Mezrich has a gift for writing intriguing stories and intricate characters with a cinematic flair. As the narrative of “Seven Wonders” travels the globe and examines each of the modern seven wonders, the history of each is unveiled while the author maintains a tight action-adventure story.” Denver Post
Weirdo from House of Anansi
Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was 15 when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents. Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward – whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun – reopens the case. He discovers a town full of secrets and a community that has always looked after its own.
…the novel is a worthy showcase for the author’s undeniable skill.
– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at 19 and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called “the Queen of Noir” in the United Kingdom and is the author of four novels, including The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir. She lives in London.
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Make the best of the tantrums, moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting
When you’re a new parent, the miracle of life might not always feel so miraculous. Maybe your latest 2:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m., and 3:30 a.m. wake-up calls have left you wondering how “sleep like a baby” ever became a figure of speech–and what the options are for restoring your sanity. Or your child just left bite marks on someone, and you’re wondering how to handle it.
First-time mom Tracy Cutchlow knows what you’re going through. Combining the warmth of a best friend with a straightforward style, Tracy addresses questions such as:
Zero to Five will help you make the best of the tantrums (yours and the baby’s), moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting.
“Cutchlow, editor of John Medina’s Brain Rules for Baby, here presents a photographic version of the same leading research in a condensed and warm style. Covering such issues as sleep (“crying it out, for a time, is fine”), language development (“speak in a singsongy voice”), and play (“nurture creativity”), amongst others, the author writes in a calm tone based on the soundest of child development findings without using copious notes and references. Each single-page entry includes a full-color photo of children—from newborns mere minutes old to toddlers on fierce rocking horse journeys—parents, and families involved in unstaged acts of daily life.
VERDICT This is a perfect gift for a new parent, as it synthesizes the best information simply and provides encouragement. Librarians may grumble about the awkward size and spiral binding but should acquire this delightful offering nonetheless.”
— 8/15/14, Library Journal starred review
Tracy Cutchlow, Photographs by Betty Udesen
Spiral Bound, $19.95
Three Enchanted Lion Titles Earn Eight Starred Reviews and a Junior Library Guild Selection!
Enchanted Lion Books has earned an abundance of starred reviews and a Junior Library Guild selection in just a few short months! Below are the hot titles reviewers are raving about—order your copies today!
“Minimal detail, gentle colors, horizontal brushstrokes across double-page spreads, and an ingenious use of white space—and even occasional empty pages (to indicate the passage of time)—contribute to the success of this inviting Peaceable Kingdom of a tale. “—The Horn Book, September/October issue, starred review
“The charming depiction of Lion’s home will delight sharp-eyed children, and the gentle pace of the story, which takes its time as surely as the plants in Lion’s garden take their time to grow, is reassuring. A much needed antidote to the speed of the world, this picture book by French Canadian Dubuc is one to savor.”—Booklist, June 1, 2014, starred review
“As the bird flies off, Dubuc draws the abandoned lion from the viewpoint of the departing bird; a page turn shows him again, smaller, diminished, the paw that holds his hat hanging. He resumes his solitary life, but when autumn returns, he’s seen with his eyes closed, wishing. Readers will rejoice with him when the bird returns. It’s remarkably moving, and—considering it features two animals—a deeply human story.”—Publishers Weekly, March 31, 2014, starred review
“Flowing lines and subtle shifts of hue add visual grace notes to this wordless tale of gifts exchanged between a boy and a fox. Each scene is composed as a diorama and photographed, giving the illustrations an uncanny solidity and depth despite their paper-cutout origins. The oversized flowers invite thinking of this imported episode in symbolic or metaphorical terms . . . but it needs no analysis to be lovely.”—Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2014, starred review
“The story exudes a haunting winter magic and a strong sense of the way a small kindness can make an enormous difference.”—Publishers Weekly, August 4, 2014, starred review
“This is a strange, somber, and oddly compelling narrative, a different combination of flavors than we would find in a book originally published in North America.”—The Horn Book, September/October 2014, starred review
“Lindelauf lures readers into the intrigue and mystery of it all and then demands their intense concentration. Every element of the tale has a purpose, and in the end, the multiple layers of past and present separate and come together in surprising, often discomfiting twists and turns. . . . A challenging and entirely unique Dutch import.”—Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2014, starred review
“Lindelauf’s masterful rendering of fraught yet loving sisterly ties, snappy dialogue, graveyard mysteries, and “traces of a tragical tragedy” from generations past combine to humorous and poignant effect in this gripping tale of eclectic families and inveterate wanderers in search of a welcoming home.” —Publishers Weekly, April 21, 2014, starred review
Depression- Listen… Don’t analyze…. Don’t wait for your friend to reach out to you…..
THE DEPTHS mentioned in Elizabeth Bernstein’s column in the 8/26/14 issue of the Wall Street Journal on how to be a friend to someone with depression, and Jonathan Rottenberg is quoted throughout.
THE DEPTHS: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
By Jonathan Rottenberg
“The book’s scope and ambition are remarkable. In calling for a closer study of shallow, as opposed to deep, depression Rottenberg makes a smart point that is often ignored. To understand depression and have any hope of a cure, we need to look at the full spectrum of behavior—and the label of ‘mood’ makes such an investigation far more likely to succeed.”—New York Times Book Review (Short List)
“The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic has the potential to revolutionize the way scientists study depression and therapists treat depression. It can provide hope for people with depression and understanding for their families.”—Psychology Today.com
“Rottenberg’s practical style and talent for using real-world examples by real-world people to illustrate states of low and high mood is refreshing…the book is a wonderful first step for those who wish to better understand the illness from a scientific viewpoint. And it gives the reader hope by suggesting that depression is a common, albeit painful, human experience: that a low mood does not mean we have failed.”—PsychCentral
“[A] stimulating book that synthesizes research and memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
“In this provocative presentation of the natural history and evolution of depression, the bottom line is, strangely, both deflating and hopeful: “Low mood is both inescapable and sometimes useful.”—Booklist
“An important contribution to [Rottenberg’s] stated aim of promoting ‘an adult national conversation about depression.’”—Kirkus Reviews
Where there is food, there will be laughter (and crumbs).
Amuse-bouche (ah-MOOZE-boosh) French, noun
About the Author-Illustrator
Eric-Shabazz Larkin always knew he was an artist. He didn’t discover there was a graffiti artist inside of him until he drew the Norfolk (VA) city skyline on the wall of his childhood home, forcing his mother to forbid the use of permanent markers in her house ever again. His need to draw on things did not lay dormant for very long as he started to vandalize his own books and photos, which is what led him to the illustration style of this book.
Eric-Shabazz is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and poet. The first children’s book he illustrated, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. A Moose Boosh marks his debut as author and illustrator. He lives in Long Island City, New York. Learn more about him at creativeschoolofthought.com.http://www.readerstoeaters.com/
A Moose Boosh
Alice Waters and the Trip To Delicious from Readers to Eaters
“This picture book biography takes on Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley and the Edible Schoolyard Project. Using an enthusiastic, conversational tone and a free verse form (“In her travels, Alice learned/wonderful food was like a symphony/that woke people up, made them happier”), Martin shows how Waters’s fascination and love for fresh foods started young: at age three, the future chef won a costume contest, dressed up in a lettuce skirt, strawberry necklace, and crown made of asparagus. While in college, Waters studied cooking in France and brought home what she learned about selecting and preparing fresh foods. Before long, she opened Chez Panisse, a huge success. Finding fresh foods was not always easy, but as her reputation grew, growers began to come to her, and, eventually, her love and passion for fresh, locally grown food led her to organize the Edible Schoolyard Project, in which students plant and cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. Rendered with brush and black ink and enhanced digitally, the illustrations are colorful and simple. The book includes an afterword by Waters and an author’s note elaborating on the subject’s contributions to the local foods movement. A fine introduction to units on nutrition, healthy eating, and creative people making positive change.”–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA —Starred Review School Library Journal
“[A] lively biography… chronicling the life of one contemporary foodie who has worked to make a difference in children’s nutritional lives… The art greatly enhances the text, with its varied multitude of cheerful people growing, preparing and enjoying food, as well as the use of different framing techniques and vantage points… An obvious choice in communities that have active Edible Schoolyards, it may spark some interest in communities that do not—yet.” —Kirkus ReviewsALICE WATERS AND THE TRIP TO DELICIOUS
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $18.95 AFTERWORD by Alice Waters:
Dear Reader and Eater,
I hope you have liked hearing my story! Here are some things I have learned about food and cooking from my time at Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard—and from my daughter Fanny:
1) Grow your own food. If you grow it and cook it yourself, you’re going to want to eat it—even kale!
I can’t wait to see you all in the garden and the kitchen!
Alice Waters founded Chez Panisse in 1971 and The Edible Schoolyard in 1995. She was the first woman to win the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award. This year she was named among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. – Foreword source: Readers to Eaters
Events: Alice Waters will be coming to the book launch at the Edible Schoolyard on 9/17. 2pm welcome and introduction, then the group can tour the grounds and sample from the classroom kitchen afterward. RSVP required to attend due to limited space.
The Ecology Center will be handling the book sales at the event as well as at the Berkeley Farmers Market on 9/18.
Author Jackie Martin will also be signing at Book Passage-Ferry Building on Sat, 9/20, during the Farmers Market hour.
Sgt. Reckless receives a PW starred review!
“Animals have been used in war for thousands of years, but few U.S. military animals attained the notoriety of Reckless, a sorrel mare small for her size that joined the Marines during the Korean War, and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Employed to help move heavy recoilless rifles and ammunition across steep and treacherous terrain, Reckless proved a quick learner, knowing when to take cover and when to proceed. Her true value and dedication was made apparent in the field, where she proved she could do the work of 10 marines. Reckless regularly proved her bravery and endurance, making precarious trips hauling ammunition to soldiers in need, often during heavy fire. Once home, news of her promotion to Staff Sergeant quickly spread, though that notoriety has since faded. Author Hutton aims to correct that, having spent over eight years researching the remarkable story of Reckless and gathering many of the photos shared here; stories of fellow soldiers litter the book, backing up claims of her bravery and playful personality (not to mention her love of food and beer). Hutton’s passion and admiration for her subject (she also heads an effort to create a monument to Reckless) shines through in this sparkling and engaging portrait of a most remarkable and courageous animal.”
-PublishersWeekly, posted 8/18/2014
From the racetrack to the battlefield-dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi-she was Reckless, “pride of the Marines.”
A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining.
The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.
Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.
Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completed in July 2013, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days.Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse Trade Cloth, $27.99 978-1-62157-263-3 Regnery History
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces Earns Three Starred Reviews!
The pre-publicity is pouring in for Isabel Quintero’s debut novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, which hits bookshelves next month! This new YA novel from Cinco Puntos Press follows Gabi Hernandez’s diary entries as she navigates senior year: Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, the food she craves, and best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
Digital review copies are available on Edelweiss. Please make sure to download your copy of the book Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist are all raving about! Please consider adding Gabi, A Girl in Pieces to any Diverse Books collections you might be developing!
Check out the rave reviews about Gabi:
“With this first novel, Quintero excels at presenting a life that is simultaneously messy and hopeful. Readers won’t soon forget Gabi, a young woman coming into her own in the face of intense pressure from her family, culture and society to fit someone else’s idea of what it means to be a ‘good’ girl. A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity.”—Kirkus Reviews, July 16, 2015, starred review
“A refreshing take on slut- and fat-shaming, Quintero’s work ranks with Meg Medina’s Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick, 2013) and Junot Diaz’s Drown (Riverhead, 1996) as a coming-of-age novel with Latino protagonists.”—School Library Journal, August 1, 2014, starred review
“Reading Quintero’s debut is like attending a large family fiesta: it’s overpopulated with people, noise, and emotion, but the overall effect is joyous. . . . Quintero [is] utterly confident, gifting us with a messy, complicated protagonist who isn’t defined by ethnicity, class, weight, or lifestyle. Gabi is purely herself—and that’s what makes her universal.”—Booklist, September 2014, starred review