Articles tagged "Publisher’s Weekly"

Thriller Thursday (1/16/20)

Clues hidden in a small town’s decrepit mural, long-hidden secrets in an asylum, and a death at a glamorous European society party– all in this Thriller Thursday.

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain 

A LibraryReads Hall of Famer and an Indie Next List pick!

“This rich novel from Chamberlain (THE SILENT SISTER) tracks artists whose lives intertwine after a mural is commissioned for a small town…Chamberlain’s depictions of creative beauty and perseverance across time and in the face of inevitable obstacles will keep readers turning the pages.”–Publishers Weekly 

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Women 2020 (1/13/20)

Today’s spotlight kicks off the week with some fierce women who took the business world by storm.

UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

From stuck, broke, and looking for meaning, to working at a big-data startup in Silicon Valley, Anna Wiener now tells her story as a woman in Silicon Valley’s startup culture. “Equal parts bildungsroman and insider report, this book reveals not just excesses of the tech-startup landscape, but also the Faustian bargains and hidden political agendas embedded in the so-called ‘inspiration culture’ underlying a too-powerful industry. A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Happy #PubDay (12/10/19)

A turbulent family drama in 1957 America and a historical love story filled with secrets and heartache come together in this #pubday celebration.

THE WONDERFUL by Saskia Sarginson

“Set against a historical backdrop that will surprise many readers, Sarginson’s novel movingly captures the private and at times painful evolution of a resilient and inventive protagonist.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GLITTERING HOUR by Iona Grey

“[T]he shifting narratives form a sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart.”–Booklist

Thriller Thursday (12/05/19)

A Victorian detective on the hunt for a missing Oxford academic + a factory mystery with murder and a bad-tempered donkey + Teddy Roosevelt’s near death assassination or accident? + a private investigator hired by the number one suspect + a thriller author on the run in Alaska + a gripping murder case in an isolated New England town = this week’s #ThrillerThursday!

LAETITIA RODD AND THE CASE OF THE WANDERING SCHOLAR by Kate Saunders

2 starred reviews!

“[Saunders] is marvelous at working in what life was like in 1851 England through telling details…Throughout it all, Laetitia, practical and canny, makes a marvelous companion.”–Booklist, starred review

“Saunders’s exquisite prose and patient storytelling build a convincing Victorian voice, while Mrs. Rodd’s shrewd, energetic narration adds further appeal to the rich depiction of 19th-century landscapes and attitudes.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (12/04/19)

The first behind-the-scenes look at the most enigmatic FLOTUS in history, the true story of the Greely Expedition, a timely memoir on race and familial reconciliation, and a study on twentieth-century dictators–find it all in this nonfiction round-up.

FREE, MELANIA: The Unauthorized Biography by Kate Bennett

An insider’s look at Melania Trump, beginning with her childhood in Slovenia up to her days in the White House.

LABYRINTH OF ICE: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition by Buddy Levy

A December Indie Next List pick!

“This gripping book is a testament to the bravery and sheer doggedness of men determined to survive despite harsh conditions. Readers of polar histories, U.S. Navy history, and other armchair adventurers will enjoy this work.”–Library Journal

THE BROKEN ROAD: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy

“In this thoughtful, evenhanded debut, Kennedy, the daughter of former Alabama governor George Wallace, reflects on her life with the staunch segregationist.”–Publishers Weekly

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Nonfiction Round-Up (11/27/19)

One of America’s greatest poets/rappers, a recreation of the best stage roles and personal life of a favorite actor, and the four-decade friendship that helped make two revolutions and nations– all in today’s nonfiction round-up.

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Two starred reviews!

“This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Dyson’s excellent study serves as a succinct blueprint of Jay-Z’s artistry and legacy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Series Spotlight: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE by Nora Roberts

In a post-apocalyptic world where everything we know has crumbled, a group of survivors embarks on a journey to unite them in the battle of their lives. In the conclusion to CHRONICLES OF THE ONE, Fallon Swift will use her life knowledge of magick. She has succeeded in rescuing countless shifters, elves, and humans from the Doom’s destruction of civilization, and now she must help them heal.

THE RISE OF MAGICKS: Book 3

“Roberts’ magnificent trilogy concludes with another title that perfectly balances magic, adventure, romance, and steely resolve in the battle of good vs. evil while reminding us that while the battles may save us, it’s the home, hearth, and community which sustain us. Brilliant and inspiring.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

OF BLOOD AND BONE: Book 2

A December 2018 Indie Next pick!

“Though it’s the middle book in a planned trilogy, this can be read on its own and will appeal to fans of fast-paced dystopian tales with a strong heroine.”–Publishers Weekly

YEAR ONE: Book 1

2 starred reviews and a December 2017 Indie Next pick!

“Roberts’s full step into a modern fantasy series is long overdue. Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers.“–Library Journal, starred review

“A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Thriller Thursday (11/21/19)

A librarian sleuth on a murder investigation + the lies that fester when witnesses stay silent = today’s #ThrillerThursday.

MURDER OFF THE PAGE: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane

“[F]ans and new readers will enjoy solving Ambler’s latest puzzle along with him. An apt choice for bibliophiles and those who like a New York City setting.”–Booklist

IMPOSSIBLE CAUSES by Julie Mayhew

“[A]uthor Mayhew (THE BIG LIE) makes her adult debut with an atmospheric thriller…Mayhew delivers some memorably creepy moments.”–Publishers Weekly

Happy #PubDay (11/19/19)

A man’s story written entirely in lists, an adventure-packed fantasy with magical beasts and unexpected heroes, and a unique fantasy world filled with winged lizards and dragons–all in today’s #PubDay celebration!

TWENTY-ONE TRUTHS ABOUT LOVE by Matthew Dicks

A November LibraryReads Pick and a December Indie Next List Pick!

“Often moving, sometimes shocking, always entertaining, this superbly crafted work emphasizes the incalculable variety of the novel form.”–Booklist

KNIGHT OF THE SILVER CIRCLE by Duncan M. Hamilton

“Those who appreciate suspenseful battles fought with magic, swords, and wits will enjoy this epic page-turner.”–Publishers Weekly

UPON THE FLIGHT OF THE QUEEN by Howard Andrew Jones

“This powerful epic fantasy is a heart-racing, action-packed thrill.”–Publishers Weekly

Adult Books for Teens

From astrology to literary fiction to a powerful Holocaust memoir, these adult books are perfect for teen readers.

ASTRO POETS: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky
From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century.

“Teen readers getting acquainted with their horoscopes will relish the in-depth guide to how the stars are affecting their lives.” —Booklist, YA Interest

“Lasky and Dimitrov are witty and divulge plenty about their own lives, which will entertain readers of all backgrounds.” —Publishers Weekly

AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival by Françoise Malby-Anthony and Katja Willemsen
A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER, by Lawrence Anthony’s wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.

“Conservation-minded teens will love the mix of emotion and adventure.” —Booklist, YA Interest

“All animal lovers will enjoy this book, particularly those concerned for the many animals in danger of extreme suffering and possible extinction at the hands of poachers.” —Library Journal

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