Reviews and Publicity

CBS “Sunday Morning” + Louise Penny

Watch Louise Penny’s CBS “Sunday Morning” segment from  Sunday, July 9 right here!

#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

Read an excerpt now.

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.”

Sneak Peek: August 2017 Indie Next List

The August 2017 Indie Next list includes 4 Macmillan titles!

EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

“Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham

“An award-winning writer, performer, and teacher of physical theater/improvisation, Harpham tells a heartrending story of young love, getting pregnant, her partner’s lack of interest in having children, returning home alone, then discovering hours after giving birth that something was dangerously wrong with her baby. There are terrible choices to make and a crooked little road to follow toward some kind of radiant happiness.”–LJ Pre-Pub Alert

“Harpham’s ability to capture an audience’s emotions takes center stage as a memoirist. Her deeply personal yet witty narrative style makes the reader feel instantly connected, as if Harpham is a close friend traveling a familiar ‘crooked little road to semi-ever after.’ Hers is a journey evoking a spectrum of emotions: hope, sadness, anger and, yes, happiness.” — Shelf Awareness

THE BEDLAM STACKS by Natasha Pulley

“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

BEAST by Paul Kingsnorth

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

 

#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

#thrillerthursday (07/06/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

The Lake by Lotte Hammer and Søren Hammer

“Simonsen is as brilliant yet fallible as ever in a piece of Nordic noir that will leave readers chilled to the bone, even though it is set in spring and the thaw is on . . . THE LAKE scores highly as both a police procedural and an enthralling, sometimes appalling study of depravity and heartlessness.”–Booklist

“Searing…” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Lies We Tell by Theresa Schwegel

“Nuanced, thought-provoking crime novel… Schwegel fleshes out a slow-burning plot with compelling portraiture as she addresses larger questions about the nexus of profitability and care among society’s most vulnerable.”–Publishers Weekly

“For fans of Karin Slaughter and crime novels headed by flawed protagonists.”–Library Journal

Unit 416 by J. Leon Pridgen II and A. John Vinci

Five tough as nails men. One hard-assed Sergeant. The only chance to change their lives. These are the men of Unit 416. Push them hard and they push harder.  Things are about to get deadly―but with the skill and swagger of Unit 416, no mission is impossible…

Read the Q&A with author  J. Leon Pridgen II here.

Stars for the Women Who Flew for Hitler

Both Library Journal and Booklist love Biographers’ Club Prize-winner Clare Mulley’s THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER—a dual biography of Nazi Germany’s most highly decorated women pilots!

THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley

 
“Biographer Mulley comes through in a major way with this deep dive into the lives of WWII–era German aviatrixes Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg…Absolutely gripping, Mulley’s double portrait is a reminder that there are many more stories to tell from this oft-examined time.” — Booklist, starred review

 

“This compelling work has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts. It is the perfect choice for lovers of narrative non-fiction, especially those interested in strong females.” — Library Journal, starred review

‘I Want The Pages To Turn’: Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Summer Reading List

Nancy Pearl continues to share her love of Renee Patrick‘s Lillian Frost and Edith Head mystery series. Today on NPR’s Morning Edition she started her Summer Reading List with DESIGN FOR DYING. You can read or listen to the complete Summer Reading List here.

Earlier this Spring, Nancy interviewed Rosemarie and Vince Keenan (the duo that is Renee Patrick) and had this to say about the series: “Lillian Frost is, I think, going to be everybody’s favorite.”

 

Thriller Thursday (6/29/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to these bestselling authors and their new books:

TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes
“Coes continues to deliver intense and gripping novels showcasing the world of special ops with his hero Dewey Andreas. Coes continues to get better with each installment of the series, building on themes from The Da Vinci Code and countless other thrillers, but finding within them new depth and sources of suspense. Coes’ name should be on the lips of every reader who enjoys Vince Flynn and the Brads (Taylor and Thor).” — Booklist, starred review

INDIGO by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore, and Mark Morris
A collaboration between acclaimed and bestselling writers about a pragmatic NYC journalist with a secret crime-fighting alter ego. “Their respective fans may enjoy trying to figure out who wrote what.” — Publishers Weekly

PUTIN’S GAMBIT by Lou Dobbs & James O. Born
From TV broadcaster Lou Dobbs, an international financial thriller about a KGB plot to use a series of terrorist attacks as cover for a Russian military incursion into Estonia. “…a rollicking and tense adventure that recalls the early works of John Grisham…” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

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

Happy #BookBday (6/27/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to two new family-based novels with starred reviews!

THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES by Edward Kelsey Moore
From the author of the bestselling THE SUPREMES AT EARL’S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness. “Moore’s bluesy, breezy novel takes readers through life’s highs and lows and in-between times when no one knows what is coming next; its air of folksy optimism should appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Fredrik Backman.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Delightful… His characters, both living and dead, come together to make a wonderful whole.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE OUTER CAPE by Patrick Dacey
A piercing and compassionate debut novel about how the new generations atone for the sins of the old in small-town America. “Beautifully written, with strong, deeply memorable characters, this is a powerful story of possibility and promise.” — Booklist, starred review

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