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LJ Editors’ Fall Picks 2016

Library Journal editors recently revealed their Fall 2016 picks, including these three Macmillan titles:

Mad Men fans meet Lillian Boxfish, once the highest paid female advertising copywriter in America. When Kathleen Rooney’s novel LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017) opens, it’s New Year’s Eve in 1984 Manhattan, and 85-year-old Lillian is preparing to leave her Murray Hill apartment to go to dinner at Grimaldi’s, her favorite Italian restaurant. Along the way, she takes a detour down memory lane, reflecting on her life and walking through the streets of the city. Rooney says her novel was inspired by the life of advertising pioneer Margaret Fishback, who made her reputation in the 1930s working for Macy’s.” — Wilda Williams

V.E. Schwab’s ‘Darker Shade of Magic’ series has been at the top of my recommendation list since the first book was released in 2015, and now the time has come for its final installment. A CONJURING OF LIGHT (Tor, Feb. 2017) will see the last of Kell, one of the world’s only remaining Travelers, and Lilah, thief-turned-pirate-turned-magician. Schwab’s worldbuilding is phenomenal, imagining several alternate versions of London, each with its own complex—and sometimes fraught—relationship to magic. Here it will all come to a head. While Kell is arguably the tale’s lead, the story to me has always been Lilah’s as she is made to adapt and thrive during her adventures through Londons. It will be a bittersweet goodbye, indeed.”
— Kate DiGirolomo

“Film scholar Glenn Frankel returns with another Hollywood history: HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (Bloomsbury, Feb. 2017). Frankel’s 2013 opus THE SEARCHERS was an LJ Best Book, and if this title is even half as good as his last, readers will be in movie-book heaven.”
— Liz French

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