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Thriller Thursday (2/11/16 Edition)

Detectives are on the case in today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

INTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason
“Set in Iceland in 1979, several years after the events of 2015’s REYKJAVIK NIGHTS, Indridason’s elegantly crafted procedural traces two parallel cases: recently divorced Erlendur Sveinsson’s private investigation of the disappearance of a school girl named Dagbjört a quarter-century earlier; and his professional probe, with his enigmatic mentor Marion Briem, of the mysterious death of Kristvin, an Icelandic mechanic who worked at Naval Air Station Keflavík, a large American military installation with an active black market between base personnel and locals. ” Publishers Weekly, starred review

When the India Office seek help in finding Maharajah Narayan, last seen hunting on the Bolton Abbey estate, they call upon the expertise of renowned amateur detective Kate Shackleton to investigate. “Fans of Maisie Dobbs and Daisy Dalrymple will enjoy the authentic period detail.” — Publishers Weekly

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib.

Michelle Gable Loves Librarians

We love Michelle Gable because she loves librarians.

Watch this video where she gives y’all a heartfelt thank you for supporting her debut novel, A PARIS APARTMENT, and some insight into her new book, I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, available now from St. Martin’s Press.

Happy Fat Tuesday #BookBday (2/9/16)

It’s a Fat Tuesday #BookBday!

THE HEART by Maylis de Kerangal
Two starred reviews for this audacious novel about the twenty-four hours surrounding a heart transplant told in multiple perspectives. “With its incredibly precise and exacting language as well as its dedication to challenging form, THE HEART shimmers and sears at the same time.” — Elle Magazine

A BuzzFeed Books’ 2016 pick! From the author of the critically acclaimed LOWBOY comes a much-anticipated new novel about time travel, family secrets, and the madness of the twentieth century. “An arresting mosaic of science fiction, history, and philosophy which proves Wray’s remarkable malleability and talent.” — Booklist, starred review

In this highly original debut that interweaves science and music, kind-hearted bartender Karl sells time travel trips back to famous rock shows and falls in love with Lena, prickly, overweight astrophysics grad student he hires to bring his friend back from 980 Mannahatta. Fun fact: author Mo Daviau used to be a librarian and archivist and she thinks you’re all superheroes“Hopwood Award–winning author Daviau writes with humor and compassion, creating absorbing, sympathetic characters and enveloping serious questions about love and life-changing events in a balloon of mind-bending time travels. Readers of all types of fiction will enjoy.”
Library Journal

Anne’s Time “Auf”

Anne is “auf” on vacation!

For the next two weeks she will be visiting family in Germany, eating pretzels, drinking beer, and having fun with baby Daniel in a new country. And of course, marveling at the libraries and bookstores in Stuttgart and beyond.

She’ll be back on the blog on Monday, February 22. Until then, be good to Talia!

…means “book love.”

Friday Reads: Nonfiction Picks

Happy Friday, friends. Today we’re curling up with a couple of fascinating nonfiction titles:

LIT UP: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby
“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

100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le
“When it comes to food, early humans knew best, according to Le, a biological anthropologist. Le mixes advice, personal anecdotes, and medical science in this fascinating food-for-thought narrative.” — Booklist

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Sneak Peek: March 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe March 2016 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles!

BLACKASS by A. Igoni Barrett
Also one of BuzzFeed Books’ Top Picks of 2016, this Kafkaesque satire deconstructs the ideas of race and society when a young, black Nigerian man wakes up in the body of a white man. “This is Kafka for the Kanye generation.” — Kenny Coble, King’s Books, Tacoma WA

HIDE by Matthew Griffin
An ABA Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2016 selectionGriffin’s forceful debut novel examines the lives of two men who meet and fall in love in North Carolina shortly after the end of World War II. “A bittersweet portrait of love in the shadows.”
Booklist, starred review

See the full list here.

Thriller Thursday (2/4/16 Edition)

Detectives and amateur sleuths abound in today’s #ThrillerThursday lineup:

SOUTH OF NOWHERE by Minerva Koenig
“This sophomore outing clearly demonstrates that Koenig’s acclaimed debut, NINE DAYS, was no fluke. Julie [Kalas] is an original heroine with a gutsy attitude and take-charge approach to life. Fans of Sue Grafton will welcome this hard-boiled protagonist.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The bodies keep piling up in this complicated tale, which offers enough mayhem, double-crossing, and general weirdness on the Tex-Mex border to last a lifetime.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Khan returns with another haunting mystery following detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the murder of a federal agent who was deep undercover in a terrorist ring. “A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today.”
Library Journal, starred review

The Very NSFW Coloring Book You Need

It was inevitable: the adult coloring book trend has taken a profanity-laden turn. Enter CHILL THE F*CK OUT by Hannah Caner (on sale April 12, 2016).

Do you or one of your patrons need to Chill the F*ck Out? Look no further than this hilarious collection of more than 30 of the finest swear words and uncouth sayings—all delicately wrapped in beautiful illustrations to color and display. Nothing soothes away the stress of the day while letting you be “Fancy as F*ck.”

Click here to download four explicit (NSFW!) sample pages.
Swearing’s not your thing? No problem! Click here to download four (redacted) sample pages with the naughty bits removed.

Looking to pair cooking with your craft? We recommend Thug Kitchen’s OFFICIAL COOKBOOK and PARTY GRUB GUIDE. Those sassy-mouthed “melon farmers” know how to have a good time.

Now go grab some crayons and keep between the lines. Or not. After all, we’re not your f*cking boss.

2016 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist

The PEN American Center revealed the shortlists for their 2016 PEN Literary Awards and half of the longlisted Macmillan titles made the cut!

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
THE DOMINO DIARIES by Brin-Jonathan Butler

PEN Translation Prize
THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin

To see all the shortlists, click here. The winners will be announced on March 1 and April 11. Congrats to the nominees!

It’s a Groundhog #BookBday!

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so that means we’re getting warmer weather soon. Until then, cozy up with these new books:

THE YID by Paul Goldberg
A February 2016 Indie Next pick and two starred reviews! “In this fantastical (and fantastic) debut novel by reporter and writer Goldberg, who immigrated to the United States from the USSR in 1973, a troupe of unlikely Soviet characters assembles with a single objective…to do in Stalin before his henchmen unleash the pogrom. Highly recommended for readers with a grasp of history who enjoy imaginative deviations from what we think we know as historical truth.” — Library Journal, starred review

BLACK DEUTSCHLAND by Darryl Pinckney
Two starred reviews for this story about a young, gay African American man in divided Berlin. “The novel is full of wondrous things—several genial character portraits, funny and exact depictions of West Berlin, [and] beautiful evocations of Chicago… Despite the gravity of Jed’s burdens and dilemmas (race, success, sanity, America, Germany), the book’s tone is comic, pleasingly spry, and the prose breaks naturally into witty one-liners [and] perfected wisdom.” — The New Yorker  readmoreremove