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Happy #BookBday (1/10/17 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
This “compelling” (Publishers Weekly) debut novel follows a young Chinese woman as she defies her fate and escapes to the neon lights of Shenzhen and all it holds for her—be it love, danger, or destiny. “With expert pacing and description, Zhang vividly draws Lotus’ present and past, weaving together time lines, characters, and subplots that eventually reveal Lotus to be far more than the sweet, reserved girl she appears to be. At once immersive and delicate, Zhang’s writing takes Lotus to unexpected places as she searches for—and perhaps finds—what true freedom means.” — Booklist

SILENCE by Shusaku Endo
This movie adaptation of Endo’s classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver is “shaping up to be this year’s THE REVENANT,” according to the Washington Post. Picador created a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so your library’s book club can read and discuss before having a movie night out. readmoreremove

A New Podcast for History Fans

Did you hear the one about the guy who survived the sinking of the Titanic by drinking whiskey? Or what about the man who survived the atom bombing of Hiroshima, only to take a train to Nagasaki and survive the bombing of that city as well?

In the spirit of storytelling, Quick and Dirty Tips and Picador have teamed up to bring you Unknown History, a new podcast for history buffs and anyone who loves a great, quirky tale. (Our favorite? The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie.)

uh1The show is hosted by bestselling author and historian Giles Milton, whose newest book, WHEN HITLER TOOK COCAINE AND LENIN LOST HIS BRAIN, is also the basis for the Unknown History podcast.

Since its launch earlier this month, the podcast has already been ranked in the top 50 on iTunes and even reached #3 in the iTunes Education category!

​You can listen or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or Quick and Dirty Tips.

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