JOSEPH KANON Defectors Bestselling and Edgar-winning Kanon returns to Sharon with a richly detailed novel about America’s most notorious defector and a family torn apart by the Cold War. “With his remarkable emotional precision and mastery of tone, Kanon transcends the form” (Kirkus, starred review).
MIN JIN LEE Pachinko Sweeping generational saga of a Korean minority family residing in Japan, in which bestselling Lee gracefully examines the meaning of home. “Stunning and compassionate” (The New York Times Book Review). Starred reviews from both Kirkus and Library Journal.
COURTNEY MAUM Touch Acclaimed novelist examines the intersection of technology and culture in this comedic and romantic satire. A New York City trend spotter longs to disavow her own predictions, abandon technology, and reclaim her heart. “A perceptive, thought-provoking read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Adult Nonfiction Art
ALLEN BLAGDEN Marking the Moment: The Art of Allen Blagden A look at the life and work of the nationally-renowned watercolorist and local resident. An introduction by the Princeton Professor of Art John Wilmerding examines the precision and emotional sensitivity evident throughout Blagden’s illustrious career.
ANN HODGMAN Vegan Food for the Rest of Us: Recipes Even You Will Love When acclaimed humorist and cookbook author Hodgman went vegan she vowed to create recipes that her husband would eat. Funny, honest, and filled with great recipes that will have you asking for seconds!
JOAN OSOFSKY, ABBY ADAMS, AND JOHN GRUEN Entertaining in the Country: Love Where you Eat: Festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes, and Design Inspiration Hammertown Barn owner Osofsky shares her secret for entertaining simply, but with style. Filled with delectable recipes and John Gruen’s gorgeous photos of lovingly set tables (some in local homes); you will be inspired to plan your next brunch, family celebration, or dinner party.
The Friends of the Hotchkiss Library Cookbook This community cookbook with favorites contributed by Sharon residents and library patrons makes its debut at the signing.
CAROL ASCHER A Chance for Fresh Air: Russian Jewish Immigrants in Sharon and Amenia, 1907-1940 Companion volume to Sharon Historical Society exhibit of the farmers, hoteliers, and shopkeepers who escaped Russia and then the overcrowded tenements of New York’s Lower East Side and came to Sharon and Amenia in the first half of the 20th Century. Filled with photographs of many local landmarks and families whose descendants still live in the region.
SALLY MOTT FREEMAN The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home Extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers in World War II: one runs the first Map Room in Washington, another is an officer on the USS Enterprise, and the youngest is listed as MIA. “A touching, suspenseful and deeply troubling story of one family’s patriotic devotion and betrayal…. Meticulously researched and compelling history” (Kirkus, starred review).
LEONARD MARCUS Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books Lavishly illustrated history of the most popular children’s books of all time. High quality yet affordable, Golden Books both influenced and mirrored the changing American cultural landscape. Published in celebration of their 75th anniversary. Which Golden Book was your favorite?
JAMES CHARLTON Speaking of Dogs: The Best Collection of Canine Quotables Ever Compiled Wacky and wonderful collection of quotes from pundits, poets, artists, and authors. Illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth.
Memoir and Biography
KATHY CHAMBERLAIN Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Marriage and Friendship The untold story of the wife of Thomas Carlyle—a woman with authorial aspirations of her own, who moved in the most exclusive London literary circles of her time. Virginia Woolf hailed her as one of the all-time great letter writers. “Superb” (Sunday Telegraph)
DAVID LEITE Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression An honest, courageous, funny, and heart-breaking story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity. The writer is the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, author of the acclaimed The New Portuguese Table, and contributor to Public Radio’s Splendid Table.
SHEILA NEVINS You Don’t Look Your Age . . . and Other Fairy Tales Nevins, the 65-time Emmy winner and president of HBO Documentary Films, offers a candid, funny, wise collection of vignettes about her own life and the lives of other women. She examines what its like to be a working mother in a man’s world and an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture. Meryl Streep says, “Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living.”
DANI SHAPIRO Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Best-selling novelist and memoirist’s meditation on marriage and memory, sorrow and love. “The narrative demonstrates Shapiro’s finely tuned, poetic skills as a writer …. A sharply observed and frequently moving memoir of marriage” (Kirkus, starred review).
DAVID K. LEFF Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance, and Survival of the Wild Explore northern Maine’s dense woods and raging waters with the likes of Henry David Thoreau and the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. A poignant mediation on the harshness and beauty of a unique landscape and man’s interactions with nature.
Politics and Current Affairs
JESSE EISINGER The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter at ProPublica offers a blistering and compelling, character-driven narrative from inside the Department of Justice. Its prosecutors are often too scared and too daunted by legal impediments to bring white collar criminals from nearly all industries and large corporations to justice, preferring to reach settlements rather than prosecute.
CHRIS WHIPPLE The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency “Having interviewed all 17 living former chiefs of staff and two former presidents, Whipple (acclaimed writer, documentarian and multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer) offers a scintillating behind-the-scenes look at an office that is all but invisible to the public. This is page-turning catnip for political junkies” (Booklist, starred review). A New York Times bestseller.
SALLY COOK How to Speak Soccer: From Assist to Woodwork: an Illustrated Guide to Pitch-Perfect Jargon Filled with over 150 definitions and lots of amusing trivia. Learn the vocabulary of the world’s most popular sport and discover where those red and yellow cards came from. For young players, devoted fans, and soccer parents!
GREG W. PRINCE Piazza: Catcher, Slugger, Icon, Star The author of a blog (Faith and Fear in Flushing) for “Met fans who like to read” explores the parallel paths Mike Piazza and the Mets set out on in the early 1990s and how their individual journeys merged into a quest for transcendence.
Young Adult Fiction
ANN BRASHARES The Whole Thing Together “Both funny and tragic, this sharply observed drama recognizes the complexity of split families trying to heal and the ill effects of longstanding grudges. Brashares’s masterful orchestration of plot, multidimensional characters, and intriguing subplots will delight her fans and newcomers alike” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
JENNIFER DONNELLY Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Award-winning and best-selling author Donnelly returns with this original novel, which expands upon the world seen in the new Walt Disney Studios’ Film, Beauty and the Beast. This deluxe hardcover will delight fans of Belle and the Beast. A New York Times bestseller.
Young Adult Nonfiction
DEBORAH HEILIGMAN Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers National Book Award Finalist plumbs the depths of the remarkable relationship of Vincent and Theo Van Gogh. Meticulously researched and based on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to his younger brother, this biography will appeal to art lovers, students, and readers of all ages. Starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, The Horn Book and Publishers Weekly.
LEONARD MARCUS, editor Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box Collection of interviews with and original comics by today’s most acclaimed graphic novelists. Sure to inspire fans and aspiring artists and writers. Bonus original graphic short on the theme of “the city” by all thirteen contributors.
STEVE SHEINKIN Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Three-time National Book Award finalist tells the story of Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner--who joined in 1907 (long before they both became legends) to make one of winningest teams in football history at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Sheinkin introduces a group of young men who refused to accept defeat in the face of incredible obstacles. Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Horn Book, Booklist, and School Library Journal.
Children’s Picture Books
MICHELLE CUEVAS The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles The uncorker must make sure that all messages found at sea are delivered—until one day he discovers a party invitation without a recipient’s name. Illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead and named on many Best of 2016 lists.
WENDELL MINOR How to Be a Bigger Bunny (by Florence Minor); Ben’s Revolution (by Nathaniel Philbrick); and The Seashore Book (by Charlotte Zolotow) Wendell and Florence Minor, perennial favorites in Sharon, are back with three beautiful new books for their many fans.
JORDAN P. NOVAK Mosquitoes Can’t Bite Ninjas In this charming debut, who is quicker, sneakier, and hungrier – the mosquitoes or the ninjas?
LAURIE WALLMARK and KATY WU Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Coding Picture-book biography of pioneering computer scientist U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Hopper: she invented the first compiler for a computer programming language and the Navy named a guided missile destroyer after her. “Amazing Grace indeed” (Kirkus, starred review).
Middle Grade Fiction
BARBARA DEE Truth or Dare and Star-Crossed Delightful middle school novels. In the first, a simple game of Truth or Dare spins out of control. In the second, Mattie’s eighth-grade class stages Romeo and Juliet only to discover drama, misunderstanding, and humor in their own friendships.
Middle Grade Nonfiction
PETER LOURIE and WENDELL MINOR, illustrator Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush When the young Jack London headed north to strike it rich he discovered the seeds of the stories that eventually grew into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Illustrated with archival and modern photographs, as well as original work by Wendell Minor. “Lourie’s captivating tale of the grueling experiences behind London’s crystalline prose testifies to his endurance” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
ANITA SANCHEZ Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything Biography of Karl Linné, the Swedish scientist who named and classified over 12,000 species of plants and animals. Beautifully illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors by Catherine Stock.