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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

Max Shelf: Celadon Books

Today’s dedicated issue of Shelf Awareness gives a warm welcome to Celadon Books, Macmillan’s new imprint headed up by Jamie Raab and Deb Futter that will publish 20-24 books a year in fiction and nonfiction with commercial potential and literary merit, beginning in 2019. Their motto is “Celadon Books… Time Well Spent.”

Both Raab and Futter note that their “childhoods were steeped in use of their public libraries” and that Futter’s mother was a librarian for 50 years. Both grew up taking out a stack of books each week. They say, “We want both booksellers and librarians to know that we believe the best way to get a feel for our list is to read our books, and we’re happy to send you early copies. We also appreciate, and listen carefully to feedback, so would love to hear back from booksellers and librarians.”

Celadon has a gorgeous, amazingly curated website that regularly features librarian interviews (hey Gregg Winsor & Vicki Nesting!), and you can connect with Celadon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celadon’s First List:
Winter 2019

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.

WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx, illustrated by Roz Chast
Available April 2, 2019
A collection of witty one-line advice New Yorker writer Patricia Marx heard from her mother, accompanied by full-color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast.

WOLFPACK by Abby Wambach
Also available in audio
Available April 16, 2019
Based on her inspiring 2018 Barnard commencement speech that went viral, WOLFPACK is soccer star Abby Wambach’s inspiring message to all women: support each other, knowing that the strength of the wolf is the pack.

CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites. readmoreremove

Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018

Here are the most anticipated books of Fall 2018, according to major media:
People Magazine —“The Best Books of Fall”

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
In the BIG LITTLE LIES author’s latest, guests gather at a wellness resort for a life-changing experience, but things are not as they appear.

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Fowler reimagines the evolution of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont from socialite to suffrage crusader, to delicious effect.

Huffington Post — “Here Are 34 Fall 2018 Books We Can’t Wait To Read

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
Set amid the founding of Liberia, SHE WOULD BE KING interweaves the stories of a man fleeing slavery in Virginia, a light-skinned Jamaican man and a West African villager who has been cast out as a witch. Moore’s debut unflinchingly depicts the convergence of brutal forces — colonialism, the slave trade — while brushing it with a glimmer of magic.

EVENING IN PARADISE and WELCOME HOME by Lucia Berlin
Berlin’s posthumous 2015 short-fiction collection, A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, took the literary world by storm. Now fans of her powerfully crafted yet conversational style can look forward to another short-story collection, EVENING IN PARADISE, and a memoir in sketches and photographs, WELCOME HOME.

Vogue — “17 New Books You Won’t Want to Miss This Fall

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen
Also available in audio
If you felt Leonard Cohen’s death in 2016 as a personal assault, this book is a posthumous balm: a collection of previously unpublished poems, lyrics, and sketches. All of Cohen’s work has a raw, straight-to-the-heart intensity—reach for this the next time you need inspiration for a wedding toast that will leave them gutted, or any other moment you need a little sustenance for the soul. readmoreremove

September 2018 Stars!

We’re seeing stars for these forthcoming new books:

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
“Wonderful… 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

“Blessedly, a second volume with 22 more stories is in no way second rate but rather features more seductive, sparkling autofiction with narrators whose names echo the author’s in settings and situations that come from her roller-coaster biography (which is summarized in an appendix). No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Also available in audio
“In the same vein as best sellers such as Liza Mundy’s CODE GIRLS and Margot Lee Shetterly’s HIDDEN FIGURES, this new work from Carter presents the untold story of his grandmother Eunice Hunton Carter, the black female lawyer who prosecuted notorious mobster Lucky Luciano. With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice’s story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: November 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite titles for the November 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Votes are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
Also available in audio
A Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2018! From #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Liane Moriarty comes a new novel which asks the question: Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? These nine perfect strangers are about to find out. “…a deeply satisfying thriller. Moriarty delivers yet another surefire winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny
Also available in audio
In the new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling (and LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites”) author Louise Penny, mystery abounds when Gamache is named one of three executors to the will of a Three Pines resident he never knew—a cleaning woman who called herself, “The Baroness.” “This starts as a small-town mystery and becomes something grander and more frightening; Penny has upped her thrills-to–pain au chocolat ratio.” — Kirkus Reviews

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray
A Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! In international bestseller Keigo Higashino’s new crime novel, newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga (from LibraryReads pick, MALICE) is assigned to a baffling murder in which the number of suspects keeps multiplying. “Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with. Here’s hoping his demotion continues to bring him to the attention of readers from East to West.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Happy #BookBday (8/7/18 Edition)

We’ve got a BIG #BookBday today (so, extra cake, right??):

MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM by Anne Youngson
An August 2018 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick and one of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! For readers of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, an epistolary debut novel about a farmer’s wife who begins writing letters to a museum curator and, as he writes back, gradually allows herself to find happiness and love again. “This is the kind of book you clutch to your heart when you finish and sigh with contentment.” — Kelly Moore, Adult Services Librarian, Carrollton Public Library, TX

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood
An August 2018 LibraryReads pick with two starred reviews! Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, this heart-pounding novel by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself. “This fictionalization of the 1948 kidnapping said to have inspired Nabokov’s LOLITA lures readers in with a disturbing hook: the dangers of innocence. This is a beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.” — Booklist, starred review

THE THIRD HOTEL by Laura van den Berg
An August 2018 Indie Next pick! A magical, disconcerting novel set in Havana about a woman reckoning with the death of her husband. “Toying with horror tropes and conventions, and displaying shades of authors such as Julio Cortázar, van den Berg turns Clare’s journey into a dreamlike exploration of grief. This is a potent novel about life, death, and the afterlife.” — Publishers Weekly

ARAB OF THE FUTURE 3: The Circumcision Years: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985-1987 by Riad Sattouf
Two starred reviews! “An excellent addition to a series that for years to come is sure to engage readers of history as seen through a child’s eyes. ” — Library Journal, starred review

SMOTHERED by Autumn Chiklis
Also available in trade paperback
A humorous debut novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life. “Hilarious… Perfect for recent grads, mother–daughter duos, and those looking for a fun read this summer. All the heart eye emojis!” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/10/18 Edition)

Literary fiction, romance, and humor—this #BookBday has it all!

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A July 2018 Indie Next pick! A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! In this exceptional, page-turning debut, set in near future New York City—where the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever. “Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng’s highly imaginative debut, which deftly asks, ‘What does it really mean to be alive?’” — Library Journal, starred review

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Also available in audio
“Novelist Scottoline and daughter Serritella team up for the eighth in a series of entertaining mother-daughter humor books, combining entries in their ‘Chick Wit’ column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and new material. This summer beach read—which is indeed ‘like a glass of rosé, between two covers’—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
From the author of THE BALANCE PROJECT comes a dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect. “Schnall nicely shows that women have always wanted to balance family and a career, and that it’s never been easy.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

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