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INTRODUCTION BY JANE SMILEY
Written by WILLA CATHER

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/06/2018

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-56286-3

This 100th Anniversary Edition of Willa Cather’s masterpiece a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Jane Smiley.

In this symphonically powerful and magnificently observed novel, Cather created one of the most winning heroines in American fiction, a woman whose calm, undemonstrative strength and robust high spirits make her emblematic of the virtues Cather most admired in her country. Ántonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrant parents struggling with the oceanic...

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Written by COLSON WHITEHEAD

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/30/2018

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80432-7

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award
Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
Longlisted for the Prix Médicis

One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune



Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast...

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Written by ERNEST CLINE

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 01/30/2018

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-19013-8

The bestselling cult classic—soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can...

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Written by DELORES PHILLIPS
Introduction by TAYARI JONES

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Soho Press

On Sale: 01/30/2018

Price: $14.99

ISBN: 978-1-616-95872-5

A new edition of this award-winning modern classic, with a new introduction by Tayari Jones, an excerpt from the never before seen follow-up, and discussion guide.
 
Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings. She is the darkest-skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle’s, estimation, but she’s also the brightest. Rozelle—beautiful, charismatic, and light-skinned—exercises a violent hold over her children....

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A NOVEL
Written by BRIT BENNETT

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Riverhead Books

On Sale: 10/10/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-18452-9

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

"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 Times Book Review


"Luminous… engrossing and poignant, this is one not to miss." –People, Pick of the Week 

"Fantastic… a book that feels alive on the page." –The Washington Post

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love,...

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

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 09/12/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90356-8

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour?

Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside...

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Written by MAX BROOKS

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Del Rey

On Sale: 07/18/2017

Price: $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-399-18177-1

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The first official Minecraft novel! In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the author of World War Z tells the story of a hero—stranded in the world of Minecraft—who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and...

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WHAT ARISTOTLE, LINCOLN, AND HOMER SIMPSON CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE ART OFPERSUASION
Written by JAY HEINRICHS

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

On Sale: 07/04/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-18993-4

The go-to text for English Language, writing, and journalism courses, Thank You for Arguing is your student’s master class in the art of persuasion. Jay Heinrichs not only teaches how to recognize a metonymy and a chiasmus, but also how to argue effectively without anger. The revised third edition includes extensive new material on persuasive essay writing, tropes, facing bullies, and arguing when people don’t believe the same facts. Plus an expanded  “Argument Lab” section to put your...

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A GREAT LEAP OF FAITH

Format: Hardcover, 180 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 05/23/2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34531-8

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith is the companion volume to an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History that celebrates the bold and radical experiment to test a wholly new form of government. Democracy is still a work in progress, but it is at the core of our nation's political, economic, and social life. This lavishly illustrated book explores democracy from the Revolution to the present using objects from the museum's collection, such as the...

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

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Crown Business

On Sale: 04/18/2017

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.

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 a $40 budget, Daymond had to strategize out-of-the-box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative...

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Written by REBECCA SKLOOT

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/04/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-19010-7

Now 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, they’d...

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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 WINNER

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

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