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July 2018 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, July 30th at 6pm EST.

Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations by Mark C. Perna (Greenleaf Book Group)

Description: Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation

If you've ever struggled to motivate the young people in your sphere of influence, Answering Why is the game-changer you've been looking for. From the urgent skills gap crisis to the proven strategies to inspire our youngest generations, Answering Why addresses the burning questions faced by educators, employers, and parents everywhere.

Author, CEO, and generational expert Mark C. Perna shares his wide experience and profound success as both a single dad and performance consultant for education and workforce development across North America. Readers will be empowered to:

- Embrace the branch-creak crisis moments of life
- Make meaningful, productive connections with the Why Generation (anyone under 40 today)
- Bring relevance, self-discovery, and passion to the learning process

The Why Generation is asking a serious question, and it's time to answer it. This book will help awaken the incredible potential of young people everywhere and spur them to increased performance on all fronts, so they can make a bigger difference—which is exactly what they want.

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A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd (William Morrow)

Description: From New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, the 10th book in the beloved Bess Crawford Mystery series, this time following the World War I nurse to a storm-battered English island to catch a devious killer.

Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author.

The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t—take their lives.

Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late.

Captain Williams’ sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula—a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she’s learned too much to be allowed to leave. What’s more, no one in England knows where she is.

Why is there no Constable out here? And who is the mysterious Ellen? Captain Williams and his brother’s widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger. . . .

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Dyno Don: The Cars and Career of Dyno Don Nicholson by Doug Boyce (CarTech Books)

Description: Many fans of drag racing consider the most interesting era to be from the 1950s through the 1970s, the years when the sport really took off. During that period, so much changed from a speed and technology standpoint that people often refer to this time as the golden age of drag racing.Drivers often became associated with a particular manufacturer, such as Chevy, Ford, or Chrysler through sponsorship, factory team rides, or sometimes simply their own preference. The more successful drivers became household names in the drag racing community. Chevy had Grumpy Jenkins, Pontiac had Arnie "the Farmer" Beswick, Mopar had Sox & Martin and Dandy Dick Landy, and Ford's most successful driver of the era was the legendary "Dyno Don" Nicholson.Nicholson's first wins on a national level were actually in the early 1960s in Chevrolet products. He became extremely successful on the match-race circuit. Then, in 1964, he switched over to Mercury with the new Comet after General Motors enacted a factory ban on racing activities. He won 90 percent of his match races that year. He stuck with Ford and Mercury products and won throughout the 1960s and 1970s, even after Ford also pulled the plug on factory team sponsorship. He made it to the final rounds in nearly 50 national events during that period, in addition to winning championships, awards, and match races along the way. If you are a fan of a certain era of racing, a Ford fan, or certainly a "Dyno Don" fan, this book will be a welcome addition to your library.

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How to Paint Muscle Cars & Show Cars Like a Pro by Tony Thacker (CarTech Books)

Description: The value and collectability of muscle cars has never been higher. Models that sold for $30,000 at auction 10 years ago are now going for quadruple that in many cases. The charts showing auction results, sale prices, and car value have a continuous upward trajectory. As such, some rare models of muscle cars are now valued in the realm of historically high-valued classic, sports, and show cars. Who would have dreamed that a Hemi 'Cuda convertible would be selling for Duesenberg or Ferrari money these days? Of course, when values of muscle cars increase to such an extent, the care and detail spent on restoration becomes vitally important, putting them into the exotic and show car realm. Naturally, the most visible aspect of a full-blown restoration is the paintwork. Veteran author Tony Thacker teams up with LA-based award-winning painter extraordinaire Mick Jenkins to bring you this complete guide to show-quality painting. Included is all the information on how to create a show-quality finish, including chapters on making a plan, the tools needed for the job, complete disassembly information, repair versus replacement decisions, metal prep, the latest and best paint products, application, custom finishes, and more.

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A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson (Revell)

Description: Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan's great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins' palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie's great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage—and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate's private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight as two charming characters get caught up in the adventure of uncovering the past and finding their way to an unexpected future.

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Edge of the Known Bus Line by James R. Gapinski (Etchings Press)

Description: About Edge of the Known Bus Line

A woman's daily commute takes an abrupt turn when she's dropped off in a grotesque shantytown in Edge of the Known Bus Line. The townsfolk live in huts and tents scavenged from broken trinkets. They eat dead rats and human flesh. They've developed cult-like religions about miracle bus routes that will someday set them free. The narrator searches for a way out of this surreal hellscape while dredging up a few nightmares of her own.

Advance Praise for Edge of the Known Bus Line

"Disturbingly hilarious and weirdly affecting, Gapinski's novella is a stunning fable about what it means to live in late capitalism . . . Hallucinatory, savage, but ultimately hopeful, Edge of the Known Bus Line is a bloody bible for our times."
—Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker

"This is a bus we've all been on, and this is a town we all carry around with us. The only question is: will James R. Gapinski let us out where we want, or where we deserve?"

—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels

"Part Kafka-esque dystopia, part Lord of the Flies, part modern allegory, James R. Gapinski's novella Edge of the Known Bus Line takes us on a one-way trip to the end of civilization and the beginning of what it means to be human."

—Melissa Reddish, author of Girl & Flame

"The apocalyptic nightmare that James R. Gapinski conjures is unsettling from the start . . . We are led through this strange world by a freelance butcher who becomes an unlikely hero in a rotting state where dead ravens litter the landscape and starvation is endemic. This horrifying, bleak tale is also blackly comic. Swallow it whole."

—Laura E. Joyce, author of Luminol Theory

About the Author
James R. Gapinski’s book, Edge of the Known Bus Line, won the 2018 Etchings Press novella prize. He is also the author of a Messiah Tortoise, a collection of linked flash fictions. His short fiction has appeared in The Collapsar, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Paper Darts, Psychopomp, and other literary magazines. James earned his MFA in fiction from Goddard College and his MA in postmodern literary studies from Prescott College. He is managing editor of The Conium Review and works as an instructional specialist at Chemeketa Community College. James lives with his partner in Portland, Oregon.

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Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: American historian Hannah intends to immerse herself in World War II research in Paris, wary of paying much attention to the city where a youthful misadventure once left her dejected. But a chance encounter with Tariq, a Moroccan teenager whose visions of the City of Lights as a world of opportunity and rebirth starkly contrast with her own, disrupts her plan.

Hannah agrees to take Tariq in as a lodger, forming an unexpected connection with the young man. Yet as Tariq begins to assimilate into the country he risked his life to enter, he realizes that its dark past and current ills are far more complicated than he’d anticipated. And Hannah, diving deeper into her work on women’s lives in Nazi-occupied Paris, uncovers a shocking piece of history that threatens to dismantle her core beliefs. Soon they each must question which sacrifices are worth their happiness and what, if anything, the tumultuous past century can teach them about the future.
From the sweltering streets of Tangier to deep beneath Paris via the Metro, from the affecting recorded accounts of women in German-occupied France and into the future through our hopes for these characters, Paris Echo offers a tough and poignant story of injustices and dreams.

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The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler (Revell)

Description: Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents' insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother's name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother's place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.

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Invisible by Stephen L. Carter (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s—and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.
Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who—together with his friend Dashiell Hammett—would go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed.
Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as a novel, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable book, her long forgotten story is once again visible.

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Lamarck's Revenge by Peter Ward (Bloomsbury)

Description: In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck first described epigenetics to explain the inheritance of acquired characteristics; however, his theory was supplanted in the 1800s by Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection through heritable genetic mutations. But natural selection could not adequately explain how rapidly species re-diversified and repopulated after mass extinctions. Now advances in the study of DNA and RNA have resurrected epigenetics, which can create radical physical and physiological changes in subsequent generations by the simple addition of a single small molecule, thus passing along a propensity for molecules to attach in the same places in the next generation.

Epigenetics is a complex process, but paleontologist and astrobiologist Peter Ward breaks it down for general readers, using the epigenetic paradigm to reexamine how the history of our species―from deep time to the outbreak of the Black Plague and into the present―has left its mark on our physiology, behavior, and intelligence. Most alarming are chapters about epigenetic changes we are undergoing now triggered by toxins, environmental pollutants, famine, poor nutrition, and overexposure to violence.

Lamarck’s Revenge is an eye-opening and provocative exploration of how traits are inherited, and how outside influences drive what we pass along to our progeny.

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Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George (Henry Holt and Company)

Description: Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. It can save lives and transmit deadly infections. Each one of us has roughly nine pints of it, yet many don’t even know their own blood type. And for all its ubiquitousness, the few tablespoons of blood discharged by 800 million women are still regarded as taboo: menstruation is perhaps the single most demonized biological event.
Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to modern “hemovigilance” teams that track blood-borne diseases. She introduces Janet Vaughan, who set up the world’s first system of mass blood donation during the Blitz, and Arunachalam Muruganantham, known as “Menstrual Man” for his work on sanitary pads for developing countries. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions, in which the US is known as the “OPEC of plasma.” And she looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you.
Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, Nine Pints reveals our life's blood in an entirely new light.

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The Splintering of the American Mind by William Egginton (Bloomsbury)

Description: Thirty years after the culture wars, identity politics is now the norm on college campuses-and it hasn't been an unalloyed good for our education system or the country. Though the civil rights movement, feminism, and gay pride led to profoundly positive social changes, William Egginton argues that our culture's increasingly narrow focus on individual rights puts us in a dangerous place. The goal of our education system, and particularly the liberal arts, was originally to strengthen community; but the exclusive focus on individualism has led to a new kind of intolerance, degrades our civic discourse, and fatally distracts progressive politics from its commitment to equality.

Egginton argues that our colleges and universities have become exclusive, expensive clubs for the cultural and economic elite instead of a national, publicly funded project for the betterment of the country. Only a return to the goals of community, and the egalitarian values underlying a liberal arts education, can head off the further fracturing of the body politic and the splintering of the American mind.

With lively, on-the-ground reporting and trenchant analysis, The Splintering of the American Mind is a powerful book that is guaranteed to be controversial within academia and beyond. At this critical juncture, the book challenges higher education and every American to reengage with our history and its contexts, and to imagine our nation in new and more inclusive ways.

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An Agent of Utopia by Andy Duncan (Small Beer Press)

Description: Meet a Utopian assassin, an aging UFO contactee, a haunted Mohawk steelworker, a time-traveling prizefighter, a yam-eating Zombie, and a child who loves a frizzled chicken—not to mention Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Sir Thomas More, and all their fellow travelers riding the steamer-trunk imagination of a unique twenty-first-century fabulist.

From the Florida folktales of the perennial prison escapee Daddy Mention and the dangerous gator-man Uncle Monday that inspired “Daddy Mention and the Monday Skull” (first published in Mojo: Conjure Stories, edited by Nalo Hopkinson) to the imagined story of boxer and historical bit player Jess Willard in World Fantasy Award winner “The Pottawatomie Giant” (first published on SciFiction), or the Ozark UFO contactees in Nebula Award winner “Close Encounters” to Flannery O’Connor’s childhood celebrity in Shirley Jackson Award finalist “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse” (first published in Eclipse) Duncan’s historical juxtapositions come alive on the page as if this Southern storyteller was sitting on a rocking chair stretching the truth out beside you.

Duncan rounds out his explorations of the nooks and crannies of history in two irresistible new stories, “Real Indians” — in which a gang of Native American ironworkers in 1920s New York City go to a show — and the title story, “An Agent of Utopia” — where he reveals what really (might have) happened to Thomas More’s head.

Advance Praise

“An Agent of Utopia is all the proof you’ll need to see that Andy Duncan is one of the very best short story writers in Science Fiction, Fantasy, or anywhere else. It’s a sure bet that you’re holding in your hand the best story collection of the year.”
— Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell

“Andy Duncan is the Andy Duncan of Andy Duncanland, and we are all lucky to have access to that fabled locale via the portal between his brain and these pages. The stories in this collection drip with magic and mayhem and time and place and personhood, along with the most creative cussing this side of anywhere. Each one is a microcosm, a moment from our own history, real or imagined, passed along to us by a master storyteller.”
— Sarah Pinsker

Andy Duncan’s short fiction has been honored with the Nebula, Sturgeon, and multiple World Fantasy awards. A native of Batesburg, SC, Duncan has been a newspaper reporter, a trucking-magazine editor, a bookseller, a student-media adviser, and, since 2008, a member of the writing faculty at Frostburg State University in the mountains of western Maryland, where he lives with his wife, Sydney.

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Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr (Candlewick Press)

Description: Pippi Longstocking meets Heidi meets Anne Shirley in this tale of an irrepressible girl in a mountain village who navigates unexpected changes with warmth and humor.

Speed and self-confidence, that’s Astrid’s motto. Nicknamed “the little thunderbolt,” she loves to spend her days racing down the hillside on her sled, singing loudly as she goes, and visiting Gunnvald, her grumpy, septuagenarian best friend and godfather, who makes hot chocolate from real chocolate bars. She just wishes there were other children to share her hair-raising adventures with. But Astrid’s world is about to be turned upside down by two startling arrivals to the village of Glimmerdal: first a new family, then a mysterious, towering woman who everyone seems to know but Astrid. It turns out that Gunnvald has been keeping a big secret from his goddaughter, one that will test their friendship to its limits. Astrid is not too happy about some of these upheavals in Glimmerdal — but, luckily, she has a plan to set things right.

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Baghdad Noir by Samuel Shimon (Akashic Books)

Description: One of the world’s most war-torn cities is portrayed through a noir lens in this chilling story collection.

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Muhsin al-Ramli, Nassif Falak, Hadia Said, Ahmed Saadawi, Salima Salih, Roy Scranton, Hayet Raies, Mohammed Alwan Jabr, Dheya al-Khalidi, Hussain al-Mozany, Sinan Antoon, Salar Abdoh, Ali Bader, and Layla Qasrany.

From “I Killed Her Because I Loved Her” by contributor Muhsin al-Ramli:

The neighborhood, timeless with its narrow, smelly lanes, seemed to have been forgotten since it came into being with the foundation of Baghdad in Abbasid times. The streets were pocked with potholes, noisy with the clamor of children playing and the clatter of peddlers’ carts. On the pavement there were piles of putrid, smoldering garbage: the smoke mixed with the smell of spices, grilled meat, and other foods cooking. The houses were crammed with people and were built of old bricks and planks of wood. If they hadn’t been leaning on each other, the only reason they didn’t collapse was that there wasn’t enough space on the ground between them.

From “Post-Traumatic Stress Reality in Qadisiya” by contributor Hadia Said:

What I’m telling you is that Baghdad is coming back. Yes. We’ve resumed the necessary insanity. Yes, yes, by God. We removed our suits and stripped to T-shirts and shorts—just like the old days. Exactly like the old days.

From “Getting to Abu Nuwas Street” by contributor Dheya al-Khalidi:

Baghdad’s streets are desolate after midnight. The dark gathers in front of shops and alleyways. Wooden stalls for selling produce are laid down and intertwined like a broken-down train at a station. I’d always watch the cats chase each other, hiss and fight by the butcher’s shop. But odd there weren’t any stray dogs around, since I used to hear them bark in the capital every day. Maybe they sensed something grave that night, so they were hiding, putting off the hunt for another time.

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Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan (Candlewick Press)

Description: On the night that Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup’s family. Pale, cold, and relentless, the witches will do anything for the tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic and enforces her laws with terror and cruelty — and who happens to be Mup’s grandmother. When witches carry off her dad, Mup and her mam leave the mundane world to rescue him. But everything is odd in the strange, glittering Witches Borough, even Mam. Even Mup herself. In a world of rhyming crows, talking cats, and golden forests, it’s all Mup can do to keep her wits about her. And even if she can save her dad, Mup’s not sure if anything will ever be the same again. First in a new trilogy by Irish author Celine Kiernan, this tale of family and forbidden magic charts a fresh path through the landscape of beloved fantasy tradition — and promises to bewitch any reader in search of stories to love.

When witches kidnap her dad, Mup is swept up in a wild tide of magic that carries her to another world. Can she reunite her family and find her way back?

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Changers Book Four: Forever by T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper (Akashic Books)

Description: The masterful and dramatic final installment in the highly acclaimed Changers YA series pulls no punches.

When we left Kim Cruz in Changers Book Three, she’d just come out to her best friend, at long last revealing her truth. In Changers Book Four: Forever, Kim discovers that coming out is only the beginning of understanding who she is and where she belongs in the world. Soon enough, she changes again, into the body and social status of her dreams. What she does with her newfound power will come to haunt her.

In this, the final installment of the provocative Changers series, our hero learns what it means to be the person everybody loves without actually being known at all; what it’s like to be given the benefit of the doubt when you don’t deserve it; and how easily opportunity comes when you look the part. Filled with characters who redefine gender, sexuality, and identity, Changers Book Four explores what it means to find yourself—even as your self keeps changing—and how in the end we become the person we want to be.

Part of our Black Sheep imprint for young readers.

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Congratulations, Who Are You Again? by Harrison Scott Key (Harper Perennial)

Description: This funny and wise new memoir from Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up.

Little-known author Mark Twain once said that the two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why. He's talking about dreams here, the destiny that calls every living soul to some kind of greatness. What Mr. Twain doesn't say is: A dream is also a monster that wants to eat you. Nobody tells you this part of the American Dream — until now. In this new memoir, Congratulations Who Are You Again, readers join Harrison Scott Key on his outrageous journey to becoming a great American writer.

As a young boy in Mississippi, Harrison possessed many special gifts, such as the ability to read and complete college applications. And yet, throughout young adulthood, he failed at many vocations, until one day, after drinking perhaps too many beers and dusting off his King James Bible, he stumbled across a passage about a lonely pelican, which burst into flame inside him. In a mad blaze of holy illumination, Harrison realized his dream: to set the world afire with the light inside him. He would write a funny book. This was his dream.

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Elephant Secret by Eric Walters (Puffin Books Canada)

Description: Recommended for ages 8-12.

We Bought a Zoo meets Jurassic Park in a gripping story set in an elephant sanctuary, featuring the perennial appeal of human-animal friendships.

Samantha (Sam) lives at the elephant sanctuary her dad runs and views the elephants there as much a part of her family as her single dad is. When a beloved elephant dies in childbirth, Sam develops a special connection with the baby, named Woolly because she has an unusual amount of hair. It soon becomes apparent that Woolly is . . . different. Woolly's mother was part of a special breeding project, and Woolly's DNA is not elephant but that of a rare specimen — a woolly mammoth — procured by the eccentric billionaire genius who runs the program. He will stop at nothing to protect Woolly, his multi-million-dollar investment, even it means turning Sam and her dad's world upside-down. An astonishing fact-based look at elephant behavior and an endearing girl-elephant friendship.

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I'll Root for You and Other Poems by Wolf Erlbruch & Edward van de Vebdel (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: A collection of poems that’s sure to be a winner

This delightful poetry collection is the perfect cheerleader for young athletes . . . especially ones who may not be the most athletic. Edward van de Vendel introduces readers to a world where elephants figure skate, frogs win the Diversity Olympics, and a pig quits the football team for gymnastics, even though everyone laughs at his leotard. Paired with winsome illustra­tions, the poems—sometimes silly, sometimes sincere—encourage young readers to pursue their goals, try their best, and take pride in themselves, whether they win or lose.

This irrepressibly joyful book from an award-winning team will have readers cheering for more.

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Marrakech Noir by Yassin Adnan (Akashic Books)

Description: Northern Africa finally enters the Noir Series arena with a finely crafted volume of dark stories, translated from Arabic, French, and Dutch.

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Fatiha Morchid, Fouad Laroui, Taha Adnan, Mohamed Zouhair, Lahcen Bakour, Mahi Binebine, Halima Zine El Abidine, Hanane Derkaoui, Allal Bourqia, My Seddik Rabbaj, Abdelkader Benali, Mohamed Nedali, Mohamed Achaari, Karima Nadir, and Yassin Adnan.

From the introduction by Yassin Adnan:

Only palm trees remember that remote dark past, when highwaymen lay in wait behind their trunks for passing caravans . . . According to some stories, this is where the city’s name originated. Over the centuries the name has lost much of its caution and blackness . . . Moroccans today call Marrakech “The Joyful City,” or simply “The Joyful.” For the city is pledged to joy. The seekers of happiness and soirées head for it. Its nights are well lit and its days are bright. The city’s lovers are ready to read every type of story about it except those garbed in black. Even the city’s leading authors, the storytellers of Jamaa al-Fana, have always avoided in their fascinating halqas dark tales and stories . . .

In all their variety these stories remain rooted in the Moroccan soil. Marrakech, the ancient Moroccan city, the country’s capital of tourism, the city of joy and sadness, the city of simple life, the city linked to the most international capitals through daily flights from its international airport, the city of the new European community, a winter resort for French retirees, and a refuge for immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, the city of red nights and sex tourism, the city of the new generation of crimes . .

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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 5-8.

The inspiring story of the girl behind one of the greatest novels — and monsters — ever, perfectly timed for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. For fans for picture book biographies such as I Dissent or She Persisted.

How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little girl who learns to read by tracing the letters on the tombstone of her famous feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of sixteen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. Two years later, they travel to Switzerland where they meet a famous poet, Lord Byron. On a stormy summer evening, with five young people gathered around a fire, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. A year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, is published — a novel that goes on to become the most enduring monster story ever and one of the most popular legends of all time.

A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

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Megabat by Anna Humphrey (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 7 to 10.

Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It's big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it's haunted . . . or is it?

Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box and shipped halfway across the world. Now he's living in an old house far from home, feeling sorry for himself and accidentally scaring the people who live there.

Daniel realizes it's not a ghost in his new house. It's a bat. And he can talk. And he's actually kind of cute.

Megabat realizes that not every human wants to whack him with a broom. This one shares his smooshfruit.

Add some buttermelon, juice boxes, a lightsaber and a common enemy and you've got a new friendship in the making!

This charming, funny story is brought to life by Kass Reich's warm and adorable illustrations. There's never been a bat this cute — readers will be rooting for Megabat and Daniel from page one!

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Outside My Window by Jamey Christoph & Linda Ashman (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: A joyous glimpse into different cultures

Children living in different parts of the world see very different things when they gaze out of their windows. One child looks out over a boulevard lined with palm trees, another sees a train whistling past snow-capped mountains, and another waves to her father as he tends to their garden. But while their lives may seem different, there’s something important that they all share.



This beautiful book will spark readers’ curiosity and imagina­tion with its celebration of global diversity.

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Phone Call With a Fish by Sualzo Silvia Vecchini (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: A story for anyone who has felt like a fish out of water



There’s a boy in class who doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t yell when a student steps on his foot, and he writes his answers to the teacher’s questions on the board. One of his classmates is trying to understand why he’s so quiet, but she can’t figure it out. But then one day the class goes to the science museum, and she discovers a phone with an aquarium full of fish on the other end of the line. And the fish, as it turns out, aren’t silent after all—they just have their own way of communicating.



This empathy-building story will encourage readers to approach others with compassion and understanding.

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Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)

Description: A young woman must learn to love and trust again after experiencing the brutality of ritual servitude in West Africa.

Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas’ idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo’s father, following his mother’s advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the fifteen years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again.

In the tradition of Chris Cleave’s Little Bee, this novel is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa. Spanning decades and two continents, Praise Song for the Butterflies will break you heart and then heal it.

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Report to Megalopolis or The Post-modern Prometheus by Tod Davies (Exterminating Angel Press)

Description: “Innovative form and spellbinding content. . . . Stories, as Tod Davies’s History of Arcadia novels ultimately suggest, serve as a civilization’s backbone, and it is therefore in stories too that we can discover the potential for fundamental change and a better society.” —Marvels and Tales

You won’t need to have read any other of The History of Arcadia books to become engrossed in the drama of Aspern Grayling, whose obsession with creating a new life form—in the person of ruthless adventurer Pavo Vale—could destroy all his world. A compelling descendant of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this is a tale of a man bent on conquest, and of an adversary that may yet defeat him: the ghost of the Arcadian Devindra Vale, the only woman he has ever loved.

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Star Wars: The Rebel Files by Daniel Wallace (Chronicle Books)

Description: This top-secret cache reproduces highly sensitive intelligence that traces the Rebel Alliance from its formation through its tireless fight against the Empire and the First Order. From its earliest beginnings in covert opposition to Imperial operations, the Alliance could not leave its most sensitive information open to the risk of digital interception. Instead, it was kept in a secure case, traveling with key senior rebel personnel. Lost in the chaos surrounding the Battle of Endor, it was rediscovered many years later by the newly formed Resistance. Richly illustrated and full of strategic detail and history, the files also feature additional annotation by Resistance members such as General Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Poe Dameron, and Admiral Ackbar, making this a crucial read for fans seeking a deeper understanding of the saga.

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Summer at the Garden Cafe by Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Harper Perennial)

Description: The second in Felicity Hayes-McCoy's Finfarran Peninsula series, and sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World—a heartwarming story about secrets between four generations of Irish women, and the healing powers of books, love, and friendship.

The Garden Café, next to Lissbeg library, is a place where plans are formed and secrets shared, and where, even in high tourist season, people are never too busy to stop for a sandwich and a cup of tea.
But twenty-one-year-old Jazz—daughter of the town’s librarian Hanna Casey—has a secret she can’t share. Still recovering from a car accident, and reeling from her father’s disclosures about his long-time affair, she’s taken a job at The Old Forge guesthouse, and begun to develop feelings for a man who’s strictly off-limits.

Meanwhile, involved in her own new affair with architect Brian Morton, Hanna is unaware of the turmoil in Jazz’s life—until her manipulative ex-husband, Malcom, reappears trying to mend his relationship with their daughter. Rebuffed at every turn, Malcolm must return to London, but his mother, Louisa, is on the case. Unbeknown to the rest of the family, she hatches a plan, finding an unlikely ally in Hanna’s mother, the opinionated Mary Casey.

Watching Jazz unravel, Hanna begins to wonder if secrets which Malcolm has forced her to keep may have harmed their beloved daughter more than she’d realized. But then, the Casey women are no strangers to secrets, something Hanna realizes when she discovers a journal, long buried in land she inherited from her great-aunt Maggie. Ultimately, it’s the painful lessons of the past that offer a way to the future, but it will take the shared experiences of four generations of women to find a way forward for Hanna and her family.

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The Biggerers by Amy Lilwall (Oneworld Publications)

Description: Introducing a witty and unique voice poised to take the literary world by storm. For fans of The Borrowers, Munmun and The Truckers.

Everybody became a bit mean. A bit individual. Units. That's all humanity could say for itself - well, it couldn't actually, because it was made up of too many, um, units. And then there were the elderly, who could never bear to be so isolated, yet isolated they were. It was cruel, really it was. And kids - not that many people had them any more - they seemed to be born sitting in one of those egg-shaped chairs, only seeing what was right in front of them.

So, the government asked a doctor, that famous one, to get a team together and figure it all out. He did. Everyone got a playmate. Well, everyone who wanted one, could buy a playmate. About a foot tall, they stood, naked (except in winter), very affectionate, not too intelligent. Mute, but cute - exactly what every home needs. Something to love, little units of love.

The Biggerers is set in a dystopian future where our two heroes, Bonbon and Jinx, spend their days gathering stones and feathers for their basket, and waiting to be fed by their owners. But it's not long before getting sick, falling in love and wondering why they can't eat with a spoon pushes them to realise they are exactly the same as their owners…only smaller.

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The Contract by JM Gulvin (Faber & Faber USA)

Description: A string of murders. A missing blues singer. A leaky DA’s office. Cops and pimps in each other’s pockets.

In New Orleans, Texas Ranger John Q is out of his jurisdiction, and possibly out of his depth. It seems everyone in Louisiana wants to send him home, and every time he asks questions there’s trouble: from the pharmacist to the detective running scared to the pimp who turned to him as a last resort. Before John Q knows it, he looks the only link between a series of murders.

So who could be trying to set him up, and why, and who can he turn to in a city where Southern tradition and family ties rule?

Infused with the rhythms of its iconic setting, The Contract is a thriller to keep even the most seasoned crime readers gripped and guessing all the way to its endgame.

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The Hydrofoil Mystery by Eric Walters (Puffin Books Canada)

Description: Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

It is 1915, and Canada is embroiled in the First World War. The East Coast is under threat from German U-boats that are sinking ships and endangering coastal towns. It all seems very far away from the life of fifteen-year-old William McCracken — a Halifax lad who has developed a taste for gambling and tough ways.

William thinks he has a summer of mischief ahead of him until he discovers that his mother has arranged for him to spend the season working with an inventor by the name of Alexander Graham Bell. In a Nova Scotia outport, Bell and his crew are at work on his latest invention — a hydrofoil boat that will help the Allies defend the coast from the German danger. But there's a deadly menace hovering over the project, and suddenly, William finds his "boring" summer job transformed into an action-packed race to solve a terrifying mystery.

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The Little Barbarian by Renato Moriconi (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

Description: A wordless picture book that captures the imagination

Being a barbarian is no easy task. A barbarian must be able to survive an army of one-eyed giants or a pit of venomous snakes. He must bravely fight off manticores, dragons, and sea serpents. Luckily, a barbarian can always rely on his trusty steed to see him through any peril.

Readers of all ages will savor this wordless picture book with its clever twist ending.

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The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish by Scott Koblish (Chronicle Books)

Description: Marvel Comics artist Scott Koblish (Deadpool, Spider-Man) has been illustrating his own demise for many years in morbidly funny, 4-panel black-and-white comics. He's the one person struck by a comet, suddenly overrun by a pack of baboons, resting under the precarious rock tipped by a single bird, or the target of his daughter's (of course homicidal) teddy bear come to life. Though it's always Scott on the receiving end, the comics perfectly capture that irrational feeling we all have that everything can go very wrong in one irrevocable instant. Slapstick, surreal, and eerily plausible, with extended scenarios and pops of color throughout, this collection of cosmic reckonings shows that, if the end is nigh, at least you'll die laughing.

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The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery by Allison Rushby (Candlewick Press)

Description: Twelve-year-old Flossie is no ordinary ghost — she's the caretaker of every soul in Highgate Cemetery. And during World War II, even the ghosts aren't safe.

Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey at London's Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, it's Flossie's job to ensure that all the souls buried in the cemetery stay at rest. Not an easy job for a young ghost, but a task made especially difficult by World War II: London is being attacked every night by enemy bombers, and even the dead are unsettled. When Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object that seems to exist in both the living and spirit worlds, she becomes suspicious — what is the officer up to? Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could destroy not only her cemetery, but also her beloved country. Can Flossie and her ghostly friends stop the soldier before it's too late? History collides with the supernatural in this exciting, ethereal mystery from Allison Rushby.

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The Water Thief by Claire Hajaj (Oneworld Publications)

Description: Who decides what is right? How do we judge our actions? And how do we live with ourselves when things go wrong? From the award-winning author of Ishmael's Oranges comes a searing novel with a profound moral conflict at its heart.

When a heart attack kills his father, young architect Nick abandons his comfortable London life to volunteer abroad for a year - a last chance to prove himself, and atone for old sins.

But in a remote village on the edge of the Sahara, dangerous currents soon engulf him: a simmering family conflict, hidden violence and fanaticism, his host's lonely wife hiding secrets of her own. Their attraction threatens both their worlds, blurring the line between right and wrong. And when a deadly drought descends it brings an irrevocable choice. With all their hopes at stake, should he take matters into his own hands? Or let fate run its course? His decision has life-changing consequences for them all.

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The Yark by Bertrand Santini (Gecko Press)

Description: A very funny and cheerfully subversive chapter book about a monster who eats children—until one day he makes a friend.

The Yark loves children . . . with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets—ham of boy, orphan gratin, breaded babies, girl rillettes.

But he has a problem: his delicate stomach can only tolerate nice children; liars give him heartburn and savages spoil his teeth. There are not nearly enough good, edible children around to keep him from starvation.

Then the Yark finds sweet Madeleine. Will he gobble her up? Or will she survive long enough to change his life?

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Time and Time Again: Sixteen Trips in Time by Robert Silverberg (Three Rooms Press)

Description: Beloved sci-fi Grand Master Robert Silverberg collects all his best time travel fiction in one place, with new introductions detailing the back story behind each tale.

TIME AND TIME AGAIN: Sixteen Trips in Time by beloved science fiction Grand Master ROBERT SILVERBERG presents of all his best time travel fiction in one stunning collection. Silverberg introduces this new collection with a new essay praising early sci-fi icons that left a lasting impression on him as a young boy and launched his sixty-year voyage in time travel fiction.

Over the course of his career, Silverberg expanded time travel’s incredible world of freedom and mystery and delivered imaginative and intriguing stories that are hailed globally. Tales in TIME AND TIME AGAIN include: a marriage destroyed by a time travelling rival, a human waking up in the mind of a lobster after being sent to the future, and a Silverbergian touch to the age-old story of getting an advance peek at the next day’s newspaper.

Each story additionally features new introductions and anecdotes by Silverberg that recount his experiences writing for the greatest science fiction magazines of the past and present. TIME AND TIME AGAIN reaffirms Silverberg’s mastery of not only the science fiction genre, but its most ubiquitous theme.

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Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry (Tundra Books)

Description: Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

Peanut is messy. Moe is neat.

Peanut is loud. Moe is quiet.

Peanut always wants more. Moe always wants a little less.

Can these two learn to appreciate their differences?

With bright, bold, eye-catching illustrations and two adorable characters, Gina Perry has created a book that will appeal to all the Peanuts and Moes in the world — whether they think it's too much or not enough!

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What Is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems by Michael Rosen (Candlewick Press)

Description: Celebrated poet and critic Michael Rosen takes readers on a whirlwind tour exploring what poems are, what they can do, and the joys of reading and writing them.

For thousands of years, people have been writing poetry. But what is poetry? Award-winning wordsmith Michael Rosen has spent decades thinking about that question, and in this helpful guide he shares his insights with humor, knowledge, and appreciation — appreciation for poetry and appreciation for twenty-first-century children embarking on their own poetic journeys. Young readers are invited to join him on a welcoming exploration of the British poetic canon, replete with personal insights into what the renowned poet thinks about as he writes and advice on writing their own poetry. When he’s finished, readers will be able to say with confidence: this is poetry. Included in this accessible handbook are writing tips, analyses of classic poems, and an appendix of poets and useful websites.

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Affective Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program (Grades 6-8) by Joyce VanTassel-Baska (Prufrock Press)

Description: The Affective Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program uses a models approach to scaffold student learning and promote inquiry-based discussions of texts. This series of Jacob’s Ladder focuses specifically on supporting advanced students’ social-emotional needs through the discussion of reading selections in the following genres: short stories and media, poetry, and speeches, essays, and biographies.

Using the same critical thinking ladder framework, students move from lower to higher level skills of self-awareness, metacognition, and goal setting. The books include high-interest readings, poems, and connections to videos and songs that integrate reading comprehension and analysis skills with affective and social-emotional needs, as students are asked to apply themes, character or real-life experiences, and lessons from texts to their own lives. New ladders were specially designed for this series and derived from relevant theories about empathy, risk and resilience, achievement motivation, and mindsets and practices for cultivating talent.

The Affective Jacob’s Ladder guides provide teachers with an explanation of the nature and substance of the theoretical constructs for each ladder. Also included are an overview of the goals and objectives of each ladder and suggestions for how to implement the ladders in the classroom in a way that supports students’ academic and social-emotional needs at the same time.

Grades 6–8

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Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator's Guide to Leading a Growth Mindset Community by Mary Cay Ricci (Prufrock Press)

Description: Principals and district administrators will learn ways to develop, sustain, monitor, and lead schools and districts striving for growth mindset learning environments. The book includes guidance in the areas of growth mindset hiring, feedback, systemic professional learning, and ways to evaluate present processes and protocols through a growth mindset lens. A mindset reflection tool allows education leaders to consider their own mindset thinking. Guidance and suggestions for embedding growth mindset learning through curriculum, instruction, and grading are also included in this valuable resource. Attributes of growth mindset leaders are presented in this guidebook for leading in a growth mindset district!

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Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg by William S. Burroughs (Three Rooms Press)

Description: Burroughs. Ginsberg. A never-before-published four-day conversation about poetry, literary influences, shamanism, punk, and peyote.

In DON'T HIDE THE MADNESS, the fathers of the Beat movement converse about deeply intimate and personal history while gathered at Burroughs’ house in Lawrence, Kansas. The conversation includes discussion of:


  • David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Burroughs' classic novel Naked Lunch

  • Shamanism, including a detailed description of the shamanic exorcism of the demon Burroughs believes forced him to kill his common-law wife in 1951

  • Literary associates, influences, techniques, and insights

  • Punk rock’s contributions to counterculture lore


 

With the current political landscape mirroring many aspects of the early Beat period, DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS is particularly timely. Interest in both authors’ work is on the rise. Many consider these legendary icons’ perspectives to particularly prophetic.

DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS features a newly-commissioned illustration of Burroughs and Ginsberg by celebrated artist R. Crumb on the cover, as well as 17 rare photos by Ginsberg, many taken during the session.

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In Search of the Lost Chord by Danny Goldberg (Akashic Books)

Description: This paperback edition of Goldberg’s highly acclaimed homage to 1967 includes a new afterword and twenty beautiful and evocative photographs.

In Search of the Lost Chord is a subjective history of 1967, the year Danny Goldberg graduated from high school. It is also a refreshing and new analysis of the era; by looking at not only the political causes, but also the spiritual, musical, and psychedelic movements, Goldberg provides a unique perspective on how and why the legacy of 1967 lives on today.

1967 was the year of the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, among many others. 1967 was also the year of the Summer of Love; the year that millions of now illegal LSD tabs flooded America; Muhammad Ali was convicted of avoiding the draft; Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam; Stokely Carmichael championed Black Power; Israel won the Six-Day War; and Che Guevara was murdered. It was the year that hundreds of thousands of protesters vainly attempted to levitate the Pentagon. It was the year the word “hippie” peaked and died, and the Yippies were born.

Exhaustively researched and informed by interviews and conversations with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss, and Grace Slick, In Search of the Lost Chord is a mosaic of seminal moments in the psychedelic, spiritual, rock-and-roll, and political protest cultures of 1967.

This paperback edition includes a brand-new afterword by the author, along with twenty photographs by Peter Simon.

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The Complete What's Your Poo Telling You by Josh Richmond & Anish Sheth M.D. (Chronicle Books)

Description: The #1 book about going #2 is now back in a bigger, thicker package for a whole new generation of curious readers. The Complete What's Your Poo Telling You celebrates ten years of constant sales with more than 40 descriptions of two dozen types of poo, plus sidebars, medical explanations, and loads of engrossing fun facts. Now printing in two-color with a new author introduction, this hardcover is the perfect gift for the bowel-movement obsessed.

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The Missing Ingredient: The Curious Role of Time in Food and Flavor by Jenny Linford (The Overlook Press)

Description: From hours in the oven to years in the barrel, this illuminating book examines the relationship between the cook and the clock, and the underappreciated impact that time has on our favorite dishes

Two minutes into boiling an egg, the white isn’t set and the yolk is totally raw. After five minutes however, the white is fully set and the yolk slightly runny―a perfectly spoonable, soft-boiled egg. Boil for another three minutes for a set and tender yolk, or an additional five minutes for a fully set yolk. But be careful: once you boil the egg past ten minutes, you’ll have a crumbly yolk and dry, overly firm white. When it comes to boiled eggs, you may think you’re only dealing with one ingredient, but there is another less obvious, but still critical ingredient involved that should not be overlooked: time.

The Missing Ingredient is the first book to consider the intrinsic yet often forgotten role of time in creating the flavors and textures we love. Through a series of encounters with ingredients, producers, cooks, artisans, and chefs, acclaimed author of The Chef’s Library Jenny Linford shows how, time and again, time itself is the invisible ingredient in our most cherished recipes. Playfully structured through different periods of time, the book examines the fast and slow, from the seconds it takes for sugar to caramelize to the centuries it takes for food heritage to be passed down from our ancestors. From the brevity of blanching and the days required in the crucial process of fermentation, to the months of slow ripening that make a great cheddar and the years needed for certain wines to reach their peak, Linford dissects each segment of time needed to cook―and enjoy―simple and intricate cuisine alike. Including vignettes from the immediacy of taste (seconds), the exactitude of pasta (minutes), and smoking and barbecuing meats (hours), to maturing cheese (weeks), infusing vanilla extract (months), and perfecting parmigiana and port (years), The Missing Ingredient is an enlightening and essential volume for foodies, bakers, home cooks, chefs, and anyone who appreciates a perfectly-executed dish.

10 ARCs are available.

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Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story by Wyomia Tyus & Elizabeth Terzakis (Akashic Books)

Description: A timely memoir about world record–breaking Tyus’s 1964 and 1968 Olympic victories, amid the turbulence of the 1960s, along with contemporary reflections.

The latest from Akashic’s Edge of Sports imprint, curated by Dave Zirin.

In 1968, Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in two consecutive Olympic Games, a feat that would not be repeated for twenty years or exceeded for almost fifty. Tigerbelle chronicles Tyus’s journey from her childhood as the daughter of a tenant dairy farmer through her Olympic triumphs to her post-competition struggles to make a way for herself and other female athletes.

The Hidden Figures of sport, Tigerbelle helps to fill the gap currently occupying Black women’s place in American history, providing insight not only on what it takes to be a champion but also on what it means to stake out an identity in an often hostile world. Tyus’s exciting and uplifting story offers inspiration to readers from all walks of life.

With a foreword by MSNBC host Joy Reid, and an afterword by sportswriter Dave Zirin.

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Alice Mongoose and Alistair Rat in Hawaii by Mary Pfaff (Hawaiian Heritage Press)

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Description: With her hatbox and steamer trunk all packed and her employment letter in hand, Alice Mongoose was looking forward to her first grownup job on a Hamakua sugar plantation. Imagine her shock when she learned that her job was to kill rats!

Alice was not a killer. She knew that this was not the job for her. She disembarked and, carrying her striped hatbox and dragging her steamer trunk, went to look for a place to stay.

The first friendly creature she met was Alistair Rat.

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Langue[dot]doc 1305 by Gillian Polack (BookViewCafe)

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Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent a coupon code and the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in ePub or Kindle format.

In March 1305, a group of Australians and Americans arrive in medieval France. To be precise, they arrive in the Languedoc, near a village called Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

The scientists want to save the world. Dr Artemisia Wormwood wants to save her sister. If she joins the time-travellers as their historian, her pay would cover treatment that might give her sister life.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert is a desert of souls. Village, monastery, pilgrimage path, and legend; that's all there is. Perfect for scientists who have promised their work will not interfere with history. Those scientists have nine months and a dedication that defies reason. They won't tell Artemisia about their research. They don't want to hear her explanations about the world around them and about its people. Some of the scientists don't even want her there. Who needs an historian when the village looks like a gamer's dream?

The villagers are disturbed by the strangers. Most of the strangers don't really care.

Prepare for a bumpy ride with bad coffee.

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Second Son by Pamela Taylor (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: It is the dawn of the Renaissance, a time when new ideas are just beginning to emerge. Alfred — the eponymous second son — comes of age in the enlightened court of his grandfather. Alfred is convinced that his life will be unremarkable, spent in diligent but mundane service to king and kingdom. His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny.

It is also a time when peace and stability are tenuous, and threats can arise from unexpected quarters. Taken captive while on a mission for the king, Alfred is held for ransom and taken ever farther away from his home. With his prospects dwindling, he must find a way to survive if he is ever to fulfill that mysterious destiny.

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The Fall of a Sparrow by Dan Scannell (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Found in Paris, an old, long neglected book that purports to be the journal of one Henry Howard turns Michael Devon's world upside down.
Within its tattered pages, Michael finds a rich tableau of mid-sixteenth century life, experienced with all of the wonder and sense of adventure of a teen-aged boy at the brink of manhood. A story of improbable love, loyalty, friendship and courage emerges, set in the tumultuous events of the France of Catherine de Medici and Nostradamus.
Woven within this narrative is the story of an emerging poetic sensibility, coupled with an uncanny ability to bring to life a richly imaginative world. Howard provides a subtle sprinkling of linguistic tropes that suggests, in its early stages, the rich language of Shakespeare.
The Fall Of a Sparrow is a book about language, the beauty of its texture, the force of its eloquence, and the music of its cadences.

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The King's Favorite by John Vance (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: The King's Favorite is a mystery thriller set during one of the most spirited, scandalous, and memorable periods in English history—the Restoration—when the son of an executed king brought monarchy back to England after the repressive years of the Commonwealth. Following the coronation of Charles II came a reopening of the theaters, with the first women performing on the English public stage. What follows is a devastating London plague and fire, a monarch who openly indulged his sexual proclivities, a series of plots against the crown, and the first true collection of female celebrities—as actresses, mistresses, and even orange girls.

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The Last Mermaid Princess by Lily Lewis (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: Lily Chaidee was never at home with herself, her family, or her geography, and as a hybrid-Asian growing up in the Texas Panhandle during the 1960’s, she was ill-equipped to face the challenges that would inevitably come. Amarillo, an inhospitable place for an ethnically diverse family, was only part of the problem. Mental illness, sexual predation, addiction, and hypocrisy lay formidable difficulties in her path. But Lily was smart, and smart people often find ways to triumph over horrific circumstances. Even if she could claim her joy, sometimes the worst enemy dwells within. Lily must seek her peace and her place in order to rise above the things that bind her.

Lily Lewis is a warrior in the battle against ignorance and injustice both in the classroom and in the community. She is active in catalyzing positive change and strives to leave the world a better place. Three extraordinary children and four luminescent grandchildren illuminate her path and provide joy. World travel, the arts, great food, and music are sources of delight, and the deep blue sea remains her place of power, awe, and wonder. She is a survivor, living one day at a time, with her life partner and two cats, Sophie and Sylvester.

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The Nakamura Letters by Frankie Bow (Hawaiian Heritage Press)

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Description: Professor Emma Nakamura doesn’t believe in ghosts. So it doesn’t bother her (much) when she learns of a long-ago suicide in her remote upcountry rental house. She’s sure there’s a logical explanation for the disappearing items and the strange sounds in the night. Fortunately (?), Emma’s best friend Molly has news shocking enough to take Emma’s mind off the hauntings. Now Emma and Molly have to rely on their strong reasoning skills and a weak internet connection to figure out how a body ended up in Molly’s backyard.
Written as a series of emails from Emma Nakamura to her best friend, Molly, The Nakamura Letters is contemporary, island-style take on the Golden Age mysteries of Mary Roberts Rinehart and Agatha Christie.

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Where Eagles Dare Not Perch by Peter Bridgford (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: Civil War story about a sharpshooter from Maine who has taken to enjoying the killing in the war, and cannot help himself from murdering a rival during his furlough home. This event leads to the murder victim's brother and his beloved chasing him back to the war. During this pursuit, all three people descend into the dark depths of the war-torn world.

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Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang (Open Books)

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Description: World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin's courage, another's determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim.

Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.

Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.

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Accounting QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Real-World Financial & Managerial by Josh Bauerle (ClydeBank Media)

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Description: If someone told you that learning accounting could be fun, you might be a little skeptical.

Meet Josh Bauerle, reluctant accounting student turned super CPA and author of the Accounting QuickStart Guide, 3rd edition.

This is the revolutionary book that expertly simplifies accounting fundamentals. It’s an invaluable resource for accounting students, business owners, bookkeepers, and other finance and recordkeeping professionals worldwide!

Whether you are a business owner looking to boost your bottom line or an accounting student looking to boost your grade, this book will prove indispensable on your journey to knowledge.

CPA, Josh Bauerle’s down-to-earth approach to accounting and business strategy has been featured on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show, the GenY Success show, Profit First Professionals, and on several other contemporary business media venues.

Why do accounting students, business owners, and finance professionals love this book so much?

• The Accounting QuickStart Guide explains and simplifies the core principles of accounting in a way that eludes most accounting professors. Key concepts are introduced alongside an abundance of entertaining and clarifying examples, providing fast and effective mastery of the material.

• Business decision-makers and accounting students alike appreciate the practical, real-world approach to the subject. This approach is consistently exemplified throughout the Accounting QuickStart Guide. A clear and simple path to reader education—not confusing jargon—is the order of the day.

•Get ready to experience learning breakthroughs. Concepts in the Accounting QuickStart Guide are presented with the assumption that the reader has very little to no knowledge of accounting. The path to learning begins at the beginning and culminates in new knowledge, new skills, and unmatched satisfaction!

Who is this book for?

• Business owners and managers looking to apply the power of accounting in small, medium-sized, and enterprise-class businesses.

• Accounting students at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level.

• Business students looking to develop a well-rounded grasp of accounting fundamentals.

• Bookkeepers and financial professionals who want to increase their job proficiencies through the application of accounting fundamentals.

• Accounting professionals looking to reboot their understanding of the core principles of accounting, as well as accounting experts looking to sharpen their skills.

You’ll learn,

• The logic and methods of classic double-entry accounting—what it is and how to apply it.

Business entity types; their pros, their cons, and their essential financial statements!

• The fundamental accounting equation, Assets = Liabilities + Equity; how everything in the financial world can be explained using this simple equation.

Financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax accounting, and other universes within universes, all brought down to earth.

• All about GAAP standards and why they matter to accountants.

• How to increase your profit margins and fraud-proof your business using simple accounting tactics.

• Much, much more!

Accounting is known as the true “language of business.” If you're ready to find your fluency and boost your bottom line (or your exam scores), then the Accounting QuickStart Guide is your educational trailhead. Get it. Read it. Enjoy it. Consider it the first of many good decisions you’re soon to make, thanks to your newfound endeavor as a moonlighting CPA.

Featuring sample exercises and quiz questions, plus other bonus materials you can use to fine-tune your accounting knowhow; buckle in, you are on your way to becoming an expert!

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Introduction to Literature by Anna Faktorovich (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: Within lies a shakeup of the traditional introductory literature course textbook formula, with a unique perspective on literature. You will find some theories that have not even been published in scholarly journals before, like the examination of the merchants’ language that Swift uses to disguise his meaning. Each of the sections on fiction, drama and poetry provides the most essential commentary, definitions and concepts. The readings include three short stories from Edgar Allan Poe, novel segments from Don Quixote, and Gulliver’s Travels, various poems, and a classic Greek play, Lysistrata. The uniting elements in these pieces are satire, sarcasm, and other forms of humor. This dense political, social and cultural content should inspire students with questions and a desire to write about it.


Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. Previously, she taught for over four years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She edits and writes for the Pennsylvania Literary Journal and the Cinematic Codes Review. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

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Investing QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Successfully Navigating the Stock M by Ted Snow (ClydeBank Media)

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Description: The book you wish you'd had before you began investing.

The Investing QuickStart Guide offers a simplified but expansive introduction to the world of investing. Author Ted Snow brings 30 years of experience in the finance industry, much to the benefit of novice learners and experienced investors alike.

Snow provides readers with the complete picture on stocks, bonds, treasuries, ETFs, mutual funds, indexes, REITS and several other investment securities. Snow's intrepid but practical asset-allocation investment philosophy is marvelously communicated and highly appropriate for market newcomers.

The key insights of Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Burton Malkiel, and James Altucher all play important roles in this seminal investment resource. But unlike most of today's books on investment, the Investing QuickStart Guide threads the needle between thorough and simple. You will learn the market from end to end, while also enjoying Snow's fascinating personal stories and insights from the front lines of the finance industry.

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- Everything You Need to Know Before You Make Your First Trade

- How to Take Advantage of Opportunities in the Market Without Relying on Guesswork

- How to Evaluate and Compare Stocks and Other Securities

- How Disciplined Approaches to Investing Can Lead to Early Retirement and Financial Freedom

- How Economic and Geopolotitcal Factors Can Influence Investment Prospects

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Research Writing About Cultural Artifacts by Anna Faktorovich (Anaphora Literary Press)

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Description: Research writing courses in colleges across the world have a tendency to be dull, and similar to each other. They typically review the elements of the research paper and ask students to draft formulaic papers that fit the set guidelines. There have been plenty of textbooks written for these classes that repeat nearly identical information. This market is definitely over-saturated. One alternative is a Research Writing class that focuses on audio-visual entertainment (such as film or music) and other cultural artifacts, as well as diversity-related topics. This class offers more engaging topics for research than the repeating political or social topics that fit the formula of a traditional college research writing class. Students are likely to be more interested in researching films they watch for fun than dusty topics they are not personally invested in. More colleges are likely to start teaching these types of classes especially with help from textbooks like this one that suits this curriculum. American students are reading less, and watching media more, a class that accepts this shift can embrace the students’ preferences, stimulating their imagination and desire to learn. This textbook combines the rigor of a Research Writing class with the imaginative and culturally significant realm of Cultural Studies. Concepts that are typically discussed in Research Writing textbooks, like close reading, thesis statement, and clichés, are covered in full. Complex rhetorical concepts are explained simply and fully. Additionally, the elements of a proper argument are not only digested for students, but are also assisted with discussions of political, economic, social and other types of cultural concepts such as communism or feminism. Teachers who are looking for ideas to inspire their plans, will find assignments across the book to utilize. This book is deliberately short and meant to be a cheap paperback, so that it can be utilized as a quick reference guide and idea book for cultural studies related topics (if not as the primary textbook for a course that entirely combines Research Writing with Cultural Studies).


Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. Previously, she taught for over four years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She edits and writes for the Pennsylvania Literary Journal and the Cinematic Codes Review. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

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This Side Up: The Road to a Renovated Life by Amy Mangan (Black Rose Writing)

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Description: This Side Up: The Road to a Renovated Life is a home and garden editor’s story of loss, failure, fear, hope and resilience. Written with candor, humor and grace, Amy Mangan shares her own version of a home tour, but not the kind she used to write about. She deftly sheds light on the shadows of financial shame, job loss, home displacement, marital discord, illness and caregiving. Facing one crisis after the next, Amy discovers how to cope, hope and rebuild, propelling her to reimagine a different way home to a stronger, more settled way of life.

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A Tycoon's Bargain: The Sin City Tycoons by Avery Laval (Blue Crow Books)

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Description: At a society bachelorette auction, a hedge fund king gets more than he bargained for…

When Cassie Harris squeezes herself into a too-small neon designer dress for a bachelorette charity auction, she realizes there’s nothing she won’t do for her landscape design business. Her biggest client is hosting the New York society event solely to show off her own filthy-rich, dead-sexy Australian boyfriend. And she’s using Cassie to make herself look good. Cassie steps on stage, humiliated. But an unexpected bidder spends an enormous sum on her, causing gasps throughout the gala. The winner? Thom King, her biggest client’s boyfriend. Cassie can kiss that account goodbye—and her fledgling business along with it.

Thom King has no interest in society girls with grand designs on his wallet. But he has a huge interest in getting that ridiculous gown off of the hourglass figure of Cassie Harris. And once he gets to know her, his interest only grows. She’s as hardworking as he is, as focused, and as smart. Before he met Cassie, women were mere distractions from his hedge fund. Now, Cassie’s the only thing Thom can think about.

But Cassie doesn’t believe a man like Thom can love at all, let alone love a woman like her. And that means Thom will have to use all of the charm and seduction at his disposal to prove her wrong.

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Ballycroy by Jennifer Rose McMahon (City Owl Press)

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Description: When your dreams become reality, the legends become truth.

Pursued by Ireland’s notorious pirate queen, Maeve O’Malley is on a quest to Ireland’s medieval past to save the future of her clan and break her ancient family curse. Learning to use her haunting visions to travel to medieval Ireland leads Maeve on the adventure of a lifetime, or centuries of lifetimes.

Torn between the legends of ancient Ireland and the truths of modern life, her loved ones pressure her to end the visions and leave history undisturbed. But her unexpected loyalty to a familiar medieval boy from the loathed rival clan complicates matters.

Time is running out as threats of clan battles clash with the burden to make things right when Maeve realizes the danger of becoming trapped in the past forever and is forced to make the boldest decision of her life.

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By the Light of Camelot by J. R. Campbell and Shannon Allen (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: 13 Newly Imagined Arthurian Tales Set Against a Landscape of Magic, Cruelty, and Destiny...

Many were called. Few remembered.

Ruled by Arthur, the Once and Future King, these Knights took their place next to those who would become legend. Lancelot. Galahad. Tristan. Yet Kingdoms are not shaped by myths but by courage and belief...

Arkin. Tor. Brannon - Each earned their place at the Round Table but to fulfill their destiny of glory they must discover the truths within.

For no false knight can complete a true quest.

Set against a landscape of magic, cruelty and destiny, By the Light of Camelot includes 13 original Arthurian tales by award-winning authors Shannon Allen, Colleen Anderson, Renee Bennett, J. R. Campbell, M. K. Hume, William Meikle, R. Overwater, Fiona Patton, Diana L. Paxson, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Wendy N. Wagner, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jane Yolen.

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Dark Sea Rising by Barry Broad and Drew Mendelson (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: Madness and murder engulf a floating oil platform.

A remote deep-sea oil drill blows apart, pushing the cash-strapped energy company that owns it toward bankruptcy. Madness and murder engulf the oil platform. A probe shows intelligent life on the deepest sea floor, evolved from long-lived cephalopods to whom the oil is sacred. Though peaceful, they will defend the oil at all costs. Alerted to the intentions of previously unknown humans the undersea intelligence is pushed toward a conflict that could destroy both civilizations.

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Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low (World Weaver Press)

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Description: Welcome to the Realm, where magic is your drug, your poison, and your only hope.

An illness is spreading through the city, marking the sick in mysterious letters scrawled across their skin. What is first thought to be madness reveals itself to be an awakening as residents rediscover themselves, their pasts, and their long-forgotten magic… things the Queen wants to remain buried. Things she will sacrifice her own children to suppress.

Mercy has never been a staple of the Realm. Treachery, blood, and magic steeps the city as the rebel leader, Red, seeks to topple the Tower, Princess Fay eyes her mother’s throne, and Prince Vaun must decide whether to submit to his mother’s terrible demand.

Publisher's Note: Detox in Letters is the second book in the Crowns and Ash series. Winners also will be offered the opportunity to download the first book in the series Vanity in Dust. Ebook is available in .Mobi (for Kindle) and .Epub (for most other ereaders). Winners will be emailed a download link.

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Endless Hunger by Kevin Weir (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: The new world is full of wireless technologies, medical marvels, and advanced security.

It's 2133, and Earth has rebuilt after a global catastrophe.

Megacities, wireless tech, and augmented humans are all commonplace. What isn't common, is Kraft. Kraft sees monsters. This tends to get him in trouble, especially when the rest of the world doesn't believe they exist. For Kraft, even an easy job like cleaning a corporation's computer system involves a dark cult, a battle with faeries, and a computer virus that reaches into the real world.

"A lot of what I believe makes Endless Hunger stand out is how it deals with the multiple genres it spans. The world that New Montreal exists in is built upon sci-fi technologies (Wireless communication, smart clothing, advanced security), but Kraft is dealing with fantasy problems (Faeries, vampires, wizards). Rather than juxtaposing the elements of science and magic, my work looks at the parallels. It sees how those parts of each genre can mix to create something new." - Kevin Weir, author

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Faceless by Joshua Bader (City Owl Press)

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Description: Even if being a personal wizard to a powerful CEO has its perks, Colin Fisher’s body and soul have paid for these benefits with every case. From stopping a crime spree by a demon pact wizard to killing a relentless ice demon, he's been on the job. Yet he still doesn’t know what happened to his fiancée on the night he gained his magic.

To solve that mystery, he will have to pay the highest price yet. On the floor of his arcane sanctum, in a self-induced coma, he’s trying to peel back the layers of time and solve the enigma. But if he does, he may never wake up.
Meanwhile, the two women who love him have their hands full trying to keep him alive while he’s on his spirit journey. Veruca Wakefield, demon blooded assassin, and Andrea Deveraux, FBI trained agent, will have to work together if they are to defeat both threats and save Colin.

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Falling in Reverse by Sara Daniell (BHC Press)

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Description: Sometimes a second chance is all it takes...

Sadie Grayson and Dane Shaw have a history that dates back to junior high. A history that Sadie thought she wanted to forget forever. Now it will take everything she has to move back to the town and the life she swore to leave behind. Except there’s only one problem. The life she ran away from is the only thing she’s every truly wanted.

Perfect for fans of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and THIRTEEN REASONS WHY.

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Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: Cloaked in gothic shadows, soaked in blood, darkness descends on the world of Sherlock Holmes.

"I have heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold wickedness of the human heart."

Vengeance from beyond, forbidden passions and sadistic cruelty draw the great detective and his faithful companions into storms of madness and otherworldly violence which threaten to cloud the clarity of logic. Facing the eldritch reach of ancient talismans and arcane science, from the streets of London and Paris to the loneliest of manor houses, the great detective battles the weird and uncanny. Can steadfast reason hold against unspeakable terror when Sherlock Holmes can no longer eliminate the impossible? Follow the great detective through ten new tales of terror as he doggedly pursues investigations leading him to the edge of reason and beyond!

With contributions by:

David Stuart Davies, Lyndsay Faye, Nancy Holder, Mark A. Latham, James Lovegrove, Mark Morris, Charles Prepolec, Josh Reynolds, Angela Slatter, Kevin P. Thornton, and Stephen Volk

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It's Work by Nikki Prince (Tule Publishing)

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Description: Co-workers at the local university and vying for the same faculty position, Âine Reid and Darian Tisdale never should have become involved. Their friends-with-benefits relationship is messy from the start and is only further complicated when Âine decides that she’s ready for something more.

Darian wants Âine to realize that he’s serious and playing for keeps. He plans to take their arrangement to the next level and prove he’s the only man she’ll ever want. All she needs is a reminder of their long history, not to mention their combustible chemistry…

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Love Uncovered by Diane Holiday (City Owl Press)

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Description: Defying danger, discovering love.

Free-spirited Maddie Cooper never considered settling down—until Scott Fisher came into her life. But after her DEA agent left with nothing more than a broken promise, Maddie dug in deep with her first love: archaeology.

She’s unearthed significant Native American artifacts at a site in the Finger Lakes, but a break-in at the storage facility jeopardizes everything. To make matters worse, the new detective assigned to the case is none other than DEA Agent Scott. As if the burglary and Scott’s reappearance isn’t enough, a ruthless developer has moved into town, and he wants Maddie to falsify her survey results. Deeply committed to the preservation of history, she’s determined to bring down the developer without any help, least of all from her former lover.

After a tragic loss, Scott gave up on all the things that brought light to his life, including Maddie. He doesn’t want her anywhere near the dark, dangerous world of his undercover job. But their worlds collide when Maddie secretly decides to take on Victor Mole. She has no idea Mole is a brutal drug lord and artifact smuggler. With time running out on Maddie’s survey, and her life at stake, if Scott can’t find a way to protect her, he risks all he’s worked for and the only woman he’s ever loved.

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Ranger's Courage by Vella Munn (Tule Publishing)

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Description: Determined to prove herself, archaeologist Amber Baum moves to Sweetheart, Montana to focus on her career. She has no room for mistakes and no time for love, so when she meets the handsome forest ranger, she vows to stay clear. Easier said than done...

Garret Haute has dedicated his life and career to protecting the visitors to Montana’s vast wilderness and taking care of his family. He’s still haunted by a tragedy he was powerless to prevent, but after he meets Amber, suddenly he’s thinking about a lot more than doing his duty. When they become involved in a potentially dangerous project, sparks fly and Garret finds himself falling faster than he ever imagined.

Can two people forget their pasts to embrace each other and their future?

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SKA: Serial Killers Anonymous by William Schlichter (BHC Press)

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Description: Unable to seek conventional help, seven serial killers band together in their own unique support group, attempting to quell their unnatural cravings. Led by a former nurse, they gather in dark basements and share the most intimate details of their murders as they attempt to heal their dysfunction.

Forging a fragile trust, they suppress the urge to kill. As the meetings progress, they accomplish breakthroughs. Yet someone in their midst isn’t true to who they say
they are

As the members slowly reveal their identities, trust stretches thin. The hunters are about to become the prey.

For fans of DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER, CARVED IN BONE, KISS THE GIRLS, and SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

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Tanner's Promise by Kaylie Newell (Tule Publishing)

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Description: Tanner Harlow is a talented landscape designer, quietly building a name and a solid future when he finds himself needing to be the temporary guardian to his eleven-year-old half-sister. Tanner loves her, but can’t see himself as a father figure or imagine how he’s going to build his business during his busiest season with a child in tow until his newest client—his high school crush who still makes his heart pound—has a proposition that will help them both as long as Tanner can resist the tempting lure of the girl next door.

Elementary school teacher Francie Tate moved back to Marietta to be close to her ailing father. She plans to settle in and fix up her little bungalow before the school year starts, but definitely needs help with the neglected yard. She’s shocked when the landscaper she hired turns out to be a class mate. Tanner used to be shy in school, but he isn’t the same kid anymore–he’s tall, sexy, and has the most striking brown eyes she’s ever seen. When Francie learns of Tanner’s need for child care, she impulsively offers to watch his half-sister for the summer in return for some landscaping and renovations around the house.

It seems like a win-win, but Francie didn’t bargain on falling in love.

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The Rodeo Cowboy's Baby by Heidi Rice (Tule Publishing)

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Description: What happens at the rodeo… Doesn’t always stay at the rodeo!

A year after her marriage has crashed and burned–along with her dreams of becoming a mother–Irish newspaper columnist, Evie Donnelly, is not impressed with her editor’s suggestion she head down to Marietta to find some ‘new meat’ for her dating column. With her confidence as a woman at an all-time low, surely the last thing she needs is to risk hooking up with a rodeo cowboy?

Despite a troubled past as a foster kid, call roping champion Flynn is a man who adores women. Maybe he doesn’t do commitment, but he does do good times and he is only too happy to help when he discovers a smart, funny and beautiful but undeniably fragile woman behind Evie’s tough exterior who is in desperate need of his own personal brand of sexual healing.

But when the rodeo is over, Evie and Flynn can’t forget those three stolen nights together in Marietta–especially when their wild, wonderful ride turns out to have even more unforgettable consequences.

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The Rushes by Richard Natale (Avid Publishing LLC)

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Description: The Rushes is a brisk and funny tale of friendship, love and ambition set in present-day Hollywood. Aspiring filmmakers Jamie Alford and his BFF, Carson Thorne, must navigate the industry’s ruthless politics and ingrained prejudices, while also trying to maneuver the treacherous waters of romance.

For years, Jamie has been obsessing on his ex, the tortured Owen Worth. And just as he’s about to start afresh with a dashing young producer, Owen reappears to complicate his life.

Carson, who has put romance on the back burner to focus on his career (much to the chagrin of his friend and former film professor, David Mendoza), falls hard for a wildly ambitious screenwriter.

When Jamie and Carson’s best-laid plans are sabotaged by jealousy and betrayal, they must band together to help one another move forward both in their professional and personal lives. But after all, isn’t that what best friends are for?

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The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane by Drea Damara (BHC Press)

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Description: Welcome to Blinney Lane, a historical Salem shopping district controlled by a witch's curse.

Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop.
But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets are off. Now Sarah must keep Ricky from discovering the curse of Blinney Lane and awakening its full power.

Will Ricky heed Sarah’s warnings? Or will he accidentally awaken the magical weeping books and send Sarah back to a land she swore to forget?

Get ready for a modern fairy tale that will sweep you away to lands beyond your imagination.

Perfect for fans of THE PRINCESS BRIDE and STARDUST.

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The Window Is a Mirror by Michael Andreoni (BHC Press)

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Description: In gritty, penetrating prose, the stories in THE WINDOW IS A MIRROR deftly mine both working-class and privileged sensibility to extract common elements.

Characters of varying social strata are subjected to merciless scrutiny as they pursue prizes of dubious value, heedless of cost. Whether or not they get what they want is the least of their problems.

In the end their disparate futilities mix them into a single tribe that looks like us.

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Transmigrations by Eddie Louise (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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Description: Mad Science? Obsession? Folly?

Telesensation agent Justin Bremer studies time — specifically the effects of journeying through it. His assignment, funded by a mysterious organization, ‘Les Charges de L’Affaires,’ is to observe the timeline of a young Victorian scientist who lived approximately 2000 years in the past.

Equipped with an AI neural-interface, Bremer carefully documents the experiments of Dr. Petronella Sage and her archeologist friend Erasmus Savant. The Doctor, while investigating the effects of electricity on human flesh, becomes obsessed by the curious and vivid shared hallucinations induced after she and Savant are accidentally electrocuted.

Each fantastical adventure (which they call a ‘transmigration’) takes the intrepid duo into the unimaginable lives of persons and places throughout history.

Justin Bremer observes and dutifully records it all.

Uncover the secrets of ‘transmigration’ in this steampunk adventure like no other.

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When the River Ran Dry by Robert Davies (BHC Press)

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Description: Earth, 2180. A century after the Fall, city-states soar above the wreckage of a distant past as the second rise of humanity nears its centennial. On the crowded streets of a sweltering, urban colossus, Ricky Mills runs the hustle, slipping past the police and Behavior Regulators to deliver illegal treasures his clients cannot find for themselves. But the numbing grind brings little joy, and a second existence—lived inside a powerful simulation—has become an unbreakable habit. When his money runs out, and faced with certain death in a callous game of survival to absolve his debts, Ricky’s life is forever changed by desperate fear, the sacrifice of another, and a promise to fulfill an old man’s dream.

Perfect for fans of DARK MATTER and NEVERWHERE

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Where the River Bends by Elsa Winckler (Tule Publishing)

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Description: Kalinda Evans works for the Anglo-Boer war foundation in Canada. She’s sent to South Africa to make sure everyone who lost their lives in the war will be remembered. On her drive to the guest farm in Kimberley, South Africa, Kalinda picks up a female hitchhiker and is startled when just moments later, the woman vanishes. Kalinda would be convinced she was dreaming…except there’s still a white lace handkerchief on the passenger seat.

Extreme sports enthusiast and computer game designer Zack Carter is always after the next big challenge. He’s far too busy for romance and adheres to a three-date rule, until he meets his parents’ latest guest. When she relays the story of her mysterious experience, Zack’s family shares the local ghost story. Kalinda and Zack work together to solve the puzzle of the ghost and how it all ties in with the war and the work Kalinda is doing.

As their attraction grows, Zack realizes he no longer feels the need to prove anything to himself. He only needs to prove to Kalinda that he’s more than a good time.

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Cat's Game by Leslie Gadallah (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: Book 3 of The Empire of Kaz, Leslie Gadallah’s fascinating alien political intrigue.

There is a storm coming.

The Kazi Empire may have been beaten back temporarily, but is inexorably returning to the offensive. Ehreh leads a small group of Oriani scientists developing a new weapon to defeat the Kazi once and for all—if only he can get anyone to listen.

How is an elderly academic supposed to navigate the politics, rivalries, and special interests that dominate the Strategic Conference that decides these things? How can he tell friend from foe when half the representatives he meets are actually spying for someone else? How can Eheh convince a multitude of alien races to collaborate, when even many of his of own people oppose the plan?

And so it falls to Lauren Fox, an ordinary human in the wrong place at the wrong time, to come up with a workable plan to implement Eheh’s final solution.

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Dark Tomorrow by Jeremiah Franklin (Month9Books)

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Description: When a deadly virus decimates the majority of Earth's population, 16-year-old Sawyer Bradshaw finds he is both immune and alone in a world that has descended into violent chaos. Armed with only his estranged father's shotgun, and an unrelenting desire to stay alive, Sawyer discovers that he not only has an uncanny knack for cheating death, but also for taking lives. Still, it is not long before he meets his match in a fierce and cunning teenage girl named Sara and by her side Sawyer emerges as more than just a natural-born killer, but also as a leader among men. Nevertheless, as quick as the young survivors fall desperately in love, they find themselves caught up in a series of conspiracies and twisted struggles for power, and they soon realize that more often than not, love, betrayal, and death, tend to walk hand in hand.

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Timefall by Alison Lohans (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: Being a single mom at 15 is tough! Biking along the creek, all Katie wants is a few moments peace away from her teething baby, her bratty brother, her nagging mom, and her callous classmates. Finding a quiet spot to reflect on the unfairness of it all, she sits on a rock—and falls out of the world.

Being the very last apprentice in a centuries-unbroken line is unthinkable! Mourning the death of his mentor, Iannik and everyone else knows he lacks the True Sight to take her place as Seer. Without a Seer to summon the T’laaure, the prophesies will go unfulfilled, and the last remnants of his people will face a bleak, directionless future.

Two worlds on the verge of ecological collapse: one already doomed by its lack of vision, the other by a vision unfulfilled. Can a group of teens find each other—and more importantly, themselves—in time to save at least one world?

Alison Lohans is an award-winning, internationally-published author of 26 books.

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Twisted Fate by Amy K. McClung (Hot Tree Publishing)

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Description: Two love stories. Two lost souls. Two fates, twisted together.

Old habits are hard to break when lust factors in. Angel is celebrating her sobriety and making changes in her life. Surrounded by happily married couples, she realizes how much she wants to fall in love. Angel meets her match in more ways than one.

Cameron has been working behind the scenes, manipulating fate to help his friends find their happiness. But as he works to make everyone else happy, he’s hiding his own pain. So focused on concealing the truth, his relationship with Gavin suffers because of it.

Join Angel and Cameron in the spectacular conclusion of Amy K. McClung’s The Southern Devotion series, as this group of friends battle to find their happily ever afters.

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The Boy on the Bicycle by Nate Hendley (Five Rivers Publishing)

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Description: On the night of September 15, 1956, seven-year-old Wayne Mallette, was brutally murdered on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The chief suspect was a “boy on a bicycle” seen pedalling away from the CNE.

Investigators zeroed on 14-year-old Ronald Moffatt, a former CNE employee who had the poor timing to run away from home shortly after the murder.

Moffatt was located, arrested and interrogated. He eventually confessed and was convicted.

The problem was, Moffatt couldn’t ride a bike and didn’t commit the crime. The real killer abused and murdered two more children, using his bike as a lure.

A shocking true story, about a coerced confession, fumbled police investigation, a miscarriage of justice, and the star lawyer who fought to free Moffatt from custody.

The Boy on the Bicycle is based on police files, interviews, original newspaper coverage, reports, books and documentaries.

A compelling story of 14-year-old Ronald Moffatt who was wrongly charged and convicted of murdering seven-year-old Wayne Mallette in 1956 Toronto. Nate Hendley weaves facts and narrative to cover all bases –flawed police procedure, the legal system, the hidden psyche of the real killer and Moffatt’s story of his childhood before and his terror during and after his ordeal.

-Sharon Crawford, crime author of Beyond Blood and Beyond the Tipping Point

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2001: An Odyssey In Words by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press)

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Description: Produced to honour the centenary of Sir Arthur’s birth, this anthology acts as a fundraiser for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

The authors’ brief was simple: deliver us a stunning SF story of precisely 2001 words; and deliver they did. The book features contributions from some of the biggest names in science fiction, including 10 winners of the Clarke Award and 13 authors who have been shortlisted, as well as non-fiction from thrice-winner China Miéville and former judge Neil Gaiman.

Contents:
Introduction
Golgotha – Dave Hutchinson
The Monoliths of Mars – Paul McAuley
Murmuration – Jane Rogers
Ouroboros – Ian R MacLeod
The Escape Hatch – Matthew De Abaitua
Childhood’s Friend – Rachel Pollack
Takes from the White Hart – Bruce Sterling
Your Death, Your Way, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! – Emma Newman
Distraction – Gwyneth Jones
Dancers – Allen Stroud
Entropy War – Yoon Ha Lee
The Ontologist – Liz Williams
Waiting in the Sky – Tom Hunter
The Collectors – Adrian Tchaikovsky
I Saw Three Ships – Phillip Mann
Before They Left – Colin Greenland
Drawn From the Eye – Jeff Noon
Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold – Emmi Itäranta
The Fugue – Stephanie Holman
Memories of a Table – Chris Beckett
Child of Ours – Claire North
Would-Be A.I., Tell Us a Tale! #241: Sell ’em Back in Time! by Hali Hallison – Ian Watson
Last Contact – Becky Chambers
The Final Fable – Ian Whates
Ten Landscapes of Nili Fossae – Ian McDonald
Child – Adam Roberts
Providence – Alastair Reynolds
2001: A Space Prosthesis – The Extensions of Man – Andrew M. Butler (non-fiction)
On Judging The Clarke Award – Neil Gaiman (non-fiction)
Once More on the 3rd Law – China Miéville (non-fiction)

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A Trick of the Light by Susan Brooks (Literary Wanderlust LLC)

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After the death of a beloved sister, Wyatt King’s only plan is to be left alone with his grief and his new ward, his days-old niece, Hannah. But when you’re the last demon hunter descended from a centuries-old line of demon hunters, others might have something else in mind.

When Hannah is kidnapped by Malik, the second in command of Hell, Wyatt is rattled to the point of inaction, until an otherworldly ally guides him to an ancient stone circle: a gate to Hell. Soon Wyatt finds himself protecting – and falling for – the only clue to Hannah’s whereabouts: a succubus-turned-human named Meridiana.

Both Wyatt and Meridiana are stalked by Malik, who wants Lucifer dead and believes the couple has connections to an Archangel, the only creature powerful enough to kill Lucifer. Can Wyatt and Meridiana stop Malik from succeeding in his plan to take over Hell? Can they save the world from certain doom?

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Adobe Walls by Ty Spencer Vossler (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: Adobe Walls is filled with a diverse cast of characters that will thrive in memory long after reader’s have turned the final pages. Here are a few examples of what to expect:
The preacher who loses faith, and murders his wife before giving a final sermon.
Utilizing unconventional methods, a painter creates his masterpiece with the help of a lovely Laotian immigrant.
Just South of the border, a Chicano and his Mexican fiancé are pulled over and brutally terrorized by police.
A lonely and furry Vietnam vet decides that a body wax may change his luck with women. Scars are revealed, reminding him of things better left in the past.
Post-apocalypse, a Muslim and a Christian fundamentalist are thrust together with humorous, yet tragic results.
Scythians are mythical creatures that hunt at night, sometimes kidnapping children to teach Scythian ways.
A Mexican father returns home after working in the US for many years, and finds his wife with another man.

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Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones (Apex Publications)

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A small town in Vermont broadcasts prophecies of its residents’ deaths.

The digital era: Analog is all but dead, but the rusted towers still strobe on the evening horizon. They project a conflicting myriad of hope, despair and eyeless ghouls who claim to see the world in gigahertz.

A small town in Vermont broadcasts prophecies of its residents’ deaths. Rey, a cutlery salesman, seems to flicker at the center of every murder on screen. He thinks the town is rigged with cameras, or the locals are trying to set him up. But as the broadcasts grow increasingly surreal, and maniacs start showing up in town to remove his sensory organs, Rey starts to realize that the images pulsing beneath the static-riddled airwaves have woven him into a battle between people who believe that analog is the frequency of the gods.

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Bad Rabbi by Steve Levine (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: Rabbi Louis Abrams is the kind of man who’d schtup one’s wife, grown daughter, even grieving, widowed mom.

Thing of it is, he’s also a pretty good rabbi. The lead rabbi of a large South Jersey congregation, Abrams is a committed clergyman who holds a regular Tuesday night rap session, leads a local Boy Scout troop and is considered a pillar of the community.

But Abrams, a womanizer whose reputation off the bimah clashes with the charm and conviction he radiates from it, finds that his tightly controlled world comes undone when, after meeting a Philadelphia radio personality, he isn’t just fornicating but fallen in love. To sustain his new relationship, Abrams concludes that he must get out of his marriage but that a messy public divorce would ruin him. His solution: to have his wife, a prominent local businesswoman, murdered in the midst of a robbery.

Inspired by actual events, Bad Rabbi is a work of fiction.

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Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale by John Biscello (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: A spectral, existential noir set against the aging irons of Coney Island and old guard lions of hip hop and silent film, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale tracks the singular odyssey of would-be sleuth and soon-to-be wordsmith, Salvatore Massimo Lunezzi. Prompted by an enigmatic phone call from a writer-friend claiming to be dead, Lunezzi launches an investigation that leads him to Ghostwriters, Inc., a company selling inspiration to struggling writers through the medium of “ghosting.” From Buster Keaton to Arthur Rimbaud, a boozy and brilliant dwarf to an enchanting femme fatale, Lunezzi is drawn deeper and deeper into the soul of story where fiction and reality inevitably converge.

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Close Your Eyes by Paul Jessup (Apex Publications)

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Description: Close Your Eyes by Paul Jessup is available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats.

Language is a virus. Open this book. Read the words. Feel them infect you. Identity is a disease. Flip the pages. Stay up all night. Watch it transform you. You cannot deny it. You cannot close your eyes and shut out the changes. You know you want to. You really want to. But it’s too late. You can’t.

Critically acclaimed author of weird fiction Paul Jessup sends puppets to speak and fight for their masters. Welcome to a far future universe that stretches the imagination to breaking, where a ragtag crew of post-human scavengers rage and love on a small ship in the outer reaches of space, and moon-sized asylums trap the unwary in a labyrinth of experimentation in both identity and sanity.

Welcome to Close Your Eyes, a mind expanding surrealistic space opera that not only includes the out-of-print classic Open Your Eyes, but takes it to whole new level in a much awaited sequel.

Go ahead. Pick it up. Read it. Let it infect you.

“A beautiful, fractured story of beautiful, fractured people in prose powerful enough that it feels fired from a shotgun.”
– Jon Hollins, author of the Dragon Lords trilogy

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Don't Turn the Projector Off by Matthew LaFreniere (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: Matt sits in his basement and stares at his laptop. He thinks about movies. He thinks about poems. He thinks about anything but you, reader. Then he thinks about you, reader. He sits beneath a poster of the movie The Purple Rose of Cairo. He likes the movie fine, but not as much as the poster. The cat walks past. He hears his wife and kids shuffle above him. He stares at his laptop.

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Inside The Fire by Ivan de Monbrison (Avid Publishing LLC)

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Description: The story takes place in Marseilles. Marseilles is a poor city in the South of France. It is a gate to Europe coming through the sea from North Africa. It was created more than 2000 years ago by Greek settlers coming from the town of Phocea, now on the Turkish coast.

Marseilles is today famous in Europe as a city of corruption and violence.

In this city was born an insane poet Antonin Artaud who wrote amazing books in the first part of the XXth century and is studied everywhere nowadays. However Artaud went mad and spent about ten years in an asylum in the last part of his life, all through WWII. Treated through intensive electroshock, he remained toothless after that.

Artaud is being referenced in the book by the nickname that his mother gave him as a child “Nanaqui,” which is also the one he uses in his own writing.

In this tale, Nanaqui comes back from the dead to visit us, with his companion Ivan (the Narrator). He is as obscene, crude, maniac, and delirious as a living dead could be. He meets a witch, Sarah, who drops by Marseilles on the way to the film festival of Cannes. Nanaqui wants to have an affair with her, but it turns out that she prefers a penguin to him (the penguin turns out to be gay actually).

The story could be read as a modern tale taking place in the blazing heat of Marseilles, by the Mediterranean Sea, a shore haunted by hundreds of years of decaying civilizations, and through Nanaqui, our hero by the spirit of both greatness and madness.

Warning: This book contains adult content, explicit language and is not suited for those below 18 years.

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Nexhuman by Francesco Verso (Apex Publications)

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Description: This giveaway is for a digital ARC of Nexhuman by Francesco Verso. Available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats.

"Francesco Verso brings classic cyberpunk attitude to grand romantic obsession . . . a thoughtful meditation on what it means to be human and an exciting peek into a world that is just around the corner." —James Patrick Kelly (Nebula, Locus and Hugo Award winner)

In a future threatened by the spread of "kipple" (garbage & trash) that overruns everything, Peter Payne is part of a fringe society that makes a living scavenging. When his chance to change his fate is violently ripped away by his brother Charlie, Peter embarks on a quest to rebuild the object of his obsession. Exploring themes such as cybernetics, prosthetics, consumerism, robotics and transcendence, Nexhuman expands on classic science fiction to build a world as deep and searching as its main character.

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Shady Park Panic by Rea Keech (Real Nice Books)

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Description: Book 2 of the Shady Park Chronicles.
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A school shooting and groundswell of demand to arm teachers challenges a young reporter for the Shady Park Ledger to find out and report what really happened.

Everyone is sure the shooter was a terrorist. A woman who wears a hejab is arrested, but Anthony believes she's not guilty and works to find out who is. Luckily he has the help of the beautiful Pari, who encourages him to keep reporting the facts despite the publisher's threats to fire both of them.

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Thoughtwall Café: Espresso in the Third Season of Life by Cameron Miller (Unsolicited Press)

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Description: This fierce story rifles the turbulence of mind encountered in the twenties. Life’s third decade mercilessly right-sizes the dreams of childhood and sometimes, buffeted by forces beyond our control, diverts us completely. The narrative hovers around a tangle of friends and strangers interconnected by both serendipity and intention, and unfolds across the tables of a sprawling, urban café. Place is as much a part of this story as the characters, providing subliminal images and intrigue for the events.

Cressida Fruith, who changed her name in high school from Ruth while pulling an Emo persona over her life, is coming apart at the seams. An only child of a single parent with no extended family, she watches helplessly as her mother’s cancer progresses. Even the friendship of her oldest and best friend begins to fray. Enter Hobart Wilson, a much-maligned outcast stoner from her high school days. Infuriating Cressida, Hobart becomes her mother’s closest companion, and confessor of a secret so dark it will change her future.

Woven and twisted within the narrative by the characters and their relationships are archetypal psychological and spiritual battles, even ordinary conundrums (“thoughtwalls”) that nearly everyone encounters. More than one “Ah ha!” is seeded amidst the dialogue and action, which makes this a compelling story with real-time implications. Laugh, cry, and steam as these twenty-somethings do battle with pernicious struggles of the mind, and sometimes prevail where even Socrates and Freud fumbled.

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Working Through This by Matt Lydon (Read Furiously)

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From his entrance into the workforce, Matt Lydon has been taking notes. Lucky for us, they’ve all come together to create the stories behind Working Through This. Whether he is discussing the nuances of restaurant life or the perils of working overtime, Lydon has seen it all.

Both factual at times and fictional at others, Lydon’s stories offer a fun and insightful perspective of what it means to show up and work, even under the most interesting of circumstances.

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Jesse 2.0 by Annabelle Jay (Harmony Ink Press)

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Description: What would the world be like if anyone who died could come back?

That’s a question that bookworm Maddy Stone never thought he would need to answer. But when he saves a drowning man at the psychiatric facility where he volunteers, he discovers the man is his ex-boyfriend, Jesse, who committed suicide several months before. Jesse tells him that not only was he revived using “reproduction technology,” a type of cloning that relies on the same principals as teleportation, but that the doctor who brought him back was Maddy’s father. There was only one stipulation: Jesse could never talk to Maddy again.

Now, with the help of Georgia, Maddy’s new girlfriend, Maddy and Jesse must escape before their parents track them down. But when Maddy finds out that maybe Jesse—or Jesse 2.0, as Maddy calls him—isn’t the only repro, he must decide whether to continue with his new life or return to the Maddy he was before he knew the truth.

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Protecting the Dead by Katherine Gilbert (EsKape Press)

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Description: After a childhood filled with demons and her devil-worshiping parents, Lydia longs for a quiet, normal life, a safe haven somewhere blissfully dull. Being the manager at the Roanoke Apartments seems to fit that bill. But Lydia soon learns that you can't leave the past behind so easily. She finds herself faced with unclogging drains for werewolves, conducting nightly vampire counseling sessions, and caring for two talkative cats. Then there's the distraction of Geoffrey, the hottest, and most angelic, boss anyone ever dreamed of. As if that isn't enough, the demon who nearly killed her shows up to finish the job. So much for a peaceful, simple life...

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Saving Jasmine by Rose Nickol (Avid Publishing LLC)

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Description: All Maisy Stringfield wanted to do was to find her sister and make sure she was okay. Jasmine had disappeared before but never for this long. Something was wrong. Maisy took the job working at the Blazing Sun Bar and Biker’s club hoping to get information on where Jasmine might be.

She hadn’t counted on Stud, who was the president of the Satan’s bears and a complication she didn’t need. She didn’t need him chasing her around and interfering in what she needed to do.

Razor was the leader of the wolf pack and determined to take over the Bears and Stud’s territory. He didn’t care who he had to hurt to do it.

Stud was tired and ready to find his mate. When he saw the little waitress working in his bar, he knew she was his. Not to convince her. Keeping her safe while he persuaded her was another chore. He was surrounded by incompetents.

Could he defeat Razor, find Jasmine and convince Maisy to be his?

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The Question by Elyn Aviva (Pilgrims Process Publishers)

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Description: The Question is a magical fable about a seer, a seeker, and a scribe. It is about being lost and finding the way, of learning to ask the most important questions and discovering the deepest answers. It is a journey that reaches beyond Death, a spiraling exploration of the nature of reality and the meaning of life. It is a story that is as long as it needs to be—and no longer.

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Elemental Spirits by Jaq D. Hawkins (Provisioners Press)

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The popular Spirits of the Elements series updated and combined into a single volume!

Discover the nature of the elements, types of spirits associated with each element, and correspondences in magical thought as well as rituals and divination methods in an animistic world of nature magic.

Included in Elemental Spirits are types of natural objects, and sometimes man-made objects, which attract nature spirit inhabitants as well as methods to see or communicate with these elemental spirits, places of worship or invocation, and the nature of thought-form spirits associated with the basic four elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water, as well as the element of Spirit called Aether.

From fanciful fairies to guardian spirits of stone circles, Elemental Spirits is a 'must have' for anyone who has an interest in nature spirits.

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Green Smoothie Recipe Book: Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss, Detox... by Stephanie Shaw (Dynamic eBooks)

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Description: This green smoothie recipe book contains simple and easy to make delicious smoothies recipes that are detoxifying and anti-inflammatory. The smoothie recipes are simple to follow with step by step instructions, taking out all the guesswork when it comes to making delicious smoothies, especially if you are new to this.

Having these smoothies as part of a healthy lifestyle, which includes factors such as good dietary habits, adequate physical activity and sleep as well as good stress management, will help you achieve a healthier life.

You may find acheiving goals such as weight loss, having better healthier skin and hair, avoiding energy slumps easier when you consume these healthy smoothie in conjunction with your healthy lifestyle changes.

Nutritional information is provided each smoothie recipe. The table is located at the bottom of every recipe for those that are interested.

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Divine Choreography of Redemption by William E. Jefferson (Hybrid Global Publishing)

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Description: Divine Choreography of Redemption explores the story of redemption as a divine drama advanced by acts and agents that transcend time and space. On the ancient mystical Isle of Estillyen, far from everywhere, a troupe of Message Makers from the seventeenth century mysteriously arrives to grapple with the theme of technology and our integrity of life in today’s context.

At the heart of the novel, a battle brews between technology’s driven existence—aided by modern devices and algorithms—and life centered in Scriptures ancient narrative. The novel begs readers to consider the question: does the effect of technology and the social media on our lives make us lose our physical humanity?

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The Artful Liar by Cynthia Leeds Friedlander (Hybrid Global Publishing)

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Description: THE ARTFUL LIAR is a fictionalized memoir about disloyalty and duplicity written in the third-person as a series of stand-alone vignettes based on the author’s imagination and experiences. At the end of each vignette are five meaningful learning messages, gleaned through the life tests of that story.

THE ARTFUL LIAR presents an examined life to the reader. It tells one woman’s journey and her reflections on surviving deception and betrayal. It’s meant to be a gift to women of all ages everywhere who struggle with dishonesty, cheating, infidelity and relationship loss. It’s a call to every woman to be strong, to pay attention, to listen to her gut, to rid herself of betrayers and deceivers, and to claim what she wants.

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The One Minute Coach to Mastering Your Emotions by Masha Malka (Hybrid Global Publishing)

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Description: Becoming aware of what you are feeling on a regular basis and at every moment can prevent you from being a zombie and can put you back in control of your emotions, your life and the quality of its experience. If you are tired of being a slave to your emotions, allowing them to run your life, then realize that you don’t have to anymore.

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Copycat by Hannah Jayne (Tantor Media)

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Description: Everyone is dying to read the latest book in the popular Gap Lake mystery series, and Addison is no exception. As the novel's biggest fan, she's thrilled when the infamously reclusive author, R. J. Rosen, contacts her, giving her inside information others would kill for.

Addison's always dreamed of what it would be like if the books were real . . . But then she finds the most popular girl in school dead. Murdered. And realizes that life imitating fiction is more dangerous than she could have imagined. As other terrifying events from the books start happening around her, Addison has to figure out how to write her own ending—and survive the story.

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Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions by Orlando Ortega-Medina (Cloud Lodge Books)

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Description: SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE 2017

Fascinating literary short stories for fans of Yukio Mishima, Philip Roth, and Junot Diaz

Voice Actor Paul Hikari vividly brings to life Orlando Ortega-Medina's eclectic work of dark fiction in this special audiobook version of Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions.

Ortega-Medina’s characters are flawed, broken individuals, trying their best to make sense of their lives as they struggle with sexuality, death, obsession, and religion. Sometimes bleak, occasionally violent, and often possessed of a dark humor, this major debut explores the imperfections of life and the unpredictability of death.

Praise for Jerusalem Ablaze:

“[B]eautifully wrought, deeply unnerving...Ortega-­Medina holds
a mirror up to our darkest thoughts and urges -­‐ while showing the
oneness of the human condition” –The Irish News

“[Ortega-­Medina] is at his best at his most explosive – and the wilder
the better. I felt the emergence of an exciting, original talent.” –Jewish
Renaissance

"Ortega-Medina's prose is elegant and potent throughout, with visceral passages bathed in lyricism." —Kirkus Reviews

“Atmospheric and enticingly mysterious” –Christopher Fowler

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The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness by Graham Caveney (HighBridge Audio)

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Description: "Caveney writes beautifully...Ultimately, though, it is not necessarily the writing but the raw emotion that remains with the reader, that and the hope for another volume of memoirs as memorable as this one." —Booklist Starred Review

Raised in a small town in the north of England known primarily for its cotton mills, football team, and its deep roots in the "Respectable Working Class," Graham Caveney armed himself against the confusing nature of adolescence with a thick accent, a copy of Kafka, and a record collection including the likes of the Buzzcocks and Joy Division. All three provided him the opportunity to escape, even if just in mind, beyond his small-town borders. But, when those passions are noticed and preyed upon by a mentor, everything changes.

Now, as an adult, Caveney attempts to reconcile his past and present, coming to grips with both the challenges and wonder of adolescence, music, and literature. By turns angry, despairing, beautifully written, shockingly funny, and ultimately redemptive, The Boy with Perpetual Nervousness is a tribute to the power of the arts—and a startling, original memoir that "feels as if it had to be written, and demands to be read" (the Guardian UK).

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