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

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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

Being able to hold one’s head high and call oneself a writer is the goal of many a passionate storyteller. But how does one get published? And what happens after that? Critical or sales success (or being published again) is far from a foregone conclusion.

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels “Costalegre,” “Touch,” and “I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You.” She brings her personal experience and input and insight from many other accomplished writers to her new book, “Before and After The Book Deal;” an all-inclusive guide for writers about how to navigate and, importantly, survive the publishing world.

With chapters like “Getting and Right” and “Getting it Out There” and down-to-Earth sub-headings like “Can I stay in my corporate job without losing my creative edge?” and “My book sales are sluggish - should I crawl under a rock and die?,” Maum peels back the gauzy romantic curtain of a working author’s life - and replaces it with clarity and detailed advice.

“Before and After The Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book” was published by Catapult earlier this month, and Maum will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York on Thursday, January 23 at 6 p.m.

Olive Kitteridge, the funny, wicked, remorseful and gruff woman who was the propelling force in Elizabeth Strout’s book of short stories “Olive Kitteridge” – which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction – is back in Strout’s new collection, “Olive, Again.”

This episode was recorded at an event presented by Oblong Books and Music.

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

List:
"Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson
"Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
"The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan (event Fri, 11/15)
"Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir by Eugenia Zukerman (event in Rhinebeck, Thurs, 11/21)
"Sofia Valdez, Future Prez" by Andrea Beaty (event in Rhinebeck, Sun 12/1)
"The Shortest Day" by Susan Cooper (event in Rhinebeck, Sat, 12/7)
"Juliet Takes a Breath" by Gabby Rivera


  Dr. Marika Lindholm a sociologist and the founder of Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere and esme.com - a gathering place for solo mothers to discuss their experiences and find information about navigating the particular challenges or raising children alone. 

 

Lindholm is the co-editor of the new book “We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart and Humor.” She will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York at 6pm on Friday, November 1.

Pete Souza - former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and Director of the White House Photo Office - will give a visual presentation of exclusive photographs contained in his #1 New York Times bestseller "Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents" at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, New York for an Oblong Books event on Sunday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

Shade tells the tale of the Obama and Trump years through visual juxtapositions that begin on Inauguration Day and move through the release of the Mueller report. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth.

Book cover for "Quichotte" and author photo of Salman Rushdie
salmanrushdie.com

Salman Rushdie is one of the world’s most renowned authors. “Midnight’s Children” is considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. It was “The Satanic Verses” that brought him notoriety. His latest, “Quichotte,” is a modern, very American retelling of “Don Quixote.”

This episode was recorded at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annondale-On-Hudson, New York in an event co-prestented by Oblong Books and Music

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.

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.

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

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. 

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