Debuts

Kirkus Best Books of 2018–Fiction

Kirkus released the first round of their year-end best-of lists, starting with their best fiction titles of 2018!

Mystery/Thriller

EIGHTEEN BELOW: A Fabian Risk Novel by Stefan Ahnhem
NEWCOMER: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino; Translated by Giles Murray
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Science Fiction and Fantasy

STATE TECTONICS: The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older
DARK STATE: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse by Charles Stross

Lit Fic

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Book Club Picks

BROTHER by David Chariandy
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson

Debut

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Short Fiction

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
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Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

For the next annual round-up for 2018, we’re happy to share Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

Top 20

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Memoir/Biography

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Comics/Graphic Novels

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
WHAT TO DO WHEN I’M GONE: A Mother’s Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins, Illustrated by Hallie Bateman
MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY: Vol. 1 by Nagata Kabi

Humor/Entertainment

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty

Literature/Fiction

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
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Sneak Peek: December 2018 Indie Next List

The December 2018 Indie Next List includes six Macmillan titles! 

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler 

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.”     Publishers Weekly, starred review

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
LibraryReads Hall of Fame Author

“Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future.”Booklist, starred review

“Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2019 (Macmillan Library booth #810)

Coffee, rain, glass-blowing, and grunge… Can Seattle really be summed up that easily? Well… We can’t wait to find out in January during ALA Midwinter!

Daily doings:

Friday, January 25:
Opening Session with Melinda Gates (THE MOMENT OF LIFT)

Fri 1/25 | 4:00-5:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center Ballroom 6A-B

In-booth signing with Harvey-award winning cartoonist Peter Bagge
Fri 1/25 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Macmillan Library booth #810

Saturday, January 26:
In-booth signing with debut YA author + fellow librarian (!!) Emily A. Duncan (WICKED SAINTS)

Sat 1/26 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

United For Libraries “Spotlight on Book Clubs”
Sat 1/26 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Macmillan Library (booth #810) will be giving away copies of our favorite Book Club picks!

LibraryReads Debut Author panel with Angie Kim (MIRACLE CREEK)
Sat 1/26 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A

Cocktails + Book Buzz*
We’ll be talking books, you’ll be buzzing with excitement…
Sat 1/26 | 5:00-6:00 PM
Sheraton Seattle, Cirrus Ballroom
*RSVP REQUIRED. LIMITED SEATING.

Sunday, January 27:
In-booth signing with Catriona McPherson (GO TO MY GRAVE)
Sun 1/27 | 10:30-11:30 AM
Macmillan Library booth #810

UFL Gala Author Tea* with Wayétu Moore (SHE WOULD BE KING)
Sun 1/27 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa Ballroom
*TICKETS REQUIRED.
Advance tickets $60 ($55 United for Libraries division members); onsite tickets $65 (if available) Event code: UNI1

Monday, January 28:
LibraryReads Booktalk Author Breakfast* with Rachel Howzell Hall (THEY ALL FALL DOWN) and Yangsze Choo (THE NIGHT TIGER)

Mon 1/28 | 8:30-9:30 AM
Sheraton Seattle, Metropolitan Ballroom A
*RSVP REQUIRED by 1/7/19.

**Events as of 11/9/18. Check back regularly for updates. #meow

Round ‘Em Up, Cowboy!

Yeehaw!  We’ve wrangled some mighty fine Westerns to kick off your #FridayReads! 

True stories of wild west heroes, a November LibraryReads pick, collected tales of the American West, and a quintessential Western novel–strap on your cowboy boots and dive in!

SHOTGUNS & STAGECOACHES: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West by John Boessenecker 

The true stories of the Wild West heroes who guarded the iconic Wells Fargo stagecoaches and trains, battling colorful thieves, vicious highwaymen, and robbers armed with explosives.

“A rip-roaring history of moving the mail in the wildest of the Wild West days.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco 
November 2018 LibraryReads Pick

A vivid, sexy barn burner of a historical crime novel, THE BEST BAD THINGS introduces readers to the fiery Alma Rosales—detective, smuggler, spy.

“Readers looking for sexy, dangerous action unencumbered by apologetics will love this book. Carrasco is an author to watch.”–Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Nassau County Book Buzz Highlights (11/7/18)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite new and forthcoming Adult + YA titles during the Nassau County Book Buzz. If you  weren’t able to attend, here’s the goods:

Adult
YA

Vote Now in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Voting for the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is now open!

Goodreads has gathered the best titles from across all genres, and we’re happy to share the Macmillan titles currently nominated for your voting pleasure. Voting for the opening round closes November 4th, so head over to Goodreads and submit your votes now.

Fiction
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Mystery/Thriller
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

Historical Fiction
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

Fantasy
YEAR ONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts
BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire

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Happy Halloween! (10/31/18)

Trick or treat, bags of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street… blah blah go read books!

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

An Amazon Book of the Month!

“What a terrific book…I learned so much about Ravens, and even things I didn’t know about the Tower. It’s like spending a long evening with a bottle of whisky as a wise Ravenmaster tells you everything you need to know.”—Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) on Twitter

“Skaife is a very good storyteller, and the book is full of the kind of anecdote that would make a great scene in a movie (like, for instance, the time one of the ravens orchestrated a daring escape from the Tower). A splendid and constantly surprising book.”—Booklist, starred review

Learn more about THE RAVENMASTER from NPR’s interview with author Christopher Skaife

I AM BEHIND YOU by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“Swedish sensation Lundqvist’s (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) twisting journey into the dark corners of the mind is true psychological horror. It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end.”—Library Journal

THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo

“Readers who enjoy detail and history will find much to pleased with in this feminist reconsideration.”—Wyatt’s World, Library Journal

“Readers seeking a historical romance or a reboot of an American legend will enjoy this tale.”—Booklist

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Starred Review Roundup (10/29/18)

Save a spot on your shelves for these forthcoming titles with multiple starred reviews:

IN EXTREMIS: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
by Lindsey Hilsum

2019 Carnegie Medals Longlister

FOUR starred reviews!

“This intense biography is highly recommended for everyone, including journalism junkies, history buffs, and casual readers.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A rip-roaring life rendered extremely well.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is riveting personal and professional history, told with skill and sincerity…Hilsum has created something truly worthy of her subject, a biography that reads like high adventure, a masterwork that will draw well-deserved attention to a heroic witness.”     — Booklist, starred review

“This unputdownable account will inspire future journalists, especially women, and should find wide audiences among those interested in global crises and international affairs.”— Library Journal, starred review

THE BEST BAD THINGS
by Katrina Carrasco

Two starred reviews and a November 2018 Library Reads pick! 1887—Former Pinkerton Women’s Bureau agent Alma Rosales is tasked with searching for stolen opium in Washington Territory and uncovering a thief while going undercover as a man. “Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Ling Ma’s SEVERANCE Wins 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction

Congratulations to Ling Ma’s debut SEVERANCE for winning the 2018 Kirkus Prize for fiction!

“Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.”           Kirkus, starred review

“Embracing the [apocalyptic fiction] genre but somehow transcending it, Ma creates a truly engrossing and believable anti-Utopian world… [An] extraordinary debut.”Booklist, starred review

“A clever and dextrous debut.”Publishers Weekly

“A smart, searing exposé on the perils of consumerism, Google overload, and millennial malaise.”Library Journal

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