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Forthcoming #FridayReads: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS

A mother and her 5-year-old daughter must hide from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland during World War II in Jennifer Rosner’s heart-rending fiction debut, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

Shira, the daughter, is a musical prodigy, and in order to keep her quiet and hidden in the barn of a Non-Jewish family, her mother Róza invents the story of a garden that must remain silent and a yellow bird that tends it, and this is how they survive until Róza is forced to make a difficult choice that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is Emma Donoghue’s ROOM meets World War II with a taut, tense story line and magical storytelling. It is emotional and tense and magical–it will fit right in there with stories like THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ or Kristin Hannah’s THE NIGHTINGALE, and we’ll have a reading group guide available online for your clubs.

Request the e-galley on NetGalley or email amanda.rountree@macmillan.com to request a physical ARC.

Vote Now in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

Voting for the 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is now open, and there are MANY Macmillan titles awaiting your votes!

Fiction

WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin

Mystery/Thriller

THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth

Historical Fiction

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo

Fantasy

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
OF BLOOD AND BONE by Nora Roberts
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo
MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey

Romance

THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves
THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Science Fiction

GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine
THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by Charlie Jane Anders

Horror

THE TOLL by Cherie Priest

Humor

MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters

Nonfiction

THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

Memoir and Autobiography

IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
TOIL & TROUBLE: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS: A Memoir by T Kira Madden

History and Biography

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
HOW TO HIDE AN EMPIRE: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

Science and Technology

WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

Food and Cookbooks

MIDNIGHT CHICKEN & Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC: Poems by Atticus
A BOUND WOMAN IS A DANGEROUS THING: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris Hill

Debut Novel

WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Young Adult Fiction

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio

Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction

WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell
FINALE by Stephanie Garber

#ThrillerThursday (11/07/19)

Searching for a boy in the worst of a Vermont winter, a Gilded Age Manhattan murder, and secret societies filled with wine + murder–all in this #ThrillerThursday.

BLIND SEARCH: A Mercy Carr Mystery by Paula Munier

“There’s so much to praise here: Munier’s deep knowledge of the culture of hunting (especially the bow-and-arrow variety); her brisk, incisive characterizations; the way she maintains a taut line of suspense throughout; and, best of all, her portrayals of wounded yet still courageous pairs of humans and dogs. A not-to-be-missed K-9 mystery.”–Booklist, starred review

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Maximum Shelf: SAINT X (11/6/19)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Alexis Schaitkin’s debut, SAINT X–a haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters.

Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister, Alison, disappears on the last night of their family vacation at a resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X. Several days later, Alison’s body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men—employees at the resort—are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. The story turns into national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved. For Claire and her parents, there is only the return home to broken lives.

Years later, Claire is living and working in New York City when a brief but fateful encounter brings her together with Clive Richardson, one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. It is a moment that sets Claire on an obsessive pursuit of the truth—not only to find out what happened the night of Alison’s death but also to answer the elusive question: Who exactly was her sister? At seven, Claire had been barely old enough to know her: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation.

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Nonfiction Round-Up (11/06/19)

A graphic memoir + a female Navy pilot + an Ohio Senator’s previous desk occupants + historical cooperation between the US and Russia + Pope Francis + RBG’s life & career + elephants! + a chess grandmaster + a history of Thanksgiving + how to draw & write your own story = today’s nonfiction round-up!

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 4: A Graphic Memoir of a Childhood in the Middle East by Riad Sattouf

2 starred reviews!

“Sattouf depicts the disappointments and uncertainties of growing up in a unique multicultural world in a way that’s sometimes tense, sometimes humorous, and always brilliant.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A must for most collections, especially those with the previous books in the series.”–Library Journal, starred review

JET GIRL: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy’s Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-19 Super Hornet by Caroline Johnson

“A realistic look at a difficult, dangerous profession.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Happy #PubDay (11/05/19)

Prophecies gone awry, a dark ode to womanhood, and a world of music & unexpected fame–all in today’s #PubDay celebration.

FATE OF THE FALLEN by Kel Kade

“Kade’s exciting disregard for convention makes for a world where everything is possible and no one is safe. This is a series to watch.”–Publishers Weekly

THE WORST KIND OF WANT by Liska Jacobs

“Jacobs’s haunting portrait of one woman’s transformative and, ultimately, tragic summer will linger with readers.”–Publishers Weekly

VERNON SUBUTEX 1 by Virginie Despentes

“This is a rollicking, brilliant send-up of masculinity, politics, and rock ’n’ roll.”–Publishers Weekly

YALSA Symposium Book Buzz Recap (11/3/19)

Over the weekend, we jetted off to Memphis for a few days of BBQ and books at the YALSA Symposium! If you weren’t able to attend (or need a refresher), here are the books we presented at the Book Buzz on Sunday morning:

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughrean
December 3, 2019
9781250225498
YA Fiction / Historical / Europe
Ages 12 to 18

THE NIGHT COUNTRY | Melissa Albert
January 7, 2020
9781250246073
YA Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Ages 12 to 18

JANE ANONYMOUS | Laurie Faria Stolarz
January 7, 2020
9781250303707
YA Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense
Ages 13 to 18

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Author Spotlight: Carmen Maria Machado + IN THE DREAM HOUSE

IN THE DREAM HOUSE is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

A Carnegie Award longlister + #1 November Indie Next pick + a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 + 3 starred reviews!

“A fiercely honest, imaginatively written, and necessary memoir from one our great young writers.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Highly recommended to fans of Machado’s fiction and to anyone interested in LGBTQ memoir, domestic abuse, or chilling and precise examinations of human relationships at their worst.”–Booklist, starred review

“Machado has written an affecting, chilling memoir about domestic abuse.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.

Check out NPR’s interview with the author.

THE UNPASSING is a Booklist Top 10 Debut!

Booklist released their picks for the Top 10 First Novels of 2019, and Chia-Chia Lin’s searing debut THE UNPASSING made the list!

THE UNPASSING

A Library Journal Best Debut!

With flowing prose that evokes the terrifying beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, Lin explores the fallout after the loss of a child and the way in which a family is forced to grieve in a place that doesn’t yet feel like home. Emotionally raw and subtly suspenseful, THE UNPASSING is a deeply felt family saga that dismisses the American dream for a harsher, but ultimately more profound, reality.

“Lin’s majestic writing immerses the reader in the bodily experience of her characters, who writhe, paw, dig, salivate, and draw readers into their world.”–Booklist, starred review

Forthcoming #FridayReads: BEHELD

For this #FridayReads, we travel to colonial Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the town’s first murder is shaking the fledging colony to its core, in TaraShea Nesbit’s BEHELD.

It begins with a killing. Ten years after the Mayflower struck shore on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, the town is led by fervent Puritans who prevent the Anglican residents from worshiping as they choose. The Billingtons—Anglicans, outsiders, and rebels—have just about had enough, and that’s when a stranger arrives.

Suspenseful and literary, BEHELD is about a murder and a trial, but it’s also about the motivations—personal and political—that cause people to act in unsavory ways. Whose stories get told over time, who gets believed—and, subsequently, who gets punished? BEHELD is an intimate, personal portrait of love, motherhood, and friendship, and an exploration of what people lose and what they struggle to maintain.

Download an e-galley of BEHELD from Edelweiss here.

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