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NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge & More “Best of 2016” Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live! Nearly 40 Macmillan titles are included in the various 2016 recommendation lists:

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay (Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders (It’s All Geek to Me, Love Stories, Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

AMERICAN CAKE by Anne Byrn (Cookbooks & Food, For History Lovers)

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Love Stories, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Short, Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Dark Side)

THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

BULLIES: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price (Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, The Dark Side)

CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Garcia-Moreno (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein (Book Club Ideas, Poetry & Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Seriously Great Writing)

CONSEQUENCE: A Memoir by Eric Fair (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World)

EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau (For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller (Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Tales From Around the World)

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers)

THE GREATEST OF MARLYS by Lynda Barry (Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing)

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Family Matters, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex)

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction)

LACUNAE: 100 Imagined Ancient Love Poems by Daniel Nadler (Poetry & Short Stories)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (Biography & Memoir, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

LOOK: Poems by Solmaz Sharif (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories, Seriously Great Writing)

THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

MOONCOP by Tom Gauld (Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, The Dark Side)

NECESSITY by Jo Walton (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (Staff Picks, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden (Book Club Ideas, Comics & Graphic Novels, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Tales From Around the World)

SELECTED POEMS, 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE SELFISHNESS OF OTHERS: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Rather Short)

THE SPEED OF SOUND: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir by Thomas Dolby (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long)

STANDING WATER: Poems by Eleanor Chai (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction)

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THE YID by Paul Goldberg (Historical Fiction, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

Plus, more major media are weighing in with their “Best of 2016” picks:

Over at Slate, Laura Miller’s “10 Favorite Books of 2016” include Susan Faludi’s IN THE DARKROOM while Mark O’Connell’s include FUTURE SEX by Emily Witt, GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter, THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing, and LOOK by Solmaz Sharif; meanwhile, ROLLING BLACKOUTS by Sarah Glidden and ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart are some of Slate‘s “10 Favorite Comics of 2016.”

Esquire picked LUST AND WONDER by Augusten Burroughs, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter as three of their “25 Best Books of 2016.”

New York Magazine chose IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME by Amie Barrodale as three of their “10 Best Books of 2016.

Time‘s “Top 10 Novels of 2016” include HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer and ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.

The Boston Globe‘s “Best Books of 2016” list includes 14 Macmillan titles:
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell
OUR YOUNG MAN by Edmund White
THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
I’M FASCINATED BY SACRIFICE FLIES: Inside the Game We All Love by Tim Kurkjian
THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2016” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

2016 Summer Reading Roundup

Major media declared these 27 Macmillan books Summer 2016 must-reads:
Fiction

TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Entertainment Weekly, St. Louis Post Dispatch)
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary (People Magazine)
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (O Magazine)
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell (Buzzfeed)
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Wall Street Journal)
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips (O Magazine)
A WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER by Yvonne Georgina Puig (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Thrillers & Horror

THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry (New York Times Book Review)
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (New York Times Book Review)

Nonfiction & Memoir

IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (O Magazine, People Magazine)
THE AUCTIONEER: Adventures in the Art Trade by Simon de Pury (“Good Morning America”)
THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
LAST NIGHT, A SUPERHERO SAVED MY LIFE: Neil Gaiman!! Jodi Picoult!! Brad Meltzer!!…and an All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusaders That Changed Their Lives by Liesa Mignogna (“Good Morning America”)
NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971-The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (O Magazine)
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden (O Magazine)

Travel & Nature

BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster (New York Times, Wall Street Journal)
Read the New York Times interview with Charles Foster on his research for BEING A BEAST!
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams (O Magazine)
FOLLOWING FISH: One Man’s Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast by Samanth Subramanian (New York Times Book Review)
HOW TO TALK ABOUT PLACES YOU’VE NEVER BEEN: On the Importance of Armchair Travel by Pierre Bayard (New York Times Book Review)
PUTIN COUNTRY by Anne Garrels (New York Times Book Review)
UNDER THE STARS: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White (O Magazine)
WORLDS ELSEWHERE: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson (New York Times Book Review)

Sports

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller (New York Times Book Review)

Comics

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Wall Street Journal)
MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible by Chester Brown (New York Times Book Review)

YA

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (New York Times Book Review)

A FURIOUSLY HAPPY BookBday!

Today we send Texas-sized #BookBday wishes to Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson and FURIOUSLY HAPPY!

It’s a September 2015 LibraryReads pick, an October 2015 Indie Next pick, an ALA 2015 “Read ‘n Rave” pick, and a BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection…and that was all the stuff before the book went on sale. The media is crazy for Jenny’s book like Rory is crazy about being on the cover:

“In her second memoir, bestseller Lawson embraces the odd, writing in hilarious, poignant detail about her lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression.” People Magazine, a Best Books of Fall pick

The Bloggess proves again to be a Texas treasure. For every tough moment there are three (or five or eight) times you will laugh, or if you’re a big old grump, smile, and wish the Lawsons would move in next to you.” — The Houston Chronicle

“Lawson can be rather direct and, like many weapons-grade humorists, the more raw she is, the funnier she gets.” — Austin American Statesmen

A Kirkus Reviews 10 Funny and Fast Reads pick (“Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter.”)

The Washington Post Q&A: “Jenny Lawson on FURIOUSLY HAPPY and when it is okay to call her ‘crazy.’”

Bustle: “5 Ways To Be As Furiously Happy As Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess”

Much more to come, including NPR’s “Here and Now,” Elle, Health, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Texas Monthly, to name a few.

Did we mention you’re invited to Jenny’s virtual book party happening tonight at 7pm EST? You should come. It’s gonna be a blast!

Furiously Happy Book Party Invite

Friday Reads: Literary Standouts

TGIF! This weekend we recommend you soak up the sun while enjoying one of these recent literary standouts on shelves now:

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
“[Lucia Berlin] may just be the best writer you’ve never heard of…” (Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review) and her short story collection has received THREE starred reviews, is a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, an O Magazine “Books to Curl Up With This Fall” pick, and has landed on “best of August” lists from BookRiot, Esquire, Flavorwire, Vulture, and more.

“Berlin’s stories are full of second chances. Now readers have another chance to confront them: bites of life, chewed up and spat out like a wad of tobacco, bitter and rich.” New York Times Book Review

“[Berlin’s stories are written] in sentences so bright and fierce and full of wild color that you’ll want to turn each one over just to see how she does it. And then go back and read them all again.” — Entertainment Weekly, A

LANDFALLS by Naomi J. Williams
Williams’ debut novel about the historic 1785 Laperouse expedition of 200 men who famously tried to circumnavigate the globe for France has two starred reviews and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

“LANDFALLS is intelligent and utterly human. Ms. Williams has written a seductive page-turner that, although we know the story ends tragically, draws the reader in and doesn’t let go.” — Wall Street Journal

“Downright dazzling… Williams has delivered a bona fide masterpiece.”
Seattle Times

A beautiful tale of adventure, anchored in tragedy.” Vanity Fair readmoreremove

Friday Reads: PURITY

Excitement is high and buzz is building for our #FridayReads pick, PURITY by Jonathan Franzen.

His conversation with Laura Miller at BEA was covered by Vulture, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Associated Press, and USA Today.

PURITY is one of Publishers Weekly‘s top ten literary fiction selections for Fall 2015 and has THREE starred reviews:

Franzen has created a spectacularly engrossing and provocative twenty-first-century improvisation on Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, Great Expectations. PURITY will be one of the most talked about books of the season, and a national marketing campaign will fuel the buzz.” Booklist, starred review

Provocative… a book rich with characters searching for roots and meaning in a world of secrets and lies. National Book Award winner Franzen, who often decries the state of our increasingly materialistic, high-tech society via his essays and novels, this time proffers a more hopeful, sympathetic worldview. Demand will be high.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Here, [Franzen is] admirably determined to think big and write well about our darkest emotional corners. An expansive, brainy, yet inviting novel that leaves few foibles unexplored.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

It’s THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE For Me!

Ok, not really, but it is for James Rebanks. A shepherd living and working in the Lake District of Northern England, Rebanks impulsively started a Twitter account (@herdyshepherd1) and shared his ancient way of life, becoming a 21st century James Herriot.

Now his first book, THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, is out and the critics are flocking to it (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!):

Captivating… A book about continuity and roots and a sense of belonging in an age that’s increasingly about mobility and self-invention. Hugely compelling.”
— Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“I never imagined I’d be absorbed by a book about sheep. But James Rebanks’s unsentimental, sharply detailed memoir about his life as a shepherd in England’s Lake District gripped me from the first page.” — The Wall Street Journal

It is a gorgeous book, unsentimental but exultant, vivid and profound, and a fierce defense of small-scale farming against the twin threats of agribusiness and tourism.” National Geographic

“As moving, truthful and at times poetic as anything you’re likely to read… THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE is satisfying on every level.” — The Seattle Times

“It’s bloody marvelous.” — Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

Plus features and interviews with Rebanks in The New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, and NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” with much more to come!

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Fabulous FIND ME!

The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:

Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” The New York Times Book Review

“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)

“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” The Guardian

“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” The Boston Globe

“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.”Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”

“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed

Interviews with Laura van den Berg on NPR Weekend Edition and Salon.

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Thriller Thursday Bonus: THE WHITES

The secret about THE WHITES‘ Harry Brandt is out—he’s Richard Price, aka the most incredible writer of realistic NYC-based cop novels. And it’s no secret that THE WHITES is freakin’ AMAZING!

It’s a USA Today “New & Noteworthy” pick, a Publishers Weekly Book of the Week (2/16/15), and one of Kirkus Reviews‘ New Books You Shouldn’t Miss. The New York Times is in love with THE WHITES, and rave reviews continue to roll in:

“No one has a better ear for street language than he (er, Richard Price) does, and no one these days writes with more kinetic energy or more hard-boiled verve. His high-impact prose is the perfect tool for excavating the grisly horrors of urban life…a gripping police procedural and an affecting study in character and fate.” — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

This book literally interrupted my professional and personal life. Once in, I had to stay in and stick with it to the end… This book [is] as unstoppable as a train coming through a tunnel…” — New York Times Book Review, cover review by Michael Connelly

“I believe that Price’s talent has lifted him beyond genre and made him simply one of the finest American novelists, period.” Washington Post

A maze of a novel that alternates between scenes of intense introspection and scenes driven by dialogue… It is not, finally, a novel of clearly delineated solutions but a novel of conscience, fraught with ambivalence and ambiguity.” The New Yorker, lead review by Joyce Carol Oates

Check out feature interviews: NPR’s “Fresh Air,” The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Grantland, and Interview.com.

Additional praise for THE WHITES:

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Happy Belated #BookBday to WOLF IN WHITE VAN

Today we’d like to wish a belated #BookBday to WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle, who also happens to be the front man of the indie band The Mountain Goats.

In this literary debut, teenager Sean Phillips is isolated by a horrific injury that left him disfigured. He seeks solace in creating new worlds and his latest creation, “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—lands two other teenagers in trouble. In an attempt to fix things, Sean is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

It’s an October 2014 Indie Next selection, was named one of “Three Big Novels of the Month” by GQ Magazine (September issue), and Darnielle was interviewed by the New York Times Book Review, and NPR’s “Weekend Edition” AND “Fresh Air.” Plus, there are all those glowing reviews:

“WOLF is about the way storytelling can deliver you, though not always save you, from the blistering, profound pain of adolescence–or just existence. In Darnielle’s novel, as in his songs, the monstrously true and unbelievably beautiful press up against one another. Together, they begin to dance.”NPR

“WOLF IN WHITE VAN explains its whole premise in the first few pages—and then spends the rest of the book retelling it again and again, moving the reader toward one particular moment, one particular scene, that changed protagonist Sean Phillips’ life. The result is a journey of always knowing and always discovering—a tricky proposition for any writer, an incredible feat for a debut novelist.” The AV Club, “A” review

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#BookBday Bonus: THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

We've got another special Book Birthday this week: THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert, which started as a two-part series in the New Yorker.

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. The cause? Humans! (GULP.)

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION has FOUR outstanding starred pre-publication reviews and major media coverage is starting off with a Big Bang:
     * A front page rave New York Times Book Review from former Vice President Al Gore 
     * A New York Times daily review by Michiko Kakutani
     * Appearances on CBS "This Morning" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
     * Interviews on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air"
     * Reviews to come in Scientific American Magazine, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many more

Praise for THE SIXTH EXTINCTION:

“'People change the world,' Kolbert writes, and she vividly presents the science and history of the current crisis. Her extensive travels in researching this book, and her insightful treatment of both the history and the science all combine to make THE SIXTH EXTINCTION an invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances, just as the paradigm shift she calls for is sorely needed.”
New York Times Book Review by Al Gore

“New Yorker staff writer Kolbert accomplishes an amazing feat in her latest book, which superbly blends the depressing facts...with stellar writing to produce a text that is accessible, witty, scientifically accurate, and impossible to put down.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Rendered with rare, resolute, and resounding clarity, Kolbert’s compelling and enlightening report forthrightly addresses the most significant topic of our lives.”
Booklist, starred review

“A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This solid, engaging, multidisciplinary science title should appeal to a broad range of science enthusiasts, particularly those interested in environmental conservation.”
Library Journal, starred review
(also featured in Neal Wyatt's RA Crossroads review)

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