Debuts

Fall YA Announcements, Booklist Webinar — Macmillan Titles (08/08/17)

So you missed Booklist‘s “Fall YA Announcements, 2017” Webinar… We got you! Here are the titles we covered:

CARAVAL by STEPHANIE GARBER

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by SARA LOVESTAM

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by DUNN + RASKIN

EVERYTHING MUST GO by JENNY FRAN DAVIS

SHADOWSONG by S. JAE-JONES

SUN WARRIOR by P.C. CAST

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by AMANDA HOCKING

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by AMANDA HOCKING

NOT NOW, NOT EVER by LILLY ANDERSON

FLIGHT SEASON by MARIE MARQUARDT

FADE TO US by JULIA DAY

THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. HUNTER

IN SIGHT OF STARS by GAE POLISNER

EAT YOUR FEELINGS by LINDSEY SMITH

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by MELISSA BASHARDOUST

FRANKIE by SHIVAUN PLOZZA

13 MINUTES by SARAH PINBOROUGH

THE HAZEL WOOD by MELISSA ALBERT

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: AMAZING ANIMALS

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: SCIENCE & STUFF

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Sneak Peek: September 2017 Indie Next List

The September 2017 Indie Next list includes 1 Macmillan title!

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

“This breathtaking…novel will do for motherhood what Gone Girl did for marriage. ‘A story requires two things: a great story to tell and the bravery to tell it,’ Joan observes. Wolas’ debut expertly checks off both boxes.”—Booklist, starred review

“Like John Irving’s The World According to Garp, this is a look at the life of a writer that will entertain many nonwriters. Like Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, it’s a sharp-eyed portrait of the artist as spouse and householder. From the start, one wonders how Wolas is possibly going to pay off the idea that her heroine is such a genius. Verdict: few could do better.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

#thrillerthursday (08/03/17)

Hey hey hey welcome to another #thrillerthursday! Today we’re talkin’ about:

Gone Gull by Donna Andrews

“In her 21st outing (after Die Like an Eagle), Meg is helping out her grandmother at the newly opened Biscuit Mountain Craft Center. A spate of vandalism at the center keeps Meg occupied while her irascible grandfather hunts for a rare and elusive gull. But then a dead body turns up. Fans will find all the beloved hallmarks of this award-winning series: fresh characters, an engaging puzzle, and delightful humor.”–Library Journal

“Witty prose and distinctive characters set this long-running series above the cozy pack.”–Publishers Weekly

Stasi Child by David Young

“Outstanding… Fans of Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko will welcome Müller.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

No Mortal Thing by Gerlad Seymour

“Now well into his seventies, Seymour keeps producing big novels peopled by large casts of conflicted characters… Seymour remains in fine form.”–Booklist

“Great Book-Group Reads” Booklist Webinar — Macmillan Titles (08/01/17)

So you missed Booklist‘s “Great Book-Group Reads” Webinar… We got you! Here are the titles we covered:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Hush by John Hart

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Transit by Rachel Cusk

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

 

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#bookbday (08/01/17)

Happy #bookbday to:

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

An August 2017 Indie Next Selection!

“The imagination [Pulley] showed in her impressive debut was no fluke…Pulley understands her genre–swashbuckling costume fantasy–but she deals in surprises, not clichés…[A] meditation on love, trust, and the passage of time.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Fans of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (who will be pleased that a character from that novel makes a cameo appearance) know that Pulley has a way with damaged characters who are looking for a new purpose in life. While there are steampunk elements, including clockwork lamps, there’s also a subtle inexplicable magic running throughout the unusual, remote setting.”–Library Journal

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah

“Short-listed for the Booker, Whitbread, Commonwealth, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes, Zanzibar-born, U.K.-based Gurnah here chronicles the life of a boy named Salim born after Zanzibar’s fight for independence and subsequent bloody revolution. Salim’s father is indifferent to him, eventually moving out of the house, and as his mother keeps company with a strange man, Salim draws close to his beloved diplomat uncle Amir. Amir offers the teenage Salim a chance to travel to London, which he finds a cold, crowded place, but there he wrestles with coming-of-age issues even as he faces his family’s dark secret.”–LJ, Pre-Pub Alert

One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell

“For romance fans of all ages with special appeal to those who devour the Italian romances of Elizabeth Adler.”–Library Journal

Safe by Ryan Gattis

“Gattis, who has written YA and adult fiction about teens, here delivers a gritty L.A. crime novel about two men seeking redemption. The criminal life is carefully rendered, the stakes are clear, and the characters’ humanity is rich and refreshing. …this is an emotionally rich page-turner whose devastating ending still offers a glimmer of hope.” — Booklist, starred review

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

“The latest from Jemc is a haunted house tale that toys with the hallmarks of ghost stories—a young city couple moving to a small town, a curmudgeonly neighbor, a spooky legend—to create an exhilarating and unsettling literary page-turner.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A psychological spook story in the best high literary tradition…Shivery and smart. A book that brings the legacy of Henry James into the modern world with great effect.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“For connoisseurs of the “new weird” and literary/psychological horror à la Mark Z. ­Danielewski’s House of Leaves and ­Marisha Pessl’s Night Film.”–Library Journal, starred review

Beast by Paul Kingsnorth

An August 2017 Indie Next Selection!

“A tour de force, reminiscent of the best of John Fowles and David Mitchell.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“In this second book in the “Dragons Rising” trilogy, set in the Dark-Hunters universe that has pushed Kenyon to the top of the New York Times best sellers list many, many times, the dragon Falcyn hates Greeks for having destroyed all that he loved. Now the god Apollo is sending an army of demons to destroy the people of his granddaughter, Medea, who is not content to sit back idly. Testy Falcyn has a weapon that could save them all. With a one-day laydown on August 1.”–LJ, Pre-Pub Alert

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

A clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom—a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics. “Gelman pens an uproariously funny first novel with a relatable protagonist. Moms will clamor for this story, trying to hold back tears of laughter as Jen establishes her voice and place as the class mom.” — Library Journal, starred review

YA Debut Spotlight (7/18/17)

The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

 
Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

“Ganger alternates between Bash’s and Birdie’s perspectives, and readers will be anxious for Birdie to realize Bash’s true identity, and for Bash to come forward to someone—anyone—with the truth. Bash’s friendship with the troubled Kyle, who does nothing but treat him poorly, is puzzling, fascinating, and yet painfully true to life. Hand to fans of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places.”–Booklist

#bookbday (7/17/17)

Happy EARLY #bookbday to you! Happy EARLY #bookbday to you!

Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin

“Shopsin weaves a marvelous patchwork quilt of stories about a Manhattan that doesn’t exist anymore—that of 1970s Greenwich Village, where her father opened Shopsin’s General Store… An artistic ode to a way of life that people now living in New York City might never experience.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This excellent, inventive collection…is rife with observant asides, sly humor, and surprises.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Incest Diary by Anonymous

“An anonymous author reveals a lifetime of secrets in this unforgettable memoir as she tells the story of her relationship with her father…The result is one of the most frank and cathartic depictions of child abuse ever written…This is not a story of things getting better, but an unflinching and staggeringly artful portrait of a shattered life…But by the end of the book, she has articulated an experience that for many victims remains unspeakable.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Nuclear Family: A Tragicomic Novel in Letters by Susanna Fogel

“A humorous, epistolary take on modern womanhood…”–Publishers Weekly

“Clever… Fogel’s spirited tale offers well-won moments of levity and understanding.”–Booklist

#bookbday (07/11/17)

Happy #bookbday!

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

A July Indie Next List Selection!

“In her tender, well-paced debut novel, which spans Ruth’s year at home, Khong writes heartbreaking family drama with charm, perfect prose, and deadpan humor.”–Booklist (starred review)

“A heartfelt family dramedy in a debut novel that ruminates on love, loss, and memory.”–Kirkus Reviews

The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams

“Williams’s book paints the contours of the real-life conflict admirably, making the thrilling disappearance story relatable with nuanced characterizations and a wealth of strong subplots concerning reclaiming love, protecting family, and guarding hope for a new future when the present seems to be teetering on disaster.”–Publishers Weekly

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The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross

The eighth case in Charles Stross’ Laundry Files, the Hugo Award–winning series described by Kirkus Reviews as “a weirdly alluring blend of super-spy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy, and Lovecraftian horror.”

#fridayreads (07/07/17)

Today’s #fridayreads are all debuts!

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

A July Indie Next List Selection!

“Shelby’s first novel, based on a short story that won the Third Coast Fiction Prize, skillfully weaves science, climate change, politics, sociology, and art. Competing ideas about the origins of the universe are wrapped in the vagaries of human nature and the dangers of climate extremes. Her characters are a quirky subset of humanity. VERDICT All readers of fiction, particularly those interested in life in extreme climates, will find this appealing.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“Readers will find characters to love, suspect, and identify with among Cooper’s fellow Polies and won’t forget them easily. A good match for readers whose interest in Antarctica was sparked by Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (2014), those who enjoy stories about quirky individuals and made families, and extreme armchair travelers.”–Booklist

“This is a fascinating novel, loaded with interesting history of Antarctic exploration, current scientific operations, and the living and working conditions of those folks brave enough to endure six months of darkness and six months of daylight.”–Publishers Weekly

Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy

“Kennedy’s moving debut novel, about people living in small-town Indiana, reads like interconnected short stories as each chapter is told from a different character’s perspective…Kennedy has painted a distinctive picture of a Midwestern blue-collar town that will remind readers of Richard Russo’s work. Fans of Did You Ever Have a Family (2015), by Bill Clegg, will also find much to admire.”–Booklist

“Kennedy’s heartbreaking debut novel captures the warped and isolated landscape of today’s American Midwest… Though this story is hung on a child gone missing and a tornado on the horizon, the focus is the flawed folks who people it. The author is a fine mimic, inhabiting her characters in such a way that we know them from the inside out. The denouement, coming as it does from a surreal, bird’s-eye view, is very strange indeed. Kennedy’s superb chorus leaves an indelible impression.”–Publishers Weekly

We Shall Not Sleep by Estep Nagy

“An unusual and compelling debut…a surprising delight. Nagy mixes narrative modes and tones (and generations) nimbly; it’s rare to see suspense and literary lyricism woven together so well.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Nagy neatly juggles his many characters, allowing suspense to develop naturally and working in thought-provoking variations on the themes of betrayal and survival.”–Booklist

June 2017 Fantasy

Looking for a summer escape? Dive into one of these new fantasy titles:

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire
A June 2017 LibraryReads pick with three starred reviews! The second urban fantasy book in the Wayward Children series, following EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, explores what happened to Jack and Jill before they tumbled into Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. “McGuire’s exquisitely written fairy tale is about the choices that can alter the course of a life forever, lost innocence, and what it is to love and be loved.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A GATHERING OF RAVENS by Scott Oden
Beowulf meets The Lord of the Rings in this epic novel of vengeance, faith, and the power of myth. “In this lovingly crafted tale of high adventure, Oden creates an alternate early medieval Europe in which mortal men have defeated entire races of vicious magical creatures. He provides a satisfying saga that’s as complex as an old tree’s roots, and a pleasure to read.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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