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Mar 28, 2018 Random Notes

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Who better to give book recommendations than the bookish experts? Penguin Random House employees are sharing their favorite reads every month. Browse below!

 

Kathryn, Marketing Coordinator 

Kathryn can always be found with a book (or four) in her bag. She’s on a perpetual quest to find the best dumplings NYC has to offer, enjoys wearing every shade of black, and commutes to read on the subway.

 

 

Mar 28, 2018 Random Notes

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Who better to give book recommendations than the bookish experts? Penguin Random House employees are sharing their favorite reads every month.

Liz, Social Media Manager

When she’s not tweeting, pinning, or posting about all things literary, Liz can be found in a museum, at a play, or stuck on the Second Avenue Subway.

 

Mar 28, 2018 Random Notes

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Who better to give book recommendations than the bookish experts? Penguin Random House employees are sharing their favorite reads every month.

Amy, Marketing Manager

Amy reads excellent books and watches terrible movies. In her free time, you can find her biking around Brooklyn, lolling in a park, or wandering a museum. 

 

Mar 26, 2018 Blog

Penguin Random House mourns the loss of author, Philip Kerr, who died on Friday, March 23 in London after an eight-month battle with cancer. He is one of most distinguished modern thriller writers, known best for his Bernie Gunther novels. His debut novel, March Violets, was published over 30 years ago and introduced the character as a sardonic, hard-drinking detective tackling the dark depths of Nazi and post-war era Germany.

Several of Kerr’s Gunther novels became instant bestsellers upon publication, including six New York Times bestsellers and five USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. In addition, Kerr has received several award nominations and honors. He was a three-time nominee for an Edgar Award for Best Novel, a Shamus Award nominee, and a winner of both a Barry Award and the British Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. In early 2018, his novel Prussian Blue was also nominated for a Barry Award for Best Novel. His books have been published in thirty-seven territories. 

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1956, Kerr studied at the University of Birmingham. Following university, Kerr worked as a copywriter for several advertising agencies. In addition to his Bernie Gunther novels, Kerr wrote two nonfiction books, fifteen adult novels, and ten children’s fiction books. He is admired by many, and a growing list of high-profile personalities, impressive critics and fellow writers including Lee Child, Tom Hanks, and Nick Rennison, continue to share their love for Kerr and his Bernie Gunther novels.

His most recent novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts, will be published in April 2018. Browse more of Philip Kerr’s works here.

Mar 23, 2018 Blog

Read it Forward is pleased to introduce Read it Forward Book Recs, a chatbot that quickly and intelligently recommends your next great read via a conversational interface.

The bot can be accessed via RIF’s Facebook page on desktop or mobile. Once launched (via the Send Message button on RIF’s Facebook page Book-Recon desktop or by searching Read it Forward in your Messenger app on mobile), you can select several different pathways to finding your next book: Author I Like; Book I Like; Genre I Like; Surprise Me; Bestsellers; and Award Winners. After a series of additional questions designed to further narrow the selections, you are then presented with up to 18 book recommendations matching your interests. In certain instances, you are able to drill down even further into the themes of specific books or, in the case of the “Surprise Me” button, you can take a quicker path that serendipitously serves up books at random. Once you have received a set of recommendations, you are invited to look at a summary of the book, learn more about it on PRH.com, add the book to a Goodreads shelf, and share the recommendation with a friend. After the first interaction, the bot will ping you to remind you to continue discovering great books and also to encourage you to share the bot with friends. And if you choose to opt into formal notifications, you can also receive alerts when authors you like are releasing a new book, learn about author appearances in your area, and other relevant book-centric information.

Now it’s your turn! Click here to launch the chatbot and please let us know what you think. Questions, comments and any troubleshooting requests can be sent to Chatbot@Readitforward.com.

Mar 20, 2018 Blog

We all have book characters we love. Here are five that we love so much, we had to make stop-motion tributes. WARNING: some spoilers if you haven’t read the book!

 

1) Claire Fraser (Outlander): Time-traveling British combat nurse, sassy Sassenach, and so much more.

 

2) Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice): Sensitive sister, brainy bookworm, and all-around awesome independent woman.


 

3) Daenerys Targaryen (A Game of Thrones): AKA Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, and Breaker of Chains.


 

4) Mark Watney (The Martian): Why do we love astronaut Mark Watney? Hint: it’s more than just the form-fitting spacesuit.


 

5) Wade Watts (Ready Player One): Geeky, 80’s-loving, heroic, and often virtually simulated.

Mar 14, 2018 Blog

We’re excited to announce that Markus Zusak’s new novel, Bridge of Clay, will be published October 19, 2018. This breathtaking story follows five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

Markus Zusak is the masterful storyteller behind the extraordinary bestseller The Book Thief, which remains one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Find out more and pre-order your copy at bridgeofclaybook.com.

Feb 26, 2018 Blog

We’re happy to announce that Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, will be published November 13, 2018.

In Becoming, Michelle Obama reflects and recounts the  experiences that have shaped her. From her Chicago upbringing, her time at the White House, and her role as mother and First Lady of the United States, she tells her personal story with wit and honesty. As First Lady, Michelle Obama was known for her powerful advocacy for women and girls, her health initiatives, and her leadership in creating one of the most inclusive White Houses in history.

Said Mrs. Obama, “Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life. In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.”

At the time of publication, Mrs. Obama will embark on a U.S. and international book tour. Information about the book is available to consumers at www.becomingmichelleobama.com.

Becoming will be published by Crown Publishing Group and available in 24 languages worldwide. Penguin Random House will donate one million books in the Obama’s family’s name to First Book, a nonprofit which provides new books to children in need in the U.S. and Canada.

Feb 12, 2018 Random Notes

 Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic partner, a best bud, or with the greatest love of your life (you!), we’ve got you covered.  Winc wine delivery club has chosen some  great book and wine pairings to cuddle up with. 

For example…

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Emma: Jane Austen said, “It’s such a happiness when good people get together.” So, grab your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and snuggle up with Austen’s classic, Emma, a sparkling comedy of love and marriage. Nothing delights Emma Woodhouse more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. And we bet nothing with delight you more than curling up with this witty, charming novel and an equally complex and delicious wine, like The Independent Zinfandel.

See all the wine and book pairings here!

Jan 31, 2018 Blog

This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Chinua Achebe’s classic, Things Fall Apart. The novel, first published in 1958,  has been translated into 57 languages and has sold over 20 million copies.

Things Fall Apart is the first book from The African Trilogy which tells the story of modern Nigeria over three generations, from first colonial contact to urban migration.

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigerian novelist and poet who is admired as the father of modern African literature. He taught at Brown University and Bard College and was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award and the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

Toni Morrison spoke of his writings, “African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.”

 

Browse all the books included in The African Trilogy below:

 

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