Forthcoming #FridayReads: TSARINA

Samantha Slavin here, and I am so excited to introduce today’s Forthcoming #FridayReads, Ellen Alpsten’s debut, TSARINA–the first and only (historical) account of how serf Marta became Empress Catherine, the first woman to ever rule Russia. TSARINA is Marta’s story, a child born out of wedlock and into devastating poverty. Her life changes when she […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up (4/1/20)

Frank Smyth, an award-winning investigative journalist specializing in armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights overseas, brings the definitive account of America’s most powerful and controversial nonprofit: the NRA. THE NRA: The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth From the NRA’s roots in post-Civil War New York City to the present-day Trump administration, Smyth’s research takes […]

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LJ Winter/Spring 2020 Best Debut Novels

Library Journal‘s Best Debuts of Winter/Spring 2020 include these Macmillan titles! THE CACTUS LEAGUE by Emily Nemens, ISBN 9780374117948, on sale nowSHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS by Kawai Strong Washburn, ISBN 9780374272081, on sale nowTHE OTHER BENNET SISTER by Janice Hadlow, ISBN 9781250129413, on sale 3/31/20OONA OUT OF ORDER by Margarita Montimore, ISBN 9781250236609, […]

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Maximum Shelf: DEAR CHILD (3/25/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Romy Hausmann’s English language debut, a page-turning, internationally bestselling thriller that is GONE GIRL meets ROOM: DEAR CHILD. In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena and her two children live a life that follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time […]

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Three Stars for THE OTHER BENNET SISTER

Janice Hadlow’s debut novel THE OTHER BENNET SISTER has received 3 starred reviews! “Hadlow traces that progression with sensitivity, emotional clarity, and a quiet edge of social criticism Austen would have relished.Entertaining and thoroughly engrossing.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review “The writing is dense, but captures the esprit de Austen, immersing the reader in Mary’s internal world […]

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Booklist’s Core Collection: Immigrant and Refugee Writers

Booklist highlights immigrant and refugee writers who have come to the U.S. in their recent Core Collection roundup, including these two Macmillan titles: SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore SHE WOULD BE KING is a spectacular blend of history and magical realism that follows three extraordinary characters: in the West African village of Lai, […]

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Maximum Shelf: SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS (3/4/20)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Kawai Strong Washburn’s groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga, SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS. In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver […]

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Happy #PubDay (3/3/20)

This #PubDay brings a poignant tale of survival in WWII, a pregnant woman in a haunted post-9/11 Manhattan, and a comic-political drama. THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS by Jennifer Rosner “Memoirist and award-winning children’s author­ Rosner challenges the Holocaust with a touch of magic (the yellow bird appears throughout), clarifying a dangerous time and place even […]

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Day’s YA: IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD

Hey, YA pals! For anyone in need of a mid-Winter pick me up… IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD by Nina Kenwood9781250219268Available April 7, 2020 from Flatiron BooksAges 12 to 18Available to download as an e-galley Natalie’s parents are divorcing, her two best friends are in love with each other, she still doesn’t know where […]

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Adult Books for Teens

This month’s roundup of Adult Books for Teens includes a CIA memoir, an epic fantasy, an historical look at the 1938 Cote d’Azur, and a western featuring queer librarian spies on horseback. UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED by Sarah Gailey97812502135872/4/2020 Award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity. […]

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