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April 2018 All-Stars

These books are swimming in stars—make sure to add them to your shelves ASAP!

WITCHMARK by C.L. Polk

“Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy . . . The final revelations are impossible to see coming and prove that Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Polk has created an amazing new world with hints of Edwardian glamour, sizzling secrets, and forbidden love that crescendos to a cinematic finish. WITCHMARK is a can’t-miss debut that will enchant readers.” —Booklist, starred review

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope

“Penelope delivers an engrossing story with delightful characters in this fantastic opening to a promising series . . . The tale is infused with optimism but never cloying, and it culminates in a well-earned and satisfying ending, leaving readers impatient for the next installment of the series.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

This debut . . . shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.”Library Journal, starred review

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

A May Indie Next Pick! 

“This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“As her character seeks and ultimately chooses, as she must, the aspects of life and art she’ll lay claim to, Heti writes with courage, curiosity, and uncommon truth: ‘To go along with what nature demands and to resist it—both are really beautiful—impressive and difficult in their own ways.'” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

All-in-One “Best Books of 2017”

*drumroll please* For your collection development joy, here are all of our “Best Books of 2017” lists in one place!

Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews Fiction, Nonfiction, Teen

Library Journal — Best Books of 2017 & Notable Books of 2017

School Library Journal‘s Best Adult Books 4 Teens

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2017

New York Times Book Review Top 10 & Editor’s Choice picks

New York Times Notable Books

Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

People Magazine

Time Magazine

GQ Magazine

Vulture (New York Magazine)

Huffington Post

Buzzfeed

NPR’s Book Concierge

Goodreads Choice Awards nominees

Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best of 2017

See all these titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2017

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Teen lists which include 2 Macmillan titles:

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lovestam
POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim

Best Contemporary Teen Reads of 2017 (full list)
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lovestam

Best Teen Nonfiction of 2017 (full list)
POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim

Visit KirkusReviews.com to see the full Teen lists and see our Kirkus Best of 2017 Fiction picks. Nonfiction picks will be revealed next week!

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2017 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2017” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

 

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Fiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Fiction lists which include 19 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017 (full list)
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Best Literary Fiction of 2017 (full list)
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Romance Novels of 2017 (full list)
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins

Best Historical Fiction of 2017 (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Fiction of 2017 To Get Your Book Club Talking (full list)
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Kirkus’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 Thus Far

Kirkus Reviews shared their Most Anticipated Books of 2017 Thus Far, including these two Macmillan titles:

TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson
“The provocateur-scholar returns to the pulpit to deliver a hard-hitting sermon on the racial divide, directed specifically to a white congregation. The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
“Auster’s first novel in seven years is nothing if not ambitious: a four-part invention, more than 800 pages, that follows the life (or lives) of Archie Ferguson. With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Teen

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Teen lists which include 3 Macmillan titles:

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger

Best Teen Fantasy of 2016
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Best Teen Books of 2016 with Unforgettable Protagonists
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

Best Teen Coming-of-Age Novels of 2016
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Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Nonfiction lists which include 11 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction of 2016
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Nonfiction!)
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel
BEING A BEAST: ADVENTURES ACROSS THE SPECIES DIVIDE by Charles Foster
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best History Books of 2016
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel

Best Books of 2016 to Explain Current Politics
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair

Best Memoirs of 2016
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich

Best Books of 2016 for Lovers of the Literary Arts
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Best Books of 2016 About Shocking Tales of Injustice
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best Heartrending Nonfiction of 2016
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Fiction

kirkus-best-fictionKirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Fiction lists which include 13 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction 
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
HERO IN THE HIGHLANDS by Suzanne Enoch
SCARY OLD SEX by Arlene Heyman
THE ADVENTURIST by J. Bradford Hipps
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu
HYSTOPIA by David Means
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Fiction!)
INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2016
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
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2016 Kirkus Prize Finalists

Congrats to our two finalists for the 2016 Kirkus Prize:

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
“Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling writer astonish us next time?” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
“A moving and penetrating inquiry into manifold struggles for identity, community, and authenticity.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The winner will be announced on November 3.

Booklist’s Best SF/Fantasy/Horror of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror reading lists of 2016, including these Macmillan titles:
Top 10 SF/Fantasy: 2016 (full list)

ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
The alternate-world science is novel, and the plot is thrilling in this Verne-inspired tale, a joyous throwback to sf adventure of old.

Top 10 Horror: 2016 (full list)

PRESSURE by Brian Keane
Carrie free-dives deep underwater to help determine why the ocean floor is collapsing. As if that’s not scary enough, she encounters a creature that destroys everything in its path. A gory, winning horror thriller—a different kind of beach read, you might say.

Top 10 Youth SF/Fantasy/Horror on Audio (full list)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell, read by Euan Morton
Dramatizing a Harry Potter–like world filled with wizards, vampires, ghosts, pixies, and shape-shifting demons coexisting with “Normals,” Morton displays a chimerical skill at voicing characters and captivates with his humor- and horror-steeped performance.

CARRY ON was also mentioned in Michael Cart’s Carte Blanche column on Speculative Fiction and LGBTQ Literature.

Core Collection: Space Operas (full list)

THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS by Kevin J. Anderson
Anderson (also famous for his many series titles) hits it out of the galaxy again: space opera doesn’t get much more exciting, or much more richly populated with alien races, technologies, and cultures, than it does in this sprawling, engrossing epic. A joint exploratory mission to the edge of the galaxy reveals an alien presence, one so powerful that it could conceivably wipe out all life in the galaxy.

EARTH UNAWARE by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
The beginning of this prequel series to the ever-popular ENDER’S GAME finds young Victor Delgado risking his life to warn earth of the impending invasion.

REDSHIRTS by John Scalzi
Ensign Andrew Dahl, assigned to the spaceship Intrepid, begins to notice that things are a bit weird. His shipmates frequently behave in an unpredictable or unmotivated manner, and problems are often resolved by the use of the Box, a mysterious vessel that, when you input a seemingly unsolvable problem, spits out a resolution after a suitably dramatic pause. As he tries to figure out what the heck is going on around him, Andy discovers a truth so staggering that he has no choice but to believe it. readmoreremove

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