Debuts

Holiday Break, and Happy Reading!

♫♪♫♫♪ ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Flatiron Building, not a publicist was pitching, not even a phone a’ringing. The books were already put up on the shelves with care, because no one at Macmillan would be there. ♫♪♫♫♪

Macmillan’s offices are closed from 12/24/18-1/1/19. May your days be merry and bright, enjoy the holidays with friends and family, and we’ll see you in 2019!

We intend to do a lot of reading while we’re off on our long, winter break and we hope you do, too. Here’s just a taste of what we’ll be digging into:

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MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey 
A private investigator is hired to solve a murder at the magic school where her estranged twin sister teaches–a murder mystery + family tension X exclusive magic abilities = an awesome debut.

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#LibFaves18 = Your Favorite Books of 2018

This week, librarians everywhere were tweeting their favorite 2018 reads via the hashtag #libfaves18. Here are the Macmillan titles that received the most library love!

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 

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FOUR Stars for THE RUIN OF KINGS!

Debut. Fantasy. Destiny. Demons. And now, FOUR STARS! THE RUIN OF KINGS is Winter ’19’s great new fantasy you won’t want to miss.

Library Journal Debut of the Month!

“This stunning debut takes epic fantasy to a high level, portraying a world filled with magic, demons, gods, and dragons, in which politics and power plays are the laws of the land.”Library Journal, starred review

“Lyons’s dazzling debut is an audacious start to an ambitious five-book series…. With the scope and sense of fatality of Patrick Rothfuss and well-choreographed action sense of Brandon Sanderson, Lyons leaps into the big leagues of epic fantasy and sticks the landing.Booklist, starred review

“Though the hero’s journey structure and classical fantasy elements are familiar, the complex mysteries and revelations feel novel and offer plenty of room for rereading and analysis. There’s more mystery than action in this tightly plotted tome, and its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Although a cast of well-developed characters and an impressively intricate storyline power this novel, it’s Lyons’ audacious worldbuilding that makes for such an unforgettable read. In a sprawling, magic-filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape-shifters, zombies, and so much more, Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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

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 

#BookBday (12/11/18)

Location, location, location–from Cold War Cuba to frenzied modern London, join us on an international tour for today’s #pubday celebration.

THIS IS CUBA: An American Journalist Under Castro’s Shadow by David Ariosto 
An exploration of Cuba’s Cold War mindset and a people in the throes of transition, with tales of run-ins with spies, secret backrooms, and empty grocery shelves. “Ariosto’s insights are plentiful, and amid erratically evolving Cuba-U.S. relations, such personal perspectives…provide the best portals to mutual understanding.”Booklist

IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY by Guy Gunaratne 
A crackling debut novel–a snapshot of London’s diverse, frenzied corners–that was inspired by the real-life murder of a British Army soldier by religious fanatics and the rampant burning of mosques that ensued. “Gunaratne’s polyvocal tale, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, etches a rich picture of contemporary London and the recurring, historically rooted racial tensions that dominate it.”Booklist

#ThrillerThursday (12/6/18)

Stolen identities, the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize winner, and the start of a cozy series…it’s #ThrillerThursday!

EIGHTEEN BELOW: A Fabian Risk Novel by Stefan Ahnhem 
The third book in the internationally bestselling Fabian Risk series, a terrifying story of stolen identity and serial murder.

“Readers will sympathize with Risk, a decent man caught between the demands of his family and his job, and such well-drawn supporting characters as Tuvesson, who’s sinking into alcoholism. Ahnhem unflinchingly unveils the monstrous crimes lurking beneath Scandinavia’s seemingly placid surface.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

ENCHANTÉE: Free Chapter Sampler

Gita Trelease’s YA fantasy debut is lush and imaginative and now you can get a taste of the magic for yourself!

Click here to download a free chapter sampler of ENCHANTÉE!

Love. Magic. Revolution. It’s CARAVAL in the world of Marie Antoinette! ENCHANTÉE is Gita Trelease’s debut fantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

“An immersive, glittering debut that intriguingly blends history and fantasy.”
Booklist

“Camille’s desire to be a voice of change for the oppressed will resonate.” —Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Chicago Public Library’s 2018 Best of the Best

Remember when we said librarians had the best taste in books?  Well feast your eyes on the Chicago Public Library’s favorite books of 2018

Top 10
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Adult
WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by Jim Holt
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
SMALL ANIMALS: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

YA
SADIE by Courtney Summers

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