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Friday Reads: Fantasy

TGIF! We made it to the end of another wintery week and we’re looking forward to hunkering down all weekend with one of these #FridayReads fantasies:

A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
A Library Journal Editors Fall 2016 pick! The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star (and LibraryReads author!) V. E. Schwab. “…the hordes are waiting.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
John le Carré meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. “Donnelly blends romance and tragedy, evoking gilded-age glamour and the thrill of a spy adventure, in this impressive debut.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (11/29/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to three great new reads:

NORMAL by Warren Ellis
LR iconA November 2016 LibraryReads pick & December 2016 Indie Next pick! In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. “A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews

TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin
A December 2016 Indie Next pick & Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. “Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Celebrities!

TGIF, librarian friends! Today’s #FridayReads are books by and about celebrities:

SUPERFICIAL: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
If THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, SUPERFICIAL is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades—personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes—Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it. “It’s tasty and hard to put down…” — Booklist

KATHY GRIFFIN’S CELEBRITY RUN-INS: My A-Z Index by Kathy Griffin
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin, an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the outrageous, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.

PETER O’TOOLE: The Definitive Biography by Robert Sellers
“This new book about legendary actor O’Toole… [is] as energetic, unpredictable, and entertaining as the man himself. Sellers gives equal weight to the actor’s personal and professional lives—with O’Toole, at times, the line between personal and professional was nearly nonexistent anyway—and gives film buffs one of the best biographies of any actor to hit the shelves in many a year.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Whatcha Cookin’?

From appetizers to dessert, these four new cookbooks have you covered every course of every meal:

THE ENCHILADA QUEEN COOKBOOK: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas-Mexico Border Kitchens by Sylvia Casares
Simple, flavor-changing tricks and 80 recipes for enchiladas, fajitas, and classic side dishes for the home cook by Sylvia Casares, founder and chef of Texas’ favorite Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. “Casares shares her culinary secrets for her signature enchiladas and many other popular Tex-Mex dishes in this outstanding resource. The book…is sure to satisfy home cooks in any location. This is the only Tex-Mex cookbook you’ll ever need.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

RAO’S CLASSICS: More Than 140 Italian Favorites from the Legendary New York Restaurant by Frank Pellegrino, Jr.
Recipes for the best, warmest, richest and most timeless Italian food from the legendary, tiny corner restaurant in East Harlem. “Fashionable among the celebrity set despite its off-the-beaten-path basement location, Rao’s has served its own version of Southern Italian cooking to adulatory audiences. Both devotees and us ordinary folk who never get a table at Rao’s will savor these recipes.” — Booklist

THE NEW HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY: Revised and Updated with New Recipes by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoë François
From the authors of HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY comes an updated cookbook filled with new recipes for healthy bread, using the same quick and easy baking method. “The introductory chapters offer advice on ingredients, equipment, tips, and techniques, while the rest of the book is divided into chapters by type of bread: whole grain, those with fruits and vegetables, pizza and flatbreads, and gluten-free breads and pastries. “Recommended for public libraries that have users interested in the latest ideas of bread baking.” — Library Journal

TURBO BLENDER DESSERT REVOLUTION: More Than 140 Recipes for Pies, Ice Creams, Cakes, Brownies, Gluten-Free Treats, and More from High-Horsepower, High-RPM Blenders by Mark Scarbrough & Bruce Weinstein
Move over, smoothies—this cookbook teaches readers how to make homemade desserts in minutes using a high-horsepower blender. Includes 140+ original, quick, and easy recipes for ice creams, puddings, cream pies, ice box cakes, layer cakes, brownies, muffins, scones, pancakes, waffles, and more.

Don’t forget about these other recently released cookbooks! Happy cooking!

B&N Spring 2017 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers program includes four Macmillan titles!

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming
An extraordinary portrait of Doaa Zamel, a Syrian refugee who managed to survive the horrendous September 2014 Mediterranean shipwreck that claimed almost 500 lives, from the Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
A moving celebration of what Hayes calls “the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected” of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. “Buntin’s prose is emotional and immediate, and the interior lives she draws of young women and obsessive best friends are Ferrante-esque.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy Early #BookBday (10/17/16 Edition)

We’re wishing these four new books a happy #BookBday one day early, because you can never start to party too soon!

THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi
A November 2016 Indie Next pick, a Library Journal “Summer Promise Debut Novels” pick & BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! This haunting debut novel is narrated by the ghost of Joanna DeAngelis, a woman who plots revenge on her much-younger ex-boyfriend. “THE NEXT is fast-paced and engrossing reading for anyone who has entertained revenge fantasies (so much easier when you’re a ghost) and for readers of dysfunctional family fiction with some humor, like Jonathan Tropper’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU.” — Booklist

BORDERS by Roy Jacobsen
A brilliantly layered, sweeping novel of World War II set in the Ardennes—a forested, mountainous borderland that spans France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg—about the impossible choices between familial love and national identity. “An artful deconstruction of nationalism through the prism of personal loss and reconciliation. Read Jacobsen’s novel carefully to savor its images and themes.” — Kirkus Reviews

LES PARISIENNES: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba
New York Times bestselling author Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris’s history and tells the stories of how women survived—or didn’t—during the Nazi occupation. “Former Reuters correspondent and biographer, most notably of Wallis Simpson (THAT WOMAN, 2012), turns in a fascinating account of how the buildup to WWII, the war itself, and its aftermath marked the lives of Parisian women. A standout social history.” — Booklist, starred review

KNIVES & INK: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) by Isaac Fitzgerald & Wendy MacNaughton
From the authors of PEN & INK—bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and BuzzFeed books editor Isaac Fitzgerald—the stories behind the tattoos chefs proudly wear, with signature recipes. “The best entries in this collection are about tattoos that show the passion and dedication each person brings to their craft in the kitchen. Readers are sure to devour this in a single sitting.” — Publishers Weekly

Friday Reads: Patience & Anxiety

Patience and anxiety are a big part of our two #FridayReads picks, but (SPOILER ALERT) both end in happiness:

THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
A September 2016 Indie Next pick, a Fall 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and one of Buzzfeed’s “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall!” “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

AMERICA THE ANXIOUS: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks by Ruth Whippman
British journalist and documentary filmmaker Whippman embarks on an uproarious pilgrimage to explore America’s obsession with the pursuit of happiness. “A hilarious narrative full of barbed observations, personal anecdotes, and comical stories. … A delightfully witty, enjoyable read.” ― Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Her witty, insightful observations are supported by convincing data, as she pulls back the curtain to reveal the seedy side of the business of happiness. Recommended to readers interested in the psychology of happiness or anxiety and especially those looking for an alternative to the multitude of ‘how-to’ books on the subject.” — Library Journal

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Thriller Thursday (9/22/16 Edition)

Agatha Raisin and D.C. Superintendent Konrad Simonsen are back for more adventures and Sharon Bolton’s latest LibraryReads pick will keep you guessing until the very end:

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
A September 2016 LibraryReads pick! A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
Don’t miss Agatha Raisin’s adventures on the small screen!Agatha Raisin is in top form in bestseller Beaton’s 27th mystery featuring the exasperating, vulnerable, endearing owner of a thriving private detective agency in the Cotswolds village of Carsley. Agatha may be disappointed in love once again, but a twisty plot, a familiar cast of eccentric characters, and a charming English country setting mean that lovers of cozy mysteries will be satisfied indeed.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

We ♥ Sarah Glidden’s Graphic Novels

Sarah Glidden is many things: a progressive Jewish American twentysomething who is both vocal about and critical of Israeli politics in the Holy Land, a graduate of Boston University, and the author of an award-winning graphic memoir.

That book, HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL IN 60 DAYS OR LESS, which was a 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection, is available now in trade paperback. Glidden used time during her Birthright Israel tour to ask people about the fraught and complex issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only to come to terms with the idea that there are no easy answers to the world’s problems.

Her second highly anticipated graphic novel, ROLLING BLACKOUTS: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria as she accompanies two reporters while they research stories on the Iraq War’s effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. “Glidden’s understated, face-focused illustration style gets under your skin—by removing her own personality from the writing, the author sucks readers in so deeply that you really feel present, seeing her journey through her eyes.” — Library Journal, starred review
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Thriller Thursday (7/14/16 Edition)

The heat is on in these new mysteries hitting shelves this week:

AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
A July 2016 LibraryReads pick & a BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! In the eighth book in Castillo’s bestselling series, Kate Burkholder goes undercover in an isolated and secretive Amish community in rural, upstate New York to investigate the death of a young girl. “This is a first-rate and very unusual thriller; Castillo builds suspense brilliantly, using both the snowbound setting and the difficulty of working as an undercover Amish woman to great advantage (it’s no easy trick drawing your gun when it’s stashed beneath layers of full-length dresses and aprons).” — Booklist

THE JOLLY ROGER SOCIAL CLUB: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise by Nick Foster
The true story of a series of bold killings which took place in a shadowy American ex-pat community in Panama—a tale of greed, political history, and murder. “A completely riveting true-crime tale.” — Booklist, starred review

ARSENIC WITH AUSTEN by Katherine Bolger Hyde
The first book in a delightful new mystery series in which an English teacher becomes involved in murder cases that reflect elements of her favorite books. “Murders are solved handily, and first love is reignited in this contemporary cozy with a literary bent. An engaging start to a series by debut novelist Hyde.”
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