LJ’s ALA Midwinter 2017 Galley Guide

So many galleys, so little time! Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert put together a guide for ALA Midwinter 2017, so you know just what to grab. Here are her top picks from the Macmillan booth #1818 (and don’t forget to drop in during the United for Libraries (UFL) Spotlight on Adult Literature, Saturday, 1/21, from 2:00 to 4:00pm):
Spotlight giveaways (Saturday, 1/21, 2:00–4:00pm):

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
“The long-awaited follow-up to the PEN USA Award winner MATHILDA SAVITCH, featuring a boy more or less kidnapped from his feckless mother after the deaths of his father and grandmother.”

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
“A high-profile debut whose teenage heroine is saved from loneliness in her new hometown by risk-taking young sophisticate Marlena.”

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
“Featuring a woman convinced that her abusive ex-husband, just out of jail, is stalking her.”

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
“Whose eponymous protagonist, trained in a shadowy black box orphan program aimed at creating assassins, is himself targeted by the head of the program.”

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
“A big-news novel about a little boy who wants to be a girl and the parents who support him.”

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
“The story of single mother Alice, diagnosed with a fatal disease, who is determined to find a backup family for her teenage daughter.”

More hot fiction:

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
“The multi-award-winning cyber-visionary’s return to adult fiction after eight years, set in a futuristic dystopia where life’s necessities can be printed out via computer but
the world is despoiled and dangerous.”

“85-year-old Lillian walks through Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, 1984, offering a slowly unfolding view of the city and her own long life.”

THE HOPE CHEST by Viola Shipman
“Featuring ALS-afflicted Mattie and longtime husband Don, who rediscover hope with Mattie’s new caretaker and her young daughter.”

TWO GOOD DOGS by Susan Wilson
“A troubled teenager helped by the rescued pit bull (then a second—see the title) of the inaugural guest at the Berkshires bed-and-breakfast her mother has bought.”

THE CROW TRAP: A Vera Stanhope Mystery by Ann Cleeves
“DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey.”

Debut thrills:

“[Opens] with serial killer Jacky Seever in jail yet the three people intimately involved with his case—the detective, the reporter, and his reputedly unsuspecting wife—completely undermined in their life and work.”

BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolás Obregón
“Starring Tokyo Police Inspector Iwata, reinstated after scandal and stuck with a hard-to-figure case involving a slaughtered family and the symbol of a large black sun.”

NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery by Mandy Morton
“A kitty cozy whose whiskered protagonist investigates body snatching at a home for older cats.”

WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
“The politically/historically sharp launch of an sf series about the sea people of Innsmouth, interred by the U.S. government in a desert prison, with practically lone survivor Aphra asked by the FBI to track down Communist spies who reputedly stole magic secrets that could make the Cold War suddenly boil over.”

ALC giveaway:

BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
“The full audio program on CD of a much-touted chiller about perfect couple David and his lovely wife, Adele, though David’s new secretary thinks that something is creepily off.”


Friday, 1/20, at 5:30 p.m., Donna Seaman, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, with Booklist’s adult books editor excavating the careers of seven richly inventive American women artists, showing that women can indeed paint and sculpt.

Signing: Saturday, 1/21, at 9:30 a.m., Loretta Ellsworth, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE, with a young woman dancing to a big-band beat and falling wrongly in love at the Surf Ballroom in the 1940s, then returning years later to face her secrets; the award-winning YA author’s leap into the adult arena.

Click here to view Barbara Hoffert’s full ALA Midwinter galley preview. Can’t make it to Midwinter? Get whitelisted and download e-galleys for many of these titles!

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