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    The Body A Guide for Occupants Bill Bryson
    9780385685764 Paperback SCIENCE / Life Sciences On Sale Date:January 26, 2021
    $25.00 CAD 5.16 x 7.95 x 0.96 in | 1 lb | 464 pages Carton Quantity:24 Anchor Canada
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      National and International Bestseller

      New York Times Bestseller

      A New York Times Editors’ Choice

      Longlisted for the PEN E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

      A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

      A Maclean’s Best Book

      A USA Today Best Book

      An Indigo Best Book

      Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner’s manual for everybody.

      Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body—how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you, in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “we pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.
      BILL BRYSON’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home and One Summer. He lives in England with his wife.

      Author Residence: Hampshire, England

      Author Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
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      National Bestseller
      New York Times Bestseller
      International Bestseller
      Shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society Science Book Prize
      Longlisted for the PEN E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
      A New York Times Editors’ Choice
      A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction in 2019
      A Maclean’s Best Book of 2019
      A USA Today Best Book of 2019
      An Indigo Best Book of 2019

      Glorious…. Having described the physical nature of our world and beyond, from the atomic to the intergalactic, in The Body [Bryson] now turns inward to explain—in his lucid, amusing style—what we’re made of…. You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design.” —The Washington Post 

      “Delightful…Informative, entertaining…. [Bryson] gives off a Cronkite-like trustworthy vibe [and] is good at allaying fears and busting myths.” —The New York Times Book Review 

      “Fascinating.” —NPR

      Few things in literary life match the anticipation of a new book by Bill Bryson. [His] newest book focuses our attention on our bodies, with his usual blend of meticulous research, startling anecdote, wry wisdom, humour and delightful turn of phrase…. The Body is a worthy addition to his excellent oeuvre…. [It] melds education with entertainment in a thoroughly engaging account, easily readable and accessible to the lay reader…. Bryson lives up to the very lofty expectations raised by the, uh, body of his work.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      With a combination of geniality and wit unmatched since P.G. Wodehouse, not to mention an ability to synthesize vast amounts of data, Bryson has crafted a career’s worth of bestsellers…. He is at his best in The Body, a wonderstruck account of what living marvels humans are…. The subject offers ample scope for Bryson’s eye for the absurd but telling detail and, especially, medical irony. Bryson’s look at what makes us, grows us and, ultimately, disposes of us is endlessly engaging, right up to the final chapter.” —Maclean’s 

      “Like an adventurer trekking the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end (as this bestselling author did for A Walk in the Woods), Bryson launches himself into the wilderness of the human anatomy armed with his characteristic thoroughness and wit. He ably dissects the knowns and unknowns of how we live and die and all the idiosyncrasies of our shared infrastructure…. This book is full of such arresting factoids and, like a douser hunting water, Bryson is adept at finding the bizarre and the arcane in his subject matter…. Amazing.” —USA Today 

      “Bill Bryson’s The Body is a directory of…wonders, a tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science…. The prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes…. Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid…[The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life.” —The Guardian

      “Bill Bryson isn’t a medic, biologist or psychiatrist, but that’s what makes his exploration of the human body, all seven billion billion billion atoms of it (the book is rich in jaw-dropping stats), so readable and useful. As with his earlier A Short History of Nearly Everything, which offers a non-specialist introduction to science, he asks all the questions a layperson doesn’t dare to ask for fear of exposing humiliating ignorance, then answers them in witty, jargon-free prose that glides you through 400 pages…. It’s fun to read because it’s not just comprehensive, but quirky…. Bryson thrives.” —The Times (UK) 

      “Many authors have produced such guides in recent years, and some of them are very good. But none have done it quite so well as Mr. Bryson, who writes better, is more amusing and has greater mastery of his material than anyone else…. [He] is a master explainer, with a gift for the pithy simile and all-encompassing metaphor…. Brisk, provocative and entertaining throughout.” —The Wall Street Journal 

      “[Bryson] describes the often bewildering mystery of diseases, the science of pain, and the advances made in medical treatment, all with care and concern. Bryson’s tone is both informative and inviting, encouraging the reader, throughout this exemplary work, to share the sense of wonder he expresses at how the body is constituted and what it is capable of.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review 

      A delightful tour guide…. Bryson’s stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible and entertaining.” —Booklist, starred review 

      “Bryson is a champion explainer.” —Toronto Star

      Witty, informative…. The Body—a delightful, anecdote-propelled read—proves one of [Bryon’s] most ambitious [books] yet, as he leads us on a head-to-toe tour of a physique that’s terra incognita to many of us.” —The Boston Globe

      The king of laugh-out-loud-funny nonfiction takes us on a Magic School Bus-like tour of the human body in his latest exploration. Bryson answers everything we ever wanted to know about what happens inside us—and some things we didn’t.” —Newsweek

      “The lovably genial Bill Bryson…relays his findings with a smooth and raconteurish authority. The result is a comforting compendium of fascinating facts, a little like a grown-up version of some Usborne amazing book of the body. …It is a feat, too, of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book, as Bryson sketches the history of lobotomies, phrenology and heart transplants, or scoots through some simple evolutionary theory.” —The Daily Telegraph (UK)

      “Bill Bryson brings an array of fascinating facts to the page with his easy, readable style…. [He] takes us apart section by section looking at everything from the brain, head and heart to sleep and the endocrine system…. Ultimately, The Body is 464 pages of sometimes breathtaking information held together by a familiarly cozy storytelling style…. It’s the perfect seasonal present for the autodidact in your life or even a curious teenager reading up on their own time.” —Irish Times

      “A congeries of anecdotes, skillfully strung…. As ever, the author collects lovely oddments and presents them as so many glittering marbles…. A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “Bill Bryson is not so much a discoverer of new lands as a charismatic cartographer of existing ones, smartly mapping points of entry into territory that might otherwise remain impenetrable to curious travelers. With light footed prose, The Body winds its way through the dense terrain of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry…. The result is an absorbing catalog of the human body in all its firmness and fatality…. The colossal roster of facts on display is dazzling…. Bryson’s distinctive voice will likely delight readers eager to go sightseeing around the world they embody.” —The American Scholar 

      Every page is dense with scientific facts written as vividly as a thriller.” —The Daily Mail

      “An educational and occasional comic stroll through our viscera and other parts.” —NBC

      “The human body, a miracle of spontaneous self-assembly, is the perfect vehicle for Bryson’s trademark humour and fact-sharing compulsion…. There is grit as well as wit [in The Body].” —Financial Times

      Praise for the books of Bill Bryson

      “Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “[Bryson] has a talent for genial, absorbing explanation. He is enthralled by what he has discovered and delighted to share his researches…. He is a cheery, idiosyncratic guide, eclectic rather than scholarly, a true populariser.” —Financial Times

      “The truly great thing about Bryson is that he really cares and is insanely curious…. Reading his work is like going on holiday with the members of Monty Python.” —Mashable

      “[Bryson] reminds me of one of those wonderful teachers whose passion for his subject transfers itself to the student. You retain a sense of enthusiasm and excitement long after you’ve forgotten the precise details.” —San Francisco Chronicle

      “[Bryson’s] books answer the questions that have always, or maybe never, been rustling at the back of your brain.” —The Washington Post
      “Reading Bill Bryson is…a blast, a constant jaw-dropping trip into the odd corners of almost everything.” —The Dallas Morning News
      “Bryson could more or less pen a 300-pager about a trip to the supermarket and it would zing with brilliance…. He is simply magnificent company for every step of the way.” —Irish Independent
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    Weather Jenny Offill
    9780345806901 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:January 19, 2021
    $22.00 CAD 5.13 x 7.98 x 0.61 in | 0.49 lb | 224 pages Carton Quantity:24 Vintage
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      From the beloved author of the nationwide bestseller Dept. of Speculation—one of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year—a hilarious and shimmering “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis.

      Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with her husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. Sylvia has become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of Western civilization.

      As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you’ve seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience—but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she’s learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks. And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in—funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.

      Publication History: Knopf hardcover, February 2020
      JENNY OFFILL is the author of the novels Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award) and Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen-Faulkner Award, and the International Dublin Literary Award. She lives in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University and in the low-residency program at Queens University.

      Author Residence: Red Hook, NY
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      “Genius…. Remarkable and resonant…. The right novel for the end of the world.”
      Los Angeles Times

      “Tiny in size but immense in scope, radically disorienting yet reassuringly humane, strikingly eccentric and completely irresistible…. Luminous.”
       —The Boston Globe

      “Brilliant…. Offill’s writing is often brisk and comic, and her book’s format underlines her gifts…. Weather is her most soulful book…. Offill’s humor is saving humor; it’s as if she’s splashing vinegar to deglaze a pan.”
      The New York Times Book Review

      “Darkly funny and urgent…. Offill is a master of the glancing blow.”

      “Jenny Offill is the master of novels told in sly, burnished fragments…. In Offill’s hands, the form becomes something new…a method of distilling experience into its brightest, most blazing forms — atoms of intense feeling…. These fragments feel like: teeming worlds suspended in white space, entire novels condensed into paragraphs…. What she is doing is coming as close as anyone ever has to writing the very nature of being itself.”
      —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
      Weather holds its own with the strongest examples of the new non-speculative climate fiction. It has the feel of a classic, the kind of book that future humans will read in order to figure out what people were thinking in the early decades of the twenty-first century.”
      Los Angeles Review of Books

      “Glorious, dizzying, disconcerting and often laugh-out-loud hysterical.”
      USA Today

      “Time flies by in this wry story of a family—librarian Lizzie, her classics buff husband, their son, and her brother, a recovering addict. Apocalypse (climate and otherwise) looms over the narrative, and yet it is funny and hopeful too.”
      Vanity Fair

      “[Weather] solidifies the author’s place among the vanguard of writers who are reinvigorating literature.”
      O, The Oprah Magazine

      “Compact and wholly contemporary, Jenny Offill’s third novel sees a librarian find deep meaning and deep despair in her side gig as an armchair therapist for those in existential crisis…. A canny, comic story about the power of human need.”

      “An eerily realistic reflection on what it feels like to exist in a bubble of nonstop information.”
      “A beach read for those who like to worry about the beaches…. This is a pre-apocalyptic novel, and its subject is dread, not disaster.”
      The Nation
      “Like a sort of literary shadow box, the novel collects images and instances from the past few years, with the 2016 election as a clarifying point in this picture of a fraught and fragmenting world…. One of the wonders of Offill’s writing is that her light touch lets us glimpse the very real dread lurking underneath.”
      Minneapolis Star Tribune

      “Offill has achieved the near impossible. She has made grappling with the climate crisis not only important and challenging — but also, a tough assignment, entertaining.”
      The Toronto Star

      “Another perfectly wonderful trip inside the mind of Jenny Offill…. [Her] fiction is such a pleasure to read…. The funniness of many of her sentences indicates how precisely she calibrates them.”
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    9780593318485 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date:January 26, 2021
    $30.00 CAD 4.81 x 7.5 x 0.9 in | 0.59 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf
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      *A New York Times Best Seller*
      From one of our most iconic and influential writers: a timeless collection of mostly early pieces that reveal what would become Joan Didion’s subjects, including the press, politics, California robber barons, women, and her own self-doubt.
      A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Vogue, TIMEBustle, The New York Times and many more. 

      These twelve pieces from 1968 to 2000, never before gathered together, offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary figure. They showcase Joan Didion’s incisive reporting, her empathetic gaze, and her role as “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (The New York Times Book Review).

      Here, Didion touches on topics ranging from newspapers (“the problem is not so much whether one trusts the news as to whether one finds it”), to the fantasy of San Simeon, to not getting into Stanford. In “Why I Write,” Didion ponders the act of writing: “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.” From her admiration for Hemingway’s sentences to her acknowledgment that Martha Stewart’s story is one “that has historically encouraged women in this country, even as it has threatened men,” these essays are acutely and brilliantly observed. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.
      JOAN DIDION is the author of five novels, ten books of nonfiction, and a play. Her book, The Year of Magical Thinking, won the National Book Award in 2005. She lives in New York.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: Sacramento, California
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      “Didion’s remarkable, five decades-long career as a journalist, essayist, novelist, and screen writer has earned her a prominent place in the American literary canon, and the twelve early pieces collected here underscore her singularity. Her musings—whether contemplating “pretty” Nancy Reagan living out her “middle-class American woman’s daydream circa 1948” or the power of Ernest Hemingway’s pen—are all unmistakably Didionesque. There will never be another quite like her.” —O Magazine

      “[These] essays are at once funny and touching, roving and no-nonsense. They are about humiliation and about notions of rightness. About mythmaking, fiction writing, her “failed” intellectualism and the syntactic insides of Hemingway’s craft…. From the outset Didion’s nonfiction has shown no obligation to the whopping epiphanic. Realizations occur, but she relates them without splendor, as if she’s extracting a tincture…. Reading newly arranged Didion […] feels like reaching that dip in a swimming pool where the shallow end suddenly becomes the deep end. The bottom drops out, and you are forced to kick a little, to tread. This is why we return to her work again and again. But Didion cares less for timelessness than for the evanescence of language, mistrusting pink icing or anything else that might launder truth. Undergirding the entire collection is a regard for ephemerality. Of glory, and of the era when fashion photographers called their spaces “the studio.” Of fairy tales and failed attempts at quietude, of a child’s memory soup of imagination…. Didion’s pen is like a periscope onto the creative mind — and, as this collection demonstrates, it always has been. These essays offer a direct line to what’s in the offing.”—Durga Chew-Bose, The New York Times Book Review
      “The book traces her journey and development as a writer of magisterial (a word she would never use) command and finely measured style. She brought new eyes to the American scene, whether charting the disconnect between traditional and hippie media or with piercing observations of boldfaced names including Ernest Hemingway, Nancy Reagan and Martha Stewart. She intuited the fragmentation that would breed an internet world, and she sensed danger in the shallow myth-making of celebrity journalism…. The incomparable journalism and self-reflection that accompanied every stage of her success would build her legacy…. The new book captures the essence of Didion in countless lapidary sentences, especially in the 1998 essay “Last Words,” which deconstructs the lean, “deceptively simple” opening paragraph of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms…. She would come to match that economy with unwavering vision, setting a standard for those who have inhaled Didion not just as a writer’s writer, but also as a soul – still-centered, self-haunted – of modern experience.” —Matt Damsker, USA Today (★★★★ out of four)

      “There’s plenty of journalistic gold in Let Me Tell You What I Mean…. What’s particularly salient is her trademark farsightedness, which is especially striking decades later…. The relevance of her observations in today’s fractured world of fringe media is uncannily prescient.”—Heller McAlpin, NPR
      “[This collection] brings together previously uncollected pieces in a prismatic retrospective; the critic Hilton Als charts the arc of her career in a rich foreword…. As usual, Didion exceeds our expectations…. [The essays] follow the chronology of Didion’s publication in journals and magazines, but it shifts back and forth in time as she contemplates the thread of her own life against the tapestry of postwar America…. She jars us beyond the comfort zones of platitudes and groupthink…. Didion the literary critic is a marvel: Her dissection of Hemingway’s opening sentence in A Farewell to Arms is a masterpiece in its own right…. The Didion of Let Me Tell You What I Mean is […] a revelation, as the woman behind the curtain steps forward, more intimate somehow, with flashes of feminist feeling.”—Hamilton Cain, O Magazine
      “Didion’s decades-long attempt to chronicle the images around her is now indelible, both for shifting the literary canon’s idea of what personal reportage could be, and for the snapshots of a particular American experience captured in her prose. With her newest collection of earlier published essays, Let Me Tell You What I Mean, Didion’s ever-expanding influence is worth reconsidering…. It’s surprisingly easy to find oneself in Didion’s sway, even unintentionally. Her range is varied but returns again and again to certain tropes and topics: laconic aloofness, the female heroine as distanced observer, the futility of meaning, the myth of narrative cohesion, grief, Los Angeles, New York, foreign reporting, political conventions, the wounded woman, the post-wounded woman. For contemporary authors, touching on any of these puts one in conversation with Didion [but]…. those making the Didion comparisons often misunderstand her—her style is not as easily copied as some might think. Her apparent passivity has a specific intention that goes beyond listlessness.”—Antonia Hitchens, The Wall Street Journal
      Let Me Tell You What I Mean works like a skeleton key to unlock Didion’s continued significance in American culture. What has made her so lasting and important to so many? Why are we still talking about her and reading her and teaching her writing in classrooms? The book unpacks this legacy subtly, in a way as twofold as its title: Because she means things, and because she means something….  She is the writer who can practically disembowel a politician or pundit’s bad reasoning, take apart a brainless movie or book, or reduce a pompous public figure to a hollow shell, and that’s why writers love her or fear her. Words are her scalpels.”—Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
      “Joan Didion’s prose remains peerless…. Reading [her new collection], you’re once again reminded that the observations and subjects might not be unique, but that the angles from which Didion looked at everything are totally different from anyone else’s.”—Bret Easton Ellis, The Los Angeles Magazine
      “How does Joan Didion do it? Her words are still weapons, but the diamond-encrusted kind, as beautiful as they are deadly, and, more important, they are entirely at her command. Let Me Tell You What I Mean, a collection of essays spanning essentially the last third of the twentieth century, is a tiny jewel box of a book, and you could read it for the prose alone—no one places a so like Joan Didion—but the real magic is that she pulls it off: she tells you what she means, and every injury is on purpose. There is a generosity to that, I think, and it feels like a gift just to understand what someone else meant even if one cannot hope to return the favor.”  —Hasan Altaf, The Paris Review Daily

      “In this new collection, the famed essayist demonstrates her longstanding mastery of the form…. In six decades of reporting with meticulous, nuanced notice, Didion has montaged in words myriad mortals, monuments, and movements. For this book, she moved her scrutinizing eye over Nancy Reagan, Tony Richardson, and Martha Stewart, William Randolph Hearst, Ernest Hemingway, and Gamblers Anonymous, to generate a fair-minded assessment…. Joan Didion merits a luminous legacy in American letters on par with Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Carson McCullers, and Eudora Welty.” —The Washington Independent Review of Books
      “Over the past half-century, few authors have been as consistently impressive as Joan Didion, whose new book…amply demonstrates the author’s deceptively straightforward prose, simultaneously spare, elegant, and incisive…. Both a practical entry point for neophytes and a celebration for longtime fans, Let Me Tell You What I Mean is yet another winner from an essential writer.”—Kirkus Reviews (“Why Joan Didion Is Still Essential”)
      “With the release of 12 never-before-collected essays in Let Me Tell You What I Mean, Joan Didion reminds readers that she’s been right about everything all along…. It’s that storied ability to seek out the ruthless truth in her disparate subjects that has become her signature…. In nearly every paragraph […] are hallmarks of what Als calls “the Didion gaze” — the callbacks and repetitions, the clean snap of a telling detail, the almost pathological aversion to sentiment and cliché…[Didion is] a visionary who for more than half a century has shown us how to look through a glass darkly, and see anew.”—Entertainment Weekly (“The Center Will Still Hold: On the enduring legacy of Joan Didion”)
      “[Didion’s essay] “Why I Write” constitutes a deeper drive than the parsing and ordering of observations; Didion’s why subsumes an existential inquiry into the compulsion to write anything at all, questioning the source of inspiration and asking who, or what, is ultimately in control. In the essay, Didion describes a particular “shimmer” that would form around images in her mind, creating a frame of sorts that pulled her in, impelled her to set down words as a means of telling the scene into being…. Reading Let Me Tell You What I Mean with an eye toward the shimmer, I believe it is possible to identify which pictures, crystalline and resonant, drew Didion closer and compelled her to string words together until the molecules manifested a new truth.”—Steffie Nelson, The Los Angeles Times
      “These remarkable essays from the writer’s early years highlight her search for truth and attention to detail…. Except for Joan Didion, the New Journalists of the 1960s were a self-dramatising gang, determined to upstage the stories they reported…Didion’s own tactics, sampled here in a smattering of uncollected articles, are more covert, perhaps even passive-aggressive…. Mapplethorpe, [Didion] believes, imposed order on chaos, symmetry on obscenity. Didion achieves something similar: her fragile, flinching persona is a secret weapon, as valiant in its way as the swagger of Mailer and co…. The slighter these pieces are, the more remarkable they seem: they’re so deft and enigmatic, often – as Didion says when brilliantly analysing Hemingway’s style – as a result of “deliberate omission, the tension of withheld information.”…True, writers are conjurers, performing feats of legerdemain with words; but there is hard work in what they do, and the proud outcome is something made, the product of craft. A sentence by Didion, whether it sticks to 39 characters or articulates possibilities in multiple dependent clauses, is always a marvel of magical thinking.”—Peter Conrad, The Guardian
      “The clarity of Didion’s vision and the precision with which she sets it down do indeed feel uncanny. Her writing has often revealed what was previously hidden, parsed what was unconscious, be it the miasmic unease of the late 1960s or the subterranean structures of national politics. Reading her now, she does seem prophetic…. Perhaps those iconic sunglasses were really X-ray specs…. Admirers have much to celebrate…. There are wicked reminders, for instance, of her acid humor…. Her distinctive rhythms, her ability to distill the essence of a thing: these are refined pleasures indeed…. Her bewitching blend of humility and disdain and her unsentimental yet compassionate eye are welcome tonics for frenzied times.”—Charles Arrowsmith, The Washington Post
      “The voice was there almost from the beginning. Cool, controlled, obsidian-sharp, its core of self-assurance wrapped in gauzy diffidence, engaged even (or especially) by what repels it, this voice greets you from the first acerbic sentence of the first piece, circa 1968…At all times, encoding the Didion perspective, there has been her famously elegant, yet somehow cockeyed, prose—the world seen through cracked crystal.”—Brian Patrick Eha, City Journal
      “It has become easy to forget why the U.S. was once international dream fodder—Las Vegas’s artificial grandeur, New York’s skyscrapers, Los Angeles’s movie stars. But national treasures like Joan Didion, whose essays and books about American counterculture made her a literary household name since the ‘60s, serve as a reminder. Let Me Tell You What I Mean [continues] her plight of poetically skewering and questioning her country while simultaneously admiring it…. The stories here span a 1968 exploration of the underground presses to 2000’s “,” and serve as powerful reminders of where we’ve been. At times, they delve into the mythologies and realities of Americana. At other times, she places her finger directly on the human pulse of desire and vulnerability—American or not—interprets it, and explains it to the world, illustrating universal themes with delicate poignancy.” Mathias Rosenzweig, V Magazine
      “The critic Hilton Als, in his superb foreword to Let Me Tell You What I Mean, declares that Didion’s non-fiction reads like fiction…. Didion’s essays can be treated as companions to novels including Run River (1961) and A Book of Common Prayer (1977), or as a series of dazzling linked short stories, with a narrator who waxes and wanes, sometimes violently, in her awareness of the role played by her own perspective in mediating experiences and generating reactions.”—Leo Robson, The New Statesman

      “In our own chaotic era, with the center again failing to hold, [these essays] offer an opportunity…to see afresh the writer who preceded the icon, the one who stood outside the culture, looking in…. The misuse of language is a frequent subject of Didion’s, especially the kind of useless verbiage that comes out of politicians’ mouths…. In “Last Words,” Didion’s stunning appreciation of Hemingway and the best essay in Let Me Tell You What I Mean, she reveals her approach to reporting, writing and, in fact, living.” —Jessica Ferri, The Los Angeles Times
      “Didion is a chronicler of our world, a writer who dissolves shared delusions to present cold reality with style…. [This collection] spotlights moments in Didion’s progression as wordsmith and reporter alongside moments in culture.”—TIME
      “Didion presents a dozen eclectic essays…. They are quintessential Didion…. Didion’s stories are personal, brilliant, and fascinating with her usual honesty.”—The Florida Times Union (“Essay collection presents Joan Didion at her best”)

      “[A] dozen arresting, mind-tuning, previously uncollected essays in this exhilarating and instructive gathering spanning several decades …[Writing is] a voyage of discovery for Didion, conducted via meticulous observation and assiduous questioning of what she thinks and how her investigations make her feel. We see this at work in her responses to a reunion of the WWII 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War and a photo shoot with Nancy Reagan, and in profiles of Robert Mapplethorpe and Martha Stewart. Didion is both porous and steely, self-deprecating and in command. With a perceptive foreword by Hilton Als, who discerns the “uncanny” in Didion’s exacting work, this an illuminating and inspiring addition to the influential Didion canon.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist

      “Unquestionably, Joan Didion has been the voice of a generation…But she has also been the voice of those who’ve followed—you can hear her concision; her taste in the spare, shimmery detail; her lean, muscular sentences; and her dogged questioning of perceived truths…Didion is the model and exemplar, but she’s also just the best writer there is at melding the personal and the political, and bundling all the lit match-sticks of modern life into journalistic form.”  —Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine (“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Great Joan Didion”)

      “What you notice in Didion’s nonfiction is how her clarity becomes even sharper when disquiet rattles the cage of the quotidian…What Didion sought was naturalness of expression as controlled by a true understanding of one’s craft, the better to describe the ineffable, the uncanny in the everyday.” —Hilton Als, from the foreword of Let Me Tell You What I Mean 

      “A slender, highly satisfying collection… In an appreciative introduction, New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als praises Didion as “a carver of words in the granite of the specific.” Stylistic precision and the “energy and shimmer” of her prose are fully evident in this volume of previously uncollected pieces… All reveal the author’s shrewd, acerbic critical eye… Didion’s rejection from Stanford elicited an essay about college as consumption, and her skewering of consumption and artifice recur as themes—for example, in her observation of the ways women stage themselves for portrait photographs. Several particularly revealing essays focus on writing.” Kirkus  
      “This wide-ranging essay collection from Didion showcases her strengths as a short form writer…The pieces trace Didion’s development as an essayist and offer glimpses of late-20th-century social history… As always, the writing is captivating… Didion fans new and old will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly 

      “This slim volume of uncollected nonfiction is full of small pleasures: Didion’s trademark anti-sentimentality, for one; her rhythmic prose; her ruthlessness (see her assessments of gambling addicts, hippies, Nancy Reagan); her wit. In the charming “Telling Stories” we also get self-effacement: a piece about why she never made the grade as a young short story writer…complete with rejection notices compiled by her agent.” —Taylor Antrim, Vogue

      “[These essays] provide a new view into the essayist’s mind at work. Didion ruminates on her most familiar subjects—politics, California and writing itself—in a voice that is refreshing, critical and ahead of its time.” —TIME  
      “Back in 1968, Joan Didion identified a problem with the mainstream media…. Didion’s critique seems more prescient than ever…. [This collection] is sure to be of interest to Didion completists and fans of such cultural touchstones as Slouching Toward Bethlehemand The Year of Magical Thinking. . . [These essays] make it clear why she has been an essential voice in American arts and letters for more than half a century.” —Ann Levin, Associated Press
      “Fruitful…. [Let Me Tell You What I Mean] offers some familiar pleasures. The earliest columns, from the late sixties, remain crisp and engaging on the page.” —Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

      “These 12 pieces make an excellent introduction to Didion’s gimlet eye on American life. With a foreword by critic Hilton Als, Let Me Tell You What I Mean includes the essay “Why I Write,” profiles of such disparate figures as Robert Mapplethorpe and Nancy Reagan, and a consideration of Hearst Castle.” —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post 
      “Didion’s remarkable, five decades-long career as a journalist, essayist, novelist, and screen writer has earned her a prominent place in the American literary canon, and the twelve early pieces collected here underscore her singularity. Her musings—whether contemplating “pretty” Nancy Reagan living out her “middle-class American woman’s daydream circa 1948” or the power of Ernest Hemingway’s pen—are all unmistakably Didionesque. There will never be another quite like her.” —O Magazine

      “One of the most legendary figures in all of literature and journalism, Joan Didion’s new collection deserves attention, in part, because it is from Joan Didion. But there’s reason for additional excitement: These essays are gathered from the very beginning of her long career, which started back in the 1960s. Covering many seemingly disparate topics—WWII, Martha Stewart, the function of the press—this collection promises to reveal a side of Didion that’s both familiar and strikingly fresh.” —Elle 
      “In her new collection of essays, acclaimed author and National Book Award-winner Joan Didion explores the little corners of life as a young writer. Taken mostly from her early work, these pieces, which have never been collected before, are the delightful little nuggets of illumination Didion’s fans have come to expect from the beloved writer.” —Bustle 
      “Prepare yourselves for 12 previously uncollected essays by Joan Didion. Drawn mostly from the earlier years of her more than five-decades-long career, these essays include interludes at a Gamblers Anonymous meeting and a reunion of World War II veterans in Las Vegas, as well as thoughts about meetings with the likes of Nancy Reagan, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Martha Stewart.” —Fortune 
      “You don’t need to tell us to read Joan Didion twice…[This collection] is just what you need to start the year off right.” —HelloGiggles 

      “Never miss an opportunity to read this author of novels and nonfiction, who has the eye of a detective, the heart of a romantic and the soul of a skeptical truth-teller.” —The Detroit Free Press
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    That Old Country Music Stories Kevin Barry
    9780345810694 Hardcover FICTION / Short Stories On Sale Date:January 12, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 5.3 x 7.78 x 0.91 in | 0.66 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf Canada
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      From the author of the wildly acclaimed Night Boat to Tangier, a New York Times “Top 10” book of 2019, here are stories of contemporary Ireland: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today.

      With his three novels and two short story collections, Kevin Barry has steadily established his stature as one of the finest writers not just in Ireland but in the English language. His prodigious gifts with language, character, and setting in these eleven exquisite stories transport the reader to an Ireland both timeless and recognizably modern. Shot through with dark humour and the uncanny primal power of the Irish landscape, the stories in That Old Country Music represent some of the finest fiction being written today.

      Story Locale: Ireland
      KEVIN BARRY is the author of the novels Night Boat to Tangier, Beatlebone, and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary

      Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His previous novel Night Boat to Tangier was nominated for the Booker Prize. His stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

      Author Residence: County Sligo, Ireland

      Author Hometown: Limerick, Ireland
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      “Barry has the right stuff for short stories. He brings characters to life quickly and then blesses them with his uncanny ear for dialogue and prose rhythms, his compassion and wry wit…. Exceptional writing and a thoroughly entertaining collection.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “The multi-award-winning Barry (Night Boat to Tangier) dazzles with his word wizardry and the effortless grace of his perfect sentences.” —Library Journal

      “[Barry’s] recent collection of stories is beautiful, and filled with lines that made me shout with laughter.” —Tracey Thorn, The Guardian

      “The master short story teller turns messy emotions into riveting tales of wounded Irish folk…One of the best collections you’ll read this year.” ―Sunday Times

      “Wild, witty stories…The west of Ireland teems with canny characters and vivid language…Darkly glimmering…Their language is exhilarating, its verve evoking the very best of Barry’s compatriots while further carving out a territory that’s all his own.” ―Observer

      “Barry often writes with sonorous wisdom…but as readers of his grimly hilarious novels will know, his language is just as precise when it is in the service of comedy…Exhilaratingly funny and poignant fables.” ―Sunday Telegraph

      “These playful, serious and beautifully crafted stories allow Barry to experiment as we need great writers to do.” ―Irish Times

      “An extraordinary writer…In his short stories Barry seems most fully and brilliantly himself…. So rich and so flawlessly crafted―its best stories feel instantly canonical, as if we’ve already been reading them for years…The opening story is letter-perfect from its first line…Funny, moving, built with superior economy, this is the real thing…Barry remains the great romantic of contemporary Irish fiction. Like all of the most interesting artists, he gets better with every risk he takes. The courage may be his. But the rewards are all ours.” ―Irish Independent

      “Full of the damaged characters, menacing rural scenery and darkly comic, slantwise prose that have become his trademark…At each turn, Barry makes his fiction a matter of life and death.” ―New Statesman

      “There’s a fluent charm in Kevin Barry’s writing even when he’s dealing with subjects that are far from charming…Barry’s deceptively laid-back writing has an assured texture. He makes it look easy, but it is unmistakably deft.” ―Sunday Times

      “[Barry’s] recent collection of stories is beautiful, and filled with lines that made me shout with laughter.” —Tracey Thorn, The Guardian

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    9780735281493 Hardcover FICTION / Absurdist On Sale Date:January 05, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 5.6 x 8.5 x 1.1 in | 0.98 lb | 288 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf Canada
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      An exhilarating, clever, funny debut novel from a prize-winning talent, chronicling the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman who decodes his trail of made-up words a century later. Will enthrall readers of CS Richardson, Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

      Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement.

      Peter Winceworth is a lexicographer in Victorian-era London, toiling away at the letter “S” for a multi-volume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. Secretly, he begins to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some artistic freedom.

      In the present day, Mallory is a young intern employed by the same publisher. Her task is to uncover these mountweazels before the dictionary is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Why, she wonders, is the change in the definition of “marriage” so upsetting to the caller? And does the caller really intend for the publisher’s staff to “burn in hell”?

      As these two narratives, characters and times entwine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar’s Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity and joy of language.

      Story Locale: London, UK
      ELEY WILLIAMS is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of Attrib. and her work has appeared in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, Liberating the Canon, The Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. She lives in London, UK.

      Author Residence: London, UK
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      The Liar’s Dictionary is the book I was longing for. So eudaemonical, so felicific and habile! A harlequinade of cachinnation! It’s hilarious and smart and charming and I loved it. Read it. It’s the book you’re longing for.” —Andrew Sean Greer, 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for Less

      “Infused with the essence of Wodehouse and Wilde, The Liar’s Dictionary is by turns madly eccentric, gracefully poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny. Eley Williams confirms her abilities as virtuoso wordsmith, offering an homage to the oddball-ishness of English (both the language and the nationality), as well as cautionary tales regarding, among other topics, the wrestling of pelicans and the ribald nature of certain museum statuary.” —CS Richardson, author of The End of the Alphabet

      “An improbably enchanting, rollicking novel about two generations of put-upon London lexicographers,The Liar’s Dictionary is positively intoxicated with the joy and wonder of language, both authentic and, often hilariously, counterfeit, and I can assure you that it’s quite the contact high. Eley Williams brings erudition and playfulness—and lovely sweetness—to every page.” —Benjamin DreyerNew York Times bestselling author of Dreyer’s English 

      “[W]onderful…. This book takes the most unpromising of heroes—two lexicographers—and then sets them loose in an effervescent romp about language, love and life. If you like puns, crosswords, Scrabble, the Urban Dictionary or simply enjoy witty writing, this sweet, slyly structured, unexpectedly touching book will go down like a hot fudge sundae…. Every page is intoxicated with words…. It is never less than a delight and a wise one at that.” —John Powers, NPR

      “A virtuoso performance full of charm…It’s simultaneously a love story, an office comedy, a sleuth mystery and a slice of gaslit late Victoriana…The Liar’s Dictionary is a glorious novel—a perfectly crafted investigation of our ability to define words and their power to define us.” —The Guardian

      “Perfectly calibrated…For a novel as finely tuned as this, to leave one with a sense of the intoxicating hopefulness of chance is its greatest achievement in a competitive field.” —Los Angeles Review of Books 

      “[A] pitch-perfect lexical romp filled with flawed-but-adorable characters and delightfully inventive words…. [B]e prepared to be dazzled.” —South China Morning Post

      “A remarkable novel…Original and often very funny, The Liar’s Dictionary is an offbeat exploration of both the delights of language and its limitations.” —Sunday Times (UK)

      “Comically inventine…The author combines a Nabokovian love of wordplay with an Ali Smith–like ability to create eccentric characters who will take up permanent residence in the reader’s heart. This is a sheer delight for word lovers.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
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    The Living Kitchen Nourishing Whole-Food Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery Tamara Green Canada, Sarah Grossman Canada
    9780525611479 Paperback COOKING / Health & Healing On Sale Date:January 19, 2021
    $29.95 CAD 7.49 x 10 x 0.67 in | 1.99 lb | 280 pages Carton Quantity:16 Appetite by Random House
    • Marketing Copy

      An essential resource and cookbook for anyone diagnosed with cancer, filled with nearly 100 nourishing recipes designed to support treatment and recovery.

      A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, frightening, and uncertain. Like many others, you may be unsure about what to do next. You’ll want to learn more about what’s ahead and what you should eat to nutritionally support your body at a time when eating and cooking may simply be too challenging. The Living Kitchen will help cancer patients and their caregivers navigate every stage of their cancer therapy, before, during, and after treatment.

      Within the pages of this indispensable guide, certified nutritionists Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green provide easy-to-understand, research-based nutritional information on the science behind how food relates to your health and the effects of cancer. As experts in cancercare cooking, Sarah and Tamara have included nearly 100 healthy, easy-to-prepare, whole-food recipes specially designed to relieve specific symptoms and side effects of cancer and its therapies (including loss of appetite, sore mouth, altered taste buds, nausea, and more) and to strengthen your body once in recovery. With energizing snacks and breakfasts; superfood smoothies, juices, and elixirs; soothing soups and stews; and nutrient-rich, flavorful main dishes, these are recipes that you, your family, and your caregivers will all enjoy.

      At once informative and inspiring, empowering and reassuring, The Living Kitchen will educate cancer patients and their caregivers about the power of food.
      TAMARA GREEN and SARAH GROSSMAN are certified nutritionists and the founders of Living Kitchen, based in Toronto. They offer private chef, consulting, and meal planning services to clientele internationally, bringing nutritional support, education, and food to cancer patients and caregivers, as well as people maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Living Kitchen works with clients suffering from a myriad of health issues, including cancer, digestive disorders, diabetes, and hormonal imbalance.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Canada

      Author Hometown: Toronto, Canada
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      Advance Praise for The Living Kitchen by Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman

      The Living Kitchen is just what cancer patients and their caregivers need. If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer and you want to know what you should eat, look no further. This step-by-step guide will put your fears at ease and provide you with truly delicious, healing foods to eat during every phase of your journey.”
      —Kelly Turner, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

      The Living Kitchen is a well-researched book and a most welcome alternative for cancer patients and caregivers. It’s a useful resource for anyone with cancer or for anyone who will be helping to provide meals for someone with cancer.”
      —Dr. Ellen Warner, MD, medical oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Research Institute and professor of medicine, University of Toronto

      The Living Kitchen is a beautiful and important book. With recipes backed in real science that don’t disregard elegance and flavor in favor of their therapeutic properties, this is must-have for anyone on a cancer journey. It’s mouthwatering but more so, it’s filled with empathy and a real understanding of the various types of hardship cancer brings on. Armed with this book, you’ll feel comforted, satiated, and (perhaps) even filled with pleasure during one of life’s most difficult times.”
      —Liz Moody, Food Director of mindbodygreen and author of Healthier Together

      The Living Kitchen brought me to tears, not because of the tenderness and brilliance that fill each page, and not because of the deliciousness of the recipes—but because I immediately saw how much easier it would have made my mother’s life (and my own, as one of her primary caregivers) during her battle with cancer. Here is a book that gives those healing, and their families, that most sought-after of gifts during an illness: immediate, tangible, and practical support.”
      —Lily Diamond, author of Kale & Caramel

      “There is no question that after undergoing a major cancer surgery and reconstruction, patients who are systematically well nourished heal faster and suffer fewer wound complications than those deficient. In today’s era of empowering patients to make cancer-related treatment decisions for themselves, The Living Kitchen serves as an important guide. The topics of ‘what can I eat after a cancer diagnosis?’ and ‘what foods may help me during wound healing after surgery?’ commonly arise with my patients. Having read this informative book, I feel far better educated and equipped to engage my patients in these types of important dialogues about food as medicine for our bodies.”
      —Dr. Toni Zhong, MD, Belinda Stronach Chair of UHN Breast Reconstruction Surgery and director of the UHN Breast Reconstruction Program

      The Living Kitchen is brilliant, beautiful, and so incredibly needed. With so many questions that come with a cancer diagnosis, one mighty area that can empower those suffering and their caregivers is to know that the foods we prepare and enjoy are part of the solution—part of healing and recovery, as well as prevention. From how to eat to prepare for treatment to what to eat after, with meal plans and accompanying recipes, this book isn’t just for patients; it will nourish the whole family. This book is an essential resource for every kitchen, whether your home has been touched by cancer or not. I truly can’t recommend it more highly.”
      —Meghan Telpner, bestselling author of The UnDiet Cookbook and founder of The Academy of Culinary Nutrition

      “Finally, a book to answer the question, ‘What should I eat now that I have cancer?’ The information in The Living Kitchen is presented in such a clear, positive, and visually beautiful way that it will be easily digestible no matter where you are in your cancer journey. This way of eating—mindfully, organically, and supporting the body’s own healing mechanisms—is how we should all be eating throughout our lives. Food is indeed the best medicine.”
      —Dr. Jennifer Lang, MD, OB/GYN and gynecologist oncologist

      The Living Kitchen is a beautiful reminder that no one should face this diagnosis alone. Tamara and Sarah’s compassion, empathy, and knowledge shines through every page of this book.”—Jessica Murnane, author of One Part Plant and host of One Part Podcast

      The Living Kitchen brings together the how and why of eating for self-care and recovery. Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green take us from science to practical, and then to delicious, on a journey that teaches us the importance of food for physical and mental health.”
      —Laura LaChance MD, psychiatrist and nutritional psychiatry researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

      The Living Kitchen is a beautiful testament to the power of real food during and following a cancer diagnosis. Prioritizing healthy eating during cancer can be exhausting and difficult, but Sarah and Tamara have taken this stress away by curating an exquisite guide of informative yet easily digestible material and accompanying recipes that are simple and deeply nourishing for the body and soul. This book is an authentic, mindful collection of wholesome food and wholesome information that simply strives to empower those that wish to improve their nutrition during cancer. Having personally been through cancer, and seeing patients daily in an adjunctive cancer care setting, I know this book will be a welcome and crucial ally in anyone’s cancer journey.”
      —Dr. Martha Sharpe, ND, naturopathic doctor with a clinical focus on adjunctive cancer care at Marsden Centre for Excellence in Integrative Medicine, and cancer survivor

      “The mouthwatering pictures of recipes in The Living Kitchen will inspire any reader, with or without a diagnosis of cancer, to pursue healthier eating. I will have copies of this book available in our clinic so that all of our patients, whether chronically ill, obese, or fit, have access to these simple, luscious, and health-promoting recipes.”
      —Rachel Farrell, CEO, Harmony Health Medical Clinic and Family Resource Center

      “This is exactly the attractive, easy-to-follow book I have been looking for…. Moving and empowering, this book is a must-read for anyone trying to incorporate nutrition into the practice of a healthy lifestyle.”
      —Ronald P. Ciccone, MD, integrative family medicine
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    Trio A novel William Boyd
    9780593318232 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date:January 19, 2021
    $36.95 CAD 6.4 x 9.6 x 1.3 in | 1.42 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf
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      From the award-winning, best-selling author comes a rollicking novel with a dark undertow, set around three unforgettable individuals and a doomed movie set.

      A producer. A novelist. An actress. It’s summer 1968—a time of war and assassinations, protests and riots. While the world is reeling, our trio is involved in making a disaster-plagued, Swingin’ Sixties British movie in sunny Brighton. All are leading secret lives. As the movie shoot zigs and zags, these layers of secrets become increasingly more untenable. Pressures build inexorably. The FBI and CIA get involved. Someone is going to crack—or maybe they all will. From one of Britain’s best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel—by turns hilarious and heartbreaking—that asks the vital questions: What makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn’t?

      Story Locale: England 1968
      WILLIAM BOYD was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He is the award-winning author of sixteen highly acclaimed novels and five collections of stories. He divides his time between London and France.

      Author Residence: London; France

      Author Hometown: Ghana
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      Trio is a rollicking escape from today’s soul-crushing social and political turmoil.”
      —Ellen Akins, Washington Post
      “Boyd winks at the idiosyncrasies and vulgarities specific to each character’s métier, and at the precarious process of artistic creation…This novel proceeds at a brisk clip…With tart humor.”
      The New Yorker

      “A ton of fun…Trio, with its wickedly accurate period detail and darkly wayward farce, is Boyd at his most entertaining.”
      Boston Globe
      “A meticulously crafted tale…Boyd’s narrative gifts and film experience blend harmoniously in Trio …These include crisp pacing, cliffhanger chapter endings, colorful characters defined by action, and a narrative dominated by lively scenes…Among the richest of the novel’s many pleasures are [the] minor characters, including some irresistibly vain and grasping thespians…Boyd’s fast-paced blend of comedy and tragedy, written with his usual brio, is richly imagined, thick with physical and emotional detail, and deeply satisfying…The author’s skills are such that, when we finally fade to black, the audience regrets only that the show wasn’t longer.”
      Wall Street Journal
      “It would be hard to think of a living novelist whose books encompass more history, more settings, more professions, more varieties of individual fate, than William Boyd—at least with anything like his assurance…For readers who go to fiction for the pleasures of panoramic sweep, elaborate plotting, and the company of a humane, genial intelligence, he has become one of the preferred masters…More than just a clever authorial performance, the structure underpins a sustained preoccupation with the tension between fate and chance, art and accident, script and improvisation. For every turn of events, the story ingeniously suggests a multitude of other outcomes that might have occurred instead.”
      New York Times Book Review
      “A darkly hilarious novel of style and rapier wit…Fast-paced and expertly written, Trio is a brilliant comedy of manners that dances back and forth between the complicated inner and outer lives of its characters…The result is a story that instantly pulled this reader in and kept her there, delighted by Boyd’s ingenuity, sophistication, and unforgettable characters.”
      Avenue Magazine

      “Boyd is an exquisite stylist, and his tragicomic novel is a sublime escape…Filled with outlandish and amusing characters…  Boyd expertly unfolds his characters’ stories.”
      Publishers Weekly
      “Delicious…In addition to the [titular trio], a slew of other interesting characters fills out the corners of the novel, giving it the feel of one of Robert Altman’s high-spirited ensemble films of this era. Boyd deftly juggles serious and comedic elements.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “The most accomplished novel I have read in a long while…Superbly wry and wise and funny and truthful…Boyd is a highly accomplished writer and Trio is a masterclass in artistic technique…Boyd pays as much detailed attention to minor characters as Flaubert himself…The balance of plot movement and interiority is also perfectly calibrated…Meanwhile everything is laced with an understated but refreshingly sophisticated wit…There are many literary amusements to be found in these pages, too…No wonder Boyd’s reputation is assured.”
      The Guardian

      “An elating read.”
      The Sunday Times 

      Trio is a delight, one of Boyd’s best novels…What a pleasure it is to read a novel by an author who not only knows what he is doing and how to bring it off, but also remembers that people mostly read novels for enjoyment…Boyd is a master-craftsman…It is a juggling act and he doesn’t drop a single ball. Trio is a comic novel but one which is rich enough to admit sadness…Boyd moves from one register to another without striking a false note.”
      The Scotsman
      “Entertaining…Brilliantly drawn…Beautifully captures the chaos and exhilaration of a shambolic film set…Boyd’s funniest book in years.”
      “Boyd’s prose is as fluent as ever, but it’s the ideas pulsing beneath the surface of the story that distinguish TrioTrio is affecting as a subtle exploration of the relationship between individuals and history and as a depiction of characters who are searching for the things that make life worth living.”
      Financial Times
      “Boyd’s sublime gift for characterisation is given full flow in this pacy, utter treat of a novel.”
      “Boyd keeps the plot racing along, yet for all the twists, the real delight is in his wry portrait of a bygone age…Boyd’s usual sure touch is evident throughout this tender, gently comic work.”
      “A lavishly plotted page-turner which oozes ‘60s cool.”
      “Reading William Boyd’s Trio is like shrugging on a favourite worn leather jacket on the first brisk morning of autumn: cosy but cool.”
      The Times
      “What could be more reassuring in troubling times than a new William Boyd? Boyd, one of Britain’s best-loved writers, is known for intelligent and elegant character-driven books. Trio is cast from the same mould—with added larkiness…Trio is immensely readable, its descriptions full of light and colour, its humour spot on, its mood a perfect mix of frolicsome and melancholy.”
      Sunday Telegraph
      “Entertainingly vivid…William Boyd is one of our best contemporary storytellers…Trio embraces comedy, tragedy, and redemption. It succeeds impressively because of its dramatic, often sensational, revelations.”
      The Spectator

      “Boyd has written comic novels, thrillers, thoughtful character studies, and fiction that ponders the 20th century’s great turning points. Now, with Trio, he combines all the above into a feast of storytelling crammed with delicious plots and subplots…Like the old pro he is, Boyd handles it with total aplomb, somehow keeping the pace both brisk and unhurried, as he heads towards a conclusion that binds the various threads together in a wholly satisfying way.”
      Reader’s Digest
      “Boyd evokes the porn, prescription drugs, and private investigators of the age with grace, an ingenious structure, and characters who surprise us almost as much as they surprise themselves.”
      Mail on Sunday
      “The characters are wonderfully written and I loved escaping to the gossipy world of the film set.” 
      Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month)
      “A diverting read that’s by turns raucous, charming, and eccentric.”

      “Boyd has always been a storyteller first and foremost and he gets to work on the characters’ stories with invisible skill and humour laced with poignancy.”
      —New Statesman

      “A novel as charming as it is satisfying, a pleasure to read…The whole thing purrs along with such effortlessness that you are barely aware of the engine working underneath. There is much attention to period detail, a lovely portrait of the ‘60s British film world, and Boyd’s characters live breathe, and bruise vividly…And it confirms, once again, that Boyd, long a consummate storyteller, still has it.” 

      “The gentle, witty story includes genuinely heartbreaking moments and brilliantly captures the spirit of an era when change was in the air.”
      Sunday Mirror
      “Engrossing…An intelligent, entertaining, and layered read.”
      The Arts Desk
      “Absorbing…The story is made up of a series of dramas that can be read as separate if intertwined tales or as components in a satisfying whole. In Trio, in other words, three is never a crowd.”
      The Economist

      “Enormous fun…Boyd’s characters are vibrant, his prose elegant, comedy excellent: the result is a book that’s compassionate and compelling.” 
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    Beginners The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning Tom Vanderbilt
    9781524732165 Hardcover SELF-HELP / Personal Growth On Sale Date:January 05, 2021
    $35.95 CAD 5.8 x 9.4 x 1.2 in | 1.12 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf
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      Beginners is ultimately about more than learning. It’s about the possibilities that reside in all of us.”
      —Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

      The best-selling author of Traffic and You May Also Like gives us an inspirational journey into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age

      Why do so many of us stop learning new skills as adults? Are we afraid to fail? Have we forgotten the sheer pleasure of being a beginner? Or is it simply a fact that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

      Inspired by his young daughter’s insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills (and picks up a few more along the way), choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability—chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling.

      What he doesn’t expect is finding himself having rapturous experiences singing Spice Girls songs in an amateur choir, losing games of chess to eight-year-olds, and dodging scorpions at a surf camp in Costa Rica. Along the way, he interviews dozens of experts to explore the fascinating psychology and science behind the benefits of becoming an adult beginner. Weaving comprehensive research and surprising insight gained from his year of learning dangerously, Vanderbilt shows how anyone can begin again—and, more important, why they should take those first awkward steps. Ultimately, he shares how a refreshed sense of curiosity opened him up to a profound happiness and a deeper connection to the people around him—and how small acts of reinvention, at any age, can make life seem magical.
      TOM VANDERBILT has written for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Popular Science, Financial Times, Smithsonian, and London Review of Books, among many others. He is a contributing editor of Wired UK, Outside, and Artforum. He is author of You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), and Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America. He has appeared on a wide range of television and radio programs, from the Today show to the BBC’s World Service to NPR’s Fresh Air. He has been a visiting scholar at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, a research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, and a winner of the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, among other honors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn
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      “A great book about the power of being a beginner.”
      —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

      “Tom Vanderbilt shows us why it’s never too late to be a beginner, and that there should be no shame associated with the word ‘dilettante.’ Now I’m off to learn how to play the trombone, speak Portuguese and bake soufflés”
      — A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically 

      “Tom Vanderbilt’s book explores how to learn completely new skills, how to change our world - even after we’re supposed to be done with schooling. This is a book about how to become a beginner again, and it makes you want to plunge in with both feet.” 
      Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

      “Tom Vanderbilt elegantly and persuasively tackles one of the most pernicious of the lies we tells ourselves—that the pleasures of learning are reserved for the young. Beginners belongs with David Epstein’s Range on the list of books that have changed the way I understand my own limitations.“
      — Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of Outliers

      Beginners is ultimately about more than learning. It’s about the possibilities that reside in all of us.”
      — Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

      ”Vanderbilt dedicates a chapter or so to each pursuit, using his personal narrative, rich in obligatory self-deprecation and infectious excitement, to introduce relevant scientific studies…  Vanderbilt [relies] on a keen instinct for interesting characters and a willingness to let stories unfold at their own pace. The result is an entertaining read that avoids the trap of forced anecdotes and excessive contrarianism that plague lesser titles in the genre… When read against the backdrop of the current pandemic, however, Beginners attains a deeper level of meaning…Beginners provides a primer of sorts for re-engaging with life“
      —Cal Newport, The New York Times

      “Tom Vanderbilt takes up pursuits that are actually fun—surfing, chess, even juggling—and finds power in being a novice.” 
      Matthew Kronsberg, Bloomberg

      Vanderbilt is good on the specific joys and embarrassments of being a late-blooming novice, or “kook,” as surfers sometimes call gauche beginners… I was entranced… I’d sort of forgotten the youthful pleasure of moving our little tokens ahead on a bunch of winding pathways of aptitude, lagging behind here, surging ahead there… If learning like a child sounds a little airy-fairy, whatever the neuroscience research says, try recalling what it felt like to learn how to do something new when you didn’t really care what your performance of it said about your place in the world, when you didn’t know what you didn’t know. It might feel like a whole new beginning.“
      Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker

      ”A thoughtful and stirring look into the art and science of lifelong learning. Currently, I’m learning Gaelic, dressmaking and how to lay floors. Last year, it was knitting and coding. I’m 50, and not supposed to be a beginner any more—according to society’s conventions—but Tom Vanderbilt turns that flawed assumption on its head with the grace with which he learns to reach a high note or surf a wave.“
      Rose George, author of Ninety Percent of Everything

      ”[Vanderbilt] describes frankly (and humorously) the embarrassment that comes with repeated failures as well as quiet triumphs… The joy is transcendent…He will encourage you to spend 2021 finding delight in honing new or forgotten skills.“
      Catherine Foster, Christian Science Monitor

      ”As the new year unfolds, Vanderbilt’s book is, above all, a call to action for a world facing ongoing lockdowns and pandemic fatigue. That’s because the greatest benefit of learning something new might be starting 2021 with a fresh pair of eyes.“
      —CNN Health

      ”A wonderful and inspirational book. The only thing that will make you put it down is a burning desire to try something new. It’s full of the sort of encouragement and wisdom that bridges the small, tricky gulf between enthusiasm and action. A book that will launch thousands of journeys that might not otherwise have happened and prove life-changing for many who take those first steps.“
      —Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator

      ”An uplifting, fascinating book about the value and addictive pleasure of returning to the status of a beginner. Vanderbilt is a fantastic writer…Delightful.“
      Barbara Oakley, Ph.D, co-author of Uncommon Sense Teaching

      ”You don’t have to try all the activities that Tom Vanderbilt took on in his heroic, self-sacrificial effort to persuade us of the benefits of learning throughout life. After you read this invigorating book, you might want to take a nap. But then you’ll get up, refreshed, ready to learn a new skill. You’ll be ready to begin.“
      —Carol Tavris, Ph.D., co-author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

      ”Accessible and highly informative, the book is a fast-paced exploration of the science of skill acquisition and a delightful account of journalist Vanderbilt’s personal adventures among fellow new learners…  Despite the inevitable setbacks, his is an empowering story that will have adventuresome readers eager to head off in search of some new challenge the moment they’ve put it down.  An engaging perspective on the joys of embarking on the process of learning something new.“
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      ”[A] charming celebration of lifelong learning…[Vanderbilt] makes a persuasive case for the benefits—cognitive, physical, emotional, and social—of being a beginner. This enjoyable reminder to embrace the ’small acts of reinvention, at any age, that can make life seem magical’ will appeal to those who enjoyed Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.“
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      ‘Witty, well-researched, myth-busting and curiously of the moment. Vanderbilt tells a compelling tale. Eighty pages in, I joined a choir.’ 
      —Robert Penn, author of It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

      ”It’s impossible to pick up a book by Tom Vanderbilt without learning something. An engaging and fascinating mix of the personal and the general. I never thought I’d read a book that could persuade me to take up juggling, but this one did it.“
      —Robert Colvile

      ”Vanderbilt.. composes lucid prose and explains concepts…with relative ease, and his thesis is practical and worthwhile…compelling… A solid beginner’s guide to beginning."
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    In the Land of the Cyclops Essays Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken
    9780345810571 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date:January 12, 2021
    $39.95 CAD 6.41 x 9.52 x 1.08 in | 1.18 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:12 Knopf Canada
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      From this New York Times bestselling author comes a collection of ambitious, remarkably erudite essays on art, literature, culture, and philosophy.

      In the Land of the Cyclops is a collection of thirty-seven essays by Karl Ove Knausgaard. In these pieces, he discusses Swedish politics, brain surgery, Laurie Anderson, Edvard Munch, the northern lights, and the work of an array of writers and visual artists (paired with full colour images of their art). These essays beautifully capture Knausgaard’s ability to mediate between the deeply personal and the universal, demonstrating his trademark self-scrutiny and his deep longing to authentically see, understand, and experience the world.

      Story Locale: New York, Oslo, London, among others
      KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD’s first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics’ Prize and his second, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.

      Author Residence: London, England

      Author Hometown: Oslo, Norway
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      “[W]elcome to the world of Knausgaard, where seemingly no thought goes unexamined, no connection unfollowed, no moment unexpressed…. Knausgaard’s writing is fueled by a creative nerve, a willingness to go there, which is everywhere…. [His] willingness to grapple with art…[is] refreshing in its honesty. His willingness to bore…down into any moment, thought, or artwork, offers its own thrilling spectacle. You don’t want to look away.” —Hyperallergic (New York)

      “Reviewers of My Struggle frequently praised Knausgaard’s essayistic talent, and readers who enjoyed the novel’s digressions on, say, Dostoyevsky or Paul Celan will find here the same mingling of critical and personal reflection.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “[Knausgaard’s] intense focus, formidable command of reference and tendency to see the interconnectedness of things make for highly stimulating, almost overwhelming reading…. [I]n Cyclops we find Knausgaard’s life illustrating and informing his critical judgments…[to] give the essays the same semblance of radical honesty that radiates through his fiction…. [T]hese essays repay slow reading and retain considerable power to surprise.” —The Washington Post
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    Influence Sara Shepard, Lilia Buckingham
    9780593121535 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 On Sale Date:January 05, 2021
    $23.99 CAD 5.75 x 8.56 x 1.23 in | 1.03 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:12 Delacorte Press
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      If you loved We Were Liars, be the first to read this twisty new mystery that dives into the world of teen influencers from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard and seventeen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham. 

      After a video she makes goes viral, everyone knows Delilah Rollins. And now that she’s in LA, Delilah’s standing on the edge of something incredible. Everything is going to change. She has no idea how much.

      Jasmine Walters-Diaz grew up in the spotlight. A child star turned media darling, the posts of her in her classic Lulu C. rainbow skirt practically break the Internet. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was, her perfect life? Canceled.

      Fiona Jacobs is so funny—the kind of girl for whom a crowd parts—no wonder she’s always smiling! But on the inside? The girl’s a hot mess. And when someone comes out of the shadows with a secret from her past, it’s one that won’t just embarrass Fiona: it will ruin her.

      Who wouldn’t want to be Scarlet Leigh? Just look at her Instagram. Scarlet isn’t just styled to perfection: she is perfection. Scarlet has a gorgeous, famous boyfriend named Jack and there’s a whole fanbase about their ship. To everyone watching online, their lives seem perfect…but are they really? The sun is hot in California…and someone’s going to get burned.

      Story Locale: Present day Los Angeles
      SARA SHEPARD is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Perfectionists series, and many more novels for teens and adults. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh. @saracshepard on Instagram; @sarabooks on Twitter
      LILIA BUCKINGHAM is a seventeen-year-old writer, actress, dancer, and student. Though she has a strong social media presence, Lilia hates the term “influencer” but loved writing INFLUENCE. She lives in Los Angeles with her mother, brother, and two dogs. @lilia on Instagram; @BuckinghamLilia on Twitter

      Author Residence: Sara: Pittsburgh; Lilia: Los Angeles

      Author Hometown: Sara: Philadelphia; Lilia: Los Angeles
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      “[A] glamourous thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

      “Welcome to the glamorous—and cutthroat—world of social media influencers…. Glossy and salacious.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “This is a fun romp and a peek into a fascinating, of-the-moment cultural phenomenon.” —SLJ

      “A timely tale that calls into question the pressures put on young people of influence and how far people are willing to go to get ahead.” —Booklist

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