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Adult Books for Teens

Whether young or young at heart, these adult books are great for readers of all ages!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts!
 Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel.

“Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The 17-year-old protagonist and coming-of-age plot will likely appeal to teens who appreciate character-driven stories.” —Booklist, YA interest

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
Told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, SMOTHERED is a humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.

“Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read . . . All the heart eye emojis!” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018

Here are the most anticipated books of Fall 2018, according to major media:
People Magazine —“The Best Books of Fall”

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
In the BIG LITTLE LIES author’s latest, guests gather at a wellness resort for a life-changing experience, but things are not as they appear.

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Fowler reimagines the evolution of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont from socialite to suffrage crusader, to delicious effect.

Huffington Post — “Here Are 34 Fall 2018 Books We Can’t Wait To Read

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
Set amid the founding of Liberia, SHE WOULD BE KING interweaves the stories of a man fleeing slavery in Virginia, a light-skinned Jamaican man and a West African villager who has been cast out as a witch. Moore’s debut unflinchingly depicts the convergence of brutal forces — colonialism, the slave trade — while brushing it with a glimmer of magic.

EVENING IN PARADISE and WELCOME HOME by Lucia Berlin
Berlin’s posthumous 2015 short-fiction collection, A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, took the literary world by storm. Now fans of her powerfully crafted yet conversational style can look forward to another short-story collection, EVENING IN PARADISE, and a memoir in sketches and photographs, WELCOME HOME.

Vogue — “17 New Books You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen
Also available in audio
If you felt Leonard Cohen’s death in 2016 as a personal assault, this book is a posthumous balm: a collection of previously unpublished poems, lyrics, and sketches. All of Cohen’s work has a raw, straight-to-the-heart intensity—reach for this the next time you need inspiration for a wedding toast that will leave them gutted, or any other moment you need a little sustenance for the soul. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/28/18 Edition)

What a lovely day for a #BookBday!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel. “Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DISORDERED MIND: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! A Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist’s probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human nature. “Kandel’s clear and straightforward writing makes this informative scientific exploration accessible and compelling to both medical practitioners, researchers, and general readers interested in how the mysteries of human nature arise from the physical matter of the brain.” — Library Journal

THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio & Peter Eisner
In this landmark biography of our current Vice President, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio and Emmy-nominated journalist Peter Eisner reveal that Mike Pence is the most important and powerful Christian Right politician America has ever seen. Driven as much by theology as personal ambition, Pence is now positioned to seize the big prize – the presidency – and use it to fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors. “Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D’Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

LJ Best Summer & Early Fall 2018 Debuts

Library Journal‘s latest group of debut picks from Summer & Fall 2018 is actually two lists in one: “Books To Get” (books that LJ reviewers have found strong, insightful, and sure to start everyone talking) and “Books To Anticipate” (forthcoming titles that LJ sees buzz about). We say, BUY ‘EM ALL!
BOOKS TO GET

TREEBORNE by Caleb Johnson
Interviewed about three generations of family in fading Elberta, AL, Janie Treeborne starts by recalling her grandfather’s work on a now-crumbling dam expected to burst and flood their 700-acre homestead. “So vivid and real that readers won’t want [the] stories to end.” (TREEBORNE has three starred reviews)

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
Young wife and mother Daphne, whose Turkish husband is being barred from the country, flees San Francisco with toddler Honey. But living in high-desert Altavista only intensifies her dismay. “There’s so much to love about this novel.”

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
Completed after having won the Graywolf SLS Prize for the best novel excerpt from an emerging writer, this title lampoons workaholism and apocalyptic sagas equally as Candace Chen, on contract, still obsessively posts pictures of a New York City emptied by Then Shen Fever. “A smart, searing exposé.” readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: August 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the August 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
Also available in audio
In the next book in the mega-best-selling Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series, the all-female law firm is hit with a sex discrimination suit. “Colorful characters, breezy writing, and a sharp wit keep the tone light, while the ever-increasing stakes propel the story toward a convenient but otherwise gratifying denouement.” — Publishers Weekly

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

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna Andrews
In the 23rd entry in the award-winning Meg Langslow series, she goes to check on a toucan the reverend is fostering, but finds the bird missing and an elderly parishioner murdered in a columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. “This long-running cozy series shows no signs of losing its freshness.” — Publishers Weekly

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! “Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something here for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.” — Library Journal, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
Also available in audio
Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever. “…wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Macmillan Library @ LJ/SLJ Day of Dialog & BookExpo 2018!

We can’t wait to see you in New York City next month during Library Journal & School Library Journal’s Days of Dialog, at BookExpo (Macmillan booth #2444-2445), and at these MANY fantastic events:
Wednesday, May 30

Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog
9:00am-6:00pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
This event is sold out. Please sign up for the waitlist.

Scheduled to speak:
9:00am: Jamie Raab, President & Publisher and Deb Futter, Senior VP & Co-Publisher (Celadon Books) | Editor’s Picks Panel
10:15am: Laura van den Berg, THE THIRD HOTEL | Literary Fiction Panel
11:30am: M.C. Beaton, THE DEAD RINGER | Mystery/Thriller Panel
1:15pm: Catherine Richards, Senior Editor (Minotaur Books) | Mystery Editor’s Picks Panel

Plus free ARCs & personalized readers’ advisory recommendations! Full schedule available here.

School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog
9:00am–6:00pm
New York University Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
This event is sold out. Please sign up for the waitlist.

Scheduled to speak:
2:00-2:30pm: Emily Day, Library Marketing Assistant & YA Specialist (Macmillan) | Publisher Pitch III
2:30-3:20pm: Melissa Albert, THE HAZEL WOOD | “Strange Fascinations in YA” Panel 

Plus free YA ARCs & personalized readers’ advisory recommendations! Full schedule available here.

Thursday, May 31

Writing Powerful Book Annotations, Hosted by LibraryReads
9:30-10:50am
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E11

Join members of the LibraryReads Steering Commitee in a hands-on session to learn tips and tricks to write attention-grabbing annotations that appeal to readers. Come with pen in hand.

LibraryReads Adult Author Lunch
12:00 noon-1:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E07/1E08
RSVP required, space is limited

Hear from a panel of bestselling and debut authors, including Suketu Mehta (THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND), at this lunch event.

Details and RSVP here by May 11. You will receive an e-confirmation if your request is accommodated.

LibraryReads Book Buzz, Part I
2:00-3:15pm
Javits Convention Center | Downtown Stage

Join Talia Sherer as she highlights her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at this very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

“Librarian VIP Corner” — Adult Mystery
9:00am-12:00 noon
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#2444-2445) for free mystery ARCs and personalized Adult reader’s advisory recommendations from Senior Library Marketing Director Talia Sherer and Library Marketing Manager Anne Spieth.

“Librarian VIP Corner” — Adult Literary Fiction
12:00 noon-3:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#2444-2445) for free literary fiction ARCs and personalized Adult reader’s advisory recommendations from Senior Library Marketing Director Talia Sherer and Library Marketing Manager Anne Spieth.

Macmillan 175th Anniversary Toast
4:30-5:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Join us in raising a glass to celebrate 175 years of publishing. Light refreshments will be served and limited edition tote bags will be given away (limited quantity, first-come, first-served basis).

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Thursday (Booth #2444-2445):

***9:00am Ticket Drop for all Thursday in-booth signings. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.***

9:00am Giveaway: Macmillan Audio & Celadon tote bags
9:30am Galley Giveaway: THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer (Minotaur)
9:30am Galley Giveaway: FEARED by Lisa Scottoline (SMP)
10:00am Galley & Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones (Minotaur & Macmillan Audio)
10:15am Galley Giveway: LIES by T.M. Logan (SMP)
10:30am In-Booth Signing: Ian Smith, THE ANCIENT NINE (SMP)
10:45am Galley Giveaway: CITY OF DEVILS by Paul French (Picador)
11:00am Galley Giveaway: THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides (Celadon)
11:30am In-Booth Signing (Prints): Patricia Marx & Roz Chast, WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT? (Celadon)
12:00 noon Galley Giveaway: DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird (SMP)
12:00 noon Galley Giveaway: HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor (Picador)
12:30pm Galley Giveaway: THE PIRANHAS by Roberto Saviano (FSG)
1:00pm In-Booth Signing (Trade Paperback): V.E. Schwab, VICIOUS (Tor)
1:30pm Galley Giveaway: MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson (Flatiron)
1:30pm Giveaway: THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle (Flatiron) ARCs & tote bags
2:00pm In-Booth Signing: Kim Brooks, SMALL ANIMALS (Flatiron)
2:30pm Galley & Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler (SMP & Macmillan Audio)
2:45pm Galley Giveaway: THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain (SMP)
3:00pm In-Booth Signing: John Jay Osborn, LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE (FSG)
3:45pm Galley Giveaway: IF YOU LOVE ME by Maureen Cavanagh (Holt)
3:45pm Galley Giveaway: INVISIBLE by Stephen L. Carter (Holt)

Friday, June 1

Library Journal’s Annual “Shout ‘n Share”
1:00-2:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Downtown Stage

Join librarians as they sound off on their favorite exhibit floor reads, and other upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons at this panel co-sponsored by LibraryReads and Library Journal. This year’s Shout ‘n Sharers include: Stephanie Anderson, BookOps/NYPL; Shayera Tangri, Porter Branch Library/Porter Ranch, CA; Jennifer Hubert Swan, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School; Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS, and your host, Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal.

“Librarian VIP Corner” — Young Adult
1:00-5:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Booth #2444-2445

Visit the “Librarian VIP Corner” in the Macmillan booth (#2444-2445) for free ARCs and personalized Young Adult reader’s advisory recommendations from Library Marketing Assistant & YA Specialist Emily Day.

Librarian Meetup
3:00-4:00pm
Javits Convention Center | Macmillan Meeting Room #2456

 

Relax with a sweet treat, mingle with fellow librarians, and receive personalized reader’s advisory recommendations during the Macmillan “Librarian Meetup” in meeting room #2456. PASSWORD: Kugel

 

 

 

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Friday (Booth #2444-2445):

***9:00am Ticket Drop for all Friday in-booth signings. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.***

9:00am Giveaway: Celadon tote bags
9:30am In-Booth Signing (Finished Books): M.C. Beaton, THE WITCHES’ TREE (Minotaur)
11:30am In-Booth Signing: Courtney Summers, SADIE (Wednesday Books)
12:30pm Galley Giveaway: MIRAGE by Somiya Daud (Flatiron YA)
1:15pm In-Booth Signing: Hank Phillippi Ryan, TRUST ME (Forge)
1:15pm In-Booth Signing: Peter Blauner, SUNRISE HIGHWAY (Minotaur)
1:15pm In-Booth Signing (Galleys & Advance Listening Copies): BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage (SMP & Macmillan Audio)
1:30pm Galley Giveaway: THE STARS NOW UNCLAIMED by Drew Williams (Tor)
2:30pm In-Booth Signing: Michael Eric Dyson, WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE (SMP)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: EXIT STRATEGY by Martha Wells (Tor.com)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: FINDING BABA YAGA by Jane Yolen (Tor.com)

More events to keep in mind:

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