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Booklist’s “Let’s Talk YA: Fall Announcements” Webinar

We hope you were able to tune in to Booklist’s “Let’s Talk YA: Fall Announcements” webinar today, but if not, here are all the titles Emily presented:

SADIE** by Courtney Summers | 9781250105714 | Out 9/4/2018
MIRAGE* by Somaiya Daud | 9781250126429 | Out 8/28/2018
I DO NOT TRUST YOU** by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | 9781250052308 | Out 9/11/2018
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES* by Tyler James Smith | 9781250138545 | Out 9/25/2018
WIND RIDER* by P.C. Cast | 9781250100788 | Out 10/16/2018
THE DARKEST STAR* by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 9781250175731 | 10/30/2018
TEEN TRAILBLAZERS: 30 Fearless Girls Who Change the World Before They Were 20 by Jennifer Calvert, illus. by Vesna Asanovic | 9781250200204 | Out 10/2/2018
SELFIE MADE: Your Ultimate Guide to Social Media Stardom** by Meridith Valiando Rojas | 9781250196743 | Out 10/16/2018
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition): One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival*** by Melissa Fleming | 9781250311429 | Out 12/31/2018
IN PARIS WITH YOU* by Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | Out 1/8/2019
TIN HEART* by Shivaun Plozza | 9781250312761 | Out 3/12/2019
IN ANOTHER LIFE* by C.C. Hunter | 9781250312273 | Out 3/26/2019
YOU’D BE MINE* by Erin Hahn | 9781250192882 | Out 4/2/2019
WHITE STAG** by Kara Barbieri | 9781250149589 | Out 1/8/2019
THE GILDED WOLVES* by Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | Out 1/15/2019
ENCHANTÉE* by Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | Out 2/5/2019

We’ll post the archived webinar as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, you can download the slides and the title list spreadsheet. While you’re at it, request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss.

Don’t forget that you can download this presentation and many others to use at your library’s next book buzz event!

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Teen Talk (8/21/2018 Edition)

Hey, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA and YA-OK titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio
TWO STARRED REVIEWS!
Star Wars meets RED QUEEN and THE WRATH AND THE DAWN in this epic fantasy inspired by the author’s Moroccan heritage about Amani, a poor girl who must become the body double of a princess of a ruthless empire. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection . . . because one wrong move could lead to her death.

“ . . . readers will appreciate the rich world and prose built by a much-needed diverse voice.” —Kirkus Reviews

STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi
9781250180797
Ages 12 to 18
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN comes three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched World: Death and Night, a tale of a dangerous partnership between night incarnate and the Lord of Death; Poison and Gold, a story of battling insecurities and finding love; and Rose and Sword, a mysterious tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of their wedding.

“Chokshi is in top form with the lush world-building and vivid language fans of this series have come to love.” —School Library Journal readmoreremove

Books for Teens 2019: Ooh la la!

Bonjour! Bienvenue à Paris!

We have so many fantastic YA titles coming out in 2019 (including several set in the most magical city in France—can you find ALL 3 of ’em?) and we just can’t wait to share them with you! Among the books below, you will find enchanting Parisian tales of lost love, epic treasure hunts, and masquerades, as well as many other stories that take place all over the world, from Nashville to Australia to unknown galaxies and beyond. Check out all of our Winter and Spring 2019 books for teens below.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@MacmillanLib) for all book-related news, follow us on Instagram (@Macmillan_Lib) for pretty pictures of books, and read Emily’s candid “Day’s YA” reviews of upcoming and backlist YA titles.

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of 2019 teen titles here.

Now on to the books!

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IN PARIS WITH YOU
by Clémentine Beauvais
9781250299161
Available January 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

For fans of ELEANOR & PARK and EMERGENCY CONTACT comes a sweeping romance about the love that got away. Eugene and  Tatiana could have fallen in love, if things had gone differently. If they had tried to really know each other, if it  had just been them, and not the others. But that was years ago and time has found them far apart, leading separate lives. Until they meet again in Paris. What really happened back then? Could they ever be together again, after everything?

WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri
9781250149589
Available January 8, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to.

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THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi

9781250144546
Available January 15, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Paris, 1889: In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris.

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease
9781250295521
Available February 5, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 And Up
Also available in audio

Love. Magic. Revolution. It’s CARAVAL in the world of Marie Antoinette! ENCHANTÉE is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

THE DYSASTERS by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250141040
Available February 26, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18
Also available in audio

Foster Stewart and Tate Taylor are special—between the two of them, they can talk to plants, control the clouds, and see perfectly in the darkest night. But when a deadly tornado strikes and awakens their true abilities—the power to control the element air—they must stop the evil Dr. Stewart (who genetically manipulated them at birth and also happens to be Foster’s father) before he destroys their lives and the world.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza
9781250312761
Available March 12, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl. But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn . . .

IN ANOTHER LIFE by C.C. Hunter
9781250312273
Available March 26, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Chloe was three years old when she was adopted. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Texas. When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago. As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

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YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
Available April 2, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is a heartbreaker and troublemaker and his label has threatened to drop him if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour and fix his image. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole? readmoreremove

BookExpo & Day of Dialog 2018 – That’s a Wrap!

Last week we enjoyed seeing many of you at Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog events and at BookExpo (helloooo!). For those who couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

At Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Laura van den Berg (THE THIRD HOTEL) dazzled on a Literary Fiction author panel, and M.C. Beaton charmed on a Mystery/Thriller author panel, promoting her newest Agatha Raisin mystery, THE DEAD RINGER.

Celadon Books co-founders Jamie Raab & Deb Futter presented their inaugural Winter 2019 list as part of an Editor’s Buzz Panel:

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | 9781250301697 | Out 2/5/19
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek | 9781250297150 | Out 4/30/19
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite | 9781250311481 | Out 3/5/19
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast | 9781250301963 | Out 4/2/19

Later that afternoon, Minotaur Books Senior Editor Catherine Richards presented her favorites as part of an Mystery Editor’s Picks Panel:

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18
THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery | 9781250184528 | Out 1/8/19
THE BURNING CHAMBERS by Kate Mosse | 9781250202161 | Out 5/7/19
WONDERLAND by Zoje Stage | 9781250206893 | Out 12/25/19

Click here to download the snazzy handout of both Editor’s Buzz Panel titles.

Meanwhile over at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog, Melissa Albert (THE HAZEL WOOD) charmed on a “Strange Fascinations in YA” panel, and our own Emily Day presented her favorite forthcoming titles during a Publisher’s Pitch (we’re seeing Paris as a theme here…):

ENCHANTÉE by Gita Trelease | 9781250295521 | Out 2/5/19 | YA Historical Fantasy | Ages 12 And Up
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo | 9781250129833 | Out 4/30/19 | YA Romance / LGBT | Ages 12 And Up
IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais | 9781250299161 | Out 1/8/19 | YA Contemporary Romance | Ages 14 to 18
THE DYSASTERS by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast | 9781250141040 | Out 2/26/19 | YA Contemporary Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi | 9781250144546 | Out 1/15/19 | YA Epic Fantasy | Ages 12 to 18

Click here to download Emily’s SLJ Day of Dialog Publisher Pitch handout.

Plus, your colleagues were tweeting fast and furiously via the hashtags #ljdod18 and #sljdod18.

At BookExpo, Talia thrilled a crowd of 200+ librarians on the Downtown Stage with these forthcoming titles:

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty | November 6, 2018 | 9781250069825
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny | November 27, 2018 | 9781250066206
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED POLITICS by Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers | October 2, 2018 | 9781250137715
MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett | September 18, 2018 | 9781250185914
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders | October 30, 2018 | 9781250163264
THEM: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Heal by Ben Sasse | October 16, 2018 | 9781250193681
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird | September 4, 2018 | 9781250193162
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler | October 16, 2018 | 9781250095473
THE BEST BAD THINGS by Katrina Carrasco | November 6, 2018 | 9780374123697
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter | October 9, 2018 | 9781250121974
BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday | September 18, 2018 | 9781250191793
THE PIRANHAS: The Boy Bosses of Naples by Roberto Saviano | September 4, 2018 | 9780374230029
LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn | October 2, 2018 | 9780374192020
THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton | October 2, 2018 | 9781250157690
ASK ME NO QUESTIONS by Shelley Noble | October 16, 2018 | 9780765398710
BUTTON MAN by Andrew Gross | September 18, 2018 | 9781250179982
BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes | October 30, 2018 | 9781250170811
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides | February 5, 2019 | 9781250301697
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage | July 17, 2018 | 9781250170750
THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones | August 21, 2018 | 9781250191984
LIES by T.M. Logan | September 11, 2018 | 9781250182265
TRUST ME by Hank Phillippi Ryan | August 28, 2018 | 9780765393074
THE CRAFTSMAN by Sharon Bolton | October 16, 2018 | 9781250300034
THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle | September 11, 2018 | 9781250295187
THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain | October 2, 2018 | 9781250087300
THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife | October 2, 2018 | 9780374113346

Download the BookExpo 2018 Book Buzz handout here.

And at the LibraryReads Librarian author lunch, Suketu Mehta talked about his own experiences and research for his new book, THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: An Impassioned Argument About Immigrations and Its Discontents (Spring 2019): “Fear of migrants is doing incalculably more damage than the migrants themselves ever could. All evidence shows that immigrants enrich the countries that they move to.”

Last but not least, here’s what your librarian pals recommended at Library Journal‘s “Shout n’ Share” panel:

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Macmillan YA E-Book Sale

Boost your digital YA collection with our e-Book sale!

Running now through May 31, more than 30 teen e-Books will be discounted 25% off (with our regular lending terms), including these bestselling & award-winning titles:

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

Happy National Library Week 2018!

It’s National Library Week, and what better way to celebrate than with some of our favorite books by librarians, about libraries, or starring librarians:

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks by Annie Spence
A September 2017 LibraryReads pick, Gen X-er librarian Spence’s book is a snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.

MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
Murder? In the library?! It happens in Lehane’s 42nd Street Library mystery series starring crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler.

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Swyler’s “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations was a June 2015 LibraryReads pick and a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers selection.

THE INFERNAL LIBRARY: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder
A compelling new history of “dictator literature” in the twentieth century, featuring the prose and poetry of Lenin, Hitler, Mao, and more.

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver
Librarian Weaver’s charming Golden Age debut introduced married couple/amateur sleuths Amory and Milo Ames and was an October 2014 LibraryReads pick. Look for book 5 in the series, AN ACT OF VILLAINY, coming this September 2018.

Plus, Patience & Fortitude are roaring about our New York Public Library Spring 2018 staff picks!

STARFIRE: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth

BAKING WITH KAFKA by Tom Gauld

DON’T GO by Lisa Scottoline

GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi (Young Adult)

TxLA 2018 – Thursday Events

It’s another lovely Dallas day! We can’t wait to see you in Macmillan Adult booth #2816 and at our MANY events happening today:

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tayshas Reading List Author panel featuring Roshani Chokshi
8:30-9:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C144/145

Authors from TAYSHAS, TLA’s high school reading list, will highlight books on the current list, including A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi.

Book Buzz
8:30-9:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C156

Join Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth as she highlights her favorite forthcoming Adult titles from Macmillan. Coffee will be served.

Author Autographing Area signing with Adrienne Young
9:30-10:00am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 1

Adrienne Young will sign complimentary advance copies of her debut YA novel, SKY IN THE DEEP.

Author Autographing Area signing with Roshani Chokshi
10:00-11:00am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 1

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novels A CROWN OF WISHES and  THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Author Autographing Area signing with C.C. Hunter
10:30-11:30am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 2

C.C. Hunter will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THIS HEART OF MINE. readmoreremove

PLA 2018 YA Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Emily’s Young Adult Book Buzz at PLA 2018 last week:

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert* | Available now | ISBN: 9781250147905 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber* | May 29, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095312 | Hardcover | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber* | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250095268 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy | Ages 13 to 18
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young* | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168450 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 12 to 18
KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington | June 5, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250075260 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18
I’M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain** | July 10, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250132512 | Hardcover| People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino | Ages 13 to 18
STAR-TOUCHED STORIES by Roshani Chokshi** | August 7, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250180797 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18
THE RAGING ONES by Krista & Becca Ritchie** | August 14, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250128713 | Hardcover | Science Fiction | Ages 12 to 18
FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS by Amanda Hocking | April 24, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250084804 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
HOW I RESIST by Maureen Johnson* | May 15, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250168368 | Trade Paperback | Social Science / Politics & Government | Ages 13 to 18
CHASING NEW HORIZONS by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon** | May 1, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250098962 | Hardcover | Astronomy
THE LOST MAP OF CHAOS by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz | September 11, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250052308 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 12 to 18
UNSTOPPABLE MOSES by Tyler James Smith | September 25, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250138545 | Hardcover | Boys & Men | Ages 12 And Up
SELFIE MADE by Meridith Valiando Rojas** | September 4, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250196743 | Trade Paperback | Careers | Ages 12 to 18
SADIE by Courtney Summers** | September 4, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250105714 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 13 to 18
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud* | August 28, 2018 | ISBN: 9781250126429 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18 readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2018 (Booth #2816)

YEEHAW! We can’t wait to see you in Dallas at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Peruse the program early then join us in the exhibit hall in booth #2816! Tons of ARC giveaways and the amazing events below await you!

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 3

In-booth signing with Diane Kelly
5:30-6:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Diane Kelly will sign complimentary copies of her mystery, ENFORCING THE PAW.

Wednesday, April 4

In-booth signing with Emily March
10:15-11:15am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Emily March will sign complimentary copies of her romance, THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING.

Opening Author Luncheon featuring Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman)
12:15-1:30pm
Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street | Trinity Ballroom, Sections 6-8, Level 3
Tickets required*

Kick off your TLA conference with an insightful and entertaining discussion about books. A trio of authors including Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman; THE RECIPE BOX) will share some of their writing experiences and read from their latest works at this luncheon. A book signing will take place immediately following the event for attendees.

*Tickets are $44 and must be purchased by Friday, March 16, through pre-registration.

Author Autographing Area signing with Meredith Russo
2:30-3:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 4

Meredith Russo will sign complimentary copies of her award-winning YA novel, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL.

“LGBTQIA Fiction for Young Adults” featuring Meredith Russo
4:15-5:15pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C146

Often an underserved population, LGBTQIA readers are finding representation more prevalent in today’s young adult and middle-grade fiction. Authors including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL) will speak on the importance of building awareness and having books available for their users and community. readmoreremove

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

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