Happy #BookBday (3/28/17 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (3/28/17 Edition)

BONUS: two weeks of new releases in one! Happy #BookBday to: THE RIVER OF KINGS by Taylor Brown An April 2017 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! Two brothers travel a storied river’s past and present in search of the truth about their father’s death in the second novel by the acclaimed author of […]

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Friday Reads: Writers

Friday Reads: Writers

TGIF, lovely librarians! Today’s #FridayReads are new and forthcoming books about writers: EVELYN WAUGH: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade On the fiftieth anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s death, here is a completely fresh view of one of the most gifted—and fascinating—writers of our time. “A biography both thoughtful and intimate… Drawing on previously unavailable letters, […]

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SMP Winter 2017 E-Samplers

SMP Winter 2017 E-Samplers

Happy Labor Day weekend! We hope you’ve got a three day weekend ahead of you with plenty of reading time. May we suggest downloading two excellent free Winter 2017 chapter samplers from our friends at St. Martin’s Press? Discover debut talent in the St. Martin’s First e-sampler and pay tribute to history’s greatest writers with […]

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Booklist’s Best Sports Books of 2016

Booklist’s Best Sports Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Sports reading lists of 2016*, including these six Macmillan titles: Top 10 Sports Nonfiction (full list) HOPE: A School, a Team, a Dream by Bill Reynolds In spending a season following the Hope High School basketball team in Providence, Rhode Island, Reynolds not only digs deeply into the lives […]

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Happy #BookBday (3/29/16 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (3/29/16 Edition)

Do a little armchair traveling with these two new books out today: CHICAGO by Brian Doyle “Through the lens of one man’s first foray into adulthood, Doyle pens a moving ode to the city of Chicago and the singular nature of its people. A warm and entertaining journey of discovery with occasional amazing quirks.” — […]

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Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

Indie Next Picks for Book Clubs

The Summer 2015 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features six Macmillan titles! Top Ten THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler Familes… And Other Challenges THE GLASS KITCHEN by Linda Francis Lee Exciting New Voices THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS […]

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Happy #BookBday (4/7/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (4/7/15 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to MARTIN MARTEN by Brian Doyle, a brilliant coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old boy named Dave, and a marten named, well, Martin. “There are crises large and small—a child lost in the woods, Martin’s surprise fight with that one-in-a-billion-stories-marten—but this telling of at least some of Wy’east’s tales flows […]

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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Don’t Forget to Vote!

Nominations for the April LibraryReads list are due THIS FRIDAY (Feb. 20)!!! Need a recommendation refresher? Check out our favorites and a few more: EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (2 starred reviews!) A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva (2 starred reviews!) HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen UNFORGETTABLE: A Son, a Mother, […]

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For Your Consideration: April 2015 LibraryReads Titles

For Your Consideration: April 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the April 2015* LibraryReads list! *Nominations are due February 20!  Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines. Academy Street by Mary Costello Short-listed for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award “In this gemlike first novel, Costello shows her Irish roots; the imagery-light-filled absences, wells, […]

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Maximum Shelf: THE PLOVER

Maximum Shelf: THE PLOVER

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“I must have wanted to write a sea novel for years—I just adored Stevenson and Kipling and Conrad and Jack London and voyage-logs and sea stories and KON-TIKI as a boy.”
— Brian Doyle on his inspiration for THE PLOVER

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We're very excited about THE PLOVER by Brian Doyle, which continues the story of Declan O Donnell from one of Doyle's previous novels, MINK RIVER. It's an April Indie Next pick, and is this week's Maximum Shelf Awareness feature (we're pretty crazy about it, too).

“THE PLOVER is a fun ride with meaning and heart, lots of it, as well as jokes, scares, storms at sea, surprises, magic, absurdity—and humanity, exuberant joyful humanity.” — Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Brian Doyle on Shelf-Awareness.com.

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Praise for THE PLOVER:

“Doyle has written a novel in the adventurous style of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson but with a gentle mocking of their valorization of the individual as absolute. Readers will enjoy this bracing and euphoric ode to the vastness of the ocean and the unexpectedness of life.”
Library Journal, starred review

“In near stream of consciousness, wave upon wave of words tumbles out in long, beautifully rendered, description-packed sentences... A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A jack of all literary trades, Doyle augments his impressive oeuvre with this whimsical dreamscape of a nautical adventure about desolation and friendship. A joyous journey of discovery.” Booklist

“Every sentence Doyle writes about the ocean smacks of authenticity...”
Publishers Weekly

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