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For Your Consideration: May 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 with two starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts! “Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow, who runs the family ranch in Montana with a dedicated staff that includes recent hire Callen Skinner, always thought the aunt who ran off before her birth was dead. But when two women are found murdered, then Aunt Alice herself reappears with a fantastical story, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. That’s when she decides to trust Cal, despite police cautions.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “A strong reminder of just how affecting nostalgia can be…” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Teen Talk Tuesday (2/21/17 Edition)

It’s time for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya, starting now/4pm EST)! Before you tell us about your must-read YA books, we’ve got some news & resources for you:

Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL is the #1 pick on the Spring 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List! Also on the list? A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi. School Library Journal also gave a sneak peek at their must-read titles for Spring 2017, including three of our books.

There’s still time to sign up for the following events:
Booklist‘s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar on Tuesday, February 28
AAP Children’s & YA Tri-State Book Buzz 
on Wednesday, March 1 in NYC
School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog on Wednesday, May 31 in NYC
If you can’t attend any of those events, it’s OK—we’ll post the titles we discussed on the blog after they happen.

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Ages 12 to 18
Set at the turn of the 19th century, this richly imagined debut coming-of-age story spins a spellbinding tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST as a young woman searches for her sister who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. “There are plenty of nods to Labyrinth, but atmospherically, this first novel is most similar to another debut: Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY. …this is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist, starred review

NEIL GAIMAN’S MR. HERO COMPLETE COMICS VOL. 2 by James Vance, illustrated by Ted Slampyak
Also available in trade paperback. The Mr. Hero saga concludes as Jennifer Hale finally uncovers the mysterious past of the Newmatic Man! readmoreremove

PW’s Writers to Watch Spring 2017: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly recently shared their most anticipated debuts of Spring 2017, including two of our favorites:

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Teenage friendships almost never make sense, which might explain why so many of them fall apart as people get older, and also why fiction writers often turn to them for material. When Julie Buntin was working on MARLENA, her debut novel about the aftermath of an intense friendship between two teenage girls, she was faced with the challenge of making that particular obsession legible to readers. “It’s hard to capture why a character finds someone else magnetic,” Buntin, 29, says. “How can you translate that into something the reader can connect to?”

Marlena centers on two characters, 15-year-old Cat and 17-year-old Marlena, who become pals when Cat moves to the town in northern Michigan where Marlena lives. Buntin, in the words of PW’s starred review, “is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst,” observing how Cat becomes increasingly enamored of the unstable Marlena, who is “musically talented, beautiful, and doomed to die young.”


THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso
Rare is the novel that features older women as protagonists, rather than as mere supporting characters or props. Rarer still is the novel willing to depict aging women in all their complications, regrets, and swarming hostilities. But that’s precisely what Yewande Omotoso, a Barbados-born South African writer, set out to do her in novel, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, her second work of fiction and her first to be published in the U.S. readmoreremove

Happy Valentine’s #BookBday

Let one of these new books be your Valentine today:

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
Three starred reviews for this novel about a highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age. “For women of a certain age, it is a pure pleasure to grow older alongside Drabble. For all others, there’s plenty of joy to be had in this thoughtful meditation on aging and mortality.” — Library Journal, starred review

INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers pick! A moving celebration of what Hayes calls “the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected” of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks. “A unique and exuberant celebration of life and love.” — Kirkus Reviews

DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem
A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. “DROP THE BALL will likely be dubbed by many as the heir apparent to LEAN IN… But there are key differences between Dufu and Sandberg that are likely to make DROP THE BALL resonate with a more diverse circle of women. Her message is not only refreshing, but long overdue.” — The Daily Beast readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Fantasy

TGIF! We made it to the end of another wintery week and we’re looking forward to hunkering down all weekend with one of these #FridayReads fantasies:

A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
A Library Journal Editors Fall 2016 pick! The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star (and LibraryReads author!) V. E. Schwab. “…the hordes are waiting.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
John le Carré meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. “Donnelly blends romance and tragedy, evoking gilded-age glamour and the thrill of a spy adventure, in this impressive debut.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/9/17 Edition)

thrillerthurs-2.9.17Gotham is buried under a blizzard today! If you’re stuck at home with a snow day, we recommend these mysteries to warm you up:

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Bestseller Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is not only prolific but consistently inventive, entertaining, and clever in her crime series set in a near-future New York City, as shown by the stunning 44th entry. Just when Eve appears to have everything sewn up, Robb delivers a final, devastating twist.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Armstrong, typically known for her urban-fantasy work, has crafted a solid thriller in this latest series, and fans of Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs will enjoy the headstrong and tough Casey Duncan.” — Booklist

SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokohama
Shortlisted for the CWA’s International Dagger Award! For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. Fourteen years later, a press officer uncovers an anomaly in the case breaking it wide open. “Think Jo Nesbø by way of Haruki Murakami, and with a most satisfying payoff.” — Kirkus Reviews

UNDER THE KNIFE by Kelly Parsons
From the author of DOING HARM comes a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.“Kelly Parsons’ new medical thriller delivers an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices. The suspense level is high, but Parsons’ fully realized characters, whose personalities have shades of gray, are his real achievement in UNDER THE KNIFE. …Parsons grounds his plot in real science and shows he’s well underway to becoming one of the top authors in the medical thriller genre.” — Associated Press readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: March 2017 Indie Next List

indie nextThe March 2017 Indie Next list includes five Macmillan titles!

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
Two starred reviews for this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, about the complicated love a mother has for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review

ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
For readers of Maggie Nelson and Leslie Jamison, a fierce and dazzling personal narrative that explores the many ways identity and art are shaped by love and loss. “What might be mere navel-gazing for a less brilliant author is made powerfully universal here. Febos’s awakening to her full identity, even its ugliness, is a powerful and redemptive epic.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “Gripping… The difficulty of reading this book as a survivor must be emphasized; those of us who’ve endured domestic violence will recognize our lasting terrors and looking-over-our-shoulder habits in these pages and in this woman, as Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on. At the same time, survivors will want to pass the book on to everyone who ever asked them why they didn’t just leave. A must for public libraries.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Groundhog Day Thriller Thursday!

groundhogthrillerthursgroundhogdayIt’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter. Good thing we’ve got lots of great mysteries & thrillers to keep your pulse pounding during these cold days and nights:

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
A January 2017 LibraryReads pick and a February 2017 Indie Next pick! “Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).” Booklist, starred review

FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart
The 21st book in the Jane Lawless series from future-MWA Grand Master Ellen Hart! A video gone viral brings unwelcome attention to a newly married lesbian couple with dark secrets in their past. “Hart was inspired this time to write a tightly plotted, exceptionally engrossing mystery, one of the strongest in a popular series.”
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SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
“The 2008 financial crash provides the backdrop for Jonasson’s sterling debut, a tale of past and present revenge, which combines the power of extreme climate and geography with penetrating psychological analysis. The action builds to a shattering climax.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

PILL CITY: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire by Kevin Deutsch
Veteran crime reporter Deutsch goes undercover to investigate how two honor-roll high school students with $100 became the tech-entrepreneurs of the opiate trade during the Baltimore riots. “Deutsch lets the authentic and powerful voices of those involved reveal the ruthless tactics employed to dominate the illegal drug markets and the equally dramatic efforts by law enforcement to curtail and repair their damage. …[It] issues a siren call for societal changes. ” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (1/31/17 Edition)

Today we wish a very happy #BookBday to:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
A February 2017 Indie Next pick and one of Kirkus Reviews’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 with three starred reviews! “Auster’s first novel in seven years is nothing if not ambitious: a four-part invention, more than 800 pages, that follows the life (or lives) of Archie Ferguson. With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
Two starred reviews! An engrossing debut about a devoted mother who commits suicide, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to redefine their understanding of family, while she meddles from beyond the grave. “Warm and hopeful, this marvelous debut stands next to novels from Catherine McKenzie and Carolyn Parkhurst in taking the reader on the emotional rides that define marriage and family.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: April 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the April 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due February 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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MARLENA by Julie Buntin
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick with three starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review

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ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
In New York Times bestselling Scottoline’s latest novel of domestic suspense, the single mother of a shy but athletically gifted high school pitcher worries that her son is being led astray by a rich, charismatic teammate hiding a dangerous past. Add a handsome stranger posing as a new teacher and the mix becomes combustible. “…readers can be assured that…they’re in for one thrilling ride on the roller coaster.” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
In this debut novel, an Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review

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A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
Two starred reviews! During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot that could change the course of history. “With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Alexsi is complex and fully drawn; this is a spy who gains the reader’s trust while never showing his hand. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

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