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Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

The Wall Street Journal’s popular columnist Jason Gay delivers a hilarious and heartfelt guide to modern living. Little Victories is a life guide for people who hate life guides. Whether the subject is rules for raising the perfect child without infuriating all of your friends, rules for how to be cool (related: Why do you want to be cool?) or rules of thumb to tell the difference between real depression and just eating five cupcakes in a row, Gay’s essays—whimsical, practical, and occasionally poignant—will make you laugh, and then think, “You know, he’s kind of right.”

Living With A Seal: 31 Days With The Toughest Man On The Planet

In 2011, Jesse Itzler, a longtime health and fitness fanatic, hired a Navy SEAL to move into his house and be his physical trainer. He didn’t invite just any SEAL, but an active duty Navy SEAL considered to be “The Toughest Athlete on the Planet.” For 31 days, SEAL turned Jesse’s home into something between a training facility and a sitcom. In addition to jumping into a frozen lake, Jesse slept in a wooden chair, ran with a 50-lbs vest until he collapsed, and embraced other challenges that pushed him beyond what he ever thought himself capable of. By the time month was over, Jesse was in the best shape of his life. Most importantly, he’d also learned how to live more courageously. Living with a SEAL is an entertaining chronicle of Jesse’s experiences.

Above the Waterfall

In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.

The Art of Memoir

Credited with the current revival of the literary memoir, Mary Karr knows a thing or two about the form. She spent over a year at the top of the New York Times bestseller list with The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit, and she teaches a highly selective seminar at Syracuse University in New York, where she has mentored future bestselling memoirists such as Cheryl Strayed and Koren Zailckas. Synthesizing her experiences as a writer, reader, and teacher, Karr now provides a unique window into the mechanics and art of memoir that is as irreverent and entertaining as her own work in the genre.

All the Stars in the Heavens

Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife, returns with her biggest and boldest novel yet—a hypnotic tale, based on a true story—that dazzles with the signature elements of her previous work—family ties, artistry, romance, adventure—and introduces an unforgettable new heroine: Loretta Young, an ambitious starlet struggling to survive in Hollywood’s dream factory.

 

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player to ever walk the earth—and the six lives he changed with his six blue strings. Born under ringing chimes of a burning church, Frankie’s amazing journey from a war-torn Spanish town to America weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself. But Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the magical strings his childhood teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually change people’s fates. With the spirit of Music as our otherworldly guide, we see how “everyone joins a band in this life” and how each of us affects its members, just as its members affect us. A longtime musician himself, #1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom creates his deepest, most fascinating tale, a remarkable novel about the power of talent to change lives.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions. Then he meets Matilda Duplaine. Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl, and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives—and the lives of everyone around them—forever. A modern-day Gatsby tale filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates. Timeless, romantic and utterly absorbing, it is a mesmerizing tale of privilege, identity and the difficult choices we make in the pursuit of power.

The Incarnations

Hailed as “China’s Midnight’s Children” (The Independent) a “brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel” (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate.

The Clasp

Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives—Kezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and the Eeyore-esque Victor, just fired from a middling search engine. They soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel. In the midst of all this semi-merriment, Victor passes out in the mother of the groom’s bedroom. He wakes to her jovially slapping him across the face. Instead of a scolding, she offers Victor a story she’s never even told her son, about a valuable necklace that disappeared during the Nazi occupation of France. And so a madcap adventure is set into motion, one that leads Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel from Miami to New York and L.A. to Paris and across France, until they converge at the estate of Guy de Maupassant, author of the classic short story “The Necklace.” Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley’s inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven’t gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake. Such a task might be possible when it comes to precious stones, but is far more difficult to pull off with humans.

 

The Secret Chord

A vivid, enthralling novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and People of the Book.

With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.