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#ThrillerThursday (11/20/14 edition)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

“Scottoline writes terrific legal fiction with warm, smart characters and lots of humor and heart. Her legion of fans will be happy with this one, and it should find her new readers as well.”–Booklist

A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson

“Fans of the period as well as TV series such as Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs will enjoy Dandy’s latest adventure.”–Library Journal

Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis

“Winner of Minotaur’s PWA Best First Private Eye novel competition, this engrossing debut is told with a great eye for the gritty details of life in west Texas. The setting is extremely well done, and the twisty, compelling plot will keep readers hooked.”–Library Journal, starred review

Soul of the Fire by Eliot Pattison

“Pattison’s superlative eighth mystery featuring Shan Tao Yun takes the former Beijing government investigator to Zhongje, a Tibetan community that the Chinese regard as a “showcase for the motherland.” Pattison impressively combines a thrilling plot with a passionate denunciation of the Chinese oppression of the Tibetan people.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Want You Dead by Peter James

“Short chapters help make the pages fly, and the suspense builds strongly until the finale.”–Booklist

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

And The National Book Award Goes To… EVAN OSNOS!

We’re thrilled to share the news that the National Book Award in the Nonfiction category went to Evan Osnos for AGE OF AMBITION published by FSG.

The book explores China’s ongoing transformation into an economic superpower, and the clash between its economic progress and its authoritarian government’s crackdown on social freedoms.

Congrats to all involved!


Our  librarian pal Robin Beerbower applauded our comparison of Phil Hogan’s totally creep-fabulous A PLEASURE AND A CALLING to Patricia Highsmith’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY…  And now both Publishers Weekly and Booklist gave it starred reviews… My dear librarians, don’t miss the boat on this two-starred gem!

“British writer Hogan’s fourth novel is a gripping psychological thriller that pegs out the creep-o-meter with its chilling, original plot.  Hogan’s Mr. Heming is a monumentally diabolical character—the fact that he narrates the story further ups both the stakes and the tension. Readers won’t soon forget this first-rate, white-knuckle suspense novel.”–Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

“Delicious and addicting. William Heming joins the ranks of unforgettable, unreliable narrators in this gloriously creepy novel of psychological suspense.”–Booklist  starred review


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Teen Talk Tuesday: Amanda Hocking is baaaaack! (11/18/14 Edition)

Amanda Hocking made headlines when her self-published Trylle trilogy sold millions of e-copies. And when St. Martin’s Press re-released the trilogy in print, it spent a combined total of 23 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, reaching as high as #2.

In FROSTFIRE, the first book in Hocking’s magical new YA series, readers meet Bryn Aven — an outcast among the Kanin — the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

“The novel’s lingering questions and the author’s knack for cliffhangers are reason enough to anticipate the next installment.”–Publishers Weekly

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Kirkus Best Fiction Books of 2014

Macmillan, oh Macmillan, why must you steal nearly all the spots on Kirkus’ Best Fiction Books of 2014 list?

Song of the Shank

Steles of the Sky

Monday, Monday

Wolf in White Van

American Innovations



The Last Illusion

Valour & Vanity

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

The Long Way Home

In the Light of What We Know


Lock In



The Secret Life of William Shakespeare


Happy EARLY #BookBday! (11/17/14)

Good morning lovely librarians!  Please help us celebrate an early #bookbday for:

THE PARIS WINTER by Imogen Robertson

A December 2014 IndieNext List Selection!

“With a twisty, well-crafted plot, this novel is rich in historical detail and robust with personality.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“For readers of historical fiction looking for a complex story, this is a sure bet and most likely the next big hit of any book discussion group.”–Library Journal

WHY HOMER MATTERS by Adam Nicolson

“[A] gracefully written and deeply informed book…Nicolson’s spirited exploration illuminates our own indelible past.”–Kirkus (starred review)

“In this passionate, deeply personal book, Nicolson explains why Homer matters—to him, to you, to the world—in a text full of twists, turns, and surprises.”–Publishers Weekly

MEN: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation by Laura Kipnis

“Kipnis’s gifts are on full display in this irresistible collection of essays, in which she weaves together complex and penetrating insights about gender into provocative treatises… Kipnis has given us a necessary, and often witty, book that shows a brilliant, agile mind at work.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend by Christo Brand with Barbara Jones

“[Brand] paints a vivid picture of prison life in South Africa at the time, with its racial discrimination—no bread was given to black prisoners—and the guards’ own isolation from news of the outside world. The central focus of this extraordinary book, however, is a remarkable friendship that bridged age, race, and politics, as Mandela went from prisoner to secret negotiator, and eventually became a revered president.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review & Pick of the Week)


For Your Consideration: February 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the February 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due December 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war about two sisters and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town during WWII, spanning from the 1940s to the present day.

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WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler

“Can a couple of teenagers, a befuddled old man, and a nursing home orderly really steal a boat and wreak havoc in San Francisco harbor? Sure, says Handler, crossing and mixing genres dark and light, YA yarn and midlife doldrum while making readers root for his 20th-century privateers A jaunty and occasionally jolting, and honest take on the discomforts of youth, midlife, and old age, and how ineffective we are at dealing with them.”–Publishers Weekly

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

A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

Flanders’ deliciously fun debut novel set in the world of book publishing introduces readers to an enormously enjoyable, too-smart-for-her-own-good new amateur sleuth, as well as a colorful cast of characters, including the handsome inspector Field.

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FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

“Van den Berg’s highly anticipated debut novel is about a young woman named Joy who is in quarantine at a psychiatric hospital because her blood might hold the key to a cure and a vaccine against a highly contagious disease that’s rampaging across the country. Brooding, acutely observant, compassionate, suspicious, wistful, and wryly funny, Joy is an entrancing and sympathetic narrator through which van den Berg can channel her abiding fascination with what is submerged, hidden, lurking, lost.”–Booklist, starred review

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MAKING NICE by Matt Sumell

“From the first page, Sumell’s exceptional novel in stories unleashes one of the most comically arresting voices this side of Sam Lipsyte’s HOMELAND. Sumell’s debut demonstrates an almost painful compassion for the sinner in most of us, making MAKING NICE even more fun than eavesdropping in a confession booth.”–Publishers Weekly

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A novel about three generations of midwives and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley refuses to reveal the details of her own pregnancy (including the father’s identity), which unsettles her mother, Grace, while reminding grandmother Floss of her own situation 60 years previously.

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Prepare to be dazzled by a world of parallel London’s where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

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DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon


AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson


HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel


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LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites” aka RAINBOW ROWELL IS BOSS

LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, announced their inaugural annual “Favorite of Favorites” list: the top 10 titles that public library staff most enjoyed recommending in 2014.   And…. drum roll please…

Rainbow Rowell hit the list TWICE with FANGIRL and LANDLINE!


#ThrillerThursday: The Softer Side (11/13/14 Edition)

Victorian England’s amateur sleuth Charles Lenox has been compared to Sherlock Holmes and Dorothy L. Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey — his creator, Charles Finch, has been compared to Agatha Christie and Anne Perry. My dear librarian, why haven’t you dipped into this delightful series, yet?


“Vividly capturing the essence of Victorian England, Finch presents us with a unique sleuth who combines the deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes with the people skills of Thomas Pitt. A sparkling achievement.”–Library Journal (starred review)


“Even the most astute reader will be guessing to the end. Another triumph.” —Library Journal (starred review)


“A beguiling Victorian mystery [with] an amiable gentleman sleuth cut from the same fine English broadcloth as Dorothy L. Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey.”–Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review


“Readers of Anne Perry should be snatching up Finch’s books and clamoring for more.”–Library Journal (starred review)


“Agatha Christie meets Patrick O’Brian in Finch’s accomplished fifth whodunit set in Victorian England … the best in the series to date.”–Publishers Weekly (starred Review)


Happy #BookBday! (11/12/14 Edition)

Happy #Bookbday to:

GRAIL KNIGHT by Angus Donald
Robin Hood. The Holy Grail. Templars.  DISCUSS!

by Christopher Golden
Hamlet on motorcycles. DISCUSS!