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Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016 list includes three Macmillan gems!

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
In WHAT BELONGS TO YOU, an American teacher in Bulgaria encounters a captivating hustler named Mitko in a public bathroom, setting into motion an ambiguously transactional relationship marked by both tenderness and brutality, connection and isolation. WHAT BELONGS TO YOU speaks of desire and the lives of those who desire with exquisite specificity and power, and will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS, a collection of short stories, presents us with a surreal, disturbing assemblage of worlds, each complete and somehow totally convincing despite their strangeness. Though the characters of SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS struggle to connect with one another, all the while dealing with problems such as knowing the exact date of their deaths, or what happens when friends disapprove of their high-tech sex robot, SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS is a delight — there is joy in its darkness, and pleasure in its exuberant imagination. readmoreremove

Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize Longlist

Congratulations to the four Macmillan titles longlisted for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize!

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle

PRINCE OF DARKNESS: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire by Shane White

LOCKDOWN ON RIKERS: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York’s Notorious Jail by Mary E. Buser

Established in 2015, this honor is awarded to one fiction and one non-fiction author who has lived in Brooklyn, portrayed the borough in their work, or addressed themes relevant to its life and culture. It is supported by the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Eagles (BPL’s young supporters group), and borough bookstores. The winners will be announced this fall at the Brooklyn Classic event.

Congrats to the nominees!

2016 Summer Reading Roundup

Major media declared these 27 Macmillan books Summer 2016 must-reads:
Fiction

TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Entertainment Weekly, St. Louis Post Dispatch)
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary (People Magazine)
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (O Magazine)
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell (Buzzfeed)
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Wall Street Journal)
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips (O Magazine)
A WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER by Yvonne Georgina Puig (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Thrillers & Horror

THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry (New York Times Book Review)
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (New York Times Book Review)

Nonfiction & Memoir

IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (O Magazine, People Magazine)
THE AUCTIONEER: Adventures in the Art Trade by Simon de Pury (“Good Morning America”)
THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
LAST NIGHT, A SUPERHERO SAVED MY LIFE: Neil Gaiman!! Jodi Picoult!! Brad Meltzer!!…and an All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusaders That Changed Their Lives by Liesa Mignogna (“Good Morning America”)
NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971-The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (O Magazine)
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden (O Magazine)

Travel & Nature

BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster (New York Times, Wall Street Journal)
Read the New York Times interview with Charles Foster on his research for BEING A BEAST!
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams (O Magazine)
FOLLOWING FISH: One Man’s Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast by Samanth Subramanian (New York Times Book Review)
HOW TO TALK ABOUT PLACES YOU’VE NEVER BEEN: On the Importance of Armchair Travel by Pierre Bayard (New York Times Book Review)
PUTIN COUNTRY by Anne Garrels (New York Times Book Review)
UNDER THE STARS: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White (O Magazine)
WORLDS ELSEWHERE: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson (New York Times Book Review)

Sports

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller (New York Times Book Review)

Comics

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Wall Street Journal)
MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible by Chester Brown (New York Times Book Review)

YA

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (New York Times Book Review)

Buzzfeed’s 19 Incredible New Spring Books

buzzfeed springA toppling TBR pile is the best problem to have. Here are Buzzfeed’s “19 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring:”

BLACKASS by A. Igoni Barrett
A. Igoni Barrett’s brilliant novel BLACKASS is a provocative, contemporary reworking of Kafka’s Metamorphosis — but set in the bustling metropolis of Lagos and starring a Nigerian man who wakes up one day as a white man. A searing satire about race and identity in modern-day Nigeria, BLACKASS will make you both laugh and marvel at its insight.

SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
Helen Phillips’s new collection SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS is a journey in possibility — every story involves a quirky “what if” scenario that often borders on downright bizarre. Sometimes surreal and always clever, SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS will make you reexamine your own reality.

THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
Olivia Laing’s THE LONELY CITY is a profoundly moving contemplation of loneliness as portrayed through iconic works of art and the lives of the artists, part memoir and part biography. Deeply affecting and insightful, THE LONELY CITY looks at the role of loneliness in human existence and the meaning of connection. readmoreremove

2016 LA Times Book Prize Nominees (and Winners!)

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2016 Book Prize nominees today and we’ve got six nominees from Macmillan:

Biography
LISTENING TO STONE: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi by Hayden Herrera

Current Interest
DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
CHILDREN OF THE STONE: The Power of Music in a Hard Land by Sandy Tolan

Fiction
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips

Graphic Novel/Comics
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf

Mystery
THE WHITES by Richard Price

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 9. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

UPDATE 4/14/16: LISTENING TO STONE: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi by Hayden Herrera & THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf are 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize winners! Congratulations!

New York Times Notable Books of 2015

The gray lady picked 20 Macmillan titles:

Fiction & Poetry

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
An administrative worker’s experiences pose existential questions in Phillips’s riveting, drolly surreal debut novel.

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
A meditation, in prose poems, images and essays, on what it means to be black in our racially divided society.

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
In these unadorned linked stories, Berlin examines women under duress and figures on America’s fringes.

OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
Cusk’s heartbreaking portrait of poise, sympathy, regret and rage suggests a powerful alternate route for the biographical novel. readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2015 – Fiction

First, Publishers Weekly, then Library Journal, and now Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2015 Fiction lists which include 20 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
I REFUSE by Per Petterson
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
THE WAY THINGS WERE by Aatish Taseer
THE BIG GREEN TENT by Ludmila Ulitskaya
THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Mysteries and Thrillers
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
CRUCIFIXION CREEK by Barry Maitland
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz readmoreremove

Holt Rocks the NYTBR

The New York Times Book Review featured THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips & ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza—two Henry Holt & Co. debut novels that we’ve been talking up for months now and are finally on shelves!

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT follows Josephine, who spends her days punching numbers into a mysterious database, but soon feels unnerved by her creepy surroundings, sensing that her new employer poses a threat both to herself and to society at large.

“Are we pawns in the thrall of bureaucratic (Kafka) or totalitarian (Orwell) systems? Or are we, in fact, the ones with ultimate power; the arbiters — even unknowingly — of life and death? Helen Phillips deftly interrogates this existential divide in her riveting, drolly surreal debut novel, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT.

“Ultimately, THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT succeeds because it isn’t afraid to ask the deepest questions. What is the balance of power and powerlessness between two people who love each other? Do individual souls matter? Can we create, should we destroy, and can we always tell the difference?” — New York Times Book Review

Read the full review here.

ALL THAT FOLLOWED is a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick!

“Stories are shape-shifters in ALL THAT FOLLOWED Gabriel Urza’s strange and ambitious debut novel. Set in Spain’s Basque Country, the book revolves around the assassination of Councilman José Antonio Torres, as recounted by three characters: Mariana, his dubiously grieving widow; the American teacher Joni Garrett, who came to Muriga in 1951 and wound up staying for his entire life; and Iker Abarzuza, serving time for murder in an island prison, where he listens to the cries of shorebirds and receives the occasional letter from Mariana.

“ALL THAT FOLLOWED isn’t really about the murder. Its chief interests are memory and perception, and the eerie multi­dimensionality that arises when they are layered, somewhat imperfectly, on top of each other. On this front, ALL THAT FOLLOWED is a triumph — Urza delineates his characters’ perspectives with remarkable care. Each shows us a different angle of the fictional world, and illuminates a new aspect of Muriga’s past. As we approach the tragedy we knew was coming all along, the surprise turns out to be the surprises that are jumping out behind us — smaller than we expected, maybe, but sadder and stranger, too.” — New York Times Book Review

Read the full review here.

First Novel Prize Longlist

The Center for Fiction recently announced the longlist for their First Novel Prize and six great Macmillan debuts made the list!

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein
THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus

The First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31, 2015. The Short List will be revealed on September 15 and the winner will be announced on December 8. See the full list of nominees here.

Vacation Alert!

Friends, thank you for a GREAT ALA Annual! We’re headed back to the east coast and taking a well-deserved vacation this week.
If you’re also off for the Independence Day weekend, here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall | October 20, 2015 | 9781250068828
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson | September 22, 2015 | 9781250077004
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford | August 18, 2015 | 9781250077172
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler | Available Now | 9781250054807
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips | August 11, 2015 | 9781627793766
A POET OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Michael Golding | October 6, 2015 | 9781250071286
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley | October 6, 2015 | 9780374124410
SAVING SOPHIE by Ronald H. Balson | September 15, 2015 | 9781250081292
THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock | July 7, 2015 | 9781250066640
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart | September 1, 2015 | 9781250072320
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black | September 22, 2015 | 9781250057341
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton | September 29, 2015 | 9781250064578
TENACITY by James Law | November 3, 2015 | 9781627794565
WILBERFORCE by H. S. Cross | September 15, 2015 | 9780374290108
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd | September 15, 2015 | 9781632863324
GOD’S KINGDOM by Howard Frank Mosher | October 6, 2015 | 9781250069481
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht | August 25, 2015 | 9781250059284
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao | March 15, 2016 | 9781250073822
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz | January 19, 2016 | 9781250067845
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth | February 9, 2016 | 9781250051905

Click here to download the handout of book buzz titles.

Thanks and see y’all next week! 

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