Girl in Disguise
A Novel by Greer Macallister
March 21, 2017
In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin—unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation.
"an exciting, well-crafted historical novel. Loaded with suspense and action, this is a well-told, superb story." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED
"Greer Macallister brings the original Miss Pinkerton roaring back to life in this electrifying tale. Girl in Disguise is a rollicking nineteenth-century thrill ride, complete with clever disguises and coded messages, foiled plots and hidden agendas, lies, indiscretion, and forbidden love." -- Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun
"Greer Macallister has created a fast-paced, lively tale of intrigue and deception, with a heroine at its center so appealingly complicated that she leaps off the page." -- Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can't. She's a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, a rich train passenger—all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer she's been assigned to nab.
Inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective's rise during one of the nation's greatest times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.
Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright, and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, Missouri Review, and Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in creative writing. She lives with her family on the East Coast.
What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
Stories by Lesley Nneke Arimah
April 4. 2017
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind mothers and daughters and men and women to each other and to the places they call home.
”A striking collection that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention and your heart gasp in admiration. Arimah’s stories are intense, mesmeric, and nothing short of stunning.“ — Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn and Gold Fame Citrus
“Imaginative and mesmerizing …the women in this collection exist in an unpredictable, often dangerous world, one that is both markedly different from, yet startlingly similar to our own.” — Bustle
“Ever since reading Arimah’s unsettling New Yorker fiction story, in which a woman longing for a child decides to make one out of hair, I’ve been eagerly awaiting more of her work. Happily, this collection is finally here, and includes that incredible story and many others that are its equals.” – Nylon
Minnesota resident Lesley Arimah emigrated from Nigeria to Louisiana at the age of thirteen, a disorienting transition that left her keenly attuned to the shock waves set in motion by displacement. These twelve powerful stories set in both Nigeria and in the American Midwest embrace magical-realist elements while deploying a powerfully empathetic understanding of character and circumstance, she explores how parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends navigate conflicting cultures and struggle to reconcile conflicting desires, wants and needs.
In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war. In “Second Chances,” a daughter greets her mother’s return from the dead with disbelief and anger. “Wild” revolves around a teenager on a visit back to Nigeria and the tenuous sisterhood she and her cousin attain after a disastrous night out shifts them onto uneasy new ground. A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results, in “Who Will Greet You at Home.” In “Light,” a father grapples - movingly and humorously—with how best to raise, protect, and empower his young daughter. And in the title story, a world ravaged by flood, filled with refugees, and carved by class, a formula has been discovered that allows experts to “fix the equation of a person” - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.
Evocative, playful, defiant and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.
Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and moved from Nigeria to the US in her teens. Her work has received numerous grants and awards, including the 2015 African Commonwealth Prize. She lives in Minneapolis.
Niko Draws a Feeling
A Children's Picture Book by Bob Raczka
Illustrated by Simone Shin
April 1, 2017
Niko loves to draw his world: the ring-a-ling of the ice cream truck, the warmth of sun on his face. But no one appreciates his art. Until one day, Niko meets Iris . . .
“I’m completely in love with this book!” – Jen Geraedts, Beagle and Wolf Books, Park Rapids MN
“A thoughtful and touching story about creative expression and the beauty of finding a kindred spirit.” — Holly Weinkauf, Red Balloon Bookshop, Saint Paul MN
"[A] picture book ode to the creative spirit. . . . Niko's journey will resonate with budding artists and inspire young audiences of all abilities to create something meaningful." -starred, School Library Journal
"Niko's sadness and sense of being misunderstood lifts when he meets his new neighbor, Iris: her thoughtful, elated expressions as she takes in his creations make for some of Shin's . . . loveliest scenes in this touching story. . . . What more could an artist ask for?" -Publishers Weekly
What does warmth look like? Or sadness?
Niko is unknowingly a budding abstract expressionist. He illustrates his emotions while encountering inspirational moments in the world. Niko’s quest to find someone who understands his drawings is both tender and profound and serves as a reminder that art, like feelings themselves, are abstract.
In this perfect picture book for the young artist in your life, readers learn that art can be a means of expressing oneself and interpreting the world.
Bob Raczka is an award-winning children’s book author and poet with a background in art. He is the author of the nonfiction series of art appreciation books, Bob Raczka’s Art Adventures, and multiple poetry books including Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems and Haiku Guru. He lives with his family in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Simone Shin is an award-winning editorial and children's book illustrator based in California's Bay Area. She has illustrated numerous children's books since 2011, and her work can also be seen in magazines and newspapers.
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Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things
A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson
March 14, 2017
Amy Dickinson--the voice behind America's most popular advice column "Ask Amy" and NYT bestselling author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville--returns with her follow-up memoir of family, second chances, and finding love.
"Funny, generous, thoughtful, and wonderfully crisp, Dickinson's memoir is one of those tales that make you proud to be a human--with all of our hopes, failures, and graces intact." — Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
"[An] honest, funny memoir...especially potent when it comes to the blending of families...[a book] that won't disappoint." — Real Simple
"This is awkward, because the characters in this book are real people, but I'm going to say it anyway: I love the people in this book. Jane! Bruno and the daughters! And Amy, who is very tough on herself, and funny and wise; I especially love her because she is a wonderful writer. Plus, she sings in the church choir. Plus, there is a line on p. 169 that makes me laugh every time I think of it. Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things is a terrific memoir." — Jane Hamilton, bestselling author of A Map of The World
In Strangers Tend to Tell me Things--her follow-up memoir to the NYT bestselling The Mighty Queens of Freeville--America's most popular advice columnist, "Ask Amy," shares her journey of family, second chances, and finding love.
By peeling back the curtain of her syndicated advice column, Amy Dickinson reveals much of the inspiration and motivation that has fueled her calling. Through a series of linked essays, this moving narrative picks up where her earlier memoir left off.
Exploring central themes of romance, death, parenting, self-care, and spiritual awakening, this touching and heartfelt homage speaks to all who have faced challenges in the wake of life's twists and turns.
From finding love in middle-age to her storied experience with stepparenting to overcoming disordered eating to her final moments spent with her late mother, Dickinson's trademark humorous tone delivers punch and wit that will empower, entertain, and heal.
Amy Dickinson writes the syndicated "Ask Amy" advice column, which replaced the Ann Landers column in 2003. "Ask Amy" appears in more than 150 newspapers in North America, including the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Freeville, NY.
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