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Here’s the Best of Our International New Releases to Kickstart Your New Year

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Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia captured the hearts of both contemporary and fantasy readers, thanks to its distinct John Green-meets-Neil Gaiman tone. Aerie expands on much of the political intrigue and history introduced in Magonia, and gives the reader a glimpse into everyday Magonian life. In Magonia, earth-bound Aza discovered that she’d been living in the wrong world her whole life. In her rightful kingdom in the sky her sick and addled body actually holds tremendous power. In Aerie, Aza is back on earth, but Magonia still calls her to fight for both the survival of humanity, and her love with her best friend, Jason.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2hJoJGA)

Here’s what Book Riot had to say about Maria:


 

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Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and The Racial Divide by Joy-Ann Reid

‘Joy-Ann Reid exposes race as the San Andreas Fault of American politics. She exposes the white-black friction that’s propelled so much of our country’s debate, from Lincoln-Douglas to Obama-Clinton. Reid’s candid and tough chronicle nails it.’— Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2iyDWOD)

Watch a clip of Joy-Ann Reid discussing her book here:


 

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Hirohito and The Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. Bix

This groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—offers a complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the modern world, now updated with a thoughtful new introduction by the author highlighting the lessons that this history can teach us when we examine current Japanese-American relations and the United States’s policy in the region.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2izm1re)


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How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

A special pocket-sized edition of the classic Christmas story from Dr. Seuss. With wacky rhymes and zany artwork, it tells the tale of the disgruntled Grinch and his fiendish attempts to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville! Perfect for gifting or as a stocking-filler.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2ht8IZo)


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Sleeping Beauty by Sarah Gibb

A beautifully illustrated, magical re-telling of one of the most beloved fairy tales. A wicked fairy has cast an evil spell on baby Princess Rosebud: when she is sixteen, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. But perhaps a good fairy can save her, even if it means that Rosebud will sleep for 100 years? A luxurious gift book for every child’s bookshelf.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2id54Cl)


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The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

From Stonewall Award–winning author Brian Katcher comes a hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a sci-fi convention. When Ana Watson’s brother ditches a high school trip to run wild at Washingcon, type-A Ana knows that she must find him or risk her last shot at freedom from her extra-controlling parents. In her desperation, she’s forced to enlist the last person she’d ever want to spend time with—slacker Zak Duquette—to help find her brother before morning comes. But over the course of the night, while being chased by hordes of costumed Vikings and zombies, Ana and Zak begin to open up to one another. Soon, what began as the most insane nerd fighter manhunt transforms into so much more….

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2izfLQ3)


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The Leadership Genius of Julius Caesar: Modern Lessons from the Man Who Built an Empire by Phillip Barlag

Philip Barlag shows us that Julius Caesar is one of the most compelling leaders of the past to study—a man whose approach was surprisingly modern and extraordinarily effective. Barlag uses dramatic and colorful incidents from Caesar’s career—being held hostage by pirates, charging headlong alone into enemy lines, pardoning people he knew wanted him dead—to illustrate what Caesar can teach leaders today.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2imMvsE)

Listen to an excerpt from the first chapter here:


 

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Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

Now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck (also director), Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, and Sienna Miller

Boston, 1926. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent police captain, has graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city’s most fearsome mobsters. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe’s dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa’s Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rum-runners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2hJWIyv)

Watch the trailer for the film below:


 

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The Seventh Plague by James Rollins

A British archaeologist—a member of an expedition gone missing for over two years—stumbles out of the Egyptian desert. Before he can explain what happened to his team, he dies. But his remains hold a terrifying discovery that only deepens the mystery: something had begun mummifying his body while he was still alive. Summoned by a former ally at the British Museum, Commander Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force must uncover the truth behind the brutal murder and discover the fate of the missing team. The first clues are tied to a shocking historical mystery, one connecting the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the journeys of famous explorer, Henry Morgan Stanley. The frantic hunt for the truth will take Sigma Force from an ancient tomb buried under the burning sands of Egypt to a modern engineering complex built atop the frozen fields of the Arctic. As a looming crisis grows, Gray Pierce and his allies must confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science, a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues around the globe, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world’s children . . . and forever end mankind’s future.

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2icZobq)

Watch the book trailer here:


 

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What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller Time Travelling with A Hamster comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever… Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than thirteen-year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

(To buy your copy online, click here: http://amzn.to/2hjO5K8)


 

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