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FSG Dominates NYTBR Covers!

2017 FSG NYTBRWe can’t help but notice a trend—Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles have been dominating the cover of the New York Times Book Review for the past month!

SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokohama (February 26 issue)
“Superb… This novel is a real, out-of-the-blue original. I’ve never read anything like it. Yokoyama has written five previous novels and several collections of short fiction, and this is his first book to be translated into English… On the evidence of SIX FOUR, he’s a master.” — Terrence Rafferty

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble (February 19 issue)
“This humane and masterly novel by one of Britain’s most dazzling writers is…deeper than mere philosophy: a praisesong for the magical human predicament exactly as it has been ordained on Earth.” — Cynthia Ozick readmoreremove

NORMAL is a November 2016 LibraryReads pick!

FANTASTIC NEWS! NORMAL by Warren Ellis is the #9 pick on the November 2016 LibraryReads list!

Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.

In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake.

“Fantastic… This book may be the perfect way to sample Ellis, drawing on his fascination with futurists and the threats imposed by ever faster technology and offering a story that employs his profane poetry to a degree that may inspire cackles from fans. A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] fascinating near-future thriller... Readers will root for Adam as he struggles to discover what is actually going on in Normal, who is to be trusted, and what happened to Mansfield.” — Publishers Weekly

Available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux on November 29.

See the complete November 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.

Stars for HERE I AM

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

One of Buzzfeed’s Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016!

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It’s National Poetry Month!

♫♪♫♪♫ Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We made a poetry Edelweiss collection,
Just for librarians like you! ♫♪♫♪♫

Happy National Poetry Month! Check out our amazing Edelweiss collection of nearly 200(!) great poetry books and then hear some poems from our friends at Farrar, Straus & Giroux—literally.

Inspired by John Giornio’s classic Dial-A-Poem, FSG made a poetry hotline of their own. Each day you can call 949-DIAL-FSG (949-342-5374) to hear President and Publisher (and poet himself) Jonathan Galassi recite one of his favorite poems from a recently published collection. They’re putting new poems on the answering machine every weekday, so keep calling!

Exciting FSG Awards News!

Our friends at Farrar, Straus & Giroux are racking up award nominations left and right!

Two wonderful books have been longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize:

THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler

The shortlist will be announced on April 14 and the winner will be revealed on May 16.

ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad is a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism!

The winner will be announced May 18.

THREE Stars for 2 FSG Titles

Our week is off to a good start because two Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles each have THREE STARRED REVIEWS!

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
“In this wonderfully engaging novel, centered on the paintings of fictional seventeenth-century Dutch artist Sara de Vos, Smith immerses the reader in three vibrant time periods. Rich in historical detail, the novel explores the immense challenges faced by women in the arts (past and present), provides a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the art world across the centuries, and illustrates the transformative power and influence of great art. An outstanding achievement, filled with flawed and fascinating characters.” — Booklist, starred review

“Highly evocative of time and place, this stunning novel explores a triumvirate of fate, choice, and consequence and is worthy of comparison to Tracy Chevalier’s GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH.” — Library Journal, starred review

“This is a beautiful, patient, and timeless book, one that builds upon centuries and shows how the smallest choices—like the chosen mix for yellow paint—can be the definitive markings of an entire life.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

HYSTOPIA by David Means
“Having established his literary standing with short stories, Means delivers his long-anticipated debut novel, a compelling, imaginative alternative-history tale about memory and distress. By turns disturbing, hilarious, and absurd, Means’ novel is also sharply penetrating in its depiction of an America all too willing to bury its past.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

FSG Dominates the NYTBR Top 10 Books of 2015 List!

Earlier this week we told you about the New York Times Notable Books of 2015, but today the New York Times Book Review unveiled their 10 Best Books of 2015 and 4 of them are published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
Berlin, who died in 2004, left behind a substantial but ­little-known trove of stories that in her lifetime appeared mostly in literary journals and small-press books. This revelatory collection gathers 43 of them, introducing her to a wider audience as an uncompromising and largehearted observer of life whose sympathies favor smart, mouthy women struggling to get by much as Berlin herself — an alcoholic who raised four sons on her own — frequently did. With their maximalist emotions and sparse, unadorned language, Berlin’s stories are the kind a woman in a Tom Waits song might tell a man she’s just met during a long humid night spent drinking in a parking lot.

OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
Cusk’s subtle, unconventional and lethally intelligent novel, OUTLINE, her eighth, is a string of one-sided conversations. A divorced woman traveling in Greece, our narrator, talks — or rather listens — to the people she meets, absorbing their stories of love and loss, deception, pride and folly. Well-worn subjects — adultery, divorce, ennui — become freshly menacing under Cusk’s gaze, and her mental clarity can seem so penetrating, a reader might fear the same risk of invasion and exposure. readmoreremove

Starred FSG Nonfiction Roundup

Start your weekend right with multi-starred nonfiction from Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
“This probing, provocative collection by Pulitzer winner Robinson argues for the recovery of humanism as a response to the problems of our historical moment. Eloquent, persuasive, and rigorously clear, this collection reveals one of America’s finest minds working at peak form, capturing essential ideas with all ‘the authority beautiful language and beautiful thought can give them.’”
Publishers Weekly, starred review (a PW Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2015)

“These bravely and brilliantly argued, gorgeously composed, slyly witty, profoundly caring essays lead us into the richest dimensions of consciousness and conscience, theology and mystery, responsibility and reverence.”Booklist, starred review

THE WHITE ROAD by Edmund de Waal – THREE STARS!
An Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick!
“Artist de Waal, a potter by trade, blends art history and personal travelogue in this immersive hands-on study of porcelain and its commercial and artistic appeal over the centuries. The book transforms an otherwise esoteric subject into a truly remarkable story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A lyrical melding of art history, memoir, and philosophical meditation… In short passages of allusive, radiant prose, [de Waal] chronicles his journeys in search of both the materials and the history of porcelain, discovering along the way men as obsessed as he… De Waal’s poetically recounted journey is a revelation.”
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FSG Stars Roundup

Several starred reviews for each of these titles guarantees a spot on your library shelves!

THE NIGHT STAGES by Jane Urquhart
A female pilot recalls her affair with a man obsessed with the disappearance of his brother in this elegiac novel of intersecting memories and the sorrows of fractured families. “Highly satisfying on many levels, this novel will have book clubs basking in its big symbols and abuzz over Tamara’s final decision.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Urquhart’s poetic, almost ethereal writing invites readers to revisit certain passages and marvel. This book about unquenchable longing is a lovely addition to her distinguished, award-filled oeuvre.” Library Journal, starred review

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
“A posthumous collection of stories, almost uniformly narrated by hard-living women, that makes a case for the author as a major talent. A testament to a writer whose explorations of society’s rougher corners deserve wider attention.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

[Lucia Berlin] may just be the best writer you’ve never heard of… Berlin’s offbeat humor, get-on-with-it realism, and ability to layer details that echo across stories and decades give her book a tremendous staying power.” Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Begin reading a Berlin short story and you know immediately that you are in the presence of a unique and searing literary force. An essential collection of jazzy, jolting, incisive, wryly funny, and keenly compassionate, virtuoso tales.”
Booklist, starred review

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Library Journal’s Day of Dialog 2015

Today we saw many of you at Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog (hello!).
For those who couldn’t make it, Sloane Crosley charmed on a First Novels author panel, promoting THE CLASP, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux editor Sean McDonald presented his top five titles as part of an Editor’s Buzz Panel:

THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley | 9780374124410 | On Sale: 10/6/15
THE MAKING OF ZOMBIE WARS by Aleksandar Hemon | 9780374203412 | Available now
BEHIND THE GLASS WALL: Inside the United Nations by Aleksandar Hemon | 9780374110239 | On Sale: 10/20/15
THE PICKLE INDEX by Eli Horowitz | 9780374535810 | On Sale: 11/10/15
A BURGLAR’S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh | 9780374117269 | On Sale: 10/13/15

Click here to download our snazzy handout of Editor’s Buzz Panel titles.

Plus, your colleagues are tweeting fast and furiously via the hashtag #ljdod15.

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