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If you don’t know Jenny Lawson, better known as “The Bloggess,” you should. She’s hilarious, whip-smart, and incredibly honest.

Especially about her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, which she discusses in her funny (yes, we promise!) forthcoming memoir, FURIOUSLY HAPPY.

Today Jenny revealed the cover on her blog in a post called, “FURIOUSLY HAPPY. And scared. And back to happy again,” which pretty much sums it up.
And the cover? NAILED IT.

Happy 20th Anniversary Picador!

PicadorBooklet_July-Dec2015Fun fact: Picador turns 20 this year (in the United States)!

Originally founded in 1995 as a publishing house for sophisticated hardcover fiction and nonfiction and for many Macmillan authors in their paperback lives, Picador is now home to a huge stable of incredibly talented authors, with a list of more than 1,500 titles, and 120-plus new titles, both original and reprints, published each year.

To celebrate, Picador has put together a brochure of their July-December 2015 titles just for you!

Peruse the fabulous pages filled with forthcoming books and pay close attention to limited editions soon to be available in the pocket-friendly Picador Modern Classics line.

We’ll leave you with a brief message from Picador publisher, Stephen Morrison:

“Great publishing is a collective effort with the author and their work at its heart. In the years ahead we plan to continue to play our part in bringing you more brilliant books from brilliant writers and hope that you will continue to join us in being part of this mission. In the pages ahead, please find a selection of our titles—from both new and established voices—for the second half of 2015. Enjoy.”

Click here to download a PDF of the brochure.


Happy #BookBday (3/31/15 Edition)

Today we wish Happy #BookBday to two new books destined for the bestseller list:

Minotaur’s first novel from renowned New York Times bestseller Berry continues the riveting, history-based Cotton Malone series with a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?

The Associated Press calls THE PATRIOT THREAT “one of Berry’s best books to date.” Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll see him on the road during his massive cross-country tour that includes several library stops and the Texas Library Association Conference!

4/2 Carnegie Library – 3 events in Pittsburgh, PA
4/9 Highlands Ranch Library in Denver, CO
4/16 Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, TX
4/18 St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, MO
4/22 Nashville Public Library Foundation in Nashville, TN
4/23 Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, KY
4/24 Gwinnett County Public Library in Atlanta, GA
4/25 Cobb Library Foundation in Kennesaw, GA

@nprscottsimon: Mother called: “I can’t talk. I’m surrounded by handsome men.” Emergency surgery. If you can hold a thought for her now…

@nprscottsimon: I am getting a life’s lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU. We never stop learning from our mothers, do we?

“In this tender memoir developed from a series of Twitter messages, Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, finds the last week of his mother’s life to be a time for them to cherish each other and tenderly reminisce. He takes his quirky, devoted, gracious mother on her own terms, and his work shimmers as a touching tribute.” — Publishers Weekly

“Simon’s memoir is so captivating that everyone, not just fans of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, will enjoy learning about the wellspring that nourished the award-winning journalist’s wit, intelligence, heart, and chutzpah.” — Booklist, starred review

For a truly immersive experience, listen to the audiobook edition, narrated by Simon (clip available here).



Friends, we’re a bit obsessed with Gwendolen Womack’s THE MEMORY PAINTER. This riveting debut novel is a taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history that stems from this idea: What if neuroscientists accidentally unlocked the secret to reincarnation with a drug?

It’s an Indie Next pick for May 2015 and Gwendolen Womack did a feature interview in Library Journal about the book (they loved it—see the starred review below)!
Plus, this fabulous book trailer conveys the cinematic reading experience:


“It’s best not to try to analyze the ambitious plot of this thriller, which combines romance, fantasy, and adventure; just hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Well-drawn historical flashbacks, engaging characters, and a twisty ending make this thrilling blend of neuroscience, romance, and ancient worlds good bets for Da Vinci Code and Outlander fans.” — Booklist

“Womack makes a romantic case for the existence of destiny…and does a beautiful job… Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you’ve landed.” — Kirkus Reviews


Unabridged Access

Happy Monday! Our friends at Macmillan Audio recently launched a new blog called Unabridged Access dedicated to giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the world of audiobooks.

They’ll be sharing photos from the studio, audiobook recommendations for any situation, excerpts from exciting new programs, glimpses into audiobook publishing, Q&As with industry folks, and so much more.

Here are a few of our favorite recent posts:

In The Studio With Steve Berry Discussing THE PATRIOT THREAT Writer’s Cut: a video interview with Berry about creating a special version for the audiobook.

Scott Simon’s UNFORGETTABLE Tweets: listening to the NPR host’s memoir about connecting to his mother during her death had us calling our moms to say, “I love you.”

And our favorite, The Dogs of Macmillan Audio. Say no more.


Friday Reads: Stars Edition

TGIF! We’ve got a couple novels with starred reviews to add to your TBR pile this weekend!

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
An epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, who all must go to great lengths to conceal their blondness.

“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ferociously clever, exceedingly well written…. The pandemic and its ripple effects make for a gripping, darkly bemusing read. But there’s more. This canny, suspenseful, acidly observant satire cradles an intimate, poignant, and hilarious story of one lonely, stoic, young mother-to-be caught up in surreal and terrifying situations. Schultz gives readers a lot to think about in this rampaging yet sensitive tale about the true depths of womanhood.” Booklist, starred review

Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.Library Journal, starred review

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
“In this astounding first novel, Jarvis re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836. The book is very long…but it is a staggering accomplishment, a panoramic perspective of 19th-century London and its creative class.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove

What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and contemporary fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

The rest of the best:
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
KILLING JESUS by Bill O’Reilly
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today!

Thriller Thursday – Minotaur Stars Edition

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are two forthcoming Minotaur mysteries that are raking in the starred pre-publication reviews!

THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award, an historical mystery in which an alienist is found murdered near an Indian camp and a British constable must navigate the conflicting cultures to discover why.

“Poet, publisher, and psychologist Haldane makes his fiction debut with an exceptional historical set on Vancouver Island, with this winner of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. A host of intriguing characters combine with Haldane’s firm grasp of the period to make this an enthralling read.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Haldane never shies away from period-specific language and attitudes, which make readers feel as though they are walking the dirty streets of Victoria by his side. Historical whodunit fans will relish this exciting trip to 19th-century frontier Canada.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Haldane’s first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In Farrow’s smart, enthralling fourth Émile Cinq-Mars thriller, the retired Montreal police detective consults on a case involving the murder of a married couple at an isolated Quebec farmhouse. The hair-raising action moves from New Orleans to Alabama and back to Quebec, building to a brilliantly executed conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Farrow (the pen name of Canadian writer Trevor Ferguson) has written an excellent thriller in which characters, plot, and setting score a triple for suspense.”
Library Journal, starred review


Fall 2015 Catalogs Now Available Online!

The Fall 2015 Macmillan catalogs are now available online!
Grab a cuppa, settle in, and take your time browsing through all of the great Macmillan-y goodness coming out later this year. Make sure to check out titles from our newest distributed line, Media Lab Books.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Click here for the full list of Macmillan Fall 2015 catalogs.


Stars for DO NO HARM

“I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing.”

So begins neurosurgeon Henry Marsh‘s internationally bestselling memoir, DO NO HARM, revealing the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life.

A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year, DO NO HARM was shortlisted for both the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa Book Award and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, ranking alongside the work of Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, and Oliver Sacks.

This gripping, brutally honest account has already received THREE starred reviews:

One of the best books ever about a life in medicine, DO NO HARM boldly and gracefully exposes the vulnerability and painful privilege of being a physician.”
Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written and deeply moving—one of the best physician memoirs in recent memory.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Marsh’s remarkable, unblinking honesty shines through in each of the starkly different cases he describes… This thoughtful doctor provides a highly personal and fascinating look inside the elite world of neurosurgery, appraising both its amazing successes as well as its sobering failures.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review