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Chicago Public Library’s 2019 Best of the Best

A team of Chicago Public Librarians have picked their best books of 2019, and 13 Macmillan titles are on the list!

For Adults

ELDERHOOD: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner
THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
LANNY by Max Porter

For Teens

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

Happy #PubDay (11/05/19)

Prophecies gone awry, a dark ode to womanhood, and a world of music & unexpected fame–all in today’s #PubDay celebration.

FATE OF THE FALLEN by Kel Kade

“Kade’s exciting disregard for convention makes for a world where everything is possible and no one is safe. This is a series to watch.”–Publishers Weekly

THE WORST KIND OF WANT by Liska Jacobs

“Jacobs’s haunting portrait of one woman’s transformative and, ultimately, tragic summer will linger with readers.”–Publishers Weekly

VERNON SUBUTEX 1 by Virginie Despentes

“This is a rollicking, brilliant send-up of masculinity, politics, and rock ’n’ roll.”–Publishers Weekly

THE UNPASSING is a Booklist Top 10 Debut!

Booklist released their picks for the Top 10 First Novels of 2019, and Chia-Chia Lin’s searing debut THE UNPASSING made the list!

THE UNPASSING

A Library Journal Best Debut!

With flowing prose that evokes the terrifying beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, Lin explores the fallout after the loss of a child and the way in which a family is forced to grieve in a place that doesn’t yet feel like home. Emotionally raw and subtly suspenseful, THE UNPASSING is a deeply felt family saga that dismisses the American dream for a harsher, but ultimately more profound, reality.

“Lin’s majestic writing immerses the reader in the bodily experience of her characters, who writhe, paw, dig, salivate, and draw readers into their world.”–Booklist, starred review

Forthcoming #FridayReads: BEHELD

For this #FridayReads, we travel to colonial Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the town’s first murder is shaking the fledging colony to its core, in TaraShea Nesbit’s BEHELD.

It begins with a killing. Ten years after the Mayflower struck shore on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, the town is led by fervent Puritans who prevent the Anglican residents from worshiping as they choose. The Billingtons—Anglicans, outsiders, and rebels—have just about had enough, and that’s when a stranger arrives.

Suspenseful and literary, BEHELD is about a murder and a trial, but it’s also about the motivations—personal and political—that cause people to act in unsavory ways. Whose stories get told over time, who gets believed—and, subsequently, who gets punished? BEHELD is an intimate, personal portrait of love, motherhood, and friendship, and an exploration of what people lose and what they struggle to maintain.

Download an e-galley of BEHELD from Edelweiss here.

New E-Galleys for October 2019

Hello e-galley readers! Check out some of the exciting e-galleys that were added to Edelweiss this month for your downloading pleasure:

GONE BY MIDNIGHT by Candice Fox

Crimson Lake is where people with dark pasts come to disappear—and where others vanish into thin air.

A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE by Darynda Jones

Police chief Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a killer on the loose.

HID FROM OUR EYES: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming

New York Times bestseller Julia Spencer-Fleming returns to her beloved Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery series with new crimes that span decades.

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Library Journal Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Best Debuts

Discover new authors with Library Journal‘s Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Best Debuts round-up!

SF/Fantasy

ORMESHADOW by Priya Sharma
Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.

Literary Gems

WHAT IS MISSING by Michael Frank
Suspenseful and gripping, award-winning author Michael Frank’s debut novel is a psychological family drama about a father, a son, and the woman they both love.

Books to Anticipate

SALTWATER by Jessica Andrews
This “luminous” (The Observer) feminist coming-of-age novel captures in sensuous, blistering prose the richness and imperfection of the bond between a daughter and her mother.

THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS by Jennifer Rosner
In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives.

SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin
A haunting portrait of grief, obsession, and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know one another.

Most Downloaded E-Galleys on Edelweiss

Pile on to that virtual TBR with one of our most downloaded Edelweiss e-galleys!
A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler

From the author of A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN and Z comes a stunning page-turner about two very different families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood–and the summer that changes their lives forever.

THE GIRL WHO READS ON THE METRO by Christine Féret-Fleury

A modern fairy tale about a French woman whose life is turned upside down when she meets a reclusive bookseller and his young daughter.

HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Kerrigan Byrne

The first book in a new and stunning historical romance series by the USA Today bestselling author of the Victorian Rebels series.

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A Meteor Shower of Stars for Macmillan!

These forthcoming titles all received multiple starred reviews!

Fiction

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

“With an aura of both enchantment and authenticity, Bardugo’s compulsively readable novel leaves a portal ajar for equally dazzling sequels.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This atmospheric contemporary novel steeped in the spirit of a mystical New Haven is part mystery, part story of a young woman finding purpose in a dark world, and is the first in a potential series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Adults are just as enamored of Bardugo’s YA novels as teens are, and many have been anxiously and curiously awaiting this one.”–Booklist, starred review

MACHINE by Susan Steinberg

“Teenagers spend a hazy summer at the shore. One girl comes to terms with both her emerging independence and the mysterious death of a girl just like her… Heartbreaking, eerie, and acutely observant.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“What makes this tale so thrilling is Steinberg’s artistry with form; she fractures narrative into its fundamental parts. Steinberg writes prose with a poet’s sense of meter and line, and a velocity recalling the novels of Joan Didion. The result is a dizzying work that perfectly evokes the feeling of spinning out of control.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Celebrate Pride Month!

June is Pride Month, and we’re celebrating with these new and forthcoming LGBTQ titles!

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives by Walt Odets
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
NATURALLY TAN: A Memoir by Tan France
THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco
WILD IS THE WIND: Poems by Carl Phillips
A WHISPER OF BONES: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
FIND ME by André Aciman
SALT SLOW by Julia Armfield
GODS WITH A LITTLE G by Tupelo Hassman
WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER: A History by Hugh Ryan

#PubDay (4/9/19)

Today’s #pubday celebration features an Indie Next Pick, a beach read, a coming-of-age, and a sci fi adventure!

TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi

An April Indie Next Pick!
The New York Times interviews author Susan Choi
Three starred reviews!

“Fiercely intelligent, impeccably written, and observed with searing insight, this novel is destined to be a classic.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[T]he writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi’s latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“‘That whole thing about fiction not being the truth is a lie,’ one character admonishes another in Choi’s fifth, and finest, novel…. Literary deception rarely reads this well.”–Booklist, starred review

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