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Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016

Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016 list includes these eight Macmillan titles:

Top Ten Books of 2016
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi

African American Fiction
DIAMONDS AND PEARL by K’wan

Mystery
APRICOT’S REVENGE by Song Ying

Thrillers
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan

SF/Fantasy
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire

Women’s Fiction
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi

Poetry
THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as “Best of 2016” lists continue to come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

2017 Texas Tayshas List

We’re proud to have three Young Adult novels on the 2017 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Tayshas Reading List is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 9-12 to explore a variety of current books for recreational reading. Click here to view the full Tayshas list or download a copy here.

Thriller Thursday (12/1/16 Edition)

It’s December! That chill in the air might have something to do with these two new mysteries:

GLOW OF DEATH by Jane Cleland
When amateur sleuth and antiques expert Josie Prescott appraises a real Tiffany lamp she is thrilled—until the owner is murdered in the eleventh mystery in this cozy series set in New Hampshire from LibraryReads author Cleland. “Small-town, seacoast Rocky Point, New Hampshire, is lovingly described, and details about Tiffany lamps and other antiques and collectibles are woven throughout this satisfying cozy, which will appeal to readers of Barbara Allan’s Brandy Borne cozies and Lea Wait’s Maggie Summer mysteries.” — Booklist

STORM RISING by Douglas Schofield
Lucy Hendricks has tried to move on from her cop husband’s murder. But when her son Kevin’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, making statements wise beyond his years and offering specific details about Jack’s murder he couldn’t possibly know, Lucy must figure out the mystery surrounding her husband’s death. “An intriguing domestic thriller with supernatural elements.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Louise Penny & Liane Moriarty are LibraryReads 2016 “Favorite of Favorites”

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The votes are in: A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (#5) and TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (#10) are LibraryReads 2016 “Favorite of Favorites!”

Thank you for making them some of your favorite books of the year. You can share more of your faves by counting down your personal top 10 best books of 2016 on Twitter, hashtag #libfaves16, one book each day starting 12/12!

NYT Notable Books of 2016

The New York Times announced their Notable Books of 2016, including these 17 Macmillan titles:
Fiction & Poetry

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Szalay writes with voluptuous authority about masculinity under duress in this novel in stories.

BLACK WATER by Louise Doughty
Expecting to be assassinated, the hero of this excellent novel grapples with guilt over his actions in Indonesia.

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
The terror that technology may rob us of authentic experience—that it may annihilate our very sense of self—is central to this debut collection of short stories.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
A father and his sons struggle with a death in this luminous novel.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Private and public crises converge for four generations of a Jewish family in this ambitious, often brilliant novel, Foer’s third.

HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
In Levy’s evocative novel, dense with symbolism, a woman struggles against her hypochondriacal mother to achieve her own identity. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (11/29/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to three great new reads:

NORMAL by Warren Ellis
LR iconA November 2016 LibraryReads pick & December 2016 Indie Next pick! In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. “A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews

TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin
A December 2016 Indie Next pick & Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. “Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Nonfiction Stars

We’re easing you back into the post-Thanksgiving work-week with some starred nonfiction titles:

THE CORRESPONDENCE: Essays by J. D. Daniels
“The debut collection by an essayist who writes like a rattlesnake, his sentences coiled yet always ready to strike with venomous impact. These essays…have a cumulative power that can leave readers devastated. An uncommonly auspicious debut.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Delivered with the storytelling talents of John Jeremiah Sullivan and brimming with the folkloric, true-life tales of Breece D’J Pancake, these tales are funny; unrepentantly realist; and, in their way, awfully elegant. With careful wit, an attention to emotional nuance that reaches down to the gut, and an astounding ear for dialogue, Daniels writes with a kind of brutal authenticity that is not easily faked, whichever side of auto-fiction’s hyphen he’s writing from.” Booklist, starred review

THE TRUE FLAG: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
“A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898—and how that history relates to the ongoing debate regarding American imperialism. In the last chapter, Kinzer astutely brings the debate from the turn of the century to the present. A tremendously elucidating book that should be required reading for civics courses.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Kinzer ably conveys the passion and ferment of this brief period, situating this grand debate in the context of U.S. foreign policy history and convincingly arguing that the imperial/anti-imperial dichotomy remains a dominant feature of the American psyche.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

We’re Thankful For… Kugel!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow (we’re off this afternoon through the rest of the week), and we have so many things to be thankful for: good books, lovely librarians, friends and family. Especially the newest member of the Sherer family, Kugel Noodle Pudding! This cute Corgi puppy (yes, a dog!) is melting hearts everywhere she goes.

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LJ’s Jewish Book Month Picks

Library Journal recently featured a roundup of titles perfect for Jewish Book Month (November 24–December 24), including these five Macmillan titles:

GAME OF QUEENS: A Novel of Vashti and Esther by India Edghill
Reference librarian Edghill reimagines the life of Vashti, one of the most beautiful women in the Persian empire, who lost her crown when she defied her husband, King Ahasuerus. Vashti was also instrumental in choosing her successor, Esther.

THE SECRET BOOK OF KINGS by Yochi Brandes
Filled with intrigue, romance, and rebellion, this biblical epic recounts the story of Michal, daughter of King Saul and discarded wife of King David. Brandes, a biblical scholar, is a best-selling and award-winning Israeli novelist and essayist. This is her first book to be translated into English.

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM by Sarit Yishai-Levi
This international best seller and Israeli award winner presents a sweeping family saga that follows four generations of Ladino-speaking Sephardic women in Jerusalem who all fear that the family curse—that the husbands don’t love their wives—will continue with future descendants. This novel is currently being adapted into a feature film in Israel.

THE DEBT OF TAMAR by Nicole Dweck
A rare self-publishing success, Dweck’s debut won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award in 2013. The novel’s first half chronicles a Jewish family’s flight from Iberia during the 16th-­century Inquisition to Istanbul. The second part is set in 2002, when a young man descended from the Ottoman sultans meets the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Of course, the reader knows that these separate story lines will intersect, but the result is a compelling and enjoyable read. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (11/22/16 Edition)

Happy almost-Turkey-Day #BookBday to:

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 with two starred reviews! “Inspired by the pleasure he took in the ‘free’ moments he was granted when people he planned to meet were running late, columnist, reporter, and best-selling author Friedman began thinking about our hectic, smartphone-centric lives and the profound impact of the ‘three giant accelerations’: digital technology, globalization, and climate change. How can we adapt? Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering ‘moral innovation’ and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry…” — Booklist, starred review

VICTORIA by Daisy Goodwin
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE AMERICAN HEIRESS and creator/writer of the new Masterpiece/PBS drama Victoria, a glorious novel of the 18-year-old girl who became a great queen. “Highly recommended for historical-fiction collections. Best-selling Goodwin always draws in fans, but expect extra buzz and lots of promotion as news of the TV series elevates demand for the book.” — Booklist

THE MAYAKOVSKY TAPES by Robert Littell
“From the reminiscences of four worldly women emerges a vivid portrait of the life and times of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Littell’s mordent wit is perfectly suited to his melancholy tale, rich in dark imagery and razor-sharp dialogue.”
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