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Recommended new pubs for February 14th Recommended new pubs for February 14th

“Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have offered a brilliant diagnosis of the most important issue facing our world: Can democracy survive? With clinical precision and an extraordinary grasp of history, they point to the warning signs of decay and define the obligations of those who would preserve free government. If there is an urgent book for you to read at this moment, it is How Democracies Die.” —E.J. Dionne Jr.

“The world is getting better, even if it doesn’t always feel that way. I’m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture. Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker’s ever written. It’s my new favorite book of all time.”—Bill Gates

“The best account so far of the most notorious woman-and most dangerous threat to the British royal family-of the twentieth century. Andrew Morton presents a convincing picture of Wallis Simpson’s rip-roaring sexual and social adventures and her curious marriage to the Duke of Windsor.” —Sarah Bradford

“Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear. That has been true from her very first book, but with An American Marriage that vision, that strength, and that truth-telling voice have found a new level of artistry and power.” —Michael Chabon

Just out in paperback:

The Book of Joan is a raucous celebration, a searing condemnation, and a fiercely imaginative retelling of Joan of Arc’s Transcendent life.” —Roxanne Gay


This week’s new pubs This week’s new pubs

Three long-awaited paperback releases.

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.

On March 3, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives.


Author Ursula K. LeGuin has died Author Ursula K. LeGuin has died

To quote the New York Times, Ursula Le Guin was “the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy.” She died at her home on Portland at 88. Follow this link to the obituary by the New York Times.

Le Guin is best known for her young adult Earthsea Trilogy, and her novels The Left Hand of Darkness and The Lathe of Heaven.  She also wrote many short stories and novellas which have been collected in two volumes by Saga Press, The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin and The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin.

The two books are also available in a slip-cased edition.



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