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Kinder Than Solitude
by Yiyun Li Kinder Than Solitude could easily be one of my top choices for every major literary award of 2014! This searing prose explodes on the page, with gorgeous words that probe the timeless, heartbreaking enigma of solitude. Right from the first word, I felt the solitude, viscerally, of all these characters, who embrace it as a protest, spurn it, wrestle with it, and finally surrender to it. The novel opens in Beijing with a mysterious accident involving three young adults and a friend of theirs who is poisoned. Flash forward to the present day, and those three friends are now grown, long separated by time and distance, but the past still beckons. But why? Author Yiyun Li is an awardwinning author, a MacArthur Genius fellow, and one of The New Yorker’s 20 Under 20. Her second novel is simply beyond breathtaking — what a world she has created and how she took me there and wouldn’t let me go. Hauntingly beautiful!
THE PERFECT GRAD PRESENT!
Congratulations, By The Way:
Some Thoughts on Kindness
by George Saunders In 2013 Diane’s Books officially adopted kindness as our mantra, although in fairness, we have been practicing kindness for 23 years now! This formal announcement was inspired by George Saunders’ words on kindness that he delivered in a convocation address at Syracuse University. KINDNESS MATTERS — HOORAY! And the best news is that within days of Saunders’ address, this simple but profound thought had been shared across social media and the Internet more than a million times. So what fabulous news it is that these thoughts are now lovingly and forever preserved in a book. Has there ever, ever, been a more perfect graduation present?
CELEBRATE POETRY MONTH!
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry:
100 Men On The Words That Move Them
Edited by Anthony and Ben Holden This is the best celebration of Poetry Month ever! Poetry as an art form almost certainly predates literacy as early poets used the power of poetry’s tight structure, rhythms and cadences to stir their listeners, and to lodge words in their memories. Now, a hundred grown men — authors, poets laureate and other eminent figures from the arts, sciences and politics — deliver touching and insightful personal introductions to a range of beloved poems that have moved them to tears. Words are their tears! Please feast on these gorgeous poems and jewels that span the centuries and which are not just for men. Read it out loud, read it as a family. Simply perfection!
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
by Cokie Roberts Brianna’s new love! And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, how could we resist? All that and Cokie Roberts, too! Most children know that the Founding Fathers are the men who helped the 13 colonies develop into the United States, but what about the ladies, the women of that historic period? Founding Mothers reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes and it is beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode. Remembering The Ladies is a great family read-out-loud for all those budding historians!
Have Fun Molly Lou Mellon
Written by Patty Lovell Illustrated by David Catrow Spring is here: HOORAY! And it is time to go back outside and play! As author Patty Lovell writes: “The best thing to play with is a huge imagination.” Our favorite Spring 2014 picture book stars Molly Lou Mellon, whose grandmother did not have store-bought toys but rather made dolls out of twigs and flowers and created her own fun in her own backyard. And our heroine, Molly Lou, does exactly that — makes a new friend and discovers sky, clouds and her own huge imagination all over again. Make your own fun this spring — the world is waiting for you! IMAGINE!
JOAN’S PICK! A King’s Ransom
by Sharon Kay Penman Historical fiction at its best! It is November 1192 and Richard the Lionheart, the stuff of legends, and his Crusaders encounter dangerous enemies. This is the dramatic sequel to Lionheart, the stunning story of the legendary warrior-king Richard, Coeur de Lion. Today, we would hail Richard as a superb strategist of war and peace.
JOAN’S PICK! NON-FICTION
by Diane Jacobs Joan writes: “Mesmerizing! Seamless in its narrative, Dear Abigail is a fascinating portrayal of the wife of John Adams and her sisters, women ahead of their time who believed in intellectual and educational equality for women. The true highlight of this book is the relationship between these sisters, who were witnesses to American colonial history.”
by Kate Mosse A triumphant finale to the brilliant Kate Mosse’s Languedoc Trilogy! Come to the foothills of the Pyrenees, where a spirited, courageous 18-year-old girl and her sister, both women of the Citadel, work quickly to sabotage their German occupiers in 1942. Sandrine’s network is made up of ordinary women who risk everything to fight the sinister battles lurking in the shadows. This is the little-told story of the women who helped the Resistance in France. I loved every moment!
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You Should Have Known
by Jean Hanff Korelitz WOW! Are you ready for a roller-coaster ride? Grace Reinhart, 40, a successful therapist and marriage counselor, is living the good life. She has a son named Henry, a devoted husband, who’s a pediatric oncologist, and a life helping people. Grace is also the author of the recently published self-help book You Should Have Known. Now Grace finds herself in a maelstrom — a murder and a mistress — so maybe she should have known, too?
The Last Time I Saw You
by Eleanor Moran Powerful! Literary! Amazing! This is perhaps the most pithy, erudite, even aggressive novel I have ever read about the power of women’s friendships. I was mesmerized and The Last Time I Saw You left indelible tracks on my memory. A fierce, no-holds-barred story, reminding me again of the incredible complexity and fragility of this pivotal piece of every woman’s life. A novel to cheer for and an author to cheer for. PAPERBACK ORIGINAL!
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HAPPY SPRING 2014!
SPRING 2014 deserves capital letters after our unrelenting cold and snowy winter, and Diane’s Books says: “HOORAY FOR SPRING!” And HOORAY for BOOKS! We are shouting about a plethora of new books for SPRING 2014 — more than 14,000 new titles from 1,700 publishers!
This fabulous business of books that I love so much continues to aggressively publish BOOKS and the selection for SPRING 2014 is one of the best ever, and one of the most prescient. I cannot remember reading so many powerful pieces of fiction and literary fiction in a very long time. Fiction speaks to our chaotic world so beautifully, so profoundly, so insightfully, even prophetically, and the current and recurrent major literary themes of war, race, solitude, connection and disconnection speak to every headline in every newspaper everywhere. Fiction is a powerful tool in our understanding of this world that mystifies us with its constant and never-ending litany of chaos everywhere, from Ukraine to Texas, just for starters!
And then talk to our non-fiction guru Gill and she will add a deep, deep well of non-fiction to that powerful piece of fiction. We are sadly history illiterate, as our esteemed historian David McCullough reminds us, but publishers are stepping up to that challenge with fascinating, erudite, thoughtful history, touching on current affairs, economics and globalization. It’s all there waiting for you in Gill’s exciting Emporium. COME AND FEAST!
HOORAY and CONGRATULATIONS to our DIANE’S BOOKS EMERITUS “DIVA” RANDY KRAFT. Randy has recently written a powerful, commanding, eloquent novel about race, isolation, disconnection and solitude: Colors Of The Wheel. The title itself is a tantalizing metaphor about how we view this world of ours. DIVA RANDY: ALL THE DIANE’S BOOKS DIVAS ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! AND WE SAY: “HOORAY, HOORAY, HOORAY!” Of course, copies are available at Diane’s Books.
HOORAY to all you fabulous customers who gave so generously to our Christmas Angel Tree! I know this is a BELATED THANKYOU, but once again, thanks to your continued generosity, more than 400 neighborhood children received a special, individually wrapped, lovingly chosen hardcover book. KINDNESS is our mantra at Diane’s Books and your recognition of these precious children is a beautiful act of kindness!
HAPPY READING EVERYONE! HAPPY READING OUT LOUD! AND, OF COURSE, HAPPY SPRING!
An Officer and A Spy
by Robert Harris Michael’s Spring Pick! Michael writes: “At the prodding of filmmaker Roman Polanski, Robert Harris has written the great spy story that was lost in all the social commentary about anti-Semitism in the Dreyfus affair of the 1890s.” Set in the Paris of 1895, the story begins as Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, is convicted of treason. Michael recommends it to all fans of John le Carré or Ben McIntyre.
by Ted Bell Gordon’s Spring Pick! Counterspy Alex Hawke, whom we love at Diane’s Books, teams up with his Scotland Yard colleague and friend Inspector Ambrose Congreve to untangle a bizarre murder by ancient Chinese torture. The game quickly moves to lethal geopolitical brinkmanship, with North Korea, China, U. S. and Britain all pawns on the chessboard. And Hawke must pull off his most daring mission yet — infiltrate China and even put his own life in danger!
The Resistance Man: A Bruno Chief
of Police Novel
by Martin Walker Bruno! We love Bruno, you love Bruno! So once again come back to the small French town of St. Denis, where Bruno reluctantly interrupts his summertime culinary exploits to focus on a mounting crime wave unfolding in the gastronomically ravishing area of Dordogne. MAGNIFIQUE!
Smart People Should Build Things
by Andrew Yang Inspiration! Entrepreneurship! Our most talented and educated young people today are not building things. They are not starting or joining innovative companies that need to address crises in education, energy and transportation. Imagine if those same people who are currently heading to Wall Street were instead joining startups and early-stage companies throughout the United States. Author Andrew Yang, founder and CEO of Venture For America, throws down the gauntlet! Our smart people should build things! Diane’s Books says: “YES! YES!”
by Michael Lewis HOT NEWS! Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side and Boomerang, returns to the financial world and once again gives us a ringside seat. Flash Boys is EMBARGOED, and on sale MARCH 31. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!
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