This August, Discover a Debut

August 2014
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This week/month, we're sharing our "Monthly Recommendations" to everyone on both lists, featuring titles selected from the American Booksellers Association's "Indies Introduce" picks -- exceptional new books by first time authors. You'll find everything from fiction to memoir to middle grade fantasy. Browse the suggestions below and see what catches your eye.

Happy reading!

Serena
For Middle Grade Readers:
The Glass Sentence
by S.E. Grove

"An exuberantly imagined cascade of unexplored worlds, inscribed in prose and detail as exquisite as the glass memory maps young Sophia uses to navigate such unpredictable landscapes. The Glass Sentence is like a pirate's treasure hoard for map lovers like me." 
--Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity

 

Our Price: $17.99

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Staff Recommended Fiction:  
Fourth of July Creek:
A Novel
by Smith Henderson

"This book knocked me over. Completely wasn't expecting it. Then it proceeded to kick me while I was down, again and again. Then it helped me up and bought me a beer. It's a stand up book, you should get to know it." --Brad L., Harvard Book Store

 

Our Price: $26.99

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New Memoir:  
Bulletproof Vest:
The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter
by Maria Venegas

"There are more than a thousand stories in this book, each one holding the others up and collapsing in on themselves. It's a stunning achievement, and it proves, beautifully, what the memoir can be." --Michael Schaub, National Public Radio

 

Our Price: $26.00

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New in Fiction:  
Painted Horses:
A Novel
by Malcolm Brooks
 
"Painted Horses is a beautiful, sensual, authentic novel. A western novel that is about so much more than the West, it is an exquisite, enthralling debut." --Lily King, author of Euphoria 

 

Our Price: $26.00

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Featured This Month (Ages 8-12):  
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
by Dana Alison Levy

Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and James Patterson's Middle School series, this seriously funny, modern family adventure features two dads, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets.

 

Our Price: $12.79
List Price: $15.99
 
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New in Fiction:  
We Are Called to Rise:
A Novel
by Laura McBride
 
"Here are unforgettable voices that need to be heard as urgently as this richly imagined story needs to be told. Like a solitary bell We Are Called to Rise reverberated long after I'd put it down. I can't stop thinking about it." --Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress

 

Our Price: $25.00

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New Fiction in Paperback:  
Us Conductors:
A Novel
by Sean Michaels

"Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything -- it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor's manual, a creation myth, and an obituary -- but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story." --Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

 

Our Price: $15.95

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Forthcoming Fiction:  
Fives and Twenty-Fives:
A Novel
by Michael Pitre
 
"Fives and Twenty-Fives is one of the great novels of war, the kind of book that comes along only once or twice each generation. It pulls off that rare literary feat of being at once expansive and personal. This novel is real and brutal and funny and wise." --Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce 

 

Our Price: $27.00 (This title will be released on August 26, 2014)

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Forthcoming for Middle Grade Readers:  
Salt & Storm
by Kendall Kulper

A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder, Salt & Storm tells the story of 16-year-old Avery Roe, who wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island but whose mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability.

 

Our Price: $18.00 (This title will be released on September 23, 2014)  

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Forthcoming Nonfiction:  
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes:
& Other Lessons from the Crematory
by Caitlin Doughty

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters, Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

 

Our Price: $24.95 (This title will be released on September 28, 2014)

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