Articles tagged "short stories"

It’s #PubDay! (6/11/19)

A family’s vacation hijinks + a Brazilian short story collection = a very happy #pubday!

HONESTLY, WE MEANT WELL by Grant Ginder

“Ginder’s writing is funny and evocative; it skillfully touches on the passage of time in a family and in a marriage while effortlessly shifting points of view. Fans of clever, wistful stories will find much to love, and also appreciate the bonus classics tidbits.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SUN ON MY HEAD: Stories by Geovani Martins

“In much the way that Edward P. Jones’ writing breathes life into the Washington D.C. that lies beyond Pennsylvania Avenue, Martins’ stories animate and humanize the people of a city whose humanity is often obscured by its own reputation.”–Booklist

Stars on stars on stars on stars on stars on stars (5/17/19)

Stars on stars on stars on stars for your #FridayReads!

THE HISTORY OF LIVING FOREVER by Jake Wolff

“The epic sweep and sly humor in the midst of enormous anguish will remind readers of Michael Chabon’s work as they relish this heady exploration of grief, alchemy, and love.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Wolff’s wild, hilarious, and moving adventure is rooted in reason and the tough truths of life: how easy it is to hurt the ones we love; that forgetting is easier than forgiving; and that life (with an elixir or not) is never long enough.”–Booklist, starred review

GRACE WILL LEAD US HOME: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes

“With empathy and kindness, Hawes bears witness to one of the most horrific incidents in recent American history.”–Booklist, starred review

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Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Debut Picks + Reading Groups Preview Summer 2019

The American Booksellers Association’s Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Adult Debut picks, honoring the top upcoming debuts (publishing between June and November 2019), include IN WEST MILLS!

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

PW Best Book of the Summer + Library Journal Editors’ Pick & Best Debut + Two starred reviews!

“Winslow’s heroine isn’t easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Summer 2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups Preview includes five Macmillan titles!

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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

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