Saturday, February 2, 2013

Compulsively Readable from McSweeney's

The Expeditioners
by S. S. Taylor

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—the Expeditioners—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.

For any book clubs, or stores, classroom teachers, school librarians, parents, anyone interested in ordering The Expeditioners in quantities of 5-or-more at a time, we will cut you this newsletter-specific wholesale deal. Five books for $50 and we'll cover shipping (as long as you're in the US). Just email Sam Riley.

A Winter 2012–13 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick!

"Full of kid power, clues, codes and maps, this will appeal to sophisticated readers who appreciate their adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness."
Kirkus Reviews

“Nifty gadgets, moments of moderate terror, and high stakes... Roy’s playful illustrations have an adventurous, Jonny Quest flair.”
Publishers Weekly


City of Rivers
by Zubair Ahmed

We used to play soccer in the monsoon rains.
Through my windows, I can see acres of fields,
Lying in the ruins of the wind.

The poems in City of Rivers—the first full-length collection from twenty-three-year-old wunderkind Zubair Ahmed—are clear and cool as a glass of water. Grounded in his childhood in Bangladesh, Ahmed’s spare, evocative poems cast a knowing eye on the wider world, telling us what it’s like to be displaced and replaced, relocated and dislocated. His poems are suffused with a graceful, mysterious pathos—and also with joy, humor, and longing—with the full range of human emotions. City of Rivers is a remarkable and precocious debut.

“I would follow this poet down any hallway in the world.” —Matthew Dickman



Hot Pink (now in paperback!)
by Adam Levin

Adam Levin’s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed-about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone).

Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels. Told with lust and affection, karate and tenderness, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart, Hot Pink is the work of a major talent in his sharpest form.

You can read the McSweeney's Books Preview of Hot Pink, featuring the short story "RSVP," right here. And don’t neglect Adam’s interview with porn star with Kayden Kross, if you missed it!

"Hot Pink is about how love—family love, romantic love, love between friends—turns us into people we never thought we’d become. Today you’re one person, tomorrow—enter love, and all bets are off. You could turn out to be anybody... there’s an exuberance here that is absent from safer and too often soulless collections."
—The New York Times Book Review

"Wacky, slapstick, and fully charming."
Interview Magazine

"Extraordinary and bizarre."
Chicago Sun-Times