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Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines

GamacheSeries“In the bedroom Clara picked up the well-worn book beside Jane’s bed, C.S. Lewis’s, Surprised by Joy. It smelled of Floris.” — from STILL LIFE

Readers of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series know that art and culture play a big a role in her satisfying mysteries. Minotaur Books invites you to explore creative works of cultural significance from the world of Three Pines in a countdown to the August 29th release of the new book, GLASS HOUSES.

Beginning this week and continuing every two weeks, GamacheSeries.com will reveal a new cultural reference drawn from each book in the series, complete with photos and an open discussion forum. You’re always welcome to join any current or past discussion of any of the works.

Cultural Inspirations from Three Pines discussion schedule:

Now Open: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis from STILL LIFE
March 28: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
April 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
April 25: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
May 9: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
May 23: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
June 6: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
June 20: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
July 4: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
July 18: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
August 1: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
August 15: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING

You can also read about recipes inspired by Three Pines, the real places of Three Pines, and more here. Happy discussing, and vive Gamache!
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2017 Audie Awards Finalists

2017audiesHave you heard the great news? Macmillan Audio has 10 finalists in the 2017 Audie Awards!
BOYS IN THE TREES written/read by Carly Simon is a finalist for Audiobook of the Year!
THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost, read by a full cast, and A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham, read by Lili Taylor and Billy Hough, are are both finalists for Excellence in Production!

Business/Personal Development
THE STORYTELLER’S SECRET written/read by Carmine Gallo

Fantasy
THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson, read by Michael Kramer

Humor
I’M JUDGING YOU written/read by Luvvie Ajayi

Inspirational Faith-Based Fiction
THE CHRISTMAS TOWN written/read by Donna VanLiere

Multi-Voiced Performance
A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham, read by Lili Taylor and Billy Hough

Mystery
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Nonfiction
ADNAN’S STORY written/read by Rabia Chaudry

Romance
DIRTY by Kylie Scott, read by Andi Arndt

Young Adult
WINTER by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in New York City on June 1. See the full list of nominees here.

Stars for 4 3 2 1

4 3 2 1 is Paul Auster’s first novel in seven years and it is huge—literally! This bildungsroman follows Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born March 3, 1947 in Newark, NJ as his life splits into four different simultaneous parallel lives.

4 3 2 1 is one of Kirkus Reviews‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 and has three starred reviews:

“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

“Auster has been turning readers’ heads for three decades, bending the conventions of storytelling, blurring the line between fiction and autobiography, infusing novels with literary and cinematic allusions, and calling attention to the art of storytelling itself, not with cool, intellectual remove, but rather with wonder, gratitude, daring, and sly humor. He now presents his most capacious, demanding, eventful, suspenseful, erotic, structurally audacious, funny, and soulful novel to date. A paean to youth, desire, books, creativity, and unpredictability, it is a four-faceted bildungsroman and an Ars Poetica, in which Auster elucidates his devotion to literature and art. …[A] virtuoso, magnanimous, and ravishing opus.”
Booklist, starred & spotlight review

“Fusing the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics with the bildungsroman literary genre, Auster illuminates how the discrete moments in one’s life form the plot points of a sprawling narrative, rife with possibility.”
Library Journal, starred review

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Raise My Roof Podcast

We’ve told you about Cara Brookins‘s inspiring memoir, RISE: How a House Built a Family, in which she escaped an abusive marriage by building a house from the foundation up using only YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, and her four children as a work crew.

Now home-improvement meets self-improvement in the Raise My Roof podcast, hosted by Cara Brookins!

Cara talks to experts, authors, activists, and her kids about inspiration, happiness, resilience, trauma, purpose, entrepreneurship, success, and more.

Listen to episode 1 on iTunes, and subscribe if you like what you hear.

Praise for RISE: How a House Built a Family:

“In this honest, tough memoir, Brookins documents how building a home for herself and her four children created a pathway out of domestic abuse and into a new life. Brookins deftly narrates the extreme learning curve the family experienced during the construction process, while putting a family back together again.”
Publishers Weekly

“Brookins’ rousing memoir beautifully illustrates how one family can look apprehension dead in the eye and scoff at it. For readers looking for inspiration to accomplish a daunting task, they need look no further than Brookins’ highly engaging and encouraging book.” — Booklist

“…Brookins draws a compelling picture of overcoming adversity and battling against problems from the past that continued to threaten the new life they built. …An inspiring memoir of absolute determination.” — Kirkus Reviews
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Who Can You Trust (to Publish YOU)?

It’s St. Martin’s Press! They’re sponsoring the Who Can You Trust? writing contest to celebrate the upcoming publication of A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming.

The contest details are simple—write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook on life in some way. Five winners will receive $250 and their submissions will be published in the paperback and ebook versions of A DIVIDED SPY!

Full contest details can be found at ADividedSpy.com.

Praise for A DIVIDED SPY:

“Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.” — Booklist, starred review

“The prolific Cumming…writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming. ” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE DRY and BEHIND HER EYES are January 2017 LibraryReads Picks!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two mysteries on the December 2016/January 2017 LibraryReads list!

Coming in at #3 is THE DRY by Jane Harper

A Library Journal “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” pick with THREE starred reviews!

“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets. “A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review

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Available from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio on January 10.

 

The #4 pick is BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
Destined to be a blockbuster book in 2017, BEHIND HER EYES is a psychological thriller with a to-die-for twist for fans of Jessica Knoll’s LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE and Stephen King. “Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).” Booklist, starred review


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Listen & Yearn – LJ Audio Spotlight

According to Library Journal‘s recent audio spotlight, audiobooks are continuing their meteoric rise, increasing more than 20% in the last two consecutive years thanks to increasing awareness of the format and the popularity of digital downloads. The number of available titles expanded as well, so it’s no surprise that the tail end of 2016 and the first part of 2017 offer a dizzying array of options from new talent and established masters. Check out just a few of the gems coming soon from our friends at Macmillan Audio:

HISTORICAL MURDER AND MAYHEM

Listeners who enjoy nonfiction crime narratives set in the past will have plenty of new releases to keep them busy well into the new year. In Tom Clavin’s DODGE CITY: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West (Macmillan Audio, Feb.), two men who both lost lawmen brothers to violence team up against a rogue’s gallery of gunfighters and desperadoes to tame Dodge City and establish the rule of justice in “the wickedest place in the United States.”

WOMEN TO BE RECKONED WITH

Audiobook listeners won’t lack for inspiring, tough, or complicated women in central roles. Coretta Scott King’s MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY (Macmillan Audio, May) tells her story from her education at Antioch College and her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr., to her role at the center of the civil rights struggle, the founding of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, lobbying to establish the national holiday in honor of her husband, and serving as a United Nations ambassador. readmoreremove

James Herriot 100

herriot100This month was legendary veterinarian James Herriot’s centennial (he would have been 100 on October 3). His bestselling memoirs include ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL, THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL, and EVERY LIVING THING; and were adapted for TV—Christopher Timothy played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.

Our friends at Macmillan Audio are celebrating #Herriot100 with a new updated and revised teacher’s guide for ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. It’s Common Core compatible and includes audio-friendly questions and activities. Download your complimentary copy and make sure to visit Macmillan Audio’s 100 Years of James Herriot website to hear clips from James Herriot audiobooks.

“Christopher Timothy, who played James Herriot on the BBC version of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL, recreates a variety of rich Yorkshire accents impeccably… Each character has a distinct voice and personality… Masterfully narrated, this is a joy to listen to.” — AudioFile

“These eight stories, read by Jim Dale in the voice of Herriot, recount the illnesses, surprises, and puzzles surrounding the cows, pigs, cats and working sheep dogs found on many English farms… He also captures all the kindness of the beloved Herriot in this collection for animal lovers of all ages.” — AudioFile on JAMES HERRIOT’S TREASURY FOR CHILDREN

“James Herriot… is one of those rare men who know how to appreciate the ordinary… A natural storyteller.” — The New York Times

Maximum Shelf: TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP

maxshelf-tocaptureToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin.

In her second novel to be published in the U.S., TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP weaves together the story of the tower’s daring construction with the personal life of Eiffel’s right-hand man, Émile Nouguier, and the Scotswoman with whom he falls in love.

“Colin’s moody, atmospheric novel captures both the idealism and the frustration of trying to chase one’s dreams, trying to fashion a more compelling life or simply realize an artistic vision. For those who have visited Paris or enjoy traveling to the City of Light on the page, TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP provides a captivating glimpse into the origin story of a cherished Parisian icon.” — Shelf Awareness

Praise for TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP:

“Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Colin has a sure hand with the atmospheres of both cities and with the mores and dress of the period, and she manages to continually raise the stakes for her characters without ever resorting to melodrama. A novel of soaring ambitions, public and private.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Friday Reads: THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS

Happy Friday, friends! Our highly anticipated #FridayReads pick is THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost.

From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 years that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not only enrich the original series but prepares fans for the upcoming Showtime episodes.

There’s an awesome book trailer, plus our friends at Macmillan Audio recently revealed the all-star cast for the audiobook edition of THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS: original Twin Peaks cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Michael Horse, David Patrick Kelley, and Chris Mulkey join Amy Shiels, Robert Knepper, and James Morrison, who are appearing in Showtime’s new Twin Peaks—plus co-creator/author Mark Frost and additional featured actors Annie Wersching and Len Cariou. Wow!

Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, Vulture, and the 405 all jumped on the announcement. Of the audiobook, Frost says, “I am thrilled that both original cast members and new actors will be coming together on this project to bring this other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life.”

THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS won’t be available from Flatiron Books & Macmillan Audio until October 18, so we’ll just have to be content with our slice of cherry pie and cup of coffee until then.
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