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   This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:

"The Ancestor" by Danielle Trussoni"Enter the Aardvark" by Jessica Anthony"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson"A Book for Escargot" by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson"The List of Things That Will Not Change" by Rebecca Stead"Wayside School Beneath a Cloud of Doom" by Louis Sachar"We Are the Wildcats" by Siobhan Vivian
"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi - Help Oblong donate copies of "Stamped" to area schools.

  This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:

"Such a Fun Age" by Kiley Reid

"The Resisters" by Gish Jen

"Get a Life, Chloe Brown" by Talia Hibbert

"The Unwilling" by Kelly Braffet (event Tues 2/18 at Murray's in Tivoli, NY w/ Erin Morgenstern)

"Weather" by Jenny Offill (event Thurs 2/27 at Murray's in Tivoli, NY)

"Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA" by Amaryllis Fox

"The Third Rainbow Girl" by Emma Copley Eisenberg (event Weds, 2/5 in Rhinebeck)

"A Good Girl's Guide to Murder" by Holly Jackson

This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:
"The Need" by Helen Phillips
"The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott
"The Swallows" by Lisa Lutz  (launch event at Oblong Rhinebeck, Tues, 9/17, 6pm)
"Cold Storage" by David Koepp
"The Outlaw Ocean" by Ian Urbina
"A Stone Sat Still" by Brendan Wenzel
"Hungry Jim" by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Chuck Groenink
"Stargazing" by Jen Wang

Events:
Salman Rushdie - September 10 at 7 p.m. - Fisher Center, Bard College
Elizabeth Strout - October 17 at 7 p.m. - Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium

This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:

When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Stonewall: A Building. an Uprising. a Revolution by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Event: Oblong Books & Music in collaboration with The Fisher Center at Bard College presents Salman Rushdie with his new novel "Quichotte," in conversation with Joe Donahue.

Rebecca Godfrey is an award-winning novelist and journalist. Her first novel, “The Torn Skirt,” was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

“Under The Bridge,” Godfrey’s shocking true story of a group of teenagers who savagely beat a classmate to death and then tried to cover up the crime, received one of Canada’s largest literary awards, the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, as well as the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. “Under the Bridge” is now available in paperback.

Rebecca Godfrey will talk with author Gary Shteyngart at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, New York this Saturday at 6 p.m.

For Margaret Roach, gardening is more than a hobby, it’s a calling. Her unique approach, which she refers to as “horticultural how-to and woo-woo,” is a blend of vital information you need to memorize and intuitive steps you must simply feel and surrender to.

In her new book, "A Way to Garden," Roach imparts decades of garden wisdom on seasonal gardening, ornamental plants, vegetable gardening, design, gardening for wildlife, organic practices, and much more. She also challenges gardeners to think beyond their garden borders and to consider the ways gardening can enrich the world.

On May 2 at 6 p.m., she will be part of the Oblong Books lecture series and book signing at the White Hart Inn, Salisbury, Connecticut. She will have an open house at her garden in Copake, New York on May 11.

  This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:

Best Books Of 2018

Dec 31, 2018

Joe Donahue sat down with Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music and Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore to talk about the best books they read in 2018.

Joe Donahue's picks are posted in this posted beneath the collaborative on-air list - with links to his interviews with the authors.

List:
"There There: A Novel" by Tommy Orange
"The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers
"Friday Black" by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
"The Mouse and His Child" by Russell Hoban and David Small
"The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai
"Waiting for Eden" by Elliot Ackerman
"Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover
"The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World" by Simon Winchester
"I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons" by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
"The Library Book" by Susan Orlean
"Julián Is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love
"Slipper" by Hester Velmans
"These Truths" by Jill Lepore

The Joy Of Junk

Nov 29, 2018

Best-selling author Mary Randolph Carter is back at it with a full-throated celebration of junk and thrifting. Her new book, "The Joy of Junk", shows us how to live stylishly and creatively with the personally meaningful objects we love to collect for our homes.

Mary says "junk" is not a four-letter word. She has years of experience as a passionate thrifter and collector. In the book, Carter highlights her favorite junking moments, revels in the thrill of the hunt and imparts many personal tips for finding treasures in flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, shops, on the web, or wherever you may find yourself.

She will be in Connecticut as part of Oblong Books White Hart Speaker Series on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

Life Along The Hudson

Nov 29, 2018

Pieter Estersohn is a leading photographer of architecture and interiors. His work regularly appears in major shelter magazines, including Architectural Digest, and he has contributed to many interior design and lifestyle books.

His new book is: "Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family." It is a gorgeous over-sized coffee table book that features thirty-six sublime country homes, many overlooking the Hudson River.

This scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. The edition's thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and more. All pair exquisite interiors with expansive lush lawns and riverfront views. Formerly country homes for eighteenth-century landed gentry and nineteenth-century industrialists: the Astors, Chanlers, Chapmans, Delanos, Roosevelts.

Pieter Estersohn will be signing his new book on Saturday, December 8th at noon at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck.

This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

"Friday Black" by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
"Heartland" by Sarah Smarsh
"Heavy" by Kiese Laymon
"All You Can Ever Know" by Nicole Chung
"French Exit" by Patrick deWitt
"Finding Langston" by Lesa Cline-Ransome
"Sweep" by Jonathan Auxier
"Hey, Kiddo" by Jarrett Krosoczka

We had to skip Book Picks this week to air special coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. But Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music sent us her list of great new titles anyway!

List:
"French Exit" by Patrick deWitt
"The Drama Teacher" by Koren Zailckas
"His Favorites" by Kate Walbert
"Lake Success" by Gary Shteyngart (event at Murray's in Tivoli, NY, 9/18, 6pm)
"Sheets" by Brenna Thummler
"Finding Langston" by Lesa Cline-Ransome (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/22, 12pm)
"Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art" by Hudson Talbott (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/12, 6pm)
"A Room Away from the Wolves" by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/23, 4pm)

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:

We Don't Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins
Be Prepared” by Vera Brosgol
Midnight Without a Moon” by Linda Williams Jackson
Bob” by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Spy School” by Stuart Gibbs
Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson
Neverworld Wake” by Marisha Pessl 

"What to Read and Why" by Francine Prose - Book launch 7/6 at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, and The White Hart Speaker Series 7/12
"The Seas" by Samantha Hunt - Book re-launch 7/10 at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of "All American Boys" (with Jason Reynolds), "The Last True Love Story," and "The Gospel of Winter." His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014.

His new novel, "Tradition," explores the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school. He will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, New York on June 10 in a Hudson Valley YA Society event with Marisha Pessl.

In his new book "Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism," David Schuyler describes the efforts to reverse the pollution and bleak future of the Hudson River that became evident in the 1950s.

Through his investigative narrative, Schuyler uncovers the critical role of this iconic American waterway in the emergence of modern environmentalism in the United States. Oblong Books in Rhinebeck is having an event tomorrow night at 6 p.m. featuring Schuyler, who will be joined in discussion by Paul Gallay, President of Hudson Riverkeeper.

David Schuyler is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College and is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning "Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820–1909."

In his new memoir, "20th Century Boy," celebrated New York City painter, Duncan Hannah gives a rollicking and vividly immediate account of his life amid the city's glamor and extravagances in their most vital era as an aspiring artist, roaring boy, dandy, cultural omnivore, and far-from-obscure object of desire.

He will discuss the book and the heady days of the Seventies New York Art scene with his Editor, Gerry Howard at the White Hart Inn in an Oblong Books event on Thursday at 6PM in Salisbury, Connecticut.

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:

"An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones

"The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn 

"Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces" by Dawn Davies

"This Will Be My Undoing" by Morgan Jerkins

"James Wright: A Life in Poetry" by Jonathan Blunk (event Thurs 2/1 @ 6pm Rhinebeck)

"Rot, the Cutest in the World" by Ben Clanton

"The Gauntlet" by Karuna Riazi

"Love, Hate and Other Filters" by Samira Ahmed

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire (will be at Rhinebeck store on Saturday, 12/2 at 8pm)

The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben

Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Annie Leibovitz will sign copies of her new book Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 at Oblong Books and Music on December 9th at 6pm. 

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

   Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber (event in Rhinebeck, Weds, 7/19, 6pm)
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
American Fire by Monica Hesse
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

  

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, illustrated  by Christopher Silas Neal
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Oblong Will have a Poetry Reading in Rhinebeck on Thursday.

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman (event in Rhinebeck Saturday 2/25, 6pm)
The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo (event in Rhinebeck Wednesday 3/1, 6pm)
Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz & Amy Shrodes, illustrated by Sue Cornelison
Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (book signing in Rhinebeck, 12/10 from 2-3:30)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Doll People's Christmas by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (event in Rhinebeck, 12/3 at 3pm)
Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski
Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Garry Trudeau, the iconic cartoonist who created Doonesbury and has been skewering our political lives for over four decades has also worked in theater and television.

In an event last night, presented by Oblong Books and Music at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, we spoke with Trudeau about his career, politics, and his new book is Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, writer, activist, and photographer.

In his new book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he shares real life stories of late-night parties; backstage anecdotes; cross-country road-trips with his dog, Honey; and poignant memories of his life, loves, family, fellow actors, and friends. 

  In June of 2012, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, began airing twice-monthly podcasts, hoping to be heard by anyone outside their close circles.

By the anniversary show a year later, the fan base had exploded, vaulting the podcast into the #1 spot on iTunes. Since then, its popularity has grown by epic proportions, hitting more than 100 million downloads, expanding to a successful live international touring stage show, a New York Times bestselling novel, and a podcast network: Night Vale Presents.

Now, for the first time, the first two seasons of Welcome to Night Vale are available as books. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will talk about the books and the podcast in an event emceed by Meg Bashwiner at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY presented by Oblong Books on Thursday, September 15th at 6 p.m.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books & Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons
Shrill by Lindy West
Just Life by Neil Abramson (event in Rhinebeck Thurs 6/2, 6pm)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

  After two acclaimed story collections, Laura van den Berg presents Find Me, her highly anticipated debut novel - a gripping, darkly funny tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world. 

Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Find Me is her first novel and she will be reading from and signing the book tomorrow night at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck at 7PM.

YA Authors Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Jul 12, 2012

New York Times best-selling author Cassandra Clare is the ‘it’ author when it comes to creating magical worlds. Having just completed her fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series entitled City of Lost Souls, she’s simultaneously working on two other spin-off with The Infernal Devices series , and her forthcoming The Dark Artifices.