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Maximum Shelf: HAPPINESS

MaxShelf-HappinessToday’s Maximum Shelf Awareness feature is HAPPINESS: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham.

In her debut memoir, award-winning playwright and performance artist Heather Harpham recounts her charming courtship with a New Yorker named Brian, and how it ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant. Heather returns home to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie’s arrival, Heather’s first precious moments of happiness with her newborn are shattered when she learns her daughter has a rare blood condition that places her at high risk for brain damage or death. Brian reappears as Gracie’s condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

“Harpham’s ability to capture an audience’s emotions takes center stage as a memoirist. Her deeply personal yet witty narrative style makes the reader feel instantly connected, as if Harpham is a close friend traveling a familiar ‘crooked little road to semi-ever after.’ Hers is a journey evoking a spectrum of emotions: hope, sadness, anger and, yes, happiness.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Heather Harpham on Shelf-Awareness.com.

HAPPINESS will be available from Henry Holt & Company on August 1, 2017.

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

Sneak Peek: September 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe September 2016 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!

LR iconA GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny
The #1 August 2016 LibraryReads pick, and a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection with FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!
“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize & a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are. “Poignant… Readers will discover in his contained prose a vehicle for keen insight and observation. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/26/16 Edition)

These three new books are as sizzling hot as their summer #BookBday!

TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
A July 2016 LibraryReads pick and a Best Book of Summer 2016! The highly anticipated new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Moriarty examines marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship via three seemingly happy families. After all, it’s just a normal weekend BBQ. What could possibly go wrong? “This novel sheds light on the truths that we all fear as parents, spouses, and friends. It’s perfect for those long summer days, but readers will have to pace themselves to not devour it in one sitting.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING by Tiffany McDaniel
An August 2016 Indie Next pick! The devil comes to Ohio in McDaniel’s breathtaking and heartbreaking literary debut, set in the 1980s in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. “Give this to fans of atmospheric fiction, particularly those who enjoy the grit of Donald Ray Pollock, the foreshadowing of Shirley Jackson, and the mounting suspense of Peter Straub.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Castillo, Moriarty & Walker hit the July 2016 LibraryReads List!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE books on the July 2016 LibraryReads list!

Coming in at #4 is AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
In the eighth book in Castillo’s bestselling series, Kate Burkholder goes undercover in an isolated and secretive Amish community in rural, upstate New York to investigate the death of a young girl. “Ripped-from-the-headlines writing from the New York Times best-selling author…” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

Available from Minotaur Books and Macmillan Audio on July 12.

The #6 pick is TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
The highly anticipated new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Moriarty examines marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship via three seemingly happy families. After all, it’s just a normal weekend BBQ. What could possibly go wrong?

Available from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio on July 26.

Landing at #7 is ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
The must-read summer thriller of 2016 with movie rights snapped up by Reese Witherspoon is also a July 2016 Indie Next pick! In a small affluent town, a teenage girl is attacked at a local party and in the hours immediately after is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. Except she can’t really forget and the person narrating the story wants her to remember what happened. But why? “Exceptional… While secret after secret about the residents of Fairview add to the suspense, Forrester’s secrets may be the most stunning of all.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Available from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio on July 12.

See the complete July list at LibraryReads.org.

Liane Moriarty ARCs are HERE!

Truly Madly Guilty ARCsGorgeous ARCs of Liane Moriarty’s new book, TRULY MADLY GUILTY, just arrived in the office and we are FREAKING. OUT!

Moriarty’s first new novel in two years takes on marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship in a domestic drama centered around a mystery: what happened at the BBQ?

We’re bringing lots of copies to Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog (we hope you’ll be there to get one & hear from Moriarty’s editor Amy Einhorn), but we have a limited number of copies available to public librarians actively nominating titles for LibraryReads.

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com from your library-issued account with the subject “Truly Madly Guilty” and your mailing address.

Remember, July LibraryReads nominations are due May 20. We’ve got more books for you to read & recommend right here. readmoreremove

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