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2017 Nassau County Book Buzz Titles

Today Anne visited lovely Long Island, NY and talked about these titles at the Nassau County Book Buzz (#bookbuzznassau):

THE GREAT ALONE* | Kristin Hannah | 9780312577230 | Out 2/6/18 (LR: 12/20)
AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18 (LR: 2/20)
HELLBENT | Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250119179 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
DARK IN DEATH | J.D. Robb | 9781250161536 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER** | Shobha Rao | 9781250074256 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT | Jon Pineda | 9780374185244 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT** | Nafkote Tamirat | 9781250128508 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS* | Yoav Blum | 9781250146113 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE WIFE BETWEEN US* | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | 9781250130921 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18 (LR: 2/20)
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir* | Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele | 9781250171085 | Out 1/16/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE MITFORD MURDERS** | Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170781 | Out 1/23/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER | Charles Finch | 9781250139467 | Out 2/20/18 (LR: 12/20)
THE ECHO KILLING** | Christi Daugherty | 9781250148841 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
CRIMSON LAKE* | Candice Fox | 9780765398482 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
GRIST MILL ROAD* | Christopher J. Yates | 9781250150288 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
SOMETIMES I LIE* | Alice Feeney | 9781250144843 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

Don’t forget that you can download our presentations to use at your library’s next book buzz event! readmoreremove

Scary Good SF & Fantasy

This October has some scary good sci-fi & fantasy coming to your library’s shelves:

THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER by K. Arsenault Rivera
“Rivera’s wonderfully intricate Asian-inspired epic fantasy debut introduces two young women bound by fate: Shizuka, whose uncle is the Emperor Yoshimoto, and Barsalyya Shefali Alshar, whose mother is Kharsa Burqila, the ruler of the Qorin. Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

EDGEDANCER by Brandon Sanderson
This specially packaged pocket-sized (4″ x 6″) edition of volume 2.5 of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series finds a newly raised Knight Radiant named Lift and her spren-companion Wyndle in Yeddaw in search of another Radiant (and the famous Yeddaw pancakes). readmoreremove

2017 Adult Tri-State Book Buzz Titles

Today the one and only Talia Sherer presented about her favorite Macmillan titles using only one or two words (OK, OK, some titles got a few more). Here’s what she buzzed about, along with our librarian pals on Twitter via #bookbuzznyc:

THE GREAT ALONE* | Kristin Hannah | 9780312577230 | Out 2/6/18 (LR: 12/20)
THE HUSH* | John Hart | 9781250012302 | Out 2/27/18 (LR: 12/20)
AFTER ANNA* | Lisa Scottoline | 9781250099655 | Out 4/10/18 (LR: 2/20)
HELLBENT | Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250119179 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
DARK IN DEATH | J.D. Robb | 9781250161536 | Out 1/30/18 (LR: 11/20)
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER** | Shobha Rao | 9781250074256 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT | Jon Pineda | 9780374185244 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
MEMENTO PARK** | Mark Sarvas | 9780374206376 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT** | Nafkote Tamirat | 9781250128508 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS* | Yoav Blum | 9781250146113 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE ITALIAN PARTY** | Christina Lynch | 9781250147837 | Out 3/27/18 (LR: 1/20)
THE WIFE BETWEEN US* | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen | 9781250130921 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays* | Sloane Crosley | 9780374279844 | Out 4/3/18 (LR: 2/20)
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir* | Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele | 9781250171085 | Out 1/16/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE MITFORD MURDERS** | Jessica Fellowes | 9781250170781 | Out 1/23/18 (LR: 11/20)
THE WOMAN IN THE WATER | Charles Finch | 9781250139467 | Out 2/20/18 (LR: 12/20)
THE ECHO KILLING** | Christi Daugherty | 9781250148841 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
CRIMSON LAKE* | Candice Fox | 9780765398482 | Out 3/20/18 (LR: 1/20)
FORCE OF NATURE* | Jane Harper | 9781250105639 | Out 2/6/18 (LR: 12/20)
GRIST MILL ROAD* | Christopher J. Yates | 9781250150288 | Out 1/9/18 (LR: 11/20)
SOMETIMES I LIE* | Alice Feeney | 9781250144843 | Out 3/13/18 (LR: 1/20)
INDECENT | Corinne Sullivan | 9781250147073 | Out 3/6/18 (LR: 1/20)
OLIVER LOVING* | Stefan Merrill Block | 9781250169730 | Out 1/16/18 (LR: 11/20)

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

Don’t forget that you can download this presentation and many others to use at your library’s next book buzz event! readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/17/17 Edition)

Hey hey, it’s a great day for YA! Bonnie Pipkin’s AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS is nominated for YALSA’s 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD has two starred reviews!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
Ages 17 to 18
I was dead for 13 minutes. Now I want to know why. In this dark and twisty YA suspense novel, Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—that it wasn’t an accident, and that she wasn’t suicidal. “This tense, gritty psychological thriller, steeped in sex, drugs, partying, and social media, is GONE GIRL for the Mean Girls set.” — Horn Book Magazine

EVERYTHING MUST GO by Jenny Fran Davis
Ages 14 to 19
In this wise and hilarious debut novel told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora Goldwasser gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a Hudson Valley farm, hoping to woo a boy she’s fallen in love with. “Filled with vibrant characters, it balances gentle jabs at pop culture and self-righteousness with thought-provoking ideas about feminist ideals and human frailties.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

SUN WARRIOR by P.C. Cast (Tales of a New World #2)
Ages 12 to 18
In the second book in P.C. Cast’s new contemporary fantasy series, Tales of a New World, Mari, an “Earth Walker” and Nik, a “Companion,” who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction. “Fascinating post-apocalyptic settings, intriguing characters, and plenty of battles will entice and capture readers from beginning to end.” — VOYA Magazine readmoreremove

FOUR Stars for THE HAZEL WOOD

Amazing news—Melissa Albert’s debut contemporary fantasy THE HAZEL WOOD has FOUR starred reviews!
A Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce Young Adult pick!

A Winter 2017-2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Top Ten pick!

“Albert’s debut is rich with references to classic children’s literature; Alice’s sharp-edged narration and Althea’s terrifying fairy tales, interspersed throughout, build a tantalizing tale of secret histories and magic that carries costs and consequences.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother’s sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice’s fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The lilting structure and deliberate tone bring to mind fairy tales both new and retold while also hinting at the teeth this story will bear in the form of murder, mayhem, and violence both in the Hinterland tales and in Alice’s reality. An aggressive lack of romance and characters transcending their plots make this story an empowering read that will be especially popular with fans of fairy-tale retellings.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“Highly literary, occasionally surreal, and grounded by Alice’s clipped, matter-of-fact voice, it’s a dark story that readers will have trouble leaving behind. HIGH-DEMAND: The buzz for this debut is deafening, and the fact that the film adaption is already in the works doesn’t hurt.” — Booklist, starred review
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Booklist’s Best Romance Books of 2017

We’re in love with Booklist‘s Top 10 Romance reading lists of 2017*, including these three Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Romance Fiction (full list)

HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
In Enoch’s scrumptious tale, in Scotland, Major Gabriel Forrester inherits a title and a castle, which Fiona Blackstock has been expertly managing. Will she help this unwelcome English duke gain the trust of the people?

Top 10 Romance Debuts (full list)

THE BAD LUCK BRIDE by Janna MacGregor
Claire Cavensham is about to lose her fourth fiancé; Should she consider a proposal of mutual convenience from a marquess? MacGregor makes this classic romantic story line marvelously fresh.

THE IDEA OF YOU by Robinne Lee
This sexy, bittersweet debut by actress turned author Lee portrays a Los Angeles single mother, Solene, who finds herself involved with a much younger British rock star. readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: November 2017 Indie Next List

These two Macmillan titles made the November 2017 Indie Next list!

MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL: A Novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva
Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this debut novel set as Charles Dickens writes his beloved classic. “With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that’s imbued with the true Christmas spirit.” — Booklist

THE WINE LOVER’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman
With all her characteristic wit and feeling, celebrated essayist Fadiman examines her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine. “In this crisp, scintillating, amusing, and affecting memoir, Anne incisively and lovingly portrays her brilliant and vital father and brings into fresh focus the dynamic world of twentieth-century books and America’s discovery of wine.” — Booklist, starred review

Maximum Shelf: SOMETIMES I LIE

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

This is how Alice Feeney’s debut novel, SOMETIMES I LIE, starts. And fans of psychological thrillers won’t be able to stop reading after that, according to Maximum Shelf Awareness (and librarian fans on #ewgc!).

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. Though she can hear everyone around her, no one knows because she’s in a coma. But she doesn’t remember what happened. And she has a sneaking suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, the narratives build and collide for an ending that leaves readers speechless.

SOMETIMES I LIE is meticulously plotted, deliciously twisty and gripping to the very end.” — Shelf Awareness

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Happy #BookBday (10/3/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these outstanding new releases!

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Longlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, plus two starred reviews! “These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction, the #1 October 2017 Indie Next pick, one of Kirkus’s “Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live up to the Hype,” and two starred reviews! “Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
An October 2017 LibraryReads pick! As young nurse Tess works to save the lives of her polio-stricken patients, she must untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior. “Combines the issue-driven style of Jodi Picoult, the romantic tension of Nora Roberts, and the life-defining-mistake motif of Amy Hatvany’s IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.” — Booklist

THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis
In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man. “Betrayal, magic, and murder drive the brisk pace and create a dark atmosphere of uncertainty. Kalogridis’ clever inclusion of historical detail brings Florence to life (as she did in THE DEVIL’S QUEEN, 2009), while characters shift alliances, becoming ever more treacherous and violent.” Booklist, starred review

LONDON AND THE SOUTH-EAST by David Szalay
Never before published in the United States, the debut novel by the wildly talented author of Man Booker Prize finalist ALL THAT MAN IS. “Written with intense psychological acuity and inventive detail, the author turns a humdrum account of male malaise into an experience far more affecting—and universal—than it has any right to be.” — Publishers Weekly

Happy #BookBday DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451!

Dear DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451,

Congratulations, you’re a book! A real live BOOK written by a very smart and funny librarian named Annie Spence. We know that other librarians love you too, since you’re a LibraryReads pick and that you’re pretty well-written because industry journals gave you starred reviews.

We hope you spend lots of time off library shelves and in readers’ homes and hearts.

We love ya,
Macmillan Library

PS: Annie (@annieaupence), we know that you’re taking over @Flatironbooks today on Twitter from 10-11am and 1-2pm EST.

We’re dying to see what people #askalibrarian for besides book recommendations. Now go have a slice of virtual cake to celebrate your #BookBday!

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