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Thriller Thursday (7/31/14 Edition)

We’re wishing an early #ThrillerThursday to these mysteries coming out next week since Anne will be on vacation (reading a thriller, naturally):

CITY OF GHOSTS by Kelli Stanley
In award-winning author Stanley’s latest mystery, P.I. Miranda Corbie is searching for her long-lost mother, but along the way she must expose a Nazi spy and clear her name after being framed for murder. “It’s neonoir in a classical five-act structure, starring one of crime’s most arresting heroines.” — Library Journal, starred review on CITY OF SECRETS

DEAD LINE by Chris Ewan
In this fast-paced thriller from the acclaimed author of the Good Thief series, a highly trained hostage negotiation specialist will do anything to find out what happened to his missing fianceé. “This adrenaline-fueled, stand-alone thriller is more akin to Ewan’s SAFE HOUSE than to his Good Thief caper novels, with Daniel Trent a driven protagonist in the Jack Reacher mold. Readers will want to see more of Trent, and this page-turner, full of twists and turns, cries out for a sequel.”
Booklist, starred review

BOSTON MOB: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and Its Most Notorious Killer by Marc Songini
From information based on newly declassified documents and the use of underworld sources, BOSTON MOB tells the “sad, true, bloody story” (Kirkus Reviews) of psychopathic strongman Joseph “The Animal” Barboza—one of the most feared mob enforcers of all time, who killed as many as thirty people for business and pleasure.
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Stars for LILA!

If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly anticipating Marilynne Robinson’s third volume in her Gilead series, LILA, following the Pulitzer Prize–winning GILEAD and National Book Award finalist HOME.

This last book in the trilogy revisits beloved characters and tells the backstory of Lila, the young bride of elderly Reverend Ames, first met in GILEAD.

Reviews are coming in and they’re outstanding:

“A masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson’s work.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

“Robinson has created a tour de force, an unforgettably dramatic odyssey, a passionate and learned moral and spiritual inquiry, a paean to the earth, and a witty and transcendent love story—all within a refulgent and resounding novel so beautifully precise and cadenced it wholly transfixes and transforms us.”
Booklist, starred review

Future review coverage will come in the New York Times Magazine, Elle Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Good Housekeeping, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” with much more to come, and Robinson will be interviewed by Bill Moyers for PBS.

Read a sneak peek excerpt on FSG’s Work in Progress. Or get the full e-galley on Edelweiss! Don’t see the green button? Then get whitelisted!

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Macmillan Publishers Broadens Public Library E-lending Pilot Program

Macmillan Publishers will be adding its full collection of frontlist eBooks to their public library e-lending pilot, it was announced today. It is the first time the company has made its catalog of eBooks published in the last twelve months available for lending in libraries.

The pilot program has been in place since March 2013 and currently includes all Macmillan eBooks published twelve or more months ago. With the addition of frontlist, Macmillan will have approximately 15,000 books available in their public library lending program and will continue to add new books weekly. Their frontlist eBook titles will be made available on the same day they go on sale in the retail market.

Macmillan’s frontlist titles will be offered to libraries under the 2 year/52 lend model currently in place for backlist. Macmillan titles are available through multiple distributors. The frontlist titles will be available to order in early August.

Alison Lazarus, President, Sales comments: “Librarians have been asking for our frontlist titles for their collections. With more than a year of our current pilot behind us and a better sense of the market, we feel comfortable expanding our offering to our full catalog.”

Happy #BookBday to THE FORTUNE HUNTER

We adored New York Times bestselling author Daisy Goodwin’s Downton-y delicious debut, THE AMERICAN HEIRESS, and now we get to wish her second historical novel, THE FORTUNE HUNTER, a very happy #BookBday!

In THE FORTUNE HUNTER, a beautiful empress, a handsome horseman, and a bluestocking heiress form a passionate love triangle. It was a Maximum Shelf Awareness feature and has received rave reviews:

“Although readers who enjoyed THE AMERICAN HEIRESS will be first in line to savor Goodwin’s new novel, they will be followed quickly by others who appreciate engaging and thoughtful historical fiction.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Goodwin’s second novel is a luxurious indulgence for romantically inclined readers. Mingling historical fact with imaginative fiction, Goodwin writes with effortless grace, and her dialogue’s subtle wit is delightful. Each of her three protagonists commands attention and sympathy, which heightens the story’s poignancy.”
— Booklist

“An enchanting, beautifully written page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly

“With its witty dialogue, intriguing research and cameo appearances by Queen Victoria and other royals, Goodwin’s latest is a pleasurable excursion into Downton-land complete with high-society weddings, lavish balls and an exciting, all-or-nothing horse-racing finale.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Collection Development Spotlight: Af/Am

Today in the wonderful world of Macmillan Library, we’d like to tell you about some of our favorite recent Af/Am titles:

PASTOR NEEDS A BOO by Michele Andrea Bowen
Reverend Denzelle Flowers is running for Bishop, but complicating matters are his dirt digging ex-wife, a ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy who want power for themselves, and his feelings for the lovely Marsha Metcalf, a new member of the Pastor’s Aide Club. “Bowen’s newest tale has a slightly sexy, edgier feel, which will appeal to younger readers while retaining her many fans. Bowen takes her time setting up the church politics and the characters’ problems, but adds plenty of humor to keep readers going to the perfect ending.” — Booklist

DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS by J.D. Mason
Jordan Gatewood made a huge mistake when he put his hands on Lonnie Adebayo, thinking that he could get away with it. But he made an even bigger mistake by not making sure that she was dead. And now Lonnie’s out for revenge… “Mason’s characters create an addictive drama with universal themes of laying claim to family—and to the truth.” — Publishers Weekly on BEAUTIFUL, DIRTY, RICH
Look for the final novel in Mason’s riveting, sexy Gatewood family trilogy, CRAZY, SEXY, REVENGE in October 2014!

ALWAYS UNIQUE by Nikki Turner
ALWAYS UNIQUE contains three Nikki Turner novellas previously available only as eBooks starring Unique, a former criminal who falls in love and tries to build a normal, happy life despite her past. “Readers who like Turner’s earlier work will enjoy this collection, and the third novella offers a surprise twist that is especially satisfying.” — Booklist

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Winter 2015 Catalogs Now Available Online!

Flatiron-Books-logo-140-130Lovely Librarians,

We’re delighted to tell you that the Winter 2015 Macmillan catalogs are now available online! And while your browsing our many offerings don’t forget to check out our newest imprint, Flatiron Books!

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Questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Friday Reads: Movie & TV Edition

Happy Friday, friends! Check our favorite movie and television adaptations:

Movie Mania!

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool
The terrifying true story of a sixteen-year NYPD veteran investigating demonic possession and exorcism in NYC is now a major Jerry Bruckheimer summer blockbuster film starring Eric Bana and Olivia Munn.

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
The worldwide bestseller was adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
This heartwarming debut novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie with an all-star cast, including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver.

AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
The beloved novel about a woman who travels to a Jane Austen fantasy camp for women to find her perfect gentleman came to life with Keri Russell.

TV Time!

THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
The highly anticipated HBO adaptation of Perrotta’s novel about those left behind after a mysterious Rapture is finally here and stars a sexy Justin Theroux (just look at that jacket!).

THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
There’s not much we need to say about the blockbuster AMC TV series except that viewers might lose their heads if they can’t get their hands on these books in the series:
The Rise of the Governor
The Road to Woodbury
The Fall of the Governor – Part One
The Fall of the Governor – Part Two
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Descent (available Oct. 14, 2014)

HEMLOCK GROVE by Brian McGreevy
Now streaming season 2 on Netflix, HEMLOCK explores the murder of a teenage girl—and werewolves!

Coming Soon!

JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL by Susanna Clarke
On sale February 3, 2015
The phenomenal bestselling novel is coming soon as a tie-in edition to the major seven-part BBC TV series costarring Bertie Carvel (Les Miserables) and Eddie Marsan (War Horse).

THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
Lifetime is working on a two-night miniseries starring Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, and Rebecca Ferguson based on Diamant’s hugely popular Biblical bestseller.

Bonus!

RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Alan Eisenstock
The true story of two boys whose obsession with Raiders of the Lost Ark resulted in “the mother of all fan movies” (Los Angeles Times). Anne is obsessed with Indiana Jones (have you seen her Twitter handle?) so naturally she had to include RAIDERS!

24: Deadline by James Swallow
Anne is also a huge fan of the TV show 24 and Kiefer Sutherland’s take-no-prisoners operative Jack Bauer. This tie-in novel delves into what happened to CTU agent Bauer after he was framed for murder.

What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!

Maximum Shelf: FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES

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“I didn’t set out to write a book with a message or a moral. This really was just a story I had to tell. But along the way, I stumbled across the idea of people finding each other in their shared frailty. We’re at our most human when we can recognize our dread, and our weakness, in others.” — Michael Pitre

Perfect for readers who loved Karl Marlantes’s MATTERHORN and Kevin Powers’s THE YELLOW BIRDS, Iraq war veteran Michael Pitre’s debut novel, FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES, follows three men from a road repair platoon tasked with the dangerous job of filling potholes along the highways and byways of Iraq.

Buzzing since spring, FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES was picked for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BEA, was named a Library Journal Best Summer Debut, as well as a B&N Discover Great New Writers pick, and was yesterday’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title.

Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.

Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture—from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries—is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.

Told in alternating first-person voices, the story switches between the present, when each man has either returned home or tried to create a new one, and their far more vivid past, in the Iraqi war zone, following these men as they struggle to find a place in a world that no longer knows them.

“Readers will be floored by Pitre’s spare literary style, the authenticity of each of his characters’ three different voices, and those mesmerizing characters themselves, who are not perfect but demand our compassion for their very reality. The story of FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES is sometimes difficult to abide, but is also necessary; we are lucky to have such a fine voice as Pitre’s to tell it.”
Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review and interview with Michael Pitre on Shelf-Awareness.com.

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Thriller Thursday (7/24/14 Edition)

History, mystery, and dogs, oh my! Read on for today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

ATONEMENT OF BLOOD by Peter Tremayne
“Fidelma of Cashel, princess, former religieuse, and advocate of the law courts, returns in her twenty-fourth mystery steeped in the religion, law, and culture of seventh-century Ireland. Tremayne and his impeccable cast of characters continue to provide the best of the best in medieval mysteries.” — Booklist

LAST TO KNOW by Elizabeth Adler
In this “sinister tale of deadly deception” (Booklist), Adler continues the story of Detective Harry Jordan with the murder of a family near his lake home.

HOUNDED by David Rosenfelt
The 12th novel in Rosenfelt’s witty, heartfelt mystery series sees attorney Andy Carpenter suddenly fostering a child (and a basset hound!) and defending a close friend suspected of murder. “Longtime fans and new readers alike will be charmed by wise-cracking, canine-loving Andy.” — Publishers Weekly

Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib this #ThrillerThursday.

HISTORY OF THE RAIN longlisted for the Man Booker Prize!

WOOHOO! We just got the terrific news that HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams has been longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction!

You will know that I found him in his books, in the covers his hands held, the pages they turned, in the paper and the print, but also in the worlds those books contained, where now I have been and you have been too. You will know the story goes from the past to the present and into the future, and like a river flows.

Want to read more? Click here for a longer excerpt of this wonderful Bloomsbury book.

View the full longlist here; the shortlist will be announced on September 9.