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With starred reviews from publications including BooklistLibrary Journal, and AudioFileyour patrons will want to read these much-anticipated books that reviewers are raving about.


NONFICTION:

The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won.

“Handling difficult topics with adroit respect and care, Lemmon offers a story that’s eminently relatable and speaks to the ongoing fight for women’s rights the world over. This is a story that needed to be told and needs to be heard. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in current events and women’s history.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale February 16, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick by Jen Sincero

New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero gets to the core of transformation: habits–breaking, making, understanding, and sticking with them like you’ve never stuck before.

“Sincero is a master of her craft in helping people effect permanent changes. Her book is highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review

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Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow & Michael Yarvitz

The knockdown, drag-out, untold story of the other scandal that rocked Nixon’s White House, and reset the rules for crooked presidents to come—with new reporting that expands on Rachel Maddow’s Peabody Award-nominated podcast

“Fans of Maddow’s work, especially the related podcast, will thoroughly enjoy this historical allegory. Readers will see the parallel to Agnew’s story and current events.”—Library Journal, starred review

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Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race To Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World by Joby Warrick

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Black Flags, the thrilling unknown story of America’s mission in Syria: to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and keep them out of the hands of the Islamic State.

“This gripping investigation of the challenges of Middle East politics will engage informed general readers and foreign policy specialists. See Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist for more insights into the Syrian civil war.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale February 23, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.


Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee

 One of our most brilliant biographers takes on one of our greatest living playwrights, drawing on a wealth of new materials and on many conversations with him.

“A major biography of a major, and appealing, literary figure, this study will jump off the shelves.” —Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale February 23, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Kill Shot: A Shadow Industry, a Deadly Disease by Jason Dearen

An award-winning investigative journalist’s horrifying true crime story of America’s deadliest drug contamination outbreak and the greed and deception that fueled it.

“Informative and engrossing, this book is a page-turner about a deadly outbreak and a reckless compounding pharmacy. Recommended for fans of true-life medical thrillers.” Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale February 23, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant

The bestselling author of Give and  Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

“Readers with an interest in psychology, as well as the proverbial ‘general reader,’ will enjoy this fast-paced account by a leading authority on the psychology of thinking.” Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale February 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions



FICTION

The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin

Cinderella wants her Prince Charming dead in this sophisticated fairy-tale for the twenty-first century.

“An absorbing study of marriage, divorce, self, and responsibility, threaded with numerous retold fairytales and rendered in prescient, gorgeous language. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale January 12, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


The Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper

An addicting and twisty debut about an apartment building devastated by the disappearance of a teenage girl—and by the secrets that won’t be kept behind each closed door—that will thrill fans of Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.

“Fans of British mysteries will love this debut. The setup of the characters is leisurely, but once the story gets rolling, it is difficult to put down. This is one that readers may not figure out fully, if at all, in advance of the denouement, but the author ties all the secrets together in a most satisfying reveal.” Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale February 16, 2021 | Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions


Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author: a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals–and a young boy–whose lives intersect in Paris.

“All’s well that ends well in this delightful yet never treacly celebration of interspecies cooperation from Pulitzer Prize winner Smiley. A bright and hopeful story that gently shares our need to belong.” —Library Journal, starred review

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Small Magic: Short Fiction, 1977-2020 by Terry Brooks

Escape to worlds full of adventure and magic in the first-ever Terry Brooks short-story collection, featuring both new and fan-favorite stories from all three of his major literary worlds: Shannara, Magic Kingdom, and The Word and the Void.

“Fans and new readers will be delighted with this collection, showing off some of the best aspects of Brooks’s writing. Highly recommended for all collections.”—Library Journal, starred review

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On Sale March 2, 2021 | Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions


COOKBOOKS

In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries That Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen

Grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens to share flavorful recipes and stories of family, love, and tradition in this transporting cookbook-meets-travelogue.

“This rich collection deserves special attention for the way in which it allows each bibi to celebrate cooking and food. Home cooks will feel as though they are in the kitchen alongside friends as they explore the richness and diversity of African culinary traditions with this distinctive offering.”—Library Journal, starred review

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AUDIO

A Promised Land Written and Read by Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

“Much of his memoir has the quality of an interior monologue in which he explains his famous calm, his work ethic, the job of being president. Opinions populate the paragraphs. Crises abound—and to a remarkable extent, his history is our history.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

“Obama opens up about balancing the plan with the politics and how heavily he leaned upon his advisers and staff to thread the needle on a never-ending series of crises during his first term. His familiar voice and cadence are an added bonus, and he reads with emotion—and even gives us a few impressions of people he met along the way. Highly recommended.”—Booklist, starred review

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Greenlights Written and Read by Matthew McConaughey

From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

“Varying his tone, volume, and perceived distance from the microphone, he creates an audiobook that is much like an experimental film whose theme is that the writer/narrator, as well as all of us, are spiritual beings having a human experience while looking for the green lights along the path. Dark at moments, the eccentric McConaughey charms and enchants with his Texas twang.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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The Smartest Kid in the Universe by Chris Grabenstein; Read by Kirby Heyborne

What if you could learn everything just by eating jellybeans?! Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe and find out in this fun-packed new series from the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Libraryand read by two time Odyssey Award-winning narrator, Kirby Heyborne!

“[Heyborne] reads with glee and juggles a variety of languages and accents from pirate-speak to Spanish and from Swahili to Arabic. Each character is distinct and perfectly in tune with the lively text. Kids will love this fast-paced tale performed flawlessly by the talented Heyborne.”—Booklist, starred review

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Starred Reviews: December 15, 2020

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