Today’s issue of Maximum Shelf Awareness is all about Picador! Learn about the imprint’s rich 20-year history and its stellar list of authors, including Paul Auster, Jeff Chang, Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Atul Gawande, Elizabeth Kolbert, Ann Leary, Hilary Mantel, Marilynne Robinson, Robin Sloan, Olen Steinhauer, Hector Tobar and Adelle Waldman, among others. […]
As 2013 draws to a close, the annual "Best Of" lists are coming out (more on that next week), and we were struck by how many times we saw THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P. by Adelle Waldman, a debut novel about a rising literary star and his search for happiness.
Five months after going on sale, this summer sleeper continues to find new fans (hello Jonathan Franzen!), and has made the following lists:
**Economist Best Books of 2013
**Washington Post’s Notable Fiction of 2013
**Bookpage Best of 2013 Editors’ Picks
**Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Holiday Books 2013
**NPR’s Guide to 2013’s Great Reads
“Of all the novels I've reviewed in 2013, this is the one that everyone — from my middle-aged friends to my hip graduate student TAs — wants to borrow.” — Maureen Corrigan, NPR
**A Guardian Best Book of 2013 (selected by Blake Morrison)
“Adelle Waldman’s first novel THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P. is memorable for its Austen-like wit, humour, social astuteness and scarily accurate insights into men.” — Blake Morrison
**An Irish Times Best Book of 2013 (selected by Maggie O’Farrell)
“THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.…has the same verve and poise as another New York debut novel, BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY.”— Maggie O’Farrell
“An interesting thing I did lately was read Adelle Waldman’s first novel. I think she’s a writer to watch. It’s a more deeply clever book than you might think as you start reading it.” — Jonathan Franzen, on WNYC.ORG
Additional accolades include:
Happy Monday, library buds! We're passing on some excellent reading recommendations to you and your patrons from some very wise sources.
- Publishers Weekly said that this week you should be reading SUITABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963 edited by Katherine A. Powers. "These vibrant letters, collected and edited by his daughter, Katherine, reveal a restless, promising writer and family man with a wry sense of humor and a hunger for literary camaraderie." See what else you should be reading this week.
- NPR recently reviewed THE BONE SEASON which they said was always difficult to do for a book with lots of the pre-pub hype. "So how is THE BONE SEASON? It's terrific—intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing enough to keep me up late to finish." Read more here.
- Lena Dunham wants YOU to read THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.:
It's Sunday! Go curl up and read The Love Affairs of Nathanial P.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 18, 2013
- The New York Public Library tumbled an amazing video of librarians upholding library law to the tune of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage!"