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Author Spotlight: Lucia Berlin (1936-2004)

Short-story master and literary sensation!

WELCOME HOME: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters 

Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called WELCOME HOME. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in southern Mexico. From Alaska to Acapulco, Montana to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin’s world was wide. She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that readers fell in love with in her stories.

“Berlin is so stealthily funny… [She] probably deserved a Pulitzer Prize… She managed to write, beautifully, about the hard and the awkward things…”New York Times

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories

EVENING IN PARADISE is a careful selection from Berlin’s remaining stories—twenty-two gems that showcase the gritty glamour that made readers fall in love with her. From Texas to Chile, Mexico to New York City, Berlin finds beauty in the darkest places and darkness in the seemingly pristine.

“No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.”Kirkus, starred review

“Berlin’s writing achieves a dreamy, delightful effect as it provides a look back through time. This collection should further bolster Berlin’s reputation as one of the strongest short story writers of the 20th century.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

Also available from Lucia Berlin:

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories

Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018

Here are the most anticipated books of Fall 2018, according to major media:
People Magazine —“The Best Books of Fall”

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
In the BIG LITTLE LIES author’s latest, guests gather at a wellness resort for a life-changing experience, but things are not as they appear.

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Fowler reimagines the evolution of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont from socialite to suffrage crusader, to delicious effect.

Huffington Post — “Here Are 34 Fall 2018 Books We Can’t Wait To Read

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
Set amid the founding of Liberia, SHE WOULD BE KING interweaves the stories of a man fleeing slavery in Virginia, a light-skinned Jamaican man and a West African villager who has been cast out as a witch. Moore’s debut unflinchingly depicts the convergence of brutal forces — colonialism, the slave trade — while brushing it with a glimmer of magic.

EVENING IN PARADISE and WELCOME HOME by Lucia Berlin
Berlin’s posthumous 2015 short-fiction collection, A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, took the literary world by storm. Now fans of her powerfully crafted yet conversational style can look forward to another short-story collection, EVENING IN PARADISE, and a memoir in sketches and photographs, WELCOME HOME.

Vogue — “17 New Books You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen
Also available in audio
If you felt Leonard Cohen’s death in 2016 as a personal assault, this book is a posthumous balm: a collection of previously unpublished poems, lyrics, and sketches. All of Cohen’s work has a raw, straight-to-the-heart intensity—reach for this the next time you need inspiration for a wedding toast that will leave them gutted, or any other moment you need a little sustenance for the soul. readmoreremove

EW Best Books of 2015

Entertainment Weekly ♥s us! Three Macmillan titles made their Best of Books 2015 list:

2) A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
Like a lot of brilliant but erratic artists, Lucia Berlin found her best work mislaid by history and largely forgotten after her death in 2004. To her credit, she might have been too busy living to care: A hard-drinking, easy-marrying ex-debutante whose compass led her everywhere from Alaska and El Paso to Chile’s cotillions and the ER wards of California, she put it all into these stories — a MANUAL as smart and nervy and unforgettable as the woman who wrote them.

3) DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Like a David Simon TV show gone cosmic, this investigation into our country’s opiate epidemic cuts feverishly between national nightmares: the rise of Big Pharma, the decline of the Rust Belt, the drug-trade underworld along the America–Mexico border, the fear that health insurance does everything besides ensure health. Quinones builds every hyperprecise detail and desperately human story into a coherent portrait of American rot.

9) HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall (tied with BETTYVILLE by George Hodgman)
Think nothing sounds duller or more depressing than memoirs about caregiving? Think again: Both these funny, touching, quirky, heartbreaking, and — in Marshall’s case — occasionally profane books about nursing elderly parents are destined to become modern classics. You’ll root for both Hodgman, a book editor who jettisoned New York City life to care for his mother in small-town Missouri, and Marshall, who left L.A. and moved back in with his dad, who had ALS, and his mom, who was suffering from cancer.

See the full list, plus their 5 Worst Books of 2015 here.

Chicago Public Library’s 2015 Best of the Best Books

We’ve got 14 books on Chicago Public Library’s 2015 Best of the Best list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (a top 10 fiction pick)
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

Nonfiction
DO NO HARM: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad
THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE by James Rebanks readmoreremove

FSG Dominates the NYTBR Top 10 Books of 2015 List!

Earlier this week we told you about the New York Times Notable Books of 2015, but today the New York Times Book Review unveiled their 10 Best Books of 2015 and 4 of them are published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
Berlin, who died in 2004, left behind a substantial but ­little-known trove of stories that in her lifetime appeared mostly in literary journals and small-press books. This revelatory collection gathers 43 of them, introducing her to a wider audience as an uncompromising and largehearted observer of life whose sympathies favor smart, mouthy women struggling to get by much as Berlin herself — an alcoholic who raised four sons on her own — frequently did. With their maximalist emotions and sparse, unadorned language, Berlin’s stories are the kind a woman in a Tom Waits song might tell a man she’s just met during a long humid night spent drinking in a parking lot.

OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
Cusk’s subtle, unconventional and lethally intelligent novel, OUTLINE, her eighth, is a string of one-sided conversations. A divorced woman traveling in Greece, our narrator, talks — or rather listens — to the people she meets, absorbing their stories of love and loss, deception, pride and folly. Well-worn subjects — adultery, divorce, ennui — become freshly menacing under Cusk’s gaze, and her mental clarity can seem so penetrating, a reader might fear the same risk of invasion and exposure. readmoreremove

New York Times Notable Books of 2015

The gray lady picked 20 Macmillan titles:

Fiction & Poetry

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
An administrative worker’s experiences pose existential questions in Phillips’s riveting, drolly surreal debut novel.

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
A meditation, in prose poems, images and essays, on what it means to be black in our racially divided society.

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
In these unadorned linked stories, Berlin examines women under duress and figures on America’s fringes.

OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
Cusk’s heartbreaking portrait of poise, sympathy, regret and rage suggests a powerful alternate route for the biographical novel. readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2015 – Fiction

First, Publishers Weekly, then Library Journal, and now Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2015 Fiction lists which include 20 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
I REFUSE by Per Petterson
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
THE WAY THINGS WERE by Aatish Taseer
THE BIG GREEN TENT by Ludmila Ulitskaya
THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Mysteries and Thrillers
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz readmoreremove

PW Best Books of 2015

We’re barely into November, yet signs of the year-end are already here: Starbucks busted out the red cups and Publishers Weekly is first out of the gate with their Best Books of 2015 list. Here are the Macmillan gems that made the cut:

Top 10
IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson

Fiction
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht

SF/Fantasy/Horror
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS by Kai Ashante Wilson

Comics
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki
KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine

Nonfiction
LEAVING ORBIT: Notes from the Last Days of American Space Flight by Margaret Lazarus Dean
CITY BY CITY: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb
KISSINGER’S SHADOW: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman by Greg Grandin
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson
WHAT THE EYE HEARS: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert
ONE OF US: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Literary Standouts

TGIF! This weekend we recommend you soak up the sun while enjoying one of these recent literary standouts on shelves now:

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
“[Lucia Berlin] may just be the best writer you’ve never heard of…” (Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review) and her short story collection has received THREE starred reviews, is a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, an O Magazine “Books to Curl Up With This Fall” pick, and has landed on “best of August” lists from BookRiot, Esquire, Flavorwire, Vulture, and more.

“Berlin’s stories are full of second chances. Now readers have another chance to confront them: bites of life, chewed up and spat out like a wad of tobacco, bitter and rich.” New York Times Book Review

“[Berlin’s stories are written] in sentences so bright and fierce and full of wild color that you’ll want to turn each one over just to see how she does it. And then go back and read them all again.” — Entertainment Weekly, A

LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
Williams’ debut novel about the historic 1785 Laperouse expedition of 200 men who famously tried to circumnavigate the globe for France has two starred reviews and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

“LANDFALLS is intelligent and utterly human. Ms. Williams has written a seductive page-turner that, although we know the story ends tragically, draws the reader in and doesn’t let go.” — Wall Street Journal

“Downright dazzling… Williams has delivered a bona fide masterpiece.”
Seattle Times

A beautiful tale of adventure, anchored in tragedy.” Vanity Fair readmoreremove

Friday Reads: FSG Stars

TGIF! Today’s #FridayReads picks are two Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles that have multiple starred reviews:

ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey
“Named an artist to watch by the Wall Street Journal for her debut novel, BLOOD KIN, Australian storyteller Dovey fulfills her promise with this standout collection of 12 interconnected stories, all told by animals whose souls, after a noteworthy death, are resting in heavenly constellations. Dovey’s unforgettable narrators provide social commentary while struggling to find some meaning in both the beauty and sadness of death.
An essential collection, enthusiastically recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

Wonderfully weird and profoundly witty… As unsettling as they are beautiful, these quietly wise stories wedge themselves into your mind—and stay there.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont
“Polish journalist Bikont undertakes a thorough follow-up to Polish-American historian Jan Gross’s 2001 book NEIGHBORS, about the July 1941 pogrom in the rural eastern Polish town of Jedwabne. Bikont has performed an extraordinary journalistic feat in documenting this terrible, historically contested atrocity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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