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Day’s YA – ENCHANTÉE

Welcome to the final Day’s YA post of 2018!

Read on for magic, deception, and hot air balloons! And see you all back here in 2019!

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Ages 12 to 18
Available February 5, 2019 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners

In order to provide for her chronically ill sister and to escape an abusive thieving brother, Camille uses forbidden magic to transform herself into Cécile Descharlots, Baroness de la Fontaine. As the Baroness, Camille swindles wealthy young Versaille aristocrats out of their precious coins. The glamorous palace life and the attention of a handsome hot air balloon inventor are intoxicating—but the line between her two disparate lives begins to blur as the French Revolution ignites around her.

 

ENCHANTÉE is a Cinderella-esque story with more layers than Marie Antoinette’s cakes. The stakes are high, the magic system is unlike that of any other YA fantasy, and the descriptions of Paris and Versailles are simply enchanting. The cast of characters that Camille encounters are equally humorous and maddening, and their obsession for excess and luxury juxtaposes perfectly with the poverty experienced by Camille’s family.

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Day’s YA – THE GILDED WOLVES

Happy Friday, YA folks!

Are you a fan of Ocean’s 11, Moulin Rouge, or THE NIGHT CIRCUS (or perhaps all three)? Then stop what you’re doing and read this book ASAP, because it was written for you!

 

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
9781250144546
Ages 12 to 18
Available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books

It’s 1889 Paris, and the city is abuzz. The World’s Fair is coming and a new, glimmering tower at the edge of the Siene is under construction. Séverin Montagnet-Alarie owns the L’Eden Hotel, but he was born to hunt treasures. Which is why the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, chooses him to track down a mysterious ancient artifact. To do so Séverin needs the help of his friends—an eccentric group of experts, each with their own unique speciality.

 

There’s Leila, a cabaret dancer with secrets of her own;
Enrique, the beautiful historian with a flirty side;
Zofia, the awkward and nerdy engineer extraordinaire;
Tristan, the little brother of the group who annoys the others with his pet tarantula, Goliath;
And Hypnos, the charming outsider whose trustworthiness is more than a little questionable.

This misfit crew is truly a family—they love, fight, laugh, and annoy each other. The ensemble group shines—each with their own motivation and unique perspective, but their stories intertwine beautifully. And OH, THE BANTER. Truly irresistible. readmoreremove

Donna Seaman Interviews Wayétu Moore

Earlier this month, Booklist‘s Donna Seaman interviewed debut novelist Wayétu Moore about SHE WOULD BE KING, the fifth Sarah Jessica Parker Pick for Book Club Central. The two covered everything from the importance of telling stories to how Liberian history is central to that of our own. Read on.

Click for a Discussion GuideRead-Alike TitlesDownloadable Images, and an Interview.

 

Remembering Ntozake Shange

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange passed away last weekend at the age of 70. We are honored to have published SOME SING, SOME CRY (written with her sister Ifa Bayeza).

Her works include the Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, as well as SASSAFRASS, CYPRESS & INDIGO and LILIANE. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize.

Remembering Poet Tony Hoagland

Graywolf Press poet Tony Hoagland (1953–2018) succumbed to pancreatic cancer earlier this week, and to help commemorate his life in letters, we’ve compiled an Edelweiss collection of his poetry, including WHAT NARCISSISM MEANS TO ME, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his most recent collection, PRIEST TURNED THERAPIST TREATS FEAR OF GOD.

Tony Hoagland’s poems interrogate human nature and contemporary culture with an intimate and wild urgency, located somewhere between outrage, stand-up comedy, and grief.

“Few [poets] deliver more pure pleasure. His erudite comic poems are backloaded with heartache and longing, and they function, emotionally, like improvised explosive devices.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“When we wake up each morning, though, we have to live in the banal folly (and comfort) of capitalism today, and we need to live as if it is still possible to make moral and compassionate choices. Tony Hoagland writes poetry for that part of our lives.”      —Mark Halliday, Pleiades

Welcome to Macmillan Library Marketing, Amanda!

Hello librarians!

I’m baaaack! After spending the past year in special sales, I am so excited to jump back into the amazing world of library marketing. I just couldn’t resist joining Talia and Emily’s epic team and finally sharing my love of books and libraries with you all once again. I’m happy to help with any title questions, galley requests, or general fan-girling over your latest great book find.

I can’t wait to see you at our buzzes or conferences, and if you find a book you love, I would love to chat about it! For anyone I haven’t met yet, I’m a big fan of all things genre, so I’d love to geek out with anyone who feels the same. But like any book lover, I’ll read anything that comes with a good recommendation.

Please feel free to reach out to me at amanda.rountree@macmillan.com, on the phone at 646-307-5169, or through our twitter @MacmillanLib. Let’s talk books!

–Amanda

Day’s YA – WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS

Hey, YA librarians!

When the fall frenzies are too much, read this quietly lyrical book for quick relief.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
9781250095237
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in trade paperback

Fifteen-year-old Steffi Herrera is bullied by her classmates, her sister doesn’t get her, and all she wants in life is to become a jazz musician. While walking home from school one day, Steffi hears her favorite song emanating from the nearby retirement home. When she investigates the source, she meets Alvar Svensson, an aged jazz musician who dreamed of fame once upon a time.

The two grow close as Alvar recounts his life as a musician in WWII-era Stockholm and encourages Steffi to follow her heart. Steffi’s youthfulness and determination inspire Alvar to rediscover his spark for life.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS is delightful. Alvar’s flashbacks blend seamlessly with Steffi’s present-day narration and their stories intertwine in unexpected ways. Their friendship illustrates the beauty and magic of intergenerational relationships. readmoreremove

Celebrating Women’s Voices: An Edelweiss Collection

This catalog is a collection of the best fiction and nonfiction from women whose voices are a collective call for urgent resistance. Given the current political climate we hope that this catalog will be a helpful tool for identifying books that are culturally relevant and on the pulse of the public conversation.

Author Spotlight: Graywolf’s Alyson Hagy (10/8/18)

We love ourselves an underdog, a hidden gem, and Graywolf Press, to us, is just that. Their earnest pursuit to publish  “underrepresented and diverse voices” is #winning and we love ’em. So should you. Start with Alison Hagy’s #1 Indie Next PickSCRIBE, and thank us later.

SCRIBE
by Alyson Hagy
November 2018 #1 Indie Next Pick  + two starred reviews for this gothic, apocalyptic, dystopian novel filled with myth and folklore from the hills of Appalachia!

“Set after a civil war and deadly fevers decimate the country, Hagy’s new novel is a slim and affecting powerhouse. Timely and timeless; a deft novel about the consequences and resilience of storytelling.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Taut and tense, with both a dreamlike quality and a strong sense of place, Hagy’s brief but powerful tale will indelibly haunt readers long after the final page is turned.” Booklist, starred review

“Hagy probes the weight of responsibility and the desperation of survival in a deteriorated society in this evocative, opaque tale.”— Publishers Weekly

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Nonfiction Round-Up (10/3/18)

A deep dive into Atheism… A dive into deep undercover… Today’s featured Nonfiction titles are… deep.  Read on for more details about several October Nonfiction must-haves to add to your shelves.

SEVEN TYPES OF ATHEISM
by John Gray

“Reviewing the lives, principles, and practices of prominent and obscure atheists from centuries past, Gray (STRAW DOGS) challenges the presuppositions and positions of contemporary atheists and secular liberals in this powerful book… Gray alluringly invites readers to reconsider what atheism is and should be.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

GHOST: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent
by Michael R. McGowan

“McGowan, a three-decade FBI veteran, narrates his impressive career in this intense memoir… McGowan gives readers a thrilling insider’s view of being an undercover FBI agent, ‘the most exciting and challenging job in the world.'” ― Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Propulsive….Will appeal to readers curious about the undercover lifestyle and the inner workings of federal law enforcement.” Kirkus Reviews

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