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For Your Consideration: July 2018 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage
Also available in audio
THREE starred reviews and Zoje is on the cover of Library Journal’s mystery issue!WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN meets GONE GIRL meets THE OMEN. Interested? That might be the best way to describe Zoje Stage’s highly anticipated debut novel, BABY TEETH…a twisty, delirious read that will constantly question your sympathies for the two characters as their bond continues to crumble.” — Entertainment Weekly

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STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
A supposed hunting accident becomes a dangerously complicated murder investigation in this intricately-plotted new thriller featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. “The plot is complex, and the action intense, made all the more so by forbidding terrain. The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron’s strongest novel yet.” — Booklist, starred review

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

A GATHERING OF SECRETS by Linda Castillo
Also available in audio
“In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It’s no accident, and Kate soon learns that Daniel wasn’t the sweet, self-effacing guy he appeared to be, with plenty of people having reason to want him dead. Major promotion.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Also available in audio
“Novelist Scottoline and daughter Serritella team up for the eighth in a series of entertaining mother-daughter humor books, combining entries in their ‘Chick Wit’ column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and new material. This summer beach read—which is indeed ‘like a glass of rosé, between two covers’—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

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

CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
Two starred reviews! “Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga. French’s two-fisted prose—‘When Boobee hops on a bar stool, lights an opium-tipped cigarette, and crosses her long legs, the sound of a dozen tensed-up male necks swinging round is like… a gunshot’—makes this deep noir history unforgettable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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April 2018 Nonfiction

Add these amazing April nonfiction titles to your library’s shelves today:

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
Also available in audio
THREE starred reviews! The New York Times–bestselling author’s brand-new collection of essays is filled with her characteristic heart and punch-packing observations, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. “Crosley is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life’s darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates this collection.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

PRESIDENT CARTER: The White House Years by Stuart E. Eizenstat, foreword by Madeleine Albright
THREE starred reviews! “This comprehensive, unflinching narrative and analytical treatment of Carter is essential for a new evaluation of an earnest, often exasperating, yet important figure in late 20th-century U.S. history.”Library Journal, starred review

DARWIN COMES TO TOWN: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen
Evolutionary biologist Schilthuizen is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how man-made environments are accelerating the evolution of animals and plants. “[Schilthuizen] does a superb job of introducing important ecological principles along the way, leaving readers with a fascinating question: ‘Can we harness the power of urban evolution to use it to make more livable cities for the future?’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate by Arno Michaelis & Pardeep Singh Kaleka
The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate. “With coauthor Fisher’s assistance, both Kaleka’s chronicling of the day of the shooting and Michaelis’ frank recounting of his former attitudes and acts make for heartbreaking reading, but their work together is inspiring and gives readers hope that the next generation can do much to heal America’s great divide.” — Booklist, starred review

SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and created the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. “Although the biographies of Rodgers and Hammerstein are naturally threaded throughout, this is much more the story of the music rather than the men. Something wonderful, indeed.” — Booklist, starred review

THE TRAUMA CLEANER: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein
An “intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) debut biography of Sandra Pankhurst, a transgender woman who spends her life cleaning up after traumas, such as crime scenes and floods. “Had this uniquely gifted and nuanced chronicler of offensive odors stuck with describing the fragrance of ancient dried blood, antediluvian dust, and unspeakable effluents, Krasnostein’s debut would be memorable enough, but her subject’s life story is more remarkable and often just as harrowing as the scent of the derelict apartments she excavates for a living.” — Booklist, starred review

MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
Also available in audio
A guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider from a woman slated to become the first black female governor in the U.S. “Although there are many books on networking and achieving political and entrepreneurial success, Abrams’ is geared toward helping those who are on the fringes, especially African American women, find pathways to success and power. …this is an excellent guide that addresses setbacks and pitfalls and identifies strategies to overcome them.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Stars for HOW HARD CAN IT BE?

Remember Kate Reddy from Allison Pearson’s smash hit, I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker? Now Kate’s back and tackling the trials of the “Sandwich Generation” with her signature wit and humor in HOW HARD CAN IT BE?, which was just optioned for TV and has THREE starred reviews:

“Kate is by far the best part of a book that has loads of great parts. Tackling sexism, growing older, and understanding one’s needs when catering to those of so many others, Pearson writes realism with all the fun of escapism.”— Booklist, starred review

“The electricity is positively sparkling. Pearson features menopause as nearly its own character in this laugh-out-loud yet all too realistic romp through midlife concerns about aging, sexual appeal, careers for older employees, and family care issues. Spot-on for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The winning follow-up to Pearson’s bestselling I Don’t Know How She Does It is anchored by heroine Kate Reddy’s authentic, intelligent, and consistently funny British voice. Readers will cheer on Kate as she becomes a kick-butt woman of a certain age.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Buzzfeed’s “Amazing New Books You Need To Read This Spring” 2018

Poetry, essays, short stories… these Buzzfeed-recommended books will spring off your library’s shelves!

WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith returns with WADE IN THE WATER, a new collection of poems that feels both timely and timeless. In lines that are as lyrical as they are wise (and so poignant you’ll want to write them down immediately), Smith makes connections between the current state of American culture and its history — police brutality, slavery, immigration, the Civil War, the Declaration of Independence (which she turns into an erasure poem). What does it mean to be an American, to be a woman in a society still dominated by men? Smith captures memories, found language, music, and the voices of the past to get to the beating heart of our nation today — and you’ll feel it in every fiber of your being while reading.

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
The nine stories in Jamel Brinkley’s collection A LUCKY MAN are about black men grappling with their place in the world, their pasts, their friendships, and their families — boys coming of age and encountering firsthand how privilege is tied to race and class, brothers navigating strained relationships, parents and children disappointing each other. Brinkley shows both the great beauty and ugliness of humanity — but always with empathy — and captures the ways in which our world is defined and divided by power. A LUCKY MAN so real and alive, much like its characters, that you’ll be eager to read whatever Brinkley writes next.

EYE LEVEL by Jenny Xie
US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Hererra chose Jenny Xie as the winner of the Academy of American Poets’ 2017 Walt Whitman Award, and it’s easy to see why in her debut collection EYE LEVEL. Xie’s poems take us on a journey to new places (Vietnam, Cambodia, even a Greek island) in such vivid detail that you’ll feel as if you really traveled, as well as to new questions about immigration, identity, and loneliness. How do we really find home? What do we lose when we leave? Reading EYE LEVEL feels like taking a trip with someone who truly sees you, and the world, as it is. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/13/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to stories about families and all things literary, weird, and wonderful:

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
A “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with two starred reviews! “Unlike most modern versions of fairy tales, Ortberg’s sly, scathing renditions avoid clichés and self-referential edginess, and instead strike directly at the heart. The book brings the shock of the new and the shock of recognition into play at the same time; it’s a tour de force of skill, daring, and hard-earned bravura.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
A Publishers Weekly Spring 2018 Literary Fiction Pick & Anticipated Debut! A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world. “Tamirat’s wonderful debut novel weaves growing pains, immigrant troubles, and moments of biting humor. The unsettling conclusion serves as a perfect ending for this riveting coming-of-age story full of murky motives, deep emotion, and memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
Two starred reviews! Two brothers—fiercely loyal and just plain fierce—are bound together by a series of darkly comedic and hauntingly violent events. “[An] impressive novel… Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
Two starred reviews! A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him. “Because of its scope and deft handling of aspects of identity in matters of love, family, religion, and loss, this literary work is highly recommended to the broadest audience.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
From the author of LibraryReads pick THE THINGS WE KEEP comes a new suburban drama about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden. “With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of BIG LITTLE LIES.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

February 2018 Nonfiction

Nature, history, humor, and sex—just a few of the subjects in this month’s new nonfiction releases:

THE SEABIRD’S CRY: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicolson
THREE starred reviews! “Marveling at lives lived in some of the harshest places on the planet, Nicolson writes lyrically of birds most of us only briefly notice when visiting a rocky shoreline, beings possessing extraordinary forms of understanding we have never shared.” Booklist, starred review

THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer
Two starred reviews! An indelible portrait of a family through three generations of boom and bust, and a legacy of fortune and ruin as big as Texas itself. “In his themes and vivid storytelling, Mealer invites comparison to James Mitchener (TEXAS) or J.D. Vance (HILLBILLY ELEGY). As tribute to the grit of the rural poor, as social history of dirt-and-oil Texas, and as rambunctious family saga, this work triumphs.” — Library Journal, starred review

LEFT BANK: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50 by Agnes Poirier
A lively, authoritative group portrait of some of the 20th century’s most revered creative minds as they lived, loved, fought, and flourished in Paris during and after World War II. “This book defies simple description; part collective biography, part cultural history, it aims to make the generation of intellectuals who shaped the Paris of the 1940s familiar to readers. For Francophiles and informed readers interested in 20th-century cultural trends.” — Library Journal

OPERATION CHAOS: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves by Matthew Sweet
An untold Cold War story about how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters; a tale that leads from a bizarre political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment. “A surprising, tragic, and, in many places, angry story of a country’s paranoia inflicting itself upon its own citizens.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (2/13/18 Edition)

#BookBday stars all around!

THE CHATEAU by Paul Goldberg
The acclaimed author of THE YID takes us behind the scenes of a Florida condo board election, delivering a wild spin on Miami Beach, petty crime, Jewish identity, and life in Trump’s America. “A master of dark, cutting humor, restless and allusive… Goldberg confirms his status as one of Jewish fiction’s liveliest new voices, walking in the shoes of such deadpan provocateurs as Mordecai Richler and Stanley Elkin.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SOME HELL by Patrick Nathan
One of Esquire’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2018!” A wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of his father’s suicide. “Nathan’s first novel is beautifully done and promises to linger in the reader’s memory.” — Booklist, starred review

Stars for Sloane!

We adore Sloane Crosley‘s brand-new essay collection, LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE, and reviewers do, too!

Named a “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” by Entertainment Weekly, In Style, Glamour, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, and more!

***THREE STARRED REVIEWS***

“A marvel… The latest collection from the Manhattan-based essayist suggests she can write engagingly about nearly anything… All [the essays] work on multiple levels and all are sharply written, as Crosley continues to extend her impressive range.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Crosley is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life’s darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates this collection.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Laugh-out-loud funny seems too trite a phrase for a writer whose takes are so addictively original and unexpected, but it’s also true: dear readers, you will laugh. Whether 2 or 20 pages in length, Crosley’s essays are complete and stop-you-in-your-tracks clever….” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? Signed Giveaway

Kate Reddy, star of Allison Pearson‘s smash hit I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (Sarah Jessica Parker starred in the movie) is back and tackling the trials of the “Sandwich Generation” with her signature wit and humor in HOW HARD CAN IT BE?

Allison happened to be in the Flatiron Building last week and signed an advanced readers’ copy of HOW HARD CAN IT BE? for ONE lucky librarian!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: How Hard Can It Be) by Sunday, March 4, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print—good luck!

UPDATE 3/8/18: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Katherine Santino of Floral City Library, Floral City FL!

HOW HARD CAN IT BE? will be available June 5, 2018 from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio.
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February is Black History Month!

Celebrate Black History Month with these new and forthcoming books:

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, with a foreword by Angela Davis
Also available in audio
A Most Anticipated Book of 2018 with three starred reviews! The emotional and powerful story about the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Khan-Cullors’s prose is dynamic; a rhythmic call to action that deftly illustrates the impact of living in a place that systematically demeans black personhood through neglect and aggressively racist state policy. This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections.” — Library Journal, starred review

ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2018 Discover Great New Writers pick! With searing honesty, intimacy, and humor in the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, America’s leading young black feminist reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give the strength to keep on fighting. “An ambitious, electrifying memoir. Recommended for readers seeking contemporary social commentary that’s unrelenting yet humorous.” — Library Journal, starred review

WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The London-based journalist and black feminist expands on her blog piece about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism are constantly shut down by those who aren’t affected by it. “A provocative read for anyone interested in race, politics, social history, and the lives of people of color; a must-read that expertly reflects the challenges of addressing structural racism.” — Library Journal, starred review

MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
Also available in audio
The first black female governor in the U.S. combines her memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color, offering hard-won insights for navigating worlds that, until now, were largely the territory of white men alone. “Not just local appeal; there are audiences other there that could really, really benefit from this book.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. “Hawkins is a wonderful storyteller who spares no detail, and his willingness to share his wisdom in nonsaccharine terms yields an inspirational coming-of-age story. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with an introduction by Bryan Stevenson
Also available in audio
A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. “His memoir…is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey…. With a huge print run, Hinton’s incredible story and social-justice star Stevenson, who wrote the foreword, will draw major attention.” — Booklist, starred review

GRACE WILL LEAD US HOME: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes
“Pulitzer Prize winner Hawes shows us what happened after Dylann Roof slaughtered nine people on June 17, 2015, at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Survivors struggled to heal, relatives of the dead rose at Roof’s hearing to say, ‘I forgive you,’ and the city faced its racist past.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

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