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Adult Books for Teens

These adult books are perfect for teen readers!

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in this standalone fantasy.

“Teen McGuire fans admire the substance she brings to her fantasy worlds, and they’ll connect with the story’s coming-of-age themes.” —Booklist, YA Interest

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler
A poignant, fantastical novel about the electric combination of ambition & wonder that keeps us reaching toward the heavens.

“Teens intrigued by space and science will be fascinated by Nedda’s unusual childhood and mission as an astronaut.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
A captivating coming-of-age novel about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

“From being bullied by childhood tormentors to bonding with the mother who abandoned her, Emmeline’s journey may grip teen readers.” —Booklist, YA Interest

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Author Spotlight: Erika Swyler (5/2/19)

Erika Swyler is ruling the book world right now with her multi-starred, Library Journal & Indie Next Pick, LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS.

Erika Swyler is the author of book club favorite, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, a national bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Discover, Indie Next, AND LibraryReads pick. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Catapult, VIDA, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Erika lives on Long Island (a.k.a Strong Island), NY, with her husband and a petulant rabbit. She writes, bakes, is a casual runner, and has very strong feelings about typewriters.

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS (on shelves 5/7) is about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the cost of meaningful work. It questions how our lives have changed, what progress looks like, and what it really means to sacrifice for the greater good.

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Sneak Peek: May Indie Next List

The May Indie Next list features five Macmillan titles including THE GUEST BOOK at #1!

1–THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake

Two starred reviews!

“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

LANNY by Max Porter

Three starred reviews!

“This imaginative novel starts off dreamily, picks up speed, and races to a propulsive conclusion. A guaranteed edge-of-your-seat read.”–Library Journal, starred review

“This is a dark and thrilling excavation into a community’s legend-packed soil.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Elegantly mysterious: a story worthy of an M.R. James or even a Henry James and a welcome return by an author eminently worth reading.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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For Your Consideration: May 2019 LibraryReads Titles

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

Votes due April 1!

LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler

Author of June 2015 LibraryReads pick THE BOOK OF SPECULATION
Three starred reviews!
A Library Journal Spring/Summer 2019 Top Pick

“Swyler’s beautiful story, told in eloquent prose, induces shivers of wonder. This meditation on time, loss, and the depth of human connection is both melancholy and astonishing.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Brings to mind the quintessential pioneering writer who used science to explore the human condition, Mary Shelley.”–Booklist, starred review

“Grand in scope and graceful in execution.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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

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Four Stars for LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS

The stars are shining on LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by the author of the June 2015 LibraryReads pick THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, Erika Swyler! This poignant, fantastical novel just received its fourth starred review!

Swyler’s beautiful story, told in eloquent prose, induces shivers of wonder. This meditation on time, loss, and the depth of human connection is both melancholy and astonishing.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Grand in scope and graceful in execution, Swyler’s latest is at once a wistfully nostalgic coming-of-age tale and a profound work of horror-tinged science fiction.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Brings to mind the quintessential pioneering writer who used science to explore the human condition, Mary Shelley.”–Booklist, starred review

“Swyler’s voice has grown exponentially since her debut, and she offers a moving, often heartrending story with lyrical grace… Simply gorgeous.“–Library Journal, starred review

Library Journal’s Spring/Summer 2019 Picks

Library Journal’s top Spring/Summer 2019 picks include 6 Macmillan titles!

VIBRATE HIGHER: A Rap Story by Talib Kweli
“Celebrated hip hop artist Kweli has worked both independently and with folks like Mos Def, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar and in 2011 founded the music-film-and-books juggernaut Javotti Media. Here he delivers not just a memoir but the story of hip-hop as a political force.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

NATURALLLY TAN: A Memoir by Tan France
“You’ve seen him on the Emmy Award–nominated hit show Queer Eye. Now read the life story of Tan France, as he tells you what it’s like to grow up gay in a traditional Muslim family and as that rare person of color in Doncaster, England, then winds up married to a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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Happy National Library Week 2018!

It’s National Library Week, and what better way to celebrate than with some of our favorite books by librarians, about libraries, or starring librarians:

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
A September 2017 LibraryReads pick, Gen X-er librarian Spence’s book is a snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.

MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
Murder? In the library?! It happens in Lehane’s 42nd Street Library mystery series starring crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler.

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Swyler’s “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations was a June 2015 LibraryReads pick and a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers selection.

THE INFERNAL LIBRARY: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder
A compelling new history of “dictator literature” in the twentieth century, featuring the prose and poetry of Lenin, Hitler, Mao, and more.

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
Librarian Weaver’s charming Golden Age debut introduced married couple/amateur sleuths Amory and Milo Ames and was an October 2014 LibraryReads pick. Look for book 5 in the series, AN ACT OF VILLAINY, coming this September 2018.

Plus, Patience & Fortitude are roaring about our New York Public Library Spring 2018 staff picks!

STARFIRE: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth

BAKING WITH KAFKA by Tom Gauld

DON’T GO by Lisa Scottoline

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (Young Adult)

Booklist’s Spotlight on First Novels, 2016

Booklist‘s recent Spotlight on First Novels revealed several favorite Macmillan debuts:
Top 10 First Novels: 2016* (full list)

HIDE by Matthew Griffin
Griffin follows the relationship between two gay men living on the fringes of society, in constant fear of being found out, through the decades, recalling in flashbacks how they met and stayed together, and capturing the quotidian moments of life.

Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2016* (full list)

AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
Anna, 15, escapes upheaval at home by spending the summer with her half-sister, Delia, in L.A., where Anna becomes involved in a project about Charles Manson that helps her comes to terms with her family and herself.

Top 10 First Novels on Audio: 2016* (full list)

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler, read by Ari Fliakos
Myths, mermaids, tarot cards, and a family curse flow together in this tale of a librarian who receives an unsolicited package that opens up the secrets of his family history. Fliakos captures character and tone in this splendidly performed tale.

THE FORGETTING TIME by Sharon Guskin, read by Susan Bennett and David Pittu
Guskin’s debut intertwines two imaginative stories: a preschooler continually asks for his “other mother,” and a psychiatrist studies reincarnation in young children. Pitch-perfect performances from Bennett and Pittu add drama and emotion to the complex story.

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, read by Samia Mounts
Russo draws heavily on her real-life experiences as a transgender woman in this powerful coming-of-age novel. Mounts’ moving performance perfectly depicts teenage Amanda’s struggles to find love, acceptance, and safety.

*Titles included were reviewed between October 15, 2015 and October 1, 2016.

Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles

What’s the best way to get your library’s book club talking? Read and recommend these discussion-worthy Macmillan titles that Talia presented at yesterday’s Booklist‘s “Best Bets for Book Clubs” collection development webinar:

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)
Tale of Shikanoko series by Lian Hearn (download the guide for all 4 books)
Book 1: EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS
Book 2: AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD
Book 3: LORD OF THE DARKWOOD
Book 4: THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide)
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith (download the guide)
IN THE COUNTY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero (download the guide)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (download the guide)
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao (download the guide)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (download the guide)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (download the guide)
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (download the guide)

Here’s a link to the full presentation slides and you can download the Excel sheet of all titles presented (with ISBNs). You can also view the archived webinar here.

Want more book club ideas? Check out suggestions from the NEA Big Read, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden & more right here.

Your Next Book Club Pick Is…

Well, only you know what your library’s book club is reading next, but we will happily share these expert suggestions:

NEABigReadThe NEA Big Read recently expanded their selection to “offer a selection of books that is contemporary, diverse, and relevant to our times.” Their Macmillan picks are:

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (download the guide)
We’ve also got NEA Big Read author Kao Kalia Yang’s new memoir, THE SONG POET (download the guide)

The recently announced Summer 2016 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features these three Macmillan titles:

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss (a Top 10 pick!)
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (download the guide)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)

Plus our new Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden recommends SHELTER by Jung Yun (download the guide) & THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide) in her Summer Reading List!

Last year we predicted that the movie version of THE REVENANT was going to be huge, and we’re making the same call with SILENCE by Shusaku Endo. This classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Picador just released a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so we recommend getting ahead of the trend (and maybe even organizing a movie night out!).

Talia’s going to share her picks at tomorrow’s Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” webinar, so here’s what Anne recommends:

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