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Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!
EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
A March 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! In this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, a mother has a complicated love for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review
YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lawson: WRECK THIS JOURNAL meets HYPERBOLE AND A HALF in a book destined to be a classic—part therapy, part best friend, part humor, and part coloring book complete with Jenny’s amazingly intricate illustrations, all on perforated pages that can be easily torn out, hung up, and shared. readmoreremove
The March 2017 Indie Next list includes five Macmillan titles!
EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
Two starred reviews for this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, about the complicated love a mother has for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
For readers of Maggie Nelson and Leslie Jamison, a fierce and dazzling personal narrative that explores the many ways identity and art are shaped by love and loss. “What might be mere navel-gazing for a less brilliant author is made powerfully universal here. Febos’s awakening to her full identity, even its ugliness, is a powerful and redemptive epic.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “Gripping… The difficulty of reading this book as a survivor must be emphasized; those of us who’ve endured domestic violence will recognize our lasting terrors and looking-over-our-shoulder habits in these pages and in this woman, as Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on. At the same time, survivors will want to pass the book on to everyone who ever asked them why they didn’t just leave. A must for public libraries.” — Booklist readmoreremove
Today we wish a very happy #BookBday to:
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
A February 2017 Indie Next pick and one of Kirkus Reviews’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 with three starred reviews! “Auster’s first novel in seven years is nothing if not ambitious: a four-part invention, more than 800 pages, that follows the life (or lives) of Archie Ferguson. With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
Two starred reviews! An engrossing debut about a devoted mother who commits suicide, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to redefine their understanding of family, while she meddles from beyond the grave. “Warm and hopeful, this marvelous debut stands next to novels from Catherine McKenzie and Carolyn Parkhurst in taking the reader on the emotional rides that define marriage and family.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove
Thanksgiving is tomorrow (we’re off this afternoon through the rest of the week), and we have so many things to be thankful for: good books, lovely librarians, friends and family. Especially the newest member of the Sherer family, Kugel Noodle Pudding! This cute Corgi puppy (yes, a dog!) is melting hearts everywhere she goes.
In the car on our way home pic.twitter.com/gCyZBzwAeK
— Talia Sherer (@taliassherer) November 13, 2016
— Talia Sherer (@taliassherer) November 15, 2016
Six forthcoming works of fiction have received several starred reviews. Make sure to clear some space on your library’s shelves!
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney — 3 stars!
“Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the last night of 1984, one that triggers a flood of memories for fictional ad woman Lillian Boxfish. Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge the past and future.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review
“Poet and novelist Rooney found sublime inspiration, thanks to a librarian friend, in real-life ad writer and poet Margaret Fishback. Rooney’s delectably theatrical fictionalization is laced with strands of tart poetry and emulates the dark sparkle of Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Truman Capote. Effervescent with verve, wit, and heart, Rooney’s nimble novel celebrates insouciance, creativity, chance, and valor.” — Booklist, starred review
“Rooney takes us on a delightful stroll with a colorful character, inspired by the life of poet and ad woman Margaret Fishback, sprinkling just the right details and arch bons mots appropriate to Lillian’s reputation as a woman of words.” — Library Journal, starred review
MARLENA by Julie Buntin — 3 stars!
“In Buntin’s vivid debut, Cath, now a New York City public librarian in her thirties, tells the story of the friendship that changed her forever. Though Cath tells her story in flashbacks, 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
“In her impressive debut novel, Buntin displays a remarkable control of tone and narrative arc. Buntin is particularly sensitive to the misery of adolescent angst, and Cat’s growing happiness in Marlena’s friendship runs like an electric wire through the narrative. The novel is poignant and unforgettable, a sustained eulogy for Marlena’s ‘glow… that lives in lost things, that sets apart the gone forever.’”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sensitive and smart and arrestingly beautiful, debut novelist Buntin’s tale of the friendship between two girls in the woods of Northern Michigan makes coming-of-age stories feel both urgent and new. Devastating; as unforgettable as it is gorgeous.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Download, read, and nominate your favorite December 2016 AND January 2017 titles for the January 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
THE DRY by Jane Harper
“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
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “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
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
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “This is How it Always Is”*
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
“Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).”
— Booklist, starred review
FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the October 2016 LibraryReads list!
Coming in at #8 is ALL THE LITTLE LIARS by Charlaine Harris
#1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris returns to her Aurora Teagarden mystery series with a fabulous new book (the first in over a decade!) in which the small-town Southern librarian must find her half-brother and his three friends. “Harris weaves a complex tale of difficult family dynamics that highlights the horrors of being a teenager. Aurora, a smart and witty protagonist, possesses all the Southern charm necessary to carry this entertaining series.” — Publishers Weekly
Rounding out the list at #10 is THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
This new horror novel from the bestselling author of the LibraryReads pick THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS (which has been optioned for film) is a chilling tale of romance and enchantment set in a Québec toy shop, patterned after the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Intricately plotted, absorbing, and suspenseful, this is a moving, modern story set in what feels like a fairy-tale world but is actually terrifyingly realistic.” — Booklist, starred review
See the complete October 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.
Buzzfeed wants you to turn over a new (autumn) leaf with “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall,” including these three Macmillan titles:
THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
Anuk Arudpragasam’s immersive debut novel THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is set two and a half decades into the Sri Lankan civil war, where Dinesh, a Tamil refugee, is approached by an old man with a proposal that could change his life: If he marries the man’s daughter Ganga, they would both have a better shot at safety and a less violent future. A portrait of life touched by war and despair, THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is the tale of two strangers suddenly thrust into a strange new relationship.
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
HERE I AM, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years, looks at one family in Washington, D.C., over the course of four weeks of crisis: As the Blochs’ marriage falls apart, so does the Middle East when a natural disaster has devastating consequences for Israel. HERE I AM explores religious identity, responsibility, faith, familial relationships, and what it means to be Jewish-American; an ambitious work. readmoreremove
The buzz continues to build for Jonathan Safran Foer’s first new novel in more than a decade—HERE I AM has THREE starred reviews!
“In his first novel in 11 years—a far longer, edgier, and more caustically funny tale than EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE—he choreographs the disintegration of the once blissfully close marriage of architect Julia and TV writer Jacob, exploring how their changing relationship affects their three sons… Foer’s voluminous, polyphonic, and boldly comedic tale of one family’s quandaries astutely and forthrightly confronts humankind’s capacity for the ludicrous and the profound, cruelty and love.” — Booklist, starred & splash page review
“Intensely imagined and richly rewarding… Foer fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The Blochs’ marriage is on a collision course, powerfully framed by reference to the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, which makes this richly conceived work more than another tale of marital woe. Rigorous questions within an accessible story; highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review
If 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.