October Reads – Are You on Edelweiss?

July 29, 2015

Random House has a nice promotional link on Edelweiss where they are promoting egalleys of some great upcoming titles by authors like David Mitchell and Jane Smiley, as well as Garth Risk Hallberg’s incredible historically panoramic debut about New York in the 1970’s (City on Fire).  There are hundreds of others from multiple publishers available for download, and this is just a particularly nice sample.   Once you get set up in an account on Edelweiss (yes there’s always that catch but it isn’t an onerous process), it’s easy to request a digital galley to read through 3M or OverDrive.  In most cases, I’ve gotten approval anywhere from almost immediately to a few days.  It’s a delight to have pre-pub titles on your laptop or smartphone for those weekends and vacations.  And, there is a nice review feature where with one click of a button you can submit your rating and/or review to the publisher, or in the right timeline, to the Library Reads nomination process, which is basically open to anyone who gets a paycheck from a public library system.  City on Fire and The Tsar of Love and Techno are also in the catalog now, while the others soon will be.  If you choose to write reviews, however, do pay attention to the language about quotations and other restrictions in the publisher’s approval.


City on fire Hallberg, Garth Risk.  City on Fire

A big-hearted, boundary-vaulting novel that heralds a remarkable new talent: set in 1970s New York, a story outsized in its generosity, warmth, and ambition, its deep feeling for its characters, its exuberant imagination. The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ‘n’ roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach–about what it means to be human.


Marra, Anthony.  The Tsar of Love and TechnoThe Tsar of Love and Techno : Stories

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena –dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.




3 Responses to “October Reads – Are You on Edelweiss?”

  1. Michelle C. Says:

    I just got an egalley for Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy from Edelweiss. Looking forward to reading it!

  2. Darren Says:

    Great! Feel free to tell us all about it when you’re finished. I don’t know if you’ll be able to fit it in your schedule but EarlyWord has galleychats that may be of interest. I haven’t gotten on myself but would like to soon. The next one I see is August 4th.

  3. Darren Says:

    Oh scratch that I see this is teen. But there are EarlyWord chats for that, too, and that next one is August 18th. Thanks so much for your comment!

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