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Book Club Picks from Our Pals Reese and Kirkus! (10/10/18)

We’re thrilled that Reese Witherspoon selected Laurie Frankel’s THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS as her October Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, and Kirkus Reviews named Ling Ma’s SEVERANCE and James Miller’s CAN DEMOCRACY WORKExcellent Fall Reads for Your Book Club!

Happy #BookBday (8/14/18 Edition)

Surviving the apocalypse, harnessing lightning, and scaling mountains—you can do it all simply by reading these brand-new books!

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
A September 2018 Indie Next pick and one of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts with two starred reviews! An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor. “A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen
A Booklist Top 10 SF/Fantasy book of 2018! 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. “Highly recommended for fans of Liu and any general readers looking for an exciting and breathtaking new sf read.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: September 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the September 2018 Indie Next List!

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore — the #1 pick!
A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz book, one of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts! Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists’ disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel’s various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.” — Kirkus Reviews

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts with two starred reviews! An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor. “A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
“Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a 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 readmoreremove

LJ Best Summer & Early Fall 2018 Debuts

Library Journal‘s latest group of debut picks from Summer & Fall 2018 is actually two lists in one: “Books To Get” (books that LJ reviewers have found strong, insightful, and sure to start everyone talking) and “Books To Anticipate” (forthcoming titles that LJ sees buzz about). We say, BUY ‘EM ALL!
BOOKS TO GET

TREEBORNE by Caleb Johnson
Interviewed about three generations of family in fading Elberta, AL, Janie Treeborne starts by recalling her grandfather’s work on a now-crumbling dam expected to burst and flood their 700-acre homestead. “So vivid and real that readers won’t want [the] stories to end.” (TREEBORNE has three starred reviews)

THE GOLDEN STATE by Lydia Kiesling
Young wife and mother Daphne, whose Turkish husband is being barred from the country, flees San Francisco with toddler Honey. But living in high-desert Altavista only intensifies her dismay. “There’s so much to love about this novel.”

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
Completed after having won the Graywolf SLS Prize for the best novel excerpt from an emerging writer, this title lampoons workaholism and apocalyptic sagas equally as Candace Chen, on contract, still obsessively posts pictures of a New York City emptied by Then Shen Fever. “A smart, searing exposé.” readmoreremove

Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2018

Drumroll, please…. Here are the most anticipated books of Summer 2018, according to major media:

New York Times — “Refreshing Books to Read This Summer
TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW by Jaron Lanier
SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson

New York Times Book Review — “Summer Reading
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall
FRESH INDIA by Meera Sodha
THE TRAUMA CLEANER by Sarah Krasnostein
A LINE IN THE RIVER: Khartoum, City of Memory by Jamal Mahjoub
EPIC CITY: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein with Gareth Murphy
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
JUST A SHOT AWAY by Saul Austerlitz

USA Today
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
What it’s about: In this sequel to I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, working mom Kate Reddy returns, almost 50 and juggling difficult teenagers, a husband having a midlife crisis, and an old flame who shows up.
Why it’s hot: Big Little Lies executive producer Bruna Papandrea has optioned Pearson’s new comic novel for TV.

Washington Post — “The Books We’re Talking About This Summer
FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
THE LIST: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year by Amy Siskind
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Good Morning America
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

Parade — “The Top Hottest Books of Summer 2018”
THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts

Newsweek — “The Coolest Books to Read This Summer: 2018’s Best Fiction and Non-Fiction (So Far)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
THE RACE TO SAVE THE ROMANOVS: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family by Helen Rappaport
WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
CHASING NEW HORIZONS: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon
DARWIN COMES TO TOWN by Menno Schilthuizen

Bloomberg
FACTFULNESS: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff

Time Magazine — “New Books to Read This Summer
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Elle — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti
LOVE THAT BUNCH by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
TONIGHT I’M SOMEONE ELSE by Chelsea Hodson
THE THIRD HOTEL by Laura van den Berg
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Glamour — “The Best Books to Read This Summer
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

Vanity Fair
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel

Esquire
CADDYSHACK: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty
RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg

Buzzfeed — “Summer Books To Get Excited About
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
EARLY WORK by Andrew Martin
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL by Dorthe Nors

PopSugar
HOW HARD CAN IT BE? by Allison Pearson
EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY by Beth Harbison

Bustle
HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE by Adrienne Celt
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li
THIS MOURNABLE BODY by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Friday Reads: Superstars

Weekend, here we come with these multi-starred #FridayReads in tow:

THE MERE WIFE by Maria Dahvana Headley
“Headley’s fourth novel is a stunner: a darkly electric reinterpretation of Beowulf that upends its Old English framework to comment on the nature of heroes and how we ‘other’ those different from ourselves. A strange tale told with sharp poetic imagery and mythic fervor, Headley’s novel prompts examination of how people create or become monsters.”Booklist, starred review

“Headley recasts the geography of a place that’s most contemporary, a suburb of cul-de-sacs and playgrounds, meant to be a community but full of people who live their own isolated lives, while up on the bordering mountain of which the brochures boast, strange things are afoot… There’s not a false note in this retelling, which does the Beowulf poet and his spear-Danes proud.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
“Embracing the [apocalyptic fiction] genre but somehow transcending it, Ma creates a truly engrossing and believable anti-Utopian world… [An] extraordinary debut.” — Booklist, starred review

“A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

JUST A SHOT AWAY: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont by Saul Austerlitz
“Austerlitz offers a blistering exploration of the deadly confluence of racism, stoned naïveté, biker belligerence, and rockstar obliviousness…at the Rolling Stones’ infamously disastrous concert in Altamont, California. This is a deeply researched and colorfully written account of the disastrous symbolic end to the 1960s.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A carefully constructed examination of an incident that changed the course of popular history.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: August 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the August 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline
Also available in audio
In the next book in the mega-best-selling Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series, the all-female law firm is hit with a sex discrimination suit. “Colorful characters, breezy writing, and a sharp wit keep the tone light, while the ever-increasing stakes propel the story toward a convenient but otherwise gratifying denouement.” — Publishers Weekly

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Feared.”*

TOUCAN KEEP A SECRET by Donna Andrews
In the 23rd entry in the award-winning Meg Langslow series, she goes to check on a toucan the reverend is fostering, but finds the bird missing and an elderly parishioner murdered in a columbarium among the ashes of overturned urns. “This long-running cozy series shows no signs of losing its freshness.” — Publishers Weekly

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE MIDDLEMAN by Olen Steinhauer
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! “Steinhauer has written an unnerving and timely thriller with incredible pivots. From a perspective on activist/terrorist civilian organizations to an examination of Big Brother conspiracy plots, there’s something here for everyone to grip—with white knuckles.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones
Also available in audio
Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever. “…wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist.” — Kirkus Reviews

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TxLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Anne’s TxLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz:

HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
THE HUSH* | John Hart | 9781250012302 | Available Now
THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING** | Bryan Mealer | 9781250058911 | Available Now
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
BEFORE AND AGAIN* | Barbara Delinsky | 9781250119490 | Out 6/26/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE MERE WIFE** | Maria Dahvana Headley | 9780374208431 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
SONG OF BLOOD & STONE** | L. Penelope | 9781250148070 | Out 5/1/18
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI** | Neel Patel | 9781250183194 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
SEVERANCE** | Ling Ma | 9780374261597 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18 readmoreremove

PLA 2018 Adult Book Buzz Titles

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

THE HIGH TIDE CLUB* | Mary Kay Andrews | 9781250126061 | Out 5/8/18
SHELTER IN PLACE | Nora Roberts | 9781250161598 | Out 5/29/18
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?* | Allison Pearson | 9781250086082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
BRING ME BACK*| B.A. Paris | 9781250151339 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
HOW TO WALK AWAY* | Katherine Center | 9781250149060 | Out 5/15/18
MY EX-LIFE* | Stephen McCauley | 9781250122438 | Out 5/8/18
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP** | Stephanie Butland | 9781250124531 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
THE MERE WIFE** | Maria Dahvana Headley | 9780374208431 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
TREEBORNE** | Caleb Johnson | 9781250169082 | Out 6/5/18 (LR: 4/20)
NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT** | Lillian Li | 9781250141293 | Out 6/19/18 (LR: 4/20)
SEVERANCE* | Ling Ma | 9780374261597 | Out 8/14/18 (LR: 6/20)
MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change* | Stacey Abrams | 9781250191298 | Out 4/24/18
A HIGHER LOYALTY: Truth, Lies, and Leadership* | James Comey | 9781250192455 | Out 4/17/18
I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions* | Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella | 9781250163059 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai** | Paul French | 9781250170583 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
BROKEN ICE | Matt Goldman | 9780765391315 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
CAGED* | Ellison Cooper | 9781250173836 | Out 7/10/18 (LR: 5/20)
STAY HIDDEN* | Paul Doiron | 9781250102386 | Out 7/3/18 (LR: 5/20)
OUR KIND OF CRUELTY* | Araminta Hall | 9780374228194 | Out 5/8/18
JAR OF HEARTS* | Jennifer Hillier | 9781250154194 | Out 6/12/18 (LR: 4/20)
BABY TEETH* | Zoje Stage | 9781250170750 | Out 7/17/18 (LR: 5/20)
THE OTHER WOMAN* | Sandie Jones | 9781250191984 | Out 8/21/18 (LR: 6/20)
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Stokercon 2018 Book Buzz (& Happy #ThrillerThursday, John Hart!)

Happy #ThrillerThursday / #BookBirthday week to THE HUSH by John Hart!
Also available in audio
A March 2018 Indie Next pick! New York Times bestselling and LibraryReads author Hart’s sequel to THE LAST CHILD picks up ten years later when Johnny Merrimon is living in the wilds beyond the town where a dangerous force is at play. “Hart continues to deepen his palette in this ambitious sequel, which is distinctive enough in story and tone to be read as a stand-alone. Recommended for fans of Dennis Lehane’s SHUTTER ISLAND and Tom Franklin’s CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER.” — Library Journal

Today in Providence, RI, our librarian pals Kristi Chadwick & Becky Spratford are buzzing about our books to librarians at Stokercon 2018! Here’s what they covered (in addition to our 2017 Stoker Award nominees):

ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer (movie tie-in edition)
BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire
GRIST MILL ROAD by Christopher J. Yates
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
GLIMPSE by Jonathan Maberry readmoreremove

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