Reviews and Publicity

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction 9/13/17

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

“A breezy and engaging book that is a little philosophy and a lot self-help. This could do for unplugging what Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) did for decluttering.”–Booklist

Night: A Memoir by Elie Wiesel

A memorial edition of Elie Wiesel’s seminal memoir of surviving the Nazi death camps, with tributes by President Obama and Samantha Power

A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell

“Campbell’s captivating writing allows readers to see inside the life of a foreign correspondent and the bonds forged and broken through investigative reporting.”–Booklist, starred review

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

“The stories that Parry gives voice to are not only deeply personal but they are accompanied with essential historical and cultural context that enable the reader to understand the roles of death, grief, and responsibility in Japanese culture—and why some survivors may always remain haunted.”–Booklist, starred review

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others by Tali Sharot

“A fascinating, accessible primer on what current research teaches us about the art of persuasion…An enjoyable read.”–Publishers Weekly

Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced its 2017 shortlist and and our very own 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster was included! The judges will announce the winners on October 17.

 

Sneak Peek: October 2017 Indie Next List

The October 2017 Indie Next List includes SEVEN Macmillan titles!

#1 Pick: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

“Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast

A Library Journal Editors’ 2017 Fall Pick

“Brooklyn-born Chast follows up her emotional National Book Award finalist memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant with an expanded version of a guide to Manhattan she made for her college-bound daughter, which enlightens readers on the finer and sometimes obscure points of what makes New York City a vibrant and often loony landscape. Multiple aspects of the city are lovingly examined and lampooned, with a matter-of-fact intimacy that could only come from a native New Yorker, from the bad—why not to get on an empty subway car—to the grand—the expanses of Central Park. Observations and advice on making one’s way through the city’s diversions are mixed with the quirky character that oozes from the metropolis’s every concrete pore. It’s all delivered with obvious and knowing affection and captured with a keenly observant pen.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill by Jim Fergus

“Twenty years on, Fergus’ best-selling novel, One Thousand White Women (1998), remains vivid in readers’ memories and continues to be discovered by historical-fiction fans. He now continues the intriguing tale of the U.S. government’s controversial, little-publicized, assimilation-oriented Brides for Indians program… It’s a gripping tale, a history lesson infused with both sadness at the violence perpetuated against the Cheyenne and awe at the endurance of this remarkable group of women…Requests will be legion.”–Booklist, starred review

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

“National Book Award winner McDermott (Someone) delivers an immense, brilliant novel about the limits of faith, the power of sacrifice, and the cost of forgiveness…”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

“Wonderfully intricate…Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

“Powerful… This is a potent and memorable novel.”–Publishers Weekly

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

“The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.”–Library Journal, starred review

Movie Tie-Ins 09/08

It’s a book! It’s a movie! It’s a book and a movie! DISCUSS!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The acclaimed bestseller, now a major motion picture from Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), starring Natalie Portman

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Now a major motion picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and written by three time Academy Award nominee James Ivory

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

“A stunning, moving, subdued masterpiece of a book” (The Christian Science Monitor), now a major motion picture starring Amy Schumer and Miles Teller

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo appears in Ken Burns’s new 10-part, 18-hour PBS series “The Vietnam War,” premiering September 17

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, and Vanessa Redgrave

#thrillerthursday 09/07

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

“The Reacher-like thrills leading there generate adrenaline-fueled pleasure. Bolton, who also writes as S. J. Bolton, delivers another strong, resourceful female character in Jessica Lane.”–Booklist

“Bolton’s (Little Black Lies) latest stand-alone hits the ground running…VERDICT This will be the book of the fall for Bolton’s fans and anyone who treasures the experience of staying up late reading just to find out what happens next.”–Library Journal

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver

“Sparkling…”–Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent entrée into a delightful (librarian-penned) series.”–Booklist

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

“A deliberate pace and a skillfully woven plot conspire to create a visceral read that’s at once a gripping psychological thriller and a devastating exploration of the damage wrought by childhood trauma.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Land asks if we are doomed to repeat the sins of our fathers—or, in this case, mothers—in her assured, creepy debut… Readers will be more than happy to go along for the ride and may be surprised how they feel about the conclusion, proving the unmistakable spell that Land has cast. Sly, unsettling, and impossible to put down.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves

“Engrossing…This nuanced, adroitly paced tale should satisfy both series fans and new readers.”–Publishers Weekly

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

“It is no secret that Robb’s Eve Dallas series continues to be one of the most popular brands in crime fiction. Add that to this installment’s perfectly executed plot, snappy pacing, and judicious sprinkling of dry humor, and you have a particularly enjoyable treat for loyal fans and curious new readers alike. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With an initial run of 750,000 copies and copious publicity, Robb’s new Eve Dallas title will be heavily requested.”–Booklist

“Robb continues to impress…”–Publishers Weekly

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd

“With the fourth wildly original addition to her Virtue Falls series, Dodd takes more than a few creative risks and then brilliantly succeeds in this sexy, compulsively readable tale of romantic suspense.”–Booklist

“Intriguing characters (including an especially horrifying villain), twin romances (Kateri and Stag’s prickly sparring as well as Merida and Benedict’s trust-challenged bond), and a complex plot that reveals itself with chilling precision keep the pages turning. VERDICT Tense, taut, and beautifully paced, this latest addition to Dodd’s series is another stunner; it will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike. Dodd (Because I’m Watching) lives in Washington State.”–Library Journal, starred review

2 Stars aka HAVE YOU ORDERED THESE BOOKS FOR YOUR LIBRARY YET???

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

“In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With a glorious and dramatic story, Bear begins a stunning new series set in the same world as her Eternal Sky trilogy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Trace by Archer Mayor

“Outstanding..Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives’ special talents—Spinney’s patience and doggedness, Kunkle’s unorthodox but effective rule-bending, and Martens’s bravery and resourcefulness—in this welcome addition to the long-running series.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Trace is one of the best of a very fine series.”–Booklist, starred review

Murderous Mistral by Cay Rademacher

“Readers will be as captivated by Rademacher’s description of Blanc’s adjustment to village life as they will by the well-constructed mystery. Highly recommended for fans of international crime fiction, especially Mark Pryor’s Hugo Marston series and Peter Morfoot’s Paul Darac procedurals.”–Booklist, starred review

“Rademacher, short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award (for The Murderer in Ruins), has written a carefully plotted police procedural that vividly captures the landscape and scents of Provence while introducing Blanc and a small group of colleagues. VERDICT The police action and political connections will attract fans of Jeffrey Siger’s police novels set in Greece.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

A PW Fall 2017 Top 10 Science Book

“British science writer Fitzharris slices into medical history with this excellent biography of Joseph Lister… She infuses her thoughtful and finely crafted examination of this revolution with the same sense of wonder and compassion Lister himself brought to his patients, colleagues, and students. “As he neared the end of his life, Lister expressed the desire that if his story was ever told, it would be done through his scientific achievements alone,” Fitzharris notes, respecting his wish and fulfilling it in the context of a remarkable life and time.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. . . Fitzharris knows how to engage readers in fascinating and shocking details about medical history. She clearly. . . explains medical and scientific terms and techniques while also using novelistic details and narrative techniques to move the story along. In deftly capturing an ‘epochal moment when medicine and science merged,’ the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

#bookbday (09/05/17)

Happy #bookbday!

Across the Sea by Gaute Heivoll

“Deeply affecting. . . . A striking and exquisitely detailed novel exploring the depths of compassion, cognizance, and mutual understanding amidst a household of adults and children who cannot always communicate in traditional ways.”―Publishers Weekly

“Humane and lovely; reminiscent of Paul Harding’s Tinkers in its sympathetic understanding of mental disability and the power of memory.”―Kirkus Reviews

“This is an intensely moving work, the characters drawn with such depth that when overwhelming tragedy strikes or the inexorable cruelty of time makes itself felt, grief is palpable. While bittersweet, this is primarily a story of kindness, of imperfect people who are good at heart making a safe place in an otherwise unsympathetic world for those less fortunate than themselves.”―Booklist

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

“Triumphant… The thrilling first section of interwoven timelines proceeds at a breakneck pace; later sections are more linear and tense with anticipation, leavened with witty footnotes. Through tragedy, betrayal, and victory, this glorious adventure thrills and satisfies with cold violence, terrifying monsters, roaring crowds, and bloody honor.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

“It is no secret that Robb’s Eve Dallas series continues to be one of the most popular brands in crime fiction. Add that to this installment’s perfectly executed plot, snappy pacing, and judicious sprinkling of dry humor, and you have a particularly enjoyable treat for loyal fans and curious new readers alike. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With an initial run of 750,000 copies and copious publicity, Robb’s new Eve Dallas title will be heavily requested.”–Booklist

“Robb continues to impress…”–Publishers Weekly

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

September 2017 LibraryReads selection!

“How many novels can boast an obstreperous sourdough starter as a key character? A delightful and heartfelt read.”—Library Journal

“Sloan’s comic but smart tone never flags, and Lois is an easy hero to root for.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Through narrative and email correspondence, Sloan captures contemporary work environments, current reality, and future trends . . . [Sourdough] offers much to savor.”—Publishers Weekly

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd

“With the fourth wildly original addition to her Virtue Falls series, Dodd takes more than a few creative risks and then brilliantly succeeds in this sexy, compulsively readable tale of romantic suspense.”–Booklist

“Intriguing characters (including an especially horrifying villain), twin romances (Kateri and Stag’s prickly sparring as well as Merida and Benedict’s trust-challenged bond), and a complex plot that reveals itself with chilling precision keep the pages turning. VERDICT Tense, taut, and beautifully paced, this latest addition to Dodd’s series is another stunner; it will appeal to romance and suspense fans alike. Dodd (Because I’m Watching) lives in Washington State.”–Library Journal, starred review

October Indie Next Selections + 2 Starred Reviews!

Both Annalee Newitz’s AUTONOMOUS and Carmen Maria Machado’s HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES have each received two starred reviews and will debut on the October Indie Next list!

 

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

“The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A phenomenal debut that’s sure to garner significant award attention… “–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

“Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

“Machado’s debut collection brings together eight stories that showcase her fluency in the bizarre, magical, and sharply frightening depths of the imagination…An exceptional and pungently inventive first book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

#thrillerthursday (08/31)

Welcome to #thrillerthursday on this very last day of August!

Kill the Heroes by David Thurlo

“This fast-paced mystery makes an easygoing read, spiced with plenty of humor… A solid southwestern mystery.”–Booklist

Dark River Rising by John Rogers

“A local criminal is found tortured to death, a snake stitched into his belly, and Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman fears that she’s about to be one-upped when Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene. But with the disappearance of a scientist from a government lab, she’s trading her local insight for his deep connections to solve both cases. Lots of in-house excitement for this debut from former corporate lawyer and college professor Johns.”–LJ, Pre-Pub Alert

 

The Guinness World Records Collection

Guinness World Records is proud to bring you 3 incredible new books!

 

Guinness World Records 2018: Meet our Real-Life Superheroes

The Guinness World Records 2018 book is back and packed with over 4,000 incredible new records from the awe-inspiring natural world to cool science facts to unbelievable sporting achievements to awesome big stuff and much more. Featuring a special section dedicated to the fictional comic-book superheroes and the real-life superhumans who do extraordinary things such as the Canadian strongman vicar who can pull a jumbo jet. For the first time, Guinness World Records has incorporated 10 superlative infographic poster pages in the book exploring extreme records such as Fastest, Highest, Longest and Tallest. Students can compare what’s faster, Usain Bolt or a cheetah? The Guinness World Records 2018 book is the ultimate collection of amazing facts all in one place.

Guinness World Records 2018 Gamer’s Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Gaming Records

The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2018 is the ultimate guide to the record-breaking feats and achievements in the world of gaming. Filled with incredible records and stories from gaming superstars, to the records behind the top games, fantastic photos and thrilling stats. Fans of professional gamer, Dan TDM, will enjoy an exclusive forward where he discusses the last year in gaming news and more. You’ll also meet gaming heroes such as the world’s oldest games YouTuber at 81 and a special feature on the cape crusaders we all love. Gamers and aspiring ones are sure to be amazed and inspired.

Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals: Packed full of your Most-Loved Animal Friends

The brand new title, Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals, is a celebration of the fastest, tallest, strongest, strangest, coolest, most awesome animals in the world. It will entertain and delight young readers, while introducing them to fascinating and often astonishing facts about the animal kingdom. Presenting Bertie, the fastest tortoise in the world, who was clocked at .28 miles per hour. Plus, unlikely animal friendships, like the one between Owen, a young hippopotamus, and Mzee, a 130 year-old Aldabra tortoise. Amazing Animals also features fun games, quizzes, and activities along with animal facts and figures from the world of popular culture.

 

 

 

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