Debuts

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce & Kids’ Indie Next List Titles

The American Booksellers Association announced their Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce selections (honoring the top upcoming debuts publishing between January and June 2018) and the Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List, including:

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Fiction
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley
Available May 1, 2018
In the nine expansive, searching stories of A LUCKY MAN, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past.

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Nonfiction
MOTHERS OF SPARTA: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn Davies
Available January 30, 2018
Discovered by Michael Ondaatje, Davies’ dazzling literary memoir has shades of Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, and Jenny Lawson as she examines motherhood and what it’s like to be a woman trying to carve a place for herself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be.

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Young Adult AND Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Available January 30, 2018
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!! “A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Day’s YA – THE HAZEL WOOD

Yay! It’s YA Day!

Welcome to Day’s YA, where I, Emily Day, share some of my thoughts on an upcoming title from Wednesday Books or Flatiron Books YA. If you’d like to learn a little more about me, check out this post, where I introduce myself and tell you all my deep, dark secrets (just kidding . . . or am I?)

What you are about to read is my very first Day’s YA review (which can also be found in the Books for Teens 2018 post), so dive in and enjoy!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
9781250147905
Available January 30, 2018
Also available in audio

Many fairy tales begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after.” Melissa Albert’s debut novel is not one of those fairy tales. Albert expertly weaves a story that is magically creepy and mesmerizing. THE HAZEL WOOD begins with Alice, a seventeen-year-old girl who, along with her mother, Ella, is constantly running from bad luck that seems to follow them wherever they go. Alice is the granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, the mysterious author of a beloved, but rare, book of fairy tales set in the sinister world of the Hinterland. When Althea dies suddenly Alice and her mother expect their luck to improve, but instead, their ill fortune takes a turn for the worse. Ella is taken away by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, and Alice must find her way there, despite Ella’s one command that she stay away. Alice seeks out the Hinterland to find her mother, but she may uncover much more along the way. readmoreremove

Stars & Movie News for THE WIFE BETWEEN US

Husband dumps troublesome first wife then gets a new wife who adores him. The first wife is bitterly obsessed with the other woman. Sound familiar? That might look like what happens here, but maybe it’s not…

Book-editor-turned-debut-novelist Greer Hendricks and bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen team up to deliver one of Winter 2018’s most gripping thrillers, THE WIFE BETWEEN US.

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love, THE WIFE BETWEEN US has two starred reviews and the producer of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN snapped up the movie rights for a big screen adaptation.

“Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

“[A] jaw-dropping psychological thriller. This is not another eye-rolling story about the jealous ex-wife stalking her replacement, as readers will discover as Vanessa’s motivations are revealed. Unforgettable twists lead to shocking revelations all the way through the epilogue.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

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Happy #BookBday (11/7/17 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

A SELFIE AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Lara Williams
Pushcart Prize-nominated Lara Williams’ debut story collection is a candid, wry, and deeply moving examination of young women navigating the road map to contemporary adulthood and middle age. “A cleverly written, bracing, and so-readable navigation of modern matters of the heart.” — Booklist

CATALINA by Liska Jacobs
A magnetic, provocative debut novel chronicling a young woman’s downward spiral following the end of an affair. “Propulsive, feminist psychological fiction from an author to watch.” — Booklist

ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
“Science spectacularly collides with superhero tales and magic to form the background of Gardner’s often hilarious exploration of friendship, stereotypes, and gender identity. The themes of identity and self-discovery are strong but not overwhelming, and Gardner elevates this enjoyable urban fantasy with an appealing cast and well-crafted prose.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: December 2017 Indie Next List

Ho ho ho! These four Macmillan titles made the December 2017 Indie Next list!

YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts
Two starred reviews! In the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives. “Roberts’ new direction is electric and ground-breaking. A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrests it back, a photograph falls to the ground: an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. This relic from a past unearths a love that Peri has tried desperately to forget and the scandal that tore the three women apart. “Shafak’s…portrait of a woman in existential crisis feels universal, shining clarifying light on Islam—and religious spirituality in general—within the frame of today’s world.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Debuts of 2017

Booklist‘s Top 10 First Novels of 2017 list includes two of our favorite debuts:

GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
Rachel returns home to help her mother care for her father as he struggles with dementia in Khong’s tender, deadpan-funny, and affecting drama about memory, self, and caregiving.

THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
Joan did not want to be a mother, and, sure enough, when she ends up with two sons, all her fears come true in Wolas’ breathtaking novel, which does for motherhood what GONE GIRL (2012) did for marriage.

2017 Nassau County Book Buzz Titles

Today Anne visited lovely Long Island, NY and talked about these titles at the Nassau County Book Buzz (#bookbuzznassau):

THE GREAT ALONE* | Kristin Hannah | 9780312577230 | Out 2/6/18 (LR: 12/20)
AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18 (LR: 2/20)
HELLBENT | Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250119179 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
DARK IN DEATH | J.D. Robb | 9781250161536 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER** | Shobha Rao | 9781250074256 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT | Jon Pineda | 9780374185244 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT** | Nafkote Tamirat | 9781250128508 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS* | Yoav Blum | 9781250146113 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE WIFE BETWEEN US* | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | 9781250130921 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18 (LR: 2/20)
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir* | Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele | 9781250171085 | Out 1/16/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE MITFORD MURDERS** | Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170781 | Out 1/23/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER | Charles Finch | 9781250139467 | Out 2/20/18 (LR: 12/20)
THE ECHO KILLING** | Christi Daugherty | 9781250148841 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
CRIMSON LAKE* | Candice Fox | 9780765398482 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
GRIST MILL ROAD* | Christopher J. Yates | 9781250150288 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
SOMETIMES I LIE* | Alice Feeney | 9781250144843 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

Don’t forget that you can download our presentations to use at your library’s next book buzz event! readmoreremove

Scary Good SF & Fantasy

This October has some scary good sci-fi & fantasy coming to your library’s shelves:

THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER by K. Arsenault Rivera
“Rivera’s wonderfully intricate Asian-inspired epic fantasy debut introduces two young women bound by fate: Shizuka, whose uncle is the Emperor Yoshimoto, and Barsalyya Shefali Alshar, whose mother is Kharsa Burqila, the ruler of the Qorin. Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

EDGEDANCER by Brandon Sanderson
This specially packaged pocket-sized (4″ x 6″) edition of volume 2.5 of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series finds a newly raised Knight Radiant named Lift and her spren-companion Wyndle in Yeddaw in search of another Radiant (and the famous Yeddaw pancakes). readmoreremove

2017 Adult Tri-State Book Buzz Titles

Today the one and only Talia Sherer presented about her favorite Macmillan titles using only one or two words (OK, OK, some titles got a few more). Here’s what she buzzed about, along with our librarian pals on Twitter via #bookbuzznyc:

THE GREAT ALONE* | Kristin Hannah | 9780312577230 | Out 2/6/18 (LR: 12/20)
THE HUSH* | John Hart | 9781250012302 | Out 2/27/18 (LR: 12/20)
AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18 (LR: 2/20)
HELLBENT | Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250119179 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
DARK IN DEATH | J.D. Robb | 9781250161536 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER** | Shobha Rao | 9781250074256 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT | Jon Pineda | 9780374185244 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
MEMENTO PARK** | Mark Sarvas | 9780374206376 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT** | Nafkote Tamirat | 9781250128508 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS* | Yoav Blum | 9781250146113 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE ITALIAN PARTY** | Christina Lynch | 9781250147837 | Out 3/27/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE WIFE BETWEEN US* | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | 9781250130921 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18 (LR: 2/20)
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir* | Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele | 9781250171085 | Out 1/16/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE MITFORD MURDERS** | Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170781 | Out 1/23/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER | Charles Finch | 9781250139467 | Out 2/20/18 (LR: 12/20)
THE ECHO KILLING** | Christi Daugherty | 9781250148841 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
CRIMSON LAKE* | Candice Fox | 9780765398482 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
FORCE OF NATURE* | Jane Harper | 9781250105639 | Out 2/6/18 (LR: 12/20)
GRIST MILL ROAD* | Christopher J. Yates | 9781250150288 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
SOMETIMES I LIE* | Alice Feeney | 9781250144843 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
INDECENT | Corinne Sullivan | 9781250147073 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
OLIVER LOVING* | Stefan Merrill Block | 9781250169730 | Out 1/16/18 (LR: 11/20)

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

Don’t forget that you can download this presentation and many others to use at your library’s next book buzz event! readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/17/17 Edition)

Hey hey, it’s a great day for YA! Bonnie Pipkin’s AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS is nominated for YALSA’s 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD has two starred reviews!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
Ages 17 to 18
I was dead for 13 minutes. Now I want to know why. In this dark and twisty YA suspense novel, Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—that it wasn’t an accident, and that she wasn’t suicidal. “This tense, gritty psychological thriller, steeped in sex, drugs, partying, and social media, is GONE GIRL for the Mean Girls set.” — Horn Book Magazine

EVERYTHING MUST GO by Jenny Fran Davis
Ages 14 to 19
In this wise and hilarious debut novel told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora Goldwasser gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a Hudson Valley farm, hoping to woo a boy she’s fallen in love with. “Filled with vibrant characters, it balances gentle jabs at pop culture and self-righteousness with thought-provoking ideas about feminist ideals and human frailties.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

SUN WARRIOR by P.C. Cast (Tales of a New World #2)
Ages 12 to 18
In the second book in P.C. Cast’s new contemporary fantasy series, Tales of a New World, Mari, an “Earth Walker” and Nik, a “Companion,” who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction. “Fascinating post-apocalyptic settings, intriguing characters, and plenty of battles will entice and capture readers from beginning to end.” — VOYA Magazine readmoreremove

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