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Happy #BookBday (2/6/18 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
Also available in audio
The #1 February 2018 LibraryReads pick, and a February 2018 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! From the author of the worldwide phenomenon, THE NIGHTINGALE, comes a story of a family in crisis and a young girl struggling to survive at the edge of the world, in America’s last true frontier: Alaska. “Hannah’s follow-up to her series of blockbuster bestsellers will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming-of-age story, and domestic potboiler. She re-creates in magical detail the lives of Alaska’s homesteaders in both of the state’s seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

MOTHERS OF SPARTA by Dawn Davies
A February 2018 Indie Next & Winter/Spring 2018 Indies Introduce pick! Discovered by Michael Ondaatje, Davies’ dazzling literary memoir has shades of Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, and Jenny Lawson as she examines motherhood and what it’s like to be a woman trying to carve a place for herself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be. “Davies’ first book is magnetic attraction in memoir form: it will pull readers in with stories that are funny, insightful, and bordering on farce while also pushing them away with darker pieces about loss, mental illness, and an immense amount of physical pain. Readers will laugh and cry, probably at the same time.” — Booklist readmoreremove

RT Book Reviews 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to the 28 Macmillan titles nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2017 Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Best Mainstream Fiction Protagonist
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi

Best Contemporary Mystery
A DARKNESS ABSOLUTE by Kelley Armstrong
BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA by Nicolas Obregon

Best Suspense
SHATTERED by Allison Brennan

Best Thriller
THE LOST ORDER by Steve Berry
LOOK BEHIND YOU by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Best Amateur Sleuth
STICKS AND BONES by Carolyn Haines

Best Historical Mystery
DEATH IN ST. PETERSBURG by Tasha Alexander
THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg
THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis

Best Romantic Suspense
THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM by Christina Dodd

Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense
STORMCHASER by Cherry Adair

Best Historical Romance
THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Historical Love & Laughter
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

Best First Historical Romance/ Historical Fiction
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS by Meghan Masterson

Best Erotic Romance
THE BILLIONAIRES: The Bosses by Calista Fox

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF VENGEANCE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Best Urban Fantasy
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner

Best Fantasy
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
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Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

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THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (12/14/17 Edition)

Cozy up with some cozies (and a psychological thriller) this December:

BLOODSTAINS WITH BRONTE by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The second book in a delightful new cozy mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “The writers’-retreat theme opens the story to plenty of literary references, and there are also details about home remodeling and decorating woven throughout this cozy, set in small-town coastal Oregon and featuring a middle-aged main character trying to decide whether she should totally change her life.” — Booklist

GINGER SNAPPED by Gail Oust
When the body of Realtor of the Year Shirley Randolph is found floating in Brandywine Creek’s local fishing hole, townsfolk think Police Chief Wyatt McBride may be responsible, given his romantic interest in Shirley. “Oust deliciously upends a cozy trope—amateur sleuth vs. professional cop—in her fifth Spice Shop mystery (after 2016’s CURRIED AWAY). Ginger lore and simple recipes provide lagniappe.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

2017 Holiday Giveaway

The holidays are here! Books make great gifts and while we know you’re all professional recommenders, the book suggestions in our Holiday Gift Guide may be helpful to you.

In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away big bundles of these holiday books to THREE lucky librarians!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: 2017 Holiday Giveaway) by Sunday, December 10, and make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Read on for the fine print.

UPDATE 12/15/17: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:

Jean Anderson, South Central Library System, Madison WI
Catherine Healey, College of Staten Island Library/CUNY, Staten Island NY
Angela Romano, Oak Lawn Public Library, Oak Lawn IL

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE by Melissa de la Cruz
New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz reinvents a classic tale in this gender-swapped version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a holiday twist. “De la Cruz’s Christmas romance is quick, witty, and a must for fans of Austen retellings.” — Publishers Weekly

MR. DICKENS AND HIS CAROL by Samantha Silva
A November 2017 Indie Next pick! Shakespeare in Love meets A Christmas Carol in this debut novel set as Charles Dickens writes his beloved classic. “With the wit and sprightly tone of a classic storyteller, Silva presents a heartwarming tale of friendship and renewal that’s imbued with the true Christmas spirit.” — Booklist

CHRISTMAS IN LONDON by Anita Hughes
A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge’s in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life. “Hughes has romance readers’ mouths watering and hearts melting with this food- and holiday-themed novel.” — Booklist

HOPE AT CHRISTMAS by Nancy Naigle
Reeling from divorce, Sydney moves back to her hometown with her daughter, but doesn’t expect to fall for Santa (single dad and local high school history teacher Kevin). “Naigle’s wonderfully heart-warming holiday story will appeal to romance and women’s fiction readers.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Fiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Fiction lists which include 19 Macmillan titles:

Best Fiction (full list)
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
TRAIL OF ECHOES by Rachel Howzell Hall
THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction)
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
WAIT TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE by Deb Olin Unferth
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2017 (full list)
EXPOSED by Lisa Scottoline
THE FIFTH ELEMENT by Jorgen Brekke
A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
RECLUCE TALES: Stories from the World of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow

Best Literary Fiction of 2017 (full list)
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Romance Novels of 2017 (full list)
DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins

Best Historical Fiction of 2017 (full list)
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Best Fiction of 2017 To Get Your Book Club Talking (full list)
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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads launched their annual Choice Awards yesterday and Macmillan has a whopping 47 nominees in the running! Click here to vote for your favorites and we’ll keep you updated as the tournament progresses.

Voting Schedule
Opening Round: Oct. 31 – Nov. 5
Semifinal Round: Nov. 7 – 12
Final Round: Nov. 14 – 27
Winners Announced: Dec. 5

Final Round Nominees

As of Nov. 14 we have 20 books still in the running!

Mystery & Thriller
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
SECRETS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
THE DRY by Jane Harper

Fantasy
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson

Romance
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Science Fiction
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okarafor
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer

Humor
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul

Memoir & Autobiography
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

History & Biography
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
APOLLO 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming

Science & Technology
OTHER MINDS by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Food & Cookbooks
FOOD, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS by Oprah Winfrey

Debut Author
THE DRY by Jane Harper
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Semifinal Round Nominees

Fiction
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan

Mystery & Thriller
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens

Fantasy
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones

Science Fiction
SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells

Horror
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc

Humor
WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron
I NEED A LIFEGUARD EVERYWHERE BUT THE POOL by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

Nonfiction
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson

Memoir & Autobiography
INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
VOICE LESSONS by Cara Mentzel
HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham
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Love Is All Around – LJ Genre Spotlight on Romance

Library Journal is spreading the (book) love with their recent genre spotlight on romance, highlighting these Macmillan titles:
PARANORMAL IMMORTAL?

Reviews from the publishing experts we contacted were mixed on the paranormal subgenre’s future, though it continues to have a strong fan base with digital readers. Christine Warren’s BABY, I’M HOWLING FOR YOU (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2018) features librarian Lennie Landry, a wolf on the run from a pack of coyotes and a stalker. She finds refuge in Alpha, WA, where she meets Mark Fischer, who is escaping his past—or so he thought. THANKS FUR LAST NIGHT (St. Martin’s, Jan. 2018) is a paranormal anthology headlined by best-selling authors Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, and Kate Baxter. Also from St. Martin’s is Donna Grant’s HEAT (Jan. 2018), which involves an outcast dragon who is drawn to a woman whose mind has been overtaken by magic.

TRÈS STEAMY

In Opal Carew’s X MARKS THE SPOT (St. Martin’s, Apr. 2018), when Abi and Liam’s marriage falls apart, Abi decides to act on her attraction to Del. She thinks she is in bed with Del but soon realizes she is actually with Liam. Oops—or maybe not.

RANCHERS AND COWBOYS

According to Monique Patterson, editorial director, ­romance and executive editor, St. Martin’s Press, “we have seen cowboys start to bubble up lately…. The cowboy can be different from the billionaire (though sometimes they are one and the same). What is exciting is that both are in demand.” readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (10/26/17 Edition)

Here are entertaining new mysteries in three excellent continuing series:

DYING TO LIVE by Michael Stanley
In the sixth and “best” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) entry in the Detective Kubu mystery series, a Bushman is discovered dead near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the police suspect foul play, especially when the body goes missing from the morgue. “Stanley, the pseudonym of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, once again mixes strongly developed characters, puzzling plot twists, and a textured African setting in an international police procedural with heart and soul that will appeal to fans of Kwei Quartey and Alexander McCall Smith.” — Library Journal, starred review

HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Donna Andrews
Meg Langslow’s husband is turning his one-man show of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol into a big, splashy production, with a famed if fading actor brought in to play Scrooge. Alas, the man has enemies. “The always-busy, efficient Meg solves the murders while keeping order among family and friends; all the usual, wonderfully drawn, quirky characters are present in this satisfying, humorous entry in the long-running series.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (10/24/17 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

TELL TALE by Jeffrey Archer
Gripping short stories from master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer. “As with Archer’s previous collection, AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE, this new volume again demonstrates the author’s talent for captivating his readers with engaging characters and clever plot twists.” — Library Journal

MIND GAME by Iris Johansen
In this twenty-first book in the Eve Duncan series, Jane MacGuire, Eve’s adopted daughter, plans to return to Scotland to resume her search for a lost ancient treasure, all the while beset by dreams of a girl in danger. “The best-selling Johansen employs a distinctive formula: energetic and extensive dialogue, steady pacing, and a seemingly bottomless whirlpool of emotion and romantic suspense. Fans will enjoy the opportunity to revisit Johansen’s much-loved cast.” — Booklist

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Antonina Beaulieu’s telekinesis makes her a hardly sought-after bride, but when telekinetic performer Hector Auvray teaches her how to hone and control her gift, romance blossoms. Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret…. “Readers who enjoyed Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories magical Regency series will be particularly enthralled by the genuine emotions evoked in the course of the unsustainable love triangle.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

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