Articles tagged "historical fiction"

THE GREAT ALONE + VENGEFUL = 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

And the votes are in! THE GREAT ALONE and VENGEFUL are both 2018 Goodreads Choice Award winners

 

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah 
2018 LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites 
February 2018 Indie Next Pick 
Two starred reviews! 
A desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

VENGEFUL by V. E. Schwab 
A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to VICIOUS. “New readers and fans of Schwab’s many other books for adults and teens will dive right in, and fans of VICIOUS will be overjoyed to rediscover this exciting series.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

For Your Consideration: February 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite February 2019 titles for the February 2019 LibraryReads list!
*Votes due January 1!

THE NIGHT TIGER
by Yangsze Choo

3 starred reviews!

“Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.”—Kirkus, starred review

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

THE CASSANDRA
by Sharma Shields

“[An] alluring, phantasmagoric story of a clairvoyant secretary working at a secret research facility during WWII…With a plucky, charismatic narrator and vivid scenes incorporating the history of a real WWII facility, Shield’s novel digs into the destructive arrogance of war”—Publishers Weekly

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

THE TERRITORY OF LIGHT
by Yuko Tsushima

2 starred reviews!

“A young woman confronts life as a single mother in this graceful, eye-opening novel from Tsushima (1937–2016), one of the most influential feminists in Japanese literature…Equal parts brutal and tender, Tsushima’s portrait of the strains and joys of motherhood is captivating.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I
by Alan Brennert

“A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds. Expect high demand.”—Booklist

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NYPL Best Books of 2018

Librarians obviously have the best taste in books, so we’re super excited to share the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books for Adults

Top Ten
WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal

Edge-of-Your-Seat Reads
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Escape to Another World
SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke

Fiction
BROTHER by David Chariandy
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

For Art Lovers
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso
SHIT IS REAL by Aisha Franz
BERLIN by Jason Lutes

For History Lovers
THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke Bolander

Love Stories
TIME WAS by Ian McDonald

Memoir
ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Nonfiction
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy

Poetry
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
EYE LEVEL by Jenny Xie

Happy #PubDay!

Historical fiction set in Paris and a standalone historical epic: I hope you’re excited for our gift to you for today’s #PubDay!  

PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks

“A fun romp through Paris and history, one that nevertheless makes us understand that the sins of the past are not truly past.”Kirkus

“Faulks offers a subtle but affecting portrait of friendship while exploring the immense difficulty of making sense of the larger world”Booklist

“Faulks shines new light on the experience of women during France’s darker past… An atmospheric, engrossing novel by a seasoned storyteller.”Library Journal

HEADS YOU WIN by Jeffrey Archer

“Typical for an Archer novel, the writing and characterizations are superb, and the book features several plot twists that send the story lines off in surprising new directions. There are a couple of moments, late in the novel, that should make readers’ jaws drop—moments so unexpected and surreal that they require a second reading, just to make sure we really just read what we think we did. A splendid novel, featuring one of Archer’s most elegantly told stories.”Booklist, starred review

Vote Now in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Voting for the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is now open!

Goodreads has gathered the best titles from across all genres, and we’re happy to share the Macmillan titles currently nominated for your voting pleasure. Voting for the opening round closes November 4th, so head over to Goodreads and submit your votes now.

Fiction
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Mystery/Thriller
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

Historical Fiction
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

Fantasy
YEAR ONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts
BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire

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Fall 2018 Tri-State Book Buzz Presents: Titles for Adults (10/12/18)

Earlier today, we presented our favorite forthcoming Adult titles during the Tri-State Book Buzz in the hallowed halls of PenguinRandomHouse. If you weren’t able to attend, here are the goods:

ANONYMOUS GIRL, AN by Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen |
AT THE WOLF’S TABLE by Rosella Postorino |
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek |
CASSANDRA, THE by Sharma Shields |
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert |
FIRST CONSPIRACY, THE: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer |
GIRL HE USED TO KNOW, THE by Tracy Garvis Graves |
GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET, THE by Yara Zgheib |
I’M WRITING YOU FROM TEHRAN: A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Past and Their Country’s Future by Delphine Minoui |
LOST MAN, THE by Jane Harper |
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim |
MOMENT OF LIFT, THE: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates |
NIGHT TIGER, THE by Yangsze Choo |
OUT OF THE DARK by Gregg Hurwitz |
SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore |
SILENT PATIENT, THE by Alex Michelades |
SOLDIER, SAILOR, FROGMAN, SPY, AIRMAN, GANGSTER, KILL OR DIE: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton |
STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff + Georgia Hardstark |
STONE MOTHERS by Erin Kelly |
TERRITORY OF LIGHT, THE by Yuko Tsushima |
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi |
VANISHING MAN, THE by Charles Finch |
WIDOWS, THE by Jess Montgomery |

You can download this presentation and many others for use at your library’s next book buzz event!

Day’s YA – WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS

Hey, YA librarians!

When the fall frenzies are too much, read this quietly lyrical book for quick relief.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam
9781250095237
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in trade paperback

Fifteen-year-old Steffi Herrera is bullied by her classmates, her sister doesn’t get her, and all she wants in life is to become a jazz musician. While walking home from school one day, Steffi hears her favorite song emanating from the nearby retirement home. When she investigates the source, she meets Alvar Svensson, an aged jazz musician who dreamed of fame once upon a time.

The two grow close as Alvar recounts his life as a musician in WWII-era Stockholm and encourages Steffi to follow her heart. Steffi’s youthfulness and determination inspire Alvar to rediscover his spark for life.

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS is delightful. Alvar’s flashbacks blend seamlessly with Steffi’s present-day narration and their stories intertwine in unexpected ways. Their friendship illustrates the beauty and magic of intergenerational relationships. readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: January 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite December 2018 AND January 2019 titles for the January 2019 LibraryReads list!

*Votes due December 1! Click here for the full list of 2019 deadlines.

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
3 starred reviews! The next novel of psychological suspense from the LibraryReads authors of the blockbuster bestseller THE WIFE BETWEEN US! “Another spooky tale of psychological seduction… The juxtaposed points of view, with reactions of each protagonist to the other, keep the reader guessing until the end. A great follow-up to THE WIFE BETWEEN US.”—Booklist, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

OF BLOOD AND BONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts
On her thirteenth birthday, Fallon Swift must leave her family and train with sorcerer Mallick to become The One. “With book two in her The One trilogy, following YEAR ONE, Roberts successfully marshals her flair for crafting compelling characters and her skill at imaginative world building, on both a micro domestic scale and a macro dystopian global scale, to create a spellbinding story that will definitely delight her longtime fans as well as pique the interest of fantasy readers, who will want to see what she brings to their genre’s literary table as she continues this exciting and relevant series.” — Booklist

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THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch
Also available in audio
#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI. “In brisk, tense chapters, Meltzer and documentary TV producer Mensch relate a tale of spies and treason, conspiracy and counterintelligence at the start of the colonists’ war against Britain. A lively political thriller.” — Kirkus Reviews

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

WOMEN ROWING NORTH: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
2 starred reviews and a Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! From the New York Times bestselling author of REVIVING OPHELIA, a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age. “While a must-read for its target audience of women moving into old age, Pipher’s engaging book is an ought-to-read for their daughters and sons as well, as it sets forth the universal message that ‘happiness is a choice and a set of skills.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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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

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#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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