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See you in Atlanta!

alamw2017Our bags are packed & we’re off to Atlanta for ALA Midwinter! We’ll see you in booth #1818 & at our many events. Don’t forget to review LJ‘s Galley Guide, too!
Safe travels, and stay peachy, friends!
Talia & Anne

Teen Talk Tuesday (1/17/17)

New Year, new YA books (plus a giveaway)! Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Ages 13 to 18
After years of wishing, Scarlett and little sister, Tella, finally attend Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. However, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, and the first person to find her wins the game. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance, but whether it’s real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, otherwise her sister disappears forever. “[A] magnificent debut novel… Intriguing characters, an imaginative setting, and evocative writing combine to create a spellbinding tale of love, loss, sacrifice, and hope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Caraval prize packsTo celebrate the publication of CARAVAL, we’re giving away 5 prize packs that include a coloring map of Caraval, colored pencils, and a drawstring bag!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Caraval) by Sunday, Feb. 5, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print. Good luck! readmoreremove

2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

nbcc2016The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their best books of 2016, including these nine Macmillan titles:

Autobiography
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang

Biography
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Criticism
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hustchinson
AT THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL by Robert Pinsky
BLACKACRE by Monica Young

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 16.

Happy #BookBday (1/17/17 Edition)

It’s an all-star #BookBday!

TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
One of Kirkus Reviews‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2017! As the country grapples with race with anguish and anger at a level not seen since the 60s, one of America’s leading black voices speaks out honestly and provocatively to white America. “TEARS WE CANNOT STOP is a fiery sermon, and an unabashedly emotional, personal appeal. The result is one of the most frank and searing discussions of race I have ever read.” — New York Times Book Review

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
A February 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “Inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and Macy’s ad-writing phenom of the 1930s, Rooney imagines an extraordinary walk through the streets of New York City on the last night of 1984, one that triggers a flood of memories for fictional ad woman Lillian Boxfish. Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time—and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge the past and future.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Strong Women!

TGIF, librarian friends! Our #FridayReads are powerful stories about strong women:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick! An extraordinary portrait of Doaa Zamel, a Syrian refugee who managed to survive the horrendous September 2014 Mediterranean shipwreck that claimed almost 500 lives, from the Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing Al Zamel’s inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

RISE: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins
A February 2017 Indie Next pick! And check out Cara’s “Raise My Roof” podcast. “In this honest, tough memoir, Brookins documents how building a home for herself and her four children created a pathway out of domestic abuse and into a new life. Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again.”
Publishers Weekly

MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King
The life story of Coretta Scott King—wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist—as told fully for the first time. “King was undoubtedly a singular woman, and readers will be struck by just how strongly her exceedingly compelling story resonates today. She was much more than just the woman behind the man, and now, in the most eloquent of language, she proves that truth once and for all to generations of readers who will embrace her all over again.”
Booklist, starred review

IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary
A biography capturing the fascinating life of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, based on discovered unpublished manuscripts, songs, personal letters, and diaries. Goodnight Moon is less a story than an incantation. It summons a cocoon around reader and listener, a sensation of being pulled out of the hurly-burly of the world into a pocket of charmed tranquility. Amy Gary’s new biography, IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM, replicates this spell for adult readers.” — Slate readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (1/12/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday! We’re ecstatic that the world can now read Jane Harper’s THE DRY, but did you also hear Nancy Pearl enthusiastically recommend Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (A TWIST OF THE KNIFE) on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today?! So many good mysteries.

THE DRY by Jane Harper
A January 2017 LibraryReads and Indie Next pick with THREE starred reviews! “Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets. “A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Nancy Pearl LOVES Becky Masterman!

America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl was on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today, and she suggested some “under-the-radar” reads, including Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn series (RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, FEAR THE DARKNESS, A TWIST OF THE KNIFE)!

“Becky Masterman is an author I recently discovered. What I love about these books is that they’re page-turners, they’re really thrilling novels. The main character is a woman named Brigid Quinn, who is a former FBI agent now retired. Brigid is 60. I love that. When have we last seen the hero of a thriller age 60?
“But when Brigid was in the FBI, she was mostly assigned cases where she had to go undercover. So all of her working life, she has had to be somebody other than herself. And now she’s retired and married for the first time and trying to figure out what it’s like to be her[self] and not somebody else.
“Then, a case very similar to some of the cases that she worked on when she was in the FBI kind of falls into her lap. So the present and the past are coming together in this page-turning thriller.”

Check out all of Nancy’s suggestions here. A TWIST OF THE KNIFE will be available from Minotaur Books on March 21, 2017.

LJ’s ALA Midwinter 2017 Galley Guide

So many galleys, so little time! Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert put together a guide for ALA Midwinter 2017, so you know just what to grab. Here are her top picks from the Macmillan booth #1818 (and don’t forget to drop in during the United for Libraries (UFL) Spotlight on Adult Literature, Saturday, 1/21, from 2:00 to 4:00pm):
Spotlight giveaways (Saturday, 1/21, 2:00–4:00pm):

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
“The long-awaited follow-up to the PEN USA Award winner MATHILDA SAVITCH, featuring a boy more or less kidnapped from his feckless mother after the deaths of his father and grandmother.”

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
“A high-profile debut whose teenage heroine is saved from loneliness in her new hometown by risk-taking young sophisticate Marlena.”

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
“Featuring a woman convinced that her abusive ex-husband, just out of jail, is stalking her.”

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
“Whose eponymous protagonist, trained in a shadowy black box orphan program aimed at creating assassins, is himself targeted by the head of the program.”

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
“A big-news novel about a little boy who wants to be a girl and the parents who support him.”

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
“The story of single mother Alice, diagnosed with a fatal disease, who is determined to find a backup family for her teenage daughter.”

More hot fiction:

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
“The multi-award-winning cyber-visionary’s return to adult fiction after eight years, set in a futuristic dystopia where life’s necessities can be printed out via computer but
the world is despoiled and dangerous.”

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
“85-year-old Lillian walks through Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, 1984, offering a slowly unfolding view of the city and her own long life.” readmoreremove

Romance Roundup (1/11/17)

Baby, it’s cold outside! Snuggle up with one of these romances to get your heart racing:

THE HERO by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas #1)
“Grant delivers an adrenaline-fueled combination of heat and heart in her stellar first Sons of Texas contemporary military romance. Grant grabs the reader by the throat early on with a plausible and suspenseful plot, characters readers will root for, and snappy prose, and she doesn’t let up until the cliff-hanger ending. This first-class thrill ride will leave readers wanting more.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NICO by Sarah Castille (Ruin & Revenge #1)
“In this super-sexy Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century, the first in the Ruin and Revenge romantic suspense series, Castille combines raw passion and barely leashed violence. She skillfully draws her hero and heroine and several in their close circles in intriguing and realistic shades of gray. This is a deftly plotted page-turner that will leave readers panting for the next installment.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (1/10/17 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
This “compelling” (Publishers Weekly) debut novel follows a young Chinese woman as she defies her fate and escapes to the neon lights of Shenzhen and all it holds for her—be it love, danger, or destiny. “With expert pacing and description, Zhang vividly draws Lotus’ present and past, weaving together time lines, characters, and subplots that eventually reveal Lotus to be far more than the sweet, reserved girl she appears to be. At once immersive and delicate, Zhang’s writing takes Lotus to unexpected places as she searches for—and perhaps finds—what true freedom means.” — Booklist

SILENCE by Shusaku Endo
This movie adaptation of Endo’s classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver is “shaping up to be this year’s THE REVENANT,” according to the Washington Post. Picador created a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so your library’s book club can read and discuss before having a movie night out. readmoreremove

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