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St. Martin’s First – Winter 2016 E-Sampler

If you’re off from work (and we hope you are), may we suggest downloading this great Winter 2016 debut chapter sampler from our friends at St. Martin’s Press?

Fun fact: SMP published the first works of Tatiana de Rosnay, Kate Atkinson, Jonathan Tropper, Dan Brown, Elin Hilberbrand, Lisa See, Louise Penny, Anita Diamant, Rosamund Pilcher, Lev Grossman, and more. You can discover the next bestselling author with St. Martin’s First!

The St. Martin’s First W16 sampler is available for PDF download on Edelweiss (check out the collection) and is a Read it Now! title on NetGalley.

Titles include:

FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown
ONCE A CROOKED MAN by David McCallum
THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman
THE ADVENTURIST by J. Bradford Hipps

Happy Reading!

Color Us Crazy!

We can’t get enough of the adult coloring book trend, and chances are your patrons are on the same page. Here are some titles to boost your programming and get your zen on:

FOUR SEASONS by Aiko Fukawa
Keep color and joy in your life all year round. We recommend starting with falling leaves and cozy cat-occupied living rooms!

So. Many. Flowers.

Includes 62 mystical circles for your creativity to round out.

Pretty patterns just for you!

Swirl away your stress with these gorgeous designs.

75 stress relieving designs in tear-out pages fit for framing, so you can keep calm and you know… color on. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Literary Gems

Happy Friday, friends! We’re celebrating #FridayReads with a couple of literary gems released this week:

GOD’S KINGDOM by Howard Frank Mosher
An October 2015 Indie Next pick! A young man comes of age—and uncovers his family’s deepest secret in the little known mountains of northern Vermont by the Canadian border. “No Catcher in the Rye angst here. Instead you’ll find a welcome dose of nostalgic realism laced with hard-edged wisdom.” — Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist, this spiritual fable about a boy born in thirteenth-century Persia with four ears documents his remarkable journey through pain and loss to transcendence. “Beautifully imagined… This mesmerizing novel is a gift to anyone looking for a transcendent reading experience.” — Library Journal, starred review

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

Thriller Thursday (10/8/15 Edition)

A couple of cozy mysteries will take the chill off this #ThrillerThursday:

In the fifth installment in the series, former-spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor must contend with his new role as a father as well as a murder all too close to home in Nether Monkslip. “As always, the mystery is as delicious as the tarts and as full of surprises as the Christmas cakes sold in the local bakery. The first three books in the Max Tudor series—WICKED AUTUMN, FATAL WINTER, and PAGAN SPRING—have been nominated for Agatha Awards, and no wonder: she has the cozy formula and tone down pat…” — Booklist, starred review

THE GRAVE SOUL by Ellen Hart
In Hart’s “riveting”* 23rd mystery featuring Minneapolis PI and restaurateur Jane Lawless, the investigator searches for the truth behind the death of Kira Adler’s mother, which has haunted Kira for many years. “Readers will be caught up in this harrowing look at the damage done in the name of family preservation.”
— *Publishers Weekly

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

Congrats to Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich!

Huge congratulations to Svetlana Alexievich, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” — Nobel Prize Press Release

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL: The Oral History of the Nuclear Disaster is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdown—from innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster—and their stories reveal the fear, anger, and uncertainty with which they still live. Comprised of interviews in monologue form, VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL bears witness to a tragedy and its aftermath in a book that is as unforgettable as it is essential.

Winner of the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award


“Seen through the eyes of those who lived through it, real-life Chernobyl begins to seem like a nightmare, with feral cats who hunt humans in packs and children born missing fingers—or worse….The stories accrete across the pages like the radionuclides lodged in the bodies of those who survived.”
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A WILD SWAN lands on the November 2015 LibraryReads List!

libraryreads logo squareFANTASTIC NEWS! A WILD SWAN by Michael Cunningham and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu is the #10 pick on the November 2015 LibraryReads list!

In A WILD SWAN, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder—are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true.


wildswan_il_2wildswan_il_3“The original tales are timeless for good reasons, and by approaching them from a fresh and astute perspective with humor and compassion, Cunningham revitalizes their profound resonance. Imaginatively illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, this is a dazzling twenty-first-century fairy-tale collection of creative verve and keen enchantment.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: November 2015 Indie Next List

indie nextThe November 2015 Indie Next list includes two of our favorite fall books!

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel selection, an ALA Annual “Read ‘n Rave” selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection, and an Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help care for his ailing parents. “…funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline
Bennie Rosato revisits her past when she represents Jason Leftavick, a former client she’s couldn’t free from juvenile detention after he finally stood up to a class bully. Now Jason’s an adult, accused of murdering the very same bully who first got him in hot water. “Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to an always-strong series. Scottoline is an A-lister all the way, and her Rosato series is always an A-plus in terms of reader interest.”
Booklist, starred review

Happy Belated #BookBday (10/7/15 Edition)

Congrats to this bunch of new books that hit the shelves yesterday:

THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
Crosley’s “signature wit is sharp as ever” (New York Times Book Review) in her first novel about three friends who reunite for a friend’s wedding in Miami, then end up on a road trip in France in pursuit of a priceless necklace. “Crosley’s smart, sardonic, sometimes-zany, yet also sensitive story is…a real gem.” — Kirkus Reviews
watch the hilarious book trailer starring Amanda Seyfried!

BLISS by Shay Mitchell & Michaela Blaney
A fun, sexy novel about following your bliss into wonderful and terrible places, written by Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell and her best friend. “Entertaining, unabashedly escapist…” — Booklist readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: December 2015 AND January 2016 LibraryReads Titles

The 2015 Favorite of Favorites voting is happening now, but it’s never too early to download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the combined December 2015/January 2016* LibraryReads list!

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

THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
Librarians are gushing over this novel reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK and Lisa Genova’s STILL ALICE about a 38-year-old woman with early onset Alzheimer’s who falls in love with another care home resident. “Reading this gave me the same feeling as when I first read Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK.” — Robin Beerbower, EarlyWord
“Loved THE THINGS WE KEEP about early onset dementia… Realistically imagined.” — Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington NJ

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ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
Evan Smoak, a.k.a The Nowhere Man, is a legendary figure with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. But now, someone with similar skills and training is on Evan’s tail with one mission: find and eliminate him. “The most exciting thriller I’ve read since THE BOURNE IDENTITY. Fans of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne will LOVE Evan Smoak. A new thriller superstar is born!” — Robert Crais

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor in chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world—and the beginning of our future.

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by Daniel Friedman

Thriller Award–finalist Friedman (DON’T EVER LOOK BACK) succeeds in making his unique blend of humor, crime, and an unusual protagonist work in the first of a new series starring the famous Romantic poet [Lord Byron]. Besides adroitly placing the major plot twists, Friedman manages to make one of the most obnoxious leads in recent memory oddly endearing and even sympathetic.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Keep Calm and CARRY ON!

FANGIRL fans rejoice! Rainbow Rowell’s CARRY ON, a YA fantasy following the adventures of Simon & Baz, is available today!

“It’s a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can’t be neatly sorted into houses, coping with stress and loss and the confusion of just trying to be who they are. It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside.”
Time Magazine

“Rowell has created a story that is as much a loving critique of the ‘Chosen One’ narrative as it is an example of the genre. The romance, once it gets going, is irresistible and surprisingly tender, but the true strength here is the characterizations… Stock up on copies—this one begs to be reread.”
Booklist, starred review

“With rock-solid worldbuilding, a sweet and believable romance subplot, and satisfying ending, CARRY ON is a monumentally enjoyable reading experience. Hand this to fans of Rowell, Harry Potter, love stories, and magic.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Carry On swag packWe’re celebrating CARRY ON’s #BookBday by giving away 10 party packs to lucky librarians! Each pack comes with balloons, buttons, tea bags, temporary tattoos, a coloring book jacket, and of course, a copy of CARRY ON!

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Carry On) by Sunday, Oct. 25. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check the fine print after the break.

Good luck and CARRY ON!