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    Marguerite A Novel Marina Kemp
    9781984877833 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:March 24, 2020
    $35.00 CAD 6.24 x 9.3 x 1.21 in | 1.23 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      In this haunting novel, a young nurse forms an unlikely connection with the elderly man she cares for, and finds herself confronting the guilt she carries from her past

      Marguerite Demers is twenty-five when she leaves Paris for the sleepy southern village of Saint Sulpice to take up a job as a live-in nurse. Her charge is Jerome Lanvier--once one of the most powerful men in the village, now dying alone in his large and secluded house surrounded by rambling neglected gardens. Manipulative and tyrannical, Jerome has scared away all of his previous caretakers.

      It's not long before the villagers have formed opinions of Marguerite. Brigitte Brochon, pillar of the community and local busybody, finds her arrogant and mysterious and is desperate to find a reason to have her fired. Glamorous outsider Suki Lacourse sees Marguerite as an ally in a sea of small-minded provincialism. Local farmer Henri Brochon, husband of Brigitte, feels sorry for her and wants to protect her from the villagers' intrusive gossip and speculation (but Henri has a secret of his own that would scandalize his neighbors, if only they knew). The sudden arrival of Jerome's three sons will upend the rhythm of their days, changing their lives forever.

      Set among the lush fields and olive groves of southern France, and written in clear prose of luminous beauty, Marguerite is an unforgettable novel that traces the ways in which guilt can be transformed, and how people can unexpectedly find a sense of redemption.
      Marina Kemp was born in London, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. She studied Classics at Oxford University, and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Marguerite is her first novel.
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      "[A] stellar debut. Precise, distinctive prose…and well-drawn characters make this satisfying tale all the more memorable. Expect Kemp to make a big splash." —Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “Kemp writes with a careful restraint that makes the emotional explosions all the more powerful when they come.” —Kirkus (starred)

      "Moody, suspenseful, and altogether absorbing." —Booklist

      "Breathtaking. Not one thing that happened was predictable, and yet everything was inevitable, and still, the ending astonished me. This is a beautifully human book, full of compassion for our foibles, tenderness for our pain, and generosity for every misguided, confusing, honest decision any of us have ever made." —Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of Winter Sisters

      "Extraordinary. Richly atmospheric and beautifully paced... I loved it." —Jo Baker, author of Longbourne

      "An engrossing, mysterious, tender and disquieting book, alive to the agony of private sorrow … a debut of real significance."? —Edmund Gordon, author of The Invention of Angela Carter

      "Secrets and lies, despair and rebirth as a patriarch dies in rural France. An exquisitely-observed debut from a writer to watch." —Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill

      "With consummate skill and perfect pacing Kemp unveils surprising secrets and casts a direct and penetrating gaze on the ambiguous sexuality and the guilt that underlies our actions. An unusually accomplished first novel." —Sheila Kohler, author Once We Were Sisters
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    How We Learn Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now Stanislas Dehaene
    9780525559887 Hardcover SCIENCE / Life Sciences On Sale Date:January 28, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 6.2 x 9.28 x 1.17 in | 1.25 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      An illuminating dive into the latest science on our brain’s remarkable learning abilities and the potential of the machines we program to imitate them

      The human brain is an extraordinary machine. Its ability to process information and adapt to circumstances by reprogramming itself is unparalleled and it remains the best source of inspiration for recent developments in artificial intelligence. In How We Learn, Stanislas Dehaene decodes the brain’s biological mechanisms, delving into the neuronal, synaptic, and molecular processes taking place. He explains why youth is such a sensitive period, during which brain plasticity is maximal, but assures us that our abilities continue into adulthood and that we can enhance our learning and memory at any age. We can all learn to learn by taking maximal advantage of the four pillars of the brain’s learning algorithm: attention, active engagement, error feedback, and consolidation.

      The exciting advancements in artificial intelligence of the last twenty years reveal just as much about our remarkable abilities as they do about the potential of machines. How We Learn finds the boundary of computer science, neurobiology, and cognitive psychology to explain how learning really works and how to make the best use of the brain’s learning algorithms, in our schools and universities, as well as in everyday life.
      Stanislas Dehaene is the director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France, and the professor of experimental cognitive psychology at the Collège de France.

      Author Residence: Palaiseau, France
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      "There are words that are so familiar they obscure rather than illuminate the thing they mean, and ‘learning’ is such a word. It seems so ordinary, everyone does it. Actually it’s more of a black box, which Dehaene cracks open to reveal the awesome secrets within . . . His explanation of the basic machinery of the brain is an excellent primer.”--The New York Times Book Review

      “[An] expert overview of learning . . . Never mind our opposable thumb, upright posture, fire, tools, or language; it is education that enabled humans to conquer the world . . . Dehaene's fourth insightful exploration of neuroscience will pay dividends for attentive readers.”--Kirkus Reviews

      “[Dehaene] rigorously examines our remarkable capacity for learning. The baby brain is especially awesome and not a ‘blank slate’ . . . Dehaene’s portrait of the human brain is fascinating.”--Booklist

      “A richly instructive [book] for educators, parents, and others interested in how to most effectively foster the pursuit of knowledge.” --Publishers Weekly

      Praise for Reading in the Brain:

      "Splendid...Dehaene reveals how decades of low-tech experiments and high-tech brain-imaging studies have unwrapped the mystery of reading and revealed its component parts...A pleasure to read. [Dehaene] never oversimplifies; he takes the time to tell the whole story, and he tells it in a literate way."—The Wall Street Journal

      "Masterful...a delight to read and scientifically precise."—Nature

      Praise for Consciousness and the Brain:

      "Ambitious . . . Dehaene offers nothing less than a blueprint for brainsplaining one of the world's deepest mysteries. . . . [A] fantastic book."—The Washington Post

      "Dehaene is a maestro of the unconscious."—Scientific American Mind

      "Brilliant... Essential reading for those who want to experience the excitement of the search for the mind in the brain."—Nature
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    You Never Forget Your First A Biography of George Washington Alexis Coe
    9780735224100 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State On Sale Date:February 04, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.2 x 9.2 x 1 in | 1.08 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      “Alexis Coe energetically dusts off an old-boys genre to present a life in full, without sentiment or whitewashing. It’s a public service, and it’s also a lot of fun.”—Irin Carmon, New York Times bestselling co-author of Notorious RBG

      Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first—and finds he is not quite the man we remember

      Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down—even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won.

      After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation’s hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency—twice. When he retired years later, no one talked him out of it. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created.

      Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty must confront his greatest hypocrisy—what to do with the men, women, and children he owns—before he succumbs to death.

      With irresistible style and warm humor, You Never Forget Your First combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers—including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads—inhaling every page.
      Alexis Coe is the award-winning author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (soon to be a major motion picture). Coe has frequently appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. She is a host of Audible’s Presidents Are People Too! and No Man’s Land. Coe holds a graduate degree in American history and was a research curator at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York
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      "An important achievement. [Coe] has cleverly disguised a historiographical intervention in the form of a sometimes cheeky presidential biography."
      The New York Times Book Review

      “In her form-shattering and myth-crushing book...Coe examines myths with mirth, and writes history with humor... [You Never Forget Your First] is an accessible look at a president who always finishes in the first ranks of our leaders.” Boston Globe

      "I admittedly wouldn’t call this a typical summer beach read, but I’ll say this: The book to read this summer when you need a break from all that new social interaction is about George Washington." Mother Jones

      “You've never quite read a biography like this. Chock full of remarkable facts about George Washington—and surprisingly easy to read—this one feels more like reading your favorite fiction.”

      “In the insightful and entertaining You Never Forget Your First, historian Alexis Coe moves past the well-worn tropes we’ve come to associate with George Washington. . .with style and humor. . .Coe makes colonial history not just fascinating but relevant.”
      BookPage (starred)

      “Alexis Coe jolts readers with a fresh retelling of the first president. It’s Washington without the pomp—the United States’ first president like you’ve never seen him before.”
      Reader’s Digest

      “In this breezy yet fact-filled revisionist biography, historian and podcast host Coe (Alice + Freda Forever) takes George Washington’s previous—predominantly male—biographers to task...Readers who like their history with a dose of wry humor will savor this accessible account.”
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      “This is not your average biography, and that’s a wonderful thing! Alexis Coe profiles George Washington with fresh eyes, promising a fascinating read that strikes a relevant chord with 21st-century life.” —Paste

      “Evenhanded and engaging, this biography brings fresh insight to one of America's most written-about leaders.” —Kirkus Reviews

      "Entertaining and insightful." Shelf Awareness

      “Every now and then a fresh, new biography told by a gifted storyteller on a familiar figure captures our imagination. So it is with this spirited and engaging biography of George Washington.”
      —Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Leadership and Team of Rivals

      “A bewitching combination of erudition and cheek, You Never Forget Your First is a playful, disruptive work of history.”
      —Jennifer Egan, New York Times bestselling author of Manhattan Beach

      “If you think there is nothing new to learn about George Washington, then you have a treat in store with Alexis Coe’s You Never Forget Your First. In this keen and savage analysis of our longstanding Washington canon, Coe dramatically reshapes our understanding of the president who could not tell a lie (actually, he could, and did). The result is a humorous, sympathetic and refreshingly human portrait of Washington that is destined to become a classic.”
      —Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghosts of Eden Park

      “Alexis Coe knocks the standard fusty portrait of George W. off the wall and gives us a fresh, funny, and decidedly feminist take on our primo president. At once deeply researched and delightfully cheeky, You Never Forget Your First gives Washington a modern spin, revealing the complicated man behind the many myths, peeling away the macho veneer applied by previous (male) biographers. Coe proves how valuable a new set of eyes on the historical record can be.”
      —Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

      “With quick wit and an abundance of humor, Alexis Coe introduces readers to the nation’s first president in a new and accessible style. You Never Forget Your First will make readers laugh AND reconsider American history.”
      —Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
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    Hold On, But Don't Hold Still Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life Kristina Kuzmic
    9780525561842 Hardcover SELF-HELP / Personal Growth On Sale Date:February 11, 2020
    $35.00 CAD 6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in | 0.99 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Life
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      Delivering inspiration and “parenting comedy at its finest,”* here is one woman’s story of ditching her fairytale dreams and falling in love with her unpredictable, chaotic, imperfect life

      Kristina Kuzmic has made herself a household name, speaking directly to mothers from the trenches of parenthood via her viral videos and social media presence. She is now bringing her message of self-acceptance, resilience, and joy to book readers. With a refreshingly unpretentious, funny, and galvanizing voice, Kuzmic goes behind the scenes to reveal how she went from broke and defeated to unshakably grounded and brimming with thankfulness. Illuminating the hard-won wisdom from a life always spent one step behind—whether it was as a high school student new to America, a suddenly single mother to two kids, remarried and juggling two teens and a toddler, or the unexpected recipient of Oprah’s attention and investment—Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still is the book every mother needs to reassure her that she’s not only fine just as she is, but that she already has more tools and support than she can possibly imagine. Sparkling with wit, this heartfelt memoir is like a long coffee date with a best friend, or the eleventh-hour text message that gives you just the boost you need to get through the night.

      *The Huffington Post

      Kristina Kuzmic was born in Croatia and is a world-renowned speaker known for her unique insight and humor on family-related topics. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, where her most important, rewarding, and exhausting careers include being a sanitation engineer, chef, chauffer, and conflict-resolution guru for her three (mostly satisfied) clients—her children.

      Author Residence: Valencia, CA
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      Praise for Hold On, But Don't Hold Still

      "Tenacious and refreshingly candid."
      —Publisher's Weekly (starred)

      "A generous guide through the bumpy terrain of parenting."
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    Sinking in the Swamp How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng
    9781984878564 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government On Sale Date:February 11, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 6.2 x 9.3 x 1 in | 1.08 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      An eyewitness account of Donald Trump’s clown car of lieutenants and lackeys who have polluted the corridors of power with their unprecedented awfulness.

      Two of Washington’s most meddlesome reporters take readers on a deep dive into the murky underworld of President Trump’s Washington, dishing the hilarious and frightening dirt on the charlatans, conspiracy theorists, ideologues, and run-of-the-mill con artists who have infected the highest echelons of American political power.

      For the past three years, reporting from the White House, the Trump hotel, and other dens of intrigue and influence, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng have revealed the sordid shenanigans of a rogue’s gallery of Trumpworld incompetents and improbable A-listers—earning them angry denunciations (or at least some vexed side-eye) from Trumpists such as the actor Jon Voight and Trump’s former campaign czar and renowned obfuscator Corey Lewandowski as well as requisite threats of physical violence and ruin. Sinking in the Swamp will similarly pull no punches. Everyone from assorted Trump family members to Stephen Miller, Sean Hannity, and Diamond & Silk to Trumpworld’s even more obscure accomplices will be plumbed, prodded, and exposed for their roles in the most shambolic moment in modern American political history. When they go low, Swin and Lachlan are right there with them, recorders running and notebooks at the ready.

      Sinking in the Swamp is an uncompromising account of the financial and moral degradation of our capital, told with righteous indignation and through the lens of key power players and foot soldiers whose own antics have often escaped the notice of the overworked press corps.

      As the 2020 election approaches, this page-turning, letting-it-all-hang-out narrative shows how the nation got to this nadir, tracing the story back to years before Trump’s improbable run for the White House and cataloguing the stomach-turning moments that followed.
      Lachlan Markay and Asawin “Swin” Suebsaeng are investigative and White House reporters for The Daily Beast. Before joining the publication, Suebsaeng worked for Mother Jones and the Bangkok Post, and Markay wrote for the Washington Free Beacon and the Heritage Foundation. NPR has compared the unlikely duo to “Bert and Ernie.” Trump acolyte Sebastian Gorka has accused one of them of having a cocaine habit and the other of having no moral center.

      Author Residence: Washington, DC (both authors)
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      "It almost reads like if Hunter S. Thompson wrote a true crime book about politics.”—Business Insider

      “A dishy takedown of the mediocrities, charlatans, and grifters populating the corridors of power in D.C. . . . Markay and Suebsaeng are so breathless that it's like reading Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon after a healthy diet of Peter Biskind and David Thomson . . . Readers who can't get enough dirt on Trump and associates will revel in it.”—Kirkus Reviews

      "Irreverent, darkly humorous . . . [The authors’] colorful prose . . . and their jibes frequently contain sharp insights into ‘Trumpworld.’” —Publishers Weekly
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    The Ones We've Been Waiting For How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America Charlotte Alter
    9780525561507 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government On Sale Date:February 18, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 in | 1.23 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      An optimistic look at the future of American leadership by a brilliant young reporter

      A new generation is stepping up. There are now twenty-six millennials in Congress--a fivefold increase gained in the 2018 midterms alone. They are governing Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils, and serving in state legislatures. They are acting urgently on climate change (because they are going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they are utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works). In The Ones We've Been Waiting For, TIME correspondent Charlotte Alter defines the class of young leaders who are remaking the nation--how grappling with 9/11 as teens, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, occupying Wall Street and protesting with Black Lives Matter, and shouldering their way into a financially rigged political system has shaped the people who will govern the future.

      Through the experiences of millennial leaders--from progressive firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to Republican up-and-comer Elise Stefanik--Charlotte Alter gives the big-picture look at how this generation governs differently than their elders, and how they may drag us out of our current political despair. Millennials have already revolutionized technology, commerce, and media and have powered the major social movements of our time. Now government is ripe for disruption. The Ones We've Been Waiting For is a hopeful glimpse into a bright new generation of political leaders, and what America might look like when they are in charge.
      Charlotte Alter is a Senior Correspondent for TIME, covering the 2016, 2018, and 2020 campaigns, youth social movements, and women in politics. Her work has also appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal.
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      “[Alter] does an excellent job detailing—with persuasive data—what has shaped and motivated this young generation so far… Thanks to [her] timely book we can have a better understanding of why an entire generation was set back and what’s driving it now.”New York Times Book Review

      “When it comes to political prescience today, TIME magazine writer Charlotte Alter is arguably peerless… Each of Alter’s chosen ones emerges as an individual with his or her own history and path. The result is a more nuanced picture of a generation than previously reported.”—Los Angeles Times

      “These stories are all buoyed by Alter’s sharp writing and engaging voice. She is by turns sarcastic, funny and sincere, but always conversational… Alter’s book will come as a tonic to millennials who have grown weary of boomers’ well-worn complaints about them. That’s because The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For takes millennials seriously — and likewise takes seriously older generations’ responsibility for millennial woes, such as economic insecurity. To Alter, social media and complaints about student debt aren’t symptoms of an infantilized generation. They are simply facts of millennial life and are entering political office along with all the new millennials who ascend to power — boomers’ complaints be damned.”—The Washington Post

      "Alter is an exceptional storyteller...this nuanced & comprehensive guide does an admirable job illuminating the next generation of political leaders & the issues that drive them."
      Publisher's Weekly

      The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For is an excellent and timely look at the young leaders who are at the gates, and a lesson in what we have to learn from them. If you’re curious about what the future looks like, this book is a thorough, thoughtful place to start.”
      —Rebecca Traister, New York Times Bestselling Author of Good and Mad and All the Single Ladies

      “For anyone who has dismissed millennials or who cares about our country’s future, Charlotte Alter has written a riveting, essential book. In bringing to vivid life the young upstarts who will ultimately inherit our democracy, Alter has inadvertently given us another vital young voice that will shape our political future: Hers.”
      —Amy Chozick, New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Hillary

      “Just when we need it, a new generational wave is poised to sweep away the aging politicians who are part of a divisive and dysfunctional system. In this valuable and richly reported book, Charlotte Alter weaves together the tale of ten millennials who are disrupting our stale politics. By the end you’ll smile and say to yourself, there’s hope.”
      —Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs

      “Millennials are pissed off and burnt out and ready for change—and The Ones We've Been Waiting For brilliantly profiles the leaders of our own generation who will make it happen. These leaders have been influenced (and radicalized) by pivotal millennial experiences, whether witnessing 9/11 as a young adult or taking out staggering amounts of student debt—which is part of what makes the book feel so relatable, infuriating, and hopeful, all at once.”
      —Anne Helen Petersen, author of Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud
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    The Lucky Star A Novel William T. Vollmann
    9780399563522 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:February 18, 2020
    $47.00 CAD 6.43 x 9.52 x 2.17 in | 2.08 lb | 672 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      The National Book Award winning author returns to his original fictional territory--the lives of the dispossessed in San Francisco--with a parable about the limitations of desire and life at the margins of society

      In such earlier works of fiction as The Rainbow Stories and The Royal Family, William T. Vollmann wrote of pimps, prostitutes, addicts and homeless dreamers in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. In this new novel, Vollmann returns there with a story that centers around a woman with magical powers whom everyone loves, and who has to love them all back.

      After being initiated into a coven of island witches, Neva begins to fulfill her fate in a Tenderloin dive bar. Her worshippers include Richard, the introverted, alcoholic, occasionally omniscient narrator; a profane, aggressive transgender sex worker named Shantelle; the brisk but motherly barmaid Francine; and the former Frank, who has renamed herself after her idol Judy Garland. When Judy starts to love Neva too much, Judy's retired policeman boyfriend embarks on a mission of exposure and destruction.

      Crafted out of language by turns spiritual and sexually graphic, The Lucky Star aches with compassion as it explores celebrity culture, gender identity, incest, Christian sacrifice and, most of all, the quotidian and sometimes faltering heroism of marginalized people who in the face of humiliation and outright violence seek to love in their own way, and stand up for who they are.
      William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Whores for Gloria, The Royal Family,and Europe Central, which won the National Book Award. He has also written four collections of stories (including The Rainbow Stories and The Atlas, which won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction), a memoir, and eight works of nonfiction, including Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in California.
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      Praise for The Lucky Star:

      “[A] glorious ode to community . . . in everything [Vollmann] writes, he is concerned with the ways people strive to be better than the world that contains them . . . [The Lucky Star] develops a powerful sense of human life and its elemental pleasures.” Los Angeles Times

      “[A] documentary accounting of life on the margins, riffing on such themes as bigotry, idolatry, gender fluidity, vulnerability, consent, resilience and love . . . The Lucky Star is gilded with the signature Vollmann brew of erudition, irony, mysticism and banality . . . Vollmann’s prose can be evocative and deliciously incisive.” The New York Times Book Review

      “Vollmann takes us back to the San Francisco of his early fiction, to the haunts of those who will live and die on the city’s margins . . . For all the contemporaneity in the telling, there is (as always) a certain moral quality to Vollmann’s work. In this one: there is no one on earth, no one, who would not benefit from a little more love and a lot less contempt.” The Millions, “Most Anticipated 2020”

      “This big, underwater-lit novel returns Vollmann’s work to the dive bars and gender-fluid clubs of San Francisco . . . Vollmann admirably captures the pull of vulnerability and invention, how sex can be, in the right space, a powerful way to know one’s self, and ultimately, how much each of his characters here needs a space to be themselves.” Lit Hub, “Most Anticipated 2020”

      “In the first few years of his career, William Vollmann created a paradigm shift in literary fiction; that is, he changed what was possible to do in that form. He did so in many dimensions, giving him a reputation for epic excess. One forgets that he also has the skills of a miniaturist. The French poet Le Comte de Lautréamont would have called The Lucky Star a pavé. Vollmann said in the 1980s that he’d learned from Les Chants de Maldoror to get remarkable effects in very brief passages, by working the language as hard as can be, like a smith heating metal to a malleable temperature. He hasn’t forgotten how to do it; and you will see plenty of it here.” —Madison Smartt Bell

      “[A] provocatively playful novel . . . As Neva evolves from an innocent to an icon on par with Marlene Dietrich, at least in the eyes of the Y Bar circle, she guides and mentors their sexual self-discovery, helping define their boundaries and gain confidence . . . Vollmann’s challenging novel is full of memorable moments.” Publishers Weekly

      “Vollmann pours his signature fascination with outcasts, women's sexuality, violence, and injustice into this gargantuan, omnivorously explicit, ravening orgy of trauma and resilience. Rooted in interviews with women survivors, this is a molten amalgam of cynicism and compassion, horror and beauty.”Booklist
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    Pretty as a Picture A Novel Elizabeth Little
    9780670016396 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:February 25, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.24 x 9.3 x 1.16 in | 1.19 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      A Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, and CrimeReads Best Mystery Book of 2020

      “Funny, fast-paced, and a pleasure to read.”—The Wall Street Journal

      An egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder—the addictive new novel from the bestselling author of Dear Daughter

      Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary—and legendarily demanding—director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline.

      Some girl dies.

      It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

      But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be—or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.

      Then she meets the intrepid and incorrigible teenage girls who are determined to solve the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject, and before long, Marissa is drawn into the investigation herself.

      The only problem is, the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be finished.

      A wickedly funny exploration of our cultural addiction to tales of murder and mayhem and a thrilling, behind-the-scenes whodunit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner from one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction.

      Story Locale: A made-up island off the coast of Delaware, a little L.A.
      Elizabeth Little is the author of Dear Daughter, which won the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel, and two works of nonfiction, Biting the Wax Tadpole and Trip of the Tongue. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: St. Louis, MO
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    • Awards & Reviews

      A Seattle Times 10 Best Crime Novel of 2020 | A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2020

      Praise for
      Pretty as a Picture

      "A film editor who can’t much tell where stories end and life begins, Marissa is also prickly, hyperarticulate, suspicious, neurotic, surprisingly tough and very funny — the ideal narrator for a book that pays homage to Hollywood and classic detective fiction. . . . The book celebrates women who have each other’s backs and put their friends ahead of their men. It is also a valentine to the intoxications of filmmaking and film-viewing."
      Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

      "Ms. Little’s witty book deftly skewers the movie-making world and the types who inhabit it. . . . Pretty as a Picture, with its mix of satire and action, is funny, fast-paced, and a pleasure to read."
      The Wall Street Journal

      "An exciting locked-room mystery that touches on domineering personalities, art and the #MeToo movement, helmed by an unconventional heroine. . . . Little’s cinematic eye and affinity for strong plotting guide the fascinating Pretty as a Picture as the author smoothly goes behind the scenes of moviemaking while delving into characters’ psyches. . . . Little’s debut novel, Dear Daughter, was a standout of 2014. Pretty as a Picture seals her as an author to watch."
      Oline H. Cogdill, Associated Press

      "In Elizabeth Little’s nimble Pretty as a Picture, part of the fun is figuring out L.A. film editor Marissa Dahl. . . . Despite (or maybe because of) her quirks, Marissa Dahl is an engaging narrator who’s up for the challenge [of solving the crime], her encyclopedic knowledge of cinema serving as her north star."
      The Los Angeles Times

      "An unconventional crime novel with an unconventional heroine and an uncommonly high dose of humor."
      —Chicago Tribune

      "Elizabeth Little’s fantastic new book is part parable of the film industry, part feminist thriller, and part ode to the rise of the true crime podcast."

      "One of the year's most anticipated thrillers."

      "Both a captivating thriller and a snarkily funny send-up of Hollywood pretensions, the book glories in movie references — film fans will be especially rewarded."
      —The Seattle Times

      "The California writer’s prose style is so nimble and engaging, her dialogue so smart and quippy, you’d follow her anywhere. . . . A sharply detailed satire of movie-set misbehavior and Hollywood’s absurd sense of entitlement, filtered through the cynical eye of an under-appreciated editor. . . . She’s hilariously good company on the page."
      —Air Mail

      "Pre-order this one now. Go ahead, put it in your basket. . . . Little has an extraordinary gift for capturing voice. . . . [She] depicts perfectly what it feels like to be a little different and on the outside. . . . Startling plot twists. I can’t recommend this one highly enough."
      Crimespree Magazine

      "Hugely entertaining. . . . Like Dear Daughter, Little's well-received debut novel, Pretty as a Picture is propelled by a sharp, sardonic voice and an engaging protagonist. . . . The novel includes many film references to delight cinephiles, and the mystery will keep readers guessing, but the main attractions are Marissa and her vivid inner life."
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      "A fun, slightly eerie, definitely scary look at real murder in a make-believe world."
      —New York Journal of Books

      "The standout feature of Pretty as a Picture is its idiosyncratic heroine, whose observational skills and deductive reasoning make her a true twenty-first century rival of Sherlock Holmes."
      Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

      "Half the fun in Pretty as a Picture—Elizabeth Little’s follow-up to the excellent Dear Daughter—lies in its narrator’s singular, knowledgeable, and savagely funny voice. . . . A suspenseful thriller with an entertaining play on the locked-room mystery trope, Pretty as a Picture more than cements Little’s reputation as a spectacularly sharp and captivating writer."
      —The Seattle Review of Books

      "The perfect murder mystery. . . . If you’re looking for an intriguing yet ultimately heartwarming murder mystery novel that you will absolutely read in only one or two sittings, ignoring your responsibilities (it’s that gripping!), Pretty as a Picture is the book for you."

      "I failed to guess how much I would love this book. . . . Little’s style of writing in this book was perfect. . . . Any cinephile will enjoy this book. . . . Add in a colorful cast of characters and murder, and you’ve got something irresistible."
      —City Book Review

      "Murder and mayhem plague a film set on a secluded island. . . . Readers fascinated with the behind-the-scenes machinations of a movie set will be enthralled, plus there’s a frisson of romantic tension. . . . A quirky and distinctive heroine headlines this fun and fast-paced thriller loaded with cinematic flourishes."
      Kirkus Reviews

      "[A] smart, cinematically steeped page-turner. . . . Little scores with the achingly vulnerable Marissa, whose specific set of skills enables her to see the big picture before anyone else. Psychological thriller fans will be well satisfied."
      Publishers Weekly

      "Little once again delivers a dark, witty thriller. Movie fans will be delighted with the behind-the-scenes setting and the numerous cinematic references. . . . This character-driven whodunit is mainly propelled by Marissa, an intelligent, charming protagonist whose neurodiversity is well portrayed."
      Library Journal

      "Elizabeth Little is part of an exciting new generation of crime writers who have been bending this sturdy genre into new, unexpected shapes. Pretty as a Picture is a glorious buffet—a twisty story, a cinephile's delight, a knockout of a heroine. I loved it."
      Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake and Sunburn

      "I am a sucker for a tough yet vulnerable heroine, and in Pretty as a Picture, Elizabeth Little gives the reader an excellent one, and sets her against a brilliantly toxic backdrop of glitz and entitlement."
      Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and The Woman in Cabin 10

      "Engaging and irresistible from the very first page, Pretty as a Picture is a smart and compelling thriller filled with surprises. Little writes with such a clear, confident, and witty voice, I found myself smiling as I read."
      Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Better Sister

      "Pretty as a Picture is a remarkable thriller that succeeds on almost too many levels. It’s sharp and stylish, witty and fierce, not to mention extremely intelligent. Little perfectly and expertly conjures the unglamorous side of filmmaking—the gruesome grind of a movie shoot—in meticulous detail. This is no mere crime novel, but a must read for anyone with a passion for movies or the industry."
      —Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley

      "Pretty as a Picture is an atmospheric thriller that sparkles with intelligence and irrepressible wit, anchored by the singular voice of Marissa Dahl, a mega-competent female film editor plagued by anxiety. Elizabeth Little has an impeccable ear for dialogue and a sharp eye for detail, and she's created a page-turner that is as well written as it is captivating. I enjoyed every scene and sentence of this glorious book."
      Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay

      Praise for Dear Daughter

      "Quick-witted and fast-paced, this debut mystery should be a hit with Gone Girl fans."

      "When former It Girl Janie Jenkins is released from prison, she embarks on a mission to discover if it was really she who murdered her mother. The debut novel's twists will easily hook you, but it's the narrator's dark wit and sharp observations that make this a truly fun read."
      Entertainment Weekly

      "Little keeps you guessing until the end—and then closes her book with a final, twisted flourish."
      Daneet Steffens, The Boston Globe

      "Compelling. . . . This novel's engrossing suspense comes from its unreliable (and not especially likable) narrator who pursues answers with relentless fervor, regardless of the painful truths she turns up about herself. . . . Excellent."
      Stephanie Klose, Oprah.com

      "Engrossing. . . . The unlikable protagonist with a biting personality and outrageous actions, but who is fascinating at the same time, has never been more popular. Just think of Gone Girl. In her confident fiction debut, Elizabeth Little puts a fresh spin on this character in the form of Jane Jenkins, a young woman famous for being famous until she was sent to prison for the murder of her wealthy socialite mother. Little also makes Dear Daughter a parable about the cult of the celebrity stoked by a relentless press and a ruthless public's thirst for details of a woman it loves to hate."
      Associated Press

      "This is not your mother's mystery. The clever, prickly and profane heroine is, after all, a former It Girl whose aim as a teen was to be the next Paris Hilton, only better. . . . Sassy and lively. . . . The book's satisfying conclusion somehow manages to tie things up while also providing a cliffhanger, a pretty neat trick for a debut novel."
      Colleen Kelly, Minneapolis Star Tribune

      "The best debut crime novel of 2014, a spiky, voicey, jolting, surprising story of a celebutante convicted of murdering her mother. . . . Little also produces one of the best endings of 2014."
      Sarah Weinman, National Post (Canada)

      "A former It Girl hunts down her mom's murderer in this can't-put-down thriller."

      "In prison for her mother's murder, L.A. socialite Jane Jenkins is released on a technicality. To track down the real killer Jane gets plain, goes underground and stirs up dangerous amounts of dirt in her mom's South Dakota hometown."
      Good Housekeeping

      "[A] fun and riveting debut mystery."
      The San Diego Union-Tribune

      "Little makes a thrilling debut with this gripping read. Fans of Tana French and Gillian Flynn are going to enjoy the smart narrator and the twists and turns in the case."
      Library Journal (starred review)

      "A really gutsy, clever, energetic read, often unexpected, always entertaining. I loved Janie Jenkins's sassy voice and Elizabeth Little's too. In the world of crime novels, Dear Daughter is a breath of fresh air."
      Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

      "Dear Daughter has three of my favorite things in a book: a smart, damaged, unstoppable narrator with a slicing sense of humor; needle-sharp writing that brings characters and atmosphere leaping off the page; and a vivid, original plot full of satisfying twists. This is an all-nighter, and the best debut mystery I've read in a long time."
      Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of Broken Harbor and In the Woods
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    Hood Feminism Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Mikki Kendall
    9780525560548 Hardcover SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory On Sale Date:February 25, 2020
    $37.00 CAD 5.69 x 8.54 x 1 in | 0.88 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      The fights against hunger, homelessness, poverty, health disparities, poor schools, homophobia, transphobia, and domestic violence are feminist fights. Kendall offers a feminism rooted in the livelihood of everyday women.” —Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  How to Be an Antiracist, in The Atlantic

      “One of the most important books of the current moment.”—Time

      “A rousing call to action... It should be required reading for everyone.”—Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More Wine

      A potent and electrifying critique of today’s feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminism

      Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

      In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on reproductive rights, politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.
      Mikki Kendall is a New York Times bestselling writer, speaker, and blogger whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, TIME, Salon, Ebony, Essence, and elsewhere. An accomplished public speaker, she has discussed race, feminism, violence in Chicago, tech, pop culture, and social media on The Daily Show, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera's The Listening Post, BBC's Women's Hour, and Huffington Post Live, as well as at universities across the country. In 2017, she was awarded Best Food Essay from the Association of Food Journalists for her essay on hot sauce, Jim Crow, and Beyoncé. She is also the author of Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights and a co-editor of the Locus-nominated anthology Hidden Youth, as well as a part of the Hugo-nominated team of editors at Fireside Magazine. A veteran, she lives in Chicago with her family.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Named a Best Book of 2020 by Bustle, BBC, and Time
      A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

      “In prose that is clean, crisp, and cutting, Kendall reveals how feminism has both failed to take into account populations too often excluded from the banner of feminism and failed to consider the breadth of issues affecting the daily lives of millions of women. . . . Throughout, Kendall thoughtfully and deliberately takes mainstream feminism to task . . . [but] if Hood Feminism is a searing indictment of mainstream feminism, it is also an invitation. For every case in which Kendall highlights problematic practices, she offers guidance for how we can all do better.”

      “With poise and clarity, Kendall lays out the case for why feminists need to fight not just for career advancement but also for basic needs and issues that often plague women of color, including food security, educational access, a living wage and safety from gun violence. In expertly tying the racial justice and feminist movements together, Kendall’s is one of the most important books of the current moment.”
      —Time, “100 Must-Read Books of 2020”

      Hood Feminism paints a brutally candid and unobstructed portrait of mainstream white feminism: a narrow movement that disregards the needs of the overwhelming majority of women. In the storied tradition of Black feminism stretching back to Maria Stewart, Kendall persuasively contends that women’s basic needs are feminist issues. The fights against hunger, homelessness, poverty, health disparities, poor schools, homophobia, transphobia, and domestic violence are feminist fights. Kendall offers a feminism rooted in the livelihood of everyday women.”
      —Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, in The Atlantic

      “Beautifully centers on the experience of women who face an actual battle on the front lines while mainstream feminists clamor for access to the officers’ club.”
      —The Washington Post

      “A searing indictment of . . . the modern feminist movement’s failure to support marginalized women and to integrate issues of race, class and sexual orientation.”
      —USA Today

      “This book is an act of fierce love and advocacy, and it is urgently necessary.”
      —Samantha Irby, author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

      “Mikki’s book is a rousing call to action for today’s feminists. It should be required reading for everyone.”
      —Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More Wine

      “Cutting, critical, and consequential, Hood Feminism is required reading for anyone who calls himself or herself a feminist, an urgent piece of feminist discourse. It's a tough read—especially if you've been giving yourself woke feminist gold stars—but that makes it all the more necessary.”
      —Marie Claire

      “My wish is that every white woman who calls herself a feminist (as I do) will read this book in a state of hushed and humble respect. Mikki Kendall is calling out white feminists here—and it’s long overdue that we drop our defenses, listen to her arguments carefully, and then change our entire way of thinking and behaving. As Kendall explains in eloquent and searing simplicity, any feminism that focuses on inequality between men and women without addressing the inequalities BETWEEN women is not only useless, but actually harmful. In the growing public conversation about race, class, status, privilege, and power, this text is essential reading.”
      Elizabeth Gilbert

      “Elicits action by effectively calling out privilege . . . This can be a tough read, even for the most woke and intersectional feminist, and that’s exactly how it should be.”

      “Hood Feminism is a critical feminist text that interrogates the failings of the mainstream feminist movement and gives us the necessary expertise of Black women. Kendall skillfully illuminates the many intersections of identity and shows us the beauty and power of anger.”
      —Erika L. Sánchez, author of Lessons on Expulsion and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

      “Kendall is a highly knowledgeable and inspiring guide, and she effectively builds on the work of black women who have, for ages, been working to better the lives of themselves and their communities. . . . A much-needed addition to feminist discourse.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “In this forceful and eloquent series of essays, [Kendall] takes on the feminist myopia that ignores the daily existential struggles of women of color and encourages a broader support of society’s most vulnerable citizens. If such support is forthcoming and awareness expanded, then not only will those outside the feminist establishment be empowered, those within the current movement will also be enlightened as to their cause’s true universal potential.”

      “A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women’s and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.”
      —Library Journal

      “An energizing critique of the feminist movement’s preference for white women.”

      “Mikki Kendall tells it like it is, and this is why she has long been a must-read writer for me: incisive, clear-eyed, and rightly willing to challenge readers when necessary. Her exploration of how feminists’ fight for liberation has too often left poor people, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color behind is critical reading for anyone who is or wants to be involved in work addressing complex and longstanding inequalities.”
      —Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

      “Mikki has been writing for years about protection, ‘problem children,’ the limits and the usefulness of different kinds of anger, and the way sisterhood can be wielded as a demand. She’s here for her community, and this book has everything to do with expanding access to it.”
      —Daniel Mallory Ortberg, author of The Merry Spinster and Texts from Jane Eyre

      “Mikki Kendall has established herself as an important voice in current feminist discourse, and Hood Feminism cements that place. With a compelling, forceful piece, Kendall has written the missive that feminists—especially white feminists—need to remember the racist history of who we are as a movement and to move forward with an intersectional and deliberately anti-racist focus.”
      —Dianna Anderson, author of Problematic

      “Every white lady should have this book assigned to them before they can talk about feminism in the same way that every human should have to work in the service industry for a year before they can talk about the economy. Ain’t nothing but truth in these words.”
      —Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
  • 10
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    9781984879493 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship On Sale Date:March 03, 2020
    $34.00 CAD 5.71 x 8.62 x 0.99 in | 0.81 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Viking
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      As seen on CBS This Morning, PBS NewsHour, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Pod Save America and more

      A voter's playbook on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond from the most recognized and most successful political strategist in the country

      If you've asked yourself the question, what more can I do to make sure Donald Trump does not continue to occupy the Oval Office on January 20, 2021?--then this book is for you. A playbook for the common citizen, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 every day, without having to leave their jobs, move to Iowa, or spend every waking moment on the election.

      In A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump, Plouffe's message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. It won't happen magically, it won't happen because of debates and conventions, it won't happen because of ads. It will happen because citizens take action. And Plouffe is here to help, with specific strategies and tailored talking points to make sure your time and energy aren't wasted. He lays out why different activities the average citizen can take can make a difference to getting to 270 electoral votes, how people can go about doing them and examples of where it's worked in the past.

      There are at least 65 million Americans who are likely committed to voting against Trump. It is entirely in our control to grow that number and make sure the support materializes in actual votes. Plouffe arms us with advice on how to defend against misinformation online, how to create and spread content, how to register and get out the vote early, how to make a difference in the battlegrounds and how to stay involved after the big election. Filled with stories from the last sixteen years, both successes and failures, as well as political strategies that have evolved in the wake of the breakthrough campaign that Plouffe masterminded, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump is a pragmatic, specific, and very motivational guide for the path forward.
      David Plouffe served as the campaign manager for Barack Obama's primary and general election victories in 2008. He was the architect of the strategy for both elections. Prior to running the Obama campaign, Plouffe served as a leading Democratic Party media consultant from 2001 to 2007, playing a key role in the election of US senators, governors, mayors, and House members across the country. He lives in Washington, DC.
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      "A call to arms and a manual for campaign volunteers . . . [Plouffe] exhorts anyone who wants to see the Democrats prevail to get off the couch and put in some sweat equity to make it happen, and he explains that Obama considered his volunteers and grass-roots organization to be the heart of his campaign and the key to his victories . . . Plouffe also urges people, especially younger voters, to use their own Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok accounts on behalf of Democrats."The Washington Post

      "An invaluable map for political engagement."Booklist

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