Articles tagged "Lydia Netzer"

Booklist Book Clubs Abuzz webinar

Yesterday Talia “the troublemaker” Sherer highlighted her favorite titles during Booklist‘s Book Clubs Abuzz webinar. If you were lucky enough to listen in you chuckled at her jokes and cringed at her awful songs. If you missed out, don’t worry—we’ve got Talia’s top picks and a link to the archived webinar below.

Fiction: For Women, About Women
FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah (Talia called it “Beaches for the 21st century.”)
THE STORIES WE TELL by Patti Callahan Henry
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt

Historical Fiction
DARK AEMILIA by Sally O’Reilly (“Hilary Mantel crossed with A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.”)
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
HILD by Nicola Griffith
HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame

COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny (If you’ve never read Louise Penny, Talia offered to send you a complimentary copy of STILL LIFE! E-mail her now. For existing Penny fans, the Great Gamache re-read continues with A TRICK OF THE LIGHT right now…)

YA-OK & Teen
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (“Another THREE STARRED REVIEWS for this creepy puppy!” Read more about the Southern Reach trilogy.)

Bonus Recommendations – these aren’t in the slides, but Talia looooooves them
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (“His writing is smart and accessible. Plus, he’s cute.”)
THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel (“Absolutely haunting… one of the best books I’ve ever read about war.”)
MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (“A charming debut mystery from a fellow librarian!”)

Make sure to check out Reading Group Gold for book news, contest information, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles.

Click here to watch the webinar, or get the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss and participating in LibraryReads

Happy #BookBday (6/24/14 Edition)

Join us in celebrating #BookBdays for our many June releases!

FLYING SHOES by Lisa Howorth
This “buzz-worthy debut” (Publishers Weekly) novel by the co-founder of Square Books, set in Mississippi in 1996, based on the real-life, long-unsolved murder of the author’s young stepbrother is a July Indie Next pick! “Howorth’s dedication to capturing the messy, fraught and politically incorrect pieces of Mississippi life ultimately makes for a compelling read.” — Kirkus Reviews

ABROAD by Katie Crouch
With comparisons to Amanda Knox, Crouch’s main character is also a foreign exchange student, caught up in the tumultuous realms of friendship and love. “The novel’s voice is absolute, its appeal irresistible, and the ending is simultaneously poignant and horrific. ABROAD will not disappoint any reader, especially those interested in Europe’s rich history and ambience.” — Booklist

KILOMETER 99 by Tyler McMahon
A Peace Corps volunteer and her boyfriend try to leave El Salvador when a mysterious American surfer persuades them to stay—and makes it nearly impossible for them to leave.

For Your Consideration: July LibraryReads titles

Why not start your beach reading early with these great July 2014 titles? And while you’re at it, don't forget to nominate your favorites for the July 2014 LibraryReads List by June 1!

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
From the bestselling author of ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL, comes a moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to either save it or make sure it never happens. “While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell—reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories.” — Library Journal, starred review

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Enter to win an advance copy of LANDLINE! (today thru May 15)

A beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a bluestocking heiress form a passionate love triangle in this historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of THE AMERICAN HEIRESS. “An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly

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THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo
In Castillo’s latest electrifying Kate Burkholder mystery, the Amish town of Painter’s Mill is plagued by a series of murders made to look like suicides. “Castillo effectively combines an airtight plot with a revealingly complex look at what can happen when a fissure develops along the fault line separating an insular community from the secular world. Castillo shows again why the phrase 'gritty Amish mystery' is no oxymoron.” — Booklist

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Meet Linda Castillo at the AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast at ALA Annual! Details and RSVP here


Monday Fun Day! (11/26/2012 Edition)

Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone!

I hope you all had an uncomfortably delicious holiday. While you're recovering with your leftovers lunch we have a few items to share with you:

- Teen Librarians, please join us next Tuesday (12/4) for the Association of American Publishers' first ever Children's and YA Tri-State Book Buzz! There will be goodie bags, galleys, breakfast, and good times. RSVP now!

- Nancy Pearl named SHINE SHINE SHINE by Lydia Netzer one of her top ten favorite reads of the year! SHINE SHINE SHINE was also one of my favorites. See Nancy's full favorites list here.

- The paperback of Talia's tell-all memoir is coming out in January, so be sure to check that out...

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Monday Fun Day! (8/13/2012 Edition)

Happy Monday!

- We're very excited to see some really excellent fiction published by Tor on the official ballot for the 2012 World Fantasy Awards! Jo Walton's AMONG OTHERS is up for Best Novel and two wonderful anothologies BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS edited by Ellen Datlow and THE WEIRD edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (which kept me company one dark and lonely workday) are both up for Best Anthology! 

- Lydia Netzer's debut novel, SHINE SHINE SHINE, is a New York Times Editors' Choice

- And for all you librarians out there moonlighting as writers, the 2013 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is now open. Last year's winning novel, A SIMPLE MURDER, was written by a librarian! Let's make it two years in a row!

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Monday Fun Day! (7/30/2012 Edition)

Happy Monday, librarians! Welcome to the party (read: work week).

Today we're bringing you the good news about a few very special debuts.

RWA- First of all, congratulations to Darynda Jones! The Romance Writers of America selected her debut, FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, as the 2012 RITA Winner for Best First Book! The first three books in this series starring part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper Charley Davidson are available now from St. Martin's Press with a fourth coming soon! See all of this year's RITA winners here.

- If your patrons are looking for high-adventure of the steampunk variety with a Japanese twist, we're giving away galleys of STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff. It's a swashbuckling debut that Publishers Weekly named their Pick of the Week!

- Earlier this month we posted a Q&A with Lydia Netzer, debut author of SHINE SHINE SHINEGoodreads also interviewed Lydia. Read it here!

Meanwhile in North Carolina...

Talia and the cats are still unpacking and adjusting to the new place.

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To her great delight, whilst out adventuring in her new neighborhood Talia popped into the local Barnes & Noble and spotted a shelf almost entirely dedicated to St. Martin's Griffin titles!  

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Monday (Absurdly) Fun Day! (7/16/2012 Edition)

Welcome to a new week, biblio-buddies!

We put up a number of important and delightful posts last week that we don't want you to miss including:

- An interview with debut novelist Lydia Netzer whose curious and compelling first novel, SHINE SHINE SHINE, comes out this week! 

- Sign up information for the Edelweiss Librarian Boot Camp which you should all add to your calendars.

- The list of forthcoming titles that Talia presented during the most recent Booklist webinar, Book Battle 2: this time it's personal!, and we included a link to her slides. 

GalleyCat has your cat video fix covered with The Most Popular Literary Cat Videos of All Time.

But most importantly: Sunday was Talia's birthday! I stayed behind on Friday with Peter and Emily from Academic Marketing and we did that thing that everyone hears about, but no one actually does: we blew up hundreds of balloons to leave in Talia's office... 

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Total balloon count: 432.


An Interview with Debut Author Lydia Netzer!

Let's cut to the chase: I loved this book. I had no idea what I was getting into when I cracked the pages of SHINE SHINE SHINE and here I am a month later still processing all of the wonderfully full and flawed characters—some of who are on their way to the moon(!), others of who feel alienated right in the suburbs of their own planet.

Debut author Lydia Netzer was kind enough to answer a few questions about her terrific first novel for us. Read on, readers!

Q: You cover a lot of ground in SHINE SHINE SHINE from Burma to Virginia to Pennsylvania to the Moon (not to mention the past and the future)! Which setting did you have the most fun writing?

I grew up in Detroit, but we spent all our summers in the hills of western Pennsylvania, living in a decrepit old farmhouse on a dirt road. Of course, I loved this old farm, and I still do -- it’s June now and I’m answering these questions from the dining room -- panelled in wormy chestnut and full of weird antiques! The valley where Sunny and Maxon played as children is my valley, their creek is my creek, and the stump that’s shaped like a throne -- that was my mossy old stump throne. It was very satisfying to bring that setting into the book and put into words the way I felt about this place as a child. As an only child, I spent a lot of time dangling from the tire swing by myself, and often imagined a playmate arriving magically out of the woods, just as Maxon did for Sunny. 

lydiaQ: Many of the characters in SHINE SHINE SHINE struggle to project an air of "normalcy," did you have any challenges writing scenes with such offbeat people?

I have yet to meet a person who is absolutely normal. I think normalcy is a construct. There are some people who do a pretty excellent job at burying their weirdness, but that doesn’t mean the weirdness isn’t there. These skilled social creatures, practiced at fitting in, collectively create a definition of what “normal” looks like and then others strive to match it. Or else they don’t. Some of us are less committed to passing for normal, and we let our weirdness out a bit, peel the lid off the crazy, off the angst and the exuberance. I’m sure people have good reasons for wanting to pass as normal and have others see them as acceptable. In fact, parenthood can really drive you in this direction -- toward stuffing down all your crazy and packing it away, presenting a very peaceful, unremarkable face to the world. No one sets out wanting to be the weirdo mom or the freak dad. It’s a status you have to come to grips with over time, sometimes after all attempts to disappear into normalcy have failed. 

So to answer the question, I think there are offbeat people all around, and imagining what strange fancies lurked under the apparently normal skin of apparently average people was a very interesting project. 

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Q: If a Reader's Advisory librarian wanted to compare SHINE SHINE SHINE to a couple of other books or even movies on their shelves, which would you want them to pick?


Library Journal’s Spring Adult Book Buzz!

This afternoon during Library Journal's Spring Adult Book Buzz (3pm Eastern, #ljadultbuzz), I'll be discussing all of the super fabulous upcoming titles listed below!

Join me, Virginia from HarperCollins, Kelly and Erica from Random House, Elenita from Perseus, and moderator Barbara Hoffert from Library Journal for an hour-long book buzz webinar party today! Register now

A LADY CYCLIST'S GUIDE TO KASHGAR | Suzanna Joinson | 978-1-60819-811-5

SHINE SHINE SHINE | Lydia Netzer | 978-1-250-00707-0

BENEATH THE SHADOWS | Sara Foster | 978-0-312-64336-2

THE LAND OF DECORATION | Grace McCleen | 978-0-8050-9494-7

A SIMPLE MURDER | Eleanor Kuhns | 978-1-250-00553-3

DEAD SCARED | S. J. Bolton | 978-0-312-60053-2

KILL YOU TWICE | Chelsea Cain | 978-0-312-61978-7

THE OTHER WOMAN | Hank Phillippi Ryan | 978-0-7653-3257-8

BRING UP THE BODIES | Hilary Mantel | 978-0-8050-9003-1

WHERE WE BELONG | Emily Giffin | 978-0-312-55419-4

MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND | Matthew Dicks | 978-1-250-00621-9

THIS IS NOT A TEST | Courtney Summers | 978-0-312-65674-4

REDSHIRTS | John Scalzi | 978-0-7653-1699-8

GLAMOUR IN GLASS | Mary Robinette Kowal | 978-0-7653-2557-0

THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER | Paula Brackston | 978-0-312-62168-1

AMONG OTHERS | Jo Walton | 978-0-7653-2153-4

CHINESE WHISKERS | Pallavi Aiyar | 978-1-250-01448-1

PAW PRINTS IN THE MOONLIGHT | Denis O'Connor | 978-0-312-66829-7


Monday Fun Day! (2/27/2012 Edition)

Welcome back, Monday! 

- Library Journal's Douglas Lord strikes again with another round of bada** books for dude-identified readers. He said there has been "mucho good new reading around BFD HQ lately," including two of our books:

On CITY OF BOHANE by Kevin Barry he said, "It’s elegiac, lyrical, rollicking fun that mixes Brian Friel with A CLOCKWORK ORANGE." And he recommends that you try it "if you are tired of the same old crap."

On THE FOREST LAIRD: A Tale of William Wallace by Jack Whyte he said, "There’s brotherhood, patriotism, and political intrigue. And archery."

See all of the good Lord's recommendations in "The Good Guys, the Bad Guys, and the Ugly Guys in Six Suspenseful New Novels."

- Flavorwire took a liking to this year's Debut with the Best Library-Themed Cover (according to us), GIRLCHILD! They said, "The book is an inventive, electric story of youth and survival, as smart, Girl Scout-obsessed Rory, refusing to accept her fate as one of the 'third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom,' navigates her world." Earn your literary girl survivalism badge by reading your way through Hassman's book list (link).

Orlando Book- Following up on my #FridayReads: I finished the curious debut SHINE SHINE SHINE this weekend... no thanks to this mischievous feline! Nice try, cat, but you can't sabotage my weekend reading that easily!

- Also check out my paperback book club picks!

- And finally, this week's Macmillan Library Author Crush, er, I mean Profile is... Brad Parks! If you didn't catch the Author Buzz Focus for THE GIRL NEXT DOOR in Shelf Awarenesstake a peek here!