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Booklist’s Rogue Book-Group Choices

Booklist hosted a live event with librarian book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for your group without causing a mass exodus, and lots and lots of suggestions for when you want to take your book group rogue. Check out their Macmillan recommendations:

BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Science fiction can be scary for book groups, but don’t be afraid, especially if Black Panther piqued your interest. BINTI is about space, sure, but it’s really about race and other meaty issues.

CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast
Dealing with aging parents is a familiar book group topic. This graphic novel includes art and photography that will enhance the conversation.

EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
Like BINTI, this is an Afro-futurist sci-fi book, plus steam punk and alternate history! So many genres. It will lead to discussions about prejudice, identity, colonialism, and even the structure of the story itself.

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
Another YA book that adult book groups might poo-poo. It’s a teen love story, but the heroine is a trans girl who starts her senior year at a new school where she can be herself. If your book group members like to gain new understanding of people they might not (think they) encounter in real life, this is a great choice.

THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
Pair with images of the artists discussed (Hopper, Warhol, Wojnarowicz); you can also talk about gentrification.

Watch the full event below!

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2018 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2018 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 5 nominees (and one winner!):

Current Interest
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

History
LONDON’S TRIUMPH: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare’s City by Stephen Alford

Graphic Novel/Comics
PRESENT by Leslie Stein – WINNER!

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado readmoreremove

Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books of 2017”

We’ve got 15 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2017” list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE DRY by Jane Harper
GOOD ME, BAD ME by Ali Land
GRIEF COTTAGE by Gail Godwin
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel

Nonfiction
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Trump!

Love him or loathe him, there’s plenty to read (and listen to) about President Trump:

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee
Also available in audio
The consensus of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann
Also available in audio
A call to action from three of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists offering the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP by R. Sikoryak
The master of the comic book mash-up finds the POTUS to be his ultimate super-villain.

BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populists vs. The Establishment from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham
Also available in audio
Bestselling author Laura Ingraham tells the story of Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the White House at the head of a much-maligned and misunderstood populist revolt.

ROGUE SPOOKS: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Also available in audio
Morris and McGann argue that anti-Trump partisans have been secretly orchestrating an unprecedented undercover campaign to sabotage President Trump and his agenda by using U.S. intelligence agencies and assets to gather and leak embarrassing and sensitive information.

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

 

New Titles for Teens 9/20/17

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

“This contemporary coming-of-age story of two friends on opposite shores explores difficult topics in a relatable tone… Give to fans of Robin Talley’s What We Left Behind or Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. VERDICT A first purchase for all libraries serving older teens.”School Library Journal, starred review

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust

“Drawing from both Snow White and the Snow Queen, this beautifully wrought novel offers plenty of fairy-tale wonder, but Bashardoust resists the most common tropes; instead, she tells a story where women save each other with their own ingenuity, bravery, and love, and power and compassion can exist hand in hand. Compellingly flawed characters, vivid world-building, and pitch-perfect pacing make this utterly superb.”Booklist, starred review

BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel

A dark psychological romance perfect for fans of Holly Black or Maggie Stiefvater, whose yet to be published sequel won the Golden Heart ® for Best Young Adult Romance.

POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly + Lewis Trondheim

“An Iraqi childhood is cherished, examined, and let go in this tender look at youth amid upheaval… an ode to a lost era, to be sure, but one with its feet planted securely in the present.”Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith

A Wednesday Books reissue of one of the century’s most beloved novels, with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Jenny Han.

Teen Talk Tuesday (6/20/17 Edition)

ewgcya-june2017Happy #ewgcya day, YA librarians! Great news: CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber and WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam are nominated for YALSA’s 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults list!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 4pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
Ages 12 to 18
In the tradition of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell comes a “sensitive and big-hearted”* debut novel of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen’s decision to end an unwanted pregnancy. “Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” — *Publishers Weekly

I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT by Dan Emmett
Ages 8 to 18
Adapted from WITHIN ARM’S LENGTH for a young adult audience, a rare inside look at the Secret Service from an agent who protected Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. “Readers will admire Emmett’s discipline, commitment, physical strength, and endurance, as well as his understatement and dry humor.” — Publishers Weekly

KITARO AND THE GREAT TANUKI WAR by Shigeru Mizuki
Ages 8 & up
Kitaro faces off against a swamp monster, a paper screen come to life, and an army of mythical raccoon dogs in this graphic novel. readmoreremove

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Reading Roundup

Memorial Day weekend is here (hooray!) and we’re stacking our to-read piles with these major media-recommended books:
Entertainment Weekly — Summer’s Must-Read Books

BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Cartoonist Tamaki dazzles with her impressive range in this collection, marrying each short story to a different artistic style. Whether she’s writing and drawing about the pitfalls of technology or ruminating on nostalgia, her work is lush, vibrant, and packed with emotion.

LIFE IN CODE by Ellen Ullman
Ullman, a computer programmer since the ’70s, expands on the themes she covered in 1997’s CLOSE TO THE MACHINE with pieces about what it was like on the forefront of the tech revolution, being a woman in a male-donimated industry, and how the tech landscape has (and hasn’t) changed.

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
In Ginder’s glitzy beach read, things spiral out of control in the days leading up to a wedding as a charmingly dysfunctional family—brimming with oddball stepsiblings—does everything it can to sabotage the nuptials.

The New York TimesSummer Reading Recommendations, From Novelists Who Own Bookstores

Jonathan Lethem, author of A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY & owner of Red Gap Books, a used and rare bookstore in Blue Hill, ME recommends BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“It’s a tense, surprising thriller, with perverse overtones of the Coen brothers variety, but containing an enigmatic narrative device, a kind of ‘haunting of the point-of-view’ – one which proves, as ever, that the novel can do things nothing but the novel can do. I’m almost ready to reread it.”

Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series and owner of An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA recommends RADICAL CANDOR by Kim Scott (“Scott’s experiences leading teams at Google and Apple led to this book, which espouses a workplace culture where leaders care deeply about their employees and challenge them to be their best selves.”) and BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer (“The cover alone had me hooked. Is the protagonist a plant? An animal? Something in between?”).

Louise Erdrich, author of LAROSE & owner of Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN recommends THE SONG POET by Kao Kalia Yang
“The exquisite story of Kao Kalia Yang’s father, village life, war life, refugee life, then a St. Paul housing project; America’s secret war in Laos; and a people’s history as sung by Bee Yang and remembered in fascinating and poetic detail by his daughter.”

Buzzfeed’s “Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer

IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
Fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn meet your next obsession. Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny were inseparable in college. 20 years later, one of them is found dead. How did it come to this? Alternating between their college years and the present day, readers slowly come to realize that their friendship was anything but perfect. But can feelings that strong really lead to murder, or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband? Only one way for you to find out… readmoreremove

2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

Seeing Stars

What do these 5 books have in common? They’ve all received more than one starred review!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer — 3 stars!
“VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD than of the Shire. Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story centered not around the gee-whiz novelty of a flying bear but around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be a person. VanderMeer’s talent for immersive world-building and stunning imagery is on display in this weird, challenging, but always heartfelt novel.” — Booklist, starred review

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
“With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

“Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie’s enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable.” — Kirkus Review, starred review

THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK by Joe Ollmann
“Comprising 10 years of painstaking research, this graphic biography details the life of obscure writer, occultist, traveler, and bondage fanatic William Seabrook… As both a narrative and a story in pictures, this is an early candidate for the year’s best graphic biography.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Including high adventure, sorrowful drama, and cameos by historical stars such as Man Ray, Aldous Huxley, and Gertrude Stein, this one has all the hallmarks of a classic work of biography and is an early contender for one of the best releases in 2017.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

indiebookclubThe Winter 2016–2017 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes seven Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter

Extraordinary Lives
HOME IS BURNING: A Memoir by Dan Marshall
ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart

Exciting New Voices
RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein

New Works From Old Favorites
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen

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