Sandra Newman’s THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR is a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2015

Sandra Newman’s THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR, in which a fifteen-year-old in a future world where people die of a mysterious disease before the age of twenty embarks on a bold journey to find a cure for her sick brother, has been named a notable fiction book of 2015 by The Washington Post. WaPo calls Newman’s futuristic world “richly imagined” and the book a “sweeping epic.” Our heroine Ice Cream Star narrates the book in a patois that Newman invented, which WaPo has praised as making the book “both fascinating and challenging to read.” Congratulations, Sandra!

THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR will be available in paperback starting Tuesday, November 24th.

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Eric Blehm and Dallas and Melissa Hartwig finalists for Goodreads Choice Awards 2015

Congratulations to Eric Blehm and Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, whose books Legend and The Whole30 are finalists for this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards!

In Legend, Blehm takes us through a single mission in the Vietnam War, during which U.S. Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez bravely answered a distress call to help a team under attack. Despite his own grievous injuries, Benavidez provided medical care and organized a defense and rescue, refusing to abandon his efforts until every survivor was safe.

Legend by Eric Blehm

The Whole30, on the other hand, takes us through a different high-stakes journey: transforming our relationship with food. This step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe guidebook helps us implement the critically-acclaimed Whole30 program to achieve better health and “food freedom.” Full of success stories and community resources, The Whole30 is just the support we need on this path. Vote for Legend and Whole30 in the “History & Biography” and “Food & Cookbooks” categories here!


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CLEMENTINE: The Life of Mrs. Churchill is out today!


If you don’t know much about Mrs. Winston Churchill, you’re in for a treat. Sonia Purnell’s CLEMENTINE is a long-overdue tribute to the woman behind the man–who “led him along like a sheep by her whenever she thought it necessary.”

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and CLEMENTINE is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.

“…[A]n astute, pacey account of a woman who hardly ever emerged from the shadows. It is a sharp analysis of what it meant to be a politician’s wife at a time when, as Bess Truman put it, her job was to ‘sit beside her husband, be silent and be sure her hat is on straight.’ Ms. Purnell charts both the paradoxical power and also the personal costs of operating behind the scenes. Along the way she shows, too, how much we can learn about Winston Churchill from studying his wife and marriage.”

Wall Street Journal

Andria Williams’ THE LONGEST NIGHT is a B&N Discover Pick

We are thrilled to announce that THE LONGEST NIGHT by Andria Williams is a Spring 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection at B&N! 

Her debut novel, forthcoming from Random House on January 12, 2016, will be featured on the B&N Spring 2016 list of 11 novels and 9 nonfiction titles covering current affairs, social science, history, science, essays and biography/memoir.

Andria joins a line of fantastic writers who have received the distinction–this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Discover Picks–including, this fall, Dr. Damon Tweedy’s Black Man in a White Coat.

A few months out from publication, The Longest Night has already received wonderful reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist (Starred Review). Follow Andria on Twitter at @andria816 and on her blog, The Military Spouse Book Review for updates on the book, reviews of many other great reads, and much more (she has even been known to put her seven-year-old son to work recreating scenes from favorite literary lines…we see you in Lego, Winn Van Meter from Seating Arrangements)


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Better Than Before: A Day-by-Day Journal

Better Than Before: A Day-by-Day Journal is out now!

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“Change your habits, change your life” is one of Gretchen Rubin’s mantras. If you’ve read her most recent book, New York Times bestseller Better Than Before, you’ve been introduced to her research on the power of habits (the book is out in paperback this December–you can see the new cover revealed here on Gretchen’s site). Now there is a companion journal to Better than Before to help readers track their habits: part resource, part tool, and part keepsake, the journal can help guide you through important life changes.
Better Than Before: A Day-by-Day Journal  (Clarkson Potter) provides you with a year’s worth of writing prompts that help you identify habits you’d like to change and strengthen habits you wish to adopt, as well as helpful quizzes and eye-opening tips on habit formation. Each weekly entry also features “habit-tracker” to mark down specific goals both big and small. As the pages fill, you’ll discover your own unique path—a practical, concrete framework that helps you to understand your habits and to change them for good.

If you need a Monday morning pick-me-up, meet Gretchen’s new puppy Barnaby via video here! You can listen to Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth talk about getting a dog on their popular podcast, Happier.

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Paperback arrives Dec. 15, 2015


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