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Pub Date 13 Jan 2017 | Archive Date 26 Jan 2018

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The tenth edition of Buzz Books captures the excitement of Winter Institute and takes it much further: start off a year of new reading discoveries  excerpts from 40 talked about Buzz Books due to be published in the months ahead. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!

Be among the first to get a taste of new fiction from major bestselling authors including Dennis Lehane, Nora Roberts, The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion, Karen Dionne, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You author Courtney Maum’s anticipated follow-up, and Don Winslow’s latest thriller.

The new Buzz Books shines a light on 15 promising debuts. Memoirist (Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight) Alexandra Fuller’s first fiction joins Laurel Davis Huber’s fictionalized account of The Velveteen Rabbit’s author. Literary reimaginings include Sarah Schmidt looking through the eyes of Lizzie Borden’s troubled sister and Sarah Shoemaker writing from the vantage point of Charlotte Bronte’s Mr. Rochester. Award-winning journalist Omar El Akaad describes the “second” American Civil War in a novel set in 2074. Other debuts span an inspiring range, from dystopian to utopian, from a Norse trilogy about Norway’s first king to a scattered family from Palestine.

Among our always fascinating nonfiction, novelist Richard Ford remembers his parents in a memoir; Roxane Gay’s long-awaited Hunger follows her bestselling Bad Feminist; and Kate Moore’s Radium Girls is an expose of pioneering working women, who were poisoned by radium paint in the 1920s.

Start reading the bestsellers and big discoveries of tomorrow right now, and then share the bounty: anyone can download this free edition of Buzz Books at all major ebookstores or at buzz.publishersmarketplace.com. For still more pre-publication samples, check out Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer, also available now, for excerpts from the some of the best of publishing’s hottest genre.

The tenth edition of Buzz Books captures the excitement of Winter Institute and takes it much further: start off a year of new reading discoveries  excerpts from 40 talked about Buzz Books due to be...


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A great collection of excerpts from upcoming 2017 Spring/Summer releases.

It's divided into three categories: Fiction, Debut Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each book section includes a cover or author photo, a book summary, a lengthy excerpt, a short author bio, important publication details, as well as links to the book on Netgalley when available. Buzz Books made it so easy to figure out what books to add to my list. The excerpts are long enough to give a good sense of writing style. There are many books I'm not adding to my list, but it's nice to be aware of them so I can recommend them to people who'd be interested.

The main reason I wanted to read this collection is because of the excerpt from American War by Omar Al Akkad. I was already looking forward to this book’s release and now I’m even more anxious to read it. I love how the author seamlessly slipped into the minds of different characters!

I’m also excited about many of the non-fiction releases:
Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on my Dementia by Gerda Saunders (At the top of my must-read list now!)
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

I recommend Buzz Books for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on upcoming releases.

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I can't wait to read the full books for these titles. A wonderful buzz books edition!

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Great! Now I have another list of books to request, YAY!

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I love getting this book and reading advance previews of novels that have not even appeared on NetGalley! Always 5 stars! Great reads.

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I absolutely love when these come out. I always find so many books I can't wait to read.

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Thanks for putting this together, really helpful. Helps me plan what I need to buy in for out store.

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Oh my gosh! So many awesome books coming out! Thanks to Buzz Books I requested way too many. The ones I didn't or couldn't request I wrote down to look for later. I look being exposed to books I wouldn't normally check out. It's so cool that you can read a portion of the book to see how you are going to like the writing before you request it.

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I cannot wait to start requesting!! Some with interesting new work; new authors of interest!

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So many fantastic selections!! I am excited to dive into the full length books!!

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OMG what great books included in this sampler. I requested a few and I can not wait to read them!

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Can't wait to read a lot of these books! Sound awesome

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Another really interesting catalog of upcoming books. Really helps with picking what to read for the upcoming months!

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Lots of great books to look forward to this spring/summer. Thanks Buzz Books for the heads up, excerpts, and NetGalley links.

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Excellent selections. I LOVE these excerpts from Buzz Books although my TBR definitely doesn't. Wonderful way to get a look at what's releasing this year!
Most looking forward to reading Mr. Rochester, The Women in the Castle, See What I have Done and The Marsh King's Daughter.

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I look forward to each and every one of these - always a go-to way of getting an inside look at hot, upcoming releases

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This Buzz Book is filled to the brim with excerpts that I am really excited to read. I am adding several of the titles featured to my TBR and plan to feature others on my blog.

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I've said it before and I will say it again I love buzz books and always read it as soon as it is available . I find books that I have overlooked requesting every time . The excerpts give a taste of the author's writing style. I suggest everyone read these because you may miss out on your next favorite book

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Excellent preview of forthcoming book releases. I welcome the opportunity to read a preview to inform future choices.

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Spring and Summer 2017 is going to be an amazing season of books that will be coming out. I can't wait to pick up a majority of these titles to read either by the pool or on vacation. So many great titles that I didn't know about and a few hidden gems. I love being able to get a sneak peek at the upcoming titles and there was many I didn't know about as well and many I was shocked that I actually end up liking. This is the perfect sampler to read because as a reader/blogger I need to know what is new and exciting and all these titles are just that.

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I cannot wait to read some of these books! So many that I hope to buy, especially Memory's Last Breath (Gerda Saunders). My late mother had dementia (Alzheimer's) and can relate already to this book. Shoplifting for starters was a huge problem, especially around sweets!

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The Buzz Books samplers simplify my life as a book blogger: I get a chance to sample lots of appealing new titles before I decide which books to request. Thanks for making this available.

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Thanks to Publishers Lunch and Netgalley for an eARC of this book.
This book with excerpts, rather than just a brief summary, from books to be released this spring/summer is a wonder! It so helps in deciding which books to pursue and purchase for my store. Thank you. There are some really interesting books.

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Another winner I love these, great for exposing me to reads I wouldnt have known.

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Contained some amazing books, really enjoyed reading all the previews. Loved it!

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I always look forward to Buzz Books and this edition is no exception. There are so many great books coming out that my pen ran out while writing them all down! I'd love for some links to work for Australians too one day.

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Thank you for the compilation of previews. I look forward to unearthing interesting books to suggest to my readers.

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I look forward to the release of these books so I can read the excerpts for many of the books that are going to be released. This one is by far my favorite! I have a very long list of books that I want to read now thanks to this wonderful book of samples! I highly recommend this book!

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I can't say enough good things about these opportunities to see what's new and have the chance to request immediately. I look at NetGally daily but this gives me a chance to find some that I may have missed !

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Very informative. I love having the descriptions for all the newest books in one place

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Excited to learn about the best new books of 2017! Thanks

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Really awesome compilation of the new books coming out. Great summaries and a lovely way to work out which book to get next!

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I really liked the selections in the Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer. There are a lot of interesting reads, organized by Fiction, Debut Fiction, and Nonfiction, that I can't wait to add to my ever-growing to-read list. I also really like the inclusion of excerpts so the reader is able to get a taste of what is to come!

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This is SUCH a helpful tool for librarians! Especially helpful since Midwinter is coming up - let's me know what to keep an eye out for.

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A great look at future books, I found one or two I might request.

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This was one of the best informing and detailed list of books to be published in 2017 so far. Thank you for supplying this information to bloggers like me it is indeed very useful.

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Fantastic mixture of different genres and authors and writing styles!
Great lengths of samples to get a feel for the story without there being too much or too little of it to really see if it is something worth picking up. Just enough to get excited about without being too much to get crazy waiting for it!

As always very nicely done!

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Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer is yet another gift for those of us who read and write about it. The book is an incredible resource and I thank all those who worked to produce such a great edition.

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Always exciting to see what's coming out and to add to that TBR list - there's usually something unexpected where the blurb doesn't call to me but the writing style grabs immediately so fabulous to get decent extracts as tasters.

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Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer: Exclusive Excerpts from 40 Top New Titles, By Publishers Lunch

Buzz Books 2017 is an amazing menu of the new books that will be released this spring and summer. Take a look yourself: Publishers Lunch has made this gorgeous list available for free at any major ebookstore or at buzz.publishersmarketplace.com.

It would take weeks for me to synopsize the hundreds of great books listed and excerpted in this Buzz Books for Spring/Summer, so I will focus on a few of the forthcoming books that I am anxious to read and review.

The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne (G.P. Putnam’s Sons). The protagonist, Helena Pelletier, has a great family and a successful business, but all of that is at risk when she learns that her father has escaped from prison. This father abducted and raped her mother when she was a teenager, then kept both mother and child prisoner for many years. With echoes of the Jaycee Dugan story, this novel appears to have much to say.

Soleri, by Michael Johnston (Tor). Michael Johnston promises an elaborate, vast story that is based both on ancient Egyptian history and King Lear, and that involves "a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper secret."

The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel,
by Ben Avery (Adapter), George R. R. Martin (Author), (Bantam). Billed as prequel to The Game of Thrones, this book is sure to be a bestseller.

Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts( St. Martin’s Press). Nora Roberts has written another blockbuster of a stand alone novel. An aunt, long considered dead, suddenly appears at her family's ranch in Montana. Her appearance resurrects old mysteries, and her dark past seems to be the reason murders are being committed.

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple, by Jeff Guinn, (Simon & Schuster). The same author who wrote about Charles Manson now takes on Jim Jones, the man responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, which is still considered the largest murder-suicide in American history. I think this is a book that will challenge what we know about Jim Jones and cults in general.

The Velveteen Daughter: A Novel
by Laurel Davis Huber (She Writes Press). This novel is about Margery Williams Bianco, the author of The Velveteen Rabbit, and her daughter Pamela. Although fictionalized, it is based on a true story.

The Radium Girls: They paid with their lives. Their final fight was for justice, by Kate Moore (Sourcebooks). Although they were assured that radium was safe, many women who thought they were helping America in the WWI effort, lost their health and their lives. This is a story that is long overdue.

I'd Die For You: And Other Lost Stories
by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author), Anne Margaret Daniel (Editor) (Scribner). Apparently, F. Scott Fitzgerald was not finished with society, and these new stories echoing his take on his wife and the social mores of the 1920s and 1930s, just might have a greater impact today than if they were published 80 years ago.

Dragon Teeth: A Novel , by Michael Crichton (Harper). Yes, you read that correctly. A new Michael Crichton novel has been recently discovered and it is being published posthumously. And it is about the Old West in 1876, and "two monomaniacal paleontologists [who] pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars." This novel is sure to spark the interest of the millions of viewers who loved HBO's remake of Crichton's "Westworld."

Fallout: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels), by Sara Paretsky (William Morrow). V.I. Warshawski is back with a new case that will lead her and her dog "from her native Chicago... and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star."

The Painted Queen: A Novel,
by Elizabeth Peters (Author), Joan Hess (Author) (William Morrow)
This is the final book in the wonderful mystery series involving Amelia Peabody and her archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson. In this installment, we travel back to Egypt in 1912, to search for a stolen bust of Queen Nefertiti.

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I have been reading the Buzz Book collection for several years and encourage any readers new to Net Galley to look at them since they provide a very helpful overview of upcoming new books. In addition to lengthy lists of authors and titles organized by publisher at the beginning, this collection features 40 excerpts arranged by genre: fiction (Anthony Horowitz, Nora Roberts, Graeme Simsion and many more on my to-read list); debut fiction (can't wait to meet some soon-to-be favorite authors!) and Nonfiction (including Roxane Gay, Richard Ford, Kate Moore and others).

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What a great way to peek into a great variety of upcoming releases. I so appreciate the Summary, Excerpt, and About the Author notes. Also am finding it easier to read in the e-kindle version than in the bulky, dictionary weight paperback edition.

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A short listing of books expected to be published later in 2017.. Book lists are arranged by debut authors, well-known authors, fiction and nonfiction. I always manage to get a copy of Buzz Books whenever it's available so that I know which books to look for. This edition also included short tidbits of some of the debut authors' books.

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There are some hidden gems here. I have already downloaded a few.

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A lot of good samples from upcoming novels that make one curious. Or sort out what you don't like from the beginning :-)

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Another wonderful selection of upcoming releases! Looking forward to reading several of them. Thank you!

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Great book, can't wait to read some of these books!

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An amazing collections that gives summaries and excerpts about each book! Definitely going to be pre-ordering a bunch of these.

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This is perfect for the reader who has more on their to be read pile than they should. Just enough to give you a taste of the book which you can then ask for more or let it go to another reader. The only problem is that you will want them all.

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Always excited to read these excerpts! I've found some really good books and hope to find more !

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I really like these books that let you know what is coming out within the next 3-6 months or so. I do admit that I haven't read every single selection in its entirety. I do like that they also give a short summary of the book before the excerpt. So you can decide if you might be interested. I tried to read at least part of the excerpt, although there were a few I totally skipped due to the summary. I have added several books to my books that I want to look into reading when they come out. A couple I already requested on NetGalley, but know I may not get approved for. The one I most wanted The Marsh King's Daughter, I was already turned down for, but when it comes out in July or August, I'll start checking the local library and Overdrive. Even if you don't request ARCs through NetGalley or similar services, Edelweiss maybe, it is great to know what is coming and what they are thinking might be the next big, popular reads.

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This is the first Buzz book I've read. It's made me more excited about some books I'd already heard about and wanted to read and opened my eyes to a few more that would never have been on my radar.

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I had never heard of or had read any of the Buzz Books before but was intrigued by the link on the main page of NetGalley and so took a look. I read the young adult one and proceeded to get this one too. I continued to enjoy the formatting and the books on display. One of the best things about being a blogger and a reader are all of the recommendations I receive from sources like NetGalley and Buzz Books. I loved that this installment has offerings of established authors, debut authors, and non-fiction writers. Will continue to read Buzz Books titles in the future.

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I cherish the Buzz Books, whether by season, and now monthly! They always provide an enormous amount of information about upcoming books, including authors we know and love, plus fabulous debut authors to discover. The excerpts provided are a perfect appetizer to whet our palates for the upcoming feast. Makes my mouth water just thinking about all that's on the menu!

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I'm new to these but i must say I've come across some titles i never would have chosen before!

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Great sampler with some of the titles I look forward to the most this season. I enjoyed almost all the excerpts I read, and it gives you an idea about what to expect for the next publication cycle.

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These Buzz Books are really great. I love being able to "dip my toe" into a book that I may not normally pick up. I've never read Nora Roberts, but I'm intrigued now. I've also been interested in Roxane Gay's work.

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Buzz Books are perfect for sampling a chapter or two from a variety of authors' books so you can decide whether to earmark them for future reading. My literary picks:

Fiction: The Marsh King's Daughter (a true crime vibe), Soleri (fantasy), The Women in the Castle (WWII), Ten Dead Comedians (Agatha Christie remake; this was promising, with some hilarious lines)

Debut Fiction: The Half-Drowned King (Norse fantasy); Final Girls (crime fiction); If the Creek Don't Rise (Appalachian life). I almost didn't include the last because it was so depressing, but it was really powerful and I can't stop thinking about it.

Nonfiction: In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire (self-explanatory); Radium Girls (WWI factory expose)

Blurbs can make a book sound great - or not to your taste at all. It's the first chapters that give you a true sense of whether you're going to love a book. Which is the beauty of Buzz Books. Nora Roberts not your style (mine either)? Skip her and move on to the next author. Quite a few offerings in this edition weren't to my taste, but I still found plenty, some completely unexpected, and it didn't cost me a penny. Can't complain about that.

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This is an extremely useful list. I'm not usually a reader of non-fiction because I never know what to read but the extensive list of non-fiction titles on this list looks really interesting. I can't wait to get reading!

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It's always a delight to poke around in a new Buzz Books sampler.

As if the excerpts themselves aren't reason enough to read these samplers, the full lists of forthcoming titles in the front are terrific. It's brilliant to be able to view the promising bounty of the literary season in a single list like this. Many of the listed items are things that were already on my radar screen, but there are always a few surprises that I didn't know were coming: a posthumous F. Scott Fitzgerald collection; new fiction from Maile Meloy!

Among the excerpts, I'm always most interested to read the debut fiction. Lots of intriguing excerpts, but the ones that I most enjoyed were Alexandra Fuller's QUIET UNTIL THE THAW and Omar El Akaad's AMERICAN WAR.

Among the other pieces, I was glad to find Richard Ford's memoir, BETWEEN THEM. He's one of my favorite fiction writers, and it was a treat to read this very personal story of his parents. I look forward to reading the full book very much.

Don Winslow's THE FORCE and Roxane Gay's HUNGER also caught my eye.

I could go on and on, but I'll call it quits there. So much good stuff.

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This is an incredible guide to find new titles that you will love! I loved it and I'm going to want them all! LOL . Highly recommended :)

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Another good rundown of the latest novels with links for getting review copies.My only gripe is there was no review copy link for the Lehane novel.

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Buzz Books is always a great way to preview books are that soon to hit the shelves and make a list of your possible "must-reads." I've got my list ready and will be watching for at least a dozen of titles set to be released this spring and summer.

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I can't stress the importance that this publication has on my blog. It is an invaluable resource as I plan future reviews and posts. Count this as another solid addition to the BuzzBooks collection!

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As always, the Buzz Book gives a great look ahead to what's coming up in Spring and Summer 2017. There is an extensive list at the beginning of the book of anticipated books with their expected publication date, arranged by fiction and non-fiction to help narrow down your search. If the entry has an asterisk next to it, you can find a sample of the book in Buzz Books 2017. Buzz Books highlights both established authors and debut. I was delighted to see a sample of Graeme Simsion's new novel, I'm really looking forward to that one after loving The Rosie Project.

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Wonderful preview! So happy to have a look at what is upcoming.

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Super helpful. Particularly the short synopsis and chapters.

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For those who are not familiar with Buzz Books, they include an excerpt of some of the promising upcoming books scheduled to be published in spring / Summer 2017. The categories include Fiction, Non-Fiction and Debut Fiction. I’ve already added some of these to my list, and some I had read before reading Buzz Books 2017: Spring / Summer.

The ones I’m most excited to read (and didn’t already have or read) include:

Memory’s Last Breath by Gerda Saunders – a true-life Still Alice “unsparing beautifully written

In the Shadow of Alabama by Judy Reene Singer – a woman returns home for her father’s funeral and finds herself drawn into his life history

The Original Ginny Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Ludwig – a 14-year-old teenage girl has just found her “forever home” but still wants, waits for her abusive, drug-addicted mother to kidnap her (sounds a little reminiscent of My Name is Leon)

Goodbye Vitamin: A Novel - Rachel Khong - a daughter returns home to care for her father who has Alzheimer’s, told with insight, humour and tenderness

Others I’m contemplating:

American War: A Novel – Omar El Akkad - a debut novel about a second American Civil War

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne – a fictional story about a prisoner who escapes, and the daughter he went to prison for keeping captive.

Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying “YES” to Living – Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle

He Said, She Said - Erin Kelly

The Answers - Catherine Lacey

Touch - Courtney Maum

For the full list and to read these excerpts - you can download the free edition of this book from all major ebookstores or from buzz.publishersmarketplace.com


Many thanks for the ARC provided by Publisher’s Lunch

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Another wonderful edition of Buzz Books, this time filled with new titles that will be coming out this spring and summer. My favorites of each section would be the following.

# FICTION: The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne // The Answers by Catherine Lacey // Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane // Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips // The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck // The Force by Don Winslow

# DEBUT FICTION: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan // Impossible Views Of The World by Lucy Ives // Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong // Final Girls by Riley Sager

# NON FICTION: Driving Miss Norma by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle // The Radium Girls by Kate Moore // Memory's Last Breath by Gerda Saunders.

Looks like we will be having a lot of great titles to look forward to in the next couple of months!

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This was a great overview of what's coming out this Spring/Summer. There will be several titles I will purchase for my library. Thanks for the preview.

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I always look forward to reading the newest Buzz Books to find upcoming releases by favorite authors and authors I've never read before. Thanks, Publishers Lunch!!

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If you are looking for your next great summer read, you are likely to find it here! I have identified four titles that are on my "Must Read" list and several others that I also hope to get to.

Thank you to NetGalley for this complimentary digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I am really looking forward to reading some of these books when they are available!

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I look forward to Buzz Books each time it comes out! It is so helpful in planning my reading list.

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Really useful title for finding out about great new books in 2017. I will use it as a helpful reference across the year.

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Ive just stumbled across this buzz books for 2017 spring summer and I have to say how impressed I am at this concept, I love the way you have put together a taster of what is to come in one handy doc; there is loads on there to peruse and I have now scheduled a couple of early nights to look through this properly to do it justice, Bravo!!

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Thank for the introduction to what's coming on the market. Always helpful!

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Great to get a sneak peek to future titles in a short format!

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Buzz Books have been five star publications for me so far. They include probably chapter-length excerpts from fiction and non-fiction, from well-known authors to debut offerings, and there is something that’s bound to appeal to everyone. If you're a NetGalley reader, Buzz Books and many of the books featured here are available for request.

This issue has selections from new novels by 17 authors who have previously published novels; introduces 15 new novelists, some of whom have published other stories or articles; and lastly there are 8 non-fiction excerpts.

I’ll just mention the ones that I’m going to look for, and the quotes are from the Buzz Books summaries (always well done and tempting), not from the excerpts themselves.

FICTION from established novelists:
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

BUZZ BOOKS says:
“From New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.”

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips “the celebrated author of The Well and the Mine and Come in and Cover Me.

BUZZ BOOKS says:
“An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime.
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But what Joan sees . . .

And for the next three hours – the entire scope of the novel – she keeps on running.”

The excerpt is the beginning, and it looks deliciously terrifying!

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck “author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.”

BUZZ BOOKS says:
“Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined – an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel.”

The Best of Adam Sharp is by a favourite Aussie author of mine, Graeme Simsion, who wrote the delightful and insightful The Rosie Project and its sequel The Rosie Effect.

About to turn 50, Adam Sharp is a reasonably contented man, happy with Claire, his partner, but he still wonders what life would have been like if his “blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress” had lasted. Then he suddenly gets a one-word email from her. “Hi”.

Can’t wait!

DEBUT fiction:

Quiet Until the Thaw: A Novel is the first novel by bestselling memoirist Alexandra Fuller, “the award-winning and bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come, among others.” English-born, lived in Africa, Fuller moved to Wyoming in her mid-twenties.

BUZZ BOOKS says:
“Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage.”

Anger towards the federal government leads to tribal division and Rick chooses the side of peace while You Choose heads for violence.

It covers a lot of territory and generations. Buzz Books quotes Fuller, who writes “The belief that we can be done with our past is a myth. The past is nudging at us constantly.”

The Velveteen Daughter, a debut novel by Laurel Davis Huber is historical fiction of the kind which seems to be that marvellous mix of confirmable fact and imagined scenarios. Margery Williams Bianco wrote the classic The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real, which I have to admit I’d never read, (tsk tsk).

Her daughter, Pamela Bianco, became even more famous as an artist, a child prodigy admired by Picasso, among others.

BUZZ BOOKS tells us:
“But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. Pamela’s dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage.”

I have to add that the excerpt, including Picasso admiring the child prodigy and drawing with her is so good, it leaves me impatient for more!

Rachel Khong, who has written short fiction and non-fiction, offers us her debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin.

BUZZ BOOKS says:
“A young woman returns home to care for her failing father in this funny and inescapably touching debut, from a wonderfully original new literary voice. One morning, the citizens of a small L.A. suburb awake to find pairs of a man’s pants hanging from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Daughter Ruth, at loose ends after a broken engagement, returns home to live for a year and help out. It was funny and real and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it.

Jennifer Kitses is another published author whose debut novel is Small Hours, about which

BUZZ BOOKS says
“A taut and riveting literary debut – unfurling over the course of a single day – in which a wife and husband try to outrun the secrets that threaten their marriage, sending their lives spiralling out of control.”

Having enjoyed the excerpt, I think I’d like to see how the rest of the day goes myself.

The Original Ginny Moon is a debut from Benjamin Ludwig. He and his wife became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism.

BUZZ BOOKS says:
“Ginny’s character and voice came to him as he sat and talked with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.”

Ginny is a 14-year-old who has finally found her Forever Home and her Forever Parents.

BUZZ BOOKS asks:
“So why is this 14-year-old so desperate to get kidnapped by her abusive, drug-addict birth mother, Gloria, and return to a grim existence of hiding under the kitchen sink to avoid the authorities and her mother’s violent boyfriends?”

Indeed, why? The excerpt shows her trying to establish contact through a friend’s Facebook account, something she's not allowed to go near.

Intriguing.

One that’s not for me but that Brontë fans might enjoy is Sarah Shoemaker’s Mr. Rochester.

BUZZ BOOKS calls it “A gorgeous, deft literary retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s beloved Jane Eyre – through the eyes of the dashing, mysterious Mr Rochester himself.”

Not being a Brontë (or Austen) fan, I didn’t read that one, but I have no doubt many will.

NON-FICTION

There are non-fiction selections from Richard Ford and Roxane Gay, among others, but this is the one that interests me most.

Memory's Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia by Gerda Saunders.

BUZZ BOOKS calls it
“A true-life Still Alice that captures Saunders’ experience as a fiercely intellectual person living with the knowledge that her brain is betraying her . . . based on the ‘field notes’ she keeps in her journal . . . an astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues.”

Her mother had suffered some odd form of memory loss in her old age, and Saunders wonders why she should be so surprised herself. She uses a lot of big words and intellectual vocabulary in the excerpt, which makes me think she’s actively working to hang on to what she still has for as long as she can.

I'll be looking for that one, too.

And that’s it from me. I hope something catches your interest!

Thanks to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for the copy I've quoted from.

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This was so helpful in knowing what to buy and recommend! Thanks so much!

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These wonderful collections are always great to see upcoming books! Never stop releasing these please. it's good to get hyped.

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Excellent resource for weeding through a collection of upcoming fiction.

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So excited about some of these books in this collection. Yet again, a great collection of upcoming books from Buzz Books and Publishers Lunch.

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Good to have the opportunity to preview upcoming titles

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I love these Buzz Book guides. They are packed full of books to keep your eye on. My one complaint is that I don't think the excerpts are necessary. There are so many great books listed that just a photo of the cover and a short description or review would be plenty to catch your interest. I wonder how many people actually read the excerpts? Personally I don't think they are long enough to stay with you anymore than a jacket description would. Overall, these keep me motivated to keep reading and increase my percentage to get more great books !

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Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer, like previous books in the series, doesn't disappoint. These collections of excerpts from upcoming titles always leave me wanting to read more, and making a list of "must-reads." Highly recommended for serious readers--and for those who have less time to read, and want to find the very best selections.

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Excellent variety of selections from upcoming titles, many of which were quite lengthy. Worth a read to get a more in-depth look at new titles than you may get just from reviews.

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I love reading this condensed version on must reads! It is very helpful in getting just enough 'feel' for the story to be able to recommend it to the right patron, while at the same time letting me know right away if this is a story or character I want to invest in any further.

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Reading Buzz Books is like looking forward to Christmas for me! Except the gifts are in the form of books, making it even better! This is the 2017 Spring/Summer edition.

If you've never read one, there are excerpts of up and coming books. This one in particular is fiction, debut fiction, and non fiction. You have the synopsis of book, a chapter except, and a link to request the ARC from NetGalley.

I definitely recommend Buzz Books when you are looking for something new to read. As always, there are some books that sound interesting that I've requested and look forward to reading this spring and summer!

* I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. This is a voluntary review.

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I'm not sure what to say after all these years! Buzz books is still something I look forward too every season!! You never know what you will find!!

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I'm always trying to find new and interesting ways for my 13 year old daughter and I choose great books for her to read, and this allows her exposure to books she may have ordinarily missed.

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This is such a wonderful book! I found so many new books that I can't wait to read!!!! What a super opportunity to review the upcoming releases.I can't wait for the new Nora Roberts book to come out! Woo hoo! This is one of my favorite books. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading and want to know what is coming out! Love this book!

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This was the first time I ever took a moment to read a book list like this. I found some real exciting books that I cannot wait to be released or the ones that has been and I haven't read yet. My to-read list has officially became way longer than what I expected it to ever be. I am a real picky reader but since becoming a reviewer for NetGalley and from this book, my whole world has opened up to books I thought I would never find interesting to read!

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PLEASE KEEP PRODUCING THESE! THEY ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO USEFUL!

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I love reading about upcoming books! It feels like when you go to the movies and get to watch the trailers before the feature presentation!

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Love Buzz Books, great introduction to upcoming titles.

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Fantastic! I'll be checking out the BookBuzz selections regularly from now on. I found several titles in the selections here that I intend to recommend for order at my library, and a few which I've put on my own "to read" list. I love being able to read the first chapter and get a better sense of whether a book will be up my alley or not. What a great resource!

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I was pleased to see this title in my feed this morning. Found two FICTION and two DEBUT FICTION titles that I plan to read. Great resource! Thank you.

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A useful resource for publishing professionals - helping to highlight key titles

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First time I've read one of the Buzz Books and it won't be the last. I found it really is useful.. I thought it was highly insightful and I'm really excited about some of the upcoming books mentioned. The only bad thing is that my tbr list has just increased massively lol. Not that I'm complaining.

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Thank you for this, found a few books I really want to read!

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I eagerly await these publications, they are such an amazing source of information!

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Buzz Books has a longstanding reputation of previewing the most anticipated titles of the season. With only the first couple chapters to go on, it’s impossible to give a whole-hearted recommendation, but the following titles have peaked my interest.

The first two titles win “Best in Show” because I’ve received the ARCs and was able to read them in their entirety. Both are brilliantly written and intelligent. Built on a quirky, but just about believable premise, with a smart observant narrator, THE ANSWERS is insightful, funny, and poetic. A historical fiction book ending WWII Germany, THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE tracks he relationship of three German women as they attempt to survive the fallout of the war with searing humanity and sweeping prose.

As for the “Promising” and “Might be Worth the Risk” Categories, all of the excerpts left me wanting more. I definitely want to continue to the next chapters. Book gods, please send them my way!

And taking the award for best Non-Fiction in the group, the “Stranger than Fiction” Award goes to RADIUM GIRLS, a book about real WWI women who dip, lip, and paint with the toxic iridescent substance, which at the time was sold in everything from liquid tonics to beauty creams.

Buzz Books Seasonal Preview provides a fun appetizer-portion of titles you may decide to add to your ever-growing bookshelf!

Best in Show:
THE ANSWER Catherine Lacey
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE Jessica Shattuck

Promising:
SINCE WE FELL Dennis Lehane
TOUCH Courtney Maum
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP Graeme Simsion
TEN DEAD COMEDIANS Fred Van Lente

Runners up that May be Worth the Risk:
AMERICAN WAR Omar El Akaad
GOODBYE, VITAMIN Rachel Khong
THE ORIGINAL GINNY MOON Benjamin Ludwig

Stranger than Fiction:
RADIUM GIRLS Kate Moore

*I received a this title from NetGalley for an unbiased review.

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BOOK REVIEW
Posted by Anna Patterson. Writer, Journalist, Book Reviewer
Buzz Books 2917: Spring/Summer. Pages 562. By Publishers Lunch. General Fiction (Adult) and Nonfiction (Adult) Publication January 13, 2017.

I am a blogger and reviewer. I was privileged to read this book as a professional reviewer on NetGalley.

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I am a little late to get back to Spring and Summer reading hobbies, but recently I began to read Buzz Books, thinking what is this, but it sounds like something I could use.
It was filled with excerpts from forty talked about Buzz Books due to soon be published. I felt this a good start to reading planning for the busy times ahead.
The contents were compiled for publisher insiders and passionate readers also, so I found this helpful also.
This catalog of excerpts has works of bestselling authors as well as authors writing the “big discoveries of tomorrow right now”, this is a quote. I like that about the book.
Best of all in my opinion, the Introduction of the book said, “Share the bounty. Your friends and family can download this Free edition of Buzz Books at any major book store or at Buzz Publishers marketplace.com.

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Essential reading for anyone interested in upcoming books! Definitely helped me choose some titles to look forward to reading.

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This is a great tool for narrowing down options and evaluating upcoming titles in an overwhelming amount of new titles. I like that debuts are divided into their own category. Book covers, summaries, excerpts, and some ARC request links make it easy to make choices.

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Once again Buzz Books has proven itself to be a great source for up and coming novels. I've managed to jot down quite a few names to look out for in the upcoming season. I'll be continuing to look to Buzz books to pad my Tbr shelf.

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These opinion are my own.

What a great book of collective stories upcoming in the year. What I really appreciate in this collection is that I find something that I don't normally go for and I can't wait to buy the book and continue reading! Excellent!!

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There is quite a variety of genres, many of which sparked an interest. Usually I wouldn't pick up a contemporary book but there were a few in here that I would read having read the excerpt.

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Interesting excerpts, I'll definitely check some of these books out!

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Excellent book! If my enthusiasm hadn't gotten in the way, my spring reading could have been much more reasonable.....

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I love all these editions, they are wonderful to discover new books! Keep up the good work! They also have links to request galleys so I think that is the best ever.

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Love these buzz books tidbits!

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I liked getting a preview of upcoming books to read. Found one that I'm really interested in reading and will add to my to-read list.

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It felt a real privilege to read this and the excerpts from new books. Thank you

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The perfect guide for every avid reader, on what to expect and what to read. I was also pleased that the book covered various genres and had quite a decent amount of excerpts to actually give an impression about the said book.

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I don't know why I haven't read through these Buzz Books samplers before - this is a great way to find new books to add to the TBR list and debut authors that might become new favorites. Reading these excerpts has made me even more excited for the upcoming year of new releases!

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A great collection of upcoming books. Always look forward to this release.

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This had a wide selection of really interesting books. I can't wait to get my hands on Soleri and Ginny Moon but I also might pick up The Marsh King's Daughter.

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So many good reads coming this summer! Can't wait!

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I always enjoy reading about which books to expect in the coming months. Thank you for always providing these guides! They are so useful.

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I love getting these previews!!!! These books give me a chance to see what is coming out soon and start my reading list. Thanks for publishing these!

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I would happily pay for these books, they're an invaluable resource to any reader!

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Great way to share upcoming books and allow us to preview for our reader friends and family.

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Amazing as usual, Such a great book finding resource.

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Hunger and the Radium Girls are both very, very excellent. The writing is standout!

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Nice chance to see future books and read a bit so you can keep a to purchase list

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If you need to keep up to date or want to keep your finger on the pulse this is a good way to do it. Interesting read which will lead to numerous hours of reading pleasure.

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Great idea to be more aware of the books to be realeased :)

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"Buzz Books 2017: Spring/Summer" offers an exciting preview of upcoming titles. I always look forward to perusing new releases ahead of time so that I can prepare engaging displays and keep up with what local library patrons are reading or have recommendations on hand for patrons looking for their next read.

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Some more great books featured, can't wait to read a few of these, thanks again.

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I am so grateful for this listings of the upcoming titles of the year and particularly enjoyed the excerpts on offer. So helpful in deciding what I would like to read. Many thanks for this;

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Look forward to reading the extracts which are teasers of books to come.

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The majority of the books in this compilation were ones featured in some of the monthly editions . . . still enjoyed perusing the round-up (the comprehensive list of releases by date and category) though.

One of the books featured and worthy of recommendation is The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. I requested and read this after reading the excerpt in the Buzz Books March edition and really enjoyed it. A story told through the eyes of three different German women, it provides a unique perspective on WWII.

The few that I’m still considering are The Marsh King’s Daughter, He Said/She Said and Come Sundown. Not sure how I’ve gone this long without reading at least one Nora Roberts; seems like something I need to change.

Every reader should check out the Buzz Books editions . . . you can’t beat the excerpts. There’s nothing worse than buying a book and realizing that you don’t connect with the writing.

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I enjoy read the buzz books because of the different genres of books and gets me reading something normally I wouldn't read. My tbr pile is growing can't wait for the next buzz book to come out

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I absolutely LOVE reading the Buzz Book collections when they come out. It really helps determine what books we want to read and purchase.

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