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    Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World Ryan Britt
    9780593185698 Hardcover PERFORMING ARTS / Television On Sale Date:May 31, 2022
    $37.00 CAD 6.31 x 9.28 x 1.3 in | 1.41 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Plume
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      Written with inside access to writers, cast, and crew and the perfect perspective, PHASERS ON STUN! both charts a history of Star Trek and explains its enduring place in popular culture, celebrating the show’s past as well as sharing new, exclusive insight on its very current and relevant journeys.

      As author Ryan Britt writes, Star Trek has captivated imaginations for more than 50 years, though twelve feature films, nine television series (three of which are currently running), with another movie and three additional television series planned for 2022, along with hundreds of novels, short story collections, and comic books. In his follow up to 2015’s LUKE SKYWALKER CAN’T READ, Ryan Britt charts a course through Star Trek history, illuminating the bold choices that have allowed Star Trek to help shape the world that watched it, including stories about making history with LGBTQ representation, the sequence of decisions that turned Spock from a red devil to the personification of logical empathy, the significance of the Starfleet uniforms, Star Trek’s surprising history with fan outrage, and more.

      Including extensive interviews with current Star Trek showrunner Michael Chabon, and actors William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes, Ryan Britt has all the right access and the right connections to publish a definitive yet totally modern book on what Star Trek means today. 

      Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths (Plume 2015), and in any given week he places up to five pieces on Star Trek at various outlets, from StarTrek.com to Vulture to Den of Geek! to SyFy Wire and Inverse. Lev Grossman has said about him, “Ryan Britt is one of nerd culture’s most brilliant and most essential commentators.” Non-Star Trek writing of his has appeared in Vulture, VICE, SyFy Wire, Den of Geek!, CNN Style, Inverse, and The New York Times. He’s also a senior editor at Fatherly.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      "Britt’s scrupulous, often funny, and sometimes controversial zeal breathes new life into the canon’s obsessive discourse… Trekkies will tear through this at warp speed.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “Whether you’ve been watching since TOS or you’ve just gotten hooked on Discovery and Strange New Worlds, if you’re a Star Trek Fan, you’re going to want to pick up this definitive oral history of the franchise.”

      “Both longtime Trek fans and those new to the franchise will find this to be a thoroughly entertaining and informative read.”

      “Britt combines his extensive knowledge of the Star Trek franchise with interviews conducted over the past decade to craft a thoughtful exploration of the show’s history. His narrative bridges fact with fandom and is packed with fun anecdotes… But the book’s ultimate mission is highlighting why Star Trek continues to be a groundbreaking series. From Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura to Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou and beyond, Britt shows readers how Star Trek has always been at the forefront of representation and the effect those efforts have had on television and in popular culture… Britt’s lively writing style will engage newer fans and confirmed Trekkies alike… a fun ride that few fans will be able to resist.”
      Library Journal (starred)

      “Ryan Britt is our foremost sci-fi journalist, bringing to the pop culture of the last half-century a reporter’s eye and a fan’s caress. With Phasers on Stun!, it’s as if he used a nucleonic beam to probe our deepest questions about all things Trek—and then answered them!”
      —Morgan Gendel, Hugo Award–winning writer of “The Inner Light,” Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 5, episode 25)

      "With Phasers on Stun!, Ryan Britt has written a comprehensive, deeply researched, merrily opinionated romp through all things Trek."
      Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

      “Ryan Britt doesn't just have his finger on the pulse of Star Trek fandom; he's driving the conversation from the bridge of the Enterprise. His decades of living, breathing, and interviewing the players behind the groundbreaking and beloved franchise make him the definitive voice for both casual and die-hard fans—and this book. A must-read!”
      Caseen Gaines, author of We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy

      "Phasers on Stun! is the very fun, intriguing, and mindful Star Trek history book you didn’t know you needed.”
      —Chase Masterson, "Leeta" on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
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    One Step Too Far A Novel Lisa Gardner
    9780593185438 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:July 19, 2022
    $23.00 CAD 5.44 x 8.16 x 0.83 in | 0.69 lb | 416 pages Carton Quantity:24 Dutton
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      Now in paperback, a thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner that sends Frankie Elkin into the woods in search of a lost man—and the shocking truth about why he went missing in the first place.

      Frankie Elkin, who readers first met in Before She Disappeared, learns of a young man who has gone missing in a national forest. Law enforcement has abandoned the search but a crew of people led by the young man’s father are still looking. Sensing a father’s desperation, Frankie agrees to help—but soon sees that a missing person isn’t all that’s wrong here. And when more people start to vanish, Frankie realizes she’s up against something very dark—and she’s running out of time.

      Story Locale: Boston, MA

      Series Overview: Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will—searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.
      Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one suspense novels, including The Neighbor, which won Thriller of the Year from the International Thriller Writers. An avid hiker, traveler and cribbage player, she lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

      Author Residence: New England
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for One Step Too Far 

      “It’s not often that a thriller so deeply casts us into the darkness of both nature and the human heart…. Terrifying, primal, and very, very tense. Read it with your heart in your throat—but read it.”
      Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “Gardner’s latest series continues to excel; instinctual, tragedy-driven Frankie is one of crime fiction’s most intriguing new sleuths.”
      Booklist (starred review)

      “The appeal of Lisa Gardner’s second Frankie Elkin mystery lies mainly with the meticulously researched science and lore on surviving in the wilderness—and with the endearingly strange Frankie herself.”
      —The Washington Post

      “Gardner’s gripping sequel to 2021’s Before She Disappeared . . . winds toward a surprising conclusion.”
      —Publishers Weekly
      “An authentic Wyoming setting, a tantalizing mystery, and a Labrador named Daisy. What’s not to like?”
      —C. J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dark Sky

      “Master storyteller and avid hiker Lisa Gardner has written the book she was meant to write, an immersive, propulsive, utterly chilling, and yet deeply moving wilderness thriller in which her intimate knowledge of and love for the rugged Wyoming backcountry shines through on every terrifying page. Without a doubt, the best book I’ve read all year.”
      —Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

      ”Visceral, unpredictable, and terrifying. You’ll never hike into the woods again without thinking of Lisa Gardner’s One Step Too Far.“
      —Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series 

      ”Propulsive, adrenaline-fueled, terrifyingly real.“
      —Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of Hostage

      And Then There Were None meets Deliverance. Gardner’s latest will have you flipping pages at breakneck speed, guessing and gasping."
      —Linwood Barclay, author of Find You First

      “You’ll root for Frankie (and for a diligent cadaver dog named Daisy) on every page of this tense, crackling read.”

      “A hybrid combination of C. J. Box and Nevada Barr at their level best…this is thriller writing of the absolute highest order, as great a novel as it is a page-turner.”
      Providence Journal

      “Gardner can be counted on to send a shiver down the spine, but this one exceeds even her high standards.”
      Daily Mail

      “Beyond brilliant…A mix of beautiful prose and ingenious, intense, edgy dialogue…Perfect for fans of unputdownable, gritty cat-and-mouse mysteries, compassionate underdog protagonists with self-deprecating senses of humor, ruthless killers, and ‘didn’t see it coming, OMG’ endings.”
      Library Journal (starred review)

      “A tour de force in suspense and red herrings with a twist ending I did not even begin to anticipate.”
      Bookpage (starred review)

      “Riveting. I enjoyed every bit of One Step Too Far.”
      The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

      “As is her trademark, the thrills grow and the storyline gets more complex as the group goes farther into the wilderness. Gardner has another winning series to keep us up at night.”
      —The Florida Times-Union

      “Everything you could ask for in a great mystery: secrets, suspense, excellent pace, and great characters.”
      Mystery and Suspense

      One Step Too Far takes us on a harrowing journey into the dark wilderness of the human heart, where fear and desperation reveal exactly who we are.”
      New York Journal of Books

      One Step Too Far builds atmosphere and tension subtly and skillfully, drawing us further into the adventure even as we start wanting to pull back and get everyone home.”
      Fresh Fiction

      “A page turner from the beginning…This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it.”
      —The Buzz Magazine

      “I didn’t want it to end.”
      The Book Review Crew

      “Phenomenal…If you are a living, breathing human, you should read this book.”
      Nerd Problems

      One Step Too Far is a fascinating, engrossing, thrilling, and chilling mystery that will keep you reading late into the wee hours.”
      All About Romance

      “This dark, tense, terrifying book will have you on the edge of your seat.”
      Napa Valley Register
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    The Mutual Friend A Novel Carter Bays
    9780593186763 Hardcover FICTION / Humorous On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $36.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.3 x 1.5 in | 1.51 lb | 480 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Dutton
    • Marketing Copy

      From the co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, a hilarious and thought-provoking debut novel set in New York City, following a sprawling cast of characters as they navigate life, love, loss, ambition, and spirituality—without ever looking up from their phones.

      It’s the summer of 2015, and Alice Quick needs to get to work. She’s twenty-eight years old, grieving her mother, barely scraping by as a nanny, and freshly kicked out of her apartment. If she can just get her act together and sign up for the MCAT, she can start chasing her dream of becoming a doctor…but in the Age of Distraction, the distractions are so distracting. There’s her tech millionaire brother’s religious awakening. His picture-perfect wife’s emotional breakdown. Her chaotic new roommate’s thirst for adventure. And, of course, there’s the biggest distraction of all: love.

      From within the story of one summer in one woman’s life, an epic tale is unearthed, spanning continents and featuring a tapestry of characters tied to one another by threads both seen and unseen. Filled with all the warmth, humor, and heart that gained How I Met Your Mother its cult following, The Mutual Friend captures in sparkling detail the chaos of contemporary life, a life lived simultaneously in two different worlds—the physical one and the one behind our screens—that reveals how connected we all truly are. 
      Carter Bays is the co-creator of the Emmy-winning television series How I Met Your Mother. The Mutual Friend is his first novel.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH
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        Marketing: None

        Publicity: National broadcast publicity

        National print and online publicity

        20-City radio satellite tour

        Targeted blogger outreach

        Select author appearances

        Pre-publication consumer outreach and giveaways

        National advertising campaign

        Social media campaign

        VIP Influencer campaign

        Partnership outreach

        Consumer sweepstakes

        Library marketing campaign

        Book club promotion

        Discussion guide available online




        Author Website: www.carterbays.com

        Author Social Media: Twitter: @CarterBays; Instagram: @carterlbays; Facebook: @thisisthecarterbayspage
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      Praise for The Mutual Friend

      “A whip-smart comedy of manners for the era of buzzing gadgets.”
      The Washington Post

      “Carter Bays is best known for the long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother. His debut novel The Mutual Friend is like a sophisticated literary version, centering on a New York City–based ensemble with plenty to say about the discontents of modern life and the difficulty of connection.”

      “The first book I’ve read that effectively captures social media’s dominance in our love lives, and the humiliating experience of being online and yearning for attention. The Mutual Friend is gentle, warm, and the most I have laughed while reading this year.”
      BuzzFeed, “25 Book Recommendations for the Holiday Season”

      “The co-creator of How I Met Your Mother delivers delightful, unputdownable and legen—wait for it!—dary love stories in his debut novel.”
      —E! News, 17 Books to Add to Your Beach Bag This June

      “This debut novel from the creator of How I Met Your Mother follows the intersecting lives of a few New Yorkers. A clever and all-seeing narrator (who is also a character) tells their stories, and it’s worth reading the book just to experience the satisfying ending, with everything fitting together just so.”
      Today.com, “30 of the Best Books to Sink into This Summer

      “Funny, sad, and deeply wise, this one-of-a-kind book will renew your faith in humanity—and make you really want to put down your phone.”
      Real Simple

      “The Mutual Friend is GREAT. Carter Bays is one of the funniest people I know. More importantly, though, he always finds the heart and truth in all of his humor. I just loved it. Put down the phones. Unless you’re reading The Mutual Friend on it.”
      —Jason Segel

      I love this love story! The dialogue is so good, also it's very funny. What more could I want?”
      —Mindy Kaling

      “An ecstatic debut . . . A modern epic brimming with charm; it romps between multiple concurrent storylines, but everything coalesces masterfully as all the scattered puzzle pieces fit together.”
      Emerson Malone, BuzzFeed

      “This is a rare thing: an original, intelligent novel that’s not just a perfect summer beach read, but one that deserves serious awards consideration as well. Put down your phone and pick it up. . . . A major accomplishment.”
      Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      “An imaginatively tender and uncannily exact tale of life on the internet. . . . The Mutual Friend is vast in scope, startling in its precise capture of the reality of intertwined digital lives, and satisfies its ambition with an unexpected humanity and vulnerability.”
      Booklist (starred review)

      The Mutual Friend is a stylized, laugh-out-loud funny social satire with devastating aim. . . . Like The Bonfire of the Vanities for the era of reality TV and social media . . . All told, it’s riveting.”
      BookPage (starred review)

      “The How I Met Your Mother co-creator’s first book is as heartfelt and funny as his beloved show. Bays strikes the perfect balance between the laughs and tender moments. This modern love/friendship/finding yourself story is the perfect way to beat the heat this summer.”

      The Mutual Friend is the most extraordinary and beguiling novel I’ve read in years. Carter Bays weaves together a huge, eclectic cast of messy, imperfect, and bewitching characters. . . . As soon as I put the book down, I wanted to start reading it all over again.”
      —Clare Pooley, New York Times bestselling author of The Authenticity Project

      “I know it sounds like a bad joke or weird curse to wonder what would happen if Charles Dickens or Bonfire of the Vanities–era Tom Wolfe had Twitter, but the actual, happy result would be The Mutual Friend—a novel of New York in a strange time that probes its large and foibled cast with humor, real insight, and sparkling charm.”
      —John Hodgman, author of Vacationland and Medallion Status, and host of the Judge John Hodgman podcast

      The Mutual Friend is like a ten-course dinner party with your frankest, wittiest friends confiding all their secrets. It has plenty of full-on belly laughs, but also such granular emotional insight and sharp-eyed observations about modern life and love. This novel makes you feel wonderfully seen, at your best and at your worst, by somebody very kind and very, very funny, who points out all the foibles and fractures you thought nobody noticed and let’s you know you’re not alone.”
      Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays

      The Mutual Friend is a big, heart-squeezing ode to all that matters most, dressed up in the disguise of a fun, juicy ensemble story bubbling over with comically bad dates, career missteps, and awkward adult friendships. You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll stare out the window and contemplate the meaning of life. I did, anyway.”
      —Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink and Bomb Shelter

      “A hugely clever and thoroughly entertaining magic trick of a novel that shows the ways in which we’re all connected, both virtually and in real life. This bookwith all its wisdom and humor, its detours and surpriseswas a total delight. I loved it!”
      —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Unsinkable Greta James

      “Poignant, heartbreaking, and full of hope. This beautifully written book perfectly captures the connections and relationships that shape our lives. I couldn't put it down.”
      Kate Spencer, author of In a New York Minute

      “Through his tapestry of characters, Carter Bays beautifully and hilariously captures the connection and isolation at the heart of being a human being now. This book is like a modern-day War and Peace, without all the boring war parts.”
      —Raphael Bob-Waksberg, author of Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

      “A completely unique and addictive read with a captivating cast of characters, The Mutual Friend is a memorable, clever novel about connection and love and all the things that make us human. Charming and unforgettable, this story left an impression on my heart.”
      —Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You

      “Original, modern, and charming.”
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    9780593186824 Paperback FICTION / Family Life On Sale Date:June 28, 2022
    $23.00 CAD 5.27 x 7.95 x 0.73 in | 0.56 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Dutton
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      An irresistible, funny, sharply observed debut novel in which two roommates, and two sisters, will learn that sometimes family—and love—find you in the most unexpected places.

      Hazel and Alfie have just moved in together as roommates. They’ve also just slept together, which was either a catastrophic mistake, or the best decision of their lives - they aren’t quite sure yet. Whatever happens, they need to find a way to keep living together without too much drama or awkwardness, since neither of them can afford to move out of the apartment.

      Then Hazel’s sister Emily and her wife Daria come for a visit, and Hazel and Alfie’s feelings about each other are pushed to the side in the whirlwind of their arrival. Recently returned from abroad, Emily and Daria are excited for a new life in a new town, and ready to start a family of their own.

      As the lives of Hazel, Alfie, Emily and Daria collide, a complicated chain of events begins to bind them all together, bringing joy and heartache, hope and anxiety, and reshaping their relationships in ways that no one quite predicted. Warm, clever, and devastatingly relatable, Not Exactly What I Had in Mind is a by turns funny, heartbreaking, and painfully true-to-life story about family, friends, and everything in between.
      Kate Brook lives and works in London. She has a PhD in French Literature and Visual Art from King’s College London, and a Masters in European Literature and Culture from the University of Cambridge. Her short-form writing has been published in The Fiction Pool and The Real Story. Not Exactly What I Had in Mind is her debut novel.

      Author Residence: London, UK
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “I adored this bookfresh, funny and thought provoking, I fell in love with the characters and did not want it to end.” Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year and Just Haven’t Met You Yet

      “Brook’s enjoyable debut tackles the messiness of love and family… Heartfelt and entertaining.” ―Publishers Weekly

      “A charming peek inside the messy world of modern dating, blending hard-hitting realities with frivolous fun. Fans of Jamie Brenner and Hannah McKinnon will appreciate Brook’s celebration of the chosen family of roommates, coworkers, and friends who provide steady footing in an unstable world.” ―Booklist

      “Brook’s ability to balance humor with explorations of heartbreak, anxiety, and betrayal is admirable….an entertaining tale from start to finish, with characters you’ll miss right after finishing the epilogue.”―Kirkus

      “A clever and insightful take on what love and family mean in the twenty-first century.” ―Nicola Gill, author of We Are Family and The Neighbors

      “Captures the intricacies of modern relationships with undeniable skill, heaps of humour and a style that fans of Sally Rooney will love. Captivating and addictively complex, this novel is full of an unshakable tension that is a delight to get entangled in.” ―Ashley Hickson-Lovence, author of Your Show
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    Friends from Home Lauryn Chamberlain
    9780593182819 Paperback FICTION / Friendship On Sale Date:June 21, 2022
    $23.00 CAD 5.53 x 8.25 x 0.61 in | 0.54 lb | 304 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Dutton
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      Now in paperback, a timeless story about female friendship with an incredibly timely hook that makes it perfect for the millennial reader

      Jules O’Brien and Michelle Davis have been best friends since third grade, when Jules and her single mother moved from Cleveland to the small Alabama town where Michelle’s family has lived for generations.

      Now in their midtwenties, the childhood friends live miles and worlds apart. When Jules agrees to be the maid of honor in Michelle’s wedding, she quickly realizes just how different the two have become. Over the years, their passions and politics have diverged, and in the middle of wedding-planning squabbles, they feel more like strangers than the sisters they once were. When their friendship reaches a breaking point, Jules will have to decide if the bond they once had as girls is strong enough to reunite the women they are now. Is shared history enough to carry their friendship through a lifetime?

      Disarming and wildly relatable, this novel is perfect for anyone who knows the complex love we have for our friends from home. It will have you calling the Michelle to your Jules immediately to discuss.

      Story Locale: New York City; Alabama
      Lauryn Chamberlain was born and raised in Michigan. She studied journalism and French at Northwestern University and then moved to New York City, where she worked for several years as a journalist, freelance writer, and content strategist (sometimes simultaneously). She currently lives in Toronto.

      Author Residence: Toronto, Canada
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Praise for Friends from Home

      “An insightful, keenly observant debut about the power and complexities of a lifelong female friendship. Engrossing and wildly relatable.”—Carola Lovering, author of Too Good to Be True

      “Friends From Home is a bighearted story with deep roots in a complicated old friendship. This moving tale of love and life-changing choices had me racing to the final page so I could call my best friend to discuss Jules and Michelle together.”—Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels

      Is shared history a solid enough basis for a lifetime of friendship? Set against a backdrop of New York publishing and a very Southern wedding, Friends from Home is about deciding who you want to be and who you want along for the ride. This sweet summer read is a thoughtful, relatable tale of female friendship and modern values.”—Georgia Clark, author of The Regulars

      We don’t talk about friendships fading or changing, but sometimes they do. Lauryn Chamberlain’s Friends from Home captures the love, sorrow, and continued devotion that comes with reconfiguring the friendships that made you who you are. A perfect book for anyone who’s growing up and trying to figure out how their old friends fit in their new lives.”—Kayleen Schaefer, author of But You’re Still So Young
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    Unwell Women Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World Elinor Cleghorn
    9780593182970 Paperback HISTORY / Women On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $24.00 CAD 5.48 x 8.24 x 0.83 in | 0.68 lb | 400 pages Carton Quantity:24 Dutton
    • Marketing Copy

      Now in paperback, a trailblazing conversation-starting history of women’s health—from Ancient Greece to hormones and autoimmune diseases—brought together in a fascinating sweeping narrative

      Elinor Cleghorn became an unwell woman ten years ago. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease after a long period of being told her symptoms were anything from psychosomatic to a possible pregnancy. As Elinor learned to live with her unpredictable disease she turned to history for answers, and found an enraging legacy of suffering, mystification, and misdiagnosis.

      In Unwell Women, Elinor Cleghorn traces the almost unbelievable history of how medicine has failed women by treating their bodies as alien and other, often to perilous effect. The result is an authoritative and groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between women and medical practice, from the “wandering womb” of Ancient Greece to the rise of witch trials across Europe, and from the dawn of hysteria as a catchall for difficult-to-diagnose disorders to the first forays into autoimmunity and the shifting understanding of hormones, menstruation, menopause, and conditions like endometriosis.  

      With these case histories, Elinor pays homage to the women who suffered so strides could be made, and shows how being unwell has become normalized in society and culture, where women have long been distrusted as reliable narrators of their own bodies and pain. But the time for real change is long overdue: answers reside in the body, in the testimonies of unwell women—and their lives depend on medicine learning to listen.
      Elinor Cleghorn is a freelance writer, researcher, and author living in Sussex. After receiving her PhD in humanities and cultural studies in 2012, she worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford on an interdisciplinary arts and medical humanities project. She has given talks and lectures at the British Film Institute, Tate Modern, and ICA London, and she has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 discussion show The Forum. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, and she has since written creatively about her experience of chronic illness for publications including Ache (UK) and Westerly (AUS). 

      Author Residence: Sussex, UK
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    • Awards & Reviews

      “In Unwell Women, the British scholar Elinor Cleghorn makes the insidious impact of gender bias on women’s health starkly and appallingly explicit…. It’s impossible to read Unwell Women without grief, frustration and a growing sense of righteous anger.”
      —Janice P. Nimura, The New York Times

      “The book is a call to arms for any woman who feels that doctors have not adequately addressed her illness or pain.”
      —The Washington Post

      “Researcher Cleghorn provides an essential history of misogyny in health care…. This clear-eyed assessment is both a catalog of how medicine has been complicit in female oppression and a call to action for drastic reform.”
      Scientific American

      “An intriguing exploration of the history of women’s health…. Unwell Women by Elinor Cleghorn shows us that without acknowledgment and understanding of these issues, these ills will continue on into new generations and in untold eras. We owe it to ourselves as a society to understand.”
      The Chicago Review of Books
      “[An] eye-opening new book…. Cleghorn meticulously constructs an often enraging framework to evince how and why the patriarchal medical world has been so detrimental to women, especially underserved women and women of color.”
      The Guardian

      “[A] fascinating new book…. At once an enraging, meticulous history and an intimate personal story, Unwell Women is an exploration of women’s unique and (often fatally) misunderstood treatment in medicine, and a call to change our deeply engrained assumptions about healthcare.”

      “Okay, raise your hand if you’ve ever had your symptoms totally dismissed by a doctor!…Well, Elinor Cleghorn’s eye-opening book takes a deep dive into the history of how the medical system has failed women (all the way from Ancient Greece to modern day problems like getting Endometriosis diagnosed) and how women are often seen as unreliable sources for what they’re feeling in their own bodies.”
      Cosmopolitan, “26 Feminist Books Every Person Should Have on Their Reading List”

      “Thoughtful and often disturbing, this exhaustively researched book shows why women—including minority women and Cleghorn herself, who has lupus—must fight to be heard in a system that not only ignores them, but often makes them sicker. Powerful, provocative, necessary reading.”
      Kirkus, starred review

      “Seamlessly melding scholarship with passion, Unwell Women is the definition of unputdownable.”
      The Telegraph

      “Not just a compelling investigation, but an essential one”
      The Observer

      “[Cleghorn] combines her own story with a feminist history of illness and a plea for better listening. It shows how centuries of ignorance and condescension led to failings that endure today.”
      —The Economist

      “A deeply stirring book about women’s illnesses…. Personal and impactful and brings to light the compelling need to do right by all the unwell women.”
      —Book Riot

      “Elinor Cleghorn has written a sprawling history about women’s health and the various ways it was misunderstood and sidelined within medicine, and the lingering impact of decisions made centuries ago. Treat Unwell Women as if it’s a textbook. You’ll be armed with the necessary information to advocate for yourself with all of the medical practitioners tasked with treating you.”
      —Bitch Magazine
      In Unwell Women, Cleghorn provides an extensive history of how feminine anatomy, physiology, and psychology have been studied and manipulated—mainly by men—and how they have often been used to oppress the female sex…. Meticulously researched…. Cleghorn’s final message should be heard loud and clear: Believe women.”
      —Science Magazine

      “[A] powerful history of misogyny and racism in health care.”

      Unwell Women is a powerful and fascinating book that takes an unsparing look at how women’s bodies have been misunderstood and misdiagnosed for centuries. From wandering wombs to demonic explanations of menopause, Elinor Cleghorn packs each page with disturbing historical details that will haunt your psyche for days and weeks to come.”
      —Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art

      “Cultural historian Cleghorn’s meticulous and wide-ranging debut examines the links between patriarchy, misogyny, and the mistreatment of women’s health needs…a deeply informed and passionately argued call for change.”
      Publishers Weekly

      “If doctors have ever misdiagnosed you, disbelieved your symptoms, or discriminated against you, then Unwell Women is the holy grail of answers you have been waiting for. Elinor Cleghorn has written a decisive, comprehensive, well-researched, and fascinating book about the ways in which medicine has failed women throughout history until now, and what that neglect has cost us—including our lives. I wish I’d had this book in 2018 when I was fighting with my gynecologist to remove my fibroids, but I am glad to have it as I navigate two chronic illnesses. As we continually negotiate power dynamics with doctors, Unwell Women will instantly become an invaluable addition to the arsenal of tools we need to fight for the care we deserve.”
      —Evette Dionne, author of Lifting as We Climb

      “An epic yet accessible social, cultural and scientific history of women’s health traces the roots of sexism and racism in modern Western medicine from ancient texts through to the present day…. A powerful and necessary work of social and cultural history.”
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      “A new book by British historian Elinor Cleghorn that’s equal parts fascinating and infuriating…. ‘The lives of unwell women depend on medicine learning to listen,’ Cleghorn concludes. And reading this immaculately researched and written book is an excellent place to start.” 

      “Feminist historian and academic Cleghorn, herself a victim of medical misdiagnosis, brings first-hand knowledge of the gender bias endemic in the medical profession to this scholarly yet personal, specific yet comprehensive study of dangerously outdated medical practices and attitudes.”

      “An insightful account that is especially recommended for those interested in the history of medicine where it intersects with women’s health, as well as readers interested in women’s and gender studies.”
      Library Journal

      “If you live in a female body, and if you’ve ever thought to yourself, ‘Why-oh-why are doctors not taking my legitimate health concerns seriously,’ this book answers that question definitively. This history of the female patient is the one I was searching for the entire time I was writing my own book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. One thousand more books like this, please.”
      Sarah Ramey, author of The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness

      Unwell Women is one of the most important books of our generation. I read it in a rage, and recognized myself in its pages.”
      —Fern Riddell, author of Death in Ten Minutes

      “This book will make you angry. And so it should! Just like their brains, women’s bodies have been treated as defective and deficient for centuries. This book shows how women’s biology has been historically stigmatised, how a combination of ignorance, mythology and misogyny has conspired to deprive women of the medical support they have needed. But women have fought back, and this book is also a testament to their courage and resilience in the face of stereotypical views about women’s place in society and how that is determined by their biology. Even in the 21st Century Cleghorn uncovers harsh truths about medicine’s continuing biases, especially in the intersection between gender and race. Hopefully this book will be a wake-up call to a profession that can still refer dismissively to ‘women’s problems.’”
      Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain

      “A searing, brilliant investigation, an intricate and urgent book on how women’s health has constantly been misunderstood and miscast throughout history, how men invented  theories that plunged women into misery, pain and even death - from Anne Greene hanged for a miscarriage to the 1940s housewives lobotomised or subject to other operations to treat their depression, from drugs intended to ’control’ women’s health that were rushed to market to women experimented upon in the name of science, the cruel differential treatment of women of colour. Cleghorn unmasks with devastating clarity how so much of ’women’s health’ has been tied into efforts to control women, inculcate what was proper feminine behaviour and slot them into patriarchal culture as happy reproductive units.”
      —Kate Williams, author of Rival Queens

      “At once grand in scope and deeply personal, Unwell Women is a powerful and important exploration of the history of Western medicine. Elinor Cleghorn lays bare centuries of unnecessary suffering in this meticulously researched, scorching indictment of how male-focused medicine has failed women – and shows us how far we still have to go.”
      —Emily Brand, author of The Fall of the House of Byron

      “This is a fascinating look at history, Unwell Women is both captivating and enraging - a worthy voice for so many women who have been silenced for so long.”
      —Catherine Cho, author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

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    Americanon An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books Jess McHugh
    9781524746643 Paperback HISTORY / United States On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $24.00 CAD 5.53 x 8.25 x 0.89 in | 0.74 lb | 432 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Dutton
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      Now in paperback, the “illuminating, engaging and absorbing” (BookPage, starred review) history of thirteen books that defined a nation.

      Surprising and delightfully engrossing, Americanon explores the true history of thirteen of the nation’s most popular books. Overlooked for centuries, our simple dictionaries, spellers, almanacs, and how-to manuals are the unexamined touchstones for American cultures and customs. They sold tens of millions of copies and set out specific archetypes for the ideal American, from the self-made entrepreneur to the humble farmer.

      Americanon looks at old favorites in an entirely new way, books like the Old Farmer’s Almanac; Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book; Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography; How to Win Friends and Influence People; Webster’s Dictionary; and Emily Post’s Etiquette. Taken together, these ubiquitous texts help us understand how their authors, most of them part of a powerful minority, attempted to construct meaning for the majority. Their beliefs and quirks—as well as personal interests, prejudices, and often strange personalities—informed the values and habits of millions of Americans, woven into our cultural DNA over generations of reading and dog-earing. Yet their influence remains uninvestigated. Until now.

      What better way to understand a people than to look at the books they consumed most, the ones they returned to repeatedly, with questions about everything from spelling to social mobility to sex? This “distinctive and engaging” (Library Journal) work is American history as you’ve never encountered it before.
      Jess McHugh is a researcher and journalist whose work has appeared across a variety of national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, TIME, The Paris Review, The New Republic, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Village Voice, Washington Post’s The Lily, International Business Times, CNN, The Believer, and Lapham’s Quarterly among others. She has reported stories from four continents on a range of subject matter, from punk sub-culture in Liverpool to the plight of pregnant refugees in the Balkans.

      Author Residence: Paris, France

      Author Hometown: Massachusetts
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      “In an increasingly divided nation, it seems reasonable to ask: What is the glue that holds us together? It may be found here, in these bound pages. Jess McHugh has written an elegant, meticulously researched, and eminently readable history of the books that define us as Americans. For history buffs and book-lovers alike, McHugh offers us a precious gift, a reminder that our many narratives are intertwined and that—despite it all—they still bind us together.”—Jake Halpern, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author     
      “With her usual eye for detail and knack for smart storytelling, Jess McHugh takes a savvy and sensitive look at the ’secret origins’ of the books that made and defined us. As McHugh shows, much of our American canon has to do largely with axe-grinding, reputation, redemption, and, often, who is permitted to tell the story—and you won’t want to miss one moment of it.”—Brian Jay Jones, author of Becoming Dr. Seuss and the New York Times bestselling Jim Henson

      “We are what we eat, but we are even more what we read. Jess McHugh paints a rich and colorful portrait of America through the popular stories and reference books woven over decades into our cultural DNA. For book-lovers and historians alike, Americanon is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how famous books are made, and the lives they live long after they’re printed.”—Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer and writer for National Geographic

      “What Jess McHugh has done with Americanon is draw a distinct, and necessary, line between our culture and our realities. The myths of what America is and what it means to be an American are strange, pernicious, and often inscrutable, but McHugh has managed a truly remarkable thing: finding actual and honest truth in the midst of it all.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of American Rule

      “Carrying our E Pluribus Unum motto, the American eagle lands in unchartered territory with McHugh’s exploration of long-standing US pillars of self-reliance and can-do attitudes on behalf of all. She questions long-held narratives that appear from one voice and became authoritative how-to-live books. Hmm, were these voices and books contrived? In an age of diversity, this is an imperative read, particularly if you are concerned about social and political inclusion vs. exclusion policies. PS Betty Crocker needs a new recipe!”—Faith, RJ Julia at Wesleyan

      “The concept behind Americanon is nothing short of bril­liant, and journalist Jess McHugh delivers on her inspired premise with insight and aplomb…. Some of the most astute observations in this penetrating history are about how these books’ creators did not always live by the same rules they imposed upon their rank-and-file readers. McHugh’s book is essential reading—illuminating, engaging, and absorbing. You’ll never look at the dictionary or cookbook on your shelf in quite the same way.”BookPage (starred review)

      “This more democratic canon is less about literary acumen and more about reading as mass self-revealment: Show McHugh the books Americans have flocked to over the course of history, she suggests, and she’ll show you what it means to be American…. McHugh’s chapters, winningly, are not close readings of each book but mini-histories of the texts’ creation and reception, the authors’ biographies, the public’s moods, the contexts of various eras…. McHugh has a knack for squeezing a lot of research into smallish spaces, and she sweetens the pot with throwaway but vivid details. (There are passing, tantalizing references to things like a ’tuberculosis-fueled vampire panic’ and a religious book against dancing called From the Ball-Room to Hell.) Some of the conclusions about the composite American character—especially in its early years—won’t shock too many citizens. Americans are striving, competitive, materialistic, insecure, confident, proudly self-reliant, optimistic, performatively virtuous….  But the book resoundingly and memorably establishes these qualities through reading habits, and it highlights two qualities that perhaps haven’t been as well covered: We are prescriptive and hypocritical. Without overdoing it, McHugh clearly delineates how good Americans are—or at least American authors are—at giving advice they don’t follow.”The New York Times

      “Journalist McHugh examines a long bookshelf of didactic books by which Americans have self-educated…. A worthy, capably told look at a small canon of works demonstrating how to do well by doing good.”—Kirkus Reviews

      “Journalist McHugh’s appealing cultural history dissects the American character through a close examination of ’ordinary, instructional books that average Americans have consulted every day.’…Brisk publication histories and author profiles enrich the cultural analysis, which is consistently on-point. This lucid survey entertains and enlightens.”Publishers Weekly

      “In a work spanning literary criticism and history, journalist McHugh explores a series of popular nonfiction books that fostered stereotypical American values, such as entrepreneurship, individualism, or fealty to family and community, and also conveyed practical knowledge…. McHugh’s work is distinctive and engaging as it describes American social history through the lens of mainstream nonfiction advice books, and explores how they define or redefine us.”—Library Journal

      “With a snappy title and an earnest heart, Americanon, by journalist Jess McHugh, looks at thirteen ’American bibles.’…Eschewing fiction, whose Hucks and Uncle Toms and March sisters might face conflicts all too obviously plucked from the tapestry of American history, the canny and erudite McHugh selects plotless but far better-selling instructional volumes—Webster’s Dictionary, for goodness’ sake! McGuffey Readers!—and shows how these books reveal the inner objectives of striving Americans while at the same time helping their achievement…. McHugh adroitly reveals how the DNA of each of these books can still be detected in an America that has in many ways evolved.”—Air Mail

      [McHugh’s] not interested in nostalgia here but a book-centric biopsy of the American soul. Sometimes that soul is bright and optimistic, and sometimes it’s dark and depraved. Often, and in each of her selections, it’s both at the same time. Of the thirteen books in McHugh’s analysis, not a single one is unequivocally praised or condemned. She not only investigates the history of each book but its messages and legacy as well…. This is where Americanon excels: in celebrating the parts of each work that are worthy of celebration while not dismissing the problematic aspects of each work and its promulgated ideas…If you want a surprising book that isn’t afraid to sift through the good and the bad to handle the truth effectively, read Americanon.”—Parks & Recommendations

      “75 Nonfiction Books You Should Read This Summer…We like to think that culture—be it national or regional—is a reflection of the highest echelons of artistic creation, that we are as worthy of our mythologies as they are of us. This is not the case. As Jess McHugh discovers in this deep dive into thirteen of America’s most owned books—from farmer’s almanacs to dictionaries to cookbooks to etiquette guides—a nation’s story is shaped and told from much humbler texts.”—LitHub

      "One of the 10 best books of June…This delightful book argues that enduring bestsellers, including The Old Farmer’s Almanac and How to Win Friends and Influence People, have contributed to a unified national identity as much as revered founding documents like the Constitution.”—Christian Science Monitor

      “Given the dominance of American power and culture over the last century, it may be difficult to grasp the idea that there was no such thing as an American when the Revolutionary War ended. The nation had been formed; now its people needed to be invented. In Americanon, Jess McHugh tells the story of this invention and the ongoing reinforcement and reinvention the American character has undergone since…. Among McHugh’s accomplishments is the deft way she establishes the evolution of ideas across the books she explores…. Jess McHugh’s achievement in Americanon is that she makes clear some of the problems with these aspirations that are baked into their design and not as a result of our frequently having fallen short of them.”—Washington Independent Review of Books

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    Dimensions A 3D-Inspired Coloring Book François Gautier
    9780593187135 Paperback GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Coloring Books On Sale Date:June 14, 2022
    $19.00 CAD 7.4 x 9.07 x 0.43 in | 0.71 lb | 96 pages Carton Quantity:24 Plume
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      From the creator of the horror coloring book DARK ART, a stunning, complex, and adventurous 3D coloring book.

      Brought to you by illustrator extraordinaire François Gautier, author of DARK ART, this book is packed with striking artworks that leap off the page. Featuring buildings exploding from pavements, hands breaking through the surface, creatures bursting out of landscapes and everything weird and wonderful in between, Dimensions is a celebration of 3D art and a detailed coloring adventure like no other.

      François Gautier is a French artist who has a passion for creation in all forms. After studying in the Applied Arts, Product Design and Architecture sectors, he set up a workshop to experiment in illustration, design, sculpture and glasswork. He now focuses on illustration, which he views as his favorite means of expression. He is also the creator of the horror coloring book Dark Art.

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    Bad Sex Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution Nona Willis Aronowitz
    9780593182765 Hardcover HISTORY / Women On Sale Date:August 09, 2022
    $37.00 CAD 6.18 x 9.3 x 1.13 in | 1.12 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Plume
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      From Teen Vogue sex and love columnist Nona Willis Aronowitz, a blend of memoir, social history, and cultural criticism that probes the meaning of desire and sexual freedom today.

      At thirty-two years old, everything in Nona Willis Aronowitz’s life, and in America, was in disarray. Her marriage was falling apart. Her nuclear family was slipping away. Her heart and libido were both in overdrive. Embroiled in an era of fear, reckoning, and reimagining, her assumptions of what “sexual liberation” meant were suddenly up for debate.

      In the thick of personal and political turmoil, Nona turned to the words of history’s sexual revolutionaries—including her late mother, early radical pro-sex feminist Ellen Willis. At a time when sex has never been more accepted and feminism has never been more mainstream, Nona asked herself: What, exactly, do I want? And are my sexual and romantic desires even possible amid the horrors and bribes of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy?

      Nona’s attempt to find the answer places her search for authentic intimacy alongside her family history and other stories stretching back nearly two hundred years. Stories of ambivalent wives and unchill sluts, free lovers and radical lesbians, sensitive men and woke misogynists, women who risk everything for sex—who buy sex, reject sex, have bad sex and good sex. The result is a brave, bold, and vulnerable exploration of what sexual freedom can mean. Bad Sex is Nona’s own journey to sexual satisfaction and romantic happiness, which not only lays bare the triumphs and flaws of contemporary feminism but also shines a light on universal questions of desire.
      Nona Willis Aronowitz is the sex and love columnist for Teen Vogue. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Cut, Elle, VICE, The Washington Post, and Playboy, among many others. She is the co-author of Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism (Seal Press, 2009). She is also the editor of an award-winning anthology of Ellen Willis’s rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deeps (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2011), as well as a comprehensive collection of her mother’s work, The Essential Ellen Willis (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2014), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

      Author Residence: New York, NY

      Author Hometown: New York, NY
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        Author Website: www.theothernwa.com

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      “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About ’Bad Sex’ but Were Afraid to Ask…. [this history is] critical, and fascinating, as a framework to interpret society’s views on love and sex in the present.” 
      —Jessica Bennett, New York Times

      “When Nona Willis Aronowitz finally ends her marriage because of lackluster sex, she’s left with a question: Why, more than a half-century after the sexual revolution, are we still having bad sex, and what is standing in the way of our satisfaction? The daughter of prominent feminist Ellen Willis, Aronowitz is well situated for the messy work of understanding how cultural forces shape intimate desires. She deftly weaves her own story with her late mother’s writings. This spirited history paints feminism not as a fixed set of passed-down beliefs, but as an invitation to question the status quo.”
      —NPR, “Books We Love”

      ”Cultural criticism, memoir, and social history collide in Aronowitz’s no-nonsense investigation of all that ails young lovers, like questions about desire, consent, and patriarchy. It’s a revealing read bound to expand your thinking.“
      Esquire, The 20 Best Books of Summer 2022

      “Within Bad Sex, Aronowitz introduces readers to fervent sluts and ambiguous wives, radical lesbians and liberationist lovers, all to discover how we reconcile ourselves and our desires in this time when both are under assault.”
      —The Millions

      “Part memoir, part history of pioneering feminist figures, Bad Sex is an attempt to make sense of feminism’s failure to, as the singer Self Esteem puts it, prioritize pleasure … Aronowitz is exceedingly well-read, and her book is stuffed with wisdom gleaned from her elders … These historical sections are unfailingly illuminating.”
      The Atlantic

      “Part dishy sex diary, part feminist spark-notes, and part polemic for a sex-positive future, Bad Sex chronicles a series of Aronowitz’s sexual escapades after she ends her marriage… Bad Sex is breezy and fast-paced … [Aronowitz’s] delight is an antidote to a nihilistically glum attitude that’s fashionable today…. Where else to start if not with the promise and potential of some better, freer, sexier future? It’s no ending, but perhaps a rigorous feminism can still begin where Aronowitz does: I want this.”
      Book Forum

      ”Part memoir, part history, and part cultural criticism, Willis-Aronowitz traces the lineage of sexual inequities from the nineteenth century to the present, pairing a historical deep-dive into misogyny, feminism, and consent, with the author’s own journey toward sexual and romantic liberation amid the backdrop of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.“
      Electric Lit, ”Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2022“

      “Bad Sex does what more sexuality books should do: prove that our politics can be horny as hell.”

      ”Everybody’s always talking about sex, but Nona Willis Aronowitz is truly saying something about it in Bad Sex. More than the act, this book touches on our conflicting narratives around pleasure, fear, hope, honesty, and at times, family. Aronowitz invites the reader into a conversation we may want to shy away from, but does so with so much enthusiasm and curiosity of her own we can’t help but follow down another rabbit hole or into another memory. All roads are littered with jewels in this gorgeous exploration of humanity and desire.“
      —Ashley C. Ford, author of New York Times bestseller Somebody’s Daughter

      Bad Sex is Nona Willis Aronowitz’s deft exploration of the triumphs and the unfinished work of both feminism and the sexual revolution. Deeply informed by intellectual and familial history, Bad Sex is intimate, thoughtful, and accessible to anyone struggling with the persistent, maddening inequities of contemporary sex. Willis Aronowitz looks to the groundbreaking work of her mother for insight, yet has written a book that will surely inspire and enlighten the next generation of politically and sexually aroused feminist thinkers.” 
      —Rebecca Traister, author of New York Times bestseller Good and Mad

      “Aronowitz’s chatty tone and corpuscular language explodes myths in ways that will help readers clearly recognize the lies they’ve been fed. Highly recommended.”
      Library Journal (starred)

      “…an exquisitely researched, joyfully conversational take on sexual oppression and sexual revolutions throughout history, as well as a deeply heartfelt memoir… This genuine and generousemotional offering is sure to make readers feel seen and heard, too.”
      Booklist (starred)

      ”Courageously frank.“

      “An intelligent and disarmingly honest book about sex, love, marriage, radical feminism, the yearnings that echo across generations, and the true meaning of sexual liberation.”
      —Amia Srinivasan, bestselling author of The Right to Sex

      ”As a writer, and editor and a chronicler of modern life, Nona Willis Aronowitz has charted a distinctive space for herself and her work. With her new book Bad Sex, she explored her own life and family history and delved into the past to create a comprehensive work about what sexual freedom can mean and the contradictions that complicate it."

      “A revealing personal and historical exploration of the disappointments, rewards, and ambivalence women experience when they explore sexual desires and relationships that challenge societal expectations about gender, race, class, and love. Well-researched, candid, and at times painfully perceptive.”
      —Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
      “With Bad Sex, Nona re-centers sexual agency in feminist history—and in her own life. This is not only a brilliant and evocative personal memoir, it also examines the critical goal of sexual liberation since long before the feminist second wave.”
      —Susie Bright
      —Erica Jong
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    Return to Uluru The Hidden History of a Murder in Outback Australia Mark McKenna
    9780593185773 Hardcover TRUE CRIME / General On Sale Date:August 09, 2022
    $37.00 CAD 6.16 x 9.28 x 0.9 in | 0.92 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:12 Dutton
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      Return to Uluru explores the cold case that strikes at the heart of Australia’s white supremacy—the death of an Aboriginal man in 1934; the iconic life of a white, “outback” police officer; and the continent’s most sacred and mysterious landmark.

      Inside Cardboard Box 39 at the South Australian Museum’s storage facility lies the forgotten skull of an Aboriginal man who died 85 years before. His misspelled name is etched on the crown, but the many bones in boxes around him remain unidentified. Who was Yokununna, and how did he die? His story reveals the layered, exploitative white Australian mindset that have long rendered Aboriginal reality all but invisible. 

      When policeman Bill McKinnon’s Aboriginal prisoners escape in 1934, he’s determined to get them back. Tracking them across the so called “dead heart” of the country, he finds the men at Uluru, a sacred rock formation. What exactly happened there remained a mystery, even after a Commonwealth inquiry. But Mark McKenna’s research uncovers new evidence, getting closer to the truth, revealing glimpses of indigenous life and demonstrating the importance of this case today. Using McKinnon’s private journal entries, McKenna paints a picture of the police officer’s life to better understand how white Australians treat the center of the country and its inhabitants.

      Return to Uluru dives deeply into one cold case. But it also provides a searing indictment of the historical white supremacy still present in Australia—and has fascinating, illuminating parallels to the growing racial justice movements in the United States.

      Story Locale: Australia
      Mark McKenna is one of Australia’s leading historians, based at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several prize-winning books, including From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories, Looking for Blackfellas’ Point and An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark, which won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for nonfiction.

      Author Residence: Sydney, Australia

      Author Hometown: Toongabbie, Australia
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      “THIS WEEK’S HOTTEST NEW BOOK RELEASES… This gripping work of true crime explores a decades-old cold case: How did an Aboriginal man named Yokununna die at one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks, and what does his death reveal about white Australians’ treatment of Aboriginal peoples?”
      USA Today

      “Both a crime story and a kind of allegory in which the moral ambiguities of race relations, settler colonialism and Aboriginal indigeneity are condensed and discussed in a vivid moment of violence and tragedy that was denied and lied about for many decades… An admirable, toughminded and absorbing book.”
      The Times Literary Supplement

      “An outstanding work of historical detection and riveting storytelling.  Mark McKenna picks up the threads of a cold case and follows their twisty turns to the heartbreaking truth of violent white settlement in Australian Aboriginal country.  If truth is necessary for reconciliation, McKenna’s vivid account is a vital milestone on the journey.”
      Geraldine Brooks, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel March and the international bestsellers Horse, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders

      “A vividly told, necessary story of the horrors embedded deep within the colonial history of Australia. Mark McKenna uses the tale of a murder in the 1930s to illuminate the complex history of a sacred place; the harms perpetrated by colonizers and the resistance and resilience of the Indigenous people to whom it belongs. It is an honest, sometimes grim, but ultimately uplifting history.”
      Jennifer Raff, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas, author of Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas

      “Richly detailed and superbly conceived, Return to Uluru is a gripping tale of murder and injustice set in the vast heartland of 1930s Australia.  But it is also much more than that.  For in reconstructing what happened in a small cave alongside the dazzling natural wonder Europeans called Ayers Rock, Mark McKenna has provided us with a still relevant portrait of the ongoing clash between indigenous peoples and the so-called modern world.” 
      Scott Ellsworth, author of the National Book Award longlisted The Ground Breaking

      “Mark McKenna’s fascinating and infuriating narrative of frontier injustice delivers a heady blend of true crime mystery, masterful historical research, and an eloquent call for reconciliation and social justice. With a story as resonant in North America as in McKenna’s Australian homeland, Return to Uluru convincingly outs the “heroes” of frontier expansion for what they truly were: architects of atrocities who quite literally were allowed to get away with murder, so long as their victims were Indigenous people, their culture and their way of life.”
      Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of The Forever Witness

      “The violence of racism, hate, and cruelty permeate the global legacy of colonialism, and Australia is a prime case study. In Return to Uluru, Mark McKenna combines a historian’s discernment with craft, compassion, and purpose to paint an unambiguous picture of a horrible wrong from the past and why it matters today. Upending the standard frontier narrative, McKenna offers a white man’s biography in the context of the hate, harm and violence that infused it. But it is not the life story of that man that captivates us. It’s the telling of a series of events ultimately revealed, and best understood, via Indigenous voices, that creates the power and resonance in this book. By framing the events and lives in the context, and words, of The Uluru Statement from the Heart, there is a truth-telling about colonial history. For those readers who are not familiar with Uluru, the Anangu and the realities of what we call “Australia” today, this book is a necessary education and a heartfelt invitation to know and to care.”
      Agustín Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, author of The Creative Spark

      “Honest and thought-provoking, this book takes a hard look at some uncomfortable truths in Australia’s history. Recommended for anyone wanting to examine racism, colonialism, and their continued effects.”
      —Library Journal

      “Gripping…This eye-opening exposé of an official whitewash delivers the goods.”
      —Publishers Weekly

      “A killing in Australia sheds light on a long history of violence against Aboriginal people…  A thoroughly researched, well-told story of a true crime that can never see punishment.”

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