Articles tagged "Fiction"

Friday Reads (3/21/14 Edition)

TGIF friends! Today we've got two great #FridayReads!


TEMPTING FATE
by Jane Green
New York Times bestselling author Green's riveting new novel about the events leading up to one woman's affair—and its aftermath is a USA Today "New and Noteworthy selection" (week of 3/24), and received 3-1/2 out of 4 stars from People Magazine, which said, “…her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.” Did we mention Robin Roberts is a fan, too?

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SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN by Chris Greenhalgh
Poet and screenplay writer Greenhalgh’s novel evokes a world of glamour and danger amid the waning days of World War II, when Ingrid Bergman meets the dashing war photographer Robert Capa. "Greenhalgh’s success as a screenwriter is on full display, particularly in his fast-paced dialogue and lyrical descriptions of postwar Paris. This heartbreaking story of two lost souls searching for a connection will be of high interest to fans of old-Hollywood glamour and wartime biographies." — Booklist


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Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we've put together a robust Edelweiss collection of titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture! Plus many more!) that we hope will help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:
Fiction

ORCHARD OF LOST SOULS by Nadifa Mohamed
MY NAME IS RESOLUTE by Nancy Turner
THE WEDDING GIFT by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
SOME SING, SOME CRY by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

Social History

WITHOUT MERCY by David Beasley
EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder
RED SUMMER by Cameron McWhirter

Civil Rights

GOSPEL OF FREEDOM by Jonathan Rieder
DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS by Aram Goudsouzian
LET FREEDOM RING: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington by Kitty Kelley

Slavery

THE EMPIRE OF NECESSITY by Greg Grandin
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
THE SLAVES' GAMBLE: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 by Gene Allen Smith
THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the End of Slavery in America by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

War Stories

THE WARS OF RECONSTRUCTION by Douglas R. Egerton
WAR CHILD by Emmanuel Jal
RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika

Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER by Jamaica Kincaid
AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS by Auma Obama
CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela, foreword by Barack Obama

Music

JIMI HENDRIX by Leon Hendrix
RESPECT YOURSELF: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
BOB MARLEY by Chris Salewicz
PRINCE: Inside the Music and the Masks by Ronin Ro

Culture

HAIR STORY: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (2nd Edition) by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps
HIGH ON THE HOG by Jessica B. Harris

Sports

SAPP ATTACK by Warren Sapp
THE HUSTLE: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White by Doug Merlino
MORE THAN JUST A GAME by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close
THE SPORTSMAN: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey by Dhani Jones

Graphic Novels

AYA: LIFE IN YOP CITY by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Clément Oubrerie
AYA: LOVE IN YOP CITY by Marguerite Abouet, illustrated by Clément Oubrerie

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Happy #BookBday (2/4/14 Edition)

What a lovely day for a Book Birthday! Today we wish Happy #BookBday to:

THE BOOK OF JONAH by Joshua Max Feldman
Feldman puts a modern spin on his retelling of the ancient tale, whisking his Jonah–a successful Manhattan lawyer–around the globe from Las Vegas to Amsterdam. "Feldman is clever in his use of the Jonah story, and his novel is of the same strange and enigmatic quality as the original." – Kirkus Reviews

MARSHLANDS by Matthew Olshan
In his first novel for adults, Olshan reveals the story of a prisoner who was formerly a doctor in a culture virtually snuffed out under Saddam Hussein. "Although it is easy and appropriate to take this novel as stark commentary on U.S. involvement in Iraq, its most powerful moments explore a much deeper and more abstract ambivalence about tribalism and its allure." – Booklist, starred review

STRANGE BODIES by Marcel Theroux
Theroux's weird and wonderful novel that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human has three starred pre-publication reviews, such as this one from Library Journal: “Truly enthralling... Philip K. Dick’s THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER meets Stephanie Meyer’s THE HOST in this very highly recommended work.”

THE WILY O'REILLY by Patrick Taylor
Taylor tells the origin story of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly through warm and wryly amusing vignettes as the good doctor tends to the colourful and eccentric residents of Ballybucklebo. "Readers unfamiliar with the good doctor’s personal antics and medical adventures will be delighted to make his acquaintance, and old friends will settle in for a comfortable visit." – Booklist

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2013 National Book Critics Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle has named the finalists for its best books of 2013 and Macmillan is thrilled to have nine nominees from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Bloomsbury!

FICTION
SOMEONE by Alice McDermott

NONFICTION
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

POETRY
METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon
MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward

BIOGRAPHY
HOLDING ON UPSIDE DOWN: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell

CRITICISM
THE KRAUS PROJECT: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen
FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm


Click here to view the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced in a ceremony on Thursday, March 13, at 6:00 pm EST. Congratulations to all nominees!

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Best Books of 2013!

We've had an amazing year in books and are thrilled to be represented on so many Best of 2013 lists. Here's a look at the highlights:
BOOKLIST

Arts & Literature
IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD by Eve Ensler

Biography
JACK LONDON by Earle Labor

Health & Medicine
IN THE KINGDOM OF THE SICK by Laurie Edwards

History
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel

Social Sciences
EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder
GOSPEL OF FREEDOM by Jonathan Rieder
HOPE AGAINST HOPE by Sarah Carr
IN THE NAME OF GOD by Cameron Stauth
THE UNWINDING by George Packer

Adult Books for Young Adults

A CHANCE TO WIN by Jonathan Schuppe
THE GAMAL by Ciarán Collins

Books for Youth
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch

Audio for Adults

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

KIRKUS REVIEWS

Best Fiction
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
BOX OFFICE POISON by Phillipa Bornikova
GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO by P.T. Deutermann
MIDNIGHT by Kevin Egan
JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks
HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
TRANSCENDENTAL by James Gunn
GOOD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
SOMEONE by Alice McDermott
THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT by Ian Tregillis
THE LAND ACROSS by Gene Wolfe
QUEEN VICTORIA’S BOOK OF SPELLS by Ellen Datlow

Best Teen
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

Best Nonfiction
THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT by Rick Atkinson
REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
SHOUTING WON'T HELP by Katherine Bouton
MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
THE SEARCHERS by Glenn Frankel
THE GREAT DISSENT by Thomas Healy
THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon
THE BROTHERS by Stephen Kinzer
A FORT OF NINE TOWERS by Qais Akbar Omar
THE UNWINDING by George Packer
MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder

LIBRARY JOURNAL

Top 10 Best Books of 2013
THE SEARCHERS by Glenn Frankel

More of the Best
JACK LONDON by Earle Labor
OWNING THE EARTH by Andro Linklater

Best Books 2013: Memoir
HER by Christa Parravani

Best Books 2013: Consumer Health
MIDLIFE EATING DISORDERS by Cynthia M. Bulik

Best Books 2013: Sci-Tech
BUG MUSIC by David Rothenberg

Best Books 2013: Audio
LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Top 10 Best Books of 2013
MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward

Best Fiction
PERCIVAL EVERETT BY VIRGINIA RUSSELL by Virgil Russell
SOMEONE by Alice McDermott

Best Mystery
HOUR OF THE RED GOD by Richard Crompton
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
ENIGMA OF CHINA by Qiu Xiaolong

Best Poetry
METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart
INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist

Best SF/Fantasy/Horror
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCIENCE FICTION, edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

Best Comics
THE PROPERTY by Rutu Modan

Best Nonfiction
MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS by Janet Malcolm
SCARCITY by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
THE UNWINDING by George Packer

Best Children's Fiction
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

Best Religion
MY BRIGHT ABYSS by Christian Wiman


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Best Fiction
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell


LibraryReads logoAnd here are all of our LibraryReads’ selections from 2013:

September list
#1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
#2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

November list
#2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
#8: THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland

December list
#7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
#9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing


While it's not technically a "Best of 2013" list, NPR's Book Concierge is definitely a collection of favorites throughout the year.

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Books for Teens 2014: WE [heart] YA Griffin Teen!

Books for Teens 2014 posterCue the confetti cannons and cheerleaders: it's time for our annual list of Young Adult books from St. Martin’s Griffin!


Before the celebrations begin, make sure that you’re whitelisted on Edelweiss to download all of our available e-galleys. Click here to find out how to be whitelisted.

If you're already whitelisted, you can find all available Macmillan e-galleys here (please note: you must be logged in and set your search preference to "View titles I may Download or Request." Otherwise, the page will say "No titles met this criteria").

You can also view our Edelweiss collection of Books for Teens titles here.

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FangirlFANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

A coming-of-age tale of family, first love, and fan fiction from the talented author of ELEANOR & PARK.

"Absolutely captivating." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A funny and tender coming-of-age story that’s also the story of a writer finding her voice. [...] Touching and utterly real." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This book will find a wide audience, especially among older fans of Harry Potter." School Library Journal, starred review

"This is an epic writ small; the magic here is cast not with wands but with Rowell's incredible ability to build complex, vivid, troubling, and triumphant relationships."Booklist, starred review

#1 LibraryReads September 2013 Selection
New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2013
Goodreads Best Books of 2013
School Library Journal Best Books of 2013
2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection


TrapTHE TRAP by Andrew Fukuda (The Hunt #3)

In the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy, Gene and Sissy must protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again.

"The Hunt trilogy has lived up to the promise of the first book and delivered shocks and drama with every turn of the page." — Booklist

THE PREY by Andrew Fukuda (The Hunt #2) is now available in Trade Paperback


Social CodeTHE SOCIAL CODE by Sadie Hayes (The Start-Up #1)

The drama of Gossip Girl comes to Silicon Valley when eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory launch their new company and find fame and fortune seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

"Readers will be both engrossed with and appalled by the shifty universe and deliciously soapy momentum created in this thrilling series opener." — Booklist


Next Big ThingTHE NEXT BIG THING by Sadie Hayes (The Start-Up #2)

In the second installment in the Start Up series, Amelia and Adam are riding high on the successful launch of their new company–until they start to disagree about how to sustain the momentum to keep making it in the competitive world of Silicon Valley.

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Stars for THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS

Remember when we told you about Tarashea Nesbit's THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS? You know, the one told in the collective voices of the wives of the men who created the atom bomb (think THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY meets THE ASTRONAUT WIVES' CLUB, only fiction)? Well, it turns out there's even more great news about this incredible debut novel:

Barnes & Noble named it one of their Spring 2014 Discover Great New Writers Selections!

The ABA selected it for their Spring 2014 Indies Introduce program (meaning, they think it's one of the ten best Adult titles of the season)!

It's a March 2014 Indie Next selection!

It's received two starred reviews with more glowing praise to come:

"The author’s writing—by turns touching, confiding, and matter-of-fact—perfectly captures the commonalities of the hive mind while also emphasizing the little things that make each wife dissimilar from the pack. Engrossing, dense, and believable." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"That this novel about the lives of women whose husbands worked at Los Alamos during WWII achieves with no real plot and no real main character is astounding. Through their lives and, eventually, their varied reactions to the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Japan, Nesbit brings alive questions of war and power that dog us to this day." Booklist, starred review

"Recommended both for its important subject matter and for the author’s vivid storytelling.” Library Journal


Keep an eye out for reviews to come in O Magazine, More Magazine, Glamour, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and many more!

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Sneak Peek: The December 2013 Indie Next list

Indie Next logoThe December Indie Next list was recently announced and we're thrilled that it includes so many wonderful Macmillan titles!

THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
The eighth book in the Clare Fergusson and Russ van Alstyne series is also #2 on the November LibraryReads list and is celebrating a very special #BookBday today!

JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks
Bertie and Jeeves are back and in fine fettle, courtesy of Sebastian Faulks's homage to P.G. Wodehouse. Faulksie's done him proud: four outstanding starred pre-pub reviews. Well done, old chap!

THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER by Barbara Mutch
The great praise keeps coming in for this debut novel: "Rich in detail and subtle in its politics, this affecting novel tells a poignant, inspiring story." –Booklist, starred review

REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
In the bestselling author's most intimate autobiographical work to date, Auster describes his journey into adulthood through the postwar 1950s into the turbulent 1960s.

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Head over heels for HAVISHAM

Everyone loves Ronald Frame's HAVISHAM, and for good reason. The story is creative (it's a prelude to Charles Dickens's classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS), the package is gorgeous, and the reviews are glowing:

“Before she took to pacing about her cobwebbed London manse in a tattered wedding gown, literature’s most famous jilted bride, Miss Havisham, ran the family brewery. Expectations are great for this engaging ‘prequel’ to Dickens’ classic.” Good Housekeeping, New Book Picks

“In HAVISHAM, his prequel to Great Expectations, Ronald Frame colorfully imagines the traumas that doomed the tortured Miss Havisham.” Vanity Fair, Hot Type column

“If you love Great Expectations, you'll bask in the light of Frame's detailed and atmospheric prequel focusing on the dark and tragic Miss Havisham.” Shelf Awareness

“An excellent example of a present-day writer taking on a classic, HAVISHAM gives the reader food for thought while reviving one of the great characters of Victorian literature.” BookPage

"An intelligently imagined Dickens prequel." Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Best Book of the Year selection

More reviews are still to come from USA Today and the New York Times Book Review. Film and TV rights have been acquired for adaptation by BBC producer Christopher Aird (Call the Midwife), but until then, you can watch the lovely book trailer.

Havisham trailer

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