Articles tagged "A GOOD FAMILY"

Happy World Teachers’ Day!

Happy World Teachers’ Day! In honor of this occasion, former high school English teacher and debut author Erik Fassnacht (A GOOD FAMILY) shares five things his students taught him about writing his first novel.

Not on the list: waiting until the day before your deadline to write the whole book!

Happy #BookBday (8/25/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to a series favorite, a debut, and two biographies:

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
The outstanding 11th book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series is an August 2015 LibraryReads pick, a September 2015 Indie Next pick, and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “A strong sense of place, a multilayered plot, and well-crafted (and for Penny’s fans, familiar) characters combine for a thoughtful, intriguing tale.”

A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
A memorable first novel about a Midwestern family’s self-destruction and repair from a former high school teacher. “Fassnacht’s debut works as a read-alike for both Jennifer Weiner and Jonathan Franzen for the way it so convincingly melds domestic drama, suburban angst, and beautifully descriptive writing.” — Booklist

KISSINGER’S SHADOW: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman by Greg Grandin
In his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America—its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization at home—we have to understand Henry Kissinger. “Ever the marvelous thinker, Grandin will have even the most ardent Kissinger foe enthralled.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A GREAT REFORMER: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh
Now in trade paperback with an updated and expanded epilogue! “With its wealth of biographical information that offers an in-depth look at formative influences, this is the best examination of the current pope to date.” — Publishers Weekly

A GOOD FAMILY Giveaway!

Former high school teacher and author Erik Fassnacht wants to help you enjoy the last of your summer vacation by offering a free copy of his debut novel, A GOOD FAMILY.* First, a letter from the author:

Dear Educators:

Another year of school is starting—I know the feeling. Anxiety starts ticking like a kitchen timer in your chest, and you stand helpless in your home as summer around you dwindles, waiting for that resounding “ding.” Nonetheless, it is an exciting time. Fresh faces, eager teachers, and new prerogatives all await your arrival.

There are also questions. Are you teaching in the same classroom as last year, whose every cubbyhole and bulletin board edge you memorized? Or have you been moved from 10th grade British Literature in Room 101 by the Drama Department to 11th grade American Literature in Room 202 by the Science Lab, where it always smells like frogs and formaldehyde? Or maybe you’re getting an advisory period and a co-teacher, or are teaching trigonometry instead of algebra, or need to master that new technology by the beginning of your very first class. But here’s the real question: do you remember what it was like in the beginning? readmoreremove

St. Martin’s First – Spring & Fall 2015 E-Samplers

Our friends at St. Martin’s Press have put together two fabulous debut chapter samplers just for you!

The samplers are available for direct download on Edelweiss (and each have a corresponding Edelweiss collection) and are Read it Now! titles on NetGalley.

Spring/Summer 2015 titles include:
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (an August 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Sand Eckel
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey
THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
THE CASUALTIES by Nick Holdstock
THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur
BETWEEN THE TIDES by Susannah Marren
STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (a June 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
HANGMAN’S GAME by Bill Syken
THREE RIVERS by Tiffany Quay Tyson
THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughan

Download a PDF of the Spring/Summer 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read It Now! file from NetGalley.

Fall 2015 titles include:

AVELYNN by Marissa Campbell
THE MAN ON THE WASHING MACHINE by Susan Cox
THE DEBT OF TAMAR by Nicole Dweck
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
DARK RESERVATIONS by John Fortunato
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
BLISS by Shay Mitchell
THE MARRIAGE PACT by M.J. Pullen
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
IN BITTER CHILL by Sarah Ward

Download a PDF of the Fall 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read it Now! file from NetGalley.

Happy Reading!

Vacation Alert!

Friends, thank you for a GREAT ALA Annual! We’re headed back to the east coast and taking a well-deserved vacation this week.
If you’re also off for the Independence Day weekend, here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall | October 20, 2015 | 9781250068828
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson | September 22, 2015 | 9781250077004
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford | August 18, 2015 | 9781250077172
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler | Available Now | 9781250054807
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips | August 11, 2015 | 9781627793766
A POET OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Michael Golding | October 6, 2015 | 9781250071286
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley | October 6, 2015 | 9780374124410
SAVING SOPHIE by Ronald H. Balson | September 15, 2015 | 9781250081292
THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock | July 7, 2015 | 9781250066640
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart | September 1, 2015 | 9781250072320
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black | September 22, 2015 | 9781250057341
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton | September 29, 2015 | 9781250064578
TENACITY by James Law | November 3, 2015 | 9781627794565
WILBERFORCE by H. S. Cross | September 15, 2015 | 9780374290108
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd | September 15, 2015 | 9781632863324
GOD’S KINGDOM by Howard Frank Mosher | October 6, 2015 | 9781250069481
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht | August 25, 2015 | 9781250059284
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao | March 15, 2016 | 9781250073822
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz | January 19, 2016 | 9781250067845
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth | February 9, 2016 | 9781250051905

Click here to download the handout of book buzz titles.

Thanks and see y’all next week! 

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