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GalleyChat; Top of the TBR Pile

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Join us for GalleyChat this coming Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. (Eastern) when we will be discussing galleys of books coming out in Sept. and beyond.

Below are ten fall titles that rose to the top of participants’ TBR piles during last month’s chat:

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach, Little, Brown, 9/7
Hachette Large Print, 9780316204729
Comments — a “masterpiece” and “Baseball and Moby Dick–what a combination! ”

 

 

 

When She Woke, Hillary Jordan, Algonquin, 10/4
Audio, Highbridge, 9781611745702
Comments — “brilliant, disturbing, unexpected turn. Much more than 1984 meets The Scarlet Letter.” –” Made me think of Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

 

Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright, Norton, 10/3
Thorndike, 9781410443243

Lots of interest, although nobody had read yet.

 

 

 

Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks, Ecco, 9/27
HarperLuxe, 9780062088857
This is one I’ve become an evangelist for  and I’m happy to report that those I’ve gotten to read it are glad they did. Some say it’s Banks’ best yet.

 

 

 

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, 9/13
RH Audio, 9780307938909
Large Print, Center Point, 9781611732023

We hardly need to say more about this one. As we reported earlier, it  has already been compared to The Help and The Da Vinci Code, in terms of potential popularity (but not at all in terms of plot or style or setting!)

 

The Night Strangers, Christopher Bohjalian, Crown, 10/4
RH audio, 9780307940773
RH Large Print, 9780739378366

Not many in the group have read this yet, but one who did said she “Couldn’t put it down,” causing others to grab their copies

 

 

Rin Tin Tin, Susan Orlean, S&S, 10/4
S&S Audio, 9781442344969; Thorndike, 9781410443441
This one has all the elements of a hit; fascinating historical detail (for instance, the heavy reliance on animals during combat in WWI), show business, triumph over obstacles and, of course, Susan Orlean and the dogs that were Rin Tin Tin through the years.

 

 

The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst, Knopf, 10/11
RH Audio, 9780307966582
Comment — “Reminded me of Downton Abbey and Kate Morton.” Just announced as one of the titles on the Booker longlist. If it wins, the timing couldn’t be better; the announcement will come the week after it is published here.

 

 

Those Across the River, Christopher Buehlman, Ace,  9/6
Blackstone Audio
One who picked it up via NetGalley said she “Had nightmares after only reading the 1st quarter of it.”

 

 

Triangles, Ellen Hopkins, Atria/S&S, 9781451626339, 10/18 [No cover art yet]
S&S Audio, 9781442345362
Hopkins’ first book for adults, using the free verse style that is familiar from her YA titles; Comment “it’s riveting… she packs punch!

 

GalleyChat, Special Edition

Monday, February 14th, 2011

On Friday, we tried an experiment with GalleyChat. Our “regular” GalleyChats are free-for-alls, featuring librarians talking about their recent finds. This time, we focused on just two forthcoming titles, which were presented at the HarperCollins Buzz session at Midwinter.

The GallyChat group particularly loved the WWII survival story Lost in Shangri-La. One of the participants, Lesa Holstine, gives it this shorthand Twitter description, “One of the unknown episodes of WWII. Plane crash with military, survivors encounter with tribe & rescue attempts,” (read her review on Lesa’s Book Critiques). Readers said it’s for fans of other survival tales, like Into Thin Air, Unbroken and Endurance (about the Shakleton Expedition).

It was also considered a good teen crossover title, especially for girls interested in WWII, since one of the survivors was a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

The book already has starred reviews by Kirkus and Library Journal and several librarians said that after reading it, they plan to order more for their libraries.

Lost in Shangri-La
Mitchell Zuckoff
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2011-05-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061988340 / 9780061988349

Larger Print; HarperLuxe; 9780062065049; $26.99
Audio; Books on Tape; UNABR; 9780307917256; $40

The second book, Family Fang, is the first novel by an author well known for his short stories. This one is a tale of a family of performance artists who create events in shopping malls that result in chaos, as a protest against superficiality. The parents call this art, their two children, who are unwilling participants, call it “making a mess.”

Most admitted that the book was outside their reading comfort zone, but were glad they read it. They found the relationship between the siblings touching and an evolving mystery kept them reading. Jennifer Dayton of Darien (CT) Library summarizes it well,

Family Fang will be a critical success, but it is also that rare breed that is also very readable. I went into it reluctantly and got sucked in immediately.  I found the characters of the siblings to be not only endearing but very real. You just had to feel for those poor kids being born into that wacky insanity. It offers lots of good discussion points (e.g., art vs. real life, what constitutes child abuse), making it book-group-worthy.

Family Fang
Kevin Wilson
Retail Price: $23.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ecco – (2011-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061579033 / 9780061579035

Keep your eyes open; we plan to do more special editions of GalleyChat, focusing on specific titles. Meanwhile, the next GalleyChat, Regular Edition, will be on Tuesday, March 1, 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern.

NPR Book Club with Laura Hillenbrand

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

NPR announces that they are starting a “a book-club-meets-social-media experiment.”

Via Facebook, Twitter and NPR.org throughout February, readers of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken can join guided discussions about the book (details at npr.org/bookclub). At the end of the month, there will be a live chat with Hillenbrand.

The NPR site also mentions, that you can “join in to discuss the book in your own community,” which may be an interesting opportunity for library book clubs. More details are promised soon.

Here at EarlyWord, we’re continuing our own experiment in social networking with GalleyChat the first Tuesday of every month. Please join us today, 4 to 5 p.m., Eastern, to find out whichmnew galleys other librarians are reading. Details at earlyword.com/galleychat.

How about you? Are you using social networking for book discussions or other library activities? Tell us what you are doing in the comments section.

Election Day GalleyChat

Monday, November 1st, 2010

There’s two big commitments are on the agenda for tomorrow — voting and GalleyChat. For information on how to join the latter (begins at 4 pm., EST), link here.

During the last GalleyChat, Harper offered copies of Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Over 150 people took advantage of that offer; we’d like to hear how you are enjoying it.

We’re also curious to know if you are taking advantage of Simon & Schuster’s eGalley program (the latest title being offered is the paranormal thriller, Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann, coming in February with a 200,000 copy printing).

Cryer’s Cross
Lisa McMann
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse – (2011-02-08)
ISBN / EAN: 1416994815 / 9781416994817

Below are some other titles on our radar. We look forward to hearing what’s on your TBR list.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2010-11-16)
ISBN / EAN: 1400064163 / 9781400064168

RH Large Print; 9780375435010
RH Audio; 9780739319697

During our last galley chat, several wondered whether Laura Hillenbran’s new book will have as much appeal as the author’s earlier book Seabiscuit. I’ve read it and believe it will. In that book, Hillenbrand was able to get thousands fascinated by the story of a long-forgotten race horse. Imagine what the same author can do with a WWII hero who survived 47 days in the open ocean only to be captured by the Japanese. The book’s already received universally strong prepub reviews; we’re expecting heavy consumer coverage when it arrives in two weeks.

Looking ahead to the spring,

Left Neglected
Lisa Genova
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Gallery – (2011-01-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1439164630 / 9781439164631

Large Print; Thorndike; (ISBN 9781410433824; price $35.99; release date 1/5/2011

After Still Alice, a novel about  early-onset Alzheimer’s, this is the story about a woman afflicted with another brain disease; one that makes the sufferer unable to recognize part of themselves. Booklist has already called it “more accessible than her somber first book,” There is strong inhouse buzz that this will reach a wider audience than Still Alice.

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The Fates Will Find Their Way: A Novel
Hannah Pittard
Retail Price: $22.99
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ecco – (2011-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 006199605X / 9780061996054

ARE’s for The Fates Will Find Their Way, a literary debut with strong inhouse buzz were sent in the Oct B&T mailing. Lee Boudraux’s editorial letter asks people to “take a moment” to read it; it’s a refreshingly short book (Boudraux terms it ”economical”).

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West of Here
Jonathan Evison
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2011-02-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1565129520 / 9781565129528

Highbridge Audio; 9781615731169

We’ve been hearing about this for months from Michael Rockliff, head of library marketing at Workman/Algonquin and we still have a few months to go before the public gets its hand on it. It’s picking up buzz at the regional bookseller shows, just received a star from LJ and it now has a Web site, complete with a timeline and newspaper clippings from the period the book covers.

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The Weird Sisters
Eleanor Brown
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam – (2011-02-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0399157220 / 9780399157226

Penguin Audio; 9780142428948

The sisters’ motto: “There is no problem a library card can’t solve.” From the editor that brought us The Help and The Postmistress, Booklist says that debut novel The Weird Sisters exhibits “no false steps.”

GalleyChat Tomorrow

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Please join us for GalleyChat tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Share with colleagues what you’re reading, what you’re loving and what’s not worth the hype.

At the last GalleyChat, I am happy to say that I got lots of support for my October favorite, Up From the Blue. Looking forward to its publication, so the word of mouth can finally take off. I even see 15 holds on 5 copies in one library system and another one ordered 44 copies; hurrah!

Up from the Blue: A Novel
Susan Henderson
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks – (2010-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061984035 / 9780061984037

UPDATE: Just heard from Thorndike that they will be publishing this title in Large Type:
Thorndike, February: ISBN 9781410434364; $31.99

To join the EarlyWord GalleyChat:

  1. If you are not already on Twitter, set up an account.
  2. Put Sept. 28th at 4:00 EDT on your calendar.
  3. Just before the discussion starts, log on to Twitter or whatever interface you prefer. (Tweetchat is good; it refreshes quickly and automatically loads your hashtag when you are in the discussion; be sure to sign in with Twitter at the upper right).
  4. To follow the discussion, enter #ewgc (which stands for EarlyWord Galley Chat).
  5. To post a comment to the discussion, make sure that you include hashtag #ewgcin each of your tweets (if you’re using Tweetchat, it will do that for you). It will also help if you write book title in all caps, to make them stand out. (like this — Anyone else reading THE PASSAGE? #ewgc). Since this is a galley chat, we ask that you only write about forthcoming books (Oct and beyond).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010


Featuring: Laurie Halse Anderson, Jon Scieszka & Leonard Marcus
Link here for more information and to register

Going Graphic

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The book trade eNewsletter Shelf Awareness published a dedicated issue on graphic novels today, offering an overview of the format. We’re delighted to see librarians featured, and partcularly our own Robin Brenner, who writes the weekly EarlyWord “Go Graphic!” column (see her latest here), as well as her friend and colleague, Eva Volin, supervising children’s librarian at the Alameda (CA) Free Library.

Robin reveals that, in the Brookline (MA) Public Library, circ of graphic novels has now surpassed DVD’s. Just goes to show what effect a knowledgeable selector can have. A story on indie bookstores reveals that they, too, often need an evangelist to get them to try the format.

Rounding out the issue is an overview of popular novelists adopting the format (Jodi Picoult does Wonder Woman) and interviews with Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn as well as wife and husband comics creators, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen Patsy Walker: Hellcat.

GalleyChat; 4 p.m. EDT Today

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Below are upcoming titles on the radar for GalleyChat.

Please join us at 4 pm.

SEPT

Russian Winter, Daphne Kalotay, Harper — the author was fascinating at the First Novelists session at ALA.

OCT

Up from the Blue, Susan Henderson, Harper — One of my favorites; I was mesmerized by this story about a girl yearning for her bipolar mother who suddenly and mysteriously disappears. I’m not the only one; author Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) tweeted in March, “Just finished reading a galley of Susan Henderson’s UP FROM THE BLUE. I’m awestruck.”

The Wake of Forgiveness, Bruce Machart, HMH — This will be compared to Cormac McCarthy, but MUCH darker. an inhouse favorite; great PW review.

Steinberg, Avi,  Running the Books Nan A. Talese — memoir by a rison librarian. Great opening line “Pimps make the best librarians.”

NOV

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Random House — As in her mega-selling Seabiscuit, Hillenbrand writes about overcoming adversity — in this case, a WWII bombardier who survives at sea after a plane crash. She gets you INSIDE people & makes you care about things you never thought you might (she had me on the edge of my seat describing a track meet!)

FEB

West of Here, Jonathan Evison. Algonquin- Robin Beerbower, Salem [OR] Public Library says,

This book reminded me of those sprawling meaty historical novels I read back in the 70s and 80s. Set in Port Bonita,Washington, a fictional Port Townsend, part of the story takes place in the late 1800s with a parallel story taking place in 2006, and chronicles the early history of Port Bonita, focusing on the building of the Elwha Dam and the exploration of the Olympics…The book goes back and forth in time and skips around between characters, which I found a little confusing, and it took me a good 100 pages to really get the characters sorted and into the story, but after that I found it enjoyable.

The Devotion of Suspect X, Keigo Higashino, Minotaur — A major seller in Japan; some of you may have picked up a copy from the “Sneak Peek” feature on The Book Reporter.

GalleyChat Tomorrow

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Please join us at 4 p.m., EDT, tomorrow, to talk about galleys of forthcoming books (if you haven’t joined a GalleyChat before, click here for details).

Many of you have unpacked your ALA boxes, so there will be lots to talk about.

Here’s some titles that may come up:

Stiltsville: A Novel
Susanna Daniel
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061963070 / 9780061963070

This title has come up at every one of our previous GalleyChats. I read it during the recent NYC heat wave and it was the perfect antidote. There’s plenty of heat because it’s set in South Florida, but there is also plenty of swimming, boating and a community of summer homes built on stilts. No high drama or madness here, thank heaven; just an engrossing story of an “ordinary” woman as she meets the man she will marry, forms lasting friendships, and raises a family. It’s refreshing to read about good, caring people who struggle with many of the same issues we all do, but who bring an extra ounce of wisdom to it.
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I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel
Laura Lippman
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2010-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061706558 / 9780061706554

Of course, Laura Lippman already has a following, but this standalone is poised to bring her to a whole new audience.

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Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Avi Steinberg
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese – (2010-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385529090 / 9780385529099

This book had me at the opening line, “Pimps make the best librarians.” The author knows;  he had to draw on prison inmates to help run his library.

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The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
Rebecca Costa
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Vanguard Press – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 1593156057 / 9781593156053

I met author Rebecca Costa during her signing at ALA. She’s a real force and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her on the talk shows this fall.  The book’s scary subtitle addresses her central question; “Why can’t we think our way out of our problems any more?”

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Russian Winter: A Novel
Daphne Kalotay
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061962163 / 9780061962165

This debut sounds like a good, old-fashioned saga about a 76-year old former Russian ballerina who reviews her past as she puts together an auction catalog of her jewels.

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2010-09-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0679444327 / 9780679444329

Isabel was the last speaker on the First Author panel at ALA and she had us hanging on her every word as she spoke passionately about the migration of African Americans to the North, told through the stories of ordinary people who made the trek.

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Retail Price: $18.95
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-08-24)
ISBN / EAN: 1565126068 / 9781565126060

The true story of a woman recovering from an illness. Her friend gives her a very strange gift; a snail in a terrarium

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Exley
Brock Clarke
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 1565126084 / 9781565126084

By the author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Home in New England; it was a librarians’ Shout & Share pick at BEA and was featured at Algonquin’s booth at ALA.

Second Galley Chat!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

We enjoyed the last one so much, that we’re doing it again, tomorrow at 4 p.m., Eastern.

Here’s your opportunity to let your fellow librarians know what galleys to move to the top (or bottom) of their To Be Read piles. Log on to Twitter at 4 p.m.; hashtag is #ewgc (for more explicit directions, click here).

Some of you may have more to add about the titles that came up last time (see Galley Chat!). Here’s a few others you may have received lately:

Wanna Get Lucky?
Deborah Coonts
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books – (2010-05-11)
ISBN / EAN: 0765325438 / 9780765325433

One of the authors who will be featured at the AAP’s Librarian Lunch coming up at BEA.

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The Dead Lie Down: A Novel
Sophie Hannah
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2010-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0143117491 / 9780143117490

Author is appearing at the ALTAFF Tea at ALA next month.

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Broken: A Novel (Grant County)
Karin Slaughter
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2010-06-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0385341970 / 9780385341974

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The Liar’s Lullaby (Jo Beckett)
Meg Gardiner
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult – (2010-06-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0525951725 / 9780525951728

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32 Candles: A Novel
Ernessa T. Carter
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Amistad – (2010-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061957844 / 9780061957840

One of the Harper Buzz titles (check it out here). It sounded great even before we got to see this terrific cover.

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Mary Roach
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company – (2010-08-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0393068471 / 9780393068474

She was a riot grossing us out at the AAP Breakfast at PLA (everything floats at zero gravity, including dead skin — like being in a snow globe). Let’s see how she handles Jon Stewart, who is the MC of BEA’s Author Breakfast on Thurs, May 27th.

Galley Chat!

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Thanks to all of you who joined in on Galley Chat on Friday. Twenty-five contributed to the discussion and we’re guessing many others were lurking. Thanks, also, to the library marketing folks from Penguin and Random House, who jumped in and offered galleys to those who wanted them.

This was our first attempt, so we didn’t know what would happen. It turned out to be very lively; like doing RA with a bunch of colleagues (in 140 characters, which, although limiting, isn’t as difficult as I expected).

So, we’re going to try it again. While Fridays at 4 EDT seems like a good time, at least for those who showed up at this one, it conflicts with Follow The Reader‘s weekly librarian/bookseller chat (we had complaints from several, who were bouncing back and forth between the two). So, for our next Galley Chat, we are going to try Wednesday, May 12, at 4 p.m. EDT. Info on how to join here.

Below are the titles that elicited the most comments during Friday’s chat, in reverse order by pub month.

AUGUST TITLES

Stiltsville: A Novel
Susanna Daniel
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061963070 / 9780061963070

Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins library marketing, made an impression when she talked about this first novel at PLA (she also presented it at MidWinter, listen here). Robin Beerbower of Salem, OR sent a comment in advance, saying it’s a “terrific first novel about a long marriage” and was particularly taken with the setting, a community of homes on pilings in Biscayne Bay, FL.

JULY TITLES

Still Missing
Chevy Stevens
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2010-07-06)
ISBN / EAN: 0312595670 / 9780312595678

Still Missing, St. Martin’s big thriller debut, was the most-discussed of the Galley Chat titles. One library had just added it and is already getting holds, so is planning to buy more.

JUNE TITLES

The One That I Want: A Novel
Allison Winn Scotch
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books – (2010-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0307464504 / 9780307464507

Rebecca Vnuk particularly loves The One That I Want and is planning to write about this for her women’s fiction blog.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
Aimee Bender
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2010-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0385501129 / 9780385501125

RH’s Marcie Purcell presented Lemon Cake movingly at PLA; about a young girl who discovers she can taste her mother’s despair in the cake she baked for her daughter’s birthday. Many said it’s on their list to read next.

The Passage
Justin Cronin
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 784 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2010-06-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0345504968 / 9780345504968

Those who have read it say it’s tough to talk about The Passage without introducing spoilers, but they were clearly dying to talk about specific sections. We may need a to feature this in a discussion that is only open to those that have read it.

Crashers
Dana Haynes
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books – (2010-06-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0312599889 / 9780312599881

Audio; UNABR; 978-1-4272-1215-3; $39.99

Lots of  excitement about Crashers; a sabotaged jet crashes and investigators have a race against the clock to prevent another. Said one person, “Page-burning suspense. Keep the Dramamine handy.”

MAY TITLES

Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – (2010-05-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316056219 / 9780316056212

Ship Breaker is a YA title (one person says it’s perfect for those who love Hunger Games), but with potential cross over to adult. The author’s first book, The Wind-up Girl was on many end-of-the-year best lists and is nominated for a Hugo Award.

The Lonely Polygamist: A Novel
Brady Udall
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 602 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company – (2010-05-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0393062627 / 9780393062625

The Lonely Polygamist is long, but readers say it’s engrossing and the writing is beautiful. Daniel Golden, the owner of Boswell and Books in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a big fan and has been blogging about it and about “hating, then loving big, fat books.”

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Nathaniel Philbrick
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2010-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0670021725 / 9780670021727

Audio; Penguin Audio; UNABR; 9780142427699; $39.95

The only nonfiction title that came up. Nobody in the group had read it yet, but is definitely high up on TBR lists. At PLA Book Buzz, Nancy Pearl gave it kudos, saying it shows Custer as you never imagined him.

The Frozen Rabbi
Steve Stern
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-05-11)
ISBN / EAN: 156512619X / 9781565126190

Many said they thought it sounded wonderful. If you want a copy, go here,. For just a taste, you can to Tablet Magazine, where it is being serialized.

APRIL TITLES

Girl in Translation
Jean Kwok
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover – (2010-04-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1594487561 / 9781594487569

Audio; Penguin Audio; 9780142427996; $39.95

A “non-cliched”  Chinese immigrant coming-of-age tale, with potential YA crossover.

Galley Chat This Friday

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

We’re hearing from librarians about the galleys they want to talk about during our first Galley Chat this Friday at 4 p.m., EDT  (info on how to join here).

Of course, there’s Justin Cronin’s The Passage (if you think you don’t have the galley, check again; Random House has been papering the earth with it).

The Passage
Justin Cronin
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 784 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2010-06-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0345504968 / 9780345504968

There’s also growing interest in St. Martin’s big debut thriller, Still Missing.

Still Missing
Chevy Stevens
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2010-07-06)
ISBN / EAN: 0312595670 / 9780312595678

Also on people’s lips is Workman library marketer Mike Rockliff’s favorite, The Frozen Rabbi (which is tied for “Most Memorable Title of the Season” with Norton’s The Lonely Polygamist).

The Frozen Rabbi
Steve Stern
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-05-11)
ISBN / EAN: 156512619X / 9781565126190

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The Lonely Polygamist
Brady Udall
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 602 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company – (2010-05-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0393062627 / 9780393062625

Others are excited about Stiltville, which HarperCollins’ Virginia Stanley presented succinctly at PLA; “An ordinary tale made extraordinary by the writing. It’s my story, it’s your story.”

Stiltsville
Susanna Daniel
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061963070 / 9780061963070

Site Changes

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

We’ve added a couple of new link categories on the right. Here’s what they are and why we’ve added them:

Books Coming Next Month — When you’re ordering far in advance, it’s hard to remember what’s coming out next month. These lists help you stay on top of the big releases for the month. They are also useful for deciding which titles need to get rush processing.

Books in the Consumer Media – You need to know what reviews are influencing your customers. This is a convenient roundup of what is being reviewed in the major consumer media.

While we’re at it, let’s explain the rest of the links:

Books of Fall ’08 — Previews — These magazine and newspaper previews are a good way to look ahead to the season. Since they are compiled by the editors of major books sections, these are the titles likely to be getting review coverage. We’ve also compiled all the titles into “Mashups,” with ISBN’s for the books’ various formats.

Books of Spring ’09 Preview — The Association of American Publishers is currently running a series of Webcasts of editors previewing books coming January through April. The link is to an Excel file with ordering information for all the titles.

Books to Movies — Obviously, movies bring readers to books and you HAVE to know what’s in theaters now as well as what’s coming down the road. And, obviously, you need to get a flavor of the movies. What better way than watching the trailers? Movies are arranged by release date, with links to the trailer (“Boss, it’s research, REALLY”). At the end of the list, are links to our lists of tie-in titles. Some libraries have used this list to create “Read the Book Before You See the Movie” lists. 

Download Publishers Catalogs — Publisher catalogs are invaluable for spotting which titles will be heavily promoted and for finding titles that may not get reviews (like new editions, embargoed and special-interest titles).  Here, you can download the current catalogs directly. For previous seasons, go the the “Publishers Catalogs” listings on the left, under “Pages.”

New Readers; Keep ‘em Coming

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

It’s great to see how many new readers are coming to the site from our link on Unshelved this week.

We’re also gratified that our “old readers” keep coming back. It’s fascinating to see the creative ways librarians use EarlyWord. Here’s some of the things we hear:

  • EarlyWord reminds me to buy audio and large type formats of titles that become popular; I don’t always have that information available when I first order a title
  • I use the “books to movies” information as basis for a “Read the Book Before You See the Movie” section on the library’s Web site
  • EW helps me focus on books getting heavier reserves than expected
  • It’s great to have the catalogs all in one place; they give me insight into which titles publishers will be promoting heavily
  • It’s helpful to see what’s getting reserves in other libraries. Our community doesn’t do a lot of reserving, so we can’t use that as a guide for what we need more of. 
Let us know how you’re using EarlyWord and what you’d like to see on it. And, please, share your insights (either via comments, or email me here). We want EarlyWord to become a community of librarians working together to “give ‘em what they want.”

Welcome, New Readers!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

If you just found us via our ad on Unshelved, welcome. As a long-time reader of Unshelved myself, I admire your taste.

Now that you’re here, please take the time to check out what EarlyWord has to offer:

  • Links to download publisher catalogs — browse the winter/spring ’09 catalogs to see what publishers will be promoting and to uncover books that meet your special community needs. You can download directly, from the links on the right, or go to a single list.
  • Publisher Contacts — links to publisher services created specifically for librarians and to library marketing staff.
  • Bestseller List — Highlighted on the right, links to current national and speciality lists.
  • Movies to Books — upcoming and current movies with tie-in title information, plus links to trailers at the right (they’re not even a guilty pleasure; it’s part of your job to stay on top of movies that bring new attention to books).
  • The “Give ‘em What They Want” blog, highlighting books on the rise (the AP wrote about Joe Biden’s book today, but there’s another book that actually got more of a bounce because of Bidne’s nomination), word-of-mouth bestsellers and review quotes you can use in readers advisory work.
  • Seasonal overviews. To the right, you’ll see the Books of Summer Picks. The fall list have just begun to appear; we’ll soon begin putting together our Fall Reads Mashup.

If you like what you see, you can sign up for our RSS feed (see the button to the right).