Debut Spotlight (8/16/22)

We’re spotlighting some exciting first-time authors with a complex and subversive story of a tight-knit community, a queer coming-of-age novel set in 1980s NYC, and an action-packed tech start-up adventure. THE LAST KARANKAWAS by Kimberly Garza “Written in lyrical, nearly hypnotic prose that makes the reader feel the Texan humidity, this is a brilliantly plotted, […]

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Library Journal’s Top Fall Debut Picks

Now that Fall is right around the corner, check out what forthcoming debut novels the Library Journal editors are excited about! THE MAKE-UP TEST by Jenny L. Howe9781250837868 | 9/13/22 ONE TO WATCH meets BEACH READ in this smart, swoony debut in which two exes find themselves battling against each other—and their unresolved feelings—for a spot in a prestigious Ph.D. […]

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Starred Review Round-Up (8/9/22)

We’re seeing stars! These titles all received multiple starred reviews: LITTLE EVE by Catriona Ward9781250812650 | 10/11/22 “Ward works in so many motifs—Bible resonances, colonialism, science versus faith, and the pall of war, to name just a few—that the play of imagery is as engrossing as the plot twists, making this a rewarding outing from […]

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Literary Fiction Spotlight (8/9/22)

We’re looking at new and upcoming literary fiction with a novel about yearning for connection in a fractured world, a coming-of-age portrait of a young woman learning to trust her voice, and a debut that tells a timeless love story. MEET US BY THE ROARING SEA by Akil Kumarasamy “Kumarasamy’s gorgeous prose and quiet meditations […]

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Sneak Peek: September 2022 Indie Next List

The September 2022 Indie Next list features 6 Macmillan titles! IF I SURVIVE YOU by Jonathan EscofferyISBN 9780374605988 | on sale 9/6/22 4 starred reviews! “A revelatory work, full of a young man’s questioning and told in a distinctive voice, this contemplation of identity, culture, and race in the United States today is highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review “A collection […]

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4 Stars for IF I SURVIVE YOU

Jonathan Escoffery’s urgent, hilarious, and revelatory debut, IF I SURVIVE YOU, has received FOUR starred reviews! “A revelatory work, full of a young man’s questioning and told in a distinctive voice, this contemplation of identity, culture, and race in the United States today is highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review “A collection of linked stories focused […]

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Maximum Shelf: WHITE HORSE (7/28/22)

Yesterday’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick was Erika T. Wurth’s WHITE HORSE, a gritty, vibrant debut about an Indigenous woman who must face her past when she discovers a bracelet haunted by her mother’s spirit. Heavy metal, ripped jeans, Stephen King novels, and the occasional beer at the White Horse have defined urban Indian Kari James’s life […]

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For Your Consideration: October 2022 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite October titles for the October 2022 LibraryReads list! Votes due September 1! BAD GIRL REPUTATION by Elle Kennedy9781250796752 | 10/4/22Download on Edelweiss and NetGalley “Full of lusty scenes, Kennedy’s second ‘Avalon Bay’ book (following GOOD GIRL COMPLEX) is a great read for fans of the series or as […]

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For Your Consideration: September 2022 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite September titles for the September 2022 LibraryReads list! Votes due August 1! THE BEST FRIEND by Jessica Fellowes9781250831804 | 9/13/22Download on Edelweiss and NetGalley “Set in England and spanning 76 years, this searing domestic noir from bestseller Fellowes (the Mitford Murders series) chronicles shy protagonist Bella’s toxic relationship […]

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Happy Half Hour (5/23/22)

This Happy Half Hour brings us the start of a new WWII mystery series, a compelling exploration of the death industry, a YA AAPI love story with music and second chances, and an epic fantasy about an immortal hiding as a storyteller. DIE AROUND SUNDOWN by Mark Pryor | 9781250824820 | 8/16/22ALL THE LIVING AND […]

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