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    The End of October A novel Lawrence Wright
    9780525658658 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:April 28, 2020
    $36.95 CAD 6.7 x 9.6 x 1.4 in | 1.6 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf
    • Marketing Copy

      “An eerily prescient novel about a devastating virus that begins in Asia before going global…A page-turner that has the earmarks of an instant bestseller.” New York Post
      “Featuring accounts of past plagues and pandemics, descriptions of pathogens and how they work, and dark notes about global warming, the book produces deep shudders…A disturbing, eerily timed novel.”Kirkus Reviews

      “A compelling read up to the last sentence. Wright has come up with a story worthy of Michael Crichton. In an eerily calm, matter-of-fact way, and backed by meticulous research, he imagines what the world would actually be like in the grip of a devastating new virus.” —Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone

      “This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      In this riveting medical thriller—from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author—Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

      At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons—microbiologist, epidemiologist—travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city…A Russian émigré, a woman who has risen to deputy director of U.S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare…Already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic…Henry’s wife, Jill, and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta…And the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions—scientific, religious, governmental—and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the fascinating history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller.
      LAWRENCE WRIGHT is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a playwright, a screenwriter, and the author of ten books of nonfiction, including The Looming Tower, Going Clear, and God Save Texas, and one previous novel, God’s Favorite. His books have received many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.

      Author Residence: Austin, TX
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        Marketing: Extensive online advertising campaign, including NYTimes

        E-Newsletter campaign, including The New Yorker

        Podcast campaign, including the Daily and Up First

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        Extensive buzz building and early reads campaign, including Goodreads giveaways, influencer outreach, and big mouth mailings

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        Publicity: National Media Attention, including MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and Print Features

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        Coverage in and on Mystery/Thriller Publications and Sites

        Author Tour, including Austin; New York City; Washington, D.C.

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        Author Social Media: Twitter @lawrence_wright
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Wright’s awesome imagination is matched by his authenticity. The End of October is prescient and stunning.” —Tom Hanks

      “Wright applies the magisterial force of his reporting skills into spinning a novel of pestilence, war, and social collapse that, given the current pandemic, cuts exceedingly close to the bone…. He works into the book accounts of historical epidemics, descriptions of Russian cyber- and bio-warfare capabilities, the story of the 1803 attempt to save the New World from small pox, and other curious nonfiction set pieces…. Despite the nonfiction scaffolding, this is a novel and a good one. The main plot line centers on an epidemiologist, his family and his Odysseus-like return home from the biological battleground.” —Douglas Preston, The New York Times Book Review
      “A fast-paced thriller with big, sweeping, made-for-the-adapted-screenplay action sequences…The End of October is the perfect novel for a long airplane flight or a beach chair. Provided, of course, our real-life leaders are a bit more effective than Wright’s fictional ones, and we’re all once again able to encounter either of those this year.” —Scott Detrow, NPR
      “A swift and all-too-convincing chronicle of science, espionage, action and speculation that moves from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia to the U.S. as it eerily evokes real-life current events. Deeply rooted in factual research, The End of October may well prove the most frightening novel of the year.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

      “What makes The End of October compelling to read right now is that Wright researched the hell out of what kind of infrastructure the US would need to survive a pandemic. He concluded that we did not have it. And then he drew on his formidable knowledge of domestic and international politics to imagine what would ensue.” —Constance Grady, Vox
      “To say that Wright’s new novel [is] prescient would be an understatement. This is the novel as Nostradamus…I couldn’t stop reading it…If the world reads this today, we might be able to avoid Wright’s tomorrow.” —Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

      “A thriller for our times…Like all good thrillers, The End of October diverts us from the real world while keeping a firm base there, letting us imagine not only disaster but the ways out of it.” —Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

      “Some works of fiction seem ripped from the headlines. Others anticipate the news, providing a prophetic vision of our future. Lawrence Wright’s new novel, The End of October, belongs in the rare second category.” —Daniel Burke, CNN

      “Reading the book now, amid a pandemic that has exposed the terrifying fragility of our social structures and political institutions, is a deeply unnerving experience.” —Lila Shapiro, Vulture

      “[Wright’s] book shows that our new reality, a surprise and a shock to most of us, is actually following a script written far in advance, with all the words and phrases that we never used six weeks ago—attack rate, viral load, cytokine storm—now part of our everyday speech…The prescience of The End of October is undeniable…Wright is as amiable a tour guide as you could hope for through the darkest terrain of recent history.” —Christian Lorentzen, Air Mail

      “As a distinguished journalist and author of several highly successful factual books, Wright approached this just as he would any other journalistic assignment, carrying out detailed research and preparation. As he went from expert to expert he heard clear warnings that something like the coronavirus would happen. It was a question not so much of ’if’ but ’when,’ and crucially, many asked how prepared governments would be to cope with it…Is truth stranger than fiction, as the American writer Mark Twain once suggested? Now we all have a chance to judge for ourselves.” —Jonathan Marcus, BBC

      “So uncannily timed that any moment now some conspiracy theorist will tweet that our real-life pandemic is a hoax dreamed up by Wright’s publicist.” —Texas Monthly

      “As captivating as it is disorienting to step Alice-like into Wright’s vision of an influenza-ridden planet…Even taken as speculative fiction, the author approaches his subject with gravity befitting the stakes…Throughout, Wright keeps the various threads pulled taut—medicine, military matters, international intrigue, economics…There is real romance at the heart of The End of October, too, and faced with heartache triggered by the daily news, it brought tears to my eyes.” —Dan Oko, The Texas Observer
      “Harrowing…Wright is excellent at gracefully working the science of viruses into the narrative…The second half is almost pure action—pure, heart-stopping action…This book will wake you up, and keep you awake.” —Laurie Hertzel, Minneapolis Star Tribune
      “Terrific…A gripping ride…Because Wright is a researcher at heart, the attention to detail in the book—medical, microbiological, epidemiological—is more informative than the hundreds of articles published about COVID-19 for laymen.” —Patricia McCarthy, American Thinker

      “The propulsive plot is counterweighted with rigorous, gracefully presented context on the history and behavior of diseases…Reading The End of October, though, I felt oddly soothed.” —Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
      “There have been many novels about global pandemics, but few were released while the world was sheltering from a real pandemic, and few writers capture the drama as well as Lawrence Wright.” —Brian Bandell, Criminal Element
      “The submarine scenes are vividly real, unforgettable…The whole book is deeply convincing…A very effective thriller, by any measure.” —Claude Forthomme, Impakter

      “A maniacal page-turner. [A] sweeping, authoritative, and genuinely intelligent thriller…It read[s] as if it’s been shot out of a cannon. [Wright] offers the joy of competence—his own as a writer, and the scientific and moral competence of many of the characters he’s invented…Everywhere there is clear writing about pestilence and science…Wright’s novel is here as a real if solemn entertainment, a stay against boredom and a kind of offered prayer for the best in us to rise to the surface.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

      “This is the book you need to read this spring.” —Teresa Timmer, Bulletin Mail 

      “Holy crap, Lawrence Wright predicted the future…His medical thriller is truly a story for our times.” —Molly Odintz, Crime Reads

      “Is this really a work of fiction? Or was it a prophecy?” —Jaime Dunaway, Lakewood Advocate Magazine 

      “[A] multifaceted thriller…Wright pulls few punches and imbues even walk-on characters with enough humanity that their fate will matter to readers. This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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    Quichotte A Novel Salman Rushdie
    9780735279339 Paperback FICTION / Sagas On Sale Date:May 26, 2020
    $23.00 CAD 5.23 x 7.94 x 0.91 in | 0.64 lb | 416 pages Carton Quantity:24 Vintage Canada
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      Quichotte is a love story of profound tenderness and humanity from a great storyteller at his brilliant best. Wise, beautifully written, as heartbreaking as it is wildly comic, its characters unforgettable, its plot dazzlingly suspenseful, it illuminates our corrupt times where fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

      Quichotte, an aging travelling salesman obsessed with TV, is on a quest for love. Unfortunately, his daily diet of reality TV, sitcoms, films and soaps has distorted his ability to separate fantasy from reality. He wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence, while obsessively writing love letters to a celebrity he knows only through his screen. Together the two innocents set off across America in Quichotte’s trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love.

      Quichotte’s story is told by Sam DuChamp, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis, and as the stories of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine, we are taken on a wild, picaresque journey through a familiar country on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse.

      Story Locale: Across the US, New York City, Mumbai
      SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of thirteen previous novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (winner of the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights and The Golden House—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction—Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line. Recognized with numerous awards, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for his services to literature.

      Author Residence: New York City

      Author Hometown: Bombay (Mumbai), India
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2020, Long-listed
      Booker Prize 2019, Short-listed

      “Chaotic, funny and driven by Rushdie’s passion for pop culture, Quichotte is literary pandemonium at its wildest.” —NOW

      Don Quixote for our time, a smart satire of every aspect of the contemporary culture. Witty, profound, tender, this love story shows a fiction master at his brilliant best.” —The Millions

      Quichotte is a fantastical dream within a dream…. a brilliant, funny, world-encompassing wonder—is a far more ambitious exercise than mere homage…. In Rushdie’s hands all borders are indeed porous: between author and subject, reality and magic, hope and folly…. His readers realize that they would happily follow Rushdie to the end of the world.” —TIME

      “This Booker-longlisted riff on Don Quixote is a welcome return to form.” —The Times

      “Hilarious by all accounts.” —Literary Hub

      “Extraordinary…. This incisively outlandish but lyrical meditation on intolerance, TV addiction, and the opioid crisis operates on multiple planes, with razor-sharp topicality and humor, delivering a reflective examination of the plight of marginalized personhood with veritable aplomb.” —Library Journal (starred review)

      “An exuberantly imagined and lacerating homage to the revered satire, Don Quixote…. This spellbinding, many-limbed saga of lives derailing in the ‘Age of Anything-Can-Happen’ is a wily frolic and a seismic denunciation. Rushdie meshes shrewd, parodic humor with intensifying suspense and pervasive sympathy, seeding this picaresque doomsday adventure with literary and television allusions and philosophical musings. As his vivid, passionate, and imperiled characters are confronted with racism, sexism, displacement, family ruptures, opioid addiction, disease, cyber warfare, and planetary convulsions, they valiantly seek the transcendence of love. Rushdie’s dazzling and provocative improvisation on an essential classic has powerful resonance in this time of weaponized lies and denials.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “Rushdie’s rambunctious latest…hurtles through surreal time and space with the author’s retooled Don Quixote on a quest for love and redemption in an unloving and irredeemable USA…. Allowing the wild adventure to overwhelm oneself is half the fun. Rushdie’s extravagant fiction is the lie that tells the truth…. Rushdie’s uproarious comedy, which talks to itself while packing a good deal of historical and political freight, is a brilliant rendition of the cheesy, sleazy, scary pandemonium of life in modern times.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      “A splendid mess that, in the end, becomes a meditation on storytelling, memory, truth, and other hallmarks of a disappearing civilization…. Humane and humorous. Rushdie is in top form, serving up a fine piece of literary satire.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “This is the Rushdie we still need: eviscerator of the powers-that-be, who destroys rather than creates illusions.” —The Telegraph
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    The Porpoise Mark Haddon
    9780385692663 Paperback FICTION / Magical Realism On Sale Date:May 12, 2020
    $21.00 CAD 5.19 x 7.99 x 0.66 in | 0.51 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Anchor Canada
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      A fantastical new novel—a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Pericles—from the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

      When his pregnant wife is killed in a plane crash, the unimaginably wealthy Philippe becomes obsessed with the safety of his surviving daughter, Angelica. Over time, his concern morphs into something more sinister and grotesque, until a young man named Darius, visiting Philippe with a business proposition, encounters Angelica and intuits their secret. As Angelica comes to terms with a life of imprisonment on her father’s estate, Darius morphs into the mythical Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world. In a bravura feat of storytelling, Haddon recounts Pericles’ many exploits in thrilling fashion, mining the meaning of the old legends while creating parallels with the monstrous modern world Angelica inhabits. As profound as it is entertaining, The Porpoise mixes myth and meaning to speak deeply to the current moment.

      Publication History: HC, Bond Street Books (06/19)
      MARK HADDON is the author of the bestselling novels The Red House, A Spot of Bother and the story collection The Pier Falls. His novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction and is the basis for the Tony Award-winning play. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, has written and illustrated numerous children’s books, and has won awards for both his radio dramas and his television screenplays. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation and lives in Oxford, England.

      Author Residence: Oxford, UK
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Finalist for the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize
      A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction in 2019
      A Guardian Best Book of 2019
      A Star-Tribune Best Book of 2019

      The Porpoise is terrifically violent, with a bright, innocent ferocity…. Haddon’s book is almost more evocative of pre-stories: of the phase before the story is told, when it is still indeterminate, unbound from words…. Haddon, with his ever-shifting narrative, offers something like a stay of execution, a plane that enters the cloud and does not come down.” —The New Yorker

      “Stunning…. The extraordinary force and vividness of Haddon’s prose ensure The Porpoise reads as a continually unfolding demonstration of the transporting power of stories…. Though it is undeniably, a rollicking adventure story, The Porpoise is also about humanity stripped down to its starkest elements by forces beyond its comprehension and control; about damage and survival, and the balancing act between the two.” —The Guardian

      “Haddon’s glittering tapestry of a novel skillfully redeploys the structures of Pericles’ source material…. In The Porpoise, Haddon gives voice to a character who, in Shakespeare, receives no more than a passing mention, and in doing so, shows the transcendent power of stories to heal and restore.” —The Independent

      “[A] terrifically exciting novel…. Haddon [has] astounding skill as a storyteller…. The way Haddon has streamlined this ramshackle tale into a sleek voyage of gripping tribulation is fantastic. But what’s especially remarkable is that the modern-day scenes interwoven with Pericles’ ancient adventures feel no less electrifying. The contemporary events have been polished to an antique patina and endowed with classical weight…. The result is a novel just as thrilling as it is thoughtful.” —The Washington Post

      “Haddon writes with wrenching beauty about how the world inflicts itself on the disadvantaged…. [The Porpoise is] a testament to Haddon’s prodigious gifts as a storyteller that this strange, epic adventure is so compulsively readable.” —TIME 

      “Haddon…has spun fantastical yarn using fibers from the Pericles legend…[in this] time-traveling tale of dark family confidences, cataclysmic events and deep-sea symbolism…capturing the emotional gulfs between human beings.” —The Boston Globe

      “Elegant and full of vivid descriptions, The Porpoise pulls…mythology into the present with intertwined narratives about fathers, daughters and the men who threaten their aberrant relationships…. The Porpoise is full of death and darkness, but Haddon uses them as vehicles to deliver keen observations on the nature of loss, depression, judgment and cowardice…. Haddon knows how to turn an event into a lesson, and his prose ensures those lessons are not lost on readers…. The Porpoise is a rich, beautiful read…. Readers will not come out of it untouched.” —NPR

      ”An artfully crafted story of layered lives…. Haddon’s ambitious tale captures the ethos of tragic Shakespearean vibrations and the tangle of lives that magically intersect. The prose is exquisite and elevates this story that blends reality and mythology to great effect.“ —Publishers Weekly 

      ”A labyrinthine narrative that wends its way through classical myth, Shakespearean theater and childlike fairy tale as it twists toward a tentative contemporary conclusion…. British author Haddon has never written anything like the same book twice, but his fourth novel is in some ways even more audacious and ambitious than his breakthrough debut.“ —Kirkus Reviews

      ”[The Porpoise] is a beautifully rendered retelling…full of telling, cinematic detail…. What [Haddon] really seems interested in is giving the bare bones of the play a kind of emotional and psychological plausibility that is alien to Gower, and even to Shakespeare. In doing so he has written a gripping novel that, despite its rollicking plot, never feels relentless, and is often very affecting indeed.“ —The Financial Times

      ”Haddon’s prose is beautiful, and he is utterly in command of his slippery material…. His novel is an elegant homage to stories’ capacity for endless renewal, and to the ways even the oldest still surge through our lives.“ —Evening Standard

      The Porpoise is a sinuous, baffling, time-jumping, narrative-hopping novel.“ —Literary Review (UK) 

      ”[A] wild adventure…a journey towards understanding and reconciliation—the great themes of late Shakespeare…. [The Porpoise] is charming…. There is much to enjoy in this novel—the liveliness of Haddon’s imagination and the virtuosity of his style.“ The Scotsman  

      The Porpoise …envelope[s] the reader in an imaginative new world…. A whirlwind of sea voyages to plague-ridden ports, royal murder plots, Greek goddesses, and the ghost of Shakespeare…. This gripping and evocative novel questions the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and others, and proves the ancient tales are far from boring.“ —The Irish Times

      ”A full-throttle blast of storytelling mastery. Ancient and modern overlap in exhilarating ways, it’s like romping through a literary Netflix: an episode of something historical and bloody, then something slick and contemporary, then something really weird and unnerving…. The Porpoise is a joy to read.“ —Max Porter, author of the International Dylan Thomas Prize-winning Grief is the Thing With Feathers

      ”Mark Haddon cuts down to the grittiness of humanity every time he writes. The Porpoise is a beautiful, unputdownable, ancient tangle with its own sweeping tides and dangerous depths.“ —Daisy Johnson, author of the Booker Prize finalist Everything Under

      ”Staggeringly ambitious, innovative, beautifully written…. The Porpoise has the pace of a really good thriller, combined with a subtlety and depth that few thrillers possess." —Pat Barker, author of The Silence of the Girls and the Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road
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    Save Me the Plums My Gourmet Memoir Ruth Reichl
    9780525610625 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:May 05, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 5.18 x 7.97 x 0.66 in | 0.5 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Appetite by Random House
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      Ruth Reichl spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Here, for the first time, she chronicles the personal and professional risks she took during her tenure as the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine in this insightful, inspiring and very readable new memoir.

      Ruth Reichl built her career on celebrating the simple joy of sharing food with friends and family. When Condé Nast offered her the top position at Gourmet she initially declined. She was a writer, not a manager, a former Berkeley hippie with no inclination to be anybody’s boss. And yet…She’d started reading the magazine at age eight and discovered her own love for food and cooking through its pages. The chance to modernize it just as food was becoming a key part of popular culture proved irresistible.

      This is the story of how, under Reichl’s leadership, a colorful group of editors and art directors transformed Gourmet from a stately grande dame into a cutting-edge publication. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and eccentric Condé Nast owner Si Newhouse, who indulged his editors even as he ran his business with an iron fist. Reichl brings us behind the scenes for a rare glimpse of how the culinary world operates, from all-night “Chef’s Night Out” parties to elaborately crafted food photo shoots to the legendary Gourmet test kitchen, and she shares the recipes that meant the most to her along the way.

      But this is not just the tale of a magazine; it is also a story about taking a professional leap of faith, following your passion and holding onto your dreams—even when nothing works out the way you’d expected.
      RUTH REICHL is the bestselling author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You, Mom, Finally; the novel Delicious!; and, most recently, the cookbook My Kitchen Year. She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. Previously she was the restaurant critic for The New York Times and served as the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards for her journalism, magazine feature writing, and criticism. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.

      Author Residence: Upstate New York
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “A delicious insider account of the gritty, glamorous world of food culture.”Vanity Fair

      “Intensely evocative… Reichl is one of the best food writers of our era.”Vox
      “[Reichl’s] voice remains one of the most trusted in our disparate food universe.”—Bloomberg

      Save Me the Plums sweeps the reader up in the intoxicating splendor of Gourmet in its glory days, when the smart set was in it for the food, the friendship, and the big new ideas. This is the rare case of an amazing writer living an amazing life, with a book that’s the party I never wanted to end.”—Ann Patchett, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth

      Save Me the Plums is Reichl’s account of those halcyon times at Condé Nast before the ax fell…. It’s a study in magazine-making, earnest ambition, disappointment, and reinvention. It’s also supremely readable…. She’s gathering up the reader in her pocket and taking them along for the ride.”The Boston Globe
      “A lively, sweet-and-sour memoir… a fun-to-read romp through a time when glossy monthly magazines reigned supreme and when top editors ruled the magazines with royal privilege.”New York Post

      “Ruth Reichl is the best sort of storyteller—intimate, wise, frank, and completely engaging. Here she beautifully details her ten years running Gourmet, with all the triumphs and tribulations, and it’s a brilliant tale. Every page is rich and delicious; the book is such a treat!”—Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Library Book

      “No one writes about food like Ruth Reichl. She also happens to be a mesmerizing storyteller. I consider this book essential nourishment.”—Nigella Lawson

      “Reichl dishes up an enthralling account of the intrigue, obsession, and glamour that made Gourmet an institution. Save Me the Plums is a delectable behind-the-scenes journey through the food world and its rise to celebrity status.”—Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork

      “Endearing…Gourmet magazine readers will relish the behind-the-scenes peek at the workings of the magazine…. Reichl’s revealing memoir is a deeply personal look at a food world on the brink of change.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Fun…beguiling…an absolutely delightful reading experience.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
      “Readers of her past memoirs will recognize Reichl’s lighthearted but dedicated approach to her work [and] her big-hearted approach to the dinner table…. New readers will be equally delighted by Reichl’s account of an influential magazine, its final days and the many moments that illustrate the ways food can bring people together.”BookPage (starred review)
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    Dirt Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French cooking Bill Buford
    9780147530707 Hardcover COOKING / Regional & Ethnic On Sale Date:May 05, 2020
    $36.00 CAD 6.65 x 9.55 x 1.5 in | 1.69 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:12 Appetite by Random House
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      The hugely anticipated follow up to Heat—Bill Buford’s hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive adventures in the world of French haute cuisine.

      In Dirt, Bill Buford—author of the best-selling, now-classic, Heat—moves his attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France. Baffled by the language, determined that he can master the art of French cooking—or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered—Buford begins what will become a five-year odyssey by shadowing the revered French chef Michel Richard in Washington, D.C. He soon realizes, however, that a stage in France is necessary, and so he goes—this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow—to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at l’Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred Mère Brazier, Buford becomes a man obsessed—to prove that French cooking actually derives from the Italian, to prove himself on the line, to prove that he is worthy of these gastronomic secrets. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterful ability to immerse himself in his surroundings, Bill Buford has written what is sure to be the food-lover’s book of the year.
      BILL BUFORD is a Staff Writer and European Correspondent for The New Yorker. He was the Fiction Editor of the magazine for eight years, from April 1995 to December 2002. Before that he edited Granta magazine for sixteen years and, in 1989, became the publisher of Granta Books. He has edited three anthologies: The Best of Granta Travel, The Best of Granta Reportage, and The Granta Book of the Family. Bill is also the author of Among the Thugs (Norton, 1992), a highly personal nonfiction account of crowd violence and British soccer hooliganism. For The New Yorker, he has written about sweatshops, the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, and chef Mario Batali. He commands a large following on Twitter, with over 5.6k followers. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1954, Bill Buford grew up in California and was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and at Kings College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship for his work on Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jessica Green, and their two sons.

      Author Residence: New York City, New York

      Author Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
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      “This book may well be an even greater pleasure than its predecessor. Moving himself, his wife and their two young boys to Lyon, Buford sets out, with characteristically self-deprecating humor, not merely to learn the techniques of French cuisine, but to understand its essence…Most enjoyable are the apprenticeships in which he sets out to master the five mother sauces, bake the perfect baguette and construct the same misleadingly named ’duck pie’…Delightful, highly idiosyncratic.” —Lisa Abend, The New York Times Book Review

      “I heartily recommend Bill Buford’s Dirt … blazingly entertaining … Buford again proves himself to be a relentless reporter and a self-deprecating guide… As his title suggests, it’s not just the fanatical dedication and meticulously exacting prep. This deliciously salty chronicle, loamy with culinary history and profiles of the great chefs, is worth digging into.” —Heller McAlpin, NPR

      “A welcome reminder of simpler times… Buford’s writing is filled with humor and heart…He unveils the importance of understanding a city in order to better prepare its dishes…[and] underlines a deeply resonant tenet of life: the value of community.” Annabel Gutterman, TIME

      “As with good cookery, no shortcuts are taken in Dirt. When Buford picks up a subject — be it bread or language or culinary history or Italian versus French food or the nature of Lyon — that subject is simmered until every tendon has softened. This is a big book that, like an army, moves entire divisions independent of one another. Watching Buford choose a topic for scrutiny is like watching an enormous bodybuilder single out one muscle, on the mountain range of his or her arms, for a laser-focused burn… He has a smart, literate, sly voice on the page…There is an excellent history of cooking in Lyon, with Fernand Point and Paul Bocuse at its molten center… I admire this book enormously; it’s a profound and intuitive work of immersive journalism.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

      “You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford’s Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France… Buford brings a novelistic approach to his story; he is both observer and participant. He’s an entertaining, often comical, raconteur… His descriptions of his new city are vivid and evocative… humorously self-deprecating…Buford has another goal besides training in a French kitchen: to investigate the history and origins of that country’s cooking and its links to Italian cuisine.” —Moira Hodgson, The Wall Street Journal

      “At a moment when the thought of food is always percolating, [Dirt] actually presents an opportunity to examine what it means, exactly, to be an eater…  There are the usual comic abasements. They spring from Lyon itself, a rough-and-tumble town where fights and vandalism and drunken delinquency appear to be common… The juxtaposition between this nasty, brutish world and the civilizational peak that cuisine represents is part of a broader tension—between the rough and the refined, the rustic and the haute—that lies at the heart of cooking, and particularly French cooking. Buford shows us both … [He] has extended the old adage, You are what you eat, to something broader, encompassing history, culture, the world: We are what we eat. That notion has never rung truer.” —Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic

      “[Buford] delves into the controversial origins of French cuisine and restaurants, drawing unflinching portraits of past and present luminaries like culinary school founder Paul Bocuse himself. He pursues origins of dishes, sauces, and their ingredients, even participating in the stark grittiness of butchering a pig and learning that in France the best, most coveted flavors come from the earthiest animal organs. An inside look into haute cuisine.” —Mark Knoblauch, Booklist (Starred)

      “Pure pleasure. Masterfully written. If you care at all about food, about writing, about obsessive people with a sense of adventure, you have to read this book. It is, in a word, wonderful.” —Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet and author of Save Me the Plums

      “If you gobbled up Buford’s 2006 book Heat like a bowl of fabulous pasta, you’ll lap up this new volume like a vat of vichyssoise.” —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post

      “Buford delivers a vivid and often laugh-out-loud account of the tribulations, humblings, and triumphs he and his family endured in the five years they lived in France…. [He] is a delightful narrator, and his stories of attending a pig slaughter, befriending the owner of a local bakery, and becoming gradually accepted by the locals are by turns funny, intimate, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking. It’s a remarkable book, and even readers who don’t know a sabayon from a Sabatier will find it endlessly rewarding.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      “An ebullient, entertaining memoir of life in Lyon…[Buford] describes in mouthwatering detail the many dishes he cooked and ate and the charming restaurants the family visited. A lively, passionate homage to fine food.”Kirkus Reviews

      “A funny, irreverent and obsessive account of his five-year odyssey to discover everything about French food…This book doesn’t offer any recipes, per se, but if perused closely, readers can find instructions for assembling perhaps the grandest concoction of them all: a life well and fully lived, seasoned with curiosity, perseverance and humor—and a dash of adventure.” —Alison Hood, BookPage

      “There’s plenty for food lovers here, but the book is also a satisfying and envy-inspiring travelogue.” —Joumana Khatib, The New York Times (“11 Books to Watch For in May”)

      “An antidote to confining apartment walls and the daily tedium of my own pedestrian meals…[Buford] is knowledgeable, quick and funny—and Dirt is a work of cultural, historical and gastronomical depth that reads like an action memoir…He truly took me to the heart of French cuisine.” —Eleanor Beardsley, NPR

      “Delightful escapism…Culinary adventures ensue.” —Mackenzie Dawson, The New York Post (“The Best Books of the Week”)

      “Arriving right on time to offer us a delicious fantasy trip.” —Colette Bancroft, The Tampa Bay Times 

      Dirt has the unsurprising effect of making you hungry.” —Drew Hart, The Arts Fuse

      “A hilarious and humbling journey into the intimidating world of haute French cuisine…  Reveals the ugly truth about the vituperative culture of apprenticeship in the French kitchen, complete with pervasive bullying, humiliation and acts of physical and emotional abuse…Frequently funny and always candid.” —Frank Brasile, Shelf Awareness for Readers

      “Bill’s ability to fully immerse himself in a foreign place, seemingly at the drop of a dime, is always a sight to behold. With Dirt, Bill dives deep into the unforgiving kitchen culture of Lyon and expresses what it’s truly like to be a cook in this legendary food city.” —Marcus Samuelsson

      “As a young cook, I dreamed of one day working in the formidable French kitchens depicted in Dirt, but I never got the chance. Now, after reading this unprecedented inside account from one of the greatest writers of his generation, I’m convinced I actually did. Bill’s latest is required reading for anyone with a love of history, good eating, and masterful storytelling.” —David Chang, restauranteur, broadcaster, and author 

      “There’s plenty for food lovers here, but the book is also a satisfying and envy-inspiring travelogue.”—Joumana Khatib, The New York Times

      “Bill Buford is an enthusiast of the highest order. His deep dive into Lyonnais cuisine is a detective story, a love story, and an act of bare-knuckled reverence. It’s earthy, brainy and delicious.” —Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

      “This well and vividly written paean to Lyonnaise cuisine is insightful, incisive, and informative. From the amazing creativity of Michel Richard to the strict discipline of the Institut Bocuse, from the brutal hierarchy of La Mére Brazier to the making of bread in Lyon and Savoy, Bill Buford weaves a tale as smooth as a pike quenelle and as rich as a Bresse chicken in cream sauce. Alternatively buoyant, humorous and thoughtful, Dirt is a very enjoyable feast.“ —Jacques Pépin, chef, author, teacher, and co-host of “Julia and Jacques at Home”

      “A thrilling tale of adventure, family, and great cooking inside some of the world’s most influential and iconic kitchens, from the Institut Paul Bocuse to La Mère Brazier.” —Eric Ripert, Chef & Co-owner Le Bernardin , and author of 32 Yolks
       “Bill Buford’s Dirt—his memoir of an apprenticeship in the unforgiving temples of French cuisine in Lyon—is a chomping, romping, savoury tour de force: by turns hilarious (often at his own expense); and seriously thought provoking about our relationship with cooking and appetite. Rabelais would have loved it. You finish it stuffed and groggy with happy illumination but as with every great feast, wanting even more!” —Simon Schama, historian and author of nineteen books, including Rough Crossings
       “In Dirt, Bill Buford talks his way into the cooking schools, bakeries, and chefs’ kitchens of Lyon—in French, yet—while staying (mostly) in his family’s good graces. The result is a book to drool for. Magnifique!” —Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen and Greek to Me 

      ”Buford spent five years cooking his way through the famed kitchens of Lyon, France, in an attempt to answer the question: why is French food so damn good? The answer, perhaps, lies in the book’s title (spoiler alert), but the journey to get there is a delicious and eye-opening one.“ Plate Magazine (”Spring’s Best Food Books“)

      Dirt is a memoir about French cuisine, but it’s also about family, work, obsession, perfectionism, and what happens when you actually do that crazy thing you’ve always wanted to do.“
       —Men’s Health

      ”A warm and funny and very delicious story about a man late in life falling in love with cooking…Buford [is] an energetic, exquisite writer… Once he arrives in Lyon for the serious instruction 
      Dirt has really hit its stride, tasty and Dickensian in its characterizations and also ridiculous.“
      —John Freeman, Lit Hub (”Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2020“)

      ”Buford illustrates just how difficult rising through the ranks of restaurant kitchens can be, even for classically trained young chefs—especially when those chefs are women or non-white… Much of the humor here comes from anecdotes about Buford’s surprisingly resilient young family… One wonders if Buford will again upend his family’s life to embark on another international culinary adventure. If so, readers will be eager to pack up and follow along."
       —Norah Piehl, Bookreporter
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    The Shooting at Chateau Rock A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel Martin Walker
    9780525656654 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:May 26, 2020
    $34.95 CAD 6.02 x 8.55 x 1.18 in | 1.08 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf
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      It’s summer in the Dordogne and the heirs of a modest sheep farmer learn that they have been disinherited. Their father’s estate has been sold to an insurance company in return for a policy that will place him in a five-star retirement home for the rest of his life. But the farmer dies before he can move in. Was it a natural death? Or was there foul play? Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges is soon on the case, embarking on an investigation that will lead him to several shadowy insurance companies owned by a Russian oligarch with a Cypriot passport. The arrival of the oligarch’s daughter in the Périgord only further complicates one of Bruno’s toughest cases yet. It will take all of his resolve and quick thinking to untangle the truth in a mystery that will reach its deadly denouement at the château of an aging rock star. But in true Bruno fashion, at least lunchtime is never in danger.
      Martin Walker, after a long career of working in international journalism and for think tanks, now gardens, cooks, explores vineyards, writes, travels, and has never been more busy. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

      Author Residence: Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne

      Author Hometown: London, England
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      “Enchanting…With Bruno around, all’s right with the world.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

      “Martin Walker’s books…are consistently excellent; I really want to know Bruno, to eat at his dinner table with his charming and entertaining guests, to play fetch with his basset hound, Balzac. I really want to be Bruno.”—Bruce Tierney, BookPage, starred review

      “While the novel has its bad guys, good and evil are less starkly drawn than in many American police tales. That’s partly because good has been so humanized here…Bruno’s reaction to…limited criminal justice is telling: Retribution holds no allure for him. Instead he settles for the certainty that the wicked are thwarted, as befits a police officer of such expansive humanity and the novel’s ethos of the social over the solitary, the human and animal over the machine, and life over death.”—Eve Ottenberg, Washington City Paper  

      “Outstanding…Francophiles will relish the evocative descriptions of the Périgord region and its cuisine. Distinctive characters complement the intricate mystery. Readers new to this elegant series will feel right at home.”Publishers Weekly, starred review (“Best Books of the Summer”)

      “While waiting for crime to be solved, readers can revel in the wonders of the Dordogne…Falling-off-the-bone French at its ne plus ultra.”—Kirkus

      "I’ve read a lot of mysteries in my day, and Martin Walker’s Bruno novels are up there at the top of my list alongside Michael Connelly, Georges Simenon, and most recently Anthony Horowitz.”—Graydon Carter
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    A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings A Year of Keeping Bees Helen Jukes
    9781524747862 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:May 05, 2020
    $35.95 CAD 5.88 x 9.51 x 1 in | 1.05 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Pantheon
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      An inspiring, up-close portrait of tending to a honeybee hive—a year of living dangerously—watching and capturing the wondrous, complex universe of honeybees and learning an altogether different way of being in the world.

      “As strange, beautiful, and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings as bees in a hive. I loved it.”—Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk
      A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings begins as the author is entering her thirties and feeling disconnected in her life. Uneasy about her future and struggling to settle into her new house in Oxford with its own small garden, she is brought back to a time of accompanying a friend in London—a beekeeper—on his hive visits. And as a gesture of good fortune for her new life, she is given a colony of honeybees. According to folklore, a colony, freely given, brings good luck, and Helen Jules embarks on a rewarding, perilous journey of becoming a beekeeper.
      Jukes writes about what it means to “keep” wild creatures; on how to live alongside beings whose laws and logic are so different from our own…She delves into the history of beekeeping and writes about discovering the ancient, haunting, sometimes disturbing relationship between keeper and bee, human and wild thing.
      A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings is a book of observation, of the irrepressible wildness of these fascinating creatures, of the ways they seem to evade our categories each time we attempt to define them. Are they wild or domestic? Individual or collective? Is honey an animal product or is it plant-based? As the author’s colony grows, the questions that have, at first compelled her interest to fade away, and the inbetweenness, the unsettledness of honeybees call for a different kind of questioning, of consideration.
      A subtle yet urgent mediation on uncertainty and hope, on solitude and friendship, on feelings of restlessness and on home; on how we might better know ourselves. A book that shows us how to be alert to the large and small creatures that flit between and among us and that urge us to learn from this vital force so necessary to be continuation of life on planet Earth.

      HELEN JUKES was born in London, England, and grew up in the Midlands. She studied at the University of Nottingham and Goldsmiths College. Jukes was among the founding members of the Bee Friendly Trust and tutors at the creative writing program at Oxford University. She lives in Derbyshire, England.

      Author Residence: Wye Valley, England
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      “Jukes shares insights on her decision to become a beekeeper…Throughout her journey, we see the importance of nature and the potentially devastating effects our separation from nature can lead to. Required reading…  compelling.”
      Library Journal

      “Helen Jukes provides a fascinating glimpse into the secret world of these mysterious creatures upon whose relentless labor human life hinges.”
      —Lisa Alther, author of Swan Song
      “As strange, beautiful, and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings as bees in a hive. I loved it.”
      —Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk
      “A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book.”
      —Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
       “Evocative…affecting…Readers will appreciate the candor and inviting openness of Jukes’s voice throughout this winning memoir.”
      Publishers Weekly
      “So beautifully written, it’s become part of my life. Definitely one of my books of the year.”
      —Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
      “A special kind of treasure.”
      —Naomi Booth, author of Sealed
      “A lovely, entirely personal journey into the very heart of the hive.”
      —Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World
      “A book you can’t wait to read. It doesn’t happen often. Enchanting, real, and full of insight,”
      —Mary Colwell
      “Luminously honest and affecting…Everyone should own this book, which moved and delighted me more than a book about insects had any right to…Jukes is a gloriously gifted writer and her book ought to become a key text of this bright moment in our history of nature writing.”
      —Alex Preston, The Observer
      “From its delicious title onwards, this debut about beekeeping is pure delight.”
      The Bookseller (editor’s pick)

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    Walking One Step At a Time Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook
    9780525564492 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation On Sale Date:April 17, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 5.5 x 7.1 x 0.62 in | 0.58 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:24 Vintage
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      A lyrical account of an activity that is essential for our sanity, equilibrium, and well-being, from the author of Silence.

      Placing one foot in front of the other, embarking on the journey of discovery, and experiencing the joy of exploration—these activities are intrinsic to our nature. Our ancestors travelled long distances on foot, gaining new experiences and learning from them. But as universal as walking is, each of us will experience it differently. For Erling Kagge, walking is the gateway to the questions that fascinate him—Why do we walk? Where do we walk from? What is our destination?—and in this book he invites us to investigate them along with him. Language reflects the idea that life is one single walk; the word “journey” comes from the distance we travel in the course of a day. Walking for Kagge is a natural accompaniment to science: the occasion for the unspoken dialogue of thinking. Walking is also the antidote to the speed at which we conduct our lives, to our insistence on rushing, on doing everything in a precipitous manner—walking is among the most radical things we can do.
      Explorer, art collector, publisher, and author, Erling Kagge is the first person to have completed the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest. He has written six books on exploration, philosophy, and art collecting, and runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company based in Oslo, where he lives.

      Author Residence: Oslo, Norway
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      “Simple, profound…compelling…it packs a surprisingly motivational punch…Kagge’s insights are sharp enough to slowly chip away at your skepticism, like a pickaxe working a block of ice.”—GQ

      “Beautiful, flowing prose, as wise and soothing as the voice it suggests…part rumination, part walking coach and companion…”—New York Journal of Books
      “If ever there were an expert on the topic, behold, here he is…Kagge’s wisdom offers salve and salvation”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

      "Ambitious…Mr. Kagge’s lean, likeable style holds [Walking] together and makes for an enjoyable whirl of a read.”The Wall Street Journal

      “Invigorating…”—The Scotsman

      “[Kagge] challenges readers to take steps toward a better understanding of one’s self and finding a peaceful place in the scheme of life. Recommended for all libraries, especially collections on the environment. The poetic and inspirational words will remind readers of Henry David Thoreau’s work by the same name.”—Library Journal [starred]

      “Candid…lyrical and sometimes philosophical…His awe and wonder are contagious…a perfect companion for those who seek mindfulness and meditation in their everyday lives.”—Booklist

      “An homage to walking…Throughout this brief but eloquent meditation, the author makes a convincing case for the importance of walking. For him, walking is not simply taking a series of steps; it is something thrilling and amazing…  A thoughtful book-length essay on a taken-for-granted human activity…Fascinating.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “It is much more subtle than a typical self-help tome…he uses his acquaintance with extreme environments to reflect on the mental and physical benefits of walking.”—The Economist
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    The Body in the Castle Well A Mystery of the French Countryside Martin Walker
    9780525435723 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:April 16, 2020
    $22.00 CAD 5.1 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.55 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Vintage
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      Bruno, Chief of Police is back with a new mystery: a corpse at the bottom of a well that will lead him from the Renaissance to the French Resistance—and beyond.

      When a young American turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno’s jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident. But her doctor persuades the Chief of Police that things may not be so simple. So begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying—and a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman, someone whose own life story becomes entangled in the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served—along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.

      Publication History: Knopf HC, June 2019
      MARTIN WALKER is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Bruno, Chief of Police; The Dark Vineyard; Black Diamond; The Crowded Grave; The Devil’s Cave; The Resistance Man; The Children Return; The Patriarch; Fatal Pursuit; The Templars’ Last Secret; and A Taste for Vengeance, all international bestsellers. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

      Author Residence: Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne, FRANCE
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      “Charming.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “Walker’s Bruno novels are good mysteries, but they’re also travelogues and culinary experiences, history lessons and nature guides.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

      “[Walker] always delivers a live-wire plot, well-realized characters (he’s especially adept at character revealing scenes), and an incredibly varied setting…. Another winner in an always-strong series.” —Booklist (starred review)

      “Whether he’s preparing a gourmet dinner, enjoying a glass of wine, or solving a murder, it’s a pleasure to be in Bruno’s company.” —Publishers Weekly
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    9780525565376 Paperback FICTION / Legal On Sale Date:May 19, 2020
    $21.00 CAD 5.17 x 7.99 x 0.57 in | 0.44 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:24 Vintage
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      From the author of Heroic Measures, Act of God, and (with Amy Hempel), The Hand That Feeds You—a spare, masterful novel.

      In the course of a sensational murder trial in which a rich, white teenage girl—a twin—is accused of murdering her toddler brother, two jurors begin an affair. Juror C-2, a married fifty-two-year-old photographer, and Juror F-17, a forty-one-year-old anatomy professor, are sequestered along with the rest of the jury at the Econo Lodge. As the shocking and numbing details of the crime are revealed during a string of days and courtroom hours, and the nights play out in a series of court-financed meals at Outback Steak House, Red Lobster, and Domino’s Pizza, C-2 and F-17 grow closer together, keeping their oath, as jurors, never to discuss the trial. During deliberations, the lovers learn they are on opposing sides of the case. Suddenly they look at each other through an altogether different lens as things become more complicated.

      After the verdict, C-2 returns home to her much older husband, but the case ignites once again and C-2’s “one last dalliance before she is too old” takes on profoundly personal and moral consequences, as The Body in Question moves to its affecting, powerful, and surprising conclusion.
      Jill Ciment was born in Montreal, Canada. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Ciment is a professor at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York.

      Author Residence: Gainesville, FL and Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Montreal, Canada
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      “A fantastic rendering of female desire…Few writers can tackle the bedroom—or female libido…but Ciment is a master: in exquisitely spare prose, she nails it.” 
      —Penelope Green, The New York Times

      “[The] deft orchestration of absurdity and existential dread distinguishes Ciment’s style. That’s why the situation of Ciment’s latest novel, The Body in Question, is so perfectly suited to her powers as a novelist…incisive…a profound story about mortality and the mysteries of human behavior…smart and disturbing.” 
      Maureen Corrigan, NPR

      “Engaging, empathetic…This honest, mature look at life and love adds to a growing body of evidence leading to a decisive verdict: Ciment is an author well worth reading.” 
      Kirkus (starred review)

      “Stark and absorbing…scathingly funny…a smart, compact, refreshingly unsentimental exploration of the persistence of desire amid the fact of death.” 
      — The Wall Street Journal

      “Excellent…short and brisk, propelled by the suspense of multiple questions…deft and gripping.”
      —Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times
      “Stunningly concise…. Pulled me in right off the first page. It’s a bravura performance, Ciment exercising almost flamboyant control of her material.”
      Emily Donaldson, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
      “Ciment…a virtuoso of the situational novel, has created a hypnotizing, forked tale of trust and guilt, masks and doubling, lies and desire, life and death.”
      “Intriguing, swift-moving…. This novel will hook readers with its powerful, magnetic narrative.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “This book’s lean style and cool tone shape an unsentimental story with unexpected depths…. Ciment gives her story a series of wicked twists, some thrilling, some heart-wrenching.”
      —The Tampa Bay Times

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