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Tiny Habits

B. J. Fogg is here to change your life—and revolutionize how we think about human behavior. Based on twenty years of research and Fogg’s experience personally coaching over 40,000 people, Tiny Habits cracks the code of habit formation. The Einstein of Behavior Science, Fogg guides you to find the small changes that can change everything in your life. In the Tiny Habits Method, you don’t set goals or track your behavior, or even need to be super motivated. Instead, with every chapter’s breakthrough discovery, you learn the powerful skills of change. Fogg’s research shows that transformation happens when we feel good about our successes instead of feeling bad about our failures. With Tiny Habits, it is easy to succeed and surprisingly fun to change.

999: THE EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG WOMEN OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL TRANSPORT TO AUSCHWITZ

On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents’ homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women—many of them teenagers—were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive. The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish—but also because they were female. Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women’s history.

Denali

This is the story of Ben Moon and his dog Denali. After Denali succumbed to cancer, Ben and a couple of filmmaker friends made a short film as a tribute to the beast that he admits helped form him into an adult. They didn’t expect much, but the film struck an intense chord with millions of viewers capturing powerfully the connection people all over the world have with their dogs. Denali tells the story behind the story. From the moment that Ben and Denali met in an adoption center in Oregon, through their adventures across the west in a van, through their shared struggles with a debilitating disease, Ben Moon’s memoir shows the many forms that friendship can take, and how it is one of the most powerful bonds in our lives.

The Ventriloquists

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network publishing dissident underground newspapers. Aubrion’s unbridled creativity and linguistic genius attract the attention of August Wolff, a high-ranking Nazi official tasked with swaying public opinion against the Allies. Wolff captures Aubrion and his comrades and gives them an impossible choice: use the newspaper to paint the Allies as monsters, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea: they will pretend to do the Nazis’ bidding, but instead they will publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—giving power back to the Belgians by daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors. The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it. Told with dazzling scope, taut prose and devastating emotion, The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by history—unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

Such A Fun Age

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection between them that threatens to undo them both.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mom to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So, she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlain’s toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman with a white child out late, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance, and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
With big-hearted empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age unearths the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

Saint X

Saint X is a gripping psychological drama ripped from the headlines—about a young girl whose older sister vanishes on a luxury Caribbean vacation and, years later, a chance encounter with one of the suspects which spirals into an obsessive intimacy.
Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men—employees at the resort—are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. It turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the sad return home to broken lives.
Years later, riding in a New York City taxi, Claire recognizes the name on the cabbie’s license. The driver, Clive Richardson, is one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. The fateful encounter sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth—not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation.
As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will uncover the truth, an unlikely attachment develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by the same tragedy.
Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that hurtles to a powerful end.

The Chestnut Man

From Søren Sveistrup, creator of the hit television show The Killing, a nail-biting debut—a stylish and atmospheric thriller that follows the race to find a serial killer terrorizing Copenhagen.

There You Are

Octavian Munroe is haunted by the life and death of his older brother in one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Mina Rose has never quite fit in and wishes she was anything but white. Once lovers, now estranged, they both left St. Louis for fresh starts in the wake of grief and heartbreak.

When they find out the record shop where they fell in love as teenagers is closing for good, they travel homeward in search of the music that once gave their hearts a steady beat and their lives a sense of direction.

A wise and moving novel with a phenomenal soundtrack of soul, hip hop, and jazz.

All That’s Bright And Gone

Fans of Jodi Picoult and Fredrik Backman will fall for this tenderhearted debut mystery about a six-year-old’s quest to save her family.
There’s plenty about grownups that six-year-old Aoife doesn’t understand. Like why her big brother Theo went away and what it will take to bring her Mama home from the hospital. Her Uncle Donny says she just needs to be patient, but Aoife’s sure her Mama won’t be able to come home until Aoife learns what really happened to her brother. The trouble is no one wants to talk about Theo, and Aoife suspects that’s because he was murdered. But by whom?
With her imaginary friend Teddy by her side and the detecting skills of her nosy next door neighbor, Aoife sets out to uncover the truth about Theo and to bring her mother home. But as her search takes her from the banks of Theo’s secret place by the river to the rooftops overlooking Detroit, Aoife will learn that her family isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Sometimes the pain we keep hidden away is the biggest secret of them all.
Driven by Aoife’s heartwarming hope and colored by her vivid imagination, All That’s Bright and Gone illuminates the unshakeable bond between families—and the distances we’ll travel to bring our loved ones home.

On Swift Horses

A lonely newlywed and her wayward brother-in-law follow divergent and dangerous paths through the postwar American West.
Muriel is newly married and restless, transplanted from her rural Kansas hometown to life in a dusty bungalow in San Diego. The air is rich with the tang of salt and citrus, but the limits of her new life seem to be closing in: She misses her freethinking mother, dead before Muriel’s nineteenth birthday, and her sly, itinerant brother-in-law, Julius, who made the world feel bigger than she had imagined. And so she begins slipping off to the Del Mar racetrack to bet and eavesdrop, learning the language of horses and risk. Meanwhile, Julius is testing his fate in Las Vegas, working at a local casino where tourists watch atomic tests from the roof, and falling in love with Henry, a young card cheat. When Henry is eventually discovered and run out of town, Julius takes off to search for him in the plazas and dives of Tijuana, trading one city of dangerous illusions and indiscretions for another.
On Swift Horses is a debut of astonishing power: a story of love and luck, of two people trying to find their place in a country that is coming apart even as it promises them everything.