Articles tagged "Paula Brackston"

Happy #BookBday (10/11/16 Edition)

Oh, what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

A “lovely, meditative historical novel” (Booklist) about the daughter of an eighteenth-century stargazer whose father died and left her an unfinished telescope, which also contains a cryptic atlas to a new world at the edge of the sky. “A pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/8/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these new titles on shelves now:

PEACEKEEPING by Mischa Berlinski
Two stars for this sophomore novel from National Book Award nominee Berlinski, in which a former deputy sheriff and failed politician takes a job in Haiti where he befriends an American-educated judge and falls in love with the judge’s wife. “[Berlinski] is a kind of heir to Graham Greene and Robert Stone, both for his excellent storytelling and for the way it can reveal a bigger picture.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CRAZY BLOOD by T. Jefferson Parker
A ferocious rivalry between brothers takes place in the high octane world of Olympic skiing. “In a change of pace from his crime novels, three-time Edgar Award winner Parker delivers an intricate and atmospheric family drama reminiscent of the works of T.C. Boyle and John Steinbeck.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2016 – Saturday Events

Good morning, Boston!! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 for fabulous galleys (especially during the Spotlight on Adult Literature) and show our authors some love by attending today’s events:

Auditorium Speaker Series with Isaac Mizrahi
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Listen to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi discuss his forthcoming memoir I.M. which covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

Spotlight on Adult Literature: ARC & Finished Book Giveaway
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Visit our booth and pick up ARCs of the following titles:

Ben Rawlence’s CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp (Picador)
Ellen Wayland-Smith’s ONEIDA: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table—an American Story (Picador)
Stephen Le’s 100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today (Picador)
Tom Hart’s ROSALIE LIGHTNING: A Graphic Memoir (St. Martin’s Press)

Historical Fiction:
Dominic Smith’s THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Suzanne Joinson’s THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S WIFE (Bloomsbury)
Paula Brackston’s THE RETURN OF THE WITCH (Thomas Dunne Books)
Saskia Sarginson’s THE OTHER ME (Flatiron)
Paul Goldberg’s THE YID (Picador)


Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2016 (Booth #1806)

We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Boston next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, January 8

ALA ERT/Booklist Author Forum with Terry Tempest Williams
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams will discuss her new book, THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks as part of a panel including documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky, moderated by Booklist‘s Donna Seaman. A book signing will follow the program.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

In-booth signing with Roshani Chokshi
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Saturday, January 9

Auditorium Speaker Series with Isaac Mizrahi
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Listen to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi discuss his forthcoming memoir I.M. which covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.
Click here to download a recording of the event. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/4/15 Edition)

bookbdayOh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick! This psychologically twisting debut novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a quiet Spanish town is “as subtle and enveloping as the txirimiri, a Basque word for ‘rain so fine that an umbrella is useless against it.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
An August 2015 Indie Next pick! A goldfish named Ian narrates the linked perspectives of the quirky residents he witnesses in an apartment building as he plunges from the 27th-floor balcony to the pavement. “Touching and well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews

A Fall 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection! A poignant and ultimately uplifting novel that traces the final decline of a feisty 40-year-old single mom whose seemingly ordinary life is filled with extraordinary people. “McPartlin very effectively captures a family during a traumatic moment. The novel is kept light with a measure of dry humor and many beautiful instances of love, leaving a lighter impression than one might expect. This novel will be torn from the shelves by fans of tearjerkers such as P.S. I LOVE YOU.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Don’t Forget to Vote!

Nominations for the April LibraryReads list are due THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 20)!!!

Need a recommendation refresher? Check out our favorites and a few more:

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (2 starred reviews!)
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva (2 starred reviews!)
HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
UNFORGETTABLE: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: April 2015 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Short-listed for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award

“In this gemlike first novel, Costello shows her Irish roots; the imagery-light-filled absences, wells, birds–calls to mind Seamus Heaney’s poetry and her plot and characters Colm Tóibín’s brilliant Brooklyn. Throughout, the language is measured and clear, and Tess is ultimately accessible and credible to a wide range of readers.”–Library Journal

Compulsion by Allison Brennan

“Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even more convinced after conducting a pretrial interview with him, but sharp-eyed though she is, she doesn’t realize how nastily she’s being set up. New York Times best seller Brennan, author of numerous series, e.g., Lucy Kincaid, launched the Max Revere series earlier this year with a bang, and since she’s been doing brilliantly in mass market for her publisher, the series is getting a big hardcover breakout.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Martin Marten by Brian Doyle

“Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel again enfolds nature, offering the parallel coming-of-age tales of 14-year-old Dave and furry little Martin, who is (yes) a marten, a woodlands mammal related to minks. Even as Dave enters high school and starts wondering what life will be like when he eventually leaves the family cabin on Mount Hood (or Wy’east, to use the Native American name Dave prefers), Martin knows that soon it will be time to leave his mother and siblings behind. Buddies under the skin! Sure to be charming, with a bit of edge.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

“In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his unexpected death. Soon, she’s sensing powers she never knew she had and having visions that tie her to a witch named Seren who lived nearby in Celtic times.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 5/20/14)

Lovely librarians, just as the Care Bears do, we believe that sharing (circulation stats & other awesome data) is caring… So…

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for March 2014

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
CRYSTAL COVE by Lisa Kleypas


Happy #BookBday (5/6/14 Edition)

What a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we celebrate:

THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's latest novel about the complex dynamics between a couple and a brother and a mysterious light in the sky received two starred reviews and “at its about family, and how we reconcile our closest human relationships with our innermost thoughts, hopes, and fears.” (Publishers Weekly)

ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen
In this retelling of the Captain Hook story from Peter Pan, the villain’s one hope for redemption comes in the form of Stella Parrish, a grown woman who dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. “Following in the footsteps of Gregory Maguire, Carolyn Turgeon, and Frank Beddor, Jensen offers a humanized take on Captain Hook that will be sure to entertain fans of the fairy tale-retelling genre.” — Library Journal

In this prequel to the series, we find out how forensic accountant and martial arts expert Ava Lee got her start working for the mysterious businessman, Uncle, as they globetrot to track down large sums of money that have disappeared. “[Ava Lee] is sort of a cross between James Bond and Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski. The action zooms from Toronto to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Guyana, and the British Virgin Islands, from five-star hotels to back alleys. Terrific fun.” — Booklist. Check out the whole Ava Lee series


Happy #BookBday (3/25/14 Edition)

Who wants punch and cake? It's #BookBday time! Today we celebrate:

THE MIDNIGHT WITCH by Paula Brackston
Brackston's third historical paranormal novel (after THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER and THE WINTER WITCH) follows Lilith, the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor, who also happens to be a witch. "There are balls and gowns as well as slums and opium dens, all painting a picture of a lost age, with just enough magic to keep things exciting for fantasy fans." — Library Journal  

THE OTHER HALF by Sarah Rayner
Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair between a bright feature writer and her magazine publisher boss is a sharp, seductive take on modern love "that straddles the line between chick lit and women’s fiction." — Booklist  

When Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward, falls in love with an unsuitable young gentleman against the Queen's wishes, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth’s wrath knows no bounds. "Elizabeth’s court in miniature." — Kirkus Reviews