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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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#BookBday (9/18/18 Edition)

Hey hey, it’s your #BookBday!

BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday
“After his academic job search, his journalistic career, and his marriage proposal go down in flames, an angry young man moves into his mother’s basement and starts a radical movement that pits millennials against baby boomers. Stylishly written, cleverly observed, and boldly imagined.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE BUS ON THURSDAY by Shirley Barrett
Also available in audio
Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. “Eleanor’s voice is bold, frank, and savagely funny. Her observations about the intersections of cancer culture and the rom-com ideology of a certain kind of 21st-century feminism are so keen as to draw blood.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith
Also available in audio
In 1988, Spenser Collins—an African American premed student and athlete from Chicago—is “punched” to join the Delphic Club, one of Harvard’s most prestigious social groups. But when Spenser and his friend uncover a hidden inner circle within the club known as the “Ancient Nine” and realize it’s related to a disappearance in the 1920s, they realize their own lives are in danger. “Those seeking an inside look at an Ivy League secret society will get their money’s worth.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Adult Books for Teens

Whether young or young at heart, these adult books are great for readers of all ages!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts!
 Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel.

“Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The 17-year-old protagonist and coming-of-age plot will likely appeal to teens who appreciate character-driven stories.” —Booklist, YA interest

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
Told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, SMOTHERED is a humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

“Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read . . . All the heart eye emojis!” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Fall 2018 & Winter 2019 Drop-In Titles

Here’s the scoop on eight new Fall 2018 & Winter/Spring 2019 drop-in titles:

THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
Also available in audio
Available April 23, 2019
A debut from Forbes‘ third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment.

THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS: How Donald Trump went from Penthouse to White House in Fifteen Years—An Oral History by Aaron Short and Allen Salkin
Available May 21, 2019
A Rosetta Stone for understanding Donald Trump’s style, mindset, and every action, made up of over one hundred interviews with his closest associates over the last 15 years.

KUSHNER, INC.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump by Vicky Ward
Available March 19, 2019
Ward delves deeply into the lives of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, their families, friends, and enemies to create a portrait of two eternal children at play in the highest levels of power in the United States government.

THE SKRIPAL FILES: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy by Mark Urban
Available October 2, 2018
The explosive story of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and Russia.

FIRE AND FURRY: Pets Get Political by Michael Woof
Available October 23, 2018
Need a pick-me-up in these challenging times? Take a break with these political (or pawlitical) animals! Cats and dogs reach across the aisle in full-color photos paired with hilarious catchphrases that speak to our current national landscape. From kittens scratching back to petizens uniting, this is the fake mews we need right now as a nation.

A DOG NAMED BEAUTIFUL: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home by Rob Kugler
Available May 14, 2019
An uplifting and unforgettable story of a US Marine, his extraordinary dog, and the road trip of a lifetime.

HOW TO COLLEGE: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There) by Andrea Malkin Brenner & Lara Hope Schwartz
Available May 7, 2019
A crucial guide that helps students transition smoothly from high school to college, based on the authors’ experience teaching and working with thousands of first-year college students over decades.

Happy #BookBday (8/7/18 Edition)

We’ve got a BIG #BookBday today (so, extra cake, right??):

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson
An August 2018 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick and one of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! For readers of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, an epistolary debut novel about a farmer’s wife who begins writing letters to a museum curator and, as he writes back, gradually allows herself to find happiness and love again. “This is the kind of book you clutch to your heart when you finish and sigh with contentment.” — Kelly Moore, Adult Services Librarian, Carrollton Public Library, TX

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood
An August 2018 LibraryReads pick with two starred reviews! Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, this heart-pounding novel by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself. “This fictionalization of the 1948 kidnapping said to have inspired Nabokov’s LOLITA lures readers in with a disturbing hook: the dangers of innocence. This is a beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.” — Booklist, starred review

THE THIRD HOTEL by Laura van den Berg
An August 2018 Indie Next pick! A magical, disconcerting novel set in Havana about a woman reckoning with the death of her husband. “Toying with horror tropes and conventions, and displaying shades of authors such as Julio Cortázar, van den Berg turns Clare’s journey into a dreamlike exploration of grief. This is a potent novel about life, death, and the afterlife.” — Publishers Weekly

ARAB OF THE FUTURE 3: The Circumcision Years: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985-1987 by Riad Sattouf
Two starred reviews! “An excellent addition to a series that for years to come is sure to engage readers of history as seen through a child’s eyes. ” — Library Journal, starred review

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
A humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life. “Hilarious… Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read this summer. All the heart eye emojis!” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/31/18 Edition)

Oh, what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth (movie tie-in edition)
Also available in audio & mass market
The extraordinary true story of the African American police officer who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture (BlacKkKlansman) written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Oscar winner Jordan Peele, and starring Adam Driver, John David Washington, Topher Grace, and Alec Baldwin. Fun fact: Lee won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival for BlacKkKlansman!

BROTHER by David Chariandy
One of Kirkus Reviews’ “Excellent Summer Reads for Your Book Club” and Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2018! “A novel about the indignities, frustrations, and joy found in a Toronto public housing complex. Chariandy’s second novel is a slender volume with the heart of a family epic. An important, riveting novel about dreams, families, and the systems holding them back.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CAT FLAP by Alan S. Cowell
When she awoke as a cat, Dolores Tremayne saw no immediate advantage in having four paws instead of two arms and two legs… A brilliant, funny novel of love, marriage, and modern life. “The novel is literate in the best sense of the term, with Cowell’s wearing his intelligence and sense of humor lightly, mixing in references to high culture (Proust, Kierkegaard) and popular culture (the Disney movie The Aristocats) to great effect. Recommended for fans of literary humor and anyone who loves cats.” — Library Journal

THE DESCENT OF MONSTERS by JY Yang
The third enthralling silkpunk fantasy in JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which combines magic, mystery, and enraged dinosaurs. “Yang’s third series novella (after THE RED THREADS OF FORTUNE) continues to establish silkpunk fantasy as a superbly original subgenre.” — Library Journal

Happy #BookBday (7/24/18 Edition)

Happy sunny, summer #BookBday to Beth Harbison, Marina Shiffrin, and a beautiful new set of Bintis!

EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY by Beth Harbison
Also available in audio
In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison’s most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past. “Drenching readers in Willa’s salt-and-sun-soaked memories, Harbison avoids melodrama, instead tempering tragedy with wry humor, heartfelt introspection, and an unexpected romance.” — Booklist

30 BEFORE 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too by Marina Shifrin
A charming, relatable and hilarious collection of essays documenting a young woman’s attempt to accomplish thirty life goals before turning thirty. Ranging in scope from the simple (Donate Hair) to the life-changing (Become internet Famous), each story shows readers that we don’t all have it figured out, and that’s okay. “In Shifrin’s journey to confidence and success, she provides a genuinely inspirational example without ever taking herself too seriously.” — Publishers Weekly

And Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti series is now available in beautiful new hardcover editions!

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July 2018 Nonfiction

Check out our great new nonfiction titles available this month—then make sure they get checked out at your library!

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

THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
Two starred reviews! “In this complex, exquisitely detailed account, freelance journalist and Detroit Free Press contributor Clark draws on interviews, emails, and other materials to describe the ensuing [Flint, Michigan, water] catastrophe… A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference. Infuriated readers will be heartened by the determined efforts of protesters and investigative reporters.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy
A searching examination of all the dimensions of love, marriage, mourning, and kinship from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy. “This timely look at how women are viewed (and often dismissed) by society will resonate with many readers, but particularly with those who have felt marginalized or undervalued.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

Happy #BookBday (7/10/18 Edition)

Literary fiction, romance, and humor—this #BookBday has it all!

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A July 2018 Indie Next pick! A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! In this exceptional, page-turning debut, set in near future New York City—where the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever. “Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng’s highly imaginative debut, which deftly asks, ‘What does it really mean to be alive?’” — Library Journal, starred review

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

THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
From the author of THE BALANCE PROJECT comes a dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect. “Schnall nicely shows that women have always wanted to balance family and a career, and that it’s never been easy.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Introducing Celadon Books!

Welcome to Macmillan’s newest imprint, Celadon Books!

Founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices. Their motto: “We believe that when readers finish a Celadon book, they will know that it was time well spent.” (They also have a gorgeous, amazingly curated website!)

Celadon’s first list of four titles is set for Winter 2019, and many of you are already raving about their inaugural title

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

CAPE MAY by Chip Creek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. readmoreremove

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