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Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce & Kids’ Indie Next List Titles

The American Booksellers Association announced their Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce selections (honoring the top upcoming debuts publishing between January and June 2018) and the Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List, including:

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Fiction
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley
Available May 1, 2018
In the nine expansive, searching stories of A LUCKY MAN, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past.

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Nonfiction
MOTHERS OF SPARTA: A Memoir in Pieces by Dawn Davies
Available January 30, 2018
Discovered by Michael Ondaatje, Davies’ dazzling literary memoir has shades of Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, and Jenny Lawson as she examines motherhood and what it’s like to be a woman trying to carve a place for herself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be.

Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Young Adult AND Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Available January 30, 2018
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!! “A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/4/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to five new works of fiction waiting to be snapped up by your patrons:

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
An April 2017 Indie Next pick, a Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts with FOUR starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “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

A LITTLE MORE HUMAN by Fiona Maazel
An April 2017 Indie Next pick! Meet Phil Snyder: new father, nursing assistant at a cutting-edge biotech facility on Staten Island, and all-around decent guy. Phil also has a special talent he doesn’t want to publicize—he’s a mind reader and moonlights as Brainstorm, a costumed superhero. But when Phil wakes up from a blackout drunk and is confronted with photos that seem to show him assaulting an unknown woman, even superpowers won’t help him. “Maazel takes a dark, inventive look at the cost of pushing humans to their limits.” — Booklist

THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN by Karen Katchur
Perfect for fans of Lisa Scottoline and Heather Gudenkauf, a suspenseful novel in which a small-town murder forces two sisters to face the secrets and lies that have torn them apart. “Katchur weaves a suspenseful tale of family secrets and what it means to keep quiet. For readers who relish complex family mysteries.” — Library Journal

CASTLE OF WATER by Dane Huckelbridge
Castaway meets The Notebook in this beautifully written adventure/romance set on a deserted island from first-time novelist Dane Huckelbridge. “…a diverting if sentimental story with just enough detours from the obvious path to keep it from predictability.” — Booklist
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FOUR STARS for MARLENA!

With FOUR phenomenal starred reviews and tons of acclaim, Julie Buntin’s MARLENA is the electric debut novel of 2017 you’ve been looking for!
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts
An April 2017 Indie Next pick

“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

“Buntin perfectly captures a burning and essential friendship with lasting consequences and that terrible moment when we make a wrong turn and can’t go back. An exceptional portrait, disturbing and precisely observed; highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/30/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to an old favorite and a new talent:

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The #1 August 2016 LibraryReads pick (read Barbara Hoffert’s Library Journal interview with Penny), a September 2016 Indie Next pick, a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick, and FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! “The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

CURIODDITY by Paul Jenkins
New York Times bestselling graphic novel and video game writer Paul Jenkins debuts with a novel that’s a cross between Neil Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE and Robin Sloan’s MR. PENUBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE. “Fast pacing, clever writing, and total commitment to absurdity make for an entertaining read.” — Booklist

Thriller Thursday (8/25/16 Edition)

Recommend these four thrilling new mysteries to your patrons today:

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! In this riveting historical thriller with a twist, a US intelligence officer must sneak into Auschwitz and escape with a physics professor who happens to be the one man with knowledge that could end the war. “Gross has written his most heartfelt and compelling book to date, and fans of World War II fiction should add this to their reading lists.” — Associated Press

SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
In the fifth series mystery, Bell Elkins investigates a West Virginia nursing home where Alzheimer patients are dying at alarming rates. “The setting and the tone will appeal to fans of both Sharyn McCrumb and Julia Spencer-Fleming, and the introspective protagonist and literary quality recommend it to followers of Tana French and Louise Penny. Another outstanding entry in a superb series.”
Booklist, starred review
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Booklist Fall 2016 YA webinar

wndbToday Talia highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist‘s YA Announcements: Fall 2016 webinar. For those who weren’t able to listen in, here are the boss lady’s top picks, including many diverse books (#wndb):

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Fairy Tales
MOON CHOSEN: Tales of a New World by P.C. Cast
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (A BEA 2016 YA Editor’s Buzz Panel Pick!)
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
MIDNIGHT HOUR: A Shadow Falls Novel by C. C. Hunter
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (#wndb)
THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME by J.Q. Coyle
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Horror
FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: Secrets by R. L. Stine
THE DEAD BOYFRIEND: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine
GIVE ME A K-I-L-L : A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY” The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman (also available in trade paperback)

Realistic Fiction/Romance
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras
THE MEMORY OF THINGS by Gae Polisner (#readandremember)
THE BOY WHO KILLED GRANT PARKER by Kat Spears
THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquardt (#wndb)
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE by Julia Day (#wndb)

Flatiron Books YA
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (#wndb)
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
A 2017 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!
Two starred reviews!

AMERICAN GIRLS by Allison Umminger
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
Three starred reviews!

Griffin Teen Summer 2016 Highlights
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (#wndb)
A Spring 2016 Library Journal Editor’s Pick!
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2016!
David Levithan is the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award recipient for lifetime achievement in YA writing!

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
A 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee!
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2016!
FOUR starred reviews!

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Check out the full Books for Teens 2017 lineup and make sure to get whitelisted on Edelweiss to read e-galleys of these great YA books and more. You can also download the full list of slides from the webinar and view the archived webinar here.

Sneak Peek: September 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe September 2016 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!

LR iconA GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The #1 August 2016 LibraryReads pick, and a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!
“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize & a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are. “Poignant… Readers will discover in his contained prose a vehicle for keen insight and observation. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Penny, Paris & Andrews hit the August 2016 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE books on the August 2016 LibraryReads list!

Topping the August list is A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! “The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio on August 30.


Debuting at #8 is BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
An August 2016 Indie Next pick! To their neighbors and friends newlyweds Jack and Grace Angel seem to have the perfect marriage. They are wealthy, charming, elegant—and never apart. Is it the perfect marriage or the perfect lie? “Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace’s increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” — Booklist, starred review

“Wow! This book will be huge! I can see the comparisons to GONE GIRL, but it is leaps and bounds better.” — Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library (CA) readmoreremove

FOUR Stars for A GREAT RECKONING!

We just came back from the long weekend to the wonderful news that Louise Penny’s 12th Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, A GREAT RECKONING, has FOUR STARRED REVIEWS:

“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Once again Penny displays her remarkable ability to serve equally well both series devotees and new readers (if there are any of those still to be found). Gamache fans will be thrilled by the way this installment unlocks some of the series’ enduring mysteries… At the same time, the main plot offers a compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy.” Booklist, starred review

“This riveting read, with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot, will keep readers guessing until the last page. For series fans and those who enjoy the small-town mysteries of Julia Spencer-Fleming.”
Library Journal, starred review

“A chilling story that’s also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Don’t forget you can cook from the books—check out the recipes from the ongoing “Nature of the Feast” countdown to the publication of A GREAT RECKONING.
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Four Stars for THE KILLING LESSONS!

#ThrillerThursday bonus: FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews for THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black!

Exceptional police thriller… Readers will hope [SFPD homicide detective Valerie Hart] returns soon in another nail-biter.” Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Black (aka Glen Duncan, I Lucifer) has written a taut, smart thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Raw and utterly readable… readers will… whip through the pages.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“All of the serial-killer staples are accounted for: self-destructing detective, slippery killer, and sympathetic future victims. But Black, a pseudonym for acclaimed dark-fantasy author Glen Duncan (The Last Werewolf), twists the formula with a killer who defies the coldly calculating criminal mastermind archetype, an unblinking willingness to off characters he’s convinced readers to like, and a hokum-free thread of reawakening lost souls. A serial-murder tale in league with the best of Lauren Beukes and Chelsea Cain: that means must-read for those who like their psychological thrillers raw.” — Booklist, starred review

A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection!

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