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What do these 5 books have in common? They’ve all received more than one starred review!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD than of the Shire. Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
“With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

“Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie’s enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable.” — Kirkus Review, starred review

THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK by Joe Ollmann
“Comprising 10 years of painstaking research, this graphic biography details the life of obscure writer, occultist, traveler, and bondage fanatic William Seabrook… As both a narrative and a story in pictures, this is an early candidate for the year’s best graphic biography.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Including high adventure, sorrowful drama, and cameos by historical stars such as Man Ray, Aldous Huxley, and Gertrude Stein, this one has all the hallmarks of a classic work of biography and is an early contender for one of the best releases in 2017.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

RT Book Reviews 2016 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to the 20 Macmillan titles nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2016 Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Best Mainstream Fiction
CONFUCIUS JANE by Katie Lynch
THE REAL MRS. PRICE by J.D. Mason

Best Contemporary Mystery

THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan
DEADLY JEWELS by Jeannette de Beauvoir
DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton

Best Historical Mystery
A PRISONER IN MALTA by Phillip de Poy
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross

Best Suspense
NIGHT AND DAY by Iris Johansen

Best Thriller
PANACEA by F. Paul Wilson

Best Historical Romance
THE HUNTER by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Contemporary Love & Laughter
ONE HOT SUMMER by Melissa Cutler

Best Erotic Romance
ONE WITH YOU by Sylvia Day

Best Romantic Suspense
BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon readmoreremove

Happy Valentine’s #BookBday

Let one of these new books be your Valentine today:

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
Three starred reviews for this novel about a highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age. “For women of a certain age, it is a pure pleasure to grow older alongside Drabble. For all others, there’s plenty of joy to be had in this thoughtful meditation on aging and mortality.” — Library Journal, starred review

INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers pick! A moving celebration of what Hayes calls “the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected” of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks. “A unique and exuberant celebration of life and love.” — Kirkus Reviews

DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem
A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. “DROP THE BALL will likely be dubbed by many as the heir apparent to LEAN IN… But there are key differences between Dufu and Sandberg that are likely to make DROP THE BALL resonate with a more diverse circle of women. Her message is not only refreshing, but long overdue.” — The Daily Beast readmoreremove

Booklist’s Top Diverse Books of 2017

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Diverse Books reading lists of 2017*, including these two Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction (full list)

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
Ajayi, aka popular blogger Awesomely Luvvie, has crafted an astute and humorous handbook about how to navigate social media and its impact on everything from self-esteem to racial attitudes.

Top 10 Diverse Audios (full list)

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily from her real-life experiences as a trans woman for her debut novel, and Mounts’ expressive performance enhances this powerful story of her struggles and the challenges she faced. readmoreremove

Buzzfeed’s “Most Exciting Books Coming In 2017”

Here are the books Buzzfeed can’t wait to read in 2017. We bet many of them will also end up on patrons’ to-read lists!

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle
In John Darnielle’s novel UNIVERSAL HARVESTER, creepy, disturbing home video footage begins showing up spliced in VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut in a small Iowa town in the late 1990s. But things get even more interesting when the video store’s owner recognizes the barn in the footage as a farmhouse in a nearby town.

AGE OF ANGER by Pankaj Mishra
Pankaj Mishra’s v examines the roots of paranoia, hateful nationalism, xenophobia, and racism and sexism expressed online as well as across the world today. Mishra makes surprising comparisons and connections in order to show a pattern to the rise of militants throughout history, one that helps shed light on our present global state of affairs.

THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
In Catherine Lacey’s novel THE ANSWERS, Mary, a young woman in New York City seeks relief for her paralyzing pain in a treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia, which is effective but extremely expensive—and Mary is broke. Strapped for cash, she applies for a Craigslist job listing called the “Girlfriend Experiment” by an eccentric actor looking for the perfect relationship (which involves seeking out multiple women to fulfill different roles) and ends up hired as his “Emotional Girlfriend.” readmoreremove

Get Crafty!

craftsLooking for new activities for your library’s craft-ernoon? Look no further than these new books from St. Martin’s Griffin:

200 FUN THINGS TO CROCHET: Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More! by Lesley Stanfield, Betty Barnden, Jessica Polka, Kristin Nicholas & Victoria Lyle
This irresistible collection of cute little crochet projects for all levels of ability are inspired by nature, quick to make, use hardly any yarn, and are perfect to use as stylish embellishments or give away as gifts!

200 FUN THINGS TO KNIT: Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More! by Jessica Polka, Kristin Nicholas, Lesley Stanfield & Victoria Lyle
If you prefer to knit, choose from any of these 200 delightful small projects inspired by nature (knitted flowers, birds, bugs, leaves, and even sea creatures!) that are suitable for all skill levels.

MAKE YOUR OWN NAIL DECALS: Create Easy Waterslide Decals and Stickers for Your Digits by Janelle Estep
Want amazing nails without messy nail polish or spending a fortune on manicures? Janelle Estep of fashion blog Elle & Ish shares everything you need to design, create, and apply your own waterslide nail decals at home. The book includes dozens of templates to scan, designs to color and embellish, advice for creating your own look digitally or by hand, as well as photographic step-by-step tutorials showing exactly how to apply and embellish designs.

Happy Crafting!

Friday Reads: Fantasy

TGIF! We made it to the end of another wintery week and we’re looking forward to hunkering down all weekend with one of these #FridayReads fantasies:

A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
A Library Journal Editors Fall 2016 pick! The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star (and LibraryReads author!) V. E. Schwab. “…the hordes are waiting.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
John le Carré meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. “Donnelly blends romance and tragedy, evoking gilded-age glamour and the thrill of a spy adventure, in this impressive debut.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

2017 Audie Awards Finalists

2017audiesHave you heard the great news? Macmillan Audio has 10 finalists in the 2017 Audie Awards!

Business/Personal Development
THE STORYTELLER’S SECRET written/read by Carmine Gallo

Fantasy
THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson, read by Michael Kramer

Humor
I’M JUDGING YOU written/read by Luvvie Ajayi

Inspirational Faith-Based Fiction
THE CHRISTMAS TOWN written/read by Donna VanLiere

Multi-Voiced Performance
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham, read by Lili Taylor and Billy Hough

Mystery
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Nonfiction
ADNAN’S STORY written/read by Rabia Chaudry

Romance
DIRTY by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt

Young Adult
WINTER by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in New York City on June 1. See the full list of nominees here.

Thriller Thursday (2/9/17 Edition)

thrillerthurs-2.9.17Gotham is buried under a blizzard today! If you’re stuck at home with a snow day, we recommend these mysteries to warm you up:

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. “Bestseller Robb (aka Nora Roberts) is not only prolific but consistently inventive, entertaining, and clever in her crime series set in a near-future New York City, as shown by the stunning 44th entry. Just when Eve appears to have everything sewn up, Robb delivers a final, devastating twist.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
In the follow-up to Armstrong’s May 2016 LibraryReads pick, CITY OF THE LOST, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan and sheriff’s deputy Will Anders take shelter in a cave during a blizzard and discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or one of Rockton’s own. “Armstrong, typically known for her urban-fantasy work, has crafted a solid thriller in this latest series, and fans of Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs will enjoy the headstrong and tough Casey Duncan.” — Booklist

SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokohama
Shortlisted for the CWA’s International Dagger Award! For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. Fourteen years later, a press officer uncovers an anomaly in the case breaking it wide open. “Think Jo Nesbø by way of Haruki Murakami, and with a most satisfying payoff.” — Kirkus Reviews

UNDER THE KNIFE by Kelly Parsons
From the author of DOING HARM comes a thriller in which a grieving, vengeful husband stalks the surgeon he blames for his wife’s untimely death.“Kelly Parsons’ new medical thriller delivers an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices. The suspense level is high, but Parsons’ fully realized characters, whose personalities have shades of gray, are his real achievement in UNDER THE KNIFE. …Parsons grounds his plot in real science and shows he’s well underway to becoming one of the top authors in the medical thriller genre.” — Associated Press readmoreremove

New in Nonfiction

Delve into art, history, current events, religion, and more with these new and forthcoming nonfiction titles from Macmillan:

AGE OF ANGER: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra
Two starred reviews! “In an impressively probing and timely work, Mishra, a novelist and cultural critic, illuminates intellectual patterns from the past 200 years that help explain our volatile present. This exploration of global unrest is dense, but it’s so well-written and informative that it manages to be highly engaging.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge by Helen Rappaport
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE ROMANOV SISTERS comes a gripping portrait of a St. Petersburg (then named Petrograd), at the outbreak of the Russian revolution. “An engaging if challenging look at a country’s collapse with worldwide repercussions. Informed general readers will enjoy this glimpse into history; scholars will declare it a definitive study.” — Library Journal, starred review

CHURCHILL’S MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat by Giles Milton
In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. “…Milton emphasizes the audacity and eccentricity of (Special Operations Executive) SOE’s leaders, striking the chord that makes the organization so popular with history readers.” — Booklist

GET WELL SOON: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright
A witty, irreverent tour of history’s worst plagues—from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio—and a celebration of the heroes who fought them. “The author’s prose is jaunty, lively, and filled with references to contemporary cultural history, making this work a well-researched page-turner. Readers will get an intense dose of history, written in a not-hard-to-swallow style.” — Library Journal

IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman
An award-winning writer rescues seven first-rate twentieth-century women artists from oblivion—their lives fascinating, their artwork a revelation. “With impressive research, Booklist editor Seaman curates a fine retrospective on the history of women in the male-dominated world of 20th-century art. …A decidedly important and long-overdue showcase.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

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