Articles tagged "AN UNRESTORED WOMAN"

Stars for GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER

We were blown away by Shobha Rao’s debut story collection, AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, which made the 2017 RUSA Notable Fiction Reading List. Now, Rao’s debut novel, GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER, has THREE starred reviews:

“This powerful, heart-wrenching novel and its two unforgettable heroines offer an extraordinary example of the strength that can be summoned in even the most terrible situations. Although it is set in 2001, the obstacles each young woman faces, from cruel in-laws to sexual slavery, mutilation, and captivity, demonstrate that modern ideas of gender equality do not exist everywhere in the world. Despite everything they go through, their spirits continue to burn brightly, building to an ending that takes your breath away in its magnificence and beauty.” — Booklist, starred review

“An enchanting tale… The resplendent prose captures the nuances and intensity of two best friends on the brink of an uncertain and precarious adulthood. An incisive study of a friendship’s unbreakable bond.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Incredible storytelling… Highly recommended for book discussion groups, this tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

Going to ALA Midwinter in Denver? Then RSVP now to meet Shobha at the LibraryReads / AAP Saturday With the Authors panel.

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Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

Talia

THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Ocean County Library Book Club Buzz Titles

Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? It’s true!

This weekend, Anne will participate in Ocean County Library’s “Book Discussion Leaders Tea” event where she’ll share these book club picks:

Bestsellers
THE NIGHTINGALE and THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Literary
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
THE LAST LAUGH by Lynn Freed
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

Diversity
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN and GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso

Mystery / Thriller
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES and AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny (GLASS HOUSES)
The Inspector Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty series by Ausma Zehanat Khan (THE UNQUIET DEAD, THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS, AMONG THE RUINS, A DANGEROUS CROSSING)
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

Nonfiction
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming

Movie / Media Tie-Ins
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis
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Our 2017 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

2017 Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences):
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero

See the full Alex Award list here.

2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger

See the full BFYA list here.

2017 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (a Top 10 pick)

See the full Quick Picks list here.

2017 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Reading List
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (Horror: Better Dead than Unread)
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn (Mental Health: Invisible Wounds)

See the full PPYA list here.

2017 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
MOONCOP by Tom Gauld
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY” by Miles Hyman

See the full GGNT list here.

2017 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Book List (best feminist books)
WE BELIEVE YOU: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark & Andrea L. Pino (a Top 10 pick)
STEP ASIDE, POPS: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger

See the full Amelia Bloomer list and the top 10 list here.

Stonewall Book Awards 
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award)
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore (Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award honor book)
DESERT BOYS by Chris McCormick (Barbara Gittings Literature Award)
HIDE by Matthew Griffin (Barbara Gittings Literature Award honor book)

See the full Stonewall Book Award list here.

2017 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (a Top 10 pick)
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore (a Top 10 pick)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

See the full Rainbow list here.

The ALA’s Reference and User Services Division (RUSA) has announced their 2017 Notable Books, Reading, and Listening Lists:

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Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles

What’s the best way to get your library’s book club talking? Read and recommend these discussion-worthy Macmillan titles that Talia presented at yesterday’s Booklist‘s “Best Bets for Book Clubs” collection development webinar:

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)
Tale of Shikanoko series by Lian Hearn (download the guide for all 4 books)
Book 1: EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS
Book 2: AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD
Book 3: LORD OF THE DARKWOOD
Book 4: THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide)
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith (download the guide)
IN THE COUNTY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero (download the guide)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (download the guide)
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao (download the guide)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (download the guide)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (download the guide)
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (download the guide)

Here’s a link to the full presentation slides and you can download the Excel sheet of all titles presented (with ISBNs). You can also view the archived webinar here.

Want more book club ideas? Check out suggestions from the NEA Big Read, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden & more right here.

PLA Booklist Book Buzz Titles

Talia is about to tell you about her favorite Macmillan titles at this morning’s Booklist Book Buzz in a few minutes, but we didn’t want the #plaleftbehind to be left out. Here are Talia’s top picks:

INHERIT THE BONES by Emily Littlejohn
THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf
BADLANDS by C.J. Box
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao
THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane
THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
WAKING THE SPIRIT by Andrew Schulman
WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron
AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
PARADIME by Alan Glynn
THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE by Dana I. Wolff
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

Happy Belated #BookBday (3/16/16 Edition)

Fun fact: all four of these new literary books have *starred* reviews!

SHELTER by Jung Yun
An April 2016 Indie Next pick & a BN Discover Great New Writers selection! Yun’s intense debut novel weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. “Like Celeste Ng’s superlauded best seller, EVERYTHING YOU NEVER TOLD ME, also about a dysfunctional mixed-race family’s tragedy, this work should find itself on best-of lists, among major award nominations, and in eager readers’ hands everywhere.” — Library Journal, starred review

AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao
Two stars for Talia & Anne’s favorite debut short story collection about women during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. “Raw and breathtaking… Exquisite turns of phrase and editing with a fine-edged scalpel only add to an outstanding and memorable debut.” — Booklist, starred review

STORK MOUNTAIN by Miroslav Penkov
A Bulgarian-American college student stars in this mashup of myth, folk tales, and modern love story. “[A] searing, heartfelt novel. This book is rich, enmeshing the personal with the political and historical, told in strange and vertiginous language that seems fitting for a tale of such passion.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for AN UNRESTORED WOMAN

Shobha Rao debut panel

ALA Midwinter Debut Authors panel (Shobha Rao is first row, far right)

If you were lucky enough to be at ALA Midwinter’s AAP/LibraryReads Debut Authors panel, then you know all about Shobha Rao‘s exceptional talent.

Born in India but raised in Indiana, Rao was treated like an outsider and spent most of her time in the school library alone, deeply grateful that the librarians let her just “be.” The inspiration for her linked story collection, AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, is rooted in the history of the “Partition” between India and Pakistan following independence from Britain in 1947. The transfer of populations between the two countries is considered the largest peacetime migration in all of human history.

“Though the commonly used term for these women is recovered women, I have chosen to refer to them as restored. The distinction may seem trivial, but it is necessary, for I believe that while the recovery of a person is possible, the restoration of a human being to her original state is not.” — Shobha Rao

Talia and Anne were early champions of this stunning debut, and now AN UNRESTORED WOMAN has received two starred advance reviews:

“With a sophisticated sense of pacing and patience, the stories build on one another by focusing on how the actions of those in power affect vulnerable women and children on both sides of the divide…. Rao’s language is particularly good at reflecting the interior lives of her characters. Stunning and relentless.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Raw and breathtaking… Exquisite turns of phrase and editing with a fine-edged scalpel only add to an outstanding and memorable debut.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2016 “Three’s Company” Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Anne’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter 2016:

TITLE TBA* by Liane Moriarty | 9781250069795 | On Sale: July 26
MOST WANTED* by Lisa Scottoline | 9781250010131 | On Sale: April 12
THE 14TH COLONY* by Steve Berry | 9781250056245 | On Sale: April 5
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN* by Wendy Walker | 9781250097910 | On Sale: July 12
LUST & WONDER* by Augusten Burroughs | 9780312342036 | On Sale: March 29
REDEMPTION ROAD* by John Hart | 9780312380366 | On Sale: May 3
IF I FORGET YOU* by Thomas Christopher Greene | 9781250072788 | On Sale: June 14
THE THINGS WE KEEP* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250051905 | On Sale: Jan. 19
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS* by Dominic Smith | 9780374106683 | On Sale: April 5
THE HEART by Maylis De Kerangal | 9780374240905 | On Sale: Feb. 9
PEACEKEEPING by Mischa Berlinski | 9780374230449 | On Sale: March 8
HYSTOPIA by David Means | 9780865479135 | On Sale: April 19
THE TREES by Ali Shaw | 9781632862839 | On Sale: August 2
THE FORGETTING TIME* by Sharon Guskin | 9781250076427 | On Sale: Feb. 2
SHELTER by Jung Yun | 9781250075611 | On Sale: March 15
THE CHARM BRACELET* by Viola Shipman | 9781250071323 | On Sale: March 22
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood | 9781250074133 | On Sale: Aug. 9
THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest | 9781620409015 | On Sale: May 3
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM by Sarit Yishai-Levi | 9781250078162 | On Sale: April 5
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao | 9781250073822 | On Sale: March 15
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire | 9781627795944 | On Sale: March 15
THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME by Dan Cluchey | 9781250077165 | On Sale: June 28
THE YID by Paul Goldberg | 9781250079039 | On Sale: Feb. 2
DESERT BOYS by Christopher McCormick | 9781250075505 | On Sale: May 3
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau | 9781250067494 | On Sale: Feb. 9
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL* by Meredith Russo | 9781250078407 | On Sale: May 3
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire | 9780765385505 | On Sale: April 5
CONSEQUENCE* by Eric Fair | 9781627795135 | On Sale: April 5
ONEIDA by Ellen Wayland-Smith | 9781250043085 | On Sale: May 3
THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak | 9781250081070 | On Sale: May 3
THE DEFENSE* by Steve Cavanaugh | 9781250082251 | On Sale: May 3
COLLECTING THE DEAD* by Spencer Kope | 9781250072870 | On Sale: June 28
CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong | 9781250092144 | On Sale: May 3
MISSION HILL by Pamela Wechsler | 9781250075697 | On Sale: May 3
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick | 9780765381842 | On Sale: April 19
A BED OF SCORPIONS by Judith Flanders | 9781250056467 | On Sale: March 1
HARD LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand | 9781250030382 | On Sale: April 19
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse | 9781632863201 | On Sale: May 3
THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton | 9781250057488 | On Sale: March 29
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper | 9781250072566 | On Sale: March 22
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane | 9781250009968 | On Sale: April 26

Check out the handy-dandy Edelweiss collection of all titles mentioned and download and share the handout.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

*available in audio CD

ALA Midwinter 2016 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Boston!! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 for fabulous galleys (especially during the Spotlight on Adult Literature) and show our authors some love by attending today’s events:

Auditorium Speaker Series with Isaac Mizrahi
10:00-11:00am
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Listen to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi discuss his forthcoming memoir I.M. which covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Visit our booth and pick up ARCs of the following titles:

Nonfiction:
Ben Rawlence’s CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp (Picador)
Ellen Wayland-Smith’s ONEIDA: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table—an American Story (Picador)
Stephen Le’s 100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today (Picador)
Tom Hart’s ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir (St. Martin’s Press)

Historical Fiction:
Dominic Smith’s THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Suzanne Joinson’s THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S WIFE (Bloomsbury)
Paula Brackston’s THE RETURN OF THE WITCH (Thomas Dunne Books)
Saskia Sarginson’s THE OTHER ME (Flatiron)
Paul Goldberg’s THE YID (Picador)

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