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PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2015

Our heads are at the beach, but we’re dreaming of Pumpkin Spice everything as we look forward to Fall!

Here are the Fall 2015 books from Macmillan that Publishers Weekly is looking forward to:

Fiction
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
In Franzen’s first novel since FREEDOM, a young woman follows a German peace activist to South America to intern for his WikiLeaks-like organization.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS by Kai Ashante Wilson
Wilson brings his rich, graceful prose style to this novella of two men’s love in a fantasy world full of troubles and terrors. This is the launch title for the Tor.com novella imprint.

Comics/Graphic Novels
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE by Riad Sattouf
Libya to France to Syria, Sattouf captures the sights, sound and even smells of his childhood in this memoir as his Arab nationalist father takes his family from one troubled landscape to another.

KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine
A woman who looks like an internet porn star, a man who keeps breaking into his former home, a stuttering girl who wants to be a stand-up comic; Tomine limns the life of each of his troubled characters with understanding and precision. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Minotaur Stars

TGIF! Today’s #FridayReads picks are three Minotaur mysteries that have received several starred reviews:

SHANGHAI REDEMPTION by Qiu Xiaolong
“Chinese exile Qiu once again movingly and convincingly portrays the plight of an honest cop in a police state, in his ninth novel featuring Insp. Chen Cao. The suspense is palpable, and Qiu gives readers a chilling vision of life under authoritarian rule.” — Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Character study, murder mystery, insider’s look into the hypocrisy and corruption that riddles contemporary China—this novel delivers on all of these, with side dishes of ancient Chinese poetry, Confucian sayings, and food criticism (especially of noodles). Another superb entry in an always outstanding series.” — Booklist, starred review

THE YEAR OF FEAR by Joe Urschel
“For those interested in the early years of the FBI and gangsters, this is the book to read. Just as this crime held the interest of the people on a daily basis in 1933 through the newspapers and radios, today’s readers will be completely absorbed.”
Library Journal, starred review
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Thriller Thursday (7/30/15 Edition)

Happy #ThrillerThursday to a bestselling author and the new kid on the (mystery) block:

BADLANDS by C.J. Box
THREE stars for Box’s latest standalone in which the new sheriff of a North Dakota town is investigating organized crime, a drug ring, and trying to figure out how a 12-year-old boy fits into the mix. “Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” — Library Journal, starred review

MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Sand Eckel
Part of the SMP Spring/Summer 2015 debut sampler! This first mystery introduces us to Rosalie Hart: an endearing, bread-baking heroine, who happens to be newly divorced and returns home to her aunt’s farmhouse only to find a dead body. “Please welcome the new cozy mystery writer in town! Eckel’s riveting debut makes a nice addition to the genre and will certainly entertain anyone who enjoys the work of Dianne Mott ­Davidson or Katherine Hall Page.” — Library Journal

Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib this #ThrillerThursday.

2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist

Congratulations to all of the fantastic books on the 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist, especially these two titles from Farrar, Straus & Giroux:

THE ILLUMINATIONS by Andrew O’Hagan

LILA by Marilynne Robinson

The shortlist will be announced on September 15 and the winner will be revealed on October 13. Click here to see the full list of nominees.

Hey! Whatcha Readin’?

Wanna know what your librarian pals are downloading, reading and loving? Here are the top Macmillan e-galley downloads* on Edelweiss:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
TENACITY by James Law
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
LAST RAGGED BREATH by Julia Keller
LAST SONG BEFORE NIGHT by Ilana C. Myer
WICKED LIES by Lora Leigh
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Want to get free e-galleys from us? Read this article and get whitelisted on Edelweiss!

Keep reading and remember to nominate the books you love for LibraryReads!

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Kirkus’s July 2015 Best Bets

Kirkus Reviews named four Macmillan titles to their July’s Best Bets list:

CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS by Mia Couto
“Mozambique biologist and writer Couto crafts a rich tale in which the spirit world is made real, animals are controlled by people, and dead ancestors are feared for their power to destroy cities. A haunting, ethereal flight of magical realism.” — Kirkus Reviews

FAST SHUFFLE by David Black
“Black supplies a sweetly moving fable for nostalgia buffs and anyone who thinks the movie Harvey (1960) would have been improved if its imaginary rabbit had been a damsel in distress. An epilogue retailing anecdotes from the author’s Hollywood days is quite as entertaining as the main event.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (7/28/15 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to three new releases great for book clubs:

THE NIGHT STAGES by Jane Urquhart
A female pilot recalls her affair with a man obsessed with the disappearance of his brother in this elegiac novel of intersecting memories and the sorrows of fractured families. “Highly satisfying on many levels, this novel will have book clubs basking in its big symbols and abuzz over Tamara’s final decision.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE OTHER DAUGHTER by Lauren Willig
In 1920s Europe, a young woman discovers that her supposedly dead father is still alive and living in London with his new socially prominent family, whose happiness she sets out to destroy. “Vibrant and thrilling, Willig’s third stand-alone should garner an audience beyond fans of the Pink Carnation series.” — Booklist

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME by Beth Harbison
Reader favorite Harbison infuses the story with wit and heart even though the premise of trading places in time is well trod. High-school high jinks and the search for meaningful love make this novel both lighthearted and poignant.” — Booklist

A GOOD FAMILY Giveaway!

Former high school teacher and author Erik Fassnacht wants to help you enjoy the last of your summer vacation by offering a free copy of his debut novel, A GOOD FAMILY.* First, a letter from the author:

Dear Educators:

Another year of school is starting—I know the feeling. Anxiety starts ticking like a kitchen timer in your chest, and you stand helpless in your home as summer around you dwindles, waiting for that resounding “ding.” Nonetheless, it is an exciting time. Fresh faces, eager teachers, and new prerogatives all await your arrival.

There are also questions. Are you teaching in the same classroom as last year, whose every cubbyhole and bulletin board edge you memorized? Or have you been moved from 10th grade British Literature in Room 101 by the Drama Department to 11th grade American Literature in Room 202 by the Science Lab, where it always smells like frogs and formaldehyde? Or maybe you’re getting an advisory period and a co-teacher, or are teaching trigonometry instead of algebra, or need to master that new technology by the beginning of your very first class. But here’s the real question: do you remember what it was like in the beginning? readmoreremove

St. Martin’s First – Spring & Fall 2015 E-Samplers

Our friends at St. Martin’s Press have put together two fabulous debut chapter samplers just for you!

The samplers are available for direct download on Edelweiss (and each have a corresponding Edelweiss collection) and are Read it Now! titles on NetGalley.

Spring/Summer 2015 titles include:
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (an August 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capó Crucet
MURDER AT BARCLAY MEADOW by Wendy Sand Eckel
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Iona Grey
THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
THE EVIDENCE ROOM by Cameron Harvey
THE CASUALTIES by Nick Holdstock
THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur
BETWEEN THE TIDES by Susannah Marren
STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi
FISHBOWL by Bradley Somer
HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (a June 2015 LibraryReads pick!)
HANGMAN’S GAME by Bill Syken
THREE RIVERS by Tiffany Quay Tyson
THE ART OF BAKING BLIND by Sarah Vaughan

Download a PDF of the Spring/Summer 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read It Now! file from NetGalley.

Fall 2015 titles include:

AVELYNN by Marissa Campbell
THE MAN ON THE WASHING MACHINE by Susan Cox
THE DEBT OF TAMAR by Nicole Dweck
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
DARK RESERVATIONS by John Fortunato
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
BLISS by Shay Mitchell
THE MARRIAGE PACT by M.J. Pullen
TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield
IN BITTER CHILL by Sarah Ward

Download a PDF of the Fall 2015 sampler from Edelweiss and view the collection of sampler titles. Download the Read it Now! file from NetGalley.

Happy Reading!

Breaking Boundaries with Griffin Teen!

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with CARRY ON, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller FANGIRL.

DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together face their hostile Georgia town. “Readers seeking a star-crossed love story with a twist won’t be disappointed.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

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