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Set during the harrowing years of the Great Depression, this spectacular southern gothic tale tells the story of the McFee family, owners of the once-legendary Old Sam McFee bourbon distillery and de-facto royalty of the small Kentucky town of Twisted Tree. But in the wake of personal tragedy and Prohibition, their empire is now a crumbling reminder of what it once was. When a mysterious drifter arrives and an unexplained miracle occurs, the family begins to see that a strikingly powerful ray of hope can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Please send your questions and comments to Kristen Golden. Thanks, Thomas Nelson!
Praised for her deft prose and beguiling coming-of-age stories, Katherine Reay’s novels are at their core, winsome love letters to books. A Portrait of Emily Price, explores the possibilities that come when you learn to let go and truly live – embracing the freedom and joy of ‘La Dolce Vita’ (“The Sweet Life”) with clever winks to Jane Austen’s beloved literary heroine, Emma Woodhouse. Brimming with both wit and wisdom, readers will relish this novel from start to finish!
Please send your questions and comments to Kristen Golden. Thanks, Thomas Nelson!
From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Charles Martin comes a transformative and bittersweet story of redemption, second chances, and the power of forgiveness. In his 12th novel, this prodigal son retelling sweeps from the rugged Colorado Rocky Mountains to Music City’s bright lights and broken dreams. Filled with nuanced, endearing characters and profoundly personal insights into the human spirit, this captivating novel is for fans of stories with both wisdom and heart.
Please send your questions and comments to Kristen Golden. Thanks, Thomas Nelson!
Simple, flavor-changing tricks and 80 recipes for enchiladas, fajitas, and classic side dishes for the home cook by Sylvia Casares, founder and chef of Texas’s favorite Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen.
Please send your questions and comments to Justine Sha. Thanks, St. Martin’s Griffin!
As one of the Embraced—someone born with magical powers—Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana marries a man known as the Beast. Her betrothed’s ability to wield lightening power strikes fear into the hearts of men, and his touch can end a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them—even if surrendering to him could destroy them both.
Please send your questions and comments to Marissa Sangiacomo. Thanks, Del Ray!
For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule—and commoners are doomed to serve.
NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.
Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.
But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
Please send your questions and comments to Julie Leung. Thanks, Del Ray!
Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear―not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.
Profound, shocking, and beautiful, Edgar and Lucy is a thrilling adventure and the unlikeliest of love stories.
Please email Courtney Reed with your thoughts and comments, and post on Instagram @StMartinsPress using #EdgarandLucy. Thanks, St. Martin’s Press!
Heather graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She left school behind, but adult responsibility looms. This is her last summer to be free.
Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe. Heather didn’t expect to fall in love with Jack, and life and duty threaten to push them apart. Plus, Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.
Please send your questions and comments to Karen Masnica. Thanks, St. Martin’s Press!
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, over her mouth, the label of one of America’s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation.
When the photo goes viral, Cameron Alexander launches an investigation into the disaster that will reach further than he could ever imagine. Former disgraced journalist Joshua Griswold aids in building the historic case against Presto—both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution that could transform the fashion industry across the globe.
Please send your questions and comments to Paul Fisher. Thanks, Thomas Nelson!
EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Mindy Mejia
Perfect for fans of Everything I Never Told You and The Girl on the Train, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.
Please send your questions and comments to Hillary Tisman. Thanks, Atria/Emily Bestler Books!
As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina are eager to capture all the moments of their junior year—the plays, football games, dances, and classes that are the epicenter of their teenage lives. But how do you document a deadly school shooting by a classmate?
A story of grief, community, and family, of the search for understanding and normalcy in the wake of devastating loss, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down explores profound questions about resiliency, memory, and recovery with the haunting power of Station Eleven and the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You.
Please email Ryan Cury with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, William Morrow!
For as long as Jason Diamond can remember, he’s been infatuated with John Hughes’ movies. From the outrageous, raunchy antics in National Lampoon’s Vacation to the teenage angst in The Breakfast Club, Jason could not get enough. So the seed was planted that he should write a biography of his favorite filmmaker. It didn’t matter to Jason that he had no qualifications, training, or direction. So began a years-long, delusional quest to reach his goal. But no book came out of these years. What Jason did get was a story that fills the pages of this unconventional, hilarious memoir.
One part big dream, one part big failure, it’s the story of what comes after “Go for it!” and a command to young creatives to pursue their dreams—no matter how absurd they might seem at first.
Please email Ryan Cury with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, William Morrow Paperbacks!
A glorious collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms.
Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans two thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser’s The Fairie Queene to Wells’s The Time Machine to Murakami’s 1Q84 it explores the timeless and captivating features of fiction’s imagined worlds including the relevance of the writer’s own life to the creation of the story, influential contemporary events and philosophies, and the meaning that can be extracted from the details of the work. Each piece includes a detailed overview of the plot and a “Dramatis Personae.” Literary Wonderlands is a fascinating read for lovers of literature, fantasy, and science fiction.
Please email Hallie Patterson with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Black Dog & Leventhal!
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. But when Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar, who says that night was a terrible mistake, but who can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. And who is also David’s wife. But if you think you know where this story is going, think again.
Behind Her Eyes takes the modern-day love triangle and turns it on its head only to completely reinvent it in a way that will leave readers reeling.
Please email Ben Tomek with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Flatiron Books!
In this mesmerizing novel, Ethan Canin, the author of America America and The Palace Thief, explores the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family.
Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent. But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the seventies is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there—and the rival he meets alongside her—will haunt him for the rest of his life. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.
Please email Jess Bonet with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Random House Trade Paperbacks!
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
Please email Jess Bonet with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Ballantine Books!
Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand.
Please email Kelsey Manning with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Touchstone!
An incisive debut novel set in 70s Spain after the death of dictator Francisco Franco—amidst riots, protests, and uprising as the suppressed country awakens to freedom—about a young woman desperately searching for her brother, willing to risk everything and everyone around her to find him.
Please contact Kelsey Manning with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Touchstone!
A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, Schindler’s List, and All the Light We Cannot See, about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.
Please contact Hillary Tisman with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Atria Books!
Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Berlin, and Connecticut, following Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront the mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old.
Please email Meredith McGinnis with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, W.W. Norton!
Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong.
From the Upper West Side to Williamsburg, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey, traveling beyond memory and desire into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.
Please email Jordan Hanley with your thoughts and comments, and remember to include the hashtags #lustafterlife and #thenext. Thanks, St. Martin’s Press!
MILLENIALS OF NEW YORK by Connor Toole and Alec MacDonald
Millennials of New York is the hilarious book from the authors behind the Facebook phenomenon. In over 100 pictures, lists, graphs, and charts, Connor Toole and Alec Macdonald perfectly satirize the millennial generation with their smart and funny captures of young people from all over New York. Covering everything from how hard it is to wait for a brunch table to the intricacies of Netflix-and-chill, from what constitutes the perfect selfie to asking your parents for rent money, Millennials of New York reflects the voice of a generation — whiny and self-absorbed as it might be!
In the vein of Stuff White People Like, Millennials of New York is the perfect gift for Baby Boomers to give to that one nephew they don’t know that well.
Please contact Melanie Mitzman with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Gallery/Pocket Books!
Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad―an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. Will Frankie let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
Please contact Danielle Prielipp with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Imprint!
From New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro (The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club) comes a stunning historical novel based on the little-known true story of three aviatrixes who, in the year 1927, set out in a race to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and take their rightful place alongside men in history.
Please contact Melanie Mitzman with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Gallery Books!
A shy, bookish scholarship student from a working-class family, Owen Whiting has high hopes of what awaits him at Oxford, only to find himself adrift and out of place among the university’s aristocrats and posh radicals. But his life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Zachary Foedern, a visiting scholar from New York City. Rich, brilliant, and charismatic, Zach takes Owen under his wing, introducing him to a world of experiences Owen has only ever read about. From the quadrangles of Oxford to the seedy underbelly of Berlin, they practice what Zach preaches, daring each other to transgress the boundaries of convention and morality, until Zach proposes the greatest transgression of all: a suicide pact.
Please contact Libby Burton with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Twelve!
Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires.
Atl, the vampire descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo, a lonely street kid, looks especially tasty. Atl also needs to escape the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. But little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm.
Then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.
Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?
Email Karen Masnica with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Thomas Dunne Books!
Isy Suttie wakes up one day in her late twenties to discover that the deal she’d struck with her friends, to put off growing up for as long as possible, has been entirely in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages and farmers’ markets rather than running naked into the sea. Her dearest friend advises Isy not to worry: the next guy she meets will be The Actual One. Heartened by this promise, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood, whether that means dating a man who speaks only in rhyme, or conquering her fears of Alpine skiing.
Hilarious and razor-sharp, The Actual One is an ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties and the quest for a genuinely good relationship . . . or at least, a good story to tell.
Email Mary Sasso with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Harper Perennial!
Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. All eyes are on Flynn–he must know something. After all, he was–is–her boyfriend. They were together the night before she disappeared.
But Flynn has a secret of his own. As he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.
Please email Tiara Kittrell with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Feiwel & Friends!
Debut author Alexander Weinstein introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. In the utopian future of instant connection, technological gratification belies an unbridgeable human distance, while those in the post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster must work to rebuild to restore what existed over a millennia ago.
Please email Molly Fessenden with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Picador!
A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.
Outrageously funny and full of charm, The Wangs vs. the World is an entirely fresh look at what it means to belong in America—and how going from glorious riches to (still name-brand) rags brings one family together in a way money never could.
Please email Liz Anderson with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness.
Please email Dana Trocker with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Simon & Schuster!
Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn. In the midst of her second coming of age, Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all but, what does she really want the most?
“Smart and entertaining…with refreshing straight-forwardness and humor” (The Washington Post), “fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It andWhere’d You Go, Bernadette will adore A Window Opens” (Booklist, starred review).
Please email Ebony LaDelle with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Simon & Schuster!
Derek Palacio’s stunning, mythic novel marks the arrival of a fresh voice and a new chapter in the history of 21st century Cuban-American literature.
In 1980, a rural Cuban family is torn apart during the Mariel Boatlift. Uxbal Encarnación—father, husband, political insurgent—refuses to leave behind the revolutionary ideals and lush tomato farms of his sun-soaked homeland. His wife Soledad takes young Isabel and Ulises hostage and flees with them to America, leaving behind Uxbal for the promise of a better life. But just as the Encarnacións begin to cultivate their strange new way of life, Cuba calls them back. Breathtaking, soulful, and profound, The Mortifications is an intoxicating family saga and a timely, urgent expression of longing for one’s true homeland.
Please send your thoughts and comments to Alaina Waagner. Thanks, Crown Publishing!
A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of the “deliciously wicked” (Slate) Bad Marie.
In her trademark taut, mordantly funny, and “brainy, emotionally sophisticated” (New York Times) prose, Marcy Dermansky—a celebrated master of transgression—bring us a razor-sharp exploration of a women’s search for self-realization. When Leah’s former boss and mentor, Judy, dies in an accident and leaves Leah her most prized possession—a flashy red sports car—the shock forces Leah to reevaluate her whole life. Leah is living in Queens with a husband she doesn’t love and a list of unfulfilled ambitions. Returning to San Francisco to claim the mysterious car she blames for Judy’s death, Leah revisits past lives and loves in several sprawling days colored by sex and sorrow and unexpected delight. Through the voice of Judy, who advises from afar, the surreal nature of grief is made hauntingly evident as Leah is led toward a new sense of freedom.
Please email Cordelia Calvert with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Liveright!
Seventeen-year-old Nadia lives in Canaan, a quiet city in an idyllic world where every twelve years, the people undergo a collective Forgetting. In the days before the town devolves into a chaos of bloody violence, and after the people are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, their lives. Nadia has never forgotten, however.
As the next Forgetting approaches, Nadia is determined to find out what causes it and stop it. With the help of Gray, the handsome glassblower’s son, she discovers that there is a devious plot afoot . . . one that keeps the people of Canaan permanently subdued. Will Nadia be able to solve the mystery before the people forget the truth? And before Gray forgets her?
Please email Lauren Festa with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Scholastic Press!
THE CALL by Peadar O’Guilin
You have three minutes to save your life . . .
You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.
The Sidhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.
Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.
Could you survive the Call?
Please email your thoughts and comments to Lauren Festa. Thanks, David Fickling Books!
Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland—international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn…
Please email Jane Nutter with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Kensington!
We are not all created equal.
Seventeen-year-old Cody and her boyfriend, James, were two of the lucky ones randomly selected before birth to receive genetic engineering.
Known as the Ones, this one percent of the population is healthy, beautiful, and talented…and to some that’s not fair. Mounting fear and jealousy of the Ones’ success leads to the creation of the Equality Movement, which quickly gains enough political traction to demote Cody, James, and others like them to second-class citizens. Cody begins to believe they have no other choice but to protect their own. She draws closer to a group of radical Ones led by the passionate and fevered Kai, and James begins to question just how far she is willing to go for the cause…
Please email Ashley Woodfolk with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Imprint!
Named an Indie Next Pick for August 2016 and “Must Read” by Buzzfeed
THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. Until Polina arrives.
She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. Soon, he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now, Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.
Please email Jordan Hanley with your thoughts and comments or tweet them using the #MeetIvan. Thanks, St. Martin’s Press!
On the same night college freshman Haley sustains a career-ending concussion on the soccer field, her bookish roommate Jenny arrives home shell-shocked from a wild party. The next morning, on the other side of campus, Jordan brags to his housemate, Richard, about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, gossip spreads like wildfire through the campus.
Please email Eileen Lawrence with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Algonquin Young Readers!
STILL HERE by Lara Vapnyar
A profound and dazzlingly entertaining novel from the writer Louis Menand calls “Jane Austen with a Russian soul”
Vica, Vadik, Sergey and Regina met in Russia in their school days, but remained in touch and now have very different American lives. Sergey cycles through jobs as an analyst, hoping his idea for an app will finally bring him success. His wife Vica, a medical technician struggling to keep her family afloat, hungers for a better life. Sergey’s former girlfriend Regina, once a famous translator is married to a wealthy startup owner, spends her days at home grieving over a recent loss. Sergey’s best friend Vadik, a programmer ever in search of perfection, keeps trying on different women and different neighborhoods, all while pining for the one who got away.
As Sergey develops his app—calling it “Virtual Grave,” a program to preserve a person’s online presence after death—a formidable debate begins in the group, spurring questions about the changing perception of death in the modern world and the future of our virtual selves. How do our online personas define us in our daily lives, and what will they say about us when we’re gone?
Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. But their easy romance is tested after they graduate in 2008, and move together to New York city where Evan takes a job at a hedge fund–another step forward in the life he imagines for himself. Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, lands a low paying assistant job at a nonprofit, unsure about what she really wants, and wondering when everyone else figured that out for themselves.
With the market crashing and banks failing around him, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work, and soon realizes privilege may come with dangerous strings attached. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past, who offers her a vision of a different kind of life.
Told in alternating perspectives, The Futures is a vivid story about love–falling in and out of it–betrayal, and the burning desire to be valued.
Please email Ashley Marudas or visit Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to share your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Little Brown!
When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity of the summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn’t work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable. But as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, the couples’ friendship—and Beth’s relationship with Matt—is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls.
Please email Danielle Plafsky with any thoughts or opinions. Thanks, Knopf!
BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Jessica Winter
Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation’s ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen’s hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to force Jen to reckon with some hard truths about herself and the people she loves most.
Jessica Winter’s ferociously intelligent debut novel is a wry satire of celebrity do-goodism, the difficulty of navigating friendships, and the unspoken tensions that strain even the strongest bonds.
Please email Danielle Plafsky with any thoughts or opinions. Thanks, Knopf!
From Emma Mills, author of First and Then, comes a heartwarming contemporary YA novel about friendship, family, and finding happiness in the most unexpected places.
Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.
Please e-mail Johanna Kirby with any thoughts or opinions. Thanks, Henry Holt and Co. BYR!
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megam Miranda
Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train andLuckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
Please email Ebony Ladelle with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Simon & Schuster!
“Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise—a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents” (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float is a seventeen-year-old’s darkly funny, big-hearted memoir about growing up in New York City’s legendary Chelsea Hotel.
Email ”Kara.Watson@simonandschuster.com”>Kara Watson with your thoughts and comments. Thanks, Simon & Schuster!
A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?
Email Hannah Black with your thoughts and comments, and share on social media with #AShadowBrightAndBurning. Thank you, Random House Books for Young Readers!
“An apocalyptic extravaganza of doom and heroism…addictive.” —Publishers Weekly
An astonishingly inventive and terrifying debut novel about the emergence of an ancient species, dormant for over a thousand years, and now on the march.
Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.
Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, prepare for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they’ll all be ready.
What wine goes with your life?
Any decent wine book can tell you what to drink with a grilled steak. But what’s the best wine to pair with a blind date? For watching the Oscars? For a big birthday? Written by Diane McMartin, this inspired drinking guide matches wines and beers to the significant—and not so significant—events in life. It’s everything you need to know to drink like an adult, even if you don’t always behave like one.
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Jonathan Trefoil’s boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him—only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn’t remember life being this confusing.
When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan’s world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all. National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Meg Rosoff’s new novel for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there.
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