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Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises By Lesley M. M. Blume Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544944435
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Mariner Books - May 16th, 2017

Armed with just a small amount of (his wife Hadley's) money and a huge reservoir of charisma and confidence, Ernest Hemingway arrived in Paris determined to become the breakthrough star of a modern generation of writers. Those who championed him, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, saw in his journalism-honed stories a glimmer of stylistic genius, and they aided his rise with their clout and money. And those without money and clout boosted Hemingway with their adoration and connections. And he cunningly took advantage of them all.

"Everybody Behaves Badly" chronicles the people and places behind Ernest Hemingway's debut novel "The Sun Also Rises"After attending the bullfights in Pamplona, Spain in 1925 with an entourage of socialites and fellow writers who were wont to drink, talk, and argue to excess, Hemingway realized the fodder for his debut novel was all there for the taking regardless of the dramatic fallout that would come from capturing his companions' lives in vivid and unflattering detail. 

Lesley M.M. Blume's book is so thoroughly researched that it reads more like a memoir than a biography. It makes for a highly engaging companion piece to Hemingway's memoir of his Paris years, 'A Moveable Feast."

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Hot Dog: (Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal) By Doug Salati Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593308431
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

The adorable, titular Hot Dog in Doug Salati's Caldecott award-winning picture book has had enough - enough of the noise, enough of the heat, and enough of the crowds!
But a hop on the train and an afternoon's escape to the seaside - to run, to rest, to bask in the sun - resets his energy and turn his mood around. The text in verse is spare, but precise, and well-paced.  The expressive illustrations share the pup's relatable feelings. Good book for a kid who maybe feels overwhelmed or a fun read for a family about to set off on a summer trip. Also, a Jack Ezra Keats award winner.

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Thank You, Day!: A Picture Book By Charlie Hopper, Penelope Dullaghan (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951836702
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2023

This joyful end of the day reflection is about noticing the world around us and showing appreciation for what the day has brought us. Everything deserves a shout out: the blue of the sky, the freshness of the breeze, the cheerfulness of birds and the busyness of bees. The simply joy is spotlighted in a child's "moment of Zen."

Hopper's declaration of gratitude can't help but make you smile. It's an easy compliment to a thoughtful bedtime routine. 

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