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Anne’s Time “Auf”

Anne is “auf” on vacation!

For the next two weeks she will be visiting family in Germany, eating pretzels, drinking beer, and having fun with baby Daniel in a new country. And of course, marveling at the libraries and bookstores in Stuttgart and beyond.

She’ll be back on the blog on Monday, February 22. Until then, be good to Talia!

…means “book love.”

Friday Reads: Nonfiction Picks

Happy Friday, friends. Today we’re curling up with a couple of fascinating nonfiction titles:

LIT UP: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby
“Part literary meditation, part case study of exemplary teaching, LIT UP traces a diverse group of adolescents as they are drawn into the ‘character-forming experience of reading difficult books’ by their ardent and caring (and as duly noted, union) teachers. LIT UP is also a cri de coeur imploring a return to the kind of education that elevates the ‘unquantifiable’ humanities to foster ‘the spiritual value of literature and the moral instruction of teenagers.’” Booklist, starred review

100 MILLION YEARS OF FOOD: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le
“When it comes to food, early humans knew best, according to Le, a biological anthropologist. Le mixes advice, personal anecdotes, and medical science in this fascinating food-for-thought narrative.” — Booklist

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

Sneak Peek: March 2016 Indie Next List

indie nextThe March 2016 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles!

BLACKASS by A. Igoni Barrett
Also one of BuzzFeed Books’ Top Picks of 2016, this Kafkaesque satire deconstructs the ideas of race and society when a young, black Nigerian man wakes up in the body of a white man. “This is Kafka for the Kanye generation.” — Kenny Coble, King’s Books, Tacoma WA

HIDE by Matthew Griffin
An ABA Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2016 selectionGriffin’s forceful debut novel examines the lives of two men who meet and fall in love in North Carolina shortly after the end of World War II. “A bittersweet portrait of love in the shadows.”
Booklist, starred review

See the full list here.

Thriller Thursday (2/4/16 Edition)

Detectives and amateur sleuths abound in today’s #ThrillerThursday lineup:

SOUTH OF NOWHERE by Minerva Koenig
“This sophomore outing clearly demonstrates that Koenig’s acclaimed debut, NINE DAYS, was no fluke. Julie [Kalas] is an original heroine with a gutsy attitude and take-charge approach to life. Fans of Sue Grafton will welcome this hard-boiled protagonist.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The bodies keep piling up in this complicated tale, which offers enough mayhem, double-crossing, and general weirdness on the Tex-Mex border to last a lifetime.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Khan returns with another haunting mystery following detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty as they investigate the murder of a federal agent who was deep undercover in a terrorist ring. “A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today.”
Library Journal, starred review

The Very NSFW Coloring Book You Need

It was inevitable: the adult coloring book trend has taken a profanity-laden turn. Enter CHILL THE F*CK OUT by Hannah Caner (on sale April 12, 2016).

Do you or one of your patrons need to Chill the F*ck Out? Look no further than this hilarious collection of more than 30 of the finest swear words and uncouth sayings—all delicately wrapped in beautiful illustrations to color and display. Nothing soothes away the stress of the day while letting you be “Fancy as F*ck.”

Click here to download four explicit (NSFW!) sample pages.
Swearing’s not your thing? No problem! Click here to download four (redacted) sample pages with the naughty bits removed.

Looking to pair cooking with your craft? We recommend Thug Kitchen’s OFFICIAL COOKBOOK and PARTY GRUB GUIDE. Those sassy-mouthed “melon farmers” know how to have a good time.

Now go grab some crayons and keep between the lines. Or not. After all, we’re not your f*cking boss.

2016 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist

The PEN American Center revealed the shortlists for their 2016 PEN Literary Awards and half of the longlisted Macmillan titles made the cut!

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
THE DOMINO DIARIES by Brin-Jonathan Butler

PEN Translation Prize
THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin

To see all the shortlists, click here. The winners will be announced on March 1 and April 11. Congrats to the nominees!

It’s a Groundhog #BookBday!

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so that means we’re getting warmer weather soon. Until then, cozy up with these new books:

THE YID by Paul Goldberg
A February 2016 Indie Next pick and two starred reviews! “In this fantastical (and fantastic) debut novel by reporter and writer Goldberg, who immigrated to the United States from the USSR in 1973, a troupe of unlikely Soviet characters assembles with a single objective…to do in Stalin before his henchmen unleash the pogrom. Highly recommended for readers with a grasp of history who enjoy imaginative deviations from what we think we know as historical truth.” — Library Journal, starred review

BLACK DEUTSCHLAND by Darryl Pinckney
Two starred reviews for this story about a young, gay African American man in divided Berlin. “The novel is full of wondrous things—several genial character portraits, funny and exact depictions of West Berlin, [and] beautiful evocations of Chicago… Despite the gravity of Jed’s burdens and dilemmas (race, success, sanity, America, Germany), the book’s tone is comic, pleasingly spry, and the prose breaks naturally into witty one-liners [and] perfected wisdom.” — The New Yorker  readmoreremove

February is Black History Month

It’s a leap year, so we’ve got an extra day to celebrate Black History Month!

We’ve put together an Edelweiss collection of 150+ titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture!) to help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:

PRINCE OF DARKNESS: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire by Shane White
ALEX HALEY: And the Books That Changed a Nation by Robert J. Norrell
WHO WE BE: A Cultural History of Race in Post–Civil Rights America by Jeff Chang

ABSALOM’S DAUGHTERS by Suzanne Feldman
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
THE RED STORM by Grant Bywaters
DISGRUNTLED by Asali Solomon

Click here to view the Black History Month Edelweiss collection.


Friday Reads: Performing Arts Roundup

performing artsTGIF! Today we offer you a roundup of newly published and forthcoming books about actors, directors, a musician, and the performing arts. Are you not entertained?!

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel
On Sale: March 1, 2016
Viertel has written what will become a classic textbook on the architecture and construction of the American musical. What Harold Bloom did for Shakespearean exegesis and Peter Drucker for management, Viertel has done for theater: written a definitive work by raising the curtain and laying bare the work of playwrights, composers, librettists, choreographers, and directors.” Library Journal, starred review

On Sale: February 16, 2016
“The diminutive, unforgettable creator of the emcee in Cabaret both on stage and on screen writes frankly of his diverse career, exacting mother, and public embrace of his homosexuality. An honest, eloquent, memorable autobiography.” — Kirkus Reviews

LEONARD: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner, with David Fisher
On Sale: February 16, 2016
“Fans will devour anecdotes surrounding the making of the series and its posthumous surge in popularity, but Shatner takes readers behind the nonemotive Vulcan visage to reveal the poet, photographer, devoted stage actor, recovering alcoholic, and formidable listener who was his friend. A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other.” — Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (1/28/16 Edition)

We’ve got two historical thrillers to share with you this #ThrillerThursday, but first some terrific news: Peter James will be awarded the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement by the Crime Writers’ Association!

THE LAST DAWN by Joe Gannon
Nicaraguan police captain Ajax Montoya and his partner Gladys are tasked with finding a young American journalist who vanished in war-torn El Salvador. “The sequel to 2014’s NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR is just as hard-hitting and impossible to put down. This tough-talking thriller, certain to keep readers glued to their seats, is set against the civil war in El Salvador and offers an absolutely gripping mix of fiction and fact.” — Booklist, starred review

“Edgar-winner DePoy transforms playwright Christopher Marlowe into a swashbuckling action hero in this solid first in a new historical series. DePoy piles on the twists and introduces some humor into the tense story line, which should find favor with Susannah Gregory readers.” — Publishers Weekly

What’s tingling your spine this #ThrillerThursday? Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib.