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SLJ Best Books of 2018

School Library Journal just announced their Best Books of 2018 and two of our favorites made the cut!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
“Readers are thrown right into this incredibly built world with fully developed cultures and characters. Daud expertly uses a sci-fi setting to explore issues within our own society, particularly the effects of colonization on both individuals and cultures as a whole . . . This debut novel has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy.” —School Library Journal, starred review

SADIE by Courtney Summers
“Nineteen-year-old Sadie Hunter is going to kill the man who murdered her 13-year-old sister, Mattie. So begins the latest compelling work by [Courtney] Summers . . . It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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New York Times Notable Books of 2018

Oh happy happy day! The New York Times picked 13 Macmillan titles  to join their Notable Books of 2018 list. GO US!

Fiction
EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET by Caryl Phillips
MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL by Dorthe Nors; Translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra

Comics/Graphics
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso

Poetry
WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith

Current Affairs
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

Memoir
THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy

History
THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman

#PubDay 11/20/18

A magical bomb squad, an expansive historical drama, a love letter to turtles, and eerie short stories–happy #bookbday!

CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC: Chronicles of Amicae (Volume 1) by Mirah Bolender 
This fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons of a long forgotten war and the only team member standing between the city and a massive magic-eating infestation. “This debut builds a fascinating setting that readers will want to keep coming back to.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

MASTER OF HIS FATE: The House of Falconer Series (Volume 1) by Barbara Taylor Bradford 
The first book in an expansive and intricately detailed new historical fiction series that’s filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters. “Bradford’s legion of fans will flock happily to this romantic saga…”Booklist readmoreremove

Cocktails + Book Buzz at ALA MW 2019

We’ll be talking books, you’ll be buzzing with excitement!

RSVP below for Macmillan’s Adult + YA (Wednesday Books + Flatiron Books YA only) Cocktails + Book Buzz during ALA Midwinter. This one hour event offers wine, beer, very light snacks and BOOKS.

Date / Time / Location:

Saturday, January 26 | 5:00-6:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Ave.)
Cirrus Ballroom
Add to your schedule.

RSVP REQUIRED. Click here to submit your RSVP.
LIBRARIANS AND EDUCATORS ONLY. Please only RSVP for yourself.

Hot Drop-In for Winter 2019: TEAM OF VIPERS

Winter 2019 is heating up with another red-hot drop-in: TEAM OF VIPERS: My 500 Extraordinary Days In the Trump White House by Cliff Sims.

TEAM OF VIPERS is the first book from a true insider—a man who was in all the meetings, met all the players, and even worked with Trump to make the enemies list. This is the definitive book on the Trump administration, one that will appeal to anyone—left or right—who wants to know what’s going on behind the curtain from someone who had the president’s absolute trust.

Author Cliff Sims was the CEO of Yellowhammer Multimedia, Alabama’s premiere source for political news, until he joined the Trump campaign in August 2016. After the election, he moved from Trump Tower to the West Wing, where he crafted the White House’s messaging. He now advises major corporations, CEOs and media personalities on a wide range of public affairs and communications issues.

On sale January 29, 2019 and totally embargoed, this is the political book of the year you won’t want to miss!

Title Spotlight: BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS (11/19/18)

You’ll know artist and writer Natalie Babbitt (1932–2016) from her inspiring work in children’s literature, including TUCK EVERLASTING and KNEEKNOCK RISE.

Now in BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS: On Writing and Reading Books for Children, a collection of essays and speeches written over the course of four decades, Babbitt explores what it was like to be a “little dog” in the literary world, continually being forced to justify her choice to write books for children–instead of doing something more serious. Babbitt offers incisive commentary on classic children’s books as well as contemporary works, and reveals colorful insights into her own personal creative life. Filled with a voice that rings with truth, wisdom, and humor across the years, the essays gathered in BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS exemplify on every page true reverence for children and an endless engagement with the challenge to write the books that shape them.

“Though their subjects vary, the pieces have in common their excellence…. In terms of her emotional themes, the unifying element is, she says, the special joy that is found only in children’s literature. It is children, as well as literature, who capture and hold her attention. She is a stalwart defender of both. As for her work, it speaks, or barks, for itself.“–Booklist

2018 Holiday E-Book Sale

Jingle bells, e-book sales, stock up on bestsellers today!

Now’s the perfect time to stock up on bestselling and critically acclaimed 2018 titles with our Holiday e-Book sales for libraries! We will have two e-book promotions running in November and December, so read on for more information on how you can take advantage of this great opportunity to expand your collections this holiday season.

End-of-Year Sale

Running November 19 through the end of the year (December 31), more than 50 adult and select YA bestselling and holiday e-books will be discounted 25% off (with our regular terms), including these titles:

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews
DRAGONSWORN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes. We’ve also marked titles where the audiobook is also discounted.

2018 Must-Have Titles Sale

Running December 3 through December 14, twelve of the biggest books of the year will be discounted 25% off (with our regular terms), including:

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes. We’ve also marked titles where the audiobook is also discounted.

A Very Macmillan Christmas on Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel officially released air dates for this year’s Countdown to Christmas, and this season, Macmillan has several holiday stories making their way to the small screen:

CHRISTMAS JOY by Nancy Naigle 
Airs: Tuesday, November 20th
Watch a preview here
Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?

HOPE AT CHRISTMAS by Nancy Naigle 
Airs: Tuesday, November 20th on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Watch a preview here
A recent divorcée and a Santa actor soon discover that there’s always hope at Christmas.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE & MISTLETOE by Melissa de la Cruz 
Airs: Friday, November 23rd
Watch a preview here
A sweet, sexy, and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.

A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS by Beth Harbison 
Airs: Sunday, November 25th
Watch a preview here 
A woman finds herself locked in a department store on Christmas Eve and must spend the entire night facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future…all while surrounded by Manolo Blahniks, Jimmy Choos, Chanel slippers, and Prada riding boots.

Mikita Brottman Shares Her True Crime Favorites

Today we are shamelessly stealing an AMAZING idea from Baltimore County Public Library’s Maureen Roberts. Maureen masterminded the library’s “Read With” feature wherein an author curates a virtual book display of 10-20 titles. Maureen’s first test case: Henry Holt author, Mikita Brottman.

Maureen said, “We’ve been talking about AN UNEXPLAINED DEATH at our fall book buzzes and our customers are so intrigued, especially because the Belvedere Hotel is an institution around here. We would love to share Mikita’s recommendations.” And of course, Mikita BROUGHT IT. Here are her all-time True Crime favorites:

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True crime combined with memoir can be especially compelling, especially when the writing is strong. These are some of my favorite true crime memoirs, in no particular order. Although they’re all written in the first person, each author’s involvement is different. Some were directly affected by the crime; others got involved after the fact by attending the trial, or interviewing the participants. What they have in common is skillful writing, and a gripping story.

THE ADVERSARY: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrère (Picador, 2002).  The tale of a wealthy, successful doctor with a loving family who turns out to be an epic imposter. Carrère describes the tragedy that unfolds when eighteen years of lies come undone.

THE RED PARTS: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf, 2016).  Nelson, along with her mother, attends the trial of a man accused of murdering her aunt Jane 35 years earlier. Although Nelson never met her aunt, she’d always been fascinated and horrified by the murder. Woven into her observations of the trial are family memories, reflections on a broken relationship, meditations on the nature of violence, and much more. readmoreremove

Kristin Hannah’s THE GREAT ALONE is a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2018!

You read it, you loved it, you voted for it, and now Kristin Hannah‘s THE GREAT ALONE is a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 2018! YAY!  

The “Favorite of Favorites” list takes the place of the traditional December list, with the top nominations for titles due to be published in December 2018 and January 2019 appearing together on the January 2019 list.
Not that you asked, but here are our recs for your January voting pleasure…
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