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Sneak Peek: April 2017 Indie Next List

indie nextThe April 2017 Indie Next list includes four Macmillan titles!

THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
Two starred reviews! Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of FALLEN LAND. “Drawing comparisons to James Dickey’s DELIVERANCE and Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN, Brown’s impressive second novel is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, Southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes, all bound up in the mythical powers of the Altamaha River.” — Library Journal, starred review

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts with three starred reviews! An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review

MERCIES IN DISGUISE: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them by Gina Kolata
In this work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, New York Times science reporter Kolata follows a family through genetic illness and one courageous daughter who decides her fate shall no longer be decided by a genetic flaw. “Kolata delivers an inspiring chronicle of a remarkable family, medical advances, and redefining destiny.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Health & Science Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Health & Science reading lists of 2016*, including these five Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Health and Medicine 2016 (full list)

MORGUE: A Life in Death by Vincent J. M. DiMaio and Ron Franscell
Medical examiner DiMaio, along with journalist Franscell, provides a peek into the often wild world of forensic science, sharing many hair-raising cases.

ORDINARILY WELL: The Case for Antidepressants by Peter D. Kramer
Kramer mounts a comprehensive, spirited, and completely convincing defense of antidepressants, dispelling any doubts about their efficacy and life-changing capability.

Top 10 Science 2016 (full list)

THE MOST PERFECT THING: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg by Tim Birkhead
This fascinating study of the bird egg takes a look at the history of egg collecting and the science behind egg colors, among other quirky delights.

PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
Science journalist Shah calls on global leaders, public and corporate, to pay attention to an impending public-health emergency—the rise of new global infectious diseases.

THE POPE OF PHYSICS: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Gino Segrè and Hoerlin Bettina
By exploring Fermi’s personal life, the authors give readers glimpses into some of Fermi’s nonscientific attributes in addition to portraying his role in the development of nuclear weapons.

*Titles included were reviewed between December 1, 2015, and November 15, 2016.

Friday Reads: Patience & Anxiety

Patience and anxiety are a big part of our two #FridayReads picks, but (SPOILER ALERT) both end in happiness:

THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
A September 2016 Indie Next pick, a Fall 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and one of Buzzfeed’s “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall!” “So much more than a memoir about trying to conceive. In her reporting, researching, and sharing, Boggs has performed a public service for those in a similar position—and for anyone interested in the implications of parenthood or in a story well-told and deeply felt.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

AMERICA THE ANXIOUS: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks by Ruth Whippman
British journalist and documentary filmmaker Whippman embarks on an uproarious pilgrimage to explore America’s obsession with the pursuit of happiness. “A hilarious narrative full of barbed observations, personal anecdotes, and comical stories. … A delightfully witty, enjoyable read.” ― Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Her witty, insightful observations are supported by convincing data, as she pulls back the curtain to reveal the seedy side of the business of happiness. Recommended to readers interested in the psychology of happiness or anxiety and especially those looking for an alternative to the multitude of ‘how-to’ books on the subject.” — Library Journal

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Buzzfeed’s 21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall

Buzzfeed wants you to turn over a new (autumn) leaf with “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall,” including these three Macmillan titles:

THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
Anuk Arudpragasam’s immersive debut novel THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is set two and a half decades into the Sri Lankan civil war, where Dinesh, a Tamil refugee, is approached by an old man with a proposal that could change his life: If he marries the man’s daughter Ganga, they would both have a better shot at safety and a less violent future. A portrait of life touched by war and despair, THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is the tale of two strangers suddenly thrust into a strange new relationship.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
HERE I AM, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years, looks at one family in Washington, D.C., over the course of four weeks of crisis: As the Blochs’ marriage falls apart, so does the Middle East when a natural disaster has devastating consequences for Israel. HERE I AM explores religious identity, responsibility, faith, familial relationships, and what it means to be Jewish-American; an ambitious work. readmoreremove

B&N Fall 2016 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes two Macmillan titles!

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” Booklist, starred review

THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
A September 2016 Indie Next pick! “So much more than a memoir about trying to conceive. In her reporting, researching, and sharing, Boggs has performed a public service for those in a similar position—and for anyone interested in the implications of parenthood or in a story well-told and deeply felt.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

New in Medicine & Science

THE DEATH OF CANCER: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable—and How We Can Get There by Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., M.D., Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
THREE STARRED REVIEWS! “DeVita blends crisp writing and a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts clearly with deep knowledge, passion, and wit. The book is by turns entertaining and maddening but always fascinating. Highly recommended for all readers interested in cancer or medical research.”
Library Journal, starred review

THE END OF MEMORY: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s by Jay Ingram
“In this riveting tale of Alzheimer’s disease, Canadian science writer Ingram elegantly traces the history of the persistent and devastating ailment and the many medical researchers who have contributed to the public’s understanding of it. With crackerjack storytelling and fast-paced prose…Ingram’s first-rate medical writing makes this excellent history a must-read.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Starred FSG Nonfiction Roundup

Start your weekend right with multi-starred nonfiction from Farrar, Straus & Giroux!

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
“This probing, provocative collection by Pulitzer winner Robinson argues for the recovery of humanism as a response to the problems of our historical moment. Eloquent, persuasive, and rigorously clear, this collection reveals one of America’s finest minds working at peak form, capturing essential ideas with all ‘the authority beautiful language and beautiful thought can give them.’”
Publishers Weekly, starred review (a PW Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2015)

“These bravely and brilliantly argued, gorgeously composed, slyly witty, profoundly caring essays lead us into the richest dimensions of consciousness and conscience, theology and mystery, responsibility and reverence.”Booklist, starred review

THE WHITE ROAD by Edmund de Waal – THREE STARS!
An Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick!
“Artist de Waal, a potter by trade, blends art history and personal travelogue in this immersive hands-on study of porcelain and its commercial and artistic appeal over the centuries. The book transforms an otherwise esoteric subject into a truly remarkable story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A lyrical melding of art history, memoir, and philosophical meditation… In short passages of allusive, radiant prose, [de Waal] chronicles his journeys in search of both the materials and the history of porcelain, discovering along the way men as obsessed as he… De Waal’s poetically recounted journey is a revelation.”
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Happy #BookBday (9/8/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these new books on shelves now!

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz & “Shout ‘n Share” selection, an ALA Annual 2015 “Read ‘n Rave” selection, a September 2015 Indie Next pick AND a Barnes & Noble Fall 2015 Discover Great New Writers pick! “Tweedy, an African American psychiatrist at Duke University, expertly weaves together statistics, personal anecdotes, and patient stories to explain why ‘being black can be bad for your health.’ In all, a smart, thought-provoking, frontline look at race and medicine.” — Booklist, starred review

FEAR OF DYING by Erica Jong
The iconic, bestselling author delivers the sequel to her groundbreaking novel, FEAR OF FLYING. “Flashy, flip, and hilarious as well as smart and wise… Jong has created such an extraordinary direct and intimate narrative voice, one almost forgets that this bravura performance is a work of fiction. Jong is a beacon for several generations of readers, and her first novel in more than a decade will garner much excitement.”Booklist, starred review

THE PERFECT COMEBACK OF CAROLINE JACOBS by Matthew Dicks
When Caroline Jacobs decides to finally assert herself—by aiming a four-letter word at the PTO president—she realizes that the root of her outburst could be traced back to a public betrayal by her best friend, Emily, during high school. Together with her daughter, Caroline decides to go back to her home town and tell off her childhood friend…some twenty-five years later. “Dicks’s fourth novel is for anyone who has wished they’d stood up for themselves or delivered that perfect comeback at just the right time.” — Library Journal
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For Your Consideration: September 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the September 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz & “Shout ‘n Share” selection!An arresting memoir that personalizes the enduring racial divide in contemporary American medicine. In this unsparingly honest chronicle, Tweedy cohesively illuminates the experiences of black doctors and black patients and reiterates the need for improved understanding of racial differences within global medical communities.” — Kirkus Reviews

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JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! A stunning, lyrical debut mystery in which an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death before the Emperor arrives.

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FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson (“The Bloggess”) examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life in the fullest in this hilarious memoir. “Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter.” — Kirkus Reviews

Galleys are available at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco (Macmillan Adult booth #1009).

THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him.

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BEA Buzz Books

Happy Friday, friends! We’re thrilled to share these three titles chosen for BEA Buzz panels:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
On Sale: October 20, 2015
A BEA Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help his ailing parents (mom has cancer and dad has ALS).
“Horrible. Hysterical. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Just like life.” — Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (and the forthcoming FURIOUSLY HAPPY)

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
On Sale: September 8, 2015
A BEA Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection
In this powerful and profound memoir, Tweedy deftly explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care. readmoreremove

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