FANTASTIC NEWS! NORMAL by Warren Ellis is the #9 pick on the November 2016 LibraryReads list!
Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake.
“Fantastic… This book may be the perfect way to sample Ellis, drawing on his fascination with futurists and the threats imposed by ever faster technology and offering a story that employs his profane poetry to a degree that may inspire cackles from fans. A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fascinating near-future thriller... Readers will root for Adam as he struggles to discover what is actually going on in Normal, who is to be trusted, and what happened to Mansfield.” — Publishers Weekly
— Joe_Jones (@Joe_Jones) September 6, 2016
Available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux on November 29.
See the complete November 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.
Lovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2016 LibraryReads titles!
LibraryReads is celebrating their third year of reading and recommending great titles by inviting library staff to vote for their favorite books from the October 2015 through September 2016 lists. Remember, anybody who works in a public library in the United States can vote in this poll and you may vote even if you’ve never nominated a title (no Edelweiss or NetGalley account is needed).
There will be two rounds of voting before the final list is announced on December 1. Here’s the “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Timeline:
November 1: “Favorite of Favorites” longlist votes due
November 15: “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist votes due
December 1: “Favorite of Favorites” list released
Thanks for supporting LibraryReads and keep reading and nominating!
Here are the 2017 LibraryReads monthly list nomination deadlines:
Nominations for January 2017 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2016 AND January 2017 titles) are due November 20, 2016
Nominations for February 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due December 20, 2015
Nominations for March 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due January 20, 2017
Nominations for April 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due February 20, 2017
Nominations for May 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due March 20, 2017
Nominations for June 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due April 20, 2017
Nominations for July 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due May 20, 2017
Nominations for August 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due June 20, 2017
Nominations for September 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due July 20, 2017
Nominations for October 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due August 20, 2017
Nominations for November 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due September 20, 2017
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Download, read, and nominate your favorite December 2016 AND January 2017 titles for the January 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
THE DRY by Jane Harper
“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”
This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
“A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
Based on Frankel’s own experience as the mother of a transgender second-grader, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS is the story of a family whose youngest son decides he wants to be a girl and passes as Poppy… until she doesn’t. “A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “This is How it Always Is”*
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
“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
FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the October 2016 LibraryReads list!
Coming in at #8 is ALL THE LITTLE LIARS by Charlaine Harris
#1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris returns to her Aurora Teagarden mystery series with a fabulous new book (the first in over a decade!) in which the small-town Southern librarian must find her half-brother and his three friends. “Harris weaves a complex tale of difficult family dynamics that highlights the horrors of being a teenager. Aurora, a smart and witty protagonist, possesses all the Southern charm necessary to carry this entertaining series.” — Publishers Weekly
Rounding out the list at #10 is THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
This new horror novel from the bestselling author of the LibraryReads pick THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS (which has been optioned for film) is a chilling tale of romance and enchantment set in a Québec toy shop, patterned after the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Intricately plotted, absorbing, and suspenseful, this is a moving, modern story set in what feels like a fairy-tale world but is actually terrifyingly realistic.” — Booklist, starred review
See the complete October 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.
LibraryReads turns THREE this month! We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away 3 super prize packs of Macmillan’s 2016 LibraryReads picks to date!
To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 3) by Sunday, Sept. 18. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!
UPDATE 9/21: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:
Lisa Brooks, Ladera Ranch Library, Ladera Ranch CA
Heather Love Beverley, Cook Park Library, Libertyville IL
Kim Haddox, Amarillo Public Library, Amarillo TX
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the November 2016* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.
TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin
Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. “Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject “To Capture What We Cannot Keep.”*
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
A bestseller in Germany, Hansen’s debut novel is about two strong-willed and very different women who have a connection around a special old house: Vera, a refugee who arrived from East Prussia in 1945, and her niece Anne, who shows up at the house 60 years later with her small son. “Hansen makes this story about the process of healing affecting, real, and memorable.” — Publishers Weekly
NORMAL by Warren Ellis
In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. “A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
“In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliament–turned–private detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend. Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top-notch.” — Kirkus Reviews
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
Two starred reviews! From acclaimed international bestseller and LibraryReads author Higashino comes a compelling story of a twenty-year-old murder, two teenagers linked by the crime, and a detective’s obsession to finally uncover the truth. “Edgar-nominated Higashino revisits the dangerous codependence of bonds forged in murder with this complex, elegant psychological thriller. A starkly rendered portrayal of modern Japanese culture that will draw fans of fellow Japanese thriller master Natsuo Kirino’s novels and the haunting Scandinavian tales of Karin Fossum.” — Booklist, starred review
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FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the September 2016 LibraryReads list!
Coming in at #5 is DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
The new standalone novel from the LibraryReads author of LITTLE BLACK LIES! A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Available from Minotaur Books on September 20.
Rounding out the list at #10 is THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
“Combining the strengths of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Laetitia Rodd towers over both of these genteel sleuths in wit, tact, and ingenuity. The book is a sheer delight, with its deliciously intricate puzzle and well-drawn characters whom readers are sure to continue to enjoy in volumes to come.” — Booklist, starred review
“Readers who relish the puzzle of a well-done Victorian-set mystery with a resourceful female detective will take pleasure in this series launch by a prolific British author and journalist.” — Library Journal, starred review
Available from Bloomsbury on September 13; also available in trade paperback.