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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

Happy #BookBday (1/31/17 Edition)

Today we wish a very happy #BookBday to:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
A February 2017 Indie Next pick and one of Kirkus Reviews’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 with three starred reviews! “Auster’s first novel in seven years is nothing if not ambitious: a four-part invention, more than 800 pages, that follows the life (or lives) of Archie Ferguson. With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi
Two starred reviews! An engrossing debut about a devoted mother who commits suicide, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to redefine their understanding of family, while she meddles from beyond the grave. “Warm and hopeful, this marvelous debut stands next to novels from Catherine McKenzie and Carolyn Parkhurst in taking the reader on the emotional rides that define marriage and family.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: April 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

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

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MARLENA by Julie Buntin
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick with three starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review

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ONE PERFECT LIE by Lisa Scottoline
In New York Times bestselling Scottoline’s latest novel of domestic suspense, the single mother of a shy but athletically gifted high school pitcher worries that her son is being led astray by a rich, charismatic teammate hiding a dangerous past. Add a handsome stranger posing as a new teacher and the mix becomes combustible. “…readers can be assured that…they’re in for one thrilling ride on the roller coaster.” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
In this debut novel, an Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review

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A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
Two starred reviews! During WWII, young Russian spy with divided loyalties, under deep cover in Nazi Germany, uncovers an assassination plot that could change the course of history. “With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Alexsi is complex and fully drawn; this is a spy who gains the reader’s trust while never showing his hand. 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

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Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later

Military History Roundup

History comes to life through fact and fiction in these books about World War II, the American Revolution, and our founding documents:

KILLING THE RISING SUN: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
The latest book in O’Reilly & Dugard’s multimillion-selling Killing series takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan. Meanwhile, Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether or not to use nuclear weapons.

BORDERS by Roy Jacobsen
A brilliantly layered, sweeping novel of World War II set in the Ardennes—a forested, mountainous borderland that spans France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg—about the impossible choices between familial love and national identity. “An artful deconstruction of nationalism through the prism of personal loss and reconciliation. Read Jacobsen’s novel carefully to savor its images and themes.” — Kirkus Reviews

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SPY WAR: The Making of America’s First Spymaster by John A. Nagy
The untold story of how George Washington, a Virginia farmer, became the eighteenth century’s greatest and America’s first spymaster. “Drawing on Washington’s correspondence and diary, the late Nagy, an American Revolution specialist, follows Washington from his participation in the French and Indian Wars, where he cut his teeth in the ways of espionage, to his great deception in the American Revolution that secured colonial victory. Nagy’s fast-paced chronicle reveals a little-known side of America’s Revolutionary War hero.” — Publishers Weekly

AMERICAN TREASURES: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address by Stephen Puleo
Puleo tells the dramatic, never-before-told history of America’s efforts to protect important founding documents, plus the key role played by Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish during WWII. “An engrossing account of the creation, consecration, and conservation of the documents that defined American democracy. Readers will take away a new appreciation for the vision and savvy of government officials in finding ways to insure such treasures would survive.”
Library Journal

Thriller Thursday (9/8/16 Edition)

thrillerthurs-9-8-16Happy #ThrillerThursday to series regulars and new mysteries:

THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
THREE starred reviews! “Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
THREE starred reviews! “Dodd continues her flawless pivoting from romance to suspense with the third book in her riveting series set in the small Washington town of Virtue Falls. Scary, sexy, and smartly written, BECAUSE I’M WATCHING is Dodd at the top of her game.” — Booklist, starred review

KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balson’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

STRIPPED BARE by Shannon Baker
Featured in a recent Library Journal mystery spotlight, STRIPPED BARE stars Kate Fox, a female Walt Longmire in Nebraska’s cattle country, who must find the person who shot her cheating husband, the county sheriff. “Baker’s writing evokes the beauty of the Nebraska Sandhills, and her colorful cast of secondary characters adds a depth of charm. Devotees of Craig Johnson’s ‘Walt Longmire’ series and fans of Judy Clemens are sure to appreciate this title.” — Library Journal, starred review & September 2016 Pick of the Month  readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/25/16 Edition)

Recommend these four thrilling new mysteries to your patrons today:

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! In this riveting historical thriller with a twist, a US intelligence officer must sneak into Auschwitz and escape with a physics professor who happens to be the one man with knowledge that could end the war. “Gross has written his most heartfelt and compelling book to date, and fans of World War II fiction should add this to their reading lists.” — Associated Press

SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller
In the fifth series mystery, Bell Elkins investigates a West Virginia nursing home where Alzheimer patients are dying at alarming rates. “The setting and the tone will appeal to fans of both Sharyn McCrumb and Julia Spencer-Fleming, and the introspective protagonist and literary quality recommend it to followers of Tana French and Louise Penny. Another outstanding entry in a superb series.”
Booklist, starred review
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For Your Consideration: September 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the September 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
THREE starred reviews! Foer’s “intensely imagined and richly rewarding”* new novel focuses on the unraveling of a Jewish-American family in Washington DC over a 4-week span, during which time an earthquake sets off a Pan-Israel invasion. “Foer fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

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DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
The new standalone novel from the LibraryReads author of LITTLE BLACK LIES!
A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.” — Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ on LITTLE BLACK LIES

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Daisy in Chains” and include your library’s mailing address.*

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
This debut collection of speculative short fiction for our tech-savvy era is an ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection. “[Weinstein’s] stories look like SF but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
Combining the strengths of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Laetitia Rodd towers over both of these genteel sleuths in wit, tact, and ingenuity. The book is a sheer delight, with its deliciously intricate puzzle and well-drawn characters whom readers are sure to continue to enjoy in volumes to come.” Booklist, starred review

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KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balsam’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

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THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
“Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Hart, in a twist on the classic British county manor mystery, adds her characteristic elegantly crafted atmosphere and keen eye for character and writes with an ease and an assurance that makes it feel like this is her twenty-second book, not just her second.” — Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Public Library, Overland Park KS

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “White Mirror” and include your library’s mailing address.*

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with THREE starred reviews! “Best-selling King consummately meshes biography with art history as he turns the creation of one resounding masterpiece into a portal onto the artist’s life. Never before has the full drama and significance of Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies been conveyed with such knowledge and perception, empathy and wonder.” — Booklist, starred review

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Happy #BookBday (4/21/15 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
Schultz’s pandemic novel about a rabies-like disease carried only by blonde women is one of Kirkus Reviews’ April’s Best Bets and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.”

THIS IS HOW IT REALLY SOUNDS by Stuart Archer Cohen
This “impressive and dramatic”* novel about three men who share the same name and intertwining fortunes has a starred Kirkus Review* and Booklist said, “It’s a hugely entertaining story, mainstream commercial fiction, straddling the thin line between comedy and drama.”

THE CARTOON INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY by Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon
The latest volume of the celebrated Cartoon Introduction series is an indispensable and entertaining primer to the fundamental questions about our existence. “A fun, clear and clever introduction to the rich history of philosophy in the Western world.” — Kirkus Reviews

And a happy belated #BookBday to:

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Stars for KL!

Important, fascinating reading for WWII history buffs: KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann has received two starred reviews!

“’The concentration camps embodied the spirit of Nazism like no other institution in the Third Reich,’ writes Wachsmann-at least 2.3 million people passed through them; at least 1.7 million died in them-and yet there exists no comprehensive analysis of the camp system, its principles and dynamics, or the forces and people that shaped it. Wachsmann, of Birkbeck College, University of London, fills that gap brilliantly. Wachsmann’s exhaustive study will be seen as the authoritative work on the subject.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A harrowing, thorough study of the Nazi camps that gathers a staggering amount of useful and necessary information on the collective catastrophe. In a tightly organized, systematic narrative, Wachsmann presents an ‘integrated’ treatment of the Konzentrationslager of the title that moves beyond any attempt to endow the camps with universal meaning. A comprehensive, encyclopedic work that should be included in the collections of libraries, schools and other institutions.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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