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Sycamore

by Bryn Chancellor

"In this masterful performance, Bryn Chancellor explores the loss around which an entire community has calcified with humanity and wisdom. Chancellor digs deep in these pages, unearthing broken hearts, secrets, betrayals, passion and—most impressively—grace. What a joy to find a book that is both propulsive and perfectly composed."—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The NestAn award-winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing page-turner in the spirit of Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge.Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart—most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood. Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature—desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope—as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel

by Erika Johansen

"Katniss Everdeen, you have competition."--Entertainment WeeklyThe thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies--including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable--she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy--and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea--and the Tearling itself--will finally be revealed.

Wednesday Books Sampler

by Allison Raskin Amanda Hocking Anna-Marie Mclemore Dodie Smith Gaby Dunn Gae Polisner Jenny Fran Davis Lily Anderson P. C. Cast Scott Stambach

Get a first look at the books coming this fall from Wednesday Books!

French Concession

by Xiao Bai

A heart-stopping literary noir and richly atmospheric tale of espionage and international intrigue set in Shanghai in 1931--an electrifying, decadent world of love, violence, and betrayal filled with femmes fatales, criminals, revolutionaries, and spiesA boat from Hong Kong arrives in Shanghai harbor, carrying an important official in the Nationalist Party and his striking wife, Leng. Amid the raucous sound of firecrackers, gunshots ring out: an assassin has shot the official and then himself. Leng disappears in the ensuing chaos.Hsueh, a Franco-Chinese photographer aboard the same boat, has become captivated by Leng's beauty and unconcealed misery. Now she is missing. But Hsueh is plagued by a mystery closer to home: he suspects his White Russian lover, Therese, is unfaithful. Why else would she have disappeared so often on their recent vacation? When he's arrested for mysterious reasons in the French Concession and forced to become a police collaborator, he realizes that in the seamy, devious world of Shanghai, no one is who they appear to be.Coerced into spying for the authorities, Hsueh discovers that Therese is secretly an arms dealer, supplying Shanghai's gangs with weapons. His investigation of Therese eventually leads him back to Leng, a loyal revolutionary with ties to a menacing new gang led by a charismatic Communist whose acts of violence and terrorism threaten the entire country.His aptitude for espionage draws Hsueh into a dark underworld of mobsters, smugglers, anarchists, and assassins. Torn between Therese and Leng, he vows to protect them both. As the web of intrigue tightens around him, Hsueh must play a dangerous game, hoping to stay alive.

A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel

by Joyce Carol Oates

“Oates’ American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country...Martyrs is a graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart, but exist in different realities. ” --USA Today, 4-star review“Successful because [Oates] refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone, even murderous foes of abortion...With its wrath and violence, A Book of American Martyrs offers this teaspoon of warmth in these troubled times: that it is possible to be wrong without surrendering your humanity.” --Los Angeles Times“The most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.” --Washington PostA powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief. In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society. A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

by David Garrow

As epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson series, the definitive account of Barack Obama’s life before he became the 44th president of the United States—the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross.Barack Obama’s keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years later he would make history as America’s first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive biography ever written of Obama in the years preceding his presidency.Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama meticulously unpacks Obama’s life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama’s pre-presidential life for decades to come.

No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel

by Stephanie Powell Watts

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around. JJ’s newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have—and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

Allergy-Free Kids: The Science-Based Approach to Preventing Food Allergies

by Robin Nixon Pompa

Based on recent groundbreaking studies that will change the way parents feed their children, Allergy-Free Kids is a revolutionary guide to preventing food allergies.When her infant daughter was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies, Robin Nixon Pompa found Dr. Gideon Lack, a clinical researcher on the verge of a breakthrough in allergy prevention and treatment that would heal her daughter and, later, her sons.The secret: building acceptance of allergens through repeated careful feedings. Instead of avoiding eggs, nuts, and other allergens, as previous recommendations held, most parents should introduce them into their children’s diets, "early, carefully and often, for at least the first five years of life." This life-changing approach is being embraced by the medical community, especially for peanut allergy, and is reflected in new guidelines from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the National Institutes of Health and other major medical associations.Allergy-Free Kids includes a concise, easy-to-understand overview of the research as well as seventy simple and delicious kid-friendly recipes to help parents integrate unfamiliar allergen foods into a child’s diet. Divided by allergen, Allergy-Free Kids contains sections on Eggs, Peanuts and Tree Nuts, Cow’s Milk, Sesame, Wheat and Fish. It also discusses other foods, such as kiwi and soy, which are increasingly causing allergic reactions. The book includes feeding advice, and maintenance doses, followed by recipes suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, including Open Sesame Sweet Potatoes, Nut Flour Crackers, Cocoa "Puffs" and Eggs-Pretending-to-be-Muffins. Following the new medical guidelines, Allergy-Free Kids empowers parents to help their kids avoid a lifelong struggle with food allergies—and bring variety and joy back to family meals.

The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier

by Cathi Hanauer

More than a decade after the New York Times bestselling anthology The Bitch in the House spoke up loud and clear for a generation of young woman, nine of the original contributors are back--along with sixteen captivating new voices--sharing their ruminations from an older, stronger, and wiser perspective about love, sex, work, family, independence, body-image, health, and aging: the critical flash points of women's lives today."Born out of anger," the essays in The Bitch in the House chronicled the face of womanhood at the beginning of a new millennium. Now those funny, smart, passionate contributors--today less bitter and resentful, and more confident, competent, and content--capture the spirit of postfeminism in this equally provocative, illuminating, and compelling companion anthology.Having aged into their forties, fifties, and sixties, these "bitches"--bestselling authors, renowned journalists, and critically acclaimed novelists--are back . . . and better than ever. In The Bitch Is Back, Cathi Hanauer, Kate Christensen, Sarah Crichton, Debora Spar, Ann Hood, Veronica Chambers, and nineteen other women offer unique views on womanhood and feminism today. Some of the "original bitches" (OBs) revisit their earlier essays to reflect on their previous selves. All reveal how their lives have changed in the intervening years--whether they stayed coupled, left marriages, or had affairs; developed cancer or other physical challenges; coped with partners who strayed, died, or remained faithful; became full-time wage earners or homemakers; opened up their marriages; remained childless or became parents; or experienced other meaningful life transitions. As a "new wave" of feminists begins to take center stage, this powerful, timely collection sheds a much-needed light on both past and present, offering understanding, compassion, and wisdom for modern women's lives, all the while pointing toward the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.

Why Do Cats Meow? (Easy-to-Read)

by Joan Holub

Do you love cats? If you do, you're not alone! Cats are the most popular pet in the United States. There is so much to know about cats. Why do they meow, hiss and purr? Why do they have whiskers, tails and claws? Can they really see in the dark? You'll find out the answers to these questions and many more in this fun, fact-filled book.

Contra Trump: Panfleto urgente

by Jorge Volpi

Con el mejor estilo de los panfletos y libelos políticos de los siglos XIX y XX, Jorge Volpi alza la voz en contra de Trump, sus ideas y sus acciones. ¿Por qué Donald Trump fue electo presidente de Estados Unidos? Su victoria electoral dice mucho sobre el país más poderoso del mundo y sus ciudadanos, pero también sobre nosotros como sociedad. Ahora, ante la xenofobia, la misoginia, el nacionalismo, el populismo y otros azotes característicos de ese régimen, ¿cuáles son las mayores amenazas para México? Jorge Volpi propone un entendimiento claro y racional de su peligroso pensamiento, y también políticas, contrapesos y resistencias a las peores lacras de su administración.

Shelby Holmes es genial

by Elizabeth Eulberg

Shelby puede resolver cualquier caso, aunque sea complicado. Pero cuando conoce a John Watson, Shelby encuentra la respuesta a un misterio que siempre había sido un acertijo para ella: la amistad. De repente, desaparece el perrito que ganó el premio canino en Nueva York, y Holmes y Watson se sumergen en un caso de secuestro de perro que requerirá de trabajo en equipo y mucho talento para resolverlo.

El búfalo de la noche

by Guillermo Arriaga

Una novela de atmósfera inquietante, cuya afilada y descarnada prosa nos conduce por los abismos y los claroscuros de la condición humana El búfalo de la noche confirma a Guillermo Arriaga -traducido a varios idiomas, autor de Amores perros, 21 gramos y Babel, y recientemente galardonado con el Premio Mazatlán de Literatura por su última novela, El Salvaje- como uno de los mejores escritores de la literatura contemporánea. Gregorio y Manuel son mejores amigos hasta que el primero comienza a despeñarse hacia la locura. Mientras Gregorio entra y sale de hospitales psiquiátricos, Tania -su novia- y Manuel comienzan una relación amorosa a sus espaldas. Herido por la traición y acosado por los celos, el caos mental de Gregorio lo orilla al suicidio, dejando a cuestas una caja con misteriosas cartas y mensajes que atormentarán a Manuel y a Tania, conduciéndolos también hasta los linderos de la demencia. La crítica ha opinado: "Dostoievski en México. Pero Dostoievski alimentado de suspenso. Arriaga al tope de su arte" Le Café "Guillermo Arriaga da un respiro al género criminal y confirma las posibilidades de un autor que busca airear temáticas que se creían agotadas" José Luis Trueba, Unomásuno

Un pueblo llamado Redención

by Hilario Peña

Novela ganadora del Premio Bellas Artes De Novela José Rubén Romero 2016, Revoluciona El Género Western. Un pueblo llamado redención explora un México oculto en nuestra historia y narra la fundación de una sociedad capitalista en un terreno hostil e indómito. Sus páginas despiden el olor de la pólvora, de las alforjas y de los caballos surcando la llanura. De niño, Cornelio Callahan fue raptado por indios mojaves; de adulto, combate apaches en Sonora, participa en el exterminio de bisontes en Texas y protege la plata de las minas en Chihuahua, todo bajo las órdenes de un terrateniente déspota. El único hombre dispuesto a desafiar a ambos villanos es un artista del revólver llamado Higinio Montoya. El pistolero espera hacer lo que es correcto y así exorcizar sus demonios. ¿Qué mejor lugar para conseguir lo que se propone que un pueblo llamado Redención?

Fox: negocios a la sombra del poder

by Valeria Durán Raúl Olmos

Un libro explosivo de periodismo de denuncia que revela los negocios de un gestor de lujo ante el gobierno federal. Desde los primeros años de su presidencia, Vicente Fox estuvo en el centro del huracán mediático, y no sólo por sus fallidas reformas políticas o sus célebres tropiezos verbales. Su nombre ha estado implicado en diversas investigaciones por tráfico de influencias y conflicto de intereses. Tal como lo demuestra aquí Raúl Olmos, el mismo personaje bravucón que prometía terminar con las "víboras prietas y tepocatas", usó el poder Ejecutivo para asegurar su futuro. Antes de llegar a Los Pinos, Fox afrontaba una situación económica familiar muy adversa. Sin embargo, como se documenta a lo largo de estas páginas, muchas de las acciones que llevó a cabo durante su sexenio respondieron no sólo a fines gubernamentales, sino a una estrategia para resarcir su patrimonio personal. Tras su administración, Fox siguió haciendo negocios a la sombra del poder, diversificando sus ingresos como empresario y convirtiéndose en un cabildero de lujo que ha recibido millones de dólares por su labor como intermediario para inversionistas extranjeros. Así, a partir de un riguroso ejercicio periodístico, este libro sigue la opaca ruta de la prosperidad del ex mandatario, que lo mismo ha incursionado en negocios inmobiliarios, de transporte, agropecuarios y hasta petroleros. A pesar de lo anterior, el llamado presidente de la alternancia ha insistido en defender su pensión de 205 mil pesos mensuales#

Algunas margaritas y sus fantasmas

by Paulette Jonguitud

Una madre busca a una muchacha para casarla con su hijo. Como suele ocurrir, la candidata debe cumplir con ciertos requisitos, uno fundamental en este caso: estar muerta. Su hijo lo está también y necesita compañía, de lo contrario seguirá viniendo a visitarla para robarle los recuerdos -y ya le quedan pocos. No debe ser difícil encontrar a una novia así, en un país donde lo que sobra son cadáveres de muchachas. Óscar es fotógrafa. Su hermana gemela acaba de morir, consumida por el cáncer y por el miedo. Para lidiar con su ausencia, se vuelca en un nuevo proyecto fotográfico: hacer los retratos de dos hombres muertos hace mucho tiempo, Joseph Merrick y Alan Turing. ¿Es posible tomar la fotografía de un fantasma? ¿Es posible fotografiar a una persona sin afantasmarla? Esta novela está habitada por presencias espectrales y vacíos pesados como el hastío. Sólo una cosa no hay, todavía: el olvido.

En el cuerpo correcto: El primer testimonio de una mujer trans en México

by Morganna Love

Una historia apasionante y dolorosa sobre el coraje de convertirse en una misma. Una historia de valentía y fortaleza de espíritu que retrata la vida de Morganna Love, una cantante mexicana de ópera que luchó contra los prejuicios de la sociedad y el rechazo de su propia familia para poder cumplir su sueño: ser la mujer plena que es hoy en día. "Les diré esto: soy Morganna, una mujer transexual que ha luchado por hallar su lugar en el mundo [#] Tuve que bucear en aguas profundas, sumergirme para extraer mis recuerdos, los más dolorosos, los más extraños, aquellos que me daban más vergüenza y hubiera querido olvidar. Y aquí están, en estas páginas" Desde su infancia religiosa como Saúl hasta el viaje que realizó a Bangkok para llevar a cabo su reasignación de sexo, Morganna nos revela cuán difícil puede ser el camino para una persona que habita un cuerpo dividido y aprende a enfrentarlo a pesar de las adversidades, los prejuicios y la discriminación propios de un país dolorosamente machista, hipócrita y conservador. En el cuerpo correcto es un libro actual y necesario para aproximarse a los temas de identidad sexual, de género y de discriminación que, sin duda, marcará un antes y un después en el juicio de los lectores.

Territorio Lolita

by Ana V. Clavel

"No hay nada más atrozmente cruel que una niña adorada." Todo objeto de deseo se vuelve, en la fantasía, fetiche, y uno de los más fascinantes fetiches de nuestra época es precisamente Lolita. ¿No es acaso la esencia de Lolita una encarnación o sucedáneo del objeto amoroso perdido, de ese inefable placer que nunca se ha de alcanzar? Ana V. Clavel explora tales territorios en busca de los secretos y misterios de esas chiquillas dulces, pero también terribles, según la fuerza del deseo que desanudan. Este ensayo sobre las nínfulas se estructura a partir de cuatro núcleos temáticos. En el primero, "Lolita: fundación de un mito", se abordan algunas peculiaridades en torno al personaje creado en 1955 por Vladimir Nabokov. En el segundo se indagan los antecedentes del arquetipo, con especial atención en Alice Liddell (no tanto la niña en quien se basó el personaje de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas, sino a quien Lewis Carroll fotografió con fascinación) y en Caperucita roja. La tercera sección explora un territorio todavía virgen en la arqueología de las Lolitas: la interioridad de la nínfula. Por último, la cuarta sección analiza algunas de las más destacadas creaciones de nínfulas en artes como la pintura, la fotografía y el cine, en busca del fulgor de la pequeña diosa más allá del estereotipo. Sobre las nínfulas: "El lector debe comprender que, dueño y esclavo de una nínfula, el viajero encantado está, por así decirlo, más allá de toda felicidad, un paraíso cuyos cielos tenían el color de las llamas infernales, pero con todo un paraíso." -Vladimir Nabokov- "Caperucita roja fue mi primer amor. Tenía la sensación de que, si me hubiera casado con ella, habría conocido la felicidad completa." -Charles Dickens- "Carroll quería contar una historia a una niña; la historia divaga, la niña cambia, el Deseo se convierte en el único amo de un espacio que no está orientado por ningún tiempo; mientras tanto, aquel que dio la señal de partida se lamenta y confiesa sus angustias de adolescente viejo y masoquista en versos llorosos." -Hélène Cixous- "El cuerpo de las Ninfas era el lugar mismo de un conocimiento terrible porque era a la vez salvador y funesto: el conocimiento a través de la posesión. Un conocimiento que otorga clarividencia, pero puede también entregar a quien lo practica a una locura peculiar. La paradoja de la Ninfa es ésta: poseerla significa ser poseídos." -Roberto Calasso-

Mi abuelo y el dictador

by César Tejeda

Mi abuelo y el dictador es una triple genealogía: de la familia Tejeda, de la infamia del Señor Presidente y de una novela que se cuenta a sí misma. En 1908, el abuelo de César Tejeda, Antonio Tejeda, fue detenido por su supuesta complicidad en el intento de homicidio de Manuel Estrada Cabrera, el sanguinario y supersticioso dictador de Guatemala. Antonio fue obligado a caminar los cuarenta y cinco kilómetros que separan a La Antigua de la Ciudad de Guatemala, custodiado por un pelotón a caballo. Durante todo el trayecto, fueron seguidos por una mujer con un bebé en brazos: era Victoria Fonseca, la esposa de Antonio, y en los pañales del bebé llevaba escondido un revólver. César Tejeda ha escuchado esta anécdota durante toda su vida y sabe que su vida está cifrada en ella. Se la han contado como un ejemplo de valentía, por parte de su abuela remota, sin embargo, hay algo en el recuerdo de ese episodio que le parece injusto. Al querer desentrañar ese misterio, modesto o fantasmal, César Tejeda se verá obligado a convertirse en historiador de su desconcierto y novelista de un país tiranizado.

Cómo piensan las piedras

by Brenda Lozano

Relaciones amorosas y familiares, enigmas de la vida cotidiana, irrupciones de lo desconocido: con estos y otros elementos, Brenda Lozano elabora historias cuyos personajes resultarán a los lectores al mismo tiempo cercanos y enigmáticos, como suelen ser los amigos íntimos "Nos estrellamos contra lo que más queremos." Esta colección de cuentos reúne sucesos de la vida cotidiana que se encuentran con eventos inusuales. Por ejemplo, que una niña pequeña se ponga a dialogar con un policía y le haga preguntas de toda índole, en particular una sobre las piedras; por ejemplo, que una creciente manada de elefantes reconozca como parte de los suyos a un hombre. Y que una pareja se imagine historias a partir de los ruidos que escuchan en el vecindario. Hacia el final del volumen irrumpe un gorila de zoológico... La crítica ha opinado: "Un grupo de relatos siempre inquietantes y siempre sutiles." -Antonio Ortuño "Brenda Lozano es una espléndida escritora, brillante, divertida, sutilmente perversa, siempre conmovedora." -Francisco Goldman

El hombre de la situación

by Manuel Payno

Los mejores libros jamás escritos. La presente edición es la única en el mercado basada en la versión original publicada por Payno como novela de folletín en 1861. "¡Y qué sabemos si con el tiempo no podrá usted subir más alto en este país de estúpidos!" Aunque Manuel Payno sea reconocido por novelas como Los bandidos de Río Frío o El fistol del diablo -obras fundacionales de la literatura mexicana-, El hombre de la situación revela a un Payno más concentrado, más "puro" y, sí, mucho más breve. En apenas diecinueve capítulos el autor narra, con buen humor y mucha crítica, las peripecias de tres generaciones de Fulgencios García Julio en el México del siglo XIX: personajes ignorantes y egoístas, traicioneros y oportunistas, más pícaros que inteligentes, que se encontraron con un contexto tristemente favorable al absurdo en el cual gozaron de fortuna, riqueza y poder político. Edición a cargo de la doctora Yliana Rodríguez González, académica de El Colegio de San Luis y miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores.

The Long and Winding Road

by Tj Klune

Sequel to The Art of BreathingFamily is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are. And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before. There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go. There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect. There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own. As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever. Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.

Gorillas: Natural History and Conservation

by Kelly J. Stewart

Gorillas covers the characteristics (life history, group life, reproduction, mortality) and ecology of these creatures. Stewart also discusses the serious threats that gorillas face, and informs readers about what can be done to protect gorillas.

Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community 1977-1997

by Jon-Henri Damski

75 essays from a very perceptive columnist which he penned from 1977-1997 for Gay Chicago Magazine. Includes commentary on the 3 mass murderers whose trials occurred during this time. Damski was a literate, intelligent and biting critic on politics, social movements, literature, and famous personalities.

Matthew Jackson Meets the Wall

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Fans of The Kids of the Polk Street School will enjoy following Matthew to his new neighborhood when he and his family move away from New York to Ohio. The kid next door seems okay, but he warns Matthew about the Wall. You don't want to walk into him, he says, but Matthew is on a collision course. (From the back cover) "Matthew can't understand why his family had to leave New York and the Polk Street School for Ohio, but he knows he hates it. His new room--an unfinished attic--is awfully far away from everyone else. And no one has seen Barney since they started to unpack. Where could that cat have gone to? Matthew can't even walk around his new neighborhood without being afraid. The kid next door, J.P., seems okay, but he's told him about the Wall. "You don't want to walk into him," says J.P. Matthew's worried. What will happen when he meets the Wall?" This is a great choice for young readers ready for chapter books. RL: 3.5, ages 7-11 There are dozens more books by Patricia Reilly Giff for boys and girls in the Bookshare library.

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  • BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - Digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
  • MP3 (MPEG audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
  • DAISY Audio - Similar to the DAISY option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivonas Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.