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Fall 2017 Drop-In Titles

We’ve got the scoop on some new Fall 2017 drop-in titles:

KILLING ENGLAND: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Out: September 19, 2017
Also available in audio
O’Reilly and Dugard’s bestselling history series continues with the story of the Revolutionary War, told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III.

BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populists vs. The Establishment from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham
Out: October 10, 2017
Also available in audio
Bestselling author Laura Ingraham tells the story of Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the White House at the head of a much-maligned and misunderstood populist revolt.

ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann
Out: September 19, 2017
Also available in audio
A call to action from three of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists offering the definitive work on the threat to our democracy posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

ROGUE SPOOKS: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Out: August 15, 2017
Also available in audio
Morris and McGann argue that anti-Trump partisans have been secretly orchestrating an unprecedented undercover campaign to sabotage President Trump and his agenda by using U.S. intelligence agencies and assets to gather and leak embarrassing and sensitive information.

ORDERS TO KILL: The Putin Regime and Political Murder by Amy Knight
Out: September 19, 2017
An in-depth and no-holds-barred account of the practice of covert murder in Russian politics, beginning in 1998, when Vladamir Putin became head of the FSB, and continuing to the present day.

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
Out: November 28, 2017
Also available in audio
Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood. readmoreremove

Are You Ready for Some Football (Books)?!

Read your way off the sidelines and on the gridiron with these books about football:

THE LEGEND OF JESSE SMOKE by Robert Bausch
A Booklist Best Sports Fiction of 2016 pick! In this provocative and timely novel, Jesse Smoke is signed on as the first female quarterback of the Washington Redskins; yet her success is challenged by the clamors of the press, the violence of her teammates, and the institutional resistance that seeks to keep football in the hands of men. “Those unfamiliar with football will be heartened to learn that the game’s moves, strategy, and terminology are explained well enough that they’ll be able to appreciate just how thoroughly la femme here kicks male derrière.”
Kirkus Reviews

BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW: Smashmouth Football, a Little Bit of Crazy, and the ’86 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants by Jerry Barca
The first in-depth look at the team that rebuilt the New York Giants franchise, a revealing look at football in the 1980s, and how a larger than life cast of characters built something from nothing. “An entertaining look back at a popular team from three decades ago. Any football fan will enjoy this book.” — Library Journal

LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football’s Color Line by Gretchen Atwood
Atwood’s book blends American sports and cultural history to tell the story of the integration of football (in a year before Jackie Robinson did the same for baseball) and how it culminating in the dramatic 1950 NFL championship game that pitted black stars against each other. “There is enough powerful material here to recommend this title to all football fans…” — Library Journal

EAT MY SCHWARTZ: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith by Geoff Schwartz & Mitch Schwartz
The first Jewish brothers in the NFL since 1923 take readers inside their lives and into the locker rooms in a revealing book on football, food, family, and faith.

HOW TO SPEAK FOOTBALL: From Ankle Breaker to Zebra—an Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab by Sally Cook, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
This illustrated dictionary includes over 125 football terms paired with amusing illustrations that decode the words and phrases that fly around the field. The “Sidelines” sections sprinkled throughout the book include fun trivia about the history of the sport, the stories behind football players’ nicknames, the most famous touchdown celebrations, and more.

Are You Ready For Some Football (Books)?!

Football fans, rejoice—a new season is here! If you prefer to read about athletes instead of watching them, check out these books hitting the shelves this fall:

STRIKING GRIDIRON: A Town’s Pride and a Team’s Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History by Greg Nichols
In 1959, the iconic mill town of Braddock, Pennsylvania was suffering from a steel strike that crippled the local economy, but the town was able to rally around their national record-setting high school football team. “Nichols captures the pace of life in a late-fifties, single-industry town, and also integrates the progress of the strike and its implications for the nation as well as Braddock. An excellent book on a number of levels.” — Booklist

BEATING GOLIATH: My Story of Football and Faith by Art Briles, with Don Yaeger
In this memoir from head coach of the top ranked Baylor Bears college football team, Briles recounts losing his parents at an early age and the important life lessons they taught him that he applied to coaching, turning struggling teams into winners.

THE KING OF SPORTS: Football’s Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook
Now available in paperback! Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN.com column Tuesday Morning Quarterback, takes on football’s place in American society, explaining how the game became deeply ingrained in American culture and its impact on society.

MONSTERS: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen
Now available in paperback! Cohen recounts the thrilling 1985 Chicago Bears championship season through interviews with Walter “Sweetness” Payton, the fleet-footed running back; Dan Hampton, the hard-charging defensive tackle known as the “Danimal”; Jim McMahon, the punky quarterback, changing plays on the fly; and Mike Ditka, the hotheaded, mustachioed head coach.

Ready? Break! (For reading.)

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2014 PEN Award Nominees

The 2014 PEN Awards longlist was recently announced and we're pleased to have several nominated titles:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize
A HISTORY OF THE PRESENT ILLNESS by Louise Aronson

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm
THE KRAUS PROJECT by Jonathan Franzen

PEN/E.O.Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT by Emily Anthes 

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
HOLDING ON UPSIDE DOWN: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell
AMERICAN MIRROR: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon
ROTH UNBOUND: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpont 

PEN ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting
MONSTERS: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen 

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
IMPROMPTUS: Selected Poems and Some Prose by Gottfried Benn, translated by Michael Hofmann 

The shortlisted titles will be announced on June 17 and the winners will be announced on July 30 and honored at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on September 29 at The New School.

For more information and to see the full longlist, click here.

Congratulations to the nominees! 

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Super KITTEN Bowl!

On Sunday, many of you will be watching to see whether the Seattle Seahawks can top the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Even the Seattle and Denver libraries are duking it out on Twitter in the #ReadingBowl! (Tweet what you're reading with the hashtags #ReadingBowl and #SEAReads or #DENreads to play along.)

But some of us don't care about sports. We only care about cute things and have finally been rewarded with THE KITTEN BOWL!!!

Ferrell Owens
Catnip 
Patches
Brett Furve

Airing at 12:00 noon/11am Central on the Hallmark Channel, the Kitten Bowl has four adorably furry teams competing on an obstacle course of hurdles, tunnels, hoops, jumps, weave poles, lasers, lures and toys on strings!

Check out the lineup
and pick your favorite kitten now! We're loving Feline Manning, Troy Paw-Lamalau, Ferrell Owens, and Catnip. Plus, there's a live Kitten Cam feed on the website so you don't have to miss a minute of feline fun! Meow.

Best of all, each kitten is guaranteed to be adopted into a loving home (no, we didn't adopt ALL of them, as much as we'd like to...). 

Enjoy! And if you need more cuteness, there's always that other bowl game...

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