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The New York Times and some author named John Green (!) love Torday’s novel about a young man recounting the idolization of his Uncle Poxl, a Jewish, former-RAF pilot.
“It’s Mr. Torday’s ability to shift gears between sweeping historical vistas and more intimate family dramas, and between old-school theatrics and more contemporary meditations on the nature of storytelling that announces his emergence as a writer deserving of attention.” — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Just finished my friend @DTorday's book THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST. I'm crying, and not sure why, which is my favorite post-book feeling.
— John Green (@johngreen) March 6, 2015
POXL a lovely novel sentence-to-sentence, and it gets at something deep about how we're all frauds, and all worthy of love.
— John Green (@johngreen) March 6, 2015
— John Green (@johngreen) March 6, 2015
And although it won’t be out until March 15, THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST will shine brightly on the cover of the New York Times Book Review! Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ve got to say:
The Los Angeles Times announced their 2014 Book Prize nominees yesterday and we’ve got ten terrific nominees from Macmillan:
THE EMERALD LIGHT IN THE AIR by Donald Antrim
The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast
THE VICTORIAN CITY by Judith Flanders
Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 18. For more information about the award and the full list of nominees click here.
Stuck at home on a snow day (or wishing you were)? Macmillan’s got the mysteries to give you more chills than that foot of powder outside!
THE EDGE OF DREAMS by Rhys Bowen
A near-fatal train accident leaves Molly Murphy sleuthing from the sidelines while her police captain husband has been receiving cryptic notes after each death in a string of murders. “The extremely tricky plot of Bowen’s 14th Molly Murphy mystery will keep even veteran whodunit readers guessing.” — Publishers Weekly
FIREBREAK by Tricia Fields
In the dry landscape of West Texas a massive wildfire provides the perfect opportunity for someone to get away with murder. “Tony Hillerman Prize-winner Fields’s fourth Josie Gray mystery is as crisp as brush ready to catch fire.”
— Publishers Weekly
THE HIDDEN MAN by Robin Blake (2 starred reviews!)
“Set in 1742, British author Blake’s superior third whodunit featuring Dr. Luke Fidelis and coroner Titus Cragg centers on an impossible crime. The sleuths are an entertaining duo, and Blake again couples skillful plotting with authentic period details.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
The 27th annual Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced today and we have eight terrific nominees from Macmillan!
Gay General Fiction
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika
INSIDE A PEARL: My Years in Paris by Edmund White
Lesbian General Fiction
NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0 by Shelly Oria
THE OLD DEEP AND DARK: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart
LGBT Graphic Novels
SECOND AVENUE CAPER: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague by Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli
Winners will be announced on June 1 in New York City. Click here to see the full list of nominees.
Cupcakes for everyone! It’s time for another #BookBday! Today we celebrate:
GWENDOLEN by Diana Souhami
The titular heroine of George Eliot’s DANIEL DERONDA takes center stage in Souhami’s first novel. “Even George Eliot purists will find something satisfying in the imagining of a much improved future for one of literature’s most troubled heroines.” — Booklist
MEETING THE ENGLISH by Kate Clanchy
This sharply witty social comedy about an orphan Scot who moves to England to care for a formerly famous playwright was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. “In this trenchant debut novel, poet and memoirist Clanchy reveals her humor, humanity, and striking facility with language amid potentially tragic events.” — Publishers Weekly
The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:
“Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” — The New York Times Book Review
“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
— People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)
“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” — The Guardian
“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” — The Boston Globe
“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.” — Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”
“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed
TGIF! Our #FridayReads picks are two new titles from Flatiron Books:
IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
This fearless memoir by an award-winning journalist exploring her struggle with PTSD, its troubled history and treatment, and the ways she pushed herself beyond trauma to fall in love, is receiving terrific press from the New York Times Book Review, Elle Magazine, The Millions, and more.
“What makes IRRITABLE HEARTS powerful and useful, though, is the idea of living in brokenness and imperfection, rather than dashing yourself against them.” — The Washington Post
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
“Fischer recounts with vim and precision the astounding details of [actress Choi Eun-ee and director Shin Sang-Ok’s] kidnappings, long solitary incarcerations, surprise reunion, perpetual surveillance, and coercion into making films that did, indeed, win prestigious awards, until their audacious escape. Gripping and revelatory, Fischer’s true-life thriller provides a portal into the mad tyranny of North Korea.”
— Booklist, starred review readmoreremove
If you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we looooove Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, and super talented writer. Just how talented?
Her latest standalone novel, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES has FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews!
“In a nail-biting stand-alone with two heart-pounding climaxes and several pulse-racing twists, Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won’t let go. Readers who crave an action-packed psychological thriller should add it to their wish lists.”
— Library Journal, starred review
“Bestseller Scottoline casts an unflinching eye on the damaged world of sociopaths in this exciting page-turner. Once the red herrings are dispatched, the identity of the culprit who plots his downfall is a genuine surprise.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A proficient, mounting-stakes actioner that proves Scottoline is just as comfortable with a shrink determined to go to the wall for a troubled teen as she ever was with Bennie Rosato’s all-female law practice.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Occasional chapters from the killer’s viewpoint seem to lead the reader toward an obvious conclusion, but Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES is a standalone, but it won’t disappoint fans of her popular Rosato & Associates series and may well attract new readers.”
— Booklist, starred review
We’ve got a LibraryReads pick and two psychological thrillers this #ThrillerThursday:
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders
A February 2015 LibraryReads pick! “Social historian Flanders makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing… The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.”
– Publishers Weekly
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
From the author of PRECIOUS THING (a March 2014 LibraryReads pick), comes another “…multifaceted portrayal of obsession, loyalty, and control. Melody’s reawakening and Eve’s regrets and triumphs will hook readers quickly, especially fans of female-centered psychological suspense novels like those by S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Samantha Hayes.” – Booklist readmoreremove