Reviews and Publicity

AMERICAN DIRT is an Oprah Book Club Pick!

Amazing news! AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins is Oprah’s Book Club’s next pick!

This emotional and powerful story of a mother and son fleeing cartel violence towards America is already a LibraryReads pick, the #1 Indie Next pick for February, and received 4 starred reviews.

Said Winfrey “…I have been a news reporter, watched the news, seen the stories every day, seen the children at the border and my heart is wrenched by that. And nothing has done more (than AMERICAN DIRT) to make me feel the pain and desperation of what it means to be on the run. It’s changed the way I see the whole issue and I was already empathetic.”

Watch the announcement on CBS This Morning here.

Readers can join Orpah’s Book Club community by following @OprahsBookClub on Instagram.

Happy #PubDay and Women 2020 (1/21/20)

It’s #PubDay, and we have some strong women to spotlight: the raw journey of a woman and her son fleeing from Mexico to America + four women across generations living through slavery and racism.

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

A January LibraryReads pick, a February Indie Next List pick, and four starred reviews!

“This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern U.S. border indelibly individual.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“AMERICAN DIRT may be the don’t-miss book of 2020.”–Booklist, starred review

“Here, it’s the journey rather than the arrival on American dirt that counts, and readers will wonder whether they could ever have survived such a trek even as they realize that this could happen to them. An important book.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (1/16/20)

Clues hidden in a small town’s decrepit mural, long-hidden secrets in an asylum, and a death at a glamorous European society party– all in this Thriller Thursday.

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain 

A LibraryReads Hall of Famer and an Indie Next List pick!

“This rich novel from Chamberlain (THE SILENT SISTER) tracks artists whose lives intertwine after a mural is commissioned for a small town…Chamberlain’s depictions of creative beauty and perseverance across time and in the face of inevitable obstacles will keep readers turning the pages.”–Publishers Weekly 

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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/15/20)

Saving a zoo under ISIS control + how artificial intelligence will erode employment + skills and principles of how to be a leader + an illustrated collection of love and relationship advice = this nonfiction round-up.

FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo by Louise Callaghan

“Callaghan’s (Middle East correspondent, The Sunday Times) first book is a true page-turner…Recommended for readers seeking a more nuanced understanding of the complexities inherent to this region.”–Library Journal, starred review

A WORLD WITHOUT WORK: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond by Daniel Susskind

“Susskind’s book is so timely, to miss it might be downright irresponsible.”–Booklist

LEADERSHIP STRATEGY AND TACTICS: Field Manual by Jocko Willink

“Leadership lessons from the front lines, just where leadership is most needed…A valuable handbook for leaders and decision-makers at any level of the organizational chart.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Happy #PubDay + Historical Spotlight (1/14/20)

Princesses seeking safety during WWII + the story of a young feminist a century ahead of her time (with some Jane Austen mixed in) = today’s historical #pubday party!

THE SECRET GUESTS by Benjamin Black

“Black’s lucid prose is the perfect foil for tangled politics, old hatreds, unsolved crimes, the threat to Irish neutrality, and the possibility of new alliances that seethe underneath. This elegant novel will satisfy all readers who appreciate a good story, well told.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Drop-In Alert: OUR TIME IS NOW

On June 9, 2020, Henry Holt and Co. will publish beloved national leader Stacey Abrams’ OUR TIME IS NOW: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America, an empowering blueprint to ending voter suppression, reclaiming identity, and reshaping progressive politics.

Voter suppression has plagued America since its inception, and so has the issue of identity—who is really American and what that means. When tied together, as they are in our modern politics, citizens are harmed in overt, subtle, and even personal ways. Stacey Abrams experienced the effects firsthand, running one of the most unconventional races in modern politics as the Democratic nominee for the governorship in Georgia and the first black woman major party nominee in American history. Abrams did not become governor, but she will not concede. And the reason she won’t is because democracy failed voters. However, fixing suppression isn’t enough unless we understand how it works and how identity plays a pivotal role. Suppression and identity altered the 2016 presidential election—and will do the same in 2020. But progress can win, and here Abrams lays out how.

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NBCC 2019 Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has released their finalists for the outstanding books of 2019, and Macmillan has five titles on the list!

Criticism

ESSAYS ONE by Lydia Davis

Fiction

THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner

Nonfiction

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives by Walt Odets
NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky

Winners will be announced March 12, 2020.

Women 2020 (1/13/20)

Today’s spotlight kicks off the week with some fierce women who took the business world by storm.

UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

From stuck, broke, and looking for meaning, to working at a big-data startup in Silicon Valley, Anna Wiener now tells her story as a woman in Silicon Valley’s startup culture. “Equal parts bildungsroman and insider report, this book reveals not just excesses of the tech-startup landscape, but also the Faustian bargains and hidden political agendas embedded in the so-called ‘inspiration culture’ underlying a too-powerful industry. A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Sneak Peek: February 2020 Indie Next List

Macmillan leads the February Indie Next list with the #1 spot plus two more titles!

#1 Pick: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

A January LibraryReads pick + 4 starred reviews!

“This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“AMERICAN DIRT may be the don’t-miss book of 2020.”–Booklist, starred review

“Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An important book.”–Library Journal, starred review

HOMIE: Poems by Danez Smith

“An electrifying, unabashedly queer ode to friendship and community…. Smith is a visionary polyglot with a fearless voice.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE UNSPOKEN NAME by A. K. Larkwood

2 starred reviews!

“[A] phenomenal debut.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lushly detailed with incredible worldbuilding…”–Library Journal, starred review

Thriller Thursday (1/9/20)

Lady Emily goes to Pompeii + five high schoolers enter a video game that won’t let them quit in this #ThrillerThursday.

IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander

“In this series’ fourteenth outing (after UNEASY LIES THE CROWN, 2019), turn-of-the-century sleuth Lady Emily Hargreaves’ exploration of Pompeii’s ruins reveals a clever killer.”–Booklist

THE GOD GAME by Danny Tobey

“[A] story that keeps the reader in a constant state of suspense, the book is sure to appeal to SF readers, gamers, and anyone else who enjoys a well-plotted, well-told thriller.”–Booklist

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