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MEADOWS, Jodi. The Orphan Queen. 400p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Mar. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062317384; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780062317407.

" Fans of Katniss and the Sisters of St. Mortain from Robin LaFevers’s “His Fair Assassin” series (Houghton Harcourt) and other strong, vengeful female heroines will root for Wil, as she plots revolution, struggles with her conflicted feelings for Black Knife, and discovers more about wraith, the toxic by-product of magic." –Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC, School Library Journal

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The Washington Post: 50 notable works of nonfiction


By David Brion Davis (Knopf)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authorfocuses on the terrible question he has pondered for half a century: What does it mean to dehumanize a human being? — James Oake

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
David Brion Davis (Knopf)

In the magisterial conclusion to his trilogy, Davis examines the end of the institution of slavery, the unintended consequences of its abolition, and the tragic legacies of its existence—primarily racism—that remains today. It’s a difficult and complex book, with lessons to be learned.

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Tufts University professor Julie Dobrow's OUTSIDE EMILY'S DOOR: Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and the Making of America's Greatest Poet, delineating the lives, loves and complicated mother/daughter relationship of the two women most responsible for the original publication and marketing of Emily Dickinson's poetry, to Jill Bialosky at Norton, at auction, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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The Other Way Around author Sashi Kaufman's WIREMAN, which focuses on the complicated and longstanding friendship between two teenage boys, one of whom is hearing-impaired, to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in 2016, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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The End of Normal

James K. Galbraith. Simon & Schuster, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4516-4492-0

"Since the 2008 financial debacle, University of Texas economist Galbraith – yes, he is Kenneth's son, and, yes, he is a stand-out economist in his own right – has made something of a splash. Galbraith criticizes efforts to revitalize banks and at all costs get back to "normal" growth. He explains convincingly why 2008 was a "turning point"– the end of normal – and gives an extended, articulate account of flush postwar economic growth, locating its end in the 1970s. He reviews the millennial derivatives orgy and the banking system's response. Drawing a dark portrait of high unemployment and unsustainable debt, and predicting an increasingly unstable Europe, Galbraith makes it clear he is no friend of "austerity" or capitalism's status quo. Bankers' orthodoxies about debt and credit go forward based on what Galbraith sees as postwar anomalies and false...

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"[A]nd as this book shows, Hall—who sometimes puts his essays through more than 80 drafts—has not lost his touch. Laconic, witty, and lyrical, Hall is a master stylist... . [T]his work offers revealing insights into the human condition—and the grit and openness it requires." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Emory University professor Ben Reiss's THOREAU'S BED: How Sleep Became a Problem in the Modern World, combining cultural history, literature, science and psychology to investigate the origins and the future of our present obsession with getting the perfect night's sleep, to Alison MacKeen at Basic, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Challis Professor of American History at University of Sydney Shane White's THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS: Wall Street's First Black Millionaire, the story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, who in the middle of the nineteenth century was a well-known, swashbuckling figure on Wall Street and Cornelius Vanderbilt's arch rival; reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, he possessed a fortune of two million dollars, or in excess of two hundred and fifty million dollars in today's currency, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at Palgrave, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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A Committee of NEIBA member booksellers chose five finalists in each category.

FICTION Shortlist:

Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Euphoria by Lily King

The Kept by James Scott

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

NON-FICTION Shortlist:

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Love & Fury by Richard Hoffman

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson

Pigs Can't Swim by Helen Peppe

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