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Friday Reads: #BookBday Debuts

TGIF! Our #FridayReads are two starry debut novels celebrating their #BookBday this week!

A March 2018 LibraryReads pick, a Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ pick, and a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with THREE starred reviews! A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. “Incredible storytelling… Highly recommended for book discussion groups, this tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? Meet the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets. “Artfully blending elements of thriller, romance, and fantasy in beautiful prose, Blum’s novel is a flight of imagination that will echo in readers’ minds long after the last pages have been turned.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (11/24/15 Edition)

A funny, moving, and heartwarming novel about a retired architect’s attempt to reclaim the past. “Densely layered, Packer’s novel explores the importance of introspection, the durability of memory, and the conflict between man-made order and natural chaos. Readers who enjoy the work of Francine Prose and Charles Belfoure will adore Packer’s haunting and poignant novel.” — Booklist, starred review

TRAVELLING TO WORK: Diaries 1988-1998 by Michael Palin
The third volume of Michael Palin’s witty and insightful diaries, following the former Python as his already prolific career took an unexpected turn towards travel. “The continuing chronicles of Palin will be of interest to Python and Palin fans, Anglophiles, and anyone who has interest in the cultural world of the 1990s, as they provide delightful reading and time well spent with a fascinating and perceptive man.” — Library Journal

Happy #BookBday (11/10/15 Edition)

Hang ​the ​balloons​, toss the confetti and cut the cake—it’s time for a #BookBday party!

A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu
A November 2015 LibraryReads pick and a December 2015 Indie Next pick!
Classic fairy tales are reimagined for our times by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of THE HOURS and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. “The original tales are timeless for good reasons, and by approaching them from a fresh and astute perspective with humor and compassion, Cunningham revitalizes their profound resonance. Imaginatively illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, this is a dazzling twenty-first-century fairy-tale collection of creative verve and keen enchantment.”
Booklist, starred review

THINGS I CAN’T EXPLAIN by Mitchell Kriegman
“Kriegman, who created the popular 1990s Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All, revisits his winsome heroine, now an aspiring journalist in her twenties living in New York City. With plenty of references to satisfy fans of the show, Kriegman’s novel will also appeal to readers seeking a fun, breezy read with a lovable leading lady.” — Booklist

THE BIG GREEN TENT by Ludmila Ulitskaya
Two starred reviews for this absorbing novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union, by one of Russia’s most popular writers. “Worthy of shelving alongside Doctor Zhivago: memorable and moving.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Happy Birthday to Books & Baby Daniel!

We’re a day late to wish these two new books happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going:

Pullen’s debut launches a charming series about a group of thirty-somethings in Atlanta making surprising discoveries about friendship, love, and happily-ever-after. “Pullen’s characters are realistic, and the dialogue is funny, making this an excellent choice for fans of early Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, and Emily Giffin.” — Booklist

THE PICKLE INDEX by Eli Horowitz
Horowitz weaves a strange tale about an eccentric group of circus performers who operate within the borders of a zany, obscure, and vaguely East-European country that prides itself on its pickles and pickle recipes. “This novel takes absurdity to new heights and reflects the author’s McSweeney’s roots, but for all its silliness, it is at its heart a tale of hope and friendship.” — Booklist

And a very special Happy Birthday to
Baby Daniel who turns ONE today!

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Happy #BookBday (10/13/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to new nonfiction (and one heartwarming novel):

The follow-up to Stanton’s bestseller, HUMANS OF NEW YORK, is “a wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) “This book is fantastic. It shows that despite all of our differences, whether it’s our looks or our backgrounds, we still have so much in common.” — Robin Roberts, Good Morning America

FRANK & AVA: In Love and War by John Brady
Thoroughly researched and reported, the love story of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner is not another storybook version of a Hollywood romance, but a compelling drama of love and emotional war that left two celebrities wounded for life. “This honest and contemporary look at an almost mythical couple is a quick-paced and poignant tale that will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers.” — Library Journal

Hemingway’s reflective account of his destructive Paris affair and how it affected the legendary life he rebuilt after, was told in June of 1961 to his best friend, the writer A.E. Hotchner, who’s kept the story secret until now. “Hotchner’s account is freighted with nostalgia and sadness on several levels.” — Booklist
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Happy Belated #BookBday (10/7/15 Edition)

Congrats to this bunch of new books that hit the shelves yesterday:

THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
Crosley’s “signature wit is sharp as ever” (New York Times Book Review) in her first novel about three friends who reunite for a friend’s wedding in Miami, then end up on a road trip in France in pursuit of a priceless necklace. “Crosley’s smart, sardonic, sometimes-zany, yet also sensitive story is…a real gem.” — Kirkus Reviews
watch the hilarious book trailer starring Amanda Seyfried!

BLISS by Shay Mitchell & Michaela Blaney
A fun, sexy novel about following your bliss into wonderful and terrible places, written by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell and her best friend. “Entertaining, unabashedly escapist…” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy Belated #BookBday (9/16/15 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these books happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going!

ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey
Two stars for this standout collection of 12 interconnected stories, all told by animals whose souls, after a noteworthy death, are resting in heavenly constellations. “Dovey’s unforgettable narrators provide social commentary while struggling to find some meaning in both the beauty and sadness of death. An essential collection, enthusiastically recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
A September 2015 Indie Next pick! 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. “[A] seductively glossy yet gritty portrait of a strong, adventurous woman and an epoch-spanning novel veined with unsettling psychological and social insights.” — Booklist, starred review

BREATHE by Anne-Sophie Brasme
Soon to be a major motion picture! First published in France to huge success when the author was just 17, BREATHE is a brilliant and provocative novel about an intense friendship between two girls that ends in murder.

Happy #BookBday (9/8/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these new books on shelves now!

A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz & “Shout ‘n Share” selection, an ALA Annual 2015 “Read ‘n Rave” selection, a September 2015 Indie Next pick AND a Barnes & Noble Fall 2015 Discover Great New Writers pick! “Tweedy, an African American psychiatrist at Duke University, expertly weaves together statistics, personal anecdotes, and patient stories to explain why ‘being black can be bad for your health.’ In all, a smart, thought-provoking, frontline look at race and medicine.” — Booklist, starred review

FEAR OF DYING by Erica Jong
The iconic, bestselling author delivers the sequel to her groundbreaking novel, FEAR OF FLYING. “Flashy, flip, and hilarious as well as smart and wise… Jong has created such an extraordinary direct and intimate narrative voice, one almost forgets that this bravura performance is a work of fiction. Jong is a beacon for several generations of readers, and her first novel in more than a decade will garner much excitement.”Booklist, starred review

When Caroline Jacobs decides to finally assert herself—by aiming a four-letter word at the PTO president—she realizes that the root of her outburst could be traced back to a public betrayal by her best friend, Emily, during high school. Together with her daughter, Caroline decides to go back to her home town and tell off her childhood friend…some twenty-five years later. “Dicks’s fourth novel is for anyone who has wished they’d stood up for themselves or delivered that perfect comeback at just the right time.” — Library Journal

Happy #BookBday (8/25/15 Edition)

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

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

Happy #BookBday (8/4/15 Edition)

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A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick! This psychologically twisting debut novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a quiet Spanish town is “as subtle and enveloping as the txirimiri, a Basque word for ‘rain so fine that an umbrella is useless against it.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
An August 2015 Indie Next pick! A goldfish named Ian narrates the linked perspectives of the quirky residents he witnesses in an apartment building as he plunges from the 27th-floor balcony to the pavement. “Touching and well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews

A Fall 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection! A poignant and ultimately uplifting novel that traces the final decline of a feisty 40-year-old single mom whose seemingly ordinary life is filled with extraordinary people. “McPartlin very effectively captures a family during a traumatic moment. The novel is kept light with a measure of dry humor and many beautiful instances of love, leaving a lighter impression than one might expect. This novel will be torn from the shelves by fans of tearjerkers such as P.S. I LOVE YOU.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove