Articles tagged "Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of Summer 2017"

Happy #BookBday (5/23/17 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

A GOOD COUNTRY by Laleh Khadivi
Three starred reviews! An achingly timely novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California—about where identity truly lies, and how we find it. “Brilliantly channeling the minds of angst-filled teenagers with barely formed worldviews who seesaw between brash self-confidence and deflating insecurities, Whiting and Pushcart Prize winner Khadivi has written an important, smart, timely novel that rivals such standouts as Karan Mahajan’s THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS or Mohsin Hamid’s THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST.” — Library Journal, starred review

ISADORA by Amelia Gray
One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of Summer 2017! “Historical novels about artists abound, but few attain the psychological intricacy, fluency of imagination, lacerating wit, or intoxicating beauty of Gray’s tale of Isadora Duncan, the courageous mother of modern dance. The spellbinding result is a mythic, fiercely insightful, mordantly funny, and profoundly revelatory portrait of an intrepid and indelible artist.” — Booklist, starred review

MOLLY AND THE CAT CAFE by Melissa Daley
When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a grueling journey to the nearest town to find a new home. “As comforting as a purring cat on a cold winter night, Daley’s feel-good feline escapade will warm pet lovers’ hearts. Watch for future Cat Café novels.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Cookbooks

TGIF! We’ve got food on the brain with today’s #FridayReads cookbook picks:

THE BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK by Mary Kay Andrews
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of Summer 2017! Atlanta-based bestselling novelist Andrews collects recipes inspired by casual Southern coastal cuisine and beach-house living. (We can personally vouch for her lemon pound cake recipe!) “A good pick for most library collections; take note where Andrews’ novels are popular.” — Booklist

FABIO’S 30 MINUTE ITALIAN: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick and Easy Recipes by Fabio Viviani
Celebrity chef and Top Chef star Viviani presents a delicious collection of quick and easy Italian recipes with color photos, tips to cook “Grandma Style” (that is, like an intuitive Italian), and personal stories from his early life in Florence. “Featuring satisfying recipes from a popular personality and gorgeous photographs from noted blogger Armendariz, this title is sure to be in demand.” — Library Journal

JULIE TABOULIE’S LEBANESE KITCHEN: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking by Julie Ann Sageer & Leah Bhabha
Star of the Emmy-nominated cooking show Cooking with Julie Taboulie shares hands-on instructions, tips, and tricks for cooking homemade Middle Eastern dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. “[Sageer] evokes that memory and many others in this collection of recipes for Lebanese foods, from familiar hummus (presented with a handful of variations) to surprises such as panfried patties made with chickpeas, potatoes, and bulgur; a yogurt soup with lamb dumplings; and pickled baby eggplant stuffed with peppers.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Our #FridayReads are outta-this-world new sci-fi & fantasy titles, all on library shelves now!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of Summer 2017 and Buzzfeed’s “Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

VOID STAR by Zachary Mason
Two starred reviews! A riveting, beautifully written, fugue-like novel of AIs, memory, violence, and mortality set in a near-future San Francisco. “Mason’s follow-up to THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY is a complex and spellbinding tale of a future where self-preservation, in every sense of the word, is a victory.” — Library Journal, starred review

WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
In Emrys’s debut novel, the last daughter of the people of Innsmouth must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe. “Marbled with references to the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, this inventive dark fantasy crossbreeds the cosmic horrors of the Cthulhu mythos with the espionage escapades of a Cold War thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

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