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Golden Hill (Scribner, $26), winner of the Costa Award, is the first novel by Francis Spufford, author of I May Be Some Time and other acclaimed narrative nonfictions. The year is 1746. Mr. Smith, a young, charming, and mysterious stranger from England, arrives at Lovell’s house on New York’s Golden Hill with a bill of exchange for the breathtaking sum of 1,000 pounds. That alone, aside from Smith’s refusal to disclose anything about himself—where he’s come from and what he’s planning to do with that kind of money in the colonies—creates an aura of mystery and intrigue. As rumors begin to circulate, you’re pulled into the story, eager for answers, along with Manhattan’s social elite. Finding an ally and a friend in the marvelous Septimus Oakeshott, secretary to the governor, Mr. Smith inveigles his way into that elite, attending their dinner parties and becoming a part of their lives. He even develops an interest in one of Lovell’s daughters, the quick-witted and sharp-tongued Tabatha. But then things start to fall apart, and he finds himself in trouble. Quick paced, with extraordinary dialog and well-crafted characters, Spufford’s brilliant historical novel will make you turn the pages fast to find out what Mr. Smith is up to. The beauty of this novel is that you won’t find out until the very final pages.

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ISBN: 9781501163876
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Published: Scribner - June 27th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781501163883
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Published: Scribner - February 6th, 2018

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Do you ever find yourself looking at the starry sky and wondering how it all came to be, asking what is a universe and what is our place in it? Do you wish you knew more but are just too busy with your everyday life to start exploring and looking for answers? Well, then, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (W.W. Norton, $18.95), is just what you need. And even though Tyson starts with the premise that “the universe is under no obligation to make sense to you,” he will try to explain. There’s no reason to feel intimidated; I’m sure you remember learning about Einstein’s E=mc² and Sir Isaac Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation, and that’s all you need to start reading this book. How it all begun, the Big Bang and the expansion of the cosmos, dark matter and black holes, everything is explained in clear and understandable language with short chapters that you can read whenever you find a spare minute. You will learn that the observable universe may contain a hundred billion galaxies, bright and beautiful and packed with stars, and that “we are stardust brought to life then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”

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ISBN: 9780393609394
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2017

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Have you started planning for your holiday feast yet? There’s really no reason to stress about it because Jamie has got you covered; he’s thought of everything, from prepping to cooking to serving. He’s assembled a list of things you’ll need to make the magic happen, along with useful tips, cooking charts, times, and even a calorie count. Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook (Flatiron, $35) is just in time to take the stress out of the holidays and get you in the mood for fiddling around in the kitchen. Oliver has included all the classics and then some. No turkey, no problem—how about roast goose or beef, meatloaf or rack of lamb, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not Salmon En Croûte? Not only that, he presents some delicious choices for vegans and vegetarians and a whole chapter dedicated to leftovers and how to make them into scrumptious meals. He didn’t, of course, forget about those of us with a sweet tooth. Just looking at the pictures of Pavlova, Tiramisù and Jaffa Cake, to name a few of my favorites, will make you want to roll up your sleeves and get busy baking. This cookbook has everything you need for the best Christmas ever—and makes a perfect gift itself.

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ISBN: 9781250146267
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 10th, 2017