Articles tagged "August 2015 LibraryReads pick"

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

EVERYBODY RISE is Here!

Stephanie Clifford’s spectacular debut, EVERYBODY RISE, is finally here! The August 2015 LibraryReads pick and September 2015 Indie Next pick is racking up major media reviews:

There’s little more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist brought down—especially in a designer cocktail dress. In EVERYBODY RISE, debut novelist Stephanie Clifford has written a smart tragicomedy about a young woman attempting to infiltrate the Primates of Park Avenue crowd. Evelyn’s fate takes a turn as sharp and smart as her creator’s intellect, making this tale a 21st-century fable of one woman’s reconstruction.” The Washington Post

“A morality tale of misguided ambition and financial obsession set in the bubble years leading up to the U.S. financial crisis of 2008. [A] Bright Lights, Big City for the gala benefit set.” — NPR

“An intoxicating blend of class, ambition, and money.” — Entertainment Weekly

Listed as a Best Book of Summer by People Magazine, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, and Goop!

The New York Times Book Review will run this Sunday, August 23, with lots more to come!

We know the real secret to Clifford’s success…

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Sneak Peek: September 2015 Indie Next List

sept indie nextThe September 2015 Indie Next list includes 5 Macmillan titles!

SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
From the internationally bestselling author of Restless and Any Human Heart comes a novel of one photographer’s extraordinary career—a tale of love and war in the twentieth century. “In addition to the psychologically rich characterization, a wealth of atmospheric details—what the characters wear, the brands of cigarettes they smoke, and the whisky they knock back—add depth, immediacy, and authenticity to an engrossing, moving story of Amory’s turns of fortune.”
Publishers Weekly

EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
An August 2015 LibraryReads pick! Lying your way to the top of the social strata has devastating consequences for Evelyn Beegan, a 26-year-old desperate for a “better life” even if it’s a lie in this debut novel of class, ambition and ultimately spectacular ruin. “A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later.” — Library Journal, starred review

JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! A stunning, lyrical debut mystery in which an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death before the Emperor arrives. “Hart’s sure command of historical complexities, conflicts between cultures, and plot twists leads to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/6/15 Edition)

thrillerthursToday’s #ThrillerThursday menu: three cuts of fresh meat (debuts) and one cozy treat:

LORD OF THE WINGS by Donna Andrews
libraryreads logo squareAn August 2015 LibraryReads pick! In the 19th book in Andrews’ avian-themed mystery series, Caerphilly, VA goes all out to transform itself into Spooky City, USA for Halloween. But when a real body mars the town’s creepy fun it’s up to Meg Langslow to catch a murderer and save the holiday. “Quirky, sympathetic characters, from Meg’s large extended family to a town full of Shiffley cousins, are woven throughout this fun, humorous, atmospheric cozy.” — Booklist

BLACK CHALK by Christopher J. Yates
An August 2015 Indie Next pick! A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences with tragic results. “You can’t help but admire how Yates slowly unravels his players’ safety nets—their minds—one roll of the dice at a time.” — Kirkus Reviews 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!

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