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Maximum Shelf: SOMETIMES I LIE

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

This is how Alice Feeney’s debut novel, SOMETIMES I LIE, starts. And fans of psychological thrillers won’t be able to stop reading after that, according to Maximum Shelf Awareness (and librarian fans on #ewgc!).

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. Though she can hear everyone around her, no one knows because she’s in a coma. But she doesn’t remember what happened. And she has a sneaking suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, the narratives build and collide for an ending that leaves readers speechless.

SOMETIMES I LIE is meticulously plotted, deliciously twisty and gripping to the very end.” — Shelf Awareness

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Max Shelf: Rodale Kids

MaxShelf-RodaleKidsThis week’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature celebrates the launch of Rodale Kids, a new children’s imprint from Rodale Books.

“It’s long been a dream of mine to expand our award-winning and bestselling Rodale Books publishing program to kids, who are most open to learning new things. Our best-in-class books, magazines and products have transformed the well-being of millions of consumers, and we recognize that Rodale’s commitment to shaping a brighter future really starts with our youngest generation. It’s time to nurture our mission—to inspire health, healing and happiness in the world—among young readers and their families, where it all begins.” — Rodale chairman, president and CEO Maria Rodale

Rodale Kids’ first list appears this Fall 2017 and will consist of these 10 titles:

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MRS. PEANUCKLE’S VEGETABLE ALPHABET by Mrs. Peanuckle
MRS. PEANUCKLE’S FRUIT ALPHABET by Mrs. Peanuckle
THE KING OF TOO MANY THINGS by Laurel Snyder
I AM KIND by Suzy Capozzi, illustrated by Eren Unten
I AM THANKFUL by Suzy Capozzi, illustrated by Eren Unten
TEAM TAEKWONDO #1: Ara’s Rocky Road to White Belt by Master Taekwon Lee and Jeffrey Nodelman, illustrated by Ethen Beavers
BREATHE LIKE A BEAR: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm Anytime Anywhere by Kira Willey, illustrated by Anni Betts
CHEF GINO’S TASTE TEST CHALLENGE: 90 Winning Recipes That Any Kid Can Cook by Gino Campagna, illustrated by Mike Lowery
THE FANTASTIC BODY: What Makes You Tick & How You Get Sick by Dr. Howard Bennett
TOTAL TEEN: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World by Tracy Anderson

The imprint plans to publish 30-45 titles a year, but may revise that in line with demand (it already has 50 titles slated for 2018). The books will be fiction and nonfiction for children from infants to teens. readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: HAPPINESS

MaxShelf-HappinessToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham.

In her debut memoir, award-winning playwright and performance artist Heather Harpham recounts her charming courtship with a New Yorker named Brian, and how it ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant. Heather returns home to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie’s arrival, Heather’s first precious moments of happiness with her newborn are shattered when she learns her daughter has a rare blood condition that places her at high risk for brain damage or death. Brian reappears as Gracie’s condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

“Harpham’s ability to capture an audience’s emotions takes center stage as a memoirist. Her deeply personal yet witty narrative style makes the reader feel instantly connected, as if Harpham is a close friend traveling a familiar ‘crooked little road to semi-ever after.’ Hers is a journey evoking a spectrum of emotions: hope, sadness, anger and, yes, happiness.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Heather Harpham on Shelf-Awareness.com.

HAPPINESS will be available from Henry Holt & Company on August 1, 2017.

Max Shelf: Bill O’Reilly

MaxShelf-BillOReilly“I love reading books with paper pages and browse old bookstores wherever I go. Libraries are sacred ground, and I thank all the librarians for keeping the literary tradition. We need you guys!”
— Bill O’Reilly

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature delves into Bill O’Reilly’s mega-bestselling history franchises: the Killing, Legends & Lies and the YA Last Days series, as well as his new current affairs book, OLD SCHOOL: Life in the Sane Lane.

Writing about history in a way that readers can enjoy was a goal of O’Reilly’s since he was a high school teacher in the early 1970s. Readers are drawn to the books, O’Reilly says, because “they inform and they’re entertaining.”

O’Reilly has also launched the Legends & Lies TV series (which premiered on Fox News in April 2015) to tie in to the books, which focus on a major figure from a historical period, debunking or confirming popular myths about their lives.

The Killing series has been adapted into the YA-friendly Last Days series, which aims to allow younger readers to enjoy illustrated versions of the historical narratives. The illustrations include a variety of maps, photographs and other images.

O’Reilly also has a non-series book coming out March 28, OLD SCHOOL: Life in the Sane Lane, written with Bruce Feirstein, about the cultural wars over values, his first current affairs book in many years.

The Killing series
KILLING LINCOLN: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever (available in hardcover, trade paperback, mass market)
KILLING KENNEDY: The End of Camelot (available in hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, audio)
KILLING JESUS: A History (available in hardcover, trade paperback, audio)
KILLING PATTON: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General (available in hardcover, audio)
KILLING REAGAN: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (available in hardcover, audio)
KILLING THE RISING SUN: How America Vanquished World War II Japan (available in hardcover, audio) readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: NEVER LET YOU GO

maxshelf-neverletyougoNever let you go. Is it a promise or a threat?

Chevy Stevens‘ fifth terrific and deeply personal thriller, NEVER LET YOU GO, is this week’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature.

The author of STILL MISSING targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more. Lindsey Nash has left an abusive relationship and her ex-husband was sent to jail. She has started over with a new life, her own business, and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn’t want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?

NEVER LET YOU GO… pushes on relentlessly from the first page toward a thrilling, unexpected—and yet entirely believable—conclusion. Stevens’s previous works have solidified her place as a master of suspense; in NEVER LET YOU GO, readers can look forward to a different approach to that suspense, but with the same satisfying thrill of the unexpected from start to finish.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Chevy Stevens on Shelf-Awareness.com.
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Maximum Shelf: TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP

maxshelf-tocaptureToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin.

In her second novel to be published in the U.S., TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP weaves together the story of the tower’s daring construction with the personal life of Eiffel’s right-hand man, Émile Nouguier, and the Scotswoman with whom he falls in love.

“Colin’s moody, atmospheric novel captures both the idealism and the frustration of trying to chase one’s dreams, trying to fashion a more compelling life or simply realize an artistic vision. For those who have visited Paris or enjoy traveling to the City of Light on the page, TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP provides a captivating glimpse into the origin story of a cherished Parisian icon.” — Shelf Awareness

Praise for TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP:

“Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Colin has a sure hand with the atmospheres of both cities and with the mores and dress of the period, and she manages to continually raise the stakes for her characters without ever resorting to melodrama. A novel of soaring ambitions, public and private.” — Kirkus Reviews

Click here to read the full Shelf Awareness summary, review and full interview with Beatrice Colin. readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: I WILL SEND RAIN

MaxShelf-IWillSendRainToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is I WILL SEND RAIN, from acclaimed and award-winning author Rae Meadows.

“Rae Meadows’s new historical novel sets timeless domestic issues against the hard times of the Dust Bowl. Themes of marital drift, infidelity, financial insecurity and the limiting of women’s options make the past feel modern and create an easy kinship between the reader and Meadows’s pitch-perfect characters. Alternately delicate and elegiac, glowing and ferocious, this slow dance through the devastation of history leaves readers with a glimpse of the cost to those who stayed to brave the hard times.” — Shelf Awareness

I WILL SEND RAIN is a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick & an August 2016 Indie Next pick!

Praise for I WILL SEND RAIN:

An exceptional talent for creating vivid imagery and a tender regard for her characters mark Meadows’ new novel set in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Dust Bowl. Similar to John Steinbeck’s haunting portrait of tenant farmers in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, but also with the gritty, bittersweet elements in Rilla Askew’s HARPSONG and the poignant lyricism of Karen Hesse’s OUT OF THE DUST.” — Booklist, starred review

“A vibrant, absorbing novel that stays with the reader.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In her fourth novel, Meadows’s lyrical and descriptive writing evokes a harsh landscape of dust, bones, and abandoned homes. The unforgettable characters show grit, determination, and brokenness in equal measure. An outstanding choice for book discussion groups.” — Library Journal, starred review

Click here to read the full Shelf Awareness summary, review and full interview with Rae Meadows.
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Teen Talk Thursday (4/21/16 Edition)

Did you see the amazing Maximum Shelf Awareness this week for IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo? Click here to read the inspiring interview with Russo and read the full Max Shelf review, which said, “On the slowly expanding bookshelves of transgender young adult titles, Russo’s affecting novel is poised to join previous pioneers including Julie Anne Peters’s LUNA and Ellen Wittlinger’s PARROTFISH. But you heard it here first: IF I WAS YOUR GIRL could turn out to be the most starry-eyed, satisfyingly sigh-inducing story of them all.”

Now on to the Griffin Teen goodness (and one adult book with YA appeal) hitting shelves this month:

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
Two stars for this lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian folklore about sixteen-year-old Maya, whose world is upheaved when her father arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves. “A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.” — School Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN

MaxShelf-AllIsNotForgottenWe’ve already told you about ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN, the incredible psychological thriller by Wendy Walker that your fellow librarians (and Reese Witherspoon) can’t stop raving about, and now it’s a Maximum Shelf Awareness pick!

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN has been compared to DEFENDING JACOB and RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA, among other psychological thrillers, and the comparisons are apt. The characters that occupy the pages are flawed and imperfect in their humanity, and all the more engaging because of it. They experience hardships and pain and try their best to make their way through both. Witnessing the ways they tell their stories to each other in the midst of all of this—and the way that Wendy Walker tells their stories to us as readers—cements Walker not only as an expert storyteller, but ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN as an excellent novel of psychological suspense. ” — Shelf Awareness

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Maximum Shelf: TENACITY

MaxShelf-TenacityToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness features a terrific debut thriller, TENACITY by J.S. Law.

Cramped, claustrophobic, and under strict command, the confines of naval submarine HMS Tenacity are unwelcoming in the best of circumstances. For Lieutenant Danielle “Dan” Lewis, the only female aboard, who must methodically interrogate a tightknit and hostile crew about a suicide and a murder, it’s her own special place in hell.

“In his debut novel, J.S. Law has crafted thrilling suspense in a setting that offers many opportunities for confined, oppressive menace. He has also created a compelling character in Dan Lewis. She is headstrong, she is relentless, she is tough to befriend, but she is undeniably brave. Law ends TENACITY with a perfect segue into a sequel. It can’t come too soon.” — Shelf Awareness

“The unusual setting adds a great deal of interest but never slows the action in this fast-paced nail-biter starring a flawed but dynamic character. A very promising series.” — Booklist

“The unusual setting, skilled writing, and obvious veracity make this a bold first effort worth awaiting a second.” — Library Journal

“Law, a former senior nuclear engineer in the Royal Navy Submarine Service, capitalizes on his intimate knowledge to turn the sub into a terrifying setting.” — Publishers Weekly

A good yarn… his description of life inside a sub is fascinating.” — Kirkus Reviews

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