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It’s the summer of the drought, but thirteen-year-old Peter “Nemo” Grady has bigger problems on his mind than the weather. He hates his new home in the exclusive golf club community Willow Creek Landing. His parents are always fighting and he can’t escape the memory of his last seizure—when he flopped around the gymnasium floor like a fish out of water—earning him his dreaded nickname. To top it all off, Peter has no friends, but he receives plenty of unsolicited attention from Chipper, the boy scout super-bully who also happens to be a resident of Willow Creek. His only companion is his little sister, CJ, who thinks she is Wonder Woman. Peter is all too aware that you don’t need rain in the forecast to have dark clouds overhead. Things change when he meets his new neighbor, the mysterious Joshua, who predicts the drought will end with a storm of biblical proportions. Peter looks to his visiting, wheelchair-bound Uncle Herb, and his neighbors, Mr. James and Mr. Terry, for guidance as Josh prepares for imminent doom. With each passing day, Peter realizes that sooner or later he will have to rely on the strength of the lamest, most jelly-weak individual he knows—himself.
Bobby Sullivan is one of the cofounders of Akashic Books.Sullivan toured throughout North America and Europe in the 1980s as the frontman of Soulside (which also features Akashic publisher Johnny Temple on bass).Sullivan has been politically active for decades with a variety of organizations including Food Not Bombs, etc.
Includes brand-new stories by: Jason Y. Ng, Xu Xi, Marshall Moore, Brittani Sonnenberg, Tiffany Hawk, James Tam, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, Christina Liang, Feng Chi-shun, Charles Philipp Martin, Shannon Young, Shen Jian, Carmen Suen, and Ysabelle Cheung.The following contributors are based domestically: Charles Philipp Martin (Seattle, WA), Carmen Suen (New York, NY), and Xu Xi (splits time between New York, NY and Hong Kong). Coeditor Jason Y Ng. is a Hong Kong native and best-selling author still based in Hong Kong.Coeditor Susan Blumberg-Kason is an American who spent most of the 1990s in Hong Kong, leaving when Hong Kong was returned to China.Blumberg-Kason has numerous contacts in media in the US as well as Hong Kong/China, including high profile outlets including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, NPR Chicago, ABC TV News Chicago, Hong Kong Review of Books, South China Morning Post, etc. Several of the contributors also have very strong media ties, including: Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, GQ.com, Time, the Guardian, Free Press Hong Kong, TimeOut Hong Kong, etc.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
«Vancouver Noir is an excellent anthology that would appeal to short-story fans of all types--even those who don’t read the genre on a regular basis…Like the earlier volumes Toronto Noir and Montreal Noir, the new anthology serves as a fantastic introduction for those unfamiliar with the genre and a reminder that Canada, bursting with amazing writers, is one of the strongest countries for crime writing in the world.»--Quill & Quire, Starred review“The rain-soaked Pacific Northwest may not be a tradition setting for 'noir' but with a city in flux, like Vancouver, there's no shortage of incisive, mysterious, violent stories, touching on the city's housing crisis, its thriving movie industry, and many more mysteries. Contributors include Nathan Ripley, Sheena Kamal, and the collection's editor, Sam Wiebe. This is the perfect balance of captivating page-turners and hard-hitting social noirs.”--CrimeReads“Despite its rainy weather, Vancouver has a sunny disposition: diverse, optimistic, welcoming. But editor Wiebe maintains that it has its share of urban troubles: poverty, drugs, violence. Gentrification may make Vancouver's crime look a little less gritty, but it's just as corrosive…Given the book's mix of wily pros, moody misfits, bewildered bystanders, and a touch of the supernatural, Wiebe makes a strong case that as far as crime is concerned, Vancouver is 'a city like any other.'"--Kirkus Reviews“Weibe and the 13 other mostly Canadian contributors to this solid anthology expose the seedy underbelly that belies the Vancouver known to tourists and fans of the many films shot in Hollywood North…Noir aficionados will find plenty to like.”--Publishers WeeklyAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Following the success of Montreal Noir and Toronto Noir, the Noir Series travels to the west coast of Canada.Brand-new stories by: Linda L. Richards, Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Robin Spano, Carleigh Baker, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Nathan Ripley, Yasuko Thanh, Kristi Charish, Don English, Nick Mamatas, S.G. Wong, and R.M. Greenaway.From the introduction by Sam Wiebe:You might wonder what shadows could exist in Vancouver, rain-spattered jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Nestled between the US border and the Coast Mountains, the city's postcard charms are familiar, even to those who’ve never been here, thanks to the films and TV shows shot in Hollywood North: The X-Files and Deadpool, Rumble in the Bronx and Jason Takes Manhattan. Vancouver is the so-called City of Glass. A nice place, in any case, and much too nice for noir.Looked at from afar, Vancouver may seem idyllic. But living here is different--cold and baffling and occasionally hostile. While outsiders focus on high-test BC bud, locals see a heroin crisis: Vancouver is home to the first legalized safe-injection site in North America, now heavily taxed by overdoses resulting from street drugs cut with fentanyl. It's ground zero for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, a nationwide catastrophe involving the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of marginalized women. Money and status trample culture and community…If Vancouver is a City of Glass, that glass is underneath our feet.
“Murray's lucid meditations and living-in-the-moment attitude--e.g., providing simple pleasures like a favorite food to a sick child--serve as useful reminders to all of us that life is precious and fleeting and must be enjoyed to the fullest. It's a simple message but an important one. As much a eulogy to Chan as a testament to the joy of life, the book is a heartwarming tale of dealing with life-altering loss…A tender, love-filled story of how one woman dealt with the loss of a young child.”--Kirkus Reviews«Now You See the Sky is singular--as wise, beautiful, and elegiac as it is specific and in-the-moment. It's a rare memoir in that it gives the impression that time can be stopped. There are images in here, gestures of love, and its hard conversations, that a reader will remember forever.”--Rick Bass, author of For a Little While«Powerful! More than an intimate and heartbreaking story of parenting a child with leukemia, Now You See the Sky is a lesson in accepting the raw uncertainties of life. Murray gives the reader the gift of her hard-won fortitude and compassion to carry as our own.”--Melissa Coleman, author of This Life Is in Your Hands«Now You See the Sky might be set in Thailand but even after only a few pages this gorgeous debut memoir is located firmly in the reader's heart. I thank and applaud Catharine H. Murray for the openness, honesty, and beauty with which she tells this ungilded story of a mother's love for a dying child. An essential recommendation for those living with loss.”--Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of This Is Paradise«Catharine H. Murray’s Now You See the Sky is a deeply powerful, brave story about the kind of loss no parent ever wants to imagine. Set in an Eastern culture that embraces and honors that unimaginable loss, this stunning book will open the eyes and hearts of its readers to a different and soul-sustaining way of coping with the death of a beloved child.”--Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s StoryNow You See the Sky is a memoir about love, motherhood, and loss. When Catharine H. Murray travels to a small town on the banks of the Mekong River to work at a refugee camp, she falls in love and marries a local man with whom she has three sons. When their middle son is diagnosed with cancer at age five, their pursuit of a cure takes them from Thailand to Seattle, before they eventually return to Thailand, settling on a remote mountaintop. Full of honesty and grace, Now You See the Sky--the debut selection in Ann Hood's new Gracie Belle imprint--allows the reader to witness the fathomless loss of a beloved child and learn how tragedy can transform us, expand our vision, and make us more fully alive.
“Instead of crashing and burning, Bateman has found a life outside the maelstrom, ably described in this sharp, take-no-prisoners book.”--Kirkus Reviews“Razor-sharp…Rarely has anyone written so honestly about the experience of being famous. In the interest of better understanding the figures we claim to know and love, Bateman's book is a must-read.”--Booklist“Bateman delivers a blisteringly honest analysis of fame and her years in and out of the spotlight…Bateman's impassioned narrative points out to those who relentlessly seek fame that rather than a blessing, it can be a curse.”--Publishers Weekly«Justine Bateman was famous before selfies replaced autographs, and bags of fan mail gave way to Twitter shitstorms. And here's the good news: she took notes along the way. Justine steps through the looking glass of her own celebrity, shatters it, and pieces together, beyond the shards and splinters, a reflection of her true self. The transformation is breathtaking. Revelatory and raucous, fascinating and frightening, Fame is a hell of a ride.”--Michael J. Fox, actor, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future“If you've ever dreamed of being famous someday, you need to read this book. If you've ever called a celebrity, a 'has-been' or a 'flash in the pan' on social media, then you really need to read this book. Justine Bateman has crafted the most compelling and comprehensive treatise on the nature of fame that you're ever likely to read. Through a fearless act of self-examination, which she conducts with the scientific detachment of an anthropologist, Bateman illuminates both the short- and long-term effects of attempting to navigate the labyrinth of celebrity.”--Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One“Justine Bateman, in a voice both empathetic and take-no-prisoners, has produced a fascinating look at the psychology of present-day fame. She traces its roots down to humble beginnings in the injured psyche of every human, hoping to find a cure for what ails us all. In these early, heady days of the ascension of social media, in which everyone seems able to fulfill the Warholian dictum of fifteen minutes, Bateman casts a sober, never overly serious eye on today's media landscape and emerges without cynicism on the hard-won side of love and acceptance.”--David Duchovny, actor, author of Miss SubwaysEntertainment shows, magazines, websites, and other channels continuously report the latest sightings, heartbreaks, and triumphs of the famous to a seemingly insatiable public. Millions of people go to enormous lengths to achieve Fame. Fame is woven into our lives in ways that may have been unimaginable in years past.And yet, is Fame even real? Contrary to tangible realities, Fame is one of those “realities” that we, as a society, have made. Why is that and what is it about Fame that drives us to spend so much time, money, and focus to create the framework that maintains its health?Mining decades of experience, writer, director, producer, and actress Justine Bateman writes a visceral, intimate look at the experience of Fame. Combining the internal reality-shift of the famous, theories on the public's behavior at each stage of a famous person's career, and the experiences of other famous performers, Bateman takes the reader inside and outside the emotions of Fame. The book includes twenty-four color photographs to highlight her analysis.
Loewenstein's debut novel, Unmentionables, was the first release on our Kaylie Jones Books imprint and did very well for us.Imprint curator Kaylie Jones, a successful writer, will help in the promotion. So the book essentially has two authors working full-time to promote alongside Akashic.Similar to Unmentionables and Barbara J. Taylor's debut Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, the book has great regional potential; the novel is set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era (mid-1930s).Loewenstein proved highly effective in promoting her debut and we will rely on her again to do events in bookstores, libraries, historical societies, etc.Unmentionables was a MIBA Midwest Connections pick and received a starred Library Journal review.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter spring in two consecutive Olympic Games--1964 and 1968.Tigerbelle includes a foreword by MSNBC TV host Joy Read and an afterword by the imprint's curator Dave Zirin.Like the film Hidden Figures, Tigerbelle tells an important and inspiring story that has not, until now, been told. The experience of black women athletes has been neglected by sports writers and sports historians for as long as women have competed, much to the detriment of each successive generation of black female athletes. Tyus's memoir represents an important interruption of this trend, not only filling a gap in the record but also providing inspiration for the athletes of today. Tyus dedicated her Olympic gold medal to 1968 protestors, John Carlos and Tommie Smith.With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the current “taking the knee” protests by athletes across the country, Tyus's story couldn't be more timely.Tyus was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. Tyus's hometown, Griffin, Georgia, named a park in her honor, Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park.Tyus is a founding member of the Women's Sports Foundation and she continues to advocate women's equality in sports to this day.This is the fourth release in Dave Zirin's Edge of Sports imprint, following on the success, most notably, of Chasing Water by Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides and Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Jessica Luther.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
Praise for the Changers series:«Changers should appeal to a broad demographic. Teenagers, after all, are the world’s leading experts on trying on, and then promptly discarding, new identities.»--New York Times Book Review“Fantastic and poignant.”--John GreenWhen we left Kim Cruz in Changers Book Three, she'd just come out to her best friend. In Changers Book Four: Forever, Kim discovers that this is only one small part of understanding who she is and where she belongs. Soon enough, she changes again, into the body and social status of her dreams. What she does with her newfound power will come to haunt her. In this final installment of the provocative Changers series, our hero learns what it means to be the person everybody loves without actually being known at all; what it's like to be given the benefit of the doubt when you don't deserve it; and how easily opportunity comes when you look the part. Changers Book Four explores what it means to find yourself--even as your self keeps changing--and how in the end we become the person whose story we want to finish.
“An engrossing novel that truly is a praise song for survivors everywhere.”--Kirkus Reviews“This harrowing yet compelling tale is not for the faint of heart but does promise redemption in the most trying of circumstances.”--Booklist«On the heels of her American Book Award- and NAACP Image Award-winning novel The Book of Harlan, McFadden's 10th novel, Praise Song for the Butterflies, gives us the story of Abeo, a privileged 9-year-old girl in West Africa who is sacrified by her family into a brutal life of ritual servitude to atone for the father's sins. Fifteen years later, Abeo is freed and must learn how to heal and live again. A difficult stor that, according to Kirkus, McFadden takes on with 'riveting prose' that 'keeps the reader turning pages.'"--The Millions, included in Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2018 Book Preview“A tale set in [West Africa], where a girl is given up by her family, endures a very hard life, and, once set free, must find a way to heal and live forward.”--Philadelphia Inquirer, Included in Must-Read Books for Summer 2018«Recent favorites [at Mahogany Books in Washington, DC] include…award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden's forthcoming Praise Song for the Butterflies, about a nine-year-old West African girl sacrified into religious servitude.”--Vanity Fair, included in a feature on Mahogany BooksIncluded in BookRiot's “22 Upcoming Releases by Authors of Color Featured at BEA”“Abeo is unrelenting--a fiery protagonist who sparks in every scene. Bernice L. McFadden has created yet another compelling story, this time about hope and freedom.”--Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the SunPraise for the previous works of Bernice L. McFadden:“McFadden works a kind of miracle--not only do her characters retain their appealing humanity; their story eclipses the bonds of history to offer continuous surprises…Beautiful and evocative.”--Jesmyn Ward, New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice), on Gathering of Waters“Simply miraculous.”--Washington Post on The Book of HarlanAbeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the fifteen years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again.In the tradition of Chris Cleave's Little Bee, this novel is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa. Spanning decades and two continents, Praise Song for the Butterflies will break your heart and then heal it.
“Simultaneously odd and intriguing.”--Kirkus ReviewsThe Kaleidoscope Sisters is a debut novel hinging on the indomitable spirit of young women. It centers on fifteen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister, Riley, who is dying from a degenerative heart defect. As the novel opens, Riley is weeks away from her seventh birthday, and her decline is obvious. Years in and out of hospitals have left the family with no support system, but Quinn is determined to save her younger sister. In her quest, Quinn discovers a portal to another realm peppered with characters based in history, all of whom disappeared mysteriously. Aiding Quinn throughout her journey in the Other Realm is Meelie. Quinn learns that a new heart for Riley can be harvested in the Other Realm, but not without sacrifice. While Meelie helps Quinn come to terms with an impossible decision, Quinn uncovers the truth about Meelie’s disappearance and why she never returned home. The book chronicles Quinn’s journey, focusing on the inevitability of loss and the realization that no matter what Quinn decides, her mother must lose one of her daughters.The Kaleidoscope Sisters is the second release in the Oddities Kaylie Jones Books series, an e-first line that focuses on unconventional, edgy, risk-taking novels that boldly defy the traditional forms and conventions of the literary novel, with a focus on YA, horror, and mystery.
“This anthology's status as perhaps the first collection of Iraqi crime fiction ever published makes it a landmark.”--Publishers WeeklyAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Now, one of the world's most war-torn cities is portrayed though a noir lens in this chilling story collection.Brand-new stories by: Sinan Antoon, Ali Bader, Mohammed Alwan Jabr, Nassif Falak, Dheya al-Khalidi, Hussain al-Mozany, Layla Qasrany, Hayet Raies, Muhsin al-Ramli, Ahmed Saadawi, Hadia Said, Salima Salih, Salar Abdoh, and Roy Scranton.From the introduction by Samuel Shimon:While all Iraqis will readily agree that their life has always been noir, the majority of the stories in Baghdad Noir are set in the years following the American invasion of 2003, though one story is set in 1950 and three are set in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet it is this recent history of Iraq--over the last few decades--that serves to inform its present…Cementing the destruction of Iraqi life was Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. But that was hardly the end of Iraq's noir story. In April 2003, the US invasion, though it precipitated the end of Saddam's dictatorial rule, killed off any possibility of a secular, modern Iraq once and for all.Taken as a whole, the stories in Baghdad Noir testify to the enduring resilience of the Iraqi spirit amid an ongoing, real-life milieu of despair that the literary form of noir can at best only approximate. Yet the contributions here manage to hold their own as individual stories, where the rich traditions of intersecting cultures transcend the immediate political reality--even while being simultaneously informed by it. Much like the diverse tapestry of cultures that join together on the banks of the Tigris to form the City of Peace, Baghdad Noir reveals that there's nothing monolithic or ordinary about the voices of its writers.
Yassin Adnan is a well-respected, award-winning Arabic poet, fiction writer, and journalistAdnan's debut novel, Hot Maroc, was long-listed for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (also known as the Arabic Booker).Adnan has hosted a weekly TV show for over ten years on Moroccan television.
Akashic will be promote the book to the trades and to Caribbean media.The title will be catalogued as already available with an July 2018 pub date.Featuring brand-new writing by: Tracy Assing (Trinidad and Tobago), Heather Barker (Barbados), Angela Barry (Bermuda), Cecil Browne (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Tammi Browne-Bannister (Antigua and Barbuda), Sabah Carrim (Mauritius), Damon Chua (Singapore), Marita Davies (Kiribati), Fetuolemoana Elisara (Samoa), Kendel Hippolyte (St Lucia), Erato Ioannou (Cyprus), Emma Kate Lewis (Malta), Karlo Mila (Tonga), Jacob Ross (Grenada), Melanie Schwapp (Jamaica), Mere Taito (Rotuma, Fiji), and Mikoyan Vekula (Niue). We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
Debut novel from a crossword setter for the Guardian (UK), Times of London, Spectator (UK)A brilliant, well-researched, and heartbreaking look at the effects of post-traumatic stress well before such a term existedWhile the novel is set in France in the late 1950s, the themes of PTSD on soldiers and the use and effectiveness of torture tactics in war is all too relevant to current political climateBoth historical and literary, but also will appeal to crime-fiction/mystery audiences (e.g., fans of Joseph Kanon) as it is a tightly plotted mystery throughoutStrong candidate for B&N Discover Great New Writers and Indies Introduce
“This is an inspiring take on the rock-band bio format, as much a political history of the 1980s as it is a look at an influential band in its final years.”--Publishers Weekly“When did the Clash quit being 'the only band that matters'? This fascinating book faces a challenge: documenting the final years of the British band that its record label had promoted with that slogan…The band may no longer have mattered, but its legacy mattered to the authors, who make it matter to the readers. More than a footnote to the rise and fall of one of the last great rock bands.”--Kirkus Reviews“Coverage is specialized, extending considerably beyond mere behind-the-scenes reportage and deeply explores the sociopolitical context in which the band operated; as such, the tone can be intense (read: punk) and professorial. In all, Andersen and Heibutzki's examination of the band's proletarian stance in light its commerical striving is immensely satisfying.”--Library Journal“The inside story of the last great British punk record.”--Jon Savage, author of England's Dreaming«We Are The Clash tells an important part of the story of both The Clash and punk rock. The repercussions of what went down politically both in the USA and UK back then are still very much felt today.”--Kosmo Vinyl, former manager of The Clash“At long last, The Clash's final incarnation has been definitively chronicled. Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki have brilliantly filled in the blanks of the 'Clash Mark II' era, including its eventual implosion. Beautifully constructed and brilliantly written…I was riveted, unable to put it down.”--The Baker, from the foreword«Smash your television and buy this book! We Are The Clash proves, once again, the importance of The Clash, even during their rarely discussed and most maligned period. Situated in the Reagan/Thatcher era, We Are The Clash illustrates why, when Reagan called women like my mom 'welfare queens,' I bought a ticket to see 'the only band that matters,' and then went on to start one of my own.”--Michelle Cruz Gonzales, author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band«The Clash are remembered as much for their blistering music as their gritty yet hopeful message to listeners worldwide. In this first serious look at The Clash's music and meaning, post–commercial success, the authors mix thoughtful reflection with grassroots political analysis in an effort to inspire a new generation of music fans and activists to Cut the Crap.”--Craig O’Hara, author of The Philosophy of Punk: More than Noise!The Clash was a paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive. We Are The Clash is a gripping tale of the band's struggle to reinvent itself as George Orwell's 1984 loomed. This bold campaign crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions, and rising right-wing power.While the world teetered on the edge of the nuclear abyss, British miners waged a life-or-death strike, and tens of thousands died from US guns in Central America, Clash cofounders Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, and Bernard Rhodes waged a desperate last stand after ejecting guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. The band shattered just as its controversial final album, Cut the Crap, was emerging.Andersen and Heibutzki weave together extensive archival research and in-depth original interviews with virtually all of the key players involved to tell a moving story of idealism undone by human frailty amid a climatic turning point for our world.
Tony Bellotto, as reflected in his bio, is a huge rock star in Brazil (his band has sold over 5 million records), as well as a best-selling novelistAll the stories are written in Brazilian Portuguese and translated to English by esteemed translator Clifford LandersThe Brazilian cultural bureau will help promote the book.
The editor, Chris Abani, is an award-winning novelist and poet (PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Award)Through his TED Talks, public speaking and essays Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibilityHe is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern UniversityHis previous works have been critically-acclaimed (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc.)His novel Graceland was a Today Show Book Club PickHe is the coeditor of the African Poetry Book Fund's annual New-Generation African Poets Box Sets (published by Akashic)
“Bright joins the ranks of Akashic editors to rip the lid off the California coastal town that's never seemed less laid-back.”--Kirkus Reviews“A few [stories] spotlight surfing, a few more feature psycho killers on the loose, and others offer magical overtones.”--Publishers WeeklyAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles Noir, San Francisco Noir, San Diego Noir, Orange County Noir, and Oakland Noir, this new volume further reveals the seedy underbelly of the Left Coast.Brand-new stories by: Tommy Moore, Jessica Breheny, Naomi Hirahara, Calvin McMillin, Liza Monroy, Elizabeth McKenzie, Jill Wolfson, Ariel Gore, Jon Bailiff, Maceo Montoya, Micah Perks, Seana Graham, Vinnie Hansen, Peggy Townsend, Margaret Elysia Garcia, Lou Mathews, Lee Quarnstrom, Dillon Kaiser, Beth Lisick, and Wallace Baine.From the introduction by Susie Bright:Every town has its noir-ville. It's easy to find in Santa Cruz. We live in what’s called “paradise,” where you can wake up in a pool of blood with the first pink rays of the sunrise peeking out over our mountain range. The dewy mist lifts from the bay. Don't hate us because we're beautiful--we were made that way, like Venus rising off the foam with a brick in her hand. We can't help it if you fall for it every time…“If I lived in a place like this,” visitors often say, “I'd wake up with a smile every day.”Oh, we do, thank you for that. There's no beauty like a merciless beauty--and like every crepuscular predator, she thrives at dawn and dusk. You're just the innocent we've been waiting for, with your big paper cone of sugar-shark cotton, whipped out of pure nothing. We have just the ride for you, the longest tunnel ever. Santa Cruz is everything you ever dreamed, and everything you ever screamed, in one long drop you'll never forget.
“The first book from diversity expert, philanthropist, and Accenture lead executive Gadsden-Williams incorporates both memoir and career guide…Hers is a realistic, pragmatic discussion of what it takes to make it in Fortune 500 companies, and in life.”--Booklist“In this memoir and guidebook, Gadsden-Williams interweaves the story of her life as a black female executive with research statistics and savvy career tips for minority women also seeking to occupy the 'C-Suite'…Always candid about the realities of corporate life, the author offers sound advice for minority women seeking advancement, recognition, and meaningful lives. Illuminating and useful.”--Kirkus Reviews«Michelle Gadsden-Williams has accomplished something rare for a black woman in America: maintained a successful corporate career at the highest level. Climb is the story of her journey to the top, and her generous effort to send the elevator back down for the rest of us.”--Tiffany Dufu, author of Drop the Ball«Gadsden-Williams has written a brilliant book that reveals how companies can leverage diversity as a competitive advantage in today's marketplace. With vivid stories from her twenty-five years [of experience], Climb is a book that will reframe HR into a powerful strategy function for twenty-first century organizations.”--John Gerzema, New York Times best-selling author of The Athena Doctrine“Gadsden-Williams has used her personal story of resiliency to provide invaluable insight into how to build a fulfilling life, not just a career. She pulls no punches when sharing her experiences as an African American woman determined to fulfill her dream to help others live up to their potential.”--Linda A. Hill, professor, Harvard Business School, and author of Being the Boss«Most organizations were not designed for women of color. [In Climb] Gadsden-Williams takes us on a journey of her career--the winding road of making tough career and family decisions, seeking out and shaping opportunities, and walking away when others thought she should stay. There is raw, sincere vulnerability displayed in this book…[and there] is also a call to action--intentionally shape your career and be an active partner in shaping the organizations you are a part of. Thank you for sharing your story! I am sure it will be an inspiration to its readers. Keep climbing!”--Katherine W. Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School“A frank memoir plus career guide, Michelle Gadsden-Williams shares personal stories of self-assurance, resilience, and bravery that serve as lessons for women in the workplace. This book is essential reading.”--Angela Rye, CEO, IMPACT StrategiesRenowned as a diversity and inclusion strategist, Gadsden-Williams held C-Suite positions at major organizations for many years…and then took the off-ramp to probe a different career path, launching Ceiling Breakers LLC, with the primary goal to help women and professionals of color reach their full potential. As a woman of color and corporate executive who has worked and traveled the world for several Fortune 500 companies--all while managing a chronic illness--she provides insight into overcoming the barriers facing professionals in today's workplace.In Climb, Gadsden-Williams combines her inspirational life story with pragmatic solutions to address problems facing women in corporate America, offering a professional playbook for tackling today's most pressing workplace issues.
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