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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

Stars for 4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1 is Paul Auster’s first novel in seven years and it is huge—literally! This bildungsroman follows Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born March 3, 1947 in Newark, NJ as his life splits into four different simultaneous parallel lives.

4 3 2 1 is one of Kirkus Reviews‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 and has three starred reviews:

“Auster’s first novel in seven years is nothing if not ambitious: a four-part invention, more than 800 pages, that follows the life (or lives) of Archie Ferguson. With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Auster has been turning readers’ heads for three decades, bending the conventions of storytelling, blurring the line between fiction and autobiography, infusing novels with literary and cinematic allusions, and calling attention to the art of storytelling itself, not with cool, intellectual remove, but rather with wonder, gratitude, daring, and sly humor. He now presents his most capacious, demanding, eventful, suspenseful, erotic, structurally audacious, funny, and soulful novel to date. A paean to youth, desire, books, creativity, and unpredictability, it is a four-faceted bildungsroman and an Ars Poetica, in which Auster elucidates his devotion to literature and art. …[A] virtuoso, magnanimous, and ravishing opus.”
Booklist, starred & spotlight review

“Fusing the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics with the bildungsroman literary genre, Auster illuminates how the discrete moments in one’s life form the plot points of a sprawling narrative, rife with possibility.”
Library Journal, starred review

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Thanks-Giveaway!

thanksgiveawayBecause it’s Friday, and it’s almost Thanksgiving, we’re giving away signed copies of assorted books to FIVE lucky librarians to show how much we appreciate YOU! Up for grabs:

A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron (2 copies available)

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff

THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost (audiobook edition read by an all-star cast, including Kyle MacLachlan!)

YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (signed only by David)

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Thanksgiveaway) by Sunday, Dec. 4, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. You’re welcome to specify a certain title you’re interested in, but this is a random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!

UPDATE 12/6: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Meagan Towle, Lamoille Union High School, Hyde Park VT
Nancy M. Sanders, Marion County Public Library System-Forest Branch, Ocklawaha FL
Lauren Read, Beaufort County Library-Hilton Head Branch, Hilton Head Island SC
Rachel Eyermann, Churubusco Public Library, Churubusco IN
Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison WI readmoreremove

Belated #BookBday (11/16/16 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these new releases a happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going!

OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
Sanders fans can continue to “feel the Bern” in this personal account of his time on the presidential campaign trail. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, Sanders outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all. Fun fact: the audiobook edition is read by Sanders and actor Mark Ruffalo!

THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
A bestseller in Germany, Hansen’s debut novel is about two strong-willed and very different women who have a connection around a special old house: Vera, a refugee who arrived from East Prussia in 1945, and her niece Anne, who shows up at the house 60 years later with her small son. “Hansen makes this story about the process of healing affecting, real, and memorable.” — Publishers Weekly

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

Friday Reads: THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS

Happy Friday, friends! Our highly anticipated #FridayReads pick is THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost.

From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 years that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not only enrich the original series but prepares fans for the upcoming Showtime episodes.

There’s an awesome book trailer, plus our friends at Macmillan Audio recently revealed the all-star cast for the audiobook edition of THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS: original Twin Peaks cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Michael Horse, David Patrick Kelley, and Chris Mulkey join Amy Shiels, Robert Knepper, and James Morrison, who are appearing in Showtime’s new Twin Peaks—plus co-creator/author Mark Frost and additional featured actors Annie Wersching and Len Cariou. Wow!

Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, Vulture, and the 405 all jumped on the announcement. Of the audiobook, Frost says, “I am thrilled that both original cast members and new actors will be coming together on this project to bring this other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life.”

THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS won’t be available from Flatiron Books & Macmillan Audio until October 18, so we’ll just have to be content with our slice of cherry pie and cup of coffee until then.

Happy #BookBday (3/31/15 Edition)

Today we wish Happy #BookBday to two new books destined for the bestseller list:

THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
Minotaur’s first novel from renowned New York Times bestseller Berry continues the riveting, history-based Cotton Malone series with a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?

The Associated Press calls THE PATRIOT THREAT “one of Berry’s best books to date.” Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll see him on the road during his massive cross-country tour that includes several library stops and the Texas Library Association Conference!

4/2 Carnegie Library – 3 events in Pittsburgh, PA
4/9 Highlands Ranch Library in Denver, CO
4/16 Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, TX
4/18 St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, MO
4/22 Nashville Public Library Foundation in Nashville, TN
4/23 Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, KY
4/24 Gwinnett County Public Library in Atlanta, GA
4/25 Cobb Library Foundation in Kennesaw, GA

UNFORGETTABLE by Scott Simon
@nprscottsimon: Mother called: “I can’t talk. I’m surrounded by handsome men.” Emergency surgery. If you can hold a thought for her now…

@nprscottsimon: I am getting a life’s lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

“In this tender memoir developed from a series of Twitter messages, Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, finds the last week of his mother’s life to be a time for them to cherish each other and tenderly reminisce. He takes his quirky, devoted, gracious mother on her own terms, and his work shimmers as a touching tribute.” — Publishers Weekly

“Simon’s memoir is so captivating that everyone, not just fans of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, will enjoy learning about the wellspring that nourished the award-winning journalist’s wit, intelligence, heart, and chutzpah.” — Booklist, starred review

For a truly immersive experience, listen to the audiobook edition, narrated by Simon (clip available here).

 

Happy #BookBday (2/3/14 Edition)

It’s a big day for #BookBdays!

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
You’ve heard us buzzing about the February Indie Next pick for a while now, and at last it’s here! “Hannah’s latest is a page-turner that will no doubt have readers reaching for tissues. This moving, emotional tribute to the brave women who fought behind enemy lines during the war is bound to gain the already immensely popular Hannah an even wider audience.” — Booklist, starred review

WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler
“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.” – Publishers Weekly

HOLY COW by David Duchovny
David Duchovny’s (yes, THAT David Duchovny) debut novel is a “modern day dairy tale” about a conflicted cow, a Jewish pig and a debonair turkey seeking acceptance and enlightenment during a journey across the Middle East. “…a charming fable about dignity and tolerance, complete with anthropomorphized animals and replete with puns, double-entendres and sophisticated humor. Between the book’s sly humor, gently humanist (animalist?) message and wry illustrations by Natalya Balnova, this is a pseudo-children’s book that smart adults should greatly enjoy.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
(Watch a video interview with Kirkus! BONUS: Duchovny narrates the audiobook!)
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#BookBday Bonus: WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

It gives us great pride to wish a Happy #BookBday to Flatiron Books’s very first publication: WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey!

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, “What do you know for sure?” Oprah Winfrey began writing the “What I Know For Sure” monthly column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in a beautiful keepsake book. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women.

If you think that’s pretty great, then you’ll love the audiobook, narrated by the Queen of Media herself! Click here to listen to an excerpt.

Expect major media attention from Redbook, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Parade, USA Today, Woman’s Day, the Boston Globe, New York Daily News, and of course, Oprah.com.

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Our 2013 Audie Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the excellent authors and angel-voiced narrators who were awarded at the 2013 Audie Awards!

Macmillan Audio winners were:

Best Literary Fiction Audiobook:

BRING UP THE BODIES
By Hilary Mantel
Narrated by Simon Vance

Best Mystery Audiobook:

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Ralph Cosham

Best Inspirational Fiction Audiobook:

THE GOOD DREAM
By Donna VanLiere
Narrated by the author

Best Business and Educational Audiobook:

SPY THE LIE
By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and Don Tennant
Narrated by Fred Berman

And a special shout out to Margo Goody who won the Audie Award for Best Package Design for ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN (Book & CD Set) by Nancy Tillman and narrated by Orlagh Cassidy!

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