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January 2018 All-Stars

These forthcoming books are raking in the starred reviews—make sure to add them to your library’s shelves ASAP!

“Tamirat’s razor-sharp prose fashions a magnificently dimensional and emotionally resonant narrator, herself a storyteller who frames her own tale with beguiling skill. This debut is remarkable in every way.” — Booklist, starred review

“Tamirat’s wonderful debut novel weaves growing pains, immigrant troubles, and moments of biting humor. The unsettling conclusion serves as a perfect ending for this riveting coming-of-age story full of murky motives, deep emotion, and memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Brown immerses the reader in the mountain landscape… [his] dialogue, too, is magical, capturing the local idioms and cadences and rendering them musical. Brown has quickly established himself in the top echelon of Southern writers, and his latest will please readers of Wiley Cash and Ron Rash.” — Booklist, starred review

“Not to be missed, this bold, dark, gritty novel is another coup for Brown, whose lyrical descriptions of the landscape only add to the captivating story of indomitable but isolated folks bound by folklore, tradition, and a hardscrabble life.”Library Journal, starred review

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
“Sarvas couples a suspenseful mystery with nuanced meditations on father-son bonds, the intricacies of identity, the aftershocks of history’s horrors, and the ways people and artworks can—perhaps even must—be endlessly reinterpreted. ” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Because of its scope and deft handling of aspects of identity in matters of love, family, religion, and loss, this literary work is highly recommended to the broadest audience.” — Library Journal, starred review

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
“[An] impressive novel… Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Holbert returns with a violent, gruesome, and beautiful tale that, despite its despondency, is perversely winning. The violence in this rangy, brilliant narrative is often grotesque, but this excess is tempered by dry humor, wonderful dialogue, and dark wisdom.” Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (5/19/15 Edition)

#BookBdays mean cake & celebration! Today we party with these new releases:

BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews
Location scout Greer Hennessy has found the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie, but finds a formidable obstacle (and romantic interest) in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. “Andrews expertly combines an intriguing love story with small-town quirkiness and cinematic action to highly entertaining effect.” — Booklist

Pinhead is back! And once again he’s facing off with occult detective Harry D’Amour, in this long-awaited epic that ranges from the dark corners of New York to the pits of hell. “THE SCARLET GOSPELS is Barker at his most unhinged and indulgent…beneath the mountain of outré horrors, there’s a weird humor underpinning Barker’s work, a droll self-awareness and a riotous, do-not-go-quietly energy. It’s a tasty delight.” — Entertainment Weekly readmoreremove

Stars for DO NO HARM

“I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing.”

So begins neurosurgeon Henry Marsh‘s internationally bestselling memoir, DO NO HARM, revealing the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life.

A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year, DO NO HARM was shortlisted for both the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa Book Award and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, ranking alongside the work of Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, and Oliver Sacks.

This gripping, brutally honest account has already received THREE starred reviews:

One of the best books ever about a life in medicine, DO NO HARM boldly and gracefully exposes the vulnerability and painful privilege of being a physician.”
Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written and deeply moving—one of the best physician memoirs in recent memory.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Marsh’s remarkable, unblinking honesty shines through in each of the starkly different cases he describes… This thoughtful doctor provides a highly personal and fascinating look inside the elite world of neurosurgery, appraising both its amazing successes as well as its sobering failures.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review