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Sneak Peek: January 2020 Indie Next List

The January 2020 Indie Next list features 4 Macmillan titles!

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain

“Chamberlain’s depictions of creative beauty and perseverance across time and in the face of inevitable obstacles will keep readers turning the pages.”–Publishers Weekly

UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

“A former tech worker–turned-journalist gives the inside scoop on life inside the wickedly weird and wealthy world of Silicon Valley startups… A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CLEANNESS by Garth Greenwell

2 starred reviews!

“Concerned with intimacy, its performance, and the inevitability of becoming and being oneself, this is in every way an enriching, deepening follow-up.”–Booklist, starred review

“Brave and beautiful.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

COME TUMBLING DOWN by Seanan McGuire

“Once again, McGuire gives readers a starkly poignant tale of longing, love, and belonging.”–Library Journal, starred review

Best of 2019 Round-Up

The 2019 Best-of lists just keep on comin’! Check out the latest picks from The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, and the NYPL!

New York Public Library Best of 2019

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo
GIRL by Edna O’Brien
GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
LANNY by Max Porter
THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING by Deborah Levy
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi
HOT COMB by Ebony Flowers
OFF SEASON by James Sturm
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz

Washington Post Top 10 Best of 2019

FALTER: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner

New York Times Top 10 Best of 2019

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Time Top 10 Best Fiction and Nonfiction of 2019

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi
THIS LAND IS OUR LAND: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta
THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Chicago Public Library’s 2019 Best of the Best

A team of Chicago Public Librarians have picked their best books of 2019, and 13 Macmillan titles are on the list!

For Adults

ELDERHOOD: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
LANNY by Max Porter

For Teens

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

See You @ ALA Midwinter 2020 (Macmillan Library booth #1240)

Liberty Bells, cheesesteaks, and…great books! Come by our booth #1240 during ALA Midwinter this January for giveaways, authors, and more!

Saturday January 25

AMA with Macmillan CEO John Sargent
8:30am-10:00am
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 108-B
Macmillan CEO John Sargent will discuss and answer questions about the company’s eBook policy during this informal session. Light refreshments will be served.

Janella Angeles in-booth signing (WHERE DREAMS DESCEND)
10:00am-11:00am
Macmillan Library booth #1240

Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Luncheon with Janella Angeles (WHERE DREAMS DESCEND)
11:00am-1:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115-C

United for Libraries Spotlight on Adult Literature
2:00pm-4:00pm
Macmillan Library booth #1240

Write Her Story: (Re)Shaping Feminist Narratives in YA Literature with Kim Liggett (THE GRACE YEAR)
3:00pm-3:50pm
Pop Top Stage, behind booth 1833
Panelists will explore how YA writers today are re-shaping and re-telling feminist narratives for modern teen audiences. Samira Ahmed discusses her upcoming MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW, starring a present-day teen who unravels the astonishing story of a 19th century Muslim woman. She’s joined in conversation with Kim Liggett, (THE GRACE YEAR) and debut author Abigail Hing Wen (LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI).

Sunday, January 26

“Vote Fiction, Fearless, and Female” panel
9:00am-9:50am
Pop Top Stage, behind booth 1833
2020 is the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, and we’re celebrating being fearless, female, and writing fiction with our dear editors and authors–featuring Jenna Johnson, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, author Raven Leilani (LUSTER), Daphne Durham, Executive Editor, MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and author Sara Sligar (TAKE ME APART), Caroline Bleeke, Senior Editor, Flatiron Books, and author Charlotte McConaghy (MIGRATIONS).

Books, Books, Books, I LOVE BOOKS Book Buzz
9:15am-10:00am
Book Buzz Theatre, behind booth 830

*Events as of 12/11/19. Check back regularly for updates.

Forthcoming #FridayReads: THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR

This week’s forthcoming #FridayReads spotlight features a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past–Rebecca James’ THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR.

For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond.

In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered, her air slightly chilled. Something malicious resents her presence, something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanity.

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Susan Choi Wins the 2019 National Book Award

A huge congratulations goes out to Susan Choi for winning the 2019 National Book Award in Fiction for TRUST EXERCISE!

More praise for TRUST EXERCISE:

An April Indie Next pick + Kirkus Reviews Most Addictive Book of 2019 So Far + Entertainment Weekly Most Best Book of 2019 So Far + Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 + Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2019 + 3 starred reviews!

“Choi’s superb, powerful fifth novel, after 2013’s MY EDUCATION, marries exquisite craft with topical urgency…. Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing insight, this novel is destined to be a classic.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[T]he writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi’s latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“‘That whole thing about fiction not being the truth is a lie,’ one character admonishes another in Choi’s fifth, and finest, novel…. Literary deception rarely reads this well.”–Booklist, starred review

Also check out Susan Choi’s interviews with Vanity Fair and The New York Times.

Amazon’s Best Books of 2019

What. A. List! Check out Amazon’s Best Books of 2019!

Amazon Editors’ Top 20

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

Amazon Editors’ Top 100

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake
THE APOLOGY by Eve Ensler
THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
STAY AND FIGHT by Madeline ffitch
POISONER IN CHIEF: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer
THE GRAMMARIANS by Cathleen Schine
UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper
NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
GODS WITH A LITTLE G by Tupelo Hassman
FIND ME by André Aciman
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
DRIVE-THRU DREAMS: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler
USER FRIENDLY: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Cliff Kuang with Robert Fabricant

Biographies and Memoirs

THE APOLOGY by Eve Ensler
POISONER IN CHIEF: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer
UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Business and Leadership

LOONSHOTS: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall
THIS IS NOT A T-SHIRT: A Brand, a Culture, a Community–a Life in Streetwear by Bobby Hundreds

History

THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann

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Suffolk County Book Buzz Recap (11/12/19)

Yesterday we headed out of the bustling city to talk books and see the first snowfall of the year at the Suffolk County Book Buzz on Long Island. If you weren’t able to attend, or want a second look, here are the books we presented:

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS | Geraldine McCaughrean
December 3, 2019
9781250225498
YA Fiction / Historical / Europe
Ages 12 to 18

THE NIGHT COUNTRY | Melissa Albert
January 7, 2020
9781250246073
YA Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Ages 12 to 18

JANE ANONYMOUS | Laurie Faria Stolarz
January 7, 2020
9781250303707
YA Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense
Ages 13 to 18

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Happy #PubDay (11/12/19)

The joys and struggles of a delightful Irish village + a hilarious, feminist graphic novel = today’s #pubday party!

AN IRISH COUNTRY FAMILY by Patrick Taylor

“Chockful of charm, colorful characters, and earthy wisdom, this gentle read is the perfect antidote for whatever ails you; urge readers to pour a cup of tea and cozy up for a return visit to Taylor’s delightful corner of the fictional universe.”–Booklist

LITTLE LULU: Working Girl by John Stanley

First released in the 1940s, Lulu Moppet is back following no rules and funnier than ever.

Kirkus Best Books of 2019–Fiction

Kirkus released the first round of their year-end best-of lists, starting with their best fiction titles of 2019!

Best Mysteries and Thrillers

THE BITTERROOTS by C.J. Box
THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper
SAVE ME FROM DANGEROUS MEN by S. A. Lelchuk

Best Historical Fiction

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Best Romance Novels

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Kerrigan Byrne
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Best Memorable Fiction Families

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
THE GRAMMARIANS by Cathleen Schine

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons
MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
BLOOD OF AN EXILE by Brian Naslund
THE IRON DRAGON’S MOTHER by Michael Swanwick

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