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Happy #BookBday (10/3/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these outstanding new releases!

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Longlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, plus two starred reviews! “These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction, the #1 October 2017 Indie Next pick, one of Kirkus’s “Fiction Debuts & Breakthroughs That Live up to the Hype,” and two starred reviews! “Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
An October 2017 LibraryReads pick! As young nurse Tess works to save the lives of her polio-stricken patients, she must untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior. “Combines the issue-driven style of Jodi Picoult, the romantic tension of Nora Roberts, and the life-defining-mistake motif of Amy Hatvany’s IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.” — Booklist

THE ORPHAN OF FLORENCE by Jeanne Kalogridis
In this irresistible historical novel set in the turbulent world of the Medicis, a young woman finds herself driven from pick-pocketing to espionage when she meets a mysterious man. “Betrayal, magic, and murder drive the brisk pace and create a dark atmosphere of uncertainty. Kalogridis’ clever inclusion of historical detail brings Florence to life (as she did in THE DEVIL’S QUEEN, 2009), while characters shift alliances, becoming ever more treacherous and violent.” Booklist, starred review

LONDON AND THE SOUTH-EAST by David Szalay
Never before published in the United States, the debut novel by the wildly talented author of Man Booker Prize finalist ALL THAT MAN IS. “Written with intense psychological acuity and inventive detail, the author turns a humdrum account of male malaise into an experience far more affecting—and universal—than it has any right to be.” — Publishers Weekly

Stars for Eugenides & Indridason!

Does your library have copies of these new books from these two bestselling authors? (You should!)

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Pulitzer Prize–winning Eugenides’ first story collection, and his first book since THE MARRIAGE PLOT, is gifted with the strong voices and luminous prose his novels are known for. Readers will enjoy lamenting that this complete and utterly human collection must, after all, end.” Booklist, starred review

“These stories skillfully explore the often elusive quest for happiness and self-knowledge, along with the many complexities that attend relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Essential for all fans of literary fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
“Indridason provides a great window into Icelandic culture as he explores his recurring themes of greed and abuse of power.” Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: October 2017 Indie Next List

The October 2017 Indie Next List includes SEVEN Macmillan titles!

#1 Pick: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

“Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises… Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast

A Library Journal Editors’ 2017 Fall Pick

“Brooklyn-born Chast follows up her emotional National Book Award finalist memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant with an expanded version of a guide to Manhattan she made for her college-bound daughter, which enlightens readers on the finer and sometimes obscure points of what makes New York City a vibrant and often loony landscape. Multiple aspects of the city are lovingly examined and lampooned, with a matter-of-fact intimacy that could only come from a native New Yorker, from the bad—why not to get on an empty subway car—to the grand—the expanses of Central Park. Observations and advice on making one’s way through the city’s diversions are mixed with the quirky character that oozes from the metropolis’s every concrete pore. It’s all delivered with obvious and knowing affection and captured with a keenly observant pen.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill by Jim Fergus

“Twenty years on, Fergus’ best-selling novel, One Thousand White Women (1998), remains vivid in readers’ memories and continues to be discovered by historical-fiction fans. He now continues the intriguing tale of the U.S. government’s controversial, little-publicized, assimilation-oriented Brides for Indians program… It’s a gripping tale, a history lesson infused with both sadness at the violence perpetuated against the Cheyenne and awe at the endurance of this remarkable group of women…Requests will be legion.”–Booklist, starred review

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

“National Book Award winner McDermott (Someone) delivers an immense, brilliant novel about the limits of faith, the power of sacrifice, and the cost of forgiveness…”–Publishers Weekly, starred + boxed review

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

“Wonderfully intricate…Rivera’s immense imagination and finely detailed worldbuilding have produced a series introduction of mammoth scope.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

“Powerful… This is a potent and memorable novel.”–Publishers Weekly

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

“The cofounder of the sf website io9.com takes some of today’s key social and technical issues (the nature of artificial intelligence, the notion of property and ownership) and wraps them in a compelling, original story line acted out by memorable characters. VERDICT Lovers of original, thought-provoking sf should not miss this one.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin

“Shopsin weaves a marvelous patchwork quilt of stories about a Manhattan that doesn’t exist anymore—that of 1970s Greenwich Village, where her father opened Shopsin’s General Store… An artistic ode to a way of life that people now living in New York City might never experience.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This excellent, inventive collection…is rife with observant asides, sly humor, and surprises.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Incest Diary by Anonymous

“An anonymous author reveals a lifetime of secrets in this unforgettable memoir as she tells the story of her relationship with her father…The result is one of the most frank and cathartic depictions of child abuse ever written…This is not a story of things getting better, but an unflinching and staggeringly artful portrait of a shattered life…But by the end of the book, she has articulated an experience that for many victims remains unspeakable.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Nuclear Family: A Tragicomic Novel in Letters by Susanna Fogel

“A humorous, epistolary take on modern womanhood…”–Publishers Weekly

“Clever… Fogel’s spirited tale offers well-won moments of levity and understanding.”–Booklist

New York Times Summer Reading Recommendations

The gray lady recently revealed several Summer 2017 reading lists in mystery, horror, graphic novels, and more, including these 10 Macmillan titles:
True Crime (full list)

In his lively literary biography ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes, Michael Sims traces the real-life inspiration for the first “scientific detective” to the renowned Dr. Joseph Bell, a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh celebrated for his uncanny diagnostic observational skills. His methods were “quite easy, gentlemen,” Dr. Bell would assure his students. “If you will only observe and put two and two together,” you, too, could deduce a man’s profession, family history and social status from the way he buttons his waistcoat.

Grace Humiston was an advocate for an earlier generation of lost and forgotten women, and her inspiring story demands a hearing. In MRS. SHERLOCK HOLMES: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation, Brad Ricca makes a heroic case for Humiston, a lawyer and United States district attorney who forged a career of defending powerless women and immigrants. For her dogged work on the 1917 case of a missing girl that the police had given up on, the newspapers called her “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.”

Authors of true crime books have made a cottage industry out of analyzing what makes killers tick. Michael Cannell gives credit where credit is due in INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by profiling one of the pioneers, Dr. James A. Brussel, a New York psychiatrist who specialized in the criminal mind. After 28 attacks, Dr. Brussel, a Freudian psychiatrist who ministered to patients at Creedmoor state mental hospital, used “reverse psychology,” a precursor of criminal profiling, to identify features of the bomber — his “sexuality, race, appearance, work history and personality type.” Aside from an unseemly fight over the $26,000 reward money, the case was a genuine groundbreaker in criminal forensics.

Horror (full list)

Some horror novels, though, feel timeless whenever you happen to read them, and Kit Reed’s wondrous new ghost story MORMAMA seems to me one of those. It’s a haunted-house tale, set in Jacksonville, Fla., in which three elderly sisters, a young single mother, her 12-year-old son and an amnesiac drifter who might be related to them all, attempt to fend off the uneasy spirits also resident in the crumbling mansion they live in. Reed, who has been writing fiction of all kinds for nearly 60 years, certainly knows how to construct a traditional spooky tale, and she does that expertly in MORMAMA, alternating different voices (some living, some not), laying out complex family relationships over several generations, managing a complicated plot and then drawing everything together in a spectacular, and unexpectedly moving, conclusion.

Graphic Novels (full list)

Most of Guy Delisle’s longer graphic novels to date, like PYONGYANG and BURMA CHRONICLES, have been memoirs of his travels. HOSTAGE is neither about the Canadian cartoonist’s own experiences nor grounded in his canny observations of place: It’s the story of Christophe André, who spent almost four months in 1997 as a hostage. Kidnapped from a Doctors Without Borders office in Nazran, Ingushetia, a Russian republic near Chechnya, where he was an administrator, he was taken to Grozny and handcuffed to a radiator next to a mattress in a darkened room. That was all André knew. He didn’t speak his captors’ language, got almost no information of any kind from them, and had no way of knowing when or how he might be freed.

It’s usually a slight to argue that an artist “hasn’t found their voice yet”; in the case of the restlessly versatile Jillian Tamaki, it’s an endorsement. BOUNDLESS collects short stories that are so far apart from one another in tone and technique that they could almost pass for the work of entirely different artists. If Tamaki (the illustrator of the Book Review’s By the Book feature) has a favorite storytelling strategy, it seems to be dreaming up some kind of odd artifact of mass culture and then examining the way people react to it. readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: October 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the October 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due August 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Pulitzer Prize winner Eugenides, whose novels have also been runners-up for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis, now comes up with a first collection of stories. Not surprisingly, the stories deal with identity crisis, sexual confusion, and adolescent angst, as when a poet who feels left out of the financial boom becomes an embezzler, a musician loses his dreams to the responsibilities of family, and a college freshman has an encounter on a train that redirects his future.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough
I was dead for 13 minutes. Now I want to know why. In LibraryReads author Pinborough’s twisty YA suspense novel, Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—that it wasn’t an accident, and that she wasn’t suicidal.

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HOW THE FINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Donna Andrews
“Andrews’s laugh-inducing, multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling mysteries feature a passel of Christmas treats, e.g., SIX GEESE A-SLAYING, and here’s another. Meg’s husband is turning his one-man show of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol into a big, splashy production, with a famed if fading actor brought in to play Scrooge. Alas, the man has enemies.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “How the Finch Stole Christmas.”*

THE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones
“It’s bad enough that Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is busy protecting a newbie PI venture, handling the Vatican’s inquiries about her daughter, and covering up a murder. But now her beloved but now unrecognizable Reyes, the Son of Satan, is determined to destroy the world, and when someone starts attacking humans attuned to the supernatural world, Charley can’t help but suspect him. And you thought you were having a hard day. Twelfth (obviously) in the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “12th Grave.”*

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain
“Following PRETENDING TO DANCE, New York Times best-selling author Chamberlain waltzes us down to early 1940s Hickory, NC, where Tess finds herself stuck in an airless marriage to cool, distant Henry after impulsively breaking off her engagement to her longtime love. She finds purpose by working at the newly built polio hospital but knows that townsfolk regard her with suspicion and starts sensing that her life might be danger.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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May 2017 Fiction Stars

The stars are aligning for these forthcoming works of fiction:

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
“Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald, sharply cynical, and impossible-to-put-down examination of love and loyalty.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ginder successfully captures the clash between people who are intimately connected yet deeply at odds. These characters are completely clueless and utterly self-absorbed yet highly likable, their trials and tribulations painful at times and joyful at others but always entertaining. Ginder’s latest is a fascinating exploration of family dynamics and the complex way we interact with those who know us best.” Booklist, starred review

THE DARK DARK: Stories by Samantha Hunt
“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This excellent, inventive collection…is rife with observant asides, sly humor, and surprises.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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TxLA 2017 Book Buzz Titles

It’s the last day of TxLA! Come grab the last of our books in the Macmillan Adult booth #2606, then make sure to hear Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth share her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at the Book Buzz from 9:15-10:15am in room 217 A.

Have a conflict or not at TxLA? We’ve got you covered! Here are all of the titles Anne presented:

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | Romance/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250123077 | Out 5/30/17
THE BREAKDOWN* by B.A. Paris | Thriller/Psychological | ISBN: 9781250122469 | Out 7/18/17 (LR: 5/20)
EMMA IN THE NIGHT* by Wendy Walker | Thriller/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250141439 | Out 8/8/17 (LR: 6/20)
PARADISE VALLEY* by C.J. Box | Mystery & Detective | ISBN: 9781250051042 | Out 7/25/17 (LR: 5/20)
KNIFE CREEK* by Paul Doiron | Thrillers/Crime | ISBN: 9781250102355 | Out 6/13/17
DOWN A DARK ROAD* by Linda Castillo | Mystery & Detective/Police Procedural | ISBN: 9781250121288 | Out 7/11/17 (LR: 5/20)
GLASS HOUSES* by Louise Penny | Traditional Mystery | ISBN: 9781250066190 | Out 8/29/17 (LR: 6/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | Literary Fiction | ISBN: 9781627797641 | Out Now
GONE TO DUST by Matt Goldman | Mystery & Detective | ISBN: 9780765391285 | Out 8/15/17 (LR: 6/20)
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas | Literary Fiction| ISBN: 9781250081438 | Out 8/29/17 (LR: 6/20)
THE FORTUNE TELLER by Gwendolyn Womack | Romance/Suspense | ISBN: 9781250099778 | Out 6/6/17
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire | Fantasy | ISBN: 9780765392039 | Out 6/13/17
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING* by Grant Ginder | Family Life | ISBN: 9781250095206 | Out 6/6/17
MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul | Literary Criticism/Books & Reading | ISBN: 9781627796316 | Out 5/2/17
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul | Literary Collections/Essays | ISBN: 9781250121028 | Out 5/2/17
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich | True Crime/Murder | ISBN: 9781250080547 | Out 5/16/17
SOURDOUGH* by Robin Sloan | Literary Fiction | ISBN: 9780374203108 | Out 9/5/17 (LR: 7/20)
THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS* by Jim Fergus | Historical Fiction | ISBN: 9781250093424 | Out 9/12/17 (LR: 7/20)
FRESH COMPLAINT* by Jeffrey Eugenides | Short Stories | ISBN: 9780374203061 | Out 10/3/17 (LR: 8/20)
YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts | Epic Fantasy | ISBN: 9781250122957 | Out 12/5/17 (LR: 11/20)

*Also available in audio CD

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!
Follow the show’s final moments on Twitter at @TxLA and #txla17.

For Your Consideration: July 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the July 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! A woman who believes she was a witness to a crime obsesses over whether she could have prevented a death, while fearing for her sanity. “This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

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

DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
In the electrifying ninth thriller in the New York Times bestselling series (AMONG THE WICKED was a July 2016 LibraryReads pick), a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again. “Castillo works in fine details and insight into Amish life, but this is no gentle read—there is plenty of tension and some good red herrings that will keep any mystery reader satisfied.” — Booklist

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PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box
When ND investigator Cassie Dewell’s latest plan to catch a serial killer called the Lizard King backfires, she finds herself jobless. When a troubled boy disappears, his grandmother urges Cassie to find him. With nothing else to do, she agrees, all while planning a new trap for the Lizard King. “Box’s many fans will devour this dark thriller, which is sure to be another hit for the author.” — Library Journal

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THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work (MR. SPLITFOOT, 2016, etc.) will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Sneak Peek: May 2017 Indie Next List

The May 2017 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!indie next

BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“Here’s a gripping and memorable thriller about a family that moves into a house where, several years earlier, a double homicide took place. Lots of mysteries in this tricky story, lots of great characters, and one really cool narrative device: the story is told from the perspective of an observer, a sort of ‘invisible presence without corporeal substance,’ as the author describes it. On its surface a clever thriller, underneath a dark family drama, this is one haunting novel.” — Booklist

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Debut Novels pick! An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, and ends up in the Standard Grand, a sanctuary for homeless veterans suffering from PTSD in the Catskill Mountains. But the Grand is sitting on a shale formation coveted by a corporate executive. “…Nicorvo’s muscular and energetic prose will stun readers with its poignancy, while providing a punch to the solar plexus. Alongside BILLY LYNN’S LONG, HALFTIME WALK and YELLOW BIRDS, THE STANDARD GRAND is an important and deeply human contribution to the national conversation.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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