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Friday Reads: Stars Edition

TGIF! We’ve got a couple novels with starred reviews to add to your TBR pile this weekend!

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
An epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, who all must go to great lengths to conceal their blondness.

“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ferociously clever, exceedingly well written…. The pandemic and its ripple effects make for a gripping, darkly bemusing read. But there’s more. This canny, suspenseful, acidly observant satire cradles an intimate, poignant, and hilarious story of one lonely, stoic, young mother-to-be caught up in surreal and terrifying situations. Schultz gives readers a lot to think about in this rampaging yet sensitive tale about the true depths of womanhood.” Booklist, starred review

Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.Library Journal, starred review

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
“In this astounding first novel, Jarvis re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836. The book is very long…but it is a staggering accomplishment, a panoramic perspective of 19th-century London and its creative class.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove

What Are Your Patrons e-Reading?

Based on our stats, your patrons are downloading mystery, history, and contemporary fiction!*

Here are their top ten picks:

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
BETRAYED by Lisa Scottoline
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

The rest of the best:
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar
THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
KILLING JESUS by Bill O’Reilly
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE by Oprah Winfrey
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
SAVING GRACE by Jane Green
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel

Add all of these titles to your e-shelves today!

Thriller Thursday – Minotaur Stars Edition

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are two forthcoming Minotaur mysteries that are raking in the starred pre-publication reviews!

THE DEVIL’S MAKING by Seán Haldane
Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award, an historical mystery in which an alienist is found murdered near an Indian camp and a British constable must navigate the conflicting cultures to discover why.

“Poet, publisher, and psychologist Haldane makes his fiction debut with an exceptional historical set on Vancouver Island, with this winner of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best novel. A host of intriguing characters combine with Haldane’s firm grasp of the period to make this an enthralling read.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Haldane never shies away from period-specific language and attitudes, which make readers feel as though they are walking the dirty streets of Victoria by his side. Historical whodunit fans will relish this exciting trip to 19th-century frontier Canada.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Haldane’s first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“In Farrow’s smart, enthralling fourth Émile Cinq-Mars thriller, the retired Montreal police detective consults on a case involving the murder of a married couple at an isolated Quebec farmhouse. The hair-raising action moves from New Orleans to Alabama and back to Quebec, building to a brilliantly executed conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

One of the best mysteries from Canada in some time, this fourth book in a strong series is equally good at capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans and the distinctive qualities of Montreal.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Farrow (the pen name of Canadian writer Trevor Ferguson) has written an excellent thriller in which characters, plot, and setting score a triple for suspense.”
Library Journal, starred review


Fall 2015 Catalogs Now Available Online!

The Fall 2015 Macmillan catalogs are now available online!
Grab a cuppa, settle in, and take your time browsing through all of the great Macmillan-y goodness coming out later this year. Make sure to check out titles from our newest distributed line, Media Lab Books.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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


Stars for DO NO HARM

“I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing.”

So begins neurosurgeon Henry Marsh‘s internationally bestselling memoir, DO NO HARM, revealing the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humor that characterize a brain surgeon’s life.

A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year, DO NO HARM was shortlisted for both the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa Book Award and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, ranking alongside the work of Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, and Oliver Sacks.

This gripping, brutally honest account has already received THREE starred reviews:

One of the best books ever about a life in medicine, DO NO HARM boldly and gracefully exposes the vulnerability and painful privilege of being a physician.”
Booklist, starred review

“Beautifully written and deeply moving—one of the best physician memoirs in recent memory.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Marsh’s remarkable, unblinking honesty shines through in each of the starkly different cases he describes… This thoughtful doctor provides a highly personal and fascinating look inside the elite world of neurosurgery, appraising both its amazing successes as well as its sobering failures.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


2015 Man Booker Prize Finalists

Macmillan is proud to have three finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize:


The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. Sponsored by the Man Group, the Man Booker International Prize highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. In seeking out literary excellence the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. The prize strives to recognize and reward the finest modern literature.

The 2015 Man Booker International Prize winner will be announced at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on May 19. For more information, click here.


March Medals Madness!

MarchMedalsMadness_Twitter1024x512It’s March Madness and we’ve got brackets on the brain! We’re excited to see Arizona and North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen, but we’re even MORE jazzed about ALA’s March Medals Madness where you can vote to predict the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction for a chance to win books AND money!

Click here to pick the three fiction and three nonfiction titles from the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals longlist that you think will be named to the shortlist, as well as the two winners. The player matching the most titles named to the 2015 shortlist will win a $50 cash card and a full set of the 2015 shortlist titles.

If you need voting help, let us recommend Macmillan’s finest:

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
NO PLACE TO HIDE: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

SONG OF THE SHANK by Jeffery Renard Allen
LILA by Marilynne Robinson

Stay tuned for the shortlist announcement on April 6, 2015 to see if your picks were selected as shortlist titles and follow #ala_carnegie on Twitter (tag @ALA_Booklist) and Facebook for updates.


Happy #BookBday (3/24/14 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we celebrate:

THE DOG WHO SAVED ME by Susan Wilson
A former Boston K-9 unit policeman turned animal control officer in bucolic Harmony Farms is up against rescuing a gun shy and wounded dog gone feral, and proving that his low-life older brother is back in the drug business. “…easily readable, emotion-wracked drama about love lost and found…” — Kirkus Reviews

After a young man returns to Scotland, the secrets and lies that have shaped generations of his family begin to emerge as he and his grandmother set out to confront a mystery from her past among the Blackpool Illuminations—the dazzling artificial lights that brighten the seaside resort town as the season turns to winter. “It’s remarkable how much human territory O’Hagan explores and illuminates.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Booklist’s Top 10 Women’s Fiction

Booklist recently announced their Top 10 Women’s Fiction picks (from March 2014-2015) and three books from Macmillan made the list!

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen
A January 2015 LibraryReads pick!
Two sisters have special gifts—the food Claire cooks that can mend a broken heart and the hairstyles Sydney creates that can spark true love with just the flip of a curl. Now Sydney’s teenage daughter discovers her gift but is unsure how to use it.

HOUSEWITCH by Katie Schickel
Allison Darling spent most of her childhood in foster care and still has a difficult time fitting in as a wife and mother. She discovers a new meaning of family when she finds out she’s descended from a line of witches.

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
Not only is LANDLINE #1 on the July 2014 LibraryReads list, it also made the LibraryReads “Favorite of Favorites” 2014 Top 10 list!
Rowell casts a spell strong enough for her audience to buy into a yellow, corded telephone as a portal to the past, one where Georgie speaks to her then-boyfriend, now-husband, Neal, to try and repair the damage they have done to their relationship.


Happy Monday, friends! We’re off to a good start with three stars for BROADCAST HYSTERIA: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz.

In his first book, Schwartz draws upon hundreds of letters sent directly to Welles and the FCC after the War of the Worlds broadcast to recapture the roiling emotions of a bygone era and examine whether or not the infamous radio play really spawned a wave of mass hysteria.

“Schwartz’s book is an impeccable account of the most famous radio show in history, a fascinating biography of Orson Welles, and a vital lesson about the responsibility of the media.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fascinating both as an analysis of both pop-culture and the media.” — Booklist, starred review

“A gripping and informative look at the War of the World broadcast, as well as contemporary issues in the early 20th-century industry of radio. Highly recommended for students of journalism, fans of Welles, and general readers interested in radio or broadcasting.” — Library Journal, starred review

“An entertaining assessment of a watershed moment in American life and its lasting effect on popular culture.” — Kirkus Reviews

BROADCAST HYSTERIA will be featured in Vanity Fair, Common Reader, NPR.com, and much more closer to publication.