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December 2018 Bestsellers and Recent Releases

Here’s our updated Edelweiss collection of this month’s bestsellers and recently released titles, perfect for collection development! Here are some of the top titles for December 2018:

Bestsellers
THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald 
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah 
KILLING THE SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly 
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
THE MAMBA MENTALITY: How I Play by Kobe Bryant 
MILKMAN by Anna Burns 
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty 
OF BLOOD AND BONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts 

Recent Releases
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH: Essays by Jonathan Franzen 
HEARTS OF THE MISSING: A Mystery by Carol Potenza 
RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky 

It’s #PubDay! (11/27/18)

A LibraryReads Hall of Famer, the sitting Senator of Vermont, and the former editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media…welcome to this week’s #PubDay celebration!

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
Two starred reviews! 
LibraryReads Hall of Fame Author 
December 2018 Indie Next Pick 
Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 

The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. “Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and the hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”Library Journal, starred review

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: Two Years in the Resistance by Bernie Sanders 
Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was a beginning, not an end. In his new book, America’s most popular political figure speaks about what he’s been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation. “Despite a diary-like structure, this book is political, not personal; just like Sanders’s presidential bid, it’s not about his experience but about the movement he wants to represent.”Publishers Weekly

BREAKING NEWS: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger 
An urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, written by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time. “A must for anyone concerned with the state of journalism.Library Journal

Kirkus Best Books of 2018–Fiction

Kirkus released the first round of their year-end best-of lists, starting with their best fiction titles of 2018!

Mystery/Thriller

EIGHTEEN BELOW: A Fabian Risk Novel by Stefan Ahnhem
NEWCOMER: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino; Translated by Giles Murray
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

Science Fiction and Fantasy

STATE TECTONICS: The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older
DARK STATE: A Novel of the Merchant Princes Multiverse by Charles Stross

Lit Fic

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Book Club Picks

BROTHER by David Chariandy
THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson

Debut

A LUCKY MAN by Jamel Brinkley
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

Short Fiction

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
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Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

For the next annual round-up for 2018, we’re happy to share Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

Top 20

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Memoir/Biography

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Comics/Graphic Novels

WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
WHAT TO DO WHEN I’M GONE: A Mother’s Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins, Illustrated by Hallie Bateman
MY SOLO EXCHANGE DIARY: Vol. 1 by Nagata Kabi

Humor/Entertainment

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty

Literature/Fiction

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
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Sneak Peek: December 2018 Indie Next List

The December 2018 Indie Next List includes six Macmillan titles! 

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler 

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.”     Publishers Weekly, starred review

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
LibraryReads Hall of Fame Author

“Few mystery writers intertwine the personal lives of their characters with the crimes being investigated more skillfully than Penny does, and she is at her best here, as several key players face turning points in their lives, suggesting that if the past can strangle the present, it can also help clear the way for the future.”Booklist, starred review

“Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Starred Review Roundup (10/29/18)

Save a spot on your shelves for these forthcoming titles with multiple starred reviews:

IN EXTREMIS: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
by Lindsey Hilsum

2019 Carnegie Medals Longlister

FOUR starred reviews!

“This intense biography is highly recommended for everyone, including journalism junkies, history buffs, and casual readers.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A rip-roaring life rendered extremely well.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is riveting personal and professional history, told with skill and sincerity…Hilsum has created something truly worthy of her subject, a biography that reads like high adventure, a masterwork that will draw well-deserved attention to a heroic witness.”     — Booklist, starred review

“This unputdownable account will inspire future journalists, especially women, and should find wide audiences among those interested in global crises and international affairs.”— Library Journal, starred review

THE BEST BAD THINGS
by Katrina Carrasco

Two starred reviews and a November 2018 Library Reads pick! 1887—Former Pinkerton Women’s Bureau agent Alma Rosales is tasked with searching for stolen opium in Washington Territory and uncovering a thief while going undercover as a man. “Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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THE BEST BAD THINGS + NEWCOMER = November LibraryReads Picks! Penny + Moriarty = Hall of Famers!

OH HAPPY DAY! Katrina Carrasco’s THE BEST BAD THINGS and Keigo Higashino’s NEWCOMER are November 2018 LibraryReads picks

THE BEST BAD THINGS

“Stellar… Carrasco succeeds in coupling a feminist historical that maintains period plausibility with an exploratory queer narrative rarely seen in the crime genre. Even readers uninterested in Alma’s identity journey will be impressed by her intelligence and social acumen, and drawn by the constantly shifting politics and well-timed reveals of the plot. Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

NEWCOMER

“Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

And in other news that makes us #squee, Louise Penny’s KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and Liane Moriarty’s NINE PERFECT STRANGERS are LibraryReads Hall of Famers

 

The BIG Book Club Resource Guide

Ready to rev up your library’s book club? Great! We’ve got a TON of resources to help:

Reading Group Gold is the destination for reading group news, sweepstakes and giveaways, early copies of upcoming books, and reading guides for select titles from Macmillan. You can also sign up for their newsletter.

Our “One Book, One City” community reading recommendations are a good source for discussable fiction AND nonfiction titles. View the current catalog here (backlist: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014).

Our NEA Big Read Picks (2016) and Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs are solid choices:

Summer 2018
Winter 2017-2018
Summer 2017
Winter 2016-2017

We also recommend discussable titles during Booklist book club webinars and at other book buzzes. Don’t forget you can download these presentations to give in your own library!

BooklistSummer Book Club Bash” Webinar Titles
BooklistBest Bets for Book Clubs” Webinar Titles
BooklistBook Clubs Abuzz” Webinar Titles
Ocean County Library (NJ) Book Club Buzz Titles

Invite an author to your library! These authors are willing to Skype in to book club meetings if they can’t attend in person.

Download a sortable spreadsheet (with ISBNs!!) of adult titles with reading group guides.

Our personal favorites include these timely titles on immigration, social justice, race relations, and feminism by Carol Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson, Diane Guerrero, Anthony Ray Hinton, and more.
And Seanan McGuire‘s Alex-Award winning Wayward Children series is highly discussable!

Top Macmillan Book Club titles (according to Bookscan rankings):

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (the Southern Reach trilogy)
A LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah
All titles by Kristin Hannah, especially THE NIGHTINGALE, THE GREAT ALONE, and WINTER GARDEN
SALVAGE THE BONES & MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
THE SPIRIT CATCHES YOU AND YOU FALL DOWN by Anne Fadiman
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny (Armand Gamache series)
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
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Postcards from Three Pines

“In the lead-up to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND coming out November 27th, I’ve looked back on the previous books with some amazement. For thirteen years we’ve been visiting the little Quebec village together. I went back over my notes, and it got me thinking that you might like to know how it all happened. So, we’re starting a new feature. Postcards from Three Pines. Every week one will be sent out digitally, describing my thinking and feelings as I wrote each book.” — Louise Penny

In a countdown to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, Minotaur Books will reveal a postcard from Louise Penny each week on GamacheSeries.com, offering a glimpse into the creation of each book in the Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series!

Now Open: Postcard from STILL LIFE
September 4: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
September 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
September 18: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
September 25: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
October 2: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
October 9: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
October 16: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
October 23: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
October 30: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
November 6: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
November 13: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING
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For Your Consideration: November 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite titles for the November 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Votes are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
A Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2018! From #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Liane Moriarty comes a new novel which asks the question: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out. “…a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Nine Perfect Strangers.”*

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny
Also available in audio
In the new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Louise Penny, mystery abounds when Gamache is named one of three executors to the will of a Three Pines resident he never knew—a cleaning woman who called herself, “The Baroness.” “This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to–pain au chocolat ratio.” — Kirkus Reviews

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray
A Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! In international bestseller Keigo Higashino’s new crime novel, newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga (from LibraryReads pick, MALICE) is assigned to a baffling murder in which the number of suspects keeps multiplying. “Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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