Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fresh Ink: Spotlight on Debut Books of All Kinds

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There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?
 
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Kitten Writing Summit

Chronicle is proud to share an extremely rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of kittens, hard at work on their next book. Recorded live in August 2014.

And the finished product:

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Just when we all thought things couldn't get any cuter, from the author of the New York Times bestselling I Could Pee on This comes I Knead My Mommy, a book of confessional poems about the triumphs, trials, and daily discoveries of being a kitten. From climbing walls to claiming hearts, these little cats bare all in such instant classics as "And Then You Said 'No,'" "Ode to a Lizard I Didn't Know Is Also a Pet in This House," and "I Will Save You." With adorable photos of the poetic prodigies throughout, this volume gives readers a glimpse into their confused and curious feline minds as they encounter the world around them.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet Our New Kids' VIB

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She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.

5 Reasons to Read The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove


Heather says:
"Not since I read the first Harry Potter book many moons ago have I been so in awe of an authors' creativity. How does she think of these wonderful things? The Glass Sentence is the story of a world in which there has been a "Great Disruption," and the face of the Earth has been left existing in many different eras, from prehistoric times all the way to eras of the distant future. Borders and governments existing prior to the disruption have mostly disappeared, and been recreated, and in the city of Boston in the country of New Occident, being an explorer and cartologer (map maker and reader) are highly revered professions.

Sophia, the intelligent, thoughtful, brave girl at the center of the story, whose parents went exploring many years ago, never to return, now lives with her uncle, an acclaimed cartologer and historian. When her uncle is kidnapped, Sophia must journey to the distant land of the Triple Eras on a quest to find him, and ultimately discover a great deal about herself and what the Fates may have in store for her. Along the way, she encounters and array of vivid characters -- polite Pirates, an eccentric botanist, an orphan boy with a gallant heart and many secrets, a terrifying lost soul -- each with a vital role in her adventure.

The Glass Sentence is the first in a trilogy, and while this first installment has a satisfying end to the story, it left me eagerly awaiting the stories to come!"




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 Every now and then we encounter a new children's book or series that we’re so excited about we want to broadcast it from the rooftop. We've created the Kids' TC VIB (very impressive book) to highlight real stand-outs among the many delightful and meaningful new editions for young readers.


“A bighearted, wildly funny, and deeply poignant coming-of-age story about life, love, death, and everything in between.” ~Sarah McCarry, author of "All Our Pretty Songs"





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    Home is where the bodies are buried.

Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.

Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:

Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.

At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).

Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?

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Read an interview with the author HERE.

And another one HERE.

Anaïs Nin on Writing, the Future of the Novel, and How Keeping a Diary Enhances Creativity: Wisdom from a Rare 1947 Chapbook

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Variety of Non-Fiction Titles For Your Reading Pleasure

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An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators--a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply.

Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. On an unremarkable day in middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status--and within hours the bullying began. From that moment forward, every day was like walking through a minefield. Paige was never sure when or from where the next text, taunt, or hateful message would come. Then one night, desperate for escape, fifteen-year-old Paige found herself in her bathroom staring at a bottle of sleeping pills.

That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Paige's memoir calls for readers to choose action over complacency, compassion over cruelty--and above all, to be positive.


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Discover your hidden brainpower with this newly expanded guide to the simple but powerful technique that unlocks potential in all areas of your life.

Former banker and CEO Bill Donius drove his bank's eightfold growth over twelve years. And the surprising secret to his success is something we all have access to, right in our own two hands.

The methodology described in Thought Revolution is simple and revolutionary--so simple, it begins by moving your pen from one hand to the other. Whether you're right-handed or left-handed, a whole world of change is possible. Writing with your non-dominant hand opens you up to creative solutions, giving you the ability to see new ways through problems in your business, career, relationships, health, and spiritual life.

In Thought Revolution, Donius explains the science behind non-dominant handwriting and teaches you how to incorporate the technique into your business and your life. New stories from Donius's extensive seminars illuminate how employees and managers can unite in a new vision for their company's growth and culture, increase employee and customer satisfaction, and improve profits. Thought-provoking, easy-to-do exercises and prompts show how to connect more fully with your subconscious right brain to help you reduce stress, discover your hidden talents, heal from trauma, and come to a deeper spiritual awareness.

Thought Revolution shows how your non-dominant hand serves as a direct pipeline to the right brain's wisdom. Incorporate this simple practice into your career and your life, and you'll find insights that lead to lasting change.


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New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond takes on America’s biggest sacred cow: football

In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond asks a series of provocative questions:

• Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?

• What does it mean that our society has transmuted the intuitive physical joys of childhood—run, leap, throw, tackle—into a billion-dollar industry?

• How did a sport that causes brain damage become such an important emblem for our institutions of higher learning?

There has never been a book that exposes the dark underside of America’s favorite game with such searing candor.


It's a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. 

Beginning with one irresistible idea--a complete home bar of just 12 key bottles--here's how to make more than 200 classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep. It s a surprising guide--tequila didn't make the cut, and neither did bourbon, but genever did. And it's a literate guide--describing with great liveliness everything from the importance of vermouth and bitters (the salt and pepper of mixology) to the story of a punch bowl so big it was stirred by a boy in a rowboat.

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Fresh Ink: Spotlight on Debut Books of All Kinds

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Sophie Porter is the last person in the world you'd expect to be stealing Renaissance masterpieces-and that's exactly why she's so good at it. Slipping objects out of her husband's office at the Philadelphia Museum of Art satisfies something deep inside, during a time in her life when satisfactions are few and far between. Selling the treasures also happens to keep their house out of foreclosure a house that means everything to Sophie. But the FBI is sniffing around, and Sophie is close to destroying the very life she's working so hard to build. She knows she should give up her thieving ways. But she may no longer be in control. The Objects of Her Affection is a riveting story about the realities of motherhood, the perils of secrecy, and the art of appraising the real treasures in our lives.

Read about the author's inspiration for her debut book HERE.

Praise for the book:

"Sophie Porter didn’t mean to become an art thief. Her husband is a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and she knows how much effort goes into every acquisition. She never expected to be underwater on her mortgage, either. An admirably low-interest rate turned out to be temporary, and with rising day-care costs and school fees, the family’s carefully balanced finances are in danger of collapsing entirely. At least, that’s her reasoning behind lifting a gorgeous silver mirror off of a museum storage cart and tucking it into her diaper bag. After she finds an incredibly motivated buyer for the mirror, Sophie’s thievery increases. It’s not until the consequences start to catch up to her that she fully understands just how fragile her world has become. Feeling left behind in the freelance tech world after the birth of her children and anxious about her carefully planned future, Sophie is desperate. This thrilling, emotional, and tautly paced novel will appeal to fans of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. Cobb’s clear, unburdened prose allows Sophie’s innermost hopes and anxieties to shine. Her brilliant first novel is the story of a woman with nothing and everything to lose." ~Booklist

"Cobb's real-life knowledge of the museum acquisition process-she's married to a curator-imbues this sizzling tale of suspense and moral dilemmas with a heightened sense of realism." - Publishers Weekly