August 31, 2015
Hilary just processed these new book kits and I’m putting them in the reservation system today. Thanks as always to the Sno-Isle Foundation for its critical support of this collection. Also, I have an arc of The Exchange of Princesses for the first Sno-Isle employee to comment on this post. Many thanks.
Watson, Larry. Let Him Go.
The celebrated author of Montana 1948 returns to the American West in this riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences. Dalton, North Dakota. It’s September 1951: years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James when he was thrown from a horse; months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is steadfast, resolved to find and retrieve her grandson Jimmy — the one person in this world keeping James’s memory alive — while George, a retired sheriff, is none too eager to stir up trouble. Unable to sway his wife from her mission, George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, traveling through the Dakota badlands to Gladstone, Montana. When Margaret tries to convince Lorna to return home to North Dakota and bring little Jimmy with her, the Blackledges find themselves entangled with the entire Weboy clan, who are determined not to give up the boy without a fight. From the author who brought us Montana 1948 , Let Him Go is pitch-perfect, gutsy, and unwavering. Larry Watson is at his storytelling finest in this unforgettable return to the American West.
Kearsley, Susanna. A Desperate Fortune.
“Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing–for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed. As Mary’s gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas, she faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew–about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love”–Amazon.com.
Delbanco, Elena. The Silver Swan.
Alexander Feldmann is a musician of international renown, a man whose prodigious talent, striking good looks, and charm prove irresistible to all who meet him. After years of hunting, Alexander acquires a glorious instrument, the Silver Swan. One of the few remaining cellos crafted by Antonio Stradivari, the Silver Swan’s clarity and beauty of tone are unmatched. The maestro has one child, Mariana, who by the age of nineteen emerges as a star concert cellist in her own right and is viewed by many as the inheritor of her father’s genius. There are whispers that her career might even outpace his. Mariana has always believed that the Silver Swan would one day be hers, until a stunning secret from her father’s past entwines her fate and that of the Silver Swan in ways she could never have imagined.
Thomas, Chantal. The Exchange of Princesses.
Philippe d’Orl ans, the regent of France, has a gangrenous heart-the result of a life of debauchery, alcohol, power, and flattery. One morning in 1721, he decides to marry eleven-year-old Louis XV to the daughter of Philippe V of Spain, who is only four. Orl ans hopes this will tie his kingdom to Spain. But were Louis to die without begetting an heir-the likeliness of which is greatly increased by having a child bride-Orl ans himself would finally be king. Orl ans tosses his own daughter into the bargain, the twelve-year-old Mlle de Montpensier, who will marry the Prince of Asturias, the heir to the Spanish throne. The Spanish court enthusiastically agrees and arrangements are made. The two nations trade their princesses in a grand ceremony in 1722, making bonds that should end the historical conflict. Nothing turns out as expected.
August 18, 2015
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Annotations by Baker & Taylor
Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there.
In the blockbuster new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the murder of a Hollywood actress pushed to the limits of sanity.
At twenty-two, Bibi Blair’s doctors tell her that she’s dying. Two days later, she’s impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a Southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn…
When Jack Morgan stops by Private’s Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer. Before Jack can locate her, several members of France’s cultural elite are found dead–murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Lights, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.
The next heart-pounding romantic suspense novel from “New York Times “bestselling author Karen Robards.
Brotherhood in Death
Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head. Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.
Blue is the unforgettable new novel from Danielle Steel, whose many #1 New York Times bestselling tales have made her one of America’s most beloved writers.
Stone Barrington is back, in fine form, in the newest thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is no stranger to nefarious schemes and tricky situations, but his newest adversary will certainly keep him on his toes . . .
August 13, 2015
We own all of these titles in print, and I will do cross-format work today. I am reproducing a few annotations below but it’s worth looking at the actual page to see the librarian reader comments. Congratulations to Evison on making this list!
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison.
“Jonathan Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller: racing, breathless, and vibrant with his prose, hungry for personal truths, and clearly in love with the world around us all. That compassion and those writerly charms are deeply felt in This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, an irresistible, inventive novel full of important ideas about how we live our lives as parents, children, partners, and human beings.” –Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins With Bernard, her husband of fifty-five years, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise that her late husband had planned. But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease on life becomes a surprising and revelatory journey into Harriet’s past. There, amid the overwhelming buffets and the incessant lounge singers, between the imagined appearances of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. And in the process she discovers that she’s been living the better part of that life under entirely false assumptions. In This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at the helm. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman, her story told with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother-daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, and forgiveness.
The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
Broke and knocked up, Mattie Wallace has got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags and nowhere to go. Try as she might, she really is turning into her late mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn’t make. When Mattie gets news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she’s never met, she jumps at this one last chance to turn things around. Leaving the Florida Panhandle, she drives eight hundred miles to her mother’s birthplace–the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. There, she soon learns that her mother remains a local mystery–a happy, talented teenager who inexplicably skipped town thirty-five years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back. But the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the damaged woman Mattie knew, and before long it becomes clear that something terrible happened to her mother. The deeper Mattie digs for answers, the more precarious her situation becomes. Giving up, however, isn’t an option. Uncovering what started her mother’s downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.
Other Selections for September 2015
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.
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 Techno.
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.
July 29, 2015
The Man Booker Prize has announced its longlist and I thought I’d share the link since we do have the majority of these and not just the Americans. It seems many of the commonwealth writers have already been published in the US, which is great. The only exceptions I’ve noted are The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK), Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy (India), and The Chimes by Anna Smaill (New Zealand), but while they’re not available from US publisher yet, that will surely change if they win and The Year of the Runaways is coming out here next March. I’m adding copies of Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account as well. [Note: here’s some interesting follow-up commentary from the Guardian about this year’s list and diversity.]
July 28, 2015
Recently you may have noticed that new hardcover titles by single authors on our Adult Fiction Standing Order (always handy on the intranet) have been ordered closer to six months pre-publication instead of right around three months as previously. For instance, Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich is in there if you didn’t hear the starting pistol. We are hoping this change will be reassuring to those customers with keen antennae for what’s coming up, minimizing RINC’s for what are certain orders anyway. We also hope that this will avoid the situation where we have an electronic edition in the catalog for a long time before the print edition.
Another change that will gradually occur this summer is that Becky and I will be tweaking the list to adjust both authors and quantities. While restricted to the authors that Ingram offers in its program, we can add a significant number of newly popular authors (e.g., Jojo Moyes) while dropping other authors, or lowering automatic quantities for them, if they have been less active or their series a little less popular of late. Stay tuned.