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Your Next Book Club Pick Is…

Well, only you know what your library’s book club is reading next, but we will happily share these expert suggestions:

NEABigReadThe NEA Big Read recently expanded their selection to “offer a selection of books that is contemporary, diverse, and relevant to our times.” Their Macmillan picks are:

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (download the guide)
We’ve also got NEA Big Read author Kao Kalia Yang’s new memoir, THE SONG POET (download the guide)

The recently announced Summer 2016 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features these three Macmillan titles:

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss (a Top 10 pick!)
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (download the guide)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)

Plus our new Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden recommends SHELTER by Jung Yun (download the guide) & THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide) in her Summer Reading List!

Last year we predicted that the movie version of THE REVENANT was going to be huge, and we’re making the same call with SILENCE by Shusaku Endo. This classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Picador just released a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so we recommend getting ahead of the trend (and maybe even organizing a movie night out!).

Talia’s going to share her picks at tomorrow’s Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” webinar, so here’s what Anne recommends:

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Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015

Yesterday Booklist revealed their Editors’ Choice Books of 2015, including these 11 Macmillan titles:

Adult Books
CHILDREN OF THE STONE: The Power of Music in a Hard Land by Sandy Tolan
This is an engrossing and powerful story, moving skillfully amid the failure of the never-ending battles and “peace” talks between Israel and Palestine and the determination of one brave young man to change his world through music.

LISTENING TO STONE: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi by Hayden Herrera
Herrera sensitively portrays Isamu Noguchi as an artist of “unstoppable creative energy” whose mixed heritage caused him endless anguish, including time in a WWII Japanese American internment camp, reinvigorating appreciation for Noguchi’s dramatic life and evocative art.

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy
African American psychiatrist Tweedy incisively illuminates the intersection of race and medicine in a compelling blend of statistics, personal anecdotes, and patient histories.

DO NO HARM: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
English neurosurgeon Marsh looks back on his three-decade career with bracing candor, dramatically and informatively detailing brain surgery’s high risks and difficult emotional terrain.
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SLJ Best Books of 2015

School Library Journal recently announced their best books of 2015 in several categories and four Macmillan titles made the cut!

Young Adult
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Adult Books 4 Teens
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

Click here to see the full lists.

Adult Books for Teens

Librarians often ask for recommendations of adult titles that their teen patrons will enjoy. These adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly appropriate and accessible to teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet

A “heartfelt first novel” with “sharp cultural observations and terrific dialogue.” New York Times Book Review

“Here, perfectly articulated through Lizet, is the experience of being a first-generation child of immigrants in America… But above all, in Lizet’s story, we have a thrilling, deeply fulfilling journey of a young woman stepping into her own power.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“While Crucet’s bildungsroman is specific to Cuban American Lizet Ramirez and her quest to find out who she is amid the cacophony of life in the United States, it succeeds on such a universal level that she could easily be a coming-of-age poster child.”Booklist, starred review

“Told largely in flashback by an older and wiser Lizet, this coming-of-age story achieves a wry and wistful tone. Debut novelist Crucet depicts with insight and subtlety the culture shock, confusion, guilt, and humiliations of the first-generation college student.” Library Journal

WEIGHTLESS by Sarah Bannan

“In this finely crafted debut, Bannan skillfully delivers a tale of modern-day bullying… Bannan’s provocative novel will stay with readers long after they finish it, and should be an especially effective read for teens.” —Publishers Weekly

“Raises haunting and urgent questions regarding personal responsibility and the culture of bullying in the age of social media.” Booklist

“Bannan’s first novel takes a skillfully nuanced approach to the high school mean girls drama plot. No easy emotional pull of championing vindication for a victim here; expect instead to experience the unease of tangled intentions and perceptions that leave no clear answers while offering deep insights.” —Library Journal readmoreremove

Teen Talk Tuesday (8/18/15)

Hey hey, it’s time for YA! Books, that is. Check out the latest & greatest from Griffin Teen & SMP, then join us and @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (NEW hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM by Amanda Hocking (The Kanin Chronicles #3)
“The author’s spin-off trilogy of her ‘Trylle’ series come to an explosive end. As Bryn fights to clear her name and restore her rule in the kingdom, she must also choose between the love of the dangerous Konstantin or that of the steadfast Ridley. Hocking’s paranomal romance expertise shines through.” — School Library Journal

STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
An astonishing literary debut about a young man who, in the search for clues into the disappearance of his mother twelve years earlier, discovers himself in the process. “The stories are haunting, a quality that is beautifully captured by artist Choi’s interpolated graphic-novel chapters that expand and complement the text. Sie’s first novel is richly imagined and beautifully written with a well-realized setting and memorable characters. Together they make for an altogether auspicious debut.” — Booklist

MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
A “heartfelt first novel” with “sharp cultural observations and terrific dialogue” (New York Times Book Review) about a young, Cuban-American woman accepted into an elite college just as her home life unravels. readmoreremove

St. Martin’s First – Spring & Fall 2015 E-Samplers

Our friends at St. Martin’s Press have put together two fabulous debut chapter samplers just for you!

The samplers are available for direct download on Edelweiss (and each have a corresponding Edelweiss collection) and are Read it Now! titles on NetGalley.

Spring/Summer 2015 titles include:
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (an August 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Sand Eckel
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey
THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
THE CASUALTIES by Nick Holdstock
THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur
BETWEEN THE TIDES by Susannah Marren
STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (a June 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
HANGMAN’S GAME by Bill Syken
THREE RIVERS by Tiffany Quay Tyson
THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughan

Download a PDF of the Spring/Summer 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read It Now! file from NetGalley.

Fall 2015 titles include:

AVELYNN by Marissa Campbell
THE MAN ON THE WASHING MACHINE by Susan Cox
THE DEBT OF TAMAR by Nicole Dweck
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
DARK RESERVATIONS by John Fortunato
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
BLISS by Shay Mitchell
THE MARRIAGE PACT by M.J. Pullen
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
IN BITTER CHILL by Sarah Ward

Download a PDF of the Fall 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read it Now! file from NetGalley.

Happy Reading!

First Novel Prize Longlist

The Center for Fiction recently announced the longlist for their First Novel Prize and six great Macmillan debuts made the list!

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE SUNLIT NIGHT by Rebecca Dinerstein
THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus

The First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31, 2015. The Short List will be revealed on September 15 and the winner will be announced on December 8. See the full list of nominees here.

Friday Reads: Starred Debuts

Happy Friday! Today we’re curling up with two debut novels that have already received several starred reviews:

LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
“Tracing the movements of France’s ill-fated Lapérouse maritime expedition in the late eighteenth century, Williams’ exceptional debut isn’t your traditional seafaring yarn and is all the stronger and more penetrating for it. Full of period sensibilities, particularly the Enlightenment-era urge to go forth and explore new domains, the novel is alternately charming, invigorating, and heartbreaking, and always thoughtful and humane. Even readers who don’t seek out nautical adventures will find themselves drawn in, especially if they love high-quality literary fiction.”
Booklist, starred review

“An entertainingly erudite debut… Elegant and entrancing… Literary art of the first order, intelligent and evocative in the way of the best of historical fiction.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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For Your Consideration: August 2015 LibraryReads Titles

 

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*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
Nine-year-old Laurent Lepage loves to tell tall tales so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. When he disappears, the villagers of Three Pines are faced with the possibility that one of his stories might have been true. The frantic search for the boy and the truth sets off a sequence of events that lead to murder, an old crime, and right to the door of the town’s old poet, Ruth Zardo.

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EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
A Maximum Shelf Awareness pick & BEA giveaway title! Lying your way to the top of the social strata has devastating consequences for Evelyn Beegan, a 26-year-old desperate for a “better life” even if it’s a lie in this debut novel of class, ambition and ultimately spectacular ruin. “A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later.” — Library Journal, starred review

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ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, this psychologically twisting debut novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a quiet Spanish town is “as subtle and enveloping as the txirimiri, a Basque word for ‘rain so fine that an umbrella is useless against it.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage

BFT15posterOMG you guys—it’s time for our annual list of teen and YA-OK titles! And of course we’re more excited than a basket of kittens in yarn to share our favorites with you!

Before we get too tangled up, make sure that you’re pre-approved on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens titles here.

Our super-cool “Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage” poster is now available! Click here for your downloadable copy or email us to request a hard copy (don’t forget to include your mailing address).

Now on to the books!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
Three words: O.M.G. Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

FEUDS by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #1)
In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis, and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Cole, must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly. “FEUDS is fast-paced and plot-driven [and] ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” — School Library Journal

TORN by Avery Hastings (The Feuds Series #2)
In the sequel to FEUDS, Davis meets another recovered patient who helps her find clues that could lead to a cure. Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity to compete in the Olympiads. Both will need to resist temptation and have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking in order for their love to survive.

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All‘s first novel stars a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Kriegman hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction—Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them.” — Publishers Weekly

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

PARTY GAMES by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist

DON’T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
In the second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, a damaged young lady gets sent on a doomed babysitting job.

THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is the #6 October 2014 LibraryReads pick! “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE GOOD SISTER by Jamie Kain
A stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.

REDEEMED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #12)
In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, evil vampyre Neferet has recovered her strength, while Zoey Redbird isn’t sure that she has what it takes to bring down Neferet, who now calls herself a god. “Lives are lost, loyalties (and romances) tested, and loose ends neatly tied up in this twelfth and final installment in the series. Fans will happily slurp this down, and with a film adaptation of the series in the works, they’ll have more to look forward to.” — Booklist

REVEALED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #11) is now available in Trade Paperback.

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins with contributions from Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black & others
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, with four starred, rave reviews:

“It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A rare seasonal treat.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.”School Library Journal, starred review

“This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect for a snug evening next to the fire.” Booklist, starred review

THE TERMINALS by Royce Scott Buckingham
The riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.

LOOP by Karen Akins
A thrilling new YA novel in which time traveler Bree Bennis accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s keeping his own set of secrets. “LOOP is time well spent.” — School Library Journal
A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee!

TWIST by Karen Akins
In the unbelievably thrilling sequel to LOOP, someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past and altering the current timeline. It’s up to Bree to stop them, but first, she has to figure out who…and why.

ETERNAL by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #2)
In the second YA romance in New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls spinoff series, Della is trying to prove herself as a paranormal investigator while being torn between her feelings for a powerful vampire and a sexy shapeshifter.

UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls After Dark #3)
On Sale: October 27, 2015
The final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark trilogy! When Della tries to solve a twenty year old murder—and clear her father’s name—she uncovers secrets about the vampire council and the boy she’s bonded to.

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