Deep Thoughts

Required Friday Reading (8/10/18)

It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

2018 Alex Award Winner

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer List

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming’s skillful writing brings new vividness to Doaa Al Zamel’s dramatic story. This book amply demonstrates why Al Zamel has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing [this] inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

BUTTERFLY is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world… Teens who enjoyed I AM MALALA will find another heroine in this inspirational memoir of a Syrian swimmer who became an advocate for refugees.” Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“[A] remarkable book…Like Dadaab itself, the story has no conclusion. It is a portrait, beautifully and movingly painted. And it is more than that. At a time when newspapers are filled with daily images of refugees arriving in boats on Europe’s shores, when politicians and governments grapple with solutions to migration and erect ever larger walls and fences, it is an important reminder that a vast majority of the world’s refugees never get as far as a boat or a border of the developed world.” — Caroline Moorehead, The New York Times Book Review

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

“Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers… [She] writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country’s flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities US citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read.” — Booklist

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.” — Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.” — Publishers Weekly

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

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Day’s YA – I DO NOT TRUST YOU

Hey, YA librarians! 

Today’s YA pick has you visiting far-off places all from the comfort of your own home. But don’t forget to buckle your seat belt!

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
9781250052308
Available September 11, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Memphis (known as “M”) spent most of her formative years traveling the world with her archaeologist father. She’s proficient in multiple languages and her knowledge of ancient religions is not that of a typical eighteen-year-old. However, after her father dies, M’s life takes an oddly normal turn. Her guardians, Bob and Liza, are as normal as they come, and all they want is for M to start acting like a “normal teen.” But M’s life has never been normal, and that’s not about to change now. Enter: Ashwin Sood, the handsome young man that reveals that M’s father is alive. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – SADIE

Helloooooo, YA librarians!

Holy. Moly. This. Freaking. Book.

I’m not even going to waste time with a witty introduction because I’m just SO EXCITED to talk to you about SADIE. But before I begin, just know that you will not be able to put this book down. So carve out an afternoon, get comfy, and prepare yourself for a YA thriller like no other. Ready? Let’s go.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Nineteen-year-old Sadie lives in a small Colorado town where she has raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own for years . . . until the day she runs away, on a mission to find the man who killed Mattie. The police investigation was a mess and Sadie wants justice. She throws away almost everything she owns, buys a cheap car, and leaves town following whatever clues she can find to lead her to her sister’s killer. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – MIRAGE

Hello, YA librarians!

Whew! We’re back from ALA Annual and, with that, our 2018 conference season comes to a close! The past few months have been such a fun and wild ride, and we certainly ended on a high note.

Speaking of ALA, some of you may have picked up this magical YA debut. If you were one of the lucky ones who got a copy, you’re going to want to put it at the top of your pile.

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners
Ages 13 to 18

Amani lives “on a small moon orbiting a large planet, in a small farmhouse in a small village” with her family. Their moon, Cadiz, is part of Mizaal Galaxy and is ruled by the Vathek Empire’s cruel king, Mathis, and his daughter, Princess Maram.

On Amani’s Majority Night—the night she is to become an adult in the eyes of her village and celebrate her coming-of-age—she is kidnapped by Vathek guards and forced to become Princess Maram’s body double. The one bright spot in Amani’s bleak situation is Idris, Maram’s fiancé (who’d mistaken Amani for Maram the first time they met). As Amani perfects her role as Maram and draws closer to Idris, she discovers the rebellion and an opportunity to use her position in an unexpected way. readmoreremove

Introducing Celadon Books!

Welcome to Macmillan’s newest imprint, Celadon Books!

Founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices. Their motto: “We believe that when readers finish a Celadon book, they will know that it was time well spent.” (They also have a gorgeous, amazingly curated website!)

Celadon’s first list of four titles is set for Winter 2019, and many of you are already raving about their inaugural title

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

CAPE MAY by Chip Creek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – LEGENDARY

Happy Friday, YA librarians! 

We’re ending this week with a *legendary* book recommendation! [insert How I Met Your Mother pun here]

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available now from Flatiron Books
Also available in audio
Ages 13 to 18

You all know how much I loved CARAVAL, with its magical circus and evil mastermind, and now Stephanie Garber is back at it again with LEGENDARY (an instant #1 New York Times bestseller!!). This time the story is told from Scarlett’s sister Tella’s point of view (whom I adore), and oh boy, does she have a story to tell. readmoreremove

Macmillan’s 175th Anniversary

“If a large tree grows from this small seed we shall be grateful.” — Daniel Macmillan, London, 1843

“What Alexander handed down… was a tradition or, more truly, a marked character…” — Charles Morgan, The House of Macmillan, 1943

Macmillan is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2018, starting with a celebratory toast at this year’s BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York City.

The global publishing powerhouse, which today publishes books in more than 120 countries, was founded in London in 1843 by two brothers, Daniel and Alexander Macmillan. The company grew to become one of the largest publishing houses in the world by the turn of the 20th century, with offices in the United States, Australia, and India. By 1999, the various companies founded by the Macmillan Family – including the independent US publishing house – were brought back together under the shared ownership of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, another independent, family-owned publisher based in Stuttgart, Germany.

The celebration continues online throughout the year with a social media campaign (@MacmillanUSA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) using the hashtag #Macmillan175, featuring employees and authors telling their “Macmillan Story,” as well as notable historical facts about the organization.

Throughout its history, Macmillan companies have published some of the best-loved fiction, nonfiction and children’s authors of all time, including Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Madeleine L’Engle and the poetry of W.B. Yeats and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, to the more recent Vice President Joe Biden, W. Bruce Cameron, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Franzen, Atul Gawande, Kristin Hannah, Hilary Mantel, Liane Moriarty, Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, Marilynne Robinson, Brandon Sanderson, Oprah Winfrey, Gene Luen Yang and more.

“We try to keep that family feel within Macmillan,” said John Sargent, Macmillan’s CEO. “We believe that staying true to our roots as a family owned company brings out a positive and comfortable environment for not only our employees but for our authors too. It’s a place where you can feel at home and we hope to continue that for the next 175 years and beyond.”

Remembering Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was a pioneering voice of his generation. We are extremely honored to have published fourteen of his books, including THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIESTHE RIGHT STUFFTHE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY, RADICAL CHIC & MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS, THE PAINTED WORD, A MAN IN FULL, and I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS.

One of the founders of the New Journalism movement (he’s credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade”), and a reporter for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, Wolfe has been honored with the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. readmoreremove

Congratulations, Stacey Abrams!

HUGE CONGRATS to Stacey Abrams, who won last night’s Democratic primary and made history by becoming Georgia’s first black female nominee for governor!

“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired,” Abrams said.

Her new book, MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change, is now available from Henry Holt and Macmillan Audio. Make sure your library has it!

Click to listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, read by Stacey Abrams.

 

 

PW Spotlight on Araminta Hall

We know you love Araminta Hall—her new book, OUR KIND OF CRUELTY, is a May 2018 LibraryReads pick (available now from MCD/FSG and Macmillan Audio), and so does Publishers Weekly.

In a fascinating interview, Hall discussed her decision not to tell both sides of the story between her two young lovers…

“Switching perspectives almost would have been the easy thing to do, and then I just thought, what I’m writing about is how society judges women, and we still live in a very male society.”

…her unusual sources of inspiration—the Amanda Knox case and the 2016 presidential election…

“It really spurred me on because Hillary was judged so harshly, while Trump was caught on tape literally bragging about sexual assault. It’s that disparity between how women are expected to behave and be perfect, and men can be so much less than perfect.”

…and on writing a first-person male narrative. readmoreremove

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