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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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Forthcoming #FridayReads: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS

A mother and her 5-year-old daughter must hide from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland during World War II in Jennifer Rosner’s heart-rending fiction debut, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

Shira, the daughter, is a musical prodigy, and in order to keep her quiet and hidden in the barn of a Non-Jewish family, her mother Róza invents the story of a garden that must remain silent and a yellow bird that tends it, and this is how they survive until Róza is forced to make a difficult choice that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is Emma Donoghue’s ROOM meets World War II with a taut, tense story line and magical storytelling. It is emotional and tense and magical–it will fit right in there with stories like THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ or Kristin Hannah’s THE NIGHTINGALE, and we’ll have a reading group guide available online for your clubs.

Request the e-galley on NetGalley or email amanda.rountree@macmillan.com to request a physical ARC.

Vote Now in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

Voting for the 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is now open, and there are MANY Macmillan titles awaiting your votes!

Fiction

WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin

Mystery/Thriller

THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth

Historical Fiction

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo

Fantasy

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
OF BLOOD AND BONE by Nora Roberts
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo
MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey

Romance

THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves
THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary
THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Science Fiction

GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine
THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT by Charlie Jane Anders

Horror

THE TOLL by Cherie Priest

Humor

MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters

Nonfiction

THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

Memoir and Autobiography

IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
TOIL & TROUBLE: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS: A Memoir by T Kira Madden

History and Biography

THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
HOW TO HIDE AN EMPIRE: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

Science and Technology

WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer

Food and Cookbooks

MIDNIGHT CHICKEN & Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC: Poems by Atticus
A BOUND WOMAN IS A DANGEROUS THING: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris Hill

Debut Novel

WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Young Adult Fiction

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio

Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction

WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell
FINALE by Stephanie Garber

Forthcoming #FridayReads: BEHELD

For this #FridayReads, we travel to colonial Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the town’s first murder is shaking the fledging colony to its core, in TaraShea Nesbit’s BEHELD.

It begins with a killing. Ten years after the Mayflower struck shore on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, the town is led by fervent Puritans who prevent the Anglican residents from worshiping as they choose. The Billingtons—Anglicans, outsiders, and rebels—have just about had enough, and that’s when a stranger arrives.

Suspenseful and literary, BEHELD is about a murder and a trial, but it’s also about the motivations—personal and political—that cause people to act in unsavory ways. Whose stories get told over time, who gets believed—and, subsequently, who gets punished? BEHELD is an intimate, personal portrait of love, motherhood, and friendship, and an exploration of what people lose and what they struggle to maintain.

Download an e-galley of BEHELD from Edelweiss here.

New E-Galleys for October 2019

Hello e-galley readers! Check out some of the exciting e-galleys that were added to Edelweiss this month for your downloading pleasure:

GONE BY MIDNIGHT by Candice Fox

Crimson Lake is where people with dark pasts come to disappear—and where others vanish into thin air.

A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE by Darynda Jones

Police chief Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a killer on the loose.

HID FROM OUR EYES: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming

New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades.

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For Your Consideration: January 2020 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite January titles for the January 2020 LibraryReads list!

Votes due December 1!

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

Email amanda.rountree@macmillan.com with the subject line “AMERICAN DIRT” to request a print ARC.

2 starred reviews!

“Beautiful, straightforward language drives home the point that migration to safer places is not a political issue but a human one.”–Booklist, starred review

“Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border indelibly individual.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE GOD GAME by Danny Tobey

“With a pace that is fast but not too fast…and a story that keeps the reader in a constant state of suspense, the book is sure to appeal to SF readers, gamers, and anyone else who enjoys a well-plotted, well-told thriller.”–Booklist

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Library Journal Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Best Debuts

Discover new authors with Library Journal‘s Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Best Debuts round-up!

SF/Fantasy

ORMESHADOW by Priya Sharma
Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.

Literary Gems

WHAT IS MISSING by Michael Frank
Suspenseful and gripping, award-winning author Michael Frank’s debut novel is a psychological family drama about a father, a son, and the woman they both love.

Books to Anticipate

SALTWATER by Jessica Andrews
This “luminous” (The Observer) feminist coming-of-age novel captures in sensuous, blistering prose the richness and imperfection of the bond between a daughter and her mother.

THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS by Jennifer Rosner
In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin
A haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another.

Maximum Shelf: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS (10/17/19)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Jennifer Rosner’s breathtaking WWII mother/daughter story, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róza tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.

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Library Journal “Day of Dialog”–Cambridge, Book Buzz (10/3/19)

For anyone who missed our title presentation during Library Journal‘s “Day of Dialog”–Cambridge, here’s the list:

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler | February 4, 2020 | 9781250237279
THE BOATMAN’S DAUGHTER by Andy Davidson | February 11, 2020 | 9780374538552
THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel | March 10, 2020 | 9780805096606
MISS AUSTEN by Gill Hornby | April 7, 2020 | 9781250252203
HID FROM OUR EYES: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming | April 7, 2020 | 9780312606855
YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen | March 3, 2020 | 9781250202031
THE GOD GAME by Danny Tobey | January 7, 2020 | 9781250306142
TAKE ME APART by Sara Sligar | April 28, 2020 | 9780374272616
THE OTHER BENNET SISTER by Janice Hadlow | February 18, 2020 | 9781250129413
SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin | February 18, 2020 | 9781250219596
SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS by Kawai Strong Washburn | March 31, 2020 | 9780374272081
FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo by Louise Callaghan | January 14, 2020 | 9781250248947
GOOD BOY: My Life in Seven Dogs: A Memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan | April 21, 2020 | 9781250261878
AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins | January 21, 2020 | 9781250209764
THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS by Jennifer Rosner | March 3, 2020 | 9781250179760

Congrats to Our 2020 Carnegie Award Longlist Titles

The longlist for the ninth annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has just been announced, and Macmillan has seven titles in the running!

Nonfiction

LOSING EARTH: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich
ELDERHOOD: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

Fiction

DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
THE GRAMMARIANS by Cathleen Schine
THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake
LANNY by Max Porter

The six-title shortist will be announced on November 4, and winners revealed during the ALA Midwinter conference on January 26.

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