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A quick publisher search for Sasquatch shows 423 titles in Polaris including ebooks.

The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest by Audrey Benedict, of which we hold the most copies, has  circulated nearly 1000 times.

The Salish Sea

“Fashioned by the violent volcanism of the Pacific Rim of Fire, plate tectonics, and the sculptural magic wrought by Ice Age glaciers, the Salish Sea straddles the western border between Canada and the United States and is connected to the Pacific Ocean primarily through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This fascinating visual journey through the Salish Sea combines a scientist’s inquiring mind, beautiful photographs, and a lively narrative of fascinating stories, all of which impart a sense of connection with this intricate marine ecosystem and the life that it sustains”– Provided by publisher.
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These could all potentially find more readers for their copies, with the possible exception of Her Body and Other Parties (drat an underorder). No ARC’s anymore but thought these were worth a mention. The full list, including non-fiction, is here.

Ackerman, Elliot. Dark at the Crossing. Knopf.

Dark at the Crossing“Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir’s wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris’s choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness?”–Page 4 of cover.

 

 

 

Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing. Scribner.

“A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature”– Provided by publisher.

Ko, Lisa. The Leavers. Algonquin.

The Leavers“One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. Grand Central.

Pachinko

“A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity”– Provided by publisher.

Machado, Carmen Maria. Her Body and Other Parties. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Her Body and Other PartiesIn Her Body and Other Parties , Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
“[A] timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria” — provided by publisher.

This is also from Nancy’s have-read stash, but she wants you to make your own judgment.  This should also be in the catalog very soon.  Benjamin’s The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote’s falling out with his connected friends and beginning a personal spiral and artistic block, circulated 564 times – and The Aviator’s Wife, about the Lindberghs, almost 600.  Comment to claim.

Benjamin, Melanie. The Girls in the Picture. Delacorte, January 16th, 2018.

The Girls in the PicturePublisher Summary: It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.

But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.

With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering new era—its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

Between the World and Me circulated nearly 850 times and won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction among others.  This collection of essays comes out next week and has 28 holds so far. Comment to claim.

We Were Eight Years in PowerPublisher summary: “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South…the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period–and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective–the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson (not to be confused with the many other books with that title) is coming out next January.  I am just now ordering it – apologies – but Nancy has an ARC for a lucky person.  Johnson’s novel Tree of Smoke circulated at least 367 times, perhaps even more as it predates CARL migration. Comment to claim. Thanks.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis JohnsonPenguin Random House Summary: Twenty-five years after Jesus’ Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on aging, mortality, and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson.  The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death in May 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.

Courtesy of Nancy with her connections. Comment to claim.

 

Hoffman, Alice. The Rules of Magic. S & S October 10th.

The Rules of MagicSummary: For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.  Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.  From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.  The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

The Guardian in an article titled Banned Books Week: ‘In 2017, censorship comes from an outraged public’ raises the difficult and interesting question of whether “mob mentality” online can amount to a uniquely modern form of informal censorship, because even though there is no authority banning publication or issuing threats of fines or imprisonment, a potentially provocative opinion or viewpoint can be effectively and truly “suppressed” anyway if authors or their publishers cave to a din of intimidation.  There it gets tricky maybe, as motivation could be important. Is the creator or distributor of the viewpoint acting out of fear in a way that chills free debate and all its benefits, or is the motivation a rational retraction in light of consumer taste – to avoid staining one’s reputation, staining a brand, or just hurting profits too  much? After all, publishers are private companies that should also be free to protect their brands and control their messages. On the other hand, like libraries, the professional media, and educational institutions, they have a special role in society protecting open discussion. From the article:

“Twenty years ago,” [anti-censorship campaigner Jodie] Ginsberg added, “it required a lot of effort to campaign against something. Now you can create that outrage and pressure almost instantaneously. And publishers respond to that very quick outrage on social media. It’s really vital for publishers who have invested in their books and believe in their value to defend them even when the madness of the mob descends. What worries me is that publishers do sometimes cave in, when they should be part of the frontline [defending] free expression.”

This article also lists the ALA’s latest list of most challenged books, showing for one thing that mixing anything remotely sexual and an intended younger audience is a sure formula for landing there.

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