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NPR’s 2016 Book Concierge & More “Best of 2016” Picks

NPR’s Book Concierge is live! Nearly 40 Macmillan titles are included in the various 2016 recommendation lists:

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay (Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders (It’s All Geek to Me, Love Stories, Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

AMERICAN CAKE by Anne Byrn (Cookbooks & Food, For History Lovers)

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY by John Kaag (Biography & Memoir, Book Club Ideas, Love Stories, Nonfiction, Seriously Great Writing)

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Short, Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Dark Side)

THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Ladies First, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Tales From Around the World)

BULLIES: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price (Historical Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, Rather Long, The Dark Side)

CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Garcia-Moreno (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein (Book Club Ideas, Poetry & Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Seriously Great Writing)

CONSEQUENCE: A Memoir by Eric Fair (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Nonfiction, The Dark Side)

DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu (Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tales From Around the World)

EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau (For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller (Historical Fiction, Ladies First, Tales From Around the World)

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Staff Picks, Mysteries & Thrillers)

THE GREATEST OF MARLYS by Lynda Barry (Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Seriously Great Writing)

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Family Matters, Rather Short, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Biography & Memoir, Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, Ladies First, Let’s Talk About Sex)

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Funny Stuff, Nonfiction)

LACUNAE: 100 Imagined Ancient Love Poems by Daniel Nadler (Poetry & Short Stories)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (Biography & Memoir, For Art Lovers, Identity & Culture, Seriously Great Writing, The Dark Side)

LOOK: Poems by Solmaz Sharif (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories, Seriously Great Writing)

THE LOST TIME ACCIDENTS by John Wray (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE MAYOR OF MOGADISHU: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia by Andrew Harding (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, For History Lovers, Identity & Culture, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

MOONCOP by Tom Gauld (Comics & Graphic Novels, For Art Lovers, Funny Stuff, The Dark Side)

NECESSITY by Jo Walton (Book Club Ideas, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy)

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (Staff Picks, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Tales From Around the World)

ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches From Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden (Book Club Ideas, Comics & Graphic Novels, Eye-Opening Reads, Identity & Culture, Tales From Around the World)

SELECTED POEMS, 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE SELFISHNESS OF OTHERS: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek (Staff Picks, Nonfiction, Rather Short)

THE SPEED OF SOUND: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir by Thomas Dolby (Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, It’s All Geek to Me, Nonfiction)

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (Family Matters, Historical Fiction, Rather Long)

STANDING WATER: Poems by Eleanor Chai (Staff Picks, Poetry & Short Stories)

THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam (Staff Picks, Book Club Ideas, Rather Short, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (Book Club Ideas, Family Matters, Funny Stuff, Realistic Fiction)

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell (Identity & Culture, Let’s Talk About Sex, Love Stories, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, Tales From Around the World)

THE YID by Paul Goldberg (Historical Fiction, Tales From Around the World, The Dark Side)

Plus, more major media are weighing in with their “Best of 2016” picks:

Over at Slate, Laura Miller’s “10 Favorite Books of 2016” include Susan Faludi’s IN THE DARKROOM while Mark O’Connell’s include FUTURE SEX by Emily Witt, GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter, THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing, and LOOK by Solmaz Sharif; meanwhile, ROLLING BLACKOUTS by Sarah Glidden and ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart are some of Slate‘s “10 Favorite Comics of 2016.”

Esquire picked LUST AND WONDER by Augusten Burroughs, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter as three of their “25 Best Books of 2016.”

New York Magazine chose IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski, WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell, and YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME by Amie Barrodale as three of their “10 Best Books of 2016.

Time‘s “Top 10 Novels of 2016” include HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer and ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders.

The Boston Globe‘s “Best Books of 2016” list includes 14 Macmillan titles:
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell
OUR YOUNG MAN by Edmund White
THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm
I’M FASCINATED BY SACRIFICE FLIES: Inside the Game We All Love by Tim Kurkjian
THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

See these and many more titles in Macmillan’s Best Books of 2016 Edelweiss collection. We’ll update it as more “Best of 2016” lists come in. #CollectionDevelopmentMadeEasy

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2016 list includes three Macmillan gems!

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
In WHAT BELONGS TO YOU, an American teacher in Bulgaria encounters a captivating hustler named Mitko in a public bathroom, setting into motion an ambiguously transactional relationship marked by both tenderness and brutality, connection and isolation. WHAT BELONGS TO YOU speaks of desire and the lives of those who desire with exquisite specificity and power, and will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS, a collection of short stories, presents us with a surreal, disturbing assemblage of worlds, each complete and somehow totally convincing despite their strangeness. Though the characters of SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS struggle to connect with one another, all the while dealing with problems such as knowing the exact date of their deaths, or what happens when friends disapprove of their high-tech sex robot, SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS is a delight — there is joy in its darkness, and pleasure in its exuberant imagination. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Best Romance Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Romance reading lists of 2016*, including these three Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Romance Fiction (full list)

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
Dodd pivots smartly from romance to suspense in her third sexy, scary tale set in Virtue Falls, where so-called Mad Maddie isn’t actually crazy, but vet Jacob just might be.

Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth (full list)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
First alluded to in Rowell’s FANGIRL, this Harry Potter–like fantasy follows “chosen one” Simon Snow in his last year at magic school as he falls for his infuriating, possibly evil roommate, Baz.

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS, edited by Stephanie Perkins
This collection of short stories of summer romance from a bevy of YA authors varies widely in genre and tone, and though some may at first sound formulaic, all pack a surprising depth. There’s not a false note among them.

Plus, Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s USES FOR BOYS was mentioned as a good example in the “Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters” article.
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Happy #BookBday (9/13/16 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection, an October 2016 Indie Next pick, and a Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection with THREE starred reviews! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are. “Poignant… Readers will discover in his contained prose a vehicle for keen insight and observation. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: October 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe October 2016 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles!

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection and a Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection with THREE starred reviews! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review

ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize! “Szalay delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of nine men at various stages in their lives, each in the throes of extraordinary change. Szalay’s riveting prose and his consummate command of structure illuminate the individual while exploring society’s unsettling complexity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Must-Read Debut for fans of Margaret Atwood & Emily St. John Mandel

“Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

If you loved the show Black Mirror, we have the perfect book for you: CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein.

“These stories arose from my growing concern over the effects that the internet age is having on our social, emotional, and psychological interactions,” said Weinstein, who is also the director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Readers are introduced to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots, but in a voice that’s top notch literary fiction.

The acclaim is pouring in for this outstanding debut, including three starred reviews!
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection!
A Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection!
An October 2016 Indie Next pick!

[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” Booklist, starred review

“Like a prose version of the Netflix series Black Mirror, this volume encapsulates a brave and imaginative examination of possible futures. Highly recommended for all readers. ” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

“Touching on virtual families, climate change, implanted memories, and more, Weinstein’s debut collection of digital-age sci-fi stories is scary, recognizable, heartbreaking, witty, and absolutely human. Weinstein’s collection is full of spot-on prose, wicked humor, and heart.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
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B&N Fall 2016 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes two Macmillan titles!

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” Booklist, starred review

THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
A September 2016 Indie Next pick! “So much more than a memoir about trying to conceive. In her reporting, researching, and sharing, Boggs has performed a public service for those in a similar position—and for anyone interested in the implications of parenthood or in a story well-told and deeply felt.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Happy #BookBday (7/12/16 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
The must-read summer thriller of 2016 with movie rights snapped up by Reese Witherspoon is also a July 2016 Library Reads & Indie Next pick, and a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! In a small affluent town, a teenage girl is attacked at a local party and in the hours immediately after is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. Except she can’t really forget and the person narrating the story wants her to remember what happened. But why? “Exceptional… While secret after secret about the residents of Fairview add to the suspense, Forrester’s secrets may be the most stunning of all.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


HEARTBREAKER by Maryse Meijer
A scarily brilliant debut story collection in the vein of Lindsay Hunter and Katherine Faw Morris. “The edgy stories in Meijer’s debut collection cut like so many wild teeth: sharp, deep, and unforgiving. A dark and surprising new voice in short fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (5/31/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to three new books tinged with sci-fi & fantasy:

THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley (also available in trade paperback)
A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre. “Hurley is certainly not the first to point out the deep misogyny in 21st-century popular culture, but she articulates the problems in an incisive, opinionated, and demanding blend of analysis and personal storytelling that will inspire her readers and peers in the science fiction community to work toward change.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
One of Buzzfeed’s 19 Incredible New Spring Books! “The short stories in this darkly absorbing collection remind us of the hope and humanity, the warmth, joy, and love that can be found in even the bleakest circumstances. Phillips proves yet again that she is an intuitive, emotionally resonant writer who is willing to consider some of life’s biggest questions and offer, yes, a few possible solutions.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Summer 2016 Indie Love

Terrific news: the ABA just announced their Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce picks, the June 2016 Indie Next list, and the Summer 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce

A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are.

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
“Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Weinstein explains that ‘these stories arose from my growing concern over the effects that the internet age is having on our social, emotional, and psychological interactions.’ As a result, his stories look like SF—consider the childless couple living in a virtual-reality community whose child there is wiped out by a computer virus—but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

June 2016 Indie Next list

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter
Part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Porter’s extraordinary debut combines compassion and bravura style to dazzling effect. “Elegant, imaginative, and perfectly paced. A contribution to the literature of grief and to literature in general.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

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