TOP OF THE TBR PILE Cloud publishing partner Harlequin is building on the success of last fall’s literary fiction best seller The Returned by Jason Mott (read our scintillating interview with him). How so, you ask? See Mary Kubica’s accomplished-to-the-nines debut, The Good Girl, which has garnered rave reviews in the trades.
Quoth Publishers Weekly:
"Almost nothing turns out as expected, which, along with the novel’s structure and deep Midwestern roots, will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl. Unlike that dazzling duel between what prove to be a pair of sociopaths, this Girl has heart—which makes it all the more devastating when the author breaks it.”
Young adult fiction fans hungry for one doozy of a summer read should not miss Adi Alsaid’s Alaska-set first novel, Let’s Get Lost. It’s a story that absolutely enchanted School Library Journal:
"Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.”
I’m requesting both for my pleasure reading, which I’ve put a nice dent in lately with 14-hour flights to Asia.
P.S. MTV will be airing the book trailer for Let’s Get Lost.
Up from 76% in 2012
I very much like this quote from Ann Joslin, President of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies:
“Creating is becoming a new digital competency.”
"One Saturday night, Tsukuru and Haida were up talking late as usual when they turned to the subject of death. They talked about the significance of dying, about having to live with the knowledge that you were going to die."
It’s Monday, and I miss my baby.
So Americans are being considered for the first time for the Man Booker. So what. A book about Norman history that people paid to be published got a nomination.
Interesting times. And I couldn’t be happier for the cool dudes at Unbound (“books are now in your hands”). A Cloud prospect, to be sure.
KEY BACKLIST When Nancy Pearl speaketh, books turn to gold, or close to it. On a recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition, Pearl made suggestions for summer reads that wouldn’t have long holds queues.
Making the cut were Tim Horvath’s Understories (Bellevue Literary Press), which Pearl said was a “favorite collection of short stories in recent memory,” and Jim Malusa’s Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents (Sierra Club Books), an adventure tale that will transport armchair travelers.
From this month forward, Key Backlist gets a regular shelf in CAT.Why? Because ebook collections need to diversify to serve myriad readers.