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Today in the wonderful world of Macmillan Library, we’d like to tell you about some of our favorite recent Af/Am titles:
PASTOR NEEDS A BOO by Michele Andrea Bowen
Reverend Denzelle Flowers is running for Bishop, but complicating matters are his dirt digging ex-wife, a ruthless consortium of corrupted clergy who want power for themselves, and his feelings for the lovely Marsha Metcalf, a new member of the Pastor’s Aide Club. “Bowen’s newest tale has a slightly sexy, edgier feel, which will appeal to younger readers while retaining her many fans. Bowen takes her time setting up the church politics and the characters’ problems, but adds plenty of humor to keep readers going to the perfect ending.” — Booklist
DROP DEAD, GORGEOUS by J.D. Mason
Jordan Gatewood made a huge mistake when he put his hands on Lonnie Adebayo, thinking that he could get away with it. But he made an even bigger mistake by not making sure that she was dead. And now Lonnie’s out for revenge… “Mason’s characters create an addictive drama with universal themes of laying claim to family—and to the truth.” — Publishers Weekly on BEAUTIFUL, DIRTY, RICH
Look for the final novel in Mason’s riveting, sexy Gatewood family trilogy, CRAZY, SEXY, REVENGE in October 2014!
ALWAYS UNIQUE by Nikki Turner
ALWAYS UNIQUE contains three Nikki Turner novellas previously available only as eBooks starring Unique, a former criminal who falls in love and tries to build a normal, happy life despite her past. “Readers who like Turner’s earlier work will enjoy this collection, and the third novella offers a surprise twist that is especially satisfying.” — Booklist
Happy Friday, friends! Check our favorite movie and television adaptations:
DELIVER US FROM EVIL: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool
The terrifying true story of a sixteen-year NYPD veteran investigating demonic possession and exorcism in NYC is now a major Jerry Bruckheimer summer blockbuster film starring Eric Bana and Olivia Munn.
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
The worldwide bestseller was adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
This heartwarming debut novel was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie with an all-star cast, including Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker and Jacki Weaver.
AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
The beloved novel about a woman who travels to a Jane Austen fantasy camp for women to find her perfect gentleman came to life with Keri Russell.
THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
The highly anticipated HBO adaptation of Perrotta’s novel about those left behind after a mysterious Rapture is finally here and stars a sexy Justin Theroux (just look at that jacket!).
THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
There’s not much we need to say about the blockbuster AMC TV series except that viewers might lose their heads if they can’t get their hands on these books in the series:
The Rise of the Governor
The Road to Woodbury
The Fall of the Governor – Part One
The Fall of the Governor – Part Two
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Descent (available Oct. 14, 2014)
JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL by Susanna Clarke
On sale February 3, 2015
The phenomenal bestselling novel is coming soon as a tie-in edition to the major seven-part BBC TV series costarring Bertie Carvel (Les Miserables) and Eddie Marsan (War Horse).
RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made by Alan Eisenstock
The true story of two boys whose obsession with Raiders of the Lost Ark resulted in “the mother of all fan movies” (Los Angeles Times). Anne is obsessed with Indiana Jones (have you seen her Twitter handle?) so naturally she had to include RAIDERS!
24: Deadline by James Swallow
Anne is also a huge fan of the TV show 24 and Kiefer Sutherland’s take-no-prisoners operative Jack Bauer. This tie-in novel delves into what happened to CTU agent Bauer after he was framed for murder.
What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!
“I didn’t set out to write a book with a message or a moral. This really was just a story I had to tell. But along the way, I stumbled across the idea of people finding each other in their shared frailty. We’re at our most human when we can recognize our dread, and our weakness, in others.” — Michael Pitre
Perfect for readers who loved Karl Marlantes’s MATTERHORN and Kevin Powers’s THE YELLOW BIRDS, Iraq war veteran Michael Pitre’s debut novel, FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES, follows three men from a road repair platoon tasked with the dangerous job of filling potholes along the highways and byways of Iraq.
Buzzing since spring, FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES was picked for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BEA, was named a Library Journal Best Summer Debut, as well as a B&N Discover Great New Writers pick, and was yesterday’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness title.
Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine’s life in the road repair platoon. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead.
Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there’s Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture—from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries—is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.
Told in alternating first-person voices, the story switches between the present, when each man has either returned home or tried to create a new one, and their far more vivid past, in the Iraqi war zone, following these men as they struggle to find a place in a world that no longer knows them.
“Readers will be floored by Pitre’s spare literary style, the authenticity of each of his characters’ three different voices, and those mesmerizing characters themselves, who are not perfect but demand our compassion for their very reality. The story of FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES is sometimes difficult to abide, but is also necessary; we are lucky to have such a fine voice as Pitre’s to tell it.”
— Shelf Awareness
See the full summary, review and interview with Michael Pitre on Shelf-Awareness.com.
History, mystery, and dogs, oh my! Read on for today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:
ATONEMENT OF BLOOD by Peter Tremayne
“Fidelma of Cashel, princess, former religieuse, and advocate of the law courts, returns in her twenty-fourth mystery steeped in the religion, law, and culture of seventh-century Ireland. Tremayne and his impeccable cast of characters continue to provide the best of the best in medieval mysteries.” — Booklist
LAST TO KNOW by Elizabeth Adler
In this “sinister tale of deadly deception” (Booklist), Adler continues the story of Detective Harry Jordan with the murder of a family near his lake home.
HOUNDED by David Rosenfelt
The 12th novel in Rosenfelt’s witty, heartfelt mystery series sees attorney Andy Carpenter suddenly fostering a child (and a basset hound!) and defending a close friend suspected of murder. “Longtime fans and new readers alike will be charmed by wise-cracking, canine-loving Andy.” — Publishers Weekly
Share your reads with us @MacmillanLib this #ThrillerThursday.
WOOHOO! We just got the terrific news that HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams has been longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction!
You will know that I found him in his books, in the covers his hands held, the pages they turned, in the paper and the print, but also in the worlds those books contained, where now I have been and you have been too. You will know the story goes from the past to the present and into the future, and like a river flows.
Want to read more? Click here for a longer excerpt of this wonderful Bloomsbury book.
View the full longlist here; the shortlist will be announced on September 9.
We’re a day late to wish these two titles a Happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the celebration going!
MAEVE BINCHY: The Biography by Piers Dudgeon
Drawing on extensive research and humorous personal anecdotes, this first biography of the prolific, much-loved Irish writer chronicles the stories, anecdotes, humor, and sheer indomitable character of Binchy. “’The secret of the universe is that we do have to take control of our own lives,’ was, Dudgeon claims, Binchy’s lifelong mantra, and he captures her ebullience and drive in this anecdotal biography.” — Kirkus Reviews
TOMLINSON HILL: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name — One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson
The basis for the prize-winning film of the same name, TOMLINSON HILL tells the story of two families, one black (that includes NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson) and one white (including the author, a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press), who trace their ancestry to the same Texas slave plantation. “In this fast-paced and spellbinding tale, Chris, who is white, narrates with great verve the tale of a Texas plantation owned over the years by both white families and black families—including LaDainian’s—that share the same name. Tomlinson not only offers an engaging and poignant look into his own past but also a riveting glimpse of the history of race relations in Texas.” — Publishers Weekly
Several Macmillan titles we’ve been talking up made it onto Library Journal’s “Summer Best Debuts” list!
THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes
When she begins teaching drama therapy at a school for troubled teens, Alex Morris finds that her students relate to Greek tragedy in dark and surprising ways. “Accomplished psychological mystery” (Publishers Weekly, starred review); “suspense fiction with depth” (Library Journal).
ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS by Nayomi Munaweera
This winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia features two women representing two sides of the civil war in Sri Lanka. “The paradisiacal landscapes of Sri Lanka are as astonishing as the barbarity of its revolution, and Munaweera evokes the power of both in a lyrical debut novel worthy of shelving alongside her countryman Michael Ondaatje” (Publishers Weekly).
FIVES AND TWENTY FIVES by Michael Pitre
The platoon featured here by former marine Pitre is tasked with filling potholes along the highways and byways of Iraq—a dangerous job, because every pothole could hide a bomb. Buzzing since spring, this novel was picked for the “Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion” at BookExpo America and was subsequently made a Discover Great New Writers pick.
THE LAST KINGS OF SARK by Rosa Rankin-Gee
Fresh out of St. Andrews, Jude agrees to tutor a boy named Pip on the island of Sark in the English Channel, and soon she, Pip, and the family cook enter into a glorious summer relationship. “Rankin-Gee’s keen insights into romantic negotiations belie her youth. The confident narrative will be a shot in the arm for bored book club planners.” (Library Journal, starred review).
SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
NPR producer Woodroof launched a ten-part NPR.org Monkey See story on the experience of publishing a book, and now here it is—the story of a constrained college professor trying to make a home for the young son he’s only just learned he has. “A warm, caring and thoroughly entertaining debut.” (Library Journal, starred review).
It’s time for another Teen Talk Tuesday! Read on for more info. on our favorite new and forthcoming teen titles from St. Martin’s Griffin!
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn
Morris Award-winning author Kuehn’s second novel about fifteen-year-old Jamie and his sister Cate. Cate just was just released from juvi and is coming after him! COMPLICIT has already garnered an impressive three starred reviews, including this one from School Library Journal: “COMPLICIT ensnares readers from the first page with its surprising twists and revelations. Recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers.”
PUSH GIRL by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love
An inspiring, real, and fresh young adult novel about how life can change in an instant by Chelsie Hill, one of the stars of the Sundance Channel reality show Push Girls, based on her own experience of being paralyzed. “This is an emotional story with elements any teen reader can relate to, primarily the search for one’s own identity. Readers will be inspired and moved by Kara’s amazing journey.”
KALONA’S FALL by P.C. + Kristin Cast (The House of Night Novellas #4)
The fourth installment in the powerful new House of Night Novellas mini-series tells the mysterious story behind Kalona, the winged immortal who fell from the Otherworld.
RECKONING by Kerry Wilkinson (The Silver Blackthorne Trilogy #1)
In a far-off future, years of war and famine have eliminated all technological advancement, returning society to a feudal system where all teens must take “the Reckoning”—a coming-of-age test to determine their place in society. “False starts, red herrings, and narrow escapes keep the pace moving briskly and the resolution a big question mark right until the end. In a crowded market of apocalyptic YA fiction, this title stands out.” — School Library Journal