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Cupcakes for everyone! It’s time for another #BookBday! Today we celebrate:
GWENDOLEN by Diana Souhami
The titular heroine of George Eliot’s DANIEL DERONDA takes center stage in Souhami’s first novel. “Even George Eliot purists will find something satisfying in the imagining of a much improved future for one of literature’s most troubled heroines.” — Booklist
MEETING THE ENGLISH by Kate Clanchy
This sharply witty social comedy about an orphan Scot who moves to England to care for a formerly famous playwright was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. “In this trenchant debut novel, poet and memoirist Clanchy reveals her humor, humanity, and striking facility with language amid potentially tragic events.” — Publishers Weekly
The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:
“Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” — The New York Times Book Review
“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
— People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)
“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” — The Guardian
“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” — The Boston Globe
“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.” — Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”
“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed
TGIF! Our #FridayReads picks are two new titles from Flatiron Books:
IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
This fearless memoir by an award-winning journalist exploring her struggle with PTSD, its troubled history and treatment, and the ways she pushed herself beyond trauma to fall in love, is receiving terrific press from the New York Times Book Review, Elle Magazine, The Millions, and more.
“What makes IRRITABLE HEARTS powerful and useful, though, is the idea of living in brokenness and imperfection, rather than dashing yourself against them.” — The Washington Post
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
“Fischer recounts with vim and precision the astounding details of [actress Choi Eun-ee and director Shin Sang-Ok’s] kidnappings, long solitary incarcerations, surprise reunion, perpetual surveillance, and coercion into making films that did, indeed, win prestigious awards, until their audacious escape. Gripping and revelatory, Fischer’s true-life thriller provides a portal into the mad tyranny of North Korea.”
— Booklist, starred review readmoreremove
If you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we looooove Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, and super talented writer. Just how talented?
Her latest standalone novel, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES has FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews!
“In a nail-biting stand-alone with two heart-pounding climaxes and several pulse-racing twists, Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won’t let go. Readers who crave an action-packed psychological thriller should add it to their wish lists.”
— Library Journal, starred review
“Bestseller Scottoline casts an unflinching eye on the damaged world of sociopaths in this exciting page-turner. Once the red herrings are dispatched, the identity of the culprit who plots his downfall is a genuine surprise.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A proficient, mounting-stakes actioner that proves Scottoline is just as comfortable with a shrink determined to go to the wall for a troubled teen as she ever was with Bennie Rosato’s all-female law practice.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Occasional chapters from the killer’s viewpoint seem to lead the reader toward an obvious conclusion, but Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES is a standalone, but it won’t disappoint fans of her popular Rosato & Associates series and may well attract new readers.”
— Booklist, starred review
We’ve got a LibraryReads pick and two psychological thrillers this #ThrillerThursday:
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders
A February 2015 LibraryReads pick! “Social historian Flanders makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing… The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.”
– Publishers Weekly
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
From the author of PRECIOUS THING (a March 2014 LibraryReads pick), comes another “…multifaceted portrayal of obsession, loyalty, and control. Melody’s reawakening and Eve’s regrets and triumphs will hook readers quickly, especially fans of female-centered psychological suspense novels like those by S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Samantha Hayes.” – Booklist readmoreremove
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America revealed their finalists for the 2014 Nebula Awards and we’re pleased to have four outstanding nominees!
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
DIRTY WINGS by Sarah McCarry
See the full list of finalists here! The winners will be announced on June 6 during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Chicago. Congrats to all nominees!
BONUS: Our friends at Tor/Forge made this flyer highlighting twenty-two of their “Best Books of 2014”*! Perfect for sci-fi and fantasy collection development or growing your personal TBR pile.
Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we celebrate:
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
A February 2015 LibraryReads pick! “Schwab creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy… Confident prose and marvelous touches-a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine-bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
EMPIRE RISING by Rick Campbell
After a decade-long secret military build-up, China launches a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet in this page-turning sequel to THE TRIDENT DECEPTION. “The story rockets around the globe, and the pages cannot turn fast enough. The characters are just as intriguing as the shiny tech, and Campbell’s expertise in the navy from his years in service adds a realistic feel to the proceedings. Readers who miss Clancy will be eager to devour Campbell.” — Booklist
WOLF HALL & BRING UP THE BODIES: The Stage Adaptation by Hilary Mantel, adapted by Mike Poulton
Poulton adapts the Man Booker Prize-winning novels for the stage (Wolf Hall Parts One & Two graces Broadway starting March 20, 2015). This trade paperback edition also contains a substantial set of notes by Mantel on each of the principal characters, offering a unique insight into the plays.
Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and magical fiction!*
Here are their top ten picks:
KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
THE PERFECT WITNESS by Iris Johanson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
What are YOU reading? Based on our latest Edelweiss e-galley download stats, librarians are reading debut fiction, mysteries, and sci-fi:
1) THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein (A PW Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2015!) On Sale: June 2, 2015
2) THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler On Sale: June 23, 2015
3) THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah Available Now
4) THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens On Sale: July 7, 2015
5) A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (A February 2015 LibraryReads pick!) On Sale: February 24, 2015
6) A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab (A February 2015 LibraryReads pick!) On Sale: February 24, 2015
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the May 2015* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.
THIN AIR by Ann Cleeves
In the sixth book in the Shetland series, Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves investigate the death of a woman obsessed with the ghost of a child.
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Thin Air.”
LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton
When a child goes missing, three people confess to the crime—but only one can be the killer.
To request a copy, please email email@example.com with the subject “Little Black Lies.”
THE ANCHORESS by Robin Cadwallader
A startling and strange debut novel set in 11th century England about a young girl’s desperate choice to isolate herself from the world.
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey
A beautifully written and evocative story of an impossible, unstoppable love affair set in London during World War II and the present day, perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Lauren Willig, and Sarah Jio.
LIFTED BY THE GREAT NOTHING by Karim Dimechkie
The debut novel from Michener fellow Karim Dimechkie about a Lebanese-American coming of age under a loving roof and a devastating lie already has fans in Philipp Meyer, Kevin Powers, and Jim Crace.
Download a copy from Edelweiss readmoreremove