Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Literature Release: Wally Lamb’s WE ARE WATER

We Are Water By Wally LambI met Wally Lamb at the American Library Association annual conference this summer. At the time, I had never read any of his books. But after meeting him, and hearing so many people say that his books had changed their lives, I immediately grabbed a galley of his newest novel, We Are Water, and started reading. I have become a Wally Lamb convert—I really cannot say enough wonderful things about this book.

After 27 years of marriage and three children, artist Annie Oh has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. The wedding itself provokes some very mixed reactions from Annie’s family. But more importantly, it acts as a catalyst, opening up a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets—dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives for much too long.

With humor and compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience—our inexorable need for understanding and connection, and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

Praise for We Are Water:
“We are water: ‘fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.’ That’s evident in this emotionally involving new novel from the author of She’s Come Undone…. Clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended.”Library Journal, starred review
To watch Wally talk about his newest book, check out the video below. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Understanding This Year’s Nobel Prize in Physics: HIGGS DISCOVERY by Lisa Randall

Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space By Lisa Randall
Kate McCune, a sales rep for HarperCollins, just published a new post on her excellent Tumblr, all about Lisa Randall’s Higgs Discovery:

"Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 'for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.'

Uh, right.

If you'd like to understand why this is one of the most remarkable scientific achievements of the twenty-first century check out Lisa Randall's brief, eloquent paperback, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space. Randall is herself a theoretical physicist. She's also a bestselling author thanks to her lucid, witty writing.

'Serious stuff, delivered with a light touch. Randall goes beyond the poetic one-liners and beyond what any single news article could deliver in terms of explaining the significance of the [Higgs] discovery, how it was made, and what might come next.'The Guardian

Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space (9780062300478) by Lisa Randall. $9.99 trade paperback. 9/24/13 on sale."

To check out Kate’s Tumblr about her favorite HarperCollins titles, please click here

Monday, October 7, 2013

ORPHAN TRAIN Chosen as a High School Freshman Read!

Orphan Train By Christina Baker KlineWe just received some really exciting news: Christina Baker Kline’s OrphanTrain has been adopted as a freshman common read at a high school in Waynesville, Missouri. The book will serve as the centerpiece of their interdisciplinary unit, where students will write research papers on everything from immigration to the foster care system.
Orphan Train tells the story of the unlikely bond between Molly, a 17-year-old foster care kid hoping to avoid juvie, and of Vivian, who spent time on little known orphan trains as a child—two women united in their courage and their resilience in the face of childhood trauma. 
We think this book is a wonderful pick for freshman common reads, both in high school and in college, as students will be captivated by the strong characters, and the forgotten piece of American history. Kline will be attending the First-Year Experience annual conference with us this February, acting as a speaker at our Monday night dinner. If you would like to RSVP to any of our events in San Diego, please click here.