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Murder, Medicine, and a Female Longmire

Happy #ThrillerThursday to:

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
A Publishers Weekly Fall 2017 Top 10 Science Book with two starred reviews! “British science writer Fitzharris slices into medical history with this excellent biography of Joseph Lister… She infuses her thoughtful and finely crafted examination of this revolution with the same sense of wonder and compassion Lister himself brought to his patients, colleagues, and students.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

DARK SIGNAL by Shannon Baker
The second thrilling Kate Fox novel from critically acclaimed author Shannon Baker, starring a female Longmire. “Set in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, a landscape populated with cattle and windmills, this sophomore effort will appeal to readers who appreciate regional mysteries for their atmosphere.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/17/17 Edition)

Hey hey, it’s a great day for YA! Bonnie Pipkin’s AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS is nominated for YALSA’s 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD has two starred reviews!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
Ages 17 to 18
I was dead for 13 minutes. Now I want to know why. In this dark and twisty YA suspense novel, Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—that it wasn’t an accident, and that she wasn’t suicidal. “This tense, gritty psychological thriller, steeped in sex, drugs, partying, and social media, is GONE GIRL for the Mean Girls set.” — Horn Book Magazine

EVERYTHING MUST GO by Jenny Fran Davis
Ages 14 to 19
In this wise and hilarious debut novel told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora Goldwasser gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a Hudson Valley farm, hoping to woo a boy she’s fallen in love with. “Filled with vibrant characters, it balances gentle jabs at pop culture and self-righteousness with thought-provoking ideas about feminist ideals and human frailties.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

SUN WARRIOR by P.C. Cast (Tales of a New World #2)
Ages 12 to 18
In the second book in P.C. Cast’s new contemporary fantasy series, Tales of a New World, Mari, an “Earth Walker” and Nik, a “Companion,” who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction. “Fascinating post-apocalyptic settings, intriguing characters, and plenty of battles will entice and capture readers from beginning to end.” — VOYA Magazine readmoreremove

Stars for THE HAZEL WOOD

Amazing news—Melissa Albert’s debut contemporary fantasy THE HAZEL WOOD has THREE starred reviews!

“A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The lilting structure and deliberate tone bring to mind fairy tales both new and retold while also hinting at the teeth this story will bear in the form of murder, mayhem, and violence both in the Hinterland tales and in Alice’s reality. An aggressive lack of romance and characters transcending their plots make this story an empowering read that will be especially popular with fans of fairy-tale retellings.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“Highly literary, occasionally surreal, and grounded by Alice’s clipped, matter-of-fact voice, it’s a dark story that readers will have trouble leaving behind. HIGH-DEMAND: The buzz for this debut is deafening, and the fact that the film adaption is already in the works doesn’t hurt.” — Booklist, starred review
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Monday Funday With New Nonfiction

Memoirs, feminism, espionage, comedians, dogs—these new nonfiction books available this month have something for every reader:

ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
“Like DO NO HARM, Marsh’s previous memoir, ADMISSIONS is ‘wandering and ruminative, an overland trek through the doctor’s anxieties and private shames,’ our critic Jennifer Senior writes. Marsh once again recounts his miscalculations and surgical catastrophes; rails against the constraints of an increasingly depersonalized British health care system; and describes his operating theater in all of its Grand Guignol splendor.”New York Times Book Review (10 New Books We Recommend This Week, 10/12/17)

WAITING FOR THE PUNCH: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast by Marc Maron, foreword by John Oliver
From the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a collection of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the biggest names in entertainment. “From a book by a comedian, filled with the words of other comedians, readers will expect some laughs. What they might not expect are heartfelt revelations, life lessons, and perhaps even a cry or two.” — Booklist

DARE NOT LINGER: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela & Mandla Langa, prologue by Graça Machel
The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. “The title comes from Mandela himself, who noted, ‘With freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

REAL AMERICAN: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims
A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America. “Using powerfully effective prose, the author explains the impacts of racism on her daily life in both small and large ways, its chipping away at her feelings of self-worth. A compelling and important addition to any collection of personal narratives by women of color.” — Library Journal, starred review

NASTY WOMEN: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding
“Twenty-three influential and eloquent feminist writers of the twenty-first century have come together to create this searing and urgent collection. This book invites readers to converse, comfort, and hold one another accountable in the hope of igniting radical, intersectional change.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for YEAR ONE!

This is Nora Roberts like you’ve never seen her before: as a fantasy writer! YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the One is the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy from the #1 New York Times bestseller.

In this enthralling saga of suspense and survival, a sickness has wiped out more than half of the world’s population. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place—some of it good, like the kind Lana Bingham and her lover, Max, practice; and some of it unimaginably evil. As New York City becomes unsafe for them, Lana and Max head west on a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives.

YEAR ONE has two starred reviews!

“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

“Roberts’ new direction is electric and ground-breaking… A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

PRAIRIE FIRES and THE SHADOW DISTRICT are November 2017 LibraryReads Picks!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the November 2017 LibraryReads list!

The #9 pick is PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
“The sesquicentennial observance of the birth of the author of the celebrated Little House books (65 million copies sold in 45 languages) has been the catalyst for the publication of a spate of books, now including this magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented…. But it is its marriage of biography and history—the latter providing such a rich context for the life—that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book, an unforgettable American story.” — Booklist, starred review

Available from Metropolitan Books on November 21.

Rounding out the list at #10 is THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
Two starred reviews! “The award-winning author of the ‘Inspector Erlendur’ series (INTO OBLIVION) continues his modus operandi of simultaneously covering a current and cold case in this new series set during the war years. The inspectors, past and present, are formidable characters, and the blend of police procedural with Icelandic folklore is intriguing. VERDICT While not as dark as lndridason’s previous works, this is a welcome addition from a master of the genre. ” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for Eugenides & Indridason!

Does your library have copies of these new books from these two bestselling authors? (You should!)

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Pulitzer Prize–winning Eugenides’ first story collection, and his first book since THE MARRIAGE PLOT, is gifted with the strong voices and luminous prose his novels are known for. Readers will enjoy lamenting that this complete and utterly human collection must, after all, end.” Booklist, starred review

“These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
“Indridason provides a great window into Icelandic culture as he explores his recurring themes of greed and abuse of power.” Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Sci-Fi Friday Reads!

These sci-fi #FridayReads are outta this world!

AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
An October 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.” — Library Journal, starred review

NULL STATES by Malka Older
Secret agents criss-cross the world to prevent a global democracy from crumbling under its own weight in the sequel to the technothriller INFOMOCRACY. “Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/28/17 Edition)

This #ThrillerThursday we’re reading two new series mysteries and a chilling true crime account involving the Coors brewery.

SLEEP LIKE A BABY by Charlaine Harris
In the next installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling and LibraryReads author Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series, Roe has a newborn to care for, a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, and a new puzzle—who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to their home nurse, Virginia? “Engrossing… Harris smoothly weaves together several seemingly unrelated threads to create a richly layered tale of how the bad choices people make in life can come back to haunt them. ” — Publishers Weekly

TRACE by Archer Mayor
Two starred reviews for the newest book in the Joe Gunther series! “Outstanding… Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives’ special talents—Spinney’s patience and doggedness, Kunkle’s unorthodox but effective rule-bending, and Martens’s bravery and resourcefulness—in this welcome addition to the long-running series.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (9/21/17 Edition)

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? We’re reading:

MURDEROUS MISTRAL by Cay Rademacher
Two starred reviews! “Rademacher, short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award (for The Murderer in Ruins), has written a carefully plotted police procedural that vividly captures the landscape and scents of Provence while introducing Blanc and a small group of colleagues. VERDICT The police action and political connections will attract fans of Jeffrey Siger’s police novels set in Greece.” – Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

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