Library Reads

LibraryReads List

January 2018

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in January that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Woman in the Window: A Novel, by A.J. Finn
(William Morrow, 9780062678416)

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News from NetGalley

Thank You, Readers

2017 has been one of our most exciting years yet, thanks to dedicated book advocates like you! In the past year on NetGalley, you’ve submitted over 695,000 opinions and reviews. Plus, you’ve connected more than 13,000 social accounts to streamline your review process. Your influence has helped books land in stores, schools, and libraries around the world so that other readers can discover and help books reach their fullest potential.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on our year together on NetGalley. . .

This summer, we made your reviews visible to fellow members to give them the platform they deserve.
With the addition of keywords, you can better describe and categorize books for members.
Plus, you can indicate which reviews you find most helpful.


We also gave UK members their own dedicated site!
On www.netgalley.co.uk, UK members can find books that are most relevant to them while retaining their existing auto-approvals and feedback.


Most recently, we made it easier than ever to share your reviews via your Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. With just one click, you can indicate to publishers where you talk about the books you love.

And we expanded where we talk about books, too: this year we brought you even more content from Bookish.com,
an editorially independent division of NetGalley. Bookish also launched BookishFirst, where avid readers can get a First Look at pre-publication books, write reviews, and win free books.

But 2017 isn’t over just yet! There’s still time to submit your final reviews of 2017 on NetGalley: press the Feedback button to submit your Opinions, leave star ratings, and send your full Reviews to publishers. Then, don’t forget to share them socially!

As we look ahead to 2018, we’re excited to introduce you to even more new features, books, and authors & publishers. Thanks as always for your continued support of NetGalley and dedication to helping books succeed.

Happy holidays!
The NetGalley Team

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How Working With Publishers and Publicists Can Work For You!

by Sarah Miniaci, Smith Publicity

In not-so-ancient history, Amazon was best known as a jungle in South America and the closest thing that existed to an influential book blog was The New York Times Book Review.

Smith Publicity acts as a “publisher” on NetGalley offering the books of our wide-ranging clients to reviewers through NetGalley. We celebrated 20 years in book publicity in 2017, and have seen countless changes in the business of promoting books over that time. But from 1997 to today, one thing has remained constant: the importance of book reviews.

Between the indie publishing boom, the advent of e-books, and the emergence of incredible platforms like NetGalley, there has arguably never been a more interesting and exciting time to be a reader, writer, or publishing industry professional. The so-called ‘gatekeepers’ like The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly certainly haven’t been rendered irrelevant – but they’re no longer the only game in town, either. How do we reach the new generation of bloggers, bookstagrammers, Goodreads influencers and Amazon power reviewers? Through NetGalley, of course!

Whether you’re a journalist, book blogger, librarian, retailer, or someone who simply loves to read and offer your unique perspective on the latest and greatest titles, know that every single request and bit of feedback you remit on NetGalley is as precious as gold to book publicists, authors, and publishers. At Smith Publicity, we couldn’t be more appreciative of and enthusiastic about your passionate, dedicated, and diverse community – and as we enter a new year (and look to expand our auto-approval list!), wanted to share with you all some of our favorite NetGalley community reviewer practices:

Love a book you found on NetGalley? Shout it from the (digital) rooftops!

 For book publicists, there is no better feeling than helping an author get their book into the hands of a reader who deeply connects with their story / ideas / characters / themes / etc. If you love a book you found on NetGalley, please do share your feedback on it within – and outside of! – the NetGalley platform. Cross-posting your review to Amazon, Goodreads, and any other social media platforms or sites you regularly use is extremely valuable – and sure to put you on the “Nice” list of any publisher whose books you’ve requested.

To review or not to review? That is the question…

While of course we book publicists (and the authors and publishers we represent) would love a steady stream of glowing, 5-star reviews for each and every book we’re working on, we’re also realistic – and sincerely grateful for any title feedback at all so long as it is thoughtful, cleanly written, and fundamentally respectful. If you’re in doubt as to whether or not you should post your feedback on a title that perhaps you weren’t over the moon about, never hesitate to write to us directly. We love hearing from you, and are always happy to hear diverse opinions!

 Mark your calendar and give your favorite authors a little gift on their “book birthday”

Anytime, anywhere, any way – we absolutely love getting new reviews in, and don’t tend to be particularly fussy about when, where, or how they happen (unless otherwise noted by way of an embargo, of course). If you want to go the extra mile, however, do pay attention to the “book birthday” – otherwise known as publication date! – and, if it’s not too much trouble, try to either review the book by that date, or give your previously remitted review a little “boost” by promoting it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon — or even by mentioning it to your local library or bookshop! Tip for those Type A’s among us: some of our NetGalley BFFs even mark their calendars with the book birthday right when they get approval notification.

DNF? File issues? Other questions, issues, or requests? Get in touch!

We are always, always but a brief email away – and not to sound too much like a broken record, but we truly do love hearing from you! If ever you have questions about a title, predict that you’re not going to be able to finish a book you started, or have any other questions or requests whatsoever, please, don’t hesitate to write to us. We know we speak for every single publisher, author, and other industry professional on NetGalley when we say that getting to engage with other passionate readers is one of the very best parts of the job, and that you are so, so important to this wonderful industry of ours. In the case of file issues, always reach out to NetGalley support to help you troubleshoot the problem and they will work with us to improve the file or formats available whenever needed.

We know your TBR piles are mammoth, we’re readers too – we get it! You’re not going to be able to review every book you download and not every book is going to be a fit. But please be aware that when you download a book, it does open a relationship with the publicist and author behind that book. Seeing a download sets certain expectations. We start checking in often because we’re excited about your feedback. If you don’t think you’ll get to a book, just let us know. If you don’t have time for a full review – consider leaving a star rating on NetGalley, Goodreads and Amazon. It only takes a couple minutes and is getting even easier with NetGalley’s new “share” buttons.

Tell us – what do you wish publishers and publicists knew about how YOU use NetGalley? Tell us on social media @smithpublicity.

 

Need more recommendations for your TBR list?
Be sure to check out Smith Publicity’s upcoming titles & wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary!

 

 

 

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15 Literary Gifts for Your Favorite Bookworm

Originally published on Bookish.com, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

Admittedly, buying for an avid reader can be a tough task. Unless you stalk their Goodreads profile, it’s hard to know which books, authors, and genres they’ll enjoy. This is why we’ve put together a list of literary items that are sure to please your favorite bookworm (or, let’s be real, yourself).

This shirt is perfect for Hamilton-obsessed readers who are always scammin’ for every book they can get their hands on.

This scratch-off chart is excellent for bookworms who never met a reading challenge they didn’t like.

Can’t make it to the Great Hall for the Christmas feast? Never fear, you can still have a magical dinner experience with this gorgeous Hogwarts-themed dining set—complete with one place setting for each house. The added fun is sorting your guests as you tell them where to sit.

These canvas shoes are just the thing you need for taking a long and contemplative stroll through the countryside as you avoid your family’s prodding questions about your dating life.

Get these understated earrings for the most quotable person in your life.

Bring the library home with these colorful and cute library card throw pillows.

Your reader can show off their bookish pride with this carry-all pouch.

This is our favorite gift for little readers this season! Moonlite uses your phone’s flashlight to project stories onto the wall or ceiling, while a connected app provides readers with the story’s text and sound effects. Snuggle up with Moonlite and make bedtime magical.

Relive the opening passage of A Moveable Feast with this elegant kitchen towel.

This gift is cozy, literary, and stylish. What more could you ask for?

Embrace your inner free-thinking rebel with this 1984-inspired sweatshirt.

This glass is just our type.

This necklace features one of our favorite Louisa May Alcott quotes.

Have you ever loved a book so much that you wish you could bring it with you everywhere? With this tee from Litographs, we never have to part with Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper.

Made from the recycled pages of a 1999 Harry Potter book, these earrings make for a magical gift.

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Book

Cover Love

We’ve rounded up covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Let me Lie by Clare Mackintosh!

Click on each cover to read the full description, request (or wish for) the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends & followers.

Tell us in the comments below which covers you’re loving right now &
they could be included in next month’s edition!

Plus, don’t forget to check out Bookish’s Best Book Covers of 2017!

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IndieNext

Indie Next List

January edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the January Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

Additional Indie Next titles:

The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn
(William Morrow, 9780062678416)

Neon in Daylight: A Novel by Hermione Hoby
(Catapult, 9781936787753)

The Job of the Wasp: A Novel by Colin Winnette
(Soft Skull Press, 9781593766801)

The Afterlives: A Novel  by Thomas Pierce
(Riverhead Books, 9781594632532)

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera (Indies Introduce)
(Seven Stories Press, 9781609807979)

This Could Hurt: A Novel by Jillian Medoff
(Harper, 9780062660763)

Beneath the Mountain: A Novel by Luca D’Andrea
(Harper Paperbacks, 9780062680174)

Heart Spring Mountain: A Novel by Robin MacArthur
(Ecco, 9780062444424)

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Totally Bookish: 20 Tote Bags for Every Bookworm

Originally published on Bookish.com, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

We believe you can never have too many books or bags to carry them in. So we pulled together some of this season’s most bookish tote bags for you to gift to your favorite book lover or keep for yourself to help you carry your anticipated holiday haul of new books.

We wish you a Meowy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May Delilah Bard’s words inspire you to make each day an adventure.

We all know Jane is cool AF and with this tote, you can be too.

We can’t even deal with this pun.

Dumbledore’s Army wants you… to carry this tote!

We can’t quit this bag!

Every day should be a bookish adventure.

Wear your heart on your bag.

Follow the road less traveled with this tote upon your arm.

We will probably even read two tons.

Keep your favorite book in this tote and you never have to stop reading.

Even George Orwell faced rejection. Let this tote remind you to try and try again.

You’ll be both happy and dignified when you tote this tote.

Make sure you bring this bag with you when you follow Alice down the rabbit hole.

Dare to be dangerous.

We won’t tell anyone where you’re hiding.

Cat got your tongue?

This tote is perfect for the reader who wants to take a bit of Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR world everywhere.

Let your nerd flag fly!

We know the feeling, Jane.

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Cozy Mysteries for Cold Weather

Brought to you by Berkley Publishing Group – official sponsor of Cozy Mystery Week

With the holidays upon us, there’s nothing better than curling up and getting cozy with a good book. Whether it’s solving crime with your favorite furry sidekick, making sure your best friends get their happily ever after, or proving your own innocence after being wrongfully convicted—these books have a little something for everyone.

“Let us now praise the cozy mystery, so comforting on dark days, so warming on chilly nights—the literary equivalent of a cat.”—The New York Times Book Review on Miranda James’ Twelve Angry Librarians

                                       

                                        

                                        

                                        

Need more recommendations for your TBR list? Be sure to check out other upcoming titles from Berkley!

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Library Reads

LibraryReads List

Favorite of Favorites 2017

LibraryReads has announced their 2017 Favorites of Favorites list that librarians across the country loved. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

News of the World: A Novel, by Paulette Jiles
(William Morrow, 9780062409201)

Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
(Harper, 9780062645227)

The Dry, by Jane Harper
(Flatiron Books, 9781250105608)

Beartown: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, 9781501160769)

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Dawn Tripp on Gender Bias, Strength, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lasting Legacy

Originally published on Bookish.com, an editorially independent division of NetGalley.

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most remarkable artists in American history, but few know the intimate details of the woman behind the abstract masterpieces. In Georgia, author Dawn Tripp brings readers into O’Keeffe’s life and reveals the strength, ferocity, and drive this artist possessed. Earlier this year, Bookish editor Kelly Gallucci caught up with Tripp at the Newburyport Literary Festival to talk about the process of novelizing a true story, the importance of voice, and O’Keeffe’s legacy.

Bookish: In most novels, the author creates the events, the timeline, the plot points. When you’re capturing a real person’s life, however, those elements are dictated to you. Was it a challenge to work within the confines of a life already lived?

Dawn Tripp: It was a challenge because I felt very strongly that although this would be a novel, although it’d be written from O’Keeffe’s point of view, I wanted to stay as close as I could stay to the facts. I wanted to be able to explain or defend every choice that I had made in terms of what she said and what she imagined, and I wanted to be able to trace all of those pieces back to some element in the historical record. That wasn’t necessarily part of my original vision for the novel. But the more I moved into her story, the more deeply I began to understand the gender bias that she had faced and the gender politics she had to work through in order to define herself, her art, and her artistic vision on her own terms. It became more necessary and vital to me to be as true as I could be to what had transpired, to be as true as I could be to her story. My goal in writing this novel was really to bring more people to her remarkable life and her art.

Bookish: How did you go about crafting Georgia O’Keeffe’s voice in the novel? How did you decide which elements of recordings, letters, and memoirs were her authentic inner voice?

DT: I feel that voice—like artistic vision, like self, like the truth of who are are, what we want, what we come from, and where we’re going—is an evolution. We sometimes imagine that there’s one voice. If you go back through O’Keeffe’s letters you’d find that in one week she’d write a letter to Alfred Stieglitz and another to someone else and in those letters there are little tiny discrepancies. The are differences, sort of gradations, in those letters. She wrote two memoirs and the voice of those memoirs is so radically different from the voice in her letters from when she was younger. That was fascinating to me because we do imagine that voice is singular, but it’s kaleidoscopic, it’s multifaceted, and it’s continually changing according to where we are in our lives, what we’re opening to, what we’re closed to, and what we’re working to express.

As both a reader and a writer, I feel that voice is the most important element of a novel. It’s not something that I choose intellectually or analytically. Voice is instinctive; it’s visceral. Finding the voice is an excavation, not a constructed process. I spent an inordinate amount of time soaked in O’Keeffe’s words, historical anecdotes, and interview transcripts that she did in the 1920s. The voice came out of immersing myself in all of those different elements.

Bookish: You’ve said how the letters you read were “at odds with” the image you had in your head of who O’Keeffe was. What surprised you about her?

DT: Going in I knew that she was an incredibly strong woman. She made bold and innovative choices in her art and in her life. But she also understood that strength was about being open to the full range of human emotions and experience. During those years that she lived with Stieglitz, 1916 to 1933, I feel like she really opened to all of those complex dimensions of what it means to be a human being, a woman, and an artist. Her letters reflect vulnerability, anger, desperation, depression, elation, and hunger. I love all of those dimensions of her. That kaleidoscopic self is what it means to be strong. Like with voice, we imagine strength as just one thing: You’re either strong or you’re weak. I think that true strength transcends that binary.

Bookish: O’Keeffe believed she had lost her sense of self, and she reclaimed it in New Mexico. What about New Mexico did she connect with so strongly?

DT: We don’t think of O’Keeffe as a woman who would lose her sense of self. We think of strength being something intact and impenetrable, and strength is just much more complex. In my novel I describe how the instant she stepped off the train in New Mexico she felt that sense of her soul flaring off in all directions. What she discovered there, it wasn’t just the colors or the landscape or the light, it was also that sense of distance and vastness that’s really unique to that particular place. There is something transcendent about being in the middle of that expanse and I’d often wondered if it was almost like a sense of recognition when she met that place. As if she was meeting a place that was vast enough to hold that ferocity that she was.

Bookish: Was there any detail of O’Keeffe’s life that you decided to intentionally omit?

DT: There was an incident, and it still kind of haunts me, that took place shortly after she had been hospitalized for her breakdown. Her younger sister had a show in New York, and O’Keeffe wrote her an absolutely brutally, scathing letter. And her sister never painted again. In her life, there were things that O’Keeffe did or said that were so irretrievable. And I wanted to allude to that. There is a scene in the novel where her great niece says, “How do you do, Aunt Georgia?” and O’Keeffe slaps her across the face and says, “Don’t ever call me Aunt.” And that’s part of the historical record. But that was the only one of those moments that I felt like I could seam into the book in a way that I wasn’t going to upset the whole balance. Those instances didn’t happen all of the time, but when they happened they were so stunningly heartless and heartbreaking at the same time. I couldn’t quite grasp how to integrate the immensity of that and still not lose the driving force of the story. Moments like that demand a level of weight and attention that felt like a gravitational pull, moving the story too far away from the trajectory. The thing about fiction is that it can capture real life, but it has to feel as true or more true in order to be alive on the page.

Bookish: You’ve said that you believe fiction can capture truths that nonfiction can’t. What is one of the truths that you hoped to capture about O’Keeffe in this book?

DT: The most leveling understanding was that the years 1916 to 1933 were a crucible for her. Those were the years when her art was discovered, when she fell in love, craved a child, and nearly lost what mattered to her most. She made unthinkable sacrifices in her life and in her marriage, and she was also making key innovations and bold choices in her art. Those years forged her greatness. They took the strength and willfulness that young O’Keeffe had brought to New York and forged it into something more enduring. But as an older woman she didn’t want to talk about that time. She wanted to distance herself from it. I was working to reconcile the older O’Keeffe that we know with the younger O’Keeffe to find those strands of ferocity in both and how that kind of fierceness had changed.

Bookish: Your son is a very talented artist. Did watching him hone his skills give you any insight into capturing the mind of an artist on the page?

DT: It’s interesting you ask me that. I did go into my boys’ art room and play around with all of his different paints that he had in there. I also watch him work sometimes, and I would notice the way he would work and rework and rework a sketch until he had the composition right. That gave me insight into the way a visual artist would approach that blank page. In order to bring those scenes to life, I had to find points of connection and points of disconnect in the process of a visual artist and my process as a writer. As a writer, you’re always using words and language, which have an analytic dimension. But the best work you do is often when you’re completely open to the voice and the life of the work.

Bookish: Do you have a favorite story or tidbit that you learned about O’Keeffe when researching this book?

DT: My favorite tidbit about O’Keeffe is in the novel. It’s a scene towards the end when she’s tracing her nephew’s face when she’s lost her sight. For me, that was a really critical moment. A number of the biographies I read described an exchange O’Keeffe had with her manager Doris Bry that took place in the early ’70s when O’Keeffe was beginning to lose her vision. She called it holes in her seeing. They were planning a massive retrospective and looking at those early abstractions that she had done and hasn’t seen for decades. And O’Keeffe said, “We don’t have to have the show because I never did better.” I remember reading that and thinking, I don’t know if I can write this book if that’s where we end. Then I read an early biography written by Roxana Robinson that was done in cooperation with O’Keeffe’s family three years after O’Keeffe died. And Robinson described a visit from her great nephew. They spent a day together, and when he’s getting ready to leave O’Keeffe brought him over to the light, but she couldn’t see his face, so she traced it with her hands. I wanted to put myself right into that moment. What was she coming to terms with? That scene, for me, that moment of incredible human connection became the scene I knew I would be writing towards.

Bookish: O’Keeffe assumed, at first, that the intent of her work would be clearly interpreted, and instead her art became linked with her gender. Have you ever had that experience as an author, where your intentions were misinterpreted?

DT: I think that when you are a woman, you are almost always classified as a female writer, or female artist, female CFO, female CEO, etc. with few exceptions. There are subtle assumptions made about your opinion, the value of your opinion, and the weight of your work because you are female. This is not unique to art or publishing. It’s an embedded part of the sexism in our American culture. There’s implicit bias around gender, and we don’t have to look far to see it. It’s something we need to examine, and redress. The older I get, the clearer that is for me. I work to call out implicit bias when I see it, or experience it, and I believe it’s important to do that.

Bookish: This book was inspired by the fact that O’Keeffe never received recognition for her work in abstract art. Have you seen that change at all since publication? Do you think it ever will?

DT: There are still people who have an understanding of O’Keeffe only as the person who painted those sexualized flowers, but she’s so much more. O’Keeffe scholars understand that the body of her work is what is so profound. What’s underappreciated about O’Keeffe is not any given work but the force, range, and scope in what she was doing in art.

In the summer of 2016, the first major retrospective of O’Keeffe’s work went up at the Tate museum in the U.K. The first! A hundred years after she was first exhibited in New York. The goal of the exhibit was to reassess her place in the canon of art. There were periods of criticism through the 20th century where she was denigrated and dismissed as not having the level of importance and influence that she really had. The thing that I found so meaningful about the Tate show is that it reassess her influence on generations of artists, and that matters.

Bookish: Is there anything you learned from O’Keeffe that you hope to incorporate into your own life?

DT: Usually when I’m finished with a novel I’m done. I don’t think about the characters; I’m just done. I haven’t felt that with this book. Not that I’d go back into it or write about her story again, but I feel like the work of spending time in her life and really exploring and translating the challenges that she faced has been such an inspiration for me in my own life. We sometimes imagine that bold choices are what we make in our 20s or early 30s. The thing that I love so much about O’Keeffe and the thing that is still continuing to impact my life, my psyche, my choices as an artist and as a person, is how critical it is to make bold choices throughout your life, to keep making bold choices. I learned how to surf when I was 44 because of O’Keeffe. I learned how to skateboard when I was 46. There’s no such thing as now or never. It’s just now.

Dawn Tripp’s fourth novel Georgia is a national bestseller and was a finalist for the 2016 New England Book Award and winner of the 2017 Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art In Literature. Tripp is the author of three previous novels: Game of SecretsMoon Tide, and The Season of Open Water, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction. Her essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and NPR, among other publications. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her family.

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