Reviews and Publicity

Sneak Peek: August 2019 Indie Next List

Congrats to Macmillan’s August 2019 Indie Next Listers!

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center

2 starred reviews!

“Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The follow-up to Center’s breakout hit, HOW TO WALK AWAY (2018), in which Cassie had a brief cameo, has all the hallmarks that made readers fall in love with the previous book: an appealing (if guarded, in this case) heroine, a compelling love story, a tearjerking twist, and a thoroughly absorbing story. Another winner from Center.”–Booklist, starred review

THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin

A July 2019 LibraryReads Pick!

“This novel is pure entertainment… cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room–the only key to freedom is turning the last page!”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Red-Hot Fall 2019 Drop-In Alert: JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson

From the New York Times bestselling author of TEARS WE CANNOT STOP and WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE comes JAY-Z: Made in America, a powerful examination of JAY-Z as a cultural icon, published for his 50th birthday.

JAY-Z is America at its scrappy, brash, irreverent, soulful, ingenious best: as transcendent a cultural icon as Frank Sinatra, as adventurous a self-made billionaire as Mark Zuckerberg, as gifted a poet as Walt Whitman. As he reaches the half-century mark, logs thirty years as a recording artist, becomes the genre’s first billionaire, reigns as an elder statesman in a field teeming with artists half his age, and continues to make relevant rap records that chart—and that chart an artistic and political response to revived racism and renewed hostility to blackness—it is an auspicious time to examine JAY-Z’s ideas, gifts and impact, to take measure of his stride as a cultural colossus. And there is no one better suited to the task than Michael Eric Dyson, who has investigated and championed hip hop, and the work of JAY-Z, as a critical American art form, for decades.

JAY-Z: Made in America goes on sale November 26, 2019 from St. Martin’s Press.

Also available in audio.

Nonfiction Round-Up (7/10/19)

Satellites for science, becoming kind, and demystifying the 2016 election–welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

ARCHAEOLOGY FROM SPACE: How the Future Shapes Our Past by Sarah Parcak

“Exciting and futuristic, this book elicits that anything-is-possible feeling–a must-read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE KINDNESS METHOD: Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding by Shahroo Izadi

“Her involved and very reflective process may very well result in a more aware, more enriched life.”–Booklist, starred review

THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired–and Inaugurated by Allen Salkin and Aaron Short

“With complementary and contradictory views offered regarding the same occurrence, what emerges from these disparate voices is a deeper understanding of the fact that the Trump presidency was not a chimerical pursuit. With his 2020 re-election campaign underway, those who dismiss Trump as a one-hit wonder would do well to know the seriousness with which he pursued the previous campaign.”–Booklist

Happy #PubDay! (7/9/19)

Family secrets + a Russian family saga + the return of a math-genius mercenary = one happy #pubday!

BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly

“Prying into the power and family dynamics of the dynastic American industrialist family, Kelly’s evocative, startling story will appeal to readers who enjoy family sagas.”–Publishers Weekly

JACOB’S LADDER by Ludmila Ulitskaya

“A sweeping, ambitious story reminiscent at times of Pasternak in its grasp of both history and tragedy.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

NULL SET: A Cas Russell Novel by S. L. Huang

“Huang’s sophomore novel brings us the same tight action, compelling characters, and mathematics magic as ZERO SUM GAME. Fans of the TV series Jessica Jones will enjoy meeting Cas.”–Library Journal

Three Stars for GIDEON THE NINTH

Swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers–oh my! Tamsyn Muir’s debut GIDEON THE NINTH now has THREE starred reviews!

“From the mad science joys of necromantic theory to the deliciously ever-evolving tension between Gideon and Harrow, this adventurous novel not only embraces its strangeness but wrings delight from it. The result is an addictive, genre-bending book that will wow readers with its vibrant energy, endearing cast, and emotional gut-punch of a finale.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

At once sarcastic, sincere, heart-wrenching, and honest pulpy enjoyment, filled with dark magic, swordplay, and lesbian necromancers, Muir’s debut is a fantastic sf/fantasy blend. Readers will discuss this journey for a long time and be clamoring for the next installment.”–Library Journal, starred review

“This debut novel, the first of a projected trilogy, blends science fiction, fantasy, gothic chiller, and classic house-party mystery… Suspenseful and snarky, with surprising emotional depths.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Author Spotlight: Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels–she is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.

UNDER CURRENTS, Nora’s latest standalone beach read (on sale this week!), explores the power of family to harm—and to heal.

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back.

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E. Jean Carroll Explores WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR? (7/2/19)

America’s longest running advice columnist E. Jean Carroll provides a darkly funny and very personal attempt to answer a burning cultural question in her new book, WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR?: A Modest Proposal.

When E. Jean Carroll–possibly the liveliest woman in the world and author of Ask E. Jean in Elle Magazine–realized that her eight million readers and question-writers all seemed to have one thing in common–problems caused by men–she hit the road. Criss-crossing the country with her blue-haired poodle Lewis Carroll, E. Jean stopped in every town named after a woman between Eden, Vermont and Tallulah, Louisiana to ask women the crucial question: What do we need men for?

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THE WHISPER NETWORK is the July 2019 Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick!

THE WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker is the official selection of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club for July 2019!

Follow Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Instagram or Facebook to see favorite quotes, moments, and thoughts on THE WHISPER NETWORK.

THE WHISPER NETWORK: Available now from Flatiron Books. Also available in audio.

Three starred reviews + July Indie Next Pick!

PW Fall 2019 Announcements

Publishers Weekly included 73 Macmillan titles in their Fall 2019 Announcements! Here’s our breakdown of the books that need to be on your radar:

Art, Architecture, and Philosophy

EXTRAORDINARY DOGS: Stories from Search and Rescue Dogs, Comfort Dogs, and Other Canine Heroes by Liz Stavrinides and John Schlimm

Business and Economics

START FINISHING: How to Go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey (Top 10)
INFLUENCE: How social media influencers are shaping our digital future by Sara McCorquodale

Comics and Graphic Novels

MAKING COMICS by Lynda Barry (Top 10)
YEAR OF THE RABBIT by Tian Veasna (Top 10)
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Kevin Huizenga
SPRING RAIN: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolution by Andy Warner

Cooking and Food

LATERAL COOKING: One Dish Leads to Another by Niki Segnit

Essays and Literary Criticism

BUSTED IN NEW YORK AND OTHER ESSAYS by Darryl Pinckney (Top 10)
THE COLLECTOR OF LEFTOVER SOULS: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum (Top 10)
HUMAN RELATIONS AND OTHER DIFFICULTIES: Essays by Mary-Kay Wilmers (Top 10)
THE DOLPHIN LETTERS, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle by Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell; edited by Saskia Hamilton
ESSAYS ONE by Lydia Davis
EROSION: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

History

THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman (Top 10)
THE ANARCHY: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple
RETREAT FROM MOSCOW: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 by David Stahel
AGENT JACK: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton
THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America by Byron L. Dorgan

Lifestyle

GOOD HABITS, BAD HABITS: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood (Top 10)
THE MOVES THAT MATTER: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson (Top 10)
REWILDING: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali
HOW NOT TO DIET: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM
BREATHING FOR WARRIORS: Learn the Secret of Pro Athletes, Coaches, and First Responders to Unlock the Path to Endurance, Strength, Precision, and an Unshakable Mental Game by Dr. Belisa Vranich

Literary Fiction

FIND ME by André Aciman (Top 10)
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner (Top 10)
THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING by Deborah Levy
AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins
DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
SUICIDE WOODS: Stories by Benjamin Percy
DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer
FALSE BINGO: Stories by Jac Jemc
CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

Memoirs and Biographies

CARRIE FISHER : A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (Top 10)
HIGH SCHOOL by Sara Quin and Tegan Quin (Top 10)
THE BROKEN ROAD: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy
THE UNDYING: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care by Anne Boyer
MORE MYSELF: A Journey by Alicia Keys
A MARVELOUS LIFE: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth

Mysteries and Thrillers

CITY OF WINDOWS by Robert Pobi (Top 10)
THIRTEEN by Steve Cavanagh (Top 10)
THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North (Top 10)
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY: A Constable Twitten Mystery by Lynne Truss
THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan
THE WORST KIND OF WANT by Liska Jacobs
29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan

Poetry

THE DOLPHIN: Two Versions, 1972-1973 by Robert Lowell; edited by Saskia Hamilton (Top 10)
HEED THE HOLLOW: Poems by Malcolm Tariq
LOVE AND I: Poems by Fanny Howe
I WILL DESTROY YOU: Poems by Nick Flynn

Politics and Current Events

TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann (Top 10)
WHY YOU SHOULD BE A SOCIALIST: How the Left Can Dream Big and Win Again by Nathan J. Robinson (Top 10)included under the former title WE’RE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW
THE PRICE WE PAY: What Broke American Health Care–and How to Fix It by Marty Makary
SHADOW NETWORK: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
MY TIME AMONG THE WHITES: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE GREEN NEW DEAL: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth by Jeremy Rifkin
WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties – and How to Take Them Back by David Kirby

Romance and Erotica

CHRISTMAS ANGELS by Nancy Naigle

Science

SUPERHEAVY: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table by Kit Chapman (Top 10)
THE CONTACT PARADOX: Challenging our Assumptions in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Keith Cooper
THE MISSING LYNX: The Past and Future of Britain’s Lost Mammals by Ross Barnett
TRACKING THE HIGHLAND TIGER: In Search of Scottish Wildcats by Marianne Taylor

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (Top 10)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (Top 10)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (Top 10)
BLOOD OF AN EXILE by Brian Naslund
GAMECHANGER by L. X. Beckett
SUPERNOVA ERA by Cixin Liu
WARRIOR OF THE ALTAII by Robert Jordan
THE GURKHA AND THE LORD OF TUESDAY by Saad Z. Hossain
RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi

Also, don’t miss PW’s audio announcements!

Happy #PubDay Paul Doiron!

Put down the fishing pole and grab a copy of Paul Doiron’s tenth Mike Bowditch mystery, ALMOST MIDIGHT–on sale today!

Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch already has a troubling mystery on his hands: finding the archer who mortally wounded Maine’s only wild wolf. Then he learns his best friend, Billy Cronk, has been released from prison after heroically defending a female guard from a stabbing. Mike comes to believe the assault was orchestrated by a wider criminal conspiracy. When the conspirators pursue Billy’s wife and children to a “safe” cabin in the woods, Mike rushes to their defense only to find himself outnumbered, outgunned—and maybe out of options.

A native of Maine, bestselling author Paul Doiron attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English. THE POACHER’S SON, the first book in the Mike Bowditch series, won the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards in the same category. He is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine with his wife, Kristen Lindquist.

Read an excerpt of ALMOST MIDNIGHT here.

Praise for ALMOST MIDNIGHT:

“Fans of outdoors procedurals, like those by William Kent Krueger or C. J. Box, will be delighted to make get to know the consistently strong Mike Bowditch series”–Booklist

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