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Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love

By Thomas Maier

Paperback Reprint

ISBN: 9780465079995


Congrats to Masters of Sex on its 5 emmy nominations

Also this week, posted an essay by Tom Maier on Masters & Johnson that mentions the book and the season premiere of the show this Sunday. It also includes photos from LIFE magazine’s coverage of the couple in 1966.

Maier has also been interviewed for an article in TV Guide’s August 11th issue on balancing fact and fiction on TV 


Actress in a drama series (Lizzy Caplan) – Primetime Emmy nomination

Guest actor in a drama series (Beau Bridges) – Primetime Emmy nomination

Guest actress in a drama series (Allison Janney) – Primetime Emmy  nomination

Outstanding art direction – Primetime Emmy nomination

Outstanding main title design – Primetime Emmy nomination

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United States of LEGO: A Brick Tour of America




In this hilarious guide to the US, photographer and author Jeff Friesen gives readers a unique tour of the United States.  Friesen composes LEGO dioramas of scenes that represent each state.




Each image is accompanied by a short caption that explains the picture or points out a fun fact about the state.  The captions are highly amusing and each one comments on the aspect of the state that is being represented.


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Friesen takes readers on a tour of the United States that they the simply cannot get anywhere else; as Freisen says, “the only one realistic option for exploring the fifty states remains: armchair travel.”

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July 4th Titles

Check out these fun and educational books about a time traveling elephant named Ellis.  Author Callista Gringrich and illustrator Susan Arciero construct these stories to teach young readers about US history.  Young readers will be delighted with the fun illustrations and fabulous rhymes.  With Independence Day right around the corner, it is prime time to introduce beginning readers to the birth of our wonderful country.


9781596982925.01In  Sweet Land of Liberty (Ellis the Elephant) author Callista Gringrich and illustrator Susan Arciero create an adventure that exhibits the finest and most pivotal events in US history.  Ellis a time traveling elephant, travels back to the major moments that shaped our country into the America we know and love today.  Ellis travels back through history to young readers about events such as the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, the Boston Tea Party, and the first man on the moon.


july 4th pilgramEllis the Elephant travels once again back in time in The Land of Pilgrims’ Pride (Ellis the Elephant) in order to learn about the birth of America.  Ellis’ adventures take him through the original thirteen colonies, and he meets influential individuals along the way (everyone from Pocahantas to Benjamin Franklin).  Ellis experiences everyday colonial life and shares his experiences through wonderful illustrations and rhyme.


yankee doodle july 4thIn the third installment of Ellis the Elephant’s adventures, Yankee Doodle Dandy (Ellis the Elephant), Ellis adventures into the American Revolution.  In the final book, Ellis is back and eager to teach young readers about the patriots and heroes who fought for our country’s independence.  Ellis introduces readers to individuals such as Paul Revere, Betsey Ross, The Founding Fathers, and many more of our country’s most famous patriots.

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How to Ruin a Queen
How to Ruin a Queen

In How to Ruin a Queen, award-winning author Jonathan Beckman tells a remarkable tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks, and assassination attempts; of hapless French police in disguise, reams of lesbian pornography, and a duel fought with poisoned pigs. It is a detective story, a courtroom drama, a tragicomic farce, and a study of credulity and self-deception in the Age of Enlightenment.

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Visit The New Press at ALA – Booth 339

The New Press will be exhibiting at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014. Visit them in booth 339 for giveaways of current releases and tote bags! The New Press also will have a raffle for a selection of titles of your choice and opportunities to win copies of three new releases on display. They look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!


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Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty
by Beth Zasloff

A college counselor discovers that the rules are different but the stakes are higher for low-income students, in a beautifully written work of narrative nonfiction in the spirit of Kidder, Kotlowitz, and Kohl.

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Viviane: A Novel
by Julia Deck

A young mother in contemporary Paris newly separated from her husband murders her psychiatrist in a fit of insanity. Or did she? An engrossing murder mystery and a gripping exploration of madness, Viviane is the stunning debut novel that made its author an instant sensation in France.


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Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past
by Ray Raphael

With wit and flair, Founding Myths exposes the errors and inventions in thirteen of America’s most cherished tales, from Paul Revere’s famous ride to Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech. Exploring the dynamic intersection between history-making and story-making, award-winning author and historian Ray Raphael shows how these fictions—conceived in the narrowly nationalistic politics of the nineteenth century—undermine our democratic ideals.


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Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison
by Nell Bernstein

Already in its third printing: A heartbreaking and meticulously reported indictment of our nation’s failed juvenile justice policy, by the award-winning journalist and advocate. Author Nell Bernstein has appeared on Fresh Air, Tavis Smiley, and MSNBC’s Live with Craig Melvin.


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Social Security Works!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All
by Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson

A growing chorus of prominent voices in Congress and elsewhere are calling for the expansion of our Social Security system—people who know that Social Security will not “go broke” and does not add a penny to the national debt. Social Security Works! will amplify these voices and offer a powerful antidote to the three-decade-long, billionaire-funded campaign to make us believe that this vital institution is destined to collapse. It isn’t.


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The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way
by Alice Walker

For the millions of Alice Walker’s devoted fans—and for readers of Walker’s bestselling 2006 book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For in particular—here is a new “gift of words” (Essence) that invites readers on a journey of political awakening and spiritual insight.


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One in three American schoolchildren will be arrested by age 23
One in three American schoolchildren will be arrested by age 23

Nell Bernstein’s June 4 interview on Fresh Air has sparked strong sales for her major new work of investigative journalism and advocacy, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison. The book is already in its third printing following a May 13 release! Take a look at this amazing media roundup…


National broadcast:

  • Interview, MSNBC’s Live with Craig Melvin (6/7/14)
  • Interview, Fresh Air (6/4/14)
  • Interview, The Tavis Smiley Show (5/25/14)

National print:

  • Feature excerpt with book image, Ebony, July issue (on stands mid-June)
  • Interview with Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic (coming in June)
  • Interview, (coming in June)
  • Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer (coming in June)
  • Review, San Francisco Chronicle (6/8/14)
  • Glamour blogged (6/8/2014)
  • Review, Kirkus (6/1/14)
  • Interview, Publishers Weekly (4/25/14)
  • Starred review, Publishers Weekly (4/17/14)


Select praise for Burning Down the House:

“Burning Down the House reveals a shocking truth: what adults do to children behind the walls of America’s juvenile prisons is criminal. If we want to change the United States’ senseless addiction to incarceration, the best possible place to start is transforming how our justice system treats our children. This book shows just how that can be done.”—Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black

“Engrossing, disturbing, at times heartbreaking.”
—Van Jones, author of Rebuild the Dream

“A riveting must-read.”
—Judge Steven C. Teske, chief judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court, and author of Reform Juvenile Justice Now


When teenagers scuffle on the basketball court, they are typically benched for the game. But when Brian got into it on the court inside a juvenile prison, he was sprayed in the face with a chemical fogger, denied a shower, and then locked in solitary for a month.

One in three American schoolchildren will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, many of them for so-called status offenses—including cutting school, drinking alcohol, or disrespecting a police officer—that are not crimes for adults. Despite recent reforms, too many youths will land in horrific state detention facilities where children as young as twelve are preyed upon by guards; driven mad by months in solitary; and, in their own words, “treated like animals.” Beyond these abuses, the very act of isolating children in punitive prisons denies delinquent youth the one thing essential to rehabilitation: positive relationships with caring adults. In this clear-eyed indictment of a failed institution—the juvenile detention facility—award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child.

Nell Bernstein is both an acclaimed writer and a tireless advocate for kids in the criminal justice system. Her previous book, All Alone in the World, was called “heartwrenching” by the San Antonio Observer, “meticulously reported and sensitively written” by Salon, and helped create a nationwide movement to protect children of incarcerated parents. Now she turns her eye to children who are themselves incarcerated. She allows imprisoned youth to describe in their own voices the fight to hold on to hope and humanity in an environment custom-designed to deny both.

Bernstein—whose work “deserves to be placed alongside other classics of the genre such as Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities, Alex Kotlowitz’s There Are No Children Here, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family” according to the San Francisco Chronicle—delivers an epic work of investigative journalism that lays bare our nation’s brutal and counterproductive juvenile prisons and is a clarion call to bring our children home.

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ALA Las Vegas- booth #334

Perseus Books Group -Booth #334

Author Signing Schedule-

Saturday -June 28


Ben Mezrich- Seven Wonders  –

A heart-pounding pace and panoramic backdrops, Seven Wonders is an electrifying read, and will be the first in a trilogy.




Ken Baker- How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love  -

“Emery, a colorful, outspoken, and compelling narrator, is a truth-teller and a truth-seeker whose internal and external struggles have that stick-to-your-ribs quality (without the calories). Baker clearly illustrates the everyday battles many girls deal with and sends the message that they’re not alone and that they are in control.”





Elly MacKay -Shadow Chasers –

Chasing after our hopes and dreams may take many tries before we finally catch them. This magical nighttime story shows that the journey is just as remarkable as the destination.



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  Jenny Lundquist- The Opal Crown - 

In the year since she was betrothed to the crown prince of Kyrenica, no one has suspected that the Masked Princess has been a decoy.




Sunday- June 29


Tim Federle - Hickory Daiquiri Dock:  - 

From bestselling author Tim Federle of Tequila Mockingbird comes Hickory Daiquiri Dock, the ultimate cocktail recipe book for new parents everywhere. Featuring 20 classic nursery rhymes with a decidedly grown-up twist-from Ring Around the Rosé to Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary-it’s time to lose the rattle, pick up a shaker, and throw an extremely quiet party.



Liz Climo- The Little World of Liz Climo- 

Artist Liz Climo has charmed her fans with her comic world of whimsical animal characters, where everyone from grizzly bears, dinosaurs, rabbits, and anteaters grapple with everyday life with wit and humor. Through her comics, we discover that an armadillo can dress for Halloween, a dinosaur can be a loving parent … and a rhino can squeeze orange juice! This new collection features more than 100 of her comics, starring her beloved characters in all kinds of funny situations, from celebrating holidays to helping friends.

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Summer on the Short Bus   - Bethany Crandell  

Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids-or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.




Location at the What’s Cooking Stage

Marlene Koch – Eat What You Love–Everyday!

“Magician in the kitchen” Marlene Koch is back with the third book in her bestselling “Eat What You Love” series. Eat What You Love-Everyday! offers 200 brand-new guilt-free recipes for every day, every occasion-and everyone! No one knows the foods Americans love to eat best, or makes fat, calories, and sugar “disappear” like Marlene.



Monday- June 30


Oscar Goodman -Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas -

Now in paperback: the candid autobiography of legendary lawyer Oscar Goodman–defender of Meyer Lansky and Mike Tyson–and Las Vegas mayor.  In Being Oscar,one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life.











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Lily King’s Euphoria reviewed in The New York Times Book Review

LILY KING’s Euphoria was the cover review of The New York Times Book Revieweuphoria-book-cover Sunday, June 8th 

 “A taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale.”—Emily Eakin, The New York Times Book Review 

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 “A small gem, disturbing and haunting.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The love lives and expeditions of controversial anthropologists Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune, and Gregory Bateson are fictionalized and richly reimagined in New England Book Award winner King’s (Father of the Rain) meaty and entrancing fourth book…King’s immersive prose takes center stage. The fascinating descriptions of tribal customs and rituals, paired with snippets of Nell’s journals—as well as the characters’ insatiable appetites for scientific discovery—all contribute to a thrilling read that, at its end, does indeed feel like ‘the briefest, purest euphoria.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Set between the First and Second World Wars, the story is loosely based on events in the life of Margaret Mead. There are fascinating looks into other cultures and how they are studied, and the sacrifices and dangers that go along with it. This is a powerful story, at once gritty, sensuous, and captivating.”Booklist


Lily King’s first novel, The Pleasing Hour won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second book, The English Teacher, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Father of the Rain was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year, and winner of the 2010 New England Book Award for Fiction. Lily King lives with her family in Maine.

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Norman, Speak! from Groundwood Books

A comical yet thought-provoking story, Norman, Speak! follows a boy and his9781554983223 family who adopt a dog that just can’t seem to learn the things other dogs do…

Review: The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The boy narrator of this cheerful pet tale is thrilled when his family finally goes to the shelter and acquires a friendly dog, Norman (“His wag was a hula dance of happiness”). Norman’s young master tries some basic dog commands with Norman to no avail, until an outing to the dog park reveals the fact that Norman is actually very conversant with commands—in Chinese. The family then enthusiastically signs up for Chinese class, and while they struggle a little at first, eventually they learn enough of the language to communicate with their beloved pet. This is a fresh and original take on the new-pet story that provides a gentle little paradigm shift along with its slight absurdity; the family’s genial embrace of their new dog’s language is both humorous (Adderson has a nice line in family banter) and offhandedly heartwarming. There’s a retro feel to the wholesome, easygoing ink and digital color illustrations, resembling the work of Marc Rosenthal (I Must Have Bobo!, BCCB 2/11) in the trim, humorous drafting; soft tones and generous white space keep the book airy and joyful. This would make a solid entry to a multilingual sampling, or just a tactful way to make kids consider their pets as something other than reflections of their humans.

Review:  Horn Book July 2014

“Turnabouts abound in this tale of a boy who decides his family should take the neediest dog in the shelter for their own (“‘Which dog has been here the longest?’ I asked the shelter woman”). Named Norman by the shelter, the dog seems happy and eager enough, but doesn’t respond to even the simplest commands. But it turns out that Norman is neither untrained nor stupid; a serendipitous meeting in the park with another dog and owner reveals that Norman understands Chinese! So the boy and his parents are off to Chinese language school, where Dad shows himself to be not the best student. “More effort,” the teacher says. “Fewer jokes.” There are lessons here—about patience as well as intercultural understanding—but they’re very lightly worn, and the casual line of the ink-and-color illustrations reminds us that this is a warm family story most of all: “We say, ‘Wo˘mén aì nıˇ, Norman.’ Because we do. We love Norman.” Roger Sutton


Review: Kirkus April 1st, 2014  

“In this picture-book debut, novelist Adderson (Jasper John Dooley: Not in Love, 2014, etc.) provides an affectionate look into the surprises of bringing home a new pet.

It’s a familiar scene for many families: A young boy and his parents adopt a dog from the animal shelter. Overwhelmed by the choices, the boy wishes he could take home every forlorn-looking pup. He decides that he’ll choose a stray, Norman, that has been there the longest. The pup has a stump of a tail, and his wag is “a hula dance of happiness.” At home, the boy encourages Norman to do the usual canine things, like sit or speak. Norman, however, doesn’t understand, and the boy figures that Norman just isn’t very smart. But intelligence is deceiving. Through an encounter with another pet owner, the boy discovers that Norman understands Chinese (Mandarin), not English. (“Norman! Why didn’t you say so?” scolds the boy.) Pet lovers will appreciate this family’s lighthearted journey toward making this relationship succeed. As an added bonus, readers can learn or brush up on their Mandarin, giving an original twist to the story. Leng’s illustrations in ink on paper add heart with warm pastel hues. The simple and clean facial expressions convey emotions with the right touch, from puzzlement to complete joy.

Norman’s rocking rump and hula dance are quite the highlights—it’s a language everyone can understand.”


Review:  SLJ April, 2014

“A boy visits the animal shelter in hopes of finding the perfect dog, but he is overwhelmed by the multitude of choices. Finally, he asks the shelter worker which one has been there the longest, and she leads him to Norman’s cage. Out pops a short little pup with no tail. Not having a tail is no disability for Norman. Instead, he wags his whole rear end. The family falls in love with him because he’s funny and friendly and he greets them at the door with a “funny-brown-hula-stump-wiggle-wag dance.” The boy tries to teach him the simplest tricks, but the canine just cocks his head and stares at him, and he decides that Norman may not have been the smartest dog at the shelter. Then, at the park one day, they meet a Chinese man who talks to Norman, and the dog does exactly what the man tells him. Norman’s former owners were Chinese! The family sets about learning a few commands to accommodate their new pet. Throughout this lovely story, it is clear that the boy and his parents love Norman just as he is. Simple ink drawings set against ample white space make the endearing dog come alive on paper. This title will be a surefire hit with children.”–Joan Kindig, JamesMadisonUniversity, Harrisonburg, VA


Our family loves this book! On a recent trip to South Africa we stayed at a guest house that had two boxer dogs. Our six and three year old spent two days talking to the dogs and trying to get them to respond with no luck. We were told on day three that the dogs, Bella and Hougie, only speak Afrikaans! Our kids were delighted by Norman, Speak! and immediately thought of the dogs on our trip. ~ Angela M. PGW Berkeley Office

Caroline Adderson is the author of award-winning books for adults and children. She lives in Vancouver. Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto.
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