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Karen Rinaldi’s [IT’S GREAT TO] SUCK AT SOMETHING gets a STARRED review in Publishers Weekly: “a goofy yet wise ce...
02/25/2019
Nonfiction Book Review: (It’s Great to) Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff that Really Matters by Karen Rinaldi. Atria, $26 (256p) ISBN 978-1-5011-9576-1

Karen Rinaldi’s [IT’S GREAT TO] SUCK AT SOMETHING gets a STARRED review in Publishers Weekly: “a goofy yet wise celebration of taking joy in passions instead of talents… Rinaldi’s seductive lessons and “embrace of messiness and incompleteness” will inspire readers looking to spark personal change.” 🏄‍♀️⭐

Rinaldi (The End of Men), publisher of HarperWave, delivers a goofy yet wise celebration of taking joy in passions instead of talents. She begins by making “a case for discomfort” and the lif

⭐Starred review for Julie Orringer's THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO: “An elegant, meditative novelistic reconstruction of crit...
02/20/2019
THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO by Julie Orringer | Kirkus Reviews

⭐Starred review for Julie Orringer's THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO: “An elegant, meditative novelistic reconstruction of critical years in the life of Varian Fry…. The central point of intrigue, providing a fine plot twist, is also expertly handled, evidence of an accomplished storyteller at work. Altogether satisfying.” ⭐
Kirkus Reviews

An elegant, meditative novelistic reconstruction of critical years in the life of Varian Fry, the American classicist who is honored at Yad Vashem as "righteous among the nations" for his work rescuing victims of the Holocaust.

Jeff Lemire's Roughneck is a beautifully illustrated story about family and history. ❄️ ❄️ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Cli...
02/18/2019

Jeff Lemire's Roughneck is a beautifully illustrated story about family and history. ❄️ ❄️
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Read the spooky finale to Joel Rose and Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts. 💀 👻 •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Click the link bel...
02/15/2019

Read the spooky finale to Joel Rose and Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts. 💀 👻
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Tony Juniper's Rainforest is a personal account about the fight to save the world's rainforests.  •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Clic...
02/14/2019

Tony Juniper's Rainforest is a personal account about the fight to save the world's rainforests.
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A starred review from Publisher's Weekly says that Patrick Spero's Frontier Rebels is "an important contribution to ongo...
02/13/2019

A starred review from Publisher's Weekly says that Patrick Spero's Frontier Rebels is "an important contribution to ongoing reassessments of the nature and meaning of the American founding.” ⭐️ ⭐️
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Read Alan S. Cowell's Cat Flap to answer the burning question of what it would be  like to live as your pet! 😼 •⠀...
02/12/2019

Read Alan S. Cowell's Cat Flap to answer the burning question of what it would be like to live as your pet! 😼
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A starred review from Kirkus Reviews says that We Fed An Island by Jose Andres is "A passionate and courageous story tha...
02/11/2019

A starred review from Kirkus Reviews says that We Fed An Island by Jose Andres is "A passionate and courageous story that should be required reading for anyone involved in disaster response.”🍴 🥄 ☕️
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A starred review by Kirkus Reviews says that Mary Beard's How Do We Look is "a joy to read, too short for certain, packe...
02/08/2019

A starred review by Kirkus Reviews says that Mary Beard's How Do We Look is "a joy to read, too short for certain, packed with lessons quickly absorbed."⭐️⭐️

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Baltimore Magazine says that Liz and Jimmy Reed's A Sweet Success is "a riot to follow." 🍧🍧🍧•⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀C...
02/07/2019

Baltimore Magazine says that Liz and Jimmy Reed's A Sweet Success is "a riot to follow." 🍧🍧🍧
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A starred review from Kirkus Reviews says Ruth Downie's Medicus is "A charming novel."⭐️⭐️•⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Clic...
02/06/2019

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Kirkus Reviews says Lawrence Goldstone's UNPUNISHED MURDER "shines a light on a shameful sea change moment in U.S. histo...
02/05/2019

Kirkus Reviews says Lawrence Goldstone's UNPUNISHED MURDER "shines a light on a shameful sea change moment in U.S. history. . . . Difficult and necessary."

Julia Scheeres gives us a brave and nuanced account of her relationship with religion and sin:
01/28/2019
Raising Children Without the Concept of Sin

Julia Scheeres gives us a brave and nuanced account of her relationship with religion and sin:

My religious fundamentalist childhood was built around the fear of sin. My daughters don’t even know the word.

We are delighted to announce Ken Bonert’s “The Mandela Plot” is a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for ...
01/09/2019
2018 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists

We are delighted to announce Ken Bonert’s “The Mandela Plot” is a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction Jewish Book Council 🎉✨

Our Lady of Kazan Maya Arad An excerpt from the winning selection has been translated into English by Jessica Cohen and appears in the 2019 edition of Paper Brigade.

01/02/2019
Barack Obama

Loving that The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne is on this list, and what great company!

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list - I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.

Here’s a reminder of the books that I read this year that appeared on earlier lists:
Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
Educated by Tara Westover
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
The Return by Hisham Matar
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes

Here are my other favorite books of 2018:
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
Florida by Lauren Groff
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
There There by Tommy Orange
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

My favorite movies of 2018:
Annihilation
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Blindspotting
Burning
The Death of Stalin
Eighth Grade
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
Minding the Gap
The Rider
Roma
Shoplifters
Support the Girls
Won’t You Be My Neighbor

And finally, my favorite songs of 2018:
Apes••t by The Carters
Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges
Could’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess
Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile
Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole
King For A Day by Anderson East
Love Lies by Khalid & Normani
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp)
Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett
Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara
One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile
Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid
Wait by the River by Lord Huron
Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

USA TODAY gives Road to Disaster by Brian VanDeMark four stars, calling it “engrossing…An absolutely first-rate anal...
12/10/2018

USA TODAY gives Road to Disaster by Brian VanDeMark four stars, calling it “engrossing…An absolutely first-rate analysis of U.S. involvement in the war-torn country [of Vietnam].”

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We're walking on air because Bustle has exclusively revealed the cover and excerpt from Helena Fox's upcoming YA debut, ...
12/10/2018
Start Reading From This YA Novel That's Being Described As 'The Bell Jar' With Ghosts

We're walking on air because Bustle has exclusively revealed the cover and excerpt from Helena Fox's upcoming YA debut, How It Feels to Float, described as "a modern-day Bell Jar".

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If heartfelt contemporary YA is your preferred genre, you're going to want to add Helena Fox's upcoming debut, How It Feels to Float, to your 2019 TBR immediately. The book, which hits shelves on May 7, is being described as a modern-day The Bell…

Get that warm-and-fuzzy holiday spirit with How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine, by Amy G...
12/07/2018

Get that warm-and-fuzzy holiday spirit with How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine, by Amy Guglielmo, which School Library Journal calls "an inspiring look at the development of a scientist and advocate."

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"Anyone feeling jaded, jejune or just plain past it at work can read this book in a morning and feel revived” says the...
12/06/2018

"Anyone feeling jaded, jejune or just plain past it at work can read this book in a morning and feel revived” says the Financial Times of Chip Conley's [email protected]. Just one more reason to listen to your elders!

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A huge congratulations to Susan Orlean, Kate Atkinson and Ingrid Fetell Lee 🎉 on the inclusion of The Library Book, T...
12/06/2018
The Best Books of 2018

A huge congratulations to Susan Orlean, Kate Atkinson and Ingrid Fetell Lee 🎉 on the inclusion of The Library Book, Transcription, and Joyful in Real Simple's Best Books of 2018!

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Add these just-released 2018 titles to your reading list, stat.

From the world of Black Hammer, discover astral crime fighter Doctor Star as he races across the galaxy with the Star Sh...
12/05/2018

From the world of Black Hammer, discover astral crime fighter Doctor Star as he races across the galaxy with the Star Sheriff Squadron in Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows by Jeff Lemire. Vol. 3 out now from Dark Horse Comics!
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James Barr's Lords of the Desert is "Brilliant, detached and eye-opening...A gripping tale of diplomatic legerdemain, po...
12/04/2018

James Barr's Lords of the Desert is "Brilliant, detached and eye-opening...A gripping tale of diplomatic legerdemain, political hypocrisy and, once the intelligence boys got going, derring-do" says Kirkus Reviews.

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When infamous bachelor Parth Sterling agreed play matchmaker for the witty Lavinia Gray, he never imagined that a woman ...
12/03/2018

When infamous bachelor Parth Sterling agreed play matchmaker for the witty Lavinia Gray, he never imagined that a woman so wrong for him might just be his Mrs. Right. From NYT Bestseller Eloisa James comes Born to be Wilde 🌹📚

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2018 has been one for the books 📚 (get it?). We're proud to announce that NYPL The New York Public Library has named ...
12/03/2018
Introducing NYPL's Best Books of 2018

2018 has been one for the books 📚 (get it?). We're proud to announce that NYPL The New York Public Library has named Adrienne Kisner's Dear Rachel Maddow as a Top 10 Best YA Book of 2018 🎉

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The New York Public Library is thrilled to announce our Best Books of 2018, a curated selection of recommended reads for kids, teens, and adults, selected by our expert librarians!

Kirkus Reviews calls Dr. Eugenia Cheng's The Art of Logic in an Illogical World "a very welcome primer in logical thinki...
11/30/2018

Kirkus Reviews calls Dr. Eugenia Cheng's The Art of Logic in an Illogical World "a very welcome primer in logical thinking." According to our calculations, you won't be able to put it down! 📐📚

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Christmas is coming early this holiday season! Barnes & Noble just released the cover for upcoming short story collectio...
11/30/2018
Next Summer, Terror Blooms in Paul Tremblay's Growing Things

Christmas is coming early this holiday season! Barnes & Noble just released the cover for upcoming short story collection Growing Things, by horror master Paul Tremblay Don't miss this exciting reveal, along with an exclusive excerpt from the book!

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What kinds of horrors keep Stephen King up nights? If you've got the guts to find out, read the work of Paul Tremblay. Tremblay's novel A Head Full of Ghosts "scared the living hell out of me, and I'm pretty hard to scare," King said. That goes a long way toward explaining why Tremblay has been a

In search of the perfect holiday gift for you favorite bookworm? Look no further than The Collected Stories of Diane Wil...
11/29/2018

In search of the perfect holiday gift for you favorite bookworm? Look no further than The Collected Stories of Diane Williams, from literary legend Diane William, called "Erudite, elegant and stubbornly experimental" by The New York Times Books.

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Kirkus Reviews gives Ayelet Tsabari's The Art of Leaving a starred review, saying "Tsabari examines the cultural and per...
11/29/2018
THE ART OF LEAVING by Ayelet Tsabari | Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews gives Ayelet Tsabari's The Art of Leaving a starred review, saying "Tsabari examines the cultural and personal forces that result in alienation and "self-inflicted exile"...a tender, moving memoir."

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An Arab Jew searches for the meaning of home.

Couldn't make Markus Zusak's Bridge of Clay US tour? Not to worry—you can catch all the highlights in this recap from ...
11/29/2018
On Tour with Markus Zusak

Couldn't make Markus Zusak's Bridge of Clay US tour? Not to worry—you can catch all the highlights in this recap from Publishers Weekly!

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Last month, Australian author Markus Zusak set out on a U.S. tour in celebration of the release of his new YA novel 'Bridge of Clay,' the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2006 novel, 'The Book Thief.'

Prefer political debates to hot cocoa & Hallmark movies? Don't miss William Egginton's The Splintering of the American M...
11/28/2018

Prefer political debates to hot cocoa & Hallmark movies? Don't miss William Egginton's The Splintering of the American Mind, which Publishers Weekly calls "Provocative . . . Egginton's pot-stirring prose . . . will interest anyone wanting a better sense of the current mood surrounding American higher education."

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People selects Extinctions, Josephine Wilson's award-winning story of a former engineer whose move to a retirement commu...
11/28/2018

People selects Extinctions, Josephine Wilson's award-winning story of a former engineer whose move to a retirement community sets in motion a series of life-changing events, as a Best New Book!

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Get the inside scoop on “how we perceive the apocalypse, but like in a practical, everyday way” with  chefs David Mc...
11/28/2018
Talking to the Joe Beef chefs, who wrote a cookbook about the end of the world

Get the inside scoop on “how we perceive the apocalypse, but like in a practical, everyday way” with chefs David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, as they discuss their new cookbook JOE BEEF: Surviving the Apocalypse with Los Angeles Times Joe Beef - Liverpool House

An interview with the chefs who wrote a cookbook about the end of the world, “Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse, Another Cookbook of Sorts.”

Cucumber and Almond's journey takes them to Trebleopolis, but will they be able to save Princess Piano from the Noisemak...
11/27/2018

Cucumber and Almond's journey takes them to Trebleopolis, but will they be able to save Princess Piano from the Noisemaker's clutches? Find out in Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom, by Gigi D.G..

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Congratulations to Jamie Bernstein whose memoir FAMOUS FATHER GIRL was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by NPR!
11/27/2018
NPR's Book Concierge

Congratulations to Jamie Bernstein whose memoir FAMOUS FATHER GIRL was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by NPR!

Visit the #bookconcierge, NPR's guide to 2018's great reads.

"A constant pleasure to read . . . Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book" says Washington Post of ...
11/26/2018

"A constant pleasure to read . . . Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book" says Washington Post of Susan Orlean's The Library Book--named a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year!

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"Charmingly erudite...Like a seasoned tour guide, Tinniswood keeps us moving through chambers of wonders, from the Eliza...
11/21/2018

"Charmingly erudite...Like a seasoned tour guide, Tinniswood keeps us moving through chambers of wonders, from the Elizabethan to the modern era" says Washington Post of Adrian Tinniswood's in-depth account of the British royal household, Behind the Throne 👑

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A day at the zoo turns into a race against the clock in Gin Phillips's Fierce Kingdom, which The New York Times Books ca...
11/20/2018

A day at the zoo turns into a race against the clock in Gin Phillips's Fierce Kingdom, which The New York Times Books calls “A heart-thumping thriller . . . easily consumed in a single sitting.”

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Resist, by Veronica Chambers, is "a resource to enrich the shelves of every home and library" raves Kirkus Reviews in a ...
11/19/2018

Resist, by Veronica Chambers, is "a resource to enrich the shelves of every home and library" raves Kirkus Reviews in a starred ⭐️⭐️⭐️ review. Add it to your shelf today!

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Publishers Weekly calls Bloom, by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau “a loving meditation on the central role of food...
11/19/2018
Children's Book Review: Bloom by Kevin Panetta, illus. by Savanna Ganucheau. First Second, $24.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-250-19691-0

Publishers Weekly calls Bloom, by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau “a loving meditation on the central role of food in relationships”, and we're eating it up 🥧📖

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Ari is excited to move to the city with his bandmates after high school, leaving his small East Coast beach town behind. His father needs help at their struggling family bakery, however, so Ari must f

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