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Today’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.
“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
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
Today’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
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
We’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
Today’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
Today’s issue of Maximum Shelf Awareness is all about Picador! Learn about the imprint’s rich 20-year history and its stellar list of authors, including Paul Auster, Jeff Chang, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Atul Gawande, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ann Leary, Hilary Mantel, Marilynne Robinson, Robin Sloan, Olen Steinhauer, Hector Tobar and Adelle Waldman, among others.
Recent breakout Picador original titles include:
THE BIRTH OF KOREAN COOL: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture by Euny Hong
THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth
PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF-ABSORBED: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids by Meghan Daum
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy
Major reprint titles and movie tie-ins:
VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
BLACK CHALK by Christopher J. Yates
ON THE RUN: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
THE 33: DEEP DOWN DARK: The Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke
THE LADY IN THE VAN by Alan Bennett
SILENCE by Shusaku Endo
Six Highlights of the Winter 2016 List:
THE YID by Paul Goldberg
James Meader, executive director of publicity at Picador and also the book’s editor, calls it “Inglorious Basterds crossed with Ocean’s Eleven by way of the Coen Brothers.” It’s already received two starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist!
100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD by Stephen Le
Biological anthropologist Le explores the history of human diets, our evolution, modern eating habits and how all this information can be used to make the best food choices for our health. Anna deVries, the book’s editor, said that the book should reach different readers, interested in “health, history, sociological studies, like the sweet spot [achieved by] Jared Diamond.”
THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir and biography told through the lives of iconic artists, Laing (author of the LibraryReads pick THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING) seeks answers to the questions of: What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people?
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
What Katherinee Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE GOLDEN CONDOM: And Other Essays on Love Lost and Found by Jeanne Safer, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist Safer interweaves her own experiences with those of her patients to explore the frustration, humiliation, sadness and happiness that accompanies love in this provocative and compelling collection of essays.
SHELTER by Jung Yun
SHELTER weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. Editor Elizabeth Bruce notes, “Everyone has a different takeaway, some call it THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG with Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) pacing. It leaves you hanging until the last chapter.”
The November 2015 Indie Next list includes two of our favorite fall books!
HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel selection, an ALA Annual “Read ‘n Rave” selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection, and an Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help care for his ailing parents. “…funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.”
— Kirkus Reviews
CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she’s couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the very same bully who first got him in hot water. “Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.”
— Booklist, starred review