Southern California Independent Booksellers 2015 Wish Book

Fiction | Mystery/Thriller | Biography/Memoir | Non-Fiction | Cookbooks | Gifts

Picture Books | Middle Grade | Young Adult | SCIBA Award Winners

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Fiction

After Alice

AFTER ALICE

by Gregory Maguire. From the bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic. William Morrow, (9780060548957) $26.99

 

 

 

Fates and Furies

FATES AND FURIES

by Lauren Groff. From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. Riverhead (9781594634475) $27.95

 

The Explorer's GuildTHE EXPLORERS GUILD: VOLUME ONE

by Kevin Costner and Jon Baird. The golden age of adventure stories returns with this splendidly designed, action-packed, globe-trotting tale from Kevin Costner that combines the bravura storytelling of Kipling with the irresistible style of The Adventures of Tintin. Atria Books (9781476727394) $29.99

 

 

 

The Magic Strings of Frankie PrestoTHE MAGIC STRINGS OF FRANKIE PRESTO

by Mitch Albom. #1 New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom creates a magical story about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. In Mitch Albom’s epic new novel, the voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, Frankie Presto, a Spanish war orphan raised by a blind music teacher. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six magical strings. But Frankie’s talent is touched by the gods, and it weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll. Along the way, Frankie influences many artists: he translates for Django Reinhardt, advises Little Richard, backs up Elvis Presley, and counsels Hank Williams. With its Forrest Gump–like journey through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a classic in the making Philomel Books (9780062294418) $18.99

The Secret Chord

THE SECRET CHORD

by Geraldine Brooks. A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of People of the Book and March. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from shepherd to beloved king and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. This beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall Brooks’ many fans. Harlequin (9780670025770) $27.95

 

 

 

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise

TWAIN AND STANLEY ENTER PARADISE

by Oscar Hijuelos. This final novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos is inspired by the real-life friendship between Mark Twain and explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. Grand Central Publishing (9781455561490 ) $28.00

 

 

 

Welcome to Night Vale

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE

by Joseph Fink. From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative, darkly funny debut novel. “Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange,” said Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author. Harper Perenniel (9780062351425 ) $19.99

 

 

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Mystery/Thriller

 

The Crossing

THE CROSSING

by Michael Connelly. Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it’s a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target. Little, Brown & Company(9780316225885 ) $28.00

 

 

Pretty Baby

PRETTY BABY

by Mary Kubica. An act of kindness sparks a tale more twisted than anyone could have anticipated in this propulsive thriller from Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl. Mira/Harlequin(9780778317708 ) $24.95

 

 

 

Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s

WOMEN CRIME WRITERS: EIGHT SUSPENSE NOVELS OF THE 1940S & 50S

by Sarah Weinman (Editor). The Library of America and editor Sarah Weinman redefine the classic era of American crime fiction with a landmark collection of eight brilliant novels by the female pioneers of the genre, the women who paved the way for Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Lisa Scottoline. Though women crime and suspense writers dominate today’s best seller lists, the extraordinary creations of the mid-century female pioneers of the genre are largely unknown. Their work, influential in its day and still vibrant and extraordinarily riveting, is long overdue for rediscovery. Now The Library of America makes these classic books available in a deluxe two-volume collector’s edition. Library of America (9781598534511 ) $70.00

 

 

X

X

by Sue Grafton. X–the most notoriously difficult letter in our alphabet. What can X be for? Coming this fall, you’ll find out. The new Kinsey Milhone novel by international bestselling author Sue Grafton. Putnam (9780399163845 ) $28.95

 

 

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Biography/Memoir

FURIOUSLY HAPPYFURIOUSLY HAPPY

by Jenny Lawson. #1 New York Timesbestselling author Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a “terrible” idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. Flatiron Books (9781250077004) $26.99

 

 

 

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT MEBUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME

by Burt Reynolds. The actor reflects on his personal pitfalls and triumphs, while telling the ultimate inside account of television and film from the perspective of a Hollywood legend. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (9780399173547) $27.95

 

 

 

Home Is BurningHOME IS BURNING

by Dan Marshall. Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir. Flatiron Books (9781250068828) $27.99

 

 

 

 

The Bassoon KingTHE BASSOON KING: MY LIFE IN ART, FAITH, AND IDIOCY

by Rainn Wilson. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the Dwight Schrute and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, and a hilarious Twitter feed with four million followers. Now, he’s ready to tell his own story and explain how he came up with his incredibly unique sense of humor and perspective on life. Dutton (9780525954538) $26.95

 

 

 

Can I Go Now?CAN I GO NOW? THE LIFE OF SUE MENGERS, HOLLYWOOD'S FIRST SUPERAGENT

by Brian Kellow. A lively and colorful biography of Hollywood’s first superagent—one of the most outrageous showbiz characters of the 1960s and 1970s whose clients included huge stars. Before Mengers, talent agents remained in the background, but staying in the background was not possible for her. Irrepressible and loaded with chutzpah, she became a driving force while handling the era’s preeminent stars. This is a biography that will mesmerize anyone who loves cinema’s most golden age. Penguin (9780670015405) $27.95

 

 

 

A Carlin Home CompanionA CARLIN HOME COMPANION: GROWING UP WITH GEORGE

by Kelly Carlin. George Carlin was an integral part of and wry commentator upon the American cultural landscape for nearly fifty years, and finally the only child of George Carlin gives readers a look behind the many personas and insight into the man holding the microphone. From the early days of the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman, to his experiments with dropping acid, to his renaissance in the nineties and aughts, Kelly had the inside glimpse into it all, and she gives readers the vivid, hilarious, and sometimes poignant peek behind the scenes of the iconic, beloved figure. St. Martins (9781250058256) $26.99

 

 

 

CORITA KENTCORITA KENT: ART AND SOUL, THE BIOGRAPHY

by April Dammann and Amy Inouye. Corita Kent: Art and Soul, The Biography is the painstakingly researched account of one of America’s icons, the nun who made a world of difference and, to her surprise, simultaneously made a name for herself. For the very first time, this biography brings readers the life story, the telling artwork, and the unmistakable spirituality of the woman who rose to fame as Sister Mary Corita in the tumultuous 1960s. Angel City Press (9781626400207) $40.00

 

 

 

GILLIAMESQUEGILLIAMESQUE

by Terry Gilliam. The screenwriter, innovative animator, highly acclaimed visionary film director, and only non-British member of Monty Python offers an intimate glimpse into his world in this fascinating, illustrated memoir. Harper Designer (9780062380746) $40.00

 

 

 

Reckless

RECKLESS: MY LIFE AS A PRETENDER

by Chrissie Hynde. Chrissie Hynde, the songwriter and frontwoman of The Pretenders in its various incarnations, has for 35 years been one of the most admired and imitated figures in rock. This long-awaited memoir tells her life story in full and fascinating detail. Doubleday(99780385540612 ) $26.95

 

 

 

Wildflower

WILDFLOWER

by Drew Barrymore. Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and heartfelt stories from her past and present told from the wonderful place of happiness she’s achieved today. It includes stories about living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led to the most important thing in her life, which is motherhood. Dutton(9781101983799 ) $28.00

 

 

William Cameron Menzies

WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES: THE SHAPE OF FILMS TO COME

by James Curtis. From the acclaimed film historian and biographer of Spencer Tracy, W. C. Fields, and Preston Sturges—comes the first book to look at the life and work of Hollywood’s greatest production designer (a job title David O. Selznick invented for William Cameron Menzies’s extraordinary, all-encompassing and Academy Award-winning work on Gone with the Wind). A full-scale portrait of an extraordinary artist in his time, with more than 130 illustrations. Pantheon(9780375424724 ) $40.00

 

 

 

 

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Non-Fiction

AFTER THE WIND

AFTER THE WIND

by Lou Kasischke. Near the top of Mount Everest, on May 10, 1996, eight climbers died. It was the worst tragedy in the mountain’s history. Lou Kasischke was there. After the Wind tells the harrowing story of what went wrong, as it has never been told before. Good Hart Publishing (9781940877006) $17.00

 

 

 

Building Art

BUILDING ART: THE LIFE AND WORK OF FRANK GEHRY

by Paul Goldberger. An engaging, brilliant exploration of the life and work of the most famous architect of our time, and one of the few architects ever to be widely admired by both critics and the general public. This first full-fledged critical biography of Frank Gehry by one of our foremost architectural writers includes 8 pages of color photographs and 60 black-and-white illustrations in text. Knopf (9780307701534) $35.00

 

 

#girlboss

#GIRLBOSS

by Sophia Amoruso. The founder and CEO of fashion retailer Nasty Gal, Sophia Ambrose has never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers. Filled with brazen wake-up calls, frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS proves that success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break. Portfolio (9781591847939) $16.00

 

 

Map

MAP: EXPLORING THE WORLD

by John Hessler, et al. This book brings together more than 300 maps from the birth of cartography to cutting-edge digital maps of the twenty-fist century. The book’s unique arrangement, with the maps organized in complimentary or contrasting pairs, reveals how the history of our attempts to make flat representations of the world has been full of beauty, ingenuity and innovation. Phaidon (9780714869445) $59.95

 

 

Pacific

PACIFIC: SILICON CHIPS AND SURFBOARDS, CORAL REEFS AND ATOMIC BOMBS, BRUTAL DICTATORS, FADING EMPIRES, AND THE COMING COLLISION OF THE WORLD'S SUPERPOWERS

by Simon Winchester. New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester’s fascinating and provocative exploration of the modern Pacific Ocean and the role it plays in our future world. Harper (9780062315410) $28.99

 

 

 

S.P.Q.R.S.P.Q.R.

by Mary Beard. One of the world’s foremost classicists presents a revolutionary history of the Roman Empire. Beard separates fact from fiction, myth and propaganda from historical record. She introduces the familiar characters of Julius Caesar, Cicero, and Nero as well as the untold, the loud women, the shrewd bakers, and brave jokers. S.P.Q.R. promises to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come. Liveright Publishing Corporation (9780871404237) $35.00

 

 

Toltec Art of Life and Death

THE TOLTEC ART OF LIFE AND DEATH

by Don Miguel Ruiz. The beloved teacher of spiritual wisdom and author of the phenomenal New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements takes readers on a mystical Toltec-inspired personal journey. HarperElixer (9780062390929) $25.99

 

 

 

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?

WHY L.A.? POURQUOI PARIS?: AN ARTISTIC PAIRING TWO ICONIC CITIES

by Diane Raticanz. A one-of-a-kind art book visually and textually compares and contrasts the rich history, culture, architecture, fashion, cuisine and everyday life of Paris and LA. Mixing colorful and evocative illustrations, by renowned artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (LA), with her own insightful narrative, author Diane Ratican artfully and passionately juxtaposes the vibrancy and energy of these two grand metropolises as no work has done before. Benna Books (9780991131501) $26.95

 

 

You're the Best

YOU'RE THE BEST: A CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP

by The Satellite Sisters (Lian Dolan). The Satellite Sisters share heartwarming, inspirational, and, most of all, funny thoughts on the friendships that sustain women. The Satellite Sisters first started as a radio show and website and now it is a blog, a podcast, and books. After winning twelve Gracie Allen Awards for excellence in women’s media, they still have plenty more to say. A great gift for the wonderful “sisters” in your life. Prospect Park Books (9781938849589) $19.95

 

 

 

 

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Cookbooks

BIEN CUIT: THE ART OF BREAD

BIEN CUIT: THE ART OF BREAD

by Zachary Golper with Peter Kaminsky and photography by Thomas Schauer. One of the world’s most celebrated bakers shares his insider’s secrets to making his delicious, artisanal bread that will have home bakers creating professional-quality products in no time—and inexpensively. Regan Arts (9781941393413) $50.00

 

 

THE FOOD LAB

THE FOOD LAB

by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. A grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes, such as prime rib roast, Caesar salad, and buttermilk biscuits. Contains hundreds of easy-to-make recipes with more than 1,000 full-color images illustrating step-by-step instructions. W.W. Norton & Company (9780393081084) $49.95

 

 

SIMPLY NIGELLA

SIMPLY NIGELLA

by Nigella Lawson. From quick and calm workday dinners to stress-free ideas when feeding a crowd to the instant joy of bowlfood for cozy nights on the sofa, here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good. A calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift. Flatiron Books (9781250073754) $35.00

 

 

 

Nom Yourself

NOM YOURSELF

by Mary Mattern. A beautiful cookbook for the next generation of newly vegan and vegancurious, from the creator of the popular website and Instagram, Nom Yourself. Mary Mattern became a vegan in her early twenties, and soon became a vegan chef to the stars. Now Mattern offers her delectable American-witha- vegan-twist recipes to the world. Nom Yourself is the perfect book for the vegan-curious. And with beautiful color photos throughout to illustrate the mouthwatering recipes, Nom Yourself will prove that eating vegan is both delicious and easy. Avery (9781583335857) $25.00

 

 

TACOPEDIA

TACOPEDIA

by Deborah Holz and Juan Carlos Mena. Tacopedia is an encyclopaedic tribute to the vibrancy of Mexican taco culture. Explore one of Mexico’s most popular culinary traditions through 100 recipes accompanied by interviews, street and food photography, illustrations, graphics, and maps that bring the full story behind each taco to life. Phaidon (97807145870472) $29.95

 

 

THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB

THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB GUIDE

by Thug Kitchen, LLC. The authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thug Kitchen, are back with the ultimate party guide—proving that eating healthy is possible even at social events. Phaidon (9781623366322) $29.95

 

 

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Gifts

 

FELICITYFELICITY

by Mary Oliver. In this stunning collection of new poems, Oliver turns her eye from the grace of the natural world to the even more mysterious landscape of the human heart. Penguin Press (9781594206764) $24.95

 

 

 

BELOVED DOGBELOVED DOG

by Maira Kalman. In her trademark style, wit, and with great sensitivity, Kalman reveals why dogs bring out the best in us. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will delight in this book. Penguin Press (9781594205941) $29.95

 

 

 

SINATRA 100

SINATRA 100

by Charles Pignone with Forewords by Tony Bennett and Steve Wynn. From his family’s vast archive comes a revelatory new pictorial life of the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century on his 100th birthday. Authorized by Frank’s family, this is the ultimate Sinatra gift book! Thames & Hudson (9780500517826) $60.00

 

 

WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD

WILDLIFE OF THE WORLD

by DK Publishing. An up-close look at the world’s most iconic animals, with striking contemporary photography and in-depth reference information, in this spectacular book produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution. DK Publishing (9781465438041) $50.00

 

 

 

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Know

STAR WARS: ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW

by Adam Bray, et al. Explore the world of Star Wars® through lively lists, facts, questions and answers via a highly engaging infographic design. This guide will excite readers of all ages. All ages. DK Publishing (9781465437853) $19.99

 

 

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE

BACK TO THE FUTURE

by Michael Klastorin and Randal Atamaniuk. Go Back to the Future with Doc Brown and Marty McFly in this visually stunning look at the creation of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. Harper Design (9780062419149) $50.00

 

 

 

 

100 NOT SO FAMOUS VIEWS OF L.A.

100 NOT SO FAMOUS VIEWS OF L.A.

by Barbara Thomason. Inspired by the great Japanese artist Hiroshige, L.A. painter Barbara Thomason spent four years painting her most beloved corners of Los Angeles. Intimate, often recognizable, and sometimes unexpected, these paintings capture the vibrant L.A., the quirky L.A., the beautiful L.A.—the essential L.A. With commentary and history from the artist, and a foreword by David L. Ulin, this will be the essential gift for lovers of art and L.A. Prospect Park Books (9781938849350) $30.00

 

 

 

 

CATTITUDE

CATTITUDE

by Anthony Smith. In a series of fun-filled illustrations, comic artist Smith demonstrates feline behavior and attitude that is all too familiar to cat lovers up and down the land. This neat little book with its glossy color pages features 60 cartoons that will have readers purring with delight. This is the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life! Babalu (9780996285636) $14.99

 

 

 

 

COLOUR YOUR WORLD: BLOSSOMS AND BUTTERFLIES

COLOUR YOUR WORLD: BLOSSOMS AND BUTTERFLIES ADULT COLORING BOOK

by Jane Heyes. A trend that for many has become an obsession, coloring and coloring books have taken on a whole new meaning with the advent of incredibly detailed graphics providing hours of recreation and quiet time. Blossoms & Butterflies, with its luxurious paper and beautifully detailed line drawings, is sure to stimulate the artist in us all. These highly detailed illustrations are a visual treat. Open up the pages of this grown-up coloring book to find enchanting creatures, fascinating floral designs, beautiful butterflies and delightful sceneries waiting to be brought to life with color! The coloring book contains 96 pages to color on heavy duty paper. Babalu (9780996285667) $14.99

 

 

 

 

COLOUR YOUR WORLD: PARADISE ISLAND

COLOUR YOUR WORLD: PARADISE ISLAND ADULT COLORING BOOK

by Jane Heyes. Paradise Island, with its luxurious paper and beautifully detailed line drawings, is sure to please fans of the adult coloring book craze. Meant to stimulate the artist in everyone, these highly detailed illustrations are a visual treat. Open up the pages of this grown-up coloring book to find exotic birds, beautiful butterflies and detailed sceneries that can be personally brought to life with color to portray your very own paradise island! Makes a perfect gift including to yourself! Babalu (9780996285650) $14.99

 

 

 

 

MEMORIES

MEMORIES

by Lang Leav. Fans of Lang Leav’s evocative poetry will adore this beautiful collection of favorites from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure alongside 35 new poems and illustrations. Andrews McMeel (9781449472399) $19.99

 

 

 

 

EXPLORING CALVIN AND HOBBES

EXPLORING CALVIN AND HOBBES

by Bill Watterson. Complete any fan’s collection with this beautiful companion book to the recent Exploring Calvin and Hobbes exhibition. Includes a rare, in-depth new interview with Bill Watterson, original Calvin and Hobbes art, and Watterson’s original commentary. Andrews McMeel (9781449460365) $19.99

 

 

 

 

MARK TWAIN'S GUIDE

MARK TWAIN'S GUIDE TO DIET, EXERCISE, BEAUTY, FASHION, INVESTMENT, ROMANCE, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

by Mark Dawidziak. A satirical self-help gift book showcasing Mark Twain’s wittiest quotes about the life well lived. This collection of Mark Twain quotes presents the best of the curmudgeonly writer’s thoughts on diet, exercise, medicine, smoking, drinking, romance, parenting, old age, fashion, finances, politics, and stress management. Curated by a well-known Twain expert and mining lesser-known texts, speeches, and notebooks, it makes the perfect gift. Prospect Park Books (9781938849459) $16.95

 

 

 

 

STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY

STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY: DARK SIDE OF THE MIND

by Mark Travis Langley. This essay collection offers a fascinating and unauthorized psychological analysis of George Lucas’s richly rendered world. Expert contributors examine such topics as family ties, Jedi qualities, masculinity, girl power, and the values embodied in both the “dark” and “light” sides of this spellbinding world. Sterling (9781454917366) $14.95

 

 

 

 

THE WALKING DEAD PSYCHOLOGY

THE WALKING DEAD PSYCHOLOGY: PSYCH OF THE LIVING DEAD

by Mark Travis Langley. Nineteen fascinating essays explore the deep psychological forces that drive the show’s action, from the costs of killing and survivor guilt to the consequences of nonstop stress and the struggle to find meaning in tragedy. The Walking Dead Psychology helps fans better grasp this compelling fictional universe. Sterling (9781454917052) $14.95

 

 

 

 

POLAR: A PHOTICULAR BOOK

POLAR: A PHOTICULAR BOOK

by Carol Kaufmann and Dan Kainen. From the creator of Safari and Ocean, the latest “Photicular” phenomenon. Polar explores the far ends of the earth with stunning fluid motion photos that capture the icy essence of the Arctic and Antarctic—from penguins waddling in their irresistibly happy way to the miracle of the northern lights, shimmering like a silk rainbow. Workman (9780761185697) $25.95

 

 

 

 

OCEAN: A PHOTICULAR BOOK

OCEAN: A PHOTICULAR BOOK

by Carol Kaufmann and Dan Kainen. Open the book andd the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating yellow-banded sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark deep-sea anglerfish; with a sea horse swaying in balletic motion; with a sand tiger shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed. Workman (9780761180517) $25.95

 

 

 

 

SAFARI: A PHOTICULAR BOOK

SAFARI: A PHOTICULAR BOOK

by Carol Kaufmann and Dan Kainen. As if on safari, encounter eight wild animals that come alive. Each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid, immersive visual experience. The cheetah bounds. The gazelle leaps. The African elephant snaps its ears. The gorilla munches the leaves off a branch. It’s mesmerizing. Workman (9780761163800) $25.95

 

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Picture Books

Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein

DEAR SANTA, LOVE, RACHEL ROSENSTEIN

by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer. Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas this year— and the fact that her family is Jewish is not going to stop her. In a series of hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, pays him a visit at the mall, and covertly decorates her house on Christmas Eve (right down to latkes for Santa and his reindeer). And while Rachel may wrestle with her culture, customs, and love of sparkly Christmas ornaments, she also comes away with a brighter understanding of her own identity and of the gift of friends and family. Random House Children’s Books (9780553510614) $17.99

 

 

ONE DAY, THE END

ONE DAY, THE END

by Rebecca Kai Dotich with illustrations by Fred Koehler. There’s no limit to where these extremely short (only two sentences each!) stories can take you, with illustrations that open up a world of possibilities. Ages 4-8. Boyds Mill Press (9781620914519) $16.95

 

 

 

DEWEY BOB

DEWEY BOB

by Judy Schachner. From Judy Schachner, creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Skippyjon Jones series, comes Dewey Bob! Dewey Bob Crockett is an adorable raccoon who lives by himself in a house filled to the brim with the wonderful objects he collects. But something is missing from Dewey’s collections—a friend! Penguin (9780803741201) $17.99

 

 

HIAWATHA

HIAWATHA AND THE PEACEMAKER

by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon (illustrator). Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who translated the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves—a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution. Includes a CD of original music by Hall of Fame rocker Robertson. $19.95 Abrams (9781419712203) $19.95

 

IS MOMMY

IS MOMMY?

by Victoria Chang and Marla Frazee (illustrator). In this irreverent, hilarious, and charming picture book, award-winning poet Victoria Chang and celebrated artist Marla Frazee show that all toddlers love their mommies—no matter what. Hardworking mothers everywhere may not always be fun or organized or neat but their toddlers love them anyway? Marla Frazee’s colorful and humorous illustrations bring this simple text—perfect for reading aloud—to vivid life. Simon & Schuster (9781481402927) $15.99

 

NAUGHTY MABEL

NAUGHTY MABEL

by Nathan Lane, Devlin Elliot, and Dan Krall (illustrator). Meet Mabel, the fanciest French bulldog the Hamptons have ever seen. Mabel is many things: sassy, classy (and sometimes a bit gassy!), but especially... naughty! When Mabel’s parents throw a party and try to leave her out of the fun, she must take matters into her own perfectly pedicured paws. As the hilarity ensues, Mabel and her parents learn that through thick and thin, naughty or nice, they’ll always be a family, just as they are. $17.99 Simon & Schuster (9781481430227) $19.95

 

 

 

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Middle Grade

THE MARVELS

THE MARVELS

by Brian Selznick. In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose— create a beguiling narrative puzzle. A loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation. Scholastic Press (9780545448680) $32.99

 

 

Circus Mirandus

CIRCUS MIRANDUS

by Cassie Beasley. Big Fish meets Peter Pan in this heartfelt debut. When he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life. Ages 9-12. Dial Books (9780525428435) $17.99

 

 

 

 

Voyagers Project Alpha

VOYAGERS: PROJECT ALPHA

by D.J. MacHale. The action is on the page, on your device, and out of this world! This multiplatform series is part sci-fi, part eco-mystery, all action-adventure. And you don’t have long to wait—6 books are coming all in one year! Earth is about to go dark. Without a new power source, life as we know it will be toast. A global competition is under way to determine who will join the secret mission that might just save us all. Project Alpha is a contest of physical challenges, mental puzzles, and political alliances. The battle is fierce, and only four kids will make the cut. The Voyagers will journey to the far reaches of space, collecting unique elements and facing unbelievable dangers. The future of our planet is in the hands of four kids. Random House Books (9780385386586) $12.99

 

GeorgeGEORGE

by Alex Gino. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part...because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte–but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. Scholastic Press (9780545812542) $16.99

 

 

The Blackthorn Key

THE BLACKTHORN KEY

by Kevin Sands. Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world. Christopher Rowe was happy learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn. When a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer to Blackthorn’s shop. Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart. Aladdin Paperbacks (9781481446518) $17.99

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE: THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION

by JK Rowling and Jim Kay (illustrator). For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan. Arthur Levine Books (9780545790352) $39.99

 

 

SUNNY SIDE UP

SUNNY SIDE UP

by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. From the groundbreaking and award-winning sister-brother team behind Babymouse comes a middle-grade, semi-autobiographical graphic novel. Scholastic (9780545741668) $12.99

 

 

 

THE TOYMAKER'S APPRENTICE

THE TOYMAKER'S APPRENTICE

by Sherri L. Smith. Award-winning author Sherri L. Smith makes her middle grade debut with a gorgeously imagined Nutcracker retelling that blurs the line between historical and fantasy adventure. After his toymaker father is kidnapped, Stefan and his mysterious cousin embark on a wild adventure Stefan must save Boldavia’s princess and his own father from the mice who have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family. G. P, Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (9780545741668) $16.99

 

 

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Young Adult

 

Dumplin'

DUMPLIN'

by Julie Murphy. From the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary comes a novel about an unlikely heroine who has got it—and she’s flauntin’ it. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. Balzer & Bray/ Harperteen (9780062327185) $17.99

 

 

BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED

BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED

by Margaret Stohl. Forever Red features all the thrilling adventure readers will expect from the Marvel brand, backed up by the young-adult cred of #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe, accessible to old fans and new readers alike, as Stohl weaves an unforgettable story through the world of the Black Widow. Marvel Press (9781484726433) $17.99

 

 

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

by Nicola Yoon. If you know someone who loves Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, then they’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door. . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more. Random House (9780553496642) $18.99

 

 

LEGACY OF KINGS

LEGACY OF KINGS

by Eleanor Herman. Fantasy, magic, and world shaking adventure collide in this new epic Young Adult fantasy series by New York Times-bestselling author, Eleanor Herman. Harlequin Teen (9780373211722) $19.99

 

 

 

NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST

NOT IF I SEE YOU FIRST

by Eric Lindstrom. Combining an engaging voice with true heart, Eric Lindstrom’s debut about a blind teen navigating life and love illuminates the blind spots that we all have. Poppy (9780316259859) $18.00

 

 

 

THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE

THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE

by Patrick Ness. What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate, go to prom, and maybe finally ask Henna out before someone blows up the high school. Again. From critically acclaimed author Patrick Ness comes a wholly original novel that reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable. Balzer & Bray (9780062403162) $17.99

 

THE SCORPION RULES

THE SCORPION RULES

by Erin Bow. In the future, the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives. Greta is the Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy, a superpower formed of modern-day Canada. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered. But when a new hostage arrives, he opens her eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under, and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power. Simon & Schuster (9781481442718) $17.99

 

SIX OF CROWS

SIX OF CROWS

by Leigh Bardugo. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this brand-new page turner by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. Henry Holt (9781627792127) $18.99

 

 

 

SOUNDLESS

SOUNDLESS

by Richelle Mead. From Richelle Mead, the #1 international bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, comes a breathtaking standalone fantasy novel steeped in Chinese folklore. Fei lives in a village without sound, and when the villagers begin to lose their sight, their entire existence is threatened. But as Fei’s hearing returns, sound becomes her weapon, and she begins a journey where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever. Penguin (9781595147639) $19.99

 

 

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SCIBA Award Winners

CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULT

THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN ECHO ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN Marla Frazee 9781442497443 $17.99 Beach Lane Books -- PICTURE BOOK WINNER!
ECHO Pam Munoz Ryan 9780439874021 $19.99 Scholastic - - MIDDLE GRADE WINNER!
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES Jennifer Niven 9780385755887 $17.99 Knopf Books for Young Readers - - Young Adult Winner!

 

ADULT

The Book of Life The Cartel To Live and Dine in L.A. Both Sides of Sunset

THE BOOK OF LIFE Deborah Harkness 9781410467621 $33.99 Thorndike Press-- FICTION WINNER!
THE CARTEL Don Winslow 9781101874998 $27.95 Knopf-- T. JEFFERSON PARKER MYSTERY WINNER!
TO LIVE AND DINE IN L.A. Josh Kun 9781626400283 $45.00 Angel City Press-- NON-FICTION WINNER!
BOTH SIDES OF SUNSET Jane Brown and Marla Hamburg Kennedy 9781938922732 $75.00 Metropolis Books -- GLENN GOLDMAN, ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND PHOTOGRAPHY WINNER!

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