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Booklist’s Top Arts Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top Arts Books of 2016*, including these Macmillan titles, and Bill Ott gave a preview of IDENTITY UNKNOWN by Booklist‘s own Donna Seaman!
Top 10 Arts Books: 2016 (full list)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
Laing imaginatively entwines memoir with profiles and astute interpretations as she looks to visual art in an effort to understand the true nature of loneliness.

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
With deep knowledge and mesmerizing skill, King tells the little-known story behind Monet’s 30-year effort to paint his magnificent Water Lilies at Giverny.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti vividly profiles the five artists whose paintings helped inspire the vision of independence and unity that generated the American Revolution and the forging of a new nation.

Core Collection: Architects and Architecture in (Mostly) America (full list)

ARCHITECTURE’S ODD COUPLE: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson by Hugh Howard
Howard portrays two iconic, outspoken, twentieth-century architects whose provocative ideas and innovative designs transformed America’s built environment, two artists who “were the yin and the yang, …the positive and negative charges that gave architecture its compass.”

BRICKS AND MORTALS: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made by Tom Wilkinson
As the real-estate market recovers from a decade-long recession and new towers rise at breakneck speed around the globe, Wilkinson skillfully evaluates 10 notable structures, past and present.

THE FLATIRON: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose with It by Alice Sparberg Alexiou
Alexiou, whose grandfather was once a co-owner of the Fuller Building, the New York landmark known as the Flatiron, recounts a tale of architectural innovation and the larger-than-life personalities responsible for this iconic structure, including the visionary architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham.

HOW ARCHITECTURE WORKS: A Humanist’s Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski
Architect and outstanding architectural writer Rybczynski takes palpable pleasure in revealing the complex, often contradictory demands of architecture, illuminating “the practical as well as the aesthetic” in this expert and invigorating guide to the field’s profound humanness. readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (7/21/15)

YA librarians, rejoice! We’ve got new Teen reads for you, just in time for today’s Early Word YA Galley Chat! Join us and @earlyword at 5pm EST (hashtag: #ewgcya) to tell us what’s on your TBR pile…and your mind.

ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Two stars for the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy (after ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS), based loosely on Jason and the Argonauts. “This edgy, smart, and challenging title combines mythology, punk rock, science, a quest, feminism, art, dreams and the power of stories and storytelling with unforgettable results. A highly recommended and breathtaking read for sophisticated readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
A July 2015 Indie Next pick! An otherworldly and kinetic story set in a fantastical 18th century starring a young woman who must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. “The real strength of this novel is its stunning worldbuilding, which merges the aesthetic of the Colonial Americas with Márquez-style magical realism…” — Kirkus Reviews

A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim
In her haunting and compelling memoir, Kim recounts her childhood in North Korea and the harrowing 9-year journey that finally led her to South Korea and freedom. “The descriptions of time spent in China, the escape to Mongolia, and subsequent move to South Korea are fascinating and will certainly interest many readers. Both volumes put a human face to an often misunderstood country and will appeal to a wide range of readers.” — Library Journal (co-reviewed with UNDER THE SAME SKY by Joseph Kim)

WHAT WE KNEW by Barbara Stewart
When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren’t so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a stupid legend. Right? “Stewart’s suspenseful creepfest explores the nature of paranoia, the limits of loyalty, the pursuit of vengeance, and the ways that friendships change as young people come of age.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Stars for ABOUT A GIRL!

We love Sarah McCarry for her reimagining of Greek myths into lush, hauntingly beautiful YA books, and so do reviewers. Her newest book, ABOUT A GIRL (the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy based loosely on the story of Jason and the Argonauts), has two starred reviews!

No surprise—her first novel, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, also received two starred reviews and her second book, DIRTY WINGS, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Teen Book of 2014!

Praise for ABOUT A GIRL:

“The stunning, densely packed story is full of as much intoxicating poetry as meticulous scientific explanations. Tally’s initial prim and rather academic narration becomes richer and more dreamlike as her story unfolds. This edgy, smart, and challenging title combines mythology, punk rock, science, a quest, feminism, art, dreams and the power of stories and storytelling with unforgettable results. The well-developed cast of characters is racially and sexually diverse. The emphasis on the importance of female relationships—as family, as lovers, and as friends—is a welcome exploration of the many levels of intimacy. A highly recommended and breathtakingly read for sophisticated readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“The language-whether describing sex or music or nightmares-is breathtaking. Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Kirkus LOVES Dirty Wings!

Good morning and welcome back dear librarians!
I’m thrilled to share the news that Sarah McCarry’s DIRTY WINGS was chosen by Kirkus as a 2014 Best Teen Book. And School Library Journal named it a “Hot in YA” pick.

Praise for DIRTY WINGS:

“[A] lyrical stand-alone prequel…The prose is exquisitely crafted, moving effortlessly from dizzying to heartbreaking…A breathtaking companion volume, fully readable on its own and devastating in the context of its predecessor.–“Kirkus, starred review

“In this lyrical and romantic coming-of-age tale of friendship, rebellion, and identity, McCarry has penned a prequel to her debut, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013)… McCarry’s hauntingly beautiful, darkly poetic language is her strength, and a sense of magical realism pervades the narrative throughout, hinting at danger lurking on the periphery. Fans of Francesca Lia Block’s works, such as I Was a Teenage Fairy (1998), the “Weetzie Bat” books, and The Rose and the Beast (2000, all HarperCollins) will devour McCarry’s sensual prose.”–School Library Journal

“The mothers of the girls featured in ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (2013) receive their own girlhood story in this beautifully constructed and grim tale. Mirroring the myth of Persephone, the tale follows extraordinarily good and overprotected Maia as she makes friends with street kid Cass and they drive down the West Coast in a stolen car. Drugs, punk music, and freedom lead Maia to the too-early marriage that produces the previous book’s narrator. Maia and Cass are fully realized and their relationship, as detailed here, brings even more texture to McCarry’s portrayal of their daughters. Identity, musical talent, and poisonous relationships between parents and children are depicted in a bravura retelling of a classic myth.”–Booklist readmoreremove

Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage

BFT15posterOMG you guys—it’s time for our annual list of teen and YA-OK titles! And of course we’re more excited than a basket of kittens in yarn to share our favorites with you!

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Our super-cool “Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage” poster is now available! Click here for your downloadable copy or email us to request a hard copy (don’t forget to include your mailing address).

Now on to the books!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
Three words: O.M.G. Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

FEUDS by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #1)
In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis, and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Cole, must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly. “FEUDS is fast-paced and plot-driven [and] ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” — School Library Journal

TORN by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #2)
In the sequel to FEUDS, Davis meets another recovered patient who helps her find clues that could lead to a cure. Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity to compete in the Olympiads. Both will need to resist temptation and have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking in order for their love to survive.

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All‘s first novel stars a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Kriegman hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction—Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them.” — Publishers Weekly

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

PARTY GAMES by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist

DON’T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
In the second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, a damaged young lady gets sent on a doomed babysitting job.

This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is the #6 October 2014 LibraryReads pick! “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews

A stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.

REDEEMED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #12)
In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, evil vampyre Neferet has recovered her strength, while Zoey Redbird isn’t sure that she has what it takes to bring down Neferet, who now calls herself a god. “Lives are lost, loyalties (and romances) tested, and loose ends neatly tied up in this twelfth and final installment in the series. Fans will happily slurp this down, and with a film adaptation of the series in the works, they’ll have more to look forward to.” — Booklist

REVEALED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #11) is now available in Trade Paperback.

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins with contributions from Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black & others
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, with four starred, rave reviews:

“It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rare seasonal treat.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.”School Library Journal, starred review

“This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect for a snug evening next to the fire.” Booklist, starred review

THE TERMINALS by Royce Scott Buckingham
The riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.

LOOP by Karen Akins
A thrilling new YA novel in which time traveler Bree Bennis accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s keeping his own set of secrets. “LOOP is time well spent.” — School Library Journal
A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!

TWIST by Karen Akins
In the unbelievably thrilling sequel to LOOP, someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past and altering the current timeline. It’s up to Bree to stop them, but first, she has to figure out who…and why.

ETERNAL by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #2)
In the second YA romance in New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls spinoff series, Della is trying to prove herself as a paranormal investigator while being torn between her feelings for a powerful vampire and a sexy shapeshifter.

UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #3)
On Sale: October 27, 2015
The final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark trilogy! When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder—and clear her father’s name—she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to.


Children’s & Teen Tri-State Book Buzz titles

It’s a beautiful day for today’s AAP Children’s & Teen Tri-State Book Buzz in NYC! Sadly, we’re not there to present, but here’s what we’d tell you about if we were:

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
On Sale: April 14, 2015
Three words: O.M.G. Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

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by Sarah McCarry

On Sale: July 14, 2015
In the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy (after ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and DIRTY WINGS), based loosely on Jason and the Argonauts, a young woman goes on a journey to find her long lost mother.

BET YOUR LIFE by Jane Casey (Jess Tennant mysteries #2)
On Sale: February 3, 2015
In Jane Casey’s second YA mystery (after HOW TO FALL), 16-year-old Jess Tennant gets in over her head when she decides to find out who beat her classmate almost to death, and what he did to deserve such retribution.

HIDE AND SEEK by Jane Casey (Jess Tennant mysteries #3)
On Sale: August 25, 2015
Jess Tennant’s classmate is kidnapped right before the Christmas holiday in this third novel in Jane Casey’s brilliant young adult mystery series.

BONES & ALL by Camille De Angelis
On Sale: March 10, 2015
A haunting coming-of-age story about a young outcast as she sets out on a journey to find her long-lost father, who can tell her why she does the bad thing she does—literally consuming anyone who gets too close to her. #omnomnomnom

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DELICATE MONSTERS by Stephanie Kuehn
On Sale: June 9, 2015
From the Morris-Award winning author of CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

Teen Talk Tuesday (7/22/14 Edition)

It’s time for another Teen Talk Tuesday! Read on for more info. on our favorite new and forthcoming teen titles from St. Martin’s Griffin!

COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn
Morris Award-winning author Kuehn’s second novel about fifteen-year-old Jamie and his sister Cate. Cate just was just released from juvi and is coming after him! COMPLICIT has already garnered an impressive three starred reviews, including this one from School Library Journal: “COMPLICIT ensnares readers from the first page with its surprising twists and revelations. Recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers.”

PUSH GIRL by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love
An inspiring, real, and fresh young adult novel about how life can change in an instant by Chelsie Hill, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel reality show Push Girls, based on her own experience of being paralyzed. “This is an emotional story with elements any teen reader can relate to, primarily the search for one’s own identity. Readers will be inspired and moved by Kara’s amazing journey.”

KALONA’S FALL by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night Novellas #4)
The fourth installment in the powerful new House of Night Novellas mini-series tells the mysterious story behind Kalona, the winged immortal who fell from the Otherworld.

RECKONING by Kerry Wilkinson (The Silver Blackthorne Trilogy #1)
In a far-off future, years of war and famine have eliminated all technological advancement, returning society to a feudal system where all teens must take “the Reckoning”—a coming-of-age test to determine their place in society. “False starts, red herrings, and narrow escapes keep the pace moving briskly and the resolution a big question mark right until the end. In a crowded market of apocalyptic YA fiction, this title stands out.” — School Library Journal

All Our Pretty Songs for Your Library

This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You'll see.

We want to make sure that Sarah McCarry's lush and curious debut, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, is available in your library so we're hosting a giveaway to get it there! 

We have twenty finished copies of this incredible teen title to be shelved at libraries across the country. See details on how to win a copy for your library below.

First, a letter from the author:

Dear librarians,

"This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You'll see." ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS is a grunge remix of the Orpheus and Eurydice story, set in 1990s Seattle and full of myth, mystery, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship--and love. As someone who spent most of my childhood in libraries, it's an honor and a delight to think of my own book reaching a new generation of readers. Librarians are some of my very favorite people--I hope you and your patrons enjoy ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS.


ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS is about two best friends who drink, smoke, mosh, and take care of one another in a wild, post-grunge Seattle where nothing could tear them apart—that is, until the strange summer night that they meet Jack and Minos. Much to her surprise the narrator falls in love for the first time with heavenly guitarist Jack and in her enchanted state doesn't see that her best friend Aurora has become deeply entangled with the toxic and bizarre Minos. When Minos lures Aurora into the underworld with promises of fulfilling her deepest desires, the narrator sets out on a journey to find and retrieve her closest friend.

"Haunting, otherworldly and heartbreaking." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Goths and romantics both will eagerly await the second installment of this suspenseful planned trilogy to find out what becomes of the girls, Jack, and the other well-drawn players in this magic-tinged cast." —Booklist (starred review)

Enter for a chance to win ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS for your library:

Send an e-mail with your library's mailing address from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: All Our Pretty Songs for My Library) by Friday, September 13th to be placed in the random drawing.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

9/16 UPDATE: The sweepstakes is over and winners have been notified.


Getting Glamorous!

You remember when I gushed about Sarah McCarry's ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS over on Uncharted Pages, our readers' advisory blog dedicated to science fiction and fantasy, right? Of course you do! Well, I'm not the only one talking about it.

Glamour included this fantastic, mythologically-inspired teen title in their "What Glamour's Reading Now" column!

AOPS in Glamour

Cosmopolitan also featured the book in their "21 Things To Do This Month" section. Now if I finally have your attention, I highly recommend you check tomorrow—they're going to run a review, an excerpt, and a giveaway for this fantastic book. 

And speaking of Glamour, Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award-winner and author of SALVAGE THE BONES, will also be featured in the August issue:


Our #FridayReads + E-Galley Hook Up

Happy Friday, party librarians! It's that time of the week in which we like to share with you what we're currently reading.

Talia's loving THE FAITHFUL EXECUTIONER: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century by Joel F. Harrington. In fact, she selected a passage from the beginning of the book for her excerpt pick in our newsletter last week:

"Ultimately he intended to become, like his father, a master in the practice of 'special interrogation' (i.e., torture) and in the art of efficiently dispatching a condemned soul in the manner prescribed by law, using methods that ranged from the common execution with the rope, to the less frequent death by fire or by drowning, to the infamous and exceptionally rare drawing and quartering.

"Today Meister Heinrich was testing Frantz on the most difficult-and most honorable-of all forms of execution, death by the sword, or beheading." 

ufo coverI just started UFO HUNTERS: Book One by William J. Birnes. I've never actually seen the UFO Hunters TV show on HISTORY, but I looove reading about everyday people encountering the unexplainable or, even better, the suspiciously explained. Get whitelisted and download the e-galley of UFO HUNTERS now so we can talk about it.

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On Monday I offered to hook up any librarians with a pre-approved NetGalley download link for ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS (one of my Uncharted Pages picks) and the offer still stands! Just e-mail me 1. your title and 2. the e-mail address you use to sign into NetGalley.

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