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NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017!

LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
A former public defender in Washington, Forman has written a masterly account of how a generation of black officials, beginning in the 1970s, wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital. What started out as an effort to assert the value of black lives turned into an embrace of tough-on-crime policies — with devastating consequences for the very communities those officials had promised to represent. Forman argues that dismantling the American system of mass incarceration will require a new understanding of justice, one that emphasizes accountability instead of vengeance.

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Fraser’s biography of the author of “Little House on the Prairie” and other beloved books about her childhood during the era of westward migration captures the details of a life — and an improbable, iconic literary career — that has been expertly veiled by fiction. Exhaustively researched and passionately written, this book refreshes and revitalizes our understanding of Western American history, giving space to the stories of Native Americans displaced from the tribal lands by white settlers like the Ingalls family as well as to the travails of homesteaders, farmers and everyone else who rushed to the West to extract its often elusive riches. Ending with a savvy analysis of the 20th-century turn toward right-wing politics taken by Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, Fraser offers a remarkably wide-angle view of how national myths are shaped.

Dwight Garner

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Friday Reads: Sci-Fi

Today’s #FridayReads are brand-new works from two of science fiction’s biggest names:

OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson
In the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series, the War of Reckoning comes to a sudden and destructive close as a new, far greater threat appears on the field of battle, kindled by the deadly Everstorm.

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu
This standalone military SF adventure from the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM explores what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

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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Scary Good SF & Fantasy

This October has some scary good sci-fi & fantasy coming to your library’s shelves:

THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER by K. Arsenault Rivera
“Rivera’s wonderfully intricate Asian-inspired epic fantasy debut introduces two young women bound by fate: Shizuka, whose uncle is the Emperor Yoshimoto, and Barsalyya Shefali Alshar, whose mother is Kharsa Burqila, the ruler of the Qorin. Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

EDGEDANCER by Brandon Sanderson
This specially packaged pocket-sized (4″ x 6″) edition of volume 2.5 of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive series finds a newly raised Knight Radiant named Lift and her spren-companion Wyndle in Yeddaw in search of another Radiant (and the famous Yeddaw pancakes). readmoreremove

Sci-Fi Friday Reads!

These sci-fi #FridayReads are outta this world!

AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
An October 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.” — Library Journal, starred review

NULL STATES by Malka Older
Secret agents criss-cross the world to prevent a global democracy from crumbling under its own weight in the sequel to the technothriller INFOMOCRACY. “Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Booklist’s Top 10 SF / Fantasy

And you better take their word for it… ‘Cause it’s Booklist y’all, and they know a thing or two about a thing or two…

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling story centered around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be human.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

McGuire pairs form with function in this spare story of two sisters who yearn for love, recognition, and belonging in ways that readers will readily identify with—chafing against rules as they long to break free of the expectations of others.

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Aqib bmg Sadiqi is expected to marry well and take over his father’s position as Master of Beasts, but when he falls in love with a visiting soldier, all bets are off.

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

In a future where no one needs to work but the rich keep getting richer, the disenfranchised decide to simply walk away from modern life and start their own utopia.

 

 

2 Stars aka HAVE YOU ORDERED THESE BOOKS FOR YOUR LIBRARY YET???

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

“In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With a glorious and dramatic story, Bear begins a stunning new series set in the same world as her Eternal Sky trilogy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Trace by Archer Mayor

“Outstanding..Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives’ special talents—Spinney’s patience and doggedness, Kunkle’s unorthodox but effective rule-bending, and Martens’s bravery and resourcefulness—in this welcome addition to the long-running series.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Trace is one of the best of a very fine series.”–Booklist, starred review

Murderous Mistral by Cay Rademacher

“Readers will be as captivated by Rademacher’s description of Blanc’s adjustment to village life as they will by the well-constructed mystery. Highly recommended for fans of international crime fiction, especially Mark Pryor’s Hugo Marston series and Peter Morfoot’s Paul Darac procedurals.”–Booklist, starred review

“Rademacher, short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award (for The Murderer in Ruins), has written a carefully plotted police procedural that vividly captures the landscape and scents of Provence while introducing Blanc and a small group of colleagues. VERDICT The police action and political connections will attract fans of Jeffrey Siger’s police novels set in Greece.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

A PW Fall 2017 Top 10 Science Book

“British science writer Fitzharris slices into medical history with this excellent biography of Joseph Lister… She infuses her thoughtful and finely crafted examination of this revolution with the same sense of wonder and compassion Lister himself brought to his patients, colleagues, and students. “As he neared the end of his life, Lister expressed the desire that if his story was ever told, it would be done through his scientific achievements alone,” Fitzharris notes, respecting his wish and fulfilling it in the context of a remarkable life and time.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. . . Fitzharris knows how to engage readers in fascinating and shocking details about medical history. She clearly. . . explains medical and scientific terms and techniques while also using novelistic details and narrative techniques to move the story along. In deftly capturing an ‘epochal moment when medicine and science merged,’ the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

2017 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards and Macmillan has a strong showing!

Best Science Fiction Novel
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu
LAST YEAR by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Fantasy Novel
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
NECESSITY by Jo Walton

Best Horror
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WHEEL by R.S. Belcher
CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest

Best First Novel
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis Chen
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl

Best Novella
THE LOST CHILD OF LYCHFORD by Paul Cornell
THE DREAM-QUEST OF VELLITT BOE by Kij Johnson
HAMMERS ON BONE by Cassandra Khaw
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson

Best Anthology
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
INVISIBLE PLANETS, edited by Ken Liu

Best Non-Fiction
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New Sci-Fi/Fantasy!

If your patrons love science fiction & fantasy, hand them these three new books:

DEADMEN WALKING by Sherrilyn Kenyon
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic historical fantasy series! “Kenyon’s trilogy launch showcases new and familiar faces from her ‘Dark-Hunters’ universe. A crew of dead spirits get a last chance at redemption, and humanity is none the wiser as good and evil clash. Kenyon fans will enjoy this new foray into historical fantasy.” — Library Journal

THE LAST IOTA by Robert Kroese
When movie mogul Selah Fiore decides she needs to get her hands on a rare coin lost somewhere in the gray zone between L.A. and the Disincorporated Zone, she knows there’s no one better suited for the job than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane. “Kroese gifts readers with his gripping second mystery set in 2039 Los Angeles (after 2016’s THE BIG SHEEP), another sophisticated blend of science fiction and crime. The compelling story, memorable leads, and imaginative worldbuilding suggest the series has a long and promising future.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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