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NYPL Fiction + Nonfiction Book Buzz

Earlier today we presented our favorite Spring 2019 titles at the New York Public Library… In case you missed us, check out the list below!

Nonfiction

THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 | Rick Atkinson | 5/14/19 | 9781627790437
BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption | Ben Mezrich | 5/21/19 | 9781250217745
A DOG NAMED BEAUTIFUL: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home | Rob Kugler | 5/7/19 | 9781250164254
LOSING EARTH: A Recent History | Nathaniel Rich | 4/9/19 | 9780374191337
WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game | Abby Wambach | 4/9/19 | 9781250217707
STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide | Karen Kilgariff + Georgia Hardstark | 5/28/19 | 9781250178954
NATURALLY TAN: A Memoir | Tan France | 6/4/19 | 9781250208668

Fiction

THIRTEEN | Steve Cavanagh| 8/13/19| 9781250297600
WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER: Short Stories | R.L. Maizes | 7/23/19| 9781250304070
THE WHISPER MAN | Alex North | 8/20/19| 9781250317995
NOTTINGHAM | Nathan Makaryk | 8/6/19 | 9781250195609
CITY OF WINDOWS | Robert Pobi | 8/6/19 | 9781250293947
THE FIRST MISTAKE | Sandie Jones | 6/11/19 | 9781250192028
THE PERFECT DATE | Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz | 6/11/19 | 9781250204882
A STRANGER ON THE BEACH | Michele Campbell | 7/23/19 | 9781250202536
IN WEST MILLS | De’Shawn Charles Winslow | 6/4/19 | 9781635573404

#PubDay (3/5/19)

A short story collection, a city missing its resident superhero, a March Indie Next pick, and a stunning exploration of the human condition…welcome to #pubday!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR A FUNERAL: Stories by David Means
Three starred reviews!
“With his debut novel, HYSTOPIA (2016), Means proved he is a gifted long-form storyteller. But his follow-up, his fifth story collection since 1991, affirms his position as one the best story writers of his generation.”–Booklist, starred review

“Means spins intricate, highly textured yarns with great artistry, care, and an acute, empathetic eye. Treasures abound.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In this magnificent book, we find the stories of every one of us: absent and present, dislocated and connected, at the mercy of our history, our narratives.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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#PubDay (2/19/19)

Fiction & nonfiction; short stories & novellas; historical & supernatural–you name it, we’ve got it for today’s #pubday celebration!

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert
“A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds. Expect high demand.”–Booklist

AERIALISTS: Stories by Mark Mayer
March 2019 Indie Next Pick!
“An ambitious collection of short stories that heralds the coming of a new voice in American fiction.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
“Clark (THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS, 2018) continues to astound readers with his creativity and exploration of different supernatural entities…. This book will delight readers of all ages.”–Booklist

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#PubDay (2/12/19)

SO MANY STARS in today’s #pubday… the sky is jealous!

THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
Three starred reviews!
A Nancy Pearl favorite!
“Choo weaves her research in with a feather-light touch, and readers will be so caught up in the natural and supernatural intrigue that the serious themes here about colonialism and power dynamics, about gender and class, are absorbed with equal delicacy. Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE CASSANDRA by Sharma Shields
“[Shields] offers satirically comedic scenes and satisfyingly venomous takedowns of the patriarchy, welcome flashes of light in this otherwise harrowing dive into the darkest depths of hubris and apocalyptic destruction. A uniquely audacious approach to the nuclear nightmare.”–Booklist, starred review

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2019 PEN America Literary Award Finalists

Macmillan has TEN finalists for the 2019 PEN American Literacy Awards!

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley
HALF GODS by Akil Kumarasamy

PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR A DEBUT NOVEL
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
NEVADA DAYS by Bernardo Atxaga

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips

PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING
THE CIRCUIT: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Short Story Feature + Stars for RAG and INSTRUCTIONS FOR A FUNERAL

Today we celebrate the bite-size wonder of short stories with a feature on four incredible collections.

MOTHERS: Stories by Chris Power
Peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends, these stories evoke the magic and despair of the essential human longing for purpose. “Power’s wide-ranging debut is confident, complex, bizarre, poignant, and elegantly crafted—a very strong collection.”–Kirkus Reviews

BONUS! If you enjoy listening to music while reading, check out Chris Power’s custom MOTHERS playlist.

WE LOVE ANDERSON COOPER: Short Stories by R.L. Maizes
Available July 23, 2019
A charmingly funny but deeply human short story collection about outsiders from a Pushcart Prize-nominee.

BONUS! Head over to Edelweiss for the e-galley.

And we’re not the only ones loving on short stories. These forthcoming collections have received multiple starred reviews!

RAG: Stories by Maryse Meijer
Available February 12, 2019
“In Meijer’s outstanding and disturbing second collection (after HEARTBREAKER), her fragmented writing style produces an intense and distilled view of isolated moments—or, conversely, makes the outrageous or aberrant seem ordinary.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

Another day, another favorites list! Read on for the Times’s staff critics’ choices of the best fiction and nonfiction books of 2018. 

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin

KUDOS by Rachel Cusk

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET by Craig Brown

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

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2018

The year-end best-of lists are still rolling in, and now we’re proud to announce that Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2018 includes 21 Macmillan titles:

Crime Fiction
A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks

Graphic Novels
WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso
BERLIN by Jason Lutes

Horror
THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
BABY TEETH by Zoje Stage

Pop Fiction
RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood

Romance
THE DUKE WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Kerrigan Byrne

Sci Fi/Fantasy
THE CALCULATING STARS: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal
BINTI: THE NIGHT MASQUERADE by Nnedi Okorafor
EXIT STRATEGY: The Murderbot Diaries Volume 4 by Martha Wells

Short Stories
EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley

Arts
FLASH: The Making of Weegee the Famous by Christopher Bonanos

Bio/Memoir
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele readmoreremove

#PubDay 11/20/18

A magical bomb squad, an expansive historical drama, a love letter to turtles, and eerie short stories–happy #bookbday!

CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC: Chronicles of Amicae (Volume 1) by Mirah Bolender 
This fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons of a long forgotten war and the only team member standing between the city and a massive magic-eating infestation. “This debut builds a fascinating setting that readers will want to keep coming back to.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

MASTER OF HIS FATE: The House of Falconer Series (Volume 1) by Barbara Taylor Bradford 
The first book in an expansive and intricately detailed new historical fiction series that’s filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters. “Bradford’s legion of fans will flock happily to this romantic saga…”Booklist readmoreremove

Author Spotlight: Lucia Berlin (1936-2004)

Short-story master and literary sensation!

WELCOME HOME: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters 

Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called WELCOME HOME. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in southern Mexico. From Alaska to Acapulco, Montana to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin’s world was wide. She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that readers fell in love with in her stories.

“Berlin is so stealthily funny… [She] probably deserved a Pulitzer Prize… She managed to write, beautifully, about the hard and the awkward things…”New York Times

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories

EVENING IN PARADISE is a careful selection from Berlin’s remaining stories—twenty-two gems that showcase the gritty glamour that made readers fall in love with her. From Texas to Chile, Mexico to New York City, Berlin finds beauty in the darkest places and darkness in the seemingly pristine.

“No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.”Kirkus, starred review

“Berlin’s writing achieves a dreamy, delightful effect as it provides a look back through time. This collection should further bolster Berlin’s reputation as one of the strongest short story writers of the 20th century.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

Also available from Lucia Berlin:

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories

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