Signed First Editions Selections

Our past selections and special offerings have received recognition including a Caldecott Medal, a Caldecott Honor, The YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the National Book Award, a 2016 Great Lakes Great Reads, a Story Prize Winner and two nominees, and many starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the School Library Journal.

May 2017 selections:
Adult Literature: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti
From Mamie's staff pick review: In chapters that alternate between the past and the present, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores how the literal and figurative scars of one's history change everything about the present. The story moves at breakneck speed through the twelve flashbacks about Hawley's many narrow escapes from death, then slows down as Loo comes of age and deals with the mystery surrounding her mother's death. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly. Here's a wonderful review by Pete Hamill from The New York Times.)

Young Adult Literature: The Pearl Thief, Elizabeth Wein
From the Children's Department: Anyone who loves a brilliantly written, complicated mystery should not miss this one. Julie Beaufort-Stuart, from the Printz Honor book Code Name Verity, comes to her family's country estate for the summer of 1938, and is suddenly in the middle of a struggle for the freshwater pearls and artifacts collected by her ancestors. Fascinating and wonderfully developed characters, richly portrayed life in rural Scotland, and a compelling plot make this one of the best books for teens this year. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)


Children's Picture Book: The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano
Elizabeth Rusch(Author), Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator) - signed by the illustrator
From the Children's Department: Award-winning Rusch and Priceman have created a "noisy" book about the invention of the piano. The book features music history and terminology, listening suggestions ranging from the classical to the contemporary, and an orange tabby cat. Set in 17th century Italy, this beautifully illustrated tale of Cristofori's well-loved invention is simply delightful. (Starred review in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus)


PAST SELECTIONS (Some may still be available signed; let us know if you are interested in a previous selection):


Adult Literature:
January: Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson

February: A Separation, Katie Kitamura
March: Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
April: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Young Adult Literature:
January: Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, Steve Sheinkin

February: The Ethan I Was Before, Ali Standish
March: Caraval, Stephanie Garberd
April: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Children's Picture Book:
January: The Tree in the Courtyard, Jeff Gottesfeld (Author), Peter McCarty (Illustrator). - Signed by the illustrator

February: Robins! How They Grow Up, Eileen Christelow (author and illustrator).
March: Noisy Night, Mac Barnett (Author) and Brian Biggs (Illustrator) .
April: A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie (author and illustrator)


Adult Literature:
January: My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
February: None
March: Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, Lee Smith
April: Chasing the North Star, Robert Morgan
May: Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
June: Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave
July: Miss Jane, Brad Watson
August: Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson
September Here I Am, Jonathan Safran Foer
October Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
November The Wonder, Emma Donogue
December No selection



Young Adult Literature:
January: Anna and the Swallow Man, Gavriel Savit
February: Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys
March:  The Serpent King, Jeff Zentner
April: Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo
May: Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk
June: Steeplejack, A J Hartley
July: And I Darken, Kiersten White
August: The Left-Handed Fate, Kate Milford
September Kids of Appetite, David Arnold
October When the Sea Turned to Silver, Grace Lin
November The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
December What Light, Jay Asher


Children’s Picture Book:
January: Little Tree, Loren Long
February: Surf's Up, Kwame Alexander
March: One More Dino on the Floor, Kelly Lyons
April: Waiting for High Tide, Nikki McClure
May: Flying Frogs and Walking Fish, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
There is a Tribe of Kids, Lane Smith
June:  Nobody Likes a Goblin, Ben Hatke
July: City Shapes, Diana Murray  (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
School’s First Day of School, Adam Rex (Author) and Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
August: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, Kenard Pak
September My Washington, DC, Kathy Jakobsen
October Before Morning, Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommer
November A Small Thing... But Big, Tony Johnston (Author) and Hadley Hooper (Illustrator) (signed by the illustrator)
December Waiting for Snow, Marsha Diane Arnold (Author) and Renata Liwska (Illustrator) (signed by the author)


Adult Literature:
September: Sweet Caress, William Boyd
October: The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks
November: God’s Kingdom, Howard Frank Mosher
December: 13 Ways of Looking, Colum McCann

Young Adult Literature:
September: Trouble in Me, Jack Gantos
October: Zeroes, Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti     
November: Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
December: Not If I See You First, Eric Lindstrom

Children’s Picture Book:
September: Dewey Bob, Judy Schachner
October: Waiting, Kevin Henkes
November: Finding Winnie, Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall 
December: Oskar & the Eight Blessings, Tanya & Richard Simon (Authors); Mark Siegal, (Illustrator)

Special Offerings:
The Marvels, Brian Selznick
Fortune Smiles, Adam Johnson

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