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2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees from Macmillan:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

New Drop-In Titles!

dropinsWe’ve announced several new political and current events books recently. In case you missed the news, here’s the scoop on each one:

OLD SCHOOL: Life in the Sane Lane by Bill O’Reilly & Bruce Feirstein
Out: March 28, 2017
Also available in audio, introduction read by the author
Bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein team up to make their case about the looming confrontation over values: Old School (“which values the country’s time-tested, can-do spirit and principles”) vs Snowflake (“vehemently anti-tradition as they whine about ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’”).

THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Out: April 18, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (#ShePersisted!) and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

TWO PATHS: America Divided or United by John Kasich
Out: April 25, 2017
Also available in audio
Ohio Governor John Kasich answers the burning question of our time: “Where do we go from here?” Do we head down the right path…or the garden path?

PANTSUIT NATION by Libby Chamberlain
Out: May 9, 2017
From the fastest-growing private Facebook group in history—now with nearly 4 million engaged and impassioned members—a beautifully designed 4-color inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, struggle, love, and celebrate in our world.

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: Our Coming of Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
Out: May 16, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body—and explains how parents can encourage them.

THE SWAMP: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism—and How Trump Can Drain It by Eric Bolling
Out: June 27, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
From the New York Times bestselling author of WAKE UP AMERICA and Fox News cohost of “The Five” comes a lively, provocative history of Washington, DC political scandal. Bolling also offers a series of recommendations for President Trump: practical, hard-headed, and concise ways to drain the swamp and force Washington to be more transparent, more accountable, and more effective in how it serves those who have elected its politicians and pay the bills for their decisions.

RESCUED FROM ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son by Dimitri Bontinck
Out: August 8, 2017
The gripping true story of how a father rescued his son from ISIS, and his continued efforts to help other families do the same.

Thriller Thursday (2/23/17 Edition)

Sleuths from 16th century England to the present abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves (also available in trade paperback)
DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey. “Published in the UK in 1998 and just now released in the United States, this first book in Cleeves’s ‘Vera Stanhope’ series (which also inspired a popular television show) demonstrates exactly why the curmudgeonly Northumberland police detective gets results. It would be foolish to discount Vera because she doesn’t dress smartly-she can outfox even the wiliest of criminals, while wearing whatever she pleases, and readers will delight in getting the chance to see how such a quirky character evolved. ” — Library Journal

A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
In this third series entry, book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson and an odd, unidentified body. “Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy Belated #BookBday (2/22/17 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these new releases a happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going:

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
A March 2017 Indie Next pick! Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP was a January 2016 LibraryReads pick and in her new novel, a single mother reaches out to her oncology nurse and social worker to help find a stable situation for her daughter, who suffers from a crippling social anxiety. “Readers should get ready for a good, ugly cry after reading Hepworth’s latest. Part tearjerker, part celebration of mothers, this story tugs at the heartstrings, guaranteeing that readers will smile through the tears.” — Booklist, starred review

ENCIRCLING by Carl Frode Tiller
In the brilliant first novel in the Encircling Trilogy: a searing psychological portrait of a man by his friends. David has lost his memory. When a newspaper ad asks his friends and family to share their memories of him, three respond: Jon, his closest friend; Silje, his teenage girlfriend; and Arvid, his estranged stepfather. “A poised and effective Rashomon-style exploration of multiple psyches.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

LJ’s Spring 2017 Editors’ Picks

Library Journal recently revealed their Spring 2017 Editors’ Picks, including these three Macmillan books:

“Like many, I have always had an appreciation for all things Jane Austen, whether it be her original novels, their many retellings, or watching Colin Firth as Darcy famously emerge from a lake in a billowy white shirt. Now I’m awaiting Lucy Worsley’s JANE AUSTEN AT HOME (St. Martin’s, Jul.), which sees the author on an enviable research trip through Austen’s many residences, including childhood and holiday houses, schools, and the abodes of relatives. Worsley connects these spaces back to the fictional dwellings of Austen’s characters, emphasizing the thematic importance of home.” — Kate DiGirolomo, SELF-e Community Coordinator
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2016 Nebula Award Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced their finalists for the 2016 Nebula Awards and we’re pleased to have ten terrific nominees!

Best Novel
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl

Best Novella
RUNTIME by S.B. Divya
THE DREAM-QUEST OF VELLITT BOE by Kij Johnson
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson

Best Novelette
THE JEWEL AND HER LAPIDARY by Fran Wilde

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Choskhi
ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine readmoreremove

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017

These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:

Fiction
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.

Poetry
AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.

Comics/Graphic Novels
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.

Memoir
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.

Politics/Current Events
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.

Music
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (2/16/17 Edition)

Spies and detectives and murderers, oh my!

A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming
Two starred reviews! A former MI6 officer, Thomas Kell devoted his life to the Service, but it has left him with nothing but grief and a simmering anger against the Kremlin. Then Kell is offered an unexpected chance at revenge. Taking the law into his own hands, he embarks on a mission to recruit a top Russian spy and finds himself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse in which it becomes increasingly difficult to know who is playing whom. “Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

AMONG THE RUINS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
In Khan’s third powerful mystery, Detective Esa Khattak is on leave in Iran when he’s asked to investigate the murder of Canadian-Iranian filmmaker Zahra Sobhani at Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Khattak quickly finds himself embroiled in Iran’s tumultuous politics and under surveillance by the regime, but when the trail leads to Zahra’s family in Canada, Khattak calls on his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help. “Deeply political without becoming pedantic, Khan’s crime novel offers a fictionalized yet very real look at a region that is steeped in both beauty and misery.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Seeing Stars

What do these 5 books have in common? They’ve all received more than one starred review!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD than of the Shire. Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
“With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

“Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie’s enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable.” — Kirkus Review, starred review

THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK by Joe Ollmann
“Comprising 10 years of painstaking research, this graphic biography details the life of obscure writer, occultist, traveler, and bondage fanatic William Seabrook… As both a narrative and a story in pictures, this is an early candidate for the year’s best graphic biography.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Including high adventure, sorrowful drama, and cameos by historical stars such as Man Ray, Aldous Huxley, and Gertrude Stein, this one has all the hallmarks of a classic work of biography and is an early contender for one of the best releases in 2017.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

RT Book Reviews 2016 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to the 20 Macmillan titles nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2016 Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Best Mainstream Fiction
CONFUCIUS JANE by Katie Lynch
THE REAL MRS. PRICE by J.D. Mason

Best Contemporary Mystery

THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
DEADLY JEWELS by Jeannette de Beauvoir
DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton

Best Historical Mystery
A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip de Poy
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross

Best Suspense
NIGHT AND DAY by Iris Johansen

Best Thriller
PANACEA by F. Paul Wilson

Best Historical Romance
THE HUNTER by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Contemporary Love & Laughter
ONE HOT SUMMER by Melissa Cutler

Best Erotic Romance
ONE WITH YOU by Sylvia Day

Best Romantic Suspense
BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon readmoreremove

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