Archive for February, 2019

GalleyChat Summary, Feb. 2019

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Last week’s GalleyChat brought news of many upcoming titles that have captured librarians’ interest.

Click below to view the titles discussed:

Feb.-19-EWGC — downloadable spreadsheet, with info. on which are available as DRCs through Edelweiss and/or NetGalley, notes from the tweets and LibraryReads deadlines.

Edelweiss catalog — with covers, publisher marketing information, links to Edelweiss DRCs.

Several diversity titles received particularly strong recommendations as potential LibraryReads nominations (for more, check our list of Upcoming Diversity Titles):

Kim, Angie, Miracle Creek, (Macmillan/Sarah Crichton, 4/16/19; LibraryReads nominations due 3/1/19; DRCs available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

As we’ve noted before, this title has been getting positive response from librarians on GalleyChat ever since August. Called a “page-turner that addresses a wide range of issues but still manages to be nuanced” and “a courtroom drama in which each chapter reveals something new about the characters and changes my mind about who did it,” it is also a Crime Reads Most Anticipated title, described as, “Angie Kim’s masterpiece of grief, hope, and recrimination, [it[ takes place in the small town of Miracle Creek, wherein an oxygen tank said to cure everything from autism to male infertility goes from a refuge to an inferno after an arsonist seals the fate of those seeking treatment inside. A complex novel of parenting, prejudice, and putting blame where blame’s due, this one is not to be missed.” The author was on the LibraryReads Debut Author panel at MidWinter.

Kwok, Jean, Searching for Sylvie Lee, (HarperCollins/Morrow. 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss & NetGalley)

By the author of the GalleyChat favorites, Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown, thus new title is described as a “Family saga, [with family] secrets…completely heartbreaking and moving.” and “about three women, two sisters and their mother, in one Chinese immigrant family. It explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge.” Check the podcast interview with the author,

Jalaluddin, Uzma, Ayesha At Last, (PRH/Penguin Berkley, 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from NetGalley)

At least one GalleyChatter claims this Jane Austen remix “may already be my favorite romance this year …It’s a rare thing for an adaptation to wholly stand on its own, and Jalaluddin pulls it off flawlessly.” It is on BookRiot’s list of 2019 Releases by Muslim Authors, “This is a modern-day Pride and Prejudice  featuring two South Asian Muslim protagonists! Ayesha has had to set aside her dreams of being a poet for the practical job of teaching, which she hates. She doesn’t want the kind of arranged marriage that her cousin Hafsah is juggling proposals for. But when she meets Khalid, a conservative, traditional guy, she’s irritated by how much she is drawn to him. An engagement between Hafsah and Khalid takes both Ayesha and Khalid by surprise and has them wrestling with what exactly they want, and how they feel about each other.”

Hoang, Helen. The Bride Test, (PRH/Penguin Berkley. 5/7/19; LibraryReads nominations due 4/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

The new title by the author of the LibraryReads 2018 Favorite of Favorites, The Kiss Quotient  was recently released and is getting enthusiastic response, “Those wondering if The Bride Test will be as good as The Kiss Quotient will be pleased. The feel of it and the sexual dynamic is a little different because the autistic character is male this time, but I loved both hero & heroine” and “Esme is a heroine beyond that of a typical romance novel. Make sure you read the author’s note before you put this book down!”

Whitehead, Colson, The Nickel Boys(PRH/Random House/Doubleday, 7/16/19; LibraryReads nominations due 6/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

It’s no surprise that many are curious how this title holds up to the multi-award-winning The Underground Railroad. According to GalleyChatters, it’s a winner, “Growing up in Jim Crow Florida, Elwood valiantly strives to put the ideals of the Civil Rights movement into practice. Powerful and heartbreaking …it doesn’t have the fantastic element of The Underground Railroad but it’s very hard hitting.”

Talusan, Grace, The Body Papers, (S&S/Restless, 4/2/19; LibraryReads nominations due 3/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss)

Considered a memoir with a “bonafide Filipino-American POV…honest and brave.” It’s on Electric Lit’s list of 48 Books By Women and Nonbinary Authors of Color to Read in 2019, “a memoir about abuse, immigration, cancer, and mental health. Celeste Ng says that ‘Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us.

Dennis-Benn, Nicole, Patsy, (Norton/Liveright. 6/4/19; LibraryReads nominations due 5/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

Strong interest, based on the author’s previous title, Here Comes the Sun. In addition to the recently released DRC, Norton Library Mktg, will be doing an ARC giveaway in their newsletter, subscribe here,

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia, Gods of Jade and Shadow, (PRH/Random House/Del Rey, 8/6/19 LibraryReads nominations due 7/1/19; DRC available from Edelweiss and NetGalley)

DRC appeared shortly after it was mentioned on GalleyChat. Publisher Summary, “The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers of The Song Of Achilles and Uprooted.”

Join us for the next chat, Tues., March 5th, 4:00-5:00 ET. More details here.

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