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Our #LibFaves17 Picks

We enjoyed seeing so many of you participate in #LibFaves17 (thanks for making Jane Harper’s THE DRY an official 2017 Top Ten pick!).

Now here are OUR #LibFaves17 picks (aka our 2017 “Recommended Reads” from the newsletter):

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THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU by J.P. Monninger
Also available in audio
Finally, a book version of that romantic trilogy of films that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy collaborated on… And most especially reminiscent of BEFORE SUNRISE. I’m also fondly reminded of the first boy that I ever fell in love with, his name was Lenny Grant, we were both sixteen and attending a summer writing program in Boston. It may as well have been Europe…

THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo
THE STANDARD GRAND is reminiscent of Frank Bill’s CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA in terms of its grittiness and the ragtag group of misfit anti-heroes trying to survive in the wilderness. And I’ve always loved reading novels that were written in a sort of rushed exuberance—as if the author just had to share his or her story…

KNIFE CREEK by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch (my favorite bad-ass—does everything on his own terms—Maine game warden) is back for more! In KNIFE CREEK, Mike and his girlfriend Stacy (a bit of a rogue operator herself) are hunting wild rampaging boars that are destroying their beautiful town and surrounding environs. During the hunt, the couple discovers a dead infant in a shallow grave. Mike is a game warden but he’s got the instincts of a seasoned detective and must find out who committed such a gruesome deed. He just can’t help himself. And I love him for that. A home explosion that nearly kills him, an encounter with two very strange “sisters” wearing matching red wigs—one of whom may or may not be a long-dead co-ed (or was she kidnapped?), and a small town that’s full of suspects… Mike’s clearly on to something here, but what?

FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
Also available in audio
I’ve always loved short story collections (see Shobha Rao’s AN UNRESTORED WOMAN, Tom Perrotta’s NINE INCHES, David Bezmozgis’ NATASHA, Helen Ellis’ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Lauren Holmes’ BARBARA THE SLUT, James Franco’s PALO ALTO). The intensity of dipping into a life, briefly, and popping right out of it again… Of meeting someone at a particularly vulnerable and strangely fascinating moment in their lives… Of sharing that moment with them but never fully knowing when it began or where it ends is particularly exciting to me. And in Jeffrey Eugenides’ new short story collection FRESH COMPLAINT, meditations abound on life at every stage and at its most banally bizarre moments. Readers are thrown into a period of post-college idealism (and dysentery), mid-life pregnancies (and an ensuing tragicomedy), rebuilding after failure, sex studies in the jungle (and leaving one’s inhibitions behind), the worshiping of a musical instrument, a green card marriage and finally death. And we are treated to it all with a healthy dose of slightly off-beat characters.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
There’s a marketing specialist at Macmillan whose taste in books I trust completely. I will not name names, because she is my secret “book Santa” and I refuse to share her. Since 2004, she has very occasionally sent me manuscripts to read. She has always chosen a book that I end up loving, hating deeply, or at the very least ends up inciting an incredibly visceral reaction. I won’t list the favorites she’s sent, because her identity will most certainly be revealed. And now let’s talk about her latest manuscript, THE WIFE BETWEEN US. There is no train. There is no girl. There is drinking (all good stories need alcohol, right?). There is an unreliable narrator (but those are the most intriguing, aren’t they?). There is a handsome husband (marriages are always fascinating to dissect, good or bad!). There is “another” woman (a thriller always needs a mysterious “other,” right?). And that’s all I can tell you. Read it. And let’s talk about that ending.

INDECENT by Corinne Sullivan
An insecure shy teacher’s apprentice barely out of college at an all boys boarding school is tempted by the popular boy… He’s brash, he’s arrogant, he’s the leader of the pack… But, will she do what’s right? I can’t help but think of the only younger man that I ever dated. During the summer before I went off to college I dated a rising senior. He wore Polo cologne, had long hair and we spent most of that summer in hidden corners and behind closed doors. But it’s not the same, is it? readmoreremove

Ocean County Library Book Club Buzz Titles

Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? It’s true!

This weekend, Anne will participate in Ocean County Library’s “Book Discussion Leaders Tea” event where she’ll share these book club picks:

Bestsellers
THE NIGHTINGALE and THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Literary
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine
THE LAST LAUGH by Lynn Freed
THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

Diversity
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN and GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso

Mystery / Thriller
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES and AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
The Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny (GLASS HOUSES)
The Inspector Esa Khattak & Rachel Getty series by Ausma Zehanat Khan (THE UNQUIET DEAD, THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS, AMONG THE RUINS, A DANGEROUS CROSSING)
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

Nonfiction
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming

Movie / Media Tie-Ins
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis
ADNAN’S STORY by Rabia Chaudry readmoreremove

2016 Macavity Award Nominees

Happy #ThrillerThursday, lovely librarians! First, some awards news: we have 6 nominees for the 2016 Macavity Awards!

Best Mystery
LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton

Best First Mystery
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Best Critical/Biographical
A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
THE LOST DETECTIVE: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward

Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER by Susanna Calkins
TOM & LUCKY (and George & Cokey Flo) by C. Joseph Greaves

Now for some new mysteries hitting shelves this month:

WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron
A June 2016 LibraryReads pick! In this riveting new novel from Edgar finalist Doiron, Game Warden Mike Bowditch is on the trail of a ruthless vigilante amid the snow-covered mountains of Maine. “The suspense is strong and the action is well rendered. WIDOWMAKER will go down well with armchair outdoorsfolk, especially fans of C. J. Box and Craig Johnson.” — Booklist

PRESSURE by Brian Keane
A free diver is called in to investigate a seismological event in the Indian Ocean when events take a deadly turn and she and her crew must fight the monsters in the depths and those ashore. “Don’t just suggest to horror readers—although Keene does include a few fun insider references for genre fans. This is a perfect beach read for fans of Michael Crichton, Mira Grant, or Preston and Child—if you dare to take this book anywhere near an open body of water.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

RT Book Reviews 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Award Winners

Romantic Times Book Reviews honored two Macmillan authors with career achievement awards and three titles won 2015 RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

Career Achievement – Historical Mystery
Rhys Bowen (Molly Murphy series)

Career Achievement – Young Adult
R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)

Best Historical Mystery
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart

Best First Mystery
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Best Science Fiction
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente

See the full list of winners here.

RT Book Reviews 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Did you know that 22 Macmillan titles were nominated for Romantic Times Book Reviews’ 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Awards? It’s true!

Best Contemporary Romance
BROWN-EYED GIRL by Lisa Kleypas

Best Historical Romance
THE HIGHWAYMAN by Kerrigan Byrne

Best Futuristic Romance
BORN OF DEFIANCE by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Best Paranormal Romance
PRIMAL HEAT by A.C. Arthur

Best Romantic Suspense
OBSESSION FALLS by Christina Dodd

Best Mainstream Fiction
PRETENDING TO DANCE by Diane Chamberlain

Best Historical Fiction
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

Best Contemporary Mystery
LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: February 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the February 2016* LibraryReads list!

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

THE HEART by Maylis De Kerangal
Two starred reviews for this audacious novel about the twenty-four hours surrounding a heart transplant told in multiple perspectives. “…the writing is uncommonly beautiful and never lacking humanity. This poetic interrogation of our contemporary medical reality affords a view only literature can provide.”
Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

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THE YID by Paul Goldberg
Two starred reviews! “In this fantastical (and fantastic) debut novel by reporter and writer Goldberg, who immigrated to the United States from the USSR in 1973, a troupe of unlikely Soviet characters assembles with a single objective…to do in Stalin before his henchmen unleash the pogrom. Highly recommended for readers with a grasp of history who enjoy imaginative deviations from what we think we know as historical truth.” — Library Journal, starred review

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EVERY ANXIOUS WAVE by Mo Daviau
In this highly original debut that interweaves science and music, kind-hearted bartender Karl sells time travel trips back to famous rock shows and falls in love with Lena, prickly, overweight astrophysics grad student he hires to bring his friend back from 980 Mannahatta. Fun fact: author Mo Daviau used to be a librarian and archivist and she thinks you’re all superheroes.

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#thrillerthursday (01/15/15 edition)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

THE ICE QUEEN by Nele Neuhaus

“Lies and revenge are the driving forces of this intelligent mystery. Neuhaus manages a large cast of characters while skillfully executing plot twists. New­comers to this series will have no problem jumping in with this book and will likely be interested in reading more.”–Library Journal

“Intriguing… [S]olidly plotted and densely populated drama full of red herrings.”–Publishers Weekly

It’s a Two Star Parade!

Welcome back to Monday, dear librarians!  We’re thrilled to share with you 6 Winter 2015  Macmilan titles that have already recieved 2 starred reviews!
Add them to your shelves today!

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

“With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Outstanding… Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will find a lot to like.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton

“A remarkable novel.”–Booklist (starred review)

“As skilled in execution as it is fascinating in premise, Walton’s new work doesn’t require a degree in classics, although readers might well be inspired to read Plato after seeing the rocky destruction of his dream. Although rich with philosophical discussions, what keeps this novel from becoming too chilly or analytical are its sympathetic female characters.”–Library Journal (starred review)

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THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “THE UNQUIET DEAD.”

THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

“Beatty … outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [THE SELLOUT] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Beatty’s satirical latest is a droll, biting look at racism in modern America . . . Wildly funny but deadly serious, Beatty’s caper is populated by outrageous caricatures, and its damning social critique carries the day.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“Exceptional…unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND…even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“compulsively readable …  Sumell’s debut is humbly macho, provoking outrage, pity, and finally tenderness. Perhaps this is a book readers will hate to love, but only because it feels, like Alby, all too real.”–Booklist (starred review)

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Sneak Peek: January 2015 Indie Next list

The January 2015 Indie Next List was recently announced and it includes several Macmillan titles!

THE UNQUIET DEAD

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

“Loehfelm has created a wonderfully flawed heroine in Coughlin, who began as a Staten Island cocktail waitress with a nose for trouble… This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy (e.g., ‘her empty eyes pointed up at the stars and the wide expanse of indigo sky, her mouth slightly open in surprise.'”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

THE SHOCK OF THE FALL

(formerly published as WHERE THE MOON ISN’T)

* Winner of the 2013 Costa First Novel Award
* Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

“In this very assured debut, performance poet and mental-health nurse Filer shows that he knows what he’s writing about. It should prove catnip to book group participants (especially those who loved Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and will appeal to anyone looking for a serious (but not ponderous) story that’s impossible to put down.”–Library Journal, starred review

Fall Into a Good Mystery Webinar titles

Just in time for Halloween, Talia “the terror” Sherer shared her favorite forthcoming mysteries at Booklist‘s “Fall Into a Good Mystery” collection development webinar:

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski
FIVE by Ursula Archer
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

If you missed it, here’s a link to view the archived webinar, as well as the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss.
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