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Teen Talk (6/14/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington
9781250075260
Ages 12 to 18
After a perfect first kiss, Aurora’s second kiss lands her boyfriend in the hospital, and her matchmaking strategies start to backfire in this sequel to HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU. When Aurora’s best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora’s matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.

“This light, dreamy, and easy read is filled with strong character development as the teens find their way in their everyday lives.” —School Library Journal

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Ages 14 and up
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly . . . until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

“Zera is an exemplar of confident, capable, relentlessly witty young womanhood. She is assertive, proactive, and, above all, a fun character to follow . . . ” —Kirkus Reviews

Also available this month in trade paperback from Flatiron Books:

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
9781250078414
Ages 13 to 18
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an award-winning, bighearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help rooting for.

“Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it’s full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
9781250114853
Ages 12 to 18
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything. This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

“Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” —Publishers Weekly

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens!

Happy #BookBday (5/29/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these big new releases!

SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
A June 2018 Indie Next pick and a Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction pick! “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

THE SUMMER I MET JACK by Michelle Gable
Also available in audio
The New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark — and the child they may have had. “Gable seamlessly weaves this modern love story with history, ensuring romantic tension that doesn’t end with the acceleration of Jack’s career. Based on real events, this compassionate and intelligent blend of Adriana Trigiani’s ALL THE STARS IN THE HEAVENS and Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.’s EMPTY MANSIONS offers massive cross-genre appeal.” — Library Journal, starred review

SO CLOSE TO BEING THE SH*T, Y’ALL DON’T EVEN KNOW by Retta
Also available in audio
In her hilarious book of essays, Parks and Recreation and Good Girls star Retta shares the stories that led to her success in Hollywood. “Whether recalling her early years doing stand-up on the college circuit, expounding on the ways TV shows reflect us, or fangirling hard for the musical Hamilton, comedian and actor Retta spins entertaining tales and hilarious phrases. As books like this one go, hers is as honest, funny, and fun to read as they come.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/10/2018 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
An April 2018 Indie Next Pick!
“In this nail-biting domestic thriller from Scottoline, prominent Pennsylvania pediatric allergist Noah Alderman, a widower, finds love again with Maggie Ippolitti. She adores his son, and they have a happy life. But everything changes when Maggie gets a call from her daughter, Anna, whom she lost custody of when the girl was six months old . . . Filled with plenty of twists and complex characters, this entertaining story builds to a satisfying conclusion. —Publishers Weekly

HOTEL ON SHADOW LAKE by Daniela Tully
Tully’s first novel, an intricate read-it-in-one-sitting mystery-cum-family saga, spans a hundred years, two continents, and two world wars . . . Told from the point of view of three central characters—and including its own fairy tale—this is a story about murder, greed, love (won then lost), and, above all, intrigue.Publishers Weekly, starred review

Friday Reads: #BookBday Debuts

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

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
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

THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS by Yoav Blum
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)

THE RESTORATION OF OTTO LAIRD by Nigel Packer
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
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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:

THE MARRIAGE PACT by M.J. Pullen
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):

HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton
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 IN LOVE by A.E. Hotchner
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
Bonus:
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.

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