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December 2018 Bestsellers and Recent Releases

Here’s our updated Edelweiss collection of this month’s bestsellers and recently released titles, perfect for collection development! Here are some of the top titles for December 2018:

Bestsellers
THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald 
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah 
KILLING THE SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly 
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
THE MAMBA MENTALITY: How I Play by Kobe Bryant 
MILKMAN by Anna Burns 
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty 
OF BLOOD AND BONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts 

Recent Releases
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH: Essays by Jonathan Franzen 
HEARTS OF THE MISSING: A Mystery by Carol Potenza 
RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky 

Maximum Shelf: CAPE MAY

In case you missed it, last week’s edition of Maximum Shelf Awareness featured CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek!

Late September 1957. Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Feeling shy of each other and isolated, they decide to cut the trip short. But before they leave, they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn. The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences. Erotic and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that meeting a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage.

“Duplicity and transformation of the self is at the heart of CAPE MAY. Henry’s struggle to be a good man is immediately tested on his honeymoon at a moment of betrayal coinciding with his and Effie’s sexual awakenings. In CAPE MAY, Cheek shows that every couple encounters such a moment of their own–whether physical, emotional or some combination of both–and it holds the power to change a relationship forever.”–Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review, and interview with Chip Cheek at shelf-awareness.com

Philly Book Buzz Highlights (12/14/2018)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new and forthcoming YA titles during the Philadelphia Book Buzz. If you weren’t able to attend, here is a list of the titles we presented. You can also download our handout here.

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan

FINALE: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber

COURT OF LIONS: A Mirage Novel by Somaiya Daud

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

PLEASE SEND HELP by Gaby Dunn + Allison Raskin

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2019 PEN America Literary Award Longlist

The 2019 PEN Literary Awards longlist includes 14 Macmillan titles! WOO HOO!

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley 
HALF GODS by Akil Kumarasamy 

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD
BROTHER by David Chariandy 
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie 

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
NEVADA DAYS by Bernardo Atxaga 
CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón 

PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION
ASYMMETRY: Poems by Adam Zagajewski 

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim 
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips 

PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter 

PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson 
THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman 
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold 

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING
THE CIRCUIT: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips 

True Crime = Book Candy for Readers

Back in November, Publishers Weekly expounded on the popularity of true crime and highlighted their favorite titles in the genre. Here are their Macmillan picks:

STAY SEXY AND DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark 
The highly anticipated dual memoir by the beloved hosts of the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder as they delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

THE LAZARUS FILES: A Cold Case Investigation by Matthew McGough 
A deeply-reported, riveting account of a cold case murder in Los Angeles, unsolved until DNA evidence implicated a shocking suspect – a female detective within the LAPD’s own ranks.

AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere by Mikita Brottman 
An obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere–a once-grand hotel–and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism. “In addition to the crime element, Brottman adds an alluring layer to the narrative by interrogating her own preoccupation with death and suicide. The result is a page-turning look at the darker impulses of the human psyche.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Looking for further true crime reading? Check out Mikita Brottman’s true crime favorites.

#ThrillerThursday (12/13/18)

You’ll see some familiar faces as we celebrate this Thriller Thursday with two continuing, critically acclaimed series:

A BAKER STREET WEDDING: A Baker Street Mystery by Michael Robertson 
A honeymoon goes awry in the sixth book following a London barrister who takes a lease on 221B Baker Street and must respond to letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes.

SINS AS SCARLET: An Inspector Iwata Novel by Nicolás Obregón 
In this follow-up to Nicolás Obregón’s critically acclaimed BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA, Inspector Iwata returns in a murder case in his new home of Los Angeles. “Iwata is a fallible but dedicated protagonist, and this vividly atmospheric sequel to Obregón’s debut…takes on contemporary issues as it builds suspense. A fine cross-cultural thriller.”–Booklist

Day’s YA – ENCHANTÉE

Welcome to the final Day’s YA post of 2018!

Read on for magic, deception, and hot air balloons! And see you all back here in 2019!

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Ages 12 to 18
Available February 5, 2019 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners

In order to provide for her chronically ill sister and to escape an abusive thieving brother, Camille uses forbidden magic to transform herself into Cécile Descharlots, Baroness de la Fontaine. As the Baroness, Camille swindles wealthy young Versaille aristocrats out of their precious coins. The glamorous palace life and the attention of a handsome hot air balloon inventor are intoxicating—but the line between her two disparate lives begins to blur as the French Revolution ignites around her.

 

ENCHANTÉE is a Cinderella-esque story with more layers than Marie Antoinette’s cakes. The stakes are high, the magic system is unlike that of any other YA fantasy, and the descriptions of Paris and Versailles are simply enchanting. The cast of characters that Camille encounters are equally humorous and maddening, and their obsession for excess and luxury juxtaposes perfectly with the poverty experienced by Camille’s family.

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AN ANONYMOUS GIRL = January LibraryReads Pick! Seanan McGuire = Hall of Famer!

The votes are in, and you chose AN ANONYMOUS GIRL as a January LibraryReads pick!

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 
Three starred reviews! 

“For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen’s THE WIFE BETWEEN US, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morals and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love.”–Library Journal, starred review

And we’d also like to congratulate Seanan McGuire on being inducted into the LibraryReads Hall of Fame for her fourth Wayward Children novel, IN AN ABSENT DREAM

Check out our February LibraryReads recommendations for more great reads, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites by January 1.

Booklist’s 2018 Editors’ Choice Picks

Booklist has revealed their editors’ top picks of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections, including 3 Macmillan titles:

IN EXTREMIS: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum 
Four starred reviews! 
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 
The inspiring and devastating biography of Marie Colvin, the foremost war reporter of her generation, who was killed in Syria in 2012.

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton 
Three starred reviews! 
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 
A Chicago Public Library Best of 2018 
A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.

THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate by Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka 
The powerful story of a friendship between two men–one Sikh and one skinhead–that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate. “[B]oth Kaleka’s chronicling of the day of the shooting and Michaelis’ frank recounting of his former attitudes and acts make for heartbreaking reading, but their work together is inspiring and gives readers hope that the next generation can do much to heal America’s great divide.”–Booklist, starred review

2019 Texas Tayshas List

We’re proud to have two Macmillan titles on the 2019 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
CAMP VALOR by Scott McEwen and Hof Williams

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. readmoreremove

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