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Thriller Thursday (12/7/17 Edition)

There’s a chill in the air… and a chill down your spine!

THE VANISHING SEASON by Joanna Schaffhausen
A December 2017 Indie Next pick! In the 2016 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award winner, Ellery Hathaway is the only one who knows the real reason a person goes missing around her birthday each year in her small Massachussets town. “Powerful… [T]he complex plot and affecting characters—especially gritty survivor Ellie and her basset hound, Bump—make for some nail-bitingly tense thrills.” — Publishers Weekly

NIGHTBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
In Jónasson’s “excellent second thriller featuring Ari Thór Arason,”* the peace of a close-knit community in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland is shattered by the murder of a policeman—shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. “Jónasson plants clues fairly before a devastatingly unexpected reveal, without sublimating characterization to plot.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Day’s YA – I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU

Hey hey YA readers!

Emily here, your friendly neighborhood YA aficionado, with my thoughts on another SPECTACULAR book. I’ve been on a bit of a fairy tale/fantasy kick lately (as you could probably tell from my previous two posts, which I’m going to shamelessly plug here and here), so this brilliant piece of realistic fiction was a nice break from the spells and battles.

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
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YouTubers Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin are BFFs, YouTube stars, and now, authors. Their main characters, Ava and Gen, are best friends who are separated for the first time ever as they begin their freshman year in college—Ava is a film student at USC and Gen is studying journalism at Emerson College in Boston. On the surface, Dunn and Raskin’s novel is lighthearted and fast-paced, but it also tackles some heavier subjects. Ava is working on managing her mental health through a combination of therapists, medications, and support from her family and Gen. On the other side of the country, Gen is navigating through her own self-discovery as she comes to the realization that she is queer. Each girl misinterprets the other’s struggles at times and the two must figure out how to understand each other and the changes they’re going through while living on opposite coasts. Told through their emails and texts, I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU is an intimate exploration into the dynamics of two best friends as they take their first steps into adulthood. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (12/5/17 Edition)

It’s a winter #BookBday wonderland!

YEAR ONE: Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts
December 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! In the stunning beginning to an epic hardcover trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves an enthralling saga of suspense, survival, and the journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives. “Roberts’ new direction is electric and ground-breaking. A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
December 2017 Indie Next pickPeri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrests it back, a photograph falls to the ground: an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. This relic from a past unearths a love that Peri has tried desperately to forget and the scandal that tore the three women apart. “Shafak’s…portrait of a woman in existential crisis feels universal, shining clarifying light on Islam—and religious spirituality in general—within the frame of today’s world.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2017

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Teen lists which include 2 Macmillan titles:

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lovestam
POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim

Best Contemporary Teen Reads of 2017 (full list)
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lovestam

Best Teen Nonfiction of 2017 (full list)
POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim

Visit KirkusReviews.com to see the full Teen lists and see our Kirkus Best of 2017 Fiction picks. Nonfiction picks will be revealed next week!

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2017” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

 

Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2017

The Los Angeles Times‘s Best Books of 2017 lists include 5 Macmillan titles!

Best Fiction (full list)
SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer

Best Nonfiction (full list)
HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2017” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

2018 TxLA Maverick Graphic Novel List

We’re so thrilled to have two Macmillan titles on the 2018 Maverick Graphic Novel list!

SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY”: THE AUTHORIZED GRAPHIC ADAPTATION by Miles Hyman
THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish

The Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List (TMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6-12 to explore a variety of current books. Click here to view the full Maverick list.

2018 Texas Tayshas List

We’re proud to have four Macmillan titles on the 2018 Texas Tayshas Reading List!

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Tayshas Reading List is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 9-12 to explore a variety of current books for recreational reading. Click here to view the full Tayshas list or download a copy here.

Louise Penny & Jane Harper are LibraryReads 2017 “Favorite of Favorites”

You read, you loved ‘em, you voted, and now GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny (#5) and THE DRY by Jane Harper (#9) are LibraryReads 2017 “Favorite of Favorites!”

Thank you for making them some of your favorite books of the year. Don’t forget to share your personal Top 10 Best Books of 2017 by tweeting one a day starting Monday, 12/4 (hashtag #libfaves17)!

Thriller Thursday (11/30/17 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to:

MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
In the second book in the 42nd Street Library mystery series, crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler uncovers how the 1980s shooting of a union leader is linked to the death of a research assistant and the disappearance of a scholar. “Plot twists and multiple points of view add to a gritty, complex tale that weaves details of library work and references to crime novels throughout the story. ” — Booklist

KILLING PACE by Douglas Schofield
Laura Pace is a woman on the run—struggling to reconstruct her past, to rebuild her memories, to retrace her steps… and to identify the people who tried to erase her from existence. “Readers will eagerly await his next mystery.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017!

LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
A former public defender in Washington, Forman has written a masterly account of how a generation of black officials, beginning in the 1970s, wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital. What started out as an effort to assert the value of black lives turned into an embrace of tough-on-crime policies — with devastating consequences for the very communities those officials had promised to represent. Forman argues that dismantling the American system of mass incarceration will require a new understanding of justice, one that emphasizes accountability instead of vengeance.

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Fraser’s biography of the author of “Little House on the Prairie” and other beloved books about her childhood during the era of westward migration captures the details of a life — and an improbable, iconic literary career — that has been expertly veiled by fiction. Exhaustively researched and passionately written, this book refreshes and revitalizes our understanding of Western American history, giving space to the stories of Native Americans displaced from the tribal lands by white settlers like the Ingalls family as well as to the travails of homesteaders, farmers and everyone else who rushed to the West to extract its often elusive riches. Ending with a savvy analysis of the 20th-century turn toward right-wing politics taken by Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, Fraser offers a remarkably wide-angle view of how national myths are shaped.

Dwight Garner

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