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Sarah Knott Talks with the Library Company of Philadelphia

Sarah Knott, author of MOTHER IS A VERB: An Unconventional History, recently participated in the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Talking in the Library podcast series.

Click here to listen in as Sarah and series host Will Fenton discuss MOTHER IS A VERB and all things motherhood throughout history.

More on MOTHER IS A VERB

Mothering is as old as human existence. But how has this most essential experience changed over time and cultures? What is the history of maternity—the history of pregnancy, birth, the encounter with an infant? Can one capture the historical trail of mothers? How?

In MOTHER IS A VERB, historian Sarah Knott creates a genre all her own in order to craft a new kind of historical interpretation. Blending memoir and history and building from anecdote, her book brings the past and the present viscerally alive. It is at once intimate and expansive, lyrical and precise.

“Hers is a deliberate and altogether radical effort in making the unseen sensational, and the mundane anything but.”–Booklist

Forthcoming #FridayReads: AMERICAN DIRT

Jeanine Cummins’ AMERICAN DIRT has been making major waves in the publishing world for months now, and y’all, seriously, this is THE book of Winter 2020.

In the opening scene, a mother and her 8-year-old son are hiding in the bathroom as their entire family is gunned down by the local cartel during a BBQ birthday party. And so begins their new life, with the pair on the run–an epically fraught and terrifying journey across and out of Mexico and toward American dirt.

The author started writing this story in 2013, before immigration was quite the hot button topic it is today, and it is especially necessary now, giving a face to migrants and showing what it’s like to make that journey. There will also be an author’s note at the end of the finished book explaining Jeanine’s personal connections to the novel.

So much love for AMERICAN DIRT!

“AMERICAN DIRT will punch you in the gut one minute and fill you with hope the next. The stirring descriptions, complex characters and heart-pounding race to stay alive combine for a gripping plot, while the themes of injustice and human determination take it to a much higher level than an average thriller novel. This is an important story being told at a vital point in time. On one hand it’s a single woman’s plight, but on the other, it’s the human condition. Powerful!”–Shelf Awareness

Read an excerpt here, or email me at amanda.rountree@macmillan.com to request the full e-galley on NetGalley.

Happy #PubDay (8/6/19)

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning author explores small-town lives, a LibraryReads winner returns, and Robinhood rides again in today’s #PubDay celebration!

HUNTER’S MOON: A Novel in Stories by Philip Caputo

2 starred reviews!

“Superb storyteller Caputo offers a tapestry weaving the friendships, losses, and past mistakes of ordinary people. Readers of literary fiction will not be disappointed in this first-rate collection.“–Library Journal, starred review

“Expertly blending plot and character, each of these taut, propulsive tales possesses novelistic depth.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

KEEPING LUCY by T. Greenwood

Author of August 2018 LibraryReads pick RUST & STARDUST

“This is a moving depiction of the primal power of a mother’s love.”–Publishers Weekly

NOTTINGHAM by Nathan Makaryk

“Robin is but one small cog in the substantial machine of Makaryk’s Nottingham as the author presents a large cast of characters and perspectives that allow his novel to provide a fresh take on an oft-told, always-compelling story.”–Booklist

New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

Another day, another favorites list! Read on for the Times’s staff critics’ choices of the best fiction and nonfiction books of 2018. 

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin

KUDOS by Rachel Cusk

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET by Craig Brown

AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

PW’s Writers to Watch Fall 2018: Anticipated Debuts

Publishers Weekly‘s most anticipated debuts of Fall 2018 include these three Macmillan standouts:

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
In Lydia Kiesling’s THE GOLDEN STATE (MCD, Sept.), a mother goes with her toddler to a region of northeast California in the grips of a secessionist movement. Before settling on that subject, however, Kiesling says she “wanted to write a bureaucracy novel, which is a huge formal challenge.” She scrapped it but sees a connection between administrative work and child rearing. “Motherhood is its own form of boredom,” she notes.

Kiesling’s thrilling handling of that boredom attracted her editor, Emily Bell. “I was first drawn into THE GOLDEN STATE by the pacing and energy of the writing—to create such mighty momentum in a book that’s grappling with the tedium of motherhood is enormously impressive to me,” Bell says.

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
The first draft of Wayétu Moore’s SHE WOULD BE KING (Graywolf, Sept.), a magical realist account of the founding of Liberia, was twice the length and more fantastical than the final version. “So, there was an alien narrator,” Moore says, laughing. “I recognized that I was asking a lot of the reader, so I cut it in half and toned down the magical realism/fantasy/sci-fi elements.”

Ranging across a Virginia plantation, Jamaica, and Liberia, the novel follows three characters, each of whom is blessed with a supernatural gift and whose paths converge in the burgeoning republic. “Liberia was this beautiful experiment about what would happen if you bring people together from Africa and the Caribbean and America,” says Moore, who with her sister cofounded One Moore Book, a publishing nonprofit seeking to “create more books for those underrepresented readers who are most vulnerable.” readmoreremove

Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2018

Drumroll, please…. Here are the most anticipated books of Summer 2018, according to major media:

New York Times — “Refreshing Books to Read This Summer
TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW by Jaron Lanier
SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson

New York Times Book Review — “Summer Reading
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall
FRESH INDIA by Meera Sodha
THE TRAUMA CLEANER by Sarah Krasnostein
A LINE IN THE RIVER: Khartoum, City of Memory by Jamal Mahjoub
EPIC CITY: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein with Gareth Murphy
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
JUST A SHOT AWAY by Saul Austerlitz

USA Today
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
What it’s about: In this sequel to I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, working mom Kate Reddy returns, almost 50 and juggling difficult teenagers, a husband having a midlife crisis, and an old flame who shows up.
Why it’s hot: Big Little Lies executive producer Bruna Papandrea has optioned Pearson’s new comic novel for TV.

Washington Post — “The Books We’re Talking About This Summer
FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
THE LIST: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year by Amy Siskind
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Good Morning America
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

Parade — “The Top Hottest Books of Summer 2018”
THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts

Newsweek — “The Coolest Books to Read This Summer: 2018’s Best Fiction and Non-Fiction (So Far)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family by Helen Rappaport
WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
CHASING NEW HORIZONS: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
DARWIN COMES TO TOWN by Menno Schilthuizen

Bloomberg
FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Time Magazine — “New Books to Read This Summer
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Elle — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
LOVE THAT BUNCH by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
TONIGHT I’M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
THE THIRD HOTEL by Laura van den Berg
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Glamour — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

Vanity Fair
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel

Esquire
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg

Buzzfeed — “Summer Books To Get Excited About
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL by Dorthe Nors

PopSugar
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY by Beth Harbison

Bustle
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

May 2018 Bestsellers & 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 May 2018:

Bestsellers:
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews
MISS SUBWAYS by David Duchovny
HOW I RESIST: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, edited by Maureen Johnson

Recent Releases:
CHOSEN COUNTRY: A Rebellion in the West by James Pogue
CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY by Amber Rae
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
SO LUCKY by Nicola Griffith

May Indie Next Picks:
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
MY EX-LIFE by Stephen McCauley readmoreremove

Happy Mother’s Day!

Our #FridayReads are the perfect way to kick off this Mother’s Day weekend:

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
A May 2018 Indie Next pick and one of PW’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks with two starred reviews! “The subject of the new novel from Heti is neither birth nor child-rearing, but the question of whether to want a child, which the unnamed narrator calls ‘the greatest secret I keep from myself’…. This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

STRONG AS A MOTHER: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood: The Only Guide to Taking Care of YOU! by Kate Rope
Expert, practical advice for complete mental and physical maternal health, aka your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (5/1/18 Edition)

Look at these outstanding new releases, perfect for every patron:

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
A May 2018 Indie Next pick and one of PW’s Spring 2018 Literary Fiction picks with two starred reviews! “The subject of the new novel from Heti is neither birth nor child-rearing, but the question of whether to want a child, which the unnamed narrator calls ‘the greatest secret I keep from myself’…. This lively, exhilaratingly smart, and deliberately, appropriately frustrating affair asks difficult questions about women’s responsibilities and desires, and society’s expectations.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

SONG OF BLOOD & STONE: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope
A Library Journal Spring 2018 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! The incredible first book in the Earthsinger series—a treacherous, thrilling, epic historical fantasy drawing on Native American and African mythologies about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers. “This debut…shines a bright light into epic fantasy. Battle-scarred lands and peoples, ancient powers at war, star-crossed loves and hints of racial and refugee themes give this a solid place on library shelves.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

LJ Mystery Spotlight Cover Girl: Zoje Stage

We’re thrilled to see Zoje Stage gracing the cover of the April 15, 2018 issue of Library Journal!

The BABY TEETH author did an extensive Q&A with LJ (shout-out to Talia “the terror” Sherer‘s PLA book buzz to a crowd of 1,000 librarians, which made BABY TEETH the most requested giveaway ARC in our booth!), and it was included with seven other Macmillan mysteries in a genre spotlight:

Hector DeJean, associate publicity director of St. Martin’s Minotaur Books imprint, says, “Thrillers focusing on family, marriage, and other domestic relationships have proven wildly popular, and in forthcoming books by Jennifer Hillier and Sandie Jones these intimate connections of family and friendship—beyond married couples—turn deadly.” In JAR OF HEARTS (Jun.), Hillier delves into the story of a woman who survived a relationship with a dangerous boyfriend and kept secrets about her best friend’s murder, while Jones, in her debut, THE OTHER WOMAN (Aug.), focuses on a woman facing an increasingly manipulative mother-in-law.

Anxieties about motherhood and the parent-child relationship are driving other domestic thrillers. Coming in July from St. Martin’s is Zoje Stage’s chilling debut, BABY TEETH, in which silent and emotionally detached seven-year-old Hanna conspires to kill her mother. St. Martin’s executive editor Jennifer Weis devoured the book in one sitting. “I couldn’t look away as it exposed family truths, a child’s threat to her parents’ relationship, and a continuous feeling of impending doom with dire consequences. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN meets GONE GIRL meets THE OMEN—it hits all the right notes.” readmoreremove

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