Here is the list from the  Washington Center for the Book site. We already own all the non-fiction and biography except the biography The Chicken Who Saved Us, which I’ll put in for when I get back. Here’s a King5 story about that. Poetry purchased on demand until winner announced.

Publisher summary for The Chicken Who Saved Us from Behler website:

Eight-year-old Andrew is autistic and bilingual.

He speaks English–and Chicken.

With words limited by autism, Andrew lives in a fantastic world where chickens talk and superheroes come alive. But when he tells his pet chicken Frightful that his body is trying to kill him, it launches Andrew’s family and an entire medical community into a decade-long quest for answers.

This beautiful, fierce, and refreshingly honest memoir takes readers on a mother’s journey through the complex landscape of modern medicine to discover the healing bond between a boy, and the chicken who saves them all.


I noticed today that this is getting a lot of attention and was originally called Untitled by To Be Announced or some similar contrived suspense filler.  I always wish I got more when that happens. Thanks to Cataloging the title is updated now.  It looks like this will be Fire and Fury juicy, perhaps. Just two of many recent stories are on Politico and the Guardian. The ISBN is 9781982109707.

Untitled OM


Publisher Summary: 

The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides an eye-opening look into the corruption and controversy of the current administration.

“A Room on the Garden  Side,” a story written in 1956 by Ernest Hemingway but never before published, will appear in the summer edition of the Strand.  Here’s the Guardian article.

Quartz Media covers the story of a “critique” of public libraries by LIU economist  Panos Mourdoukoutas in a Forbes opinion piece that  represents a tempting assumption out there that private sector alternatives make libraries redundant. Of course such thinking ultimately questions any public sector or public good at all.

From the article:

“[Libraries] don’t have the same value they used to,” the article argued. The functions of the library, Mourdoukoutas said, have been replaced: community and wifi are now provided by Starbucks; video rentals by Netflix and Amazon Prime; and books by Amazon.

“Technology has turned physical books into collector’s items, effectively eliminating the need for library borrowing services,” Mourdoukoutas wrote, despite the fact that print book sales from traditional publishing houses are steady.

Community provided by Starbucks? OH BROTHER

On Twitter, Mourdoukoutas wrote, “Let me clarify something. Local libraries aren’t free. Home owners must pay a local library tax. My bill is $495/year.” Writer Kashana Cauley responded to Mourdoukoutas in a tweet with 14,000 likes at time of writing, “Let me clarify something. I don’t want poor and working class people to read books.”

Kashana Cauley – BINGO

Nick Drnaso (something like DRIN uh zo according to YouTube videos), is the author of the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the internationally prestigious Booker Prize. We have four copies with a holds queue of two at the moment.  Here is the New York Times article about this if you have a subscription or are still within your free views.  PW has a brief article with the complete longlist. Keep in mind some of these will be published in the U.S. in coming months and may not yet be in the catalog.

Drnaso, Nick.  Sabrina. Drawn & Quarterly, 2018.


Publisher summary: “When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate.”







Here’s a lyrical, experimental novel by Marcia Douglas, who was born in the UK and raised in Jamaica. There is steady interest in Jamaican fiction, both in terms of author background and setting. Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun (2016) went out almost 100 times as of now, and the Booker Prize winner A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (US edition 2014) circulated 272 times in print and 162 times in OverDrive (per Polaris).

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Douglas, Marcia. The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim. New Directions, July 31st.

Publisher summary: 

“Is me—Bob. Bob Marley.” Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston. The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire. No one sees that Fall-down is Bob Marley, no one but his long-ago love, the deaf woman, Leenah, and, in the way of this otherworldly book, when Bob steps into the street each day, five years have passed. Jah ways are mysterious ways, from Kingston’s ghettoes to London, from Haile Selassie’s Ethiopian palace and back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas’s mythical reworking of three hundred years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history. This amazing novel—in bass riddim—carries the reader on a voyage all the way to the gates of Zion.


A new eek factor in eBooks is an indefinite pilot where Macmillan will embargo lendable file purchases for Tor titles for four months after publication  (Tor Scales Back Library E-book Lending as Part of Test by Andrew Albanese).   Macmillan is already one of the least advantageous models in OverDrive for us, selling new titles with both relatively high prices (typically $50-60) and double expiration conditions (often 52 circs or 2 years whichever is hit FIRST), basically guaranteeing that libraries can’t ever do as well as even $1 per circulation for anything.  Norton follows a similar model, and Hachette (Patterson’s publisher) charges some of the highest prices ($80-90) for permanent copies.  Penguin Random House is in the middle at $65 standard prices for permanent copies for new bestsellers, a compromise between what, before their merger, had been RH’s somewhat higher prices and Penguin’s expiration model.

Some of you might remember the shock at HarperCollins’ pioneering of the expiration model many years ago. Nowadays they aren’t looking that bad, and in fact HC gives us the second best “deal” for ebooks, second only to Simon & Schuster among the largest publishers.

In light of all this, there is a new project to try to find actual data about how libraries promote discovery and the effect of lendable copies on ultimate retail sales.  It’s called the Panorama Project and has just announced an Advisory Council that includes our former ALA President Sari Feldman, someone from the Ingram Content Group, and Skip Dye of Random House, among others.  Hopefully these study efforts will lead to regularity and fairness in the eBook market long-term.  EBooks may never be as nicely and favorably standardized as print books, where a 40% discount from a standard retail price range of $25-30 hardcover is the rule, but with objective data perhaps it can go a bit in that direction.