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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 | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Crown
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      The dramatic, untold story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory

      In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Believing that Britain was locked in an existential battle, Winston Churchill created a secret agency, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharpshoot­ing. Their job, he declared, was to “set Europe ablaze.” But with most men on the front lines, the SOE 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.
      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 received the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing.

      Author Residence: New York City

      Author Hometown: Chicago
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      Awards
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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 | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Crown
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      From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes a second story set against a backdrop of WWII about a divorced (gasp!) mother who, fancying herself a Miss Marple, travels to London to “investigate” the disappearance of her daughter, discovering both herself and a second chance at love along the way.

      Mrs. Braithwaite, a middle-aged mother and divorcee, hasn’t been happy in a long time. She’s estranged from her daughter—who now lives in London—and was recently alienated by her small English village. In the midst of her frustration and despair, she decides she must travel to London to find Betty and share a secret she has kept from her for far too long. But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, a fainthearted but endearing accountant named Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty is missing.

      Among the chaos of the Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite will need to gather her best amateur detective wits—and a very reluctant Mr. Norris—to find her dear daughter, who may be in danger. With the help of unexpected allies who become friends along the way, Mrs. Braithwaite and Mr. Norris ultimately come to trust each other and find the courage and ingenuity in order to save the day.
      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.

      Author Residence: Falls Church, VA

      Author Hometown: Kent, UK
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      Praise for The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir:

      “A delightful debut.”—People

      “There’s so much happening in Chilbury: intrigue, romance and an unforgettable cast of characters who aren’t always as they appear. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a charming slice of English wartime life that warms the soul like a hot toddy.”—Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls

      “This well-written and absorbing tale will stay with the reader for a long time to come.”—Bookreporter

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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 | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Crown
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      A Stanford psychologist offers a bold new understanding of empathy, revealing it to be a skill, not a fixed trait, and showing, through science and stories, how we can all become more empathetic.

      In this age of political tribalism, racism, and xenophobia, it feels like empathy is in short supply. We struggle to understand, never mind care about, people who aren’t just like us. Indeed, studies show that Americans are more isolated and less kind than we were even thirty years ago. As former president Obama has said, the United States isn’t suffering from a budget deficit but an “empathy deficit.”

      In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki lays out an entirely new theory of empathy. He argues that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re either born with or not—but a skill we can learn. We can dial our empathy up or down depending on our circumstances. And we can permanently strengthen it through intentional effort. Zaki draws on the latest research, much of it from his own lab, as well as stories of people fighting for kindness in the most difficult circumstances, to show how we can harness this new mind-set to break down divisive cultural barriers. We meet a former neo-Nazi who founded an organization to help extract people from hate groups, we see Hutus and Tutsis strive for forgiveness after genocide, we see police officers in Washington change their culture to decrease violence among their ranks, and we see nurses in an NICU fine-tune their caregiving 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 of American society may depend on whether we accept the challenge.
      Bio
      JAMIL ZAKI is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory. His research focuses on how people respond to one another’s emotions, and his writing on the subject has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

      Author Residence: San Francisco

      Author Hometown: Needham, MA
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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

      “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 6.42 x 9.53 x 1.12 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Crown
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      What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

      “My son has been erased.” Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop.

      Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

      Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to reexperience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

      Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift—the ability not just to preserve memories but to remake them…at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

      At once a relentless thriller and an intricate science fiction puzzle box, Recursion is a deeply felt exploration of the flashbulb moments that define us—and who we are without them.
      Bio
      Blake Crouch is a bestselling 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 television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado.

      Author Residence: Durango, CO
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      Praise for Dark Matter:

      “A mindblowing sci-fi/suspense/love story mashup.” —Entertainment Weekly

      “The most helter-skelter, race-to-the-finish-line thriller you’ll read all year, with a clever, mind-boggling final twist.”—The Guardian

      “Relatable and unnerving…makes its characters—and readers—wonder what life would have been like had they made different decisions.”—USA Today

      “A portal into other dimensions of reality…you’ll gulp it down in one afternoon, or more likely one night.”—New York Times Book 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 | 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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      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 | 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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      Awards
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      “The twists and turns are not only masterfully paced and layered, but so is the emotional impact…an adrenaline-pumping, anxiety-inducing thriller built around a core so sentimental it just might make you cry.” Kirkus (starred)

      “Beck tells a richly complicated story about two desperate women and the reality of surrogacy in America.” Publishers Weekly

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

      “A tense, heart-wrenching thriller.” TM Logan, author of Lies

      Lost You is a really brilliant novel—thrilling, emotional, and so readable.” Mason Cross, author of What She Saw Last Night

      “Deliciously twisty and seriously dark. I couldn’t put it down.” Natasha Bell, author of His Perfect Wife

      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 and New Yorked
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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 6.13 x 9.25 x 0.88 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Crown
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      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. This year, he is out “Island Hopping” for CBS News, telling a series of stories set on islands across the world, from Manhattan to Madagascar. He has hosted shows for AMC, Bio Channel, and TBS, and his commentary has been featured in TV Guide and on CNN, HLN, MTV, E!, and Oxygen. He has been to all of America’s national parks and what feels like 40 percent of its Hampton Inns.

      Author Residence: Austin, TX, and Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: Charleston, WV
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      “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

      “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

      “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

      “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
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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 | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Hogarth
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      “This dazzling collection interrogates the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial. Xuan Juliana Wang has the dark soul of an old poet’s inkwell, the deep knowing of an ancient remedy, and linguistic incandescence of a megacity skyline.” - Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son.

      In twelve stunning stories of love, family, and identity, Xuan Juliana Wang’s debut collection captures the unheard voices of an emerging generation. Young, reckless, and catapulted toward uncertain futures, here is the new face of Chinese youth on a quest for every kind of freedom.

      From a crowded apartment on Mott Street, where an immigrant family raises its first real Americans, to a pair of divers at the Beijing Olympics poised at the edge of success and self-discovery, Wang’s unforgettable characters - with their unusual careers, unconventional sex lives and fantastical technologies - share the bold hope that, no matter where they’ve come from, their lives too can be extraordinary.

      Crossing the boundaries of space and time, and fusing cultural heritage with the chaos of the modern world, Home Remedies announces the arrival of beguiling new voice in American fiction.


      Story Locale: New York, Los Angeles, China
      Bio
      Xuan Juliana Wang was born in Heilongjiang, China, and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from Stanford University, and received her MFA from Columbia University. She recently moved out of a 270-square-foot- apartment in Chinatown Manhattan, and is looking for a place to call home in California. This is her first book.

      Author Residence: New York, Los Angeles
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      Awards
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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 | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Hogarth
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      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.
      Bio
      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
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Promotion on author’s website, hermankoch.com

        Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

        Enrollment in early reviewer programs

        Features on ReadItForward.com and Signature-Reads.com

        Library and academic marketing



        Publicity: National publicity

        National review and feature attention

        National/regional NPR campaign



        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 | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Hogarth
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      A sweeping and devastating debut novel following two American families, one white and one black, from the 1950s through Barack Obama’s first year as president, and grappling with America’s painful history of racism and sexism

      James Vincent is born in 1942 to a working-class white couple whose marriage was already on the rocks. James struggles to move beyond a difficult childhood and escapes the violence at home to attend law school in Michigan, where he begins, ultimately, to envision his future as prosperous and bright.

      Meanwhile, on a rural road in Georgia, Agnes Green, a black woman on her first date with a handsome suitor, is pulled over by the police, and the terrible moments that follow make her question whether she will have a future at all. As the years unspool ahead of them, unexpected turns of fate will connect these two lives and their families: two Americans who each come up against the forces of race, class, and gender that change—and end—ordinary lives.

      Bearing witness to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the first term of Obama’s presidency, THE TRAVELERS is both an intimate family portrait and a searing examination of the hauntings and traumas still reverberating in America today and the wounds in our history we have not healed. With its assured prose, memorable dialogue, and remarkable sense of place, THE TRAVELERS introduces Regina Porter as a rising literary star.
      Bio
      Regina Porter is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2017-2018 Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholarship. She is also a 2017 Tin House 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.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Savannah, GA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Digital advertising campaign

        Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @ReginaMPorter

        Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs

        Book club promotions

        Enrollment in early reviewer programs

        Features on ReadItForward.com and Signature-Reads.com

        Library and academic marketing



        Publicity: National Publicity

        National review and feature attention

        National/regional NPR

        Author events and interviews out of NYC



        Author Social Media: @ReginaMPorter
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “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

      “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

      “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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