Articles tagged "February 2016 Indie Next pick"

It’s a Groundhog #BookBday!

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so that means we’re getting warmer weather soon. Until then, cozy up with these new books:

THE YID by Paul Goldberg
A February 2016 Indie Next pick and two starred reviews! “In this fantastical (and fantastic) debut novel by reporter and writer Goldberg, who immigrated to the United States from the USSR in 1973, a troupe of unlikely Soviet characters assembles with a single objective…to do in Stalin before his henchmen unleash the pogrom. Highly recommended for readers with a grasp of history who enjoy imaginative deviations from what we think we know as historical truth.” — Library Journal, starred review

BLACK DEUTSCHLAND by Darryl Pinckney
Two starred reviews for this story about a young, gay African American man in divided Berlin. “The novel is full of wondrous things—several genial character portraits, funny and exact depictions of West Berlin, [and] beautiful evocations of Chicago… Despite the gravity of Jed’s burdens and dilemmas (race, success, sanity, America, Germany), the book’s tone is comic, pleasingly spry, and the prose breaks naturally into witty one-liners [and] perfected wisdom.” — The New Yorker  readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday & Happy Birthday, Anne!

Happy #BookBday to these new titles that hit shelves yesterday:

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
A February 2016 Indie Next pick, a Kirkus Reviews’ Most Anticipated Book of 2016, and two starred reviews for this stunning SF debut in which a friendship between two adolescent misfits is the catalyst for an apocalyptic reckoning. “At turns darkly funny and deeply melancholy, this is a polished gem of a novel from the Hugo Award–winning editor in chief of the website io9.com.” — Library Journal, starred review

WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT by Sebastian Faulks
“A novel that artfully mixes memory and desire as a World War II veteran accesses painful memories of a wartime romance. An absorbing look at the intimate connection between love, war, and memory.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

RIVER OF INK by Paul M.M. Cooper
“Political turmoil in Sri Lanka in the thirteenth century provides the background of Cooper’s assured first novel. …readers will find themselves immersed in the world that Cooper so beautifully evokes.” — Booklist

SCARLET WOMEN: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines, and Royal Mistresses by Ian Graham
A fascinating look at the stories of the lives of the most famous and notorious women of history whose loves and conquests were the wealthiest and most powerful men of their time. “Fans of popular history will enjoy this straightforward, readable account of the lives and times of some very colorful characters.” — Booklist

HOPE: A School, a Team, a Dream by Bill Reynolds
The inspirational true story following one remarkable season with the Hope High School basketball team in inner-city Providence, Rhode Island.

And Happy REAL Birthday to Anne! #partay #cake

Thriller Thursday (1/21/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday, mystery lovers! We’re basking in the Edgar nominations glow and loving these new books:

ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
A February 2016 Indie Next pick! Two starred reviews for the best thriller since THE BOURNE IDENTITY, starring Evan Smoak: a legendary figure with skills, resources, a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn…and a target on his back. “Gregg Hurwitz delivers a masterpiece of suspense and thrills with his latest novel, ORPHAN X, that invokes the best of ‘Batman,’ ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘The Equalizer’ films. Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series.” — Associated Press

PRESUMED PUZZLED by Parnell Hall
Fans of clever wordplay will enjoy Hall’s 17th Puzzle Lady mystery starring Cora Felton, a feisty, lusty, oft-married but for the moment single lady, who fronts for her niece’s syndicated puzzle column—a secret known to only a few.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Starred Review Roundup

Save a spot on your shelves for these upcoming books that have received multiple starred reviews:

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
A February 2016 Indie Next pick and a Kirkus Reviews’ Most Anticipated Book of 2016! A friendship between two adolescent misfits is the catalyst for an apocalyptic reckoning in this stunning SF debut. “At turns darkly funny and deeply melancholy, this is a polished gem of a novel from the Hugo Award–winning editor in chief of the website io9.com.”Library Journal, starred review

“Anders’ knock-your-socks-off blend of science and magic will be a strong contender for science fiction and fantasy awards, appealing to not only genre fans but also those looking for great literary reads.” — Booklist, starred review

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
“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. Just as a painter may utilize thousands of fine brushstrokes, Smith slowly creates a masterly, multilayered story that will dazzle readers of fine historical fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

“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 readmoreremove

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