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Nonfiction on the Shelves (07/12/17)

Mothers + daughters, a celebrated writer’s home-life, female aviators during WWII and death… All topics explored in today’s featured titles:

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella

“The Edgar Award–winning Scottoline and her writer daughter, Serritella, have been investigating human foibles in a series that now reaches its eighth title (following I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places). Expect more wit and wisdom; with library marketing.”–LJ Pre-Pub Alert

Coming of Age: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead by Deborah Beatriz Blum

“This biography gives us something equally rich: knowledge of her colorful, defiant, and courageous life—one of nonconformity, gender-bending, and paving new paths. VERDICT Through Blum’s narrative, Mead becomes more than a quotable female pioneer and transforms into a three-dimensional woman.” —Library Journal, starred review

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

“Worsley gives sharply drawn pictures of domesticity in the many homes that Austen inhabited, including her family’s rented houses in Bath and residences where she, her widowed mother, and sister visited as guests before they settled in Chawton, a site of pilgrimage for Janeites. A charming, well-researched journey to ‘Austen-land.’” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Her book is a lovely excavation of Austen’s home life, in which she provides readers access into places such as Pemberley without ever giving too much of herself away. This volume is sure to delight Austen fans, while Worsley’s examination of manuscripts will make new material accessible to scholars unable to visit the British Library, Hampshire Archives, Kent History and Library Centre, or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office.” — Library Journal, starred review

The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley

“Biographer Mulley comes through in a major way with this deep dive into the lives of WWII–era German aviatrixes Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg…Absolutely gripping, Mulley’s double portrait is a reminder that there are many more stories to tell from this oft-examined time.” — Booklist, starred review

“This compelling work has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts. It is the perfect choice for lovers of narrative non-fiction, especially those interested in strong females.” — Library Journal, starred review

The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat

“From ‘The Art of’ series, this emotional, brave work interrogates and bears witness to the ultimate unknown. Will appeal to readers looking for warmth and insight—whatever their personal circumstance.” — Library Journal, starred review

“National Book Critics Circle Award winner Danticat…takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

White Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa by Stephanie Hanes

​”For every reader who has ever been inclined to support such heart-tugging philanthropic quests,​ ​Hanes provides a cautionary tale that reveals the complex motives behind such causes and the often​ ​fraudulent machinations needed to bring them to fruition.”–Booklist, starred review

ALA Annual 2017 – Sunday Events

Good morning, Chicago! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at the events below and in the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen, Flatiron Books YA, Wednesday Books) booth #2714!

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Gregg Hurwitz
8:00-10:00am
Hyatt Regency McCormick | Prairie Room
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Join Gregg Hurwitz (ORPHAN X) as he discusses his work and the craft of writing at this RUSA-sponsored panel. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing.

YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00-10:00am
McCormick Place | Room S105
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Ticketed event, space is limited

Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA’s award winning authors, including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL), Candace Ganger (THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH), Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD), and Scott Stambach (THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO)! This informal coffee klatch provides an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA’s five literary awards. Librarians will stay seated while authors rotate to different tables to talk about their books.

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Macmillan Library @ ALA Annual 2017 (Booth #2714)

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago at ALA Annual! Stop by the Macmillan Adult (Griffin Teen, Flatiron Books YA & Wednesday Books) booth #2714 and RSVP to all of our events!
Friday, June 23

In-booth signing with Annie Spence
5:30-6:30pm
McCormick Place | Booth #2714

Librarian Annie Spence will offer personalized book recommendations and sign complimentary advance readers copies of DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks.

Saturday, June 24

In-booth signing with Jenny D. Williams
9:30-10:30am
McCormick Place | Booth #2714

Jenny D. Williams will sign complimentary copies of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES.

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Talia Sherer, Macmillan; and Chris Vaccari, Sterling
10:00-10:45am
McCormick Place | Book Buzz Theater
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Join Talia Sherer as she presents her favorite adult titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari!

“Out and Proud: LGBTQ Literature” panel with Rakesh Satyal
10:30-11:30am
McCormick Place | Room W190A
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Join Rakesh Satyal (NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME) as he discusses his latest novel during this United for Libraries and GLBTRT co-sponsored panel moderated by Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert.  A book signing will follow the program.

In-booth signing with Candace Ganger
2:30-3:30pm
McCormick Place | Booth #2714

Candace Ganger will sign complimentary advance readers copies of her YA novel, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH.

AAP Children’s & Teen Author Speed Dating with Elise Gravel
3:00-4:00pm
McCormick Place | Room S103
RSVP required, space is limited

Join Elise Gravel (IF FOUND… PLEASE RETURN TO ELISE GRAVEL) and 35 other authors in a lightning round speed-dating event, brought to you by the AAP Children’s Library Marketing Committee.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated. Table numbers will be issued at the event.

LibraryReads / AAP “The Truth and Nothing But…” Nonfiction Panel with Anne Fadiman
3:00-4:00pm
McCormick Place | Room W196A
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RSVP required

Co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP Trade Libraries Committee, this panel will feature five nonfiction authors including Anne Fadiman (THE WINE LOVER’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir). A book signing will follow the program.

Details and RSVP here. You will receive an e-confirmation from the AAP if your request is accommodated.

Sunday, June 25

Literary Tastes Breakfast with Gregg Hurwitz
8:00-10:00am
Hyatt Regency McCormick | Prairie Room
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For Your Consideration: July 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the July 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! A woman who believes she was a witness to a crime obsesses over whether she could have prevented a death, while fearing for her sanity. “This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

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DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
In the electrifying ninth thriller in the New York Times bestselling series (AMONG THE WICKED was a July 2016 LibraryReads pick), a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again. “Castillo works in fine details and insight into Amish life, but this is no gentle read—there is plenty of tension and some good red herrings that will keep any mystery reader satisfied.” — Booklist

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PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box
When ND investigator Cassie Dewell’s latest plan to catch a serial killer called the Lizard King backfires, she finds herself jobless. When a troubled boy disappears, his grandmother urges Cassie to find him. With nothing else to do, she agrees, all while planning a new trap for the Lizard King. “Box’s many fans will devour this dark thriller, which is sure to be another hit for the author.” — Library Journal

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THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work (MR. SPLITFOOT, 2016, etc.) will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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A Scottoline For Every Season

ScottolineSeason_2015Friends, it’s no secret we’ve got a huge lady-crush on Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, generous, incredibly down-to-earth, and a phenomenally talented, prolific writer. Fortunately for us readers and rabid fans, there’s a Scottoline for every season! (And free galleys of her newest Rosato & DiNunzio book, CORRUPTED!)

Every Winter, Lisa explores the complex themes of emotional justice in her standalone novels. EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES was a knockout New York Times bestseller with FOUR starred reviews, an Indie Next pick, a People Magazine Best Book of the Week pick, AND the movie rights were sold.
We can’t wait to see what she does next in MOST WANTED, coming April 2016.

Every Summer, enjoy the “short, sharp musings on life from the perennially hilarious mom-daughter duo” (Good Housekeeping) when Lisa and daughter Francesca team up for their essay collections, including DOES THIS BEACH MAKE ME LOOK FAT?, HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, MEET ME AT EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CLAIM, and more.

Every Fall, delve into the heart of the dynamic relationship of the Rosato & DiNunzio series. Longtime fans are thrilled to see Bennie Rosato and her all-female law firm back in action with the relaunch of the series (ACCUSED and BETRAYED).

In her newest book, CORRUPTED, Bennie Rosato is forced to confront a failure in her past and try to make it right. Thirteen years ago, Bennie took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn’t free Jason, and to this day it’s the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn’t been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn’t know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures-of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.

It’s already received a starred review from Booklist:
“Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.”

We love it and would like you to consider nominating it for the October 2015 LibraryReads list (nominations due 8/20), so we’re giving away galleys of CORRUPTED to adult librarians currently employed in the U.S.!*

To request a copy, please email library@macmillanusa.com from your library-issued email account with the subject line “Corrupted” and your mailing address.

Happy Reading!

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For Your Consideration: July 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the July 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.”
Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

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BADLANDS by C.J. Box
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.”Booklist, starred review
“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” — Library Journal, starred review

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AFTER THE STORM
by Linda Castillo

A tornado unearths human remains leading to a thirty-year-old cold case in Painters Mill. Meanwhile, a very emotional and personal turmoil strikes at Police Chief Kate Burkholder’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti.

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THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
The bond between sisters runs deep, especially when murder is involved… “Stevens’s fourth thriller weaves such an engrossing, suspenseful tale that readers will wish they could warn the protagonists of the dangers that lie ahead. Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
Using the early days of the U.S. space exploration program as a backdrop, Johncock’s “impressive”* debut laces fact with fiction to tell the tale of Jim Harrison, an Air Force test pilot turned astronaut, his wife, Grace, and their gravely ill two-year-old daughter, Florence. “A marvelous, emotionally powerful novel.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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We heart Lisa Scottoline!

WritersDigest-LisaScottolineArticleIf you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we love Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, a super talented writer, and very outspoken about how her books belong to several different genres.

Lisa is the cover story of the October 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest (on stands now)!

She talks about early success with her Rosato & Associates series, yet didn’t want to be known as “the female John Grisham.” That led her to write standalone novels about emotional justice, including LOOK AGAIN, and most recently, KEEP QUIET.

Meanwhile, she’s relaunched her bestselling Rosato series with last fall’s ACCUSED (BETRAYED is the new Rosato book due out November 25) and has written several essay collections with her daughter Francesca Serritella based on their Philadelphia Inquirer columns. Their most recent book, HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, was a People Magazine pick.

Lisa also gives great advice to aspiring writers:

“The world is really tough on people who want to be writers, and there’s precious little support for it. You have to nurture this dream. I visualize it as a candle. You’re the person in the movie walking around in the dark scary house, and you have the candle in the little dish, and you have to protect it with your hand. It can blow out very easily. And the world is not going to help you hold the candle. You’ve got to protect the candle.
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Friday Reads: Family Edition

TGIF! We made it to another weekend! Today we’ve got our eye on a couple of books about family:

Talia’s reading HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
The close-knit, outspoken Italian mother-daughter team returns for another poignant yet hilarious collection of essays about dating, men, and puppies (you decide which is more desirable and/or or easier to train). “Scottoline—prone to comedic one-liners—makes the pages fly by in a flurry of laughs. Serritella’s ode to her 90-year-old grandmother (affectionately referred to as Mother Mary) and her writings about her dog Pip are especially endearing.” — Publishers Weekly

Anne’s reading MY FAMILY AND OTHER HAZARDS by June Melby
Melby’s memoir of her family-run miniature golf course in the woods of Wisconsin is sharp, funny, reflective, and examines the particular pains of losing a childhood home. “A neat departure to a simpler era in American history, this memoir will induce nostalgia in anyone from the Midwest, particularly those who putt-putted their way around a miniature golf course on summer vacations.” — Library Journal

What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!

 

Win a signed galley of KEEP QUIET!

Keep Quiet jacketFriends, you know we love Lisa Scottoline. Whether it's her Nancy Drew-for-grown-ups Rosato & Associates series, her laugh-out-loud essay collections with daughter Francesca Serritella, or her standalone emotional justice novels, like LOOK AGAIN and DON'T GO, Lisa spins quite a tale.

We're so impressed with her new standalone thriller, KEEP QUIET, that we're giving away three signed galleys to some lucky librarians! Yes, you read that right: SIGNED galleys!

"Scottoline keeps the tension high while portraying a family in turmoil. A heck of a twist ending wraps everything up neatly...and caps a satisfying, suspenseful read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This blend of domestic drama and criminal suspense from bestselling Scottoline is sure to hit the holds lists and may even find her a new audience among fans of issue-driven women’s fiction."
Booklist on KEEP QUIET

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Keep Quiet) by Sunday, March 16. Make sure to include your library's mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck! 

UPDATE: This sweepstakes is now closed. Congratulations to
Kristi Chadwick of Emily Williston Memorial Library & Museum in Easthampton, MA
Erin Cataldi of Johnson County Public Library in New Whiteland, IN
Natalie Jonathas of Chicago Public Library, Chicago IL

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The 2011 Featured Covers Contest!

Enter to win eleven books from our Featured Cover e-newsletter column in 2011!

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to winner Linda Beck, Director of Indian Valley Public Library!

t's hard for me to believe that it's been an entire year since I joined the Macmillan party. In that time I've had a blast blogging, sending galleys, exhibiting at conferences, and working on our monthly e-newsletter (what's that? You don't subscribe?! Get on it!).

Each e-newsletter features a unique and totally rad dust jacket for your viewing pleasure. In honor of an excellent year, we are giving you a chance to win all of our featured titles for your personal shelf!

Let's take a look back at the Featured Covers from 2011:

January - Ali arrives at Macmillan (cue trumpets)!
February - CAT SITTER AMONG THE PIGEONS (mass market)
March - 21 ESSENTIAL AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
April - DEADLY THREADS
May - EVIL ECLAIRS (mass market)
June - PARADISE DOGS
July - CHIHUAHUA OF THE BASKERVILLES
August - DANDY GILVER AND THE PROPER TREATMENT OF BLOODSTAINS
September - NO COOPERATION FROM THE CAT (galley)
October - BARBARY DOGS
November - BEST FRIENDS, OCCASIONAL ENEMIES
December - THE SISTERS (we also featured SMUT, ONE MOMENT ONE MORNING, and WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG as covers with adorable teacups)

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will win all eleven books listed above. The books are hardcovers except where noted otherwise.

Librarians, enter to win this pile of books by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com (Subject: Featured Cover Giveaway) by next Wednesday, January 18th. UPDATE: contest is now closed.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below!

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