This is identified as a hot summer debut  and right now has 25 holds on 4 copies. I have the ARC if I can tempt you.  Please comment and I’ll see you get it. Thanks!

The quick : a novel

Lauren Owen‘s thrilling first novel introduces an utterly beguiling world. London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet, newly down from Oxford and confounded by the sinister, labyrinthine city at his doorstep. Taking up lodging with a dissolute young aristocrat, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. On the cusp of achieving a happiness long denied to him, he vanishes without a trace. In Yorkshire, his sister Charlotte – only in her twentiesbut already resigned to life as a rural spinster – sets out to find her brother. Her search for answers leads her to one of the country’s pre-eminent and mysterious institutions: The Aegolius Club, whose members include the richest, most ambitious men inEngland. Trying to save James – and herself – from the Club’s designs, Charlotte uncovers a secret world at the city’s margins populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Dr. Knife.” As emotionally involving as it is suspenseful, The Quick will establish its young author as one of contemporary fiction’s most dazzling talents” — Provided by publisher.

This is an excellent convenient resource for those of you who need to know what’s coming out in coming days, what’s being promoted, and what’s connected to popular media in some way. Particularly helpful is the New Title Radar, updated every Friday, that includes a link to an Excel spreadsheet highlighting all formats in which new hot titles are available.  If you are already an EarlyWord reader and found it beneficial, you might want to check in with new colleagues about it.

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The Heist  Cut and thrust  The Book of Life

This vivid historical novel set in the Depression, World War II, and postwar period, focuses on two half sisters that couldn’t be more different.  Iris is an attention-seeking budding movie then stage actress whose career and love life suffer from the prejudices of the times. Eva is her overshadowed bookish kid sister.  From Ohio to LA to Brooklyn to London the sense of time and place is the strongest element.  There is a lot of tragedy here and sympathetic characters die, but the resilience of an unusual family that knows how to survive on its wits in tough times is memorable.  The relationship dynamic of the sisters reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland –  the Depression-era turns-of-fortune element of Jamie Ford’s Songs of Willow Frost.  The women’s father, who both nurtures and steals from them, is also interesting.

Lucky Us is coming out next month. I would love to pass this ARC on to the first to comment.


Lucky us : a novel

“My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.” So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called “a literary triumph” ( The New York Times ). Lucky Us is a brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny novel of love, heartbreak, and luck. nbsp; Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. nbsp; With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species…


This completes the last order of book discussion kits, which was larger than normal thanks to a plethora of great suggestions.  This batch includes Bill Bryson’s One Summer and two kits of Daniel Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, finally out in paperback. Thanks as always to the Foundation for funding this great program, and to Hillary for expeditious processing. 

Zailckas, Koren. Mother, Mother. 

Josephine Hurst has her family under control: two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. When her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Mother, mother : a novel

Mujmadar, Amit. The Abundance. 

“Mala and Ronak are surprisingly less comfortable with their dual Indian and American roots than their parents, part of an immigrant community that has happily embraced the New World. Told that their mother is about to die, they return home to the Midwest, where Mala persuades Ronak that they should immerse themselves in Indian culture by learning to cook their mother’s favorite recipes. Then Ronak hits upon the idea of capturing their experience in book and film, and all hell breaks loose.”–Library Journal.

The abundance : a novel

Egan, Timothy.  Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. 

“Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer–the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait,Egan‘s book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis’s iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance–six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise–his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America’s most stunning cultural achievements.”– Provided by publisher.

Short nights of the Shadow Catcher : the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis

Extence, Gavin.  The Universe Versus Alex Woods. 

Alex Woods was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, leaving scars that marked him for an extraordinary life. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, he hasn’t had the most conventional childhood. When he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing …”–From publisher description.

The universe versus Alex Woods

Slouka, Mark. Brewster. 

Still reeling from the death of his older brother, a sixteen-year-old track star befriends a street-fighting rebel and together they search for redemption amidst the social changes of 1968.

Brewster : a novel

Brown, Daniel.  The Boys in the Boat.  (2 Kits)

Daniel James Brown‘s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Bryson, Bill.  One Summer. 

Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America’s story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.

One summer : America, 1927


Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
Listed by Author
Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel
Macomber, Debbie
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.
Leaving Time
Picoult, Jodi
Jenna Metcalf was three years old when her mother, Alice, disappeared from the elephant sanctuary where she worked as a researcher. Ten years later, Jenna is ready to launch a search. After poring over her mother’s research journals, consulting the Internet, and visiting her father in the mental institution where he’s been since shortly after the disappearance, she enlists outside assistance from Serenity Jones, a once-famous psychic whose gift appears to have deserted her, and Virgil Stanhope, the gruff, alcoholic ex-police detective who was once assigned to Alice’s case. With their help, Jenna finds new evidence at the now-closed sanctuary and begins to piece together the events of the night her mother disappeared, leading her to a few uncomfortable truths about the past, but bringing much-needed closure to her and her dad.
Bones Never Lie
Reichs, Kathy
Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common – the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue – unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
Sandford, John
In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor. Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier–a team of dognappers supplying medical labs–when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found–and the victim is a local reporter.
Paris Match
Woods, Stuart
Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once. 
Posted by Jenifer Brown


The ancient Romans had a clever mnemonic technique for memorizing lists of items or points in a speech, which is called the Method of Loci or Memory Palace. The basic idea is you visualize a physical place you know very well, such as your home, yard, or public building, and move around it in your imagination while associating particular locations with items or points that you want to memorize.

This could be a good way to help you remember bestseller or series title lists if you need or want to.  For example on today’s electronic NYT Bestseller Hardcover Fiction List, I had a lot of trouble thoroughly remembering the list if I just tried to visualize the list itself. Using the Method of Loci, though, I had it down within 10-15 minutes, including the order. For example, I start at my apartment door and think I’m going into a secret hideaway (Top Secret Twenty-One), then look down at my entry floor (The Silkworm, since worms live in the ground even if silkworms might not), and step/item # 9 is my window, which I associate with The Hurricane Sisters because hurricanes could blow in your window, etc. This might sound silly but it really works, even if you don’t come up with a logical connection between an item and a location but just “place” it somewhere. The next title just seems to pop into your head as you “move” around the memory palace.



The following titles are on order and will be sent to branches when we received them.

Capital in the twenty-first century Piketty, Thomas 332.041 PIKETTY
Fighting Chance, A Warren, Elizabeth BIO WARREN WARREN
All the Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony FIC DOERR
Top Secret Twenty-One Evanovich, Janet FIC EVANOVI
Natchez Burning Iles, Greg FIC ILES
Orphan Train Kline, Christina FIC KLINE
Lego movie: junior novel Howard, Kate J HOWARD
My little pony. Vol. 2 pony tales J MY LITT
Big Nate: in the zone Peirce, Lincoln J PEIRCE
Secret of the fairies Stilton, Thea J STILTON
My little pony. Vol. 1 pony tales Zahler, Thomas J ZAHLER
We were liars Lockhart, E. TEEN LOCKHAR
Hollow city Riggs, Ransom TEEN RIGGS
Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children Riggs, Ransom TEEN RIGGS



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