Articles tagged "historical fiction"

Maximum Shelf: THE NIGHT TIGER

Today’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness pick, perfect for fans of Isabel Allende and Min Jin Lee, is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo: THE NIGHT TIGER.

In this utterly transporting story set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, an apprentice dressmaker named Ji Lin moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. Across town, 11-year-old houseboy Ren races to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: find the man’s severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

As the days tick by, a series of unexplained deaths wreak havoc on the town, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren are pulled together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, as their increasingly dangerous paths lead them from lush plantations, to hospital storage rooms, to a ghostly dreamscape.

THE NIGHT TIGER is many things: a fine example of historical fiction, a work of magical realism, a ghost story, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age tale. Each of these is impressive, but most impressive is Choo’s ability to weave them all together in a way that feels authentic, and to use that intricate process to tell a story of colonialism and self-determination, love and death, family and tradition.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Yangsze Choo on Shelf-Awareness.com. And enter to win an ARC! readmoreremove

#BookBday (9/4/18 Edition)

Labor Day is over, so say Happy #BookBday to the big books of Fall, starting with…

DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird
Also available in audio
A September 2018 LibraryReads pick! This historical novel tells the compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, disguised as a man. “Bird’s fast-paced, action-packed story is a bittersweet one—grand love and legacy ultimately eluded Williams—but this fearless, often heartbreaking account sheds a welcome light on an extraordinary American warrior.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
One of Library Journal’s Best Early Fall 2018 Debuts, and Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Debuts of Fall 2018 with two starred reviews! “Kiesling’s intimate, culturally perceptive debut portrays a frazzled mother and a fractious America, both verging on meltdown. But perhaps best of all is her thought-provoking portrait of a pioneer community in decline as anger and obsession fray bonds between neighbors, family, and fellow citizens.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PIRANHAS by Roberto Saviano
Also available in audio
Award-winning author of GOMORRAH returns with a saga of a city under the rule of a criminal network, and the Neapolitan boys who create their own gang. “A well-wrought crime story that could as easily have been a documentary: truthful and sobering.” — Kirkus Reviews

This last one is technically YA, but it has such good adult crossover appeal, and we’re HUGE fans of the author…

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August 2018 All-Stars

These forthcoming books are raking in the starred reviews—make sure to add them to your library’s shelves ASAP!

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
“As accomplished as its subject, redoubtable socialite and women’s suffrage crusader Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fowler’s engrossing successor to 2013’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, again showcases her genius for seeing beyond the myths of iconic women. Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Journalist McConahay tells the gripping and often overlooked history of Latin America during World War II. This lively book, driven by colorful personalities, strikes the ideal balance between informative and entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón
“In this beguiling, surpassingly eccentric triptych, Icelandic novelist Sjón takes on, in turn, romance (classic, not Gothic), mystery, and science fiction to examine how people parse themselves into little camps and try to make their way through this harsh world . . . Unlike anything else in contemporary fiction. Strange—but stunning.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Sjón is more than a novelist; he is a storyteller in the ancient tradition, and this work may be remembered as his masterpiece.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: October 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the October 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due August 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana de Rosnay
Also available in audio
The bestselling author of SARAH’S KEY delivers a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. “Triumphant…with raw and powerful reminisces and gorgeous descriptions. This is an emotional tour de force and a thoughtful, deliberate examination of personal tragedy and the possibility of redemption.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Also available in audio
A BookExpo “Shout n’ Share” & ALA Annual “Read n’ Rave” librarian pick! Carter tells the incredible true story of his grandmother, Eunice Hunton Carter, a granddaughter of slaves who became one of the most famous African American women by the 1940s for her work as a lawyer that brought down organized crime in New York City. “A vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Reviews

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Invisible.”*

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! From New York Times bestselling author Fowler comes a riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York. “Expect high demand from fans of the author’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and those who enjoy stories of the rich and famous.” — Library Journal

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THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
Also available in audio
Skaife shares the behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument, the Tower of London. “This is an utterly fascinating book about one of those subjects you never thought you’d be interested in until, well, you were. A splendid and constantly surprising book.” — Booklist, starred review

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THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain
Also available in audio
THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in LibraryReads author Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect. “The story is well-paced and the ending satisfyingly sweet….” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston
The New York Times bestselling author of THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER begins a new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure. “Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander collection will delight in Brackston’s new series and eagerly await its second installment. A bewitching tale of love across centuries.” — Kirkus Reviews

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ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Picks

Here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Booklist’s “Read n’ Rave” panel at ALA Annual 2018:

Ariel Farrar, Acquisitions Librarian, New Orleans Public Library
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
“This is gonna be huge!”

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
“Fascinating and important… Centered around a dinner with black luminaries.”

Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director, LibraryReads
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle
“Such a cute conceit…the five people living or dead you would most want to have dinner with.”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar)

Kaite Stover, Director of Readers’ Services, Kansas City Public Library (MO)
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
“Think children of the non-GMO artisinally grown corn. This is scary stuff!”
(seconded by Ariel Farrar, Rebecca Vnuk & Becky Spratford)

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
“Scrumptious historical fiction. Book clubs will clamor for this one.”

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
“Haunting, fascinating…your books clubs will love this one.”

Becky Spratford, Readers’ Advisor, RAforAll.com
THE BLACK GOD’S DRUM by P. Djèlí Clark
“If you are not reading & collecting the Tor.com novellas in your library you are missing out. This is Afro-retroism. Adventure. Steampunk. An all-black cast are trying to save NOLA from a voodoo scientist.”

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
“This is a great behind-the-scenes history of the Tower. You get to know Christopher, the ravens, and history from a new perspective. His voice is sweet. Also: biscuits soaked in blood!”
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RT Book Reviews 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to the 28 Macmillan titles nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Best Mainstream Fiction Protagonist
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi

Best Contemporary Mystery
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon

Best Suspense
SHATTERED by Allison Brennan

Best Thriller
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
LOOK BEHIND YOU by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Best Amateur Sleuth
STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines

Best Historical Mystery
DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg
THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis

Best Romantic Suspense
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM by Christina Dodd

Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense
STORMCHASER by Cherry Adair

Best Historical Romance
THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Historical Love & Laughter
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

Best First Historical Romance/ Historical Fiction
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS by Meghan Masterson

Best Erotic Romance
THE BILLIONAIRES: The Bosses by Calista Fox

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF VENGEANCE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Best Urban Fantasy
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner

Best Fantasy
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (1/9/18 Edition)

New Year, New Books! Happy #BookBday to:

BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
A January 2018 LibraryReads and Indie Next pick! The third contemporary fantasy in the Wayward Children series (after LibraryReads picks EVERY HEART A DOORWAY and DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES), follows Rini, who lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children only to find that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. “McGuire suggests entire universes in a few spare sentences, and the delightfully diverse cast of characters is similarly conjured. We’re told some doors open only once, but readers will beg McGuire to keep the door open to these worlds in perpetuity. Phenomenal.” — Booklist, starred review

KING ZENO by Nathaniel Rich
New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge—and the Crescent City gets the rich, dark, sweeping novel it so deserves. “Rich uses music, race, and historical details in ways that will likely spark comparisons to E.L. Doctorow’s multifaceted Ragtime. It’s a nicely paced detective thriller, clever on corporate corruption and police procedure.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Fiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Fiction lists which include 19 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017 (full list)
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Best Literary Fiction of 2017 (full list)
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Romance Novels of 2017 (full list)
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins

Best Historical Fiction of 2017 (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Fiction of 2017 To Get Your Book Club Talking (full list)
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Happy #BookBday (4/25/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to two daring debuts and three works of women’s fiction perfect for book clubs:

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A May 2017 Indie Next pick & a Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review

OOLA by Brittany Newell
A provocative and impressive debut delivered with a uniquely sinister lyricism by a brilliant 21-year-old; a story about sex, privilege, desire, and creativity in the post-college years. “Newell’s rangy, circuitous tale is a kind of queer Nadja for millennials with a self-satirizing—and satisfying—bite. A dreamy and provocative exploration of sex, privilege, and self-discovery.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE F WORD by Liza Palmer
At once a funny, whip-smart sendup of L.A. culture and an irresistible love story about how sometimes who we become isn’t who we really are. “A funny and fantastic lesson on how perfection doesn’t translate to happiness is served up in Palmer’s latest. This is a smart and sardonic novel with a genuine voice.” — Publishers Weekly

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT by Giovanna Fletcher
“This is a warm, humorous, at times heartbreaking novel of three childhood friends, told from their alternating points-of-view and reminiscent of Cecelia Ahern’s ROSIE DUNNE. It reads like a diary readers won’t be able to put down, with characters they would like to spend more time with and get to know. A fresh take on the classic love-triangle story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

TxLA 2017 Book Buzz Titles

It’s the last day of TxLA! Come grab the last of our books in the Macmillan Adult booth #2606, then make sure to hear Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth share her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at the Book Buzz from 9:15-10:15am in room 217 A.

Have a conflict or not at TxLA? We’ve got you covered! Here are all of the titles Anne presented:

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | Romance/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250123077 | Out 5/30/17
THE BREAKDOWN* by B.A. Paris | Thriller/Psychological | ISBN: 9781250122469 | Out 7/18/17 (LR: 5/20)
EMMA IN THE NIGHT* by Wendy Walker | Thriller/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250141439 | Out 8/8/17 (LR: 6/20)
PARADISE VALLEY* by C.J. Box | Mystery & Detective | ISBN: 9781250051042 | Out 7/25/17 (LR: 5/20)
KNIFE CREEK* by Paul Doiron | Thrillers/Crime | ISBN: 9781250102355 | Out 6/13/17
DOWN A DARK ROAD* by Linda Castillo | Mystery & Detective/Police Procedural | ISBN: 9781250121288 | Out 7/11/17 (LR: 5/20)
GLASS HOUSES* by Louise Penny | Traditional Mystery | ISBN: 9781250066190 | Out 8/29/17 (LR: 6/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | Literary Fiction | ISBN: 9781627797641 | Out Now
GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman | Mystery & Detective | ISBN: 9780765391285 | Out 8/15/17 (LR: 6/20)
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas | Literary Fiction| ISBN: 9781250081438 | Out 8/29/17 (LR: 6/20)
THE FORTUNE TELLER by Gwendolyn Womack | Romance/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250099778 | Out 6/6/17
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire | Fantasy | ISBN: 9780765392039 | Out 6/13/17
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING* by Grant Ginder | Family Life | ISBN: 9781250095206 | Out 6/6/17
MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul | Literary Criticism/Books & Reading | ISBN: 9781627796316 | Out 5/2/17
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul | Literary Collections/Essays | ISBN: 9781250121028 | Out 5/2/17
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich | True Crime/Murder | ISBN: 9781250080547 | Out 5/16/17
SOURDOUGH* by Robin Sloan | Literary Fiction | ISBN: 9780374203108 | Out 9/5/17 (LR: 7/20)
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS* by Jim Fergus | Historical Fiction | ISBN: 9781250093424 | Out 9/12/17 (LR: 7/20)
FRESH COMPLAINT* by Jeffrey Eugenides | Short Stories | ISBN: 9780374203061 | Out 10/3/17 (LR: 8/20)
YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts | Epic Fantasy | ISBN: 9781250122957 | Out 12/5/17 (LR: 11/20)

*Also available in audio CD

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!
Follow the show’s final moments on Twitter at @TxLA and #txla17.
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