Now in Paperback: News of the World – Paulette Jiles

This New York Times bestseller, National Book Award Finalist and MPIBA “Reading the West” award winner was also on many “Best of the Year” round-ups at the end of 2016. So, it should be a crowd-pleaser on the paperback tables all summer long.

The new edition also includes a P.S. section with an essay from Jiles and reading group guide. And I just heard it’s in development as a movie starring Tom Hanks. (Perfect casting!)

News of the World (9780062409218) by Paulette Jiles. $15.99 trade paper. 6/20/17 on sale.

 

Video: Chasing Space – Leland Melvin

Former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver Melvin shares his personal journey. It’s a story about community, perseverance and grace. In an inspired co-publication, it is also available in an edition for middle grade readers: Chasing Space: Young Readers Edition.

Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances (9780062496720) by Leland Melvin. $25.99 hardcover. 5/23/17 on sale.

 

Video: Clayton Bird Goes Underground – Rita Williams-Garcia

A great new novel from Newbery Honor-winning Rita Williams-Garcia. I bet you haven’t seen a book trailer like this. I loved it!

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (9780062215918) by Rita Williams-Garcia. $16.99 hardcover. 5/9/17 on sale.

 

 

In the News: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

Like so many young people coming of age in the 1970’s this book was hugely influential to me. Thirty years later I learned it wasn’t just a relic of time and place when my 20-year-old nephew found his way to it and we bonded over the still perplexing issues the book takes on– clashing technological and spiritual worlds and cultural divides every bit as deep today as they were a generation ago.

You know by now of author Robert M. Pirsig’s passing. The obituaries have done a great job of contextualizing this uniquely American novel which explores fundamental questions of how to live one’s life.

As USA Today noted in one of last week’s many pieces, “The book was praised as a unique and masterful blend of narrative and philosophy and was compared to Moby Dick by New Yorker critic George Steiner, who wrote that Pirsig’s story ‘lodges in the mind as few recent novels have.’”

Two generations of McCunes are here to agree. Booksellers, now is the right time to give this one another tour on the front tables.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values (9780060839871) by Robert M. Pirsig. $16.99 trade paper. Available.

Publicity: More on The Women in The Castle

It’s been a great first week for Jessica Shattuck’s The Women in the Castle. Initial reviews are raves. (See below.)

Shattuck’s NYT op-ed “I Loved My Grandmother. But She was a Nazi.” went viral over the weekend and was the #1 most-viewed story on the Opinion page

And you can listen to her NPR/Weekend Edition interview Click here.

“Moving… This is definitely not a story of plucky women banding together to fix up a chilly home.  Their recoveries are burdened with unending guilt, and while they’re sharing the deprivations of the present, very often they’re keeping secrets about the traumas of the past, even from one another. Shattuck’s characters represent the range of responses to fascism.  Her achievement – beyond unfolding a plot that surprises and devastates – is in her subtle exploration of what a moral righteousness like Marianne’s looks like in the aftermath of the war, when communities and lives must be rebuilt, together.”
—  The New York Times

“If you love historical fiction, this is your must-read book: It’s captivating, fascinating, and incredibly faithful to the events as they happened, and Jessica Shattuck reveals an entirely new side of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime.”
— Newsweek

“Offers a mesmerizing new look at the aftermath of the war . . . with insight and empathy, The Women in the Castle stands tall among the literature that reveals new truths about one of history’s most tragic eras.”
— USA Today

The Women in the Castle (9780062563668) by Jessica Shattuck. $26.99 hardcover. 3/28/17 on sale.

 

Books in the News: Homo Deus and The Hate You Give

I read a couple interesting pieces last week that might help fuel your conversations with customers:

Last Monday’s NYT had a front-page story on how YA fiction is giving voice to the anxieties, confusion and anger of minority teens. It prominently features debut author Angie Thomas’ breakout bestseller The Hate U Give and notes that “educators see fiction as a particularly potent tool for engaging with volatile topics and instilling empathy in young readers.”

The Hate U Give (9780062498533) by Angie Thomas. $17.99 hardcover. Available now.

 

Lord, I love The Guardian—it does such great book coverage. Last Sunday it ran a profile of Harari, calling him a “visionary historian [and] author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind.” The article then shifts to a fascinating Q&A that The Guardian frames it this way:

“Harari is a naturally gifted explainer, invariably ready with the telling anecdote or memorable analogy. As a result, it’s tempting to see him less as a historian than as some kind of all-purpose sage. We asked public figures and readers to pose questions for Harari, and many of these…were of a moral or ethical nature, seeking answers about what should be done, rather than about what has happened. But the Israeli seems used to the role, and perfectly happy to give his best shot at replying. A historian of the distant past and the near future, he has carved out a whole new discipline of his own. It’s a singular achievement by an impressively multiple-minded man.”

It’s the best hour of reading I spent all week.

Homo Deus (9780062464316) by Yuval Noah Harari. $35.00 hardcover. Available now.

Two Kids Book Videos: Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Walliams; The End of Oz – Danielle Paige

Grandpa’s Great Escape (9780062560896) by David Walliams. $16.99 hardcover. 2/28/17 on sale.

 

And read an excerpt on EW!

The End of Oz (9780062423771) by Danielle Paige. $18.99 hardcover. 3/14/17 on day laydown.