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Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Reading Roundup

Memorial Day weekend is here (hooray!) and we’re stacking our to-read piles with these major media-recommended books:
Entertainment Weekly — Summer’s Must-Read Books

BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Cartoonist Tamaki dazzles with her impressive range in this collection, marrying each short story to a different artistic style. Whether she’s writing and drawing about the pitfalls of technology or ruminating on nostalgia, her work is lush, vibrant, and packed with emotion.

LIFE IN CODE by Ellen Ullman
Ullman, a computer programmer since the ’70s, expands on the themes she covered in 1997’s CLOSE TO THE MACHINE with pieces about what it was like on the forefront of the tech revolution, being a woman in a male-donimated industry, and how the tech landscape has (and hasn’t) changed.

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
In Ginder’s glitzy beach read, things spiral out of control in the days leading up to a wedding as a charmingly dysfunctional family—brimming with oddball stepsiblings—does everything it can to sabotage the nuptials.

The New York TimesSummer Reading Recommendations, From Novelists Who Own Bookstores

Jonathan Lethem, author of A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY & owner of Red Gap Books, a used and rare bookstore in Blue Hill, ME recommends BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“It’s a tense, surprising thriller, with perverse overtones of the Coen brothers variety, but containing an enigmatic narrative device, a kind of ‘haunting of the point-of-view’ – one which proves, as ever, that the novel can do things nothing but the novel can do. I’m almost ready to reread it.”

Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series and owner of An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA recommends RADICAL CANDOR by Kim Scott (“Scott’s experiences leading teams at Google and Apple led to this book, which espouses a workplace culture where leaders care deeply about their employees and challenge them to be their best selves.”) and BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer (“The cover alone had me hooked. Is the protagonist a plant? An animal? Something in between?”).

Louise Erdrich, author of LAROSE & owner of Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN recommends THE SONG POET by Kao Kalia Yang
“The exquisite story of Kao Kalia Yang’s father, village life, war life, refugee life, then a St. Paul housing project; America’s secret war in Laos; and a people’s history as sung by Bee Yang and remembered in fascinating and poetic detail by his daughter.”

Buzzfeed’s “Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer

IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
Fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn meet your next obsession. Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny were inseparable in college. 20 years later, one of them is found dead. How did it come to this? Alternating between their college years and the present day, readers slowly come to realize that their friendship was anything but perfect. But can feelings that strong really lead to murder, or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband? Only one way for you to find out… readmoreremove

2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

nbcc2016The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their best books of 2016, including these nine Macmillan titles:

Autobiography
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang

Biography
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Criticism
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hustchinson
AT THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL by Robert Pinsky
BLACKACRE by Monica Young

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 16.

NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge & More “Best of 2016” Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live! Nearly 40 Macmillan titles are included in the various 2016 recommendation lists:

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay (Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders (It’s All Geek to Me, Love Stories, Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

AMERICAN CAKE by Anne Byrn (Cookbooks & Food, For History Lovers)

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Love Stories, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Short, Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Dark Side)

THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

BULLIES: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price (Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, The Dark Side)

CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Garcia-Moreno (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein (Book Club Ideas, Poetry & Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Seriously Great Writing)

CONSEQUENCE: A Memoir by Eric Fair (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World)

EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau (For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller (Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Tales From Around the World)

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers)

THE GREATEST OF MARLYS by Lynda Barry (Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing)

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Family Matters, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex)

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction)

LACUNAE: 100 Imagined Ancient Love Poems by Daniel Nadler (Poetry & Short Stories)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (Biography & Memoir, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

LOOK: Poems by Solmaz Sharif (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories, Seriously Great Writing)

THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

MOONCOP by Tom Gauld (Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, The Dark Side)

NECESSITY by Jo Walton (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (Staff Picks, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden (Book Club Ideas, Comics & Graphic Novels, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Tales From Around the World)

SELECTED POEMS, 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE SELFISHNESS OF OTHERS: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Rather Short)

THE SPEED OF SOUND: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir by Thomas Dolby (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long)

STANDING WATER: Poems by Eleanor Chai (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction)

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THE YID by Paul Goldberg (Historical Fiction, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

Plus, more major media are weighing in with their “Best of 2016” picks:

Over at Slate, Laura Miller’s “10 Favorite Books of 2016” include Susan Faludi’s IN THE DARKROOM while Mark O’Connell’s include FUTURE SEX by Emily Witt, GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter, THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing, and LOOK by Solmaz Sharif; meanwhile, ROLLING BLACKOUTS by Sarah Glidden and ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart are some of Slate‘s “10 Favorite Comics of 2016.”

Esquire picked LUST AND WONDER by Augusten Burroughs, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter as three of their “25 Best Books of 2016.”

New York Magazine chose IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME by Amie Barrodale as three of their “10 Best Books of 2016.

Time‘s “Top 10 Novels of 2016” include HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer and ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.

The Boston Globe‘s “Best Books of 2016” list includes 14 Macmillan titles:
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell
OUR YOUNG MAN by Edmund White
THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
I’M FASCINATED BY SACRIFICE FLIES: Inside the Game We All Love by Tim Kurkjian
THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2016” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

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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New Nonfiction – May 2016

ONEIDA: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith
THREE STARRED REVIEWS! “This compelling narrative seamlessly threads the unlikely alliance between a ‘free love utopia’ and a household brand name. Fans of Joseph Ellis and David McCullough will appreciate this engrossing entry.”
Library Journal, starred review

THE FIRE LINE: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting by Fernanda Santos
A Spring 2016 B&N Discover Great New Writers selection! In the tradition of DEEP DOWN DARK, and A PERFECT STORM comes the harrowing, and tragic true-life story of one of America’s deadliest wildfires and the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town…and the World by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak
LIBRARY CATS!!! Need we say more? OK, this is librarian Louch’s memoir about her pair of Scottish Fold cats who became the most famous library cats in the world. “Replete with images and stories of these feline personalities, who were wildly popular not only in Douglas County but also became national celebrities, this heart-warming treasure of a book should appeal to readers of all ages.” — Library Journal

BONUS: free, downloadable #LibraryCatProblem e-cards & a video of cute kids singing about the kitties.

THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang
Following her award-winning book THE LATEHOMECOMER, Yang now retells the life of her father Bee Yang, the song poet, a Hmong refugee in Minnesota, driven from the mountains of Laos by American’s Secret War. “Yang builds upon that beautiful chronicle in this hauntingly lyrical tribute to her beloved father. A memorable and moving immigrant story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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