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Library Journal Best Books of 2019

Library Journal chose their Best Books of 2019, and 22 Macmillan titles made the list!

Pop Fiction

MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews
IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Horror

TINFOIL BUTTERFLY by Rachel Eve Moulton

SF/Fantasy

THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir

Romance

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Crime Fiction

THE LONG CALL by Ann Cleeves
THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper
A DEADLY DIVIDE by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Graphic Novels

GRASS by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
CLYDE FANS by Seth

Social Science

NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky
OCULUS: Poems by Sally Wen Mao

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Author Spotlight: Carmen Maria Machado + IN THE DREAM HOUSE

IN THE DREAM HOUSE is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

A Carnegie Award longlister + #1 November Indie Next pick + a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 + 3 starred reviews!

“A fiercely honest, imaginatively written, and necessary memoir from one our great young writers.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Highly recommended to fans of Machado’s fiction and to anyone interested in LGBTQ memoir, domestic abuse, or chilling and precise examinations of human relationships at their worst.”–Booklist, starred review

“Machado has written an affecting, chilling memoir about domestic abuse.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.

Check out NPR’s interview with the author.

Nonfiction Round-Up (10/23/19)

Essays that’ll make you laugh out loud, a beautiful friendship between Carly Simon and Jackie O, the best questions received by librarians, and the buildings that have transformed New York…check it all out in today’s nonfiction round-up.

DO YOU MIND IF I CANCEL?: Things That Still Annoy Me by Gary Janetti

“A TV veteran’s memories of coming-of-age—and coming out of the closet—as an aspiring writer and actor in New York.”–Kirkus Reviews

TOUCHED BY THE SUN: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon

“A behind-the-scenes glimpse at parties where the famous mingle with the famous.”–Kirkus Reviews

PECULIAR QUESTIONS AND PRACTICAL ANSWERS: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library by the New York Public Library

The oddest, funniest, and most whimsical questions that the NYPL staff has received paired with hilariously illustrated depictions to set the scene.

A HISTORY OF NEW YORK IN 27 BUILDINGS: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis by Sam Roberts

“Roberts’s wide-ranging historical research and storytelling skills should captivate New Yorkers and others. Larger photographs might have enhanced readers’ connection to these structures and their roles in the life of the city.”–Library Journal

Happy #PubDay (10/15)

Horror, crime, and spooky woods + an abduction by Boko Haram + the next part of Bailey the dog’s journey + a young historian with a changed life path = this week’s #pubday party.

SUICIDE WOODS: Stories by Benjamin Percy

A Kirkus Reviews Most Anticipated Book for Fall 2019 + in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2019 Announcements!

“This gripping, often unnerving collection showcases Percy’s talent as a skilled, versatile storyteller.”–Publishers Weekly

GIRL by Edna O’Brien

3 starred reviews!

“O’Brien’s bravely investigated novel of a young woman overcoming epic torture is profoundly empathic, unnervingly human, and darkly exquisite.”–Booklist, starred review

“Tough but rewarding reading.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A heartbreaking tale and a singular achievement.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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PW’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit. Enter, Publishers Weekly‘s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, with recommendations for every reader in your life.

Fiction

CITY OF WINDOWS by Robert Pobi
EMPIRE OF LIES by Raymond Khoury
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler
THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
CLYDE FANS by Seth
UNDER CURRENTS by Nora Roberts

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky

Nonfiction

TEXAS FLOOD: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

Illustrated Books

MOONBOUND: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

YA

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined, edited by Dahlia Adler
WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell

EXTRAORDINARY DOGS Discussion Guide

Calling all dog lovers! We have a discussion guide just for you (and the young folks in your life)!

EXTRAORDINARY DOGS: Stories from Search and Rescue Dogs, Comfort Dogs, and Other Canine Heroes by Liz Stavrinides and John Schlimm is a beautiful photo book showcasing more than 50 heroic dogs, along with the police officers, firefighters, veterans, and other trained volunteer handlers who serve side-by-side with them.

This downloadable discussion guide will allow you—as a teacher, librarian, or parent—to actively engage and inspire children and young adults across multiple academic subjects and curriculums with the stories shared throughout the book.

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Kirkus’s 30 Most Anticipated YA Books for Fall

Check out Kirkus‘s most anticipated YA for Fall, featuring three titles from Wednesday Books and Flatiron Books YA!

HIS HIDEOUS HEART: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler

A haunting collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, retold by some of your favorite contemporary YA authors.

Poe’s ghost happily haunts this fresh, delightfully dark collection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing assortment of diverse voices and contemporary themes ensures there’s something for everyone in this delightful compilation.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett

Girls are banished for their sixteenth year to release their magic into the wild and return home purified and ready for marriage, but not all of them will make it home alive.

“[Liggett’s] immersive storytelling effortlessly weaves horror elements with a harrowing and surprising survival story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Kirkus’s 30 Most Anticipated Fiction Books for Fall

Watch out for Kirkus’s most anticipated Fall fiction!

DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz

A September Indie Next pick + 2 starred reviews! A novel about a Dominican teenager’s arranged marriage and immigration to New York City, set in the 1960s and inspired by the author’s mother.

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz

FOUR starred reviews! A story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love.

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

A PW Most Anticipated + FOUR starred reviews! The mesmerizing adult debut from Leigh Bardugo: a tale of power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite.

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner

A tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New Right.

SUICIDE WOODS by Benjamin Percy

A spine-tingling new collection of stories from the acclaimed author of THRILL ME and THE DARK NET.

July 2019 Debuts Spotlight

Dive in to July’s delightful debuts!

STAY AND FIGHT by Madeline ffitch

A July 2019 Indie Next Pick!

“As the stakes rise, for both the family and the preservation of the region, the novel skewers stereotypes and offers only a messy, real depiction of people who fully embody the imperative of the novel’s title. This is a stellar novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

WHISPER NETWORK by Chandler Baker

A July 2019 Indie Next Pick + a Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine Book Club pick + 3 starred reviews!

“Smart, articulate, and witty, it will resonate with a huge audience. Highly recommended.“–Library Journal, starred review

“A compulsively readable mystery with a strong message. Don’t miss it.“–Booklist, starred review

“It’s a breezy page-turner of a book, which is the brilliance of it: Under the froth is an unmistakable layer of justified rage. Over-the-top in all the right ways.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Day’s YA – HIS HIDEOUS HEART

Got the mid-summer reading doldrums? EXCELLENT. Allow me to introduce you to thirteen dark and creepy tales guaranteed to pull you out of that funk…

HIS HIDEOUS HEART ed. by Dahlia Adler
9781250302779
Available September 10, 2019 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

HIS HIDEOUS HEART is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s eeriest tales, reimagined by your favorite Young Adult authors, including Tiffany D. Jackson, Caleb Roehrig, Rin Chupeco, Kendare Blake, and Tessa Gratton, among others.

My favorite stories are…

Tiffany D. Jackson’s “It’s Carnival!” (“The Cask of Amontillado”), in which Cindy seeks revenge on Darrell (after enduring years of harassment) during Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Carnival.

Lamar Giles’ “The Oval Filter” (“The Oval Portrait”) is the unsettling story of Tariq’s dead ex-girlfriend who is haunting his phone while also leading him to her killer.

amanda lovelace’s “The Raven (Remix)” is an enchanting blackout poetry version of Poe’s THE RAVEN, in which large portions of the original text are blacked out to reveal lovelace’s poem underneath.

Stephanie Kuehn’s “Happy Days, Sweetheart” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), my favorite, is the brutal story of a girl who would do anything to be the best . . . but will her guilt be her downfall?

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