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“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

 

Download the full slide deck here.

#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

JOHN HART NEWS — AWARDS & UPDATES

John Hart’s Redemption Road was just shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award!

The CWA Steel Dagger Award winner will be announced on Oct 26th at the Grange City Hotel, London.

John Hart’s next novel, The Hush, goes on sale February 27, 2018

Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 Longlisted for Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced its 2017 longlist last week and and our very own 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster was included among the list of 13.  The judges will pare down the longlist to a shortlist of 6, which will be announced in September.

 

Flatiron Books is Seeing Stars! (7/31/17)

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence

“Library lovers will dig the apropos subject headings she gives each letter; fellow bibliophiles will swoon at her well-articulated feelings about her favorites; all will find the breakup notes oddly cathartic (“I’m putting you in a Little Free Library”) and appreciate her book’s final, readers’-advisory-informed section of superb reading lists of all sorts…clever, heartfelt, and often-funny…Someday, somewhere, a book addressed in a loving letter might be one of hers: Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451, thanks for the lovely reminder of the ways we find ourselves in books.”—Booklist, starred review

“This book should appeal to readers who are looking for the next Texts from Jane Eyre, or those who enjoyed that concept but don’t especially like texting. It will also attract anyone who, upon walking into someone’s house, first side-eyes the bookshelves and instantly judges. VERDICT Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

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 (7/27/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

A Thousand Cuts by Thomas Mogford

“Richly atmospheric… Throughout the series, Mogford has explored the multicultural tensions that define contemporary Gibraltar, and this time he ups the ante by adding a fascinating historical layer to that ambiguity-drenched cultural stew. Sanguinetti, naturally, feels caught in the middle as the riptide of present and past threaten to engulf him and those he loves. An essential international crime series.”–Booklist

LoveMurder by Saul Black

“A high-grade thriller strong on character, police procedure, and page-flipping tension.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box

“The intrepid, appealing Cassie relies on her keen investigative instincts to hone in on Pergram in this top-notch thriller, which makes vivid use of the American West.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

“These character-driven Kerrigan mysteries are among the genre’s finest, and the last page here is likely to leave readers breathless and longing for Casey’s next.”–Booklist, starred review

“Compelling… The intricate plot unfolds naturally, as Casey never lets readers stray from Kerrigan’s point of view, so that they feel as if they are figuring it all out with her in this increasingly dark and tragic story.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Penance of the Damned by Peter Tremayne

“Those who enjoy a rich historical setting, wish to learn more about ancient Ireland, and relish a perplexing puzzle will be well rewarded.”–Library Journal

Way To Go It’s Wednesday! 7/26/17

 

Welcome to Wednesday and to some of our favorite new titles:

Cartel 7: Illuminati by Ashley & JaQuavis

The saga of love, loyalty, and crime continues in the next explosive book in the Cartel series from the minds of New York Times bestselling authors Ashley & JaQuavis.

Unit 416 by J. Leon Pridgen, II, 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…

Seducing Abby Rhodes by J. D. Mason

“Chock full of unexpected twists, turns, secrets, and spirits plus a healthy dose of redemptive love.”–Kirkus Reviews 

The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette

In this explosive addition to the New York Times bestselling series, YaYa’s Prada Plan worked—the man she fought for is hers at last, their daughter is safe, and Leah is gone. Life is supposed to be good. So why isn’t she satisfied? “Caution… Will leave you breathless. It’s that intense.” — Essence Magazine on LUXE

#bookbday (07/25/17)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth, this timely book will publish in time for the premiere of Vice President Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Truth 2. This new book will be a daring call to action, exposing the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and groundbreaking information on what you can do now.

Vice President Al Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

This new book will also show an impassioned Vice President Gore traveling around the globe to tell a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we’ve lived through in the last 10+ years – and much more. Where Gore’s first film took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second film is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves the audience filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately.

The book will capture that same essence and will be a must-have for anybody who cares deeply about our planet.

Al Gore in action

CBS Sunday Morning 
The Late Show w/ Colbert
The Today Show

Three Stars for THE NINTH HOUR

The Ninth Hour, a portrait of the Irish-American experience by National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott has received THREE starred reviews!

“Enveloping, emotionally intricate, suspenseful drama… Like Alice Munro, McDermott is profoundly observant and mischievously witty, a sensitive and consummate illuminator of the realization of the self, the ravages of illness and loss, and the radiance of generosity. As she considers the struggles of women, faith and inheritance, sacrifice and passion, she pays vivid tribute to the skilled and sustaining sisters, a fading social force. McDermott’s extraordinary precision, compassion, and artistry are entrancing and sublime. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This is one of literary master McDermott’s most exquisite works, and a national tour and concerted publicity campaign will generate avid requests.”–Booklist, starred review

“National Book Award winner McDermott (Someone) delivers an immense, brilliant novel about the limits of faith, the power of sacrifice, and the cost of forgiveness…”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

“This novel reveals its ideas about love and morality through the history of three generations, finding them in their kitchens, sickbeds, train compartments, love nests, and basement laundry rooms. Everything that her readers, the National Book Award committee, and the Pulitzer Prize judges love about McDermott’s stories of Irish-Catholic American life is back in her eighth novel.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

#thrillerthursday (7/20/17)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick

“This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

“In the same vein as the author’s acclaimed debut, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss.” — Library Journal, starred review

“…Another first-rate psychological thriller. Tension quickly builds to a crescendo as Cass’s fears about her mental state—and those mysterious phone calls that may be from the killer—become palpable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Collared by David Rosenfelt

“Fans of Edgar-finalist Rosenfelt’s series featuring independently wealthy New Jersey lawyer and dog rescue enthusiast Andy Carpenter will get a jolt when they pick up the outstanding 16th entry… Smart plot twists ensue, and everyone—Andy, Laurie, and readers—are all the happier for it.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

Soul Cage by Tetsuya Honda

“The discovery of a severed hand inside a sealed plastic bag in an illegally parked minivan propels Honda’s excellent second mystery featuring Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s homicide unit (after 2016’s The Silent Dead)…Honda heightens suspense by leaving the reader to wonder how that revelation connects with the novel’s cryptic prologue; the ultimate answer to this clever blend of procedural and whodunit doesn’t disappoint.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

Red Swan by P. T. Deutermann

“Fascinating contemporary spy thriller… Deutermann spins his tale with such cunning that readers will rush through the pages to find out what happens next.”— Publishers Weekly

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

“A long list of well-developed suspects makes this one of the more complex and satisfying entries in this bestselling romantic suspense series.”— Publishers Weekly

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