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LJ’s ALA Midwinter 2017 Galley Guide

So many galleys, so little time! Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert put together a guide for ALA Midwinter 2017, so you know just what to grab. Here are her top picks from the Macmillan booth #1818 (and don’t forget to drop in during the United for Libraries (UFL) Spotlight on Adult Literature, Saturday, 1/21, from 2:00 to 4:00pm):
Spotlight giveaways (Saturday, 1/21, 2:00–4:00pm):

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
“The long-awaited follow-up to the PEN USA Award winner MATHILDA SAVITCH, featuring a boy more or less kidnapped from his feckless mother after the deaths of his father and grandmother.”

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
“A high-profile debut whose teenage heroine is saved from loneliness in her new hometown by risk-taking young sophisticate Marlena.”

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
“Featuring a woman convinced that her abusive ex-husband, just out of jail, is stalking her.”

THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
“Whose eponymous protagonist, trained in a shadowy black box orphan program aimed at creating assassins, is himself targeted by the head of the program.”

THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
“A big-news novel about a little boy who wants to be a girl and the parents who support him.”

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
“The story of single mother Alice, diagnosed with a fatal disease, who is determined to find a backup family for her teenage daughter.”

More hot fiction:

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
“The multi-award-winning cyber-visionary’s return to adult fiction after eight years, set in a futuristic dystopia where life’s necessities can be printed out via computer but
the world is despoiled and dangerous.”

LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
“85-year-old Lillian walks through Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, 1984, offering a slowly unfolding view of the city and her own long life.” readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Books of 2016

Booklist revealed their Editors’ Choice picks for 2016, and they include 12 Macmillan titles:
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2016 (full list)

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
King, a master at illuminating overlooked facets of art history, tells the full, wondrous, and poignant story of Monet’s three-decade struggle to paint his monumental Water Lilies at Giverny.

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Jackson’s exhaustively researched biography of the Sioux visionary and medicine man details his life and the landmark events that shaped it, evoking awe over Black Elk’s struggle to help his embattled people preserve their culture and traditions.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti zestfully portrays five largely self-taught artists whose paintings helped forge the new American ethos in the midst of war and civic unrest: Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, John Trumbull, John Singleton Copley, and Gilbert Stuart.

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
Williams, an ardent and scrupulous witness to the living world, eloquently reports on her visits to a dozen national parks, interweaving vivid history, precise and rhapsodic description, personal stories, and evocative thoughts about the future.

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
This ambitious epic of Faulknerian dimension tells multiple stories across many generations, as Morgan attempts to throw her arms around the history of southern racism with the same fervor that she tackles the region’s white family dynasties.

THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN by Christine Sneed
Sneed investigates the dynamics of sexual power, the eroticism of fame, and the impossibility of sequestering pain in her marvelously lucid, empathic, and witty short stories. readmoreremove

Listen & Yearn – LJ Audio Spotlight

According to Library Journal‘s recent audio spotlight, audiobooks are continuing their meteoric rise, increasing more than 20% in the last two consecutive years thanks to increasing awareness of the format and the popularity of digital downloads. The number of available titles expanded as well, so it’s no surprise that the tail end of 2016 and the first part of 2017 offer a dizzying array of options from new talent and established masters. Check out just a few of the gems coming soon from our friends at Macmillan Audio:

HISTORICAL MURDER AND MAYHEM

Listeners who enjoy nonfiction crime narratives set in the past will have plenty of new releases to keep them busy well into the new year. In Tom Clavin’s DODGE CITY: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West (Macmillan Audio, Feb.), two men who both lost lawmen brothers to violence team up against a rogue’s gallery of gunfighters and desperadoes to tame Dodge City and establish the rule of justice in “the wickedest place in the United States.”

WOMEN TO BE RECKONED WITH

Audiobook listeners won’t lack for inspiring, tough, or complicated women in central roles. Coretta Scott King’s MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY (Macmillan Audio, May) tells her story from her education at Antioch College and her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr., to her role at the center of the civil rights struggle, the founding of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, lobbying to establish the national holiday in honor of her husband, and serving as a United Nations ambassador. readmoreremove

2016 Adult Tri-State Book Buzz Titles

During today’s Tri-State Book Buzz, Anne presented #allthebooks and was serenaded by Rakesh Satyal, author of the forthcoming  NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME.

Don’t be a #bookbuzzleftbehind! Download Anne’s presentation and use it at your library’s next book buzz event.

OUR REVOLUTION* by Bernie Sanders | 9781250132925 | Out 11/15/16
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE* by Thomas Friedman | 9780374273538 | Out 11/22/16
VICTORIA* by Daisy Goodwin | 9781250045461 | Out 11/22/16
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS* by Laurie Frankel | 9781250088550 | Out 1/22/17 (LR: 11/20)
4 3 2 1* by Paul Auster | 9781627794466 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
EDGAR & LUCY* by Victor Lodato | 9781250096982 | Out 3/7/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250077752 | Out 2/21/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE HOPE CHEST* by Viola Shipman | 9781250105073 | Out 3/21/17 (LR: 1/20)
ALMOST MISSED YOU* by Jessica Strawser | 9781250107602 | Out 3/28/17 (LR: 1/20)
THE DRY* by Jane Harper | 9781250105608 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz | 9781250067852 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
BEHIND HER EYES* by Sarah Pinborough | 9781250111173 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens | 9781250034564 | Out 3/14/17 (LR: 1/20)
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK* by Kathleen Rooney | 9781250113320 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
I LIKED MY LIFE* by Abby Fabiaschi | 9781250084873 | Out 1/31/17 (LR: 11/20)
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo | 9781250108944 | Out 4/25/17 (LR: 2/20)
MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES by Brad Ricca | 9781250072245 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM** by Omar Saif Ghobash | 9781250119841 | Out 1/3/17 (LR: 11/20)
IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM by Amy Gary | 9781250065360 | Out 1/10/17 (LR: 11/20)
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY* by Coretta Scott King | 9781627795982 | Out 1/17/17 (LR: 11/20)
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER* by John Darnielle | 9780374282103 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown | 9781627797054 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | 9781627797641 | Out 4/18/17 (LR: 2/20)
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | 9781250123114 | Out 2/7/17 (LR: 12/20)
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | 9781250123077 | Out 6/7/17 (LR: 4/20)
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP* by Graeme Simsion | 9781250130402 | Out 5/2/17 (LR: 3/20)
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU* by J.P. Monninger | 9781250060761 | Out 6/13/17 (LR: 4/20)
CATS IN HATS by Kat Scratching | 9781250111890 | Out 2/28/17 (LR: 12/20)

Want a more informative, adorable version to share with your colleagues? Click here to download the handout which includes 2017 LibraryReads deadlines. Or check out the handy-dandy Edelweiss collection.

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James Herriot 100

herriot100This month was legendary veterinarian James Herriot’s centennial (he would have been 100 on October 3). His bestselling memoirs include ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL, THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL, and EVERY LIVING THING; and were adapted for TV—Christopher Timothy played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.

Our friends at Macmillan Audio are celebrating #Herriot100 with a new updated and revised teacher’s guide for ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. It’s Common Core compatible and includes audio-friendly questions and activities. Download your complimentary copy and make sure to visit Macmillan Audio’s 100 Years of James Herriot website to hear clips from James Herriot audiobooks.

“Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, recreates a variety of rich Yorkshire accents impeccably… Each character has a distinct voice and personality… Masterfully narrated, this is a joy to listen to.” — AudioFile

“These eight stories, read by Jim Dale in the voice of Herriot, recount the illnesses, surprises, and puzzles surrounding the cows, pigs, cats and working sheep dogs found on many English farms… He also captures all the kindness of the beloved Herriot in this collection for animal lovers of all ages.” — AudioFile on JAMES HERRIOT’S TREASURY FOR CHILDREN

“James Herriot… is one of those rare men who know how to appreciate the ordinary… A natural storyteller.” — The New York Times

Booklist’s Spotlight on First Novels, 2016

Booklist‘s recent Spotlight on First Novels revealed several favorite Macmillan debuts:
Top 10 First Novels: 2016* (full list)

HIDE by Matthew Griffin
Griffin follows the relationship between two gay men living on the fringes of society, in constant fear of being found out, through the decades, recalling in flashbacks how they met and stayed together, and capturing the quotidian moments of life.

Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2016* (full list)

AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
Anna, 15, escapes upheaval at home by spending the summer with her half-sister, Delia, in L.A., where Anna becomes involved in a project about Charles Manson that helps her comes to terms with her family and herself.

Top 10 First Novels on Audio: 2016* (full list)

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler, read by Ari Fliakos
Myths, mermaids, tarot cards, and a family curse flow together in this tale of a librarian who receives an unsolicited package that opens up the secrets of his family history. Fliakos captures character and tone in this splendidly performed tale.

THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin, read by Susan Bennett and David Pittu
Guskin’s debut intertwines two imaginative stories: a preschooler continually asks for his “other mother,” and a psychiatrist studies reincarnation in young children. Pitch-perfect performances from Bennett and Pittu add drama and emotion to the complex story.

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily on her real-life experiences as a transgender woman in this powerful coming-of-age novel. Mounts’ moving performance perfectly depicts teenage Amanda’s struggles to find love, acceptance, and safety.

*Titles included were reviewed between October 15, 2015 and October 1, 2016.

Booklist’s Best SF/Fantasy/Horror of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror reading lists of 2016, including these Macmillan titles:
Top 10 SF/Fantasy: 2016 (full list)

ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
The alternate-world science is novel, and the plot is thrilling in this Verne-inspired tale, a joyous throwback to sf adventure of old.

Top 10 Horror: 2016 (full list)

PRESSURE by Brian Keane
Carrie free-dives deep underwater to help determine why the ocean floor is collapsing. As if that’s not scary enough, she encounters a creature that destroys everything in its path. A gory, winning horror thriller—a different kind of beach read, you might say.

Top 10 Youth SF/Fantasy/Horror on Audio (full list)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell, read by Euan Morton
Dramatizing a Harry Potter–like world filled with wizards, vampires, ghosts, pixies, and shape-shifting demons coexisting with “Normals,” Morton displays a chimerical skill at voicing characters and captivates with his humor- and horror-steeped performance.

CARRY ON was also mentioned in Michael Cart’s Carte Blanche column on Speculative Fiction and LGBTQ Literature.

Core Collection: Space Operas (full list)

THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS by Kevin J. Anderson
Anderson (also famous for his many series titles) hits it out of the galaxy again: space opera doesn’t get much more exciting, or much more richly populated with alien races, technologies, and cultures, than it does in this sprawling, engrossing epic. A joint exploratory mission to the edge of the galaxy reveals an alien presence, one so powerful that it could conceivably wipe out all life in the galaxy.

EARTH UNAWARE by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
The beginning of this prequel series to the ever-popular ENDER’S GAME finds young Victor Delgado risking his life to warn earth of the impending invasion.

REDSHIRTS by John Scalzi
Ensign Andrew Dahl, assigned to the spaceship Intrepid, begins to notice that things are a bit weird. His shipmates frequently behave in an unpredictable or unmotivated manner, and problems are often resolved by the use of the Box, a mysterious vessel that, when you input a seemingly unsolvable problem, spits out a resolution after a suitably dramatic pause. As he tries to figure out what the heck is going on around him, Andy discovers a truth so staggering that he has no choice but to believe it. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Top Biographies of 2016

Booklist‘s favorite Biographies in 2016* include these Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Biographies: 2016

AMERICAN RHAPSODY: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building by Claudia Roth Pierpont
Pierpont offers a scintillating portrait gallery of creative, embattled, yet profoundly influential modern Americans, including James Baldwin, Dashiell Hammett, Katharine Hepburn, and Bert Williams, along with the incandescent Chrysler Building.

THE LADY WITH THE BORZOI: Blanche Knopf, Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire by Laura Claridge
Claridge is the first to bring Blanche Wolf Knopf fully out of the shadows of her husband and publishing partner, Alfred A. Knopf, citing her essential role in bringing epoch-defining writers into print while enduring relentless misogyny.

Top 10 Biographies on Audio: 2016

BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon; Read by the author
Simon’s candid narration and memorable singing elevate her acclaimed memoir as she traces her personal and professional life and sings snippets from her familiar songs as well as one previously unreleased.

FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson; Read by the author
At times over-the-top funny, at other times a deadly serious discussion of mental illness, journalist and blogger Lawson’s memoir reveals painful truths and courageous insights, all the more moving when heard in her voice.

Core Collection: Biographies of Progressive and Populist Leaders

THE CRUSADER: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan by Timothy Stanley
Stanley vividly portrays Buchanan—conservative pundit, presidential advisor, and three-time presidential candidate—as a true believer who steered the Republican Party into the culture wars.

THE CRUSADES OF CESAR CHAVEZ by Miriam Pawel
Pawel astutely chronicles the life of the charismatic and revolutionary migrant-worker-rights activist Cesar Chavez, revealing his paradoxical nature and volatile relationships as well as his courageous and innovative protests and penitential fasts.
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Castillo, Moriarty & Walker hit the July 2016 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE books on the July 2016 LibraryReads list!

Coming in at #4 is AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
In the eighth book in Castillo’s bestselling series, Kate Burkholder goes undercover in an isolated and secretive Amish community in rural, upstate New York to investigate the death of a young girl. “Ripped-from-the-headlines writing from the New York Times best-selling author…” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

Available from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio on July 12.

The #6 pick is TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
The highly anticipated new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Moriarty examines marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship via three seemingly happy families. After all, it’s just a normal weekend BBQ. What could possibly go wrong?

Available from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio on July 26.

Landing at #7 is ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
The must-read summer thriller of 2016 with movie rights snapped up by Reese Witherspoon is also a July 2016 Indie Next pick! In a small affluent town, a teenage girl is attacked at a local party and in the hours immediately after is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. Except she can’t really forget and the person narrating the story wants her to remember what happened. But why? “Exceptional… While secret after secret about the residents of Fairview add to the suspense, Forrester’s secrets may be the most stunning of all.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio on July 12.

See the complete July list at LibraryReads.org.

June is Audiobook Month

Hear hear, June is Audiobook Month! And what better way to kick it off than by celebrating Macmillan Audio’s recent Audie Award winners!

Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone

Thriller/Suspense
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry, read by Scott Brick

Humor
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson, read by the author

Even the New York Times Book Review is in on the audiobook love! Check out their recent review for Bill Nye’s UNSTOPPABLE: “Nye is a performer. His audiobook is easy to listen to, especially if you grew up with the children’s television program ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy,’ in which case his voice will be downright familiar.”

Booklist named Scott Brick their 2016 “Voice of Choice and Library Journal ran an audio spotlight which quoted Macmillan Audio’s Executive Director of Production, Laura Wilson.

Planning a road trip this summer? Then check out Macmillan Audio’s interactive United States of Audiobooks map to choose what to listen to from coast to coast.

Share your love of audiobooks on social media using the hashtag #loveaudiobooks all month long and don’t forget to check out Unabridged Access for the latest listening goodies.
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