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"There is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you."
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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
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"Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” 

— Mark Twain

In this year to come, make mistakes…Make glorious, amazing mistakes… Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” 

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Young adult author Margi Preus, winner of a Newbery Honor, MN Book Award, Notable Book for a Global Society and other awards, combines page-turning action with impeccable research. She “draws readers into history and sparks the curiosity to learn more,” says Bookpage

Preus shares recent works including The Bamboo Sword, set in mid-19th-century Japan and Shadow on the Mountain, set in WWII Norway.

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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

-- Pat's Pick! -- 

A Library Journal Editors' Pick by author Kathleen Rooney, founding editor of Rose Metal Press

In my reckless and undiscouraged youth, Lillian Boxfish writes, I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street.

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy's to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it. 

Now it's the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It's chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now -- her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl - but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. 

On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed and has not. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

-- Theresa's Pick! -- 

A WA Post Best Book of the Year from  New York Times bestselling author and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Graham Moore. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Eddie Redmayne.

A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history and a vast fortune. 

A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, takes a case defending George Westinghouse, sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? 

In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. 

As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he'll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

ABFAS Recommends:  Now In Paperback!

By #1 NYT bestselling & Academy Award-winning John Irving, author of The World According To Garp, Cider House Rules, and a dozen other acclaimed novels. 

With Avenue of Mysteries, Irving introduces readers to brother and sister, Diego and Lupe, denizens of the massive garbage dump in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Each sibling is remarkable -- Lupe can intuit people's thoughts and Diego, though uneducated, reads everything he can lay his hands on. Their childhood is recalled by the adult Diego as he travels in the Philippines, trying to accomplish a dying request from an acquaintance of his youth. 

Avenue of Mysteries contains all of the things we love about Irving's novels: masterful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and a renewed sense of magic in everyday events.

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An Indie Next Pick by one of France's most celebrated crime authors, professor and political commentator Michel Bussi, winner of more than 15 major literary awards. 

"Terrifically compelling ... Sit back and go along for the ride." --- Boston Globe 

Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing into a snowy mountainside. Within seconds flames engulf the plane, which is filled with holiday travelers. Of the 169 passengers, all but one perish. 

The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl--thrown from the airliner before fire consumes the cabin. But two infants were on board. Is "the Miracle Child of Mont Terri" Lyse-Rose or Emilie? 

The families of both girls step forward to claim the child. Dogged by bad luck, the Vitrals live a simple life, selling snacks from a van on the beaches of northern France. In contrast, the de Carvilles, who amassed a fortune in the oil business, are powerful--and dangerous. 

Eighteen years later, a private detective tasked with solving the mystery of the girl known as "Lylie" is on the verge of giving up. As he contemplates taking his own life, Credule Grand-Duc suddenly discovers a secret hidden in plain view. Will he live to tell it?

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ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By #1 NYT bestselling Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, The Big Short, and many more.

Lewis examines how a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. 

The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men:  Amos Tversky, a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; and Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. 

They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember who originated which ideas; they flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.

Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations; the work revolutionized economics, medical research, and more.

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A #1 NYT Bestseller from Bryan Stevenson, winner of numerous awards including the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. Stevenson has won national acclaim, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and is Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative as well as a professor of law at New York University Law School.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, and many other awards; named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post ,The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, and more.

"Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so . . .  a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields."  The New York Review of Books

"Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he's also a gifted writer and storyteller." The Washington Post.

As a young lawyer Stevenson founded a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

"The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made." The New York Times Book Review

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Guest Recommendation: NonFiction

-- Guest Pick: Thank you Rufus Woods -- 

By NYT Bestselling Arlie Russell Hochschild, two-time finalist for the National Book Award and recipient of the Ulysses Medal, Guggenheim, Fulbright and Mellon fellowships and other awards. The author of nine books, her work appears in 16 languages.

A National Book Award Finalist, New York Times Notable Book, Kirkus Best Book of the Year and New York Times Bestseller.

Renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country--a stronghold of the conservative right. 

She finds lives ripped apart, and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Drawing on her lifelong study of the sociology of emotion, she helps us understand what it feels like to live in red America. 

What Hochschild discovers goes far beyond a simplistic premise that people might be duped into voting against their own interests.

Strangers in Their Own Land offers answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from liberal government intervention abhor the very idea?

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ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Everything, Everything, soon to be a major motion picture.

Recommended for ages 12 and up

A New York Times Notable Book,  National Book Award Finalist, and Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.

"An exhilarating, hopeful novel exploring identity, family, the love of science and the science of love, dark matter and interconnectedness--is about seeing and being seen and the possibility of love... and it shines." Shelf Awareness starred review.

A love story that is smart without being cynical, heartwarming without being cloying.

Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

By Maria Padian, author of Out Of Nowhere.

Mature theme: Recommended for ages 14 and up

Everyone on campus has a different version of what happened that night. 

Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked. 

Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. 

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school's investigation. Now conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible--especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict. 

Wrecked offers a kaleidoscopic account of a sexual assault on a college campus. It will leave you thinking about how memory, identity, and who sits in judgment shape what we all decide to believe about the truth.

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

By Kirby Larson, winner of the Newbery Honor, Scott O'Dell, and other awards, author of Hattie Big Sky.

Recommended for ages 9 and up.

9780545812542FC9780545840606Audacity Jones hopes for adventure when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield whisks her off to Washington, DC. 

But it soon becomes clear that someone has unsavory plans for Audie -- plans that involve the President of the United States and a very sinister plot. Can Audie save the day before it's too late? 

From Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson comes a rollicking adventure starring a plucky and charming orphan readers won't soon forget.

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By  NYT Bestselling Margi Preus, winner of a Newbery Honor, Minnesota Book Award, Notable Book for a Global Society and other awards, author of Heart of a Samurai and more.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

9780545812542FC9781419708244Japan, 1853. American ships steam into Edo Bay. Outsiders are not allowed to enter Japan; so the samurai prepare for war. 

Thirteen-year-old Yoshi, a lowly servant, is not permitted to carry a sword or to dream of a different future—until an unexpected crisis forces him to flee. He accepts protection and employment from an odd travelling samurai, carrying him into regions and adventures he could never have imagined.

 When Yoshi finally reaches Edo Bay and encounters the ships of “the hairy ones,” he and an American cabin boy become entangled in a web of adventure and intrigue. Now the two boys, who began as enemies, must rely on each other to survive.

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ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

By #1 NYT Bestselling Oliver Jeffers, winner of awards including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, author of The Day the Crayons Quit. Collaboratively illustrated by Oliver Jeffers with internationally acclaimed European artist Sam Winston.

9780545812542FC9780763690779A lyrical picture book inspiring readers of all ages to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine. 

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy's imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next? 

Combining elegant images by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston's typographical landscapes shaped from excerpts of children's classics and lullabies.

A Child of Books is a stunning prose poem on the rewards of reading and sharing stories--an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that readers will want to pass on to others.

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A new book from Carson Ellis, author-illustrator of NYT bestselling Home. She is also known for her work with the Decemberists, as a Lemony Snicket illustrator, and as a collaborator with Colin Meloy on the best-selling young adult Wildwood series.

Du Iz Tak? turns a droll eye to the natural world, with gorgeous art and a playful invented language. 

As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon with the help of a pill bug they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild, wild world, and everything can change in a moment.

With exquisitely detailed illustrations, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard.

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Smiles from the threshold of the year to come"

     ― Alfred Tennyson
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