Articles tagged "Brian Doyle"

Happy #BookBday (3/28/17 Edition)

BookBday-3.28BONUS: two weeks of new releases in one! Happy #BookBday to:

THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
An April 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of FALLEN LAND. “Drawing comparisons to James Dickey’s DELIVERANCE and Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN, Brown’s impressive second novel is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, Southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes, all bound up in the mythical powers of the Altamaha River.” — Library Journal, starred review

The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe! “Scalzi mixes science, history, and politics with sharp action and intriguing characters. Readers will be thrilled to take another wild ride across the universe with the author of the ‘Old Man’s War’ series.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE HOPE CHEST by Viola Shipman
From the beloved author of Indie Next pick THE CHARM BRACELET comes a story about an heirloom hope chest and the connection it inspires among three people in need of hope: a fiercely independent woman battling ALS, her husband, and their struggling caregiver. “Shipman’s sentimental tearjerker is a good choice for fans of gentle, heartwarming fiction. Readers of Christian fiction may also appreciate its messages of hope and faith in the face of adversity.” — Booklist

BEFORE THE WAR by Fay Weldon
It’s 1922 and Vivien is twenty-four and many other things: six feet tall, intelligent, and a spinster. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her. But what he doesn’t know is that Vivien is already pregnant by another man…. “Fans will relish Weldon’s latest concoction, part domestic comedy, part social commentary, and part bedroom farce, enlivened by her characteristic sly humor and arch tone.” — Booklist

An inspired take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s planned-but-unwritten picaresque novel and the great Scottish author’s early life in 1880s San Francisco. “It’s a wondrous sort of paradox that a fiction nested inside another fiction can convey many poignant truths. Doyle’s irresistible novel, which practically begs to be read aloud, is a triumphant ode to the power of storytelling.” — Booklist

LENIN ON THE TRAIN by Catherine Merridale
Two starred reviews for this gripping, meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the world. “A superbly written narrative history that draws together and makes sense of scattered data, anecdotes, and minor episodes, affording us a bigger picture of events that we now understand to be transformative.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Friday Reads: Writers

TGIF, lovely librarians! Today’s #FridayReads are new and forthcoming books about writers:

EVELYN WAUGH: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade
On the fiftieth anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s death, here is a completely fresh view of one of the most gifted—and fascinating—writers of our time. “A biography both thoughtful and intimate… Drawing on previously unavailable letters, manuscripts, and diaries, Eade illuminates connections between Waugh’s much-lauded fiction and the author’s concealed emotional life. A convincing portrait of a flawed but gifted artist.” — Booklist, starred review

MANDERLEY FOREVER: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay
The nonfiction debut from beloved international sensation and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of SARAH’S KEY: her biography of novelist Daphne du Maurier.

An inspired take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s planned-but-unwritten picaresque novel and the great Scottish author’s early life in 1880s San Francisco. readmoreremove

SMP Winter 2017 E-Samplers

Happy Labor Day weekend! We hope you’ve got a three day weekend ahead of you with plenty of reading time. May we suggest downloading two excellent free Winter 2017 chapter samplers from our friends at St. Martin’s Press?

Discover debut talent in the St. Martin’s First e-sampler and pay tribute to history’s greatest writers with the Tribute to Literary Legends e-sampler.

Both samplers are Read it Now! titles on NetGalley and have corresponding Edelweiss collections.

Winter 2017 St. Martin’s First Sampler (Edelweiss collection)

Titles include:

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
CASTLE OF WATER by Dane Huckelbridge

SMP Winter 2017: A Tribute to Literary Legends Sampler (Edelweiss collection; also available as a PDF via Edelweiss)

Titles include:

MANDERLEY FOREVER: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay
THE TYPEWRITER’S TALE: A Novel of Henry James by Michiel Heyns
JACK AND NORMAN: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song” by Jerome Loving
COMING OF AGE: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead by Deborah Beatriz Blum

Happy Reading!

Booklist’s Best Sports Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Sports reading lists of 2016*, including these six Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Sports Nonfiction (full list)

HOPE: A School, a Team, a Dream by Bill Reynolds
In spending a season following the Hope High School basketball team in Providence, Rhode Island, Reynolds not only digs deeply into the lives of the players and their coach but also offers a candid look at the problems of inner-city schools.

PITCH BY PITCH by Bob Gibson and Lonnie Wheeler
Outspoken Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson recounts every pitch of the landmark first game of the 1968 World Series, when he struck out a record 17 hitters. A wonderful slice of baseball history.

Top 10 Sports Fiction (full list)

BUCKY F*CKING DENT by David Duchovny
Actor Duchovny’s debut novel is a charming, fable-like tale, set in 1978, about a peanut vendor at Yankee Stadium and his dying father, a passionate Red Sox fan. An appealing mix of baseball, humor, and lovable losers. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/29/16 Edition)

Do a little armchair traveling with these two new books out today:

CHICAGO by Brian Doyle
“Through the lens of one man’s first foray into adulthood, Doyle pens a moving ode to the city of Chicago and the singular nature of its people. A warm and entertaining journey of discovery with occasional amazing quirks.” — Booklist, starred review

The owner of a little post-card shop in St. Germain specializing in “wishing cards” is hard pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door. “A perfect gift for a Francophile, or just about anyone else who is looking for a charming good time.” — Library Journal

Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Summer 2015 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features six Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler

Familes… And Other Challenges
THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee

Exciting New Voices
THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbit readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/7/15 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to MARTIN MARTEN by Brian Doyle, a brilliant coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old boy named Dave, and a marten named, well, Martin.

“There are crises large and small—a child lost in the woods, Martin’s surprise fight with that one-in-a-billion-stories-marten—but this telling of at least some of Wy’east’s tales flows along absorbingly, avoiding sentiment while imparting a quiet acceptance of the rhythms of the natural and human worlds. Highly recommended; even city slickers can love.” — Library Journal, starred review

And since we’ll be in Austin next week, we wish a happy EARLY #BookBday to EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline.

Not only did this phenomenal standalone thriller about sociopaths get FOUR STARRED pre-pub reviews, it’s a May 2015 Indie Next selection, too! “In a nail-biting stand-alone with two heart-pounding climaxes and several pulse-racing twists, Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won’t let go. Readers who crave an action-packed psychological thriller should add it to their wish lists.”
Library Journal, starred review



Don’t Forget to Vote!

Nominations for the April LibraryReads list are due THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 20)!!!

Need a recommendation refresher? Check out our favorites and a few more:

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (2 starred reviews!)
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva (2 starred reviews!)
HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
UNFORGETTABLE: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: April 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the April 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due February 20!  Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Short-listed for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award

“In this gemlike first novel, Costello shows her Irish roots; the imagery-light-filled absences, wells, birds–calls to mind Seamus Heaney’s poetry and her plot and characters Colm Tóibín’s brilliant Brooklyn. Throughout, the language is measured and clear, and Tess is ultimately accessible and credible to a wide range of readers.”–Library Journal

Compulsion by Allison Brennan

“Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even more convinced after conducting a pretrial interview with him, but sharp-eyed though she is, she doesn’t realize how nastily she’s being set up. New York Times best seller Brennan, author of numerous series, e.g., Lucy Kincaid, launched the Max Revere series earlier this year with a bang, and since she’s been doing brilliantly in mass market for her publisher, the series is getting a big hardcover breakout.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Martin Marten by Brian Doyle

“Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel again enfolds nature, offering the parallel coming-of-age tales of 14-year-old Dave and furry little Martin, who is (yes) a marten, a woodlands mammal related to minks. Even as Dave enters high school and starts wondering what life will be like when he eventually leaves the family cabin on Mount Hood (or Wy’east, to use the Native American name Dave prefers), Martin knows that soon it will be time to leave his mother and siblings behind. Buddies under the skin! Sure to be charming, with a bit of edge.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

“In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his unexpected death. Soon, she’s sensing powers she never knew she had and having visions that tie her to a witch named Seren who lived nearby in Celtic times.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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Maximum Shelf: THE PLOVER


“I must have wanted to write a sea novel for years—I just adored Stevenson and Kipling and Conrad and Jack London and voyage-logs and sea stories and KON-TIKI as a boy.”
— Brian Doyle on his inspiration for THE PLOVER

Plover jacket
We're very excited about THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle, which continues the story of Declan O Donnell from one of Doyle's previous novels, MINK RIVER. It's an April Indie Next pick, and is this week's Maximum Shelf Awareness feature (we're pretty crazy about it, too).

“THE PLOVER is a fun ride with meaning and heart, lots of it, as well as jokes, scares, storms at sea, surprises, magic, absurdity—and humanity, exuberant joyful humanity.” — Shelf Awareness

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Praise for THE PLOVER:

“Doyle has written a novel in the adventurous style of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson but with a gentle mocking of their valorization of the individual as absolute. Readers will enjoy this bracing and euphoric ode to the vastness of the ocean and the unexpectedness of life.”
Library Journal, starred review

“In near stream of consciousness, wave upon wave of words tumbles out in long, beautifully rendered, description-packed sentences... A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A jack of all literary trades, Doyle augments his impressive oeuvre with this whimsical dreamscape of a nautical adventure about desolation and friendship. A joyous journey of discovery.” Booklist

“Every sentence Doyle writes about the ocean smacks of authenticity...”
Publishers Weekly