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Fall 2016 Books Now Online!

The Red Bandanna – The inspirational story of Welles Crowther, whose decision, determination and sacrifice in the terror of 9/11 offers a lasting lesson on character, calling and courage—in how we live, and in the legacy we choose to leave behind.

When in French – When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French—not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are.

Dark Mirror – From the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The New York Times bestseller Angler, who unearthed the deepest secrets of Edward Snowden’s NSA archive, the first master narrative of the surveillance state that emerged after 9/11 and why it matters.

Eleanor and Hick – A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.

How to Make  a Spaceship – How a historic race gave birth to private spaceflight.

The Man Who Knew – The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time.

Upstream – A collection of essays and poems, featuring a new introduction and afterword, from the beloved Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller Mary Oliver.

Turner – The life of one of Western art’s most admired, misunderstood and celebrated painters.

You Will Not Have My Hate – “On Friday night you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hate.”

Swing Time – An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North-West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

A World in Disarray – A visionary examination of the deteriorating ability of the U.S. and other global powers to shape the world in their image, and the end of the world order they sought, from the president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Homesick for Another World  – An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time.


View the full catalog here.


Porcelain Preorder Prizes!


Preorder Porcelain by Moby and receive adesigned stickers signed by Moby to put in your book, an exclusive DJ mix made by Moby, exclusive early content from the Porcelain audiobook, and a chance to win a limited edition vinyl record of songs from Porcelain.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Preorder Porcelain by 11:59 PM on May 17th wherever physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks are sold. 
  2. Fill out this form with your preorder details and we’ll send you a signed sticker! 

Full rules can be found here.

There were many reasons Moby was never going to make it as a DJ and musician in the New York club scene. This was the New York of Palladium; of Mars, Limelight, and Twilo; of unchecked, drug-fueled hedonism in pumping clubs where dance music was still largely underground, popular chiefly among working-class African Americans and Latinos. And then there was Moby—not just a poor, skinny white kid from Connecticut, but a devout Christian, a vegan, and a teetotaler. He would learn what it was to be spat on, to live on almost nothing. But it was perhaps the last good time for an artist to live on nothing in New York City: the age of AIDS and crack but also of a defiantly festive cultural underworld. Not without drama, he found his way. But success was not uncomplicated; it led to wretched, if in hindsight sometimes hilarious, excess and proved all too fleeting. And so by the end of the decade, Moby contemplated an end in his career and elsewhere in his life, and put that emotion into what he assumed would be his swan song, his good-bye to all that, the album that would in fact be the beginning of an astonishing new phase: the multimillion-selling Play.

At once bighearted and remorseless in its excavation of a lost world, Porcelain is both a chronicle of a city and a time and a deeply intimate exploration of finding one’s place during the most gloriously anxious period in life, when you’re on your own, betting on yourself, but have no idea how the story ends, and so you live with the honest dread that you’re one false step from being thrown out on your face. Moby’s voice resonates with honesty, wit, and, above all, an unshakable passion for his music that steered him through some very rough seas.

Porcelain is about making it, losing it, loving it, and hating it. It’s about finding your people, your place, thinking you’ve lost them both, and then, somehow, when you think it’s over, from a place of well-earned despair, creating a masterpiece. As a portrait of the young artist, Porcelain is a masterpiece in its own right, fit for the short shelf of musicians’ memoirs that capture not just a scene but an age, and something timeless about the human condition. Push play.

Share Your Passion for Books with StoryCorps!


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This spring, StoryCorps is celebrating booksellers across the country. If you’re passionate about books and readers, if you’re committed to literacy in your community, if you felt called to become a bookseller, we want to hear from you!

Record your story at a StoryCorps booth or with the StoryCorps app.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • –What are your earliest memories of reading?
  • –Tell me how you became a bookseller.
  • –Tell me about your bookstore. What makes it special?
  • –Do you have any favorite stories from your work?
  • –What’s the best part of running a bookstore? What’s the most challenging?
  • –Why do you do this work?
  • –What lessons have you learned as a bookseller?

If you’re recording on the app, be sure to tag your interview with the keyword “MyBookCalling.” StoryCorps founder Dave Isay will be playing some of these recordings during his national book tour for the newest StoryCorps book Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, on sale April 19.

Listen to Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, owners of Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, talk to Dave about their work here.


Dave Isay talks to Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, owners of Greenlight Bookstore. Credit: Amanda Meltzer

For app support, please consult the Tools & Resources and FAQs or email


The Opposite of Woe Preorder Prize!

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Preorder The Opposite of Woe by John Hickenlooper and receive a signed bookplate!

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Preorder The Opposite of Woe by 11:59 PM on May 23rd wherever physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks are sold. 
  2. Fill out this form with your preorder details and we’ll send you a signed sticker! 

Full rules can be found here.

In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from a craft-brew entrepreneur to mayor of Denver to governor of Colorado, hailed by many political analysts, the New York Times, and Fox News alike as a solid contender to be the next vice president. It is an unlikely tale of success, quintessentially American yet utterly exceptional. In The Opposite of Woe, Hickenlooper tells his own story of determination and daring, from business to politics, in his singularly sharp and often hilarious voice.

After taking ten years to graduate from Wesleyan, Hickenlooper found himself laid off from his first job as a geologist in the oil industry. Lacking a day job, he rented a space in one of Denver’s sketchiest neighborhoods and opened a brew pub. Honest, likable, and practical, Hickenlooper turned out to be a natural at running a restaurant; the pub was a huge success and did a great deal to revitalize a struggling neighborhood. In fifteen years, he blossomed from a small business owner into a millionaire at the helm of a string of pubs in Denver and across the country. He was such an influential member of the community that he acted on the encouragement of many and ran for mayor, essentially as a lark.

And then he won. So began an eight year run as one of the most creative and successful mayors in the United States. Hickenlooper doubled down on his political career by running for Colorado governor in 2010, which he also won, then won again. He has tackled a host of pressing and volatile issues in a true battleground state: immigration, fracking, capital punishment, guns, the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, legalized marijuana. Time and again, his administration has persuaded ideologically opposed constituencies to agree on a middle path and move forward–all while dealing with a tragic series of wildfires,”biblical” floods, shootings, and the assassination of a cabinet member.

On display throughout is the rare candidness that has made him not only wildly popular at every step of the way, but also remarkably successful at getting things done. Co-written with journalist and former cabinet member Maximillian Potter,The Opposite of Woe is a fresh–and refreshing–angle on our political landscape from one of its brightest rising stars.

Callings by Dave Isay Preorder Prizes!

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Preorder Callings by Dave Isay and receive a signed book plate, a sneak peek at StoryCorps’ newest animation, and an excerpt from the audio book!

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Preorder Callings by 11:59 PM on April 18th wherever physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks are sold. 
  2. Fill out this form with your preorder details and we’ll send you a signed sticker! 

Full rules can be found here.

Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett Preorder Prizes!

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Preorder Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett and receive a signed bookplate!

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Preorder Becoming Wise by 11:59 PM on April 4th wherever physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks are sold. 
  2. Fill out this form with your preorder details and we’ll send you a signed sticker! 

Full rules can be found here.

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett’s compassionate yet searching conversation.

In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of teaching faculty.

The open questions and challenges of our time are intimate and civilizational all at once, Tippett says – definitions of when life begins and when death happens, of the meaning of community and family and identity, of our relationships to technology and through technology. The wisdom we seek emerges through the raw materials of the everyday. And the enduring question of what it means to be human has now become inextricable from the question of who we are to each other.

This book offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century – of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution. It insists on the possibility of a common life for this century marked by resilience and redemption, with beauty as a core moral value and civility and love as muscular practice. Krista Tippett’s great gift, in her work and in Becoming Wise, is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid.

One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence, of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake, not as a means to an end. But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo. Indeed Tippett and her teachers are people whose work meets, and often drives, powerful forces of change alive in the world today. In the end, perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests in Becoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is, and then to make it better.

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