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Stock Up On A Few Of Our Favourite Books from @ACCArtBooks #books #giftideas

NEW RELEASES

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Toronto, from its humble beginning as Muddy York, has emerged as an exemplary, world-class city. As the 4th largest urban area in North America, it is a treasure trove of obscure, trend-setting Canadian places. Ranked as one of the world's leading places to live, it represents home to almost 20% of Canada's population. Toronto has become the nation's capital of business, culture, sports and entertainment. A place where you can take in the best of all sports, especially hockey, live music, art, and an award-winning culinary scene, all in a weekend. The city's strength and roots come from its diverse population. Toronto takes from its indigenous and British past, a welcoming and collaborative twist on this dynamic multicultural city.

Toronto has been described as a city within a green space. Hike inner city trails along the many ravines. Ride in a canoe or skate along the water's edges. Take the longest streetcar ride in North America through flourishing neighborhoods, full of hidden gems to discover. Find the small artisanal ice creameries, wander the graffiti alleys, or make music at a karaoke cocktail lounge. Explore the allure of the 6ix, with 111 Places in Toronto That You Must Not Miss.

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Many of his photographs are chronicled in the new book, aptly titled Dylan by Schatzberg, which features a treasure trove of both famed and rare images of the icon.
— Billboard
Jerry Schatzberg shot everybody who was anybody in the ’60s, from Hendrix to Castro, and went on to make great movies. But his photographs of Dylan are in a class by themselves.
— The Daily Beast

In 1965, photographer Jerry Schatzberg, already well-established in the field due to his fashion and portrait photography for various publications, such as Vogue, Esquire and Life, listened to Bob Dylan for the first time. He had been hearing about the singer for close to three years; two friends were especially dogged and would ask him every time they spoke if he had heard the music yet. Finally, feeling obligated to them for their persistency, he listened and understood immediately why Dylan was inspiring such passionate excitement. Shortly thereafter, Schatzberg was photographing a job in his studio and had some fortuitous company. Famed music journalist Al Aronowitz and disc jockey Scott Ross were discussing Dylan and a recent performance they had seen of his. Half listening to their conversation, he volunteered that he'd like to photograph the singer if given the chance. Dylan's new wife (one of the friends mentioned above) called the following day and gave him an open invitation to the studio where he was currently recording 'Highway 61 Revisited'. Excited and curious, Schatzberg set off the very next day for the studio, exactly six days after the seminal Newport Folk Festival set where Dylan went electric and was collectively booed. Schatzberg received a warm welcome from the singer, who immediately sat him down to listen to what he had been recording that day. Dylan gave him free rein of the studio once he started shooting and the images that emerged from that day make obvious the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that was already brewing between photographer and subject. Considering Dylan's almost-universal dislike of journalists (and by extension photographers), this was a completely unprecedented situation, one that Schatzberg took seriously.

That almost-instant trust and rapport quickly grew into a friendship and they are part of the reason Schatzberg's sittings with Dylan work so successfully and are so important. Dylan is relaxed, he's funny, he takes the props that the photographer gives him and has fun with them - he's obviously not taking himself too seriously. Working and socializing together, Schatzberg would eventually do nine more photo shoots with Dylan from 1965-6, arguably the singer's most creative period, and capture the (now) Nobel laureate during one of the most pivotal moments in music history. Part of their uniqueness is their basic broad range of intimate and public locations: music and photography studios, live performances and street portraits. But more than that, each session (including the one for possibly his greatest album, 'Blonde on Blonde') says something different about Dylan, the man and the musician, and manages to perfectly capture the many facets of one of the most unique, complex and mysterious individuals of all time.

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Terry O'Neill is one of the greatest living photographers today, with work displayed and exhibited at first-class museums and fine-art galleries worldwide. His iconic images of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Brigitte Bardot, Faye Dunaway, and David Bowie - to name but a few - are instantly recognisable across the globe. Now, for the first time, O'Neill selects a range of images from his extensive archive of "vintage prints", which will surprise and delight collectors and photography lovers alike.

Long before the age of digital, photographers would send physical prints to the papers and magazines. These prints were passed around, handled by many, stamped on the back, and often times captioned. After use, the prints were either filed away, thrown out or - for the lucky few - sent back to the photographer or their photo agencies.

At the dawn of the 1960s, when O'Neill's career began, physical prints were the norm. Terry kept as many as he could that were sent back to him. "I just kept everything," he says. "I don't know why. Back then, there wasn't really a reason to keep them. Photos were used straight away and then I just moved on to the next assignment. No one was thinking these would be worth anything down the line, let alone fifty years later."

This book collects hundreds of these rare images, a true must for Terry's fans and photography collectors.

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There are no rules, and even less justice. Death takes everyone without discrimination. Sometimes it is accidental - like Signorelli, who fell from scaffolding. Sometimes it is expected, as with the diabetic Cezanne, who wrote "I am old, sick, and I swore to die while painting". But often, researching a painter's death is an easier task than determining which of their works is truly their 'last'. Paintings tend to be dated by year and not month, inciting much debate among art historians. This book embraces this ambiguity, studying 100 examples of works that lay completed for several years, or were left unfinished on the easel, or were finished post-mortem by a friend's grieving hand.

The Last Painting collects 100 terminal paintings from 100 artists, including Dalí, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Goya, Pollock, Rembrandt, Dix, Bonnard, Titien, and many more. Each picture gives us a glimpse into the painter's mind. Did they know death was coming? Did they paint with denial, or acceptance? Did they return to a favourite subject, or decide to embark on a new, original project while they still had time? A poetic and thought-provoking book, The Last Painting is a sensitive exploration of the relationship between art and death.

COMING SOON

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On the morning of Thursday, September 12, 1963, noted fashion photographer Norman Parkinson was to photograph a young pop group from Liverpool. Earlier that year, the band had exploded onto the scene - releasing the first of eleven (out of twelve) studio albums that would reach number one on the charts. That band was The Beatles. The album had been 'Please Please Me', it was still number one and it would stay at number one for thirty weeks. Parkinson, already established as Britain's most famous photographer, had a date with its new greatest band.

Revealing, insightful and funny this collection of photos captures The Beatles near the start of their spectacular career. Their creativity is plain to see in these photos which have become some of the most important in the extensive Beatles catalogue.

Now, ACC Editions, in collaboration with The Norman Parkinson Archive and Iconic Images, presents this historic meeting between a new music group and one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Covering nearly 30 rolls of film, these images of The Beatles at the President Hotel in Bloomsbury and famed Abbey Road Studios, offer a rare insight of the making of an iconic band.

BACKLIST HIGHLIGHT

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In the middle of the twentieth century, Pierre Desfontaines, cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée, created the first Ladurée macaron by having the genius to stick two macaron cookies together and fill them with a flavorful ganache. Ever since then, the preparation has stayed the same. Each season Ladurée celebrates this little round cake that's crispy outside and soft inside, a perfect balance of aromas and textures, by creating new flavors. Each year the palette of flavors and colors grows, from the classic chocolate or raspberry to festive macarons, exotic flavours for certain destinations, fashion designers, perfumes etc.

This book presents, for the first time, each of the eighty Ladurée macarons, their aromas, inspirations, trend books and of course all of the recipes to make them at home.At the end of the book there is a practical, step-by-step section to show exactly how Ladurée's chefs make the cookies and the ganache fillings so you can be sure to succeed in making them too.

Contents: Introduction: A little history of the macaron; 80 Macarons: flavour by flavour, a trend book, inspirations and recipes for each; 1. Classic macarons (vanilla, café, chocolate, lemon etc); 2. Nomad macarons (created for specific destinations); 3. Festive macarons (Christmas, Easter etc); 4. Precious macarons (gold, silver, copper etc); 5. Incredible macarons (violet, lemon-lime etc); 6. Designer's macarons (berry for Christian Lacroix, fig-date for Christian Louboutin, rose-ginger for John Galliano, bubble-gum for Alber Elbaz etc); Step-by-step photographs and instructions for making the biscuits and ganache fillings at home.

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Beautiful Book Trailers from @Phaidon #fall #books

Lucian Freud
The only comprehensive retrospective on one of the great painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: 2-volume Set
Size: 353 x 273 mm (13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in)
Pages: 616 pp
Illustrations: 486 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875262

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud was one of the most significant artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and Phaidon is honoured to publish the most complete retrospective of his career to date.

This sumptuous, definitive set is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between David Dawson – Director of the Lucian Freud Archive and for two decades Freud’s assistant, model, and friend – author Martin Gayford, and editor Mark Holborn.

Their collaboration has resulted in a book that goes beyond the work to reveal insights into the man himself. Gayford describes Freud’s determination always to tell the truth about what he was recording in paint. He believed in a found beauty, not one that was imagined by an artist and then imposed on his subject. He painted what he saw, in exquisite detail, and he found it beautiful.

With more than 480 illustrations, Phaidon celebrates that beauty – evoked in portraits of Freud’s friends and family, his lovers, his neighbours, and others whose looks he liked, from his bookmaker to a bank robber.

This is both a vital contribution to art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to the bookshelves of art lovers around the world.

With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication to date on one of the greatest painters of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Lucian Freud. See more: https://bit.ly/2x4kPkr

Kate by Mario Sorrenti
Intimate, never-before-published photographs taken just before Kate Moss's rise to fame, in one elegant volume

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 308 x 292 mm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in)
Pages: 120 pp
Illustrations: 50 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876801

This gorgeously produced book features intimate, never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. Seen by Calvin Klein, the photographs gave life to the famous Obsession campaign, which launched Moss to international superstardom.

Sumptuously reproduced in tritone and presented in a cloth-covered clamshell box, Kate is a stunning photographic portfolio of one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. It includes tipped-on images on the book and clamshell box's covers, plus an introductory essay by Sorrenti, which puts the work in its uniquely personal context.

This book, which celebrates the dawn of two legendary careers, and the start of the highly influential aesthetic of 1990s fashion photography, is a must-have for Kate Moss's fans, for fashion devotees, and for lovers of traditional portraiture and fashion photography.

This gorgeously produced book features never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. See more: https://bit.ly/2MizRc1

Atlas of Brutalist Architecture
Big. Bold. Brutal. 850 awe-inspiring buildings in one beautiful large-format volume

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SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 340 x 240 mm (13 3/8 x 9 1/2 in)
Pages: 560 pp
Illustrations: 1000 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714875668

This is the only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions.

878 Buildings, 798 Architects, 102 Countries, 9 World Regions, 1 Style BRUTALISM

Presented in an oversized format with a specially bound case with three-dimensional finishes, 1000 beautiful duotone photographs throughout bring the graphic strength, emotional power, and compelling architectural presence of Brutalism to life.

From 20th century masters to contemporary architects, much-loved masterpieces in the UK and USA sit alongside lesser-known examples in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond - 102 countries in all.

Twentieth-century masters included in the book: Marcel Breuer, Lina Bo Bardi, Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Ernö Goldfinger, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Oscar Niemeyer, and Paul Rudolph.

Contemporary architects featured include Peter Zumthor, Alvaro Siza, Coop Himmelb(l)au, David Chipperfield, Diller and Scofidio, Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, OMA, Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Zaha Hadid.

From the publisher of This Brutal World.

Big. Bold. Brutal. The only book to thoroughly document the world's finest examples of Brutalist architecture. More than 850 buildings - existing and demolished, classic and contemporary - are organized geographically into nine continental regions. See more: https://bit.ly/2NAmyIv

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
A chronicle of Grace Coddington's formative years at Vogue, now available as a jacketed paperback

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Format: Paperback
Size: 202 x 262 mm (8 x 10 5/8 in)
Pages: 408 pp
Illustrations: 310 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714878003

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. Both monograph and memoir, the book shows how Coddington transformed static studio portraiture into modern vivid tableaux and turned location shoots into cinematic narratives.

Grace's commentary gives behind-the-scenes insight into many famous images and fashion personalities, from the iconic shoot of a bikinied Naomi Campbell in Irving Penn's studio to Steven Meisel's boundary-pushing grunge aesthetic in nineties Vogue. This volume features photography by Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, among others.

First published in 2002 and reissued by Phaidon in 2015 to great success, this paperback, midi-sized edition includes forewords by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in British and American Vogue from 1972 to 2002, stories created by the iconic fashion editor Grace Coddington. See more: https://bit.ly/2NwDdMZ

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After going viral, and attracting international press attention, Aydin Büyüktas's Mind-Bending Images are now available in a gorgeous coffee-table book!

Aydin Büyüktas’ photographs are a bit like the first plunge on a rollercoaster. The scene plummets away from you, leaving you disoriented yet giddy and just a bit unsettled as you try to make sense of just what you’re seeing.
— WIRED
 Lannoo Publishers | 9789401454407

Lannoo Publishers | 9789401454407

ABOUT THE BOOK

An American football pitch as a skateboard ramp and the Aya Sofia as a rollercoaster: the images by Turkish photographer Aydin Büyüktas are literally mind-bending. After going viral, they are now finally also available in book format, including entirely new images and a making-of, which shows the photographer's working methods with drone technology. His brainchild Flatland is named after Edwin Abbott Abbott's satire book about a two-dimensional world populated by geometric figures, from which certain parts have been included in this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aydin Büyüktas is a photographer and visual artist. His Flatland series was well-received by international press and was featured by Wired, The Times and many others.

Aydin Büyüktas bends brains with dizzyingly distorted views of...landscapes.
— Designboom

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THE DRESS AND THE GIRL #picturebooks #starredreviews

“Andros’s words are well matched with Morstad’s evocative artwork, conjuring a gentle, lyrical version of what used to be the dominant American immigration story.”
— The New York Times
 Abrams Books | 9781419731617

Abrams Books | 9781419731617

ABOUT THE BOOK

A little girl and her favorite dress dream of an extraordinary life. They enjoy simple pleasures together on a beautiful Greek island. They watch the sunset, do chores, and pick wildflowers on the way home. One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it’s now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins. Featuring lush illustrations, The Dress and the Girl is a stunning picture book about memory and the power of the items we hold most dear.

Morstad’s (House of Dreams, 2018, etc.) clean illustrations expertly evoke the era through a nostalgic color palette and the (unnamed) locations through carefully chosen details. The opening and closing spreads echo each other, reinforcing the theme of connection. Immigrant stories are perennially relevant, and the rarely seen 20th-century Greek setting is refreshing.
— Kirkus Reviews
In perfect juxtaposition, the spare, lyrical text is completed by images that capture time, place, and essence. There is a quiet wisdom to this book that asks us to look around and take note and allow time to work its magic.
— Booklist
Together, the carefully crafted text and gorgeous illustrations pair to tell a truly extraordinary tale. A delightful picture book with an important story to be told. Recommended for sharing again and again. **STARRED REVIEW**
— School Library Journal
The lyrical text and evocative art will make readers linger.
— Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Camille Andros has made her home in Israel, Utah, Arizona, California, Ohio, Nevada, and, now, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has her BA in health science, is an EMT, and danced ballet for fourteen years. Julie Morstad is an award-winning artist living with her family in Vancouver. She is the illustrator of many books for children, including Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, When Green Becomes Tomatoes, and This Is Sadie.

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MULHOLLAND BOOKS to publish LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith on September 18, 2018

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‘I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse'

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that…

 

Praise for Career of Evil, the third in the Strike series

Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever.
— New York Times
Career of Evil is the third—and best—novel in the engaging Cormoran Strike private detective series. . . . [Galbraith has] invented a serial killer for the ages, one who chills us from the book’s grim but riveting opening. . . . This perfectly paced mystery is packed with surprises, all of which play out with flawless crime-fiction logic.
— USA Today, Four Star Review
Pure pleasure. . . . That’s what makes these novels so good: They are clever, tightly plotted mysteries with all of the most pleasurable elements of the genre (good guy, bad guy, clues, twists, murder!), but with stunning emotional and moral shading.
— NPR
Hugely entertaining . . . This gifted storyteller has taken full command of the new turf. . . . Career of Evil succeeds powerfully on its own terms.
— Chicago Tribune
Another triumph . . . Its darkness is mitigated by its sparkling protagonists.
— People

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. The three previous Strike novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) all topped the national and international bestseller lists and were adapted for a major television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

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Bookstore Highlight - Vancouver Special @van_special #bookstore #canada

Have we told you yet how much we're obsessed with Vancouver Special?  When it opened in April 2008, we couldn't believe there was finally a store devoted to high quality and AFFORDABLE (!!!!) Scandinavian and Japanese design. It is a mini sanctuary just on the edge of Vancouver's bustling downtown core. They offer an incredible selection of contemporary furniture, sofas, design objects, household accessories, and art and architecture books. Please check it out if you're in Vancouver. You will not be disappointed.

 

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Guinness World Records - Most Books Toppled

On March 5, 2015, in honour of World Book Day, a Guinness World Record was achieved by United Biscuits in Berkshire, UK for most books toppled in domino fashion. Impressively, United Biscuits beat the record on their first attempt - 5318 books toppled in 2 minutes and 27 seconds surpassing the previous record of 4988 books toppled last year in Poland.

Check out the amazing video below and follow Guinness World Records twitter at http://twitter.com/gwr for more news.

House of Crime & Mystery: Interview with Michael Robotham

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The Globe and Mail calls him, "the master of the dark and threatening," and Kirkus says, "his skill as a writer remains undeniable: He offers memorable characters caught up in an irresistible story."  His second book THE DROWNING MAN won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2005 and SAY YOU'RE SORRY, was shortlisted for the 2013 Gold Dagger by the CWA.  Let's just say, Michael Robotham has been owning the psychological thriller genre ever since he started 11 years ago.  But, when it came to writing his first novel Robotham had one humble goal. "When I started I remember thinking it would be great to get just one novel published,"the author tells Jacques Filippi in an interview on http://houseofcrimeandmystery.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-psychology-of-crime-interview-with.html. "I figured it would probably sell a dozen copies – my mother would buy eight of them – and then I’d go back to ghostwriting or journalism, which were making me a good living." Little did Robotham know that he would go on to become one of the most highly acclaimed and bestselling authors of thriller fiction. Check out the rest of his brilliant interview with Filippi on http://houseofcrimeandmystery.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-psychology-of-crime-interview-with.html and pick up a copy of his latest novel, LIFE OR DEATH, available now.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters Window Display

To celebrate the release of Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the final novel in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, which released on APRIL 8th, Mabel's Fables in Toronto, ON created this gorgeous window: Toronto-20140410-00261

Go check it out! Their amazing window will be on display for the next month.

PRAISE

"In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose." - Kirkus

"New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans." - Booklist

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Praise for Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have Known | HBG

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. 9781455599493“Tempt the gods with smug self-righteousness and they will deliver a windfall of tragedy, as witness in Jean Hanff Korelitz’s rollickingly good literary thriller…Korelitz writes intimately and engagingly about a social strata few are privy to, but the ugliness is very familiar.” - Vanity Fair

“This consuming, expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations about Grace’s past and ending with a satisfying twist on her former relationship mantra; ‘doubt can be a gift’” - People

“An unputdownably deft vivisection of Manhattan’s upper social strata.” - Vogue.com

“A savvy psychological thriller.” - Huffington Post

“This excellent literary mystery by the author of 2009’s Admission unfolds with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan.” - Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Price: $29.00 CAN Pages: 448 Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9" ISBN-13: 9781455599493 On Sale Date: 03/18/2014

WE LOVE EACH OTHER | New York Times Book Review

We all know "find love before V-DAY" is at the bottom of your February to-do list. Nobody wants to spend their precision time looking for a date when there's a million other things to do like watch figure skaters dance on ice (OLYMPIC time, people). That's why this Valentine's Day we're highlighting books for kids because they actually enjoy receiving candy in kitschy heart shaped boxes and, as The New York Times wrote, "mimicking the conventions of courtship without suffering its uncertainties."  Valentine's Day is also the perfect holiday for children because it offers them another opportunity to learn about love in all its various shapes and forms. And, of course, the best way to teach children is through books. Below you'll find a few of our favorites as well as two titles recently highlighted in The New York Times Book Review:

We Love Each Other, by the Brilliant illustrator Yusuke Yonezu, is a clever and charming board book with an upbeat theme and a special surprise on the last page. The book features birds, elephants, rabbits, turtles and kittens celebrating love and togetherness. Kids will enjoy the bold and colorful illustrations that reveal a surprise beneath the flap on every page.

WE LOVE EACH OTHER Written and illustrated by Yusuke Yonezu Minedition (Independent Publishers Group) 9789888240562 $10.95 Board book Ages 1 to 4

Love You More Than Anything, a picture book by Anna Harber Freeman and illustrated by Jed Henry, is all about telling children how much their parents love them.  This rhyming read-aloud assures kids—in so many ways—that they're loved more than anything in the world. Readers follow an adorable chipmunk family for a fun outing at the park, a special homemade cake after dinner, and a snuggle before bedtime—and all the while mom and dad find dozens of ways, big and small, to give their children the affection and security they crave. Sarah Harrison Smith of The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Sprightly rather than soppy, “Love You More Than Anything” reminds readers that having fun together is one of the best ways families can show their love, whatever the day."

LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING By Anna Harber Freeman Illustrated by Jed Henry Sterling Publishing 9781454900214 $9.95 Picture book Ages 3 to 7

For more on these two titles, read The New York Times Book Review feature "Love for the Littlest, Yusuke Yonezu’s ‘We Love Each Other,’ and More" on their website.

In this favorite Hello Kitty story, Hello Kitty explores what love and friendship mean as she tries to find the perfect gift for her special friend Dear Daniel. After all of her friends offer suggestions that don’t seem quite right, Hello Kitty finally has an idea for something very special that she hopes Dear Daniel will love. Includes bonus Valentine’s Day cards.

HELLO KITTY HELLO LOVE By Sanrio Abrams Books 9781419712494 $7.99 Picture Book Ages 3 to 8

Learn the names of six animals and their sounds as friendly farm animals say hello to each other on each spread. Featuring sturdy tabs to turn and a die-cut handle built right into the book, this is the perfect story for little ones to read together with parents or flip through on their very own.

This new book in the I Love Learning series teaches simple concepts while reminding little ones how much they are cherished through Sandra Magsamen's signature heartfelt text and cozy, hand-stitched illustration style. Readers will *love* learning about animal sounds!

BAA, MOO, I LOVE YOU By Sandra Magsaman Little, Brown for Young Readers 9780316133586 $8.99 Board Book Ages 0 to 3

Ten little fingers, ten little toes Two little ears and one little nose. Two warm cheeks, all rosy and bright A kiss and a cuddle to say goodnight. An exuberant and heartwarming book about the arrival of a new baby from the creators of I Love My Mummy and I Love My Daddy. One little boy discovers all the wonderful things about his new little sibling is this joyful top-to-toe celebration of babies. A warm-hearted, celebratory book that's perfect for sharing when welcoming a new baby to the family. From the bestselling author Giles Andreae, whose rhyming text perfectly captures the joyful exuberance of young children, and the award-winning Emma Dodd, whose cheerful colours and irrepressible illustrations delight children and their parents everywhere.

I LOVE YOU BABY By Emma Dodd & Giles Andreae HUK Kids 9781408327494 $16.99 Picture Book Ages 0 to 5

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HOW TIME TRAVEL WORKS | Lauren Beukes The Shining Girls

To celebrate the paperback the release of Lauren Beukes' time travel serial killer novel THE SHINING GIRLS (Hachette Book Group | Little Brown), artists Sam Wilson and Adam Hill have created a spectacularly illustrated time traveling chart. Originally posted on i09.com, the chart helpfully explains the various time traveling models used in recent pop culture movies as well as in The Shining Girls.  Check it out below and then visit i09.com for more from Beukes on cosmic strings, worm holes, and Greek tragedies. ku-xlarge

edb58d612e72bf7f6afb23d951dfd256Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Price: $18.00 CAN
Pages: 400
Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
ISBN-13: 9780316216869 (Paperback)
On Sale Date: 01/14/2014
The girls who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own." Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW: Le Livre Blanc by Anne Sophie Pic

It was only a couple hours ago that you were biting into your lunch wondering if you were ever going to eat a sandwich that tasted as good as it looks on The Food Network; in Bon Appetit Magazine; on Saveur.com; or in one of the many cookbooks currently occupying your kitchen. Wonder on, because your sandwich is never going to taste as good as it looks on TV, in a magazine, in cookbook or even on a 20-something’s blog. Tough love, we know, but sometimes you need to hear the truth so that you can stop worrying and start celebrating the people who CAN and DO create meals that look like a Picasso painting on your plate and taste like fireworks just had a Canada Day party in your mouth.

One of these people we speak of is the incredibly talented, three Michelin star chef ANNE SOPHIE PIC, who recently released her cookbook LE LIVRE BLANC with Quayside Publishing Group.

There are dishes in her cookbook you will never be able to make, let alone eat (unless you're traveling to France and then we should talk, and, by talk, we mean let's be best friends), but you can ogle, drool and swoon over the beautiful spreads. That's half the fun! LE LIVRE BLAC is a cookbook that transforms everyday dishes into extraordinary works of art that both inspire and amaze.

Don’t believe us? Well, believe Library Journal, because they have explained her allure quite succinctly: "Let’s face it—when most of us think about cooking, we don’t imagine filling a bowl of frothy green tea broth with artfully arranged boiled leeks, marinated anchovies, and wafer-thin coins of caviar-topped melba toast. Most readers will never cook from this title, but browsing its visually breathtaking contents, they will understand why Pic, the fourth female chef ever to win three Michelin stars, deserves her reputation. Some haute cuisine cookbooks have explicit instructions; this one does not. The recipes at the back of the book assume considerable knowledge and skill. VERDICT highly recommended for professional collections and aspirational cooks interested in elegant plating and presentation."

Do you need us to break it down some more? No. Good. Now go buy the book.

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Forest of Reading Awards

Congratulations to authors K. L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr on the nomination of Loki’s Wolves for the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Forest of Reading Red Maple Award!

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The Red Maple Award is is given to the best fiction books for readers ages 12 -15 as selected by Ontario's young readers.

Read more at: https://www.accessola.org.

 

Praise for Loki's Wolves:

"Norse mythology brought to life with engaging contemporary characters and future volumes that promise explosive action; ideal for Percy Jackson fans who want to branch out." (Kirkus Reviews).

"Loki's Wolves brings Norse mythology to the modern world...The background and explanation of the legends are clear and a natural fit to the story and dialogue, bringing life to lesser-known Norse mythology...Recommended for those who enjoyed Rick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series." (School Library Journal).

"This smart, fast-paced, action-packed novel...offers readers a solid adventure story that still manages not to skimp on character...An excellent what-to-read-next for Percy Jackson fans, this novel will also please young readers of Marvel's Thor and myth-lovers already familiar with Norse lore..." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books).

PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth | Book Review

precious-thing-coverI don’t read mysteries. I don’t read thrillers. Years ago, I managed a bookshop. Part of my job involved running the mystery book club. I think my bosses added that task out of a sense of epic Schadenfreude because they knew that I would read just about anything BUT a mystery. My inability to read the genre comes, not from a sense of snobbery, but because I’m a giant ‘fraidy cat. I always understood Joey’s need to put books in the freezer on Friends - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qqaCby1lGw. A few months ago, I attempted to read The Shining Girls (Lauren Beukes, Mulholland Books 9780316216852). I made it to page 60, at which point I was so terrified of the time traveling serial killer appearing in my bedroom while I was gone that I couldn’t get up to pee. True story. All this to say, reading Precious Thing (Colette McBeth, Headline Books, 9781472205940) was a major stretch for me. And I loved every minute! The story of the friendship between Clara and Rachel, as told from Rachel’s point of view, gripped me in a way I didn’t expect. This is one of those ‘stay up until 3 am’ kind of books. You just want to read one more chapter. Just one. Well, maybe just one more. And then another. As their story unfolds, as you start to question what you’re reading, you’re pulled even deeper into the obsessive and dangerous dance between two very troubled girls sharing secrets you just don’t see coming. About a third of the way through, the penny started dropping for me and a cold sense of dread began creeping. Everything I believed up to that point wasn’t quite right. And everything that followed? Well, just go read it. Trust me.

There is a tendency in selling books to make comparisons to what’s come before. Precious Thing has been called the British Gone Girl. Not having read Gone Girl, I can’t comment on that, except to say, I think this stands on its own. Colette McBeth doesn’t need the comparison for you to pick up Precious Thing. I was hooked from the last sentence of the first page. And I’m still waiting for an answer to my question about the third line on the last page. If you’re like me, if you don’t read thrillers, you don’t read mysteries, make an exception this time. And make sure you have lots of coffee on-hand for the morning, because I promise some late nights reading just one more chapter.

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David Sedaris on the Big Screen?

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This one starts ... so David Sedaris walked into our Manda office. It was a few months ago while on his book tour for Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. I was so ready to be disappointed; his books and New Yorker short stories always made me laugh so hard I cried and I just couldn't fathom of a writer being as funny in the flesh as they were on the page. Luckily, I was crying the entire time he was here - whether due to his insults or his dry humor even I'm not entirely sure.

He threatened to make one of the straight men in our office cut his meat. Then he complained that he hadn't brought his lunch and didn't see any straight men.

He did his go to - asking if any of us were smokers so he could reward those of us who were with priority signing. He explained this strange behavior by noting that the smokers among us were going to die sooner so their time should be seen as more precious.

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Then he proceeded to sign our books, each one customized.  What you should know is that David Sedaris likes to draw - there was a line drawing of a fetus for our pregnant coworker, and a picture of a bloody dagger for Mark ... Enough said.

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The man is FUNNY.

And so, when I discovered that one of David Sedaris' stories, C.O.G. from his book Naked was going to become a feature film I was elated. Then I discovered that David Sedaris would be played by none other then the same actor who plays Jesse Saint James, the singing & dancing sensation from Glee. I'm curious to see if Jonathan Groff can do justice to the ever effervescent, sometimes self-deprecating and always sarcastic David Sedaris! Perhaps Jonathan can graduate from Gleekdom, and draw on his Broadway roots to become the precocious teenage Sedaris and maybe he can't.  Either way it'll be something worth watching! If it were the other way around and David Sedaris was playing the triple threat Groff, then there really would be something to laugh about - David in Broadway tights and David singing love songs to Rachel on Glee both seem equally ridiculous and hilarious.

Either way, this means I'm off to the movies for the premiere folks! But until then, I leave you with the movie trailer:

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We Need New Names makes Booker long list

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NoViolet Bulawayo's first novel, We Need New Names, has been on my to-read list since I first heard about it late last year.

The story follows Darling, a 10-year old in Zimbabwe, and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard. They live together in a shanty called Paradise, and they spend their days stealing guavas, trying to get the baby out of Chipo's belly, and remembering. They remember when they had real names and real homes, before the paramilitary policemen came and destroyed everything and the schools were closed down. Before their fathers went abroad to work at dangerous jobs. The children dream of escaping...

Darling's dream, at least, is seemingly realized, as she moves to America to live with her Aunt. She finds that things aren't necessarily easier for her there, where her options as an immigrant are so few.

NoViolet Bulawayo's 2011 Caine Prize winning story Hitting Budapest, became the first chapter in this, now Booker long-listed novel.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo Little, Brown and Company 9780316230810 May 21, 2013

 

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