While Mad Men explores the changing tide on the east coast, Mosley’s detective Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of an L.A. party fixture, Evander “Little Green” Noon. It’s 1967, and Little Green disappears after a drug-fueled night on the Sunset Strip. Rawlins’ investigation leads him on a trip that offers a revealing roadmap of a simultaneously hopeful and foreboding moment in American history.
Mosley hinted that his previous Easy Rawlins’ mystery, Blonde Faith, would be his last, but I’m glad to see the always-insightful detective back and in fine form once again.
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With NOOK Instant Gifting, you can order NOOK Books or NOOK Apps now, and have them delivered whenever you choose. Learn more about NOOK Instant Gifting here. We’ve chosen some wonderful books and apps that we know the moms in our lives would love and put them all in one collection. We hope you’ll explore our full Mother’s Day Collection here and find a great gift for your mom, too.Read more...
So to prepare, I’ve already pre-ordered To My Assistant: Things I'll Never Do to You, But Many Other Crazy Bosses Will by Lydia Whitlock. The author’s an Ivy League grad who found out the hard way that life as a Hollywood assistant was light on glitz and heavy on abuse. Instead of wallowing in her sorrows, she created the popular blog ToMyAssistant.com, where she’s compiled a list of things that she promises never to do her assistant—based on the horrific things that real bosses have been known to do.
Sort my M&Ms by color! Play Rock Paper Scissors with the other assistants to decide who goes on a lunch run! These are the sorts of soul-crushing requests that Lydia has vowed never to make. So if you’re having a bad day at work, reading a few pages of this book will have you feeling better in no time—at least your boss isn’t that bad. Plus there’s plenty of great advice for managing-up, that rare skill of encouraging your boss to bend a little, before you finally break. Anyone who’s had a boss, or even been a boss, will find a lot to laugh (and cringe) about in To My Assistant.
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Thanks to her quirky sense of humor and a great knack for storytelling, Roach’s book is an appetizing (I couldn’t resist!) piece of popular science writing. To help bring some attention to this worthy book, we recently asked our Twitter followers to provide their own #GulpLit titles—famous book titles with a digestive twist. Some of my favorite entries were: A Wrinkle in Chyme, Swallow and Amazons, Profiles in Roughage, and Infinite Ingest.
I really love when new technology adds a dimension to an old classic. So when I heard that my favorite childhood books by Robert McClosky—Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine—were coming to NOOK, I couldn’t wait to introduce them to my daughter.
When I found out that these irresistible childhood classics are all narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, one of my favorite actors, I was even more excited. Apparently he has great taste in kids’ books, too!
With these new NOOK Read to Me picture books, kids will experience a wonderful melding of the old and new.
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As a young baseball fan, one of my favorite players—behind hometown hero Robin Yount—was the Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr. With his talent, tenacity and good spirit, he was the ultimate role model for kids. Ripken retired a legend, and now he’s turned to writing inspiring children’s books, like his newest: Wild Pitch.
In Wild Pitch, Little League pitcher Robbie Hammond has gone from almost unhittable, to being unable to hit the strike zone. His team’s struggling as their star pitcher continues to lose his mojo, and no one—except Robbie—knows where the real problems lie. During last year’s All Star game, Robbie injured a batter with an errant pitch, and now he can’t shake the feeling that it’ll happen again.
As your little sluggers prepare to take to the field this season, teach them a lesson about overcoming challenges with Wild Pitch.
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Thanks to a series of hilarious, relatable books for middle-grade readers, and a popular film franchise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is at the top of many kids’ reading lists. It’s important to keep children engaged once they’ve finished a new series, but it’s not always easy to figure out what they might like next.
If your kids have already memorized the full Wimpy Kid collection, here are some other books I think they’ll love:
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There’s something for every mystery and suspense fan with these new and upcoming NOOK Books:
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Romantics can escape into dozens of swoon-worthy reads, couples looking to spice things up have lots of advice to choose from, love-struck teens have plenty of YA options, and parents can share sweet children’s books with their little ones.
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Whenever the new year rolls around, I always feel like it’s time to tackle big projects—opportunity abounds!
Besides cleaning out the coat closet and waxing the floors, I’ve been looking for some great new book series that I can sink my teeth into this year. The new NOOK First in a Series collection is a great place to start. In addition to the time-tested offerings below, there are a bunch more multi-volume favorites to explore in the full collection.
Book series are usually synonymous with fiction, but don’t forget about the many excellent multi-volume non-fiction offerings available for NOOK as well. Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert A. Caro has devoted his life to writing the essential biography of Lyndon Johnson, and The Path to Power is the book that started it all.
It seems that book series are a constant on the teen bestseller charts—the covers and characters change over the years, but young adults always support good series fiction. The Shadow Falls saga is one of today’s best YA series—featuring a fascinating camp for paranormal (you know, vamps, werewolves, witches and the like) outcasts. Get into the action with Born at Night, the bestselling first book.
Tell Me: What series have you recently started?