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Starred Review Roundup (10/29/18)

Save a spot on your shelves for these forthcoming titles with multiple starred reviews:

IN EXTREMIS: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
by Lindsey Hilsum

2019 Carnegie Medals Longlister

FOUR starred reviews!

“This intense biography is highly recommended for everyone, including journalism junkies, history buffs, and casual readers.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A rip-roaring life rendered extremely well.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is riveting personal and professional history, told with skill and sincerity…Hilsum has created something truly worthy of her subject, a biography that reads like high adventure, a masterwork that will draw well-deserved attention to a heroic witness.”     — Booklist, starred review

“This unputdownable account will inspire future journalists, especially women, and should find wide audiences among those interested in global crises and international affairs.”— Library Journal, starred review

THE BEST BAD THINGS
by Katrina Carrasco

Two starred reviews and a November 2018 Library Reads pick! 1887—Former Pinkerton Women’s Bureau agent Alma Rosales is tasked with searching for stolen opium in Washington Territory and uncovering a thief while going undercover as a man. “Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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October 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases (10/26/18)

Here are our top titles for October 2018:

Bestsellers:

THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton

THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win  by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain (October LibraryReads pick!)

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen

FULL DISCLOSURE by Stormy Daniels

IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

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Three Stars for AN ANONYMOUS GIRL!

I know you all remember Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s smash hit (and LibraryReads pick) THE WIFE BETWEEN US from earlier this year. Their second book together, AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, is gearing up to be just as twisty and amazing, now with THREE starred reviews!

“Slickly twisty…The page-turner’s second half whizzes along at a furious pace, exploiting the dual perspectives for maximum tension…MAJOR LEAGUE SUSPENSE.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen’s THE WIFE BETWEEN US, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morals and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love.”            Library Journal, starred review

“The co-authors of the mega-bestselling THE WIFE BETWEEN US return with another spooky tale of psychological seduction.”Booklist, starred review

The e-galley is currently available for download from Edelweiss, so please dive in now and don’t forget to cast your vote for the December/January LibraryReads list by December 1st!  You can check out even more of our December/January recommended titles here.

LibraryReads 2018 “Favorite of Favorites” Shortlist Voting Now Open

The LibraryReads 2018 “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist of 25 titles was just revealed and it’s up to YOU, librarian friends, to vote for your top 10 favorites once again from now through October 30.

Macmillan titles still in the running include:

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah 

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper 

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

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Maximum Shelf: THE SILENT PATIENT

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness pick is the “‘IT’ thriller of 2019,” “Masterful,” and “Set[s] the bar for psychological thrillers” according your librarian pals.

Alex Michaelides’s THE SILENT PATIENT lures readers in with a tantalizing premise: a woman has murdered her husband in cold blood, and then refuses to say why. The intricately plotted story, inspired by Greek mythology, is akin to a siren song, enticing, but with an ominous undertone and hints of deception. 

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Fall 2018 Tri-State Book Buzz Presents: Titles for Adults (10/12/18)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite forthcoming Adult titles during the Tri-State Book Buzz in the hallowed halls of PenguinRandomHouse. If you weren’t able to attend, here are the goods:

ANONYMOUS GIRL, AN by Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen |
AT THE WOLF’S TABLE by Rosella Postorino |
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek |
CASSANDRA, THE by Sharma Shields |
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert |
FIRST CONSPIRACY, THE: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer |
GIRL HE USED TO KNOW, THE by Tracy Garvis Graves |
GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET, THE by Yara Zgheib |
I’M WRITING YOU FROM TEHRAN: A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Past and Their Country’s Future by Delphine Minoui |
LOST MAN, THE by Jane Harper |
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim |
MOMENT OF LIFT, THE: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates |
NIGHT TIGER, THE by Yangsze Choo |
OUT OF THE DARK by Gregg Hurwitz |
SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore |
SILENT PATIENT, THE by Alex Michelades |
SOLDIER, SAILOR, FROGMAN, SPY, AIRMAN, GANGSTER, KILL OR DIE: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton |
STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff + Georgia Hardstark |
STONE MOTHERS by Erin Kelly |
TERRITORY OF LIGHT, THE by Yuko Tsushima |
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi |
VANISHING MAN, THE by Charles Finch |
WIDOWS, THE by Jess Montgomery |

You can download this presentation and many others for use at your library’s next book buzz event!

THE BEST BAD THINGS + NEWCOMER = November LibraryReads Picks! Penny + Moriarty = Hall of Famers!

OH HAPPY DAY! Katrina Carrasco’s THE BEST BAD THINGS and Keigo Higashino’s NEWCOMER are November 2018 LibraryReads picks

THE BEST BAD THINGS

“Stellar… Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period plausibility with an exploratory queer narrative rarely seen in the crime genre. Even readers uninterested in Alma’s identity journey will be impressed by her intelligence and social acumen, and drawn by the constantly shifting politics and well-timed reveals of the plot. Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

NEWCOMER

“Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

And in other news that makes us #squee, Louise Penny’s KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and Liane Moriarty’s NINE PERFECT STRANGERS are LibraryReads Hall of Famers

 

Another LibraryReads Giveaway? Say Whaaaaa? (10/10/18)

We’re so grateful for your continued support of LibraryReads (and our many winning titles) that we’re giving away one set of ALL OF OUR 2018 LibraryReads picks to date!

To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the this form by Wednesday, October 31. * This contest has ended and winners have been contacted.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? By Allison Pearson

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson

LIES by T.M. Logan

DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird

THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain

To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the this form by Wednesday, October 31. *
This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. Entrants must be age 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by Wednesday October 31, 2018 to be eligible. The winner grants Macmillan Library the right to announce their name on Twitter, MacmillanLibrary.com, and any other platform we want to congratulate them on. We will select the potential prize winner at random from among all eligible entries received. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached after three (3) business days, we will select an alternate winner, so check your email.

*THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. THANK YOU!

Vote for your Favorite of Favorites!

Lovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2018 LibraryReads titles!

From now through October 15, public library staff are invited to vote for their favorites books from the “Favorite of Favorites” longlist (all LibraryReads titles from the October 2017 through September 2018 lists). Remember, anybody who works in a public library in the United States can vote in this poll!

There will be two rounds of voting before the final list is announced.

Here’s the “Favorite of Favorites” voting timeline:

October 15: “Favorite of Favorites” longlist votes due
October 20: “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist votes open
December 1: “Favorite of Favorites” list released

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

Thanks for supporting LibraryReads! Keep reading and voting! (Here’s what we suggest for the January 2019 list; votes due December 1.)

Happy #pubday + #ewgc Recs (10/2/18)

It’s Tuesday on Planet Publishing which means we’re celebrating new releases. Happy #pubday to a two-time LibraryReads author, a music legend, political freedom fighters, and a certain someone who shares her name with Kylie Jenner’s daughter!

FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS
by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore with Veronica Chambers

“Told with obvious deep respect and affection, this is a spirited look at the politics and personal lives of four iconic women.”— Booklist, starred review

“You don’t need to be black or a minority to grasp the need to stand up and fight in today’s political world. The authors lay it out well in this solid primer on how to ‘dare to enter the halls of power.’” — Kirkus Reviews

THE DREAM DAUGHTER
by Diane Chamberlain

October 2018 LibraryReads pick!

THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect.

“Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser.” Publishers Weekly

“Chamberlain stretches her sense of familial relationships and toe-curling suspense in new directions, weaving in elements of trust, history, and time as she explores the things we do for love. With a little tension and a lot of heart, THE DREAM DAUGHTER will delight Chamberlain’s fans and hook new readers.” Booklist

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings
by Leonard Cohen

If you felt Leonard Cohen’s death in 2016 as a personal assault, this book is a posthumous balm: a collection of previously unpublished poems, lyrics, and sketches. All of Cohen’s work has a raw, straight-to-the-heart intensity—reach for this the next time you need inspiration for a wedding toast that will leave them gutted, or any other moment you need a little sustenance for the soul.

“Poignant and brave, lit up with flashes of anger, this is a luminous collection and classic Cohen.” Booklist, starred review

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