"Packed to the gills with fun." --Kirkus ReviewsStranger Things meets The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl in this lightly spooky debut about Maggie, an aspiring young naturalist, and her YouTuber best friend, Nate, who use their smarts and science to solve the mystery behind a mutant fungus that's threatening the town. Ever since Magnolia Stone's scientist dad left Shady Pines to find a new job, Maggie's been stuck in her gramma's mobile home with her grumpy older brother, Ezra. Now she's on a mission to put her family back together by winning the Vitaccino Junior Naturalist Merit Award. When Maggie and her best friend, Nate, a wannabe YouTube star and alien conspiracy theorist, scout out a rare bioluminescent fungus, Maggie is certain she's a shoo-in to win. But after animals around town start sprouting unusual growths and Ezra develops a bluish glow and hacking cough, Maggie wonders what they've really stumbled onto. As things in Shady Pines become stranger and more dangerous, and conversations with her dad get complicated, Maggie must use her scientific smarts and Nate's impressive knowledge of all things spooky to put things back in order and prevent these peculiar glowing mushrooms from taking over their home.
Catwoman is out alone on the prowl one night when KABOOM - an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs - rouses the other girls from their slumber. Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could've prepared Batgirl for what they see next--Batgirl's dad on a date! Batgirl is grossed out until her friends convince her Dads get lonely, too. And with the school dance coming up and everyone pairing off--heck, even Principal Waller has a date with a guy named Deadshot--maybe it'll be okay just this once. The girls place a personal ad for Commissioner Gordon while they delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the explosion, but they're about to discover more than who is behind the attack on S.T.A.R. Labs. Could it be that posting an ad looking for dates for the commissioner is like advertising catnip for criminals? DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster! continues to develop the relationships forged in DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, Hits and Myths, Summer Olympus, Past Times At Super Hero High and Out of The Bottle. Number of Pages: 128 Genre: Juvenile Fiction Sub-Genre: Media Tie-In Series Title: DC Super Hero Girls Format: Hardcover Publisher: Stone Arch Books Age Range: 9-12 Years Author: Shea Fontana Language: English
<p><strong>When a Former Madame Bilks Bounty Hunter, Lou Prophet, Out of Money to Start a New Life, Daisy and Sam Intervene to Save Her Life in SCARLET SPIRITS, a Cozy Historical Mystery by Alice Duncan</strong><br /> <br /> <em>--1925, Pasadena, California--</em><br /> <br /> Angie Mainwaring moves to Pasadena to start a new life and atone for her past by rescuing former "sporting" girls and housing them in a mansion in her orange grove just down the street from Daisy and her folks.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, one of the people Angie bilked to fund her new life is notorious bounty hunter, Lou Prophet. Daisy tries to make peace between Angie and Lou but Lou's not happy.<br /> <br /> Even worse, it seems that everyone from Angie's past is coming to Pasadena to avenge their grievances against her and things get out of hand when Lou shoots one of the aggrieved out of an orange tree.<br /> <br /> Now Daisy and Sam are doing a merry dance to keep Angie alive and themselves out of trouble.<br /> <br /> Get ready for the next installment in the Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery Series. A series which RT Book Reviews described as "Well plotted with a band of whimsical characters and genuine humor..."<br /> <br /> <strong>From the Publisher: </strong> The Daisy Gumm Majesty Cozy Mystery Series is a light-hearted mystery in a historical setting. There are no explicit sexual scenes and minimal cursing and will be enjoyed by readers who appreciate clean and wholesome reads. Fans of <strong>Peter Brandvold's, <em>Lou Prophet, Bounty Hunter</em> Series</strong> will enjoy meeting Lou in his later years. Readers who enjoy <strong>Carola Dunn, Amanda Quick, Elizabeth Peters, Rhys Bowen</strong> and <strong>M. Louisa Locke</strong> will not want to miss this series.<br /> <br /> <strong>"The characters come alive on the page. . . "</strong> Andie Senji, Verified Reviewer<br /> <br /> <strong>"Each one seems as fresh and entertaining as the first."</strong><em> Kilian, Verified Reviewer</em><br /> <br /> <strong>"Got the first in the series and couldn't wait to get the next. I have read them all . . ."</strong> Joann, Verified Reviewer<br /> <br /> <strong>"Daisy is great, I love the feel of 1920s Pasadena . . ."</strong> Yafa Crane Luria, Verified Reviewer<br /> <br /> <strong>"Each book gets better and better and better."</strong> Doobs, Verified Reviewer<br /> <br /> You can start anywhere, but you'll want to read all of the Daisy Gumm Majesty Mysteries: <br /> <br /> <em>Strong Spirits<br /> Fine Spirits<br /> High Spirits<br /> Hungry Spirits<br /> Genteel Spirits<br /> Ancient Spirits<br /> Dark Spirits<br /> Spirits Onstage<br /> Unsettled Spirits<br /> Spirits United<br /> Spirits Unearthed<br /> Shaken Spirits<br /> Scarlet Spirits</em><br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT ALICE DUNCAN: </strong><br /> In an effort to avoid what she knew she should be doing, Alice folk-danced professionally until her writing muse finally had its way. Now a resident of Roswell, New Mexico, Alice enjoys saying no smog, no crowds, and yes to loving her herd of wild Dachshunds.<br /> </p> Number of Pages: 300 Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres Sub-Genre: Mystery & Detective Series Title: Daisy Gumm Majesty Mystery Format: Hardcover Publisher: Epublishing Works! Age Range: Adult Book theme: Cozy, General Author: Alice Duncan Language: English
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A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE Selection<br> A BOOK OF THE MONTH Selection<br>An Amazon Best Mystery/Thriller of the Year<br>1 of 22 New Books to Read This Summer (<i>TIME</i>)<br> 1 of 20 New Books to Read in June (<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>)<br> 1 of 5 Thrillers & Mysteries That Made Me Fall in Love with the Genre Again (Bustle)<br> 1 of 30 Exciting New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List (Buzzfeed)<br> 1 of 9 New Books to Read this Month (<i>The Guardian</i>)<br> 1 of 10 Books to Read in June (BBC Culture)<br> 1 of the Best Summer Beach Reads of 2018 (The Daily Beast)<br> 1 of 10 Crime Books to Read in June (CrimeReads)<br> 1 of the Best Books of June 2018 (Refinery29)<br> 1 of 25 New Thrillers You Need to Have on Your Radar This Summer (PopSugar)<br> 1 of 9 Books We Can't Wait to Read in June (PureWow)<br> 1 of 15 Books Coming Out . . . That You Don't Want to Miss (HelloGiggles)<br> A Best New Book of June (<i>Chicago Review of Books</i>)<br> 1 of 22 Books You Must Get Your Hands on this June (Women.com)<br> 1 of 50 New Book Suggestions to Wow Your Book Club (PopSugar)<br> 1 of My Top 5 Most Anticipated Reads of 2018 (PatienceRandle.com)<br> 1 of 20 Favorite Reads of June 2018 (Read It Forward)<br> 1 of Summer's Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers (CrimeReads)<br> A Perfect Book to Help You While Away the Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer (<i>Watertown Daily Times</i>)<br> Read of the Week (Mag The Weekly)</b> <p/> <b>Praise for <i>Still Lives</i></b> <p/> "[A] mysterious page turner." --<i>TIME</i> <p/>"A splendid art world thriller . . . Ms. Hummel captures characters in a single stroke . . . Having herself worked in a museum, she speaks with authority of that sealed world . . . <i>Still Lives</i> is both savvy and lyrical--the perfect beach read for either coast." --<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> <p/>"It's a thrilling mystery that will leave you wondering which characters you can and can't trust . . . There's a twist at the end that still keeps us up at night, it's THAT good." --Reese Witherspoon <p/>"While <i>Still Lives</i> is a deeply affecting examination of how our culture fetishizes female victims of crime--be it in art, news, or publishing--it will also have readers feverishly turning pages to discover the fate of engaging characters who are more than symbols of what's wrong or right about Los Angeles. It's a stunning achievement for a writer who perfectly captures an outsider's ambivalence about the city's pluses and minuses, and most notably its sensational crimes and the dark angels we make of its victims." --<i>Los Angeles Times</i> <p/>"Mystery and murder cloud this feminist story set in the heart of Los Angeles' art scene. When an avant-garde artist goes missing on the day her groundbreaking exhibition opens, the story spins out in many provocative directions." --<i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, 1 of 20 New Books to Read in June <p/> "A suspenseful, splashy story about fame, sex, and how our culture views women's bodies . . . I also loved that it tackled the sticky subject of how women are portrayed in art, culture, and the media--and the consequences of those portrayals. This is a thrilling book, and a much-needed one. Read it and you'll see what I mean." --Book of the Month <p/> "This is not only a satisfying mystery, but also an ambitious, intelligent and often uncomfortable study of gender, violence and art." --<i>The Guardian</i> <p/>"Yet while <i>Still Lives</i>, evidently, has a heck of a hook to draw in a wide swath of readers, the book isn't quite the escapist thriller the bones of the plot might indicate. Indeed, it's a provocative book that digs deeply into art's history of depicting women brutally and fetishistically, and that probes difficult questions about Western culture's view and treatment of women's bodies. It manages an impressive twofer: It sucks you into a compelling story, before forcing you to contemplate the big, uncomfortable ideas it's considering. It's a fresh choice for Reese's Book Club, to be sure." --<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> <p/> "Reese Witherspoon's new book club pick is a dark, feminist thriller, and you're not going to want to miss it." --Bustle <p/> "Maria Hummel's <i>Still Lives</i> is moody and restless, propelled by a gradually intensifying sense of unease. Hummel envelops the reader in the LA art scene . . . [H]er journey illuminates the misogyny which allows a culture to turn murdered women into objects for consumption." --<i>Buzzfeed</i>, 1 of 30 Exciting New Books to Add to your Summer Reading List <p/> "Hummel's fourth novel shows her genius for layering levels of meaning, and her sophisticated sense of the mercurial, sometimes corrupt art world, from dealers to wealthy patrons, including those so secretive they want to purchase work (and drive up an artist's worth) without leaving a trail . . . Maggie's stake in this story makes for unrelenting suspense." --BBC Culture, 1 of 10 Books to Read in June <p/> "A delicious Los Angeles noir that combines the glitz and glamor of fine art with the grit and grime of crime and sexual objectification, <i>Still Lives</i> is a thought-provoking novel packaged in one hell of a mystery." --The Daily Beast, One of The Best Summer Beach Reads of 2018 <p/> "Maria Hummel's novel is classic noir made modern." --Refinery29, One of the Best Books of June 2018 <p/> "Before Reese Witherspoon made it her August book club pick, this reader fell head-over-heels for Maria Hummel's captivating thriller <i>Still Lives</i>. A pulsating mystery about a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her biggest exhibit yet, this tense narrative explores not only the dark underbelly of the Los Angeles art scene, but our culture's disturbing obsession with violence against women, and I savored every last word of it." --Bustle, 1 of 5 Thrillers & Mysteries That Made Me Fall in Love with the Genre Again <p/> "<i>Still Lives</i>, both the fictional exhibit and the actual book itself, make an important statement about how our society too often fetishizes violence against women. Plus, it's the perfect companion to this week's other big art-centric story: <i>Ocean's 8</i>." --HelloGiggles, 1 of 15 Books Coming Out This Week That You Don't Want to Miss <p/> "Witherspoon loves a good thriller--and so do we. If you haven't picked up Hummel's fast-paced mystery yet, consider it the perfect winter break read." --<i>Apartment Therapy</i> <p/>"[A] spellbinding new novel . . . No doubt comparisons to Raymond Chandler's best work will rain down upon <i>Still Lives</i>, dotted as it is with trenchant observations of LA and the human condition. Like Chandler, Hummel is capable of limning out a ripping yarn replete with high fashion, high finance and high society . . . And not unlike another master of the mystery, Erle Stanley Gardner, Hummel includes an intellectually satisfying Perry Mason moment that also provides an interesting twist. It would be damning with faint praise to call <i>Still Lives</i> a contender for best beach read of the year--like calling Pablo Picasso a really good painter--but <i>Still Lives</i> is both that and so much more." --BookPage <p/> "Does your book club love art, feminism, and a riveting mystery? If so, <i>Still Lives</i> is the ideal novel to discuss over a glass of wine and some snacks . . . Book clubs will love dissecting the gender commentary and the interpersonal relationships in Maria Hummel's novel." --<i>Bookish</i>, A June Book Club Pick <p/> "There's so much to recommend about Maria Hummel's <i>Still Lives</i>. It's a page-turner, for one. There's also some profound commentary on art and society--and, almost magically, she does it without sacrificing the pure story. The setting--the Los Angeles art scene--is cool, a little foreign-feeling, and really fun to read about. In a mystery, setting can lift the story to a higher realm. Such is the case in <i>Still Lives</i>." --Omnivoracious <p/> "Within <i>Still Lives</i>, the new novel by Maria Hummel (<i>Motherland</i>, <i>Wilderness Run</i>), is a taut thriller with enough compelling elements for a propulsive book . . . <i>Still Lives</i> is an effective thriller with a delectable final 100 pages. It reaches an addictive pitch that all books of this ilk aspire to. The more Hummel settles into the plot machinations the better the novel gets, as the hazy ideological questions and confusing passages fall away . . . Hummel engages with complicated and challenging questions about the meaning and impact of art that depicts violence, and she writes a hell of an ending." --<i>Los Angeles Review of Books</i> <p/> "One of the smartest thrillers I've read in a long time . . . <i>Still Lives</i> is a gripping page-turner, but it's also more than that. I appreciate how Hummel--much like Kim Lord--used the art of storytelling to make me consider the ways in which our culture is complicit in violence against women. In the wake of the Me Too movement, I think a book like this is necessary. It prompts readers to look inward at how we view women and how we consume stories about violence against them." --Adison Godfrey, <i>BookMark</i>, WPSU <p/>"<i>Still Lives</i> [is] the fast-paced feminist thriller about the L.A. art world you don't want to miss this summer . . . <i>Still Lives</i> is at once a gripping and entertaining mystery, and a biting cultural critique that seeks to understand our obsession with the violent deaths of beautiful women . . . Reading <i>Still Lives</i> is like being frozen in that feeling of fear, like being stuck in that moment right before the mysterious stranger lurches out from the darkened alley to grab you . . . <i>Still Lives</i> doesn't just ask why we are obsessed with female murder victims. It also asks how: how we interpret violence against women, how we consume and commodify it, and how use it as tool of oppression . . . <i>Still Lives</i> is a electrifying mystery, one that crackles with suspense and intrigue. But it is not just an exploration of the shady underside of the L.A. art scene, or a warning about the dangerous combination of fame, money, and sex, and it is certainly not just a titillating tale about a missing woman. Like the fictional exhibit it was named after, <i>Still Lives</i> is an indictment of how women's bodies are treated by a society that is determined to control and consume them, and it's so much more than a story. Because when it comes to fear, anxiety, violence, and abuse, as Maggie puts it, 'It's not a story to us, ' it's an experience we face every day." --Bustle <p/> "Her prose packs both a lyrical punch and evokes the authenticity to make the work truly sing. The tapestry woven by Hummel in these pages is as much an elegiac homage to the slain women depicted in the <i>Still Lives</i> collection as it is a literary thriller. The novel provides both intense, page-turning plot and poignant social introspection, especially in regard to the media fetishization of the killings of beautiful women, and how their deaths have come to define their legacy." --<i>The Coachella Review</i> <p/> "The careful characterizations of the players . . . mean that, as the mystery unfolds to reveal them as suspects or victims, the reader feels deep empathy that comes from perceiving them as real people, not plot devices. Hummel builds visceral intimacy around 'women's oppressive anxiety about [their] ultimate vulnerability' in this often uncomfortable tale about the media's fetishistic fascination with the violent murders of beautiful women." --<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review) <p/> "A very satisfying page-turner and a selection last year for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club, Maria Hummel's murder mystery novel shines a light on the behind-the-scenes workings of a (fictional) major art museum in Los Angeles. While the whodunnit keeps the plot moving, Hummel also takes time to illuminate how women are portrayed as stationary objects (still lives, if you will) in both art and the media--notably through the media and public's fascination with young women as murder victims throughout history." --Rachel King, <i>Fortune</i>, 1 of 7 Novels to Read on Your Summer Travels <p/>"In this taut take on noir, misogyny, and the art of responsible storytelling, Hummel (<i>Motherland</i>, 2014, etc.) balances the glitz and glam of the Los Angeles art world with the town tourists don't often see, from peeling, postwar bungalows to skid row tent cities and suffering junkies . . . This is a whip-smart mystery and a moving meditation on the consumption of female bodies all rolled into one." --<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> <p/> "Hummel's novel ultimately offers an intriguing insider's view into a high-stakes, turbulent industry, from peculiar artists to fabulous exhibitions. With deliberate pacing increasing the tension, the story line revolving around the public's fascination with graphic crimes against women serves as a chilling reminder that such violence continues to occur in many forms." --<i>Library Journal</i> <p/> "Hummel . . . presents a polished, droll, and provocative art-world thriller . . . With a cast of strong and complicated female characters, headed by a determined, reckless, funny, and imperiled amateur sleuth, Hummel crafts a shrewd and suspenseful inquiry into womanhood and the dark side of the art market, punctuated by striking variations on identity, portraiture, and 'still lives.'" --<i>Booklist</i> <p/> "The book is both murder mystery and social commentary, and likely to resonate with anyone who has tried to redefine themselves in a new city far from home . . . Though <i>Still Lives</i> critiques the societal obsession with violence and death, particularly death of women, it is also a story about the opportunities one gains by flinging oneself into a new environment. It's about trying on masks and deciding which to keep, or which most resembles one's own face." --<i>Seven Days</i> <p/> "[A] suspenseful and profound novel . . . This suspenseful crime novel has echoes of far more profound questions than 'who done it?' though: What is the role of women in the art world? Objects? Artists? How do we view women in our society at large? What is truly dangerous? SoCal readers will appreciate Hummel's insider view of L.A., too. Not just her portrayal of the sparkling L.A. art scene, informed by her days working at MOCA, but a deep understanding of the 'real' city: sun-bleached, peeling reality. " --<i>Whittier Daily News</i>, 1 of 5 Summer Beach Reads <p/> "<i>Still Lives</i> offers its readers that delicious combination of entertainment and brilliance. It's at once profound and suspenseful, and while the plot kept me up nights (the ending had me gasping in surprise!), the book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women. Maria Hummel has written a remarkable, relevant, and necessary novel." --Edan Lepucki, author of <i>Woman No. 17</i> and the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>California</i> <p/> "There's nothing I like better than a well-written page-turner about the art world, and Maria Hummel has delivered this and more with her new literary thriller, <i>Still Lives</i>. Flawed characters abound as do clever plots and subplots along with irresistible peeks into hidden chambers of the L.A. art scene. Riveting." --B.A. Shapiro, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Art Forger</i> and <i>The Muralist</i> <p/> "A gripping mystery set inside the world of contemporary art, <i>Still Lives</i> is the kind of book we all hope to stumble upon: the perfect combination of terrific prose and compelling storytelling. Maria Hummel has delivered the smartest, most original page-turner I've read in a long time." --Maggie Shipstead, author of <i>Astonish Me</i> and the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>Seating Arrangements</i> <p/> "While her protagonist investigates the disappearance of a major artist, Maria Hummel runs a shrewd parallel investigation into culture, gender, violence, and art. <i>Still Lives</i> is a propulsive, carefully crafted mystery with real thematic focus and heft." --Chris Bachelder, author of <i>The Throwback Special</i>, finalist for the National Book Award <p/> "As gritty and glittering as the L.A. art world it depicts, Maria Hummel's latest novel soars into the sun-swept heights of fame and beauty, then plunges us into violence. In <i>Still Lives</i>, Hummel does what she does best: delves with sensitivity and wit into complex, intertwined lives, lives that strain the frames that enclose them. Intelligent, vivid, and impeccably paced, this thrilling novel forces us to confront how dangerous art can be." --Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of <i>Night at the Fiestas</i> <p/> "In <i>Still Lives</i>, Maria Hummel delivers not only a deftly plotted mystery, but also a rich and timely meditation on violence, authenticity, and the cool and deceptive exteriors of modern Los Angeles." --Jim Gavin, author of <i>Middle Men</i> <p/> <b>Praise for <i>Motherland: A Novel</i></b> <p/> <b>A <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> Best Book of 2014</b> <p/> "Hummel's haunting novel is set in the ravaged landscape of Germany just before the country's collapse at the end of World War II . . . Searing and honest, her book illuminates the reality of war away from the front lines --betrayal and compromise, neighbor turning on neighbor, the unexpected heroism of ordinary people -- with a compassion and depth of understanding that will touch your heart." --<i>People Magazine</i>, Four Stars <p/> ". . . deeply researched, painstakingly written, and, above all, heartfelt." --<i>New York Times Book Review</i> <p/> "Hummel's focus on the concrete, physical experiences of one family is a fine, brave antidote to abstraction, and does what good historical fiction does best: explores what has passed in those undocumented rests between the things we know to be true." --<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> <p/>"In prose that is both spare and heavily laden with the exhausted emotion of hard living, Hummel maintains a claustrophobic undercurrent of fear even when describing mundane daily tasks. Dark and uncompromising, <i>Motherland</i> illuminates a little-examined aspect of the war." --<i>Booklist</i> <p/> "Hummel gathered her raw material from the life of her grandfather, reflected in letters written during the war and discovered in an attic wall. Just as Londoners suffered under the Blitz, German citizens spent the last year of the war living as no human being should, amid the horrors of daily air raids and the loss of those they loved. Hummel somehow manages, without sensationalism, to drive home the humanity and suffering of the people who are frequently considered only as the enemy. Without canceling out our sympathy for those targeted by the Nazis, this humane and compelling story may extend it to those who (often unwittingly) assisted in some of humanity's worst crimes--and who themselves got flicked by the tail of the beast." --<i>BookPage</i> <p/> "<i>Motherland</i> is a moving tale of hope, compassion, and the lengths we go to for the ones we love. Petition your book club to add it to the roster." --<i>PureWow</i> <p/> "Inspired by letters between her paternal grandparents towards the end of the Second World War, Motherland explores love through the unfamiliar lens of Nazi sympathizers. Romantic endeavors during wartime are not unusual by any means, but rarely are we given the chance to make sense of, and furthermore, sympathize with, a love between those finding themselves on the wrong side of history . . . Like Sebastian Faulk's <i>Birdsong</i>, <i>Motherland</i> is more than a story of separated lovers -- it charts, with great poise and more than a little poetry, the challenges of a time when allegiances, to one side or the other, were both necessary and potentially disastrous." --<i>Bustle</i> <p/> "Fear, grief, and the will to survive fuse in this beautiful novel about the inner life of a German family in the final months of World War II . . . The humiliations and guilt that each family member endures for the others are described with grace and humanity. While stunningly intimate, Motherland is expansive in feeling and scope. Extending beyond a simple historical drama, this book is a reminder of the reach of love, how it can blind, and how it can heal." --<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review) <p/> "These characters appear to have, at best, blinders on and, at worse, to be in denial about the fate of their missing Jewish neighbors and what is actually going on at camps like Buchenwald. However, these all-too-human failings are so honestly rendered that a stark question emerges: Who among us, faced with similar circumstances, would have acted differently? Heart-rending and chilling." --<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> (starred review) <p/> "This is a tender, profound novel of a young woman who steps into a shattered German family and makes it her own. The radiance of her sacrifice, and of Hummel's storytelling, illuminates this dark chapter of human history with heart and revelation." --Adam Johnson, author of <i>The Orphan Master's Son</i>, winner of the Pulitzer Prize <p/> "In stunning, pitch-perfect prose, Maria Hummel gives us a deeply moving portrait of lives on the wrong side of history. This isn't just another World War II novel; it's a spectacular story about what it means to love and hope in the most difficult times." --Jesmyn Ward, author of <i>Salvage the Bones</i>, Winner of the National Book Award <p/> "Through the intimate story of one German family at the end of the Second World War, <i>Motherland</i> weaves a universal tale of moral obligation, wartime complicity, and the lengths we will go to protect those we love. From the bare bones of her own family's history, Maria Hummel has built a visceral, magnificent creature." --Anthony Marra, author of <i>A Constellation of Vital Phenomena</i> <p/> "Maria Hummel draws upon her family history to create a spellbinding novel that examines the many facets of motherhood, during a time of war and beyond. <i>Motherland</i> is a vivid, heart-stopping depiction of a German family's struggle to stay together during the devastating Allied bombing of their small town. You won't soon forget these characters or the stories they have to tell." --Susan Sherman, author of <i>The Little Russian</i> <p/> "A courageous and unsettling novel arising from the questions that Maria Hummel had about her grandparents' lives during the Third Reich. How much did they know? How did they survive?" --Ursula Hegi, author of <i>Stones from the River</i> <p/> <b>Praise for <i>Wilderness Run: A Novel</i></b> <p/> "Maria Hummel has a way with the stuff of battle, turning the horrific sounds, sights and smells into evanescent moments of exquisite lyricism . . . Writing of death and drawing rooms with equal aplomb, Hummel has created an utterly devourable historical novel." --<i>Los Angeles Times</i> <p/> "This carefully wrought historical novel is rich in period detail that Civil War scholars will certainly appreciate, while its appropriately tragic romance will appeal to those looking for an absorbing read." --<i>Booklist</i> <p/> "The horrors of the Civil War are the crucible of romance for two Vermont cousins in Hummel's debut, which is gracefully and evocatively written . . . Hummel creates solid characters while capturing the day-to-day reality of military life during the Civil War, and her well-paced, elegant prose turns especially poignant at the end." --<i>Publishers Weekly</i> <p/> "Hummel's language is lyrical and vivid, and her portrayal of the everyday life of the Lindsey family and of Laurence's regiment is detailed and realistic." --<i>Library Journal</i> <p/>"A gifted poet has immersed herself in the history of her home territory to write a mesmerizing first novel." --David Huddle, author of <i>The Story of a Million Years</i> <p/> "A gripping debut, shot through with poetry and violence, Wilderness Run traces the demons that divide us, whether as a nation or in our hearts. At turns radiant and shocking, understated and unbearable, <i>Wilderness Run</i> proceeds with the force of a coming locomotive." --Nick Flynn, author of <i>Another Bullshit Night in Suck City</i> <p/> Number of Pages: 304 Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres Sub-Genre: Literary Format: Paperback Publisher: Counterpoint LLC Author: Maria Hummel Age Range: Adult Language: English
This innovative coloring book introduces 92 fascinating mushroom species from all over the world. From the foot-tall parasol mushroom to minute, inconspicuous miniature mushrooms -- from the poisonous to the delicious, each species is depicted in its natural habitat in meticulously rendered black-and-white illustrations.<br>Detailed captions accompany the full-page drawings and provide scientific and common mushroom names, countries of origin, description of structure natural habitat growing conditions, and even flavors of edible types. An introduction provides information on identification methods and the mushroom life cycle.<br>Page by page, you'll discover the beauty and diversity of different mushroom species found in deserts, rain forests, or common garden mulch. Best of all, <i>Mushrooms of the World</i> allows you to participate in this invaluable learning experience by adding nature's vibrant colors to botanically accurate illustrations.
World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, <b>John Gottman, Ph.D., </b> has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. His work on marriage and parenting has earned him numerous major awards, including four National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards. He is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books, including the bestselling <i>The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work</i><i>; </i><i>What Makes Love Last</i><i>; </i><i>The Relationship Cure</i><i>; </i><i>Why Marriages Succeed or Fail</i>; and <i>Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child</i>. Dr. Gottman's media appearances include <i>Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, </i>as well articles in the <i>New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman's Day, People, Self, Reader's Digest, </i> and <i>Psychology Today</i>. Cofounder of the Gottman Institute with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, John was also the Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he founded "The Love Lab" at which much of his research on couples' interactions was conducted. He lives in Seattle. <p/><b>Julie Gottman, Ph.D., </b> is a clinical psychologist and the cofounder and President of The Gottman Institute. She is the cocreator of the immensely popular <i>The Art and Science of Love</i> weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Couples Therapy. She is Author/co-author of five books: <i>Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy, The Man's Guide to Women</i>, and <i>The Marriage Clinic Casebook. </i>Julie lives in Seattle. <p/><b>Doug Abrams</b> is president and founder of Idea Architects, a literary agency, as well as an author and editor. His most recent bestseller is <i>The Book of Joy</i>, with The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. He lives outside Santa Cruz, CA. <p/><b>Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., </b> is an integrative physician and the author of the book <i>BodyWise</i>. She and Doug live outside Santa Cruz, CA, and have three young adult children. Number of Pages: 224 Genre: Family + Relationships Sub-Genre: Marriage & Long-Term Relationships Format: Hardcover Publisher: Workman Publishing Age Range: Adult Author: John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman & Doug Abrams & Rachel Carlton Abrams Language: English
"Walsh skirts the edge of fantasy in this playful and touching tale....The novel transcends its quirky premise, offering many insights on the mysteries of the human heart." <b>-<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review)</b> <p/>"It's hard to believe that Walsh wrote this moving novel long before the COVID-19 pandemic, for there is eerie prescience in its soulful message that gratitude and grace are not to be taken for granted and that life can be upended in an instant." <b>-<i>Booklist </i>(starred review)</b> <p/>"An eccentric, well-written small-town novel jam-packed with appealing characters and their dreams." <b>--<i>Kirkus Reviews </i></b> <p/>"Think of <i>The Big Door Prize</i> as a beautiful box full of all the things that compose our lives: love, fate, chance, jealousy, sadness, jokes, desire, and music. M.O. Walsh gives us all this and more, page after page, until we feel as if we know a little bit more about everything there is worth knowing. One of the most big-hearted books you'll ever read, about so much, but, in the end, really about the secret of life: the specifics of caring." <b>--Daniel Wallace, author of <i>Extraordinary Adventures </i>and <i>Big Fish</i></b> <p/>"The lives of a couple facing their mid-life crisis and a young man coming of age intersect in this humorous and hopeful novel. M.O. Walsh has never been afraid to go down into the darkest places of the human heart, but his truthfulness is balanced by a beautiful optimism, just as his sharp humor is leavened by his genuine affection for the layered, vital characters he creates. A wise, wry, twisty, and entertaining tale. I loved it." <b>--Joshilyn Jackson, author of <i>Never Have I Ever <p/></i></b>"The characters in <i>The Big Door Prize</i> are familiar yet curious--so much like my own neighbors that I began to weave myself into the story, considering other lives I might live if I were braver, pluckier. Walsh's novel is the ideal summer read, an immersive escape as well as a brilliant examination of free will vs. determinism." <b>--Mary Miller, author of <i>Biloxi </i>and <i>Always Happy Hour</i></b> <p/>"Part mystery, all charm. The big prize here is for readers: a heartwarming and eccentric page-turner in the grand tradition of Southern literature that will keep you wondering until the very end. Walsh writes his characters with great respect to prove we're never too old to discover new things about ourselves." <b>--Steven Rowley, author of <i>The Editor</i> and <i>Lily and the Octopus </i></b> Number of Pages: 384 Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres Sub-Genre: Literary Format: Hardcover Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Age Range: Adult Author: M O Walsh Language: English
FISHLAND: Fishland-that's the new nickname of the offices of children's book publisher Gallopade International in Peachtree City, Georgia. Why? Because there's something very fishy going on there publication of THE AWESOME AQUARIUM MYSTERY-set at the New Georgia Aquarium, by Carole Marsh. "We've been all wet since Carole visited the Georgia Aquarium on opening day!" says publisher Michele Yother. "It's been All Aquarium All the Time as soon as Carole (our Founder and CEO) started writing a mystery set at the Georgia Aquarium. She even created a Book Club event for libraries and classrooms, and Jello/Gummi Fish aquarium kits. Her excitement over the new Georgia Aquarium is so infectious that we deep-sixed other projects to get her book to press so kids and teachers could read it before their visit to the aquarium." Author Carole Marsh is well-known in the Atlanta area. A graduate of Henry Grady High School, she is always proud to brag that she was "educated in the Fulton County Public School System." A popular writer of "real place" mystery books for boys and girls 7-14, her titles are some of the hottest in local school and public libraries. "They're our best-selling children's book series," says Karen Duncan, owner, Omega Books in Peachtree City, especially since they are on the popular Accelerated Reader program." The Awesome Aquarium Mystery is a fast-paced read of a family's visit to the Georgia Aquarium where they meet (and thank!) Bernie Marcus, the aquarium's founder, and run into a mysterious "situation" that confounds aquarium staffers and threatens opening day success. Using her ongoing real-life grandchildren characters, Christina Yother, age 10, and Grant Yother, age 7(students at Braelinn Elementary School in Peachtree City), the author combines clues, humor and fish facts into a wild, crazy, educational Meet Ralph and Norton/fall in the Big Tank/Save the Beluga Whales mystery that makes a great family or class read-aloud pre- or post-Georgia Aquarium visit. "That's always my plan," admits the author, dressed this day in a Georgia Aquarium tee shirt and peering through her big blue 3-D Deepo movie glasses. "For kids who get to visit the wonderful new Georgia Aquarium, I want them to read my book, get excited to see all the galleries and fish featured in the story, and mentally follow Christina and Grant around as they learn about an aquarium, its educational and preservation missions, and really buy into a once-in-a-lifetime experience they'll hopefully never forget!" Marsh's book-writing formula apparently has great educational impact. One of her first "Real Kids/Real Places" titles-The Mystery at the Biltmore House-is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the hot seller at a tourist site generally appealing more to adults than children. It is widely-accepted in many schools that the best field trip of the year involves reading the book then visiting the 250-room mansion with Scavenger Hunt list in hand to find items the author has chosen to engage students in what becomes a milestone educational experience. The author hopes the same for her new book. "I don't want kids just to visit the Georgia Aquarium, I want them to think about what they see-not only the drama of the big fish and the amazing 3D movie but also appreciate the science, business, and industry that went into creating such a building and environment. To learn that people can make BIGthings happen. To understand the admirable motives and missions behind such places. I want them to think, 'I could do that! I could be an aquarist! I could be a marine biologist! I could build big, cool buildings!' I want them to experience not just an aquarium, but learn a lesson in entrepreneurship and civic enterprise." To see how the author (pretty amazing herself since her 1979 kitchen table start-up is now a multi-million dollar global enterprise) pulls off this personal challenge, you have to read the mystery and follow Mimi, Papa, Grant, and Christina on their adventures, eavesdropping all the way on their meeting with Mr. Marcus, pursuit of a misguided young man out to protest "fish in prison," the breath-taking moment when Grant has a close-encounter of the wet kind with Big Fish duo Ralph and Norton, and Christina's dogged determination to save the day and the aquarium. "I couldn't put it down!" said advance-galley proofreader Jasmine Pruett, age 12. "Ms. Marsh always makes everything seem so real. The aquarium was so cool and I learned a lot. Christina is always so smart and Grant so silly. He makes me laugh out loud! And I want to see that 3D movie in the 4D theater." The author laughs herself. "I have so much faith in young readers. They appreciate a good read as much as adults. They really do want to learn the meaning behind things. They love a good laugh. And don't we all love mysteries? I admit that I often put some things in my books that actually happen during my research visits." Indeed, some Georgia Aquarium staffers may recall seeing a man in high-style cowboy gear visiting the aquarium accompanied by his short, blond, bubbly writer wife. "She asks questions thatmake people very nervous," says Bob Longmeyer, the author's husband and self-proclaimed Trail Boss. "Like, 'What would happen if the fish food got poisoned?' or 'If I accidentally fell in the big tank would the sharks eat me?' I'm just there to carry the notebooks, cameras, and explain to security that she's just a harmless kid's book writer!" As book character Grant might say, "Fish poop!" Carole Marsh's madness seems to be a method of getting kids really, really, REALLY excited about something like an aquarium, whether they are going, have been, or only ever get an armchair read visit. The Awesome Aquarium Mystery's "Built-in Book Club" extends the reading experience via interesting questions for discussion and an activity that involves making a blue Jell-o aquarium stuffed with gummy-fish, marshmallow coral, raisin rocks, and dill and rosemary "seaweed." And so, is the author off on other mystery-writing adventures? "I get so excited writing about most places, like the Georgia Aquarium, that I usually just want to do an immediate sequel," the author claims. "I just adopt the place for life and hope kids will too!" Carole Marsh is the author of 16 Carole Marsh Mysteries sold in Barnes and Noble, Schoolbox, Chapter 11, and other retail outlets in Georgia. She is currently working on a new Around the World in 80 Mysteries series, with The Mystery at Big Ben and The Mystery at the Ancient Pyramid as inaugural titles. She was the 2004 recipient of the Education in Excellence Award. For catalogs or autographed copies call Gallopade International, 770-631-4222 or go to www.gallopade.com. ---- Number of Pages: 104 Genre: Juvenile Fiction Sub-Genre: Mysteries & Detective Stories Series Title: Awesome Mysteries (Paperback) Format: Paperback Publisher: Gallopade International Age Range: 9-12 years Author: Carole Marsh Language: English
<p><b>A psychiatrist grapples with his own sanity as murder evidence mounts against him.</b></p><p>Police investigator Susan Adler is ready to close the book on a deadly car accident, but after the medical examiner discovers evidence of foul play, she knows she has a murder on her hands. The victim was the wealthy wife of Randall Brock, a renowned psychiatrist who treats patients with disturbing, brutal fantasies. And just like that, Susan's got a suspect.</p><p>Randall has a violent past but knows he didn't kill his wife. In the midst of his crushing grief, Randall receives a visit from a stranger with information to share about his wife's death. But there's a catch: in exchange for the stranger's information, Randall must reveal dark secrets he's kept hidden for years. As this shady figure applies more pressure and Susan closes in, Randall begins to doubt himself, clinging desperately to the pieces of his sanity.</p><p>Revelations and suspicious coincidences send shock waves through the investigation, and circumstances spin out of control. Susan must race to put it all together before it's too late--before the next murder strikes too close to home.</p> Number of Pages: 334 Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres Sub-Genre: Mystery & Detective Format: Hardcover Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Age Range: Adult Book theme: Police Procedural Author: Matthew Farrell Language: English
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