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Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Fiction

kirkus-best-fictionKirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Fiction lists which include 13 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction 
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
SCARY OLD SEX by Arlene Heyman
THE ADVENTURIST by J. Bradford Hipps
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu
HYSTOPIA by David Means
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Fiction!)
INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny readmoreremove

2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

Congratulations to all of the fantastic books on the 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist, especially these four Macmillan titles:

THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

HOT MILK by Deborah Levy

THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

HYSTOPIA by David Means

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay

The shortlist will be announced on September 13 and the winner will be revealed on October 25. Click here to see the full list of nominees.

Kirkus’s “Books That Kept Us Up at Night”

WARNING: Kirkus says these four books might keep YOU up past your bedtime, too!

TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
The third and best of a finely wrought series that gives voice to a rare figure in crime fiction: a highly complex, fully imagined black female detective.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
A May 2016 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling writer astonish us next time?” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Genre-Bending FridayReads

We’re craving some genre-bending reads this weekend—these should hit the spot:

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
libraryreads logo squareAn April 2016 LibraryReads pick! Bestseller McGuire presents a fresh take on the portal fantasy genre that blends Alice in Wonderland, The Magicians, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. “McGuire’s lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience. Readers will be unable to resist the children’s longing for home, no matter how bizarre or fanciful that destination may be.” — Library Journal, starred review

HYSTOPIA by David Means
THREE STARS for this “compelling, imaginative alternative-history tale about memory and distress” (Booklist, starred review) in which President John F. Kennedy is alive and has created a vast federal agency called the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary.

THE FIRST BOOK OF CALAMITY LEEK by Paula Lichtarowicz
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! A singular, beguiling debut about sixteen girls raised in a Garden on a diet of show tunes and twisted creation myths, who begin to ask questions about the world beyond their Wall of Safekeeping. “Enigmatic… Fans of the offbeat will dote on this sui generis story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

THREE Stars for 2 FSG Titles

Our week is off to a good start because two Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles each have THREE STARRED REVIEWS!

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
“In this wonderfully engaging novel, centered on the paintings of fictional seventeenth-century Dutch artist Sara de Vos, Smith immerses the reader in three vibrant time periods. Rich in historical detail, the novel explores the immense challenges faced by women in the arts (past and present), provides a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the art world across the centuries, and illustrates the transformative power and influence of great art. An outstanding achievement, filled with flawed and fascinating characters.” — Booklist, starred review

“Highly evocative of time and place, this stunning novel explores a triumvirate of fate, choice, and consequence and is worthy of comparison to Tracy Chevalier’s GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH.” — Library Journal, starred review

“This is a beautiful, patient, and timeless book, one that builds upon centuries and shows how the smallest choices—like the chosen mix for yellow paint—can be the definitive markings of an entire life.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

HYSTOPIA by David Means
“Having established his literary standing with short stories, Means delivers his long-anticipated debut novel, a compelling, imaginative alternative-history tale about memory and distress. By turns disturbing, hilarious, and absurd, Means’ novel is also sharply penetrating in its depiction of an America all too willing to bury its past.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2016 “Three’s Company” Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Anne’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter 2016:

TITLE TBA* by Liane Moriarty | 9781250069795 | On Sale: July 26
MOST WANTED* by Lisa Scottoline | 9781250010131 | On Sale: April 12
THE 14TH COLONY* by Steve Berry | 9781250056245 | On Sale: April 5
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN* by Wendy Walker | 9781250097910 | On Sale: July 12
LUST & WONDER* by Augusten Burroughs | 9780312342036 | On Sale: March 29
REDEMPTION ROAD* by John Hart | 9780312380366 | On Sale: May 3
IF I FORGET YOU* by Thomas Christopher Greene | 9781250072788 | On Sale: June 14
THE THINGS WE KEEP* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250051905 | On Sale: Jan. 19
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS* by Dominic Smith | 9780374106683 | On Sale: April 5
THE HEART by Maylis De Kerangal | 9780374240905 | On Sale: Feb. 9
PEACEKEEPING by Mischa Berlinski | 9780374230449 | On Sale: March 8
HYSTOPIA by David Means | 9780865479135 | On Sale: April 19
THE TREES by Ali Shaw | 9781632862839 | On Sale: August 2
THE FORGETTING TIME* by Sharon Guskin | 9781250076427 | On Sale: Feb. 2
SHELTER by Jung Yun | 9781250075611 | On Sale: March 15
THE CHARM BRACELET* by Viola Shipman | 9781250071323 | On Sale: March 22
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood | 9781250074133 | On Sale: Aug. 9
THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest | 9781620409015 | On Sale: May 3
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF JERUSALEM by Sarit Yishai-Levi | 9781250078162 | On Sale: April 5
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao | 9781250073822 | On Sale: March 15
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire | 9781627795944 | On Sale: March 15
THE LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME by Dan Cluchey | 9781250077165 | On Sale: June 28
THE YID by Paul Goldberg | 9781250079039 | On Sale: Feb. 2
DESERT BOYS by Christopher McCormick | 9781250075505 | On Sale: May 3
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau | 9781250067494 | On Sale: Feb. 9
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL* by Meredith Russo | 9781250078407 | On Sale: May 3
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire | 9780765385505 | On Sale: April 5
CONSEQUENCE* by Eric Fair | 9781627795135 | On Sale: April 5
ONEIDA by Ellen Wayland-Smith | 9781250043085 | On Sale: May 3
THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak | 9781250081070 | On Sale: May 3
THE DEFENSE* by Steve Cavanaugh | 9781250082251 | On Sale: May 3
COLLECTING THE DEAD* by Spencer Kope | 9781250072870 | On Sale: June 28
CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong | 9781250092144 | On Sale: May 3
MISSION HILL by Pamela Wechsler | 9781250075697 | On Sale: May 3
DESIGN FOR DYING by Renee Patrick | 9780765381842 | On Sale: April 19
A BED OF SCORPIONS by Judith Flanders | 9781250056467 | On Sale: March 1
HARD LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand | 9781250030382 | On Sale: April 19
KEEP YOU CLOSE by Lucie Whitehouse | 9781632863201 | On Sale: May 3
THE CRACKED SPINE by Paige Shelton | 9781250057488 | On Sale: March 29
TERROR IN TAFFETA by Marla Cooper | 9781250072566 | On Sale: March 22
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane | 9781250009968 | On Sale: April 26

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