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ALA Midwinter 2019 Adult Book Buzz Titles

We hope you enjoyed our Booze + Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter! For those who were #alaleftbehind, here’s everything we buzzed about:

THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World | Melinda Gates | April 23, 2019 | 9781250313577
MIRACLE CREEK | Angie Kim | April 16, 2019 | 9780374156022
THE NIGHT TIGER | Yangsze Choo | February 12, 2019 | 9781250175458
SHE WOULD BE KING | Wayétu Moore | 9781555978174
WICKED SAINTS | Emily A. Duncan | April 2, 2019 | 9781250195661
THE DYSASTERS | P.C. + Kristin Cast | February 26, 2019 | 9781250141040
YOU’D BE MINE | Erin Hahn | April 2, 2019 | 9781250192882
THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE | S. C. Megale | May 7, 2019 | 9781250190499
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE | Casey McQuiston | May 14, 2019 | 9781250316776
IN ANOTHER LIFE | C. C. Hunter | March 26, 2019 | 9781250312273
BIRTHDAY | Meredith Russo | May 21, 2019 | 9781250129833
FINALE: A Caraval Novel | Stephanie Garber | May 7, 2019 | 9781250157669
ENCHANTÉE | Gita Trelease | February 5, 2019 | 9781250295521
THE SILENT PATIENT | Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
CAPE MAY | Chip Cheek | April 30, 2019| 9781250297150
A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY | M.T. Edvardsson | June 25, 2019 | 9781250204431
THE WHISPER MAN | Alex North | August 20, 2019 | 9781250317995
THE GUEST BOOK | Sarah Blake | May 7, 2019 | 9781250110251
THE DAUGHTERS OF TEMPERANCE HOBBS | Katherine Howe | June 25, 2019 | 9781250304865
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE | Katherine Center | August 13, 2019 | 9781250047328
TRUST EXERCISE | Susan Choi | April 9, 2019 | 9781250309884
THE TIME COLLECTOR | Gwendolyn Womack | April 16, 2019 | 9781250169235
LOSING EARTH: A Recent History | Nathaniel Rich | April 9, 2019 | 9780374191337
STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide | Karen Kilgariff + Georgia Hardstark | May 28, 2019 | 9781250178954
MAGIC FOR LIARS | Sarah Gailey | June 4, 2019 | 9781250174611
MIDDLEGAME | Seanan McGuire | May 7, 2019 | 9781250195524
BLOOD OF AN EXILE | Brian Naslund | August 6, 2019 | 9781250309648
THE BURNING CHAMBERS | Kate Mosse | June 18, 2019 | 9781250202161
LIKE LIONS | Brian Panowich | April 30, 2019 | 9781250206947
STONE MOTHERS | Erin Kelly | April 23, 2019 | 9781250113719
THE NIGHT BEFORE | Wendy Walker | May 14, 2019 | 9781250198679
THE ESCAPE ROOM | Megan Goldin | August 6, 2019 | 9781250219657

Our 2019 YALSA & RUSA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

2019 Reading List (The Reading List is an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers selected by RUSA’s Reading List Council.)

Adrenaline Short List
JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier
Fantasy Short List
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
Historical Fiction Short List
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
Mystery Short List
CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox
Science Fiction Winner
THE CALCULATING STARS: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
Women’s Fiction Shortlist
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson

2019 Over the Rainbow List (Honors adult books with significant LGBTQ content)

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
SO LUCKY by Nicola Griffith

2019 Rainbow Book List (Honors books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.)

HOW I RESIST: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson

Alex Awards (the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS by P. Djèlí Clarkm

Odyssey Award (This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults)

SADIE written by Courtney Summers, narrated by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, & more, and produced by Macmillan Audio from Wednesday Books

F19 E-Galley Drop

It may only be January, but we’re gearing up for Fall 2019 with this epic e-galley drop! Head over to Edelweiss to download some of the hot titles of the season:

WHAT ROSE FORGOT by Nevada Barr
A gripping standalone in which a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare.

29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan
A woman being harassed by her male colleague is offered a once-in-a-lifetime deal that can make all her problems disappear. No consequences. No traces. No chance of being found out. All it takes is a 29-second phone call.

CAMPUSLAND by Scott Johnston
A laugh-out-loud first novel about one year of insanity at the Ivy-like Devon University, a blissful bubble of elite students and the adults at their mercy.

GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
Tamsyn Muir’s necromantic science fantasy debut combines a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers for the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett
A speculative YA thriller in the vein of THE HANDMAID’S TALE and LORD OF THE FLIES in which girls are banished at sixteen to the northern forest to brave the wilderness–and each other–in order to rid themselves of their feminine magic before returning purified and ready to marry.

A GOLDEN GRAVE: A Rose Gallagher Mystery by Erin Lindsey
The follow-up to MURDER ON MILLIONAIRES’ ROW, Erin Lindsey’s second historical mystery follows Rose Gallagher as she tracks a killer with shocking abilities through Gilded Age Manhattan.

HUDSON’S KILL by Paddy Hirsch
New York in 1803 is seething with racial tension, as a mysterious provocateur pits the city’s black and Irish gangs against each other. When a young black girl is found stabbed to death, both Justy Flanagan, now a City Marshal, and Kerry O’Toole, now a school teacher, decide separately to go after the killer in this follow-up to THE DEVIL’S HALF MILE.

Killing It! February 2019 LibraryReads List Edition

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has FIVE February 2019 LibraryReads picks, including the highly coveted #1 spot, and a Hall of Famer!

In the #1 spot:
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
A February 2019 Indie Next List Pick!
After shooting her husband in the face, Alicia Berenson takes a vow of silence. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. “This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Charlie Jane Anders Is Seeing Stars

Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders’ newest novel, THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (on shelves next month), has now earned its FOURTH starred review!

“Anders’s worldbuilding is intricate, embracing much of what makes a grand adventure: smugglers, revolutionaries, pirates, camaraderie, personal sacrifice, wondrous discovery, and the struggle to find light in the darkness. This breathlessly exciting and thought-provoking tale will capture readers’ imaginations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY) weaves an intricate tale of colonialism and evolution on both physical and social levels. The harsh world and well-developed characters combine with stunning storytelling that will capture readers’ minds and hearts.”Library Journal, starred review

“After environmental sci-fi/fantasy (the award-winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, 2016) and pop-culture dystopia (ROCK MANNING GOES FOR BROKE, 2018), Anders shifts gears for this sweeping work of anthropological/social sf… Anders contains multitudes; it’s always a fascinating and worthwhile surprise to see what she comes up with next.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Violence, politics, betrayal, love, friendship, encounters with alien predators, and experiences in a dying city entwine to create a conflicted world in an even stronger novel than Anders’ Nebula Award–winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY (2016); a tale that can stand beside such enduring works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969), Frank Herbert’s DUNE (1965), and Dan Simmons’ HYPERION (1989).”–Booklist, starred review

FOUR Stars for THE RUIN OF KINGS!

Debut. Fantasy. Destiny. Demons. And now, FOUR STARS! THE RUIN OF KINGS is Winter ’19’s great new fantasy you won’t want to miss.

Library Journal Debut of the Month!

“This stunning debut takes epic fantasy to a high level, portraying a world filled with magic, demons, gods, and dragons, in which politics and power plays are the laws of the land.”Library Journal, starred review

“Lyons’s dazzling debut is an audacious start to an ambitious five-book series…. With the scope and sense of fatality of Patrick Rothfuss and well-choreographed action sense of Brandon Sanderson, Lyons leaps into the big leagues of epic fantasy and sticks the landing.Booklist, starred review

“Though the hero’s journey structure and classical fantasy elements are familiar, the complex mysteries and revelations feel novel and offer plenty of room for rereading and analysis. There’s more mystery than action in this tightly plotted tome, and its lore and memorable characters will leave epic fantasy fans eager for the second volume.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Although a cast of well-developed characters and an impressively intricate storyline power this novel, it’s Lyons’ audacious worldbuilding that makes for such an unforgettable read. In a sprawling, magic-filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape-shifters, zombies, and so much more, Lyons ties it all together seamlessly to create literary magic. Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

For Your Consideration: February 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite February 2019 titles for the February 2019 LibraryReads list!
*Votes due January 1!

THE NIGHT TIGER
by Yangsze Choo

3 starred reviews!

“Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.”—Kirkus, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “The Night Tiger.”*

THE CASSANDRA
by Sharma Shields

“[An] alluring, phantasmagoric story of a clairvoyant secretary working at a secret research facility during WWII…With a plucky, charismatic narrator and vivid scenes incorporating the history of a real WWII facility, Shield’s novel digs into the destructive arrogance of war”—Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “The Cassandra.”*

THE TERRITORY OF LIGHT
by Yuko Tsushima

2 starred reviews!

“A young woman confronts life as a single mother in this graceful, eye-opening novel from Tsushima (1937–2016), one of the most influential feminists in Japanese literature…Equal parts brutal and tender, Tsushima’s portrait of the strains and joys of motherhood is captivating.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Terrritory of Light.”*

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I
by Alan Brennert

“A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds. Expect high demand.”—Booklist

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

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Most Downloaded E-Galleys on Edelweiss!

Whether it’s ridiculous wait times on the heaviest travel day of the year or chilling on the couch recovering from your food coma, you’re going to need a book or two to keep you entertained over the next few days.

We’re proud to present some of our most downloaded egalleys of the year for your reading pleasure! Fantasy, thriller, lit fic, and women’s fiction–we’ve got something for everyone, so download one now and find out what everyone else is loving.

THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon 
“Shannon (THE BONE SEASON) satisfyingly fills this massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric…. a very capable epic fantasy.Publishers Weekly

IN AN ABSENT DREAM by Seanan McGuire 
“McGuire’s fourth in the ‘Wayward Children’ series takes the concepts of fairness and common sense and twists them through the doorways of a portal fantasy with an amazing landscape and characters. Lyrical prose cuts with an honesty of losing childhood innocence that eases the heartache that sometimes accompanies coming of age.”Library Journal, starred review

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen 
Three starred reviews!
“For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen’s THE WIFE BETWEEN US, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morals and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love.”           Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

#PubDay 11/20/18

A magical bomb squad, an expansive historical drama, a love letter to turtles, and eerie short stories–happy #bookbday!

CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC: Chronicles of Amicae (Volume 1) by Mirah Bolender 
This fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons of a long forgotten war and the only team member standing between the city and a massive magic-eating infestation. “This debut builds a fascinating setting that readers will want to keep coming back to.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

MASTER OF HIS FATE: The House of Falconer Series (Volume 1) by Barbara Taylor Bradford 
The first book in an expansive and intricately detailed new historical fiction series that’s filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters. “Bradford’s legion of fans will flock happily to this romantic saga…”Booklist readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2018–Fiction

Kirkus released the first round of their year-end best-of lists, starting with their best fiction titles of 2018!

Mystery/Thriller

EIGHTEEN BELOW: A Fabian Risk Novel by Stefan Ahnhem
NEWCOMER: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino; Translated by Giles Murray
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Science Fiction and Fantasy

STATE TECTONICS: The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older
DARK STATE: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse by Charles Stross

Lit Fic

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Book Club Picks

BROTHER by David Chariandy
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson

Debut

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Short Fiction

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
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