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Chicago Public Library’s 2016 “Best of the Best Books”

cplbestof2016We’ve got 14 books on Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2016” list! Selected by a team of CPL librarians, the list represents the year’s most outstanding titles, books of exceptional quality for a diverse, city-wide readership.

Fiction
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders

Nonfiction
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
THE SOUTH SIDE: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore

Teen Fiction
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Nonfiction lists which include 11 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction of 2016
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Nonfiction!)
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel
BEING A BEAST: ADVENTURES ACROSS THE SPECIES DIVIDE by Charles Foster
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best History Books of 2016
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel

Best Books of 2016 to Explain Current Politics
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair

Best Memoirs of 2016
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich

Best Books of 2016 for Lovers of the Literary Arts
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Best Books of 2016 About Shocking Tales of Injustice
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best Heartrending Nonfiction of 2016
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence readmoreremove

NYT Notable Books of 2016

The New York Times announced their Notable Books of 2016, including these 17 Macmillan titles:
Fiction & Poetry

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Szalay writes with voluptuous authority about masculinity under duress in this novel in stories.

BLACK WATER by Louise Doughty
Expecting to be assassinated, the hero of this excellent novel grapples with guilt over his actions in Indonesia.

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
The terror that technology may rob us of authentic experience—that it may annihilate our very sense of self—is central to this debut collection of short stories.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
A father and his sons struggle with a death in this luminous novel.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Private and public crises converge for four generations of a Jewish family in this ambitious, often brilliant novel, Foer’s third.

HOT MILK by Deborah Levy
In Levy’s evocative novel, dense with symbolism, a woman struggles against her hypochondriacal mother to achieve her own identity. readmoreremove

Nonfiction Stars

We’re easing you back into the post-Thanksgiving work-week with some starred nonfiction titles:

THE CORRESPONDENCE: Essays by J. D. Daniels
“The debut collection by an essayist who writes like a rattlesnake, his sentences coiled yet always ready to strike with venomous impact. These essays…have a cumulative power that can leave readers devastated. An uncommonly auspicious debut.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Delivered with the storytelling talents of John Jeremiah Sullivan and brimming with the folkloric, true-life tales of Breece D’J Pancake, these tales are funny; unrepentantly realist; and, in their way, awfully elegant. With careful wit, an attention to emotional nuance that reaches down to the gut, and an astounding ear for dialogue, Daniels writes with a kind of brutal authenticity that is not easily faked, whichever side of auto-fiction’s hyphen he’s writing from.” Booklist, starred review

THE TRUE FLAG: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
“A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898—and how that history relates to the ongoing debate regarding American imperialism. In the last chapter, Kinzer astutely brings the debate from the turn of the century to the present. A tremendously elucidating book that should be required reading for civics courses.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Kinzer ably conveys the passion and ferment of this brief period, situating this grand debate in the context of U.S. foreign policy history and convincingly arguing that the imperial/anti-imperial dichotomy remains a dominant feature of the American psyche.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Happy #BookBday (11/22/16 Edition)

Happy almost-Turkey-Day #BookBday to:

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 with two starred reviews! “Inspired by the pleasure he took in the ‘free’ moments he was granted when people he planned to meet were running late, columnist, reporter, and best-selling author Friedman began thinking about our hectic, smartphone-centric lives and the profound impact of the ‘three giant accelerations’: digital technology, globalization, and climate change. How can we adapt? Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering ‘moral innovation’ and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry…” — Booklist, starred review

VICTORIA by Daisy Goodwin
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE AMERICAN HEIRESS and creator/writer of the new Masterpiece/PBS drama Victoria, a glorious novel of the 18-year-old girl who became a great queen. “Highly recommended for historical-fiction collections. Best-selling Goodwin always draws in fans, but expect extra buzz and lots of promotion as news of the TV series elevates demand for the book.” — Booklist

THE MAYAKOVSKY TAPES by Robert Littell
“From the reminiscences of four worldly women emerges a vivid portrait of the life and times of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Littell’s mordent wit is perfectly suited to his melancholy tale, rich in dark imagery and razor-sharp dialogue.”
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Belated #BookBday (11/16/16 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these new releases a happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going!

OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
Sanders fans can continue to “feel the Bern” in this personal account of his time on the presidential campaign trail. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, Sanders outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all. Fun fact: the audiobook edition is read by Sanders and actor Mark Ruffalo!

THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
A bestseller in Germany, Hansen’s debut novel is about two strong-willed and very different women who have a connection around a special old house: Vera, a refugee who arrived from East Prussia in 1945, and her niece Anne, who shows up at the house 60 years later with her small son. “Hansen makes this story about the process of healing affecting, real, and memorable.” — Publishers Weekly

2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreadschoiceawardsGoodreads launched their annual Choice Awards last week and Macmillan has a whopping 42 nominees in the running! Click here to vote for your favorites and we’ll keep you updated as the tournament progresses.

Congrats to our 2016 Winners: TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Best Fiction) and LEONARD by William Shatner (Best History & Biography)!

Update 11/15: We have 23 finalists in the Final Round! Vote now through Sunday, 11/27 for your favorites!

Voting Schedule
Opening Round: Nov. 1 – 6
Semifinal Round: Nov. 8 – 13
Final Round: Nov. 15 – 27

Final Round Nominees

Fiction
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty

Mystery & Thriller
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris

Fantasy
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab
THE CURSE OF TENTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones

Romance
ONE WITH YOU by Sylvia Day

Horror
OVER YOUR DEAD BODY by Dan Wells

Humor
I’M JUDGING YOU by Luvvie Ajayi

Nonfiction
ADNAN’S STORY by Rabia Chaudry
THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley

Memoir & Autobiography
LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

History & Biography
THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN by Skip Hollandsworth
LEONARD by William Shatner
KILLING THE RISING SUN by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Food & Cookbooks
RAW. VEGAN. NOT GROSS. by Laura Miller

Graphic Novels & Comics
ORANGE (THE COMPLETE COLLECTION): 1 by Ichigo Takano

Debut Author
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris

Semifinal Round Nominees

Fiction
THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
SHELTER by Jung Yun

Mystery & Thriller
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart

Historical Fiction
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire
THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Fantasy
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire

Romance
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Science Fiction
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu

Horror
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle
KILL SWITCH by Jonathan Maberry

Humor
IF AT BIRTH YOU DON’T SUCCEED by Zach Anner

Nonfiction
THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller

Memoir & Autobiography
THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
LUST & WONDER by Augusten Burroughs

Science & Technology
ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

Food & Cookbooks
RUN FAST. EAT SLOW. by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky

Graphic Novels & Comics
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart

Poetry
THE DARKENING TRAPEZE: LAST POEMS by Larry Levis
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

Debut Author
THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

PW Best Books of 2016

We’re barely into November, yet Publishers Weekly has already released their Best Books of 2016 list. Here are the Macmillan gems that made the cut:

Top 10 (full list)
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Fiction (full list)
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
HOT MILK by Deborah Levy

Mystery/Thriller (full list)
DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Bernard Minier
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart

Poetry (full list)
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

Comics (full list)
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart

Nonfiction (full list)
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson
ENOUGH SAID: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics by Mark Thompson
GHETTO: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier
THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
LOVE FOR SALE: Pop Music in America by David Hajdu
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Lifestyle (full list)
THE ART OF WAITING by Belle Boggs

Young Adult (full list)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

Check out our Edelweiss collection of Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 for collection development made easy. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2016” lists come in.

Thriller Thursday (10/20/16 Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks include a Christmas mystery (with dogs!), essays on writing thrillers, and a chilling true crime story:

THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS by David Rosenfelt
This Christmas mystery, featuring reluctant criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters. “…heartwarming and ingeniously plotted. Carpenter’s endearing first-person narrative moves the story along with just the right mixture of humor and suspense.” — Associated Press

THRILL ME: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to disparate sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue to craft thrilling reads in any genre. “Percy’s essays skillfully dissect the structure, mechanics, and concrete details of what makes good writing sparkle.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Whatcha (e-) Reading?

Here are the most popular e-galleys librarians have recently downloaded from Edelweiss* (maybe we’ll see some of them on a LibraryReads list soon!):

Mystery:
A MOST NOVEL REVENGE by Ashley Weaver
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Tasha Alexander
GLOW OF DEATH by Jane K. Cleland
NORMAL by Warren Ellis
SAY NO MORE by Hank Phillippi Ryan
STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
SWISS VENDETTA by Tracee de Hahn
TEETOTALED by Maia Chance
THE DRY by Jane Harper
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
THE OSLO CONSPIRACY by Asle Skredderberget
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino

Sci Fi / Fantasy:
FALLER by Will McIntosh
INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
THE SUPERNATURALS by David L. Golemon
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Horror:
THE MOTION OF PUPPETS by Keith Donohue
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike
THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest

Nonfiction / Biography:
HOMEWARD BOUND: The Life of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin
WALKING TO LISTEN: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel

Debuts:
ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL by Daniel Lowe
INDELIBLE by Adelia Saunders
LOTUS by Lijia Zhang
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet
THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dorte Hansen

Novels:
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown
PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Romance:
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes

Bestselling Authors:
BORN OF LEGEND by Sherrilyn Kenyon
NIGHT WATCH by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen

YA:
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

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*Most popular as of September 27, 2016.

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