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Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks include a Christmas mystery (with dogs!), essays on writing thrillers, and a chilling true crime story:
THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by David Rosenfelt
This Christmas mystery, featuring reluctant criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters. “…heartwarming and ingeniously plotted. Carpenter’s endearing first-person narrative moves the story along with just the right mixture of humor and suspense.” — Associated Press
THRILL ME: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to disparate sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue to craft thrilling reads in any genre. “Percy’s essays skillfully dissect the structure, mechanics, and concrete details of what makes good writing sparkle.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove
During today’s Tri-State Book Buzz, Anne presented #allthebooks and was serenaded by Rakesh Satyal, author of the forthcoming NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME.
— Natalieknowhow (@natalieknowhow) October 19, 2016
Don’t be a #bookbuzzleftbehind! Download Anne’s presentation and use it at your library’s next book buzz event.
OUR REVOLUTION* by Bernie Sanders | 9781250132925 | Out 11/15/16
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE* by Thomas Friedman | 9780374273538 | Out 11/22/16
VICTORIA* by Daisy Goodwin | 9781250045461 | Out 11/22/16
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS* by Laurie Frankel | 9781250088550 | Out 1/22/17 (LR: 11/20)
4 3 2 1* by Paul Auster | 9781627794466 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
EDGAR & LUCY* by Victor Lodato | 9781250096982 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250077752 | Out 2/21/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE HOPE CHEST* by Viola Shipman | 9781250105073 | Out 3/21/17 (LR: 1/20)
ALMOST MISSED YOU* by Jessica Strawser | 9781250107602 | Out 3/28/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE DRY* by Jane Harper | 9781250105608 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250067852 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
BEHIND HER EYES* by Sarah Pinborough | 9781250111173 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens | 9781250034564 | Out 3/14/17 (LR: 1/20)
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK* by Kathleen Rooney | 9781250113320 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
I LIKED MY LIFE* by Abby Fabiaschi | 9781250084873 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo | 9781250108944 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES by Brad Ricca | 9781250072245 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM** by Omar Saif Ghobash | 9781250119841 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM by Amy Gary | 9781250065360 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY* by Coretta Scott King | 9781627795982 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER* by John Darnielle | 9780374282103 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown | 9781627797054 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | 9781627797641 | Out 4/18/17 (LR: 2/20)
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | 9781250123077 | Out 6/7/17 (LR: 4/20)
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP* by Graeme Simsion | 9781250130402 | Out 5/2/17 (LR: 3/20)
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU* by J.P. Monninger | 9781250060761 | Out 6/13/17 (LR: 4/20)
CATS IN HATS by Kat Scratching | 9781250111890 | Out 2/28/17 (LR: 12/20)
Want a more informative, adorable version to share with your colleagues? Click here to download the handout which includes 2017 LibraryReads deadlines. Or check out the handy-dandy Edelweiss collection.
This month was legendary veterinarian James Herriot’s centennial (he would have been 100 on October 3). His bestselling memoirs include ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL, THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL, and EVERY LIVING THING; and were adapted for TV—Christopher Timothy played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.
Our friends at Macmillan Audio are celebrating #Herriot100 with a new updated and revised teacher’s guide for ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. It’s Common Core compatible and includes audio-friendly questions and activities. Download your complimentary copy and make sure to visit Macmillan Audio’s 100 Years of James Herriot website to hear clips from James Herriot audiobooks.
“Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, recreates a variety of rich Yorkshire accents impeccably… Each character has a distinct voice and personality… Masterfully narrated, this is a joy to listen to.” — AudioFile
“These eight stories, read by Jim Dale in the voice of Herriot, recount the illnesses, surprises, and puzzles surrounding the cows, pigs, cats and working sheep dogs found on many English farms… He also captures all the kindness of the beloved Herriot in this collection for animal lovers of all ages.” — AudioFile on JAMES HERRIOT’S TREASURY FOR CHILDREN
“James Herriot… is one of those rare men who know how to appreciate the ordinary… A natural storyteller.” — The New York Times
Booklist‘s recent Spotlight on First Novels revealed several favorite Macmillan debuts:
Top 10 First Novels: 2016* (full list)
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
Griffin follows the relationship between two gay men living on the fringes of society, in constant fear of being found out, through the decades, recalling in flashbacks how they met and stayed together, and capturing the quotidian moments of life.
Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2016* (full list)
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
Anna, 15, escapes upheaval at home by spending the summer with her half-sister, Delia, in L.A., where Anna becomes involved in a project about Charles Manson that helps her comes to terms with her family and herself.
Top 10 First Novels on Audio: 2016* (full list)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler, read by Ari Fliakos
Myths, mermaids, tarot cards, and a family curse flow together in this tale of a librarian who receives an unsolicited package that opens up the secrets of his family history. Fliakos captures character and tone in this splendidly performed tale.
THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin, read by Susan Bennett and David Pittu
Guskin’s debut intertwines two imaginative stories: a preschooler continually asks for his “other mother,” and a psychiatrist studies reincarnation in young children. Pitch-perfect performances from Bennett and Pittu add drama and emotion to the complex story.
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily on her real-life experiences as a transgender woman in this powerful coming-of-age novel. Mounts’ moving performance perfectly depicts teenage Amanda’s struggles to find love, acceptance, and safety.
*Titles included were reviewed between October 15, 2015 and October 1, 2016.
Terror and thrills lurk behind the pages of these #ThrillerThursday picks:
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
In librarian Weaver’s third entry in the LibraryReads/Edgar-nominated charming mystery series set in 1930s England, Amory and Milo Ames are drawn into the investigation of a years-old murder by a salacious novelist in the English countryside. “Fascinating and stylish characters fill out a finely tuned traditional mystery.”
— Publishers Weekly
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
A terrifying tale of a young family who moves into an apartment building next to a graveyard, and the horrors that are unleashed upon them. “The haunting itself is well done and scary. The atmosphere and anticipation build perfectly to create an apartment building one would be quite hesitant to live in. Fans of classic ghost stories, such as THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, will appreciate the subtle chills.” — Booklist readmoreremove
FANTASTIC NEWS! NORMAL by Warren Ellis is the #9 pick on the November 2016 LibraryReads list!
Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake.
“Fantastic… This book may be the perfect way to sample Ellis, drawing on his fascination with futurists and the threats imposed by ever faster technology and offering a story that employs his profane poetry to a degree that may inspire cackles from fans. A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fascinating near-future thriller... Readers will root for Adam as he struggles to discover what is actually going on in Normal, who is to be trusted, and what happened to Mansfield.” — Publishers Weekly
— Joe_Jones (@Joe_Jones) September 6, 2016
Available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux on November 29.
See the complete November 2016 list at LibraryReads.org.
Here are the most popular e-galleys librarians have recently downloaded from Edelweiss* (maybe we’ll see some of them on a LibraryReads list soon!):
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Tasha Alexander
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
NORMAL by Warren Ellis
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee de Hahn
TEETOTALED by Maia Chance
THE DRY by Jane Harper
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
THE OSLO CONSPIRACY by Asle Skredderberget
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
Nonfiction / Biography:
HOMEWARD BOUND: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin
WALKING TO LISTEN: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel
ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL by Daniel Lowe
INDELIBLE by Adelia Saunders
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dorte Hansen
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Don’t see our e-galleys/the big ‘ol green button on Edelweiss? Get whitelisted!
*Most popular as of September 27, 2016.