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Discovery Monday: The Girl in the Red Coat

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature author Kate Hamer’s debut fiction novel The Girl in the Red Coat!

Untitled-7She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost.

Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift…

While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is—and who she might become.

The audiobook is narrated by Antonia Beamish and is available for purchase from major retailers. Listen to an excerpt! 




Will & I

Will & I_V3.inddWhat would you have left if you awoke and were told you would be paralyzed from the eyes down for the rest of your life? After an almost fatal car crash and a botched surgery to repair nerve damage, that was Clay Byars’s reality at eighteen years old. Determination became the only constant in his life from that point on, and, miraculously, he quickly began to defy the odds.

Clay discovered a life far different from that of his identical twin brother, Will. As Clay’s life changed in an unimaginable way, Will’s continued as a typical college freshmen with the world at his feet, providing not only a foil to Clay’s inability to live a normal life but a sense of familiarity and connection to himself.

As Will went on to graduate, marry, and start a family, Clay carved out a unique existence, doing the seemingly impossible by living on his own on a remote farm in Alabama. With haunting clarity in an eloquent yet unsentimental retelling, Clay shares the unlikely story of his life and his coping mechanisms, including weekly singing lessons that do more than teach him to use his voice again–they remind him of his will to exist.

In Will & I, the most striking parts of the story are not the details of a tragedy but the piercing insights that decorate Clay’s sparse, honest way of seeing the world and bravely challenging himself and his abilities at every turn.


Advance Praise:

“A story from the fine edge where soul and body meet, Will & I explores our common vulnerability and the tiny decisions and accidents that bloom our lives. Clay Byars writes with a gentle wisdom, great kindness, and a deep respect for simple profundity of life.”
Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing

Will & I is proof that there is a sideways path to honesty—not the cliché of settled honesty or sentimental “truth”—but a sideways path that keeps opening and striving, finally arriving at the next unexpected turn. Under the veil of direct telling, the book brilliantly enacts a complex construction—reconstruction—and ultimate surrender of a self to the vagaries of existence. As a person, Clay Byars had to learn how to sing in order to speak; as a writer, he has given us a very beautiful first song.”
Brent Hendricks, author of A Long Day at the End of the World



Discovery Monday: The Perfect Bet

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature author Adam Kucharski’s debut nonfiction novel The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math are Taking the Luck out of Gambling!

Untitled-1Bringing together ideas from mathematics, psychology, economics and physics, The Perfect Bet traces the origins of successful betting methods. From the simple to the intricate, and the audacious to the absurd, Adam Kucharski reveals the long and tangled history between betting and science, and explains why gambling continues to generate insights into luck and decision-making today. Covering exploits and ideas from across the globe, he meets the teams behind hedge funds that capitalize on inaccurate sports betting odds, and explains how Ph.D.-level pundits are using methods originally developed for the US nuclear program to predict sports results. Kucharski reveals why winning at chess depends on luck but victory in checkers does not and why poker is one of the ultimate challenges for artificial intelligence. He also explores the difficulties of mimicking human behavior, and explains what caused one hedge fund’s rogue algorithm to lose them $400,000 per second in the summer of 2012.

The audiobook is narrated by Jonathan Yen and is available for purchase from major retailers. Listen to an excerpt! 




Discovery Monday: Rebel of the Sands

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature author Alwyn Hamilton’s YA debut novel Rebel of the Sands!

rebel-of-the-sandsSixteen-year-old sharpshooter Amani Al’Hiza never doubted she’d escape the miserable one-horse desert town where she was born. Getting out had always been the plan. But she never figured she’d wind up running for her life-with a boy wanted for treason. When Amani enters a disastrous shooting contest against Jin, a rakish foreigner, she has no idea of his connection to the ongoing war between the ruthless Sultan of Miraji and his exiled son, the Rebel Prince. But soon the pair are fleeing across a desert crawling with vicious bandits, terrifying ghuls, and powerful djinni, and the Sultan’s army is getting closer every day. When Amani and Jin stumble across the ruins of a town destroyed by an unearthly fire, it’s clear the war’s stakes are higher than either of them realized. The Rebel Prince has a secret weapon, and now he wants Amani to join his revolution. All Amani ever wanted was to escape the desert and find adventure-but will the desert let her go?

Fast-paced and packed with charismatic outlaws, train robberies, and an electrifying love story, Rebel of the Sands is a Wild-West-meets-Arabian Nights YA fantasy perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

The audiobook is narrated by Soneela Nankani. Listen to an excerpt!




Discovery Monday: Neither Snow Nor Rain

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature journalist Devin Leonard’s debut novel Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service!

The United States Postal Service is a wondrous American creation. Seven days a week, its army of 300,000 letter carriers delivers 513 million pieces of mail, forty percent of the world’s volume. It is far more efficient than any other mail service—more than twice as efficient as the Japanese and easily outpacing the Germans and British. And the USPS has a storied history. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, it was the information network that bound far-flung Americans together, fostered a common culture, and helped American business to prosper. A first class stamp remains one of the greatest bargains of all time, and yet, the USPS is slowly vanishing. Critics say it is slow and archaic. Mail volume is down. The workforce is shrinking. Post offices are closing.

In Neither Snow Nor Rain, journalist Devin Leonard tackles the fascinating, centuries-long history of the USPS, from the first letter carriers through Franklin’s days, when postmasters worked out of their homes and post roads cut new paths through the wilderness. Under Andrew Jackson, the post office was molded into a vast patronage machine, and by the 1870s, over seventy percent of federal employees were postal workers. As the country boomed, USPS aggressively developed new technology, from mobile post offices on railroads and air mail service to mechanical sorting machines and optical character readers.

Neither Snow Nor Rain is a rich, multifaceted history, full of remarkable characters, from the stamp-collecting FDR, to the revolutionaries who challenged USPS’s monopoly on mail, to the renegade union members who brought the system—and the country—to a halt in the 1970s. An exciting and engrossing read, Neither Snow Nor Rain is the first major history of the USPS in over fifty years.

Advance Praise:

“It’s impossible to overstate the impact of the United States Postal Service on American Life . . . This book explores the rich history of this formidable operation, as well as its slow disappearance.”Chicago Tribune

“Lively . . . brisk [and] informative . . . A spirited look at the business and impact of delivery mail.”Kirkus Reviews

“Devin Leonard’s marvelous history of the United States Post Office recounts the American experience from a singular and highly entertaining angle. Along the way, you’ll encounter a visionary founding father, glad-handing rogue politicians, terrified biplane pilots, firebrand union bosses, and children with postage attached to their overcoats mailed cross-country as parcel post. I dare you to put it down.”—William J. Bernstein, author of A Splendid Exchange and Masters of the Word

“Devin Leonard has achieved something astonishing. He has taken the Post Office—too often disparaged as the carrier of ‘snail mail’ in this age of instant communication—and delivered a vivid and surprising story filled with indelibly drawn personalities including a founding father, an obsessive nineteenth-century smut-hunter, the swashbuckling pilots of the earliest, nearly suicidal airmail service, and many others. With crisp prose and unflagging narrative drive, Leonard reveals the forgotten history of the institution, and makes abundantly clear, the story of the Post Office is also the story of America.”—Fergus M. Bordewich, author of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

“Devin Leonard has given us a fast-moving, richly detailed portrait of the U.S. Postal Service—a system far more important to the country than is generally understood. Any devout fans of Cliff Clavin will be both proud and horrified by what Leonard unearths, but ultimately readers will be cautiously optimistic about this institution’s future.”—Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store

“A wonderfully written and insightful history of a great but beleaguered American institution. Devin Leonard brings the story of the Postal Service to life with memorable characters, from Benjamin Franklin to Franklin Roosevelt and many others, with cameos from the likes of William Faulkner and Ethel Merman. Who knew that the Postal Service had such a colorful history? Luckily, Devin Leonard knew it, and now so do we.”—Terry Golway, author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

“In Neither Snow nor Rain, Devin Leonard tells the fascinating (yes, fascinating!) story of an endangered species, the US Postal Service. Leonard’s well-told story, which shows that mail delivery is a critical part of a functioning civilization, will be eye-opening to those who think the USPS should go the way of the buggy whip.”—Bethany McLean, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here


Discovery Monday: Oh No, Astro!

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature author Matt Roeser’s debut picture book Oh No, Astro!


Asteroids! Planets! Astronauts! In this charming debut picture book, a grumpy asteroid named Astro is thrown out of orbit and takes an unexpected journey through space! Astro is a cranky asteroid who just wants everyone to respect his personal boundaries. But when a satellite knocks Astro out of orbit, he is forced to embark on an epic adventure through space whether he wants to or not! Filled with tons of cool facts about space, this picture book is a must-have for all the future astronauts who are ready to journey through the galaxy.


The audiobook is narrated by
L.J. Ganser. Listen to an excerpt!



Discovery Monday: The Man on the Washing Machine

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature author Susan Cox’s debut novel The Man on the Washing Machine!


When former party girl and society photographer Theophania Bogart flees to San Francisco to escape a high-profile family tragedy, a series of murders drags her unwillingly out of hiding. In no time at all she discovers she’s been providing cover for a sophisticated smuggling operation, she starts to fall for an untrustworthy stranger, and she’s knocked out, tied up and imprisoned. The police are sure she’s lying. The smugglers are sure she knows too much. Her friends? They aren’t sure what to believe.

The body count is rising and Theo struggles to find the killer before she’s the next victim or her new life is exposed as an elaborate fraud. But the more deeply entangled she becomes, the more her investigation is complicated by her best friend, who is one of her prime suspects; her young protégé, who may or may not have a juvie record; her stern and unyielding grandfather, who exposes an unexpected soft center; and the man on her washing machine, who isn’t quite what he appears, either.

Susan Cox’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning novel is a charming debut with wacky, colorful characters and a delightfully twisted mystery.

The audiobook is narrated by Liz Pearce. Listen to an excerpt!




Discovery Monday: Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we feature author Emily Brandon’s debut novel Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement!


Get the most out of your retirement!

If you’re one of the millions of Americans without a pension plan, your retirement years might seem like a huge financial question mark. Pensionless, by U.S. News Senior Editor for Retirement Emily Brandon, addresses the retirement benefits that are available to you, how to use them correctly, and how to avoid potential pitfalls. Learn how to avoid surcharges on your Medicare benefits, how to increase Social Security and employer-sponsored benefits to help pay for retirement, and how to minimize costs and boost the value of your existing retirement benefits. And you’ll learn how to tweak your lifestyle now so that you can live well in retirement without the security of a pension.

Inside you’ll find ideas on how to get more Social Security by claiming benefits twice, ways to minimize fees and avoid penalties on retirement accounts, and how to inflate 401(k) balances. Featuring an analysis of the significant changes made to Social Security in the recent federal budget, Pensionless will help you enjoy those retirement years you’ve worked so hard for.

The audiobook is narrated by Mia Barron. Listen to a preview!





Discovery Monday: What Belongs to You

When facing a new week, you deserve a new book!
This week on ‘Discovery Monday’ we introduce author Garth Greenwell‘s debut novel What Belongs to You!

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. As he struggles to reconcile his longing with the anguish it creates, he’s forced to grapple with his own fraught history, the world of his southern childhood where to be queer was to be a pariah. There are unnerving similarities between his past and the foreign country he finds himself in, a country whose geography and griefs he discovers as he learns more of Mitko’s own narrative, his private history of illness, exploitation, and want.

What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences. With lyric intensity and startling eroticism, Garth Greenwell has created an indelible story about the ways in which our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love.

Preview the audiobook narrated by Piter Marek:



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