“Sprout is a hen forced to live out her days in captivity on an industrial egg farm. More than anything, she longs for the freedom to hatch a baby chic of her own and is heartbroken when each morning, she must give up her eggs to the farmer’s wife. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang is a uniquely simple and moving story that explores ideas of parenthood, self-sacrifice, friendship, belonging, and, ultimately, what it means to confront one’s own mortality.” A Penguin Original, on sale November 26, 2013.
“Thirty-five-year-old American social media master Vanessa Roberts lives her thoroughly modern life with aplomb. So when her elderly Jane Austen–centric aunt needs her to take on the public relations for Julian Chancellor, a very private man from England who’s written a book called My Year as Mr. Darcy, Vanessa agrees. But she’s not “excessively diverted,” as Jane Austen would say.
Hardbound books, teacups, and quill pens fly in the face of her e-reader, coffee, and smartphone…”
Undressing Mr. Darcy is from Penguin.
“Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the frozen lake is the shadowy outline of a body—a man she knows.
A lurid news story goes viral, throwing suspicion on one of Troy’s housemates. Troy is assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who turns out to be the son of a wealthy Connecticut family playing at a blue-collar life in this Adirondack village. As Troy digs deeper into his life and mysterious death—working with his bereaved sister, reclusive girlfriend, and helpful neighbor—a string of incidents makes it clear someone doesn’t want the investigation to continue.
What Troy discovers threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns, and she must decide which family secrets should be exposed, and how far her own loyalty can reach.”
A Cold and Lonely Place is from Random House.
“A well-designed Swedish room, whether an antique-filled country home or a contemporary industrial loft space, has a calm and feel-good quality that literally permeates the atmosphere. Reflections on Swedish Interiors pulls the reader deep into Scandinavian design, full of brilliant pictures that give Swedish Interior new perspective.”
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