Articles tagged "contemporary fiction"

Author Spotlight: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels–she is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.

UNDER CURRENTS, Nora’s latest standalone beach read (on sale this week!), explores the power of family to harm—and to heal.

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back.

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For Your Consideration: May 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite May 2019 titles for the May 2019 LibraryReads list!

Votes due April 1!

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler

Author of June 2015 LibraryReads pick THE BOOK OF SPECULATION
Three starred reviews!
A Library Journal Spring/Summer 2019 Top Pick

“Swyler’s beautiful story, told in eloquent prose, induces shivers of wonder. This meditation on time, loss, and the depth of human connection is both melancholy and astonishing.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Brings to mind the quintessential pioneering writer who used science to explore the human condition, Mary Shelley.”–Booklist, starred review

“Grand in scope and graceful in execution.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake

“This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga—it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Teen Talk Tuesday (2/22/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA Librarians, and welcome to today’s special *Thursday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 3pm EST (*special day and time!*) for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

FADE TO US by Julia Day
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Ages 12 to 18
Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC. But then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s—and Brooke’s not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.

“A book for readers who like romance that flourishes against the odds and characters who learn and grow.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a sweeter-than-sugar summer love story, and the behind-the-scenes theater setting is evergreen.” —Booklist

FLIGHT SEASON by Marie Marquardt
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Ages 13 to 19
From the author of DREAM THINGS TRUE and THE RADIUS OF US comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans.

“This poignant story of grief, healing, and finding balance and purpose is told through alternating narration by the three main characters. Whether navigating financial hardship, family tensions, or precarious immigrant rights, the protagonists come across as well drawn and engaging . . . This new offering from Marquardt will resonate with readers looking for a mature coming-of-age story.” —Booklist

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (ages 13 to 18) is also available now in trade paperback.
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THIS HEART OF MINE by C.C. Hunter
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Ages 13 to 18
When seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie gets a heart transplant, she’s given an amazing second chance at life. Then Leah discovers who the donor was—a boy from her school—and people are saying he killed himself. Plagued with unsettling dreams since the transplant, Leah realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

THIS HEART OF MINE is an emotional and captivating novel about love, loss, and the connections between people . . . [it] will make a solid addition to most young adult collections, and should be recommended to fans of John Green and to those who like murder mysteries with a twist and a hint of romance.” —VOYA

“This story will definitely appeal to students who enjoy realistic and identifiable characters, thrilling fast-paced plot twists, and mature adolescent romantic interactions.” —School Library Connection readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (5/2/17 Edition)

bookbday-5.2.17Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal
A humorous and tender multi-generational novel about immigrants and outsiders, those trying to find their place in American society and within their own families. “Through his beautifully crafted characters, Satyal’s second novel explores identity, sexuality, family, immigrant life, and Indian and American cultures. Satyal expertly describes the everyday struggles that define his characters, and he elevates the extraordinary moments of normal life in his skilled and thought-provoking novel.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist

FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
A May 2017 Indie Next pick! With a fresh and utterly contemporary voice, Johnson lays bare stories of women testing the limits of their power to create a startling work of fiction. “Centered in the depressed flatlands of eastern England, the stories in Johnson’s debut collection straddle the drama of transformation in both the uncanny and the everyday.” — Publishers Weekly

BEFORE WE SLEEP by Jeffrey Lent
The sweeping, intergenerational story of a Vermont family, from WWII to the dawning of the ’60s. “Lent has been compared to Faulkner, and the parallels between the cultural divides of the 1960s and current events make this a solid choice for readers of literary fiction.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Af/Am Fiction

From contemporary to urban fiction, these three new books by African American writers are perfect for patrons who love romance and drama:

AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
The story of Bea, a woman wrestling with motherhood, an unfaithful husband, and a friend who may not be who she seems, all while trying to make sense of her new neighborhood. “Combining the warmth and sisterhood of Terry McMillan’s novels and the tragedies and healing of those from Kristin Hannah, this book should find a wide, satisfied readership.” — Booklist

THE STREETS HAVE NO KING by JaQuavis Coleman
After 7 years of prison, multi-millionaire drug mogul Kane Garrett is back on the streets, but this time he’s teaching a college class, infusing business principles with his signature ruthless edge he developed in the streets. When a student—and heavy heroin dealer—named Basil catches Kane’s eye, Kane takes him on as a protégé and together, they build the biggest, smartest drug trafficking business the state has ever seen. But when Basil meets Moriah, Kane’s only daughter, lines get crossed and their dominant business union becomes a deadly rivalry. readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2017 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Atlanta!! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1818 for fabulous galleys (especially during the Spotlight on Adult Literature—see LJ‘s ALAMW17 galley guide for more) and show our authors some love by attending today’s events:

In-booth signing with Loretta Ellsworth
9:30-10:30am
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Loretta Ellsworth will sign complimentary advance copies of her novel, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE.

In-booth signing with Lisa Rogak
2:00-3:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1326 (Baker & Taylor)

Lisa Rogak will sign complimentary copies of her book, THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR.

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
11:30am-12:15pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult Winter & Spring 2017 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Visit our booth and pick up ARCs of the following titles:

Contemporary Fiction:
Sally Hepworth’s THE MOTHER’S PROMISE (St. Martin’s Press)
Victor Lodato’s EDGAR AND LUCY (St. Martin’s Press)
Julie Buntin’s MARLENA (Henry Holt & Co.)
Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS (Flatiron Books)
Kathleen Rooney’s LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK (St. Martin’s Press)

Mystery/Thriller:
Chevy Stevens’s NEVER LET YOU GO (St. Martin’s Press)
Gregg Hurwitz’s THE NOWHERE MAN (Minotaur Books)
Ann Cleeves’s THE CROW TRAP (Minotaur Books)
JoAnn Chaney’s WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW (Flatiron Books)
Mandy Morton’s NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY (Minotaur Books)

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture with Ryan Gravel
4:00-5:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Sydney Marcus Auditorium Theater

Ryan Gravel, urban visionary, planner, designer, and author of WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, is the award-winning creator of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that will ultimately connect 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts, and public parks. He presents an exciting pitch for how to make cities the kinds of places where we truly want to live, and argues that we can take the future into our own hands and improve our way of life by remodeling cities with better infrastructure to reconnect both neighborhoods and people. A book signing will follow the event. readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2017 (Booth #1818)

alamw2017We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1818 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta next month. Check out our schedule below, consult LJ‘s ALAMW17 galley guide, and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, January 20

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
5:30pm-6:30pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Booklist editor Donna Seaman will sign complimentary advance copies of her newest book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

Saturday, January 21

In-booth signing with Loretta Ellsworth
9:30am-10:30am
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Loretta Ellsworth will sign complimentary advance copies of her novel, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE.

In-booth signing with Lisa Rogak
2:00pm-3:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1326 (Baker & Taylor)

Lisa Rogak will sign complimentary copies of her book, THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR.

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
11:30am-12:15pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult Winter & Spring 2017 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00pm-4:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Booth #1818

Visit our booth and pick up ARCs of the following titles:

Contemporary Fiction:
Sally Hepworth’s THE MOTHER’S PROMISE (St. Martin’s Press)
Victor Lodato’s EDGAR AND LUCY (St. Martin’s Press)
Julie Buntin’s MARLENA (Henry Holt & Co.)
Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS (Flatiron Books)
Kathleen Rooney’s LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK (St. Martin’s Press)

Mystery/Thriller:
Chevy Stevens’s NEVER LET YOU GO (St. Martin’s Press)
Gregg Hurwitz’s THE NOWHERE MAN (Minotaur Books)
Ann Cleeves’s THE CROW TRAP (Minotaur Books)
JoAnn Chaney’s WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW (Flatiron Books)
Mandy Morton’s NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY (Minotaur Books)

Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture with Ryan Gravel
4:00pm-5:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center | Sydney Marcus Auditorium Theater
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Ryan Gravel, urban visionary, planner, designer, and author of WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE: Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities, is the award-winning creator of the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that will ultimately connect 40 diverse Atlanta neighborhoods to city schools, shopping districts, and public parks. He presents an exciting pitch for how to make cities the kinds of places where we truly want to live, and argues that we can take the future into our own hands and improve our way of life by remodeling cities with better infrastructure to reconnect both neighborhoods and people. A book signing will follow the event.
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What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and contemporary fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
THE PERFECT WITNESS by Iris Johanson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES by Andy Cohen

The rest of the best:
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
KILLING JESUS by Bill O’Reilly
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today!
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Labor Day Weekend Reading

Hip hip hooray, it’s Labor Day! For us (and hopefully you) that means a nice, long, relaxing weekend with plenty of reading time (we’re out tomorrow and Monday).
Here are the books topping our TBR pile:

ON THE EDGE by Edward St. Aubyn
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, St. Aubyn’s take on one man’s search for enlightenment as a cure to modern malaise is “razor sharp and maniacally clever.”
Publishers Weekly

TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg
On Sale: November 4, 2014
From the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast comes a whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Check out samples from Jane Eyre, Gilgamesh, and Medea.

THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson
On Sale: November 4, 2014
A post-9/11 literary spy thriller from the National Book Award–winning author of Tree of Smoke. One of Barbara Hoffert’s Library Journal pre-pub picks!
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We heart Lisa Scottoline!

WritersDigest-LisaScottolineArticleIf you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we love Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, a super talented writer, and very outspoken about how her books belong to several different genres.

Lisa is the cover story of the October 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest (on stands now)!

She talks about early success with her Rosato & Associates series, yet didn’t want to be known as “the female John Grisham.” That led her to write standalone novels about emotional justice, including LOOK AGAIN, and most recently, KEEP QUIET.

Meanwhile, she’s relaunched her bestselling Rosato series with last fall’s ACCUSED (BETRAYED is the new Rosato book due out November 25) and has written several essay collections with her daughter Francesca Serritella based on their Philadelphia Inquirer columns. Their most recent book, HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, was a People Magazine pick.

Lisa also gives great advice to aspiring writers:

“The world is really tough on people who want to be writers, and there’s precious little support for it. You have to nurture this dream. I visualize it as a candle. You’re the person in the movie walking around in the dark scary house, and you have the candle in the little dish, and you have to protect it with your hand. It can blow out very easily. And the world is not going to help you hold the candle. You’ve got to protect the candle.
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