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For Your Consideration: May 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 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

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COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
When Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow’s long-missing aunt returns to the family ranch in Montana 25 years later with a fantastical story of abduction and abuse, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. “With its take-no-guff heroine, who understands the importance of family and friends, and a compelling plot peppered with domestic details and composed of equal measures of spine-tingling suspense and sexy romance, this is quintessential Roberts.” — Booklist

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THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist

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THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Seeing Stars

What do these 5 books have in common? They’ve all received more than one starred review!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer — 3 stars!
“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

“VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD than of the Shire. Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story centered not around the gee-whiz novelty of a flying bear but around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be a person. VanderMeer’s talent for immersive world-building and stunning imagery is on display in this weird, challenging, but always heartfelt novel.” — Booklist, starred review

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
“With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

“Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie’s enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable.” — Kirkus Review, starred review

THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK by Joe Ollmann
“Comprising 10 years of painstaking research, this graphic biography details the life of obscure writer, occultist, traveler, and bondage fanatic William Seabrook… As both a narrative and a story in pictures, this is an early candidate for the year’s best graphic biography.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Including high adventure, sorrowful drama, and cameos by historical stars such as Man Ray, Aldous Huxley, and Gertrude Stein, this one has all the hallmarks of a classic work of biography and is an early contender for one of the best releases in 2017.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Library Journal Best of 2014

Library Journal is first out of the gate with their “Best of 2014” list, and it includes LOTS of Macmillan books:

Top Ten
NO PLACE TO HIDE by Glenn Greenwald
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

More of the Best
FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES by Michael Pitre

SF/Fantasy
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
AREA X (ANNIHILATION, AUTHORITY, ACCEPTANCE) by Jeff VanderMeer

Mystery
THE GHOST RUNNER by Bilal Parker
MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON by Frances Brody

Historical Fiction
BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth

Thrillers
TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Women’s Fiction
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

Cookbooks
THE CUBAN TABLE: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History by Ana Sofia Pelaez

Poetry
THIS BLUE by Maureen N. McLane
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
CARIBOU by Charles Wright

Religion & Spirituality
AN AMERICAN CARDINAL: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan by Christina Boyle

Graphic Novels
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast

Memoir
THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD by Justin Hocking
BULLETPROOF VEST: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter by Maria Venegas

Science
INFINITESIMAL: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World by Amir Alexander
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

Happy #BookBday (9/2/14 Edition)

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a lazy Labor Day weekend like these little guys. We’re back and thrilled to wish these brand new books a Happy #BookBday:

ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer
At last! We can finally learn the mysteries behind Area X in the final volume of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Everyone loves the series, including Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King, and Unshelved!

ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera
This “lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside…Michael Ondaatje or…Jhumpa Lahiri” (Publishers Weekly) about two young women on opposite sides of the Sri Lankan Civil War won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia, was named one of Library Journal‘s Best Summer Debuts, and is a September 2014 Indie Next list selection.

SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark-Hunter fans rejoice! The latest paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Kenyon pairs Jo, a courageous modern woman, with Cadegan, an ancient wounded warrior, who must protect her from a paranormal group that has inadvertently unleashed evil on the world. “Engaging and creative, the story unfolds through Kenyon’s fast-paced narration and quirky characters…”
Kirkus Reviews

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In case you missed it, Friday’s Unshelved comic strip was all about Jeff VanderMeer’s ANNIHILATION!

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Booklist Book Clubs Abuzz webinar

Yesterday Talia “the troublemaker” Sherer highlighted her favorite titles during Booklist‘s Book Clubs Abuzz webinar. If you were lucky enough to listen in you chuckled at her jokes and cringed at her awful songs. If you missed out, don’t worry—we’ve got Talia’s top picks and a link to the archived webinar below.

Fiction: For Women, About Women
HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY by Lydia Netzer
FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah (Talia called it “Beaches for the 21st century.”)
THE STORIES WE TELL by Patti Callahan Henry
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt

Historical Fiction
DARK AEMILIA by Sally O’Reilly (“Hilary Mantel crossed with A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.”)
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
HILD by Nicola Griffith
HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame

Bestsellers
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny (If you’ve never read Louise Penny, Talia offered to send you a complimentary copy of STILL LIFE! E-mail her now. For existing Penny fans, the Great Gamache re-read continues with A TRICK OF THE LIGHT right now…)

YA-OK & Teen
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn (“THREE STARRED REVIEWS!!!”)
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn
A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (“Another THREE STARRED REVIEWS for this creepy puppy!” Read more about the Southern Reach trilogy.)

Bonus Recommendations – these aren’t in the slides, but Talia looooooves them
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (“His writing is smart and accessible. Plus, he’s cute.”)
THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel (“Absolutely haunting… one of the best books I’ve ever read about war.”)
MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver (“A charming debut mystery from a fellow librarian!”)

Make sure to check out Reading Group Gold for book news, contest information, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles.

Click here to watch the webinar, or get the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss and participating in LibraryReads

The Southern Reach trilogy is Awesome!

Yup. It’s totally 100% true. Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy is totally awesome. Imagine if J.J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel…the books are futuristic supernatural thrillers, part science fiction, part dystopian, part horror, all amazing.

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Stephen King is a big fan and the New York Times Book Review recently gave AUTHORITY a rave review. Even Entertainment Weekly got in on the action by dedicating a full page in its Books section to showing off book covers for the international editions of the trilogy!

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In ANNIHILATION, the first book in the trilogy, readers were introduced to Area X and the twelfth team of researchers that traveled into the dangerous area; the story then followed “the biologist” as she seemingly became the only survivor to actually understand what was happening.

The second book, AUTHORITY, focuses the action on the government agency overseeing the expedition, and particularly on the new Control director whose gradual discovery of the agency’s secrets parallels the journey of the biologist in the first book.

The final book in the series, ACCEPTANCE, follows a new team as they embark on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.

Check out the Southern Reach website where you can read excerpts from available books in the series and explore an interactive map of Area X!

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For Your Consideration: September LibraryReads titles

Sept14-FYCThe days are long and hot and we’re already looking forward to Fall and cooling temperatures. Get a head start with these recommended September titles and nominate your favorites for the September 2014 LibraryReads list (due August 1)!

BROADCHURCH by Erin Kelly
This brilliant novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy’s killer in a quiet British seaside town.

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ACCEPTANCE by Jeff VanderMeer
In the final book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying. Stephen King is a big fan and called the series, “Creepy and fascinating.”

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ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera
Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia and longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, this literary debut of two young women on opposing sides of the devastating Sri Lankan Civil War is an emotionally resonant saga of cultural heritage, heartbreaking conflict and deep family bonds. “The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as astonishing as the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera evokes the power of both in a lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje or her fellow writer of the multigenerational immigrant experience Jhumpa Lahiri.” — Publishers Weekly

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VIRTUE FALLS by Christina Dodd
A chillingly suspenseful novel in which a young woman discovers the truth about the decades-old murder of her mother, and the killer who is still out there. “…red herrings galore and multiple third-person points of view will keep readers guessing whodunit right up to the end. For romantic suspense fans and those who enjoy tautly plotted page-turners.” — Library Journal

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BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth
This historical novel gorgeously interweaves the Rapunzel fairy tale with the true life story of French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force. “Forsyth, a PhD candidate in fairy tale retellings, reflects her depth of knowledge in this captivating novel that enchants with its gorgeous narrative and memorable characters who discover how the choices we make define and bind us. Full of palace intrigue, dark magic, romance, and lush, evocative descriptions, this is historical fiction at its finest.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE PLOUGHMEN by Kim Zupan
A young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond in this mesmerizing first novel set on the plains of Montana. “A fascinating first novel that examines the complexities of two men, opposites in every way, whose lives nevertheless intertwine. With such a strong debut, Zupan’s literary future looks exceptionally promising.” — Library Journal

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VIRTUALLY HUMAN: The Promise—and the Peril—of Digital Immortality by Martine Rothblatt, PhD
VIRTUALLY HUMAN explores what the not-too-distant future will look like when cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology—becomes part of our daily lives and the medical ethics involved.

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For more September LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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