In her forthcoming book The Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living, Anna Newell Jones tells the story of how she eliminated her nearly $24,000 in debt in 15 months by going on a spending fast and compiles numerous tips on how you, too, can achieve a debt-free life, steps like
No matter the level of debt, these tips can help set things moving in the right direction. Definitely make sure to check out The Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living when it hits shelves April 26.
We’ve been talking about The Nest for over a year and now it’s here.
This LibraryReads pick is just wonderful, and the critics agree. Here is a mere sampling of the raves that have been pouring in:
“[A] generous, absorbing novel...Sweeney’s endearing characters are quirky New Yorkers all... [a] lively novel. A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their heart.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In her debut, Sweeney spins a fast-moving, often-humorous narrative, and her portrait of each sibling is compassionate even as she reveals their foibles with emotional clarity...assured, energetic, and adroitly plotted...an engrossing narrative that endears readers to the Plumb family for their essential humanity.” — Publishers Weekly
“[S]cenes both witty and tragic... that glow with the confidence of an experienced comic writer... [Sweeney] maintains a refreshing balance of tenderness. Rather than skewering the Plumbs to death, she pokes them, as though probing to find the humanity beneath their cynical crust.” — Washington Post
Want a copy? Let us know! First 20 folks to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a book that will stay with you for quite some time.
Stephanie Evanovich is the bestselling author of Big Girl Panties and The Sweet Spot. If you attended this past ALA Midwinter in Boston or ALA Annual 2014 in Las Vegas, hopefully you had the chance to swing by our booth and meet her. And if you did, you know she is absolutely hilarious. Stephanie's third book, The Total Package, goes on sale today, and to celebrate, she's stopped by LLF to share her love for libraries with us.
I loved the library even before I learned to read when I used to feed the night deposit box with whatever books my mother was returning. The library was where we went when it was either too cold or too hot to play outside. I wasn’t aware of the public “shhhhhh” section of the library because in the children’s room, unless you were creating a real ruckus, you had a lot of freedom.
I remember my school librarian more clearly. The library was a cozy spot in the basement of my old elementary school—which really was a century-old building. I proudly checked out my first book on Helen Keller for my first book report.
Hear ye, hear ye! The third episode of Under the Radar, Over the Moon has arrived! Check out our new video for the wacky antics of your favorite LLF team and, of course, great new books! This month we talk about:
Night of the Animals by Bill Broun: “Night of The Animals is the most beautiful, strange new novel I have read in years, and its obese, mentally ill, elderly protagonist is among the most engaging of heroes. The existence of this book in the present moment is a wonderment.” — Mary Gaitskill. Click here for the egalley.
The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman: “Take nine convicted felons confined for the long haul at a maximum security men’s prison. Add a well-meaning literary scholar armed only with cheap reprints of challenging books by writers from Conrad to Kafka. The resulting dynamic is the subject of Mikita Brottman’s fascinating and unvarnished book about criminals as rough-hewn literary critics. I tore through The Maximum Security Book Club." — Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water. Click here to download an egalley!
Brighton by Michael Harvey: “Harvey has taken the elements of a classic crime novel and heightened them with race and class tensions, as well as the story of a remarkable friendship and an unforgettable family drama. The result is a novel that crackles with energy and makes you hold on until the final page.” — Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street. Get started reading the egalley here.
So much love for these books! And definitely make sure you check out past episodes on the Under the Radar, Over the Moon website here. We hope you enjoy!
March is Maisie Month, and bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear is celebrating by answering all your burning questions about fan favorite sleuth Maisie Dobbs! Click here to check out the questions and submit some of your own, and definitely make sure to check back today at 4pm EST for the answers!
If you find your Maisie appetite has only been whetted by this Q&A, worry not! Maisie's next adventure, Journey to Munich, hits shelves March 29.
We're all familiar with the ancient Mayan civilization whose traces can be found across the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America, but do you know how those amazing ruins were discovered? In Jungle of Stone, William Carlsen takes us on a journey with the team that originally fought through the jungle to uncover the lost civilization, a tale which Kirkus calls in a starred review “Thrilling. …A captivating history of two men who dramatically changed their contemporaries’ view of the past.” You can uncover this untold story when Jungle of Stone hits shelves April 26, but today the author has stopped by LLF to "uncover" his love for libraries!
Just out of the army in the late 1960s, I entered the University of California, Berkeley, on the G.I. Bill. I knew I would still have to work myself through school (I majored in of all things Rhetoric—very practical). My first choice in the university’s “work-study” program was a job in one of the university’s many libraries. While in the army I had spent most of my free time in post libraries, always with my head in a book. Now, I found myself working as a library page in the university’s Bancroft Library, a research repository for western history collections. While there I was asked to retrieve handwritten correspondence from Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, two authors I revered, and to my disbelief I held in my hands many of their letters as I brought them up from the stacks to researchers.
I was hooked. My dream was to write, and here early on I had discovered one of the great treasures of libraries, not only as cherished places of books but also the often hidden resources behind those books. I went on to a career in journalism at the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times; and the need for libraries (oddly newspaper libraries are called “morgues”) and the power of research was never lost on me, particularly during my many years as an investigative reporter.
Decades after my first encounter with the Bancroft Library, I found myself there once again. My wife and I lived for many years part time in Guatemala, where I had fallen in love with a nineteenth-century writer named John L. Stephens. I had traveled to several of the astonishing stone ruins of the ancient Maya scattered in the jungles of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. But I became ever more enthralled with that civilization through the eyes of Stephens, who in the 1840s published riveting books about his adventures with an artist named Frederick Catherwood and their discovery of the lost civilization of the Maya. I decided to follow their 2,500-mile journey through the jungle in my beat-up 1985 Toyota Corolla, a car without air conditioning or radio and the closest thing I could find to the mules the two men had used during their expeditions. On returning to my home in San Francisco, I discovered to my surprise that Stephens’s letters and personal papers were located across the Bay at the Bancroft Library. There, spellbound by his personal writings and letters that revealed his deep friendship with Catherwood, who had so brilliantly illustrated their travels of exploration and adventure together, I began my own journey that resulted in Jungle of Stone, a work aimed at telling not only the story of their extraordinary lives but the discoveries they made that changed the world’s understanding of the history of the Americas before Columbus.
All the best,
Thanks Bill! Look for Jungle of Stone on shelves April 26 to discover the unknown story of explorers who changed history.
Perusing the "Spine-Tingling Mysteries and Thrillers" section of our Library Catalog on Edelweiss, you might notice a sudden embarrassment of riches for hungry military thriller fans. High-stakes, heart-pounding stories are coming from some of the biggest names in the genre as well as some of our most exciting up-and-coming debut novelists. Check out below what we have in store!
War Hawk by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood: Fan-favorite Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane come to the aid of a former military colleague whose life—and the life of her son—is on the line. To protect them, Tucker and Kane must set off on a mission that could alter the political and social landscape of the world over. Join the adventure by checking out the egalley here.
Shadow War by Sean McFate and Bret Witter: McFate, a former high-level covert operative, is the real deal and it shows on every page. Tom Locke, an elite warrior part of one of the world's most successful private military contractors, finds himself in the middle of a geopolitical chess match featuring his enigmatic boss and a rescue mission in Ukraine that has world-wide repercussions. The egalley is available here.
Predator by Wilbur Smith: This contemporary thriller features former operative and full-time badass Major Hector Cross as he faces down a powerful old enemy and a new emerging threat hell-bent on global domination. Dive into the egalley here.
Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch: In the midst of WWII, a wise-cracking zoologist is sent on a perilous journey to Central Brazil to investigate a diabolical Axis plot involving biological experiments gone awry. The galley is available on Edelweiss here.
For more downloadable egalleys, please check out our catalogs on Edelweiss!
Historical fiction is a perennial favorite among library readers and book clubs alike, and we have some great ones coming out this year. Luckily you can get a head start by downloading the egalleys from Edelweiss, so I hope you enjoy these excellent forthcoming gems!
The Girl from The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor, the bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home: A young woman finds employment as a chambermaid at London’s grandest hotel after WWI and becomes torn between two men, two classes, and everything she knows and everything she dreams of. Download the egalley here.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles: In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women. Download the egalley here.
Lazaretto by Diane McKinney-Whetstone: A provocative, moving story that follows several unforgettable citizens through the struggle of 19th century Philadelphia’s early integration, from the author of the critically acclaimed novels Tumbling, Tempest Rising, Blues Dancing, Leaving Cecil Street, and Trading Dreams at Midnight. Download the egalley here.
You can check out our catalogs on Edelweiss for even more downloadable egalleys here. Enjoy!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is a delightfully hilarious, touching, and steamy debut romantic comedy that I absolutely loved. Start with two completely opposite publishing assistants forced to share an office after a company merger, add a little competition, several misunderstandings, and a steamy kiss in the elevator, and you get the beginnings of funny romantic adventure where two people discover they may not hate each other after all.
But you don't have to just take my word for it. In addition to all the in-house praise it's received, Booklist loved it, too! They gave it a starred review and have made that review their Review of the Day! You can read the whole review here.
And you can get a jump start reading the book itself by downloading the egalley from Edelweiss! But I warn you, once you start reading, you won't be able to stop until you've experienced every laugh, sigh, and tender moment it has to offer.