Shelf Awareness for Thursday, November 9, 2017

Atlantic Monthly Press: Those Opulent Days: A Mystery by Jacquie Pham

Feiwel & Friends: The Flicker by HE Edgmon

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: The Pumpkin Princess and the Forever Night by Steven Banbury

St. Martin's Griffin: Murdle: The School of Mystery: 50 Seriously Sinister Logic Puzzles by GT Karber

Carolrhoda Lab (R): Here Goes Nothing by Emma K Ohland

Allida: Safiyyah's War by Hiba Noor Khan

Ace Books: Servant of Earth (The Shards of Magic) by Sarah Hawley


Regulator Bookshop in Durham, N.C., to Be Sold to Two Employees

Tom Campbell and John Valentine, longtime owners of the Regulator Bookshop, Durham, N.C., plan to sell the store to longtime employees Wander Lorentz de Haas and Elliot Berger and retire March 1, the Herald-Sun reported. Campbell and Valentine will retain ownership of the store's building.

On the store's blog, Campbell and Valentine wrote in part that "it has been a great privilege to run an independent, community bookstore in our fair town all of these years. We've had a great run, and we'd like to thank every one of the many thousands of marvelous people who have walked through our door over these years and kept this wonderful, unique place alive and thriving. Thank you!"
They added: "We can't imagine finding better people to carry on the spirit of the bookshop than Wander and Elliot. We think you're going to like what they have in store for you (so to speak...!)."

A former American Booksellers Association board member, Campbell told the paper, "It's just we are not as young as we once were and we were thinking of moving on. We had two people who were interested in taking over that we thought would do a good job, and it all kind of came together."

Campbell is a co-founder of the store, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last December, and Valentine joined the Regulator not long after it opened. Campbell added that the decision is "bittersweet, but mostly sweet."

Lorentz de Haas, who has been a Regulator employee for 27 years, told the Herald-Sun, "There is a real need to keep a community bookstore, where people can share intellectual ideas." Closing the store "would have left a void."

The new owners said customers can expect the store to continue to operate as it has, but they plan to make cosmetic changes to the interior and install a new POS and inventory software system to replace the current one, which dates to the 1990s.

The paper said that the store will soon launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise $63,000, which will be used to "hire an employee who would head up a literacy program and to start an annual book festival in Durham."

PM Press: P Is for Palestine: A Palestine Alphabet Book by Golbarg Bashi, Illustrated by Golrokh Nafisi

Dial Bookshop Opening in Chicago

Mary Gibbons and Aaron Lippelt, owners of Pilsen Community Books, Chicago, are opening a second bookstore, the Dial Bookshop, a new and used bookstore, in the landmark Fine Arts Building on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The store's grand opening celebration takes place tomorrow, November 10, 5-9 p.m., and will feature live music, drinks, snacks--and books.

Named after the transcendentalist literary magazine founded in the Fine Arts Building in 1840 and run by Margaret Fuller, the Dial Bookshop aims to continue the rich literary history of the Fine Arts Building. The store will offer new and used books and remainders, and will host author readings.

Opened several years ago as a popup shop and now in permanent space on W. 18th St. in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Pilsen Community Books has an emphasis on literacy and community.

The Dial Bookshop is located at 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 210, Chicago, Ill. 60605.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Intermezzo by Sally Rooney

Amazon to Open Fourth Maryland Warehouse

Amazon plans to open its fourth Maryland fulfillment facility in Baltimore's Sparrows Point, joining sortation and fulfillment centers in Baltimore and a warehouse in North East. Sanjay Shah, v-p of North America customer fulfillment, said the company was pleased to "continue innovating in a state committed to providing great opportunities for jobs and customer experience."

Governor Larry Hogan called Amazon's decision to open the 855,000-square-foot facility "tremendous news for this local community and for Maryland as a whole."

Hachette Hosts Sixth Annual Book Club Brunch

Hachette Book Group held its sixth annual Book Club Brunch at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City, on Saturday, October 21. The day-long event brought more than 350 people to hear eight authors, including Emma Donoghue (The Wonder) and Madeline Miller (Circe), discuss a variety of topics. R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Conn., served as the official bookseller for the event and brought along 50 of the store's own book club members.

Nonfiction panelists Bill Goldstein, Liza Mundy, Meryl Gordon and Zack McDermott

The day began with a narrative nonfiction panel featuring Meryl Gordon (Bunny Mellon), Liza Mundy (Code Girls) and Zack McDermott (Gorilla and the Bird), moderated by NBC New York book reviewer Bill Goldstein (The World Broke in Two). For a special book club discussion, Madeline Miller spoke to Lee Boudreaux, v-p and editorial director of Lee Boudreaux Books, about Circe, her forthcoming follow-up to The Song of Achilles.

Following lunch was a fiction panel moderated by Maris Kreizman of Book of the Month Club; authors Kimberla Lawson Roby (Sin of a Woman), Brendan Mathews (The World of the Tomorrow) and Betsy Carter (We Were Strangers Once) discussed family dynamics in their respective novels. The event concluded with a discussion between Emma Donoghue and NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan.

Throughout the day, attendees purchased books and had a chance to chat with authors. R.J. Julia reported a great day of sales.

Obituary Note: David Vaughan

David Vaughan, "a British-born choreographer, critic and performer who was best known for preserving the history of dance through his definitive biographies and painstaking stewardship of the Merce Cunningham archive," died October 27, the New York Times reported. He was 93. Vaughan, who served the Cunningham company and school in various capacities for a half-century, "began collecting dance ephemera in the late 1950s and was considered the first in-house archivist of an American dance company," the Times noted.

His books include Frederick Ashton and His Ballets (1977) and Merce Cunningham: Fifty Years (1997). At his death, Vaughan was completing a book on the choreographer James Waring. He won a Dance Magazine Award in 2015 for his contributions to the field, which included writing for several cultural journals. 


Image of the Day: PRHPS on the Road

Penguin Random House Publisher Services took its Ideas Exchange to Berkeley, Calif., last week. During the event, representatives from PRHPS and several of its clients did some field work, visiting Green Apple Books and City Lights Books in San Francisco.

Pennie Picks Where the Past Begins

Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062319296) as her pick of the month for November. In Costco Connection, which goes to many of the warehouse club's members, she wrote:

"How I love a juicy memoir! I don't mean the scandalous tell-all kind (although those have their place). I mean the kind filled with insight and introspection. The kind that gives you a new understanding of the author. This month's book buyer's pick, Amy Tan's memoir, Where the Past Begins, delivers the kind of emotional mining that I enjoy.

"Best known for novels such as The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter, Tan proves that her fact-based writing is just as beautiful as her fiction. In Where the Past Begins, she writes with both intimacy and honesty, and the result is a book that is both lush and shocking. It will surely appeal to fans of Tan and those interested in the craft of writing."

Cool Idea of the Day: Luxury Building Libraries

Some luxury building developers are adding a library "to the mix of common spaces where residents can gather or find a quiet corner away from their unit," the Washington Post reported, adding that while some buildings include libraries with carefully selected books residents can borrow, others offer residents the benefits of a partnership with a bookstore.

For example, in partnership with New York City's Strand bookstore, developers of the rental building at 525 West 52nd St. "offer residents a library filled with books chosen by Strand staff members along with resident-only book signings, poetry readings, creative writing classes and a Strand-sponsored book club," the Post wrote. 

Personnel Changes at Soho Press

Paul Oliver has been promoted to v-p, director of marketing and publicity, at Soho Press. Previously he was director of marketing and publicity.

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Nathaniel Popper on Fresh Air

Fresh Air: Nathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money (Harper Paperbacks, $15.99, 9780062362506).

Megyn Kelly: Rachel Jeffs, author of Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs (Harper, $27.99, 9780062670526).

Tonight Show: Flo Groberg, co-author of 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier's Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor (Simon & Schuster, $25, 9781501165887).

HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher: Donna Brazile, author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House (Hachette Books, $28, 9780316478519).

Also on Real Time: Chris Matthews, author of Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 9781501111860).

Late Night with Seth Meyers repeat: Senator Bernie Sanders, author of Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Thomas Dunne, $27, 9781250132925).

This Weekend on Book TV: The Wisconsin Book Festival

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, November 11
12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Highlights from the Wisconsin Book Festival, which took place last weekend in Madison (Re-airs Sunday at 12 a.m.):

  • 12 p.m. Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (Norton, $26.95, 9780393249316).
  • 1 p.m. Niki Kapsambelis, author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781451697223).
  • 1:56 p.m. Dave Levitan, author of Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science (Norton, $15.95, 9780393353327).
  • 2:57 p.m. Jon Kerstetter, author of Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier's Story (Crown, $27, 9781101904374).
  • 3:54 p.m. Daniel Golden, author of Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities (Holt, $30, 9781627796354).
  • 4:45 p.m. Amy Goldstein, author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501102233).
  • 5:48 p.m. Doug Stanton, author of The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War (Scribner, $30, 9781476761916).
  • 7 p.m. Scaachi Koul, author of One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays (Picador, $16, 9781250121028).

8 p.m. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, authors of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny (Sentinel, $28, 9780735213234). (Re-airs Sunday at 12 p.m.)

9 p.m. Amy Knight, author of Orders to Kill: The Putin Regime and Political Murder (Thomas Dunne, $27.99, 9781250119346), at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y.

10 p.m. Tamer Elnoury, author of American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent (Dutton, $28, 9781101986158). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.)

11 p.m. Johanna Neuman, author of Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women's Right to Vote (NYU Press, $24.95, 9781479837069), at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. (Re-airs Sunday at 1 p.m.)

Sunday, November 12
10:45 a.m. William Taubman, author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Norton, $39.95, 9780393647013). (Re-airs Monday at 1 a.m.)

3 p.m. Coverage from the Before Columbus Foundation's 2017 American Book Awards, which recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community." (Re-airs Monday at 4 a.m.)

5:45 p.m. Lee Edwards, author of Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, $29.95, 9781610171458).

7 p.m. Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith, authors of Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything (Penguin Press, $30, 9780399563829), at the Strand Bookstore in New York City.

8 p.m. Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford University Press, $35, 9780199735815).

10 p.m. Bruce Hoffman, author of Inside Terrorism (Columbia University Press, $26.95, 9780231174770).

11 p.m. Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel (Schocken, $40, 9780805242379).

Books & Authors

Awards: International Dublin Lit Longlist; Dzanc Book Winners

Nominees have been announced for the €100,000 (about $115,980) International Dublin Literary Award, which honors a work of fiction published in English. The 150 nominations for 2018 include 48 novels in translation and authors from 40 countries.

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad received the most nominations this year, chosen by 15 libraries, in Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Sweden and the U.S. The shortlist will be released in April, and a winner named June 13. Check out the complete longlist here.


The winners of this year's Dzanc Book Prizes are:

Fiction: The Wonder That Was Ours by Alice Hatcher
Short Story Collection: White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize: Everything Lost Is Found Again by Will McGrath

Reading Group Choices' Most Popular October Books

The two most popular books in October at Reading Group Choices were The Chilbury Ladies' Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan (Broadway Books) and The Wonderling by Mira Bartók (Candlewick).

Attainment: New Titles Out Next Week

Selected new titles appearing next Tuesday, November 14:

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich (Harper, $28.99, 9780062694058) follows a pregnant woman in a dystopian future where human evolution is reversing.

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden (Flatiron, $27, 9781250171672) is a memoir about the death of the former Vice President's son from brain cancer.

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 by Tina Brown (Holt, $32, 9781627791366) are the diary entries of Vanity Fair's former editor-in-chief.

Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco, translated by Richard Dixon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, 9780544974487) is an essay collection by the late author.

Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs by Rachel Jeffs (Harper, $27.99, 9780062670526) is the memoir of a cult leader's escaped daughter.

Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir (Crown, $27, 9780553448122) follows a smuggler in a future Moon city.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, $34.99, 9780765326379) is book three in the Stormlight Archive fantasy series.

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda (Crown, $18.99, 978-0399556722) is a psychological thriller about a girl attempting to solve the mystery of her boyfriend's death.

Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything by Aly Raisman (Little, Brown, $18.99, 9780316472708) follows the gold medalist's path to the Olympics.

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer (John Joseph Adams/Mariner, $16.99, 9781328710260) is fantasy set in Victorian London and inspired by Oscar Wilde.

Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding (Vintage, $16.95, 9780525562511), in which a foreign correspondent for the Guardian seeks to follow the money.

Wonder, based on the book by R.J. Palacio, opens November 17. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay and Mandy Patinkin star in the story of a fifth grader with a facial deformity entering public school for the first time. A movie tie-in edition (Knopf, $16.99, 9781524720193) is available.

IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride (Riverhead, $27, 9780735216693). "Sometimes after I've read a great book by an author, I judge. When I picked up a copy of James McBride's new collection of stories, Five-Carat Soul, I was prepared to be disappointed; how could he top The Good Lord Bird? Was I ever surprised, in the best way possible! These stories have all the magnificent qualities of his National Book Award-winning novel: quirky, poignant, and hilarious characters amid myriad situations in life, and humanity at its most human presented in beautiful writing. A couple of multi-story combinations read like novellas, and satisfied my craving to know more about the most interesting of the characters. McBride has set the bar high once again." --Mamie Potter, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, N.C.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy (Hachette Books, $28, 9780316352536). "There is so much arguing these days over the existence of women in STEM fields and whether they should be allowed to be there. 'Oh honey,' says Code Girls, wrapping an arm around your shoulder, 'we never left.' In riveting prose, Mundy shows the presence of these women from the very beginning--and then how they were almost forcibly forgotten after the war was over. Women who once had only a life of school-teaching to look forward to (even with a Ph.D.) became people who saved lives and sunk ships. This book exists to remind us that women have always been in these stories, even if they're not shown." --Alice Ahn, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, N.H.

The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (Tor, $15.99, 9780765392534). "Badass ladies slaying demons, defying conventions, and saving the world on their own terms? Count me in. The Tiger's Daughter is an honest-to-goodness sweeping epic fantasy unlike any I have read. I don't remember ever being so excited for a new series. The characters in this story are so fully realized, the landscapes so vivid, I didn't even realize I'd been so swept away until I turned the last page. I endured with O Shizuka, princess, the divine made flesh, and finest blade in all Hokkaro; I raged with Barsalai Shefali Alsharyaa, demon slayer, horse whisperer, and infamous Qorin warrior. I didn't want to leave them, and I can't wait for the next installment." --Heather Weldon, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz.

For Ages 4 to 8
Max and Bird by Ed Vere (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $17.99, 9781492635581). "Max is back! With minimal illustration and vibrant color, Vere teaches children about persistence, dreams, manners, and learning, but, most of all, about friendship. Max chases Bird but also wants to befriend him; Bird wants to learn to fly, and after spending weeks studying books from the library, they both give it a try. In the world of picture books, Max is here to stay. A delightful read that will put a smile on everyone's face!" --Mindy Ostrow, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, N.Y.

For Ages 9 to 12
Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books, $17.99, 9780525428442). "Can an ancient golden alligator named Munch help 12-year-old Blue Montgomery escape his fate of losing at everything he does? Blue resents being left for the summer at his grandmother's home in Murky Branch, Georgia. His new neighbor, Tumble, wants to be a hero, so her mission becomes helping Blue overcome his 'fate.' Filled with quirky characters and descriptive language, Tumble & Blue is a unique mix of real life and supernatural happenings. Is there such a thing as fate, or can one's actions lead to a different destiny?" --Barbara Katz, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wis.

For Teen Readers
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin, $17.95, 9781616206666). "All the Wind in the World is truly unlike anything I've read. In this Southwestern romance, Mabry explores how whisperings become legends, and how love and necessity can sometimes cancel each other out. Loved it." --Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, Ill.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]

Book Review

Review: The Newcomers

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe (Scribner, $28 hardcover, 416p., 9781501159091, November 14, 2017)

At South High School in Denver, Colo., Eddie Williams teaches an English Language Acquisition class for newcomers to the U.S. Many of his teenage students have survived war, displacement and other traumas before they immigrated; others are unaccompanied minors or undocumented. All of them face the challenge of not only learning English, but adjusting to life in a new culture. Journalist Helen Thorpe spent a year in Williams's class, observing and befriending the students and learning their stories. She shares their experiences and her own in her insightful, keen-eyed third book, The Newcomers.

Thorpe (Soldier Girls) delves into the complex politics of the students' home countries: Burma, Vietnam, Iraq, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo. She slowly gains the students' trust and comes to know some of their families, learning from their parents about life in refugee camps, the villages and relatives they left behind, and the constant challenges of building a life in a country where the job and language skills they possess are nearly useless. Thorpe sets the students' narratives against the backdrop of the global refugee crisis, the 2016 American presidential election and the fraught atmosphere surrounding issues of immigration. But The Newcomers is far from dour. It brims with life and humor, through the personalities of the students themselves: exuberant Lisbeth, witty Saúl, shy Abigail and their classmates. Thorpe grows particularly close to Jakleen and Mariam, sisters from Iraq who came to the U.S. via Turkey, with their younger sister and mother.

Throughout the school year, Thorpe traces the students' progress with compassion, touching on many facets of newcomer life: government benefits, assimilation into school and community activities, difficulties with jobs and transportation, the aching loneliness of the foreigner. She is deeply moved by her growing friendships with the students, as are Williams and his colleagues at South. "The students and their families saved each of us from becoming jaded or calloused or closed-hearted," Thorpe writes. "They opened us up emotionally to the joy of our interconnectedness with the rest of the world."

Meticulously researched, thoughtful and timely, The Newcomers provides a vital and joyous window into the lives of teenagers searching for a new home in the U.S., and asks important questions about Americans' willingness to welcome the stranger. --Katie Noah Gibson, blogger at Cakes, Tea and Dreams

Shelf Talker: Helen Thorpe tells the stories of refugee teenagers in a "newcomer" class at a Denver high school.

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