Deep Thoughts

Happy National Library Week 2018!

It’s National Library Week, and what better way to celebrate than with some of our favorite books by librarians, about libraries, or starring librarians:

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
A September 2017 LibraryReads pick, Gen X-er librarian Spence’s book is a snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.

MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
Murder? In the library?! It happens in Lehane’s 42nd Street Library mystery series starring crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler.

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Swyler’s “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations was a June 2015 LibraryReads pick and a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers selection.

THE INFERNAL LIBRARY: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder
A compelling new history of “dictator literature” in the twentieth century, featuring the prose and poetry of Lenin, Hitler, Mao, and more.

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
Librarian Weaver’s charming Golden Age debut introduced married couple/amateur sleuths Amory and Milo Ames and was an October 2014 LibraryReads pick. Look for book 5 in the series, AN ACT OF VILLAINY, coming this September 2018.

Plus, Patience & Fortitude are roaring about our New York Public Library Spring 2018 staff picks!

STARFIRE: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth

BAKING WITH KAFKA by Tom Gauld

DON’T GO by Lisa Scottoline

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (Young Adult)

Day’s YA – I’M NOT MISSING

Happy Friday, YA librarians! 

Welcome to this special *Friday edition* of Day’s YA! I’ve been going on and on and on about this book to anyone who will listen (roommates, coworkers, librarians at PLA, unsuspecting strangers, etc.), so I’m very excited to share it will all of you!

I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain
9781250132512
Available July 10, 2018 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

Wow. This book is stunning. It opens on Miranda and Syd—the very best of friends—hanging out in the pseudo-graveyard behind Syd’s house. It’s where they go to get away from the rest of the world and to be in the company of each other . . .

Miranda and Syd don’t have a lot in common (Syd is larger-than-life, and Miranda spends most of her time in Syd’s shadow), but they are bound together by one vital similarity: they both have mothers who’ve abandoned them. Miranda and her father are still very close, but Syd is now left with her deadbeat dad and his new wife, neither of whom seem to care much about Syd. Miranda is Syd’s only real companion and they’ve always been there for each other. Until Syd runs away in the middle of their senior year and with absolutely no explanation. Now Miranda is left behind again and must discover who she is on her own, as she works to untangle the clues Syd left behind. Along the way, Miranda must also navigate her first love, college decisions, and her evolving relationship with her adoring (and slightly nerdy) father. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY

Hello again YA librarians!

Welcome to the 10th edition of Day’s YA! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been craving uplifting and inspiring books lately to get me through these last weeks of winter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love winter—I really do—but even I look forward to spring come mid-March. And this book is the perfect remedy for anyone with a case of the winter blues.

CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae
9781250175250
Available May 15, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Also available in audio and read by the author

“Wonder is what we’re born with. Worry is what we learn.”

In this semi-autobiographical guidebook-to-life, Amber Rae uses a combination of short stories, self-help tips, and prompted journal pages to help her readers push past their fears and realize the amazing things they are capable of. With chapters on self-doubt, procrastination, envy, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, and a whole host of other relevant topics, each short chapter includes a topical anecdote from the author’s life, helpful tips, and a page for journaling, mapping, or doodling. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

Hello and happy March!

We’ve almost made it to spring, but the setting in the book I want to share with you today is as frigid and wintry as they come. You may want to bundle up before reading on!

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
9781250077738
Also available in audio.

This is the feminist SNOW WHITE retelling I’ve always wanted. I’ve been waiting for this book without even knowing it. If you also find yourself rolling your eyes at some of the more traditional, damsel-in-distress tales, this is the fairy tale for you.

Melissa Bashardoust’s debut novel tells the story of two young women. Sixteen-year-old Mina lives with her magician father and has no concrete memory of the mother who died when Mina was just a child. Mina longs to be loved and to be able to show love, but the glass heart inside her chest won’t allow it. When Mina and her father move to the castle, Mina decides that she will get the newly-widowed king to fall in love with her and become queen.

Lynet is the daughter of the king and has never known her mother, though she is the spitting image of the former queen. Lynet’s whole world is turned upside down when she discovers that she was formed from snow and was created to look just like her mother. Her father has certain expectations for how she lives her life, but Lynet has other plans. She wants to be less like the mother she never met and more like her beloved stepmother, Mina. But when the king ousts Mina and gives her role to Lynet instead, a rivalry for the throne is ignited between the two women.

Alternating chapters tell the stories of Mina’s past and Lynet’s present, while completely shattering the traditional fairy tale tropes. Prince Charming is nowhere to be found (and Lynet has no need for him, anyway) and Mina is a much more complicated character than your run-of-the-mill evil stepmother. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s CINDER, Angela Carter’s THE BLOODY CHAMBER, or Amanda Lovelace’s THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE, Bashardoust’s novel is Frozen meets Robin McKinley and it is even more delightful than you could ever imagine.

And to top it off, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS was recently named to ALA’s Amelia Bloomer List for feminist literature! readmoreremove

February 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Our sales team created an Edelweiss collection of our month’s bestsellers and recently released titles — what a perfect collection development tool for you! Here are some of the top titles for February 2018:

Recent Releases:
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
JACKIE, JANET & LEE by J. Randy Taraborrelli
MOTHERS OF SPARTA by Dawn Davies
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

Edgar Award Nominees:
ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims
MANDERLEY FOREVER: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana de Rosnay
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
TORNADO WEATHER by Deborah E. Kennedy readmoreremove

But That’s Another Story Podcast

Can one story change the course of your life? If anyone knows, it’s Will Schwalbe, Macmillan Executive Vice President & bestselling author of THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB and BOOKS FOR LIVING. In the new podcast, But That’s Another Story, Schwalbe invites notable guests (Katie Couric! NPR reporter Sam Sanders! PACHINKO author Min-Jin Lee!) to tell stories of the books and the moments that changed their lives.

Subscribe now to But That’s Another Story on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher, and follow Macmillan Podcasts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you can share these inspiring stories.

Day’s YA – IN SIGHT OF STARS

 

Hi everyone! 

We’re back in the office after a busy (but fantastic!) few days at ALA Midwinter. It was so great to get to meet some of you in person and chat about books! One book in particular that I’m especially excited for is this lovely novel by Gae Polisner.

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
9781250143839
Available March 13, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Gae Polisner has done it again! (By “it,” I mean she’s written another deeply emotional, tear-inducing, beautiful novel). IN SIGHT OF STARS tells the story of seventeen-year-old Klee (pronounced Clay), who has had a pretty terrible year. When his father dies suddenly, Klee’s world begins to crumble. Klee and his father had a very special bond–he was his friend and mentor. After his death, Klee and his mother move out of NYC and into a house in the suburbs, where Klee constantly feels out of place. Enter: Sarah Wood. When Klee meets Sarah, his life starts to steady. Sarah gives him a sense of belonging that he hasn’t felt since his dad died. He begins to feel okay again . . . until a moment of betrayal shatters his universe a second time and he ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Told in alternating timelines, the story both leads us to the main event and walks us through Klee’s recovery from it. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – BRING ME THEIR HEARTS

Hey YA folks!

Whew! Anyone else feel like January was approximately 400 days long? Well, we’ve officially made it to February AND it’s ALA Midwinter month! We’ll be heading to Denver next week for the conference, so be sure to stop by our booth (#1741) if you’re also going to be there.

BUT before I get ahead of myself, allow me to introduce you to a lovely YA fantasy novel.

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Available June 5, 2018 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

“I take one final look in the mirror. A girl with paper skin and pale blond hair looks back at me. She wears a heart-shaped locket of silver. Her too-thin lips are pink in the center. Her gray eyes are bolded with dark kohl, two lines tracing down her cheekbones as is the current Vetrisian style. She has a zit beneath her bangs she’s worried about, but she’s worried more about her teeth, the sharp ones that come out when she’s hungry.
She is young. She is terrified. She is playing dress-up. She is playing a very dangerous game.
She is Heartless.

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Day’s YA – CARAVAL

Hi friends!

Welcome to the sixth installment of Day’s YA! If you’re new here, my name is Emily Day and I’m the newest member of Team Library Marketing at Macmillan. If you’re not new here, you may have noticed that we switched up our logo a bit, so be on the lookout for this new logo for all things YA-related.

Now on to an enchanting YA fantasy novel that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with.

 

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
9781250095251
Also available in audio
Will be available in trade paperback May 1, 2018
9781250095268

Ok, so I know I’m about a year late to the game (ha, I promise that was an unintentional pun) with this one, but please allow me my delayed obsession with this book. In the case that you, like me, have not yet discovered CARAVAL, here’s the gist: Scarlett has spent her entire life longing to participate in Caraval, the interactive, week-long game/performance that only happens once a year. When Scarlett’s cruel father arranges for her to marry a man she’s never met, Scarlett’s hopes are dashed . . . until her invitation to the game finally arrives and Scarlett and her younger sister Tella, along with a mysterious (and oh-so-dreamy) sailor they’ve just met, make their way to Isla de los Sueños to play. Everyone keeps telling Scarlett that it’s only a game and everything that happens during Caraval is merely a performance, but things become much more real when Tella is kidnapped by the game’s mystifying mastermind, and finding her becomes the only way to win the game.

I’m pretty sure I read this book in about a day and a half because I just couldn’t bear to put it down. The world is unique and imaginative and I felt like I was right there with Scarlett, wandering around and getting joyously lost (though maybe not quite as lost as her, thanks to the handy map in the novel’s front matter). Lots and lots of people are comparing this book to THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin  Morgenstern, but I’ve never read THE NIGHT CIRCUS, so I can’t necessarily endorse that comparison. However, I can say that it’s got bits and pieces of lots of brilliant YA elements. There’s the game-that’s-more-than-just-a-game aspect à la THE HUNGER GAMES; the forbidden, but chemistry-filled romance similar to that of Edward and Bella; and the magical world that feels very Wonderland-esque. But the amazing thing is that Garber manages to take all of those classic elements and make something completely new and extraordinary. Simply put, CARAVAL is magical. And with such a clever and twisty ending, THANK GOODNESS the magic doesn’t end here. The sequel—LEGENDARY—will be available May 29, 2018 [insert all celebratory emoji here]! readmoreremove

Day’s YA – HOW I RESIST

Happy New Year, YA friends!

Winter Storm Grayson is in full force over here in NYC, so we’re staying bundled up today. The temperatures outside might be arctic-like, but I have a book for you that’s sure to light a fire of resistance in the hearts of readers young and old.

HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson
9781250168368
Available May 15, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Young people are rising up among the ranks of activists and it is absolutely vital that their voices are heard. This book will help to make sure that happens. HOW I RESIST is a compilation of essays, interviews, poems, and songs written for teens about activism, strength, and having hope in a time when the world looks bleak. Chapters include an essay about growing up queer and Hispanic in Texas, a guide to calling your representatives, a short story about being an activist while at college, and a list of books about resistance compiled by librarians, plus a number of other thoughtful and thought-provoking topics. The all-star cast of contributors includes Libba Bray, Javier Muñoz, Rosie O’Donnell, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Sabaa Tahir, and so many more.

While this collection is written specifically for young people, it will make readers of all ages pause and think about what they are doing–or what they could be doing–to make the world a better place, which ultimately has an impact on resistance, as Hebh Jamal points out: “Taking time to think deeply about one’s advocacy makes a more productive advocate. How I resist is therefore deeply affected by how much I am willing to think.” The message of hope within these pages is one that all readers can and should turn to for inspiration and encouragement. In the end, it’s about being true to who you are and believing that you have the power to make a change because, as Rebecca Roanhorse says in her chapter of the book, “Being you is the most powerful kind of resistance of all.” readmoreremove

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