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Happy #BookBday (11/14/17 Edition)

SMILE! It’s your #BookBday!

PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
The vice president pens a deeply moving memoir about the most challenging professional and personal year in which he lost his son to brain cancer. “The book is a backstage drama, honest, raw and rich in detail. People who have lost someone will genuinely take comfort from what he has to say….” — New York Times

AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD by Jonathan L. Howard
Howard’s “wonderful”* sequel to CARTER & LOVECRAFT, featuring bookseller Emily Lovecraft and detective Daniel Carter “reboots the heck out of the series” (*Booklist, starred review). “This is an entertaining and meticulously crafted mix of speculative history, suspense, sardonic humor, and cosmic horror.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

AMERICAN DRIFTER by Chad Michael Murray & Heather Graham
RWA Lifetime Achievement Award and ITW ThrillerMaster Award recipient Heather Graham teams up with celebrated actor and celebrity icon Chad Michael Murray to weave a tale of passion and danger as a young US Army veteran suffering from PTSD drifts around Brazil and falls in love with a gangster’s mistress. “A pretty, airy fairy tale for a modern time—though the end briefly acknowledges that perfection can only ever be an illusion.” — Kirkus Reviews

DEBRIEFING: Collected Stories by Susan Sontag, edited by Benjamin Taylor
A collection of one of our most powerful intellectual’s short fiction works. “Sontag’s stories are freshly provocative and incisive as well as remarkably prescient. The time for these tales is now.” — Booklist

BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE by Ruth Emmie Lang
Through the story of Weylyn Grey, Lang weaves a mystical tale about life, love, and the ability each of us has to change our own story. “Original and imaginative, especially in its multifaceted exploration of one extraordinary person, Lang’s novel is a lovely and fascinating feat of magical realism. This bildungsroman will likely engage young fantasy fans who struggle to fit in.” — Booklist readmoreremove

LJ’s Famously Firsts

Library Journal shared their “Famously Firsts”—recently published or forthcoming debut novels that they are most excited about. Check out their Macmillan picks!
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NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Joe Gannon
A freelance journalist in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, the setting of this book, Gannon introduces police captain Ajax Montoya, a revolutionary hero who served in state security but has been forced into homicide investigations. At least he recognizes the execution style of an old enemy at the latest crime scene. “Readers will eagerly await Gannon’s next book” (PW).

NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
Living in the witness protection program in Azula, TX, Julia Kalas is surprised to discover that the buildings near the bar where she works are mostly owned by a shell company; she ends up investigating the sheriff’s murder. “Atmospheric and entertaining”; an LJ Mystery Debut of the Month by an architect who once worked as a librarian. (LJ 9/1/14)

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Hot Debut: BRUTAL YOUTH

Brutal Youth coverLast week Entertainment Weekly did their senior staff writer Anthony Breznican proud with a cover reveal and Q&A for his debut novel, BRUTAL YOUTH.

In this unusual coming-of-age story, incoming freshman Peter Davidek is trying to survive his first year at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies, and a faculty that's even worse. Within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal—so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

Even Stephen King is talking about it!

“If you thought high school was hell, has Anthony Breznican got a story for you. Every bully who stalked you, every sadistic teacher who ever terrified you, every stupid prank, every hopeless crush and false friend: they’re all here, along with a few kids who hang together and try to do the right thing in a brutal environment. By turns funny and terrifying, BRUTAL YOUTH is an unputdownable tour-de-force, a REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE for the 21st century.
— Stephen King

Breznican has accomplished that rare feat of unflinchingly exposing the high school experience in all of its hilarity, vengeance, and terror. You'll think Roald Dahl just went for a swim in the world of John Hughes and came out wearing prison stripes. Life isn't fair... but high school is brutal. This is the most richly detailed and nuanced academic microcosm since DEAD POETS SOCIETY. You may have never been to St. Michael the Archangel High School, but you will fear it after reading this powerful and hilarious debut novel. Never has a story brought me back to the merciless teachers and ruthless bullies with such poetry and wit.”
— Jason Reitman, Academy award-nominated writer/director/producer of JUNO, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, and UP IN THE AIR

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From the EW Q&A: How would you describe the book in movie terms? (e.g., "Heathers" meets Tarantino, or something like that…)
My brother Greg came up with a good one after he read it: “'Fight Club' meets 'The Breakfast Club.'” I couldn’t hope for any better than that.

 

Anne (who is also an unapologetic reader of EW) read it over the weekend and couldn't put it down! “Fight Club” meets “Breakfast Club” is pretty spot on, with a dash of “Freaks & Geeks” thrown in for good measure.

And if that’s not enough of a reason to read it, Breznican’s wife is a librarian!

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