Happy #BookBday (3/1/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to a terrific new work from a LibraryReads author and a powerful debut novel:

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir and biography told through the lives of iconic artists, Laing (author of the LibraryReads pick THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING) seeks answers to the questions of: What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people? “Through her ardent research, empathetic response, original thought, courageous candor, and exquisite language, Laing joins the ever-growing pool of writers—among them Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hope Jahren, Jhumpa Lahiri, Leslie Jamison, Helen Macdonald, Sally Mann, Patti Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Edmund de Waal, and Terry Tempest Williams—who are transforming memoir into a daring and dynamic literary form of discovery that laces the stories of individuals into the continuum of humanity and the larger web of life on Earth to provocative and transforming effect. ”
Booklist, starred & splash page review

HURT PEOPLE by Cote Smith
A Library Journal Books for Dudes pickIn this searing first novel set in Leavenworth, Kansas, a prison town shaken by the recent escape of a convict, two young brothers befriend a mysterious stranger who creates a rift between the boys. “[A] tense, haunting debut novel…with razor-sharp characterizations, a richly evoked period setting, and the sense of a community forever living in the shadow of fear.” — Publishers Weekly

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