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Sneak Peek: March 2017 Indie Next List

indie nextThe March 2017 Indie Next list includes five Macmillan titles!

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
Two starred reviews for this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, about the complicated love a mother has for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review

ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
For readers of Maggie Nelson and Leslie Jamison, a fierce and dazzling personal narrative that explores the many ways identity and art are shaped by love and loss. “What might be mere navel-gazing for a less brilliant author is made powerfully universal here. Febos’s awakening to her full identity, even its ugliness, is a powerful and redemptive epic.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “Gripping… The difficulty of reading this book as a survivor must be emphasized; those of us who’ve endured domestic violence will recognize our lasting terrors and looking-over-our-shoulder habits in these pages and in this woman, as Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on. At the same time, survivors will want to pass the book on to everyone who ever asked them why they didn’t just leave. A must for public libraries.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/1/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to a terrific new work from a LibraryReads author and a powerful debut novel:

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir and biography told through the lives of iconic artists, Laing (author of the LibraryReads pick THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING) seeks answers to the questions of: What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people? “Through her ardent research, empathetic response, original thought, courageous candor, and exquisite language, Laing joins the ever-growing pool of writers—among them Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hope Jahren, Jhumpa Lahiri, Leslie Jamison, Helen Macdonald, Sally Mann, Patti Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Edmund de Waal, and Terry Tempest Williams—who are transforming memoir into a daring and dynamic literary form of discovery that laces the stories of individuals into the continuum of humanity and the larger web of life on Earth to provocative and transforming effect. ”
Booklist, starred & splash page review

HURT PEOPLE by Cote Smith
A Library Journal Books for Dudes pickIn this searing first novel set in Leavenworth, Kansas, a prison town shaken by the recent escape of a convict, two young brothers befriend a mysterious stranger who creates a rift between the boys. “[A] tense, haunting debut novel…with razor-sharp characterizations, a richly evoked period setting, and the sense of a community forever living in the shadow of fear.” — Publishers Weekly

Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Summer 2015 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features six Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler

Familes… And Other Challenges
THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee

Exciting New Voices
THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbit readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: October 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Oct15LRcollage+WYSDownload, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the October 2015* LibraryReads list!

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

DEATH WEARS A MASK by Ashley Weaver
Amory Ames and her rakish husband Milo, first introduced in MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL (An October 2014 LibraryReads pick), take on a murder at a masked ball in this Christie-esque traditional mystery set in 1930s England.

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HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel selection, an ALA Annual Read ‘n Rave selection, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help care for his ailing parents. “…funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
“Crosley’s smart, sardonic, sometimes-zany, yet also sensitive story is told from the alternating perspectives of these three linked characters, taking the readers along as they reunite first for a friend’s wedding in Miami and then again for a road trip in France, setting off from Paris in pursuit of, yes, a priceless necklace but also of things far more valuable: the truth about themselves and one another, a genuine sense of purpose, and, perhaps most precious of all, a connection to one another.
…a real gem.” — Kirkus Reviews

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CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she’s couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the very same bully who first got him in hot water. “Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.”
Booklist, starred review

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Pulitzer, LA Times Book Prize & Indies Choice Winners

So. Many. BOOKS! So. Many. AWARDS!

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

General Nonfiction
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert (Winner)
NO GOOD MEN AMONG THE LIVING by Anand Gopal (Finalist)
AGE OF AMBITION by Evan Osnos (Finalist)

History
ENCOUNTERS AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Winner)

2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners

CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine (Poetry)
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert (Science & Technology)

2015 Indies Choice Award Winners

Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande

Adult Nonfiction Honor Awards
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss

Adult Debut Honor Awards
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler readmoreremove

2015 PEN Literary Awards Longlist

Yesterday the PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards and they include 17(!) Macmillan titles:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
THE DOG by Jack Livings
THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbitt

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Michael Hofmann
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX by Caleb Scharf

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
THE BIG TRUCK THAT WENT BY by Jonathan M. Katz
THE BILL OF THE CENTURY by Clay Risen
THE IMPULSE SOCIETY by Paul Roberts
A CHANCE TO WIN by Jonathan Schuppe

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2014)
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
THE QUEEN’S BED by Anna Whitelock

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
BLACK NOON: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 by Art Garner

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
I AM THE BEGGAR OF THE WORLD by Eliza Griswold
BREATHTURN INTO TIMESTEAD by Paul Celan

PEN Translation Prize
THE SYMMETRY TEACHER by Andrei Bitov
THE MAN WHO LOVED DOGS by Leonardo Padura

The shortlists will be released on April 15, and the winners will be announced on May 13. To see the full list of longlists, click here.

Congrats to the nominees!

 

PW’s Best Books of 2014

We did it again. Macmillan rocked PW’s 2014 Best Books list!

ON IMMUNITY: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

“Biss advocates eloquently for childhood immunization, making her case as an anxious new mother intent on protecting her son—and understanding the consequences … Biss frankly and optimistically looks at our ‘unkempt’ world and our shared mission to protect one another.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

ON IMMUNITY is also among Kirkus’s 10 Nonfiction Books You’ll Be Hearing About This Fall!

LIMONOV by Emmanuel Carrère, trans. from the French by John Lambert

“This deft, timely translation of French writer and filmmaker Carrère’s sparkling 2011 biography of Edward Limonov is an enthralling portrait of a man and his times…In this astute, witty account, Limonov has found his ideal biographer. There are few more enjoyable descriptions of Russia today.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE EMPATHY EXAMS: Essays by Leslie Jamison

“A heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, and ourselves…. Jamison is ever-probing and always sensitive. Reporting is never the point; instead, her observations of people, reality TV, music, film, and literature serve as a starting point for unconventional metaphysical inquiries into poverty, tourism, prison time, random acts of violence, abortion, HBO’s Girls, bad romance, and stereotypes of the damaged woman artist.”–Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review

DEEP DOWN DARK:The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar

“Tobar…compassionately recounts the miners’ personal histories, experiences during the 17 days they were without outside contact, extended rescue, and the drama above ground with the families… Rich in local color, this is a sensitive, suspenseful rendering of a legendary story.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 7/16/14)

Hey you! Whatcha reading? More importantly, what are your patrons reading? Read on to find out:

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for May 2014:

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

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#BookBday Bonus: THE EMPATHY EXAMS

We've got another special Book Birthday this week: THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison, a riveting collection of essays from the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, an April Indie Next Pick and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Essay Collection and Most Anticipated Book of Spring 2014! 

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others. By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel.

A heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, and ourselves.... Jamison is ever-probing and always sensitive. Reporting is never the point; instead, her observations of people, reality TV, music, film, and literature serve as a starting point for unconventional metaphysical inquiries into poverty, tourism, prison time, random acts of violence, abortion, HBO’s Girls, bad romance, and stereotypes of the damaged woman artist.”
Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review

“Gutsy essays.... A tough, intrepid, scouring observer and vigilant thinker, [Jamison] generates startling and sparking extrapolations and analysis. On the prowl for truth and intimate with pain, Jamison carries forward the fierce and empathic essayistic tradition as practiced by writers she names as mentors, most resonantly James Agee and Joan Didion.” — Booklist, starred review

“Jamison writes with such originality and humor, and delivers such scalpel-sharp insights, that it's more like a rush of pleasure.” — Entertainment Weekly

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Sneak Peek: April 2014 Indie Next list

Indie Next logoThe April 2014 Indie Next list was recently announced and we're thrilled that it includes so many great Macmillan titles!

THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
"A tough, intrepid, scouring observer and vigilant thinker, she generates startling and sparking extrapolations and analysis. On the prowl for truth and intimate with pain, Jamison carries forward the fierce and empathic essayistic tradition as practiced by writers she names as mentors, most resonantly James Agee and Joan Didion." — Booklist, starred review & our most popular ARC at ALA Midwinter! 

THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle
Doyle's story about a man who flees his troubled life on land for the solitude of the Pacific Ocean, but ends up on a rousing adventure is, “A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MIMI MALLOY, AT LAST! by Julia MacDonnell
"MacDonnell captures perfectly the family dynamics between sisters, mothers, and daughters, as if she were sitting in on their gab sessions, taking copious notes. For readers who enjoy Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher, this is a highly engaging family chronicle, with a healthy dose of Irish history laced in as well." — Booklist 

THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
Steinhauer's geopolitical tale about the aftermath of a diplomat's assassination and his wife's relentless investigation is “Elaborate, sophisticated…a long, twisty road full of cleverly placed potholes and unexpected turns. Mr. Steinhauer draws his spies as flesh-and-blood characters in whom his readers invest both attention and emotion.” — Janet Maslin, The New York Times

ROOSEVELT'S BEAST by Louis Bayard
Bayard draws on Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt’s real-life ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition to create "A suspense-filled re-imagining of history deepened by a confrontation with evil’s supernatural presence." — Kirkus Reviews

See the full April 2014 Indie Next List here.

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