The Books We Can't Wait For!

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

For the last few months, we've been looking forward to upgrading the software system at our store.  Now that those upgrades are completed (yay!), we can look forward to other new books!  We asked our staff members what new reads they're most excited to see hit the shelves.  It's quite a list!

Pre-order your favorites now to get them as soon as they're released.  As always, Brilliant Books Members save 20% on pre-ordered titles!

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By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596439368
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Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series, offers readers a creepy, compelling first installment to a new graphic novel series in which one girl braves hellish danger to provide for her mute younger sister. Sara

No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316341172
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Published: Hachette Books - March 21st, 2017

No One Cares About Crazy People pulls its stark and horribly accurate title from an email exchange between high-level staffers in Scott Walker's 2010 campaign for Wisconsin governor.  Ron Powers balances the history of mental illness and the care (and criminal lack thereof) of the mentally ill in the U.S. with the tragic story of his two sons, both stricken with schizophrenia.  It's extremely well-written, heart wrenching, and, finally, critical.  Christopher

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ISBN: 9780451497925
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Published: Hogarth Press - May 30th, 2017

White Fur could be called Love Story (Erich Segal) for an edgier generation. Rich handsome Yale student meets hardscrabble girl who has unexpected talents, and drama ensues in New Haven and New York City. I'm surprised to be finding a novel with these characters in this setting so intoxicating, which is a testimony to the author's skill. — Sharon

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ISBN: 9780399173721
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Published: Philomel Books - June 6th, 2017

In this first novel from slam poet and viral sensation Lily Myerscheck out her performance of the deeply moving Shrinking Womenreaders are treated to a powerful look at the legacies mothe's leave their daughters, for better or worse. Told entirely in verse, readers meet 15-year old Ivy as she struggles for a sense of control following her parents' divorce. When she begins severely limiting her food intake and obsessively exercising, things quickly spin out of control. Sara

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ISBN: 9781524733155
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 6th, 2017

No announced book release of 2017 fills me with as much anticipation and trepidation as Arundhati Roy's second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her The God of Small Things, published 20 years ago, was so achingly beautiful and perfect that Roy could've continued to rest on her Man Booker Prize laurels while campaigning tirelessly for human rights and environmental causes (her day job). I'm delighted that she's returned to literature although nervous that she'll fall short of her previous achievement. Still, if it's even half as good as her first, it will be among the best novels I'll read this year. —Sharon

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Fen: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

For fans of Neil Gaiman...and weirder stuff.  —Jack

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ISBN: 9781101939499
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Justyce McAllister is a top prep school student and rockstar debate member, but none of that matters when a police offer sees him trying to help his drunk light-skinned girlfriend home. Reeling from the incident, Justyce can no longer discount the racism and prejudice that surrounds him in his mostly-white school and media, so he begins writing letters to Dr. Martin Luther King, searching for guidance. When Justyce and a friend become victims of an unprovoked shooting, which claims his friend's life, the media tries to paint Justyce as the aggressor. Faced with two paths, Justyce must search within himself to move forward. Sara

Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250048943
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 25th, 2017

Incendiary by Michael Cannell tells the story of the both the "Mad Bomber" who wrought a 16-year campaign of terror in New York City and the birth of psychiatric criminal profiling.  Propulsive, gritty, and compelling, Incendiary will appeal to fans of Devil in the White City and other crime procedurals.  Christopher

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ISBN: 9780062443410
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 30th, 2017

In this newest offering from Laurel Snyder (Bigger Than a Bread Box, Seven Stories Up) readers are introduced to Jinny, a young girl who has spent every moment she can remember on a island with eight other children. Periodically a mysterious boat will arrive at the shoreline carrying a new child, signaling the eldest islander to leave the island, never to be heard from again. Until Jinny, the islanders have never questioned the cryptic rules of the island, but when she decides to challenge expectations, sheand life on the islandbegins to change. Sara

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ISBN: 9780399578823
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 4th, 2017

I vowed to never purchase another cookbook because I already own too many, but I expect to break this promise for Tartine All Day. Just one more and it will be my last. Really. —Sharon

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ISBN: 9781101987872
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Published: Ace Books - May 2nd, 2017

Finally in paperback, Ryan's newest fantasy title, Waking Fire, has everything weird fantasy fiction should have; dragons, dark experiments, and high adventure! Jodie

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ISBN: 9781594205613
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Published: Penguin Press - March 14th, 2017

The 90's.  Rich people.  Early email.  Really, REALLY awkward romance.  And a little bit of travel. Jack

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

This will end up shelved in our young adult section, but Pullman's writing is so wonderfully deep and thought provoking it will be a great read for anyone, young and not-so-young alike.  Toni

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ISBN: 9780448493961
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Published: Razorbill - May 16th, 2017

Returning to magical realism, Henry (The Love That Split the World) introduces Jack “June” O’Donnell IV of fictional Five Fingers, Michigan, where coywolves, ghosts, and myth are as real as the generations-old rift between the O’Donnells and the Angerts. When refined Saul Angert returns to town, June begins to question the deeply held convictions and warnings passed down from her father through grand stories of adventure, magic, curses, and betrayal. Henry’s writing is lush and evocative, adding volumes to an already moving premise. Sara

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ISBN: 9780544750333
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 1st, 2017

What hidden horrors lie waiting on the Net, hidden and nurtured by a new age of occult activists? Benjamin Percy knows and is all too willing to share his secrets in this amazing new techno thriller. Jodie

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ISBN: 9781419723032
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Published: Amulet Books - April 4th, 2017

Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, aged 15 are emancipated minors who resourcefully live on their own. When they accept positions as assistants to eccentric scientist, inventor, and engineer Henry “Hank” Witherspoon, their adventures take them to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to assist in judging the Clutterbuck Prize, being awarded for innovative desalination techniques. Upon arriving at the station, they learn that Anna Donatelli, a friend of Hank’s, has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Determined to solve the mystery of her disappearance, the siblings utilize their science smarts and, in the case of Jack, charm and intuition, to uncover which of the colorful station inhabitants wished her harm and where she might be. All of the inventions and devices used and referenced throughout this appealing first installment are based in reality – an index in the final pages offers more information – and the Antarctic setting is well-researched and fully realized. Readers will appreciate Jack’s humor and candor, quickly realizing that, though he isn’t labeled a genius, intelligence takes many forms. Nye and Mone’s fast-paced science packed mystery is a strong first, sure to leave readers demanding another adventure. Sara