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Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2018

Drumroll, please…. Here are the most anticipated books of Summer 2018, according to major media:

New York Times — “Refreshing Books to Read This Summer
TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW by Jaron Lanier
SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson

New York Times Book Review — “Summer Reading
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall
FRESH INDIA by Meera Sodha
THE TRAUMA CLEANER by Sarah Krasnostein
A LINE IN THE RIVER: Khartoum, City of Memory by Jamal Mahjoub
EPIC CITY: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein with Gareth Murphy
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
JUST A SHOT AWAY by Saul Austerlitz

USA Today
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
What it’s about: In this sequel to I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, working mom Kate Reddy returns, almost 50 and juggling difficult teenagers, a husband having a midlife crisis, and an old flame who shows up.
Why it’s hot: Big Little Lies executive producer Bruna Papandrea has optioned Pearson’s new comic novel for TV.

Washington Post — “The Books We’re Talking About This Summer
FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
THE LIST: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year by Amy Siskind
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Good Morning America
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

Parade — “The Top Hottest Books of Summer 2018”
THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts

Newsweek — “The Coolest Books to Read This Summer: 2018’s Best Fiction and Non-Fiction (So Far)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family by Helen Rappaport
WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
CHASING NEW HORIZONS: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
DARWIN COMES TO TOWN by Menno Schilthuizen

Bloomberg
FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Time Magazine — “New Books to Read This Summer
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Elle — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
LOVE THAT BUNCH by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
TONIGHT I’M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
THE THIRD HOTEL by Laura van den Berg
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Glamour — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

Vanity Fair
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel

Esquire
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg

Buzzfeed — “Summer Books To Get Excited About
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL by Dorthe Nors

PopSugar
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY by Beth Harbison

Bustle
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

PW Spotlight on Araminta Hall

We know you love Araminta Hall—her new book, OUR KIND OF CRUELTY, is a May 2018 LibraryReads pick (available now from MCD/FSG and Macmillan Audio), and so does Publishers Weekly.

In a fascinating interview, Hall discussed her decision not to tell both sides of the story between her two young lovers…

“Switching perspectives almost would have been the easy thing to do, and then I just thought, what I’m writing about is how society judges women, and we still live in a very male society.”

…her unusual sources of inspiration—the Amanda Knox case and the 2016 presidential election…

“It really spurred me on because Hillary was judged so harshly, while Trump was caught on tape literally bragging about sexual assault. It’s that disparity between how women are expected to behave and be perfect, and men can be so much less than perfect.”

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Thriller Thursday (5/10/18 Edition)

A LibraryReads pick, a cozy, and a sniper thriller are our #ThrillerThursday reads:

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall
Also available in audio
A May 2018 LibraryReads pick! Verity + Mike sitting in a tree C.R.A.V.I.N.G. First comes (a twisted kind of) love, then comes marriage (to another man), then comes murder? “Hall brings the unreliable narrator to new heights in this disturbing narrative…. For fans of Nabokov’s LOLITA, Highsmith’s Ripley tales, or Christine Mangan’s recently published first novel, TANGERINE.” — Booklist

CHARMED BONES by Carolyn Haines
In Haines’s “enchanting”* 18th Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, three sisters want to open a Wiccan school in Zinnia, MS, on a manor house rented from local artist Trevor Musgrove. When Trevor dies under suspicious circumstances, the sisters become suspects, and Sarah really gets involved. “Fans of humorous paranormal cozies will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly

REAPER: GHOST TARGET by Nicholas Irving & A.J. Tata
Also available in audio
The explosive new thriller series written by the New York Times bestselling author of THE REAPER and star of Fox’s AMERICAN GRIT. “This debut of a new black-ops series boasts two coauthors who know the field. Irving’s stature in the black-ops world will ensnare readers who follow Brad Taylor and Vince Flynn.” — Booklist

Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib this #ThrillerThursday.

Booklist’s “Crime Fiction for Mystery Month” Webinar Titles

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Crime Fiction for Mystery Month” webinar today, but if not, here are all the thrilling titles Anne presented:

BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18
THE MIDDLEMAN* | Olen Steinhauer | 9781250036179 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
FEARED* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099594 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND* | Louise Penny | 9781250066206 | Out 11/27/18 (LR: 9/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
A GATHERING OF SECRETS* | Linda Castillo | 9781250121318 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
WILD FIRE** | Ann Cleeves | 9781250124845 | Out 9/4/18 (LR: 7/20)
SUNRISE HIGHWAY** | Peter Blauner | 9781250117410 | Out 9/4/18 (LR: 7/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18
THE DEAD RINGER | M.C. Beaton | 9781250157690 | Out 10/2/18 (LR: 8/20)
THE DARKNESS** | Ragnar Jonasson | 9781250171030 | Out 10/16/18 (LR: 8/20)
AN ACT OF VILLAINY | Ashley Weaver | 9781250159755 | Out 9/4/18 (LR: 7/20)
BUTTON MAN* | Andrew Gross | 9781250179982 | Out 9/18/18 (LR: 7/20)
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD* | Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170811 | Out 10/30/18 (LR: 8/20)
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OUR KIND OF CRUELTY is a May 2018 LibraryReads Pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Araminta Hall’s OUR KIND OF CRUELTY is the #7 pick on the May 2018 LibraryReads list!

Verity + Mike sitting in a tree C.R.A.V.I.N.G. First comes (a twisted kind of) love, then comes marriage (to another man), then comes murder? “Hall brings the unreliable narrator to new heights in this disturbing narrative…. For fans of Nabokov’s LOLITA, Highsmith’s Ripley tales, or Christine Mangan’s recently published first novel, TANGERINE.” — Booklist

 

Click to listen to an excerpt of the audiobook

Available from MCD/FSG and Macmillan Audio on May 8.

See the complete May 2018 list at LibraryReads.org.

PLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Anne’s Adult Book Buzz at PLA 2018 last week:

THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE MERE WIFE** | Maria Dahvana Headley | 9780374208431 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
TREEBORNE** | Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
SEVERANCE* | Ling Ma | 9780374261597 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18
I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions* | Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella | 9781250163059 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai** | Paul French | 9781250170583 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
CAGED* | Ellison Cooper | 9781250173836 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY* | Araminta Hall | 9780374228194 | Out 5/8/18
JAR OF HEARTS* | Jennifer Hillier | 9781250154194 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
BABY TEETH* | Zoje Stage | 9781250170750 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
THE OTHER WOMAN* | Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18 (LR: 6/20)
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PLA 2018 Booklist Book Buzz Titles

Did you see Talia CRUSH IT at this morning’s standing-room-only Booklist Book Buzz at PLA 2018?! If you were #PLALeftBehind because of Noreaster4, here are all the books she presented:

HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
RUST & STARDUST** | T. Greenwood | 9781250164193 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts** | Tessa Fontaine | 9780374158378 | Out 5/1/18
AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
THE MIDDLEMAN* | Olen Steinhauer | 9781250036179 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
THE DEVIL’S HALF MILE* | Paddy Hirsch | 9780765399137 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
TREEBORNE** | Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions* | Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella | 9781250163059 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai** | Paul French | 9781250170583 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
CAGED* | Ellison Cooper | 9781250173836 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
A GATHERING OF SECRETS* | Linda Castillo | 9781250121318 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
THE OTHER WOMAN* | Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18 (LR: 6/20)
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY* | Araminta Hall | 9780374228194 | Out 5/8/18
BABY TEETH* | Zoje Stage | 9781250170750 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
JAR OF HEARTS* | Jennifer Hillier | 9781250154194 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
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For Your Consideration: May 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
One of Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks!Roberts’ latest polished novel delivers all the literary touchstones her fans have come to expect, including high-stakes suspense, a generous dollop of romance, a thoughtful exploration of the strong bonds of family and friendship that women create for themselves, and, of course, some HGTV fixer-upper moments. As a significant bonus, the book’s chilling, brutal opening scenes should be required reading for any politician waffling on the issue of gun control.” Booklist

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
“It’s back to the ‘Deadmen’s Cross’ series as the perennial No. 1 New York Times best-selling Kenyon continues an epic new fantasy adventure. When demons punch their way out of supposedly eternal imprisonment, Hellchaser Cameron Jack must rescue Kalder Dupree from vengeful demon Vine, never mind that Kalder is not exactly Mr. Nice Guy.”Library Journal, pre-pub alert

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks and a most anticipated book of 2018, Heti’s daring new novel explores whether or not to have children. “…this lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Motherhood.”*

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE by L. Penelope
A Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ Pick! The incredible first book in the Earthsinger series—a treacherous, thrilling, epic historical fantasy drawing on Native American and African mythologies about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. “The tale is infused with optimism but never cloying, and it culminates in a well-earned and satisfying ending, leaving readers impatient for the next installment of the series. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
Two starred reviews! “A story about survival that is heartbreakingly honest and wryly funny, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Elizabeth Berg.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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ALA Midwinter 2018 “Three’s Company” Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter 2018:

AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18 (LR: 2/20)
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18 (LR: 3/20)
HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18 (LR: 3/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18 (LR: 2/20)
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18 (LR: 2/20)
THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts** | Tessa Fontaine | 9780374158378 | Out 5/1/18 (LR: 3/20)
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 5/1/18
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER** | Shobha Rao | 9781250074256 | Out 3/6/18
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT | Jon Pineda | 9780374185244 | Out 3/20/18
RUST & STARDUST** | T. Greenwood | 9781250164193 | Out 8/7/18 (LR: 6/20)
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT** | Nafkote Tamirat | 9781250128508 | Out 3/13/18
TREEBORNE** | Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE ITALIAN PARTY** | Christina Lynch | 9781250147837 | Out 3/27/18
THE DEVIL’S HALF MILE* | Paddy Hirsch | 9780765399137 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY* | Araminta Hall | 9780374228194 | Out 5/8/18 (LR: 3/20)
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS* | Yoav Blum | 9781250146113 | Out 3/6/18
INDECENT | Corinne Sullivan | 9781250147073 | Out 3/6/18
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
CAGED* | Ellison Cooper | 9781250173836 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 3/20)
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER | Charles Finch | 9781250139467 | Out 2/20/18
CRIMSON LAKE* | Candice Fox | 9780765398482 | Out 3/6/18
JAR OF HEARTS* | Jennifer Hillier | 9781250154194 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
SOMETIMES I LIE* | Alice Feeney | 9781250144843 | Out 3/13/18
SKY IN THE DEEP* | Adrienne Young | 9781250168450 | Out 4/24/18

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads! We’ll post a video of the recorded buzz as soon as it’s available.

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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

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