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Macmillan Winter 2018 Book Club Sampler

Discover your library’s next book club pick with our Winter 2018 Book Club Sampler!

Available for immediate download on NetGalley, this sampler features excerpts from the following discussion-worthy titles publishing in Winter 2018:

THE MITFORD MURDERS by Jessica Fellowes
THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Shipman
THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE by Susan Bishop Crispell
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine
HOTEL ON SHADOW LAKE by Daniela Tully
THE LOST SEASON OF LOVE AND SNOW by Jennifer Laam
RAISING THE DAD by Tom Matthews
THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN by Taylor Brown
THE LAMBS: My Father, a Farm, and the Gift of a Flock of Sheep by Carole George
POINTS NORTH by Howard Frank Mosher
THE COINCIDENCE MAKERS by Yoav Blum
DIVING FOR STARFISH: The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World’s Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry by Cherie Burns
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT by Jon Pineda
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele

Happy Reading!

January 2018 All-Stars

These forthcoming books are raking in the starred reviews—make sure to add them to your library’s shelves ASAP!

THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT by Nafkote Tamirat
“Tamirat’s razor-sharp prose fashions a magnificently dimensional and emotionally resonant narrator, herself a storyteller who frames her own tale with beguiling skill. This debut is remarkable in every way.” — Booklist, starred review

“Tamirat’s wonderful debut novel weaves growing pains, immigrant troubles, and moments of biting humor. The unsettling conclusion serves as a perfect ending for this riveting coming-of-age story full of murky motives, deep emotion, and memorable characters.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN by Taylor Brown
“Brown immerses the reader in the mountain landscape… [his] dialogue, too, is magical, capturing the local idioms and cadences and rendering them musical. Brown has quickly established himself in the top echelon of Southern writers, and his latest will please readers of Wiley Cash and Ron Rash.” — Booklist, starred review

“Not to be missed, this bold, dark, gritty novel is another coup for Brown, whose lyrical descriptions of the landscape only add to the captivating story of indomitable but isolated folks bound by folklore, tradition, and a hardscrabble life.”Library Journal, starred review

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
“Sarvas couples a suspenseful mystery with nuanced meditations on father-son bonds, the intricacies of identity, the aftershocks of history’s horrors, and the ways people and artworks can—perhaps even must—be endlessly reinterpreted. ” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Because of its scope and deft handling of aspects of identity in matters of love, family, religion, and loss, this literary work is highly recommended to the broadest audience.” — Library Journal, starred review

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
“[An] impressive novel… Like Cormac McCarthy, another bard of the modern West’s brutality, Holbert finds beauty and cruelty in the land, in the tease and punch of eloquently elliptical dialogue, and in the way humans struggle for love, self-knowledge, and a grip on life. A gut-punch of a bleak family saga that satisfies on many levels.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Holbert returns with a violent, gruesome, and beautiful tale that, despite its despondency, is perversely winning. The violence in this rangy, brilliant narrative is often grotesque, but this excess is tempered by dry humor, wonderful dialogue, and dark wisdom.” Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/28/17 Edition)

BookBday-3.28BONUS: two weeks of new releases in one! Happy #BookBday to:

THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
An April 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of FALLEN LAND. “Drawing comparisons to James Dickey’s DELIVERANCE and Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN, Brown’s impressive second novel is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, Southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes, all bound up in the mythical powers of the Altamaha River.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe! “Scalzi mixes science, history, and politics with sharp action and intriguing characters. Readers will be thrilled to take another wild ride across the universe with the author of the ‘Old Man’s War’ series.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE HOPE CHEST by Viola Shipman
From the beloved author of Indie Next pick THE CHARM BRACELET comes a story about an heirloom hope chest and the connection it inspires among three people in need of hope: a fiercely independent woman battling ALS, her husband, and their struggling caregiver. “Shipman’s sentimental tearjerker is a good choice for fans of gentle, heartwarming fiction. Readers of Christian fiction may also appreciate its messages of hope and faith in the face of adversity.” — Booklist

BEFORE THE WAR by Fay Weldon
It’s 1922 and Vivien is twenty-four and many other things: six feet tall, intelligent, and a spinster. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her. But what he doesn’t know is that Vivien is already pregnant by another man…. “Fans will relish Weldon’s latest concoction, part domestic comedy, part social commentary, and part bedroom farce, enlivened by her characteristic sly humor and arch tone.” — Booklist

THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN CARSON IN SEVERAL QUARTERS OF THE WORLD: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle
An inspired take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s planned-but-unwritten picaresque novel and the great Scottish author’s early life in 1880s San Francisco. “It’s a wondrous sort of paradox that a fiction nested inside another fiction can convey many poignant truths. Doyle’s irresistible novel, which practically begs to be read aloud, is a triumphant ode to the power of storytelling.” — Booklist

LENIN ON THE TRAIN by Catherine Merridale
Two starred reviews for this gripping, meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the world. “A superbly written narrative history that draws together and makes sense of scattered data, anecdotes, and minor episodes, affording us a bigger picture of events that we now understand to be transformative.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Sneak Peek: April 2017 Indie Next List

indie nextThe April 2017 Indie Next list includes four Macmillan titles!

THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown
Two starred reviews! Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of FALLEN LAND. “Drawing comparisons to James Dickey’s DELIVERANCE and Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN, Brown’s impressive second novel is an intense, solidly written story of family loyalty, Southern traditions, and haunting historic landscapes, all bound up in the mythical powers of the Altamaha River.” — Library Journal, starred review

MARLENA by Julie Buntin
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2017 Discover pick and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Debuts with three starred reviews! 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

MERCIES IN DISGUISE: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them by Gina Kolata
In this work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, New York Times science reporter Kolata follows a family through genetic illness and one courageous daughter who decides her fate shall no longer be decided by a genetic flaw. “Kolata delivers an inspiring chronicle of a remarkable family, medical advances, and redefining destiny.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Fiction All-Stars

We’re seeing lots of stars for these upcoming fiction releases:

THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble – 3 stars!
“For women of a certain age, it is a pure pleasure to grow older alongside Drabble. For all others, there’s plenty of joy to be had in this thoughtful meditation on aging and mortality.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Searingly sad but often hilarious… Drabble has filled her tale with characters desperately trying to make sense of life and loss, of beauty, talent, missed opportunities, faded passion.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Those who appreciate her able combination of intelligence, wit, and rue will willingly follow Drabble into the sunset.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CONVICTION by Julia Dahl – 3 stars!
“CONVICTION is a cleverly named compelling chronicle…[about] the very meaning of power and poverty, justice, family, and, best of all, hope. Timely and perfect for twenty- and thirtysomething fans of Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz.” — Booklist, starred review

“Outstanding… Dahl excels at revealing the inner workings of enigmatic subcultures while maintaining peak suspense. She also provides a terrific ‘whoa, I didn’t see that coming” moment.’” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Newcomers to this award-winning series can jump right in with this installment, and be eager to read about Rebekah’s earlier investigations (INVISIBLE CITY; RUN YOU DOWN). The unsettling coercion of a confession from a teenage suspect could make this a good suggestion for fans of the show Making a Murderer. A surefire winner for any mystery or suspense fan. ” — Library Journal, starred review

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
“Doctorow offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The sweeping epic, which covers decades of Walkaway life—despite some difficult-to-read but entirely believable character trauma—is ultimately suffused with hope.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: March 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens
In the new novel from the LibraryReads author of THOSE GIRLS, Lindsey Nash escaped an abusive marriage and has successfully started her life over with her daughter—or so she thought. “Gripping… The difficulty of reading this book as a survivor must be emphasized; those of us who’ve endured domestic violence will recognize our lasting terrors and looking-over-our-shoulder habits in these pages and in this woman, as Stevens’ portrayal is spot-on. At the same time, survivors will want to pass the book on to everyone who ever asked them why they didn’t just leave. A must for public libraries.” — Booklist

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Never Let You Go.”*

EDGAR AND LUCY by Victor Lodato
Two starred reviews for this second novel from the author of the award-winning MATHILDA SAVITCH, about the complicated love a mother has for her unusual child and vice versa, and their drive to create family wherever they can find it. “Through numerous changing viewpoints, the truth is gradually revealed, creating suspense and rewarding readers with unexpected parallels and touching connections. Lodato’s remarkable novel traces a broken family’s spiritual journey toward healing in moving, magical prose.” — Booklist, starred review

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A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Becky Masterman
When ex-FBI agent Brigid Quinn is contacted by former colleague Laura Coleman to help exonerate Marcus Creighton, a death row inmate in Florida, Brigid agrees to help, especially since the case is the perfect distraction from her complicated family relationships. “Edgar-finalist Masterman presents a compassionate, clear-eyed depiction of the painful foibles of human nature in her chilling, twist-filled third thriller featuring retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn. A compelling, complex lead, Brigid has no problem skirting the straight and narrow in her quest for justice.”
Publishers Weekly

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ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser
A powerful debut that knits parental abduction with devastating secrets unraveling among friends and spouses. “Fans of smart women’s fiction mixed with a fast-paced plot should not miss this startling first novel from the editorial director of Writer’s Digest Magazine.” — Library Journal

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PLA Booklist Book Buzz Titles

Talia is about to tell you about her favorite Macmillan titles at this morning’s Booklist Book Buzz in a few minutes, but we didn’t want the #plaleftbehind to be left out. Here are Talia’s top picks:

INHERIT THE BONES by Emily Littlejohn
THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf
BADLANDS by C.J. Box
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao
THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
THE TRUE TAILS OF BAKER & TAYLOR by Jan Louch & Lisa Rogak
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY by Con Lehane
THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden
WAKING THE SPIRIT by Andrew Schulman
WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron
AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo
PARADIME by Alan Glynn
THE PRISONER OF HELL GATE by Dana I. Wolff
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
YOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Download the book buzz handout, complete with information about getting whitelisted for Macmillan e-galleys and participating in LibraryReads!

Happy (Belated) #BookBday (1/13/16 Edition)

We needed a day to rest up from ALA Midwinter, so happy belated #BookBday to:

FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
A January 2016 Indie Next pick, a SIBA Okra 2016 Winter selection, and THREE stars for Brown’s debut novel about a young couple on the run from pursuers across Sherman’s March through Georgia in the final year of the Civil War. “Much like Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN in style, subject, and mood, but also as evocative of the nineteenth-century American landscape as Karen Fisher’s A SUDDEN COUNTRY, this is a masterpiece that deserves a full serving of accolades.” — Booklist, starred review

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
A January 2016 Indie Next pick, a Winter 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and THREE stars for Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. “ROSALIE LIGHTNING is a masterpiece—and a luminous tribute to a brief, beautiful life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: January 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe January 2016 Indie Next list includes 3 Macmillan titles!

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
Eisner-nominated cartoonist Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie, is also a Winter 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and has THREE starred reviews. “ROSALIE LIGHTNING is a masterpiece—and a luminous tribute to a brief, beautiful life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
Three stars for Brown’s debut novel about a young couple on the run from pursuers across Sherman’s March through Georgia in the final year of the Civil War. “Much like Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN in style, subject, and mood, but also as evocative of the nineteenth-century American landscape as Karen Fisher’s A SUDDEN COUNTRY, this is a masterpiece that deserves a full serving of accolades.” — Booklist, starred review

THE SOUND OF GRAVEL by Ruth Wariner
A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! Jeannette Walls’ THE GLASS CASTLE meets ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessup, THE SOUND OF GRAVEL is the remarkable true story of one girl’s coming-of-age in a polygamist Mormon Doomsday cult. “This well-written book is hard to put down and hard to forget.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

2015 Thanksgiving Reads

Thanksgiving is almost here! After all the cooking, cleaning and shopping, why not take a minute to relax and read? Here are 5 bestselling titles out now and 5 of our favorites coming out in 2016 that you can read and recommend:

Available Now
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton
UNSTOPPABLE by Bill Nye
KILLING AND DYING by Adriane Tomine

Coming Soon
ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

*Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted and don’t forget to nominate your favorite for LibraryReads!

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