ARC Feeding Frenzy – DOUBLES left to distribute

April 14, 2016

Updates: Best Friend’s Exorcism  and Kill ‘Em “sold out”


I have two of each of these.  Be the first or second to comment and I’ll see they get to your Sno-Isle workplace.

Angela Duckworth’s Grit has a near purchase alert queue brewing, while the other have budding queues of 2-3 and could perhaps thrive with an RA nudge.  James McBride, author of Kill ‘Em and Leave ‘Em about pop singer legend James Brown, also gave us The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird.  Both have been hits in our book discussion kits.

McBride, James. Kill ‘Em and Leave ‘Em.  Spiegel & Grau.  April 5, 2016

Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soulSummary: National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown’s legacy. Kill ‘Em and Leave is more than a book about James Brown. Brown’s rough-and-tumble life, through McBride’s lens, is an unsettling metaphor for American life: the tension between North and South, black and white, rich and poor. McBride’s travels take him to forgotten corners of Brown’s never-before-revealed history: the country town where Brown’s family and thousands of others were displaced by America’s largest nuclear power bomb-making facility; a South Carolina field where a long-forgotten cousin recounts, in the dead of night, a fuller history of Brown’s sharecropping childhood, which until now has been a mystery.



Hendrix, Grady. My Best Friend’s Exorcism.  Quirk Books. May 17, 2016.

My Best Friend's ExorcismSummary: A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist , My Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.




Vestal, Shawn.  Daredevils. Penguin Press. April 12, 2016. Daredevils


Summary: From the winner of 2014’s PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize, an unforgettable debut novel about Loretta, a teenager married off as a “sister wife,” who makes a break for freedom   At the heart of this exciting debut novel, set in Arizona and Idaho in the mid-1970s, is fifteen-year-old Loretta, who slips out of her bedroom every evening to meet her so-called gentile boyfriend. Her strict Mormon parents catch her returning one night, and promptly marry her off to Dean Harder, a devout yet materialistic fundamentalist who already has a wife and a brood of kids. The Harders relocate to his native Idaho, where Dean’s teenage nephew Jason falls hard for Loretta. A Zeppelin and Tolkien fan, Jason worships Evel Knievel and longs to leave his close-minded community. He and Loretta make a break for it. They drive all night, stay in hotels, and relish their dizzying burst of teenage freedom as they seek to recover Dean’s cache of “Mormon gold.” But someone Loretta left behind is on their trail…  A riveting story of desire and escape, Daredevils boasts memorable set pieces and a rich cast of secondary characters. There’s Dean’s other wife, Ruth, who as a child in the 1950s was separated from her parents during the notorious Short Creek raid, when federal agents descended on a Mormon fundamentalist community. There’s Jason’s best friend, Boyd, part Native American and caught up in the activist spirit of the time, who comes along for the ride, with disastrous results. And Vestal’s ultimate creation is a superbly sleazy chatterbox–a man who might or might not be Evel Knievel himself–who works his charms on Loretta at a casino in Elko, Nevada. A lifelong journalist whose Spokesman column is a fixture in Spokane, WA, Shawn has honed his fiction over many years, publishing in journals like McSweeney’s and Tin House. His stunning first collection, Godforsaken Idaho, burrowed into history as it engaged with masculinity and crime, faith and apostasy, and the West that he knows so well. Daredevils shows what he can do on a broader canvas–a fascinating, wide-angle portrait of a time and place that’s both a classic coming of age tale and a plunge into the myths of America, sacred and profane.


Duckworth, Angela. Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success.  Scribner. May 3, 2016. 

Grit : the power of passion and perseverance

Summary: In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people–both seasoned and new–that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.” Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own “character lab” and set out to test her theory.  Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers–from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that –not talent or luck–makes all the difference.


10 Responses to “ARC Feeding Frenzy – DOUBLES left to distribute”

  1. Roxanne F- SRV Says:

    If available, I’d like my best friends exorcism. 🙂 thanks!

  2. Darren Says:

    Certainly – I will place in your mail. Thanks!

  3. Erica Trotter Says:

    If the other Best Friend’s Exorcism is still available, I’d love to have it!

  4. Darren Says:

    On its way, thanks!

  5. Liz King Says:

    I’d love a copy of Kill ’em and Leave ’em!

  6. Darren Says:

    On it way – thank you!

  7. Pamela Cronkrite Says:

    I’d love a copy of Kill ’em and Leave “em!

  8. Darren Says:

    It’s yours – thanks!

  9. Kelli Bragg Says:

    Hi, Darren! If there’s a Daredevils left, I’d like to read it — coming of age plus 70’s culture seems like an interesting story.

  10. Darren Says:

    There sure is – on its way – thanks!

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