Articles tagged "Kirkus Reviews"

Happy #PubDay and Women 2020 (1/21/20)

It’s #PubDay, and we have some strong women to spotlight: the raw journey of a woman and her son fleeing from Mexico to America + four women across generations living through slavery and racism.

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

A January LibraryReads pick, a February Indie Next List pick, and four starred reviews!

“This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border indelibly individual.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“AMERICAN DIRT may be the don’t-miss book of 2020.”–Booklist, starred review

“Here, it’s the journey rather than the arrival on American dirt that counts, and readers will wonder whether they could ever have survived such a trek even as they realize that this could happen to them. An important book.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (1/16/20)

Clues hidden in a small town’s decrepit mural, long-hidden secrets in an asylum, and a death at a glamorous European society party– all in this Thriller Thursday.

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain 

A LibraryReads Hall of Famer and an Indie Next List pick!

“This rich novel from Chamberlain (THE SILENT SISTER) tracks artists whose lives intertwine after a mural is commissioned for a small town…Chamberlain’s depictions of creative beauty and perseverance across time and in the face of inevitable obstacles will keep readers turning the pages.”–Publishers Weekly 

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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/15/20)

Saving a zoo under ISIS control + how artificial intelligence will erode employment + skills and principles of how to be a leader + an illustrated collection of love and relationship advice = this nonfiction round-up.

FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo by Louise Callaghan

“Callaghan’s (Middle East correspondent, The Sunday Times) first book is a true page-turner…Recommended for readers seeking a more nuanced understanding of the complexities inherent to this region.”–Library Journal, starred review

A WORLD WITHOUT WORK: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond by Daniel Susskind

“Susskind’s book is so timely, to miss it might be downright irresponsible.”–Booklist

LEADERSHIP STRATEGY AND TACTICS: Field Manual by Jocko Willink

“Leadership lessons from the front lines, just where leadership is most needed…A valuable handbook for leaders and decision-makers at any level of the organizational chart.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Women 2020 (1/13/20)

Today’s spotlight kicks off the week with some fierce women who took the business world by storm.

UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

From stuck, broke, and looking for meaning, to working at a big-data startup in Silicon Valley, Anna Wiener now tells her story as a woman in Silicon Valley’s startup culture. “Equal parts bildungsroman and insider report, this book reveals not just excesses of the tech-startup landscape, but also the Faustian bargains and hidden political agendas embedded in the so-called ‘inspiration culture’ underlying a too-powerful industry. A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Kirkus Reviews 2020 Preview

Kirkus Reviews’ fiction editor picked her top TBR for 2020, including these Macmillan titles!

THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel (her top pick!)

With THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES.

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

A rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope–already a LibraryReads pick!

THE CACTUS LEAGUE by Emily Nemens

An explosive, character-driven odyssey through the world of baseball.

Kirkus Best Best of 2019–Indie

Kirkus Reviews wraps up their Best of 2019 series with the Best Indie books!

THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS by Amy Andrews
STAR-CROSSED by Pintip Dunn
THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR by Stefanie London
SICK KIDS IN LOVE by Hannah Moskowitz
FIND ME THEIR BONES by Sara Wolf
THE LAST LETTER by Rebecca Yarros

Adult Books for Teens

This month’s roundup of adult books for teens includes a fantasy conclusion, a hip-hop biography, & a heartwarming dog story (& more)!

THE RISE OF MAGICKS: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of YEAR ONE and OF BLOOD AND BONE concludes her stunning new trilogy praised as “A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s THE STAND.”

“Teen fantasy readers who have watched the book’s protagonist grow into her powers will not want to miss seeing how Fallon Swift saves the world.”
Booklist, YA Interest

“Roberts’ magnificent trilogy concludes with another title that perfectly balances magic, adventure, romance, and steely resolve in the battle of good vs. evil while reminding us that while the battles may save us, it’s the home, hearth, and community which sustain us. Brilliant and inspiring.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson
This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z’s career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice.

“A magnet for YA hip-hop fans.” —Booklist, YA Interest

“This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.”
Library Journal, starred review

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Day’s YA – JANE ANONYMOUS

Happy Friday, YA pals!

My last Day’s YA of 2019 is a dark thriller that will keep you awake until 2020.

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13-18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

“Jane” (we don’t know her real name) was kidnapped the summer before her senior year of high school. After seven harrowing months in captivity, Jane escapes and returns to her small, sleepy New England town. In order to heal, Jane writes a book (JANE ANONYMOUS) chronicling the events of her imprisonment.

Alternating between past and present, the “THEN” chapters detail her capture, the psychological torture she endured, her relationship with fellow inmate Mason, and her eventual escape; the “NOW” chapters cover her homecoming and recovery as she learns the truth about what really happened to her during those horrifying seven months.

This haunting thriller was absolutely terrifying. Like, put the book in the freezer and step away from it for a few minutes, terrifying. It’s been months since I read it, and I’m still thinking about Jane.

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Thriller Thursday (12/12/19)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday takes a Halloween night festival and throws in some murder, anonymous threats, an explosion, and a chilling investigation with SHATTER THE NIGHT by Emily Littlejohn.

A new addition to the series, Gemma Monroe, a small-town Colorado police detective, is back with even more murder to solve.

“Digging into the death of a friend threatens a police officer’s idyllic vision of her heroes…Littlejohn continues methodically building her heroine’s world, shifting from an almost supernatural-inflected focus to small-town secrets.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Cedar Valley, Colorado, is changing—mining operations have reopened in a nearby town, and the long-shuttered theater has been renovated and is building up to a performance of Macbeth. On Halloween night, the good times are brought to a halt when, shortly after Detective Gemma Monroe and her family call at his house, a judge is killed when his car explodes…Fans of Littlejohn’s mysteries (including LOST LAKE, 2018) will settle into this familiar blend of smart sleuthing and realistic portrayals of Monroe’s home life.”–Booklist

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Kirkus Best of 2019–Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews continues their Best of 2019 round-up with their Nonfiction picks, including these 16 Macmillan titles!

THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
THE UNDYING: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care by Anne Boyer
COVENTRY: Essays by Rachel Cusk
THE EUROPEANS: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture by Orlando Figes
WHY YOU LIKE IT: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste by Nolan Gasser
MY PARENTS: AN INTRODUCTION / THIS DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU by Aleksandar Hemon
HARD TO LOVE: Essays and Confessions by Briallen Hopper
AGENT JACK: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
NATIVE COUNTRY OF THE HEART: A Memoir by Cherríe Moraga
ARCHAEOLOGY FROM SPACE: How the Future Shapes Our Past by Sarah Parcak
THE LIGHT YEARS: A Memoir by Chris Rush
THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman
NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder
FAMILY PAPERS: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century by Sarah Abrevaya Stein
THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 2: 1964–1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock by Ed Ward

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