Shelf Awareness for Thursday, September 22, 2016


Scribner Book Company: Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn

Flatiron Books: Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Atheneum Books for Young Readers: You Matter by Christian Robinson

St. Martin's Press: Olive the Lionheart: Lost Love, Imperial Spies, and One Woman's Journey Into the Heart of Africa by Brad Ricca

Quirk Books: This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books: When I Draw a Panda by Amy June Bates

Random House: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

News

McNally Jackson Opening Second Goods for the Study Shop

McNally Jackson, which has a bookstore, an art gallery and a Goods for the Study shop in the SoHo section of New York City, plans to open a branch of Goods for the Study, at 50 W. 8th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in Greenwich Village, according to Real Estate News. Goods for the Study offers stationery, paper, notebooks and more. McNally Jackson's other shop is the Picture Room gallery.

It's going to be a busy year for the bookstore, which last fall announced that it is opening a 10,000-square-foot combination bookstore and café/bar on Schemerhorn Row in the Seaport District in lower Manhattan.


Anansi International: This Lovely City by Louise Hare


A Room of One's Own, Madison, Wis., Considering Co-op Ownership

A Room of One's Own bookstore, Madison, Wis., is considering shifting to a co-op form of ownership, according to the Badger Herald, an independent student daily newspaper at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The bookstore held a meeting on Tuesday night at which co-owner Sandi Torkildson and University of Wisconsin cooperative development specialist Courtney Berner "discussed what transitioning into a co-op would mean for the bookstore and opened up discussion for people from the community."

Earlier this year, Torkildson and the other majority shareholder, Nancy Geary, put the store up for sale.

Torkildson emphasized that the meeting was preliminary and was intended to allow people interested in the co-op model to meet. She said her interest in a co-op form of ownership is that it would allow the store to remain open and give her more free time.

At the Tuesday meeting, the paper wrote, "Torkildson said she is a willing seller and her workers are interested in pursuing a worker-owned co-op."


University of California Press: The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date by Ellen Lamont


Brian O'Leary to Head Book Industry Study Group

Brian O'Leary

Effective October 3, Brian O'Leary is joining the Book Industry Study Group as executive director, replacing Mark Kuyper, who abruptly resigned last month after just a year in the position.

Since 1998, O'Leary has been head of Magellan Media Consulting, which he founded and which focuses on helping "publishers, content marketers and start-ups create, manage, and distribute content." He also writes research reports and co-edited Book: A Futurist's Manifesto, published by O'Reilly Media in 2012. He began his career with Time Inc., where he worked for 12 years, then became senior v-p and associate publisher at Hammond Inc., the map and atlas publisher.

"We feel very fortunate that Brian has decided to join our organization as executive director," said BISG chair Tara Catogge of Quarto Publishing Group USA. "Over nearly two decades as a consultant, he has worked with a wide range of book publishers and associations, using his insight and experience to shape their strategy and operations. Brian has also worked with BISG on several projects, including a critical study of metadata in the publishing supply chain. More recently he has served on our board of directors. There is no one better suited to lead us forward at this critical time in our history."

O'Leary commented: "For the last four decades, the book publishing ecosystem has relied on BISG for leading-edge information, standards and research. Formats, channels and markets continue to evolve, and BISG serves a central role in improving revenues, promoting product visibility, reducing costs and ensuring transparency across the book industry supply chain, both in the U.S. and across global markets. I look forward to the opportunity to continue and extend that work."


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National Book Foundation Honoring Robert Caro

Robert Caro

The National Book Foundation is awarding the 2016 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to biographer Robert Caro, whose work on the lives of Robert Moses and President Lyndon Johnson "teaches us to better understand political influence, American democracy, and the true power of biography."

Dr. William P. Kell, the New York Public Library's Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, will present the award to Caro on November 16 during the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. The award comes with a prize of $10,000 and a brass medal.

Caro is the author of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York and the four-volume biography the Years of Lyndon Johnson. Caro has won the Pulitzer Prize in Biography twice, the National Book Award once (while being a finalist for the National Book Award two other times), the National Book Critics Circle's awards for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year twice, and a host of other awards and accolades.

He is the 29th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


Berkley Books: Meet You in the Middle by Devon Daniels


Obituary Note: Inga Clendinnen

Australian author Inga Clendinnen, "a brilliant historian and an extraordinary writer" who was "fearless and endlessly curious," died September 8, her publisher, Text Publishing, noted in a remembrance. She was 82. "An internationally acclaimed historian of Aztec and Mayan culture and society, Inga came to Text when a different phase of her life had begun after her liver transplant in 1994 when she was 60," Text noted. "Her new liver not only saved her life, it unleashed her writing. Australian literature owes a debt to her surgeons because their skill allowed Inga to spread her wings. Illness, she said, made her a writer."

Clendinnen's books include Aztecs: An Interpretation; Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570; Reading the Holocaust; Tiger's Eye: A Memoir; Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact; and Agamemnon's Kiss.


University of California Press: A Brief History of Fascist Lies by Federico Finchelstein


Notes

Image of the Day: Memorable Motown Release

The Motown Museum in Detroit, Mich., welcomed alumni of the famed recording label, along with members and friends, for a cocktail party celebrating the publication of Motown: The Sound of Young America (Thames & Hudson), a coffee-table volume that's both a visual archive and an insider history of Motown Records. Members of Martha and the Vandellas and the Four Tops, among others, joined author Adam White to launch the book in the U.S. Pictured: Martha Reeves (third from left) and Adam White (second from right) with the Vandellas. (Photo: Andre Smith Photos)


Berkley Books: Hell in the Heartland: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls by Jax Miller


Cottonwood Books: 'Local Institution' in Baton Rouge, La.

Cottonwood Books, Baton Rouge, La., which sells new, used and rare books, "has become a local institution" since Danny Plaisance bought the store 30 years ago, the Advocate wrote.

Plaisance was a paper salesman when he bought the store, which had been owned by Claire Blondeau, who emphasized mysteries. "I was a little surprised at the money she made," he told the Advocate. "It was not enough to feed a family, but I thought to myself if I could put a much greater selection of books... I bet she didn't have 5,000 books in here. I have about 45,000."

Plaisance thought that the eventual opening of Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble nearby would put him out of business, but "to be truthful, they almost helped business" because they often referred customers to Cottonwood Books when they didn't have what people wanted.

He also "carved out a niche that includes used and rare books and an eclectic selection," the Advocate noted, offering bestsellers, but also poetry, philosophy and Louisiana books.


Books & Books: One of '10 Best Things to Do in Coral Gables'

Coral Gables "is one of South Florida's most beautiful and expansive cities, offering everything from museums and playhouses to dining destinations and outdoor hangouts," Miami New Times reported. Among the city's top 10 highlights is Books & Books:

"Contrary to the popular belief that 'print is dead,' Books & Books brings paper back to life. As the Gables' resident bookstore, founded in 1982, the independent shop is the city's main spot for literature, offering everything from new releases to classics, along with a myriad of author events. The shop hosts a different happening nearly every day, bringing authors from near and far to present their works, discuss timely topics, and chat about all things literary. There's also a café inside the store, offering farm-to-table eats for hungry readers, along with monthly gatherings for philosophy buffs and poetry aficionados. Whether you're in the mood to browse, catch a glimpse of your favorite writer, or have a bite to eat, Books & Books covers it."


Personnel Changes at Ingram Content Group

At Ingram Content Group:

Kurt Hettler has joined Ingram Academic Services as director of academic services. He formerly worked for more than 25 years at Oxford University Press, first in academic and trade marketing, then as director, publisher services.

Peter Antone has joined the company as director of marketing, publisher services. He was formerly director of consumer marketing and sales at the Tennessean and Gannett-USA Today Network. He has also held marketing and sales management positions at the New York Times and Coca-Cola.

Rachel Bressler has joined the company as director of client relations for Perseus Distribution. She was formerly editorial director at Plume and earlier worked at HarperCollins. She began her career at Barnes & Noble, opening several stores before becoming cooperative advertising and promotions manager for the large trade houses.


Media and Movies

Media Heat: Bruce Springsteen on Colbert's Late Show

Tomorrow:
NPR's Morning Edition: Thomas Mullen, author of Darktown: A Novel (Atria/37 INK, $26, 9781501133862).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bruce Springsteen, author of Born to Run (Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 9781501141515).


Movies: Andorra; Crooked House

Cast additions have been announced for Andorra, the film adaptation of Peter Cameron's novel that will be directed by Fred Schepisi. Joining previously-set Clive Owen are Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio. Production is scheduled to begin next April in Italy, "with more cast to be added on what's shaping up to be an exotic mystery with a host of eccentric characters," Deadline wrote.

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Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Stefanie Martini, Terence Stamp and Honor Kneafsey are joining Max Irons and Glenn Close in an upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie's Crooked House, which has started shooting in and around London, Deadline reported. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) will direct from a script written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), Tim Rose Price and Brenner.


This Weekend on Book TV: The National Book Festival

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, September 24
12 p.m. Live coverage of the 15th annual National Book Festival, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

9 p.m. Lawrence Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic, authors of JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity (Portfolio, $29, 9781595231147), at the Corner Bookstore in New York City. (Re-airs Sunday at 6:45 p.m.)

10 p.m. Dave Brat, author of American Underdog: Proof That Principles Matter (Center Street, $27, 9781455539918). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.)

11 p.m. Anne Garrels, author of Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374247720).

Sunday, September 25
1:45 p.m. Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, authors of Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power (Scribner, $28, 9781501155772).

7:45 p.m. Rana Foroohar, author of Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business (Crown Business, $30, 9780553447231).

11 p.m. Miriam Horn, author of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland (Norton, $27.95, 9780393247343), at the Strand in New York City.


Books & Authors

Awards: Baillie Gifford Nonfiction

A longlist has been released for the £30,000 (about $38,885) Baillie Gifford Prize, which "aims to reward the best of nonfiction and is open to authors of any nationality. The shortlist will be announced October 17, and a winner named November 15. This year's longlisted titles are:

Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Bela Shayevich
The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming
Being a Beast by Charles Foster
Stalin and the Scientists by Simon Ings
Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
This Is London by Ben Judah
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
East West Street by Philippe Sands
Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson


Attainment: New Titles Out Next Week

Selected new titles appearing next Tuesday, September 27:

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 9781501141515) is the autobiography of the rock icon.

Woman of God by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316274029) imagines a woman becoming Pope. (September 26.)

When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780544814622) is the memoir of the U.S. women's national soccer team star.

Si-renity: How I Stay Calm and Keep the Faith by Si Robertson (Howard, $24.99, 9781501135439) is by a cast member of A&E's Duck Dynasty.

The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement by Nate Parker (Atria/37 INK, $24, 9781501156588) is the tie-in to an upcoming film about Nat Turner's slave rebellion.

Cloudbound by Fran Wilde (Tor, $25.99, 9780765377852) is the second entry in the Bone Universe series.

Presumption of Guilt: A Joe Gunther Novel by Archer Mayor (Minotaur, $25.99, 9781250064684) is the 27th mystery with investigator Joe Gunther.

The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book 5) by James Dashner (Delacorte, $18.99, 9780553513097) is the fifth book in the Maze Runner series, the prequel "that holds all the answers."

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Holt, $17.99, 9781627792134) is the sequel to Six of Crows, a YA adventure about teenaged criminals in an Amsterdam-like setting.

Paperbacks:
The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano, translated by Mark Polizzotti (Mariner, $15.95, 9780544779822) follows a French writer using his old notebook to retrace his life in 1960s Paris.

The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government by Eliot Nelson (St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250099259).

Movies:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, opens September 30. Eva Green stars as the head of an orphanage for children with strange powers. A movie tie-in (Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031) is available.

Denial, based on the book History on Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt, opens September 30. Rachel Weisz stars in this true story of an historian who was forced to prove the Holocaust happened during a libel trial in the U.K. A movie tie-in titled Denial: Holocaust History on Trial (Ecco, $15.99, 9780062659651) is available.


IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Hardcover
Leave Me: A Novel by Gayle Forman (Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616206178). "Filled with poignant, heartwarming insights into the incessant demands of marriage and motherhood, Leave Me brilliantly shows readers that sometimes you really do have to run away from it all in order to discover what really matters. In her adult debut, Forman provides a frank and moving story about losing and finding yourself by embracing the power of forgiveness, the inevitability of growth, and the stubbornness of love." --Anderson McKean, Page and Palette, Fairhope, Ala.

The Fortunes: A Novel by Peter Ho Davies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544263703). "At a time of talk about building walls and isolationism, Davies offers a look at American history through the lives of a group of people who have helped to forge this nation--Chinese-Americans. Davies presents characters for whom the American dream is as elusive or as real as it would be to any others. Set in the California Gold Rush, 1930s Hollywood, and the present day, Davies' tale is artfully told with passion and conviction, and readers will empathize fully with each generation of 'outsiders.' " --Jessie Martin, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, Mich,

Paperback
Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France by Craig Carlson (Sourcebooks, $15.99, 9781492632122). "Pancakes and Paris make for a winning combination in this charming memoir. Readers will cheer for Carlson as he follows his dream of opening a restaurant in another country. He faces many challenges, but perseveres until he reaches his goal. Thanks to Carlson it is now possible to get hearty pancakes and other treats at Breakfast in America, the first American-style diner in Paris. This is a perfect read for armchair travelers or for Francophiles planning their next trip to the City of Light." --Elizabeth Merritt, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, Mass.

For Ages 4 to 8
This Is Our Baby, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99, 9780399166846). "Looking for a gift for a new baby? Look no further! This joyful celebration of a new baby's arrival reminds us of the community that supports each child. Bajaj and Wheeler have created a classic picture book for all to share." --Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, Tex.

For Ages 9 to 12
Lucy by Randy Cecil (Candlewick, $19.99, 9780763668082). "This new book from Cecil has all the charm and energy of an early black-and-white movie. Organized into four acts, the main actors are Lucy, a little street dog; Eleanor, the girl who feeds her scraps each morning; and Eleanor's father, Sam, who must overcome his stage fright to succeed as a juggler on the vaudeville stage. Precise repetition of actions and reactions give the story clear beats, and readers will enjoy finding tiny changes in Cecil's camera-lens illustrations. An excellent choice for fans of dogs, juggling, and dreams coming true." --Cecilia Cackley, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, Va.

For Teen Readers: Revisit & Rediscover
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion, $9.99, 9780786838196). Originally published in 2009. "This is one of my all-time favorite books! Funny, subversive, and smart, it is about a girl who infiltrates the boys-only private school club she is excluded from, which neither her boyfriend nor her father will tell her about because she's a girl. Frankie is gutsy, stays true to herself, and uses her wits to become an amazing kick-butt heroine for any girl asking, 'What do you mean I can't do that?' " --René Kirkpatrick, University Book Store, Seattle, Wash.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]


Book Review

Review: Wildlife Spectacles

Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors by Vladimir Dinets (Timber Press, $29.95 hardcover, 320p., 9781604696714, October 19, 2016)

In the rapidly paced technological world, it's sometimes hard to remember that we share this planet with thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes, which live, eat, mate and die in an endless cycle that's gone on for millennia. In Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors, Vladimir Dinets (who has a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Miami and wrote Dragon Songs) provides a close-up look at the fascinating birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians that coexist with us on earth. Beginning with the concept of mass migration, Dinets discusses what the world was like before it was subdivided and largely subdued by humans. He writes:

"Wild animals could migrate freely, and did so in numbers we can't imagine. The first European travelers to the New World reported bird flocks filling the entire sky for many weeks every year, hundreds of whale spouts visible in the sea in every direction, millions of bison moving across the plains, masses of salmon making rivers flow backwards."

Although those numbers have diminished over time, Dinets examines the migratory patterns of ocean creatures, land mammals and birds, and provides readers with tips on the best places and times of year to view these migrations. In fascinating detail, Dinets discusses the courting and mating rituals of insects like the firefly--actually a type of beetle, with each species having its own distinctive color and blinking code--and mammals like the Tule elk, found in California. He also considers bellowing alligators that perform a type of nighttime "dance" to attract a mate, as well as the variety of complex behaviors that have evolved in numerous species to help them survive. Adaptive behavior and evolutionary changes have led many species to become predators rather than prey, while others have learned ways to escape predation, by using bright colors, toxins in the skin, special alarm calls that warn of predators, advanced hearing mechanisms or mimicry. Moreover, every species in the food chain has an effect on those above and below it, and Dinets debates the pros and cons of introducing an alien species to a particular environment.

Wildlife Spectacles is captivating and entrancing with both its information on a multitude of species and the full-color photographs throughout. Their stunning beauty is as much a reason to read this book as the text is. --Lee E. Cart, freelance writer and book reviewer
 
Shelf Talker: A zoologist examines the natural world and the fascinating creatures that share the planet with humans.


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