Booklist hosted a live event with librarian book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for your group without causing a mass exodus, and lots and lots of suggestions for when you want to take your book group rogue. Check out their Macmillan recommendations: BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor […]
Happy belated #BookBday to these new titles on shelves now: ABSALOM’S DAUGHTERS by Suzanne Feldman Two half-sisters, one black and one white, embark on a risky road trip through the 1950s Jim Crow South in this spellbinding story of identity and race. “A searing and magical debut by a monumental new talent.” — Kirkus Reviews, […]
Friends, we made the bold statement last Fall that IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo is going to be HUGE. Then the buzz started (and that was before we shared Meredith’s amazing author note): https://twitter.com/_ash/status/647451368756633600 If I Was Your Girl: a story about one trans girl that is a story for ALL humans beautifully […]
FRIDAY FREE DAY!! Yesterday author Marie Marquardt dropped by the Flatiron Building to sign galleys of her first YA novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, for FIVE lucky librarians! A BEA YA buzz panel selection, DREAM THINGS TRUE is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican […]
“I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family…” Last week’s Maximum Shelf Awareness featured a first novel near and dear […]
Today's #FridayReads are two fabulous new debuts we're loving:
Talia is totally impressed with THE HOLLOW GROUND by Natalie S. Harnett
Inspired by real-life events in now-infamous Centralia and the equally devastated town of Carbondale, PA, THE HOLLOW GROUND tells the coming-of-age story of Brigid Howley, a young girl struggling to keep her family together as underground mine fires force her family to move around—not to mention the family "curse" laid upon them generations earlier. When Brigid makes a grisly discovery in a long-abandoned bootleg mine shaft, secrets from decades past threaten to prove just as dangerous to the Howleys as the burning, hollow ground beneath their feet.
“This cursed Irish-American clan will grab you by the brisket and not let go.” — Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY
Anne is still enraptured after reading THE SPARK AND THE DRIVE by Wayne Harrison
Harrison is an award-winning writer of short fiction, who also worked for six years as an auto mechanic—an experience that's clear in his devastatingly powerful first novel of hero-worship, first love, and betrayal.
Justin Bailey is an out of place seventeen-year-old when he finds comfort and companionship in the shop of legendary muscle car mechanic Nick Campbell and Nick's home with his captivating wife Mary Ann. But when Nick and Mary Ann’s lives are struck by tragedy, Justin’s own world is upended. Suddenly Nick, once celebrated for his mechanical genius, has lost his touch. Mary Ann, once tender and compassionate to her husband, has turned distant. As Justin tries to prop up his suffering mentor, he finds himself drawn toward the man’s grieving wife. Torn apart by feelings of betrayal, Justin must choose between the man he admires more than his own father and the woman he loves.
“There's nothing I enjoy more than entering a fictional world over which an author demonstrates complete mastery. That's exactly what Wayne Harrison offers his lucky readers in THE SPARK AND THE DRIVE.” — Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of EMPIRE FALLS
“This novel vividly renders the cult-like world of muscle car enthusiasts, but the author's ultimate concerns are the sparks and misfires of the human heart. Wayne Harrison is an exciting new voice in American fiction.” — Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of THE COVE
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