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Friday Reads: Superstars!

TGIF! Our #FridayReads are forthcoming books with several starred reviews!

THE MERRY SPINSTER by Mallory Ortberg
“Unlike most modern versions of fairy tales, Ortberg’s sly, scathing renditions avoid clichés and self-referential edginess, and instead strike directly at the heart. The book brings the shock of the new and the shock of recognition into play at the same time; it’s a tour de force of skill, daring, and hard-earned bravura.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A wholly satisfying blend of silliness, feminist critique, and deft prose makes this a collection of bedtime stories that will keep you up at night for all the right reasons.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks
“Jane is an appealing amateur sleuth, an orphan exposed to the excesses of the wealthy while remaining friends with union organizers and anarchists. With its vivid depiction of contrasting worlds this series debut should appeal to readers of Alyssa Maxwell’s ‘Gilded Age’ historical mysteries.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The novel’s voice, plotting, pace, characterization, and historical background are all expertly crafted, while the resolution—which feels both surprising and convincing—will leave readers hungry for more.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

LJ’s Jewish Book Month Picks

Library Journal recently featured a roundup of titles perfect for Jewish Book Month (November 24–December 24), including these five Macmillan titles:

GAME OF QUEENS: A Novel of Vashti and Esther by India Edghill
Reference librarian Edghill reimagines the life of Vashti, one of the most beautiful women in the Persian empire, who lost her crown when she defied her husband, King Ahasuerus. Vashti was also instrumental in choosing her successor, Esther.

THE SECRET BOOK OF KINGS by Yochi Brandes
Filled with intrigue, romance, and rebellion, this biblical epic recounts the story of Michal, daughter of King Saul and discarded wife of King David. Brandes, a biblical scholar, is a best-selling and award-winning Israeli novelist and essayist. This is her first book to be translated into English.

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM by Sarit Yishai-Levi
This international best seller and Israeli award winner presents a sweeping family saga that follows four generations of Ladino-speaking Sephardic women in Jerusalem who all fear that the family curse—that the husbands don’t love their wives—will continue with future descendants. This novel is currently being adapted into a feature film in Israel.

THE DEBT OF TAMAR by Nicole Dweck
A rare self-publishing success, Dweck’s debut won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award in 2013. The novel’s first half chronicles a Jewish family’s flight from Iberia during the 16th-­century Inquisition to Istanbul. The second part is set in 2002, when a young man descended from the Ottoman sultans meets the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Of course, the reader knows that these separate story lines will intersect, but the result is a compelling and enjoyable read. readmoreremove

All Star Roundup

These Summer books with several starred reviews are coming to your shelves soon!

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
On sale July 14, 2015
Pulley’s literary historical fantasy about a genius watchmaker who can “remember” the future and uses it to help a 17th century London telegraphist is a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, and has THREE starred reviews:
“Pulley’s electrifying debut is a triumph of speculative fiction.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Addictively immersive, Pulley’s narrative is as clever and spry as the watchmaker’s creations.” Library Journal, starred review

THE FLICKER MEN by Ted Kosmatka
On sale July 21, 2015
In this SF thriller, a struggling physicist looking to salvage his career redoes a classic physics experiment and discovers the result has devastating philosophical implications for humanity. It’s also a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and has TWO starred reviews:

“Kosmatka effectively harnesses his impressive imagination in the service of a mind-blowing plot in this outstanding SF thriller. Ingenious plot twists, well-realized characters, and superior prose elevate this above similar books.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

This well-written and fast-paced scientific thriller builds into beautiful and suspenseful crescendo until the climax in the final chapters. It will leave readers wondering about the possibilities of this world and others.” Library Journal, starred review
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Happy #BookBday (5/12/15 Edition)

Oh, what a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we celebrate:

THE ANCHORESS by Robyn Cadwallader
A startling and strange debut novel set in 11th century England about a young girl’s desperate choice to isolate herself from the world. “Cadwallader’s vivid period descriptions set a stunning backdrop for this beautiful first novel as Sarah rejects a larger world that will not allow her to live on her own terms and goes about creating a smaller one that will. Sarah’s path will intrigue readers at the crossroads of historical fiction, spirituality, and even feminism as she faces the internal and external pressures on women of the Middle Ages.” — Booklist, starred review

THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamund Pilcher
Pilcher’s beloved, #1 New York Times bestselling family saga—a captivating story of life and love—is now available for the first time ever in trade paperback! “A huge warm saga… A deeply satisfying story written with love and confidence.”
— Maeve Binchy, New York Times Book Review

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