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'The Perfect Literary Entrée'

You are what you eat — or at least what you read. And zoologist Bill Schutt's new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History, ensures you will be fully nourished. Scientific American certainly knew that when it dubbed the book "the perfect literary entrée." Full of wit and wisdom, Cannibalism debunks the myths around this taboo subject with cutting-edge science and Bill's personal investigation. “Cannibalism is a jolly book, written in a breezy style, but the research behind it is impressive." —Sy Montgomery, The New York Times Book Review.

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'Hi. I'm John Waters. And I like to Make Trouble.'

The one-and-only John Waters has a message for us all, especially anyone who will be graduating soon: It's your turn to Make Trouble! Watch this video of John's inspiring call to action (salty language and all!). And then click here to pre-order a copy of his Make Trouble manifesto for grads or anyone rad.


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#PaperbackThursday
 
Here's just the thing to get you from Hump Day to T.G.I.F.: it's Paperback Thursday! We're choosing paperback books to feature every week, spotlighting favorites new and not as new. We've started with some of Algonquin's most recent paperback editions — We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge, The Good Negress by A.J. Verdelle, Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington and The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro — and we'll keep picking our beloved reads, from the Algonquin bookshelves, our personal collections and yours.

Every Thursday, tell us what paperback you're reading or thinking of reading. Find the #PaperbackThursday posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Algonquin Books Blog to share your favorites. Then we'll feature your picks in our #PaperbackThursday posts.


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Dust Bowl Girls: They Persisted

As the #ShePersisted hashtag swept social media recently, we couldn't help but think of the women of the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals. Juanita "Bo-Peep" Park, Doll Harris and their teammates barnstormed the country at the height of the Great Depression, winning every game and becoming inspirational heroes and pioneering female athletes. "I thought of these women as real live superheroes," said Lydia Reeder, author of Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory.

They practiced every morning at 4 a.m. in a freezing cold gym. They drove and pushed their own team bus. They sang for the sponsorship (literally) and endured countless travails —  including beauty contests —  men's teams could not imagine. They persisted, and their story will inspire you.
 
'Would I Ever Date Anyone Again?'

Sometimes a novel springs from a conversation with your spouse. That's what happened for Tom McAllister with his debut novel, The Young Widower's Handbook. And if that strikes you as a strange title for a book he conceived over dinner with his wife, just wait — it was their anniversary, too. This is how Tom remembers their talk:

Soon, we were discussing how I would handle it if she died suddenly. Would I still talk to her family? Would I sell the house and move a thousand miles away? Would I ever date anyone again? Would I even leave the house?  Would I completely collapse (this was my prediction)? Would I eventually find some way to rebuild a decent life? Friends are sometimes horrified to hear that we used this occasion, of all occasions, to talk about my hypothetical life as a widower. But it’s not like I was plotting her murder. It’s not like I was looking for an escape hatch. We were a little drunk and we were in love and we were capable of talking like adults about sad things.

And here's the best part: The result is a novel full of "vivid romantic reminiscences and startling humor make McAllister's debut novel rather life-affirming," according to Harper's Bazaar.
The Story behind The Second Mrs. Hockaday

When author Susan Rivers came across the summary of an 1865 inquest in the tiny History Room of her local library in South Carolina, she knew she simply had to write this story, the story that would become her debut novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday. "I gathered up my things and ran home from the library with the voice of a fictional soldier’s wife, the second Mrs. Hockaday, already telling me her story...The longer I spent time with Placidia Hockaday...the more I felt I was closing in on the secret concealed at the heart of her dilemma," Susan explained.

Find out the secret for yourself in the novel People called "suspenseful and satisfying."

Read more about Susan's inspiration for writing The Second Mrs. Hockaday>>


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