April 11th, 2014


STAFF PICK: How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton

While it may take some guts to walk around with a bright pink book with “SEX” on the cover, you can rest assured that this is worthy reading material. In this book, the polymath Alain de Botton tackles the many paradoxes and pleasures of the subject in clear and engaging prose. It is a balanced (though liberal) look at ethics, aesthetics, porn, & adultery. Lively and fascinating, this book accomplishes its object: you will think more deeply about a subject thatlets face itwould receive a great deal of attention anyway.

-Anna Thorn

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April 10th, 2014
When I talk about Nickel and Dimed today to college kids who are assigned to read it, I say remember this was written about ten years ago and what you’re reading about may sound awful, but those were the good old days. Employers have gotten harsher; they try to squeeze more and more out of employees.
April 10th, 2014

In honor of the publication of Julia MacDonnell's Mimi Malloy, At Last!, we wanted to make a Frank Sinatra playlist. (Each song is a chapter of the book!)

While listening, please note that Mimi Malloy likes highballs, boxed chardonnay, Bloody Marys, coffee, salted nuts, donuts (vanilla creme with powdered sugar). Feel free to enjoy any of these while listening (or, of course, while reading Mimi Malloy).  

Be sure to follow us on Spotify at PicadorUSA to listen to all of our playlists.

Selected Track Listing:
1. Too Close For Comfort
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
4. I’m Gonna Live Till I Die
5. Me And My Shadow
6. Thanks For The Memory
7. If You Are But A Dream
8. I’m Beginning To See The Light
9. The Curse Of An Aching Heart
10. Are You Lonesome Tonight

For the rest, click here

April 9th, 2014
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking
April 8th, 2014

William Shakespeare’s Dark Lady Sonnet CXLVIII

O me, what eyes hath Love put in my head,
Which have no correspondence with true sight!
Or, if they have, where is my judgment fled,
That censures falsely what they see aright?
If that be fair whereon my false eyes dote,
What means the world to say it is not so?
If it be not, then love doth well denote
Love’s eye is not so true as all men’s no.
How can it? O, how can Love’s eye be true
That is so vex’d with watching and with tears?
No marvel then though I mistake my view;
The sun itself sees not till heaven clears.
    O cunning Love! with tears thou keep’st me blind,
    Lest eyes well-seeing thy foul faults should find.

To read more of Shakespeare’s ”Dark Lady” sonnets, download a copy of Sally O’Reilly’s FREE Shakespeare’s Dark Lady eBook

April 4th, 2014

Preparing a very special mailing for Eimear Lynch’s The Bridesmaids, on sale April 29, 2014.

Enter here for a chance to win a copy.

April 3rd, 2014

Look what flew into the office! Dave Goulson, your books are BEEautiful!

April 3rd, 2014

"As if there’s a world that exists that you’re semi-privy to yet can’t quite penetrate—that’s how it feels when you’re starting a book."

Guernica interviews Rebecca Miller about the roles of magic, humor, and research in her new novel, Jacob’s Folly.

April 2nd, 2014
We never know when we’re going to die and because of that we are, at any given moment, immortal.
April 1st, 2014

We’re kicking off National Poetry Month with a free eBook!

Shakespeare’s Dark Lady is a must-read for poetry lovers and the ideal companion to Sally O’Reilly’s stunning debut, Dark Aemilia. The eBook includes William Shakespeare’s Dark Lady sonnets (127-154), a poem by Aemilia Bassano Layner (England’s first female poet and the dark lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets), a historical note by the author, and an excerpt from Dark Aemilia.

March 28th, 2014

"There’s nothing worse than being trapped in an e-mail chain with a bunch of bridesmaids masking passive-aggressive suggestions with xoxos."

Over on Harper’s Bazaar, Eimear Lynch, a five-time bridesmaid and author of The Bridesmaids offers tips for navigating the big day with class—and a sense of humor.

Click here to win a copy of her new book (on sale 4/29/2014).

March 28th, 2014
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