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2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

Booklist’s Best Health & Science Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Health & Science reading lists of 2016*, including these five Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Health and Medicine 2016 (full list)

MORGUE: A Life in Death by Vincent J. M. DiMaio and Ron Franscell
Medical examiner DiMaio, along with journalist Franscell, provides a peek into the often wild world of forensic science, sharing many hair-raising cases.

ORDINARILY WELL: The Case for Antidepressants by Peter D. Kramer
Kramer mounts a comprehensive, spirited, and completely convincing defense of antidepressants, dispelling any doubts about their efficacy and life-changing capability.

Top 10 Science 2016 (full list)

THE MOST PERFECT THING: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg by Tim Birkhead
This fascinating study of the bird egg takes a look at the history of egg collecting and the science behind egg colors, among other quirky delights.

PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
Science journalist Shah calls on global leaders, public and corporate, to pay attention to an impending public-health emergency—the rise of new global infectious diseases.

THE POPE OF PHYSICS: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Gino Segrè and Hoerlin Bettina
By exploring Fermi’s personal life, the authors give readers glimpses into some of Fermi’s nonscientific attributes in addition to portraying his role in the development of nuclear weapons.

*Titles included were reviewed between December 1, 2015, and November 15, 2016.

Happy #BookBday (4/21/15 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
Schultz’s pandemic novel about a rabies-like disease carried only by blonde women is one of Kirkus Reviews’ April’s Best Bets and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.”

THIS IS HOW IT REALLY SOUNDS by Stuart Archer Cohen
This “impressive and dramatic”* novel about three men who share the same name and intertwining fortunes has a starred Kirkus Review* and Booklist said, “It’s a hugely entertaining story, mainstream commercial fiction, straddling the thin line between comedy and drama.”

THE CARTOON INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY by Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon
The latest volume of the celebrated Cartoon Introduction series is an indispensable and entertaining primer to the fundamental questions about our existence. “A fun, clear and clever introduction to the rich history of philosophy in the Western world.” — Kirkus Reviews

And a happy belated #BookBday to:

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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

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