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Happy #BookBday (3/13/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to stories about families and all things literary, weird, and wonderful:

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
A “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” with two starred reviews! “Unlike most modern versions of fairy tales, Ortberg’s sly, scathing renditions avoid clichés and self-referential edginess, and instead strike directly at the heart. The book brings the shock of the new and the shock of recognition into play at the same time; it’s a tour de force of skill, daring, and hard-earned bravura.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Publishers Weekly Spring 2018 Literary Fiction Pick & Anticipated Debut! A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world. “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

WHISKEY by Bruce Holbert
Two starred reviews! Two brothers—fiercely loyal and just plain fierce—are bound together by a series of darkly comedic and hauntingly violent events. “[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

MEMENTO PARK by Mark Sarvas
Two starred reviews! A son learns more about his father than he ever could have imagined when a mysterious piece of art is unexpectedly restored to him. “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

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth
From the author of LibraryReads pick THE THINGS WE KEEP comes a new suburban drama about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden. “With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of BIG LITTLE LIES.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

2015 Audie Awards Finalists

Terrific news: our friends at Macmillan Audio have 22 finalists in the 2015 Audie Awards!

TALK LIKE TED by Carmine Gallo, read by Carmine Gallo

THE ODYSSEY by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, read by Dan Stevens

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

ENDURING COURAGE by John F. Ross, read by Edward Herrmann

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction
THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT by Donna VanLiere, read by Donna VanLiere

Judges’ Award: Science & Technology
THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX by Caleb Scharf, read by Caleb Scharf

Literary Fiction
THE PATRICK MELROSE NOVELS by Edward St. Aubyn, read by Alex Jennings

THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo, read by Kathleen McInerney
MALICE by Keigo Higashino, read by Jeff Woodman

Narration by the Author or Authors
A FIGHTING CHANCE by Elizabeth Warren, read by Elizabeth Warren
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey, read by Oprah Winfrey

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande, read by Robert Petkoff
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar, read by Henry Leyva

Personal Development
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey, read by Oprah Winfrey

Short Stories/Collections
THE WILY O’REILLY: Irish Country Stories by Patrick Taylor, read by John Keating

Solo Narration – Male
THE OTHER STORY by Tatiana de Rosnay, read by Simon Vance
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah, read by Dion Graham

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in New York City on May 28. See the full list of nominees here.


Homer’s Classics + Dreamy Downton Actor = Audio Heaven!

Happy Monday, friends! To ease you into the work week, here’s something that’s easy on the ears (and eyes): audiobook editions of Homer’s classics: THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY narrated by Downton Abbey hunk Dan Stevens! Me-ow!

And they’ve both received lots of attention!

Parade Magazine featured THE ODYSSEY in their list of fantastic celebrity-narrated audiobooks

Entertainment Weekly sat in on the recording session with Stevens and did a feature about it

THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY were included in a September AARP Magazine article about classic books with celebrity narrators

USA Today included an audio clip from THE ODYSSEY in a feature they ran on Dan Stevens

THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY are AudioFile Magazine Editor’s Picks this month


June is Audiobook Month!

Great news for all you audiophiles: June is Audiobook Month! We can't think of a better way to kick it off than by celebrating Billy Crystal's Audie Award wins, including Audiobook of the Year, for STILL FOOLIN' 'EM!

Crystal also won in the Humor and Narration by the Author categories, and the news has already received major national coverage in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and The Washington Post

The audiobook for REVIVER by Seth Patrick, narrated by Ari Flakos also won an Audie Award in the Paranormal category. 

Want more great summer listening for all those long road trips? The Los Angeles Times summer reading preview recommends Rainbow Rowell's LANDLINE, narrated by Rebecca Lowman. 

John Waters read the audiobook for CARSICK, a hilarious recounting of how he hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco in 2012 told in three novellas—good rides, bad rides, and the real ride. ran a fabulous piece, and both the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times gave it nice mentions. 


Audio All-Stars

Downton Abbey. Homeland. Sex and the City. What do these popular television shows have in common with our friends at Macmillan Audio? Our favorite actors from each will soon be narrating our audio books too!

Ron LivingstonRon Livingston, best known for his roles in Office Space, Band of Brothers and Sex and the City, will be narrating Lisa Scottoline's KEEP QUIET.

Click here to listen to a clip of Livingston’s narration.

Claire Danes  
Claire Danes, currently starring as Carrie Matheson on Homeland, is also known for her roles in My So-Called Life, Romeo & Juliet, and HBO’s Temple Grandin. She'll be narrating Michael Cunningham's THE SNOW QUEEN. Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life blog did a feature with an exclusive clip of Danes’s narration. (Fun fact: Danes’s husband, Hugh Dancy, narrated Cunningham's last audiobook, BY NIGHTFALL!)
Dan StevensDan Stevens, best known for his role on Downton Abbey, is doing double-duty by narrating a couple of Homer's classics: THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY. Once again, EW's Shelf Life was on the case with a feature story.

Click here to listen to a clip from THE ODYSSEY.


Even MORE 2014 YALSA Award Winners!

The good news just keeps coming in! We're happy to have these wonderful Macmillan titles selected for more of YALSA's great reading lists:

YALSA's 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list is arranged by topics that are timely and also have lasting value.  

Conflicted: Life During Wartime 
I AM A SEAL TEAM SIX WARRIOR: Memoirs of an American Soldier by Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin 

See the full list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults here.

YALSA's 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers 

The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
USES FOR BOYS by Erica Lorraine Scheidt 
BEFORE I DIE by Candy Chang 
ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY: Heartwarming Stories of Animals Caring for One Another by Lisa Rogak  

See the full list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers here.

YALSA's 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens 

The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is recommended for readers ages 12-18, and meets the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

THE ODYSSEY by Seymour Chwast
MARBLE SEASON by Gilbert Hernandez 
KITARO by Shigeru Mizuki 

See the full list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens here.

Congratulations to all winners!!