . . Crouch effortlessly integrates sophisticated philosophical concepts—such as the relationship of human perceptions of what is real to actual reality—into a complex and engrossing plot. Michael Crichton’s fans won’t want to miss this one.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Completely engrossing . . . highly recommended, especially for readers who enjoy suspenseful, fast-moving, well-crafted, science-based SF.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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    9780451499332 Hardcover FICTION / Historical On Sale Date:July 23, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.38 x 9.51 x 1.22 in | 1.42 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Crown
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      An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen” girls and inspired by historical events

      In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Texas, “fallen” women—those whose birth, circumstances, or personal tragedies have resigned them to the dangerous poverty of the streets—have one hope: the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls. Built in 1903 in the dusty, tumbleweed outpost of Arlington, the progressive home for cast-out women was the first of its kind to offer faith, training, and rehabilitation to women without forcibly separating them from their children. It is here that Lizzie Bates, abused and drug-addled with a young daughter, and Mattie McBride, jilted by the married man who fathered her ailing son, meet and form an unbreakable friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths.

      A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles on the archives, and the cemetery, of Berachah’s former grounds. Pulled to dig deeper by an indescribable connection, what she discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past and to reclaim the life she thought she’d let go of forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin and the paths we take to get back to ourselves.


      Story Locale: Arlington, Texas
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      JULIE KIBLER is the author of the national bestseller Calling Me Home. When not writing, she enjoys travel, independent films, music, photography, and corralling her teenagers and rescue dogs. She lives in Texas.

      Author Residence: Texas

      Author Hometown: Kentucky, New Mexico, Colorado
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        Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

        Promotion on author’s Twitter, @JulieKibler

        Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

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        Publicity: National publicity

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        Author Website: www.juliekibler.com/

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      Praise for Home for Erring and Outcast Girls:

      “A world in which young, single mothers had few options—and even fewer advocates—comes to life in Julie Kibler’s skilled hands. Based on the history of the Berachah Industrial Home in Arlington, Texas, Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope. Their lives are raw and heartbreaking, their struggles an answer to a timeless question: Can friendship heal us after the world has broken us?”—Lisa Wingate

      “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls is a moving tale of friendship and resilience. It is the story of three different women, each of them betrayed and abandoned, and the ways in which they find their way home. Emotional. Raw. Compelling. Julie Kibler writes with skill, compassion, and grace.”—Ariel Lawhon

      Praise for Calling Me Home:

      “If Calling Me Home were a young woman, her grandmother would be To Kill a Mockingbird, her sister would be The Help, and her cousin would be The Notebook. But even with such iconic relatives, Calling Me Home stands on her own.”—Wiley Cash

      “Extraordinary, touching, and believable.”—Diane Chamberlain

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    Lost You A Novel Haylen Beck
    9781524759582 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:August 06, 2019
    $35.00 CAD 6.5 x 9.4 x 1.08 in | 1.18 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Crown
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      A provocative and unputdownable psychological suspense about two women locked in a desperate fight over a child each believes is rightfully hers

      Libby needs a break. Three years ago her husband split, leaving her to raise their infant son Ethan alone as she struggled to launch her writing career. Now for the first time in years, things are looking up. She’s just sold her first novel, and she and Ethan are going on a much-needed vacation. Everything seems to be going their way, so why can’t she stop looking over her shoulder or panicking every time Ethan wanders out of view? Is it because of what happened when Ethan was born? Except Libby’s never told anyone the full story of what happened, and there’s no way anyone could find her and Ethan at a faraway resort…right?

      But three days into their vacation, Libby’s fears prove justified. In a moment of inattention, Ethan wanders into an elevator before Libby can reach him. When the elevator stops and the doors open, Ethan is gone. Hotel security scours the building and finds no trace of him, but when CCTV footage is found of an adult finding the child wandering alone and leading him away by the hand, the police are called in. The search intensifies, a lost child case turning into a possible abduction. Hours later, a child is seen with a woman stepping through an emergency exit. Libby and the police track the woman down and corner her, but she refuses to release Ethan. Asked who she is, the woman replies:

      “I’m his mother.”

      What follows is one of the most shocking, twist-y, and provocative works of psychological suspense ever written. A story of stolen identity, of surrogacy gone horribly wrong, and of two women whose insistence that each is the “real” mother puts them at deadly cross-purposes, Lost You is sure to be one of 2019’s most buzzed-about novels.


      Story Locale: Arizona
      Bio
      HAYLEN BECK is the pseudonym of acclaimed, Edgar Award-nominated author Stuart Neville, whose crime fiction has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and made best-of-year lists with numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. His first Haylen Beck novel was Here and Gone.

      Author Residence: Ireland
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        Marketing: Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @HaylenBeck



        Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs



        Enrollment in early reviewer programs



        Features on ReadItForward.com and Signature-Reads.com



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        Publicity: National publicity

        National review and feature attention

        National/regional NPR campaign

        Author interviews out of Ireland



        Author Website: www.haylenbeck.com/

        Author Social Media: Twitter: twitter.com/haylenbeck / GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15449754.Haylen_Beck
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      “A dark, twisty thriller that tackles the complications of surrogacy.”USA Today 

      “Far too few thrillers have genuine suspense, twists that give you goosebumps and—most important—characters that you really care about. Lost You has it all.”—Mark Billingham, author of Their Little Secret

      “A tense, heart-wrenching thriller.”—T. M. Logan, author of Lies

      “Beck tells a richly complicated story about two desperate women and the reality of surrogacy in America.”Publishers Weekly 
       
      “The absorbing narrative…spins a heart-wrenching web of desperation, surrogacy, mistaken identity, and murder…. Recommend to fans of Tana French, Allison Brennan, and Hallie Ephron.”Booklist

      Lost You is a really brilliant novel—thrilling, emotional, and so readable.”—Mason Cross, author oWhat She Saw Last Night
       
      Lost You is both utterly compelling and completely terrifying—the kind of book that, every time you think you have it figured out, hits you with another twist you didn’t see coming.”—Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse
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    Leave Only Footprints My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park Conor Knighton
    9781984823540 Hardcover TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues On Sale Date:April 07, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 6.33 x 9.52 x 1.22 in | 1.29 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Crown
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      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A delightful sampler plate of our national parks, written with charisma and erudition.”—Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe

      From CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Conor Knighton, a behind-the-scenery look at his year traveling to each of America’s National Parks, discovering the most beautiful places and most interesting people our country has to offer


      When Conor Knighton set off to explore America’s “best idea,” he worried the whole thing could end up being his worst idea. A broken engagement and a broken heart had left him longing for a change of scenery, but the plan he’d cooked up in response had gone a bit overboard in that department: Over the course of a single year, Knighton would visit every national park in the country, from Acadia to Zion.
       
      In Leave Only Footprints, Knighton shares informative and entertaining dispatches from what turned out to be the road trip of a lifetime. Whether he’s waking up early for a naked scrub in a historic bathhouse in Arkansas or staying up late to stargaze along our loneliest highway in Nevada, Knighton weaves together the type of stories you’re not likely to find in any guidebook. Through his unique lens, America the Beautiful becomes America the Captivating, the Hilarious, and the Inspiring. Along the way, he identifies the threads that tie these wildly different places together—and that tie us to nature—and reveals how his trip ended up changing his views on everything from God and love to politics and technology.
       
      Filled with fascinating tidbits about our parks’ past and reflections on their fragile future, this book is both a celebration of and a passionate case for the natural wonders that all Americans share.
      Bio
      Conor Knighton is an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, America’s #1 Sunday morning news program. Depending on your cable package, you may have also seen him hosting shows on Current TV, AMC, and The Biography Channel or providing commentary for the likes of MTV, E!, and CNN. He has been to all of America’s national parks and what feels like 40 percent of its Hampton Inns.
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      “This fascinating memoir documents…a must-do travel item shared by many.”USA TODAY
       
      “A chronicle of one upbeat, observant man’s emotional and physical journey through some of the most beautiful places in one very large country…It is Knighton’s curation—his ability to draw out unexpected snapshots from places as well known and completely formed in our national imagination as Yosemite and Yellowstone—that makes his journey so engaging.”—The New York Times Book Review

      “Conor Knighton is not only blessed with Charles Kuralt’s peripatetic curiosity and John Muir’s reverence for nature, he shares their all-too-rare gift—his writing makes you want to hit the road and see for yourself what truly makes America great.”—Mark Adams, New York Times bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu

      “A touching, funny tour of the weird and wonderful in the American wild. If you love our national parks, you’ll love visiting them all with the thoughtful, always entertaining Conor Knighton as your witty, energetic guide. His enthusiasm is contagious and shines on every page.”—Steve Hely, author of The Wonder Trail
       
      “You don’t have to be a national parks geek like me to love this book. However, in Conor Knighton’s capable hands, you will be a national parks geek as soon as you dip into this great narrative.”—Rinker Buck, author of The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
       
      “In Leave Only Footprints, Conor Knighton does what would require a lifetime for the rest of us. Over the course of a year, he goes on a mission of discovery, sharing something new and fresh about each of our national parks and encouraging us to also visit—and preserve—the places that reflect Americans at our best.”—Jonathan Jarvis, eighteenth director of the National Park Service
       
      “I am crazy about this book. It’s a delightful sampler plate of our national parks, written with charisma and erudition and leavened by a healthy dollop of humor. When Conor Knighton tells you to take a hike, you’d do well to pay attention.”—Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe
       
      “Knighton is a companionable guide, light on his feet, with a steady store of…excellent descriptive passages, good background material, and a few sweeping insights into why national parks are so essential…. A fine tour d’horizon of our national grandeur.”Kirkus Reviews

      “Entertaining, informative and inspirational, Leave Only Footprints will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about America’s ‘best idea’ and how challenging yourself can help with spiritual, emotional and personal growth.”BookPage
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    Home Remedies Stories Xuan Juliana Wang
    9781984822741 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:May 14, 2019
    $34.00 CAD 5.8 x 8.5 x 0.86 in | 0.76 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:12 Hogarth
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      A FINALIST FOR THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY YOUNG LIONS FICTION AWARD • SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION • LONGLISTED FOR THE STORY PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL 

      “An urgent and necessary literary voice.”—Alexander Chee, Electric Literature   

      “Tough, luminous stories.”—The New York Times Book Review 
      “Spectacular.”—Vogue

      Xuan Juliana Wang's remarkable debut introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth. From fuerdai (second-generation rich kids) to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, her dazzling, formally inventive stories upend the immigrant narrative to reveal a new experience of belonging: of young people testing the limits of who they are, in a world as vast and varied as their ambitions.
       
      In stories of love, family, and friendship, here are the voices, faces and stories of a new generation never before captured between the pages in fiction. What sets them apart is Juliana Wang’s surprising imagination, able to capture the innermost thoughts of her characters with astonishing empathy, as well as the contradictions of the modern immigrant experience in a way that feels almost universal. Home Remedies is, in the words of Alexander Chee, “the arrival of an urgent and necessary literary voice we’ve been needing, waiting for maybe, without knowing.”
       
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      “A radiant new talent.”—Lauren Groff
       
      “These dazzling stories interrogate the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial.”—Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Orphan Master’s Son

      Home Remedies doesn’t read like a first collection; like Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, the twelve stories here announce the arrival of an exciting, electric new voice.”Financial Times

      “Stylistically ambitious in a way rarely seen in prose fiction . . . Writing like this will never stop enlightening us. [Wang’s] voice comes to us from the edge of a new world.”Los Angeles Review of Books
      Bio
      Xuan Juliana Wang was born in Heilongjiang, China, and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. A Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she received her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticPloughsharesThe Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her debut collection of short stories, Home Remedies, was published in 2019 and hailed as the arrival of ‘an urgent and necessary literary voice’ by Alexander Chee, and ‘tough and luminous’ by The New York Times Book ReviewHome Remedies was named as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2019 by Nylon, Electric Literature, The Millions, and LitHub, and one of the Best Books of the Season by EllePublishers WeeklyThe Daily Beast, and New York Observer. She currently teaches creative writing at UCLA.
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      “A must-read literary force with . . . debut collection of stories that brings to life characters from the Chinese diaspora. . . . Each one underscores the imaginative and compelling mind of this fresh new voice.”The Daily Beast, “The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019”

      “Remarkable . . . Wang captures the strivings and uncertainty of Chinese youth establishing themselves in America and beyond. . . . [A] deft, striking debut.”New York Observer, “Spring 2019 Must-Read Books”

      “Tough, luminous stories about destiny, fealty, belonging and heartbreak . . . Wang unpacks unwieldy relationships with a light touch, slicing cleanly through the intricacies to render them instantly familiar. . . . Wang’s writing is sensory, cinematic and fluid.”The New York Times Book Review

      “Spectacular . . . Wang has cherry-picked from disparate worlds and engineered a whole new, sublimely captivating one.”Vogue

      “Filled with characters who mirror the chaos and anxiety, exhilaration and despair, desire and fear of the world around them, Home Remedies offers searing portraits of millennial Chinese immigrants. . . . Wang’s shimmering words offer proof that even the most mundane of these lives have the potential to become something extraordinary. . . .  A great, explosive talent.”Nylon, “Best New Books of May”

      “Superb . . . a perfect book to dip into this summer. Fresh, clever, and shouldn’t be missed.”Publishers Weekly, “Top 10 Summer Reads”

      “Artful, funny, generous and empathetic . . . a radiant new talent.”—Lauren Groff

      “These dazzling stories interrogate the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial.”—Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Orphan Master’s Son

      “Vast in scope and ridiculously accomplished… Xuan Juliana Wang is singing an incredibly complex song of hybridity and heart.”—Justin Torres, author of We, the Animals

      “With style, verve and grace, Wang’s stories surprise and challenge in wonderful ways.”—Weike Wang, author of Chemistry

      “Tasty little bits of perfection. One of the great debuts of the year.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

      “This delightful debut collection of twelve stories should land on multiple must-read lists. Wang has captured the spirit and energy of contemporary Chinese youth. . . . [Her] stories are funny, generous, and surprising as they introduce a youthful demographic that is growing worldwide. Highly recommended.”Library Journal (starred review)

      “Wang's stories are spare and haunting, with endings that leave characters just as unsettled as their beginnings. . . . It fully embraces Wang’s love of the uncanny as a way to parse generational misunderstanding or the surreality of contemporary life. A sharp and poignant collection.”Kirkus Reviews

      'A beautiful arrangement of narratives that moves from the mundane pressures of family life to the stranger fantasies of domestic science fiction.' Alta magazine
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    The Ditch A Novel Herman Koch
    9780525572381 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:June 11, 2019
    $35.00 CAD 5.79 x 8.51 x 1.06 in | 0.96 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Hogarth
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      The bracing and inventive new novel of suspicions and secrecy from Herman Koch, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner

      When Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, sees his wife toss her head back with laughter while chatting to one of his aldermen at a New Year’s reception, he immediately suspects the worst. Despite their long and happy marriage, Robert is convinced that Sylvia is cheating on him—with the respectable alderman who is dedicated to the environment, no less. The man who wants to spoil the capital’s skyline with wind turbines.

      The New Year’s reception marks the end of the “happy family” era that the mayor has enjoyed for so long. His wife and their daughter, Diana, however, are not aware of his suspicions and carry on as usual. Robert starts spending a lot of time and energy “behaving normally.” Naturally, his normal behavior is far more suspicious. Normally Robert’s not really present when he’s at home—he’s preoccupied with his phone, the newspapers, and his own thoughts. But now Robert is so sure he’ll miss the clues if he doesn’t pay attention that he starts to be almost alarmingly attentive and interested—ultimately losing himself in increasingly panicked and paranoid trains of thought.

      Written with Herman Koch’s trademark originality, playfulness, and edge, The Ditch is a wildly clever—and guttingly familiar—story of a man whose sadistic skill for undermining himself and his marriage comes to cost him nearly everything.
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      HERMAN KOCH is the author of seven novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

      Author Residence: Amsterdam
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        Marketing: Promotion on author’s website, hermankoch.com

        Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

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        Features on ReadItForward.com and Signature-Reads.com

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        Publicity: National publicity

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        Author Website: www.hermankoch.com/
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    The Travelers A Novel Regina Porter
    9780525576198 Hardcover FICTION / African American On Sale Date:June 18, 2019
    $36.00 CAD 6.37 x 9.52 x 1.06 in | 1.18 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Hogarth
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      “American history comes to vivid, engaging life in this tale of two interconnected families (one white, one black) that spans from the 1950s to Barack Obama’s first year as president. . . . The complex, beautifully drawn characters are unique and indelible.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “An astoundingly audacious debut.”—O: The Oprah Magazine • “A gorgeous generational saga.”—New York Post

      NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ESQUIRE • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL

      Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews to his father’s meandering ways. James muddles through a topsy-turvy relationship with his son, Rufus, which is further complicated when Rufus marries Claudia Christie.

      Claudia’s mother—Agnes Miller Christie—is a beautiful African American woman who survives a chance encounter on a Georgia road that propels her into a new life in the Bronx. Soon after, her husband, Eddie Christie, is called to duty on an air craft carrier in Vietnam, where Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” becomes Eddie’s life anchor, as he grapples with mounting racial tensions on the ship and counts the days until he will see Agnes again.

      These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect with a cast of lovers and friends—the unapologetic black lesbian who finds her groove in 1970s Berlin; a moving man stranded in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a Thanksgiving storm; two half-brothers who meet as adults in a crayon factory; and a Coney Island waitress whose Prince Charming is too good to be true.

      With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter’s debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

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      “[A] kaleidoscopic début . . . Porter deftly skips back and forth through the decades, sometimes summarizing a life in a few paragraphs, sometimes spending pages on one conversation. As one character observes, ‘We move in circles in this life.’” The New Yorker

      “Porter’s electric debut is a sprawling saga that follows two interconnected American families. . . . Readers will certainly be drawn in by Porter’s sharp writing and kept hooked by the black-and-white photographs interspersed throughout the book, which give faces to the evocative voices.”Booklist
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      Regina Porter is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Tin House Summer Workshop Scholar. Her fiction has been published in The Harvard Review. An award-winning writer with a background in playwriting, Porter has worked with Playwrights Horizons, the Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage and Film, the Women's Project, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company. She has been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth by Broadway Play Services and Heinemann's Scenes for Women by Women. She has also been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History and Criticism from the University of Alabama Press. Porter was born in Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Brooklyn.
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      “If you’re looking for a poetic, spare, sometimes funny tale of ordinary people pining for meaningful connections—or if you’re someone who wishes Raymond Carver had published a novel—you have arrived.”The New York Times Book Review

      “In this innovative and deeply moving debut, Regina Porter has mastered the kind of alchemy found in a great painting by Poussin: her canvas is vast, her subject ambitious, yet her execution is so brilliantly devoted to particulars that it creates a miraculous intimacy. The beauty of this book lies in how Porter’s characters, through resilience and community, art and creative love, cut new doors out of the corners they’ve been backed into by history.”—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

      “Porter’s fantastic debut novel is a whirl of characters spidering outward through time and space. . . . Beautifully written and intricately plotted.”Kirkus Reviews

      The Travelers is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Regina Porter masterfully and imaginatively charts the intersecting lives of these characters, revealing how connected we are not only to the ones we love, but also those we encounter in passing—how we form and are formed by one another in ways entirely unknown to us. Each character’s perspective is rendered with such intimacy and spirit that it is a jarring pleasure to encounter them again through the eyes of their children or lovers, illuminating just how little we know of the fullness of the inner lives of our loved ones, or of the legacies we inherit.”—Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us

      “In The Travelers, generations of two families—one black and one white—journey across time, race, geography, and the wounds of history with sweeping breadth and disarming intimacy. Porter’s debut signals the arrival of a fully formed, singular talent. You’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time; it's just that Porter hadn’t written it yet.”—Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

      The Travelers is a great, grand tabernacle of a novel, under the roof of which it seems the entire history of the United States and all its people has been gathered into a single blazing congregation. It is full of tales tall and short, lives black, white, and every shade between, from the north, south, east, and west. None but the biggest-hearted, sharpest-eyed, most generous-spirited of writers could pull off a book like this. Regina Porter is some kind of visionary.”—Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Tinkers

      “Regina Porter’s The Travelers is not only the compelling intergenerational saga of two intertwining families, but also a deadpan and mordant chronicle of twentieth-century America’s casual intolerance and racial violence, as well as a series of portraits of intrepid women, a celebration of family responsibility, and an impassioned reminder that we most honor those we loved by continuing to love others.”—Jim Shepard, National Book Award–shortlisted author of Like You’d Understand, Anyway    

      The Travelers is a thrillingly ambitious, deeply affecting event. Regina Porter has a great ear and a capacious heart. Her dialogue presses us to the very souls of her many fabulous and fascinating characters, and her understanding of human emotion makes one want to linger at every step of this grand journey. There is so much offered here—race, history, love, loss, and family, just to name a few—that this debut novel should be considered nothing less than a supreme act of generosity.”—Jamel Brinkley, National Book Award–shortlisted author of A Lucky Man

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