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Library Journal’s Best Books of 2018

The year-end best-of lists are still rolling in, and now we’re proud to announce that Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2018 includes 21 Macmillan titles:

Crime Fiction
A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks

Graphic Novels
WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso
BERLIN by Jason Lutes

Horror
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

Pop Fiction
RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood

Romance
THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Kerrigan Byrne

Sci Fi/Fantasy
THE CALCULATING STARS: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
BINTI: THE NIGHT MASQUERADE by Nnedi Okorafor
EXIT STRATEGY: The Murderbot Diaries Volume 4 by Martha Wells

Short Stories
EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley

Arts
FLASH: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos

Bio/Memoir
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele readmoreremove

Library Journal’s Fearsome Firsts + Booklist’s Top 10 Horror (10/15/18)

Just in time for your spook-tastic thrill-a-chill displays, here are creepy favorites from Library Journal + Booklist:

Library Journal‘s Fearsome Firsts: Horror Fiction from Debut Authors:

BABY TEETH

Booklist‘s Top 10 Horror:

AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

And don’t forget to join us for Booklist‘s “Falling for Mystery” Webinar on 10/30.

LJ’s Best Fall 2018 & Winter 2019 Debuts

Library Journal‘s best debuts of Fall 2018 & Winter 2019 include these 7 Macmillan titles:

A BORROWING OF BONES by Paula Munier
Both traumatized by war, retired soldier Mercy Carr and her bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois Elvis are running in the Vermont woods when Elvis discovers an abandoned baby, which brings in state game warden Troy Warner and his search-and-rescue Newfoundland. An LJ Mystery Debut of the Month; read for “the believable dogs, the touches of humor, the independent, determined Mercy, and well-crafted characters.” (LJ 9/1/18)

HEARTS OF THE MISSING by Carol Potenza
Pueblo police sergeant Nicky Matthews investigates the suicide of a young woman linked to missing Fire-Sky tribal members who need intervention or their spirits will be condemned to wander. Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize; “this action-packed mystery…vividly evokes the beauty of the New Mexico landscape and its indigenous peoples.” (LJ 8/18)

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
Originally serialized through Disney animation director Dhaliwal’s Instagram account, this graciously illustrated graphic novel imagines a world where men have died out owing to a genetic defect and women are rebuilding society. Mostly black-and-white artwork (so the color bits really mean something); “it’ll be hard to find a funnier, more moving or original debut this year.” (LJ 9/1/18) readmoreremove

Adult Books for Teens

Whether young or young at heart, these adult books are great for readers of all ages!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts!
 Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel.

“Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The 17-year-old protagonist and coming-of-age plot will likely appeal to teens who appreciate character-driven stories.” —Booklist, YA interest

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
Told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, SMOTHERED is a humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

“Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read . . . All the heart eye emojis!” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (8/9/2018 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to two very different—but equally thrilling—reads!

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio.
Two starred reviews and an August 2018 Indie Next pick! “Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something here for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.” —Library Journal, starred review

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna Andrews
In the 23rd entry in the award-winning Meg Langslow series, she goes to check on a toucan the reverend is fostering, but finds the bird missing and an elderly parishioner murdered in a columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. “This long-running cozy series shows no signs of losing its freshness.” —Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Logan, Bird, and Serle are September 2018 LibraryReads Picks!

Great news! Macmillan has THREE books on the September 2018 LibraryReads list!

The #3 pick is LIES by T.M. Logan
A Library Journal Best Summer & Early Fall 2018 Debut pick! “In a tensely woven eight-day cat-and-mouse chase, Logan’s debut races readers through a fast-moving joyride of nerve-wracking suspense and intrigue that will challenge and surprise even the most devout enthusiasts of psychological thrillers.” —Library Journal

Available from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio on September 11.

The #5 pick is DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird
This historical novel tells the compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, disguised as a man. “Bird’s fast-paced, action-packed story is a bittersweet one—grand love and legacy ultimately eluded Williams—but this fearless, often heartbreaking account sheds a welcome light on an extraordinary American warrior.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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LJ Best Summer & Early Fall 2018 Debuts

Library Journal‘s latest group of debut picks from Summer & Fall 2018 is actually two lists in one: “Books To Get” (books that LJ reviewers have found strong, insightful, and sure to start everyone talking) and “Books To Anticipate” (forthcoming titles that LJ sees buzz about). We say, BUY ‘EM ALL!
BOOKS TO GET

TREEBORNE by Caleb Johnson
Interviewed about three generations of family in fading Elberta, AL, Janie Treeborne starts by recalling her grandfather’s work on a now-crumbling dam expected to burst and flood their 700-acre homestead. “So vivid and real that readers won’t want [the] stories to end.” (TREEBORNE has three starred reviews)

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
Young wife and mother Daphne, whose Turkish husband is being barred from the country, flees San Francisco with toddler Honey. But living in high-desert Altavista only intensifies her dismay. “There’s so much to love about this novel.”

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
Completed after having won the Graywolf SLS Prize for the best novel excerpt from an emerging writer, this title lampoons workaholism and apocalyptic sagas equally as Candace Chen, on contract, still obsessively posts pictures of a New York City emptied by Then Shen Fever. “A smart, searing exposé.” readmoreremove

Stars for SADIE!

We’re so excited that Courtney Summers’ gripping YA thriller, SADIE, has received four starred reviews!

“Summers’ novel is filled with her trademark biting commentary on sexual assault and the mistreatment of girls and women at the hands of predatory men . . . her hunt for Mattie’s killer is captivating, and Summers excels at slowly unspooling both Sadie’s and West’s investigations at a measured, tantalizing pace.” —Booklist, starred review

A riveting tour de force . . . Sadie is smart, observant, tough, and at times heartbreakingly vulnerable, her interactions mediated by a profound stutter.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It’s impossible to not be drawn into this haunting thriller of a book. A heartrending must-have.”School Library Journal, starred review

” . . . a taut, suspenseful book about abuse and power that feels personal, as if Summers, like May Beth and West, can’t take one more dead or abused girl. Readers may well feel similarly.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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BookExpo & Day of Dialog 2018 – That’s a Wrap!

Last week we enjoyed seeing many of you at Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog events and at BookExpo (helloooo!). For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

At Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Laura van den Berg (THE THIRD HOTEL) dazzled on a Literary Fiction author panel, and M.C. Beaton charmed on a Mystery/Thriller author panel, promoting her newest Agatha Raisin mystery, THE DEAD RINGER.

Celadon Books co-founders Jamie Raab & Deb Futter presented their inaugural Winter 2019 list as part of an Editor’s Buzz Panel:

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite | 9781250311481 | Out 3/5/19
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | 9781250301963 | Out 4/2/19

Later that afternoon, Minotaur Books Senior Editor Catherine Richards presented her favorites as part of an Mystery Editor’s Picks Panel:

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery | 9781250184528 | Out 1/8/19
THE BURNING CHAMBERS by Kate Mosse | 9781250202161 | Out 5/7/19
WONDERLAND by Zoje Stage | 9781250206893 | Out 12/25/19

Click here to download the snazzy handout of both Editor’s Buzz Panel titles.

Meanwhile over at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD) charmed on a “Strange Fascinations in YA” panel, and our own Emily Day presented her favorite forthcoming titles during a Publisher’s Pitch (we’re seeing Paris as a theme here…):

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | Out 2/5/19 | YA Historical Fantasy | Ages 12 And Up
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | Out 4/30/19 | YA Romance / LGBT | Ages 12 And Up
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | Out 1/8/19 | YA Contemporary Romance | Ages 14 to 18
THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | Out 2/26/19 | YA Contemporary Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | Out 1/15/19 | YA Epic Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18

Click here to download Emily’s SLJ Day of Dialog Publisher Pitch handout.

Plus, your colleagues were tweeting fast and furiously via the hashtags #ljdod18 and #sljdod18.

At BookExpo, Talia thrilled a crowd of 200+ librarians on the Downtown Stage with these forthcoming titles:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | October 2, 2018 | 9781250137715
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett | September 18, 2018 | 9781250185914
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders | October 30, 2018 | 9781250163264
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal by Ben Sasse | October 16, 2018 | 9781250193681
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird | September 4, 2018 | 9781250193162
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler | October 16, 2018 | 9781250095473
THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco | November 6, 2018 | 9780374123697
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter | October 9, 2018 | 9781250121974
BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton | October 2, 2018 | 9781250157690
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble | October 16, 2018 | 9780765398710
BUTTON MAN by Andrew Gross | September 18, 2018 | 9781250179982
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes | October 30, 2018 | 9781250170811
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage | July 17, 2018 | 9781250170750
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | August 21, 2018 | 9781250191984
LIES by T.M. Logan | September 11, 2018 | 9781250182265
TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346

Download the BookExpo 2018 Book Buzz handout here.

And at the LibraryReads Librarian author lunch, Suketu Mehta talked about his own experiences and research for his new book, THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: An Impassioned Argument About Immigrations and Its Discontents (Spring 2019): “Fear of migrants is doing incalculably more damage than the migrants themselves ever could. All evidence shows that immigrants enrich the countries that they move to.”

Last but not least, here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Library Journal‘s “Shout n’ Share” panel:

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Library Journal Debut Spotlight – L. Penelope

L. Penelope, author of SONG OF BLOOD & STONE (available now from St. Martin’s Press), was interviewed in last month’s issue of Library Journal.

In the interview, Penelope discussed her writing process…

“I’m a plotter, but my road map is very loose and allows for plenty of detours along the way.”

…her favorite books from when she was a child…

“Growing up I read widely. My favorites ranged from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s THE SECRET GARDEN and A LITTLE PRINCESS to Virginia Hamilton’s ‘Justice Trilogy.'”

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