What they’re reading: Gretchen Anthony

What they’re reading: Gretchen Anthony

Posted by Lily, Associate Editor on December 10, 2018 One thing I find very helpful to remember during the holidays is that every family is dysfunctional. That fact is on full display in Gretchen Anthony’s clever, delightful novel set over a family holiday, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, in which one daughter’s secret threatens to ruin the family’s picture-perfect plans. (Read the review.) Anthony is a Minnesota-based writer, and Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners is her first novel. Here, she tells us about what she’s been reading. Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine I love books about atypical families trying to…
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Exclusive cover reveal: ‘Midsummer’s Mayhem’

Exclusive cover reveal: ‘Midsummer’s Mayhem’

Posted by Hilli, Assistant Editor on December 05, 2018 BookPage is thrilled to reveal the cover for Rajani LaRocca’s debut middle grade novel, Midsummer’s Mayhem, which will be published by Yellow Jacket on June 4, 2019! LaRocca has described her enchanting story as “an Indian-American middle grade mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking shows in which 11-year-old Mimi dreams of winning a celebrity chef-judged baking contest, meets a mysterious boy in the woods, and stirs up all sorts of trouble with her baking.” Sounds like my kind of story! Add this one to your TBR list, and…
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FANGS FOR HAVING US!

FANGS FOR HAVING US!

by John Hare ; illustrated by John Hare ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2019 Left behind when the space bus departs, a child discovers that the moon isn’t as lifeless as it looks. While the rest of the space-suited class follows the teacher like ducklings, one laggard carrying crayons and a sketchbook sits down to draw our home planet floating overhead, falls asleep, and wakes to see the bus zooming off. The bright yellow bus, the gaggle of playful field-trippers, and even the dull gray boulders strewn over the equally dull gray lunar surface have a rounded solidity suggestive of…
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HALF SICK OF SHADOWS

HALF SICK OF SHADOWS

by Max Brooks ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2020 Are we not men? We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006). A zombie apocalypse is one thing. A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.” Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Brooks…
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Behind the interview: Diane Setterfield

Posted by Stephanie, Director of Strategic Marketing on December 14, 2018 Recently, Alice Cary spoke with author Diane Setterfield about the inspiration behind her historical novel Once Upon a River. Here, Cary shares additional fascinating details from her conversation. The Ups & Downs of the Writing Lifeby Alice Cary When I called from New England, Diane Setterfield answered from her home in Oxford, England. Although the Atlantic Ocean and several thousand miles separated us, interviewing this bestselling author quickly turned into a warm, cozy affair, as though we were chatting over steaming cups of tea. Setterfield's rich, enchanting novel, Once Upon…
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MEADOWLARK

MEADOWLARK

From the Wordplay Shakespeare series by William Shakespeare & developed by The New Book Press LLC ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 A pairing of the text of the Scottish Play with a filmed performance, designed with the Shakespeare novice in mind. The left side of the screen of this enhanced e-book contains a full version of Macbeth, while the right side includes a performance of the dialogue shown (approximately 20 lines’ worth per page). This granular focus allows newcomers to experience the nuances of the play, which is rich in irony, hidden intentions and sudden shifts in emotional temperature.…
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WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

by Emily Henry ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2021 A travel writer has one last shot at reconnecting with the best friend she just might be in love with. Poppy and Alex couldn't be more different. She loves wearing bright colors while he prefers khakis and a T-shirt. She likes just about everything while he’s a bit more discerning. And yet, their opposites-attract friendship works because they love each other…in a totally platonic way. Probably. Even though they have their own separate lives (Poppy lives in New York City and is a travel writer with a popular Instagram account; Alex…
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MOTHER OF ALL

MOTHER OF ALL

by Edward Carey ; illustrated by Edward Carey ‧ RELEASE DATE: Jan. 26, 2021 A retelling of Pinocchio from Geppetto's point of view. The novel purports to be the memoirs of Geppetto, a carpenter from the town of Collodi, written in the belly of a vast fish that has swallowed him. Fortunately for Geppetto, the fish has also engulfed a ship, and its supplies—fresh water, candles, hardtack, captain’s logbook, ink—are what keep the Swallowed Man going. (Collodi is, of course, the name of the author of the original Pinocchio.) A misfit whose loneliness is equaled only by his drive to…
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What they’re reading: Kelsey Miller

Posted by Lily, Associate Editor on December 17, 2018 When a rumor recently surfaced that Netflix was pulling "Friends" from its lineup at the end of the year, Twitter collectively lost its mind. No need to panic yet (Netflix has the rights to the ’90s phenomenon till the end of 2019), but the uproar proved the point Kelsey Miller is making in her book I'll Be There For You: the show has deep roots in America's collective conscious. Miller explores why this show struck such a chord, and why it remains such a powerful touchstone long after it's stopped airing on…
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THE BACHELOR

by Emily Henry ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2021 A travel writer has one last shot at reconnecting with the best friend she just might be in love with. Poppy and Alex couldn't be more different. She loves wearing bright colors while he prefers khakis and a T-shirt. She likes just about everything while he’s a bit more discerning. And yet, their opposites-attract friendship works because they love each other…in a totally platonic way. Probably. Even though they have their own separate lives (Poppy lives in New York City and is a travel writer with a popular Instagram account; Alex…
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