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Winter 2017-2018 Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Winter 2017-2018 Indie Next List for Reading Groups includes four Macmillan titles!

Top Ten
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
300 ARGUMENTS: Essays by Sarah Manguso

Of Writers and Readers
CABO DE GATA by Eugen Ruge, translated by Anthea Bell

Family and Coming-of-Age
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Booklist’s Best Books of 2016

Booklist revealed their Editors’ Choice picks for 2016, and they include 12 Macmillan titles:
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2016 (full list)

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
King, a master at illuminating overlooked facets of art history, tells the full, wondrous, and poignant story of Monet’s three-decade struggle to paint his monumental Water Lilies at Giverny.

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Jackson’s exhaustively researched biography of the Sioux visionary and medicine man details his life and the landmark events that shaped it, evoking awe over Black Elk’s struggle to help his embattled people preserve their culture and traditions.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti zestfully portrays five largely self-taught artists whose paintings helped forge the new American ethos in the midst of war and civic unrest: Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, John Trumbull, John Singleton Copley, and Gilbert Stuart.

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
Williams, an ardent and scrupulous witness to the living world, eloquently reports on her visits to a dozen national parks, interweaving vivid history, precise and rhapsodic description, personal stories, and evocative thoughts about the future.

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
This ambitious epic of Faulknerian dimension tells multiple stories across many generations, as Morgan attempts to throw her arms around the history of southern racism with the same fervor that she tackles the region’s white family dynasties.

THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN by Christine Sneed
Sneed investigates the dynamics of sexual power, the eroticism of fame, and the impossibility of sequestering pain in her marvelously lucid, empathic, and witty short stories. readmoreremove

Washington Post’s Best Books of 2016

The Washington Post revealed their Best Books of 2016, including these 18 Macmillan titles:

Notable Fiction (full list)
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
PEACEKEEPING by Mischa Berlinski
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell
THE YID by Paul Goldberg

Notable Nonfiction (full list)
ADNAN’S STORY: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry
AVID READER: A Life by Robert Gottlieb
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Best Mystery & Thriller (full list)
A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny

Best Science Fiction & Fantasy (full list)
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older

Best Memoirs (full list)
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi

Best Poetry (full list)
BLACKACRE by Monica Youn
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif

Best Graphic Novels (full list)
HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt
MOONCOP by Tom Gauld
ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart

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

2017 Carnegie Medals Longlist

carnegie-medalsWe’re thrilled to have 7 nominees on the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist!

Fiction
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell

Nonfiction
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

The shortlist will be announced on October 26 and the 2017 Carnegie Medal winners will be announced on Sunday, January 22 at the RUSA Book and Media Awards at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta. Congratulations to the nominees! 

National Parks Centennial

nationalparksNational Parks CentennialThe National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016! To celebrate, we recommend these fine nature books:

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
A June 2016 Indie Next list pick & an O Magazine Summer 2016 Reading selection! “Williams, an ardent, often rhapsodic, always scrupulous witness to the living world and advocate for the protection of public lands, celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service in this…uniquely evocative, illuminating, profound, poignant, beautiful, courageous, and clarion book about the true significance of our national parks.” — Booklist, starred review

BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster
A New York Times & Wall Street Journal Summer 2016 Reading selection! A passionate naturalist explores what it’s really like to be an animal—by living like them. “Fascinating… His attempts to actually be a beast make this a different sort of wildlife book.” — Booklist, starred review

Read the New York Times interview with Charles Foster on his research for BEING A BEAST.

UNDER THE STARS: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White
An O Magazine Summer 2016 Reading selection! An irreverent and hilarious history of American camping from the Girl Scouts to “glamping” that celebrates the many modes and primal appeal of recreation out of doors. “In an era when visits to national parks have grown exponentially, this book is an excellent and timely choice for readers.” — Library Journal

LASSOING THE SUN: A Year in America’s National Parks by Mark Woods
Woods decided to re-create his childhood trips to national parks with his family when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live. More than just a book about the parks, it’s about the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind. “A deeply heartfelt story about why the national parks remain so integral to the American story.” — Booklist readmoreremove

2016 Summer Reading Roundup

Major media declared these 27 Macmillan books Summer 2016 must-reads:
Fiction

TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Entertainment Weekly, St. Louis Post Dispatch)
THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary (People Magazine)
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (O Magazine)
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell (Buzzfeed)
GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS by Max Porter (Wall Street Journal)
REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips (O Magazine)
A WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER by Yvonne Georgina Puig (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Thrillers & Horror

THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry (New York Times Book Review)
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle (New York Times Book Review)

Nonfiction & Memoir

IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (O Magazine, People Magazine)
THE AUCTIONEER: Adventures in the Art Trade by Simon de Pury (“Good Morning America”)
THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
LAST NIGHT, A SUPERHERO SAVED MY LIFE: Neil Gaiman!! Jodi Picoult!! Brad Meltzer!!…and an All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusaders That Changed Their Lives by Liesa Mignogna (“Good Morning America”)
NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971-The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (O Magazine)
THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Victoria Fedden (O Magazine)

Travel & Nature

BEING A BEAST: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster (New York Times, Wall Street Journal)
Read the New York Times interview with Charles Foster on his research for BEING A BEAST!
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams (O Magazine)
FOLLOWING FISH: One Man’s Journey into the Food and Culture of the Indian Coast by Samanth Subramanian (New York Times Book Review)
HOW TO TALK ABOUT PLACES YOU’VE NEVER BEEN: On the Importance of Armchair Travel by Pierre Bayard (New York Times Book Review)
PUTIN COUNTRY by Anne Garrels (New York Times Book Review)
UNDER THE STARS: How America Fell in Love with Camping by Dan White (O Magazine)
WORLDS ELSEWHERE: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson (New York Times Book Review)

Sports

THE ONLY RULE IS IT HAS TO WORK: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller (New York Times Book Review)

Comics

HOT DOG TASTE TEST by Lisa Hanawalt (Wall Street Journal)
MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS: Prostitution and Religious Obedience in the Bible by Chester Brown (New York Times Book Review)

YA

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi (New York Times Book Review)

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

For Your Consideration: June 2016 LibraryReads Titles

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*Nominations are due April 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
“Williams, an ardent, often rhapsodic, always scrupulous witness to the living world and advocate for the protection of public lands, celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service in this enrapturing and encompassing chronicle of her deeply inquisitive, meditative, and dramatic sojourns in a dozen national parks. Illustrated with exquisite photographs by such masters as Lois Conner, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann, and Sebastião Salgado, this is a uniquely evocative, illuminating, profound, poignant, beautiful, courageous, and clarion book about the true significance of our national parks.” — Booklist, starred review

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WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron
In this riveting new novel from Edgar finalist & LibraryReads author Paul Doiron, Game Warden Mike Bowditch is on the trail of a ruthless vigilante amid the snow-covered mountains of Maine. “Barry Award winner and Edgar finalist Doiron’s new work is the top of the heap for the publisher this June.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Widowmaker” and your mailing address.*

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children would prefer, and when her husband dies, they offer solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair. But there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days. “Schine is a master at limning family dynamics in all their messiness.” — Library Journal

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IF I FORGET YOU by Thomas Christopher Greene
Two former lovers reconnect in this beautiful and haunting tale of great lost love from the critically acclaimed author of THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE. “WOW. What a book! I thought it was a great love story, emotionally taut in all the right places. I loved the characters.” — Tina Panik, Avon Free Public Library, Avon CT

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INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
Little Brother meets The West Wing in this “sparkling debut”* high-tech political thriller about a global information monopoly attempting to prevent election sabotage and world war. “This intriguing thought experiment is perfectly timed to leave readers pondering the meaning of voting and representative government in the run-up to the 2016 elections.” — *Publishers Weekly

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Infomocracy” and your mailing address.*
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ALA Midwinter 2016 – Friday Events

It’s opening day for ALA Midwinter 2016! Come by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 and kick off a great conference by attending these events:

ALA ERT/Booklist Author Forum with Terry Tempest Williams
4:00-5:15pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams will discuss her new book, THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks as part of a panel including documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky, moderated by Booklist‘s Donna Seaman. A book signing will follow the program.
Click here to download a recording of the event!

In-booth signing with Roshani Chokshi
5:30-7:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Check out our other events and follow the action on Twitter, hashtag #alamw16!

Macmillan Library @ ALA Midwinter 2016 (Booth #1806)

We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1806 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter in Boston next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!
Friday, January 8

ALA ERT/Booklist Author Forum with Terry Tempest Williams
4:00-5:15pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams will discuss her new book, THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks as part of a panel including documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky, moderated by Booklist‘s Donna Seaman. A book signing will follow the program.
Click here to download a recording of the event.

In-booth signing with Roshani Chokshi
5:30-7:00pm
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | Booth #1806

Roshani Chokshi will sign complimentary copies of her YA novel, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN.

Saturday, January 9

Auditorium Speaker Series with Isaac Mizrahi
10:00-11:00am
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center | BCEC Ballroom West

Listen to fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi discuss his forthcoming memoir I.M. which covers his growing up gay and overweight in a Jewish orthodox community in Brooklyn, his days at the High School of Performing Arts and Parsons School of Design, the waning days of Studio 54, and his rise in the fashion and business worlds.
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