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THE POWER OF STORIES TO SHAPE PEOPLE, HISTORY, AND CIVILIZATION
Written by MARTIN PUCHNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/24/2018

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98827-7

The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen acts—from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Puchner introduces us to numerous visionaries as he explores sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 07/10/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-984-80181-4

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE ON NETFLIX • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is...

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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 JODI PICOULT

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 02/20/2018

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-54497-1

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

“[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.”—Booklist (starred...

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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 an introduction by Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), 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...

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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

#1 New York Times Bestseller
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

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 even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain...

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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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God

A HUMAN HISTORY
Written by REZA ASLAN

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 11/07/2017

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39472-6

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.
 
In Zealot, Reza Aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions. In his new book, Aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large.
 
In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship,...

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THE POWER OF STORIES TO SHAPE PEOPLE, HISTORY, CIVILIZATION
Written by MARTIN PUCHNER

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 10/24/2017

Price: $32.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99893-1

From Guggenheim fellow Martin Puchner comes the story of literature in sixteen acts, from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter. This engaging book brings together remarkable people and surprising events to show how writing shaped cultures, religions, and the history of the world.

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A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL AND OBSESSION IN THE WEST
Written by NATE BLAKESLEE

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 10/17/2017

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90278-3

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her

 
Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic...

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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 

“Bittersweet, sexy, morally fraught.” –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, a big secret in a small community—and the things that ultimately haunt us most.


Set within a contemporary black community in Southern...

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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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