Three ARC’s for first to comment:

The Heirs has a nice queue starting and Rieger’s The Divorce Papers circulated over 100 times here.  Stay with Me is an exciting debut by Adebayo, a Nigerian writer who recently was a resident on Whidbey Island.  Our copies have 18 holds already.  Gilvarry’s work comes out in August.

Rieger, Susan. The Heirs. Crown, May 2017.

The HeirsPublisher Summary: 

Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.




Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me. Knopf, August 2017.

Stay With Me

Publisher Summary: 

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel (“A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit.” – The Guardian ), shortlisted for the prestigious Bailey’s Prize and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage–and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.



Gilvarry, Alex. Eastman Was Here. Viking, August 2017.

Publisher Summary: 

Eastman Was Here“An ambitious new novel set in the literary world of 1970s New York, following a washed-up writer in an errant quest to pick up the pieces of his life. One of BuzzFeed’sExciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman,a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. His wife has taken their kids and left him to live with her mother in New Jersey, and his best work feels as though it is years behind him. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnamto write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war. Seeing his opportunity to regain his wife’s love and admiration while reclaiming his former literary glory, he sets out for Vietnam. But instead of the return to form as a pioneering warcorrespondent that he had hoped for, he finds himself in Saigon, grappling with the same problems he thought he’d left back in New York. Following his widely acclaimed debut,From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Alex Gilvarry employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in Eastman Was Here to capture one irredeemable man’s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world. “With his second book, Gilvarry establishes himself as a writer who defies expectation, convention and categorization.Eastman Was Hereis a dark, riotously funny and audacious exploration of the sacred and the profane–and pretty much everything in between.” –Tea Obreht,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Tiger’s Wife”– Provided by publisher.

I’m purchasing those we did not already own.  The Seattle Times is covering. Here’s the link.  Thanks!

Barkskins  Lovecraft Country  Eruption


These are due to be published next January. Chloe Benjamin in particular got quite some buzz on EarlyWord’s Galley Chat which has Storify Transcripts with excellent thematic and bibliographic transition slides if you don’t catch exact titles or authors. Comment to claim. If you’re a latecomer you’re welcome to ask but I can’t vouch for ARCs’ whereabouts after one week from posting. By the way, I’ve noticed from traffic that good ARCs are the most popular kind of posting on this blog so I’ll try to lean toward them from now on.

Here they are with publisher summaries from Penguin Random House.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Killer Choice by Tom Hunt

For me DDA (Demand Driven Acquisition in OverDrive), and the Polaris records we load to accompany it, have become an increasingly valuable source of information on local demand for print titles as well. That’s especially true for debuts and small print authors where I really feel on the fence.  If you remember our Patron Driven Acquisition pilot, the idea of floating titles out there and collecting customer holds before committing to actual orders was a key part of the experiment, engaging readers in selection while tailoring resources tightly, in line with our values and core services.  It is interesting that DDA is performing much the same service as a total side effect of another project and purpose.

A good example is Ed McDonald’s dark fantasy debut Blackwing, which though it still lacks an official review and is from a hit and miss genre imprint, already has a 3 month prepub hold on the ebook, perhaps tipping the decision to try a few print copies.

On the other hand, there’s Canadian author William Deverell, whose latest title from his acclaimed Arthur Deverell mystery series is a reluctant pass.  The prior six titles we do not own in print.  The one ebook title we own (I’ll See You in My Dreams – #5) is the only to slip through in OverDrive and has circulated a few times in the last 6 months.  That doesn’t make picking up the whole series in print too urgent, and there really are different audience preferences in these formats.  Especially true of romance, fantasy and non-fiction categories that may have a “shy customer” issue in public buildings, a lot of types of successful ebooks never get picked up in print and perhaps don’t need to be, or at least not right now.

  McDonald, Ed. Blackwing. Ace, October 2017. 

Blackwing  Summary:                 

Set on a post-apocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man’s desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny…








Klassen, Julie. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. Bethany House, December 5th, 2017 (already has 12 holds on ebook!)

book cover of 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Publisher Summary: 

In the confines of Ivy Cottage, friendships thrive, romances blossom, and mysteries await! Gentlewoman Rachel Ashford has moved into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, where she discovers mysteries hidden among her books. Together with her one-time love Sir Timothy, she searches for answers–and is forced to face her true feelings.






 Deverell, William. Whipped. ECW, October 2017. 

book cover of Whipped


This is another of Nancy’s gems on offer, and in keeping with my recent Cuba obsession.  According to the editors’ note, DeMille traveled to Havana to research the historical details and for authenticity.  With a wrily composed first person narrative in the middle of intriguing suspense, this looks like the classic DeMille tone but with a new theater of action for his range. Comment to claim.

Demille, Nelson. The Cuban Affair. Simon & Schuster, Sept. 19, 2017.

The Cuban Affair

Publisher Summary: Daniel Graham MacCormick—Mac for short—seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don’t tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac’s finances are more than a little shaky.

One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos’s clients—a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez.

What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara’s grandfather when he fled Castro’s revolution. With the “Cuban Thaw” underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it’s only a matter of time before someone finds the stash—by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich…or not at all.

Brilliantly written, with his signature humor, fascinating authenticity from his research trip to Cuba, and heart-pounding pace, Nelson DeMille is a true master of the genre.


Recently interviewers have been asking famous authors and others what book they’re “evangelists” for.  A reader evangelism candidate for me is Romain Gary’s The Kites, first published in France in 1980 but just this fall being published in English by New Directions. It’s the story of Ludo, a rural French boy/man in 1930’s and WWII, and his eccentric uncle, a postal clerk who builds and flies elaborate kites bearing the likenesses of French historical leaders and thinkers. Ludo pursues Lila, a girl living nearby from a Polish aristocratic family. Yes, it’s a boy grows up chasing girl trope, but so much more interesting and thought-provoking than that sounds.  A suspenseful, aching, but uplifting tale asking what we are actually willing to do to act on our highest quests and ideals (metaphorically represented by the kites and by Lila herself, though she’s so much braver and more active than the pedestal fascination that she initially is for Ludo), this title would make an excellent book discussion piece as well as individual read. The translator does a thorough job noting French political and cultural allusions that might be unfamiliar to the reader.  I hope someone will comment to claim. It will be in the catalog soon.


Gary, Romain. The Kites. New Directions. Oct. 31. 

Publisher summary from W. W. Norton: 

On a small farm in Normandy, as Hitler rises to power in Germany, young Ludo comes of age in the care of his Uncle Ambrose, an eccentric mailman, kite-maker, and pacifist. Ludo’s quiet existence changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family who own the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo instantly falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, remains elusive. Thus begins Ludo’s adventure of longing, passion, and steadfast love for Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into war. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family disappear, and Ludo’s journey to save her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself.Filled with unforgettable characters—an indomitable chef who believes Michelin stars are more enduring than military conquests; a Jewish brothel Madam who reinvents everything about herself during the war; a piano virtuoso turned RAF pilot— The Kites is Romain Gary’s poetic call for resistance in whatever form it takes.

cover image for The Kites


Nancy Pearl’s fiction debut comes out September 5th and right now we have 41 holds on 40 print copies.  We also have 3 eAudio copies, which might be the best bet for rapid access on 9/5 at this point.  Just think – at last the reader’s advisory master becomes the advised to.  Comment to claim.


George And LizziePublisher’s Summary:

From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family–his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom–while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed–George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.