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Booklist’s Best Debuts of 2017

Booklist‘s Top 10 First Novels of 2017 list includes two of our favorite debuts:

GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
Rachel returns home to help her mother care for her father as he struggles with dementia in Khong’s tender, deadpan-funny, and affecting drama about memory, self, and caregiving.

THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
Joan did not want to be a mother, and, sure enough, when she ends up with two sons, all her fears come true in Wolas’ breathtaking novel, which does for motherhood what GONE GIRL (2012) did for marriage.

“Great Book-Group Reads” Booklist Webinar — Macmillan Titles (08/01/17)

So you missed Booklist‘s “Great Book-Group Reads” Webinar… We got you! Here are the titles we covered:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Hush by John Hart

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Transit by Rachel Cusk

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

 

Download the full slide deck here.

Happy #BookBday (5/9/17 Edition)

bookbday-5.9.17Happy #BookBday to these bestselling authors and debut novelists:

HOW TO BE HUMAN by Paula Cocozza
Two starred reviews! “A debut novel from Guardian feature writer Cocozza, this disquieting story details the obsessive romance between a woman and a fox. A singular love story of dominance and betrayal, this novel sets the tone for what will hopefully be a long and strange literary career.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SOME RISE BY SIN by Philip Caputo
New York Times bestselling author Caputo tells the story of a Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican village. “An old-fashioned novel in the best way, a work of genuine heft, SOME RISE BY SIN explores the search for meaning in a place where the stakes are highest and does so with unwavering focus. At 75, Caputo remains a master of his craft.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable
New York Times bestselling author Gable’s latest novel unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House—a Nantucket compound that will collapse into the sea due to erosion— as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home’s definitive guestbook, and Ruby’s grown daughter, Bess Codman. “A sure bet for women’s-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels.” — Booklist

A DOG’S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron
The New York Times best-selling author of A DOG’S PURPOSE (now a movie) returns with adorable pit bull puppy Bella, who treks 400 miles back to Lucas Ray after having to be fostered out. “Ever popular with dog lovers, Cameron presents another winning tale of an extraordinary human-canine companionship full of tug-at-the-heartstrings adventure.” — Booklist 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

Happy #BookBday (4/25/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to two daring debuts and three works of women’s fiction perfect for book clubs:

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A May 2017 Indie Next pick & a Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, 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

THE F WORD by Liza Palmer
At once a funny, whip-smart sendup of L.A. culture and an irresistible love story about how sometimes who we become isn’t who we really are. “A funny and fantastic lesson on how perfection doesn’t translate to happiness is served up in Palmer’s latest. This is a smart and sardonic novel with a genuine voice.” — Publishers Weekly

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher
“This is a warm, humorous, at times heartbreaking novel of three childhood friends, told from their alternating points-of-view and reminiscent of Cecelia Ahern’s ROSIE DUNNE. It reads like a diary readers won’t be able to put down, with characters they would like to spend more time with and get to know. A fresh take on the classic love-triangle story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

LJ’s Great First Acts — Debut Novels

LJ S17 debutsFrom astute coming-of-age titles to high-profile pop fiction to books heard ’round the world, these seven Macmillan titles will be some of the most talked-about debuts of the spring 2017 season, according to Library Journal:

HOW TO BE HUMAN by Paula Cocozza
Out: May 9
Out of love and on leave from work, Mary finds comfort in the presence of a gorgeous red fox that has taken to visiting the back garden of her home in the London suburbs. But the neighbors are disturbed. “A compelling, unsettling, and wholly original debut.” (LJ 3/1/17)

THE CITY ALWAYS WINS by Omar Robert Hamilton
Out: June 13
Cofounder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, Hamilton takes us to Cairo as his idealistic protagonist joins the battle in Tahrir Square, then lands in disillusioned exile in New York. Forceful, astonishing writing and a piercing insider’s look at Egypt’s failed revolution.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Out: April 4
Relating the story of 15-year-old Cat, new in town and drawn to daring, desperate Marlena, Buntin captures a destructive yet essential relationship with ongoing consequences. A Discover Great New Writers pick; “an exceptional portrait, disturbing and precisely observed.” (Xpress Reviews 3/10/17) readmoreremove

PW’s Writers to Watch Spring 2017: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly recently shared their most anticipated debuts of Spring 2017, including two of our favorites:

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Teenage friendships almost never make sense, which might explain why so many of them fall apart as people get older, and also why fiction writers often turn to them for material. When Julie Buntin was working on MARLENA, her debut novel about the aftermath of an intense friendship between two teenage girls, she was faced with the challenge of making that particular obsession legible to readers. “It’s hard to capture why a character finds someone else magnetic,” Buntin, 29, says. “How can you translate that into something the reader can connect to?”

Marlena centers on two characters, 15-year-old Cat and 17-year-old Marlena, who become pals when Cat moves to the town in northern Michigan where Marlena lives. Buntin, in the words of PW’s starred review, “is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst,” observing how Cat becomes increasingly enamored of the unstable Marlena, who is “musically talented, beautiful, and doomed to die young.”


THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso
Rare is the novel that features older women as protagonists, rather than as mere supporting characters or props. Rarer still is the novel willing to depict aging women in all their complications, regrets, and swarming hostilities. But that’s precisely what Yewande Omotoso, a Barbados-born South African writer, set out to do her in novel, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, her second work of fiction and her first to be published in the U.S. readmoreremove

B&N Spring 2017 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers program includes four Macmillan titles!

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
An extraordinary portrait of Doaa Zamel, a Syrian refugee who managed to survive the horrendous September 2014 Mediterranean shipwreck that claimed almost 500 lives, from the Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
A moving celebration of what Hayes calls “the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected” of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
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 readmoreremove

Whatcha (e-) Reading?

Here are the most popular e-galleys librarians have recently downloaded from Edelweiss* (maybe we’ll see some of them on a LibraryReads list soon!):

Mystery:
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Tasha Alexander
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
NORMAL by Warren Ellis
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee de Hahn
TEETOTALED by Maia Chance
THE DRY by Jane Harper
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
THE OSLO CONSPIRACY by Asle Skredderberget
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino

Sci Fi / Fantasy:
FALLER by Will McIntosh
INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
THE SUPERNATURALS by David L. Golemon
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Horror:
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest

Nonfiction / Biography:
HOMEWARD BOUND: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin
WALKING TO LISTEN: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel

Debuts:
ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL by Daniel Lowe
INDELIBLE by Adelia Saunders
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dorte Hansen

Novels:
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Romance:
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes

Bestselling Authors:
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon
NIGHT WATCH by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

YA:
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

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*Most popular as of September 27, 2016.

LJ’s Fall/Winter Debut Novel Picks

Library Journal recently announced the debut novels they’re most looking forward to this Fall 2016 and Winter 2017, including these four Macmillan titles:

THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
All coincidentally named Guinevere, four young women bond tightly when they are abandoned by their various parents to be raised by nuns at the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration. But will those bonds hold when four comatose soldiers are brought to the convent? “An unsettling, melancholy first novel whose tone echoes that of Jeffrey Eugenides’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. This phenomenal, character-driven story is mesmerizing.” (LJ 8/16)

SUN, SAND, MURDER by John Keyse-Walker
Winner of the 2015 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, this debut features Special Constable Teddy Creque, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, who keeps the peace on his tiny island home of Anegada. The murder of Boston University herpetologist Paul Kelliher turns the entire island upside down. “A beautiful Caribbean setting, vibrant characters, lively plotting and pacing, and a memorable villain who will surprise you.” (LJ 8/16) readmoreremove

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