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    9781912217533 Paperback ART / Techniques On Sale Date: March 05, 2019 Print Run: 3000
    $18.95 CAD 7.51 x 10.69 x 0.18 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Herbert Press
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      As an introduction to calligraphy, the author, himself a past master of the art, supplies many different alphabets and shows how each may be applied by drawing, painting, carving or writing with a broad lettering pen. He also gives advice on materials that are most suitable. This is one of the classic books in the field.
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      Tom Gourdie was one of the leading British calligraphers for many years. He wrote many books on lettering and calligraphy over the years, and this book has been a standard in the field for more than three decades.
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    Texas Flood The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan Alan Paul, Andy Aledort
    9781250142832 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: August 13, 2019 Print Run: 100000
    $39.99 CAD 6.43 x 9.41 x 1.29 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      An instantNew York Timesbestseller!

      The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

      Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.

      Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of hisstory. Until now.

      Texas Flood provides the unadulterated truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, family members, girlfriends, fellow musicians, managers and crew members.

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      ALAN PAUL is the author of theNew York Times bestsellerOne Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, the definitive book on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. His first book,Big in China, is about his experiences raising an American family, forming a band and becoming an unlikely rock star in Beijing. He is a regular guest on radio shows and a frequent contributor toThe Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, and other publications. He lives in New Jersey.

      ANDY ALEDORT has been an essential contributor to the international music scene for 35 years, working as a journalist, instructor and performer. He has conducted hundreds of interviews and lessons with the world’s greatest guitarists forGuitar World and other publications, and toured and recorded with original Jimi Hendrix bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. He was a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern for 12 years. He has also sold over one million instructional DVDs and teaches guitar privately and via online sites such as Truefire. He lives on Long Island.

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      "By collecting the voices of those who were there, authors Alan Paul and Andy Aledort get as close as possible to Vaughan’s journey from record-obsessed Dallas kid to all-time guitar god, taking care to convey what made his music transcendent....Its heart is his absence, and its accomplishment is that it causes us to feel the full weight of his loss. In that, the book is its own kind of blues: stirring, cathartic, and real." —Texas Observer

      "Almost 30 years after his untimely death in a helicopter crash, Stevie Ray Vaughan comes gloriously back to life in this all-out biography...Texas Flood unleashes that which made Vaughan a master musician and person."—Austin Chronicle

      "Texas Flood adds greatly to the understanding and legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan – both the man and the performer...Required reading for any SRV fan." —Houston Press

      "A dynamically vivid new book that’s likely the premiere option available for anyone seeking a detail-packed, insider-style account into the life and tunes of Stevie Ray." —Dallas Observer

      "A fascinating backstage pass, a front row seat at the epicenter of the Texas music that unfolded in the eighties and nineties in Austin, told in the many authentic voices that shared SRV’s life." —Lone Star Review

      "Deep reporting makes this a treasure trove for anyone interested in the blues and Vaughan's place within popular music." —Kirkus Reviews(starred review)

      "Fans will be thrilled with this intelligent, informative, and enlightening biography of the guitar great." —Publishers Weekly(starred review)

      "Riveting...Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should, the content will stay with readers long after the last note has sounded....This is the book fans have been waiting for." —Library Journal(starred review)

      "A must for Vaughan and blues fans." —Booklist

      "What authors (and musicians, themselves) Alan Paul and Andy Aledort manage to do quite successfully withTexas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughanis maintain the highest level of regard for Vaughan’s undeniably impressive talent, as well for his devotion to late-life sobriety, while not only revealing candidly the near-lethal level of his addictions, but also his true offstage personality. Without a hint of celeb tell-all or drama mining, this is both the rawest and most reverent story of Stevie Ray." —jambands.com

      "Soul Brother Stevie Ray Vaughan was a force of nature! His fearless, furious and elegant approach to the guitar was breathtaking.Texas Flood helps you understand both the player and the person. We are grateful for the gifts he left for us all. We thank God for the Vaughan family; Jimmie and Stevie are both astonishing."
      —Carlos Santana

      Texas Flood provides handy insight into how Stevie Ray Vaughan became a modern day avatar for guitar slingers and music fans the world over. Stevie devoured life in no uncertain terms and his intriguing intensity comes through with a loud and clear message in this remarkable work.” —Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top

      Texas Floodis a great book. It gave me a clear outside perspective into what was the center of my life, and offers a good look at Stevie and Jimmie’s relationship: deeply endearing, often unseen. Good work guys.”
      — Chris Layton, Double Trouble

      Texas Flood is by far the best book ever written about Stevie. It not only tells the story of Stevie’s career as a musician, it really captures him as a human being. That is what has been missing in every book about him till now. His whole life unfolds through these pages from beginning to end. It’s a great book.” —Tommy Shannon, Double Trouble

      "The authors tell the story of Stevie Ray through quotes from the people who knew him best. And what a story it is!! Even I learned a lot reading all the details inTexas Flood." —Reese Wynans, Double Trouble


      “Stevie Ray Vaughan played with a magical, spiritual mystery that was one of a kind. His soul shines through his music, making it meaningful, powerful, and connective. Texas Flood is a compelling book that captures the essence of an extremely gifted musician, but even more importantly, a kind and beautiful person.”
      —Eric Johnson, guitarist

      “Texas Flood is a great book! The first in my view that got the entire narrative correct. What I’m always looking for in a book like this is, ‘does it ring true’. And it does!” —Joe Sublett, the Texicali Horns, Stevie Ray Vaughan friend and collaborator

      “I learned a lot readingTexas Flood, which is a well-written, well-informed accounting of someone who not only kept the blues alive but changed the future of guitar.” —Warren Haynes

      "Texas Flood is the perfect homage to a brilliant guitarist, written by guys who understand him and his music. As a guitar player and a fan, I can feel Stevie Ray's quest to find his tone and desire to express himself lifting off every page.” —Joe Perry, Aerosmith

      “A must read for any true fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and required reading for anyone with a beating heart. This book is an extremely moving account of one the greatest guitarists to have ever walked the planet. What I learned about Stevie’s life from each chapter has made me appreciate his gift to us even more. I didn’t think that was possible.” —Joe Satriani

      “The Stevie Ray Vaughan I knew is reflected in these pages.Texas Flood is a must-read for all his fans as well as for any artist aspiring to make it to the top of their game." —Joe Priesnitz, artist manager, first SRV booking agent

      “Like all great bluesmen, Stevie Ray Vaughan is a bit of a mystery—a guitar-playing genius who hid in plain sight under the shadowy brim of his trademark hat. In this very fine book, two of our best music journalists, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, shed much-needed light on this brilliant enigma by speaking to those that knew him best. It is essential reading for SRV fans, guitar freaks, blues aficionados and anyone interested in classic rock history.” —Brad Tolinski, author ofPlay It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound and Revolution of the Electric Guitar

      "Over 35 years ago when he was still playing small clubs, I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at Antone’s in Austin. Standing so close to the stage, absolutely mesmerized, I knew I was watching a legend in the making. He was dripping with soul and already miles ahead of everyone else. A true, vital influence on my music. This book is important and long overdue." —Lucinda Williams

      Texas Floodis the definitive biography of Stevie. Set against the backdrop of Austin in a much simpler time, the book opens a window into Stevie’s immense artistry, drive, and soul. A must read!” —David Grissom, Austin guitarist

      "Finally, the definitive story of Stevie’s life and legend told by the people who knew him best. It’s an essential, breathless read for fans of his music, and a deep look into the hard-working world of the touring musician as well as the music business. Fellow six-stringers will appreciate the perspective and devotion to detail which respected music journalists and musicians Alan Paul and Andy Aledort bring to the book. Paul has become rock’s finest narrative historian with this follow-up to 2015’sOne Way Out, his similarly composed and equally riveting biography of the Allman Brothers Band. I love this book." —Ted Drozdowski,Premier Guitar

      Praise forOne Way Out:

      “This pot-stirring oral history reads like a backstory of how musical lightning comes to be. All of the surviving band members get to have their say.” —Rolling Stone

      “Alan has a way with narrative that just draws you in without using the single-level storyline used by other writers who have attempted telling the Allman Brothers Band’s story. He gets right to the hows and whys that give his narrative real substance. Enjoy and become enlightened.” —Butch Trucks, the Allman Brothers Band (From the Foreword)

      “No journalist knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul.” —Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band

      “I learned so much readingOne Way Out. If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul.” —Oteil Burbridge, the Allman Brothers Band

      “Allman Brothers, unvarnished . . . [Alan Paul]'s vast trove of interviews allows the band to tell its own story.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution

      “Alan Paul is one of America's foremost experts on the Allman Brothers Band. For the past twenty years, he has written informative, comprehensive articles on the band, and he truly understands the essence of their significance. It's great to see him release this chronicle.” —E.J. Devokaitis, Curator / Archivist, Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House

      “Alan Paul'sOne Way Out is a brilliantly detailed all-access pass to the Allman Brothers Band. Using his numerous personal interviews with the band members themselves--both past and present--as well as an almost endless entourage of friends, family members, roadies, managers, promoters, booking agents, record label executives, and fellow musicians, Alan Paul has successfully created the definitive ABB biography.” —Randy Poe, author of Skydog: The Duane Allman Story

      One Way Out is perhaps the most in-depth look at one of America's most beloved, but thoroughly dysfunctional ensembles. Engrossing reading . . . Alan Paul has written about the Allmans for the last 25 years, and his depth of knowledge shows. The stories are salty, unfiltered, and straight from the horse's mouth. The word 'definitive' gets tossed around so often it has lost some of its meaning, but this 400-page journey into the heart of rock and roll darkness deserves the accolade.” —Guitar World Magazine

      “No matter what you think you know about the Allman Brothers Band, One Way Out is bound to be revelatory on many levels . . . This is essential reading that strips away the myth to expose all the moving parts in vivid detail.” —Seattle PI

      “Music writer Paul catches up with the legendary band in this entertaining, compulsively readable oral history of the Allman Brothers. Duane's ghost haunts the book.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Perhaps no music journalist has written as extensively about the Allman Brothers Band as Paul, who has tracked the rock group's career for 25 years. And his deep familiarity with the band and its music shows everywhere in this fluid account. Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band's loyal fan base.” —Booklist, starred review

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    When Giants Walked the Earth 10th Anniversary Edition A Biography of Led Zeppelin Mick Wall
    9781250215604 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: July 16, 2019 Print Run: 20000
    $26.99 CAD 5.51 x 8.16 x 1.7 in | 608 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Griffin
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      A revised edition of the classic Led Zeppelin biography, featuring rich and substantial new material

      Rock writer Mick Wall draws on insider access, as former confidante to both Plant and Page, to craft the definitive biography of the world's most legendary rock band—Led Zeppelin. InWhen Giants Walked the Earth,Wall audaciously tells the story of the band known not just as one of the biggest-selling bands of all-time, but also as the one that set the mark for on-the-road excess.

      Detailed and revealing,When Giants Walked the Earth bores into not only the disaster, addiction and death that haunted the band but also into the real relationship between Page and Plant, including how it was influenced by Page's interest in the occult. Comprehensive and yet intimately detailed,WhenGiants Walked the Earth literally gets into the principals' heads to bring to life both an unforgettable band and an unrepeatable slice of rock history.

      This edition includes approximately 35,000 words of new material about the band and the last decade, featuring fresh interviews and newly unearthed content.

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      MICK WALL writes forGuitar World,Classic Rock and several other newspapers and magazines around the world. He has also worked in music public relations, handling Dire Straits, Black Sabbath, The Band and Journey, among others. His books include best-selling biographies of Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Bono and the legendary British DJ John Peel as well as 1992'sGuns N'Roses: The Most Dangerous Band in the World,Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica, andPrince: Purple Rain.
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      “Sensational.” —New York Times

      “Entertaining, thoughtful.” —Los Angeles Times

      “His access and attention to detail make this a definitive work...an essential source for anyone eager to learn about the era when rock stars ruled the world.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Wall does well to shine light on the myths and music magic of Led Zep--rendering what couldhave been cartoonish real and sincere.” —TimeOut Chicago

      “[T]hat Wall can add so much fresh detail to the Led Zep story is in itself an extraordinary achievement…(and) he manages to humanize these planet-striding giants while doing so…” —Classic Rock Magazine

      “It deftly strikes the balance between lofty authority and finding a way to get inside the heads of its subjects.” —The Guardian (UK)

      “[T]his is the big one: a fat, juicy biography of the biggest band ever.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)

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    Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps A Life of John Buchan Ursula Buchan
    9781408870815 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures On Sale Date: July 23, 2019 Print Run: 3000
    $37.00 CAD 6.02 x 9.21 x 1.7 in | 512 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Bloomsbury Publishing
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      John Buchan's name is known across the world forThe Thirty-Nine Steps. In the past hundred years the classic thriller has never been out of print and has inspired numerous adaptations for film, television, radio and stage, beginning with the celebrated version by Alfred Hitchcock.

      Yet there was vastly more to 'JB'. He wrote more than a hundred books – fiction and non-fiction – and a thousand articles for newspapers and magazines. He was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda, member of parliament and imperial proconsul – given a state funeral when he died, a deeply admired and loved Governor-General of Canada.

      His teenage years in Glasgow's Gorbals, where his father was the Free Church minister, contributed to his ease with shepherds and ambassadors, fur-trappers and prime ministers. His improbable marriage to a member of the aristocratic Grosvenor family means that this account of his life contains, at its heart, an enduring love story.

      Ursula Buchan, his granddaughter, has drawn on recently discovered family documents to write this comprehensive and illuminating biography. With perception, style, wit and a penetratingly clear eye, she brings vividly to life this remarkable man and his times.

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      Ursula Buchan studied modern history at New Hall, Cambridge, and horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is an award-winning journalist and author, having written eighteen books and contributed regularly to theSpectator,Observer,Independent,SundayTelegraph,Daily Telegraph andThe Garden. She is a daughter of John Buchan's second son, William.
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      “John Buchan was a writer of considerable significance but he was also a man who led a remarkable public life. This magnificent biography leads us through that life with great style and understanding” —Alexander McCall Smith

      “[An] outstanding biography ... Though factual, it reads like a big, rambling Victorian novel, and takes you, as novels do, into other people's lives” —John Cary, Sunday Times

      “Page-turning, buccaneering stuff” —Laura Freeman, The Times

      “Excellent … [Ursula Buchan] gives us a strong sense of both the man and his milieu” —Allan Massie, Spectator

      “Apart from Buchan's relentless work ethic, what shines forth from these pages is his generosity of spirit … Ursula Buchan shows a similar generosity of spirit in this wonderfully fluent biography” —Justin Marozzi, Financial Times

      “Drawing on recently discovered family documents, this fascinating biography grants us the fullest picture of Buchan and his public and private life that we have ever had. Perhaps it will inspire some overdue screen adaptations of the 'rollicking adventure stories' of this most visual of novelists” —Country Life

      “The great strength of this book is to make Buchan not just the writer of “shockers”, but a man whose influence helped change government policy … Ursula Buchan has done an admirable piece of work … She rightly puts his faith at the centre of the book and this lays a line towards a reimagination of Buchan” —Stuart Kelly, i

      “Buchan's thrillers exploited contemporary events (and anxieties) which made them extensions of his political life. Both are integral to this excellent book in which Ursula Buchan has balanced her grandfather's public and literary achievements with his family life and internal tensions. He emerges as a thoroughly decent man and she as a brilliant biographer” —Standpoint

      “[An] exemplary, diligent biography” —William Boyd, New Statesman

      “Ursula Buchan has written a superb biography…[She] combines an intimate understanding of her grandfather with a scholarly reading of the immense mass of his papers in a hugely enjoyable and rewarding biography of a man of many parts and remarkable energy. A Buchan revival is certainly due” —History Today

      “[Ursula Buchan's] pious ambition is to restore our awareness of JB as a far more complex and sympathetic character than received opinion has it. She does so wonderfully well. Her biography is thoroughly researched and elegantly written, and it proves beyond reasonable doubt that John Buchan was, if not one of the greatest, then certainly one of the most remarkable writers and public men of the early 20th century” —The Literary Review

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    The Crack-up F. Scott Fitzgerald
    9781847497185 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures On Sale Date: May 21, 2019
    $15.00 CAD 5.16 x 7.84 x 0.85 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Alma Classics
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      Compiled and published after Fitzgerald's death by his friend, the prominent critic and editor Edmund Wilson,The Crack-Up is a collection of writings that chronicle the author's state of mind and personal perspective on events, fellow writers and public figures of the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to articles and essays such as the celebrated title piece, this volume includes a selection of Fitzgerald's notebooks, which – as well as being a repository of anecdotes and witty lines – provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the novelist's creative process, with passages that would be reworked intohis fiction.

      An entertaining and eclectic miscellany that sheds light on the author and his times,The Crack-Up is an invaluable companion to such well-known works asThe Great Gatsby andTender Is the Night.

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      Considered one of the finest American writers of the twentieth century, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) was the author of various novels and short stories chronicling life in the US during the Roaring Twenties.
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      "He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation." -The New York Times
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    The Long Accomplishment A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony Rick Moody
    9781627798440 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures On Sale Date: August 06, 2019 Print Run: 75000
    $38.00 CAD 5.88 x 8.57 x 1.17 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      [A] moving, funny, hauntingly brilliant memoir about marriage.”—Caroline Leavitt,The San Francisco Chronicle

      Rick Moody, the award-winning author ofThe Ice Storm, shares the harrowing true story of the first year of his second marriage in this eventful, month-by-month account

      At this story’s start, Moody, a recovering alcoholic and sexual compulsive with a history of depression, is also the divorced father of a beloved little girl and a man in love; his answer to the question “Would you like to be in a committed relationship?” is, fully and for the first time in his life, “Yes.”

      And so his second marriage begins as he emerges, humbly and with tender hopes, from the wreckage of his past, only to be battered by a stormy sea of external troubles—miscarriages, the deaths of friends, and robberies, just for starters. As Moody has put it, "this is a story in which a lot of bad luck is the daily fare of the protagonists, but in which they are also in love.” To Moody’s astonishment, matrimony turns out to be the site of strength in hard times, a vessel infinitely tougher and more durable than any boat these two participants would have traveled by alone. Love buoys the couple, lifting them above their hardships, and the reader is buoyed along with them.

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      Rick Moody is the author of the award-winning memoirThe Black Veiland of the novelsHotels of North America,The Four Fingers of Death,The Diviners,Purple America,The Ice Storm, andGarden State, as well as three collections of short fiction, includingDemonology. Moody is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and of an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, as awarded by the French Republic. His work has been anthologized inBest American Stories,Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He writes regularly about music at the Rumpus. He teaches at Brown University and lives with his family in Cranston, Rhode Island.
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      “[The Long Accomplishmentfeels like] a person pouring out his heart and soul to you from across a table. . . . [A] moving, funny, hauntingly brilliant memoir about marriage. . . . What is more full of grace than that?”
      The San Francisco Chronicle

      “Touching. . . . In heart-wrenching detail, Moody . . . weaves in [tales] of hardship. . . . A revealing, intimate memoir—and a moving love letter.”
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      “A raw and candid account of the power of committed love to combat life’s sorrows.”
      —The Millions

      “In unflinching, diary style . . . Moody balances emotional adversity with poignant digressions. . . . And his clever turns of phrase hint at a sense of wonder . . . recognizing that good fortune seems preordained while transcending tragedy requires something magical, namely, the power of love.”
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      “One of the most prodigiously talented writers in America.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “Bold and thrilling. . . . Rick Moody has spirit and drive and talent to burn.”
      New York Times Book Review

      “That rare writer who can make the language do tricks and still suffuse his narrative with soul.”
      Esquire

      “Often downright brilliant. . . . Moody’s prose is vibrant and elegant.”
      Denver Post

      “[Moody] gets at the tactile quintessence of lived life with an accuracy that can leave readers woozy.”
      San Francisco Chronicle

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    Jet Girl My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy's Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet Caroline Johnson
    9781250139290 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military On Sale Date: November 05, 2019 Print Run: 50000
    $38.50 CAD 7 x 9.42 x 1.17 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      A fresh, unique insider’s view of what it’s like to be a woman aviator in today’s US Navy—from pedicures to parachutes, friendship to firefights.

      Caroline Johnson was an unlikely aviation candidate. A tall blonde debutante from Colorado, she could have just as easily gone into fashion or filmmaking, and yet she went on to become an F/A-18 Super Hornet Weapons System Officer. She was one of the first women to fly a combat mission over Iraq since 2011, and one of the first women to drop bombs on ISIS.

      Jet Girltells the remarkable story of the women fighting at the forefront in a military system that allows them to reach the highest peaks, and yet is in many respects still a fraternity. Johnson offers an insider’s view on the fascinating, thrilling, dangerous and, at times, glamorous world of being a naval aviator.

      This is a coming-of age story about a young college-aged woman who draws strength from a tight knit group of friends, called the Jet Girls, and struggles with all the ordinary problems of life: love, work, catty housewives, father figures, make-up, wardrobe, not to mention being put into harm’s way daily with terrorist groups such as ISIS and world powers such as Russia and Iran.

      Some of the most memorable parts of the book are about real life in training, in the air and in combat—how do you deal with having to pee in a cockpit the size of a bumper car going 600 miles an hour?

      Not just a memoir, this book also aims to change the conversation and to inspire and attract the next generation of men and women who are tempted to explore a life of adventure and service.

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      CAROLINE JOHNSON was an F/A-18 Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the US Navy. During her deployment aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, she flew missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and was one of the first women to neutralize ISIS. Later during her Navy career, Caroline became a Senior Leadership instructor at the United States Naval Academy. She is now a professional speaker in the private sector.
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      "A realistic look at a difficult, dangerous profession." —Kirkus Reviews

      "An enthusiastic narrator, Johnson’s love of flying comes through clearly. This no-holds-barred account will interest aviation buffs and those invested in making the military more welcoming to women." —Publishers Weekly

      “History, heart and heroism. You will find it all inJet Girl,and you will be thrilled by the journey."
      —Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author ofAshley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

      "Fans of military biographies and memoirs will enjoy this inside look at the experiences of a determined woman in the cockpit." —Booklist

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    Warrior's Creed A Life of Preparing for and Facing the Impossible Roger Sparks, Don Rearden
    9781250151520 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military On Sale Date: August 13, 2019 Print Run: 50000
    $38.50 CAD 5.87 x 8.44 x 1.17 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      The riveting story of how a young boy's upbringing with outlaw culture and charismatic role models forged him into an elite Marine and a decorated Pararescueman.

      "Absence of self is my sword" comprises the final line in "The Warrior's Creed," a 14th century poem written by an unknown Japanese Samurai, and this is the code Master Sergeant Roger Sparks embodied as a Recon Marine turned Alaskan Pararescueman. A living legend in the military, Sparks first made a name for himself within elite Marine Reconnaissance units. He went on to become an instructor where he trained future Reconnaissance Marines with unorthodox and ancient indigenous warrior techniques. A decade later, the same methods would keep him and others alive, when he hoisted into a maelstrom of violence to rescue an embattled platoon in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan.

      Introduced to a tough code of honor, family, and brotherhood from birth, Roger Sparks rose to become a distinguished instructor in Marine Reconnaissance and a Silver Star recipient as an Alaska Pararescueman. A raw and exhilarating tale of guts, grit, and heart,Warrior's Creedrecounts the hidden side of special operations training, heroic and heartbreaking Alaskan wilderness rescues, and the surreal and deadly rescues during Operation Bulldog Bite in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley.

      This powerful and inspirational story is as much of a self-help book as it is an edge of your seat military memoir.Warrior's Creed reveals a motivating and mindful approach to overcoming the odds, facing the impossible, and finding mercy and grace in the aftermath.

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      Retired MASTER SERGEANT ROGER SPARKS has served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. Sparks is a recipient of the Silver Star, one of our nation's highest awards for valor, for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley on Nov. 14, 2010. Sparks has transitioned from a career of special operations into the civilian world as an artist, author and speaker. He lives with his family in Eagle River,Alaska.

      DON REARDEN is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, producer, screenwriter, and the author ofThe Washington Post Notable novel,The Raven’s Gift, and co-author of the hit memoirNever Quit. He lives with his wife and two children in Bear Valley, Alaska.

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      "Inspiring....fascinating and adrenaline-rushing....[Sparks's] book, extraordinary in its own gritty way, shows us what it is to be human and humane." —Anchorage Daily News

      "Gripping, fast paced, and entertaining.Warrior's Creed shares an inside look into the intense challenges and hardships Roger and men like him have to endure and ultimately overcome to arrive at an enlightened and spiritual frame of mind. I related to so many tales and philosophies of this book, and it has left me inspired to work even harder, and to save any excuses I may have.Warrior's Creedreconfirms that no matter what type of warrior you are that all warriors live by a similar creed." —Laird Hamilton, legendary big-wave surfer

      "One of the best books I've read all year. Words like honor, sacrifice, and duty get bandied around a great deal. Warrior's Creed gets down to the guts of it all, then digs even deeper. It's a book that speaks on many levels—wrenchingly visceral and entertaining. An incredible story, marvelously told." —Marc Cameron,New York Times bestselling author ofTom Clancy: Oath of Office

      “Shaking Roger Sparks’ hand that day in Afghanistan led me to re-think everything I thought I knew about being a man, an artist, a father, and an American. There isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking about him and his story in someway.” —Scott Campbell, Fine Artist

      “Sparks' story provides a window into a harsh and violent human wilderness that few will ever encounter.” —Seth Kantner, author of the national bestsellerOrdinary Wolves

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    The Weil Conjectures On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown Karen Olsson
    9780374287610 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology On Sale Date: July 16, 2019 Print Run: 15000
    $34.99 CAD 5.4 x 7.86 x 0.81 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      ANew York TimesEditors' Pick andParis Review Staff Pick

      "A wonderful book." --Patti Smith

      "I was riveted. Olsson is evocative on curiosity as an appetite of the mind, on the pleasure of glutting oneself on knowledge." --Parul Sehgal,The New York Times

      An eloquent blend of memoir and biography exploring the Weil siblings, math, and creative inspiration

      Karen Olsson’s stirring and unusual third book,The Weil Conjectures, tells the story of the brilliant Weil siblings—Simone, a philosopher, mystic, and social activist, and André, an influential mathematician—while also recalling the years Olsson spent studying math. As she delves into the lives of these two singular French thinkers, she grapples with their intellectual obsessions and rekindles one of her own. For Olsson, as a math major in college and a writer now, it’s the odd detours that lead to discovery, to moments of insight. ThusThe Weil Conjectures—an elegant blend of biography and memoir and a meditation on the creative life.

      Personal, revealing, and approachable,TheWeil Conjectures eloquently explores math as it relates to intellectual history, and shows how sometimes the most inexplicable pursuits turn out to be the most rewarding.

      Bio
      Karen Olsson is the author of the novelsWaterloo andAll the Houses. She has written forThe New York Times Magazine, Slate,Bookforum,andTexas Monthly, among other publications, and she is also a former editor of theTexas Observer. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in mathematics and lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.
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      "Beguiling . . . A corrective, describing mathematics — its focus, abstraction, odd hunches, blazing epiphanies — as a powerful intoxicant, a door to euphoria . . . The book unfurls effortlessly . . . I was riveted. Olsson is evocative on curiosity as an appetite of the mind, on the pleasure of glutting oneself on knowledge." --Parul Sehgal,The New York Times

      "[The Weil Conjectures] builds with the poetry and precision of a theorem." --Elizabeth Winkler,The Wall Street Journal

      "A wonderful book . . . Reading it is akin to kicking a can along the road of higher learning, with Simone Weil standing guard as her brother Andre scribbles equations in the cosmic dust. A book causing me to dwell in [the Weils'] realm and the arc above, where mathematics, as E.T. Bell put it, is the queen of science." --Patti Smith (via Instagram)

      "By interweaving the stories of Simone, her brother André Weil (a renowned mathematician), and Olsson’s own mathematical studies, Olsson makes a compelling case for a discipline that can often seem coldly unresponsive to human concerns. Olsson illuminates the beauty and humanity at the heart of mathematical endeavors, with the commitment and charisma necessary to keep laymen engaged. —Noor Qasim,The Paris Review(Staff Pick)

      "[Olsson is] an everywoman guide, and what she does brilliantly is to explain the maths clearly and often fascinatingly. Also, and this must be unique among accounts of the Weils, she creates a vivid sense of Simone grappling with the maths alongside us." --Lara Feigel,The Guardian

      "An experimental, tantalizing hybrid of biography, memoir, and meditation . . . Digression, the organizing principle of this book, is the temptation of the intellectually adventurous and inquisitive, who will binge on Olsson’s bracing prose . . . a book ecstatic with intimations rather than mere equations." --Steven G. Kellman,Texas Observer

      "Karen Olsson paints vivid portraits of both siblings . . . With [The Weil Conjectures], she invites the reader to sit with the Weils, to appreciate their relationship and ponder what their lives and work say to contemporary writers and mathematicians." --Evelyn Lamb,Scientific American

      "Simultaneously, Olsson plumbs the depths of her own confrontation with math at Harvard and later, with writing, which provides introspection and compassion to the Weils’s story where forces of literature and logic act upon each other to create a nuanced exploration of abstraction versus a lived life." --Kerri Arsenault,Lit Hub (Ten Books You Should Read This July)

      "A remarkable tour de force . . . an idiosyncratic, even impressionistic portrait of brother and sister, demonstrating along the way an appreciation for top-flight mathematics . . . [Olsson] illustrates the marvel and god-like wonder of mathematics, fructified by sky-high abstraction and the determination of its exponents to suffer endless battles with confusion and ideas that refuse to work." --Mark Ronan,Standpoint(London)

      "[An] appealing combination of memoir and biography . . . [a] unique meditation . . . [an] effective dual biography." --Kirkus

      "An unexpected and wholly original delight. By focusing on what has to be the most extraordinarily brilliant brother-sister pair of the last century, Karen Olsson takes us to a realm where sublime mathematical abstraction meets mystical love. The author's relaxed personal tone and novelistic eye for the telling detail make the book effortlessly readable."—Jim Holt, author ofWhen Einstein Walked with Gödel andWhy Does the World Exist?

      "Deftly moving to and fro between André and Simone Weil’s lives and her own search for mathematical clarity, Karen Olsson informs, persuades, inspires, and delights this reader."—Lily Tuck, author ofThe Double Life of Liliane

      "I always thought my mind wasn’t rational enough to be good at math, but I had a mystical appreciation for it that I’d forgotten about until I read this book, a double portrait of the Weil siblings, the mathematician and the mystic. I loved it for Karen Olsson's humanizing, playful approach to these very serious people, but also for her rigor, her thoughtfulness about writing and creativity, and her refreshing blend of two disciplines I tend to think of, erroneously, as irrevocably at odds: math and literature.The Weil Conjectures has that undefinablex common to all the best books. I can’t wait to read it again."Lauren Elkin, author ofFlâneuse

      "Beautiful and enigmatic, Karen Olsson's book draws us to the brink of spiritual and mathematical genius, to the edge of a field 'between knowing and not knowing,' to the verge of an audacious conjecture.The Weil Conjectures is a story of brilliant siblings--one philosopher, one mathematician--who spent their lives at the service of the unattainable. In haunting prose, Olsson asks us to remember, in the words of Simone Weil, that "the eternal part of the soul feeds on hunger.' A true achievement."—John Kaag, author ofHiking with Nietzsche

      "Karen Olsson has given us a moving, lyrical meditation on André and Simone Weil and the ways genius can take such radically different forms, even within the same family. Few writers could convey with such brilliance and compassion the tensions between literature and mathematics, isolation and communion, logic and intuition, the annihilation of the self and a godly love for others."—Eileen Pollack, author ofThe Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club

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    The Method to the Madness Donald Trump's Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired - and Inaugurated Allen Salkin, Aaron Short
    9781250202802 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State On Sale Date: July 09, 2019 Print Run: 75000
    $38.50 CAD 6.51 x 9.28 x 1.15 in | 352 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y All Points Books
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      A Rosetta Stone for understanding Donald Trump's style, mindset, and every action, made up of over one hundred interviews with his closest associates and adversaries over the last 15 years.

      To his critics, Donald Trump is an impulsive, undisciplined crackpot who accidentally lucked into the presidency. But inThe Method to the Madness,reporters Allen Salkin and Aaron Short reveal that nothing could be further from the truth. This objective, nonpartisan oral history shows that Trump had carefully planned his bid for the presidency since he launched what many considered to be a joke candidacy in 1999.

      Between 2000 and 2015, when he announced his candidacy in the lobby of Trump Tower, he was able to identify an unserved political constituency, hone a persuasive message that appealed to their needs, and deliver it effectively, despite intense media opposition.

      Through candid conversations with more than 100 subjects close to the President, Salkin and Short make the case that Donald Trump’s ostensibly erratic approach to politics is consistent with his carefully honed personal and professional style of information gathering, opinion seed-planting, and conclusion sharing. His business, media, and political dealings from this era serve as a guide for understanding the man, his mindset, and his every action.

      The Method to the Madnessis an accessible and unbiased oral history that brings readers into the private rooms where decisions are made, confidences are broken, strong words fly, and not all eye-witnesses see the same scene in quite the same way. Full of scoops both large and small, this is the first book to bring Trump, the politician, into focus.

      Bio
      ALLEN SALKIN has reported on media, business and culture forVanity Fair and theNew York Times, among others.New York Postjournalist AARON SHORT has reported on Donald Trump's political aspirations for over a decade.
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      Awards
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      "In this entertaining oral history, reporters [Allen] Salkin and [Aaron] Short ask readers to accept an unconventional conclusion: that Donald Trump's rise to the presidency was 'diligently' planned...a rollicking, insightful look at the political crucible in which the Trump presidency was forged." —Publishers Weekly

      "Two journalists team up, conduct more than 100 interviews with key figures in (and out of) Camp Trump, and conclude his decision to run for president was far from impulsive...A more positive view of Donald Trump than most Americans have." —KirkusReview

      "Veteran journalists Salkin and Short conducted candid and revelatory oral history interviews...With his 2020 re-election campaign underway, those who dismiss Trump as a one-hit wonder would do well to know the seriousness with which he pursued the previous campaign." —Carol Haggas,BooklistReview

      "A stunning portrait of Trump.“ —Gersh Kuntzman,The Daily Beast

      “The Method to the Madnessoffers clear insight into the strengths, weaknesses and inner drive of the most unusual man ever to occupy the White House." —Aram Bakshian,Washington Times

      "The Method to the Madness is a warning to anybody and all prospective Democratic opponents to President Trump: don't underestimate this guy, he's formidable...the list of Trump insiders who cooperated with this book is truly remarkable." —Michael Medved, MedHead podcast host

      "We're all telling the wrong story about Trump...The Method to the Madness ultimately does a solid job of telling a new story about our 45th president. Salkin and Short have fashioned a persuasive narrative from a chorus of voices, and in many ways their account of Trump as unorthodox gamesman makes vastly more sense than Trump as lucky idiot." —Maria Browning,LA Review of Books

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