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New York Times Notable Books of 2018

Oh happy happy day! The New York Times picked 13 Macmillan titles  to join their Notable Books of 2018 list. GO US!

Fiction
EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
A VIEW OF THE EMPIRE AT SUNSET by Caryl Phillips
MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL by Dorthe Nors; Translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra

Comics/Graphics
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso

Poetry
WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith

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

Memoir
THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy

History
THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman

Vote Now in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Voting for the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is now open!

Goodreads has gathered the best titles from across all genres, and we’re happy to share the Macmillan titles currently nominated for your voting pleasure. Voting for the opening round closes November 4th, so head over to Goodreads and submit your votes now.

Fiction
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Mystery/Thriller
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

Historical Fiction
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

Fantasy
YEAR ONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts
BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire

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Remembering Poet Tony Hoagland

Graywolf Press poet Tony Hoagland (1953–2018) succumbed to pancreatic cancer earlier this week, and to help commemorate his life in letters, we’ve compiled an Edelweiss collection of his poetry, including WHAT NARCISSISM MEANS TO ME, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and his most recent collection, PRIEST TURNED THERAPIST TREATS FEAR OF GOD.

Tony Hoagland’s poems interrogate human nature and contemporary culture with an intimate and wild urgency, located somewhere between outrage, stand-up comedy, and grief.

“Few [poets] deliver more pure pleasure. His erudite comic poems are backloaded with heartache and longing, and they function, emotionally, like improvised explosive devices.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“When we wake up each morning, though, we have to live in the banal folly (and comfort) of capitalism today, and we need to live as if it is still possible to make moral and compassionate choices. Tony Hoagland writes poetry for that part of our lives.”      —Mark Halliday, Pleiades

New Titles for the NEA Big Read Library

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts gathers new books to add to their NEA Big Read library, which is chock-full of titles sure to inspire fun opportunities and discussions for your community-wide reading programs. Today, the NEA Big Read committee announced six new books that will now be included, and we have three titles that made the list!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer

THE PAPERBARK SHOE by Goldie Goldbloom

ADVICE FROM THE LIGHTS by Stephanie (previously Stephen) Burt

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A LUCKY MAN + EYE LEVEL = NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS!

What did we JUST TELL YOU about our dear friends over at Graywolf???!! Well guess what? Graywolf now has TWO NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTS! WOO HOO!! The winners will be named on November 14.


Fiction Nominee:

Jamel Brinkley, A LUCKY MAN

Poetry Nominee:
Jenny Xie, EYE LEVEL 

Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce Debut Picks

The American Booksellers Association’s Winter/Spring 2019 Indies Introduce Adult debut picks, honoring the top upcoming debuts (publishing between January and May 2019), include these Macmillan titles:

LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS: A Memoir by T Kira Madden
Available March 5, 2019
Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight.

BRUTE: Poems by Emily Skaja
Available April 2, 2019
Selected by Joy Harjo as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Skaja’s debut poetry collection is a fiery, hypnotic book that confronts the dark questions and menacing silences around gender, sexuality, and violence.

CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites. readmoreremove

2018 National Book Awards Nominees

Congratulations to the Macmillan titles longlisted for the 2018 National Book Awards!

Fiction
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley

Nonfiction
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

Poetry
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie

Translated Literature
WAIT, BLINK: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated by Kari Dickson

The finalists in each category will be named on October 10, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 14.

Congratulations to the nominees!

Required Friday Reading (8/10/18)

It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

2018 Alex Award Winner

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer List

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming’s skillful writing brings new vividness to Doaa Al Zamel’s dramatic story. This book amply demonstrates why Al Zamel has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing [this] inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

BUTTERFLY is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world… Teens who enjoyed I AM MALALA will find another heroine in this inspirational memoir of a Syrian swimmer who became an advocate for refugees.” Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“[A] remarkable book…Like Dadaab itself, the story has no conclusion. It is a portrait, beautifully and movingly painted. And it is more than that. At a time when newspapers are filled with daily images of refugees arriving in boats on Europe’s shores, when politicians and governments grapple with solutions to migration and erect ever larger walls and fences, it is an important reminder that a vast majority of the world’s refugees never get as far as a boat or a border of the developed world.” — Caroline Moorehead, The New York Times Book Review

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

“Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers… [She] writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country’s flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities US citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read.” — Booklist

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.” — Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.” — Publishers Weekly

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

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July 2018 All-Stars

Whether it’s literary fiction, mystery, poetry, or graphic novels, these books all have the same thing in common: multiple starred reviews!

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
“Kiesling’s intimate, culturally perceptive debut portrays a frazzled mother and a fractious America, both verging on meltdown. But perhaps best of all is her thought-provoking portrait of a pioneer community in decline as anger and obsession fray bonds between neighbors, family, and fellow citizens.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“There’s so much to love about this novel… Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary literary fiction and can handle a few swear words.” Library Journal, starred review

BONE ON BONE by Julia Keller — 3 starred reviews!
“Keller can spin a mystery plot with the best of them, but it’s her full-bodied characters and the regard they have for one another that really sets her crime fiction apart: a bride’s back-of-the-hand caress of her new husband’s cheek, and his response, is a moment that will linger in memory long after the crime is solved.” Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written… This thoughtful, painfully empathetic story will long linger in the reader’s memory.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This haunting, thought-provoking story proves Keller is one of a kind. Readers of Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mysteries of communities torn apart by crime may also want to try.”Library Journal, starred review

CITY OF INK by Elsa Hart
“Rich in period detail, a sharply rendered exotic setting, and a web of well-crafted plots, Li Du’s third novel will appeal to fans of historical mysteries by Lisa See, Laura Joh Rowland, and Abir Mukherjee.” Booklist, starred review

“Superb… As always, Hart excels at making even walk-on characters fully realized and at combining a gripping whodunit plot with a vivid evocation of the period. This entry solidifies her status as a top-notch historical mystery author. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for MIRAGE

We’re thrilled that Somaiya Daud’s YA sci-fi/fantasy debut, MIRAGE,  has received two starred reviews!

Readers are thrown right into this incredibly built world with fully developed cultures and characters. Daud expertly uses a sci-fi setting to explore issues within our own society, particularly the effects of colonization on both individuals and cultures as a whole. This poetically written novel will appeal to many, particularly fans of CINDER by Marissa Meyer and AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir.” School Library Journal, starred review

“Daud’s gorgeously written novel features lush and poetic language that brings the setting into vivid color. In addition to the blend of [science fiction] and fantasy, Daud supplies a dash of forbidden romance destined to leave the reader gasping for breath . . . With an ending that is gut wrenching yet still hopeful, this immersive, captivating series starter is sure to have fans eager for the sequel.” Booklist, starred review

MIRAGE will be available August 28 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners. readmoreremove

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