Reviews and Publicity

#ThrillerThursday (1/10/19)

Apocalyptic thrillers + female sheriffs + Minneapolis PIs = one exciting #ThrillerThursday!

THE COMING STORM: A Thriller by Mark Alpert
“Using his background in science, Alpert has crafted a tale that begins with the U.S. government ignoring the effects of climate change and then abandoning human rights in a misguided attempt to control the resulting chaos. A frightening apocalypse thriller…”–Booklist

RECEPTOR by Alan Glynn
“Readers who enjoyed Edgar finalist Glynn’s LIMITLESS will welcome this intriguing sequel.”–Publishers Weekly

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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/9/19)

Life-saving dogs, easy recipes, historical conspiracies, influential queens, labor uprisings, and the roots of the American criminal justice system–check out today’s nonfiction picks!

HERO DOGS: How a Pack of Rescues, Rejects, and Strays Became America’s Greatest Disaster-Search Partners by Wilma Melville with Paul Lobo
The incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America’s foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina. “It makes for a harrowing, often heartbreaking, yet inspirational tale as Melville eloquently explores the small victories and wrenching losses of the dogs’ much-needed work.”–Publishers Weekly

5 INGREDIENTS: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
Maximum flavor with minimum fuss, lots of nutritious options, and loads of epic inspiration from one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time.

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PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Chooses HEART

The PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This,” has chosen Sandeep Jauhar’s HEART: A HISTORY as its January pick!

For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As the cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in HEART: A HISTORY, it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live.

Follow the “Now Read This” Facebook page for discussion questions and other bonus material throughout the month, and at the end of the month, Jauhar will be answering your questions on the PBS NewsHour.

#PubDay (1/8/19)

It’s #pubday for a thrilling sci-fi series, a coming-of-age story couched in myth and history, and a how-to for dating in the modern age!

GHOST WALLL by Sarah Moss
2 starred reviews!
January 2019 Indie Next Pick
A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior. “This novella-length story is thought provoking on multiple levels, with insights into primitive and modern societies, and coming of age in the face of family violence.”–Library Journal, starred review

HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN by Blythe Roberson
2 starred reviews!
A comedy philosophy book aimed at interrogating what it means to date men within the trappings of modern society. “The title of Roberson’s first book sounds like a dating manual; it is so much better than that. Instead of useful advice, she offers a survival manual for cis straight women living in a patriarchal society that undervalues their work but who still want to smooch hot guys.”–Booklist, starred review

THROUGH FIERY TRIALS: Safehold (Volume 10) by David Weber
The tenth volume in the New York Times bestselling Safehold series finds Safehold facing an uncertain future.

Author Spotlight: Seanan McGuire

When I think fantasy master, I think Seanan McGuire.

This bestselling, Nebula, Alex, Locus, and Hugo Award-winning author solidifies her rockstar status with every book she publishes, and today we celebrate all things Seanan McGuire.

Coming Soon:

MIDDLEGAME
Master storyteller Seanan McGuire introduces readers to an America run in the shadows by the Alchemical Congress, a powerful society focused on transmuting reality itself in this standalone fantasy. Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realize it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Also by Seanan McGuire:

IN AN ABSENT DREAM
Launched McGuire into the LibraryReads Hall of Fame
January 2019 Indie Next Pick
“McGuire’s fourth in the ‘Wayward Children’ series takes the concepts of fairness and common sense and twists them through the doorways of a portal fantasy with an amazing landscape and characters. Lyrical prose cuts with an honesty of losing childhood innocence that eases the heartache that sometimes accompanies coming of age.”Library Journal, starred review

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Charlie Jane Anders Is Seeing Stars

Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders’ newest novel, THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (on shelves next month), has now earned its FOURTH starred review!

“Anders’s worldbuilding is intricate, embracing much of what makes a grand adventure: smugglers, revolutionaries, pirates, camaraderie, personal sacrifice, wondrous discovery, and the struggle to find light in the darkness. This breathlessly exciting and thought-provoking tale will capture readers’ imaginations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY) weaves an intricate tale of colonialism and evolution on both physical and social levels. The harsh world and well-developed characters combine with stunning storytelling that will capture readers’ minds and hearts.”Library Journal, starred review

“After environmental sci-fi/fantasy (the award-winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, 2016) and pop-culture dystopia (ROCK MANNING GOES FOR BROKE, 2018), Anders shifts gears for this sweeping work of anthropological/social sf… Anders contains multitudes; it’s always a fascinating and worthwhile surprise to see what she comes up with next.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Violence, politics, betrayal, love, friendship, encounters with alien predators, and experiences in a dying city entwine to create a conflicted world in an even stronger novel than Anders’ Nebula Award–winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY (2016); a tale that can stand beside such enduring works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969), Frank Herbert’s DUNE (1965), and Dan Simmons’ HYPERION (1989).”–Booklist, starred review

BABYLON BERLIN Breaks the Language (& Netflix) Barrier

Volker Kutscher’s international-bestselling Gereon Rath Mystery Series is now the world’s biggest foreign language television series!

The story centers on Detective Gereon Rath caught up in a web of drugs, sex, political intrigue, and murder in Berlin as Germany teeters on the edge of Nazism. The show, originally broadcast in Germany and on Netflix in the US, was one of the most ambitious (and costly!) non-English language TV shows to go into production, and has since become a critical hit. Read more about how the show came about here, and go beyond the show with the bestselling, critically acclaimed source material now!

BABYLON BERLIN: Book 1 of the Gereon Rath Mystery Series
THE SILENT DEATH: A Gereon Rath Mystery (Volume 2)
GOLDSTEIN: A Gereon Rath Mystery (Volume 3)

Get Ready for the 2020 Election Season

The 2020 election season has officially begun, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren launching an exploratory committee for the presidency. Here are the two books from the Senator herself explaining who she is and what she stands for:

A FIGHTING CHANCE
The inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught Warren how Washington really works—and really doesn’t.

THIS IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class
A passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

Sneak Peek: February 2019 Indie Next List

The February Indie Next List includes three Macmillan titles!

THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
“A collection of autobiographical essays on schizophrenia, which ‘shirks reality in favor of its own internal logic’….quite powerful and certainly useful for fellow sufferers.”
Kirkus Reviews

THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib
“In her powerful debut, Zgheib masterfully chronicles the pain of an anorexic’s distorted thinking and intense fear of food in a riveting diarylike structure… This is an impressive, deeply moving debut.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
“This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

#PubDay (New Year’s Eve Edition)

Happy New Year and welcome to our first 2019 #pubday celebration!

LIVE AND LET PIE: A Bakeshop Mystery (Volume 9) by Ellie Alexander
Life is sweet once you step into Torte, everybody’s favorite small-town bakeshop. But what happens when it becomes the scene of a crime?

THE DUKE I ONCE KNEW: Unlikely Duchesses by Olivia Drake
The first book in Olivia Drake’s new Unlikely Duchesses series: when two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he’s a duke and she’s a governess? “By equal measures endearing and sumptuous… the novel immerses readers in a beautifully developed world.”–Publishers Weekly

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