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Happy #BookBday (4/25/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to two daring debuts and three works of women’s fiction perfect for book clubs:

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A May 2017 Indie Next pick & a Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review

OOLA by Brittany Newell
A provocative and impressive debut delivered with a uniquely sinister lyricism by a brilliant 21-year-old; a story about sex, privilege, desire, and creativity in the post-college years. “Newell’s rangy, circuitous tale is a kind of queer Nadja for millennials with a self-satirizing—and satisfying—bite. A dreamy and provocative exploration of sex, privilege, and self-discovery.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE F WORD by Liza Palmer
At once a funny, whip-smart sendup of L.A. culture and an irresistible love story about how sometimes who we become isn’t who we really are. “A funny and fantastic lesson on how perfection doesn’t translate to happiness is served up in Palmer’s latest. This is a smart and sardonic novel with a genuine voice.” — Publishers Weekly

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher
“This is a warm, humorous, at times heartbreaking novel of three childhood friends, told from their alternating points-of-view and reminiscent of Cecelia Ahern’s ROSIE DUNNE. It reads like a diary readers won’t be able to put down, with characters they would like to spend more time with and get to know. A fresh take on the classic love-triangle story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/7/17 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
A March 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! In this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, a mother has a complicated love for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review

YOU ARE HERE: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lawson: WRECK THIS JOURNAL meets HYPERBOLE AND A HALF in a book destined to be a classic—part therapy, part best friend, part humor, and part coloring book complete with Jenny’s amazingly intricate illustrations, all on perforated pages that can be easily torn out, hung up, and shared. readmoreremove

Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

indiebookclubThe Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes seven Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter

Extraordinary Lives
HOME IS BURNING: A Memoir by Dan Marshall
ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart

Exciting New Voices
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein

New Works From Old Favorites
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen

FREE Book Buzz Presentations!

kittyblowyourmindMacmillan Library is pleased to offer #librariansonly unprecedented access to our book buzz presentations!

But what is a book buzz presentation?

Nearly 20 times a year, Team Macmillan Library hits the road (actually or virtually) to talk about books. For those librarians unable to join us, here is your go-to portal for all the goods on our favorite books. #ReadersAdvisoryMadeEasy
Click on each presentation’s link below to access the downloadable PowerPoint version and adapt as needed. (Email us if you would like to receive the corresponding script and/or handout for a specific presentation.)

“Buzzing about forthcoming books is a great way to keep your customers coming back, and for us, it’s turned out to be a great way to build community.”
— A. Issac “Ike” Pulver, Director, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs NY in a
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Talia + Anne - cats pajamas editBut wait, there’s more! We also create CUSTOM presentations! SAY WHAT?!

Whether it’s for a staff development day, a regional book buzz, or a “new books” preview for the public, we are here to help!

To request a custom presentation for your library, email library@macmillanusa.com with the following information:

— Presentation date
— Target audience (library staff, patrons, teens, etc.)
— Presentation theme (upcoming seasonal releases, genre-specific, debuts, nonfiction only, YA, etc.)

All custom presentations require a minimum of one month advance notice before your event.

We will provide two drafts (one for initial review, another with your edits) and deliver the final file to you a minimum of three (3) days before your event.
If desired, please send us your library’s logo and/or any website/social media links to include in the header/footer section(s).

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Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles

What’s the best way to get your library’s book club talking? Read and recommend these discussion-worthy Macmillan titles that Talia presented at yesterday’s Booklist‘s “Best Bets for Book Clubs” collection development webinar:

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)
Tale of Shikanoko series by Lian Hearn (download the guide for all 4 books)
Book 1: EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS
Book 2: AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD
Book 3: LORD OF THE DARKWOOD
Book 4: THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide)
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith (download the guide)
IN THE COUNTY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero (download the guide)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (download the guide)
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao (download the guide)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (download the guide)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (download the guide)
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (download the guide)

Here’s a link to the full presentation slides and you can download the Excel sheet of all titles presented (with ISBNs). You can also view the archived webinar here.

Want more book club ideas? Check out suggestions from the NEA Big Read, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden & more right here.

Sign Up Now: “Best Bets for Book Groups” Booklist Webinar

Booklist-BestBookClubBets-webinarDiscover your library’s next book club selection at Booklist‘s “Best Bets for Book Groups” webinar on Tuesday, July 19 at 1pm Central. Talia Sherer will give you the inside scoop on new and forthcoming Macmillan titles perfect for discussion.

Click here to RSVP. See you there!

Happy #BookBday (6/14/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to two new titles perfect for book clubs:

IF I FORGET YOU by by Thomas Christopher Greene
A July 2016 Indie Next pick! Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love. “In his powerful, emotionally moving love story, Greene candidly acknowledges life’s complexities and the many challenges that couples face as they negotiate romantic relationships and family expectations. An inspiring novel about surviving the mistakes of our youth; recommended for romantics and realists alike.” — Library Journal

THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MOTHERS by Meera Syal
An incisive, provocative, witty new novel about love, motherhood, and surrogacy. “With an absorbing modern family saga story line and sympathetic, compelling characters, Syal’s novel trains a personal lens on ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and women’s rights. An excellent book club choice.” — Library Journal

Maximum Shelf: I WILL SEND RAIN

MaxShelf-IWillSendRainToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is I WILL SEND RAIN, from acclaimed and award-winning author Rae Meadows.

“Rae Meadows’s new historical novel sets timeless domestic issues against the hard times of the Dust Bowl. Themes of marital drift, infidelity, financial insecurity and the limiting of women’s options make the past feel modern and create an easy kinship between the reader and Meadows’s pitch-perfect characters. Alternately delicate and elegiac, glowing and ferocious, this slow dance through the devastation of history leaves readers with a glimpse of the cost to those who stayed to brave the hard times.” — Shelf Awareness

I WILL SEND RAIN is a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick & an August 2016 Indie Next pick!

Praise for I WILL SEND RAIN:

An exceptional talent for creating vivid imagery and a tender regard for her characters mark Meadows’ new novel set in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Dust Bowl. Similar to John Steinbeck’s haunting portrait of tenant farmers in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, but also with the gritty, bittersweet elements in Rilla Askew’s HARPSONG and the poignant lyricism of Karen Hesse’s OUT OF THE DUST.” — Booklist, starred review

“A vibrant, absorbing novel that stays with the reader.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In her fourth novel, Meadows’s lyrical and descriptive writing evokes a harsh landscape of dust, bones, and abandoned homes. The unforgettable characters show grit, determination, and brokenness in equal measure. An outstanding choice for book discussion groups.” — Library Journal, starred review

Click here to read the full Shelf Awareness summary, review and full interview with Rae Meadows.
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Happy #BookBday (7/28/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to three new releases great for book clubs:

THE NIGHT STAGES by Jane Urquhart
A female pilot recalls her affair with a man obsessed with the disappearance of his brother in this elegiac novel of intersecting memories and the sorrows of fractured families. “Highly satisfying on many levels, this novel will have book clubs basking in its big symbols and abuzz over Tamara’s final decision.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE OTHER DAUGHTER by Lauren Willig
In 1920s Europe, a young woman discovers that her supposedly dead father is still alive and living in London with his new socially prominent family, whose happiness she sets out to destroy. “Vibrant and thrilling, Willig’s third stand-alone should garner an audience beyond fans of the Pink Carnation series.” — Booklist

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME by Beth Harbison
Reader favorite Harbison infuses the story with wit and heart even though the premise of trading places in time is well trod. High-school high jinks and the search for meaningful love make this novel both lighthearted and poignant.” — Booklist

Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Summer 2015 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features six Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler

Familes… And Other Challenges
THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee

Exciting New Voices
THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbit readmoreremove

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