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We heart Douglas Preston!

DouglasPreston_OneSheetWhen we want a great thriller packed with big ideas, science, and action Douglas Preston is our go-to guy.

We love his Wyman Ford series and the most recent book, THE KRAKEN PROJECT, was praised in a starred and boxed review from Booklist:

“Preston’s latest solo novel takes a wildly implausible premise and turns it into a very entertaining thriller. Preston sells the premise by sheer force of will: his characters are so compelling, his storytelling so persuasive, that we buy it all completely… Bravo.”

 

Add all of Preston’s books to your library shelves today!
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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 8/27/14)

Curious about which eBooks your patrons are reading? Wonder no more! Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for June 2014:

ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O’Reilly
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB by James Bowen
SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan

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We heart Lisa Scottoline!

WritersDigest-LisaScottolineArticleIf you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we love Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, a super talented writer, and very outspoken about how her books belong to several different genres.

Lisa is the cover story of the October 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest (on stands now)!

She talks about early success with her Rosato & Associates series, yet didn’t want to be known as “the female John Grisham.” That led her to write standalone novels about emotional justice, including LOOK AGAIN, and most recently, KEEP QUIET.

Meanwhile, she’s relaunched her bestselling Rosato series with last fall’s ACCUSED (BETRAYED is the new Rosato book due out November 25) and has written several essay collections with her daughter Francesca Serritella based on their Philadelphia Inquirer columns. Their most recent book, HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, was a People Magazine pick.

Lisa also gives great advice to aspiring writers:

“The world is really tough on people who want to be writers, and there’s precious little support for it. You have to nurture this dream. I visualize it as a candle. You’re the person in the movie walking around in the dark scary house, and you have the candle in the little dish, and you have to protect it with your hand. It can blow out very easily. And the world is not going to help you hold the candle. You’ve got to protect the candle.
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Happy #BookBday (8/26/14 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these fabulous new titles:

LOCK IN by John Scalzi
Scalzi’s near-future thriller landed on the August 2014 LibraryReads list and received three starred pre-publication reviews, like this one from Kirkus: “This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.”

FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by Michael Pitre
Early buzz has been building for Pitre’s incredible debut novel (it’s a B&N Discover New Writers pick, a Library Journal Best Summer Debut, a September 2014 Indie Next selection, a “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” selection, and a featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title) and now major media is ramping up. Pitre will be interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” (air date TBD), and reviews are coming in from USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, which called FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES, “an unblinking, razor-edged portrait of the war.”

THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes
Another Library Journal Best Summer Debut selection is Haynes’s “accomplished psychological mystery” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) about a drama teacher whose students react to Greek tragedies in dark and surprising ways. “Fans of suspense fiction with depth will especially enjoy this read.” — Library Journal

THE PHANTOM COACH: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories by Michael Sims
Sims’s collection of “delightfully creepy”* Victorian ghost stories from famous writers such as Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Conan Doyle is “a great collection for literature fans who enjoy lesser-known stories by famous novelists.” — *Booklist

Back to School Cool with Griffin Teen

Beat the back-to-school blues with these awesome books from Griffin Teen:

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

FEUDS by Avery Hastings
In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly. “FEUDS is fast-paced and plot-driven [and] ends with an unexpected cliff-hanger. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” — School Library Journal

BEING AUDREY HEPBURN by Mitchell Kriegman
The creator of Clarissa Explains It All‘s first novel stars a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s iconic dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Kriegman hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction—Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them.” — Publishers Weekly

PARTY GAMES by R.L. Stine
The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist
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The Art of Teaching

Just in time for the new school year, here are several new books by and about teachers:

BLACKBOARD: A Personal History of the Classroom by Lewis Buzbee
“From the perspective of former student, teacher, and parent, Buzbee offers a keen look at the politics, economics, and sociology of how school has evolved and the history of school developments from textbooks to writing tools to blackboards, interspersed with his own visceral memories of nap time in kindergarten and learning to read and calculate. This is a loving and probing look at the social and emotional meaning of school.” — Booklist

WHY TEACH?: In Defense of a Real Education by Mark Edmundson
Now in paperback. Edmundson, a renowned professor of English at the University of Virginia argues forcefully that the liberal arts are more important today than ever. “A heartfelt, beautifully written, profound, and often hilarious appeal to rage against the machinery of modern education.” — Booklist, starred review

GETTING SCHOOLED: The Reeducation of an American Teacher by Garret Keizer
Keizer’s memoir “packed with humor, pathos and valued insights” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of his return to teach at the same rural Vermont high school where he taught fourteen years ago is “a sympathetic portrait of a school, a searing indictment of a culture that uses working-class children as cannon fodder, and, unexpectedly, a page-turner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Friday Reads: Entangled Edition

Happy Friday, friends! Today we’ve got two Entangled Teen titles waiting for you to download over at Net Galley!

LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES by Shannon Alexander
A love story in the vein of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. High school senior Charlie Hanson is a rising physics star bound for MIT when he falls for Charlotte Finch, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. When Charlotte asks Charlie to orchestrate the biggest prank campaign in Brighton history, it puts his bright future in jeopardy and Charlie realizes he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on, or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second).

NetGalleyLogoClick here to download the e-galley of LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES.

 

THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, this engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy stars Salome Montgomery, a young woman haunted by her near drowning in winter. When she’s left in charge of her grandparents’ estate, Salome discovers she’s a key player in a strange world where two young men try to protect her from an evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

NetGalleyLogoClick here to download the e-galley of THE WINTER PEOPLE.

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Thriller Thursday (8/14/14 Edition)

Our #ThrillerThursday picks guarantee an edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding, and action-packed thrill ride!

DON’T LOOK BACK by Gregg Hurwitz
Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, finds herself up against a mysterious man with a violent past on a trip in the remote jungles and mountains of southern Mexico. “Hurwitz has crafted another satisfying thriller that will keep readers turning the pages to find out what happens next. A taut, smart, suspense-filled ride to satisfy the most discerning of thrill seekers.” — Library Journal, starred review
Bonus: Watch the Kirkus video interview with Hurwitz on DON’T LOOK BACK!

PAYOFF by Douglas Corleone
U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk is back in a second “pedal-to-the-metal thriller”* where he must venture to South America to get a Hollywood mogul’s kidnapped daughter back. “Like GOOD AS GONE, the novel accelerates to high speed almost immediately and doesn’t slow down until the book is finished. Another winner.”
— *Booklist

GUN METAL HEART by Dana Haynes
Freelance operative Daria Gibron was injured on her last case, but she cuts her recovery short after an old colleague needs her help evading a dangerous Serbian mercenary group. “In her fourth adventure, former Shin-Bet operative Daria reads even more like the twenty-first century’s 007 as she punctuates breathless action with sharp wit, inventive strategy, and fashion commentary. A fine entry in a series that’s espionage at its most fun.” — Booklist

STRANGE SHORES by Arnaldur Indridason
Indridason’s beloved Inspector Erlendur returns to hunt for a missing woman who disappeared from the frozen fjords of Iceland, as well as his long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snowstorm when they were children has colored his entire life. “Having been absent in Indridason’s previous two mysteries, Erlendur’s return will thrill fans. While series veterans get more insight on Bergur’s disappearance, no knowledge of the backstory is required for full enjoyment of this satisfying mystery.” — Library Journal

What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.

Six Essential Debuts from LJ

Fun fact: Macmillan is publishing three of Library Journal’s six Winter 2015 debut novels recommended by the Pre-Pub Queen herself, Barbara Hoffert!

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Van den Berg’s first collection of stories was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; her second won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction. So the cognoscenti will be paying attention to her first novel, another example of the literary dystopian fiction that’s sweeping the country. Also sweeping the country, in van den Berg’s pages: an illness that leads to memory loss and death. But the ironically named Joy, who works nights at a Boston-area grocery store and drowns bad memories in cough syrup, is immune. That leads first to hospitalization (those curious doctors), then a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her. Heady stuff.

THE INFERNAL by Mark Doten
On Sale: February 17, 2015
A senior editor at Soho Press whose work has appeared in venues like Conjunctions and New York magazine, Doten augments our efforts to understand contemporary East-West anguish with a novel whose premise is particularly arresting. As the fighting in Iraq heats up, a badly burned boy appears near the Akkad Valley, and the U.S. government is worried about what he knows or might have seen. An interrogator sprung from prison and an exacting instrument of torture elicit from the boy an outpouring of voices (including those of Osama bin Laden and Condoleezza Rice) that together capture a world remade by the war on terror.

THE WEDNESDAY GROUP by Sylvia True
On Sale: March 3, 2015
British author True is making eyes pop with this first novel about five women who meet in a therapy group, where they examine what it’s like to be married to sex addicts. (Maybe their husbands should be in therapy, too?) Gail, a distinguished judge, is getting letters from the latest girlfriend of her theology professor husband, who says he’s sworn off promiscuity. Hannah stumbled over her husband having sex with a male prostitute. Bridget’s husband is addicted to match-making websites, while Lizzy’s is a porn addict. And Flavia’s husband has just been arrested for groping a teenage girl, which means she might end the marriage.

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B&N Fall 2014 Discover Picks

Barnes & Noble recently announced their Fall 2014 selections for the Discover Great New Writers program and several Macmillan titles made the cut!

FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by Michael Pitre
We can’t stop talking about former marine Pitre’s deeply affecting debut novel about three men from a road repair platoon in Iraq and the struggles they face in the war and at home. In addition to the Discover pick, it’s a Library Journal Best Summer Debut, was selected for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BEA, and was a featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title. “A war novel with a voice all its own, this will stand as one of the definitive renderings of the Iraq experience.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE PLOUGHMEN by Kim Zupan
Library Journal‘s Douglas “Books for Dudes” Lord was really excited at BEA’s “Shout ‘n Share” about this gritty Western mystery in which a young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond. “A fascinating first novel that examines the complexities of two men, opposites in every way, whose lives nevertheless intertwine. With such a strong debut, Zupan’s literary future looks exceptionally promising.” — Library Journal

CATARACT CITY by Craig Davidson
Childhood friends pursue lives on opposite sides of the law in this sweeping literary crime novel from Davidson (RUST AND BONE). “…the characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE DOG: Stories by Jack Livings
Livings’ debut collection of stories set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China explores the country’s cultural and social fault lines, revealing a nation accustomed to rations, bitter struggle, and the stranglehold of communism as it confronts a generation rife with the promise of unforeseen prosperity. “Though Livings works as a journalist, his fiction shows a whole lot more than moonlighting potential.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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