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Starred Reviews For Your #FridayReads

These forthcoming titles all received multiple starred reviews!


“Multiple versions of history collide—literally—in a superbly crafted, enigmatic new story from an author of note… Levy defies gravity in a daring, time-bending new novel.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Booker Prize–finalist Levy (HOT MILK) explores the fragile connections and often vast chasms between self and others in this playful, destabilizing, and consistently surprising novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

EROSION: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

“In a collection of passionate, galvanizing essays… activist and teacher Williams (THE HOUR OF LAND) shares her intimate connection to the as-yet untamed landscapes of the American West.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Williams’ exquisite testimony of wonder and wisdom is vitalizing and crucial.”–Booklist, starred review


Friday Reads: Celebrities!

TGIF, librarian friends! Today’s #FridayReads are books by and about celebrities:

SUPERFICIAL: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
If THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, SUPERFICIAL is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades—personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes—Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it. “It’s tasty and hard to put down…” — Booklist

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin, an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the outrageous, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.

PETER O’TOOLE: The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers
“This new book about legendary actor O’Toole… [is] as energetic, unpredictable, and entertaining as the man himself. Sellers gives equal weight to the actor’s personal and professional lives—with O’Toole, at times, the line between personal and professional was nearly nonexistent anyway—and gives film buffs one of the best biographies of any actor to hit the shelves in many a year.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Fantasy

An assassin, a saint, and a warrior walk into our #FridayReads

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
“Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness, this beginning promises (and delivers) equal shares of beauty and decay. With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling, and satisfying.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Literary Gems

Happy Friday, friends! We’re celebrating #FridayReads with a couple of literary gems released this week:

GOD’S KINGDOM by Howard Frank Mosher
An October 2015 Indie Next pick! A young man comes of age—and uncovers his family’s deepest secret in the little known mountains of northern Vermont by the Canadian border. “No Catcher in the Rye angst here. Instead you’ll find a welcome dose of nostalgic realism laced with hard-edged wisdom.” — Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist, this spiritual fable about a boy born in thirteenth-century Persia with four ears documents his remarkable journey through pain and loss to transcendence. “Beautifully imagined… This mesmerizing novel is a gift to anyone looking for a transcendent reading experience.” — Library Journal, starred review

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Friday Reads: Stars Edition

TGIF! We’ve got a couple novels with starred reviews to add to your TBR pile this weekend!

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
An epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, who all must go to great lengths to conceal their blondness.

“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ferociously clever, exceedingly well written…. The pandemic and its ripple effects make for a gripping, darkly bemusing read. But there’s more. This canny, suspenseful, acidly observant satire cradles an intimate, poignant, and hilarious story of one lonely, stoic, young mother-to-be caught up in surreal and terrifying situations. Schultz gives readers a lot to think about in this rampaging yet sensitive tale about the true depths of womanhood.” Booklist, starred review

Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.Library Journal, starred review

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
“In this astounding first novel, Jarvis re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836. The book is very long…but it is a staggering accomplishment, a panoramic perspective of 19th-century London and its creative class.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Flatiron Books

TGIF! Our #FridayReads picks are two new titles from Flatiron Books:

This fearless memoir by an award-winning journalist exploring her struggle with PTSD, its troubled history and treatment, and the ways she pushed herself beyond trauma to fall in love, is receiving terrific press from the New York Times Book Review, Elle Magazine, The Millions, and more.

“What makes IRRITABLE HEARTS powerful and useful, though, is the idea of living in brokenness and imperfection, rather than dashing yourself against them.” — The Washington Post

A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
“Fischer recounts with vim and precision the astounding details of [actress Choi Eun-ee and director Shin Sang-Ok’s] kidnappings, long solitary incarcerations, surprise reunion, perpetual surveillance, and coercion into making films that did, indeed, win prestigious awards, until their audacious escape. Gripping and revelatory, Fischer’s true-life thriller provides a portal into the mad tyranny of North Korea.”
Booklist, starred review

Friday Reads: Super Sexy Romance Edition!

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and whether you’re paired up or single and carefree, we’ve got the romance books that will make you feel “happily ever after”:

IRRITABLE HEARTS: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland
On Sale: February 24, 2015
A fearless memoir by an award-winning journalist exploring her struggle with PTSD, its troubled history and treatment, and the ways she pushed herself beyond trauma to fall in love.

MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS IN PLAID by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders series)
On Sale: March 3, 2015
The next book in the deliciously sexy Scandalous Highlanders series from New York Times bestseller Suzanne Enoch.

START ME UP by Nicole Michaels
On Sale: March 3, 2015
Sparks fly between a sexy mechanic and a DIY loving single mom in the first book in this sexy contemporary romance series.

RIDING STEELE by Opal Carew (Ready to Ride series)
On Sale: March 17, 2015
Don’t miss this scorching erotic romance from New York Times bestselling author Opal Carew, now available for the first time as a complete novel!

DEEP by Kylie Scott (Stage Dive series)
On Sale: March 31, 2015
From Kylie Scott, the New York Times bestselling author of LICK, comes the fourth and final addictive New Adult novel in the Stage Dive series.

FORCE OF ATTRACTION by D.D. Ayres (K-9 Rescue series)
On Sale: March 31, 2015
The second book in D. D. Ayres’ “K-9 Rescue” series about sexy cops with K-9 partners–and the women they love and protect.

A GOOD RAKE IS HARD TO FIND by Manda Collins (Lords of Anarchy trilogy)
On Sale: March 31, 2015
High-stakes mystery and searing romance collide in the thrilling first book in the Lords of Anarchy trilogy. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Debuts

TGIF!! We’re looking forward to the weekend and dipping into these great debut novels:

DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon
A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, and an examination of the impossible double-binds of race seen through the eyes of eight-year-old Kenya Curtis. “A deft, knowing, bold, and witty debut.” — Booklist, starred review

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell
“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Friday Reads: Graphic Novels Edition (11/7/14)

It’s Talia’s first #fridayreads post and she’s reading two very different graphic novels.

From Harvey Pekar’s widow and long-time collaborator, Joyce Brabner introduces readers to a 1980s NYC that is grappling with a new and very scary virus.  And to lighten the mood a bit, Talia is also reading about Pippi Longstocking’s latest shenanigans.


In SECOND AVENUE CAPER, the renowned graphic-book author Joyce Brabner brings to life the true story of a male nurse, a jazz piano player, a drag queen, an actor, an author, and others, who were living in New York City in the early 1980s when they were suddenly affected by a new, mysterious illness. At the center of this emotional, character-driven memoir of the AIDS crisis as it emerged in the city are a small group of friends who gathered at a Second Avenue apartment on the Lower East Side late one night to come up with a new way to respond to the crisis.

PIPPI WON’T GROW UP by Astrid Lindgren

The world’s strongest girl, Pippi Longstocking, is back with a fresh set of funny problems and even funnier solutions. In PIPPI WON’T GROW UP, she takes on school quizzes, refuses to be evicted from her home, and brings Tommy and Annika to visit the island where her father lives.

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!

Friday Reads: Creepy Books

Halloween is just three weeks away but we’re already in the spirit with these creepy Friday Reads:

Talia’s sketching tiny critters with THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS

This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is the #6 October 2014 LibraryReads pick! “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews

Anne is glad she didn’t grow THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL (or did she?!)
An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be different—and a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance. “Rich, creamy art and playful paneling make for a fun read.” — Kirkus Reviews

What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!