Booksellers Add More Feathers

9780062414212_2b722Holds queues are growing quickly for the debut novel The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (HC/Ecco; HarperAudio), just announced as the #1 Indie Next pick for April.

Entertainment Weekly calls it “one of 2016’s most talked-about debuts,” borne out by its appearance on several other most anticipated lists for the spring. Librarians are also fan, it delighted GalleyChatters and is a LibraryReads pick for March.

Jennifer Oleinik, University Book Store, Seattle, WA offers this summary:

“Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than ‘The Nest,’ a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles. When Leo, the older brother and the center of the Plumb family universe, injures himself and a 19-year-old waitress in a scandalous car accident and endangers ‘The Nest’ just months before the funds are to be made available, the siblings come together for damage control. Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves, bringing light and humor to her characters’ various plights. Funny, thoughtful, and filled with unique and complex characters — this book is a must-read.”

9781101874936_543cbThe memoir Lab Girl, Hope Jahren (PRH/Knopf; OverDrive Sample) also makes the list.
It too is picking up attention, with the WSJ selecting it as one of the six “The Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books.”

Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA says that:

“This book has it all: nature, love, science, drama, heartbreak, joy, and plenty of dirt. Not since Cheryl Strayed’s Wild have I read such a rich and compelling nonfiction narrative. Lab Girl is the story of Jahren’s life in science, and her writing on the wonders of nature will renew your sense of awe. But more than that, it is an exploration of friendship, mental illness, parenthood, and the messiness of life. The only flaw — these pages fly by too quickly, leaving you wondering what you could possibly read next that will be just as good.”

9780812993103_f08de 9780399169496_dec56The full list of bookseller picks, which is notably wide ranging this month, includes titles from big name authors (Augusten Burroughs, Tracy Chevalier, and Lisa Scottoline), another debut, and more nonfiction. Featured as well are two more titles that are also March LibraryReads picks, The Summer Before the War and Jane Steele.

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