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Buzzfeed’s 21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall

Buzzfeed wants you to turn over a new (autumn) leaf with “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall,” including these three Macmillan titles:

THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
Anuk Arudpragasam’s immersive debut novel THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is set two and a half decades into the Sri Lankan civil war, where Dinesh, a Tamil refugee, is approached by an old man with a proposal that could change his life: If he marries the man’s daughter Ganga, they would both have a better shot at safety and a less violent future. A portrait of life touched by war and despair, THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is the tale of two strangers suddenly thrust into a strange new relationship.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
HERE I AM, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years, looks at one family in Washington, D.C., over the course of four weeks of crisis: As the Blochs’ marriage falls apart, so does the Middle East when a natural disaster has devastating consequences for Israel. HERE I AM explores religious identity, responsibility, faith, familial relationships, and what it means to be Jewish-American; an ambitious work. readmoreremove

Back to School Books

Just in time for back-to-school season, here are several new and forthcoming books about schools and education:

LIT UP: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby
Available in trade paperback February 14, 2017
“Part literary meditation, part case study of exemplary teaching, LIT UP traces a diverse group of adolescents as they are drawn into the ‘character-forming experience of reading difficult books’ by their ardent and caring (and as duly noted, union) teachers. LIT UP is also a cri de coeur imploring a return to the kind of education that elevates the ‘unquantifiable’ humanities to foster ‘the spiritual value of literature and the moral instruction of teenagers.’” — Booklist, starred review

FAIL U.: The False Promise of Higher Education by Charles J. Sykes
The bestselling author of PROFSCAM and A NATION OF VICTIMS exposes the over-priced, under-performing, grievance-crazed, and student-indenturing American higher-education complex. “Laying out a bold agenda for reform, Sykes calls for a university system smaller and less dependent on government largesse, less politically correct, and more open to online instruction than the one now bankrupting many students and their families. Certain to stimulate a much-needed debate.”
Booklist, starred review

IT TAKES A SCHOOL: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World’s #1 Failed State by Jonathan Starr
A story of David and Goliath proportions, how an American hedge fund manager created a unique school in Somaliland whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve success beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

THE POWER OF A PLANT: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools by Stephen Ritz
Ritz’s inspiring story about how teaching kids to garden moved the graduation rate from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

LEARN BETTER: Six Strategies for Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business and School by Ulrich Boser
In this engrossing book, Boser maps out the new science of learning, showing how simple techniques like self-questioning can help people gain knowledge and expertise in dramatically better ways.

Check out our resources for the college-bound student:

OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (2016 Edition)

CLEP OFFICIAL STUDY GUIDE 2017

COLLEGE HANDBOOK 2017

GETTING FINANCIAL AID 2017

SCHOLARSHIP HANDBOOK 2017

BOOK OF MAJORS 2017

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK 2017

50 SUCCESSFUL HARVARD APPLICATION ESSAYS (4th Edition)
The 5th Edition will be available May 9, 2017

GRAMMAR GIRL’S 101 WORDS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE NEEDS TO KNOW by Mignon Fogarty readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/23/16 Edition)

A debut, historical fiction, and new nonfiction: all available for your library’s shelves now!

RIVERINE: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm
An August 2016 Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “Combining lyrical prose with a haunting narrative, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize–winner Palm recounts a story filled with secret longings, family history, and musings on what might have been. All in all, this is a memoir to linger over, savor and study.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE OUTSIDE LANDS by Hannah Kohler
The remarkable debut novel of one family torn apart by a war crime—and a young mother’s moral compromises as she seeks the truth. “Set amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, Kohler’s sensitive debut follows a pair of San Francisco siblings struggling to make sense of the roles that have been set out for them. A haunting portrait of an era that only gets better as it goes along.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE SECRET BOOK OF KINGS by Yochi Brandes
This sweeping fictional biblical epic filled with court intrigue, romance, and rebellion tells the untold story of Jerobaam, fourth king of Israel, and Michal, King David’s discarded Queen. “Similar to India Edghill’s QUEENMAKER and Angela Hunt’s BATHSHEBA: Reluctant Beauty for the fresh, dramatic portrayal of famous biblical royalty.” — Booklist

BETWEEN TWO FIRES by Mark Noce
The first in an epic historical series set in Medieval Wales that follows Branwen, a Braveheart-like princess, caught between the love for her country and her love of a Robin-Hood-like prince.

WHITE MAN’S GAME: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa by Stephanie Hanes
A behind-the-scenes account of the celebrated yet troubled Gorongosa wildlife preserve, where Western conservation efforts are colliding with African culture.

Happy 3rd Birthday LibraryReads!

libraryreads-logo-square-150x150LibraryReads turns THREE this month! We’re so grateful for your support of the program that we’re giving away 3 super prize packs of Macmillan’s 2016 LibraryReads picks to date!

September 2016
#5 DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
#10 THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders (Bloomsbury)

August 2016
#1 A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
#8 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris (SMP)
#10 DIE LIKE AN EAGLE by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)

July 2016
#4 AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)
#6 TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron)
#7 ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker (SMP)

June 2016
#10 WIDOWMAKER by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)

May 2016
#7 REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart (SMP)
#8 CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong (Minotaur)

April 2016
#7 EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com)

January 2016
#7 THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth (SMP)
#8 ORNAMENTS OF DEATH by Jane Cleland (Minotaur)

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: LibraryReads 3) by Sunday, Sept. 18. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!
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For Your Consideration: November 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Nov16LRcollageDownload, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the November 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin
Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. “Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “To Capture What We Cannot Keep.”*

THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
A bestseller in Germany, Hansen’s debut novel is about two strong-willed and very different women who have a connection around a special old house: Vera, a refugee who arrived from East Prussia in 1945, and her niece Anne, who shows up at the house 60 years later with her small son.

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NORMAL by Warren Ellis
In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake.

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THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
A mysterious bequest of money leads to a murder in this new novel in the bestselling series whose last installment The New York Times called “a sterling addition to this well-polished series.”

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UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
From acclaimed international bestseller and LibraryReads author Higashino comes a compelling story of a twenty-year-old murder, two teenagers linked by the crime, and a detective’s obsession to finally uncover the truth. “Billed as much as grand social study as crime; the publisher makes comparison to Les Misérables and Crime and Punishment, and the South China Morning Post brings in David Foster Wallace.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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2016 Hugo Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Hugo Award winners!

Best Novella
BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor

Best Novelette
“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
(originally published in Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015; this story will be included in the anthology INVISIBLE PLANETS)

Best Editor, Short Form
Ellen Datlow

We also had some excellent nominees we’d like to recognize:

Nominated for Best Novella:
THE BUILDERS by Daniel Polansky
Macmillan author Brandon Sanderson was also a nominee in this category

Nominated for Best Editor, Short Form:
John Joseph Adams

Nominated for Best Editor, Long Form:
Liz Gorinsky

See the full list of winners here.

Friday Reads: THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS

Happy Friday, friends! Our highly anticipated #FridayReads pick is THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost.

From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel fans have been waiting to get their hands on for 25 years that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that not only enrich the original series but prepares fans for the upcoming Showtime episodes.

There’s an awesome book trailer, plus our friends at Macmillan Audio recently revealed the all-star cast for the audiobook edition of THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS: original Twin Peaks cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Michael Horse, David Patrick Kelley, and Chris Mulkey join Amy Shiels, Robert Knepper, and James Morrison, who are appearing in Showtime’s new Twin Peaks—plus co-creator/author Mark Frost and additional featured actors Annie Wersching and Len Cariou. Wow!

Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, Vulture, and the 405 all jumped on the announcement. Of the audiobook, Frost says, “I am thrilled that both original cast members and new actors will be coming together on this project to bring this other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life.”

THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS won’t be available from Flatiron Books & Macmillan Audio until October 18, so we’ll just have to be content with our slice of cherry pie and cup of coffee until then.

“The Library of Congress Goes to War” in AMERICAN TREASURES (+ a Giveaway!)

In AMERICAN TREASURES: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, Stephen Puleo tells the dramatic, never-before-told history of America’s efforts to protect the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, plus the key role played by Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish during WWII.

Stephen Puleo has a message for you, but first, we’re giving away finished copies to the first 5 librarians to email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: American Treasures). Make sure to include your library’s mailing address. Good luck!

Praise for AMERICAN TREASURES:

An engrossing account of the creation, consecration, and conservation of the documents that defined American democracy. Readers will take away a new appreciation for the vision and savvy of government officials in finding ways to insure such treasures would survive.” — Library Journal

“A solid retelling of an inspiring story.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This unique, easily digestible, well-researched saga is ideal for general readers.” Booklist

“Stephen Puleo once again educates, enlightens, and entertains us, this time through the history of the most important documents of our democracy. A tour de force based on exhaustive research into both primary and secondary sources, he tells the miraculous stories of the survival of the most precious evidence of our freedom thanks to, until now, the unsung heroes and heroines of our past.” — David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, National Archives, Washington D.C.

And now, a message from author Stephen Puleo…

Dear Librarian,
First, I want to say what a privilege it has been to work with so many wonderful librarians while researching my books over the years. I have spent a large part of my author life seeking help from librarians and I’m always amazed and impressed with the thoroughness, professionalism, and cheerfulness with which they approach their work. I owe librarians a debt of gratitude.

I’m writing today to let you know that my sixth book, AMERICAN TREASURES: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address, will be published this fall by St. Martin’s Press – and I’m very excited about it. For the first time, the book tells the full story of the unprecedented effort to preserve the documentary history of American democracy, focusing on the nation’s “crown jewels” – our most important and priceless documents. readmoreremove

Back to School E-Book Sale

Make your library’s digital shelf A+ with our Back to School e-Book sale for libraries!

Running now through September 30, more than 30 e-Books from bestselling YA & Children’s authors (Rainbow Rowell! Marissa Meyer! Leigh Bardugo! Gene Luen Yang! Jillian Tamaki!) will be discounted 30% off (with our regular lending terms).

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

Thriller Thursday (8/11/16 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to a thrilling debut and three new books from old favorites:

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A. Paris
An August 2016 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick with two starred reviews! “Making her smash debut, Paris switches chapters between the present and the recent past, taking us along on Grace’s journey and keeping the suspense level high. In the same vein as GONE GIRL or GIRL ON THE TRAIN, this is a can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review

DAMAGED by Lisa Scottoline
“In bestseller Scottoline’s outstanding 15th Rosato & DiNunzio novel, Mary DiNunzio, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio, takes on a heartbreaking case involving a dyslexic fifth grader, Patrick O’Brien, who’s bullied at school and is getting no support for his language disability. In her struggle to save Patrick, Mary finds herself fighting her associates, her fiancé, and social services. Tensions mount until the story concludes with a satisfying, unexpected twist.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
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