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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

October 2014

Back in the spring, I read Jeff Hobbs’s first work of nonfiction, THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, and I have not stopped talking about it since. It’s a book I cannot get out of my head. To me, it’s not just the story of Robert Peace, but also a commentary on the racial divide in this country, as well as a background history on the downfall of the inner city.

As the book opens and we are introduced to Rob’s world, Jeff sets the stage with a history of Newark that is informative and articulates why the city, like many American cities, has deteriorated. This setup paves the way for Rob’s story to unfold.

Doris Janzen Longacre

The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.


Doris Janzen Longacre

Garth Stein, author of A Sudden Light

In the summer of 1990, 14-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. The legendary mansion is built of giant, whole trees, and Trevor’s father --- in a trial separation with his wife --- wants to sell it. Trevor soon discovers the ghost burdened by the final wishes of the Riddell patriarch, Elijah: that the mansion is returned to untamed forestland as penance for the trees harvested by the Riddell Timber Company. Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

Diane Chamberlain, author of Necessary Lies

Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest --- and most hopeful --- places in the human heart.
After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

Finding Mercy

Dreaming on Daisies

October 1, 2014

This Special Newsletter spotlights a book coming out this fall. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Contest by Thursday, October 2nd at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of BRINGING UP BÉBÉ: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman, which is now available in paperback. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Bill Walton

I learned a long time ago that minor surgery is when they do the operation on someone else, not you.


Bill Walton

September 30, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 29th and October 6th that we think will be of interest to readers.

Erik Dickash


Erik is a pretty cool dude who has lived in Farmingdale, NY all his life. He enjoys video games, board games, and long walks on the beach, provided said long walks eventually lead to more video games and/or board games. He also enjoys reading and writing, and tends mostly towards fiction. His favorite comic series are MY LITTLE PONY and ADVENTURE TIME. He also likes Oreos.