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"La la la . . . la."

A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. . . 

She has been heard. At last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

Kate DiCamillo, author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, is appearing at Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains, NY on October 13th at 6pm at an event sponsored by our friends at Oblong Books & Music. Her newest book is La La La: A Story of Hope. 

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Tom Schachtman will be at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT tonight to read from and discuss his new book, How the French Saved AmericaThe White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library

Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America.

To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. 

Alexandra Silber is an actress and singer who starred most recently as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She earlier played Hodel in the same show in London’s West End. She has now written – After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof - that imagines what happens to the characters of the musical after the curtain falls.

Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries—both personal and political—attempting to keep them apart at all costs.

Silber will be talking about and signing her book on Wednesday at 6PM at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck. 

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, his latest is House of Names. The book is his reimagining of one of the most famous Greek tragedies – the stories of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigeneia, Electra, and Orestes.

   Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber (event in Rhinebeck, Weds, 7/19, 6pm)
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
American Fire by Monica Hesse
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite
The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

  Best-selling historian Nathaniel Philbrick once again takes readers deep into the American Revolution, leading them into battles and illuminating the players on the field and behind the scenes.

His latest - Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution - is a complex, controversial, and dramatic portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation. 

  

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, illustrated  by Christopher Silas Neal
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Oblong Will have a Poetry Reading in Rhinebeck on Thursday.

In The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, naturalist Leslie Sharpe trains her eye and narrative gifts on these and other New York wildlife through her tales of close observations as a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills.

The Quarry Fox is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since John Burroughs invented the genre of nature-writing, in which Sharpe weaves her experiences with the seasons, plants, and creatures with the natural history of each organism, revealing their sensitivity to and resilience against the splendor and cruelty of Nature.

The Quarry Fox is a celebration of the natural world and our place in it. Leslie Sharpe will be giving a presentation, Q&A and book-signing at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York tonight at 6PM. 

Read any history of New York City and you will read about men. You will read about men who were political leaders and men who were activists and cultural tastemakers. These men have been lauded for generations for creating the most exciting and influential city in the world.

But that's not the whole story.

The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world.

Julie Scelfo will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck on March 1.

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe
Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman (event in Rhinebeck Saturday 2/25, 6pm)
The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo (event in Rhinebeck Wednesday 3/1, 6pm)
Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz & Amy Shrodes, illustrated by Sue Cornelison
Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (book signing in Rhinebeck, 12/10 from 2-3:30)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Doll People's Christmas by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (event in Rhinebeck, 12/3 at 3pm)
Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski
Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Garry Trudeau, the iconic cartoonist who created Doonesbury and has been skewering our political lives for over four decades has also worked in theater and television.

In an event last night, presented by Oblong Books and Music at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, we spoke with Trudeau about his career, politics, and his new book is Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, writer, activist, and photographer.

In his new book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he shares real life stories of late-night parties; backstage anecdotes; cross-country road-trips with his dog, Honey; and poignant memories of his life, loves, family, fellow actors, and friends. 

  In June of 2012, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, began airing twice-monthly podcasts, hoping to be heard by anyone outside their close circles.

By the anniversary show a year later, the fan base had exploded, vaulting the podcast into the #1 spot on iTunes. Since then, its popularity has grown by epic proportions, hitting more than 100 million downloads, expanding to a successful live international touring stage show, a New York Times bestselling novel, and a podcast network: Night Vale Presents.

Now, for the first time, the first two seasons of Welcome to Night Vale are available as books. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will talk about the books and the podcast in an event emceed by Meg Bashwiner at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY presented by Oblong Books on Thursday, September 15th at 6 p.m.

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
Departure by A.G. Riddle
Dragonfish by Vu Tran
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books & Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons
Shrill by Lindy West
Just Life by Neil Abramson (event in Rhinebeck Thurs 6/2, 6pm)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma (event in Rhinebeck, Tues 4/5, 6pm)

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
River Road by Carol Goodman (event Tues 1/19, 6pm, Rhinebeck)
The Apple Family by Richard Nelson
Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (book group at Oblong Rhinebeck in Feb & March)
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson 

   Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Welcome to the Museum: Historium by Jo Nelson & Richard Wilkinson
The Wonder Garden by Kristjana Williams & Jenny Broom
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting
Cabin Porn collected by Beaver Brook
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew DeGraff
Map: Exploring the World by Victoria Clarke
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, and Future by Lauren Redniss
Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck (two events: at White Hart Inn in Salisbury on Thursday, 9/17, and at Oblong Rhinebeck on Saturday, 9/19, 7pm)
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton
George by Alex Gino (event at Oblong Rhinebeck with Alex & editor David Levithan on Saturday, 9/19, 4pm)
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (event at The Mahaiwe on Sunday, 9/20, 3pm)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (event with Rebecca Stead at Oblong Rhinebeck on Saturday, 9/26 at 2pm)

  Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition is the first publication of Whitman’s original Civil War poetry collection since the bard himself published Drum-Taps over 150 years ago. Many of the poems in Drum-Taps eventually found their way into Leaves of Grass.

Lawrence Kramer is an English professor and musicologist at Fordham University and is especially interested in the sonic elements of Whitman’s poetry. He has set several of Whitman’s poems to music and has a unique perspective on this great American poet’s work as a result.

Prof. Kramer will be reading from and speaking about Drum-Taps at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY on Wednesday, August 5th.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
The Fold by Peter Clines

  Vassar grad Sophie McManus' sharply written, funny and heart-breaking debut The Unfortunates, is a story of inheritance, influence, class and power.

She will read from a sign the book at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY tonight at 7p.m.

  She is called in book circles - the reigning queen of the summer beach book -- Elin Hilderbrand -- is coming to Oblong Books and Music on Thursday, June 25, to talk about her new novel, The Rumor.

The longtime Nantucket resident has set all of her books on that beautiful Massachusetts island, and her annual June publication date has made her a beach-bag perennial since 2000. Hilderbrand has found a whole world in her restricted setting, covering everything from the complexities of running a successful resort restaurant, to the ways that summer beach vacations change as families grow apart.

The 15th Hilderbrand novel, "The Rumor" follows the relationship between blocked writer Madeline King and her best friend Grace, who is spending a summer transforming her garden with the help of a handsome landscape architect.

    

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me by David Gates (event at Oblong Rhinebeck, Tuesday, 5/19, 7pm)
The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

  When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche
Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer (event at Rhinebeck store Saturday, 4/11, 7pm)
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
The Keepers: The Box & the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)

    

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman (event Sunday, 1/25, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson (event Saturday, 1/24, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (event Saturday, 2/21, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Descent by Tim Johnston
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton
101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illlustrated by Roz Chast
Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs. by Henry Carroll
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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