Articles tagged "Dominic Smith"

#Pubday (6/4/19)

The origins of film and a portrait of a life– Happy book birthday to these 2 starred novels!

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL by Dominic Smith

2 starred reviews!

“A compelling plot, robust characters, and finely crafted prose richly evoke a bygone age and art.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Smith’s tale is as luminous as celluloid projected on a silver screen hung from a dirigible floating over the Hudson (yes, this happens). Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and readers who love old Hollywood novels.”–Booklist, starred review

AUG 9 – FOG by by Kathryn Scanlan

“Scanlan’s outstanding debut inventively adapts a real woman’s diary… The book is a fascinating chronicle of Scanlan’s obsession, but, more than that, it transforms a seemingly ordinary life into a profound and moving depiction of how humans can love and live. Scanlan’s portrait of an everywoman feels entirely new.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Mac Lib @ TxLA Book Buzz After Dark

This evening we presented at the Texas Library Association’s Book Buzz After Dark, and for anyone who missed out, here are the titles we raved about:

WHISPER NETWORK | Chandler Baker | 7/2/19 | 9781250319470
BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption | Ben Mezrich | 5/21/19 | 9781250217745
DEAD AS A DOOR KNOCKER | Diane Kelly | Available | 9781250197429
EXPLOSIVE FORCES | D.D. Ayres | Available | 9781250086976
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN | Sarah Bird | Available | 9781250193162
BROWN WHITE BLACK: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion | Nishta J. Mehra | Available | 9781250133557
MIRACLE CREEK | Angie Kim | Available | 9780374156022
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE | Katherine Center | 8/13/19 | 9781250047328
A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY | M.T. Edvardsson | 6/25/19 | 9781250204431
THE WHISPER MAN | Alex North | 8/20/19 | 9781250317995
THE DAUGHTERS OF TEMPERANCE HOBBS | Katherine Howe | 6/25/19 | 9781250304865
MONTAUK | Nicola Harrison | 6/4/19 | 9781250200112
THE LAST BOOK PARTY | Karen Dukess| 7/9/19 | 9781250225474
THE ELECTRIC HOTEL | Dominic Smith | 6/4/19 | 9780374146856
THE HISTORY OF LIVING FOREVER | Jake Wolff | 6/11/19 | 9780374170660
THE BITTERROOTS | C.J. Box | 8/13/19 | 9781250051059
THE FIRST MISTAKE | Sandie Jones | 6/11/19 | 9781250192028
THE ESCAPE ROOM | Megan Goldin | 7/30/19 | 9781250219657
THE BURNING CHAMBERS | Kate Mosse | 6/18/19 | 9781250202161
THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN | Allison Montclair | 6/4/19 | 9781250178367
NINTH HOUSE | Leigh Bardugo | 10/1/19 | 9781250313072
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast | Jonathan Safran Foer | 9/17/19 | 9780374280000
A BETTER MAN: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel | Louise Penny | 8/27/19 | 9781250066213

Booklist’s “Macmillan Spring Fling” Webinar (4/2/19)

We hope you tuned in to today’s Booklist “Macmillan Spring Fling Webinar,” featuring adult and YA titles from Macmillan, Tor, and Bloomsbury, but if not, here are the title list and slides PDF.

The archived webinar is available here.

See something you like? Request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss!

For Your Consideration: June 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite June 2019 titles for the June 2019 LibraryReads list!

Votes due May 1!

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL by Dominic Smith

Two starred reviews!

“A compelling plot, robust characters, and finely crafted prose richly evoke a bygone age and art.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Smith’s tale is as luminous as celluloid projected on a silver screen hung from a dirigible floating over the Hudson (yes, this happens). Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and readers who love old Hollywood novels.”–Booklist, starred review

MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey

“There’s something for almost all readers here: family drama, romance, high-school gossip, fantasy-world building. Above all, Gailey shows us that humans are humans, even when they are magic, and they are still flawed, damaged, and oh so interesting.”–Booklist, starred review

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We’re Seeing Stars!

Holy starred reviews, Batman! Check out these forthcoming titles that earned two starred reviews!

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake

“This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga—it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Blake deftly interrogates the many shades of prejudice and ‘the ordinary, everyday wickedness of turning away.’ Blake’s brilliant and ravishing novel promises to hit big”–Booklist, starred review

LOTHARINGIA: A Personal History of Europe’s Lost Country by Simon Winder

“Winder highlights the contrasts between readers’ modern perspectives and those of the Lotharingians and their peers with a deft combination of personal observation, historical anecdotes, and humorously straightforward summaries of complex military, dynastic, and ideological conflicts. This work is highly recommended for fans of European and world history.”–Booklist, starred review

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PW Spring 2019 Announcements

Publishers Weekly has chosen the stand-out books from the coming months for their 2019 Spring Announcements, and there are 81 Macmillan titles you’ll need to save room for on your shelves!

Business & Economics

THE BILLIONAIRE BOONDOGGLE: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs by Pat Garofalo (a Top 10 pick)
INVEST FOR GOOD: Increasing Your Personal Well-Being While Changing the World by Mark Mobius, Carlos Von Hardenberg, and Greg Konieczny (a Top 10 pick)
BIG BUSINESS: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen
HOW TO WIN IN A WINNER-TAKE-ALL WORLD: Career Management in the Twenty-First Century by Neil Irwin
WIN OR DIE: Leadership Secrets from ‘Game of Thrones’ by Bruce Craven

Comics & Graphic Novels

HOT COMB by Ebony Flowers (a Top 10 pick)
OFF SEASON by James Sturm (a Top 10 pick)
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast
GRASS by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, trans. by Janet Hong
CHRONIN VOLUME 1: The Knife at Your Back by Alison Wilgus

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The BIG Book Club Resource Guide

Ready to rev up your library’s book club? Great! We’ve got a TON of resources to help:

Reading Group Gold is the destination for reading group news, sweepstakes and giveaways, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles from Macmillan. You can also sign up for their newsletter.

Our “One Book, One City” community reading recommendations are a good source for discussable fiction AND nonfiction titles. View the current catalog here (backlist: 20182017, 2016, 2015, 2014).

Our NEA Big Read Picks (2018) and Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs are solid choices:

Summer 2018
Winter 2017-2018

We also recommend discussable titles during Booklist book club webinars and at other book buzzes. Don’t forget you can download these presentations to give in your own library!

Booklist’s “Macmillan Spring Fling” Webinar Titles
New Your Public Library’s “Fiction + Nonfiction” Book Buzz
ALA Midwinter 2019 Book Buzz

Invite an author to your library! These authors are willing to Skype in to book club meetings if they can’t attend in person.

Download a sortable spreadsheet (with ISBNs!!) of adult titles with reading group guides.

Our personal favorites include these timely titles on immigration, social justice, race relations, and feminism by Carol Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson, Diane Guerrero, Anthony Ray Hinton, and more.
And Seanan McGuire‘s Alex-Award winning Wayward Children series is highly discussable!

Top Macmillan Book Club titles (according to Bookscan rankings):

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy)
A LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah
All titles by Kristin Hannah, especially THE NIGHTINGALE, THE GREAT ALONE, and WINTER GARDEN
SALVAGE THE BONES & MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN by Anne Fadiman
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny (Armand Gamache series)
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
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Ocean County Library Book Club Buzz Titles

Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? It’s true!

This weekend, Anne will participate in Ocean County Library’s “Book Discussion Leaders Tea” event where she’ll share these book club picks:

Bestsellers
THE NIGHTINGALE and THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Literary
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
THE LAST LAUGH by Lynn Freed
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

Diversity
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN and GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso

Mystery / Thriller
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES and AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny (GLASS HOUSES)
The Inspector Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty series by Ausma Zehanat Khan (THE UNQUIET DEAD, THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS, AMONG THE RUINS, A DANGEROUS CROSSING)
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

Nonfiction
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming

Movie / Media Tie-Ins
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis
ADNAN’S STORY by Rabia Chaudry readmoreremove

Chicago Public Library’s 2016 “Best of the Best Books”

cplbestof2016We’ve got 14 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2016” list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders

Nonfiction
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore

Teen Fiction
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
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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

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