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April 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Here’s our updated Edelweiss collection of this month’s bestsellers and recently released titles, perfect for collection development! Here are some of the top titles for April 2018:

Bestsellers:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Recent Releases:
HEAD ON by John Scalzi
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
WADE IN THE WATER: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Pulitzer Prize Winners:
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Biography)
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Poetry)
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr. (Nonfiction) readmoreremove

Macmillan Wins Three 2018 Pulitzer Prizes!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
A deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.

Poetry
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.

Nonfiction
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color.

And a big round of applause for our 2018 Pulitzer finalists:

Nonfiction
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-America World by Suzy Hansen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) readmoreremove

March 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Our sales team created an Edelweiss collection of our month’s bestsellers and recently released titles — what a perfect collection development tool for you! Here are some of the top titles for March 2018:

Recent Releases:
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with a foreword by Bryan Stevenson

THE BISHOP’S PAWN by Steve Berry

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

WHERE THERE’S HOPE: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth Smart

Recent Award Winners:
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (NBCC winner, Biography)

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier (NBCC & PEN Award winners, Poetry)

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris (PEN Award winner)

THE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Oscar winner)

This Edelweiss collection will be updated on a monthly basis so check back often!

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners and honorees!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Poetry
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

ALA Midwinter 2018 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Denver! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the events below and in the Macmillan Adult booth #1741!

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections (don’t forget to download your copy of the free Winter 2018 Book Club sampler):

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
2:30-3:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #916

Donna Seaman will sign complimentary copies of her book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, in the Booklist booth (#916).

LibraryReads / AAP “Saturday with the Authors Panel” featuring Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
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Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature seven authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program. readmoreremove

January 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Our sales team created an Edelweiss collection of our month’s bestsellers and recently released titles — what a perfect collection development tool for you! Here are some of the top titles for January 2018:

Fiction (movie tie-ins are popular!):
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by Andre Aciman
THE DRY by Jane Harper
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts

Nonfiction:
FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
WHEN TO JUMP: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want by Michael Lewis

This Edelweiss collection will be updated on a monthly basis so check back often!

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle honored three Macmillan authors and named seven of our titles as finalists for the 2017 NBCC Awards:

Fiction
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Nonfiction
BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Autobiography
ADMISSIONS: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

Poetry
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

Criticism
THE ART OF DEATH: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News by Kevin Young

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 15.

Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Best of 2017 has come and gone, now here are the most anticipated books of 2018, according to major media:
Entertainment Weekly50 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
One of the most anticipated debuts of the year — having set off an auction frenzy — THE HAZEL WOOD is a contemporary fantasy of an aggressively literary bent, centered on a 17-year-old whose mother is stolen away.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
Crosley may have put essays aside for her 2015 novel THE CLASP, but she returns with her particular brand of sardonic wit in this new collection. The tone, she told EW, is “somewhere between jaded misanthrope and easily amused child.”

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What will James Comey reveal in this anticipated memoir? Publisher Flatiron Books isn’t giving much away, just saying that the former FBI director promises to give a vital lesson on sound leadership, drawing on his own experiences to provide a manual that certain world leaders desperately need.

USA Today10 big books to kick off 2018

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
What it’s about: In this twisty psychological thriller, a woman dumped by her rich husband is determined to prevent his remarriage to her “replacement.”
Why it’s hot: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, which brought THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to the big screen, has picked up film rights for THE WIFE BETWEEN US.

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
What it’s about:
The former FBI director, famously fired by President Trump in May, writes a book about leadership based on his own experiences and observations in government.
Why it’s hot: According to the publisher, Comey’s book will examine what “good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” The burning question: What will he say about Trump?

The Washington PostLeadership Books to Read in 2018

A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey
The former FBI director — fired by President Trump and now, some say, a Zen-like master of throwing subtle shade on Twitter and Instagram — inked what was reported to be a multi-million dollar book deal in August. The book’s publisher has said the book by Comey, also a former Justice Department official and lawyer, promises to give readers “unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself.” Comey, who frequently uses social media to share quotations about character, justice, leadership and power, tweeted an image of the Statue of Liberty on Dec. 5, saying he was in New York to meet with his publisher, with the note: “Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady Liberty standing tall even in rough weather.”

InStyleBooks We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A Vietnam POW returns from overseas and opts to relocate his family to a remote area of Alaska, far removed from the threats of war-torn societies, for a fresh start. All seems well until his PTSD kicks in during the harsh winter and turns their tiny cabin dream into a living nightmare.

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
If accolades from Steve Martin and David Sedaris are any indication, Sloane Crosley’s new collection of essays delivers, with hilarious takes on fertility, mingling with swingers, and her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo on Gossip Girl.

EsquireThe 27 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

OLIVER LOVING by Stefan Merrill Block
Oliver Loving has been paralyzed and locked in his own mind for nearly a decade, the result of a shooting in his small Texas town. In Stefan Merrill Block’s psychologically astute novel, the damaged people that surround Oliver try to piece together their own versions of what happened that night and since then, even as doctors prepare a new treatment that might help Oliver communicate again.

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Here is one of those rare young adult fantasy novels that holds a self-contained world in only a few hundred pages. So much world-building, so little space. If the novel’s heroine is a teenage girl, then her story will appeal to readers of all ages, with its intrigue and strange fairy tale magic and very grown up writing.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Even in her fiction, Marilynne Robinson has a nonjudgmental, earnest way of writing about religion that could make an atheist long for spirituality. President Obama is a fan. In this essay collection theology and current events and philosophy take center stage, and it’s through the clarity of Robinson’s words that hope in times of political strife feels appropriate and urgent.

SOME HELL by Patrick Nathan
A heartbreaker of a book, Patrick Nathan’s debut novel captures the hell of adolescence under particularly dire circumstances: Colin is reeling from his father’s suicide even as he navigates coming of age as a gay teenager. As they are wont to do, sex and death dominate Colin’s thoughts as he makes his way, in agony but with an eye towards a hopeful future.

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
Look out, Angela Carter. There’s a new feminist fairy tale queen in town, and her imagination is as sharp as her wit. Ortberg, co-founder of the beloved website The Toast, takes her column “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” to new heights in this collection of twisted tales that will shock and delight you.

Elle19 of the Best Books to Read This Winter

THREE DAUGHTERS OF EVE by Elif Shafak
From the most widely read female writer in Turkey, here’s a novel that sees violence and nostalgia vie for one woman’s attention on one intense night. In Istanbul, a relatively minor crime—an attempted robbery—sparks a wave of memories as the wealthy Peri ponders an old photograph of her college friends. As terrorist attacks break out, the religious and cultural differences between the three women demand her attention in the fraught present.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
Patrisse Khan-Cullors co-founded one of the most vital activist groups of recent years. Now, get to the heart of Black Lives Matter with her account of how the movement began, and marvel at the brilliance and persistence of her mission despite a continuing lack of understanding and compassion from many.

PEACH by Emma Glass
In the wake of a horrific sexual assault, titular protagonist Peach attempts to navigate a life that has tilted on its axis. As accounts of sexual assault and misconduct have arisen in recent months, our inability to reckon with such events and their aftermath has only become more clear. This short novel—under 100 pages—confronts the enormity with impressionistic grace.

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
Wow, this crime novel just gave me my newest nightmare: Five colleagues go on a hike (first mistake), and one doesn’t return. Four different stories makes it hard for Agent Aaron Falk (whom we met in Harper’s debut, THE DRY) to discern the truth. Don’t read this one during the workweek.

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? by Marilynne Robinson
Equipped with a heart and mind that seem more capacious than ours (though she might have a match in fan Barack Obama), Marilynne Robinson has made a career out of writing life-expanding novels and wonderings, like Pulitzer Prize–winning novel GILEAD. Soon, she’ll give us a new set of essays about faith, life, and culture. readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2018 (Booth #1741)

We can’t wait to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1741 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Denver. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, February 9

Opening Keynote with Patrisse Khan-Cullors
4:00-5:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High Ballroom 2 & 3
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Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Khan-Cullors (WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir) will appear in conversation with Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, to discuss activism and grassroots level solutions to tackle inequality. A book signing will follow the program.

In-booth signing with Ausma Zehanat Khan & Emily Littlejohn
5:30-6:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Ausma Zehanat Khan and Emily Littlejohn will sign complimentary copies of their mysteries, A DANGEROUS CROSSING and A SEASON TO LIE.

Saturday, February 10

In-booth signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Spotlight on Book Clubs: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
2:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #1741

Visit our booth (#1741) and pick up complimentary copies of our favorite book club selections:

Fiction:
AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline (ARCs)
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
CAMP AUSTEN by Ted Scheinman (ARCs)
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth (ARCs)
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah (ARCs)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS by Jim Fergus

Nonfiction:
BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

In-booth signing with Donna Seaman
2:30-3:30pm
Colorado Convention Center | Booth #916

Donna Seaman will sign complimentary copies of her book, IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, in the Booklist booth (#916).

LibraryReads / AAP “Saturday with the Authors Panel” featuring Shobha Rao
3:00-4:00pm
Colorado Convention Center | Mile High 1A
RSVP required, space is limited
Add to your schedule

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature seven authors including Shobha Rao (GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Sunday, February 11

“Three’s Company: We’ll Be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from HarperCollins, Macmillan and Sterling
12:30-1:15pm
Colorado Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)
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Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming Adult Winter & Spring 2018 titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley (HarperCollins) and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari (Sterling)!

RUSA Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception
5:00-7:00pm
Hyatt | Centennial A-D
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Attend RUSA’s Book & Media Awards Ceremony and Reception to find out the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction, as well as selections for the Reading List, Notable Books, Listen List, and winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. If you can’t attend, follow @ala_rusa on Twitter for announcements (hashtag #alabma).

Monday, February 12

LibraryReads / AAP “Booktalk Breakfast” featuring Sandra Dallas
8:30-10:00am
Colorado Convention Center | Room 605/607
RSVP required, space is limited
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Join LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast. Hear from Sandra Dallas (THE PATCHWORK BRIDE) and five other fabulous authors! A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Consult LJ‘s Midwinter Galley Guide to know what to grab before you go to the show. 

Can’t be there in person? Follow the action on Twitter at @alamw and #alamw18.

NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017!

LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
A former public defender in Washington, Forman has written a masterly account of how a generation of black officials, beginning in the 1970s, wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital. What started out as an effort to assert the value of black lives turned into an embrace of tough-on-crime policies — with devastating consequences for the very communities those officials had promised to represent. Forman argues that dismantling the American system of mass incarceration will require a new understanding of justice, one that emphasizes accountability instead of vengeance.

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Fraser’s biography of the author of “Little House on the Prairie” and other beloved books about her childhood during the era of westward migration captures the details of a life — and an improbable, iconic literary career — that has been expertly veiled by fiction. Exhaustively researched and passionately written, this book refreshes and revitalizes our understanding of Western American history, giving space to the stories of Native Americans displaced from the tribal lands by white settlers like the Ingalls family as well as to the travails of homesteaders, farmers and everyone else who rushed to the West to extract its often elusive riches. Ending with a savvy analysis of the 20th-century turn toward right-wing politics taken by Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, Fraser offers a remarkably wide-angle view of how national myths are shaped.

Dwight Garner

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