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Our #FridayReads are outta-this-world new sci-fi & fantasy titles, all on library shelves now!
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of Summer 2017 and Buzzfeed’s “Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
VOID STAR by Zachary Mason
Two starred reviews! A riveting, beautifully written, fugue-like novel of AIs, memory, violence, and mortality set in a near-future San Francisco. “Mason’s follow-up to THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY is a complex and spellbinding tale of a future where self-preservation, in every sense of the word, is a victory.” — Library Journal, starred review
WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
In Emrys’s debut novel, the last daughter of the people of Innsmouth must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe. “Marbled with references to the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, this inventive dark fantasy crossbreeds the cosmic horrors of the Cthulhu mythos with the espionage escapades of a Cold War thriller.” — Publishers Weekly
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Publishers Weekly’s editors recently selected their Best Books of Summer 2017, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Staff Picks (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“About that thing on the cover—is it a genetically modified bird-of-paradise? Some cousin of the odoriferous corpse flower? I was intrigued from the moment I saw it, as is Rachel, the postapocalyptic scavenger who finds the improbably sentient and mutable creature—who ‘smelled of beach reeds on lazy summer afternoons and, beneath the sea salt, of passionflowers’—while picking through the fur of the gargantuan flying bear that terrorizes her devastated city. And then things start to get weird.” — Carolyn Juris, features editor
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
“Gray’s most recent book, the story collection GUTSHOT, was weird as hell and as visceral as its title. Whose life would be better for her to fictionalize, then, than that of notorious mother of modern dance Isadora Duncan? An openly bisexual communist and atheist in an era that condemned all three, Duncan was famous for wearing long, flowing scarves even up until her death, when her scarf got caught in one of the axles of the car she was riding in. Flung from the vehicle, Duncan died of a broken neck—a tragic end that will surely make for a riveting finale in Gray’s novel.” — John Maher, assistant news editor
Fiction (full list)
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald novel about siblings Alice and Paul begrudgingly attending the lavish wedding of their half-sister, Eloise, in England. Lovesick Alice and Paul—both in doomed relationships—see Eloise as the snotty daughter of a rich dad, and Donna, their mother, as a coldhearted widow who ditched all remnants of their father after his death. During the boozy pre-wedding days, the resentment and secrets come tumbling out in outbursts and hilariously bad decisions. readmoreremove
Buzzfeed picked seven standout books from Macmillan as part of their “Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” feature:
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier
Layli Long Soldier’s powerful poetry collection WHEREAS challenges the United States government’s treatment of and relationship with Native American peoples and tribes. Elegant, innovative, and necessary, WHEREAS examines a history of violence and treaties and apologies, and reclaims the legal jargon once used to control Native peoples as a form of resistance.
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Part murder mystery and part memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s THE FACT OF A BODY is the haunting story of how one convicted murderer and pedophile’s case forced her to grapple with family secrets and her own past. Working a summer internship at a Louisiana capital murder defense firm, Marzano-Lesnevich digs into one case that begins to feel oddly familiar, and eventually is forced to confront her understanding of justice, forgiveness, and truth.
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In Jeff VanderMeer’s BORNE, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a dangerous, ruined city filled with discarded experiments from a biotech firm. When Rachel discovers a strange creature hidden in the fur of a giant bear who terrorizes the city, she decides to name the creature “Borne” and brings him home to the sanctuary where she lives. As Rachel’s attachment to Borne grows, so does he, and his existence eventually begins to threaten the security of her home and the city’s balance of power. Extraordinarily imaginative and wonderfully strange, BORNE will constantly keep you guessing. readmoreremove
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Borne.”*
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
When Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow’s long-missing aunt returns to the family ranch in Montana 25 years later with a fantastical story of abduction and abuse, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. “With its take-no-guff heroine, who understands the importance of family and friends, and a compelling plot peppered with domestic details and composed of equal measures of spine-tingling suspense and sexy romance, this is quintessential Roberts.” — Booklist
Download the e-galley from Edelweiss or request a print ARC by emailing email@example.com with the subject “Come Sundown” and your mailing address.*
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.
AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove
Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter 2017:
ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | 9781250123114 | Out: Feb. 7
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | 9781250123077 | Out: June 6 (LR: 4/20)
EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES by Daniel Wallace | 9781250118455 | Out: May 30 (LR: 3/20)
THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES by Edward Kelsey Moore | 9781250107947 | Out: June 20 (LR: 4/20)
4 3 2 1* by Paul Auster | 9781627794466 | Out: Jan. 31
EDGAR & LUCY* by Victor Lodato | 9781250096982 | Out: March 7
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250077752 | Out: Feb. 21
THE HOPE CHEST* by Viola Shipman | 9781250105073 | Out: March 21
ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser | 9781250107602 | Out: March 28
GONE TO DUST by Matthew Goldman | 9780765391285 | Out: Aug. 15 (LR: 6/20)
PROVING GROUND* by Peter Blauner | 9781250117441 | Out: May 2 (LR: 3/20)
IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND* by Michele Campbell | 9781250081803 | Out: May 16 (LR: 3/20)
HE SAID / SHE SAID by Erin Kelly | 9781250113696 | Out: June 6 (LR: 4/20)
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens | 9781250034564 | Out: March 14
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir* by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich | 9781250080547 | Out : May 16 (LR: 3/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | 9781627797641 | Out: April 4 (LR: 2/20)
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso | 9781250124579 | Out: Feb. 7
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo | 9781250108944 | Out: April 25 (LR: 2/20)
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP* by Graeme Simsion | 9781250130402 | Out: May 2 (LR: 3/20)
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU* by J.P. Monninger | 9781250060761 | Out: June 13 (LR: 4/20)
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING* by Grant Ginder | 9781250095206 | Out: June 6 (LR: 4/20)
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle | 9780374282103 | Out: Feb. 7
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown | 9781627797054 | Out: Feb. 7
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer | 9780374115241 | Out: April 25 (LR: 2/20)
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP* by Michael Eric Dyson | 9781250135995 | Available Now
IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM by Amy Gary | 9781250065360 | Available Now
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY* by Coretta Scott King | 9781627795982 | Available Now
NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal | 9781250112118 | Out : May 2 (LR: 3/20)
One of the #alaleftbehind? Then download the handout here and watch a video of the recorded buzz.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America revealed their finalists for the 2014 Nebula Awards and we’re pleased to have four outstanding nominees!
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
DIRTY WINGS by Sarah McCarry
See the full list of finalists here! The winners will be announced on June 6 during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Chicago. Congrats to all nominees!
BONUS: Our friends at Tor/Forge made this flyer highlighting twenty-two of their “Best Books of 2014”*! Perfect for sci-fi and fantasy collection development or growing your personal TBR pile.
Congrats to all of the fine Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!
2015 Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
See all of the 2015 Alex Award winners here!
YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults
See the full list of Best Fiction for Young Adults here.
YALSA’s 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Book to Movie: Ripped From the Pages
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
See the full list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults here.
YALSA’s 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
See the full list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers here.
YALSA’s 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins
See the full list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens here.
Black Caucus of the American Library Association 2015 Honor Book for Fiction
‘TIL THE WELL RUNS DRY by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Macmillan, oh Macmillan, why must you steal nearly all the spots on Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2014 list?