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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

Sneak Peek: November 2015 Indie Next List

indie nextThe November 2015 Indie Next list includes two of our favorite fall books!

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel selection, an ALA Annual “Read ‘n Rave” selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection, and an Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help care for his ailing parents. “…funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she’s couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the very same bully who first got him in hot water. “Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.”
Booklist, starred review

B&N 2015 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble recently announced several new picks for their Discover Great New Writers program and these Macmillan titles made the list!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick & Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! In Swyler’s hand-illustrated and “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly), a recently unemployed librarian receives a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations.

THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus
“In her assured first novel, McManus dissects such headline topics as Wall Street corruption, income inequality, and the vagaries of class and power in contemporary America. To her great credit, McManus uncovers the humanity of a group that rarely receives our empathy even as she exposes the dark side of privilege and entitlement in a timely novel enriched with touches of Edith Wharton.” — Booklist

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help his ailing parents (mom has cancer and dad has ALS). “Horrible. Hysterical. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Just like life.” — Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (and the forthcoming FURIOUSLY HAPPY) readmoreremove

BEA Buzz Books

Happy Friday, friends! We’re thrilled to share these three titles chosen for BEA Buzz panels:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
On Sale: October 20, 2015
A BEA Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help his ailing parents (mom has cancer and dad has ALS).
“Horrible. Hysterical. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Just like life.” — Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (and the forthcoming FURIOUSLY HAPPY)

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
On Sale: September 8, 2015
A BEA Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
In this powerful and profound memoir, Tweedy deftly explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: BY THE BOOK giveaway

Every Sunday, readers of The New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to the last page to see who will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature.

Edited by Pamela Paul, BY THE BOOK: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review contains full uncut interviews with 65 of the world’s leading writers, including David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson, on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations.

It’s a Library Journal Fall Editors’ pick, a November Indie Next selection, and now one of 10 copies of BY THE BOOK can be yours! UPDATE 11/17: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

Our friends at Henry Holt created this nifty BY THE BOOK quiz. Simply fill out your answers and email them to Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: BY THE BOOK) by Friday, Nov. 14. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print* after the break. UPDATE 11/17: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

Praise for BY THE BOOK:

“At times delightful and always entertaining, this book can be taken in large gulps, or small sips. Reading it will surely result in a monstrous and fascinating reading list.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The popular ‘By the Book’ column in the New York Times Book Review was Paul’s idea before she took the NYTBR editorial helm, and now that she’s gathered 65 of these irresistible interviews together in a book, they’ve gained magnetism and synergy. This is a book lover’s guilty pleasure, in which bookish fun is matched by substantial discussion, including those with E. L. Doctorow and Chang-rae Lee.” — Booklist

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Sneak Peek: November 2014 Indie Next list

indie nextThe November 2014 Indie Next list was recently announced and it includes some fabulous Macmillan titles!

THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson
“In a work that’s part spy novel and part buddy tale, Johnson aptly locates his portrayal of a shadowy world of complicated relationships and ever-shifting alliances in one of the more broken places on the planet. This is what you might get if you combined Casablanca‘s cynicism and sense of intrigue with a touch of Heart of Darkness post-9/11.” — Library Journal, starred review
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