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YA-OK Adult Titles for Teens

FridayReads-AB4TThese six titles may have been published for adults, but we think your teens will love ’em too!

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
An April 2017 Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts with FOUR starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
Two starred reviews! Life in a small Iowa town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. “Darnielle’s masterfully disturbing follow-up to the National Book Award–nominated WOLF IN WHITE VAN reads like several Twilight Zone scripts cut together by a poet.” — Booklist, starred review

IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L. Rio
A literary debut in the tradition of Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY about a group of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts school who find their friendship turned into nasty rivalry that leaves one of them dead after a teacher switches around the in-character casting. “This novel about obsession at the conservatory will thoroughly obsess you.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE ROMANCE READERS GUIDE TO LIFE by Sharon Pywell
Two sisters, a murder, a bodice-ripping pirate romance, plus a cross-dressing talking dog! With shades of THE LOVELY BONES combined with the guilty pleasure of a pirate romance: a novel about two sisters coming of age in the 1950s, and what happens when one of them disappears. “Smart, funny, and compulsively readable: this one may finally win the underrecognized author the wider audience her talent deserves.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

OOLA by Brittany Newell
A provocative and impressive debut delivered with a uniquely sinister lyricism by a brilliant 21-year-old; a story about sex, privilege, desire, and creativity in the post-college years. “Newell’s rangy, circuitous tale is a kind of queer Nadja for millennials with a self-satirizing—and satisfying—bite. A dreamy and provocative exploration of sex, privilege, and self-discovery.” — Kirkus Reviews

March 2017 All-Stars

march starsForget roaring in like a lion—March is shining with stars for these new and forthcoming books!

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
“In the same vein as the author’s acclaimed debut, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss.” — Library Journal, starred review

“This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” Booklist, starred review

A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
Flawless prose provides the canvas against which Schwab’s complex characters battle, love, and die, and the bittersweet conclusion is a fitting one for a fantastic, emotionally rich series that redefines epic.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fans will gobble up this final battle, in which the characters they love fight desperately to save everything they hold dear. Schwab has fully delivered on the promise of this inventive and captivating series.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
“Startling and stunning and compulsively strange, Lacey’s sophomore novel is a haunting investigation into the nature of love. With otherworldly precision and subtle wit, Lacey creates a gently surreal dreamscape that’s both intoxicating and profound. A singular novel; as unexpected as it is rich.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Lacey displays an exceptional ability to articulate the elusiveness of knowing others, as well as the desire to find meaning and trust within.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

PROVING GROUND by Peter Blauner
“The murder of a liberal lawyer in Brooklyn puts his Iraq War veteran son and two detectives on a collision course in this complex, character-rich tale. A top-notch crime novel that avoids easy resolutions and is all the better for its unanswered questions.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Although it has been 11 years since SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS, Edgar-winner Blauner hasn’t lost his touch, as this page-turner demonstrates. Blauner has crafted two strong and complex leads in Natty and Lourdes and given readers an intricate plot that never feels forced.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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C.J. Box says, “THE DRY is the debut of the year.”

“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”

This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery, THE DRY.

When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

This phenomenal debut sold to 19 countries and Reese Witherspoon quickly snapped up the movie rights. Library Journal called THE DRY one of their “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” picks, and it’s received THREE starred reviews in addition to high praise from bestselling authors:

“A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.”
Booklist, starred review

“From the ominous opening paragraphs, all the more chilling for their matter-of-factness, Harper, a journalist who writes for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, spins a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific.”
Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“A chilling story set under a blistering sun, this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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More praise for THE DRY:

“It’s extremely rare and exciting to read a debut that enthralls from the very first page and then absolutely sticks the landing. Told with heart and guts and an authentic sense of place that simply cannot be faked, THE DRY is the debut of the year.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box

“One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read. I could feel the searing heat of the Australia setting. Every word is near perfect. The story builds like a wave seeking the purchase of earth before it crashes down and wipes out everything you might have thought about this enthralling tale. Read it!” — #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci

“With THE DRY, Jane Harper immediately takes her place among the elites in the mystery world. If this book doesn’t garner an Edgar (Best First Novel) or two (Best Novel), there is no justice. Terrific characters, unique and evocative setting, knockout plot construction. This book has it all.” — New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/23/16 Edition)

A debut, historical fiction, and new nonfiction: all available for your library’s shelves now!

RIVERINE: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm
An August 2016 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “Combining lyrical prose with a haunting narrative, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize–winner Palm recounts a story filled with secret longings, family history, and musings on what might have been. All in all, this is a memoir to linger over, savor and study.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE OUTSIDE LANDS by Hannah Kohler
The remarkable debut novel of one family torn apart by a war crime—and a young mother’s moral compromises as she seeks the truth. “Set amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, Kohler’s sensitive debut follows a pair of San Francisco siblings struggling to make sense of the roles that have been set out for them. A haunting portrait of an era that only gets better as it goes along.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE SECRET BOOK OF KINGS by Yochi Brandes
This sweeping fictional biblical epic filled with court intrigue, romance, and rebellion tells the untold story of Jerobaam, fourth king of Israel, and Michal, King David’s discarded Queen. “Similar to India Edghill’s QUEENMAKER and Angela Hunt’s BATHSHEBA: Reluctant Beauty for the fresh, dramatic portrayal of famous biblical royalty.” — Booklist

BETWEEN TWO FIRES by Mark Noce
The first in an epic historical series set in Medieval Wales that follows Branwen, a Braveheart-like princess, caught between the love for her country and her love of a Robin-Hood-like prince.

WHITE MAN’S GAME: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa by Stephanie Hanes
A behind-the-scenes account of the celebrated yet troubled Gorongosa wildlife preserve, where Western conservation efforts are colliding with African culture.

Stars for AN UNRESTORED WOMAN

Shobha Rao debut panel

ALA Midwinter Debut Authors panel (Shobha Rao is first row, far right)

If you were lucky enough to be at ALA Midwinter’s AAP/LibraryReads Debut Authors panel, then you know all about Shobha Rao‘s exceptional talent.

Born in India but raised in Indiana, Rao was treated like an outsider and spent most of her time in the school library alone, deeply grateful that the librarians let her just “be.” The inspiration for her linked story collection, AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, is rooted in the history of the “Partition” between India and Pakistan following independence from Britain in 1947. The transfer of populations between the two countries is considered the largest peacetime migration in all of human history.

“Though the commonly used term for these women is recovered women, I have chosen to refer to them as restored. The distinction may seem trivial, but it is necessary, for I believe that while the recovery of a person is possible, the restoration of a human being to her original state is not.” — Shobha Rao

Talia and Anne were early champions of this stunning debut, and now AN UNRESTORED WOMAN has received two starred advance reviews:

“With a sophisticated sense of pacing and patience, the stories build on one another by focusing on how the actions of those in power affect vulnerable women and children on both sides of the divide…. Rao’s language is particularly good at reflecting the interior lives of her characters. Stunning and relentless.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Raw and breathtaking… Exquisite turns of phrase and editing with a fine-edged scalpel only add to an outstanding and memorable debut.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS is a 2016 Morris Award Finalist!

HUGE NEWS!! THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore is a finalist for the 2016 Morris Award!

The William C. Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The winner will be announced at the ALA Midwinter 2016 conference in Boston.

See all of the finalists for the 2016 Morris Award here.

For Your Consideration: December 2015 AND January 2016 LibraryReads Titles

The 2015 Favorite of Favorites voting is happening now, but it’s never too early to download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the combined December 2015/January 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
Librarians are gushing over this novel reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK and Lisa Genova’s STILL ALICE about a 38-year-old woman with early onset Alzheimer’s who falls in love with another care home resident. “Reading this gave me the same feeling as when I first read Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK.” — Robin Beerbower, EarlyWord
“Loved THE THINGS WE KEEP about early onset dementia… Realistically imagined.” — Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington NJ

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ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! Evan Smoak, a.k.a The Nowhere Man, is a legendary figure with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. But now, someone with similar skills and training is on Evan’s tail with one mission: find and eliminate him. “Knowing that this is the start of a series reduces tension only a sliver in this hi-tech, nonstop thriller. Hurwitz, known for this kind of adrenaline-producing fiction, adds enough humanity to the action to make this is a standout, and readers should get in at the start. As if a big print run and marketing plans weren’t enough, screen rights have already been sold, with Hurwitz doing the screenplay and Bradley Cooper as producer and possible star.” — Booklist, starred review

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor in chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world—and the beginning of our future. “Clever and wonderfully weird… Fans of genre fiction will be delighted by Patricia and Laurence’s story, and Anders’s smart, matter-of-fact prose will appeal to a mainstream audience as well.” — Publishers Weekly

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RIOT MOST UNCOUTH
by Daniel Friedman

Thriller Award–finalist Friedman (DON’T EVER LOOK BACK) succeeds in making his unique blend of humor, crime, and an unusual protagonist work in the first of a new series starring the famous Romantic poet [Lord Byron]. Besides adroitly placing the major plot twists, Friedman manages to make one of the most obnoxious leads in recent memory oddly endearing and even sympathetic.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Happy World Teachers’ Day!

Happy World Teachers’ Day! In honor of this occasion, former high school English teacher and debut author Erik Fassnacht (A GOOD FAMILY) shares five things his students taught him about writing his first novel.

Not on the list: waiting until the day before your deadline to write the whole book!

IN BITTER CHILL hits the October 2015 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Sarah Ward’s debut novel, IN BITTER CHILL, is the #8 pick on the October 2015 LibraryReads list!

Perfect for fans of Sharon Bolton and Deborah Crombie, this story of loss and family secrets involves a present-day murder that may just be linked to a cold case.

Derbyshire, 1978: a small town in the idyllic English countryside is traumatized by the kidnapping of two young schoolgirls, Rachel Jones and Sophie Jenkins. Within hours, Rachel is found wandering alone near the roadside, unharmed yet unable to remember anything, except that her abductor was a woman. No trace of Sophie is ever discovered.

Present day: over thirty years later, Sophie’s mother commits suicide. Detective Inspector Francis Sadler and detective constable Connie Childs are assigned to look at the kidnapping again to see if modern police methods can discover something that the original team missed. Rachel, with the help of her formidable mother and grandmother, recovered from the kidnapping and has become a family genealogist. She wants nothing more than to continue living quietly beneath the radar, but the discovery of the strangled body of one of her former teachers days after the suicide brings the national media back to her doorstep. Desperate to stop a modern killer from striking again, Rachel and the police must unpick the clues to uncover what really happened all those years ago as the past threatens to engulf the present.

A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” pick! “It’s perfect for fans of Louise Penny, Sharon Bolton, and Elizabeth George.” — Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilliard OH

“Ward skillfully weaves a compelling plot in this police procedural with a genealogical bent. An accomplished debut by a writer to watch.” — Booklist

See the complete October 2015 list at LibraryReads.org.

Sneak Peek: September 2015 Indie Next List

sept indie nextThe September 2015 Indie Next list includes 5 Macmillan titles!

SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
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. “In addition to the psychologically rich characterization, a wealth of atmospheric details—what the characters wear, the brands of cigarettes they smoke, and the whisky they knock back—add depth, immediacy, and authenticity to an engrossing, moving story of Amory’s turns of fortune.”
Publishers Weekly

EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
An August 2015 LibraryReads pick! Lying your way to the top of the social strata has devastating consequences for Evelyn Beegan, a 26-year-old desperate for a “better life” even if it’s a lie in this debut novel of class, ambition and ultimately spectacular ruin. “A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later.” — Library Journal, starred review

JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! A stunning, lyrical debut mystery in which an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death before the Emperor arrives. “Hart’s sure command of historical complexities, conflicts between cultures, and plot twists leads to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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