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Sneak Peek: May 2017 Indie Next List

The May 2017 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!indie next

BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“Here’s a gripping and memorable thriller about a family that moves into a house where, several years earlier, a double homicide took place. Lots of mysteries in this tricky story, lots of great characters, and one really cool narrative device: the story is told from the perspective of an observer, a sort of ‘invisible presence without corporeal substance,’ as the author describes it. On its surface a clever thriller, underneath a dark family drama, this is one haunting novel.” — Booklist

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
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 readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (1/24/17 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
Two starred reviews! Based on Frankel’s own experience as the mother of a transgender second-grader, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS is the story of a family whose youngest son decides he wants to be a girl and passes as Poppy… until she doesn’t. “A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THREE YEARS WITH THE RAT by Jay Hosking
A young man’s quest to find his missing sister will catapult him into a dangerous labyrinth of secrets in this provocative, genre-bending, and page-turning debut. “The author…turns in a startlingly fine performance with his first novel…drawing us completely into a labyrinthine narrative.” — Booklist, starred review

Happy #BookBday (1/3/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to the first new books of 2017!

FREEBIRD by Jon Raymond
A January 2017 Indie Next pick! Los Angeles bureaucrat Anne Singer faces a moral and professional dilemma at work; meanwhile, she worries endlessly about her son’s future and her father’s care. But it’s actually Anne’s PTSD-stricken brother, Ben, the one person she isn’t worried about, who should cause her greatest concern. “This is a powerful and tender family drama.” — Publishers Weekly

LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash
In a series of bold and intimate personal letters to his sons, the Ambassador of the UAE to Russia explores what it means to be a Muslim in the twenty-first century. Blending diplomatic experience and the personal responsibility of fatherhood, Ghobash advises the next generation of Muslims how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today’s world. “This is a fantastic book for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Friday Reads Stars!

We’re seeing stars for these great #FridayReads:

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
“As good as ORPHAN X was, this is an even better novel
, mostly because of its more claustrophobic setting (the bulk of the story is set in and around the place where Evan is being held), its captivating villain, and the way the author keeps ratcheting up the danger to Evan. Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire—and plenty of it.” — Booklist, starred review

“Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
“A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Frankel’s slightly askew voice, exemplified by Rosie and Penn’s nontraditional gender roles, keeps the narrative sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story—heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
“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 readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: January 2017 Indie Next List

indie nextThe January 2017 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles (and one is a January 2017 LibraryReads pick)!

THE DRY by Jane Harper

A Library Journal “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” pick with THREE starred reviews!

“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. 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. “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 readmoreremove

Historical Fiction Roundup

These six new and forthcoming titles are perfect for your patrons who love historical fiction:

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
Three stars for this “mystery of the heart” (New York Times) that deftly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. “In [Smith’s] hands, the damp cobblestones and canals of 1600s Holland and the shabby gentility of Eisenhower-era New York feel as real and tactile and tinged with magic as de Vos’ indelible brushstrokes.” — Entertainment Weekly

MOUNT PLEASANT by Patrice Nganang
“Cameroonian writer Nganang delivers a modern epic, tinged with liberal doses of magical realism, of life in his country’s colonial era. An elegantly drawn and engaging world of a sort unknown to most readers—but one they’ll be glad to have visited.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE MIDNIGHT WATCH by David Dyer
A dramatic debut novel about the sinking of the Titanic, and the crew of the nearby SS Californian who could have saved its passengers. “Dyer’s elegant, imaginative renderings captivate, and his expansive research—including exclusive access to legal documents—makes this colossal disaster newly enthralling.”
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