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Stars for A GOOD COUNTRY

Laleh Khadivi’s achingly timely new novel, A GOOD COUNTRY, about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California, has THREE starred reviews!

“Brilliantly channeling the minds of angst-filled teenagers with barely formed worldviews who seesaw between brash self-confidence and deflating insecurities, Whiting and Pushcart Prize winner Khadivi has written an important, smart, timely novel that rivals such standouts as Karan Mahajan’s THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS or Mohsin Hamid’s THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST.” — Library Journal, starred review

“A filmmaker as well as a writer, Khadivi is a massive talent, lyrical, evocative, and unsparing. You’ll sympathize with Rez even as you find yourself devastated by his ultimate choices. You won’t want the book to end. A brilliant novel about a young man’s reckoning with a flawed and violent world.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Khadivi’s carefully crafted, masterful novel illustrates how the perfect storm of teenage cruelty, racism, and tragedy can create an extremist. The complexities of teenage friendships and betrayals will ring true for YAs, who will also be intrigued by the cultural contrasts.”Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

2016 Triangle Awards Finalists

The 2016 Publishing Triangle Awards finalists, honoring the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as the year’s best trans and gender-variant literature, include these six Macmillan books:

Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
THE NARROW DOOR by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)

Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
BESTIARY by Donika Kelly (Graywolf Press)

Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
RAPTURE by Sjohnna McCray (Graywolf Press)

Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
HIDE by Matthew Griffin (Bloomsbury USA)

Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
MOONSTONE by Sjón; translated by Victoria Cribb (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

UPDATE 4/28/17: Congratulations to THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) for winning the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction!

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2015 Agatha Award Nominees

Malice Domestic logo#ThrillerThursday BONUS: Macmillan has five nominees for the 2015 Agatha Awards!

Best Contemporary Novel:
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN by Tessa Arlen (Minotaur Books)

Best Nonfiction:
A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (Bloomsbury USA)

The winners will be announced at the 2015 Agatha Awards banquet during the Malice Domestic conference on April 30, 2016.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Trending Title: CHASING THE SCREAM

“This is your brain.” Holds up egg.
“This is your brain on drugs.” Cracks egg into hot frying pan where it sizzles.
“Any questions?”

Remember that commercial? If you’re a person of a certain age, you do. But, has anything changed since then?

Enter award-winning journalist Johann Hari and his first book, CHASING THE SCREAM—a multistrand examination of the war on drugs, spanning 100 years from inception to the present day.

Blending sociology, history and reportage with novelistic detail, Hari uses the narratives of the first American drug czar Harry Anslinger, jazz singer and addict Billie Holiday, and drug-dealing gangster Arnold Rothstein as archetypes to point out how the drug war continually perpetuates itself with shocking intensity and contradiction. Dividing his book neatly into five parts, each with its own subsections, Hari concisely lays out the history and long-term effects of the war on drugs with both depth and precision, and ends by examining alternate ways drug use and drug addiction are being dealt with, the new and growing science that shows that everything we thought we knew about drugs may be wrong, and how there is hope for a new understanding of drug use in the future.

Although it was published in January, CHASING THE SCREAM is selling well and receiving lots of media attention. Last month it spent two consecutive weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Extended Bestseller List, reaching a high of #17! Hari was interviewed on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” and was covered in Vanity Fair‘s “Hot Type” and the New York Times Book Review:

“Hari’s empathy and keen eye for detail bring a disparate group of characters to life, including a former drug dealer and gang leader from Brooklyn transitioning from living as a woman to living as a man, and a teenager in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, who dresses up as an angel to highlight the savage butchery that has made that border city one of the most dangerous places on earth.” New York Times Book Review

“Hari has made a stimulating hybrid of a book—simultaneously a readable history of the war on drugs and a powerful case for radical reform.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“It is one of the few glimmers of hope, alongside movements to legalize marijuana, in a worldwide war whose fight should not be against drugs but for humanity in general. A compassionate and humane argument to overturn draconian drug policies.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“[Hari] portrays everyone with empathy, from drug dealers to drug addicts, law enforcement personnel, and civilians caught in the middle of this war, which, along with the first-person narration, helps to keep the narrative engaging…” — Booklist

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