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EW Best Books of 2015

Entertainment Weekly ♥s us! Three Macmillan titles made their Best of Books 2015 list:

2) A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
Like a lot of brilliant but erratic artists, Lucia Berlin found her best work mislaid by history and largely forgotten after her death in 2004. To her credit, she might have been too busy living to care: A hard-drinking, easy-marrying ex-debutante whose compass led her everywhere from Alaska and El Paso to Chile’s cotillions and the ER wards of California, she put it all into these stories — a MANUAL as smart and nervy and unforgettable as the woman who wrote them.

3) DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Like a David Simon TV show gone cosmic, this investigation into our country’s opiate epidemic cuts feverishly between national nightmares: the rise of Big Pharma, the decline of the Rust Belt, the drug-trade underworld along the America–Mexico border, the fear that health insurance does everything besides ensure health. Quinones builds every hyperprecise detail and desperately human story into a coherent portrait of American rot.

9) HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall (tied with BETTYVILLE by George Hodgman)
Think nothing sounds duller or more depressing than memoirs about caregiving? Think again: Both these funny, touching, quirky, heartbreaking, and — in Marshall’s case — occasionally profane books about nursing elderly parents are destined to become modern classics. You’ll root for both Hodgman, a book editor who jettisoned New York City life to care for his mother in small-town Missouri, and Marshall, who left L.A. and moved back in with his dad, who had ALS, and his mom, who was suffering from cancer.

See the full list, plus their 5 Worst Books of 2015 here.

Library Journal Best Books of 2015

Hot on the heels of PW, Library Journal announced their Best Books of 2015 lists & 23 Macmillan titles made the cut!

TOP TEN
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer

MORE OF THE BEST
A HISTORY OF LONELINESS by John Boyne
CHILDREN OF THE STONE by Sandy Tolan
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy

ROMANCE
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne
OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd

HISTORICAL FICTION
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

MYSTERY
SHANGHAI REDEMPTION by Qiu Xiaolong readmoreremove

Friday Reads: HOME IS BURNING

One of our favorite memoirs of the fall season, Dan Marshall’s HOME IS BURNING is finally on shelves this week! We looooved Dan’s potty-mouthed, touching account of caring for his ailing parents and we’re not the only ones:

A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel selection
An ALA Annual “Read ‘n Rave” selection
A Fall 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick
A November 2015 Indie Next pick
A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection
An Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick

“Marshall evokes sympathy, but never pity, as he conveys his family’s pain through fart jokes, farcical misadventures (sexual and medical), and—in the middle of all the confusion—emotion so raw and potent it’s almost jarring. Honesty is the key; Marshall never shies away from the filthy, uncomfortable reality, and it’s that brutal truth-telling that makes his memoir a must-read.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Marshall’s brutally honest account of the worst year of his life will have readers marveling at how a memoir about two sick parents can still be so laugh-out-loud hilarious.” — Library Journal, starred review

“…funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] raucous, rowdy, heartbreaking story.” — Booklist

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

Sneak Peek: November 2015 Indie Next List

indie nextThe November 2015 Indie Next list includes two of our favorite fall books!

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel selection, an ALA Annual “Read ‘n Rave” selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection, and an Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help care for his ailing parents. “…funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she’s couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the very same bully who first got him in hot water. “Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.”
Booklist, starred review

Happy International E-Book Day!

Today is the second annual International Read an e-Book Day! Share the love on Twitter with the hashtag #eBookLove and tell us what your patrons are e-reading these days. Here’s what they’re e-reading* and loving from Macmillan:

Top ten picks:
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
BLUEPRINTS by Barbara Delinsky
SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

The rest of the best:
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
KILLING PATTON by Bill O’Reilly
FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
YOUR NEXT BREATH by Iris Johansen
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jeffrey Archer
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
A HIDDEN SECRET by Linda Castillo

And what are librarians e-reading? Here are the most popular titles you’ve recently downloaded from Edelweiss (maybe we’ll see some of them on a LibraryReads list soon!):

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong

*Data as of July 2015, based on the number of checkouts from Overdrive and 3M.

Labor Day 2015 Reads

The long Labor Day weekend is here! To celebrate an extra day of reading time, here’s a list of great Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 reads you can download on Edelweiss NOW!* Don’t forget to nominate your favorite for LibraryReads!

Highly Anticipated!!
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders

Literary Fiction
THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
SHELTER by Jung Yun
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

Debuts
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THE YID
by Paul Goldberg
THE FORGETTING TIME
by Sharon Guskin
THE CHARM BRACELET
by Viola Shipman

Mystery/Thriller
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
EVEN THE DEAD by Benjamin Black
CINNAMON TOASTED by Gail Oust
DESPERATE MEASURES by Jo Bannister
RIOT MOST UNCOUTH by Daniel Friedman

Romance
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Paige
THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo
FOR LOVE OR MAGIC by Lucy March
THE IRRESISTIBLE ROGUE by Valerie Bowman
BELLA AND THE BEAST by Olivia Drake

Science Fiction/Fantasy
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher
MYSTIC by Jason Denzel
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
HELL’S FOUNDATIONS QUIVER by David Weber

Riveting Nonfiction
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD by Stephen Le
PETTY by Warren Zanes
HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
WITCHES OF AMERICA by Alex Mar

Young Adult/Teen
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD by Jamie Kain
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
THINGS I CAN’T EXPLAIN: A Clarissa Novel by Mitchell Kriegman
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus

*Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted!

Maximum Shelf: HOME IS BURNING

MaxShelf-HomeIsBurningFor the Marshalls, laughter is the best medicine. Especially when combined with alcohol, pain pills, excessive cursing, sexual escapades, actual medicine, and MORE ALCOHOL.

Today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness features one of our favorite memoirs of the fall season: HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall.

A self-described spoiled white kid with money, Marshall moved home at age 25 to help care for his father, diagnosed with ALS, and his mother, who has cancer. While caring for both terminally ill parents, he also has to deal with a houseful of rowdy siblings with problems of their own. Despite the terribly sad premise, the Marshall family saga is surprisingly sweet and funny.

“Many stories have been written about terminal illnesses, degrading deaths, and families in grief; but the loving portraits painted here of outrageous and colorful characters joking in the face of ugliness may be unique. As Bob approaches his final chapter, readers will certainly cry, but they will laugh as well. HOME IS BURNING is a strangely packaged gift: love and pain, death and life, sex jokes, fart jokes and plenty of booze make up an extraordinarily heartwarming love letter from ‘a sad dude with a big heart who really loves his dad.’ In its sad ending there is unlikely joy.” — Shelf Awareness

“Funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.” — Kirkus Reviews

Click here to read the full Shelf Awareness summary, review and entertaining interview with Dan Marshall, which contains gems like this:

SA: Are you this amazingly self-deprecating in real life?
DM: I start everyday by looking in the mirror and booing. Just kidding. I don’t do that.
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EW Fall Books Preview

Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak preview of this year’s “dazzlingly rich” fall season in a recent issue guest edited by Andy Cohen (hey there, MOST TALKATIVE!). While only their list of Blockbuster Novels is available online, Anne’s got the scoop on all the other Macmillan picks:

Blockbuster Novels

PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
In Franzen’s long-awaited doorstop of a novel, a girl named Purity embarks on a journey through South America to find herself.

THE MARK AND THE VOID by Paul Murray
The financial crisis is drenched in humor in this tale about a banker whose life becomes more interesting when a downtrodden author starts fictionalizing it.

Tell All Memoirs & Bios

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
When he was 25, Marshall’s dad was diagnosed with ALS and his mom with cancer. So he quit his job to return home and care for them. Sounds depressing, but it’s actually scathing, funny, profane, and deeply affectionate.

Women Who Rock and Write

BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
Simon’s memoir covers her Greenwich Village folk roots, her songwriting stardom, and her marriage to James Taylor. readmoreremove

B&N Fall 2015 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Fall 2015 Discover Great New Writers program features 4 Macmillan titles!

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection! Memoir at its finest: beautifully composed, firmly anchored to a larger world, engaging, accessible, and profound. “Tweedy, an African American psychiatrist at Duke University, expertly weaves together statistics, personal anecdotes, and patient stories to explain why ‘being black can be bad for your health.’ In all, a smart, thought-provoking, frontline look at race and medicine.” — Booklist, starred review

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection! This hilarious, profane, and heartbreaking story of a madcap family’s struggles with catastrophic illness had us laughing out loud and quietly crying on all kinds of public transportation. “Horrible. Hysterical. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Just like life.” — Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (and the forthcoming FURIOUSLY HAPPY) readmoreremove

Hey! Whatcha Readin’?

Wanna know what your librarian pals are downloading, reading and loving? Here are the top Macmillan e-galley downloads* on Edelweiss:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
TENACITY by James Law
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT by Ilana C. Myer
WICKED LIES by Lora Leigh
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Want to get free e-galleys from us? Read this article and get whitelisted on Edelweiss!

Keep reading and remember to nominate the books you love for LibraryReads!

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