Also published on this date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Maximum Shelf: Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery

Shelf Awareness for Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Red Lightning Books: Pence: The Path to Power by Andrea Neal

Experiment: Introducing My Big Wimmelbooks - These oversize board books invite kids to be the storyteller

Other Press: Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

Counterpoint: Silicon States: The Power and Politics of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future by Lucie Greene

Bloomsbury Publishing: Visit Bloomsbury at BookExpo & BookCon (Booth #2439)!

Oxmoor House: Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life by Martina McBride

News

Three Women Buying Eight Cousins

Effective January 2015, Carol B. Chittenden is selling Eight Cousins Bookstore, Falmouth, Mass., to local residents Sara M. Hines, Mary Fran Buckley and Eileen Miskell. Hines currently manages the store's digital media, programming and on-site events; Buckley has worked at the store in a variety of areas, including finance, book clubs and adult fiction buying; and Miskell has a background in business management and serves on the board of Independent Bank, parent of Rockland Trust, and the Cape Cod Foundation. She is the co-owner, with her husband, of Wood Lumber Company in Falmouth.

Chittenden founded Eight Cousins, with her mother, Betty Borg, in 1986. "My mother asked if I could give her one year to help get the store up and running," Chittenden said. "And here I am, 28 years later." Chittenden, who is a co-founder of the New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council, part of the New England Independent Booksellers Association, added, "Falmouth has the economic and intellectual vigor to support an independent bookstore, and there has been no greater honor to me than owning that store. However, it's grown too big for one person--a person who's now 28 years older--to handle alone. The buyers are a Dream Team if ever there was one."

Eight Cousins began as a children's bookstore, but when other bookstores in Falmouth closed, it added adult books. In 2002, Eight Cousins won the Women's National Book Association's Pannell Award. In 2009 and 2014, Eight Cousins was cited by Yankee magazine as the Best Children's Bookstore in New England.

For many years, Sara Hines joined her family at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth during the summers, and starting in college, she worked at Eight Cousins in summer. In 2013, Hines was awarded a doctorate in English Literature and Book History from the University of Edinburgh. She has worked as an assistant to the children's editor at Kirkus Reviews and as a bookseller at a range of general and children's bookstores in the U.S. and the U.K. She has worked full-time at Eight Cousins since 2012.

Mary Fran Buckley moved to Falmouth and joined Eight Cousins in 2007. She has some 20 years of experience as a magazine editor and served as the director of communications for a private high school in Washington, D.C.


Mandevilla Press: Assassins by Mike Bond


Amazon Going Slow-Mo on German Publishers, Too

Hachette Group isn't the only publisher against whom Amazon is using slow-delivery tactics to push for better terms: according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Amazon is slowing down shipment of titles published by German subsidiaries of Swedish media company Bonnier Group, whose imprints in Germany include some of its biggest names: Ullstein, Piper, Berlin and Carlsen.

The slowdown in shipping has been going on since the beginning of May on a range of titles. Ullstein publisher Siv Bublitz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine that Amazon confirmed to the company that the problem is related to Amazon's push to increase discounts on e-book sales from the usual 30% to somewhere between 40% and 50%.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine was unable to find other German publishers who have faced similar demands.


School of Life: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person: A Pessimist's Guide to Marriage, Offering Insight, Practical Advice, and Consolation by The School of Life, edited by Alain de Botton


Harper Lee's Museum Lawsuit Settlement Off

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, who had reportedly settled a lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum for exploiting her trademark and personality rights in February, has changed her mind. The Associated Press reported that attorneys for Lee filed court papers Monday seeking reinstatement of the suit, claiming that the museum "won't proceed with the settlement without additional terms not previously agreed to by the parties."

U.S. District Judge William Steele issued an order Tuesday "saying he needs to know whether a settlement agreement was signed. If it was, the judge said Lee must pursue a separate action to enforce it," the AP wrote.


Soho Teen: Zen and Gone by Emily France


S&S Making E-Backlist Available on Scribd and Oyster

Simon & Schuster is making its backlist e-book titles available to consumers via Oyster and Scribd, both of which offer Netflix-style flat-rate plans allowing subscribers to read an unlimited number of e-books. Titles include backlist from S&S companies worldwide, with e-books available in the countries where S&S has e-book rights. As part of the program, S&S authors will have access to information on subscribers' reading and purchasing activity for their titles.

S&S joins HarperCollins and Wiley as major publishers participating in Oyster and Scribd, which charge subscribers, respectively, $9.95 and $8.99 per month.

S&S president and CEO Carolyn Reidy said, "Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher."


Shelf Awareness Giveaway: Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs


OverDrive and Smashwords Sign E-Book Distribution Pact

E-book and audiobook distributor OverDrive and self-published e-book distributor Smashwords have signed an agreement to make 200,000 self-published titles available for public libraries in OverDrive's global network. The two companies are creating lists of Smashwords' bestsellers and popular genres.

Under the agreement, readers may borrow each e-book on a one copy/one user model or purchase the e-book through a link on participating libraries' websites through OverDrive's "Buy It Now" feature.


Obituary Notes: Brian Crocker, Leslie Thomas

Brian Crocker, co-owner and co-founder of Woozles, Halifax, Nova Scotia, died on May 18. He was 71 and had cancer.

In 1978, Crocker, his wife and the late Ann Connor Brimer opened Woozles, now "Canada's oldest children's bookstore." Crocker's wife, Liz Crocker, told the Chronicle Herald, "He was a lawyer and he was Queen's counsel and all that stuff, but he'd be more inclined to tell you about Woozles first because he was so proud of it."

An obituary on the store's website stated in part: "In lieu of flowers, please read to your children. Donations can also be made in his name to the Chester Playhouse."

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British author Leslie Thomas, who wrote more than 30 books and "parlayed his experience as a soldier in Malaya into a darkly comic, wildly popular novel [The Virgin Soldiers] in which young troops strive to lose their virginity before they lose their lives," died on May 6, the New York Times reported. He was 83.


Notes

Image of the Day: Greg Iles at Fiction Addiction

A recent author event at Fiction Addiction, Greenville, S.C., featuring Greg Iles and his latest book, Natchez Burning (Morrow), drew "the most people we've ever had for an in-store event," said owner Jill Hendrix. "We sold out our 60 chairs and had about 15 people standing. We ended up selling 64 copies of Natchez Burning. We had someone drive from Charlotte and another from Raleigh. I think people were surprised most by how funny and humble Greg was."


Sneak Peek: ABFFE's Children's Art Auction at BEA

A sample of the dozens of original works that will be up for auction next week at the 20th annual Children Book Art Auction and Reception at BEA can be viewed here. Tickets are still available for the event, which will be held Wednesday, May 28, at the Javits Center. The auction is sponsored by the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the ABC Children's Group at the American Booksellers Association. Proceeds support ABFFE's defense of the free speech rights of kids.


#BEA14: Speed Dating for Book Group Picks

On Friday, May 30, at BookExpo America, Carol Fitzgerald of ReadingGroupGuides.com is hosting "Great Book Group Titles for Fall/Winter: A Special Speed-Dating Session for Booksellers, Librarians, Bloggers, and Book Group Leaders." Featured titles will be published between August 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015, and there will be a galley giveaway. Advance signup is required by tomorrow, Thursday, May 22. Seating will be assigned. Sign up here to participate.


#BEA14: The Rough Guide to Speaking New Yorkese

It used to be that you'd know a New Yorker the moment he or she began to talk. That has changed; the accent is dying out, as the New York Times reported. But there are plenty of holdover phrases that point to the history of Noo Yawk tawk. With this year's BEA Global Market Forum focusing on "Books in Translation," Rough Guides travel guidebook author AnneLise Sorensen takes a look at New York in translation and shows us some of the best places to experience New Yorkese.

Fuhgeddaboudit
Leaving Brooklyn? Fuggedaboudit! That's what you'll see on exit route signs around the borough. Though the New York accent is slowly disappearing, it still thrives in pockets of Brooklyn, and particularly those with an Irish and Italian legacy. Toast the past in Bensonhurst with an Italian feast at the classic La Palina, which has been around since 1930--and looks like it, too. The old-world dining room, with tables topped with crisp linens, wouldn't look out of place in the The Godfather. (In fact, neither would the waiters.) Post-dinner, head out on an Irish pub crawl in Bay Ridge, a short cab ride away. Our favorite first stop is the Wicked Monk, and, after a Guinness (or five) you'll soon agree: Is there a better borough than Brooklyn? No way--fuhgeddaboudit!

Toidy-toid ohn toid
Sure, no one says this anymore. But, it captures in four words the history of the New York accent, which once was beamed into TVs across the country, thanks to shows like All in the Family. This pronunciation of "Thirty-third and Third" arrives courtesy of the Irish: Linguists explain that the changing of "er" to "oi" comes from Gaelic. These days, you'll sometimes hear faded versions of the accent in historic corners of the outer boroughs. And, in Manhattan, a wander down "Toid" Avenue will bring you to many Irish pubs, like Fitzgerald's Pub at 25th Street, where you might catch an old-timer breaking into New Yorkese after a couple of pints. Or pay tribute to the bygone era at one of the city's many speakeasy-inspired cocktail joints  where you might just hear some classic New York tunes, like the 1926 Ben Ryan ditty "Down on Thoity Thoid and Thoid." For post-BEA drinks on the West Side, gain entry to Bathtub Gin (reservation recommended), tucked behind the back wall of Stone Street Coffee Company.

Get outta heyah!
Or, if you really want to make a point, get the **** outta heyah! Like most slang, this has various meanings. The literal one is, of course, an order to leave immediately. But it's more often used to express wonderment and disbelief. Example:

Person from Ohio: I love New York, but could never afford it. My rent back in Columbus is $700 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. Person from New York: Get outta heyah!

For a pronunciation guide on "heyah," visit our Street-by-Street Movie Guide to New York City and check out the scene from Midnight Cowboy, where Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) utters his famous line, "I'm walkin' heyah!" when a taxi swerves into him as he crosses 57th Street. The way some NYC cabbies drive, you'll probably find yourself yelling out the same thing while you're here.

On line, not in line
The New York accent may have become more homogenized, but there is one key way you can tell that someone's from the city: ask them about the line they're standing in. Or, rather, on. In New York, you're "on line" at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (check the "Shack Cam" to plan your visit) and the Empire State Building (purchase tickets online to avoid a wait at the ticket entrance). Everywhere else in the country, you're "in line." In short, look for a line, and you'll hear the phrase. In addition to the above, you can find long and sometimes surly lines at any Starbucks bathroom in the vicinity of Times Square; at the Calexico food truck in SoHo at the height of lunch hour (proof that there's a dismal lack of quality Mexican food in NYC); and at the JFK Airport taxi stand, well, always.

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere
You may not hear New Yorkers saying this, but they are thinking it. It also has become one of the more parodied phrases associated with New York. The Village Voice skewered it in an article last year titled "'Only in New York!' and Six Other New York Sayings That Are Completely False." They came up with a list of New Yorkers who have made it here, but would be lucky if they lasted five minutes anywhere else. Top of the list? Donald Trump. You're fired!


#BEA14 Buzz Books: Nonfiction & Indie Press Gems

As any BookExpo veteran knows, there are generally two kinds of books: those that have big marketing budgets and everything else. "In that 'everything else,' " said Geoffrey Jennings from Rainy Day Books, "is where we make our bread and butter."

Sheryl Cotleur at Copperfield's in Northern California has been raving about Painted Horses, a debut novel by Malcolm Brooks (Grove, Aug.) for months--even before Winter Institute, where he was a featured author. Set in the 1950s, Painted Horses is the story of a young female archeologist who is paid by a utility company to travel to Montana and investigate the impact a planned hydroelectric dam will have on a valley considered sacred by native Americans (who also need jobs the project would bring) and populated with wild mustangs. She meets a painter who was part of a mounted patrol in the Italian Alps during WWII and hires a guide who happens to hunt mustangs. "The language is gorgeous, with poetic paragraphs," said Cotleur. "I really love it when books are this good and they are also a debut."

While it's not a debut, Lin Enger's The High Divide (Algonquin, Sept.) is also about a journey in the American West. Though he's often compared to his brother Leif, Jennings said Lin Enger has a "completely different style." Set at the turn of the 19th century, The High Divide is about two sons and their mother who go in search of their father, who inexplicably left their homestead on the Minnesota prairie.

Although Rafael de Grenade grew up in rural Arizona, where she started working as a ranch hand at 13, her nonfiction book, Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback (trade paper, Milkweed, June) is about her experience working on an abandoned cattle station in Australia. "It's almost like an essay on the nature of the land of Australia," observed Annie Philbrick at Bank Square Books in Mystic, Conn.

Booksellers appreciate how Europa Editions books often take readers outside of the U.S., and many are anticipating the third installment of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (Sept.). NPR's John Powers called the books, about two Italian friends who meet in girlhood and stay connected as they take different life paths, "one of modern fiction's richest portraits of a friendship." The New York Times, the New Yorker and the San Francisco Chronicle recognized My Brilliant Friend, the first in the series, for its literary merit. Europa's other buzz title is a fictionalized biography of E.M. Forester, also being released in trade paper, Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut (previously shortlisted for the Booker Prize).

Philbrick described Greer Macallister's debut novel, The Magician's Lie (Sourcebooks Landmark, Jan.)--about a notorious female illusionist--as "a little taste of The Night Circus, and a little salt of Water for Elephants." Philbrick also praised Lucy Atkins's debut thriller, The Missing One (already released by Quercus in the U.K. and being published here in February 2015), which is about a young woman's search for her deceased mother's past and her journey to British Columbia, where a gallery owner holds the key to many secrets and lies.

Vikram Chandra is perhaps best known for his novel Sacred Games, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, but in his day job he has been a computer programmer, a world he examines in his first work of nonfiction, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty (trade paper, Graywolf, Sept.). City Lights' Paul Yamazaki said Geek Sublime has "the trifecta of elegance, precision and passion."

From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt comes What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, a first book by Randall Munroe, creator of the hugely popular webcomic xkcd. The publisher already has more than 30,000 preorders for the September book.

Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers) has a reputation among booksellers for making nonfiction read like a good novel. In his latest, In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (Doubleday, Aug.), Sides takes readers into the world of sea exploration during the Gilded Age. Karen Abbott (Sin in the City) is another author who creates page-turning nonfiction out of historical fact, and her latest is Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (HarperCollins, Sept.).

Fulcrum Publishing has Strange Fruit, Vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, a graphic anthology written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill (June). In his foreword to the volume, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes, "let the comic-book sellers have their mythic superheroes; through Joel Gill, we can have our own. But, instead of flying around in capes or spinning webs, the superheroes in Strange Fruit are extraordinary-ordinary black folks making 'a way out of no way.' The difference: they really lived."

Lena Dunham, creator of Girls, is one of the many celebrities with memoirs coming this year (Norman Lear, John Cleese, Neil Patrick Harris and Alan Cummings are also on that list); she is also filming a comedy for HBO based on the life of Betty Halbreich, whose memoir about how, as a divorced socialite, she became a Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper is titled I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist (Penguin Press, Sept.). A much sadder but equally poignant story is told in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League (Scribner, Sept.), written by Peace's college roommate Jeff Hobbs, who had a rare perspective on his friend's struggle to balance two worlds and his tragic end.

Caitlin Doughty, a licensed mortician who writes for the Huffington Post, shares anecdotes from her world in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory (Norton, Sept.) "It's so wonderfully good and quirky--Six Feet Under meets Mary Roach," said Kathleen Caldwell from A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, Calif.

Michele Filgate at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn said she is excited about an out-of-print essay collection that Tin House is expanding and re-releasing in paperback in November: Loitering by short story writer Charles D'Ambosio. "I hope it gets as much attention as The Empathy Exams [by Leslie Jamison]," said the bookseller. "People seem to be turning to essays again."

At Chicago's Women & Children First, Lynn Mooney noted that loneliness was at the core of the stories in a collection she praised, A Different Bed Every Time by Jac Jemc (trade paper, Dzanc, Oct.). "Dressed with the skin of murderers and victims, vapid teenagers and washed-up actresses, con artists and hope-filled children," Mooney said, the collection reminds the reader "we are all alone in the same way, and in this we can take comfort."

Most booksellers have their favorite indie presses to watch. Yamazaki has quite a few, and said Archipelago was a favorite at City Lights. In September Archipelago will publish Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (previously published in French by Gallimard), a first novel set in an elite school for girls in 1970s Rwanda by an author who lost almost 30 family members in the genocide. --Bridget Kinsella

Our coverage of BEA Buzz books continues through this week. Check out Part 1: Debut Fiction and Part 2: Fiction Follow-ups.


Media and Movies

Media Heat: Daniel Schulman Talks About the Koch Brothers

Today on Fresh Air: Daniel Schulman, author of Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty (Grand Central, $30, 9781455518739).

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Tomorrow on the Talk: Jason Priestley, author of Jason Priestley: A Memoir (HarperOne, $26.99, 9780062247582).

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Tomorrow on KCRW's Bookworm: Mona Simpson, author of Casebook (Knopf, $25.95, 9780385351416). As the show put it: "We don't wish to know our parents are fallible--at any age. In Mona Simpson's new novel, Casebook, the protagonist Miles is fascinated by his parents to the point of being a private investigator into their lives but he only discovers what he most doesn't want to know. He watches as his parents divorce and his mother begins a relationship with someone new. His friend Hector joins in his snooping, and they write a comic-book of their discoveries which they title Two Sleuths, and which becomes wildly popular. In the process, they learn that a comic (or a novel) has allusions and, by extension, a life beyond itself."

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Tomorrow on Tavis Smiley: Nell Bernstein, author of Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison (New Press, $26.95, 9781595589569).


TV: The Slap

Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right, HBO's Olive Kitteridge) will direct the first two and executive produce all eight episodes of NBC's The Slap, a miniseries based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas and the 2011 Australian short-run series, Jacket Copy reported. Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz wrote the adaptation.



Books & Authors

Awards: RSL Ondaatje Prize

Alan Johnson won the £10,000 (US$16,815) Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, which honors a work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry that evokes the "spirit of a place," for This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood, the Bookseller reported. Judge Jenny Uglow praised the book as "a scrupulous but moving memoir of a particular area of London, with its boundaries, streets, people and poverty--you can see, and almost smell every room--which also captures the elusive spirit of place that imprints itself on a child, and is never forgotten."


Book Brahmin: Michael Smerconish

Michael Smerconish is the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM and is the host of Smerconish on CNN on Saturdays. He writes a column in the Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, has been an on-air contributor with MSNBC and has guest-hosted Hardball for Chris Matthews. He practiced law for 10 years, and lives in Philadelphia, Pa., with his wife and four children. He has written five nonfiction books, including Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism--True Stories That Should Be Fiction and Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking. His first novel, Talk (Cider Mill Press, May 6, 2014), fictionalizes the political media's theater of performance artists, high stakes competition and often illicit influence on popular opinion and important election cycles.

On your nightstand now:

P.J. O'Rourke's The Baby Boom, Wooden: A Coach's Life by Seth Davis and The Triple Package by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld.

Favorite book when you were a child:

The Adventures of Tom Hecklestone, which I wrote when I was 12 only to have it sent by my mother to every publisher in NYC, where it was summarily rejected.

Your top five authors:

Nelson DeMille, Jeffrey Archer, Tom Wolfe, Pete Hamill and Jane Leavy.

Book you've faked reading:

I really don't do that. I pride myself on reading the books of the authors I interview on radio and if I haven't read it, I say so.

Book you're an evangelist for:

So many I'll give you just five: Peter L. Bergen's Manhunt, Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides, The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Act One by Moss Hart and A Secret Gift by Ted Gup.

Book you've bought for the cover:

John Grisham's The Firm, which explains why I'm so proud of the Whitney G. Cookman design for the cover of Talk.

Book that changed your life:

Dickon Among the Lenapes by M.R. Harrington. It was read to me by Mr. Reckner in fourth grade at Doyle Elementary and I never forgot it.

Favorite line from a book:

"Many years ago Moss Hart told me that relationships in our business are built on such strange personal emotions that they become three-sided: your side, my side, and the truth...." --Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille, Primary Colors by Joe Klein or Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins.  


Book Review

Children's Review: Revolution

Revolution by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic, $19.99 hardcover, 544p., ages 8-12, 9780545106078, May 27, 2014)

As she did in Countdown, Deborah Wiles uses a documentary novel format, surrounding readers with fragments from the period (authentic newspaper clippings, photos, quotes, song lyrics and profiles of historic figures), interspersing them throughout a fictional narrative that offers both white and black perspectives during Freedom Summer. The effect is powerful.

No one knew what to expect when SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) volunteers came to Greenwood, Miss., in June 1964. Many called the volunteers "invaders" and "agitators" as they entered segregated communities throughout the South with a mission of education, integration and, most importantly, voter registration for their black citizens. For 12-year-old Sunny, summer was supposed to mean swimming, listening to Beatles records, going to the movies and avoiding her stepmother. However, when news of "invaders" hits her ears, a storm rolls over her carefree summer. Raymond Bullis, on the other hand, dreams of becoming the next Willie Mays and of swimming in the white folks' pool. Until he comes home to find a white girl "Freedom Righter" in his kitchen ready to shake things up--and he's determined to do more than answer phones to help the cause and earn real freedom.

Wiles shifts the narrative between Sunny's and Ray's first-person accounts. Sunny grapples not only with the tensions building in her town, but also with her mother's abandonment of her as a baby, sometimes romanticizing her mother's decision: "Only she would understand what it means to want an adventure so badly you can taste it, and how nothing will satisfy you until you get it." Ray, a keen observer, also makes plans: "Some SNCCs colored. Some white. They all cockeyed to a rooster. And the white men drive by in they slow cars, so everybody afraid," he thinks. "I can do better than they do. Reverend Tucker say they's a new law comin' next month what means I can do everything the white folks do, and I want to do that.... Every day, I practice my hitting and throwing and catching so's I can get out of this town and do something big with my life."

By creating an almost tactile context, the history, story and characters come to life in ways that would have been impossible on a stand-alone basis. Wiles goes to great lengths to emphasize the danger and upheaval of this civil rights campaign, as well as the incredible importance of standing up for change and the power of the vote. Compelling and complex, Revolution is a revelation in historical fiction. --Julia Smith

Shelf Talker: In 1964, two families' experiences come to life during Mississippi's Freedom Summer, as volunteers flood their town, amid much hostility, to register black citizens to vote.


The Bestsellers

Top-Selling Self-Published Titles

The bestselling self-published books last week as compiled by IndieReader.com:

1. Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
2. Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze
3. Beyond Desire Collection by Various
4. Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
5. Bender (the Core Four) by Stacy Borel
6. Dark and Deadly by Various
7. Gorgeous Chaos by T.K. Leigh
8. Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower
9. A Sweet Life by Various
10. The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige

[Many thanks to IndieReader.com!]


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