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FSG Dominates NYTBR Covers!

2017 FSG NYTBRWe can’t help but notice a trend—Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles have been dominating the cover of the New York Times Book Review for the past month!

SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokohama (February 26 issue)
“Superb… This novel is a real, out-of-the-blue original. I’ve never read anything like it. Yokoyama has written five previous novels and several collections of short fiction, and this is his first book to be translated into English… On the evidence of SIX FOUR, he’s a master.” — Terrence Rafferty

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble (February 19 issue)
“This humane and masterly novel by one of Britain’s most dazzling writers is…deeper than mere philosophy: a praisesong for the magical human predicament exactly as it has been ordained on Earth.” — Cynthia Ozick readmoreremove

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017

These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:

Fiction
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.

Poetry
AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.

Comics/Graphic Novels
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.

Memoir
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.

Politics/Current Events
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.

Music
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove

PW Spring 2017 Announcements

Publishers Weekly looked into their crystal ball and predicted that these 98(!) Macmillan adult books will stand out in the first half of 2017:
Art, Architecture & Photography (full list)

THE SAGRADA FAMILIA: The Astonishing Story of Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece by Gijs van Hensbergen
Out: July 25
This book chronicles the story of architect Antoni Gaudí’s strange masterpiece, which has remained under construction for the past 130 years, as well as the building’s complicated relationship with the city and residents of Barcelona.

YOUNG LEONARDO: The Evolution of a Revolutionary Artist, 1472–1499 by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Heath Brown
Out: May 23
A study of Leonardo da Vinci’s formative years, his triumphs and failures in the Renaissance art world, and how his techniques developed into the style he’s famous for today.

Business & Economics (full list)

GLASS HOUSE: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town by Brian Alexander (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 14
Alexander examines how the purchase of the Anchor Hocking Glass Company by a private equity firm all but destroyed the company and the town of Lancaster, Ohio.

DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu
Out: Feb. 14
Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others—freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Foreword by Gloria Steinem.

THE COMPLACENT CLASS: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream by Tyler Cowen
Out: Feb. 28
The well-known blogger, economist, and author argues that by relying on algorithms that wall Americans off from anything that might be too new or different, we postpone necessary change, which will lead to major fiscal and budgetary crisis.

Comics & Graphic Novels (full list)

BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki (a Top 10 pick)
Out: June 6
With masterful art and evocative storytelling, Tamaki’s short stories tackle subjects from bedbugs to the addictive nature of pop culture to pornography.

PALOOKAVILLE #23 by Seth (a Top 10 pick)
Out: May 30
Seth’s been writing his massive story of the Matchcard brothers and their failing fan company since 1998, and it finally winds up in this book.

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG by Mimi Pond
Out: Apr. 18
Pond’s autobiographical story continues with the saga of a naive young artist working in a restaurant full of drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps. Pond folds their tales into her own emergence as an artist in the scuzzy, low-rent war zone of late 1970s Oakland.

HOSTAGE by Guy Delisle
Out: May 2
In the middle of the night in 1997, Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André was kidnapped by armed men and kept prisoner for three months in the Caucasus. Award-winning cartoonist Delisle recounts André’s harrowing experiences.

Cooking & Food (full list)

KNIFE: Steakhouse Meals at Home by John Tesar (a Top 10 pick)
Out: May 2
Bravo’s Top Chef contestant celebrates steak in every form, with recipes for popular cuts.

RIVER COTTAGE A TO Z: Our Favourite Ingredients, & How to Cook Them by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pam Corbin, Mark Diacono, Nikki Duffy, Nick Fisher, Steven Lamb, Tim Maddams, Gill Meller, and John Wright
Out: May 2
An authoritative encyclopedia of more than 300 ingredients and 300 recipes, set to become a solid addition to the River Cottage library.

THE BUTCHER BABE COOKBOOK: Comfort Food Hacked by a Classically Trained Chef by Loreal Gavin
Out: Apr. 25
A quirky Food Network chef elevates classic cooking techniques with eclectic, rock ’n’ roll twists.

AN AMERICAN GIRL IN LONDON: 101 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a Californian Expat by Marissa Hermer
Out: Apr. 4
The restaurateur and star of Bravo’s Ladies of London provides nourishing, family-friendly recipes inspired by her Californian childhood and current British lifestyle.

FABIO’S 30-MINUTE ITALIAN: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick, and Easy Recipes by Fabio Viviani
Out: May 2
The bestselling author of FABIO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN presents a collection of recipes with tips and inspiration for making great Italian food in no time.

Essays & Literary Criticism (full list)

THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Mar. 7
Bellos recounts the birth and many later lives of one of the world’s most popular novels.

AMERICAN ORIGINALITY: Essays on Poetry by Louise Glück
Out: Mar. 14
The poet’s second book of essays, after 1993’s PROOFS AND THEORIES, focuses on contemporary American poetry.

HOUSMAN COUNTRY: Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker
Out: June 20
This book investigates the particularly English sensibility of poet and classical scholar A.E. Housman (1859–1936), best remembered for the collection A SHROPSHIRE LAD, published in 1896.

TOO MUCH AND NOT IN THE MOOD: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose
Out: Apr. 11
Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s April 11, 1931, entry in A WRITER’S DIARY, Chew-Bose makes a self-portrait of a young writer shutting out the din in order to find her own voice.

THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein
Out: July 4
A narrative of the intersecting lives and works of four revered authors during 1922, the birth year of modernism.

ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER: Essays by Scaachi Koul
Out: May 2
A debut collection about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants, addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes, and the universal miseries of life.

History (full list)

CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION: Petrograd, Russia, 1917—A World on the Edge by Helen Rappaport (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 7
The author of THE ROMANOV SISTERS relates the outbreak of the Russian revolution through eyewitness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.

LENIN ON THE TRAIN by Catherine Merridale (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Mar. 28
A celebrated scholar of Russian history offers an account of Lenin’s 1917 rail trip from Zurich to Petrograd, and the underground conspiracy and subterfuge that went into making it happen.

HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel
Out: Feb. 21
Frankel relates the making of the 1952 American western film High Noon, and how screenwriter Carl Foreman’s concept of the film evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight as he was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party.

ISABELLA OF CASTILE: Europe’s First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett
Out: Mar. 7
Chronicles the life of Isabella of Castile, whose marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon in 1479 united two kingdoms, setting the stage for Spain’s golden era of global dominance.

THE LOCOMOTIVE OF WAR: Money, Empire, Power, and Guilt by Peter Clarke
Out: July 18
This book studies the power of war through the trajectories of David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, John Maynard Keynes, Woodrow Wilson, and F.D.R., while examining the interplay between key figures in the context of unprecedented all-out wars (both in 1914 and 1939) and the broader dynamics of history during an extraordinary period.

AUTUMN OF THE BLACK SNAKE by William Hogeland
Out: May 16
Hogeland conjures up the woodland battles and hardball politics that formed the Legion of the United States, the country’s first true standing army, when in 1783 the newly independent United States found itself losing an escalating military conflict on its borderlands.

APOLLO 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
Out: May 16
Kluger tells of the 1968 race—over the course of just 16 weeks—to prepare an untested rocket to launch humankind’s first flight to the moon.

DODGE CITY: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin
Out: Feb. 28
Relates the story of two young and largely self-trained lawmen who led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, specifically the depraved and criminal town of Dodge City, Kans.

MURDER IN THE CITY: New York, 1910–1920 by Wilfried Kaute
Out: June 13
A time capsule of crime and murder in New York in the decade of the 1910s, documented through more than 150 photographs, medical and police reports, testimonies, and analysis from the era.

Lifestyle (full list)

A COLORFUL WAY OF LIVING: How to Be More, Create More, Do More the Vera Bradley Way by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Apr. 4
The founder of Vera Bradley shares the values to which she attributes her company’s runaway success.

THE HUNGRY BRAIN: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat by Stephan Guyenet (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 7
Neuroscience researcher Guyenet ties together mind and body in a health guide aimed at changing habits of thought, as well as habits of fitness and diet.

REAL LOVE: The Art of Authentic Connection by Sharon Salzberg
Out: June 6
A creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises, meditation techniques, and interactive applications that will guide readers through the process of stripping away layers of habit to find a truer meaning of love.

WHAT THE DEAD HAVE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIVING WELL by Rebecca Rosen
Out: Feb. 14
A spiritual medium opens up about her personal life and answers the question she is asked most often: how does your connection to the “other side” help you navigate your day-to-day world?

THE HIIT BIBLE: Supercharge Your Body and Brain by Steve Barrett
Out: July 18
With HIIT (high intensity interval training) attaining widespread acceptance as a method for improving cardiovascular performance, this book aims to consolidate and demystify the science while also highlighting some of HIIT’s lesser-known benefits.

Literary Fiction (full list)

UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 7
When mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut, life in the small town of Nevada, Iowa, takes a dark turn.

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
Out: June 6
A fractured family from the Chicago suburbs gathers in London for the eldest daughter’s marriage to an upper-crust Englishman, proving that the harder we strain against the ties that bind, the tighter they hold us close.

THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
Out: June 6
Mary scours Craigslist for fast-cash jobs and finds herself applying for the “Girlfriend Experiment,” the brainchild of an eccentric and narcissistic actor, Kurt Sky, who is determined to find the perfect relationship—even if that means paying different women to fulfill distinctive roles.

LOVER by Anna Raverat
Out: Mar. 7
Kate, a senior executive at a multinational hotel company, has devoted her life to her job and her family. Catering to the needs of others comes easily to her, but now, after 10 years of marriage and two children, Kate discovers e-mails from her husband to another woman.

ENCIRCLING by Carl Frode Tiller, trans. by Barbara J. Haveland
Out: Feb. 21
David has lost his memory. When a newspaper ad asks his friends and family to share their memories of him, three respond: Jon, his closest friend; Silje, his teenage girlfriend; and Arvid, his estranged stepfather. This first book of a trilogy is a psychological portrait of a man by his friends.

SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett
Out: June 13
Kevin Pace, working on a painting that he won’t allow anyone to see, had an affair 10 years earlier with a young watercolorist in Paris. As the events of the past intersect with the present, Kevin struggles to justify the sacrifices he’s made for his art and the secrets he’s kept from his wife.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Out: Apr. 4
Fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. The story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life and define the other’s for decades.

THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso
Out: Feb. 7
Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires.

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
Out: Apr. 25
When an Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, she meets a Vietnam vet and widower who inherited a tumbledown borscht belt resort. Converted into a halfway house for homeless veterans, the Standard—and its 2,000 acres over the Marcellus shale formation—is coveted by a Houston-based multinational company. Three violent acts are at the center of this debut.

Memoirs & Biographies (full list)

SCHADENFREUDE, A LOVE STORY: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schuman (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 7
A young Jewish intellectual falls in love with a boy, a language, and a landscape as well as Kafka, and tries to figure them all out.

THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 7
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.

THIS IS NOT A BORDER: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature by Ahdaf Soueif (a Top 10 pick)
Out: May 9
A collection of essays, poems, and sketches celebrating, in the words of Edward Said, “the power of culture over the culture of power.”

RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
Out: June 13
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present.

I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet
Out: June 13
The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, born and educated in Germany, Mekhennet reports from the Middle East to North Africa to explain the rise of Islamic radicalism.

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL: A True Love Story by Peter Turner
Out: May 2
This memoir recounts a story of friendship, love and stardom that began when Turner’s former lover, Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, collapsed in a Lancaster hotel, and he took her into his eccentric family’s home in Liverpool. Soon to be a major feature film starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, and Vanessa Redgrave.

JACK AND NORMAN: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song” by Jerome Loving
Out: Feb. 21
The tragic behind-the-scenes story of Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG, and his relationship with Jack Henry Abbott, who the author helped get out of prison and publish his book, IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST, after which Abbott murdered a waiter and fled to Mexico before being recaptured and imprisoned.

Mysteries & Thrillers (full list)

DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo (a Top 10 pick)
Out: July 11
Crime and religion collide in Castillo’s ninth Kate Burkholder mystery. The police chief of Painters Mill, Ohio, must track down an Amish man convicted of murdering his wife who has escaped from prison and taken his five children hostage.

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 7
The 44th novel featuring Lt. Eve Dallas from Robb (the pseudonym of Nora Roberts), a tale of murder and high society in a future Manhattan, shows why she dominates bestseller lists.

WOLF ON A STRING by Benjamin Black (a Top 10 pick)
Out: June 6
Black, the pen name of the Man Booker Prize–winning novelist John Banville, is the author of the Quirke mystery series set in 1950s Ireland and a Philip Marlowe pastiche, THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE. Now he turns his eye on 16th-century Prague in a tale of murder and magic.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan, trans. by George Miller
Out: May 9
In this metafictional psychological thriller, Delphine, a successful novelist, meets L.L., an intuitive woman who promises to cure her writer’s block. As their lives become more and more entwined, L. threatens Delphine’s identity, both as a writer and as an individual.

SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama, trans. by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
Out: Feb. 7
For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never see their daughter again. Fourteen years later, a press officer notices an anomaly in the case.

TOWER DOWN: A Kirk McGarvey Novel by David Hagberg
Out: May 16
A freelance killer, code-named Al-Nassar, blows the supports on a pencil tower in Manhattan and sends it crashing down. CIA legend McGarvey believes that someone in the Saudi Arabian government is behind the attack.

Poetry (full list)

AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang (a Top 10 pick)
Out Apr. 4
The 2016 Walt Whitman Award–winner devastatingly describes the Hmong exodus from Laos; the fate of thousands of refugees, including her family; and Hmong resilience in exile.

I AM FLYING INTO MYSELF: Selected Poems, 1960–2014 by Bill Knott, edited by Thomas Lux (a Top 10 pick)
Out: Feb. 14
Arranged by his friend, poet Thomas Lux, Knott’s work—encompassing surrealistic wordplay, the antipoem, sonnets, sestinas, and haikus—all convenes in this inventive and brilliant book. readmoreremove

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