Library Journal editors revealed the Fall 2014 books they’re looking forward to the most, and three of them are from Macmillan:
BY THE BOOK: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review, edited by Pamela Paul
“I had to put down BY THE BOOK to do real work,” I wrote to one of LJ’s literature reviewers. The astute unabridged interviews feature a wide range of nonfiction and fiction writers such as Dan Savage, Neil Gaiman, and J.K. Rowling.
— Amanda Mastrull
THE ART OF NOISE: Conversations with Great Songwriters by Daniel Rachel
Originally published in the UK, it’s a thick volume that boasts new and in-depth interviews with 27 British songwriters whose popularity spans decades—everyone from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys) to Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Lily Allen talk about their craft. Read it cover to cover or skip around to your favorite artists. — Amanda Mastrull
UGLY GIRLS by Lindsay Hunter
When it comes to fiction, I’m always a sucker for a strong narrative voice that pulls me immediately into the story, and UGLY GIRLS, a tough but tender debut novel by acclaimed short story writer Lindsay Hunter, has it in spades. Teenage friends Perry, “who looked like some garden fairy,” and Baby Girl, “who wasn’t as pretty as Perry but meaner,” spend their days—and nights—cutting school, stealing cars for joyrides, eating fries at Denny’s, and texting Jamey, a high school boy who friended the girls on Facebook. But Perry and Baby Girl’s competitive relationship spirals into chaos when they discover that Jamey, who is obsessed with Perry, may not be who he says he is. — Wilda Williams
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