Your Next Book Club Pick Is…

Well, only you know what your library’s book club is reading next, but we will happily share these expert suggestions:

NEABigReadThe NEA Big Read recently expanded their selection to “offer a selection of books that is contemporary, diverse, and relevant to our times.” Their Macmillan picks are:

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (download the guide)
We’ve also got NEA Big Read author Kao Kalia Yang’s new memoir, THE SONG POET (download the guide)

The recently announced Summer 2016 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features these three Macmillan titles:

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss (a Top 10 pick!)
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (download the guide)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)

Plus our new Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden recommends SHELTER by Jung Yun (download the guide) & THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide) in her Summer Reading List!

Last year we predicted that the movie version of THE REVENANT was going to be huge, and we’re making the same call with SILENCE by Shusaku Endo. This classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Picador just released a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so we recommend getting ahead of the trend (and maybe even organizing a movie night out!).

Talia’s going to share her picks at tomorrow’s Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” webinar, so here’s what Anne recommends:


Genre-Bending FridayReads

We’re craving some genre-bending reads this weekend—these should hit the spot:

libraryreads logo squareAn April 2016 LibraryReads pick! Bestseller McGuire presents a fresh take on the portal fantasy genre that blends Alice in Wonderland, The Magicians, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. “McGuire’s lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience. Readers will be unable to resist the children’s longing for home, no matter how bizarre or fanciful that destination may be.” — Library Journal, starred review

HYSTOPIA by David Means
THREE STARS for this “compelling, imaginative alternative-history tale about memory and distress” (Booklist, starred review) in which President John F. Kennedy is alive and has created a vast federal agency called the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary.

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! A singular, beguiling debut about sixteen girls raised in a Garden on a diet of show tunes and twisted creation myths, who begin to ask questions about the world beyond their Wall of Safekeeping. “Enigmatic… Fans of the offbeat will dote on this sui generis story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Teen Talk Thursday (4/21/16 Edition)

Did you see the amazing Maximum Shelf Awareness this week for IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo? Click here to read the inspiring interview with Russo and read the full Max Shelf review, which said, “On the slowly expanding bookshelves of transgender young adult titles, Russo’s affecting novel is poised to join previous pioneers including Julie Anne Peters’s LUNA and Ellen Wittlinger’s PARROTFISH. But you heard it here first: IF I WAS YOUR GIRL could turn out to be the most starry-eyed, satisfyingly sigh-inducing story of them all.”

Now on to the Griffin Teen goodness (and one adult book with YA appeal) hitting shelves this month:

Two stars for this lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian folklore about sixteen-year-old Maya, whose world is upheaved when her father arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves. “A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.” — School Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

B&N Winter 2016 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Winter 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes five Macmillan titles!

CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
What Katherine Boo’s BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS did for the slums of Mumbai, India, CITY OF THORNS does for a massive refugee camp in Kenya, near the border with Somalia. This important new work has already received two starred, rave reviews: “By combining his own experiences with interviews with residents of Dabaab, he makes the human rights crisis—rarely covered in the media—vivid and immediate for readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, has received three rave, starred reviews, and is a January 2015 Indie Next pick! “Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.” — Library Journal, starred review

SHELTER by Jung Yun
A debut novel that weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. “In her intense debut, Jung explores the powerful legacy of familial violence and the difficulty of finding the strength and grace to forgive.” — Publishers Weekly