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Library Journal’s Best Winter/Spring 2019 Debut Novels

Library Journal rounded up the Winter/Spring Debuts you need on your shelves, and boy, do they have great taste! Here are the Macmillan titles you should keep an eye out for in the coming months:

Literary Fiction
MAKE ME A CITY by Jonathan Carr
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek (2 starred reviews!)

Here From Afar
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim (2 starred reviews!)

The World at Large
WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin

Pop Fiction
MONTAUK by Nicola Harrison
THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib (February LibraryReads + Indie Next Picks!)

SF/Fantasy
MIRANDA IN MILAN by Katharine Duckett
THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons (4 starred reviews!)
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine (3 starred reviews!)
YOUR FAVORITE BAND CANNOT SAVE YOU by Scotto Moore

Mystery/Thriller
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (February LibraryReads + Indie Next Picks!)

Books to Anticipate
THE UNPASSING by Chia-Chia Lin
IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Happy #BookBday (8/28/18 Edition)

What a lovely day for a #BookBday!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel. “Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DISORDERED MIND: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! A Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist’s probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human nature. “Kandel’s clear and straightforward writing makes this informative scientific exploration accessible and compelling to both medical practitioners, researchers, and general readers interested in how the mysteries of human nature arise from the physical matter of the brain.” — Library Journal

THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio & Peter Eisner
In this landmark biography of our current Vice President, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio and Emmy-nominated journalist Peter Eisner reveal that Mike Pence is the most important and powerful Christian Right politician America has ever seen. Driven as much by theology as personal ambition, Pence is now positioned to seize the big prize – the presidency – and use it to fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors. “Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D’Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Introducing Celadon Books!

Welcome to Macmillan’s newest imprint, Celadon Books!

Founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices. Their motto: “We believe that when readers finish a Celadon book, they will know that it was time well spent.” (They also have a gorgeous, amazingly curated website!)

Celadon’s first list of four titles is set for Winter 2019, and many of you are already raving about their inaugural title

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

CAPE MAY by Chip Creek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (6/19/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these new beauties hitting library shelves today:

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
A June 2018 LibraryReads pick and July 2018 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! The new thriller from the bestselling author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS about a woman who vanished and may have reappeared to haunt her old lover. “[An] outstanding Hitchcockian thriller… Paris plays fair with the reader as she builds to a satisfying resolution. Fans of intelligent psychological suspense will be richly rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SHEPHERD’S HUT by Tim Winton
THREE starred reviews! “The latest from Winton is a mournful and fast-paced journey into the life of a young man on his own. Gorgeously written and taut with eloquent, edgy suspense, Jaxie’s journey is a portrait of young manhood amidst extreme conditions, both inward and outward.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
A July 2018 Indie Next pick! An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant. “Li vividly depicts the lives of her characters and gives the narrative a few satisfying turns, resulting in a memorable debut. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Stars for TREEBORNE

We’re thrilled that Caleb Johnson’s literary debut novel, TREEBORNE, has THREE starred reviews!

“Using language rich as mulch, debut author Johnson tells the superb saga of three generations of Treebornes, who live near the town of Elberta in the southern reaches of Georgia. Sentence by loamy sentence, this gifted author digs up corpses and upends trees to create a place laden with magic and memory.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review and editor’s pick

“Majestic in scope, jam-packed with revelations and a touch of the fantastical, TREEBORNE is an enthralling story about what binds people together and breaks them apart.” Booklist, starred review

“Johnson’s gem of a novel tells of a place and its people so vivid and real that readers won’t want their stories to end.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM

“I write because I want to make sense of the world, and while words may not work the same for everyone, I do believe that using language to express what we feel and think and how we respond to the experiences we have can be enormously helpful.” — Anne Youngson

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness features Anne Youngson’s MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM. Written as a series of letters between an English farmer and a museum curator in Denmark brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, this epistolary debut novel is perfect for readers of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY.

“Beautifully written and deeply moving, MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM is a superb—and tenderhearted—debut that will interest anyone who’s ever questioned how they became the person they are today.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Anne Youngson on Shelf-Awareness.com. readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: June 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the June 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due April 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
Also available in audio
The new thriller from the LibraryReads author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. “Paris once again proves her suspense chops with this can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
Also available in audio
THREE starred reviews! Hilarious and poignant, the new adventures of Kate Reddy, the beleaguered heroine of Allison Pearson’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT. “Tackling sexism, growing older, and understanding one’s needs when catering to those of so many others, Pearson writes realism with all the fun of escapism.” — Booklist, starred review

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WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk
Two starred reviews! A “stellar” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) fantasy debut that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance in an original world with a historical WWI tone. “Many disparate elements are expertly woven together to make this debut a crackler, with layers like a nesting doll and just as delightful to discover.” — Booklist, starred review

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JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier
Also available in audio
What if you went to jail for something terrible your boyfriend did to your best friend? Then 5 years later, you’re free but your life is in ruins, and your boyfriend is back at it (killing, that is), and maybe he’s coming for you? “…this psychological thriller is unlike any other. Enthralled readers will be rooting for Geo in the end.” — Library Journal, starred review

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KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
One of Publishers Weekly’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks with three starred reviews! The critically acclaimed author of OUTLINE and TRANSIT, completes her “stunning” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) trilogy with a finale that examines the relationship between pain and honor, and investigates the moral nature of success as a precept of both art and living. “Brilliantly accomplished and uncompromisingly dark.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
Also available in audio
The extraordinary true story of the African American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture written and directed by Spike Lee, and produced by Oscar winner Jordan Peele.

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Library Journal’s Best Spring/Summer 2018 Debut Novels

Library Journal pre-pub buzz maven Barbara Hoffert shared her picks for “spring and summer titles you should have on your radar,” including these four Macmillan debuts:

SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke
Colonists escaping an environmentally imploding Earth make an emergency landing on a planet they weren’t aiming for, and generations of humans grow up there, evolving as they adapt to a new ­environment. “Extraordinary.” (LJ 1/18)

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
In 1956, newlyweds Michael and Scottie Messina arrive in Italy, where Michael will be working for the CIA. His ambitions and their not-government-approved sexuality complicate matters. “Effervescent as spumante; spot-on social commentary.” (LJ 11/1/17)

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
Allied as outsiders, two girls in India become fast friends but are separated by tragedy, with Poornima finally traveling all the way to Seattle to renew her bond with Savitha. “This tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” (LJ 1/18) readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/13/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to stories about families and all things literary, weird, and wonderful:

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
A “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with two starred reviews! “Unlike most modern versions of fairy tales, Ortberg’s sly, scathing renditions avoid clichés and self-referential edginess, and instead strike directly at the heart. The book brings the shock of the new and the shock of recognition into play at the same time; it’s a tour de force of skill, daring, and hard-earned bravura.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
A Publishers Weekly Spring 2018 Literary Fiction Pick & Anticipated Debut! A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world. “Tamirat’s wonderful debut novel weaves growing pains, immigrant troubles, and moments of biting humor. The unsettling conclusion serves as a perfect ending for this riveting coming-of-age story full of murky motives, deep emotion, and memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
Two starred reviews! Two brothers—fiercely loyal and just plain fierce—are bound together by a series of darkly comedic and hauntingly violent events. “[An] impressive novel… Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
Two starred reviews! A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him. “Because of its scope and deft handling of aspects of identity in matters of love, family, religion, and loss, this literary work is highly recommended to the broadest audience.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
From the author of LibraryReads pick THE THINGS WE KEEP comes a new suburban drama about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden. “With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of BIG LITTLE LIES.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: #BookBday Debuts

TGIF! Our #FridayReads are two starry debut novels celebrating their #BookBday this week!

GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
A March 2018 LibraryReads pick, a Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ pick, and a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with THREE starred reviews! A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. “Incredible storytelling… Highly recommended for book discussion groups, this tale of sacrifice, exploitation, and reclamation is not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS by Yoav Blum
What if the drink you just spilled, the train you just missed, or the lottery ticket you just found was not just a random occurrence? Meet the Coincidence Makers—Guy, Emily, and Eric—three seemingly ordinary people who work for a secret organization devoted to creating and carrying out carefully orchestrated events designed to spark significant changes in the lives of their targets. “Artfully blending elements of thriller, romance, and fantasy in beautiful prose, Blum’s novel is a flight of imagination that will echo in readers’ minds long after the last pages have been turned.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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