Articles tagged "Kirkus Reviews"

Nonfiction Round-Up (10/23/19)

Essays that’ll make you laugh out loud, a beautiful friendship between Carly Simon and Jackie O, the best questions received by librarians, and the buildings that have transformed New York…check it all out in today’s nonfiction round-up.

DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?: Things That Still Annoy Me by Gary Janetti

“A TV veteran’s memories of coming-of-age—and coming out of the closet—as an aspiring writer and actor in New York.”–Kirkus Reviews

TOUCHED BY THE SUN: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon

“A behind-the-scenes glimpse at parties where the famous mingle with the famous.”–Kirkus Reviews

PECULIAR QUESTIONS AND PRACTICAL ANSWERS: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library by the New York Public Library

The oddest, funniest, and most whimsical questions that the NYPL staff has received paired with hilariously illustrated depictions to set the scene.

A HISTORY OF NEW YORK IN 27 BUILDINGS: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis by Sam Roberts

“Roberts’s wide-ranging historical research and storytelling skills should captivate New Yorkers and others. Larger photographs might have enhanced readers’ connection to these structures and their roles in the life of the city.”–Library Journal

Teen Talk (October 2019)

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (#ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
9781250145444
Ages 14 – 18

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

“The bones of Liggett’s tale of female repression are familiar ones, but her immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story. Profound moments lie in small details, and readers’ hearts will race and break right along with the brave, capable Tierney’s.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This dark tale, often reminiscent of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, is both disturbing and uplifting . . . This is a novel that will appeal to those who like dark stories with fairy-tale elements; highly recommended as a book group discussion choice.”
School Library Journal

And don’t miss these new titles from Entangled: Teen, Page Street Kids, and Wattpad Books!
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Happy #PubDay (10/15)

Horror, crime, and spooky woods + an abduction by Boko Haram + the next part of Bailey the dog’s journey + a young historian with a changed life path = this week’s #pubday party.

SUICIDE WOODS: Stories by Benjamin Percy

A Kirkus Reviews Most Anticipated Book for Fall 2019 + in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2019 Announcements!

“This gripping, often unnerving collection showcases Percy’s talent as a skilled, versatile storyteller.”–Publishers Weekly

GIRL by Edna O’Brien

3 starred reviews!

“O’Brien’s bravely investigated novel of a young woman overcoming epic torture is profoundly empathic, unnervingly human, and darkly exquisite.”–Booklist, starred review

“Tough but rewarding reading.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A heartbreaking tale and a singular achievement.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (10/10)

Witchcraft and murder at a boarding school + a WWII military thriller = this week’s Thriller Thursday.

THE FURIES by Katie Lowe

“Murder and witchcraft mix with a heady cocktail of drugs, booze, and revenge in this elegant, pitch-perfect coming-of-age story.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE NUGGET by P. T. Deutermann

“Deutermann, long a master of military thrillers, is at the top of his game here.”–Booklist

Happy #PubDay (10/01/19)

An American Midwest family drama + a new novel from the author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ + the return of L. Penelope’s Earthsinger, all in this week’s #PubDay celebration.

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner

“Autofiction at its smartest and most effective: self-interested, self-interrogating, but never self-involved.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

“Morris’s propulsive tale shows the goodness that can be found even inside the gulag.”--Publishers Weekly

WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME by L. Penelope

Two starred reviews!

“If you are looking for an epic fantasy to recommend to your patrons, this is the one to pick.”–Booklist, starred review

“This is a wonderful integration of high-stakes epic fantasy intrigue with intimate personal connections.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Nonfiction Round-Up (9/25/19)

A comedic guide to all things Judaism, the life of Israel’s founder, the high school years of indie-pop icons, a young woman’s Holocaust diary, and getting to know a Supreme Court justice… all in this week’s #nonfiction round-up.

A FIELD GUIDE TO JEWISH PEOPLE: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them…and Much More. Maybe Too Much More by Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel

“Following their previous collaboration, this is another zany book for Jews and those who love them.”–Kirkus Reviews

A STATE AT ANY COST: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev

“Scholars and devoted readers of political history, notably of the Middle East, will turn to Segev’s majestic analysis of this pivotal leader for decades to come.”--Library Journal

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Happy #PubDay (9/24/19)

It’s #PubDay, and we are celebrating with feminist time travel, a graphic novel exploration of life and marriage, and finding love and acceptance in the most unexpected places.

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz

4 starred reviews!

“This riot of a book will have readers delighting both in the thrilling battle over timelines in an intricate, alternative world and in the joys of inclusive feminist solidarity.”–Booklist, starred review

“An ambitious adventure that keeps the surprises coming.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Shrewd commentary and a host of sources highlight Newitz’s strength in prose.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Smart and profound on every level, this is a deeply satisfying novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Kevin Huizenga

“[T]he vast spaciousness of this surreal night flight is all his own. Glenn’s reveries will pull readers into multiple deserved rereadings.”–Publisher’s Weekly

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Thriller Thursday (9/19/19)

A Gilded Age paranormal mashup and a grandmother trapped in her worst nightmare…read on for this week’s #ThrillerThursday picks!

A GOLDEN GRAVE: A Rose Gallagher Mystery by Erin Lindsey

“A rousing paranormal adventure that explores the vast class differences shaping the heroine’s romance, with real historical personages adding a fillip.”–Kirkus Reviews

WHAT ROSE FORGOT by Nevada Barr

“Fans who love Barr will devour this book, and readers who don’t want to begin a multivolume journey with one character will delight in this new stand-alone title.”–Library Journal, starred review

Nonfiction Round-Up (9/18/19)

A fresh look on climate change, a poet’s take on illness in contemporary America, an illustrated guide to American history, and the memoir of America’s most famous whistleblower… welcome to this week’s nonfiction round-up!

PERMANENT RECORD by Edward Snowden

“Snowden’s many admirers will find his saga both captivating and inspiring.”–Publishers Weekly

WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

“In his desire to convince others to take action, Foer raises the philosophical bar, which is, perhaps, the most effective way of fomenting sincere and long-lasting commitment to this life-threatening crisis.”–Booklist

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PW’s Big Indie Books of Fall

Macmillan has two books on Publishers Weekly‘s Big Indie Books List of Fall 2019!

KING OF KING COURT by Travis Dandro

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer 2019

“[A]n extended poetic gaze on intergenerational helplessness and the violence it begets…. This gloriously scribbled story doesn’t rest on easy morals, or even attempt to forgive the past—Dandro’s triumph is drawing the reader through both the pain and beauty of his upbringing, and then moving forward.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado

“A fiercely honest, imaginatively written, and necessary memoir from one of our great young writers.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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