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From the Editor
I'm Still Shaking Sand from the Pages
Talk about whiplash! On July 1, I was working the floor during ALA's Annual Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, my voice hoarse from an evening spent celebrating the finalists and winners of the second-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. It had been a wonderfully exhausting conference, and I especially enjoyed the excitement generated by our in-booth interviews of award-winning authors and audiobook narrators. Twenty-four hours later, I had my toes in the sand on an Oregon beach, a book open on my knees—the perfect way to crash-start five days of rest and recovery.
It wasn't all relaxation, sadly: I was still reading a book for review. But in "Great Reads: YA Sizzlers for Summer," Books for Youth Associate Editor Ann Kelley has a homework-free recipe for reading on sandy days. And, whether you're making lists for personal reading or getting a head start on fall acquisitions, you'll find plenty of forthcoming books by high-demand authors below. And, for those of you who have trouble loosening your ties, even in July, our annual Spotlight on Business has the world of work and finance buttoned up.
Carnegie Medals for Excellence
Richard Ford and Timothy Egan Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
By Bill Ott
Last night, at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, Richard Ford and Timothy Egan were awarded the second annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.
The Booklist Carnegie Medal Interview: Richard Ford
By Donna Seaman
Richard Ford was glad to take a break when Booklist reached him at his home on the coast of Maine, where he was outside in the heat refinishing metal patio furniture. We were eager to speak with Ford about his magnificent novel Canada, winner of the 2013 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
The Booklist Carnegie Medal Interview: Timothy Egan
By Brad Hooper
Booklist was pleased to have a warm, illuminating conversation with Timothy Egan upon his winning the Carnegie Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for his absorbing biography of photographer Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.
By Jo Nesbø
When Nesbø's Harry Hole novels began appearing in the U.S., the Oslo police detective was well into his spiral of alcoholic self-destruction. With the recent appearance of earlier books in the series (The Redeemer, 2013), fans have been able to catch up on the backstory that put Harry in such a bad way.
Bones of the Lost
By Kathy Reichs
As usual, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is juggling several cases, including some mummified dog remains that could lead to a human-trafficking ring and a murdered teenage girl who was, mysteriously, carrying the ID of a prominent businessman who died five months earlier.
By Stephen White
This is the twentieth and final Alan Gregory mystery. It opens soon after the end of Line of Fire (2012) and finds the Colorado psychologist's life in disarray: his wife, Lauren, was seriously wounded in an attempt on her life; his practice is shrinking, adversely affected by the publicity surrounding recent events; and someone has surfaced with key evidence in an old case that could put Alan and his friend, police detective Sam Purdy, behind bars.
By Jonathan Lethem
Lethem extends his stylistically diverse, loosely aligned, deeply inquiring saga of New York City (Motherless Brooklyn, 1999; The Fortress of Solitude, 2003; Chronic City, 2009) with a richly saturated, multigenerational novel about a fractured family of dissidents headquartered in Queens.
By Chuck Palahniuk
Damned (2011) introduced us to 13-year-old Madison Spencer, newly arrived in Hell after her death; as she tried to figure out what exactly happened to her, she took us on an exciting and often very funny tour of Hell. Now, in the sequel, Madison is back on Earth, stranded there on Halloween, facing the prospect of spending an entire year as (shudder) a ghost among the living.
The English Girl
By Daniel Silva
The psychology of kidnapping and blackmail forms the core of Silva's sixteenth spy story, an extended, scary chess game between two opponents, with the fates of both a young woman and the British government at stake.
The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman
By Sena Jeter Naslund
In a lively and pointed variation on James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, popular and conceptually adventurous Naslund (Adam & Eve, 2010) portrays two women artists in a novel-within-a-novel.
How the Light Gets In
By Louise Penny
When we last saw Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec, he was solving the murder of a cloistered monk (The Beautiful Mystery, 2012). No problem there, but in the process, his relationship with his deputy, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, imploded, leaving Jean-Guy back on prescription drugs and in league with Gamache's enemies within the police force.
By Allan Gurganus
Gurganus revisits the North Carolina town of Falls, where he situated his roundly applauded first novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989). His return to Falls is manifested in three novellas. Gurganus has never been a modest stylist.
By Jhumpa Lahiri
The clever Mitra brothers are inseparable even though Subhash is serious, cautious, and reliable, while Udayan is brash, impassioned, and rebellious.
By Diane Chamberlain
Employing accessible characters and compelling language, Chamberlain deeply mines the appalling, little-known history of North Carolina's Eugenics Sterilization Program, in effect from 1929 to 1975.
By Alice McDermott
"Who is going to love me?" Marie asks her older brother, Gabe, after her heart is broken. "Someone," he replies. How humble this pronoun is, and what a provocative title it makes.
By Ivan Doig
Not only does Doig continually sing the praises of libraries and books in personal appearances, he writes about them, too. This is his third historical novel featuring Morrie Morgan, con man turned librarian (How often does one get to use that phrase?) and now crusading journalist.
Who Asked You?
By Terry McMillan
Transplanted from New Orleans in her youth, Betty Jean (BJ) is now a middle-aged, well-established Angeleno, living in a racially diverse, working-class neighborhood with her share of heartaches and hardships.
Books for Youth
By T. A. Barron
Promi lives by his wits as a knife-wielding thief in the City of Great Powers, caring only about himself. A chance involvement with a young girl named Atlanta involves him in the conflict between grasping evil priest Grukarr and the young girl, who is defending the last natural magic in the land of Ellegandia.
By Meg Cabot
While the souls of the dead stack up in the Underworld for want of a boat to take them to their final destinations, 17-year-old Pierce and her boyfriend, John, Lord of the Underworld, find themselves Earth-side in the middle of a hurricane, in a fight to defeat a corrupt developer whose son is possessed by Thanatos, the Greek personification of Death.
By Michael Grant
In the not-too-distant future, war can be waged at the cellular level, and the BZRK biots (genetically engineered extensions of humans) battle Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation (AFGC) nanotechnology for control of the country and the fate of humanity.
Fortunately, the Milk
By Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
A little boy and his little sister awake one morning, milkless. Their mother is away on business, their father is buried in the paper, and their Toastios are dry. What are young siblings to do? They impress upon their father that his tea is also without milk and sit back to watch their plan take effect.
Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection
By Megan McCafferty
Jessica Darling, who first appeared as a high-schooler in Sloppy Firsts (2001), is back in this prequel series opener that sees her poised for the first day of seventh grade. And is she freaking out about starting Pineville Junior High? Of course.
By Ellen Hopkins
In her poetic sequel to Burned (2006), Hopkins pays homage to the old adage "The truth shall set you free." In haunting memories, Pattyn and younger sister Jackie return to the horrifying scene of their father's murder: Caleb's rape of Jackie, their father's discovery of the crime and his brutal beating of his violated daughter, and Pattyn's gunpoint threat.
"When Did You See Her Last?"
By Lemony Snicket
In book 2 of the All the Wrong Questions series, we find young Lemony still in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, still in the company of mentor S. Theodora Markson, but with a new mystery to solve: Where is Miss Cleo Knight? And what is the secret project on which she has been working?
The Year of Billy Miller
By Kevin Henkes
Billy Miller is starting second grade, and though his teacher, Mrs. Silver, tells the class it is the Year of the Rabbit, Billy's father tells him it will be the Year of Billy Miller. Billy isn't sure. He's even more worried when he gets off on the wrong foot his first day, but as the months go on, Billy begins to shine.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown
By Paolo Bacigalupi
Printz-winning Bacigalupi writing a middle-grade zombie novel? Yes, it really happened, and yes, it's pretty darn good. Milrow Meats, the meat-packing plant in Delbe, Iowa, is up to something.
Spotlight on Business
Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty
By Jerry Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer's eleventh biography chronicles five generations of the Johnson dynasty, from the three brothers who founded the world's largest health-care business in 1888 through the subsequent members of the Lucky Sperm Club, heirs and heiresses who benefited financially from the family name while having little or nothing to do with running the company.
Top 10 Business Books: 2013
By Brad Hooper
The economy surrounds us like a fog. Whether or not you really understand the theories and mechanics of what makes the economy work, it's a part of all of our lives: death and taxes and the economy.
The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success
By Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack
Brafman and Pollack, organizational and leadership experts, respectively, explain their thesis on the need for "contained chaos" in our personal and work lives so that new and creative ideas can emerge "out of nowhere."
Core Collection: 10 Classic Books on Economics That All Libraries Should Own
By Brad Hopoper
Frightened readers may run from economics like hikers running from a venomous snake. Staying close to the snake to learn its ways makes sense only if you are a herpetologist, but cozying up to economics actually can make sense for all of us.
Smart Tribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together
By Christine Comaford
Impressively, Rules for Renegades (2007) author and consultant Comaford creates a concrete plan for corporate change (and growth and performance) without mentioning the actual word change.
At Leisure with Joyce Saricks
By Joyce Saricks
Business was my first selection area as a new reference librarian in 1977. Boring, really boring, for this English, German, and comp-lit person. By 1983, I had my own department and all fiction and the 800s as my purview. Life was good.
By Shawn Achor
There have been many books published on happiness, an elusive goal for many of us. And there will be many more added to shelves after Achor's second book (the first being The Happiness Advantage, 2010). Yet, truly, there was no primer on how to factually, practically achieve "positive genius" until this former Harvard researcher zeroed in.