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  • YELLOW HOUSE     -     Winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction
    YELLOW HOUSE - Winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction
    BROOM SARAH M
    ISBN: 9781472155580
    Title: YELLOW HOUSE - Winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction
    Author: BROOM SARAH M
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION 2019

    A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir of home and family, from a stunning new talent, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans.



    'A major book that I suspect will come to be considered among the essential memoirs of this vexing decade' New York Times Book Review

    In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant - the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah's birth, the house would become Ivory Mae's thirteenth and most unruly child.

    A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom's THE YELLOW HOUSE tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the 'Big Easy' of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority and power.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • YOU
    YOU
    KEPNES CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9781471174025
    Title: YOU
    Author: KEPNES CAROLINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten.

    But there's more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences...

    A chilling account of unrelenting, terrifying deceit, Caroline Kepnes' You is a thriller more perversely clever and dangerously twisted than any YOU have ever read.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY
    YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY
    CHA STEPH
    ISBN: 9780571348213
    Title: YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY
    Author: CHA STEPH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ONE CITY. TWO FAMILIES. MANY SECRETS.

    In 1991 Shawn, a young African-American teen, his sister Ava, and cousin Ray, set out across LA to a screening of New Jack City. But in the volatile atmosphere of that time, they never make it inside the cinema.

    Nearly three decades later, police brutality still afflicts the city, but Grace, a Korean-American twenty-something pharmacist living and working with her parents, has her own problems, as she tries to figure out why her older sister, Miriam, still refuses to speak with their mother.

    Across the county, Shawn is trying to ease Ray, fresh out of prison, back into everyday life, but both men are struggling, still haunted by the events of 1991 and their shared loss. When a shocking new crime strikes the city, the lives of Grace and Shawn - two people from different cultures and generations - collide in a way which could change them forever.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • YOURE NOT LISTENING : What your're Missing and Why it Matters
    YOURE NOT LISTENING : What your're Missing and Why it Matters
    MURPHY KATE
    ISBN: 9781787300965
    Title: YOURE NOT LISTENING : What your're Missing and Why it Matters
    Author: MURPHY KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When was the last time you listened to someone, or someone really listened to you?

    This life-changing book will transform your conversations forever

    As a society, we've forgotten how to listen. Modern life is noisy and frenetic, and technology provides constant distraction. So we tune things out or listen selectively - even to those we love most. We've become scared of other people's points of view, and of silence.

    Now more than ever, we need to listen to those around us. New York Times contributor Kate Murphy draws on countless conversations she has had with everyone from priests to CIA interrogators, focus group moderators to bartenders, her great-great aunt to her friend's toddler, to show how only by listening well can we truly connect with others.

    Listening is about curiosity and patience - about asking the right questions in the right way. Improvisational comedians and con men are much better at it than most of us. And the cleverest people can be the worst at it. Listening has the potential to transform our relationships and our working lives, improve our self-knowledge, and increase our creativity and happiness. While it may take some effort, it's a skill that can be learnt and perfected.

    When all we crave is to understand and be understood, You're Not Listening shows us how.


    Imprint: Harvill Secker
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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