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Three Stars for Paul Beatty’s THE SELLOUT

“Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised THE WHITE BOY SHUFFLE (1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [THE SELLOUT] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Beatty’s satirical latest is a droll, biting look at racism in modern America . . . Wildly funny but deadly serious, Beatty’s caper is populated by outrageous caricatures, and its damning social critique carries the day.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Paul Beatty] is back with his most penetratingly satirical novel yet. Beatty has never been afraid to stir the pot when it comes to racial and socioeconomic issues, and his latest is no different. In fact, this novel is his most incendiary . . . Fans of satire and blatantly honest-and often laugh-out-loud funny-discussions of race and class will be rewarded on each page. Beatty never backs down, and readers are the beneficiaries. Another daring, razor-sharp novel from a writer with talent to burn.” –Kirkus (starred review)

#thrillerthursday (12/18/14)

It’s  #thrillerthursday and and we’re reading:

THIEF by Mark Sullivan
(Robin Monarch Thrillers – Volume 3)

“[T]errific page-turner… Sullivan has crafted a remarkable antihero in Monarch, and the mix of action with thought provoking insight into what constitutes good or evil makes this a winner on every level. Fans of the Robert Ludlum Bourne novels or the books Sullivan writes with James Patterson will love this epic tale.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Action-packed…Comparisons to Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series are justified.”–Associated Press

“[E]xciting … Sullivan puts a fresh spin on a familiar premise.”–Publishers Weekly

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday?

Three Stars for Bill Loehfelm’s DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

“As he’s shown in the earlier installments in this series, Loehfelm has a real feel for capturing the nearly impenetrable culture of the NOPD; Coughlin needs all the help she can get to avoid becoming the fall guy in a case no one wants to touch, but whom can she trust? As impressive as his ability to evoke a sense of place is Loehfelm’s creation of a lead character of such remarkable depth and complexity. Equal parts toughness, vulnerability, naïveté, and street smarts, Coughlin has clearly established herself as one of the most compelling crime-fiction protagonists to appear in the last five years. She has something of the brashness of Carol O’Connell’s Kathy Mallory but is not nearly as loose a cannon; at the same time, her combination of determination and insecurity suggests Lucie Soto, another rookie cop, who shared the lead with Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s The Burning Room. Above all, though, she is one of a kind. There is no more fascinating beat cop in crime fiction, and when Coughlin earns her detective shield, the genre’s A-list stars better start watching their backs.”–Booklist (starred review)

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

To find out more about the critically acclaimed  Maureen Coughlin series, click here.

Teen Talk Tuesday!

It’s #TeenTalkTuesday and we’re reading:

VALLEY OF FIRES by J. Barton Mitchell

(The Conquered Earth #3)

The sci-fi tour de force series set in an alien-invaded post-apocalyptic world concludes as the teens must unite Earth’s disparate survivors to overthrow its alien invaders once and for all.

“In the conclusion to his science-fantasy trilogy… the battles are intense and numerous. Series readers will enjoy it.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Readers looking for strong, diverse characters in an interesting postapocalyptic world—similar to Julianna Baggott’s PURE or Dan Wells’ Partials series—will want to add this trilogy to their list.”–Booklist

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Make sure to check out all of our 2015 Books for Teens selections.

For Your Consideration: March 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the March 2015* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due January 20! Click here  for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

“After the rescue of a hijacked plane in Vienna fails spectacularly, leaving everyone on board dead, CIA types stationed in Vienna wonder if their agent on the case had been somehow compromised. Nine years later, two of the agents, former lovers Henry Pelham and Celia Harrison, who has left the agency, meet near Celia’s California home to reconsider the question—and eye each other warily. Steinhauer, a Dashiell Hammett Award winner and two-time Edgar Award finalist, is big enough to get a one-day laydown.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry

“When his former boss in the Justice Department asks him to track down a rogue North Korean possibly in possession of some hush-hush Treasury Department files, beloved Berry protagonist Cotton Malone finds himself chasing from Venice to Croatia in a tight 24 hours. The plot hinges on whether the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which legalizes federal income tax, was properly ratified. Joining a new publisher with that nice little controversy, hugely best-selling author Berry gets red-carpet treatment, including a one-day laydown.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe

“Metcalfe snares readers’ attention with rich, fantastic characters…A wonderful read that is hard to put down, THE TRAGIC AGE will continue to haunt readers long after the last page has been turned.” — VOYA magazine

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous in Plaid
by Suzanne Enoch

The next book in the deliciously sexy Scandalous Highlanders series from New York Times bestseller Suzanne Enoch

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Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

A haunting coming-of-age story about a young outcast as she sets out on a journey to find her long-lost father, who can tell her why she does the bad thing she does.

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The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday

“Elijah Goldstein’s devoted Uncle Poxl is a Jewish World War II fighter pilot and an overnight literary sensation. What more could a boy want? While Torday is more likely to be compared to Philip Roth or Michael Chabon than Gillian Flynn, his debut novel has two big things in common with Gone Girl-it’s a story told in two voices, and it’s almost impossible to discuss without revealing spoilers. The reversal that defines this novel arrives late and changes the meaning of everything that’s come before, but that’s all you’ll hear about it here.”–Kirkus, starred review

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A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Sceibe

“When her fiancé behaves shockingly, Emmeline (“Emmy”) Nelson kicks against her strict Lutheran upbringing in late 1950s Minnesota, getting a newspaper job and falling for a warm and charming Catholic boy. Then she learns that the Ku Klux Klan is active in the area—and that her family is involved. An in-house favorite that’s called part Annie Proulx and part Kent Haruf.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels

Sparks fly between a sexy mechanic and a DIY loving single mom in the first book in this sexy contemporary romance series

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Sarah Addison Allen Does It Again!

Thank you for voting Sarah Addison Allen’s latest, FIRST FROST, onto the January 2015 LibraryReads list!
This is Addison Allen’s SECOND appearance on the LibraryReads list —  LOST LAKE debuted on the January 2014 list.

“Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart.”–Booklist, starred review

“Allen has written a beautiful, lyrical story, complete with genuine characters whose depth reflects Allen’s skill as a writer. Allen’s fans will be eagerly awaiting her next.”–Publishers Weekly

 

Don’t forget to vote for February 2015 titles by December 20th! Here are our recommendations.

Don’t know what we’re talking about?  Read our LibraryReads FAQ.

Get yourself whitelisted here.

#thrillerthursday (12/11/14)

Good morning and welcome to #thrillerthursday!
Today we’re reading:

FIVE by Ursula Archer

“Austrian children’s book author Archer makes her U.S. debut with her first adult novel, a riveting mystery that centers on geocaching, the hunt for hidden objects using only a GPS device… The suspense builds until the shocking climax.”–Publishers Weekly

“Sure to appeal to Stieg Larsson fans.”–Booklist

“A single mother of two, Beatrice is a refreshing protagonist who isn’t afraid to take chances in this first adult mystery from a noted Austrian YA and children’s book author. Archer’s very effective procedural, with some clever twists (and gruesome crimes), also explores the intriguingly odd world of geocaching, and those who inhabit it. While some readers may have things figured out before the end, the journey is well worth it.”–Library Journal

 

THE IRIS FAN Laura Joh Rowland

“Rowland offers the usual high-stakes suspense, convincing period detail, and nuanced characters you care about. Readers will be sorry to see the last of Sano.”–Publishers Weekly

“A rousing, fitting conclusion to this long-running series.”–Booklist

 

PERFECT SINS Jo Bannnister

Readers will look forward to seeing more of Bannister’s finely drawn leads—fragile but determined Ash and good-hearted, impetuous Best—especially after the shocking cliffhanger ending.”–Publishers Weekly

“As one old crime comes to a slow and sad resolution, another emerges with an urgency that will have readers demanding the next book in the series. Two compelling story lines for two compelling characters.”–Booklist

Holiday Reads

Welcome to Wednesday!
It is my pleasure to share with you Macmillan’s many wonderful holiday-themed titles.
Though I am a Festival of Lights (aka Hanukkah) kinda gal, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I had my first taste of Eggnog (it may have been spiked!) during Thanksgiving and I am hooked! And is there anything better, my dear librarians, than Peppermint Bark? Marathon viewings of ELF and lots of presents — that’s how we celebrate at the Sherer household.

MacmillanLibrary @ ALA Midwinter 2015 (Booth #4613)

We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #4613 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter next month. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!

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Friday, January 30th
In-booth signing with Marci Jefferson
5:30-7:00pm
McCormick Place | Booth #4613

Marci Jefferson will be signing complimentary copies ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS.

 

Saturday, January 31st
“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”
The Best in Adult Books from Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins, Talia Sherer, Macmillan and Chris Vaccari, Sterling
10:30-11:30am
McCormick Place | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia “the terror” Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari!

 

Saturday, January 31st
“The Future According to Tor & Griffin: New Titles for Teens & Young Readers”
11:30-12:30pm
McCormick Place | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia (St. Martin’s Griffin) and Ali (Tor Teen/Starscape) as they present a stellar selection of must-shelve fiction for teens and young readers.

 

Monday, February 2nd
AAP /LibraryReads Booktalk Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
McCormick Place West, Room 185BC

YOU MUST RSVP! DETAILS BELOW.

Join the AAP Library Marketing Committee and LibraryReads for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast.  Hear from Paul Fischer (A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION) and 4 other fabulous authors!

RSVP here.

 

Monday, February 2nd
United for Libraries Gala Author Tea
2:00-4:00pm
Chicago Hilton, Williford Room

YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET! DETAILS BELOW.

Join United for Libraries’ traditional author tea featuring a panel of bestselling authors including Steve Berry (THE PATRIOT THREAT).  Enjoy a light repast of sweet and savory snacks while listening to the authors.  Signings follow with free books galore.

RSVP details here.

It’s a Two Star Parade!

Welcome back to Monday, dear librarians!  We’re thrilled to share with you 6 Winter 2015  Macmilan titles that have already recieved 2 starred reviews!
Add them to your shelves today!

AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson

“With crisp prose, masterful plotting, and building suspense, this is a real treat for fans of gritty crime fiction, who will want more from Clarkson.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Outstanding… Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will find a lot to like.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton

“A remarkable novel.”–Booklist (starred review)

“As skilled in execution as it is fascinating in premise, Walton’s new work doesn’t require a degree in classics, although readers might well be inspired to read Plato after seeing the rocky destruction of his dream. Although rich with philosophical discussions, what keeps this novel from becoming too chilly or analytical are its sympathetic female characters.”–Library Journal (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “THE UNQUIET DEAD.”

THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty

“Beatty … outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [THE SELLOUT] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.”–Booklist (starred review)

“Beatty’s satirical latest is a droll, biting look at racism in modern America . . . Wildly funny but deadly serious, Beatty’s caper is populated by outrageous caricatures, and its damning social critique carries the day.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK by Bill Loehfelm

“This series just keeps getting better.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“Loehfelm’s third crime novel featuring the marvelously complex New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin is every bit as good as its standout predecessors, and provides fresh evidence that Maureen merits a long literary life … The often lyrical prose will remind many of the grim, hard-edged style of James Ellroy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“Exceptional…unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND…even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“compulsively readable …  Sumell’s debut is humbly macho, provoking outrage, pity, and finally tenderness. Perhaps this is a book readers will hate to love, but only because it feels, like Alby, all too real.”–Booklist (starred review)

*Download your copy from Edelweiss

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