May 2016

1941: Fighting the Shadow War

It's always fascinating to see an in-depth and somewhat alternative view of a history we think we know about. 1941 saw a sharply divided American public arguing about whether to get into the war or not, with Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and the rabidly anti-Semitic Charles Lindbergh leading the isolationist camp and Roosevelt trying to help Churchill and Europe while not breaking promises he had been forced to make in the 1940 presidential campaign. Deeply researched and engagingly written.  Wortman will be at PSB on May 10.

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ISBN: 9780802125118
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

Without You, There Is No Us

In 2011, Suki Kim traveled to North Korea to teach English at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Her memoir of her time spent teaching the sons of North Korea's elite is haunting, disturbing, and informative.

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ISBN: 9780307720665
Published: Crown - October 13th, 2015

Farnsworth's Classical English Metaphor

If you love language, or have a particular flair for the dramatic in your speech, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a great Father's Day gift in advance (Nice initiative! Good on you!) or the perfect graduation gift for that English, philosophy, history, or really any humanities major in your life, this is the book for you. An elegant compendium on the art of comparison, composed of the finest metaphors in modern memory.

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ISBN: 9781567925487
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - April 7th, 2016

Every Heart a Doorway

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ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tordotcom - April 5th, 2016

We've all read the fairy tales... a young child goes through a wardrobe or falls down a rabbit hole and shows up somewhere else. Seanan McGuire asks the question: what comes next? How does this incredibly diverse group used to living in magical worlds cope with being forced back into the mundane one? And then, of course, people start dying. With McGuire's signature brilliant worldbuilding and beautiful writing, this might be my new favorite book.

Something New

In her newest memoir, Lucy Knisley chronicles her experiences dealing with the wedding industry and all the social and cultural expectations around getting married. It's humorous and heartwarming, combining memoir, DIY, and criticism in one thoroughly enjoyable read -- especially if you're a 20- or 30-something with a mailbox full of invites.

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ISBN: 9781626722491
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Published: First Second - May 3rd, 2016

The Indian

Told in scraps of memories, visceral experiences, and excerpts from psychological reports, Jón recounts his childhood from an evolving perspective. Though isolated, and constantly pushed away (by family, schoolmates, friends) because of his strangeness, little Jón has admirable verve while retrospective Jón makes sure we laugh at the most dismal situations (setting a bedroom on fire, Dad's stinking barrel of fermenting meat and fish parts).

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By Jón Gnarr, Lytton Smith (Translator)
ISBN: 9781941920121
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - May 5th, 2015


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