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  • Willy Vlautin

    Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who wants to be somebody. He’s spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains. But while the Reeses treat him like a son, Horace can’t shake the shame he feels from being …

    Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who wants to be somebody. He’s spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains. But while the Reeses treat him like a son, Horace can’t shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents. He decides to leave the only loving home he’s known to prove his worth by training to become a boxer. His journey to become a champion brings him to the boxing rings of Mexico and, finally, to the seedy streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can’t change who he is or outrun his destiny. Willy Vlautin writes from America’s soul, chronicling the lives of those who are downtrodden and forgotten with profound tenderness. Vlautin’s new novel, Don’t Skip Out on Me (Harper Perennial), is a beautiful, wrenching story about one man’s search for identity and belonging that will make you consider those around you differently.

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  • Keith Rosson in Conversation With Cat Rambo

    Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He's compelled to volunteer at the local Children's Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he's also the guilt-ridden …

    Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He's compelled to volunteer at the local Children's Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he's also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Therage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc's pyre in 1431. He's just seen a woman on a talk show claiming to be Joan… but how will he find her? When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he's picked up hitchhiking by a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife's funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with "smokes" (ghostly apparitions that have inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way. In Smoke City (Meerkat Press), Keith Rosson continues to blur genre and literary fiction in a way that is surprising, heartfelt, brutal, relentlessly inventive, and entirely his own. Rosson will be joined in conversation by Cat Rambo, President of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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  • Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

    From Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States and "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans, comes a provocative, timely, and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States.…

    From Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States and "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans, comes a provocative, timely, and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States. America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights), Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States.

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  • Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon

    It was the spring of 1871. Pioneer entrepreneur Abigail Scott Duniway, on a business trip to purchase stock for her millinery store back in Oregon, waited breathlessly outside the suffrage convention in San Francisco. She hoped to meet Susan B. Anthony, whose career she so admired. And so they met,…

    It was the spring of 1871. Pioneer entrepreneur Abigail Scott Duniway, on a business trip to purchase stock for her millinery store back in Oregon, waited breathlessly outside the suffrage convention in San Francisco. She hoped to meet Susan B. Anthony, whose career she so admired. And so they met, sparking a relationship that dramatically altered Duniway's life. The duo traveled for months on horseback, carriage, train, and boat in their crucial, successful effort to ensure the right to vote for women nationwide. In Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon: Hesitate No Longer (History Press), author Jennifer Chambers revives the inspirational fight for women's rights by examining the dynamic between these two powerful women and how they changed not just the Beaver State, but the country as a whole.

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  • Karen Karbo in Conversation With Olivia Olivia

    Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, Karen Karbo’s new book, In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules (National Geographic), is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, …

    Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, Karen Karbo’s new book, In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules (National Geographic), is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Taylor, Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives — imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious — provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being “difficult,” Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling — whatever that means for you. Karbo will be joined in conversation by Olivia Olivia, author of No One Remembered Your Name but I Wrote It Down.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name (Picador) is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer…

    André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name (Picador) is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time. Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion — winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction and now a major motion picture.

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  • Elif Batuman

    The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an …

    The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings. At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside to teach English. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin’s summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. With superlative emotional and intellectual sensitivity, mordant wit, and pitch-perfect style, Elif Batuman dramatizes the uncertainty of life on the cusp of adulthood. Batuman’s The Idiot (Penguin) is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting.

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