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Monday, August 24, 2021
Books of Distinction
New Nonfiction
About Time:
A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks

(W.W. Norton & Co.)
by David Rooney
"The measurement of time is a convenience, a jailor, a tyrannical device... Rooney’s delightful and discursive work anatomizes that tyranny. Page after page offers up instances of time’s ubiquity and its mercurial power to get into the interstices of the everyday."
― Jonathan Meades
New Fiction
Address Unknown
by Kathrine Kressman Taylor
“That this short, fleeting story has lasted so long is not only because of its artistic achievement, and not only because, written in 1938, it astonishingly anticipated the horror that was yet to come. It is because its prescience is not confined to its time. It saw into our own future too.”
-- Jonathan Freedland
New Kids Nonfiction
Adventure Starts at Bedtime: 30 Real-Life Stories of Daring and Danger
(Laurence King Publishing)
written by
Ness Knight
illustrated by Qu Lan

(ages 5-7)
Travel back in time and across thousands of miles to escape quicksand, survive a desert storm, and reach the summit of Everest with this diverse collection of real-life stories from men and women from past and present.
New Nonfiction
A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next
by Tom Standage
“Standage... delivers a brisk and entertaining history of personal transportation... Full of easy-to-understand history lessons and technical explanations, this is a well-informed look at how innovation, when properly guided, can pave the way to a brighter future.”
Publishers Weekly
New Fiction
(Riverhead Books)
by Daisy Johnson
“Johnson... brings her nuanced sense of menace and intimate understanding of the perils of loving too much to this latest entry in her developing canon of dark places where the unspeakable speaks and speaks. A subtle book that brings to bear all its author’s prodigious skill. A must read.”
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New Middle Reader
by Nnedi Okorafor
(ages 10-12)
“This wonderfully fresh superhero origin story offers a look into the shadowy, inexplicable powers that are suddenly in the hands of an ordinary child... Okorafor has created unique, multifaceted characters that will have young readers hoping for Nnamdi’s next adventure.”
School Library Journal
(starred review)

New Nonfiction
How I Became
a Tree

(Yale University Press)
by Sumana Roy

“...Roy has written... a radiant and wondrous book, which roots and branches in complex, provocative ways, helping us recognize trees for the ‘strange strangers’ they are, companion-citizens with which we think and remember... but also alien beings that draw love, hate, indifference, and even lust from us humans.”
—Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
New Fiction
The King of
Infinite Space

(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
by Lyndsay Faye
"Shakespeare devotees will be impressed at the variations Faye introduces to the play’s plotline, and Faye’s considerable descriptive gifts are on ample display... Fans and newcomers alike will delight in Faye’s remarkable achievement."
Publishers Weekly
(starred review)
New Picture Book
The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess
(Holiday House)
by Tom Gauld
(ages 4-8)
"A marvelous journey... Gauld’s crisp, clear art, along with captivating small details in backgrounds and endpapers, add richness to the narrative... Gauld’s fairy tale feels both timeless and completely new; utterly fresh, yet like a story heard long ago and finally found again. Enchanting."
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
Fashion: From the Runway to the Bookshelf
Little People, Big Dreams:
Iris Apfel

(Frances Lincoln)
written by Maria Isabel
Sanchez Vegara
illustrated by Kristen Barnhart


Fashion Evolution:
The 250 Looks That Shaped Modern Fashion

by Paula Reed

"Fashion is the part of the daily air and it changes all the time,
with all events. You can even see the approaching of a
revolution in clothes. You can see and feel everything in clothes."
—Diana Vreeland

Check out Appletree's new, very fashionable window display!
New Puzzles from Cavallini
New puzzles from Cavallini have arrived!

Come check out new, challenging and fun puzzles from Cavallini,
featuring vintage images from their massive collection.
Pre-Order Cloud Cuckoo Land
Anthony Doerr's new novel,
Cloud Cuckoo Land,

is due out September 28th,
and Appletree is accepting pre-orders!

"Doerr builds a community of readers and nature lovers that
transcends the boundaries of time and space... This is just one
of the many narrative miracles worked by the author as he
brings a first-century story to its conclusion in 2146. As the
pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of
hope is sparked for our benighted world."
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

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