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HOW EMPTY POCKETS, A TIGHT BUDGET, AND A HUNGER FOR SUCCESS CAN BECOME YOUR GREATEST COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Crown Business

On Sale: 04/25/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90361-2

The instant New York Times bestseller from Shark Tank star and Fubu Founder Daymond John on why starting a business on a limited budget can be an entrepreneur's greatest competitive advantage, showing how brands, companies, and start-ups can leverage the power of broke to achieve success, fame, and profit.

Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, Daymond had to come up...

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GUIDING TEENAGE GIRLS THROUGH THE SEVEN TRANSITIONS INTO ADULTHOOD
Written by LISA DAMOUR

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39307-1

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lisa Damour, Ph.D., director of the internationally renowned Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter’s erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.

BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD FINALIST

In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for...

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Written by REBECCA SKLOOT

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 03/14/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-19010-7

Soon to be an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale,...

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44745-3

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe •  The Washington Post  NPR • Entertainment Weekly • The New Yorker • Bloomberg •  Esquire • Buzzfeed • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St. Louis Post-Dispatch •  Politico •  The Week • Bookpage • Kirkus...

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LIFE, DEATH, AND REDEMPTION IN AN AMERICAN PRISON
Written by SHAKA SENGHOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Convergent Books

On Sale: 01/31/2017

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90731-3

The bestselling memoir of redemption, reform, and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. 

Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug...

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A NOVEL
Written by BILL BEVERLY

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 01/03/2017

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90375-9

WINNER OF THE CWA GOLDSBORO GOLD DAGGER 2016 FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE CWA JOHN CREASEY NEW BLOOD DAGGER 2016 FOR BEST DEBUT CRIME NOVEL
LONGLISTED FOR ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017 FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION

Dodgers
is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger.
It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East's hothead...

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A NOVEL
Written by BRIT BENNETT

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books

On Sale: 10/11/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-18451-2

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize Finalist

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Finalist
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
A Vogue Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
One of Elle.com's Best Books of the Year

"Ferociously moving … despite Bennett’s thrumming plot, despite the snap of her pacing, it’s the always deepening complexity of her characters that provides the book’s urgency." –The New York...

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AN ASTRONAUT'S UNLIKELY JOURNEY TO UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Written by MIKE MASSIMINO

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Crown Archetype

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90354-4

Mike Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, but his journey to realizing those dreams is as unlikely as it is captivating. In his new memoir Spaceman Massimino invites readers into a rare, wonderful world where hard science meets the most thrilling adventure, and pulls back the curtain on just what having “the right stuff” really means.

“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller -- a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived...

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Written by DAN BROWN

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97411-7

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
#1 WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a...

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A TERRORIST, A PRESIDENT, AND THE RISE OF THE DRONE
Written by SCOTT SHANE

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On Sale: 09/13/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-14031-7

    Objective Troy tells the gripping and unsettling story of Anwar al-Awlaki, the once-celebrated American imam who called for moderation after 9/11, a man who ultimately directed his outsized talents to the mass murder of his fellow citizens. It follows Barack Obama’s campaign against the excesses of the Bush counterterrorism programs and his eventual embrace of the targeted killing of suspected militants. And it recounts how the president directed the mammoth machinery of spy agencies to...

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A NOVEL
Written by BILL BEVERLY

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90373-5

By a debut novelist, Dodgers is a dark, haunting, coming-of-age narrative story of a young African-American man named East who works for an L.A. drug gang. His journey away from Los Angeles and into a blighted rural American landscape forces East to come to terms with the choices he has made, ultimately revealing the man he chooses to become.

“Every now and then, the publication of a novel seems to come at the perfect time. Bill Beverly’s Dodgers is one of those novels: a coming of age...

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LIFE, DEATH, AND REDEMPTION IN AN AMERICAN PRISON
Written by SHAKA SENGHOR

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Convergent Books

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90729-0

Selected for common reading at Universal Academy High School (Milwaukee, WI)


New York Times Bestseller


In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands.

In life, it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish.      

Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor...

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