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The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and music–and the secrets each hold–that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans.
“A tangled knot of betrayal and love, lies and redemption. Marvelous.” –Fiona Davis, author of The Address
A song brought them together.
A secret will tear them apart.
Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta’s voice, she is selected for the Incurables’ world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.
After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the “city of masks,” Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation.
Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan’s Songtakes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Kate is the #1 New York Times– and internationally bestselling author of nine novels for young adults, including Fallen, which was made into a major motion picture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Orphan’s Song is her adult debut novel.
From the New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the stars of today
The baseball is an amazing plaything. We can grip it and hold it so many different ways, and even the slightest calibration can turn an ordinary pitch into a weapon to thwart the greatest hitters in the world. Each pitch has its own history, evolving through the decades as the masters pass it down to the next generation. From the earliest days of the game, when Candy Cummings dreamed up the curveball while flinging clamshells on a Brooklyn beach, pitchers have never stopped innovating.
In K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, Tyler Kepner traces the colorful stories and fascinating folklore behind the ten major pitches. Each chapter highlights a different pitch, from the blazing fastball to the fluttering knuckleball to the slippery spitball. Infusing every page with infectious passion for the game, Kepner brings readers inside the minds of combatants sixty feet, six inches apart.
Filled with priceless insights from many of the best pitchers in baseball history including twenty-two Hall of Famers–from Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Nolan Ryan to Greg Maddux, Mariano Rivera, and Clayton Kershaw–K will be the definitive book on pitching and join such works as The Glory of Their Times and Moneyball as a classic of the genre.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TYLER KEPNER started covering baseball as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that was featured in The New York Timesin 1989. He attended Vanderbilt University on the Grantland Rice/Fred Russell sportswriting scholarship, then covered the Angels for the Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) and the Mariners for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He joined The New York Times in 2000, covering the Mets for two seasons, the Yankees for eight, and serving as the national baseball writer since 2010.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Jane Leavy, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax, comes the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed "the model for modern celebrity."
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:
The Boston Globe | Publishers Weekly | Kirkus | Newsweek | The Philadelphia Inquirer | The Progressive
Winner of the 2019 SABR Seymour Medal | Finalist for the PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award | Longlisted for Spitball Magazine’s Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year | Finalist for the NBCC Award for Biography
“Leavy’s newest masterpiece…. A major work of American history by an author with a flair for mesmerizing story-telling.” —Forbes
He lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. There was no frame he couldn’t or wouldn’t fill. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, Brownie cameras, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen." Aided by his crucial partnership with Christy Walsh—business manager, spin doctor, damage control wizard, and surrogate father, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom.
His was a life of journeys and itineraries—from uncouth to couth, spartan to spendthrift, abandoned to abandon; from Baltimore to Boston to New York, and back to Boston at the end of his career for a finale with the only team that would have him. There were road trips and hunting trips; grand tours of foreign capitals and post-season promotional tours, not to mention those 714 trips around the bases.
After hitting his 60th home run in September 1927—a total that would not be exceeded until 1961, when Roger Maris did it with the aid of the extended modern season—he embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig. Walsh called the tour a "Symphony of Swat." The Omaha World Heraldcalled it "the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent." In The Big Fella, acclaimed biographer Jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times.
Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.
A comprehensive history of the 2009 squad's rise to the championship
Boasting a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees were composed of the very best. With the previous season's failed playoff bid still as fresh as the paint job on the new Yankee Stadium, a 27th championship flag represented the singular objective of a squad that ultimately carved out a unique spot among the Yankees' pantheon of World Series teams. It was the last title for the "Core Four"—Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte—who would each retire over the course of the next five years. It was the lone title for Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, and Nick Swisher, each of whom saw memorable peaks and valleys during their time in the Bronx. For CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner, it was their first championship, though the veterans were still in pinstripes as the latest generation of Yankees arrived for what they hope will be the next dynasty. Mission 27 is a thoroughly reported chronicle of an unforgettable season, packed with interviews with the full cast of key players, team executives, broadcasters, and more.
Mark Feinsand is an Executive Reporter for MLB.com. He is the author of The New York Yankees Fans' Bucket List, and he contributed to the Yankees' official 2009 World Series championship commemorative book, Twenty-Seven. Bryan Hoch has covered New York baseball for two decades, working as the Yankees' MLB.com beat reporter since 2007. He is the author of The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty.Nick Swisher played for the New York Yankees from 2009 to 2012.
In time for the 50th anniversary of the Mets' miraculous 1969 World Series win, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of that amazing season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man ballplayer.
Ron Swoboda wasn’t the greatest player the Mets ever had, but he made the greatest catch in Met history, saving a game in the 1969 World Series, and his RBI clinched the final game. By Met standards that makes him legend. The Mets even use a steel silhouette of the catch as a backing for the right field entrance sign at Citi Field.
In this smart, funny, insightful memoir, which is as self-deprecating as a lifetime .249 hitter has to be, he tells the story of that magical year nearly game by game, revealing his struggles, his triumphs and what life was like for an every day, Every Man player, even when he was being platooned. He shows what it took to make one of the worst teams in baseball and what it was like to leave one of the best. And when he talks about the guys he played with and against, it’s like you’re sitting next to him on the team bus, drinking Rheingold. Here's the Catch is a book anyone who loves the game will love as much.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RON SWOBODA played right field for the Mets from 1965 to 1970, the Expos in 1971 and the Yankees from 1971 to 1973. Afterwards he was a TV sportscaster in New York City, Milwaukee and New Orleans, where he provided color commentator for telecasts of the Marlins’ AAA club and now lives.
In ENEMY CONTACT, Jack Ryan, Jr. finds himself at odds with an international criminal conspiracy. An inside leak has allowed the CIA’s deepest secrets to be given away for a larger agenda that threatens to undermine the entire Western intelligence community. Director of National Intelligence Mary Pat Foley wants it stopped but doesn't know who, how or why. Jack, meanwhile, is dispatched to Poland on a different mission. The clues are thin, and the sketchy trail dead ends in a harrowing fight where he barely escapes with his life. And as if that's not bad enough, Jack gets more tragic news: An old friend who's dying from cancer has one final request for Jack. It seems simple enough, but before it's done, Jack will find himself alone, his life hanging by a thread. If he survives, he'll be one step closer to finding the shadowy figure behind the CIA leak and its true purpose, but in the process, he'll challenge the world's most dangerous criminal syndicate with devastating consequences.
With TOM CLANCY ENEMY CONTACT, Mike Maden delivers yet another spellbinding tale of international intrigue and suspense that could be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, proving himself yet again to be worthy of carrying on not just Clancy’s #1 bestselling series, but also his legacy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mike Maden grew up working in the canneries, feed mills and slaughterhouses of California’s San Joaquin Valley. A lifelong fascination with history and warfare ultimately lead to a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis with a focus on conflict and technology in international relations. Like millions of others, he first became a Tom Clancy fan after reading The Hunt for Red October, and began his published fiction career in the same techno-thriller genre, starting with Drone and the sequels, Blue Warrior, Drone Command and Drone Threat. After spending over a decade in Dallas, Maden now lives in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.
Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington’s famed Section 60, “the saddest acre in America.” He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation’s history. America’s oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private.
In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment’s soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor—and the challenges—of duty at the nation’s “most sacred shrine.”
Part history of The Old Guard, part memoir of Cotton’s time at Arlington, part intimate profile of the today’s soldiers, Sacred Duty is an unforgettable testament to the timeless power of service and sacrifice to our nation.
In their New York Times bestseller, Lincoln’s Last Trial, ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams and bestselling author David Fisher unearthed a little-known chapter from the life and career of America’s most revered president, shedding new light on his national ascendency. Now, in THEODORE ROOSEVELT FOR THE DEFENSE: The Courtroom Battle to Save his Legacy (Hanover Square Press; May 21, 2019; $26.99 US/$33.50 CAN), this team returns to resurrect another seminal case in presidential history: a 1915 libel case brought against Teddy Roosevelt that rocked the nation and American politics.
“There have been at least twenty other twentieth century trials dubbed ‘the trial of the century,’ all captivating based on the nature of the crimes or the identity of the defendants or victims,” write Abrams and Fisher. “But only one of them involved a former president of the United States testifying in his own defense for over a week, and with testimony that would expose the underbelly of seedy political backdoor deal making and even profiteering. Barnes v. Roosevelt also didn’t involve just any former president taking the witness stand. Teddy Roosevelt was one of the most charismatic and entertaining presidents that the nation had, and has, ever seen. He didn’t disappoint, offering animated and at times blistering testimony for an audience that extended well beyond the courtroom.”
The libel case was brought against Roosevelt by William Barnes, the former head of the Republican Party in New York State. While endorsing a nonpartisan gubernatorial candidate, T.R.—himself a Republican before helping launch the Progressive or Bull Moose party—had railed against two-party boss rule as a rotten system that created “an invisible government … responsible for the maladministration and corruption in the public office.” Barnes, the owner and publisher of the Albany Evening Journal, was a powerful party boss with dreams of running for governor himself. In an attempt to save his reputation from these ‘false and malicious attacks ‘Barnes sued Roosevelt for libel, demanding the princely sum of $50,000.
The civil trial, held in Syracuse, became a media circus. Drawing on a trove of primary source material, including the complete typed transcripts from every moment of the case, as well as rich and colorful contemporary reportage from the many newspaper journalists covering the proceedings, Abrams and Fisher create a novelistic narrative that captures the high-stakes tension, occasional humor, and precedent-setting testimony. The trial, which played out as America was on the brink of world war, would take its toll on both Roosevelt and Barnes.
Yet, it exposed political misdeeds and set legal precedents, while shoring up T.R.’s reputation as an enemy of corruptions and one of the most progressive leaders our country has ever seen.
“Dan Abrams and David Fisher have penned a thrilling account of a nationally important trial that had profound consequences for both parties, one of whom happened to be Teddy Roosevelt,” says Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association. “Abrams and Fisher have sifted through the archives to give us a courtroom seat to witness T.R. at his ‘bully’ best in this high stakes, high drama, high profile, yet so far relatively unknown, trial from our nation’s history.”
About the author: DAN ABRAMS is the chief legal affairs correspondent for ABC News as well as the host of top-rated Live PD on A&E Network and The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets the Law on SiriusXM. A graduate of Columbia University Law School, he is CEO and founder of Abrams Media, which includes the Law & Crime network. He lives in New York.
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The Conservative Sensibility takes readers back to the Founders' vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, which gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, religious freedom, and in human virtue and dignity ushered in two centuries of American prosperity. But in the intellectual battle between the vision of Founding Fathers like James Madison, who advanced the notion of natural rights that pre-exist government, and the progressivism advanced by Woodrow Wilson, the Founders have been losing. It's time to reverse America's political fortunes.
Expansive, intellectually thrilling, and written with the erudite wit that has made Will beloved by millions of readers, The Conservative Sensibility is an extraordinary new book, one that will join the conservative canon alongside books like The Road to Serfdom, Capitalism and Freedom, and God and Man at Yale. And though Will’s book does not once mention the name of the current President of the United States — quite intentionally — it arrives as a clarion call for substantive thinking, at a time when Americans are hungry for strong leadership, and a renewed debate for the soul of our country.
George F. Will writes a twice-weekly syndicated column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for the Washington Post. He began his column with the Post in 1974, and he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977. He is also a regular contributor to MSNBC and NBC News. His fourteen previous books include One Man's America, Men at Work, and Statecraft as Soulcraft. Will grew up in Champaign, Ill., attended Trinity College and Oxford University and received a PhD from Princeton.
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John Urschel is a respected mathematician pursuing his PhD at MIT. He is also a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. He may seem like a walking contradiction, but Urschel’s experiences on the field and in the classroom have brought him closer to understanding how emotion and reason, the body and the mind, are always working together. In MIND AND MATTER: A Life in Math and Football, co-written by Louisa Thomas, Urschel’s partner and an accomplished author and journalist, he invites readers into his unique life, where math and athletics both provide a path to make sense of the world around him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:John Urschel is a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and a PhD candidate at MIT. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from Penn State, and in 2013, he won the Sullivan Award, given to “the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States,” and the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the country's top scholar-athlete in college football. He co-wrote this book, with his partner, Louisa Thomas. John and Louisa live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with their daughter.
In his 2002 novel Wish You Were Here Stewart O’Nan introduced readers to the Maxwells, as Emily Maxwell gathered together her extended family after the death of her husband Henry. O’Nan’s 2011 novel Emily, Alone, an “utterly captivating portrait of widowhood and old age” (NPR), followed Emily years later as she discovers her own hidden strength and independence. In his new novel HENRY, HIMSELF (Viking; Hardcover: On Sale: April 9, 2019), O’Nan returns once again to the Maxwell family, focusing on Emily’s husband. Told through poignant vignettes and written in O’Nan’s trademark beautifully sparse prose, HENRY, HIMSELF follows Henry Maxwell—an honorable, hardworking family man from the Greatest Generation—throughout his life as a soldier, son, lover, husband, breadwinner, and churchgoer. The result is a warmhearted portrait of an American original that subtly, but unflinchingly, reckons with the responsibilities attached to being a privileged white male in the mid-to-late 20th century.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart O'Nan is the author of sixteen previous novels, including City of Secrets; West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; Songs for the Missing; Wish You Were Here; A Prayer for the Dying; and Snow Angels. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born, raised, and lives in Pittsburgh.
An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history by the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent.
Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?
With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times.
A 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed our world. In moving, detailed prose, he stands with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advances with American troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reveals private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he’s known for decades. Pelley also offers a resounding defense of free speech and a free press as the rights that guarantee all others.
Above all, Truth Worth Telling offers a collection of inspiring tales that reminds us of the importance of values in uncertain times. For readers who believe that values matter and that truth is worth telling, Pelley writes, “I have written this book for you.”
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In the years following the Civil War, a new battle began. Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a chance to transform Southern politics. Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them. Thus, the KKK was born.
After the first political assassination carried out by the Klan, Washington power brokers looked for help in breaking the growing movement. They found it in Hiram C. Whitley. He became head of the Secret Service, which had previously focused on catching counterfeiters and was at the time the government’s only intelligence organization. Whitley and his agents led the covert war against the nascent KKK and were the first to use undercover work in mass crime—what we now call terrorism—investigations.
Like many spymasters before and since, Whitley also had a dark side. His penchant for skulduggery and dirty tricks ultimately led to his involvement in a conspiracy that would bring an end to his career and transform the Secret Service.
Populated by intriguing historical characters—from President Grant to brave Southerners, both black and white, who stood up to the Klan—and told in a brisk narrative style, Freedom’s Detective reveals the story of this complex hero and his central role in a long-lost chapter of American history.
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A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.
You’ve lost your daughter.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.
Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.
You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.
And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.
Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man as he pays his respects at the graves of his wife and daughter. But Decker instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl Hawkins. The first person Decker ever arrested for murder. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn’t changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago, sending an innocent man to prison? As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough.
DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the co founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, for more please visit DavidBaldacci.com and WishYouWellFoundation.org.
The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan.
May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called “The Forgotten Battle” by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star-winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul.
The doctor’s name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded—never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird.
Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the US Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years.
Tatsuguchi’s diary was later translated and distributed among US soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi’s daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik brings his journalistic acumen, sensitivity, and exemplary narrative skills to tell an extraordinarily moving story of two heroes, the war that pitted them against each other, and the quest to put their past to rest.
Mark Obmascik is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of The Big Year, which was made into a movie, and Halfway to Heaven. He won the 2009 National Outdoor Book Award for outdoor literature, the 2003 National Press Club Award for environmental journalism, and was the lead writer for the Denver Post team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Denver with his wife and their three sons.
Milicent Patrick should be a recognizable name and a role model for several generations of young girls with filmmaking dreams. As the only woman ever to design a classic movie monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and one of the first female animators at Disney, she blazed a trail that up-and-comers should have been able to follow. But instead, her story was lost. She was denied credit for her work. And for over sixty years, her legacy was buried.
When author Mallory O’Meara first watched The Creature from the Black Lagoon as a teen, her monster-loving heart fell hard. As she began to investigate the film, she made a game- changing discovery: the identity of the Creature’s creator. Milicent instantly became her idol and Mallory needed to find out more about this visionary. But her inquiries were frustratingly inconclusive.
Why, Mallory wondered, isn’t Milicent Patrick celebrated for her transcendent achievements? How is it that women especially are in the dark about her significance? What happened to her? And why has she been erased so completely from cinema history?
Eventually the writer and filmmaker realized that if she wanted answers to these questions, then she needed to unearth them herself. A standout debut that doubles as a call to action, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick chronicles Mallory’s journey to find the enigmatic Milicent Patrick and her own, similar trials in the male-centric world of film and horror.
Extensively researched and vividly rendered, this true-life detective story uncovers a fascinating woman blessed with talent, looks, charisma and resilience whose pursuit of an unconventional path yielded movie magic. Piecing together the evidence, Mallory tracks Milicent from her early years spent on the periphery of Hearst Castle and her training at a prestigious art institute to her flourishing career, which was snuffed out by a jealous male colleague at Universal Studios, and her reinvention in the wake of that devastating blow. Along the way, Mallory explores Milicent’s thorny family dynamics, examines her personal and professional relationships, traces her artistic evolution, delves into the gender bias she contended with on the job and so much more.
A strikingly original blend of history, biography, and memoir, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON unfolds an eye-opening read from a unique perspective. Reporting from the inside, Mallory gets candid about her experiences in Hollywood, which illustrate the importance of Milicent Patrick as a pioneer and the resounding impact of her work to this day, including how her creations have inspired countless films and spinoffs, most notably The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 triumph.
At once a passion project and an incisive take on movie industry sexism then and now, THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON offers an essential appreciation of an influential innovator as it foregrounds a behind-the-scenes cinematic culture that would seem all too familiar to Milicent Patrick.
Mallory O’Meara is an author, screenwriter and genre film producer. Every week, she co-hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. Whether it's for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects imbued with the weird; horror and monsters are her passion. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their collection of books and cats. THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is her first book. For more about Mallory, please visit, www.malloryomeara.com,
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The 1962 New York Mets set a record for futility in baseball, losing 120 games, a record that stands to this day. Seven years later, after languishing in the National League cellar year after year, the Mets won the World Series. The “Lovable Losers” suddenly became the “Miracle Mets” in perhaps the greatest worst-to-first transformation in sports history.
Art Shamsky played right field for the 1969 Mets. In AFTER THE MIRACLE: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets (Simon & Schuster, March 19, 2019) he draws on conversations with his former teammates as well as his own recollections to explain how the Mets turned it all around in one year. In 2017, Shamsky organized a trip with former teammates Bud Harrelson, Jerry Koosman, and Ron Swoboda to visit ailing star pitcher Tom Seaver in California, where the men reminisced about how the Mets did it and what has happened to them and their teammates since.
Their good-natured banter lets readers eavesdrop on how the players themselves remember the highlight of their careers. For anyone who remembers this extraordinary event – and for those who have only heard about it – AFTER THE MIRACLE is the inside story, a fan’s dream come true.
In the vein of Disobedience by Naomi Alderman—but sexy, unique, and Irish—comes The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino , an evocative historical fiction debut about a 19th century love triangle between two Irish-immigrant siblings and a young heiress. Booklist recommends it to fan of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. By day, Mary Ballard is lady’s maid to Charlotte Walden, and Mary loves her with an obsessive passion that goes beyond a servant’s devotion. But on her nights off, Mary sheds her persona as prim lady’s maid to reveal her true self: Irish exile Maire O’Farren.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is having an affair with a stable groom, unaware that he is actually Mary’s brother. When the truth of both women’s double lives begins to unravel, Mary is forced to choose between loyalty to her brother and loyalty to Charlotte, and between society’s respect and true freedom. The Parting Glass captures the delicate exuberance of 19th century high society, while examining sexuality, race, and social class in ways that feel startlingly familiar and timely.
Gina Marie Guadagnino holds a BA in English from New York University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She is currently a graduate student of Irish Studies at NYU. Her work has appeared in the Morris-Jumel Mansion Anthology of Fantasy and Paranormal Fiction, Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader). She lives in New York City with her family.
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This book is not an antidote for the left or right. It’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to do something positive for America. These essays on America reflect a blunt assessment of where we find ourselves and a call for open minds to think about how to fix things in the US of A. The author explores the notion of the corporate state of Gold, scrutinizes the meaning of God in our society, questions our unhealthy need for Guns and lays out the damage that the Goofballs in power have wrought in this great nation.
Dwight C. Douglas was born in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Point Park University where he studied Journalism and Communication.
He worked on the PBS TV show Mister Rogers Neighborhood as a film-telecine technician and worked at the American Broadcasting Companies as they were developing their FM properties.
Douglas moved to Atlanta to join the largest radio consulting firm in the world, Burkhart-Abrams & Associates, where he later became president and worked with media companies around the world. During that 25-year period, he was instrumental in recruiting and coaching high-profile radio morning shows, including Howard Stern.
He moved to New York in 2000 to be the vice president of marketing for a worldwide software company. In that same time, he produced a comedy web site. Throughout his career, he has written numerous screenplays, magazine articles and is the author of several books.
In 2017, Dwight Douglas retired from his marketing job so he could write full-time. He splits his time between the Adirondacks in upstate New York and Florida’s Gold Coast; depending on the air temperature.
The Border is the highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force.
What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to make a stand when you no longer know what side you’re on?
DON WINSLOW is the author of twenty acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers – including the New York Times bestseller and sensation The Force, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a major film by three-time Oscar winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Cartel is scheduled to begin production in 2019. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.
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“Iles sits alongside the icons at the top of today's crime-fiction mountain. He has made Mississippi his own in the same way that James Lee Burke has claimed Cajun country and Michael Connelly has remapped contemporary Los Angeles.” (Starred review, Booklist, CEMETERY ROAD) And with his newest novel, #1 bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the intricate and complicated relationships that define not just one small town—but that define human nature. CEMETERY ROAD (William Morrow) is an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a Mississippi town. “Iles once again delivers a sweeping tale of family dysfunction, sexually charged secrets and the power of wealth, with an overlay of violence and Southern sensibility.” (Starred review, Publishers Weekly, CEMETERY ROAD) When Marshall McEwan left home at eighteen, he vowed never to return. As a successful D.C. journalist, the political chaos in the nation’s capital has advanced his career, but his father is dying, and his mother is struggling. Marshall returns home to find the town is experiencing an economic rebirth—but everyone knows there’s more to the story behind the new Chinese paper mill landing in Bienville and the ruling families of the town, a group known as the Poker Club, will do anything to keep their secrets buried. Chaos ensues when a beloved local archeologist is murdered at the site where the new mill is to be built. But it’s a shocking second homicide that threatens not only to ruin Bienville’s ‘deal of the century,’ but reveal a secret so devastating that the lives of those who have kept the truth hidden will never be the same. And by the time Marshall digs up the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it. With a paralyzing twist that will leave you speechless, Iles has created a completely original and unforgettable tale of greed and desire, jealousy and murder, forgiveness and damnation—and proves, once again, he is a modern master of suspense.
Fiona Barton’s debut novel THE WIDOW was an instant international sensation when it published in 2016. Upon release it drew rave reviews, spent seven weeks on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. Barton quickly followed up with 2017’s THE CHILD, which was selected by librarians nationwide as a Library Reads selection and hit the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists. Barton returns with her highly anticipated third novel THE SUSPECT, again featuring fan-favorite intrepid reporter Kate Waters.
After two girls go missing in Thailand during their gap year, Kate receives a call from her police contact Bob Sparkes, who wants the media to help sound the alarm. Kate can’t help but think of her son Jake, who ran off to Thailand after a rough patch in school and has barely been heard from since. When the story of the missing girls turns to tragedy, Kate flies to Thailand to investigate the potentially grisly crime. But upon her arrival, her professional and personal worlds collide in a shocking manner. While Barton’s previous books have posed moral dilemmas about how far Kate would go to get the story, now, Kate must face the question: what happens when the reporter becomes the reported?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fiona Barton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child. She has trained and worked with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Born in Cambridge, England, she currently lives in southwest France and England.
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In this historically accurate and poignant account, set in 1944 against the backdrop of World War II, a young woman is forced to alter the path to the future she had envisioned for herself in Jane Healey’s highly-anticipated second novel, The Beantown Girls.
Fiona Denning had it all planned out: work at Boston City Hall until her fiancé returned from the war, then settle down in the suburbs. But when her husband-to-be is declared missing after being shot down over Germany, Fiona’s life is upended, forcing her to rethink everything she once believed about her future.
Determined to learn what happened to her betrothed, Fiona decides to go to Europe. She volunteers to be a Red Cross Clubmobile Girl, a prestigious assignment where women with education, personality and talent bring soldiers in the field symbols of warmth from home. Fiona recruits two of her best Boston girls to go along: Viviana, who is just fine leaving her secretarial job, and Dottie, a shy music teacher, whose natural talents are sure to bring hope and harmony to the young men fighting on the front lines.
Though each woman possesses exceptional inner strength and outer charm, the trio is wholly unprepared for the daunting challenges posed by war and at times they must summon a kind of courage they never knew they had. Amid the adversity and constant danger come new friendships, romances, and dreams that the friends never imagined would come true. The reader is sure to identify with at least one of the women, as each becomes aware of who she is and the real reason she made the journey to the front lines of the war.
About the Author:
Jane Healey left a career in high tech to become a freelance writer. Her passion for historical fiction became her new career when her debut novel, The Saturday Evening Girls Club, was published in 2017. Based on the true story of a group of Jewish and Italian immigrant women in Boston’s North End at the turn of the twentieth century, the Amazon bestseller was hailed by Redbook as “a breathtaking ode to female empowerment and the American dream.”With the release of The Beantown Girls, she continues to fulfill her dream of writing about lesser-known stories of women in American history.She shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, cooking, and going to the beach. For more information about the author, visit janehealey.com
ABOUT THE BOOK:Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director.
Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, it isn’t to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who’s been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier’s Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better.
As always, Clete Purcel and Davie’s daughter, Alafair, have Robicheaux’s back. Clete witnesses the escape of Texas inmate, Hugo Tillinger, who may hold the key to Robicheaux’s case. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it’s up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he’ll have to summon a light he’s never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves.
ABOUT JAMES LEE BURKE:James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. A legend of the mystery genre, he has authored thirty-six novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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About The Point of It All
Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is a powerful collection of the influential columnist’s most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it includes never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today’s populist movements on the future of global democracy. Edited and with an introduction by the columnist’s son, Daniel Krauthammer, it is the most intimate and profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker.
In his decades of work as America’s preeminent political commentator, Charles Krauthammer elevated the opinion column to a form of art. Whether writing about statecraft and foreign policy or reflecting on more esoteric topics such as baseball, spaceflight and medical ethics, Krauthammer was beloved not only for his penetrating wit and insight but also for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our politics and culture.
This new collection, which Krauthammer composed before his death in June 2018, features the columns, speeches and unpublished writings that showcase the best of his original thought and his last, enduring words on the state of American politics, the nature of liberal democracy and the course of world history.
The book also includes a deeply personal section offering insight into Krauthammer’s beliefs about what mattered most to him–friendship, family and the principles he lived by–all anchored by Daniel Krauthammer’s poignant eulogy for his father.
For longtime readers and newcomers alike, The Point of It All is a timely demonstration of what it means to cut through the noise of petty politics with clarity, integrity and intellectual fortitude. It is a reminder of what made Charles Krauthammer the most celebrated American columnist and political thinker of his generation, a revealing look at the man behind the words and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and in life.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician. His column was syndicated to over 400 newspapers worldwide. He was a nightly panelist on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. And along with his wife, Robyn, he cofounded Pro Musica Hebraica
Juliana Brody is a rising star in the judicial world. A judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, she is rumored to be in consideration for the federal court, and maybe even someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in Chicago, she meets an attractive yet vulnerable man, and in a moment of weakness has an unforgettable night with him. They part with an explicit understanding that this must never happen again – Juliana is married with a family. But back home in Boston, it becomes clear that this was no random encounter. The man from Chicago proves to have an integral role in a case she's presiding over--a sex-discrimination case that's received national attention. To her horror, Juliana discovers that she's been entrapped: her night of infidelity has been captured on video. Strings are being pulled in high places, a terrifying unfolding conspiracy that will turn her life upside down. Her career, her family, and then her life are on the line.
JOSEPH FINDER is the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous novels, including Vanished and Buried Secrets. Finder’s international bestseller Killer Instinct won the International Thriller Writer’s Thriller Award for Best Novel of 2006. Other bestselling titles include Paranoia and High Crimes, which both became major motion pictures. He lives in Boston.
D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello returns to find a mysterious vigilante serial killer who is bent on putting an end to political corruption. “Have you ever killed anyone? I have. I’ll do it again. If I need to.” The serial a killer is tried in Judge Cyrus Brooks’ courtroom. Discovering an illicit White House connection suggesting that things may not be as they appear, Lotello quietly approaches Brooks. Putting both of their careers in jeopardy, Lotello and Brooks secretly form an alliance to uncover the truth—before it’s too late. Barak’s novels are explosive, entertaining and intellectually provocative, no less than what you would expect from this experienced courtroom lawyer and former Olympic athlete, best known for writing at “the intersection of contemporary reality and fiction.” The Puppet Master is certain to appeal to all political and legal aficionados who are drawn to political thrillers, legal thrillers, suspense, mystery, crime, courtroom drama, sociopaths, psychopaths, serial killers, murder, and homicide.
RONALD S. BARAK is a novelist, Olympic athlete and experienced courtroom lawyer, best known for his Brooks/Lotello political/legal thriller series blurring reality and fiction. Barak’s novels entertain with matters timely and relevant to the current U.S. political and legal environment. After a distinguished legal career, Barak started writing novels in response to a “dare” from a friend. He is diabetic and in The Amendment Killer he made the 11-year-old kidnap victim diabetic. He and his wife, Barbie, are donating 50% of the profits from that book to diabetes research and education
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge.
December 1777. It is 18 months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and some 12,000 members of America’s beleaguered Continental Army stagger into a small Pennsylvania encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force is reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of King George III’s army, and are barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, is at the lowest ebb of his military career. The Continental Congress is in exile and the American Revolution appears to be lost.
Yet a spark remains. Determined to keep the rebel cause alive through sheer force of will, Washington transforms the farmland plateau hard by the Schuylkill River into a virtual cabin city. Together with a dedicated coterie of advisers both foreign and domestic—Marquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, the impossibly young Alexander Hamilton, and John Laurens—he sets out to breathe new life into his military force. Against all odds, as the frigid and miserable months pass, they manage to turn a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force that will change the world forever.
Valley Forge is the story of how that metamorphosis occurred. Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the team behind such bestsellers as The Heart of Everything That Is, The Last Stand of Fox Company, and Halsey’s Typhoon, show us how this miracle was accomplished despite thousands of American soldiers succumbing to disease, starvation, and the elements. Here is Steuben, throwing himself into the dedicated drilling sessions he imported from Prussian battlefields. Here is Hamilton, proffering the shrewd advice that wards off his beloved commander in chief’s scheming political rivals. Here is Laurens, determined to integrate the Continental Army with freed black men and slaves. Here is Lafayette, thirsting for battlefield accolades while tenaciously lobbying his own king for crucial French aid.
At the center of it all is George Washington, in the prime of his life yet confronting crushing failure as he fends off political conspiracies every bit as pernicious as his incessant military challenges. The Virginia planter-turned-general is viewed by many as unqualified to lead the Continental Army after the humiliating loss of Philadelphia, and his detractors in and out of Congress plot to replace him. The Valley Forge winter is his—and the revolution’s—last chance at redemption. And, indeed, after six months in the camp, Washington fulfills his destiny, leading the Continental Army to a stunning victory in the Battle of Monmouth Court House. The momentum is never again with the Redcoats.
Valley Forge is the riveting true story of a nascent United States toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents—and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation—Drury and Clavin provide the definitive account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence.
Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of sixteen books. For fifteen years he wrote for The New York Times and has contributed to such magazines as Golf, Men's Journal, Parade, Reader’s Digest, and Smithsonian. He is currently the investigative features correspondent for Manhattan Magazine. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York. Photo Credit: Anne Drager
What if the nightmares are actually memories?
It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?
The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts—there are periods of time she can’t remember, and she’s unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she’s imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband’s death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels. Her new release UNDER MY SKIN is named one of the most anticipated and top thrillers of fall 2018 by BookBub, Bookish, Library Journal, Booklist, PopSugar and CrimeReads.
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Indie Booksellers, Goodreads and Sun Sentinel to name a few.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.
At a time when the home ownership gap between whites and African Americans is greater than it was during the Jim Crow era, it seems important to recall some of the historical roots that gave rise to such inequality. And at a moment when the administration in the White House is actually weakening standards that banks must meet when considering community investment rather than strengthening them, the need to reflect becomes all the more urgent.
In Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago, author and documentarian Linda Gartz employs a trove of found documents to illuminate her family's experience of "redlining"--the marking off of areas where banks avoided making investments based on community "demographics." While the Chicago suburb of West Garfield Park is Gartz's focus here, similar events unfolded in other cities across the North, where as white-majority communities began to be integrated, banks employed discriminatory redlining, with white flight, disinvestment and community decline predictably following.
One of the interesting aspects of Linda's story is the evolution of her family on the civil rights arc: they neither took up King’s call to action, nor did they support the racist cause. Like so many white, middle Americans scared of the unknown, Gartz’s parents were at first reluctant to allow their community to be integrated. Yet they remained as their white neighbors fled, came to befriend their new neighbors, and in the end made a significant donation of real estate to a local organization that supported the Black community. The resulting picture is one of growth and change. And unafraid of tackling challenging family history, Gartz also explores the taboo subject of mental illness and the changing sexual mores of a country undergoing the tectonic shifts of the 1960s.
Investigative historian Peter Vronsky’s new book SONS OF CAIN: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present
Peter Vronsky is widely considered an expert in this specific field of history and has been featured on true crime podcasts in anticipation of the publication of SONS OF CAIN, which takes an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes.
Delving further back into human history and deeper into the human psyche than Vronsky’s 2004 book Serial Killers, which has been called the definitive history of serial murder, SONS OF CAIN, examines our understanding of serial killing from its prehistoric anthropological evolutionary dimensions in the pre-civilization era (c. 15,000 BC) to today. However, SONS OF CAIN is not a dry academic history nor a series of encyclopedic entries but a relatable narrative filled with fascinating stories and moments of black humor
SONS OF CAIN focuses strictly on sexual serial killers: thrill killers who engage in murder, rape, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia, as opposed to for-profit serial killers, including hit men, or “political” serial killers, like terrorists or genocidal murderers. These sexual serial killers differ from all other serial killers in their motives and their foundations. They are uniquely human and—as popular culture has demonstrated—uniquely fascinating.
Robert B. Parker's iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back in ROBERT B. PARKER’S BLOOD FEUD, written by the popular sports journalist, New York Times–bestselling author, and longtime friend of Parker, Mike Lupica. This is Lupica’s first Sunny Randall novel, and the seventh n the series.
In Lupica’s first installment in the popular series, the stakes are higher than ever as Sunny Randall races to protect her ex-husband—and his Mafia family—from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival. Sunny is “on” again with Richie Burke, the ex-husband she never stopped loving and never seemed to be able to let go, despite her discomfort with his Mafia connections. When Richie is shot and nearly killed, Sunny is dragged into the thick of his family’s business as she searches for answers and tries to stave off a Mob war. But as the bullets start flying, Sunny finds herself targeted by the deranged mastermind of the plot against the Burke family, whose motive may be far more personal than she could ever have anticipated....
Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch westerns as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010. Mike Lupica is a prominent sports journalist and the New York Times–bestselling author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction. A longtime friend to Robert B. Parker, he was selected by the Parker estate to continue the Sunny Randall series.
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On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets' historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players, coaches, and management of that championship team whose victory changed the landscape of American football.
On January 12, 1969, the New York Jets astonished the nation when they beat the favored Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III. The key to the Jets’ success was quarterback Joe Namath, whose superstar talent, revolutionary personality, cockiness, and charm made him an instant celebrity. But Namath didn’t do it alone.
In Beyond Broadway Joe, the members of that legendary team share for the first time their often funny, sometimes poignant, and always perceptive personal stories and memorable anecdotes about the Super Bowl team, its players and coaches, and that legendary win. They reminisce about how they became Jets, their success on the gridiron—ten of them were AFC All Stars that magical year of 1968—and reveal for the first time the tactic Namath used to frustrate the Baltimore Colts’ defense. They speak about their reactions to Namath’s "guarantee" of a Jets' Super Bowl victory, and how the "39 Forgotten" Jets behind him enabled Joe to fulfill that boast. Furthermore, Lederer has interviewed members of the Baltimore team, to provide a 360-degree account of the game that changed it all. Inside, you'll learn:
How Joe Namath was able to manipulate the Baltimore Colts defense in Super Bowl III
About the player who convinced Joe Namath he was a “hot date” and pranked the playboy quarterback
How coach Weeb Ewbank used salaries of players on four other AFL teams to control Jets' player salaries
How one Jet, whose play was limited to two games his rookie year, convinced Jets' Coach and General Manager Weeb Ewbank that he would become an all-star
Why Jets' star offensive tackle Winston Hill, an eight-time All Pro tackle, was never considered, much less, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
How Super Bowl III may have saved the existence of several AFL teams scheduled to be part of the AFL-NFL merger
And much more!
The Jets players reflect on their evolution from a team considered part of a "Mickey Mouse" league, through the sudden transformation caused by the signing and introduction of Joe Namath on America’s sporting scene. The book explains from different angles—including Jets’ game plans—why Jets’ coaches and players were supremely confident going into Super Bowl III. Written by a lifelong Jets’ fan, Beyond Broadway Joe captures memories—and through never-before-seen material—sheds light on what happened from the 1963 launch of the Jets to the Super Bowl season and in Super Bowl III itself.
This first complete celebration of the Jets’ Super Bowl team is a must for every Jets diehard, for fans of the old American Football League, those who follow the history of professional football, and for all who love the game.
Bob Lederer is a writer and the founder of RFL Communications. A former resident of Flushing, New York, and current Jets fan from the team’s inception in 1963, he scrupulously followed the New York Jets through its early ups and downs—and its transformation into a championship contender. The Jets’ victory on January 12, 1969, when Bob was sixteen-years-old, was the most exciting sports day in his life. Now sixty-four, he has waited years to learn the full story from Joe Namath’s teammates, and can’t wait to share the Super Bowl-winning team’s story with Jets and football fans. He lives in Illinois.
Historian and New York Times bestselling author shares the complete biography of Thomas Cromwell, the man behind Henry VIII
Since the sixteenth century we have been fascinated by Henry VIII and the man who stood beside him, guiding him, enriching him, and enduring the king's insatiable appetites and violent outbursts until Henry ordered his beheading in July 1540. After a decade of sleuthing in the royal archives, Diarmaid MacCulloch has emerged with THOMAS CROMWELL: A Revolutionary Life, a tantalizing new understanding of Henry's mercurial chief minister.
History has not been kind to the son of a Putney brewer who became the architect of England's split with Rome. However, in THOMAS CROMWELL, MacCulloch unveils a more sympathetic figure. Was Cromwell the villain of history or the victim of its creation? MacCulloch sifted through letters and court records for answers and found Cromwell’s fingerprints on some of the most transformative decisions of Henry’s turbulent reign. However, he also found Cromwell the man, an administrative genius, and loving father.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His books include Thomas Cranmer: A Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize; The Reformation: A History, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Wolfson Prize; and Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, a New York Times bestseller that won the Cundill Prize in History. An Anglican deacon, knighted in 2012, he has presented many highly celebrated documentaries for television and radio. He lives in Oxford, England.
From award-winning sportswriter John Feinstein, a YA novel about a teen golfer poised to blaze his way into Masters Tournament history—and he’ll face secrecy, sacrifice, and the decision of a lifetime to get there.
Seventeen-year-old Frank Baker is a golfing sensation. He’s set to earn a full-ride scholarship to play at the university of his choice, but his single dad wants him to skip college and turn pro—golf has taken its toll on the family bank account, and his dad is eager to start cashing in on his son’s prowess. Frank knows he isn’t ready for life on the pro tour—regardless of the potential riches—so his swing coach enlists a professional golfer turned journalist to be Frank’s secret adviser.
Pressure mounts when, after reaching the final of the U.S. Amateur tournament, Frank wins an automatic invite to the Masters. And when the prodigy, against all odds, starts tearing up the course at Augusta National, sponsors are lined up to throw money at him—and his father. But Frank’s entry in the Masters hinges on maintaining his standing as an amateur. Can he and his secret adviser—who has his own conflicts—keep Frank’s dad at bay long enough to bring home the legendary green jacket?
John Feinstein is the author of more than thirty books, including two #1 New York Times bestsellers, A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. He is also the author of numerous books for young readers, including Backfield Boys and the mystery Last Shot, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award and was also a New York Times bestseller. John is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, Golf Digest, Golf World.
About LONG ROAD TO MERCY: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.
It’s seared into Atlee Pine’s memory: the kidnapper’s chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She’s the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. When one of the Grand Canyon’s mules is found stabbed to death and mutilated at the bottom of the canyon—and its rider missing— Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind, but just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she’s abruptly called off the case. If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it. Photo Credit: Guy Bell
DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, for more please visit DavidBaldacci.com and WishYouWellFoundation.org.
As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.
Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, often to large crowds, using his own story to condemn slavery. He broke with Garrison to become a political abolitionist, a Republican, and eventually a Lincoln supporter. By the Civil War and during Reconstruction, Douglass became the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation. He denounced the premature end of Reconstruction and the emerging Jim Crow era. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. He sometimes argued politically with younger African-Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights.
In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers. Blight tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. Douglass was not only an astonishing man of words, but a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology. There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. David Blight’s Frederick Douglass affords this important American the distinguished biography he deserves.
David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others
From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the future of our democracy
In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina’s John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery.
Together these heirs of Washington, Jefferson and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal and political betrayal. Yet each in his own way sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its refusal to specify where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation, and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery.
They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the Union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the Union as a free state, “the immortal trio” had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But, by that point, they had never been further apart.
Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W. Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy.
ABOUT H. W. BRANDS
H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class
In YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: THE BIRTH OF INGENUITY, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nick Bunker presents a fresh account of one of the most important figures in American history. From the fascinating story of the first 40 years of his life, Franklin emerges as a complex, even conflicted human being: ambitious, tough, and even ruthless as he picks his way through a harsh colonial world, but also poetic and imaginative, with strong emotions and a rebellious streak.
YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN contains a host of new discoveries about the people and incidents described in Franklin’s memoirs. Through meticulous research, Nick Bunker provides readers with a broader and deeper awareness of the world from which Franklin emerged, the early political climate of the American colonies, and the dawning of an age of science in the New World.
About the Author
Nick Bunker is the author of three non-fiction books, including An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History and won the 2015 George Washington Prize. Born in London and educated in the UK at King’s College, Cambridge and then in New York at Columbia University, Bunker began his career as a newspaper reporter in Liverpool in the 1980s and then moved to the Financial Times. After leaving journalism he worked in the stock market in London and in corporate finance, chiefly for the HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. For many years he served on the board of the Freud Museum in Hampstead, London. Nick lives in the English cathedral city of Lincoln with his wife Sue and their otterhound, Champion Teckelgarth Mercury. Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar
Bestselling, award-winning author shares a landmark biography of WINSTON CHURCHILL, based on extensive new material—from private letters and diaries to transcripts of war cabinet meetings
When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the visionary leader, immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY, Andrew Roberts looks at what made Churchill ultimately successful and assesses how he learned from his mistakes and harnessed the experiences of his life to serve his country.
Roberts was granted access to exclusive new material: Queen Elizabeth II allowed him to study her father, King George VI’s wartime diaries, which were filled with Churchill’s jokes, critiques, and reflections on how the war was going. In addition, Roberts studied the transcripts of war cabinet meetings—the equivalent of the Nixon and JFK tapes—diaries, letters, unpublished memoirs, and detailed notes taken by King George VI after their bi-weekly meetings, all of which provide a wonderful new historical source.
Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War; Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945; and Napoleon: A Life, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Biography. He has won many prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book Award. He frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal, and is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He lives in London and often lectures in New York.
Acclaimed historian shares a riveting account of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: two beloved early Americans who forged a nation despite wildly different personalities, backgrounds, philosophies and values
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No relationship in America’s history better represents our nation’s internal struggles and our remarkable ability to mend division than that of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, figureheads of America’s first political parties. And no historian is better suited to craft their dual biography than Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Gordon S. Wood. FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, now in paperback, presents Wood’s most epic accomplishment to date. In this age of sour partisanship and polarizing news narratives, their story renews one’s pride in American principles, and provides a persuasive argument in favor of ongoing dialogue and civility in the face of bitter division.
Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. His books have received the Pulitzer, Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes, as well as a National Book Award nomination and the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. They include Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, Revolutionary Characters, The Purpose of the Past, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Idea of America. In 2010, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: Penguin Random House Photo.
A conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE. The book chronicles the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown, the battle that ultimately broke a years-long stalemate with the British and earned America her freedom. A narrative filled with historically misunderstood naval engagements such as the Battle of the Chesapeake, which was fought without a single American soldier, and unsung heroes lost to history like Spain’s Francisco Saavedra, who provided the French with both money and ships, IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE also highlights Washington’s underappreciated naval cunning and his fraught relationship with French leaders. The result is a surprising, thrillingly told, and revelatory conclusion to his groundbreaking series reinterpreting the American Revolution.
A conversation with University of Albany Alum Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about his debut collection FRIDAY BLACK. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Nana reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. To set the scene: think Black Mirror meets Black Lives Matters. In the knockout opening story “The Finklestein Five,” we’re confronted by a man who is acquitted after using a chainsaw to massacre five black children standing outside the library, because he feels threatened by them. It’s an absolute gutpunch. Other stories in FRIDAY BLACK look at capitalism/consumerism and racism. Photo Credit: Limitless Imprint Entertainment
Kyle Mills talks about his new Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp novel "Red War".
In recent years, a number of extremely dangerous world leaders have managed to increase their already considerable power. Some are busy tightening their grip on their countries like Recep Erdogan in Turkey or President Xi Jinping in China. Others, like Kim Jong-un in North Korea, already have uncontested control but are increasing their military capability. And finally, in a class by himself, is Vladimir Putin—a man who combines the dominance of the Kims with the military might of China.
For a while, I’ve been pondering what would happen if a modern dictator like Putin became physically or mentally ill. How far would he go to prevent the loss of his position? Would anyone in his inner circle have the courage to push back? And what would the rest of the world risk to rein him in?
Many of today’s dictators can’t just step down and trust that their replacement will protect them from the enemies they’ve made. Losing their edge—even for a moment—can be a matter of life or death. One moment of weakness and they could end up like Nicolae Ceausescu or Saddam Hussein.
Of all the world’s dictators, Vladimir Putin worries me the most. Credible reports suggest that he became obsessed with the gruesome videos of Muammar Gaddafi’s death, watching them over and over again. The older he gets, the more consumed he becomes with the idea that his reign might end with his body being dragged through the streets of Moscow.
With Putin as my inspiration, I started to scheme. If he became gravely ill, how would he continue to prevent his political opponents from rising up? How could he impede the foreign intelligence agencies looking to take advantage of his weakness? Who could he trust to protect him as he is transformed from de facto czar to wounded animal?
In my mind, there’s nothing someone like Vladimir Putin wouldn’t do to maintain his position—murder every Russian politician not loyal to him, go to war with America and NATO, or even use his nuclear arsenal.
Facing death on multiple fronts, he’d have nothing to lose.
Mitch Albom talks about his new book " The Next Person You Meet in Heaven".
In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he saved on earth—in an unforgettable novel of how our lives and losses intersect.
Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom’s beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie’s journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story.
The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie’s life is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally found happiness.
As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey—and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.
Poignant and beautiful, filled with unexpected twists, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven reminds us that not only does every life matter, but that every ending is also a beginning—we only need to open our eyes to see it.
Mitch Albom is a bestselling novelist, a screen-writer, a playwright, and an award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number-one New York Times bestsellers and has sold more than thirty-four million copies of his books in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four years atop the New York Times list, is the bestselling memoir of all time.
Albom has founded seven charities, including the first-ever full-time medical clinic for homeless children in America. He also operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his wife, Janine, in suburban Detroit.