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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.

On Wednesday, May 15, Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger will talk with Oblong Book and Music's Dick Hermans about "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City."

The book is a new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields.

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

List:

The Lady from the Black Lagoon” by Mallory O'Meara

Notes from a Young Black Chef” by Kwame Onwuachi

The Ultimate Cartoon Book of Book Cartoons” by Bob Eckstein (event Weds, 4/10 in Rhinebeck)

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen” by Mary Norris (event Weds, 4/17 at The White Hart)

Man-Eaters Volume 1” by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Lia Miternique

You Are New” by Lucy Knisley (event Fri, 4/19 in Rhinebeck)

Caterpillar Summer” by Gillian McDunn

Izzy + Tristan” by Shannon Dunlap

Playwright Richard Nelson will talk with Michael Rhodes, Artistic Director of the Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli about the newest play in his series that follows the Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York, through the momentous and divisive 2016 election year. The event takes place Thursday night at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York at 6 p.m.

The play is: "The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family." While preparing meals in their kitchen, together they grapple in real time with issues of money, history, art, politics and family, as well as the fear of having been left behind.

Richard Nelson’s plays include "Nikolai and the Others," "Farewell to the Theatre," "How Shakespeare Won the West," and the musical James Joyce’s "The Dead" and the screenplays for the films "Hyde Park-on-Hudson" and "Ethan Frome." He has received numerous awards, including a Tony, an Olivier and two New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.

Book cover - Inheritance

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets: secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.

Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs "Hourglass," "Still Writing," "Devotion," and "Slow Motion" and five novels including "Black & White" and "Family History." She will be part of Oblong Books and Music White Hart Speaker Series on March 19 at 6 p.m.

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

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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

It was 1987 when the “Doonesbury” comic strip first imagined a Donald Trump presidential run. Since then, Trump has been a recurring character in cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic. His new book, “#SAD! Doonesbury in the Time of Trump,” tracks the victory, the transition and POTUS’s first 500 days.

This episode was recorded as part of Oblong Books and Music's White Hart Speakers Series.

The Great American Read

Sep 20, 2018

The Great American Read on PBS is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey.) The 100 books have been placed into a bracket and divided into quadrants based on the years they were published: The Classics, Mid-Century, Late Century and Contemporary.

The Great American Read investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

We were joined by Social Media Coordinator at WMHT Danielle Sanzone, Director of the Greenwich Free Library Annie Miller; librarian at Albany Public Library Christina Stenson-Carey; Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck and Millerton; and Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

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.

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

List:
Tangerine” by Christine Mangan
The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America” by Isaac Butler & Dan Kois
Shattered by Grief: Picking Up the Pieces to Become Whole Again” by Claudia Coenen (Event in Rhinebeck 4/10, 6pm)
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice “Waters Changed Our World” by Andrea Barnet (Event at White Hart, Salisbury, CT, Thurs, 4/19 at 6pm)
Aru Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
For Every One” by Jason Reynolds
I Have Lost My Way” by Gayle Forman
The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo

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

New York Times bestselling YA author Holly Black will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck tonight at 6PM to launch the first book in her new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. Her new book is "The Cruel Prince." 

Holly Black is the author of the "Modern Tales of Faerie" series, "Curse Workers" series, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown," the "Magisterium" series (with Cassandra Clare) and "The Darkest Part of the Forest." She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor.

Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.

Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann-- the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. 

Gregory Maguire is a writer of several dozen crossover books for adults and children. He will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY on Saturday, December 2nd at 8pm. He'll also be appearing at the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady on Saturday, December 9th at 1pm and The Book House in Albany on Sunday, December 10th at 2pm. His newest novel is Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker. 

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. 

"La la la . . . la."

A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. . . 

She has been heard. At last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

Kate DiCamillo, author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, is appearing at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains, NY on October 13th at 6pm at an event sponsored by our friends at Oblong Books & Music. Her newest book is La La La: A Story of Hope. 

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

Tom Schachtman will be at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT tonight to read from and discuss his new book, How the French Saved AmericaThe White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library

Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America.

To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. 

Alexandra Silber is an actress and singer who starred most recently as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She earlier played Hodel in the same show in London’s West End. She has now written – After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof - that imagines what happens to the characters of the musical after the curtain falls.

Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries—both personal and political—attempting to keep them apart at all costs.

Silber will be talking about and signing her book on Wednesday at 6PM at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck. 

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, his latest is House of Names. The book is his reimagining of one of the most famous Greek tragedies – the stories of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigeneia, Electra, and Orestes.

   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

  Best-selling historian Nathaniel Philbrick once again takes readers deep into the American Revolution, leading them into battles and illuminating the players on the field and behind the scenes.

His latest - Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution - is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. 

  

    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.

In The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, naturalist Leslie Sharpe trains her eye and narrative gifts on these and other New York wildlife through her tales of close observations as a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills.

The Quarry Fox is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since John Burroughs invented the genre of nature-writing, in which Sharpe weaves her experiences with the seasons, plants, and creatures with the natural history of each organism, revealing their sensitivity to and resilience against the splendor and cruelty of Nature.

The Quarry Fox is a celebration of the natural world and our place in it. Leslie Sharpe will be giving a presentation, Q&A and book-signing at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York tonight at 6PM. 

Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world.

But that's not the whole story.

The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world.

Julie Scelfo will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on March 1.

    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.

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