Articles tagged "World War II"

Forthcoming #FridayReads: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS

A mother and her 5-year-old daughter must hide from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland during World War II in Jennifer Rosner’s heart-rending fiction debut, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

Shira, the daughter, is a musical prodigy, and in order to keep her quiet and hidden in the barn of a Non-Jewish family, her mother Róza invents the story of a garden that must remain silent and a yellow bird that tends it, and this is how they survive until Róza is forced to make a difficult choice that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. This is Emma Donoghue’s ROOM meets World War II with a taut, tense story line and magical storytelling. It is emotional and tense and magical–it will fit right in there with stories like THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ or Kristin Hannah’s THE NIGHTINGALE, and we’ll have a reading group guide available online for your clubs.

Request the e-galley on NetGalley or email amanda.rountree@macmillan.com to request a physical ARC.

Maximum Shelf: THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS (10/17/19)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Jennifer Rosner’s breathtaking WWII mother/daughter story, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS.

As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay still and quiet, as music pulses through her and the farmyard outside beckons. To soothe her daughter and pass the time, Róza tells her a story about a girl in an enchanted garden:

The girl is forbidden from making a sound, so the yellow bird sings. He sings whatever the girl composes in her head: high-pitched trills of piccolo; low-throated growls of contrabassoon. Music helps the flowers bloom.

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Happy #PubDay (10/01/19)

An American Midwest family drama + a new novel from the author of THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ + the return of L. Penelope’s Earthsinger, all in this week’s #PubDay celebration.

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner

“Autofiction at its smartest and most effective: self-interested, self-interrogating, but never self-involved.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

“Morris’s propulsive tale shows the goodness that can be found even inside the gulag.”--Publishers Weekly

WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME by L. Penelope

Two starred reviews!

“If you are looking for an epic fantasy to recommend to your patrons, this is the one to pick.”–Booklist, starred review

“This is a wonderful integration of high-stakes epic fantasy intrigue with intimate personal connections.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Author Spotlight: Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson is the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Liberation Trilogy, and now he turns his intellectual eye to a new era: the American Revolution.

THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy, Volume 1) recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence, from the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777.

Full of riveting details and untold stories, THE BRITISH ARE COMING is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama.

Praise for THE BRITISH ARE COMING:

“Aided by fine and numerous maps, this is superb military and diplomatic history and represents storytelling on a grand scale.”–Booklist, starred review

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Red-Hot Drop-In Alert: CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

Heather Morris’ debut novel THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ was an immediate smash hit, skyrocketing to the top of bestseller lists across the country and spending 26 weeks at the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list (and still going strong).

We are so excited to be publishing Morris’ follow-up, CILKA’S JOURNEY, this October.

Cilka first appeared in THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ as the beautiful sixteen-year-old singled out by the camp Commandant. Readers have been clamoring for Cilka’s story, so make sure you leave plenty of room on your shelves for this one!

CILKA’S JOURNEY goes on sale October 1, 2019 from St. Martin’s Press.

September 2018 Nonfiction

From history to education to health, these new titles are perfect for your shelves:

HEART: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! “Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, cardiologist Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. “Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
Two starred reviews! “A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE MAN I NEVER MET: A Memoir by Adam Schefter & Michael Rosenberg
This memoir by the ESPN sports analyst (co-written with Michael Rosenberg) tells the story of how he fell in love with and married the widow of a 9/11 victim. “In what at first comes across as a bizarre concept for a memoir, Schefter successfully communicates his joy in finding love and family, and in a friendship with a man he never knew.” — Publishers Weekly

TIME TO PARENT: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern
The bestselling organizational guru takes on the ultimate time-management challenge—parenting, from toddlers to teens—with concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids. “Morgenstern’s bite-size, achievable goals and skill levels are simple to digest. Backed by scientific data and personal experience, the book is full of straightforward advice presented in an intriguing way. It will appeal especially to those who like to-do lists and find joy in checking off items as they are accomplished.” — Kirkus Reviews

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson
“A film and TV writer (e.g., HBO’s The Newsroom) and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, Henderson believed that failure in the classroom resulted from unmotivated, inattentive, simply bad teaching. But when he began substitute teaching, he quickly came to believe that the problem was rampantly unchecked student behavior, which he sees as resulting from society itself. Beyond analysis, here are prescriptions, including discussion of legal infrastructure, to improve the situation. Not surprisingly, there’s a big push not just to educators but to libraries.”Library Journal, pre-pub alert

THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald
By the national bestselling author of THE WAR ON COPS comes a provocative account of the erosion of humanities, the rise of intolerance in today’s university culture, and a call to return to learning that broadens the mind and takes students outside of their narrow selves. “Ultimately, Mac Donald identifies the choice schools must make as they confront these issues: continue with the corrosive pathology of identity, or commit to academic excellence, individual responsibility, and the humanistic goal of education through unfettered academic inquiry.” — The Washington Examiner readmoreremove

August 2018 All-Stars

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

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
“As accomplished as its subject, redoubtable socialite and women’s suffrage crusader Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fowler’s engrossing successor to 2013’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, again showcases her genius for seeing beyond the myths of iconic women. Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Journalist McConahay tells the gripping and often overlooked history of Latin America during World War II. This lively book, driven by colorful personalities, strikes the ideal balance between informative and entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“McConahay sheds light on long-neglected history in this fantastic read that will have far-reaching appeal.”–Library Journal, starred review

CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón
“In this beguiling, surpassingly eccentric triptych, Icelandic novelist Sjón takes on, in turn, romance (classic, not Gothic), mystery, and science fiction to examine how people parse themselves into little camps and try to make their way through this harsh world . . . Unlike anything else in contemporary fiction. Strange—but stunning.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Sjón is more than a novelist; he is a storyteller in the ancient tradition, and this work may be remembered as his masterpiece.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

LJ Mystery Spotlight Cover Girl: Zoje Stage

We’re thrilled to see Zoje Stage gracing the cover of the April 15, 2018 issue of Library Journal!

The BABY TEETH author did an extensive Q&A with LJ (shout-out to Talia “the terror” Sherer‘s PLA book buzz to a crowd of 1,000 librarians, which made BABY TEETH the most requested giveaway ARC in our booth!), and it was included with seven other Macmillan mysteries in a genre spotlight:

Hector DeJean, associate publicity director of St. Martin’s Minotaur Books imprint, says, “Thrillers focusing on family, marriage, and other domestic relationships have proven wildly popular, and in forthcoming books by Jennifer Hillier and Sandie Jones these intimate connections of family and friendship—beyond married couples—turn deadly.” In JAR OF HEARTS (Jun.), Hillier delves into the story of a woman who survived a relationship with a dangerous boyfriend and kept secrets about her best friend’s murder, while Jones, in her debut, THE OTHER WOMAN (Aug.), focuses on a woman facing an increasingly manipulative mother-in-law.

Anxieties about motherhood and the parent-child relationship are driving other domestic thrillers. Coming in July from St. Martin’s is Zoje Stage’s chilling debut, BABY TEETH, in which silent and emotionally detached seven-year-old Hanna conspires to kill her mother. St. Martin’s executive editor Jennifer Weis devoured the book in one sitting. “I couldn’t look away as it exposed family truths, a child’s threat to her parents’ relationship, and a continuous feeling of impending doom with dire consequences. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN meets GONE GIRL meets THE OMEN—it hits all the right notes.” readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/12/18 Edition)

We’re thrilled to have 2 finalists for the 2018 ITW Thriller Awards!

Best Hardcover Novel
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris

Best Young Adult Novel
PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

The winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII on July 14, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt, NYC.

And now for today’s #ThrillerThursday reads:

A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE by Mariah Fredericks
Two starred reviews! Fredericks’ compelling adult debut novel follows Jane Prescott, a ladies’ maid in an upper-crust 1910 NYC household, after her mistress’s playboy fiancé is gruesomely murdered. “The novel’s voice, plotting, pace, characterization, and historical background are all expertly crafted, while the resolution—which feels both surprising and convincing—will leave readers hungry for more.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

INQUISITION by David Gibbins
Archaeologist Jack Howard and his team are excavating a 17th-century shipwreck off Cornwall in England when they find clues that lead to the fabled Holy Grail—and the present-day inheritors of the Inquisition. “Steve Berry fans eager for an intelligent blend of suspense and reality, including some horrific contemporary developments, will be rewarded.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

DATE WITH MALICE by Julia Chapman
The second book in the Samson and Delilah mystery series set in the Yorkshire Dales has the investigators looking into several disturbing incidents at the local retirement community. “Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny’s village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the Dales town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents. The ongoing suspenseful story line will keep series fans hooked.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

February 2018 Nonfiction

Nature, history, humor, and sex—just a few of the subjects in this month’s new nonfiction releases:

THE SEABIRD’S CRY: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicolson
THREE starred reviews! “Marveling at lives lived in some of the harshest places on the planet, Nicolson writes lyrically of birds most of us only briefly notice when visiting a rocky shoreline, beings possessing extraordinary forms of understanding we have never shared.” Booklist, starred review

THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer
Two starred reviews! An indelible portrait of a family through three generations of boom and bust, and a legacy of fortune and ruin as big as Texas itself. “In his themes and vivid storytelling, Mealer invites comparison to James Mitchener (TEXAS) or J.D. Vance (HILLBILLY ELEGY). As tribute to the grit of the rural poor, as social history of dirt-and-oil Texas, and as rambunctious family saga, this work triumphs.” — Library Journal, starred review

LEFT BANK: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50 by Agnes Poirier
A lively, authoritative group portrait of some of the 20th century’s most revered creative minds as they lived, loved, fought, and flourished in Paris during and after World War II. “This book defies simple description; part collective biography, part cultural history, it aims to make the generation of intellectuals who shaped the Paris of the 1940s familiar to readers. For Francophiles and informed readers interested in 20th-century cultural trends.” — Library Journal

OPERATION CHAOS: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves by Matthew Sweet
An untold Cold War story about how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters; a tale that leads from a bizarre political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment. “A surprising, tragic, and, in many places, angry story of a country’s paranoia inflicting itself upon its own citizens.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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