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What To Read: May & June 2019

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 4:35pm

God by Reza Aslan. Softcover. $24.00. RRC Price $21.60. Aslan narrates the history of religion as the attempt to understand our innate desire to humanize God. He writes that most of us think of God as a divine version of ourselves, but this projection is not without consequences. We bestow upon God not just all that is good in human nature but all that is bad in it as well, and these qualities inform our religions, cultures, and governments. More than just a history of our understanding of God, this book is an attempt to get to the root of this humanizing impulse in order to develop a more universal spirituality. (Random House. April)

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis. Softcover. $24.00. RRC Price $21.60. For almost two decades, Yale students have competed for admission each year to the "Studies in Grand Strategy" seminar taught by John Lewis Gaddis. Its purpose has been to prepare future leaders for responsibilities they will face, through lessons drawn from history and the classics. Now Gaddis has distilled that teaching into a succinct, sharp and potentially transformational book, surveying statecraft from the ancient Greeks to Franklin D. Roosevelt and beyond. An unforgettable guide to the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, its own master class. (Penguin. April)

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May's Author of the Month: MICHAEL KORYTA

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 4:42pm

Michael Koryta is a bestselling suspense novelist. His work has been praised by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and many others.

Michael was raised in Bloomington, Indiana and began writing at a very early age. As an eight-year-old boy, he began writing to his favourite writers and by 16 had decided he wanted to become a crime novelist.

Michael’s first novel, the Edgar-nominated Tonight I Said Goodbye, was accepted for publication when he was 20 years old. He wrote his first two published novels before graduating from college, and was published in nearly 10 languages before he fulfilled the “writing requirement” classes required for his diploma. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice.

Before turning to writing full-time, Michael worked as a private investigator, a newspaper reporter, and taught at the Indiana University School of Journalism. Michael and his wife, Christine, now divide their time between Bloomington, Indiana and Camden, Maine with their pets.

In If She Wakes, Tara Beckley is a senior at Hammel College in Maine. As she drives to a conference, a horrific car accident kills her passenger and leaves Tara a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. She learns that someone powerful wants her dead — but why? Abby, an insurance investigator, is hired to look in to Tara's case. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a hit man hard on her heels. (Hardcover. $36.50. RRC Price $32.85. Little, Brown. May)

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The Bookseller: May & June 2019

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 at 8:04pm

New books from Guy Gavriel Kay and Sharon Butala, the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, stories from Indigenous voices, books for True Crime enthusiasts, a mountain of novels, habitats to protect the bees, literary classics in high definition, and more — plenty of great new books and items to discover this summer.

Read about it all in the May & June 2019 issue of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Read it online now >>>

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Pulitzer Prize 2019 winners

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 at 4:07pm

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The Prizes, named after 19th century newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, honour excellence in journalism and the arts, and are awarded annually.

The Pulitzers are divided into many categories, and the finalists and winners of every category can be found on the Pulitzer Prize website. Of particular note to the world of books are the following 2019 winners:

Congratulations to all of the winners! For more details on the Pulitzers, see the official website.

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April's Author of the Month: RUTH REICHL

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:22pm

Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer, co-producer of PBS's Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS's Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth, and the last editor-in-chief of the now shuttered Gourmet magazine.

Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the BoneComfort Me with ApplesGarlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. In 2014 she published her first novel: Delicious!

She is known for her ability to "make or break" a restaurant. For Reichl, her mission has been to "demystify the world of fine cuisine." She has won acclaim with both readers and writers alike for her honesty about many aspects of haute cuisine. Through an outsider's perspective, she harshly criticized the sexism prevalent toward women in dine-out experiences, as well as the pretentious nature of the ritziest New York restaurants.

Ruth Reichl spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food. Here in Save Me the Plums, for the first time, she chronicles the personal and professional risks she took during her tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine in this insightful, inspiring and very readable new memoir. But this is not just the tale of a magazine; it is also a story about taking a professional leap of faith, following your passion and holding onto your dreams — even when nothing works out the way you’d expected. (Hardcover. $32.00. RRC Price $28.80. Random House. April)

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