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A Fresh and Unflinching Portrait of African American life
A Fresh and Unflinching Portrait of African American life

A moving tale of love and the consequences of American racial disparity spanning three generations of a New Orleans family

“… Sexton delivers a fresh and unflinching portrait of African American life and establishes herself as a new and much-needed voice in literature. Vividly imagined and boldly told, A Kind of Freedom is a book for our time. A fierce and courageous debut.” —Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar

“… [T]his emotionally wrenching, character-rich debut spans three generations in a city deeply impacted by segregation, economic inequality, and racial tensions……In this fine debut, each generation comes with new possibilities and deferred dreams blossoming with the hope that this time, finally, those dreams may come to fruition.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Hopeful and Uplifting
Hopeful and Uplifting

PAJAMA PRESS –  A poignant and prominent article with My Beautiful Birds by Pajama Press being featured -New York Times, Sunday Art Section …

Children’s Authors Take On The Refugee Crisis

…….. Suzanne Del Rizzo’s picture book “My Beautiful Birds” is based on an article she read about a Syrian boy living in Jordan in the Zaatari refugee camp who had tamed wild birds. In her book, she writes from the perspective of Sami, a boy who trains pigeons and must leave his birds behind when his family evacuates from their home in Syria and walks to a refugee camp in Jordan. There, Sami finds solace in caring for wild birds. ………

 

School Library Journal (03/01/2017): VERDICT A stunning offering for libraries wishing to add to their collection of hopeful yet realistic refugee tales.–Brittany Drehobl, Eisenhower Public Library District, IL

 

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A Compelling Look at the “Secret World” of the Forest
A Compelling Look at the “Secret World” of the Forest

One of my favorite books this year, it is a little treasure.  Readers across the country agree it has been on the New York Times Bestseller list and is a favorite of the American Booksellers Association across all regions.  

“The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings.”
Sally McGrane, The New York Times

-In this spirited exploration, [Wohlleben] guarantees that readers will never look at these life forms in quite the same way again.-
Library Journal

 

A new book by the same author coming this fall…

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Not Friends
Not Friends

“Many children’s books deal with the occasional conflict between friends, but this is a fresh, lively addition to the pack. From the spotted end pages on, we are up close and personal in Giraffe’s and Bird’s world, which is full of clouds, telephone wires, and TENSION….Sentences are short and in the present tense with verbs often in bold. The lack of background detail accentuates the actions and the warm browns and blues of the illustrations will reassure readers that this conflict might not be as bad as they think. In the end, we are reminded that actions speak louder than words.”—Booklist starred review

 

 

 

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Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong….
Everything you believe about how to lose weight is wrong….

Weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones—in everyone—and only by understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss.

“Not only full of insights but also surprisingly funny. Read it to understand why the world became fat, how to reverse the epidemic—and how to stay thin yourself.”
—Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, Founder of Dietdoctor.com

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The Authoritative Depiction of a Country Struggling to Make Sense of Itself…
The Authoritative Depiction of a Country Struggling to Make Sense of Itself…

This is a firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 presidential election and the cultural forces that divided both parties and powered Donald Trump into the White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton’s book is not just the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history.

Tuesday The Colbert show opener, which featured Jared, is being shared everywhere from Time magazine on….

 

 

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We kiss them with rain……
We kiss them with rain……

The terrible thing that steals 14-year-old Mvelo’s song leads to startling revelations and a hopeful outcome. This is a great book club read.

We Kiss Them With Rain explores both humor and tragedy in this modern-day fairytale set in a squatter camp outside Durban, South Africa, in which the things that seem to be are only a façade, and the things that are revealed and unveiled create a happier, thoroughly believable, alternative.

We walk amongst the living
We, the departed . . .
We wander the earth
Wondering about the orphans we left behind
We kiss them with rain . . .

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Mabanckou’s wacky, vibrant Black Moses….
Mabanckou’s wacky, vibrant Black Moses….

 

 

The reviews and praise keeps coming

 

“One of the most compelling books you’ll read in any language this year.” —Rolling Stone

 

“[Black Moses] rings with a beautiful poetry”—Wall Street Journal

 

“Vivid and funny”—New York Magazine

 

“Moses comes of age quickly in this offbeat bildungsroman…”—Chicago Tribune

 

“One of O’s Top 20 books to read this summer.”—O (The Oprah Magazine)

 

“This mythic, beguiling novel is a journey to discover what is hard-wired in us and what we make up about ourselves.”—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review

 

“[R]ibald, acerbic, and poignant… This tightly contained, densely packed story issues a challenge that never loses its urgency: how does a person cling to a sense of autonomy when it’s under siege by so many powerful forces?”—Kirkus STARRED review  

 

“Funny and sharply satiric… over several books… Mabanckou has created a vibrant world in which Pointe-Noir has taken on the stature of an African Yoknapatawpha county.”—Booklist

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People LOVE Eve Babitz!
People LOVE Eve Babitz!

A must read, we will be hearing a lot about this book in the next few months.   

  •             Belletrist July Book Pick
  •             Entertainment Weekly “Must List”

The popular rediscovery of Eve Babitz continues with this very special reissue of her novel, originally published in 1979, about a dreamy young girl moving between the planets of Los Angeles and New York City.

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A new book features fishing tales and recipes from acclaimed chefs….
A new book features fishing tales and recipes from acclaimed chefs….

 

I am very excited to share that Chef John Besh of  REEL MASTERS is going to be featured on The Today Show  9/12/17.  He will be doing two cooking demos with Kathie Lee & Hoda.  The cooking segments will be at  8:00am and 10:00am.

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