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Friday Reads: Graywolf Press

Ahwoooooo! That’s the howl of Graywolf Press crushing the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist and rocking our #FridayReads with these super-star gems:

SCRIBE by Alyson Hagy
Two starred reviews for this gothic, apocalyptic, dystopian novel filled with myth and folklore from the hills of Appalachia!

“Set after a civil war and deadly fevers decimate the country, Hagy’s new novel is a slim and affecting powerhouse. Timely and timeless; a deft novel about the consequences and resilience of storytelling.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Taut and tense, with both a dreamlike quality and a strong sense of place, Hagy’s brief but powerful tale will indelibly haunt readers long after the final page is turned.” — Booklist, starred review

THE LAST ENGLISHMEN: Love, War, and the End of Empire by Deborah Baker
Two starred reviews for this sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and epic, about the waning of the British Empire in India!

“A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain. A book for any readers curious about India after 1900.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Business

We’re getting down to business (books) with our #FridayReads!

DEAR FOUNDER: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business by Maynard Webb & Carlye Adler, with contributions by Howard Schultz
Also available in audio
A collection of more than eighty thoughtful, wise, and wide-ranging letters from Webb to entrepreneurs on an array of business topics: how to hire your first employees, how to build and manage culture, how to raise money, how to set and reach goals, how to scale, and how to think about legacy. “Webb’s well-aimed advice will undoubtedly prove a valuable asset for many a future founder during the building and growth of a new organization.” — Publishers Weekly

CREATIVE SELECTION: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs by Ken Kocienda
An insider’s tale of creativity and innovation at Apple during the golden years of Steve Jobs, CREATIVE SELECTION shows readers how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model, and how they used this methodology to make groundbreaking and intuitive software which countless millions use every day. CREATIVE SELECTION is simply the best book I’ve read so far about Apple.” — Vector with Rene Ritchie Podcast
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Friday Reads: Mighty Moms!

These incredible true stories of mighty moms fighting to save their daughters’ lives are our #FridayReads picks!

IF YOU LOVE ME: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh
Cavanagh’s gripping memoir is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles—and ultimately reckons with—substance use disorder. “An emotionally fraught tale of a mother’s love and her actions to save her daughter from opioid addiction.” — Kirkus Reviews

SAVING SARAH: One Mother’s Battle Against the Health Care System to Save Her Daughter’s Life by Janet Murnaghan
When her daughter desperately needed a lung transplant to survive, Janet Murnaghan rallied against the outdated restrictions in healthcare that would limit her daughter’s options. “The author’s straightforward yet heartfelt prose includes short entries by her husband, sisters, and even Sarah. Readers will be deeply moved by this harrowing story and this family’s fortitude, anguish, and love.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Back to School!

New backpacks and the sweet smell of pencil shavings…yep, it’s back to school time! Here are two new books to help navigate the season, plus an eBook sale for Libraries!

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson
“A film and TV writer (e.g., HBO’s The Newsroom) and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, Henderson believed that failure in the classroom resulted from unmotivated, inattentive, simply bad teaching. But when he began substitute teaching, he quickly came to believe that the problem was rampantly unchecked student behavior, which he sees as resulting from society itself. Beyond analysis, here are prescriptions, including discussion of legal infrastructure, to improve the situation. Not surprisingly, there’s a big push not just to educators but to libraries.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend! Here are two books for the dads (and dudes) in your life:

YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE: And Other Family Dilemmas by Tom Papa
It’s hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and A Prairie Home Companion head writer and performer, Tom Papa. “Lauded by fellow comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan, Papa will send readers into peals of laughter…. At times poignant, always tickling the funny bone, Papa’s first book will brighten the most challenging days of toddler and teenagerhood.” — Library Journal, starred review

Going to ALA Annual next week? Tom Papa will be there at the “The Laugh’s On Us!”

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Friday Reads: Superstars

Weekend, here we come with these multi-starred #FridayReads in tow:

THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Headley’s fourth novel is a stunner: a darkly electric reinterpretation of Beowulf that upends its Old English framework to comment on the nature of heroes and how we ‘other’ those different from ourselves. A strange tale told with sharp poetic imagery and mythic fervor, Headley’s novel prompts examination of how people create or become monsters.”Booklist, starred review

“Headley recasts the geography of a place that’s most contemporary, a suburb of cul-de-sacs and playgrounds, meant to be a community but full of people who live their own isolated lives, while up on the bordering mountain of which the brochures boast, strange things are afoot… There’s not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
“Embracing the [apocalyptic fiction] genre but somehow transcending it, Ma creates a truly engrossing and believable anti-Utopian world… [An] extraordinary debut.” — Booklist, starred review

“A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

JUST A SHOT AWAY: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont by Saul Austerlitz
“Austerlitz offers a blistering exploration of the deadly confluence of racism, stoned naïveté, biker belligerence, and rockstar obliviousness…at the Rolling Stones’ infamously disastrous concert in Altamont, California. This is a deeply researched and colorfully written account of the disastrous symbolic end to the 1960s.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A carefully constructed examination of an incident that changed the course of popular history.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Memorial Day All Stars

Memorial Day weekend is here! Kick off your summer reading with our super-starred #FridayReads picks:

STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
“The plot is complex, and the action intense, made all the more so by forbidding terrain. The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron’s strongest novel yet.” — Booklist, starred review

“The shooting of investigative journalist Ariel Evans on Maine’s Maquoit Island drives Doiron’s outstanding ninth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Doiron balances nuanced characterizations and intelligent plotting perfectly.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood
“This fictionalization of the 1948 kidnapping said to have inspired Nabokov’s LOLITA lures readers in with a disturbing hook: the dangers of innocence. This is a beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.” — Booklist, starred review

“Readers who relish novels based on true events will be both riveted and disturbed by this retelling of one of America’s most famous abduction cases.” Library Journal, starred review

UPSTATE by James Wood
New Yorker book critic Wood contemplates deep questions while painting an indelible portrait of a family coming to grips, clarifying complex, recognizable problems as he moves his characters forward in ways that seem real and satisfying. Pitch perfect and highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

“[A] masterful, inquisitive, funny, and provocative novel… But it is a father’s love for his daughters that propels Wood’s beautifully distilled, archly revelatory tale bright with wise insights and thoughtful tenderness.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Fantasy

Our #FridayReads are three fantastic fantasies that will take you to exciting new worlds:

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope
A Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! The incredible first book in the Earthsinger series—a treacherous, thrilling, epic historical fantasy drawing on Native American and African mythologies about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. “This debut…shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.” —Library Journal, starred review

DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Also available in audio
“It’s back to the ‘Deadmen’s Cross’ series as the perennial No. 1 New York Times best-selling Kenyon continues an epic new fantasy adventure. When demons punch their way out of supposedly eternal imprisonment, Hellchaser Cameron Jack must rescue Kalder Dupree from vengeful demon Vine, never mind that Kalder is not exactly Mr. Nice Guy.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our #FridayReads are the perfect way to kick off this Mother’s Day weekend:

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
A May 2018 Indie Next pick and one of PW’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks with two starred reviews! “The subject of the new novel from Heti is neither birth nor child-rearing, but the question of whether to want a child, which the unnamed narrator calls ‘the greatest secret I keep from myself’…. This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

STRONG AS A MOTHER: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of YOU! by Kate Rope
Expert, practical advice for complete mental and physical maternal health, aka your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block. readmoreremove

Friday Reads — March 2018 Nonfiction

Our #FridayReads picks are all the excellent nonfiction titles available this month!

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with an introduction by Bryan Stevenson
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. “His memoir…is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey…. With a huge print run, Hinton’s incredible story and social-justice star Stevenson, who wrote the foreword, will draw major attention.” — Booklist, starred review

CAMP AUSTEN: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman
The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Scheinman was determined to leave his mother’s world behind, yet nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that’s a hybrid of academic conference and superfan extravaganza. “Scheinman is a wonderful guide to the world of Austen, and this honest and thoughtful discussion of the role Austen’s works have played in his family will delight any Janeite.” — Booklist

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. “Hawkins is a wonderful storyteller who spares no detail, and his willingness to share his wisdom in nonsaccharine terms yields an inspirational coming-of-age story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE BRIDEMAID’S DAUGHTER: From Grace Kelly’s Wedding to a Women’s Shelter – Searching for the Truth About My Mother by Nyna Giles & Eve Claxton
A daughter’s poignant search to understand her mother, Carolyn Scott—once a bridesmaid to Princess Grace and one of the first Ford models—who later chose to live for years in a homeless shelter. “A poignantly compelling memoir about family, mental health, and revisiting the past.” — Kirkus Reviews

WHERE THERE’S HOPE: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth A. Smart
Also available in audio
New York Times bestselling author, activist, and ABC News contributor Elizabeth Smart empowers those who have experience trauma to reclaim their lives and more forward with hope.

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT: The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913 by Jeffrey Rosen; edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. & Sean Wilentz
The only man to serve as president and chief justice, who approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders’ vision against new populist threats to American democracy.

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!
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