Articles tagged "Katherine Boo"

Happy #BookBday (1/5/16 Edition)

Hooray, it’s the first #BookBday of the year! Cheers to these books on shelves now:

CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. This important new work has already received three starred, rave reviews: “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
A January 2016 Indie Next pick and A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE meets ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup, THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is the remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult. “Wariner is a survivor, but more important, she’s a fantastic writer, letting the unbelievable events of her childhood speak for themselves while she wrestles with issues of blame and—miraculously—forgiveness.” — Entertainment Weekly, grade “A” review
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B&N Winter 2016 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Winter 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes five Macmillan titles!

CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. This important new work has already received two starred, rave reviews: “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, has received three rave, starred reviews, and is a January 2015 Indie Next pick! “Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.” — Library Journal, starred review

SHELTER by Jung Yun
A debut novel that weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. “In her intense debut, Jung explores the powerful legacy of familial violence and the difficulty of finding the strength and grace to forgive.” — Publishers Weekly
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Stars for CITY OF THORNS

What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia.

In CITY OF THORNS, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the Dabaab camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, CITY OF THORNS is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dabaab home.

This important new work has already received three starred, rave reviews:

“…an achievement in reportage that few have matched. Comparisons to Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS are spot-on. Rawlence has written a book that just might change the world or, at the very least, awaken readers to one criminally forgotten corner of it. A tour de force.” — Booklist, starred review

“By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dadaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Essential for humanists, those who are contemplating the struggles of refugees worldwide, and those interested in how humanitarian aid and other international efforts impact those in the midst of crisis.” — Library Journal, starred review

Librarians can request a print galley by emailing library@macmillanusa.com (subject: City of Thorns) with your mailing address. If you read it and love it, you can nominate it for the January 2016 LibraryReads list (now through 11/20).

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