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Algonquin Books

of Chapel Hill

FALL / Winter 2012

B. A. Shapiro

The Art Forger

A Novel

“A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows

about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how

to tell a gripping story.” —Tom Perrotta



368 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-132-6

$23.95 Hardcover

No. 73132

world (excluding Can)

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-180-7

• BEA ARC giveaway and signing

• Prepublication sell-in tour

• 5-city author tour

• National publicity

• Regional trade show appearances

• Online marketing campaign

• Special $75 newsletter allowance

• Essay and excerpt in the Algonquin Reader

• Prepublication advertising, including

Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today

over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella

Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains

the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a

struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more

to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art

for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation,

she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with

Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge

a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the

Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his

renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the

one that had been hanging for one hundred years

at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to

suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins

leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since

the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can

now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich

plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller

that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and

obsessive collectors. It’s a dazzling novel about seeing—and

not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

“An engaging journey. Will not only keep you as entertained as

any thriller but leave you with a new appreciation of how paintings

are made, evaluated, and understood—not to mention

how they’re copied.” —Arthur Golden, bestselling author of

Memoirs of a Geisha

“Blazingly good. Shapiro drops you where you’ve never been before,

into the whole, crackingly alive world of art galleries, art

forgeries, and the unexpected recesses of the human heart. As

original as a real Degas, it’s also as unforgettable.” —Caroline

Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

B. A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches fiction writing at

Northeastern University. Author website: www.barbarashapiro


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“Listen to me: everything you think you know, every relationship you’ve ever taken for granted,

every plan or possibility you’ve ever hatched, every conceit or endeavor you’ve ever concocted,

can be stripped from you in an instant. Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself.

Be ready not to be ready. Be ready to be brought to your knees and beaten to dust. Because no

stable foundation, no act of will, no force of cautious habit will save you from this fact: nothing

is indestructible.” —from The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving



288 pages, 6" x 9"

ISBN 978-1-61620-039-8

$23.95 Hardcover

No. 73039

world eng lang

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-185-2

• BEA ARC giveaway and signing

• 8-city author tour

• National publicity

• National advertising, including

the New York Times Book Review

• Online marketing and advertising campaign

• Author Spotlight on Algonquin website

• Special $75 newsletter allowance

• Essay and excerpt in the Algonquin Reader

• Prepublication advertising, including Shelf

Awareness and Publishers Weekly

West of Here

ISBN 978-1-61620-082-4

No. 73082



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From the New York Times Bestselling Author of West of Here

★ ★ BookPage Top 50 Best Books of 2011

★ ★ Amazon’s Top 100 of 2011 List

★ ★ Hudson Booksellers’ Book of the Year

★ ★ PNBA Book Award for 2012

★ ★ #1 Indie Next Pick in Hardcover

★★BookExpo America Editors’ Buzz Panel 2010

Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything—his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood.

With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, where

he is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability, about professionalism,

and on how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider.

But when Ben is assigned to tyrannical nineteen-year-old Trevor, who is in the advanced stages

of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he soon discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan

checklists have done little to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually

frustrated adolescent with an ax to grind with the world at large.

Though begun with mutual misgivings, the relationship between Trev and Ben evolves into a close

camaraderie, and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur as they

embark on a road trip to visit Trev’s ailing father. A series of must-see roadside attractions divert

them into an impulsive adventure interrupted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a

six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark.

Bursting with energy, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises and the

heart’s uncanny capacity to mend.

“Jonathan Evison is a gifted raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and an unflagging empathy for humankind

in all its sad, foible-filled magnificence. In The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, his myriad

talents are displayed in full bloom.” —Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers

“The funniest and most tough-minded novel I’ve read in a long time . . . This is his best novel yet.”

—Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life

“Sly and surprising, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is both a goofy road trip and a mission of

atonement. Jonathan Evison has the singular ability to make the heartbreaking seem jaunty.”

—Stewart O’Nan, author of The Odds: A Love Story

Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. His first novel, All About Lulu,

won the Washington State Book Award. This is his third novel.

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“An utterly engrossing story, driven by a heroine as layered and magnetic as Hester

Prynne herself, and reminiscent, too, of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Absolutely a must-read.” —Booklist, starred review

When She Woke

A Novel

Best of 2011

The -Huffington Post

Paste magazine

The Kansas City Star

BookPage and Booklist



368 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-193-7

$14.95 Trade Paper

No. 73193


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-184-5

HC ISBN 978-1-56512-629-9

• National publicity

• #1 Indie Next selection in hardcover

• National advertising

• 7-city author tour

• Readers Round Table edition with reader’s

guide and other special features

• Online marketing and advertising campaign

• Author Spotlight on Algonquin website

• Trade paper terms

• Author website: www.hillaryjordan.com


ISBN 978-1-56512-677-0

No. 72677



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A #1 Indie Next Pick

Hillary Jordan

“The Scarlet Letter could unfurl from no better a speculative pen than that

held by Hillary Jordan. She takes the seeds of that story and roots them in

a world where ‘right to life’ is the law of the land . . . The result . . . is as

compulsively readable as it is thought-provoking.” —The Denver Post

Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel, When She Woke,

tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a nottoo-distant

future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated

and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed—their skin

color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes—and then released back into

the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder.

In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks

on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true

and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.

“In the chillingly credible tomorrowland of Jordan’s second novel, Roe v. Wade has been

overturned, abortion has been criminalized in 42 states and a vigilante group known as the

Fist of Christ brutalizes violators . . . Jordan’s feverishly conceived dystopia holds its own

alongside the dark inventions of Margaret Atwood and Ray Bradbury.” —The New York

Times Book Review

A l g o n q u i n P a p e r b a c k

“Hannah’s fight for freedom is both a sober warning and a gripping page-turner. Already it

reads like a classic.” —AARP

“Jordan’s take on the hot button issues of our time—separation of church and state, abortion,

an imperfect criminal justice system—is compelling.” —San Antonio Express-News

“An inventive tale about a new America that has lost its way . . . When She Woke is, at its heart,

a tense, energetic and lively paced story about self-discovery and reclamation in the wake of

enormous shame. It is a story about the price of love.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] provocative, politically charged novel . . . [Hannah’s] journey to reclaim herself is equally

chilling and riveting.” —Family Circle

“Will spark many an intriguing book club discussion.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Hillary Jordan’s first novel, Mudbound, was the winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction

and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was named the NAIBA Fiction

Book of the Year and one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade by Paste magazine. Jordan

grew up in Dallas, Texas, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She lives in New York City. Find her online

at www.hillaryjordan.com.

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Steven D. Wolf with Lynette Padwa

Comet’s Tale

How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

“Absolutely delightful! A very good book about a human whose life is transformed

by a greyhound. Makes me want to adopt a greyhound right away!”

—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love



272 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-045-9

$23.95 Hardcover

No. 73045


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-186-9

• National publicity

• Social networking campaign, including

Facebook advertising

• Cross-marketing campaign with

the National Humane Society and


• 20-city radio tour

• Online marketing and advertising


• Regional holiday catalogs

• Author Spotlight on Algonquin website

• Video trailer

Forced into early retirement by a spinal condition,

Steven Wolf reluctantly left his family and moved to

Arizona for its warm winter climate. A lifelong dog

lover, the former hard-driving attorney is drawn to a local

group that rescues retired racing greyhounds. When Comet,

a once-abused cinnamon-striped racer, chooses to “adopt”

Wolf, he has no idea that a life-altering relationship has

begun—for both of them.

Racers, cruelly treated and exposed only to the track and

cage, have no inkling of the most basic skills—walking on tile

floors, climbing stairs, even playing with toys or children—so

Wolf must show the mistrustful greyhound how to thrive in

the real world. Gradually, a confident but mysterious spirit

emerges from the stunning animal. And when Wolf’s health

starts to worsen, the tables turn and Comet must now help

Wolf with the most basic skills.

Wolf teaches her to be a service dog, and soon enough

she’s hauling his wheelchair at top speed through airport terminals,

towing his cart through the grocery store, helping

him get out of bed, and attracting friends to Wolf’s isolated

world. She plays a crucial role in restoring his health and even

saving his marriage. Their unshakable faith in each other

makes them winners once again.

“Comet the dog is worthy of the Canine Hall of Fame, and

Comet the book is everything you want a memoir to be: wise,

moving, honest, and true. I loved it, and so will you.”

—Louis Bayard, author of The Pale Blue Eye

“Told with abundant humor, humility, and a writing style as

graceful as a greyhound, Comet’s Tale abounds with revelations

of the way life surprises us. I loved this book!”

—Anne Hillerman, author of Tony Hillerman’s Landscape

“A powerful tale about life, family, and personal healing

that reminds us all that greyhounds are love!”

—Christine A. Dorchak, president of GREY2K USA

Steven D. Wolf is an active participant in greyhound advocacy.

He divides his time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Sedona,


6 | Fall/Winter 2012 Algonquin Books

Christopher Castellani


A Novel

“I loved this book for both its wit and its compassion. Chris Castellani has

a steady, sustained belief in the goodness of the human spirit. To be able to

convey both comedy and tragedy in a single novel is a remarkable gift.”

—Anita Shreve, author of Rescue

It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married

Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the

last time she would see her parents, her sisters and

brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of

Santa Cecilia, Italy. She locked those memories away, as if

Santa Cecilia stopped existing the day she left. Now, with

children and grandchildren, a successful family-run restaurant,

and enough daily drama at home, Maddalena sees no

need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage

and unmended rifts of another life spill out.

But Prima, Antonio and Maddalena’s American-born

daughter, was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as

she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire

family back to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena with

her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland

one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso

family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises,

and their journey home becomes a necessary voyage.

Writing with warmth and grace, Chris Castellani delivers

a seductive feast for readers. All This Talk of Love is an

incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love,

myth and memory.

“The many faces of home, all of them dear, all of them hardwon,

all of them so complicated and confusing and beloved,

lie at the heart of this tenderest of novels. If there is a better

book about what it means to be in a family, I haven’t read it.”

—Stacey D’Erasmo, author of The Sky Below

Christopher Castellani has published two previous

novels with Algonquin—A Kiss from Maddalena, which

won the Massachusetts Books Award for Fiction; and The Saint

of Lost Things. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where he

is the artistic director of Grub Street, the Boston-based nonprofit

creative writing center. Author website: www.christopher


February 2013


320 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-170-8

$13.95 Trade Paper Original

No. 73170


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-190-6

• National publicity

• National advertising

• 6-city author tour

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Regional trade show appearances

• Author Spotlight on

Algonquin website

• Essay and excerpt in the

Algonquin Reader

• Trade paper terms

A l g o n q u i n P a p e r b a c k O r i g i n a l

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“Life Among Giants is a wild ride of a novel, deliciously visceral, psychologically

twisted, furiously engaging.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

Life Among Giants

A Novel



352 pages, 6" x 9"

ISBN 978-1-61620-076-3

$24.95 Hardcover

No. 73076

world (excluding uk)

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-156-2

• BEA ARC giveaway and signing

• Prepublication sell-in tour

• 10-city author tour

• National publicity

• Regional trade show appearances

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Author Spotlight on

Algonquin website

• Essay and excerpt in the

Algonquin Reader

• Prepublication advertising,

including Shelf Awareness and

Publishers Weekly



8 | Fall/Winter 2012 Algonquin Books

praise for Bill Roorbach

“I’ve admired Bill Roorbach’s voice for a long time. He’s a writer who is full of compassion and warmth

for his subjects, and he’s funny as hell, too.” —Rick Moody

“Roorbach falls, for me, into that small category of writers whose every book I must read, then reread.”

—Jay Parini

“Bill Roorbach is a storyteller’s storyteller.” —Antonya Nelson

“Bill Roorbach has quietly built a stellar reputation.” —Publishers Weekly

At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback,

and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously

murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. Sylphide, the

world’s greatest ballerina, lives across the pond from their Connecticut home, in a mansion the

size of a museum, and it turns out that her rock star husband’s own disasters have intersected

with Lizard’s—and Kate’s—in the most intimate and surprising ways.

Over the decades that follow, Lizard and Kate are obsessed with uncovering the motives behind

the deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business

dealings and shaky finances, and to Sylphide, who has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s

lives much more deeply than either had ever realized. From the football fields of Princeton to

a stint with the NFL, from elaborate dances at the mansion to the seductions lying in wait for

Lizard, and ultimately to the upscale restaurant he opens in his hometown, it only takes Lizard

a lifetime to piece it all together.

A wildly entertaining novel of murder, seduction, and revenge—rich in incident, in expansiveness

of character, and in lavishness of setting—it’s a Gatsby-esque adventure, a larger-than-life

quest for answers that reveals how sometimes the greatest mystery lies in knowing one’s own heart.

Praise for Life Among Giants

“A sprawling, exuberant novel filled with murder and lust and, mostly, love. Bill Roorbach is a writer

with enormous vision and an even more enormous heart.” —Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread

“An operatic novel of grand emotions and grand events, a story about murder, money, and madness but

also the worlds of dance, food, sports, and romance, all experienced at their over-the-top best . . . No

one writes pleasure quite like Bill Roorbach.” —Debra Spark, author of Good for the Jews

“A book that’s big in the best of ways . . . Bill Roorbach has delivered his award-winning writing

talents in one big bunch.” —Clyde Edgerton

Bill Roorbach is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction. His work has been published

in Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens

of other magazines and journals. Author website: www.billroorbach.com.

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Lions of the West

Heroes and Villains of the

Westward Expansion

A l g o n q u i n P a p e r b a c k

“Lions of the West is history at its best.” —The Charleston Post and Courier

“A love song to the raw back pages of American frontier democracy.”

—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior

A Shannon Ravenel Book



528 pages, 6" x 9"

ISBN 978-1-61620-189-0

$19.95 Trade Paper

No. 73189


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-179-1

HC ISBN 978-1-56512-626-8

• National publicity

• Advertising in the New York

Times Book Review

• 7-city author tour

• An Indie Next selection

in hardcover

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Trade paper terms

From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the

California Gold Rush in 1849, America’s westward

expansion comes to life in the hands of a writer fascinated

by the way individual lives link up, illuminate one

another, and collectively impact history.

Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the

United States would stretch across the North American

continent, from ocean to ocean. The account of how that

dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and

nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust

for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson,

John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett,

Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson,

Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams.

Their stories—and those of the nameless thousands who

risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands

of Native Americans—form an extraordinary chapter

in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the

Civil War. Filled with illustrations, portraits, maps, battle

plans, notes, and time lines, Lions of the West is a richly

authoritative biography of America—its ideals, its promise,

its romance, and its destiny.

“A tour de force of historical concision, combining prodigious

research and adroit synthesis.” —The Boston Globe

“Sometimes, superb research can yield memorable chronicling

of lives in an economical manner, rather than in a detailed

cradle to grave account. That is the case in Morgan’s compulsively

readable group history.” —The Seattle Times

“Morgan’s marriage of history and well-wrought prose is as

engrossing as it is edifying.” —The Louisville Courier-Journal

“Morgan’s accounts of these key players make for an intriguing

journey westward . . . A stimulating and engaging account.”

—Minneapolis Star Tribune



10 | Fall/Winter 2012 Algonquin Books

Robert Morgan

Gap Creek

A Novel

In 2000, Oprah Winfrey selected Algonquin’s hard cover edition of Gap Creek for

her Book Club. Now, a dozen years and more than one million copies later, we are

proud to offer our first paperback edition of this enduring bestseller.

Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they

say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop.

People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and

nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to

do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the

valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better.

But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last

years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than

the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to

fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters,

drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into

their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love

can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with

nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the

disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap

Creek a timeless story of a marriage.

“Morgan . . . shows what it was like to be human in a time and

place now far removed from modern America. He creates living,

breathing souls who, as transparent as their dreams and

fears may seem today, demand to be taken seriously.”

—The Orlando Sentinel

“His stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with

the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank Williams’s best songs.”

—The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping storytelling, indelible sense of time and place . . .

Morgan turns the stories of prosaic lives into page-turners.”

—The Raleigh News and Observer

Robert Morgan is the author of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction,

most notably his novel Gap Creek, and Boone, his biography

of Daniel Boone, both of which were national bestsellers. The

recipient of an Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature,

he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in

2010. He lives in Ithaca, New York. Author website: www.robert




368 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-176-0

$14.95 Trade Paper

No. 73176


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-178-4

HC ISBN 978-1-56512-296-3

• Reader’s Round Table edition

• Trade paper terms

• Includes teaser chapter

from The Road from Gap Creek

A l g o n q u i n P a p e r b a c k

The Truest Pleasure

ISBN 978-1-56512-222-2

No. 72222

Brave Enemies

ISBN 978-1-56512-578-0

No. 72578

Boone: A Biography

ISBN 978-1-56512-615-2

No. 72615

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Joanna Luloff

The Beach at Galle Road


The lives of Sri Lankan natives and American Peace Corps workers intersect

during a time of change and crisis in this accomplished collection of

interconnected stories—a debut by an immensely talented young writer.

When rumors of civil war between the ruling

Sinhalese and the Tamils in the northern sector

of Sri Lanka reach those who live in the south,

somehow it seems not to be happening in their own country.

At least not until Janaki’s sister, Lakshmi—now a refugee

whose husband, a Tamil, has disappeared—comes back to

live with her family. And when Sam, an American Peace

Corps worker who boards with Janaki’s family, falls in love

with one of his students, a young girl from the north, he,

too, becomes acutely aware of the dangers that exist for anyone

who gets drawn into the conflict, however marginally.

Skillfully weaving together the stories of these and other

intersecting lives, The Beach at Galle Road explores themes

of memory and identity amid the consequences of the Sri

Lankan civil war. From different points of view, across generations

and geographies, it pits the destructive power of war

against the resilient power of family, individual will, and the

act of storytelling itself.



288 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-56512-921-4

$22.95 Hardcover

No. 72921


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-182-1

• National publicity

• National advertising

• Online marketing and advertising


• Author Spotlight on Algonquin website

• Essay and excerpt in the

Algonquin Reader

“In The Beach at Galle Road, Joanna Luloff portrays, with

exquisite passion and restraint, the troubled history of Sri

Lanka. Writing from the point of view of young and old,

Sri Lankans and Americans, civilians and soldiers, Luloff

takes us deep into a country and a culture. Together these

wonderful stories form an intricate web in which we, her readers,

are happily caught. The Beach at Galle Road is a wise and

profoundly moving debut.” —Margot Livesey, author of The

Flight of Gemma Hardy

Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College

and is completing a PhD at the University of Missouri. She

worked as Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka from 1996 to 1998.

Her stories have appeared in the Missouri Review, Confrontation,

Memorious, and New South.

12 | Fall/Winter 2012 Algonquin Books

Julia Pandl

Memoir of the

Sunday Brunch

“Pandl’s Restaurant in Milwaukee is a Midwest tradition: What makes Julia

Pandl’s memoir shine is not only its charm and humor but also its insider’s look at

how high standards and love equals extraordinary food. In Memoir of the Sunday

Brunch, she cooks up a delicious story that deserves a wide audience. We thank her

for the memories.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

For Julia Pandl, the rite of passage into young- adulthood

included mandatory service at her family’s restaurant,

where she watched as her father—who was also the

chef—ruled with the strictness of a drill sergeant.

At age twelve, Julie was initiated into the rite of the Sunday

brunch, a weekly madhouse at her father’s Milwaukee-based

restaurant, where she and her eight older siblings before her

did service in a situation of controlled chaos, learning the

ropes of the family business and, more important, learning

life lessons that would shape them for all the years to come.

In her wry memoir, she looks back on those formative years,

a time not just of growing up but, ultimately, of becoming a

source of strength and support as the world her father knew

began to change into a tougher, less welcoming place.

Part coming-of-age story à la The Tender Bar, part window

into the mysteries of the restaurant business à la Kitchen

Confidential, Julie Pandl provides tender wisdom about the

bonds between fathers and daughters and about the simple

pleasures that lie in the daily ritual of breaking bread. This

honest and exuberant memoir marks the debut of a writer

who discovers that humor exists in even the smallest details

of our lives and that the biggest moments we ever experience

can happen behind the pancake station at the Sunday


“I don’t use the word ‘charming’ often, but that is the word that

kept coming to mind as I read Julia Pandl’s memoir. Funny,

sad, sweet, inspiring, every page wrapped in genuine emotion

and sharp-eyed wisdom, Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is the

work of a writer we’ll want to watch.” —Keith Dixon, author

of Cooking for Gracie and The Art of Losing

Julia Pandl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where

she still lives and works. Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is her first

book. When she is not writing and otherwise working, she moonlights

as a stand-up comic. Author website: www.juliapandl.com.



256 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-172-2

$13.95 Trade Paper Original

No. 73172


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-191-3

• National publicity

• National advertising

• 5-city author tour

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Regional trade show and

ALA appearances

• Author Spotlight on

Algonquin website

• Trade paper terms

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“[An] audacious and compelling first novel . . . It’s a brave writer who takes a subject

as historically complex and gravid with emotion as this one as the background

to her first novel, and Benaron has to be loudly applauded for her bravura . . .

An authentic and richly textured portrait of African life.” —The Washington Post



A #1 Indie Next Pick



400 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-194-4

$14.95 Trade Paper

No. 73194


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-187-6

HC ISBN 978-1-61620-042-8

• National publicity

• #1 Indie Next selection in hardcover

• National advertising

• 7-city author tour

• Readers Round Table edition

with reader’s guide and other

special features

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Author Spotlight on

Algonquin website

• Trade paper terms

• Author website:




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“Rich characterization and insights about Rwandan culture make this book

a pleasure to read, and Jean Patrick impossible not to root for . . . Running

the Rift is a profound display of imagination and empathy. Benaron writes

like Jean Patrick runs, with the heart of a lion.” —The Dallas Morning News

Running the Rift follows the progress of Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows

that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally

gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of

becoming his country’s first Olympic medal winner in track. But Jean Patrick is a Tutsi

in a world that has become increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. As tensions

mount between the Hutu and Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream that running might deliver

him, and his people, from the brutality around them.

Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Naomi Benaron has written

a stunning and gorgeous novel that—through the eyes of one unforgettable boy—

explores a country’s unraveling, its tentative new beginning, and the love that binds its

people together.

“[Benaron] writes with an earnest clarity, bringing the boy to manhood and imparting to

readers a culturally rich and unflinching story of resilience and resistance.” —Chicago

Tribune, Editor’s Choice

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“This is truly fearless writing: ambitious, beautiful, unapologetically passionate.”

—Barbara Kingsolver

“A novel full of unspeakable strife but also joy, humor, and love.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“A powerful coming-of-age story that highlights the best and the worst of human nature.”

—The Christian Science Monitor

“[An] unflinching and beautifully crafted account of a people and their survival. In addition,

she compellingly details the growth and rigorous training of a young athlete . . . Highly recommended;

readers who loved Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner will appreciate.” —Library Journal,

starred review

“Where Benaron shines is in her tender descriptions of Rwanda’s natural beauty and in her

creation of Jean Patrick, a hero whose noble innocence and genuine human warmth are impossible

not to love.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Naomi Benaron holds an MFA from Antioch University and an MS from Scripps Institution

of Oceanography. She is also an Ironman triathlete. She teaches for UCLA Extension Writers’

Program, mentors for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, and has worked extensively with genocide

survivor groups in Rwanda. For more information, visit www.naomibenaron.com. Naomi

Benaron is available for select speaking engagements. Contact speakersbureau@workman.com.

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Jeff Backhaus

Hikikomori and the

Rental Sister

A Novel

“A brilliantly nuanced masterpiece of a novel. To miss it would be to miss a story that

will change the way you feel about your own life, one that will fill your every gesture

with its graceful and loving inflections. Listen to the music of this novel closely.

It is the sound of genius.” —Robert Goolrick

January 2013


256 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-137-1

$23.95 Hardcover

No. 73137

world (excluding Can)

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-188-3

• National publicity

• National advertising

• Regional author events

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Regional trade show appearances

• Author Spotlight on Algonquin website

• Essay and excerpt in the

Algonquin Reader

Thomas Tessler, devastated by a tragedy, has cloistered

himself in his bedroom and shut out the world for

the past three years. His wife, Silke, lives in the next

room, but Thomas no longer shares his life with her, leaving

his hideout only occasionally, in the wee hours of the night,

to pick up food at the grocery store around the corner from

their Manhattan apartment. Isolated, withdrawn, damaged,

Thomas is hikikomori.

Desperate for one last chance to salvage their life together,

Silke hires Megumi, a young Japanese woman attuned to the

hikikomori phenomenon, to lure Thomas back into the world.

Back in Japan Megumi is called a “rental sister,” though her

job may involve much more than familial comforts. At first

Thomas remains steadfast and sequestered, but as he grows to

trust Megumi, a deepening and sensual relationship unfolds.

In this revelatory and provocative debut, Jeff Backhaus

asks, What are the risks of intimacy? And what must these

three broken people surrender in order to find hope again?

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister celebrates the human capacity

to find beauty and meaning in life, even after great sorrow.

It tears through the emotional walls of grief and delves

into the power of human connection to break through to the

world waiting outside.

Jeff Backhaus has been a cook, an art director, and a professional

pilot. He lived and worked in Korea and now lives in

New York. Author website: www.jeffbackhaus.com.



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Ashok Rajamani

The Day My

Brain Exploded

A True Story

A sudden, near-fatal massive cerebral hemorrhage is no laughing matter,

until Ashok Rajamani puts readers inside his head as he struggles to put his life

back together.

After a full-throttle brain bleed at the age of twentyfive,

Ashok Rajamani, a first-generation Indian

American, had to relearn everything: how to eat,

how to walk and to speak, even things as basic as his sexual

orientation. With humor and insight, he describes the events

of that day (his brain exploded just before his brother’s wedding!),

as well as the long, difficult recovery period. In the

process, he introduces readers to his family—his principal

support group, as well as a constant source of frustration

and amazement. Irreverent, coruscating, angry, at times

shocking, but always revelatory, his memoir takes the reader

into unfamiliar territory, much like the experience Alice had

when she fell down the rabbit hole. That he lived to tell the

story is miraculous; that he tells it with such aplomb is simply


More than a decade later he has finally reestablished a

productive artistic life for himself, still dealing with the effects

of his injury—life-long half-blindness and epilepsy—

but forging ahead as a survivor dedicated to helping others

who have suffered a similar catastrophe.

Ashok Rajamani lives in New York City. His work has

appeared in dozens of publications, including Scholars & Rogues,

South Asian Review, Danse Macabre, and 3:AM Magazine. This is

his first book.

January 2013


256 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-56512-997-9

$13.95 Trade Paper Original

No. 72997


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-166-1

A l g o n q u i n P a p e r b a c k O R I G I N A L

• National publicity

• National advertising

• 20-city radio tour

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Author Spotlight on

Algonquin website

• Trade paper terms

• Author website:


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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus

A Novel

A l g o n q u i n P a p e r b a c k

“Splendid.” —Vanity Fair“Amazing.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[Her] strong, lyrical voice earns her a place on the shelf squarely next to

Gabriel García Márquez, Alex Haley, and Chinua Achebe.”

—The San Diego Union-Tribune

now available


336 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-61620-241-5

$14.95 Trade Paper

No. 73241

world (EXcluding can & UK/


Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja

lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in

beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an

exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded

from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in

her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they

appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected,

he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home

that is silent and suffocating.

As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup,

Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor

outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the

confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the shelves,

curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’

laughter rings throughout the house. When they return

home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili

must find the strength to keep her loved ones together.

Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional

turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and

the bright promise of freedom.

“Prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully

evokes . . . Adichie’s understanding of a young girl’s heart is

so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and

makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as

Eudora Welty’s Mississippi.” —The Boston Globe

• Online reader’s guide

• Online marketing and

advertising campaign

• Author spotlight on

Algonquin website

• Trade paper terms

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

Her work has been translated into thirty languages. Her first

novel, Purple Hibiscus, published by Algonquin in 2003, won the

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy

Award. Her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Broadband

Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle

Award. Her story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, was

the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A recipient of a

2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time

between the United States and Nigeria.

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Emily Franklin, editor

How to Spell Chanukah . . .

and Other Holiday Dilemmas

18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights of Lights

Think David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice . . . but with dreidels. From the hilarious

to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, this collection proves there are as many

ways to celebrate Chanukah as there are ways to spell it.

Ring in the holiday with eighteen writers who extol,

excoriate, and expand our understanding of this

most merry of Jewish festivals as they offer up

funny, irreverent, and, yes, even nostalgic takes on a holiday

that holds a special place in Jewish hearts . . . and stomachs.

Pieces by Jonathan Tropper, Jennifer Gilmore, Steve

Almond, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Adam Langer, and others

address pressing issues: What is the weight gain associated

with eating 432 latkes in eight nights? Offer joyous gratitude:

“What a holiday! No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no

cattle disease, or atonement. Thank God.” And afford tender

truths: “You are reminded of your real gifts: a family you get

to come home to.”

Whether your family tradition included a Christmas tree

or a Chanukah bush, whether the fights among your siblings

rivaled the battles of the Maccabees, or even if you haven’t a

clue who the Maccabees were, this little book illustrates the

joys, frustrations, and small miracles of the season.

“Eighteen youngish writers contribute personal essays—from

the snarky to the sentimental—riffing on the ancient Jewish

holiday.” —The Washington Post

“For all of these essayists, with their different styles, grudges

and dilemmas, sweet and bittersweet memories, Chanukah

counts for more than eight nights.” —Jewish Journal

“Laced with humor, nostalgia and pain . . . Add in plenty of

first-rate writing and points of cultural resonance, and you’ve

got yourself a real good read. Oh, and it would make a great

Chanukah gift.” —J: Jewish News Weekly

Emily Franklin is the author of a cookbook-memoir,

Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and

102 New Recipes, as well as two novels for adults, The Girls’

Almanac and Liner Notes. She has edited three previous anthologies,

including It’s a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths about Life in Your

Twenties. She lives in Boston and feeds her kids latkes year-round.


holiday anthology

272 pages, 6" x 7 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-56512-934-4

$13.95 Trade Paper

No. 72934


E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-183-8

HC ISBN 978-1-56512-538-4

• Online marketing and advertising


• Holiday advertising campaign,

including the New Yorker

• Spotlight on Algonquin website

• Trade paper terms

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Recent Paperback Fiction Releases

Tayari Jones

silver spArrow

“Nakedly honest . . . Superbly charged.” —The Atlanta Journal-Consitution

“A tense, layered and evocative tale . . . Jones explores the rivalry and

connection of siblings, the meaning of beauty, the perils of young

womanhood, the complexities of romantic relationships and the

contemporary African American experience.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-61620-142-5, No. 73142 • E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-153-1 · $13.95 PB

Kris D’Agostino

The sleepy hollow FAmily AlmAnAc

“D’Agostino’s tragicomic first novel is an insatiably readable tale of a family

held together with duct tape and string.” —Booklist

“A wry and sharply observed portrait, a coming-of-age story turned inside

out. D’Agostino perfectly captures the way a family talks to itself and, in

the process, makes us care deeply about these people. Highly entertaining

and surprisingly moving.” —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a

Science Fictional Universe

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-56512-951-1, No. 72951 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-146-3 · $13.95 PB

Michael Parker

The wATery pArT oF The world

“A lush feat of historical speculation . . . Pirates and aristocrats in one

century; elderly ladies and their handyman in another . . . But Parker has

managed to stir them together in a vivid tale.” —The Washington Post

“Parker slices open each isolated life with humor and gentleness, and the

familiar battles with loss and loneliness he chronicles make even this

remotest of locations feel close to home.” —People, four stars

“Purely wonderful . . . Impossible to put down.” —Nancy Pearl, NPR.org

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-61620-143-2, No. 73143 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-157-9 · $13.95 PB

Ted Heller

pockeT kings

In this dead-on satire of online obsessions, a novelist with writer’s block finds a

new—and very lucrative—stream of income in a virtual world that appears to

give him everything he lacks in the real one.

“[A] recklessly funny, sparky satire of our obsession with the virtual world.”

—Vanity Fair

“Heller’s novel about a failed writer offers an unlikable protagonist, vivid writing

and a comic depiction of our most disgraceful inner states.” —Editor’s Choice

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-56512-620-6, No. 72620 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-147-0 · $13.95 PB

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Recent Fiction Releases

Robert Goolrick

heAding ouT To wonderFul

A novel about the dark side of passion set in midcentury America in a small

Virginia town.

“A mesmerizing gothic tale of a good man gone wrong . . . Timeless, erotically

charged . . . Finely crafted fiction from a captivating writer.” —Booklist,

starred review

“Packs an emotional punch, and then haunts readers with its quintessentially

American refrain.” —Publishers Weekly

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-56512-923-8, No. 72923 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-155-5 · $24.95 HC

Brandon Jones

All womAn And springTime

A spellbinding debut that depicts—with chilling accuracy—life behind North

Korea’s iron curtain and the underworld of human trafficking.

“One of the most absorbing, chilling, beautifully written, and important

novels I’ve read in many years.” —Alice Walker

“Impossible to put down, this work is important reading for anyone who cares

about the power of literature to engage the world.” —Library Journal

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-61620-077-0, No. 73077 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-152-4 · $24.95 HC

Robert Olmstead

The coldesT nighT

“It’s extremes that rivet us in Omstead’s searing seventh novel: the heaven of

first love; the hell of the battlefield . . . Prize-winning material.” —Kirkus

Reviews, starred review

“[An] elegiac, gritty coming-of-age novel . . . Well-crafted.” —Publishers

Weekly, starred review

“First love, lost love, and battlefield savagery . . . The Coldest Night is powerful,

and often beautiful, storytelling.” —Booklist

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-61620-043-5, No. 73043 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-148-7 · $23.95 HC

Alan Shapiro

BroAdwAy BABy

A funny and affecting debut novel about a woman’s efforts to hold on to her

dreams of Broadway stardom even when life turns her into a supporting player.

“An endearing, witty, and heart-warming take on family life . . . Equally sad

and laugh-out-loud funny and boasting a cast of vibrant characters, this

book is sure to hit a nerve with readers.” —Library Journal

“An ordinary story told extraordinarily well. Bluestein is as flawed as any

human but is heroic all the same.” —The Louisville Courier-Journal

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-983-2, No. 72983 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-113-5 • $13.95 PB

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Recent Nonfiction Releases

Julia Alvarez

A wedding in hAiTi

“A sudden promise leads an acclaimed author on the journey—and to the

wedding—of a lifetime . . . [An] extraordinary story.” —Marie Claire

“[A] beguiling memoir of family and culture.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“Touching, funny, eye-opening and uplifting . . . A fine companion to Isabel

Allende’s historical novel about Haiti, Island Beneath the Sea, and the work

of Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat.” —The Seattle Times

Travel/Memoir · ISBN 978-1-61620-130-3, No. 73130 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-151-7 · $22.95 HC

Matti Friedman

The Aleppo codex

A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

An ancient Bible. An errant courier. A charged courtroom battle. In an age when

physical books may never matter again, here is a thrilling story about a book that

once meant everything.

“A treasure box of history, mystery, conspiracy, and convolutions that would do

any biblical thriller proud . . . [A] fascinating story.” —Booklist, starred review

“Masterful.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

History/Politics · ISBN 978-1-61620-040-4, No. 73040 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-154-8 · $24.95 HC

Janet Groth

The recepTionisT

An Education at The New Yorker

If Mad Men were set at the offices of a legendary magazine and told from the point

of view of the receptionist, it would mirror Janet Groth’s seductive and entertaining

look back at her twenty-one years at The New Yorker.

“A nostalgic, wistful look at life inside one of America’s most storied magazines,

and the personal and professional limbo of the woman who answered the

phone . . . For readers who can’t get enough New Yorker lore, an amiable view

from the inside.” —Kirkus Reviews

Memoir · ISBN 978-1-61620-131-9, No. 73131 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-158-6 · $21.95 HC

Jamal Joseph

pAnTher BABy

A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention

“A compelling personal memoir and an astonishing evocation of the 1960s—

the riots, the rage, the radical chic.” —USA Today, 3.5 stars out of 4

“[A] mesmerizing odyssey.” —The New York Post

“Jamal Joseph is a long distance intellectual freedom fighter who never lost his

soul and integrity—despite the ugly underside of America! Don’t miss this

powerful book!” —Cornel West

Memoir · ISBN 978-1-61620-129-6, No. 73129 · E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-126-5 · $14.95 PB

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Recent Paperback Nonfiction Releases

Bob Tarte

kiTTy cornered

In the feline follow-up to Enslaved by Ducks (100,000 copies in print), Bob Tarte

tells the calamitous story of surviving a household run by six cats.

“A delight for every person who has ever been owned by a cat. Cat lovers, cat

haters, animal enthusiasts, pet rescuers (as well as students of human behavior

and psychology) will all find this book a laugh-out-loud read.” —Examiner.com,

national edition

“Better than a big ball of string rolled in tuna.” —The Denver Post

Pets/Memoir · ISBN 978-1-56512-999-3, No. 72999 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-149-4 · $13.95 PB

Bob Tarte

enslAved By ducks

“A laugh-out-loud chronicle of what it means to bring animals—a blind turkey,

an irascible rabbit, a lovesick dove — into your heart and home and make them

part of the fabric of your life.” —Marty Becker, DVM, Good Morning America

“For anyone who has ever opened heart and home to an animal or experienced

the love-hate relationship of being owned by pets.” —The Dallas Morning News

Pets/Memoir · ISBN 978-1-56512-450-9, No. 72450 · E-book ISBN 978-1-56512-730-2 · $13.95 PB

Richard Louv

The nATure principle

Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

“[Louv’s] simple agenda: more green in schools, more access to nature in

communities, the importance of giving people the tools and the health they

need to create a better world . . . This book makes utter sense.” —Los Angeles


“By the time you turn the final page, you’ll not only understand why you should

make or deepen your own connection to nature, you’ll know how . . . A stirring

argument for not waiting a moment longer.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Nature/Health · ISBN 978-1-61620-141-8, No. 73141 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-150-0 · $14.95 PB

Amy Stewart

The eArTh moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

The bestselling author of Wicked Plants and Wicked Bugs takes us on a

subterranean adventure to uncover our planet’s most important gatekeeper: the

humble earthworm.

“Stewart’s fascination with her subject is infectious, her writing as simple and

sleek as the earthworm itself.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Part humorous, part serious, and 100 percent informative.” —The American


Natural History · ISBN 978-1-56512-468-4, No. 72468 · E-book ISBN 978-1-56512-655-8 · $12.95 PB

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“If you call yourself a serious reader

but still haven’t discovered Lewis Nordan,

shame on you.” —ThE SEaTTlE TiMES

A l g o n q u i n pAp e r B A c k



320 pages, 5 ½" x 8 ¼"

ISBN 978-1-56512-110-2


NO. 72110


“ Why does Wolf Whistle succeed

against all odds? Nordan has

an exceptional ear, a tightrope

walker’s balance and, most

important, a decency so certain

it disarms us.”

—Los Angeles Times

“ An illuminating, even uplifting,

achievement . . . Wolf Whistle

is flat-out wonderful.”

—The Washington Post Book World

Lewis “Buddy” Nordan, author of six books from

Algonquin, died on April 13, 2012. Algonquin

lost a dear friend and the world has lost a singular

voice. But his wondrous work lives on.

Algonquin plans to repackage and relaunch his

works of fiction and his memoir (which Nordan himself

referred to as a work of fiction!), beginning with the critically

acclaimed novel Wolf Whistle, based on the killing

of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi,

in 1955, and the subsequent trial at which the known

killers were acquitted by an all-white jury. It was a turning

point in the civil rights movement, and it was a turning

point in Nordan’s life—he was just one year older than

Emmett Till and lived just down the road.

“I knew the murderers,” he told National Public Radio

in 1993. “But I didn’t know that a little white boy growing

up in the South who was in some ways even implicated in

the guilt just by my whiteness had the right to write such a

story, and so I repressed it, I kept it in my heart and in my

memory for all these thirty-eight years since the event.”

And when he finally unleashed his extraordinary

writing powers on that event, the result was as manically

comic as it was profoundly sad. It is perhaps the most powerful

book Algonquin has ever published.

“ Nordan’s goal is to get us to laugh at the whole of human

existence—the pity, the horror, the vanity, the courage—

and leave us with a more profound sense of us all . . . Wolf

Whistle is an immense and wall-shattering display of talent.

It will help usher him into the Hall of Fame of American

letters . . . We have come a long way from the Money,

Mississippi, of 1955. As long as good men and great artists

like Lewis Nordan dare so boldly to attempt to describe it,

perhaps we shall never return.”

—from Randall Kenan’s 1993 review in The Nation

L EWIS N O r DAN was a professor of creative writing at

the University of Pittsburgh, for many years, and the author of

seven books of fiction and a memoir. His many awards include

three American Library Association Notable Book citations,

the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for fiction,

the Mississippi Authors Award for fiction, and the Southern

Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

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Welcome to the Club!

Booksellers, you can now find and promote more great book club titles by joining

the ALGONQUIN BOOK CLUB. Choose from a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction

paperback titles—picked for their popularity, widespread critical acclaim,

and power to provoke discussion. Each includes a reader’s guide

with discussion points, author interviews, original essays, or other special features.


Live webcasts • Book Club signage giveaway

Algonquin Book Club catalogs • Newsletter co-op

Author call-ins to book clubs


Four times a year an Algonquin author will be interviewed by a notable

literary figure at a participating bookstore for a live discussion simultaneously streamed

at www.algonquinbookclub.com. with a laptop and a projector you can arrange

to participate in these virtual events in your store.


tayari jones and judy blume discuss Silver Sparrow

Hillary jordan and ricHard russo discuss Mudbound


(videos are available on our website)

robert Goolrick and GartH stein discuss A Reliable Wife

julia alvarez and edwidGe danticat discuss In the Time of the Butterflies

Heidi w. durrow and terry mcmillan discuss The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

lauren Grodstein and stepHen kinG discuss A Friend of the Family

caroline leavitt and anne lamott discuss Pictures of You

For details on forthcoming events and a complete list of the twenty-five titles

in the 2012 Algonquin Book Club, visit:


Books for a well-read life.

Paperback Fiction Favorites

Roland Merullo

BreAkFAsT wiTh BuddhA

Cynicism yields to amazement when a confirmed skeptic finds himself on a

six-day road trip with an enigmatic crimson-robed holy man.

• “ Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel.”

—The Boston Sunday Globe

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-616-9, No. 72616 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-659-6 • $13.95 PB

Heidi w. Durrow

The girl who Fell From The sky

A searing portrait of a biracial girl coping with society’s ideas of race and class.

“ Stunning . . . What makes Durrow’s novel soar is her masterful sense of

voice, her assured, nuanced handling of complex racial issues—and her

heart.” —The Christian Science Monitor

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-61620-015-2, No. 73015 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-037-4 • $13.95 PB

• Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction

Hillary Jordan


Jordan’s portrait of two families caught up in the racial hatred of a small

Southern town in the 1940s.

“ Supremely readable . . . Packed with drama. Pick it up, then pass it on.”

—People, four stars

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-677-0, No. 72677 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-637-4 • $13.95 PB

• Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction

Martha Southgate

The TAsTe oF sAlT

“Arresting . . . A fascinating story that shows how the mistakes people make

affect all those around them.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] searing, gorgeous, brilliant and profoundly human novel about two

generations of an African American family.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-925-2, No. 72925 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-115-9 • $13.95 PB

Robert Goolrick

A reliABle wiFe

“ A fabulous up-to-the-last-minute page-turner about love, lust, lies,

deception, heartbreak and resiliency.” —The Miami Herald

“ A killer debut novel . . . Suspenseful and erotic . . . [A] chillingly engrossing

plot . . . Good to the riveting end.” —USA Today

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-977-1, No. 72977 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-000-8 • $14.95 PB

• A #1 NeW York Times bestseller with 900,000 copies in print

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These R E A D E R S R O U N D T A B L E paperback editions provide complementary

discussion questions, author interviews, or notes from the author. Readers guides for these

and other titles are also available online at www. algonquinbookclub.com.





Daniel wallace

Big Fish

A Novel of Mythic Proportions

“Comic and poignant.” —The New York Times

“refreshing, original . . . His chapters have the transformative quality of fable

and fairy tale.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A charming whopper of a tale.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-61620-164-7, No. 73164 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-165-4 · $13.95 PB

Manuel Muñoz

whAT you see in The dArk

“Strikes emotional chords so deep and with such precision, it almost makes you

believe you’ve discovered a new art form.” —The Austin Chronicle

“Eerily cinematic.” —O: The Oprah Magazine

“[A] stellar first novel . . . with a subtlety worthy of Hitchcock himself.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-61620-140-1, No. 73140 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-145-6 · $13.95 PB

Jonathan Evison

wesT oF here

“Big and unforgettable . . . As entertaining as it is insightful.” —The Miami Herald

“[A] booming, bighearted epic.” —Vanity Fair

“riotously funny . . . Wonderfully charming.” —The New York Times Book Review

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-61620-082-4, No. 73082 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-124-1 • $15.95 PB

Caroline Leavitt

picTures oF you

“ A magically written, heartbreakingly honest snapshot of the people we leave

behind and those we can’t let go, a portrait of the full spectrum of the human

heart. Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and

then ask yourself, Where has she been all my life?” —Jodi Picoult

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-631-2, No. 72631 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-032-9 • $13.95 PB

Lauren Grodstein

A Friend oF The FAmily

This riveting story of a suburban tragedy charts a father’s fall from grace.

“ Stunning . . . [Grodstein] has written a novel that will leave her reader

sitting up, sifting the evidence in the dead of night.” —The Boston Globe

“ Unfolds . . . with suspense worthy of Hitchcock . . . [Grodstein] is a terrific

storyteller.” —The New York Times Book Review

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-61620-017-6, No. 73017 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-034-3 • $13.95 PB

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Paperback Fiction Favorites

Sara Gruen

wATer For elephAnTs

when Jacob Jankowski is tossed by fate onto a rickety Depression-era circus

train, he enters a world that is both his salvation and a living hell. It is there

that he falls in love with Marlena, the equestrian star married to the maniacal

ringmaster, and where he meets Rosie, the untrainable elephant, who becomes

the most surprising character of all.

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-560-5, No. 72560 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-585-8 • $14.95 PB

• A #1 NeW York Times bestseller with over 4.5 million copies in print

Julia Alvarez

in The Time oF The BuTTerFlies

“ A gorgeous, sensitive novel . . . A compelling story of courage, patriotism

and familial devotion.” —People

“ Imagination and history in sublime combination” —The Denver Post

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-976-4, No. 72976 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-099-2 • $13.95 PB

• A National endowment for the Arts Big read selection

Julia Alvarez

how The gArcíA girls losT Their AccenTs

“ Subtle . . . Powerful . . . reveals the intricacies of family, the impact of culture

and place, and the profound power of language.” —The San Diego Tribune

“ A clear-eyed look at the insecurity and yearning for a sense of belonging that

are a part of the immigrant experience . . . Movingly told.” —The Washington

Post Book World

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-975-7, No. 72975 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-098-5 • $13.95 PB

Brock Clarke


“Clarke has a distinctively winning style. He imagines characters so careful

in their reasoning that they are deeply, maddeningly unreasonable but also

tenderly hapless at the same time . . . Both heart-rending and comically

absurd.” —The New York Times

“Oddly brilliant . . . Clarke’s breathtaking creativity gives unexpected power

to his quirky, touching story.” —The Daily Beast

Fiction • ISBN 978-1-61620-084-8, No. 73084 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-114-2 • $13.95 PB

David Anthony

someThing For noThing

“A character-driven comic thriller . . . While Anthony peppers the narrative

with pop references that place it firmly in the past, his protagonist’s

problems are all too familiar.” —The Washington Post

“[A] clever and surprisingly heartfelt debut.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sharp and funny.” —The Seattle Times

Fiction · ISBN 978-1-61620-022-0, No. 73022 · E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-061-9 · $13.95 PB

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Paperback Nonfiction Favorites

Robert Goolrick

The end oF The world As we know iT

Scenes from a Life

“[An] unnerving, elegantly crafted memoir . . . Morbidly funny.”

—Entertainment Weekly

“Captivating . . . Barbed and canny, with a sharp eye for the infliction of

pain.” —The New York Times

Memoir • ISBN 978-1-56512-602-2, No. 72602 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-635-0 • $13.95 PB

Aaron Lansky

ouTwiTTing hisTory

The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books

“A marvelous yarn, loaded with near-calamitous adventures and characters

as memorable as Singer creations.” —New York Post

Nonfiction • ISBN 978-1-56512-513-1, No. 72513 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-636-7 • $13.95 PB

Carolyn Jourdan

heArT in The righT plAce

• A Family Circle Book of the Month

• An Elle magazine Reader’s Prize winner

• A Book Sense reading group pick

“ Heartwarming and hilarious . . . You’ll fall in love with this story about

family, community, and coming home.” —The Satellite Sisters Radio Show

Memoir • ISBN 978-1-56512-613-8, No. 72613 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-666-4 • $14.95 PB

Heather Lende

TAke good cAre oF The gArden And The dogs

A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles

“Full of vivid characters . . . Lende has a simple, chatty style most readers will

find oddly comforting. Life does, in fact, go on.” —Los Angeles Times

“An uplifting, even cheerful book. Lende has a knack for subtly illuminating

the remarkable in the commonplace, the transcendence in tragedy.”

—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Memoir • ISBN 978-1-61620-051-0, No. 73051 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-065-7 • $14.95 PB

Ariel Sabar

my FATher’s pArAdise

A Son’s Search for His Family’s Past

“ An engaging account of a wonderful, enlightening journey, a voyage with

the power to move readers deeply even as it stretches across differences of

culture, family, and memory.” —The Christian Science Monitor

Memoir • ISBN 978-1-56512-933-7, No. 72933 • E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-668-8 • $14.95 PB

• Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

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2013 Calendar


Feel the breeze. Hear the gentle creak of the rocker. Put

your feet up, sip an iced tea, open a book, or just bask

in the view. with more than 1.1 million copies sold, the

Out on the Porch calendar is a taste of the good life, all year

long. Grand Southern porticoes and sunny beach porches,

rustic mountain porches and lakeside verandas. It’s a year

of transporting photographs, accompanied by quotes

from literature that capture the essence of porch life.

• The original and bestselling porch calendar

• Over 1.1 million copies sold

• An Algonquin calendar

Back in Print

Full-color photographs throughout

28 pages, 12” x 12”

ISBN 978-1-61620-122-7


NO. 73122




The Weather Wizard’s 5-Year Weather Diary is a handy,

fact-filled way for weather watchers to record their observations

and compare daily entries from month to month, and

year to year, compiling a personal weather log.

Full of straightforward explanations of the way hurricanes,

tornadoes, fronts, winds, and other pieces of the weather puzzle

fit together, the diary also features hundreds of facts, figures, and

bits of folk wisdom about meteorology, weather lore, weather

history, and color photographs of the ten basic cloud types.

No expensive instruments are needed. with The Weather

Wizard’s 5-year Weather Diary an eye on the sky, and some patience,

you can do more than just talk about the weather—you

might just learn to predict what happens next.

ISBN 978-0-945575-85-6

$13.95 wIRE-O-BOUND

NO. 71585

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Birds &


100 Birds and How

They Got Their Names

by Diana Wells

illustrated by Lauren Jarrett

“Delightfully interesting . . .

Packed with facts . . . It

makes for an entertaining

and absorbing 297 pages.”

—The Washington Post

A Garden Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-281-9, NO. 72281

$18.95 HARDCOVER, 2001

Lions of the West

Heroes and Villains of the

Westward Expansion

by Robert Morgan

“Marvelous . . . In a sense

Lions of the West is a sequel

to Stephen Ambrose’s

Undaunted Courage.”

—Douglas Brinkley,

author of The Wilderness


“A vivid, well-conceived look

at western expansion in the

old narrative-driven school

of Bernard DeVoto and

Wallace Stegner.” —Kirkus


ISBN 978-1-61620-189-0, No. 73189

$18.95 Paper, 2012

ISBN 978-1-56512-626-8, No. 72626

$29.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-179-1

Lincoln on War

Our Greatest Commanderin-Chief

Speaks to America

by Harold Holzer

From masterpieces such as

the Gettysburg Address to

lesser-known meditations on

God’s purposes, Lincoln on

War is the first book to highlight

exclusively Lincoln’s

sublime and enduring words

on war.

“Holzer . . . [is] the Muhammad

Ali of Lincoln biographers.

His command of Lincoln—

the man, the politician, the

orator—is unmatched.”

—Chicago Tribune

ISBN 978-1-56512-378-6, No. 72378

$24.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-060-2

Panther Baby

A Life of Rebellion and


by Jamal Joseph

“A compelling personal

memoir and an astonishing

evocation of the 1960s—

the riots, the rage, the

radical chic.” —USA Today,

3½ stars

“Jamal Joseph is a long distance

intellectual freedom

fighter who never lost his

soul and integrity—despite

the ugly underside of

America! Don’t miss this

powerful book!”

—Cornel West

“A fascinating and intimate

look at the life of a young

activist.” —Time Out

New York

ISBN 978-1-61620-129-6, No. 73129

$14.95 Paper, 2012

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-126-5

Songbirds in

Your Garden

Fifth edition updated

and expanded

by John K. Terres

introduction by

Roger Tory Peterson

a Country Homes and Gardens

Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-044-0, No. 72044

$14.95 paper, 1994

The Music of Wild Birds

illustrated and adapted by

Judy Pelikan

A Discovery channel book Club


ISBN 978-1-56512-271-0, NO. 72271

$18.95 HARDCOVER, 2004


by Robert Morgan

“Morgan stakes a fresh claim

on the life of famed 18thcentury

frontiersman Daniel

Boone . . . [A] passionate and

authoritative bio.”

—Entertainment Weekly

ISBN 978-1-56512-615-2, No. 72615

$18.95 Paper, 2008

Lincoln as I Knew Him

Gossip, Tributes, and

Revelations from His Best

Friends and Worst Enemies

edited by Harold Holzer

“[A] revelatory little book.”

—Parade Magazine

“Even the most well-read of

Lincoln lovers is sure to find

something they have never

read before.” —The Civil

War News

ISBN 978-1-56512-681-7, No. 72681

$13.95 Paper, 2009

Tab Hunter Confidential

The Making of a Movie Star

by Tab Hunter

with Eddie Muller

“A gleeful romp.”

—Entertainment Weekly

A Book-of-the-Month Club, Doubleday

Book Club, InsightOut, and Quality

Paperback Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-548-3, No. 72548

$14.95 Paper, 2006

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Gertrude Stein

In Words and Pictures

edited by Renate Stendhal

“A revelatory combination of

quotes, quips and 360 photos

of Stein and her wildly

brilliant circle.” —Elle

ISBN 978-0-945575-99-3, No. 71599

$19.95 Paper, 1994

• Winner of the Lambda Award

A Twist of Lemmon

A Tribute to My Father

by Chris Lemmon

foreword by Kevin Spacey

a book-of-the-month club, literary

guild, and doubleday book club


ISBN 978-1-56512-480-6, No. 72480

$22.95 Hardcover, 2006

Seemed Like a Good Idea

at the Time

by David Goodwillie

“In his breakout first book, . . .

a breathless, humor-tinged

account of postcollegiate life

in the fast lane, David Goodwillie

takes an unflinching

look back at life in New York

City during that time.” —Elle

ISBN 978-1-56512-465-3, No. 72465

$23.95 Hardcover, 2006

The Next Better Place

Memories of My Misspent


by Michael C. Keith

ISBN 978-1-56512-436-3, No. 72436

$13.95 paper, 2004

Cardboard Gods

by Josh Wilker

“[A] quirky, thoroughly

engaging memoir . . . Anyone

in any era who has ever collected

baseball cards will feel

the resonance of Wilker’s

reminiscences like the aftershocks

from an earthquake.”

—Booklist, starred review

“A deep-fried orgy of

laughter.” —The Palm

Beach Post

ISBN 978-1-61620-069-5, No. 73069

$15.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-073-2

Lucky Girl

by Mei-Ling Hopgood

“An award-winning writer

recounts her experience

as one of the first Chinese

babies adopted in the West

and her surprising trail

back to the rural Taiwanese

family who gave her away

. . . A great book.” —Good


ISBN 978-1-56512-982-5, No. 72982

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Somehow Form a Family

Stories That Are Mostly True

by Tony Earley

Take Good Care

of the Garden

and the Dogs

A True Story of Bad Breaks

and Small Miracles

by Heather Lende

“The book is full of vivid

characters (a librarian who

collects overdue books in

person) and strange, sad

deaths. [Lende] has a simple,

chatty style most readers

will find oddly comforting.

Life does, in fact, go on.”

—Los Angeles Times

“Uplifting, even cheerful . . .

Lende has a knack for subtly

illuminating the remarkable

in the commonplace, the

transcendence in tragedy.”

—Minneapolis Star Tribune

ISBN 978-1-61620-051-0, No. 73051

$14.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-065-7

Hold Me Tight and

Tango Me Home

by Maria Finn

“A gracefully rendered

memoir . . . Finn demystifies

the illustrious world of

tango with wry yet reverent

insight.” —Kirkus Reviews

ISBN 978-1-56512-517-9, No. 72517

$13.95 Paper, 2009


Four Stories I Am Finally

Old Enough to Tell

by Ellen Douglas

ISBN 978-1-56512-214-7, No. 72214

$18.95 hardcover, 1998


My Adventures in the Air

by Clyde Edgerton


ISBN 978-1-56512-546-9, No. 72546

$12.95 Paper, 2006

The End of the World as

We Know It

Scenes from a Life

by Robert Goolrick

“[An] unnerving, elegantly

crafted memoir . . . Morbidly

funny.” —Entertainment


“Captivating . . . Barbed and

canny, with a sharp eye for

the infliction of pain.”

—The New York Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-602-2, No. 72602

$13.95 Paper, 2008

The Beggar King and the

Secret of Happiness

A True Story

by Joel ben Izzy

“It’s really the only important

story there is—a story about

finding light within darkness

. . . What a gift, what

a blessing, funny, brilliant,

wise.” —Anne Lamott

ISBN 978-1-56512-512-4, No. 72512

$12.95 Paper, 2005

A Boy I Once Knew

What a Teacher Learned

from Her Student

by Elizabeth Stone

An Insightout Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-315-1, NO. 72315

$19.95 HARDCOVER, 2002

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-302-1, NO. 72302

$22.95 HARDCOVER, 2001

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The Boy Who Loved


A Mother’s Story

by Randi Davenport

“An unforgettable memoir of

a shattered family, a mother’s

abiding love, and the

frightening permutations of

the human mind.” —Elle




ISBN 978-1-56512-611-4, No. 72611

$23.95 Hardcover, 2010

Nothing Left to Burn

by Jay Varner

A powerful story of three

generations of men bound

together by the fires that

have burned throughout

their family and their small

Pennsylvania town.

“Unadorned but vivid . . .

Painful and poignant . . .

Varner reminds us that few

lives, even those we think we

know best, are easily understood.”

—USA Today

My Father’s


A Son’s Search for

His Family’s Past

by Ariel Sabar

“An engaging account of a

wonderful, enlightening

journey, a voyage with the

power to move readers

deeply even as it stretches

across differences of culture,

family, and memory.” —The

Christian Science Monitor

“Excellent . . . A compelling

read. Told with novelistic

attention to narrative and

detail, but its heart is Ariel’s

heart, that of a son searching

with love for the meaning

of his relationship with

his father.” —The Providence

(RI) Journal

ISBN 978-1-56512-933-7, NO. 72933

$14.95 PAPER, 2009

• Winner of the National

Book Critics Circle Award

for Autobiography

• Readers Guide included

Missing Lucile

Memories of the

Grandmother I Never Knew

by Suzanne Berne

“Suzanne Berne intuits her

way into her grandmother’s

life, creating a story and at

the same time reminding us

that all storytelling involves

a delicate piecing together

of fact and rich imagination.

A beautiful and subtle

piece of writing.” —Joan

Wickersham, author of

The Suicide Index

a shannon ravenel book

ISBN 978-1-56512-625-1, No. 72625

$23.95 Hardcover, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-609-1, No. 72609

$23.95 Hardcover, 2010

In My Father’s Shadow

A Daughter Remembers

Orson Welles

by Chris Welles Feder

“Feder presents a fuller, more

essential portrait of the man

than has ever been published

before . . . [A] tender and

elegant work . . . Highly

recommended.” —Library

Journal, starred

ISBN 978-1-56512-599-5, No. 72599

$24.95 Hardcover, 2009

Billy Ray’s Farm

essays by Larry Brown

a shannon ravenel book

ISBN 978-1-56512-167-6, NO. 72167

$22.95 HARDCOVER, 2001

My Life as a Boy

A Woman’s Story

by Kim Chernin

ISBN 978-1-56512-163-8, no. 72163

$16.95 hardcover, 1997

The M Word

Writers on Same-Sex Marriage

edited by Kathy Pories

“Witty, wise reading . . . [this]

timely anthology argues,

with energy and heart,

that all Americans, gay or

straight, should have the

right to marry. Contributors

include marquee names and

new talent working in fiction,

memoir and satire.”

—Publishers Weekly

ISBN 978-1-56512-454-7, NO. 72454

$12.95 PAPER, 2004

Talking About Death

by Virginia Morris

Virginia Morris has confronted

her deepest fears,

and with sensitivity and

compassion, she gives us the

vocabulary, the tools, and

the information we need to

confront our own.

“A wake-up call on the need

to approach death consciously

. . . Morris makes

the strong case that the end

of life can be one of our

most beautiful experiences,

if we prepare for it.”

—Los Angeles Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-437-0, NO. 72437

$14.95 PAPER, 2004

Side Effects

A Bestselling Drug on Trial

by Alison Bass

ISBN 978-1-56512-553-7, No. 72553

$24.95 Hardcover, 2008

Educating Esmé

Diary of a Teacher’s First Year

by Esmé Raji Codell

foreword by Katherine Paterson

afterword by Jim Trelease

The book heralded by the

New York Times as “the gold

standard,” now expanded for

a new generation of readers.

★★New foreword by Katherine

Paterson, author of Bridge

to Terabithia

★★All new guide for teachers

and teachers-to-be

“At turns entertaining,

damning, and heartbreaking,

the diary is a testament

to the very best and worst

of teaching—to the small

miracles that occur in the

classroom every day, as well

as the deadening bureaucracies

. . . A must-read.”

—NEA Today

“The imagination and irreverent

wit she brought to education

make this bristling

journal well worth reading.”

—Entertainment Weekly

ISBN 978-1-56512-935-1, NO. 72935

$12.95 PAPER, 2009

Be the Dream

Prep for Prep Graduates

Share Their Stories

compiled and introduced

by Gary Simons

with a foreword by

Marian Wright Edelman

“[This] is the American

dream in flesh and blood—

a chronicle of how to make

things go right in this

country.” —Jonathan

Alter, Newsweek Senior


ISBN 978-1-56512-417-2, No. 72417

$12.95 PAPER, 2003

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Food & Wine

Party Receipts from the

Charleston Junior League

Hors d’oeuvres • Savories

• Sweets

edited by

Linda Glick Conway

ISBN 978-0-945575-84-9, No. 71584

$14.95 comb-bound, 1993

• Over 200,000 copies in print

Back in Print

Work Hard. Be Nice.

How Two Inspired Teachers

Created the Most Promising

Schools in America

by Jay Mathews

The bestselling story of the

young men who founded

the Knowledge is Power

Program (KIPP).

“Tracks a triumph in urban

education . . . A vivid

account of two young men

who transform themselves

from ‘terrible’ first-year

teachers into visionaries.”

—USA Today

ISBN 978-1-56512-516-2, No. 72516

$14.95 Paper, 2009

• A New York Times Bestseller

The Soul of a Doctor

Harvard Medical Students

Face Life and Death

edited by Susan Pories, MD,

Sachin H. Jain, and Gordon

Harper, MD

“A guidebook for humanity

and compassion . . . This

book should be required

reading for all medical

students, doctors, patients,

and those of us who will be

patients someday. In short,

for everyone.”

—Alice Hoffman

ISBN 978-1-56512-507-0, No. 72507

$12.95 Paper, 2006

The Children in

Room E4

American Education on Trial

by Susan Eaton

“A vital, informative, important

book about public education

in the U.S.” —NPR’s

Morning Edition

“A great read and a call to

arms.” —New York Newsday

ISBN 978-1-56512-617-6, No. 72617

$14.95 Paper, 2009

52 Loaves

A Half-Baked Adventure

by William Alexander

“Alexander’s breathless, witty

memoir is a joy to read.

It’s equal parts fact and

fun . . . Alexander is wildly

entertaining on the page,

dropping clever one-liners

in the form of footnotes and

parenthetical afterthoughts

throughout.” —The Boston


“A warm, laugh-out-loud

[memoir].” —The Oregonian

ISBN 978-1-61620-050-3, No. 73050

$15.95 Paper, 2011

ISBN 978-1-56512-583-4, No. 72583

$23.95 Hardcover, 2010

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-062-6

Maman’s Homesick Pie

A Persian Heart in an

American Kitchen

by Donia Bijan

“Delectable . . . Bijan

recounts her journey from

well-off Iranian schoolgirl to

teenager in America taking

refuge from her country’s

upheaval to restaurateur and

mom. But ultimately this

memoir is a loving tribute

to her mother, her heritage—and

food . . . Indulge

in this savory slice of life.”

—Family Circle

“Bestow[s] not only a satisfying

culinary experience but

also a larger appreciation

of life’s precious table.”

—National Geographic


ISBN 978-1-56512-957-3, No. 72957

$19.95 Paper over Board, 2011

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-116-6

Man with a Pan

Culinary Adventures of

Fathers Who Cook for

Their Families

edited by John Donohue

“A rangy, toothsome, timely

. . . collection of essays by

kitchen dads . . . Man with

a Pan contains essays (and

recipes) by marquee names

including Stephen King—

isn’t it time he set a scary

novel in a Hardee’s?—and

Mario Batali. But the best

pieces here, the line-caught

beauties, are by people you’ve

probably barely heard of.”

—The New York Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-985-6, No. 72985

$15.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-064-0

Dori Sanders’

Country Cooking

Recipes and Stories from

the Family Farm Stand

by Dori Sanders

a literary guild and a rodale press

book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-385-4, NO. 72385

$15.95 PAPER, 2003

Hemingway & Bailey’s

Bartending Guide to

Great American Writers

by Edward Hemingway and

Mark Bailey

Forty-three classic American

writers. Forty-three classic


ISBN 978-1-56512-482-0, No. 72482

$15.95 Hardcover, 2006

Southern Belly

A Food Lover’s Companion

by John T. Edge

Completely updated and

expanded. From chicken

shack to fish camp, from

barbecue pit to pie shed—a

food lover’s companion to

the South, including recipes

from the region’s most celebrated


ISBN 978-1-56512-547-6, No. 72547

$14.95 Paper, 2012

E-book ISBN 978-1-56512-841-5

Seasoned in the South

Recipes from Crook’s Corner

and from Home

by Bill Smith

ISBN 978-1-56512-550-6, No. 72550

$13.95 Paper, 2006

The Botantist and the


How Wine Was Saved

for the World

by Christy Campbell

“A taut, suspense-filled

account . . . There’s a sweaty

urgency to [this] tale, as one

wine region after another

falls victim to the plague,

with science hot on the

trail.” —The New York Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-528-5, No. 72528

$14.95 Paper, 2006

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Wicked Plants

The Weed That Killed

Lincoln’s Mother and Other

Botanical Atrocities

by Amy Stewart

“This captivating page-turner

is a walk on the dark side of

plants as entertaining as any

best-selling whodunit.”

—Houston Chronicle

“Entertaining, informative—

and a little unsettling.”

—Los Angeles Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-683-1, No. 72683

$18.95 Paper over Board, 2009

• A New York Times Bestseller

• An AHS Best Book

Wicked Bugs

The Louse That Conquered

Napoleon’s Army and Other

Diabolical Insects

by Amy Stewart

“A ton of well-researched,

fascinating information

with terrific and terrifying

stories from history.”


ISBN 978-1-56512-960-3, No. 72960

$18.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-063-3

• A New York Times Bestseller

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable

Achievements of Earthworms

by Amy Stewart

“[Rachel] Carson’s legacy is

proof that science books

matter, that good prose can

change the world. On its

own scale, Stewart’s book

paddles along in Carson’s

wake.” —The Boston Globe

“Stewart’s fascination with

her subject is infectious, her

writing as simple and sleek

as the earthworm itself.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

A Discovery Channel Book Club


ISBN 978-1-56512-468-4, No. 72468

$12.95 Paper, 2005

Flower Confidential

The Good, the Bad, and

the Beautiful

by Amy Stewart

“A book every flower lover

should read . . . [Stewart]

gives lessons in botany and

big business, history and

horticulture. She enlightens

and entertains; she poses

questions and offers opinions.

And she does it with

style.” —New York Newsday

ISBN 978-1-56512-603-9, No. 72603

$13.95 Paper, 2008

• A New York Times Bestseller

From the Ground Up

The Story of a First Garden

by Amy Stewart

“A rich feast of a book that

celebrates the extraordinarily

satisfying joys of making

and keeping a garden.”

—Kirkus Reviews

ISBN 978-1-56512-240-6, NO. 72240

$18.95 HARDCOVER, 2000

Lives of the Trees

An Uncommon History

by Diana Wells

“Wells portrays 100 trees,

beginning with acacia and

ending with yew, in a tree

album containing lovely

drawings and pithy essays.

Cinnamon, ginkgo, ‘small

and spiny’ frankincense,

mahogany, Osage orange,

sycamore — all are succinctly

described and celebrated in

this warmly informative,

fun-to-browse book of colorful

tree histories.” —Booklist

“You’ll learn all sorts of

delectable lore and legend,

history and science.”

—Chicago Tribune

ISBN 978-1-56512-491-2, No. 72491

$19.95 Paper, 2009

100 Flowers and How

They Got Their Names

by Diana Wells

illustrated by Ippy Patterson

From abelia to zinnia, one

hundred well-known garden

favorites and the stories

behind their names.

A Garden Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-138-6, NO. 72138

$17.95 HARDCOVER, 1997

• 140,000 copies in print

A Rose by Any Name

The Little-Known Lore and

Deep-Rooted History of

Rose Names

by Douglas Brenner and

Stephen Scanniello

“Covering social and cultural

history, technology, art,

and science, A Rose by Any

Name proves that a whole

world can be found within

the petals of a single rose.”

—Martha Stewart Living

Gardener’s Latin

A Lexicon

by Bill Neal

introduction by

Barbara Damrosch

This charming illustrated

volume provides gardeners

with brief, clear definitions

and terms that combine to

form the names of a seemingly

infinite number of

plant species.

a garden book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-384-7 NO. 72384

$10.95 PAPER, 2003

The $64 Tomato

How One Man Nearly Lost

His Sanity, Spent a Fortune,

and Endured an Existential

Crisis in the Quest for the

Perfect Garden

by William Alexander

“A wry memoir in which

every reader who’s spent

way more to grow a plant

than he could purchase it

for at the supermarket will

recognize his own successes,

failures and foibles.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

ISBN 978-1-56512-557-5, No. 72557

$13.95 Paper, 2007

ISBN 978-1-56512-518-6, No. 72518

$19.95 Hardcover, 2009

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Gift Books




The Smartest Woman

I Know

by Ilene Beckerman

Beckerman brings the wit

and wisdom of her grandmother,

the irrepressible

Ettie Goldberg, to life.

“A delightfully heartfelt

and humorous bouquet of

a book.” —Jewish Woman


“A quick, amusing read

complete with quirky

illustrations.” —Publishers


ISBN 978-1-56512-537-7, No. 72537

$15.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-117-3

Mother of the Bride

The Dream, the Reality, the

Search for a Perfect Dress

by Ilene Beckerman

“Pithy wit and cute drawings

sketch the happy tears,

bittersweet memories and

flares of anxiety that a

daughter’s wedding elicits.”

—The Dallas Morning News

“An account that is sweetly

sentimental and brutally

honest, touching and

witty—in short, a true gem.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred

ISBN 978-1-56512-476-9, No. 72476

$10.95 Paper, 2005

Love, Loss, and

What I Wore

by Ilene Beckerman

Ilene “Gingy” Beckerman’s

beloved and bestselling

book has been adapted for

the stage by Nora and Delia

Ephron. The star-studded

Off-Broadway show is

receiving rave reviews, as

did the book:

“Illuminates the experience

of an entire generation of

women . . . This small gem of

a book is worthy of a Tiffany

box.” —The New York Times

Book Review

“Ilene Beckerman’s sleek little

memoir . . . strikes a startling

chord . . . Unsettling

and oddly powerful.”


ISBN 978-1-56512-475-2, No. 72475

$10.95 Paper, 2005

What We Do for Love

by Ilene Beckerman

“This savory little truffle turns

out to be surprisingly poignant,

laced with the bitter,

the rueful, and the sweet.”

—Good Housekeeping

a book-of-the-month club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-180-5, No. 72180

$14.95 hardcover, 1997

Makeovers at the Beauty

Counter of Happiness

by Ilene Beckerman

Beckerman addresses what

really matters in life in a

book that captures all the

wisdom, humor, and candor

of her bestselling illustrated

memoir Love, Loss, and

What I Wore.

“Cuts to the heart of the

female experience.”

—Chicago Tribune

ISBN 978-1-56512-374-8, No. 72374

$15.95 Hardcover, 2005

What the Dormouse


Lessons for Grown-ups from

Children’s Books

collected by Amy Gash

illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan

with a foreword by Judith Viorst

Wisdom and whimsy from

more than two hundred of

our best-loved children’s

books, from Beatrix Potter

to Harry Potter.

“Charming.” —The New York


“By turns humorous, perverse,

nonsensical and

insightful, the words will jog

more than a few memories.”

—Publishers Weekly

ISBN 978-1-56512-451-6, NO. 72451

$9.95 PAPER, 2004

Rising to the Occasion

A Practical Companion for

the Occasionally Perplexed

by Edith Hazard and

Wallace Pinfold

“A witty cross between an

etiquette book and a scout

manual . . . This is a truly

essential book purchase.”

—Wilson Library Bulletin

ISBN 978-1-56512-329-8, no. 72329

$12.95 paper, 2001

Singing for Your Supper

Entertaining Ways to Be

a Perfect Guest

by Edith Hazard

ISBN 978-1-56512-090-7, No. 72090

$15.95 hardcover, 1996

On the Road to Freedom

A Guided Tour of the Civil

Rights Trail

by Charles E. Cobb Jr.

Award-winning journalist

and 1960s civil rights worker

Charles E. Cobb Jr. takes

us on a pilgrimage through

the heart of the civil rights

era. This essential piece of

American history is also

a useful travel guide with

maps, photographs, and

sidebars of background

history, newspaper coverage,

and firsthand interviews.

“Charlie Cobb was in the

heart of the Southern movement

and one of its keenest

observers. Now he takes us

there in this exciting and

inspiring tour. His book is

rich with history, drama,

and emotion.” —Howard

Zinn, author of A People’s

History of the United States

“Cobb brings alive America’s

last good war and its many

heroes, unsung as well as

famous.” —Hodding

Carter III

“The great strength of this

book is that it is the story

of people and not simply a

repetition of dates and a listing

of places and events. Put

this book on your must-read

list!” —Julian Bond,

chairman of the NAACP

a Black expressions book club


ISBN 978-1-56512-439-4, No. 72439

$18.95 Paper, 2007

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Language &



In the Wake of Madness

The Murderous Voyage of the

Whaleship Sharon

by Joan Druett

“A nautical murder mystery.”

—USA Today

“A genuine nautical thriller,

a page-turner.” —Richard

Zacks, author of The Pirate


ISBN 978-1-56512-435-6, NO. 72435

$14.95 PAPER, 2004

History/ WWII

On American Soil

How Justice Became a

Casualty of World War II

by Jack Hamann

“An Emmy-winning journalist

sets the record straight about

the death of an Italian POW

during WWII . . . A welcome

piece of military history,

adroitly balancing racism

and legal questions in one

story.” —Kirkus Reviews

ISBN 978-1-56512-394-6, No. 72394

$24.95 Hardcover, 2005

World War II in

the Mediterranean,


by Carlo D’Este

introduction by

John S. D. Eisenhower

ISBN 978-0-945575-04-7, No. 71504

$22.95 hardcover, 1990

A Frozen Hell

The Russo-Finnish Winter

War of 1939 –1940

by William Trotter

Outwitting History

The Amazing Adventures of a

Man Who Rescued a Million

Yiddish Books

by Aaron Lansky

“A marvelous yarn, loaded

with near-calamitous adventures

and characters as memorable

as Singer creations.”

—New York Post

ISBN 978-1-56512-513-1, No. 72513

$13.95 Paper, 2005

• Bound-in Reader’s Guide

• 75,000 copies in print

The Jew Store

by Stella Suberman

“Suberman tells her family’s

story with compassion and

humor, in the process bringing

to life an obscure bit of

Jewish-American history.”

—Chicago Tribune

ISBN 978-1-56512-330-4, No. 72330

$13.95 Paper, 2001

E-Book ISBN 978-1-56512-874-3

Shalom Y’all

Images of Jewish Life in the

American South

photographs by Bill Aron

text by Vicki Reikes Fox

foreword by Alfred Uhry

a traditions book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-355-7, NO. 72355

$24.95 HARDCOVER, 10” x 10”, 2002

Something to Declare

nonfiction essays

by Julia Alvarez

ISBN 978-1-56512-193-5, no. 72193

$20.95 hardcover, 1998

First Words

Earliest Writing from Favorite

Contemporary Authors

collected and edited

by Paul Mandelbaum

a quality paperback book club and

writer’s digest book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-272-7, NO. 72272

$16.95 PAPER, 2000

Making Whoopee

Words of Love for Lovers

of Words

by Evan Morris

With wry wit and a wealth

of word love, Evan Morris,

a.k.a. the Word Detective,

traces the often surprising

origins and evolution of the

language of love.

ISBN 978-1-56512-350-2, NO. 72350

$15.95 HARDCOVER, 2004

Our Noise

The Story of Merge Records,

the Indie Label That Got Big

and Stayed Small

by John Cook with

Mac McCaughan and

Laura Ballance

introduction by Ryan Adams

“[A] rich piece of music

history.” —Newsweek

“A primer for anyone who

cares enough about music to

not only make records, but

also remain relevant and solvent.”

—Los Angeles Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-624-4, NO. 72624

$18.95 PAPER, 2009

Little Blues Book

by Brian Robertson

illustrations by R. Crumb

Famed underground illustrator

R. Crumb’s portraits

of blues masters accompany

blues lyrics and lore.

ISBN 978-1-56512-137-9, NO. 72137

$9.95 PAPER, 1996

The Essential Klezmer

a music lover’s guide by

Seth Rogovoy

ISBN 978-1-56512-244-4, NO. 72244

$15.95 paper, 2000

a history book club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-249-9, No. 72249

$15.95 PAPER, 1999

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The Nature Principle

Human Restoration and

the End of Nature-Deficit


by Richard Louv

The author of Last Child in

the Woods now offers evidence

that when adults live

a nature-balanced existence,

they can be smarter, healthier,

more creative, and happier.

The Nature Principle

presents a compelling case

that a conscious reconnection

to nature can make us

whole again and that the

future will belong to naturesmart

individuals, families,

businesses, and communities.

This timely, inspiring,

and important work will

give readers renewed hope

while challenging them to

rethink the way they live.

“Louv’s vital, inclusive, and

inspiring call to better our

lives by celebrating and

protecting the living world

marks the way to profound

personal and cultural transformation.”



“This book provides a way

back to where we belong, a

world full of reverence, joy,

and discovery.” —David

Suzuki, author of The

Sacred Balance

ISBN 978-1-61620-141-8, No. 73141

$14.95 Paper, 2012

ISBN 978-1-56512-581-0, No. 72581

$24.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-150-0

The Sound of a Wild

Snail Eating

by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

“An exquisite meditation on

the restorative connection

between nature and humans

. . . The writing is pristine

and clear, with sentences of

stunning lyrical beauty that

I read over and over again

. . . Bailey’s slim book is as

richly layered as the soil

she lays down in the snail’s

terrarium: loamy, potent,

and regenerative.” —The

Huffington Post

“A small, short book filled

with an enormous amount

of natural history and science

about snails . . . An

acknowledgment of an individual’s

determination to

recover and regain life with

humor and insight.”

—Library Journal

ISBN 978-1-56512-606-0, No. 72606

$18.95 Hardcover, 2010

Settled in the Wild

Notes from the Edge of Town

by Susan Hand Shetterly

“[A] lovely book, a gathering

of 26 essays that probe,

ponder, and celebrate life

and landscape on ‘the edge

of town’ . . . In a succession

of wise, quiet, attentive

pieces, Shetterly introduces

us to a world resplendent

with wild things . . . Like

Annie Dillard, Shetterly

slows herself down and

takes the time first to really

apprehend these things,

and then to evoke them for

us.” —National Geographic


ISBN 978-1-56512-618-3, No. 72618

$21.95 Hardcover, 2009



Last Child in the Woods

Saving Our Children from

Nature-Deficit Disorder

by Richard Louv

In his landmark work,

Richard Louv brings together

cutting-edge studies that

point to direct exposure

to nature as essential for a

child’s healthy physical and

emotional development.

“[The] international movement

to ‘leave no child

inside’ . . . has been the

focus of Capitol Hill hearings,

state legislative action,

grass-roots projects, a U.S.

Forest Service initiative

to get more children into

the woods and a national

effort to promote a ‘green

hour’ in each day . . . The

increased activism has been

partly inspired by a bestselling

book, Last Child in

the Woods, and its author,

Richard Louv.” —The

Washington Post

“This book is an absolute

must-read for parents.”

—The Boston Globe

A Discovery Channel Book Club and

progressive book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-605-3, No. 72605

$14.95 Paper, 2008

How Eskimos Keep Their

Babies Warm

And Other Adventures in


by Mei-Ling Hopgood

“Her cultural research for the

new book How Eskimos Keep

Their Babies Warm made it

clear that we can all lighten

up—and still raise happy,

healthy kids.” —Redbook

“A refreshing break from

the often judgmental tone

of parenting books and

blogs . . . The book is breezy

and entertaining, and

Hopgood is charmingly selfdeprecating

about her own

mothering of the formidable

Sofia, who emerges as a sassy

character in her own right.”

—The Boston Globe

“A satisfying mix of research,

observation, interview, and

personal experience . . .

Readers will laugh, marvel

and muse over the many

(frequently opposing) childrearing

methods that persist

despite the growing globalization

of parenthood.”

—Publishers Weekly

ISBN 978-1-56512-958-0, No. 72958

$15.95 Paper, 2012

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-120-3

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Pets &



How to Get Your Child

to Love Reading

by Esmé Raji Codell

“An exuberant treasure trove

for parents . . . The book is

akin to having one’s own

personal children’s librarian

at one’s fingertips.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred

a book-of-the-month club and a

children’s book-of-the-month

club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-308-3, NO. 72308

$18.95 paper, 2003

Loving Every Child

Wisdom for Parents

the words of Janusz Korczak

edited by Sandra Joseph

foreword by Ari L. Goldman

“Korczak’s insights are profound

. . . in this perfect

inspirational gift book.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred

“This book is filled with simple

commonsense truisms

about child rearing.”

—The Boston Globe

ISBN 978-1-56512-489-9, No. 72489

$10.95 Hardcover, 2007

The Dinner Diaries

Raising Whole Wheat Kids in

a White Bread World

by Betsy Block

“Betsy Block has done an

amazing job of giving

creative tips, nutritional

information, and relating

her adventures on the road

to feeding her family in a

more healthful way. The

book is funny, honest, and

full of excellent advice that

any mother will appreciate.”


cofounder and president of

Newman’s Own Organics

ISBN 978-1-56512-570-4, No. 72570

$14.95 Paper, 2008

First Dogs

American Presidents and

Their Best Friends

by Roy Rowan and

Brooke Janis

A lighthearted romp

through American history,

packed with drawings

and paintings from early

America, plus photographs,

starting with Abraham

Lincoln’s Fido. First Dogs

gives dog lovers and history

lovers a new angle on presidential

history and is more

fun than you can shake a

stick (or rubber bone) at.

“It’s the charming photos that

make First Dogs so appealing.”

—USA Today

“Succeeds in keeping the tail

of trivia wagging the dog of

American history. This one

is fur keeps.” —People

“Rowan intertwines anecdotes

and dozens of photographs

with hard-to-stopreading

stories that track the

canine legacy on America’s

democracy.” —St. Louis


ISBN 978-1-56512-936-8, No. 72936

$9.95 Paper, 2009

Fowl Weather

by Bob Tarte

“[A] moving follow-up to

2003’s Enslaved by Ducks . . .

Tarte’s laughter-throughtears

approach is therapeutic

and inspirational.”

—Entertainment Weekly

ISBN 978-1-56512-502-5, No. 72502

$23.95 Hardcover, 2007

Kitty Cornered

by Bob Tarte

“Tarte is a bit of a (selfadmitted)

odd duck, but

his unabashed love for his

felines (especially an intriguing

stray named Frannie)

eventually wins you over.”

—USA Today

“Better than a big ball of

string rolled in tuna.” —The

Denver Post

“It’s laugh-out-loud funny,

but it’s also profound.”

—Elizabeth Letts,

author of The Eighty-Dollar


ISBN 978-1-56512-999-3, No. 72999

$13.95 Paper, 2012

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-149-4

Enslaved by Ducks

by Bob Tarte

“A laugh-out-loud chronicle

of what it means to bring

animals—a blind turkey, an

irascible rabbit, a lovesick

dove—into your heart and

home and make them part

of the fabric of your life.”

—Marty Becker, DVM,

Good Morning America

ISBN 978-1-56512-450-9, NO. 72450

$13.95 PAPER, 2004

The Woman I Kept to


by Julia Alvarez

“Brave and vivid . . . Seventyfive

poems express wonder,

anger, grief and joy in clear,

accessible narratives.”

—The Miami Herald

ISBN 978-1-61620-072-5, No. 73072

$14.95 Paper, 2010

Poetry Out Loud

edited by

Robert Alden Rubin

introduction by James Earl Jones

a book-of-the-month club, quality

paperback book club, and writer’s

digest book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-122-5, No. 72122

$11.95 paper, 1995

Love Poetry Out Loud

edited by

Robert Alden Rubin

“This sweet little book collects

100 poems ‘to stir the heart.’

Rubin provides annotation

and commentary, but if

readers prefer no interference

or intrusion, it’s easy to

stick to the original words

alone and still get a good

measure of the silly and the

sublime.” —The Washington

Post Book World

ISBN 978-1-56512-459-2, No. 72459

$14.95 Paper, 2007

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Greasy Rider

Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-

Powered Car, and a

Cross-Country Search for

a Greener Future

by Greg Melville

Full of surprising revelations

about sustainable measures

within our reach.

“An entertaining combination

of On the Road and

An Inconvenient Truth.”

—The New York Times

Book Review

“A hopeful, goodhearted . . .




ISBN 978-1-56512-595-7, No. 72595

$15.95 Paper, 2008

• Named a Top 10 Book on the

Environment by Booklist


The Quest for Art,

Entertainment, and Big

Bucks in the Videogame


by Heather Chaplin and

Aaron Ruby

“A voyeuristic, enjoyable

journey through the

bizarre and fiscally fertile

subculture of an industry

exploding in popularity and

relevance . . . The writing

is quick and informative,

and the book is a smart read

for those who want to learn

from the people who keep

gamers so entertained.”

—Fast Company

A New York Times Editor’s Pick

ISBN 978-1-56512-545-2, No. 72545

$13.95 Paper, 2006

Rock On

An Office Power Ballad

by Dan Kennedy

“A hilarious—and damning—

insider’s memoir.” —Wired

“He’s effing hilarious. The

book is not just laughout-loud

funny; it’s snortaudibly-on-the-subway

funny.” —Time Out

New York

“Kennedy’s style—hilarious,

paranoid and vulnerable—captures


the absurdity of the

corporate music industry.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Fast-moving and darkly

funny, Rock On should be

a chart-topper.” —People,

four stars

“Amazingly funny yet

perceptive.” —USA Today

A quality paperback book club


ISBN 978-1-56512-509-4, No. 72509

$14.95 Paper, 2007



The Three-Pound


The Human Brain and the

Quest to Unlock Its Mysteries

by Shannon Moffett

“An educational, behindthe-scenes

glimpse into the

efforts of neuroscientists to

uncover the brain’s secrets.”

—Science News

A scientific american book club

main selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-423-3, No. 72423

$24.95 Hardcover, 2005

The Buddha and the


by Satish Kumar

foreword by Thomas Moore

“This kind of parable has a

calming effect on the mind.

The change in outlook from

anger to compassion is also

contagious, also powerful.”

—Los Angeles Times

“Eloquent and highly accessible

. . . A powerful statement

of the power of nonviolence

and compassion.” —Tricycle

“Kumar neatly reworks an

ancient allegory . . . This

short piece hits its mark with

studied grace.” —Publishers


“A challenging story, beautifully

written, most pertinent

and relevant to our time.”

—Deepak Chopra

“It has a lucid clarity and

directness that speaks pointedly

and movingly to our

times. It should touch every

heart that it meets.”

—Pico Iyer

ISBN 978-1-56512-520-9, No. 72520

$12.95 Hardcover, 2006

Hard Work

by Roy Williams

with Tim Crothers

“By the end of this engaging

tale, you’ll realize why

Williams is an unparalleled

recruiter . . . He works as

hard as anyone, and he

knows how to tell a good

story.” —Sports Illustrated

“Hard Work is a successful

coach’s memoir not because

it provides a blueprint for

success but because it reveals

the humiliations and insecurities

that have stoked

Williams’ competitive fire

and made him a basketball

coach.” —Will Blythe, The

Raleigh News and Observer

ISBN 978-1-61620-107-4, No. 73107

$15.95 Paper, 2011

ISBN 978-1-56512-959-7, No. 72959

$24.95 Hardcover, 2009

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-128-9


A Biography

by Al Stump

ISBN 978-1-56512-144-7, No. 72144

$15.95 Paper,1996

• A New York Times Notable Book

• 120,000 copies in print

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& Adventure


Dream Golf

The Making of Bandon Dunes

by Stephen Goodwin

“[A] very special book . . .

[Dream Golf ] will appeal to

golfers and lovers of golf history

on multiple levels: as a

crash course in golf-course

architecture; as an insider’s

look at how golf holes are

designed and constructed;

and as a surprisingly inspirational

account of how a

golf course built the oldfashioned

way can inspire a

‘sense of the sublime’ in all

who tread its fairways.”


ISBN 978-1-56512-981-8, No. 72981

$24.95 Hardcover, 2010

A Son of the Game

A Story of Golf and


by James Dodson

“What do you get when you

combine an engaging rites

of passage story together

with interesting golf history

as relayed by a skilled storyteller?

The answer would be

A Son of the Game by James

Dodson . . . A great gift for

the golfing father or son.”

—Golf Today

ISBN 978-1-56512-978-8, No. 72978

$14.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-506-3, No. 72506

$24.95 hardcover, 2009

A Great and

Glorious Game

Baseball Writings of

A. Bartlett Giamatti

edited by Kenneth S. Robson

with a foreword by

David Halberstam

ISBN 978-1-56512-192-8, No. 72192

$17.95 hardcover, 1998

Paris Was Ours

Thirty-two Writers Reflect on

the City of Light

edited by

Penelope Rowlands

David Sedaris, Diane

Johnson, Judith Thurman,

Joe Queenan, Stacy Schiff,

and Edmund White are but

a few of the writers who

expound upon the fateful

allure of one of the world’s

most seductive cities.

“Whether you have lived in

Paris or not, this captivating

collection will transport

you there.” —National

Geographic Traveler

“Paris doesn’t merely put

visitors in the mood; the city

itself is the object of mad

crushes. This diverse collection

of reflections is a testament

to that passion.” —The

New York Times Book Review

“While the anthology’s

authors dismantle the blind

romanticism that clouds

thoughts about Paris . . .

‘they reveal an infinitely

more complex city and

people. What could be more

French than rendering complications

from mere adoration?’”

—The Cleveland Plain


“The collection takes some of

the shine off Paris but not

the allure—not unlike the

pull of a troubled but passionate

lover who could never

be more than a fling.” —

Minneapolis Star Tribune

ISBN 978-1-56512-953-5, No. 72953

$15.95 Paper, 2010

French Dirt

The Story of a Garden

in the South of France

by Richard Goodman

“One of the most charming,

perceptive and subtle books

ever written about the

French by an American.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

ISBN 978-1-56512-352-6, NO. 72352

$13.00 PAPER WITH FLAPS, 2002

New Orleans,

Mon Amour

Twenty Years of Writings

from the City

by Andrei Codrescu

“Codrescu is in on everything

fascinating about New

Orleans, from its history

to its music to its food . . .

He covers a great deal of

ground—from the sacred to

the profane, angels to alligators—sometimes

within the

same paragraph . . . With

New Orleans, Mon Amour,

[he] has honored a great,

wounded American city.”

—Los Angeles Times

ISBN 978-1-56512-505-6, No. 72505

$14.00 Paper, 2006

Very Washington DC

A Celebration of the History

and Culture of America’s

Capital City

written and illustrated by

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

This fact-filled keepsake

offers all the history, beauty,

and culture of America’s

capital city. A picture-perfect

guidebook, it’s as unique

as the city itself — with eyecatching

watercolors that

capture the charms of one of

the most visited destinations

in the country.

ISBN 978-1-56512-582-7, No. 72582

$15.95 Hardcover, 2009

Very Charleston

A Celebration of History,

Culture, and Lowcountry


written and illustrated by

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

“A delightful mix—part

hand-drawn photo album,

part map, part history

book—that takes readers

on a memorable journey

through this unforgettable

city.” —Luxury Living

ISBN 978-1-56512-339-7, NO. 72339

$15.95 HARDCOVER, 2003

• 100,000 copies in print

Very New Orleans

A Celebration of History,

Culture, and Cajun

Country Charm

written and illustrated by

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

In vibrant watercolors and

detailed sketches, artist

Diana Gessler celebrates

the city, Cajun country, the

people, and our history.

ISBN 978-1-56512-447-9, No. 72447

$16.95 Hardcover, 2006

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true crime



by Tim Junkin

“Tried and convicted for a

sadistic murder he did not

commit and then sentenced

to death, Bloodsworth is

an American Josef K., an

icon of a system that failed

him—and justice—at every

turn.” —Washington Post

Book World

“Bloodsworth may well be the

most incredible and important

true story ever written

about a death row convict’s

daily battle for survival,

both in the cell block and in

the courtrooms.” —Joseph


When It Was Our War

A Soldier’s Wife on the

Home Front

by Stella Suberman

“A remarkable story that resonates

with intelligence and

insight.” —Kirkus Reviews,


A shannon ravenel book

ISBN 978-1-56512-403-5, NO. 72403

$23.95 HARDCOVER, 2003

If You Lived Here, I’d

Know Your Name

News from Small-Town


by Heather Lende

“Who knew a writer could

find so much human drama,

simple pleasure and thorny

issues in such a remote

place? If you like the stories

on Prairie Home Companion

or Northern Exposure, you’ll

love some real news from

small-town Alaska.”

—USA Today

ISBN 978-1-56512-524-7, No. 72524

$12.95 Paper, 2006

Traveling While Married

by Mary-Lou Weisman

with illustrations by Edward Koren

The author of the bestselling

My Middle-Aged Baby Book

turns her trademark humor

to the pitfalls and pleasures

of traveling with the one

you love.

ISBN 978-1-56512-319-9, NO. 72319

$16.95 HARDCOVER, 2003

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-514-8, No. 72514

$13.95 Paper, 2005

Midnight Assassin

A Murder in America’s


by Patricia L. Bryan and

Thomas Wolf

ISBN 978-1-56512-306-9, No. 72306

$23.95 Hardcover, 2005


Some Survived

An Eyewitness Account of the

Bataan Death March and the

Men Who Lived Through It

by Manny Lawton

“Shows that the human spirit

can soar like an eagle from

the depths of hell on earth.”

—Charleston News & Courier

The Lady in the Palazzo

An Umbrian Love Story

by Marlena de Blasi

“De Blasi[’s] . . . robust

appetite for life saturates

the book.” —Entertainment


“[This] cookbook writer does

for Umbria what Frances

Mayes did for Tuscany.”


ISBN 978-1-56512-610-7, No. 72610

$14.95 Paper, 2008

ISBN 978-1-56512-473-8, No. 72473

$23.95 Hardcover, 2007

Waking Up in Eden

In Pursuit of an Impassioned

Life on an Imperiled Island

by Lucinda Fleeson

“With a reporter’s skill for

unearthing and explaining

complicated histories and

a travel writer’s keen eye

and ear for the illuminating

detail, Fleeson fills in the

fantasy’s blank—and paints

a multifaceted portrait

of Paradise.” —National

Geographic Traveler

“Fleeson takes us on a sensual

journey of the island

[Kauai], and of her life.”

—Minneapolis Star Tribune

ISBN 978-1-56512-486-8, No. 72486

$13.95 Paper, 2009

The Weather Wizard’s

Cloud Book

A Unique Way to Predict

the Weather Accurately and

Easily by Reading the Clouds

by Louis D. Rubin, Sr.,

and Jim Duncan

with the assistance of

Hiram J. Herbert

A Rodale Press Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-0-912697-10-9, No. 70710

$8.95 paper, 1989

• 94,000 copies in print

The Weather Wizard’s

5-Year Weather Diary

A handy, fact-filled way for

weather watchers to record

their observations and

compare daily entries from

month to month, and year

to year, compiling a personal

weather log.

ISBN 978-0-945575-85-6, No. 71585

$13.95 wire-o-bound, 1989

ISBN 978-1-56512-434-9, NO. 72434

$14.95 PApER, 2004

The Medic

Life and Death in the

Last Days of WWII

by Leo Litwak

“This is a disturbing, revealing,

and very important

glimpse of warfare at the

most elementary level.”


a military history book club


ISBN 978-1-56512-305-2, NO. 72305

$22.95 HARDCOVER, 2001

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by author

Daughters of Memory

a novel by Janice Arnold

A Literary Guild Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-031-0, No. 72031

$9.95 Paper, 1991

The Lie

a novel by O. H. Bennett

designates an

Algonquin Readers Round

Table edition with reader’s

guide and additional

features included.

For complete listings, please

visit our online catalog at


The Evil B.B. Chow and

Other Stories

by Steve Almond

ISBN 978-1-56512-529-2, No. 72529

$12.95 Paper, 2006

ISBN 978-1-56512-422-6, No. 72422

$22.95 Hardcover, 2005

How the García

Girls Lost Their


a novel by Julia Alvarez

ISBN 978-1-56512-975-7, No. 72975

$13.95 Paper, 2010

In the Time of the


a novel by Julia Alvarez

ISBN 978-1-56512-976-4, No. 72976

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Saving the World

a novel by

Julia Alvarez

ISBN 978-1-56512-558-2, No. 72558

$13.95 Paper, 2007

ISBN 978-1-56512-573-5, No. 72573

$13.95 Paper, 2009

The Ghost at

the Table

a novel by Suzanne Berne

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-579-7, No. 72579

$13.95 Paper, 2007

Peep Show

a novel by Joshua Braff

ISBN 978-1-56512-508-7, No. 72508

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Dirty Work

a novel by Larry Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-563-6, No. 72563

$12.95 Paper, 2007


by Larry Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-413-4, NO. 72413

$12.95 paper, 2003


a novel by

Brock Clarke

ISBN 978-1-61620-084-8, No. 73084

$13.95 Paper, 2011

ISBN 978-1-56512-608-4, No. 72608

$24.95 Hardcover, 2010

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-114-2

An Arsonist’s

Guide to Writers’

Homes in New England

a novel by Brock Clarke

ISBN 978-1-56512-614-5, No. 72614

$13.95 PAPER, 2008

ISBN 978-1-56512-551-3, No. 72551

$23.95 Hardcover, 2007

The Feasting Season

a novel by Nancy Coons

ISBN 978-1-56512-519-3, No. 72519

$13.95 Paper, 2007

Barnacle Love

stories by

Anthony De Sa

ISBN 978-1-56512-926-9, No. 72926

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Hot and Bothered

a novel by Annie Downey

ISBN 978-1-56512-474-5, No. 72474

$12.95 Paper, 2006

The Girl Who Fell

from the Sky

a novel by Heidi W. Durrow

ISBN 978-1-61620-015-2, No. 73015

$13.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-680-0, No. 72680

$22.95 Hardcover, 2009

Facing the Music

stories by Larry Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-125-6, No. 72125

$12.95 paper, 1996

The Puzzle King

a novel by

Betsy Carter

ISBN 978-1-61620-016-9, No. 73016

$13.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-594-0, No. 72594

$23.95 Hardcover, 2009

The Sleepy Hollow

Family Almanac

by Kris D’Agostino

ISBN 978-1-56512-951-1, No. 72951

$13.95 Paper, 2012

West of Here

a novel by

Jonathan Evison

ISBN 978-1-61620-082-4, No. 73082

$15.95 Paper, 2011

ISBN 978-1-56512-952-8, No. 72952

$24.95 Hardcover, 2010

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-124-1

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-146-3

Something for


a novel by David Anthony

ISBN 978-1-61620-022-0, No. 73022

$13.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-061-9

Gossip of the


a novel by Nina de Gramont

ISBN 978-1-56512-676-3, No. 72676

$13.95 pAPER, 2009

ISBN 978-1-56512-565-0, No. 72565

$22.95 Hardcover, 2008

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The Cheer Leader

a novel by Jill McCorkle

ISBN 978-1-56512-001-3, NO. 72001

$12.95 PAPER, 1992

July 7th

a novel by Jill McCorkle

ISBN 978-1-56512-002-0, NO. 72002

$12.95 paper, 1992

Breakfast with


a novel by Roland Merullo

ISBN 978-1-56512-616-9, No. 72616

$13.95 PAPER, 2008

Until the

Next Time

a novel by

Kevin Fox

ISBN 978-1-56512-993-1, No. 72993

$15.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-053-4

A Reliable Wife

a novel by

Robert Goolrick

ISBN 978-1-56512-977-1, No. 72977

$14.95 Paper, 2010


a novel by Jim Grimsley

A Quality Paperback Book Club and an

insightout Book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-400-4, NO. 72400

$12.95 PAPER, 2003

Comfort and Joy

a novel by Jim Grimsley

ISBN 978-1-56512-396-0, NO. 72396

$12.95 PAPER, 1999

Mr. Universe

And Other Plays

by Jim Grimsley

a stage and screen book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-211-6, No. 72211

$17.95 paper, 1998

A Friend

of the Family

a novel by Lauren Grodstein

ISBN 978-1-61620-017-6, No. 73017

$13.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-916-0, No. 72916

$23.95 Hardcover, 2009

Water for


a novel by Sara Gruen

ISBN 978-1-56512-560-5, No. 72560

$14.95 Paper, 2007

Dog on the Cross

stories by Aaron Gwyn

ISBN 978-1-56512-412-7, No. 72412

$14.95 paper with flaps, 2004

Pocket Kings

by Ted Heller

ISBN 978-1-56512-620-6, No. 72620

$13.95 Paper, 2012

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-147-0

The Big Steal

a novel by Emyl Jenkins

ISBN 978-1-56512-446-2, No. 72446

$13.95 Paper, 2009

Stealing with Style

a novel by Emyl Jenkins

ISBN 978-1-56512-523-0, No. 72523

$12.95 Paper, 2006

Silver Sparrow

by Tayari Jones

ISBN 978-1-61620-142-5, No. 73142

$13.95 Paper, 2012

ISBN 978-1-56512-990-0, No. 72990

$19.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-153-1


a novel by

Hillary Jordan

A progressive book CLUB SELECTION

ISBN 978-1-56512-677-0, No. 72677

$13.95 PAPER, 2009

Between Here

and April

a novel by Deborah

Copaken Kogan

ISBN 978-1-56512-932-0, No. 72932

$13.95 paper, 2008

King Matt the First

a novel by Janusz Korczak

introduction by Esmé Raji Codell

translation by Richard Lourie

ISBN 978-1-56512-442-4, No. 72442

$13.95 Paper, 2004

Secret Son

a novel by

Laila Lalami

ISBN 978-1-56512-979-5, No. 72979

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Pictures of You

a novel by

Caroline Leavitt

ISBN 978-1-56512-631-2, No. 72631

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Every Last Cuckoo

a novel by

Kate Maloy

ISBN 978-1-56512-675-6, No. 72675

$13.95 PAPER, 2009

Going Away Shoes

by Jill McCorkle

ISBN 978-1-61620-014-5, No. 73014

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Creatures of Habit

stories by Jill McCorkle

a shannon ravenel book

ISBN 978-1-56512-397-7, NO. 72397

$13.95 PAPER, 2003

Ferris Beach

a novel by

Jill McCorkle

Golfing with God

A Novel of Heaven and Earth

by Roland Merullo

ISBN 978-1-56512-549-0, No. 72549

$13.95 Paper, 2007

Brave Enemies

A Novel of the

American Revolution

by Robert Morgan

A Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary

Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and

Quality Book Club Selection

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-578-0, No. 72578

$13.95 Paper, 2007

The Truest


a novel by Robert Morgan

ISBN 978-1-56512-222-2, NO. 72222

$12.95 PAPER, 1998

ISBN 978-1-56512-931-1, No. 72931

$13.95 Paper, 2009

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The Resurrectionist

a novel by

Jack O’Connell

ISBN 978-1-56512-678-7, No. 72678

$13.95 PAPER, 2009

Coal Black Horse

a novel by

Robert Olmstead

ISBN 978-1-56512-601-5, No. 72601

$13.95 Paper, 2008

Far Bright Star

a novel by

Robert Olmstead

What You See

in the Dark

by Manuel Muñoz

ISBN 978-1-61620-140-1, No. 73140

$13.95 Paper, 2012

ISBN 978-1-56512-980-1, No. 72980

$13.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-592-6, No. 72592

$23.95 Hardcover, 2009

Broadway Baby

a novel by

Alan Shapiro

ISBN 978-1-56512-983-2, No. 72983

$13.95 Paper, 2011

A Blessing

on the Moon

a novel by Joseph Skibell

ISBN 978-1-61620-018-3, No. 73018

$13.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-533-9, No. 72533

$23.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-145-6

The Faith Healer of

Olive Avenue

stories by Manuel Muñoz

ISBN 978-1-56512-532-5, No. 72532

$12.95 Paper, 2007

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-113-5

The Unexpected Salami

a novel by

Laurie Gwen Shapiro

ISBN 978-1-56512-232-1, No. 72232

$10.95 PAPER, 1999

Why Dogs Chase Cars

stories by George Singleton


ISBN 978-1-56512-404-2, NO. 72404

$12.95 PAPER, 2004

The Watery Part

of the World

by Michael Parker

ISBN 978-1-61620-143-2, No. 73143

$13.95 Paper, 2012

ISBN 978-1-56512-682-4, No. 72682

$23.95 Hardcover, 2011

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-157-9

Mrs. Darcy and the

Blue-Eyed Stranger

stories by Lee Smith

a shannon ravenel book

ISBN 978-1-61620-049-7, No. 73049

$13.95 Paper, 2011

I Thought You

Were Dead

a novel by Pete Nelson

ISBN 978-1-61620-048-0, No. 73048

$13.95 Paper, 2011

ISBN 978-1-56512-597-1, No. 72597

$23.95 Hardcover, 2010

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-057-2

Lightning Song

a novel by Lewis Nordan

ISBN 978-1-56512-220-8, NO. 72220

$10.95 PAPER, 1998

The Sharpshooter Blues

a novel by Lewis Nordan

ISBN 978-1-56512-182-9, No. 72182

$11.95 paper, 1997

Wolf Whistle

a novel by

Lewis Nordan

ISBN 978-1-56512-110-2, No. 72110

$13.95 paper, 1993

Don’t Make Me

Stop Now

stories by Michael Parker

ISBN 978-1-56512-485-1, No. 72485

$12.95 Paper, 2007

The Family Diamond

stories by

Edward Schwarzschild

ISBN 978-1-56512-410-3, No. 72410

$13.95 Paper, 2007

Responsible Men

a novel by

Edward Schwarzschild

ISBN 978-1-56512-543-8, No. 72543

$12.95 Paper, 2006

A Curable


a novel by Joseph Skibell

ISBN 978-1-61620-083-1, No. 73083

$16.95 Paper, 2011

ISBN 978-1-56512-929-0, No. 72929

$26.95 Hardcover, 2010

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-121-0

ISBN 978-1-56512-915-3, No. 72915

$23.95 Hardcover, 2010

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-058-9

On Agate Hill

a novel by

Lee Smith

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-577-3, No. 72577

$13.95 Paper, 2007

ISBN 978-1-56512-452-3, No. 72452

$24.95 Hardcover, 2006

The Christmas Letters

a novella by Lee Smith

ISBN 978-1-56512-376-2, NO. 72376

$9.95 PAPER, 2002

The Taste of Salt

a novel by

Martha Southgate

ISBN 978-1-56512-925-2, No. 72925

$13.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-115-9

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New Stories Library

New Stories from the South

The Year’s Best


with a preface by Tony Earley

ISBN 978-1-56512-247-5, No. 72247

$14.95 paper, 1999


with a preface by

Robert Olen Butler

ISBN 978-1-56512-175-1, No. 72175

$12.95 paper, 1997


ISBN 978-1-56512-155-3, No. 72155

$10.95 paper, 1996


The Frozen Rabbi

a novel by

Steve Stern

ISBN 978-1-61620-052-7, No. 73052

$13.95 Paper, 2011

E-Book ISBN 978-1-61620-067-1

Big Fish

A Novel of

Mythic Proportions

by Daniel Wallace

ISBN 978-1-61620-164-7, No. 73164

$13.95 Paper, 2012

E-book ISBN 978-1-61620-165-4

Night of the

Avenging Blowfish

A Novel of Covert Operations,

Love, and Luncheon Meat

by John Welter

ISBN 978-1-56512-050-1, No. 72050

$12.95 paper, 1994


guest editor, Amy Hempel

ISBN 978-1-56512-986-3, No. 72986

$14.95 Paper, 2010


guest editor,

Madison Smartt Bell

ISBN 978-1-56512-674-9, No. 72674

$14.95 Paper, 2009


guest editor, ZZ Packer

ISBN 978-1-56512-053-2, No. 72053

$11.95 paper, 1993


ISBN 978-1-56512-011-2, No. 72011

$10.95 paper, 1992


ISBN 978-0-945575-82-5, No. 71582

$9.95 paper, 1991


f i c t i o n


by author

The Ghost of

Milagro Creek

a novel by Melanie Sumner

ISBN 978-1-56512-917-7, No. 72917

$13.95 Paper, 2010

Dorothy on the Rocks

a novel by Barbara Suter

ISBN 978-1-56512-471-4, No. 72471

$13.95 Paper, 2008

Best of the South

From the Second Decade of

New Stories from the South

selected and introduced

by Anne Tyler

edited by Shannon Ravenel

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-470-7, No. 72470

$15.95 Paper, 2005

Blind Your Ponies

a novel by

Stanley Gordon West

ISBN 978-1-56512-984-9, No. 72984

$14.95 Paper, 2010

ISBN 978-1-56512-612-1, No. 72612

$14.95 Paper, 2008


guest editor, Edward P. Jones

ISBN 978-1-56512-556-8, No. 72556

$14.95 Paper, 2007


guest editor, Allan Gurganus

ISBN 978-1-56512-531-5, No. 72531

$14.95 Paper, 2006


with a preface by Jill McCorkle

ISBN 978-1-56512-469-1, No. 72469

$13.95 Paper, 2005


with a preface by Tim Gautreaux

ISBN 978-1-56512-432-5, No. 72432

$13.95 paper, 2004


with a preface by Roy Blount, Jr.

ISBN 978-1-56512-395-3, No. 72395

$14.95 paper, 2003


with a preface by Larry Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-375-5, No. 72375

$14.95 paper, 2002


with a preface by Lee Smith

ISBN 978-1-56512-311-3, No. 72311

$14.95 paper, 2001


with a preface by Ellen Douglas

For complete listings, please

visit our online catalog at


The Future of Love

a novel by Shirley Abbott

ISBN 978-1-56512-567-4, No. 72567

$23.95 Hardcover, 2008

In the Name of Salomé

a novel by Julia Alvarez

a quality paperback book club and

an insightout book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-276-5, NO. 72276

$23.95 HARDCOVER, 2000

• Reading Group Guide available


a novel by Julia Alvarez

A Quality Paperback Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-157-7, No. 72157

$18.95 hardcover, 1997

Winter Run

fiction by Robert Ashcom


ISBN 978-1-56512-328-1, NO. 72328

$19.95 HARDCOVER, 2002

Last Bite

a novel by Nancy Verde Barr

ISBN 978-1-56512-495-0, NO. 72495

$22.95 HARDCOVER, 2006

ISBN 978-1-56512-295-6, No. 72295

$14.95 paper, 2000

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A Crime in the


a novel by Suzanne Berne

A Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality

Paperback Book Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-165-2, No. 72165

$17.95 hardcover, 1997


a novel by Carrie Brown

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-393-9, No. 72393

$24.95 Hardcover, 2004

Lamb in Love

a novel by Carrie Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-203-1, No. 72203

$21.95 HARDCOVER, 1999

A Miracle of Catfish

a novel by Larry Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-536-0, No. 72536

$24.95 Hardcover, 2007


a novel by Larry Brown

ISBN 978-1-56512-168-3, NO. 72168

$24.95 HARDCOVER, 2000

Swim to Me

a novel by Betsy Carter

A Book-of-the-Month Club and

Literary Guild Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-492-9, No. 72492

$23.95 Hardcover, 2007

The Orange Blossom


a novel by Betsy Carter

A Literary Guild, Book-of-the-Month

Club, and Doubleday Book Club


ISBN 978-1-56512-449-3, No. 72449

$23.95 Hardcover, 2005

A Kiss from Maddalena

a novel by Christopher


ISBN 978-1-56512-389-2, NO. 72389

$23.95 HARDCOVER, 2003


a novel by Andrei Codrescu

ISBN 978-1-56512-372-4, NO. 72372

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Walking Across Egypt

a novel by Clyde Edgerton


ISBN 978-0-912697-51-2, No. 70751

$17.95 hardcover, 1987

A Cure for Dreams

a novel by Kaye Gibbons


ISBN 978-0-945575-33-7, No. 71533

$16.95 hardcover, 1991

A Virtuous Woman

a novel by Kaye Gibbons



ISBN 978-1-56512-206-2, No. 72206

$16.95 hardcover, 1989

Ellen Foster

a novel by Kaye Gibbons


ISBN 978-1-56512-205-5, No. 72205

$16.95 hardcover, 1987

A Dangerous Age

a novel by Ellen Gilchrist

A doubleday book CLUB, book-of-themonth

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ISBN 978-1-56512-542-1, No. 72542

$23.95 Hardcover, 2008

Dream Boy

a novel by Jim Grimsley


ISBN 978-1-56512-106-5, No. 72106

$18.95 hardcover, 1995

The Music Teacher

a novel by Barbara Hall

ISBN 978-1-56512-463-9, No. 72463

$22.95 Hardcover, 2008

The Cripple and His


a novel by Anosh Irani

ISBN 978-1-56512-456-1, No. 72456

$22.95 Hardcover, 2005


a novel by Nanci Kincaid

a literary guild selection

A Shannon Ravenel Book

ISBN 978-1-56512-348-9, No. 72348

$24.95 Hardcover, 2002


a novel by Nanci Kincaid

ISBN 978-1-56512-178-2, No. 72178

$21.95 hardcover, 1998

Hope and Other Dangerous


by Laila Lalami

ISBN 978-1-56512-493-6, No. 72493

$21.95 Hardcover, 2005

Lying in Bed

a novel by J. D. Landis

ISBN 978-1-56512-068-6, NO. 72068

$19.95 HARDCOVER, 1994

A Dixie Christmas

Holiday Stories from the

South’s Best Writers

edited by Charline R.

McCord and Judy H. Tucker

preface by Fred Chappell

illustrations by Wyatt Waters

ISBN 978-1-56512-483-7, No. 72483

$15.95 Hardcover, 2005

Christmas in the South

Holiday Stories from the

South’s Best Writers

edited by Charline R. McCord

and Judy H. Tucker

preface by Kaye Gibbons

illustrated by Wyatt Waters

ISBN 978-1-56512-448-6, NO. 72448

$15.95 HARDCOVER, 2004

Final Vinyl Days

stories by Jill McCorkle

ISBN 978-1-56512-204-8, No. 72204

$18.95 hardcover, 1998

Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s


a novel by Kirsten


ISBN 978-1-56512-561-2, No. 72561

$22.95 Hardcover, 2008

American Savior

a novel by Roland Merullo

ISBN 978-1-56512-607-7, No. 72607

$24.95 Hardcover, 2008

When Tito Loved Clara

a novel by Jon Michaud

ISBN 978-1-56512-949-8, No. 72949

$29.95 HARDCOVER, 2011

Gap Creek

a novel by Robert Morgan

an oprah book club, literary guild,

teen people book club, and

book-of-the-month club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-296-3, No. 72296

$22.95 HARDCOVER, 1999

Waiting for April

a novel by Scott M. Morris

ISBN 978-1-56512-370-0, NO. 72370

$24.95 HARDCOVER, 2003

The Song of the Earth

a novel by Hugh Nissenson

A Quality Paperback Book Club,

InsightOut, and Reader’s Subscription


ISBN 978-1-56512-298-7, NO. 72298

$24.95 HARDCOVER, 2001

When Angels Sing

a novella by Turk Pipkin

A Book-of-the-month Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-252-9, No. 72252

$14.95 HARDCOVER, 1999

Tomato Girl

a novel by Jayne Pupek

ISBN 978-1-56512-472-1, No. 72472

$23.95 Hardcover, 2008

The Painting

a novel by Nina Schuyler

ISBN 978-1-56512-441-7, No. 72441

$22.95 Hardcover, 2004

The Innocents

a novel by Caroline Seebohm

ISBN 978-1-56512-500-1, No. 72500

$23.95 Hardcover, 2007

The Widows of Eden

a novel by George Shaffner

ISBN 978-1-56512-535-3, No. 72535

$23.95 Hardcover, 2008

The Half-Mammals of Dixie

stories by George Singleton


ISBN 978-1-56512-354-0, NO. 72354

$22.95 HARDCOVER, 2002

The English Disease

a novel by Joseph Skibell

ISBN 978-1-56512-257-4, NO. 72257

$23.95 HARDCOVER, 2003

Single Wife

a novel by Nina Solomon

A Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary

Guild, and Quality Paperback Book

Club Selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-382-3, NO. 72382

$23.95 HARDCOVER, 2003

The Curve of the World

a novel by Marcus Stevens

a book-of-the-month club and quality

paperback book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-336-6, No. 72336

$24.95 HARDCOVER, 2002

Useful Girl

a novel by Marcus Stevens

ISBN 978-1-56512-366-3, No. 72366

$24.95 hardcover, 2004

The Good Negress

a novel by A. J. Verdelle

a quality paperback book club selection

ISBN 978-1-56512-085-3, No. 72085

$19.95 hardcover, 1995

Ray in Reverse

a novel by Daniel Wallace

ISBN 978-1-56512-260-4, NO. 72260

$21.95 HARDCOVER, 2000

47 | Backlist Fiction Algonquin Books


by title

52 Loaves 34

The $64 Tomato 35

100 Birds and How They

Got Their Names 31

100 Flowers and How They

Got Their Names 35

The Aleppo Codex 22

All This Talk of Love 7

All Woman and Springtime 21

American Savior 47

An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes

in New England 43

The Art Forger 1

Balls 46

Barnacle Love 43

Be the Dream 33

The Beach at Galle Road 12

The Beggar King and

the Secret of Happiness 32

Best of the South 46

Between Here and April 44

Big Fish 27, 46

The Big Steal 44

Billy Ray’s Farm 33

A Blessing on the Moon 45

Blind Your Ponies 46

Bloodsworth 42

Boone 31

The Botanist and the Vintner 34

Boulevard 44

A Boy I Once Knew 32

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes 33

Brave Enemies 44

Breakfast with Buddha 26, 44

Broadway Baby 21, 45

The Buddha and the Terrorist 40

Cardboard Gods 32

The Cheer Leader 44

The Children in Room E4 34

The Christmas Letters 45

Christmas in the South 47

Coal Black Horse 45

Cobb 40

The Coldest Night 21

Comet’s Tale 6

Comfort and Joy 44

Confinement 47

Creatures of Habit 44

A Crime in the Neighborhood 47

The Cripple and His

Talismans 47

A Curable Romantic 45

A Cure for Dreams 47

The Curve of the World 47

A Dangerous Age 47

Daughters of Memory 43

The Day My Brain Exploded 17

The Dinner Diaries 39

Dirty Work 43

A Dixie Christmas 47

Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain 47

Dog on the Cross 44

Don’t Make Me Stop Now 45

Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking 34

Dorothy on the Rocks 46

Dream Boy 47

Dream Golf 41

The Earth Moved 23, 35

Educating Esmé 33

Ellen Foster 47

The End of the World as We

Know It 29, 32

The English Disease 47

Enslaved by Ducks 23, 39

The Essential Klezmer 37

Every Last Cuckoo 44

The Evil B.B. Chow and Other

Stories 43

Exley 28

Facing the Music 43

The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue 45

The Family Diamond 45

Far Bright Star 45

Fay 47

The Feasting Season 43

Ferris Beach 44

Final Vinyl Days 47

First Dogs 39

First Words 37

Flower Confidential 35

Fowl Weather 39

French Dirt 41

A Friend of the Family 27, 44

From the Ground Up 35

A Frozen Hell 37

The Frozen Rabbi 46

The Future of Love 46

Gap Creek 11, 47

Gardener’s Latin 35

Gertrude Stein 32

The Ghost at the Table 43

The Ghost of Milagro Creek 46

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky 26, 43

Going Away Shoes 44

Golfing with God 44

The Good Negress 47

Gossip of the Starlings 43

Greasy Rider 40

A Great and Glorious Game 41

The Half-Mammals of Dixie 47

Hard Work 40

Heading Out to Wonderful 21

Heart in the Right Place 29

Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide

to Great American Writers 34

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister 16

Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home 32

Hope and Other Dangerous

Pursuits 47

Hot and Bothered 43

How Eskimos Keep Their

Babies Warm 38

How the García Girls Lost Their

Accents 28, 43

How to Get Your Child to Love

Reading 39

How to Spell Chanukah 19

If You Lived Here, I’d Know

Your Name 42

In My Father’s Shadow 33

The Innocents 47

In the Name of Salomé 46

In the Time of the Butterflies 28, 43

In the Wake of Madness 37

I Thought You Were Dead 45

The Jew Store 37

Joe 43

July 7th 44

King Matt the First 44

A Kiss from Maddalena 47

Kitty Cornered 23, 39

The Lady in the Palazzo 42

Lamb in Love 47

Last Bite 46

Last Child in the Woods 38

The Lie 43

Life Among Giants 8 – 9

Lightning Song 45

Lincoln as I Knew Him 31

Lincoln on War 31

Lions of the West 10, 31

Little Blues Book 37

Lives of the Trees 35

Love, Loss, and What I Wore 36

Love Poetry Out Loud 39

Loving Every Child 39

Lucky Girl 32

Lying in Bed 47

The M Word 33

Making Whoopee 37

Makeovers at the Beauty Counter

of Happiness 36

Maman’s Homesick Pie 34

Man with a Pan 34

The Medic 42

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch 13

Midnight Assassin 42

A Miracle of Catfish 47

Missing Lucile 33

Mother of the Bride 36

Mr. Universe 44

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed

Stranger 45

Mudbound 26, 44

The Music of Wild Birds 31

The Music Teacher 47

My Father’s Paradise 29, 33

My Life as a Boy 33

The Nature Principle 23, 38

New Orleans, Mon Amour 41

New Stories from the South 46

The Next Better Place 32

Night of the Avenging Blowfish 46

Nothing Left to Burn 33

On Agate Hill 45

On American Soil 37

On the Road to Freedom 36

The Orange Blossom Special 47

Our Noise 37

Out on the Porch Calendar, 2013 30

Outwitting History 29, 37

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The Painting 47

Panther Baby 22, 31

Paris Was Ours 41

Party Receipts from the

Charleston Junior League 34

Peep Show 43

Pictures of You 27, 44

Pocket Kings 20, 44

Poetry Out Loud 39

Purple Hibiscus 18

The Puzzle King 43

Ray in Reverse 47

The Receptionist 22

A Reliable Wife 26, 44

Responsible Men 45

The Resurrectionist 45

The Revised Fundamentals

of Caregiving 2–3

Rising to the Occasion 36

Rock On 40

A Rose by Any Name 35

Running the Rift 14 –15

Saving the World 43

Seasoned in the South 34

Secret Son 44

Seemed Like a Good Idea

at the Time 32

Settled in the Wild 38

Shalom Y’all 37

The Sharpshooter Blues 45

Side Effects 33

Silver Sparrow 20, 44

Singing for Your Supper 36

Single Wife 47

The Sleepy Hollow Family

Almanac 20

Smartbomb 40

The Smartest Woman I Know 36

Solo 32

Somehow Form a Family 32

Some Survived 42

Something for Nothing 28

Something to Declare 37

The Song of the Earth 47

Songbirds in Your Garden 31

A Son of the Game 41

The Soul of a Doctor 34

The Sound of a Wild Snail

Eating 38

Southern Belly 34

Stealing with Style 44

Swim to Me 47

Tab Hunter Confidential 31

Take Good Care of the Garden

and the Dogs 29, 32

Talking About Death 33

The Taste of Salt 26, 45

The Three-Pound Enigma 40

Tomato Girl 47

Traveling While Married 42

The Truest Pleasure 44

Truth 32

A Twist of Lemmon 32

The Unexpected Salami 45

Until the Next Time 44

Useful Girl 47

Verbena 47

Very Charleston 41

Very New Orleans 41

Very Washington DC 41

A Virtuous Woman 47

Waiting for April 47

Wakefield 47

Waking Up in Eden 42

Walking Across Egypt 47

Water for Elephants 28, 44

The Watery Part of the World 20, 45

The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book 42

The Weather Wizard’s 5-Year

Weather Diary 30, 42

West of Here 27, 43

What the Dormouse Said 36

What We Do for Love 36

What You See in the Dark 27, 45

A Wedding in Haiti 22

When Angels Sing 47

When It Was Our War 42

When She Woke 4–5

When Tito Loved Clara 47

Why Dogs Chase Cars 45

Wicked Bugs 35

Wicked Plants 35

The Widows of Eden 47

Winter Run 46

Wolf Whistle 24, 45

The Woman I Kept to Myself 39

Work Hard. Be Nice. 34

World War II in the

Mediterranean, 1942 –1945 37

¡Yo! 46


by author

Abbott, Shirley 46

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi 18

Alexander, William 34, 35

Almond, Steve 43

Alvarez, Julia 22, 28, 37, 39, 43, 46

Anthony, David 28, 43

Arnold, Janis 43

Aron, Bill 37

Ashcom, Robert 46

Backhaus, Jeff 16

Bailey, Elisabeth Tova 38

Bailey, Mark 34

Barr, Nancy Verde 46

Bass, Alison 33

Beckerman, Ilene 36

Bell, Madison Smartt 46

Benaron, Naomi 14–15

ben Izzy, Joel 32

Bennett, O. H. 43

Berne, Suzanne 33, 43, 47

Bijan, Donia 34

Block, Betsy 38

Braff, Joshua 43

Brenner, Douglas 35

Brown, Carrie 47

Brown, Larry 33, 43, 47

Bryan, Patricia L. 42

Campbell, Christy 34

Carter, Betsy 43, 47

Castellani, Christopher 7, 47

Chaplin, Heather 40

Chernin, Kim 33

Clarke, Brock 28

Cobb, Charles E., Jr. 36

Codell, Esmé Raji 33, 39

Codrescu, Andrei 41, 47

Conway, Linda Glick 34

Cook, John 37

Coons, Nancy 43

D’Agostino, Kris 20

Davenport, Randi 33

de Blasi, Marlena 42

de Gramont, Nina 43

De Sa, Anthony 43

D’Este, Carlo 37

Dodson, James 41

Donohue, John 34

Douglas, Ellen 32

Downey, Annie 43

Druett, Joan 37

Duncan, Jim 42

Durrow, Heidi W. 26, 43

Earley, Tony 32

Eaton, Susan 34

Edge, John T. 34

Edgerton, Clyde 32, 47

Evison, Jonathan 2–3, 27, 43

Feder, Chris Welles 33

Finn, Maria 32

Fleeson, Lucinda 42

Fox, Kevin 44

Fox, Vicki Reikes 37

Franklin, Emily 19

Friedman, Matti 22

Gash, Amy 36

Gessler, Diana Hollingsworth 41

Gibbons, Kaye 47

Gilchrist, Ellen 47

Goodman, Richard 41

Goodwillie, David 32

Goodwin, Stephen 41

Goolrick, Robert 21, 26, 29, 32, 44

Grimsley, Jim 44, 47

Grodstein, Lauren 27, 44

Groth, Janet 22

Gruen, Sara 28, 44

Gurganus, Allan 46

Gwyn, Aaron 44

Hall, Barbara 47

Hamann, Jack 37

Harper, Gordon 34

Hazard, Edith 36

Heller, Ted 20, 44

Hemingway, Edward 34

Hempel, Amy 46

Holzer, Harold 31

Hopgood, Mei-Ling 32, 38

Hunter, Tab 31

Irani, Anosh 47

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Jain, Sachin H. 34

Janis, Brooke 39

Jenkins, Emyl 44

Jones, Brandon 21

Jones, Edward P. 46

Jones, Tayari 20, 44

Joseph, Jamal 22, 31

Joseph, Sandra 39

Jordan, Hillary 4–5, 26, 44

Jourdan, Carolyn 29

Junkin, Tim 42

Keith, Michael C. 32

Kennedy, Dan 40

Kincaid, Nanci 47

Kogan, Deborah Copaken 44

Korczak, Janusz 39, 44

Kumar, Satish 40

Lalami, Laila 44, 47

Landis, J. D. 47

Lansky, Aaron 29, 37

Lawton, Manny 42

Leavitt, Caroline 27, 44

Lemmon, Chris 32

Lende, Heather 29, 32, 42

Litwak, Leo 42

Louv, Richard 23, 38

Luloff, Joanna 12

Maloy, Kate 44

Mandelbaum, Paul 37

Mathews, Jay 34

McCord, Charline R. 47

McCorkle, Jill 44, 47

Melville, Greg 40

Menger-Anderson, Kirsten 47

Merullo, Roland 26, 44, 47

Michaud, Jon 47

Moffett, Shannon 40

Morgan, Robert 10 –11, 31, 44, 47

Morris, Evan 37

Morris, Scott M. 47

Morris, Virginia 33

Muñoz, Manuel 27, 45

Neal, Bill 35

Nelson, Pete 45

Nissenson, Hugh 47

Nordan, Lewis 24, 45

O’Connell, Jack 45

Olmstead, Robert 21, 45

Rowan, Roy 39

Rowlands, Penelope 41

Rubin, Louis D., Sr. 42

Rubin, Robert Alden 39

Ruby, Aaron 40

Sabar, Ariel 29, 33

Sanders, Dori 34

Scanniello, Stephen 35

Schuyler, Nina 47

Schwarzschild, Edward 45

Seebohm, Caroline 47

Shaffner, George 47

Shapiro, Alan 21, 45

Shapiro, B. A. 1

Shapiro, Laurie Gwen 45

Shetterly, Susan Hand 38

Simons, Gary 33

Singleton, George 45, 47

Skibell, Joseph 45, 47

Smith, Bill 34

Smith, Lee 45

Solomon, Nina 47

Southgate, Martha 26, 45

Stendhal, Renate 32

Stern, Steve 46

Stevens, Marcus 47

Stewart, Amy 23, 35

Stone, Elizabeth 32

Stump, Al 40

Suberman, Stella 37, 42

Sumner, Melanie 46

Suter, Barbara 46

Tarte, Bob 23, 39

Terres, John K. 31

Trotter, William 37

Tucker, Judy H. 47

Tyler, Anne 46

Varner, Jay 33

Verdelle, A. J. 47

Wallace, Daniel 27, 46, 47

Weisman, Mary-Lou 42

Wells, Diana 31, 35

Welter, John 46

West, Stanley Gordon 46

Wilker, Josh 32

Williams, Roy 40

Wolf, Steven D. 6

Wolf, Thomas 42

Packer, ZZ 46

Pandl, Julia 13

Parker, Michael 20, 45

Pelikan, Judy 31

Pinfold, Wallace 36

Pipkin, Turk 47

Pories, Kathy 33

Pories, Susan 34

Pupek, Jayne 47

Rajamani, Ashok 17

Ravenel, Shannon 46

Robertson, Brian 37

Robson, Kenneth S. 41

Rogovoy, Seth 37

Roorbach, Bill 8 – 9

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The Art Forger 1

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving 2–3

When She Woke 4–5

Comet’s Tale 6

All This Talk of Love 7

Life Among Giants 8–9

Lions of the West 10

Gap Creek 11

The Beach at Galle Road 12

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch 13

Running the Rift 14–15

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister 16

The Day My Brain Exploded 17

Purple Hibiscus 18

How to Spell Chanukah 19

Recent Fiction Releases 20–21

Recent Nonfiction Releases 22–23

Wolf Whistle 24

Algonquin Book Club 25

Algonquin Fiction Favorites 26–28

Paperback Nonfiction Favorites 29

Out on the Porch Calendar 2013 30

The Weather Wizard’s Five-Year Weather Diary 30



Birds and Birding 31

Biography and Memoir 31–33

Contemporary Issues 33


Food and Wine 34


Gift Books 36

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Jewish Interest 37

Language and Writing 37



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Popular Culture 40

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