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Friday Reads: BY THE BOOK giveaway

Every Sunday, readers of The New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to the last page to see who will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature.

Edited by Pamela Paul, BY THE BOOK: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review contains full uncut interviews with 65 of the world’s leading writers, including David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson, on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations.

It’s a Library Journal Fall Editors’ pick, a November Indie Next selection, and now one of 10 copies of BY THE BOOK can be yours!

Our friends at Henry Holt created this nifty BY THE BOOK quiz. Simply fill out your answers and email them to Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: BY THE BOOK) by Friday, Nov. 14. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print* after the break.

Praise for BY THE BOOK:

“At times delightful and always entertaining, this book can be taken in large gulps, or small sips. Reading it will surely result in a monstrous and fascinating reading list.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The popular ‘By the Book’ column in the New York Times Book Review was Paul’s idea before she took the NYTBR editorial helm, and now that she’s gathered 65 of these irresistible interviews together in a book, they’ve gained magnetism and synergy. This is a book lover’s guilty pleasure, in which bookish fun is matched by substantial discussion, including those with E. L. Doctorow and Chang-rae Lee.” — Booklist


Thriller Thursday (10/23/14 Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks will also tickle your funny bone:

Hot on the heels of the May LibraryReads pick SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE comes the next installment of Darynda Jones’ laugh-out-loud bestselling paranormal series. This time PI/Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is battling demons who have escaped to Earth AND searching for her father, who’s vanished during an investigation. Plus trouble is coming right at her hot fiancé.

In the 18th(!) Meg Langslow mystery, Meg’s Mother ropes her into volunteering at a big Christmas-themed decorator show house. When an unfortunate designer turns up dead and Mother is the prime suspect, it’s up to Meg to catch the real killer. “The small town of Caerphilly, VA, and its inhabitants provide a charming backdrop for this Christmas cozy.” — Library Journal

2014 Tri-State Book Buzz titles

AnneTriState2-editToday is the Tri-State Book Buzz where Anne presented all the glorious upcoming titles listed below! We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so here are the books she talked about:

Blockbuster Bestsellers
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green (On Sale: Dec. 30)
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Women’s Fiction
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES by Sally Hepworth (On Sale: Feb. 10)
BLUE STARS by Emily Gray Tedrowe (On Sale: Feb. 17)

Mystery Bestsellers
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt (On Sale: Feb. 17)
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer (On Sale: March 10)
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry (On Sale: March 31)

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan (On Sale: Jan. 13)
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman (On Sale: Jan. 20)
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders (On Sale: Feb. 24)
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth (On Sale: Feb. 24)

Coming to a Theater Near You
SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis (On Sale: Dec. 2)
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke (On Sale: Jan. 6)

Crazy, Weird & True!
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer (On Sale: Feb. 3)
LETTER TO A FUTURE LOVER by Ander Monson (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Ahoy Matey!
WE ARE PIRATES by Daniel Handler (On Sale: Feb. 3)

Coming of Age
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg (On Sale: Feb. 17)
THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe (On Sale: March 3)
BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis (On Sale: March 10)

The Teen Read of 2015
ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers (On Sale: April 14)

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Spring 2015 Catalogs Now Available Online!

It’s the most wonderful time of year—Spring 2015 Macmillan catalogs are now available online! Grab a cup of joe (or tea), kick your feet up, and take your time browsing through all of our fabulous forthcoming titles. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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

Teen Talk Tuesday (10/20/14 Edition)

Holy cow! St. Martin’s Griffin has a TON of new teen fiction JUST FOR YOU! Check out the goodies, then join us and @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat, hashtag #ewyagc.

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins with contributions from Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black & others
Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors, with FOUR STARRED, RAVE REVIEWS, including this one from Kirkus Reviews: “It’s that rarest of short story collections: There’s not a single lump of coal.”

REDEEMED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #12)
In the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, evil vampyre Neferet has recovered her strength, while Zoey Redbird isn’t sure that she has what it takes to bring down Neferet, who now calls herself a god. “Lives are lost, loyalties (and romances) tested, and loose ends neatly tied up in this twelfth and final installment in the series. Fans will happily slurp this down, and with a film adaptation of the series in the works, they’ll have more to look forward to.”

REVEALED by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night #11) will be available in Trade Paperback in January 2014

Cooking (Healthy Sh*t) With Attitude

Need a cookbook that’s as sassy as your mouth? Then check out the #1 New York Times bestseller THUG KITCHEN: Eat Like You Give A F*ck (Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous, week of 10/26/14).

Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013—with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular website to inspire people to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

cornmeal pancakes-editAnne was up for the challenge and made THUG KITCHEN’s Cornmeal Waffles with Strawberry Syrup this weekend. Well, not exactly… She didn’t have strawberries for the syrup and she made pancakes instead of waffles because that’s some fancy sh*t (and she doesn’t own a waffle maker).

Before we get to the recipe, we’re giving away three copies of this fun, foul-mouthed cookbook for your library (or personal kitchen)! To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Thug Kitchen) by Monday, Nov. 3.

Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print* after the break. Now back to the recipe…

Happy Early #BookBday (10/20/14 Edition)

Today we’d like to wish an early Happy #BookBday to

WHO WE BE by Jeff Chang
In this follow-up to the award-winning classic CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP, Jeff Chang takes an intelligent, honest look at the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in American history over the last fifty years. “In this engaging look at race and culture, Chang raises questions but admits there are no simple or easy answers as culture continues to evolve.” — Booklist

BATHING THE LION by Jonathan Carroll
Five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some don’t, but all are united in the fight against Chaos. “Carroll drenches prosaic modern life with horrifying surrealism in this hallucinatory contemporary myth, which mingles terror and awe with family strife. This lyrical and thematically rich novel is not to be underestimated.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

What Are Your LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites?

libraryreads logo squareThanks to everyone who voted for their top 10 favorite LibraryReads titles as part of LibraryReads’ one year anniversary celebration! The long list has been whittled down from 120 titles to the top 25 titles.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to vote again for your top 10 titles from now until November 1.
Your votes will determine the ultimate “Favorite of Favorites” list to be revealed on December 1!

What are you waiting for? Go vote!

Books for Boys

This season Macmillan Library is all about boys and their adventures in growing up.  The boys whose DIY robot bests MIT, the boys who attend a terrifyingly real boarding school (in the future), and the boys who use gaming as a means of salvation…   We’re getting to know them all. Won’t you join us?

SPARE PARTS by Joshua Davis

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.”—Publishers Weekly

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WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle

National Book Award Finalist

“A pop culture-infused novel that thoughtfully and nonjudgmentally considers the dark side of nerddom.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

GOODHOUSE by Peyton Marshall

“A cut above the strong recent crop of dystopian futures, with a sympathetic protagonist, a believably degenerated society, and harrowing pacing, this deserves a wide audience.”—Library Journal, starred review


For Your Consideration: December and January LibraryReads Titles

Nominations for the January 2015 LibraryReads list (which also includes December 2014 titles this time) are due on November 20. Here’s what we recommend:

December 2014 titles

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
Grace and Ted Chapman are a literary power couple whose marriage is anything but perfect. So it’s good news when the new assistant Beth arrives and gets everything under control—except maybe her motives aren’t entirely altruistic.

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SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
by Joshua Davis

Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix, AZ who form a robotics club and are led by their teacher with nothing but spare parts and a dream to compete against MIT in a NASA-sponsored National Underwater Robotics Competition.

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by Ursula Archer
Two Austrian detectives must investigate a series of murders committed by a killer who tattoos map coordinates on his victims in a twisted geocaching game. “The suspense builds until the shocking climax.” — Publishers Weekly

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January 2015 titles

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
Featuring characters from her beloved novel, GARDEN SPELLS, Allen’s new novel picks up ten years after that eventful summer when Claire Waverly’s wild half-sister Sydney returned to Bascom and Claire met her now-husband Tyler. But when her father Russell shows up he brings with him information that Claire doesn’t want to hear and that will challenge everything she thought she knew about herself. “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

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In the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about William Heming, a real estate agent who is most at home among a stranger’s private things. “[A] gripping psychological thriller that pegs out the creep-o-meter with its chilling, original plot. Readers won’t soon forget this first-rate, white-knuckle suspense novel.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn returns in Masterman’s follow-up to her Edgar Award-nominated debut thriller RAGE AGAINST THE DYING. Brigid takes in her nineteen-year-old niece Gemma Kate after Gemma’s mom dies, but then dangerous things start happening. First someone tries to poison her dogs, then Brigid—is Gemma Kate to blame?

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THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
In the hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE BONE SEASON, Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

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The sinuous and provocative story of good cop Maureen Coughlin struggling painfully into her own on the streets of New Orleans.

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For more December/January LibraryReads title suggestions, view our collection on Edelweiss. Happy reading and happy nominating!

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