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  • The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza

    In July 2014, Israel launched air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion. The ensuing conflict led to 51 days of war that left over 2,000 people dead, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian civilians. During the assault, at least 10,000 homes were destroyed and, according…

    In July 2014, Israel launched air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion. The ensuing conflict led to 51 days of war that left over 2,000 people dead, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian civilians. During the assault, at least 10,000 homes were destroyed and, according to the United Nations, nearly 300,000 Palestinians were displaced. Max Blumenthal was on the ground during what he argues was an entirely avoidable catastrophe. In The 51 Day War (Nation), his explosive work of reportage, Blumenthal reveals the harrowing conditions and cynical deceptions that led to the ruinous war — details that slipped through the cracks of the mainstream media.

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  • Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs

    Dogs are getting lawyers. Cats are getting kidney transplants. Could they one day be fellow citizens? Cats and dogs were once wild animals. Today, they are family members and surrogate children. A little over a century ago, pets didn't warrant the meager legal status of property. Now, they have more…

    Dogs are getting lawyers. Cats are getting kidney transplants. Could they one day be fellow citizens? Cats and dogs were once wild animals. Today, they are family members and surrogate children. A little over a century ago, pets didn't warrant the meager legal status of property. Now, they have more rights and protections than any other animal in the country. In his fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society, Citizen Canine (PublicAffairs), pet lover and journalist David Grimm explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals.

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  • Laura Pritchett

    Ten years ago, Tess Cross left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the eastern plains of Colorado, full of raw rage at herself and at the universe, yearning for the life she never lead and the daughter she left behind. …

    Ten years ago, Tess Cross left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the eastern plains of Colorado, full of raw rage at herself and at the universe, yearning for the life she never lead and the daughter she left behind. As someone who has been running drugs and illegal immigrants once they're beyond the U.S.–Mexico border, she's knowingly entered into a harsh and dangerous world. Before completing the only courageous action she can think of, Tess must now face her dying mother, her sister, her daughter, and, most importantly, herself. Laura Pritchett's Red Lightning (Counterpoint) broaches timely topics essential in the West with suspense and gritty wisdom as well as her trademark lyricism and grace.

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  • Ian Caldwell

    A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers — both Vatican priests — on a quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery. Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly…

    A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope's final wish converge to send two brothers — both Vatican priests — on a quest to untangle Christianity's greatest historical mystery. Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America. Caldwell returns with The Fifth Gospel (Simon and Schuster), a masterful new thriller that confirms his place among the most ambitious storytellers working today.

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  • Congressman John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

    Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. March: Book Two (Top Shelf), cowritten by Andrew Aydin (with…

    Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. March: Book Two (Top Shelf), cowritten by Andrew Aydin (with artist Nate Powell), brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the Deep South, they will be tested like never before.

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  • Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us

    The orca, otherwise known as the killer whale, is one of earth's most intelligent animals. Remarkably sophisticated, orcas have languages and cultures and even long-term memories. They are also benign and gentle, which makes the story of the captive-orca industry and the endangerment of their population…

    The orca, otherwise known as the killer whale, is one of earth's most intelligent animals. Remarkably sophisticated, orcas have languages and cultures and even long-term memories. They are also benign and gentle, which makes the story of the captive-orca industry and the endangerment of their population in Puget Sound that much more damning. In Of Orcas and Men (Overlook), a marvelously compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting, and scientific research, David Neiwert explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings.

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  • The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation

    For a long time, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine "natural" ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. However, a growing group of scientists is taking a fresh …

    For a long time, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine "natural" ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. However, a growing group of scientists is taking a fresh look at how species interact in the wild. In The New Wild (Beacon), Pearce goes on a journey across six continents to rediscover what conservation in the 21st century should be about. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, it is absolutely crucial that we find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing the new ecology, Pearce shows us, is our best chance.

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  • An Evening of Dzanc Authors

    Join us for a special event featuring four Dzanc authors. In The Words and Wisdom of Charles Johnson, National Book Award–winner Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage, muses about a wide range of topics, from Buddhism to race relations in America and everything in between. In Shya Scanlon's The…

    Join us for a special event featuring four Dzanc authors. In The Words and Wisdom of Charles Johnson, National Book Award–winner Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage, muses about a wide range of topics, from Buddhism to race relations in America and everything in between. In Shya Scanlon's The Guild of Saint Cooper, an obscure author, drawn in by the mysterious Guild of St. Cooper, must rewrite the history of a dying city. Patrick O'Neil's memoir, Gun, Needle, Spoon, follows a punk rock pioneer on his slide into drug abuse and life as an armed robber, all the way through life in recovery and what it's like to look back on those times. Jen Grow's debut story collection, My Life as a Mermaid, stares down the dark side of what it means to live 'happily ever after.'

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  • Colin Winnette

    Colin Winnette's Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio) is a new acid western in the tradition of Rudolph Wurlitzer and Meek's Cutoff, meaning it is brutal, surreal, and possesses an unsettling humor. Brooke and Sugar are killers. Bird is the boy who mysteriously woke beside them while between towns. For …

    Colin Winnette's Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio) is a new acid western in the tradition of Rudolph Wurlitzer and Meek's Cutoff, meaning it is brutal, surreal, and possesses an unsettling humor. Brooke and Sugar are killers. Bird is the boy who mysteriously woke beside them while between towns. For miles, there is only desert and wilderness, and along the fringes, people. The story follows the middling bounty hunters after they've been chased from town, and Bird, each in pursuit of their own sense of belonging and justice. It features gunfights, cannibalism, barroom piano, a transgender birth, a wagon train, a stampede, and the tenuous rise of the West's first one-armed gunslinger.

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  • Bryan Denson

    In The Spy's Son (Atlantic Monthly), investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson tells the riveting story of the Nicholsons — father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia. Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA's top veteran case officers…

    In The Spy's Son (Atlantic Monthly), investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson tells the riveting story of the Nicholsons — father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia. Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA's top veteran case officers but led a double life: for more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia's foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn't stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his son, Nathan.

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  • Vendela Vida

    In The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (Ecco), Vendela Vida's mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity…

    In The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (Ecco), Vendela Vida's mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she chooses. Told with vibrant, lush detail and a wicked sense of humor, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is part literary mystery, part psychological thriller — an unforgettable novel that explores free will, power, and a woman's right to choose not her past, perhaps not her present, but certainly her future.

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  • April Henry

    When a woman's body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a few blocks away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland's…

    When a woman's body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a few blocks away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland's Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. April Henry weaves another page-turning, high-stakes mystery in Blood Will Tell (Henry Holt), the second book in her Point Last Seen series.

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  • Lev Grossman

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with…

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory. Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land (Plume Books) is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic, and a story of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion.

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  • Terry Brooks

    After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. Now a critical hour is at hand, as a beloved High Druid nears the end of her reign and prepares to pass from the mortal world to the one beyond. The Darkling Child (…

    After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. Now a critical hour is at hand, as a beloved High Druid nears the end of her reign and prepares to pass from the mortal world to the one beyond. The Darkling Child (Del Rey) is the thrilling stand-alone novel in Terry Brooks's legendary Shannara series.

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  • Joseph Kim

    Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy's normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on …

    Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy's normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China. Alone on the streets, Kim learned to beg and steal. Finally, in desperation, he too crossed a frozen river to escape to China. There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, he was spirited to the American consulate and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the U.S. as refugees. Kim's Under the Same Sky (Houghton Mifflin) is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.

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  • Joanna Klink in Conversation with Michele Glazer

    Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. The poems in her new collection, Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin), offer a fine-grained meditation on being alone — on a self fighting its way out of isolation, toward connection with other people and a vanishing world.…

    Joanna Klink has won acclaim for poetry of bracing emotional intensity. The poems in her new collection, Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin), offer a fine-grained meditation on being alone — on a self fighting its way out of isolation, toward connection with other people and a vanishing world. Klink will be joined in conversation by poet Michele Glazer, author of On Tact, and the Made Up World and It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We'd Come to See.

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