Reviews and Publicity

New Year, New You!

Making resolutions for 2018 already?! Prepare your patrons with these new and forthcoming titles:

THE BIKINI BODY MOTIVATION & HABITS GUIDE by Kayla Itsines
The #1 Fitness Influencer in the world (Forbes) and social media star (over 18 million followers!) shares a guide on how to form good healthy habits in just 28 days. Includes checklists and templates, a 28-day meal plan, more than 200 simple and delicious recipes, shopping lists and a pull-out 28-day workout poster.

TOTAL TEEN: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World by Tracy Anderson
A body-positive health and fitness guide made just for girls, from one of the most trusted and admired names in fitness.

FOOD FOR LIFE by Laila Ali
Four-time undefeated boxing world champion, daughter of Muhammad Ali, cooking personality, and passionate health advocate Ali’s cookbook features over 100 sassy recipes where nutrition is King, but flavor is Queen.

THE SUPER CARB DIET: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food by Bob Harper
The bestselling author of THE SKINNY RULES and host of The Biggest Loser shares a diet focused on nutrient-dense foods that are big in flavor and allow certain kinds of carbohydrates at targeted times during the day.

THE HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D
From the physician behind the trusted and wildly popular website Nutritionfacts.org, and author of the New York Times bestselling book HOW NOT TO DIE, comes a beautifully-designed, comprehensive cookbook complete with more than 120 recipes for delicious, life-saving, plant-based meals, snacks, and beverages.

EAT YOUR FEELINGS: The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating by Lindsey Smith
Smith shares how to make yummy, nourishing meals and snacks based on what people tend to crave the most during heightened emotional states. Blending food and humor (just look at those adorable Emoji Chocolates!), this is a lighthearted take on your typical diet book.

THE FINANCIAL DIET: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan & Lauren Ver Hage
From The Financial Diet, the website inspiring over a million women each month: a beautiful, wry, practical guide to help you save, date, decorate and dream your way to your best financial life. readmoreremove

Stars for GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER

We were blown away by Shobha Rao’s debut story collection, AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, which made the 2017 RUSA Notable Fiction Reading List. Now, Rao’s debut novel, GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER, has THREE starred reviews:

“This powerful, heart-wrenching novel and its two unforgettable heroines offer an extraordinary example of the strength that can be summoned in even the most terrible situations. Although it is set in 2001, the obstacles each young woman faces, from cruel in-laws to sexual slavery, mutilation, and captivity, demonstrate that modern ideas of gender equality do not exist everywhere in the world. Despite everything they go through, their spirits continue to burn brightly, building to an ending that takes your breath away in its magnificence and beauty.” — Booklist, starred review

“An enchanting tale… The resplendent prose captures the nuances and intensity of two best friends on the brink of an uncertain and precarious adulthood. An incisive study of a friendship’s unbreakable bond.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Incredible storytelling… Highly recommended for book discussion groups, this tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

Going to ALA Midwinter in Denver? Then RSVP now to meet Shobha at the LibraryReads / AAP Saturday With the Authors panel.

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All-in-One “Best Books of 2017”

*drumroll please* For your collection development joy, here are all of our “Best Books of 2017” lists in one place!

Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews Fiction, Nonfiction, Teen

Library Journal — Best Books of 2017 & Notable Books of 2017

School Library Journal‘s Best Adult Books 4 Teens

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2017

New York Times Book Review Top 10 & Editor’s Choice picks

New York Times Notable Books

Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

People Magazine

Time Magazine

GQ Magazine

Vulture (New York Magazine)

Huffington Post

Buzzfeed

NPR’s Book Concierge

Goodreads Choice Awards nominees

Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best of 2017

See all these titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

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THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Booklist’s 2017 Editors’ Choice Picks

Over at Booklist, the Adult Books editors selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections, including 13 Macmillan titles:
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2017 (full list)

Fiction
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal
SOME RISE BY SIN by Philip Caputo

Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Social Sciences
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
Read Donna Seaman’s Carnegie Award shortlist interview with Ellsberg
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet

Geography & Travel
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (12/14/17 Edition)

Cozy up with some cozies (and a psychological thriller) this December:

BLOODSTAINS WITH BRONTE by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The second book in a delightful new cozy mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “The writers’-retreat theme opens the story to plenty of literary references, and there are also details about home remodeling and decorating woven throughout this cozy, set in small-town coastal Oregon and featuring a middle-aged main character trying to decide whether she should totally change her life.” — Booklist

GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust
When the body of Realtor of the Year Shirley Randolph is found floating in Brandywine Creek’s local fishing hole, townsfolk think Police Chief Wyatt McBride may be responsible, given his romantic interest in Shirley. “Oust deliciously upends a cozy trope—amateur sleuth vs. professional cop—in her fifth Spice Shop mystery (after 2016’s CURRIED AWAY). Ginger lore and simple recipes provide lagniappe.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Nuclear Nonfiction

The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers and Noam Chomsky cover nuclear war in their new nonfiction books:

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
A finalist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction with three starred reviews! From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the awful dangers of America’s hidden, fifty-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.

“Ellsberg’s brilliant and unnerving account makes a convincing case for disarmament and shows that the mere existence of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to humanity.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ellsberg’s book is essential for facilitating a national discussion about a vital topic.” — Library Journal, starred review

“A must-read of the highest order, Ellsberg’s profoundly awakening chronicle is essential to our future.” — Booklist, starred review

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Flatiron Fiction Stars

We’re seeing stars for Flatiron Books’s W18 fiction!

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Also available in audio
“Block’s powerful, ambitious third novel (after The Storm at the Door and The Story of Forgetting) examines the dislocation, confusion, and psychological trauma experienced by families and communities when sudden, violent loss of life occurs. The author handles this deep psychological exploration very skillfully. The ending of the novel is a beautifully rendered meditation on the nature of forgiveness, mercy, and healing. Enthusiastically recommended for fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Block’s plot is intriguing enough to keep the pages turning, but it is his idiosyncratic, resolutely individual characters who really demand attention as they drive the narrative. Block has done an excellent job of building both his characters and the West Texas setting, which lives vividly on the page, all heat and dust and decrepitude. At once timely and timeless, this is an exciting story that rewards reader interest.” — Booklist, starred review

THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh
“…Cavanagh’s criminally entertaining sequel to 2016’s THE DEFENSEThis is perfect for anyone who likes a locked-room mystery wrapped inside a legal thriller on steroids.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Nominees for YALSA’s 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list

We’re so pleased to report that the following titles have been nominated for YALSA’s 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list!

FIRE!!: THE ZORA NEALE HURSTON STORY by Peter Bagge

POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: DISPATCHES FROM TURKEY, SYRIA, AND IRAQ by Sarah Glidden

UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY by Yeon-sik Hong

See the full list of nominees here. Congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators nominated this year!

NPR’s 2017 Book Concierge Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live and it includes nearly 50 Macmillan titles!!

300 ARGUMENTS: Essays by Sarah Manguso
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
AFFLUENCE WITHOUT ABUNDANCE: The Disappearing World Of The Bushmen by James Suzman
AGE OF ANGER: A History Of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
BAKING WITH KAFKA by Tom Gauld
BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan
THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: America And China, 1776 To The Present by John Pomfret
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, And Fake News by Kevin Young
THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
DARE NOT LINGER: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa
THE DARK DARK by Samatha Hunt
DRAFT NO. 4: On The Writing Process by John McPhee
THE DRY by Jane Harper
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
FEN: Stories by Daisy Johnson
FIRE!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge
FRESH COMPLAINT: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death And Life In Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
HOSTAGE by Guy Delisle
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
KEEPING ON KEEPING ON by Alan Bennett
THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans Baldwin
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Nagata Kabi
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King, as told to Barbara Reynolds
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul
RIVER OF TEETH by Sarah Gailey
THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
TOO MUCH AND NOT IN THE MOOD: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose
TWIN PEAKS: THE FINAL DOSSIER by Mark Frost
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