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Friday Reads: Biographies

Our #FridayReads are a couple of fascinating biographies:

JACK AND NORMAN: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song” by Jerome Loving
The tragic behind-the-scenes story of Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG, one of the most sensational literary events of the 20th century. “Loving’s gripping book offers a page-turning case study of the disturbing character of the American prison system and the fascinating compulsion that can drive writers to seek literary celebrity.” — Publishers Weekly

NO BARRIERS: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon by Erik Weihenmayer & Buddy Levy, with a foreword by Bob Woodruff
Bestselling author Erik Weihenmayer—the first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth—tells the epic story of his latest adventures, including solo kayaking the Colorado River. “More than a story about a blind man converting the improbable to the possible, this volume provides a powerful testament to the human spirit, concluding with a challenge to readers to take the Pledge of No Barriers. Guaranteed to inspire.” — Booklist

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

Booklist’s Best Biographies of 2017

Booklist recently shared their Top 10 Biography reading lists of 2017*, including these five Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Biographies (full list)

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Jackson meticulously chronicles the struggle of the Sioux visionary and medicine man Black Elk to help his embattled people preserve their culture and traditions.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WILDE: Oscar Wilde and His Family by Emer O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan tells the great Irish writer’s story in concert with those of Wilde’s physician, archaeologist, antiquarian, and folklorist father, William; translator, poet, and mythographer mother, Jane; and brother, William, a gifted and troubled society journalist.

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
With vivid specificity and poignant insights, King eloquently tells the wondrous story of the great impressionist Monet’s long struggle against war, grief, and fading eyesight to paint his monumental Water Lilies at Giverny.

NOT PRETTY ENOUGH: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hirshey
Hirshey’s entrancing biography reveals the full and astonishing tale of Helen Gurley Brown, the audacious powerhouse behind Cosmopolitan magazine, who was forever haunted by her hardscrabble Arkansas childhood.

Top 10 Biographies on Audio (full list)

IF AT BIRTH YOU DON’T SUCCEED: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner, read by the author
Reality-show winner and YouTube star Anner tells funny, outrageous stories while also admitting his regrets and fears with quiet honesty in his hilarious and heartfelt memoir. readmoreremove

2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees from Macmillan:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

New Drop-In Titles!

dropinsWe’ve announced several new political and current events books recently. In case you missed the news, here’s the scoop on each one:

OLD SCHOOL: Life in the Sane Lane by Bill O’Reilly & Bruce Feirstein
Out: March 28, 2017
Also available in audio, introduction read by the author
Bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein team up to make their case about the looming confrontation over values: Old School (“which values the country’s time-tested, can-do spirit and principles”) vs Snowflake (“vehemently anti-tradition as they whine about ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’”).

THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Out: April 18, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (#ShePersisted!) and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

TWO PATHS: America Divided or United by John Kasich
Out: April 25, 2017
Also available in audio
Ohio Governor John Kasich answers the burning question of our time: “Where do we go from here?” Do we head down the right path…or the garden path?

PANTSUIT NATION by Libby Chamberlain
Out: May 9, 2017
From the fastest-growing private Facebook group in history—now with nearly 4 million engaged and impassioned members—a beautifully designed 4-color inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, struggle, love, and celebrate in our world.

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: Our Coming of Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
Out: May 16, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body—and explains how parents can encourage them.

THE SWAMP: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism—and How Trump Can Drain It by Eric Bolling
Out: June 27, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
From the New York Times bestselling author of WAKE UP AMERICA and Fox News cohost of “The Five” comes a lively, provocative history of Washington, DC political scandal. Bolling also offers a series of recommendations for President Trump: practical, hard-headed, and concise ways to drain the swamp and force Washington to be more transparent, more accountable, and more effective in how it serves those who have elected its politicians and pay the bills for their decisions.

RESCUED FROM ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son by Dimitri Bontinck
Out: August 8, 2017
The gripping true story of how a father rescued his son from ISIS, and his continued efforts to help other families do the same.

Thriller Thursday (2/23/17 Edition)

Sleuths from 16th century England to the present abound in our #ThrillerThursday picks:

THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves (also available in trade paperback)
DI Vera Stanhope investigates a murder that rips through a group of women conducting an environmental survey. “Published in the UK in 1998 and just now released in the United States, this first book in Cleeves’s ‘Vera Stanhope’ series (which also inspired a popular television show) demonstrates exactly why the curmudgeonly Northumberland police detective gets results. It would be foolish to discount Vera because she doesn’t dress smartly-she can outfox even the wiliest of criminals, while wearing whatever she pleases, and readers will delight in getting the chance to see how such a quirky character evolved. ” — Library Journal

A CAST OF VULTURES by Judith Flanders
In this third series entry, book editor and amateur sleuth Samantha Clair finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbors, suspected arson and an odd, unidentified body. “Flanders adroitly avoids chick-lit clichés, opting for nuanced, multidimensional characters… Readers will look forward to seeing more of smart, successful, self-deprecating Sam. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy Belated #BookBday (2/22/17 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these new releases a happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going:

THE MOTHER’S PROMISE by Sally Hepworth
A March 2017 Indie Next pick! Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP was a January 2016 LibraryReads pick and in her new novel, a single mother reaches out to her oncology nurse and social worker to help find a stable situation for her daughter, who suffers from a crippling social anxiety. “Readers should get ready for a good, ugly cry after reading Hepworth’s latest. Part tearjerker, part celebration of mothers, this story tugs at the heartstrings, guaranteeing that readers will smile through the tears.” — Booklist, starred review

ENCIRCLING by Carl Frode Tiller
In the brilliant first novel in the Encircling Trilogy: a searing psychological portrait of a man by his friends. David has lost his memory. When a newspaper ad asks his friends and family to share their memories of him, three respond: Jon, his closest friend; Silje, his teenage girlfriend; and Arvid, his estranged stepfather. “A poised and effective Rashomon-style exploration of multiple psyches.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

For Your Consideration: May 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 with two starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Borne.”*

COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts! “Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow, who runs the family ranch in Montana with a dedicated staff that includes recent hire Callen Skinner, always thought the aunt who ran off before her birth was dead. But when two women are found murdered, then Aunt Alice herself reappears with a fantastical story, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. That’s when she decides to trust Cal, despite police cautions.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

download review copy edelweissDownload the e-galley from Edelweiss or request a print ARC by emailing library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Come Sundown” and your mailing address.*

THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “A strong reminder of just how affecting nostalgia can be…” — Kirkus Reviews

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THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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LJ’s Spring 2017 Editors’ Picks

Library Journal recently revealed their Spring 2017 Editors’ Picks, including these three Macmillan books:

“Like many, I have always had an appreciation for all things Jane Austen, whether it be her original novels, their many retellings, or watching Colin Firth as Darcy famously emerge from a lake in a billowy white shirt. Now I’m awaiting Lucy Worsley’s JANE AUSTEN AT HOME (St. Martin’s, Jul.), which sees the author on an enviable research trip through Austen’s many residences, including childhood and holiday houses, schools, and the abodes of relatives. Worsley connects these spaces back to the fictional dwellings of Austen’s characters, emphasizing the thematic importance of home.” — Kate DiGirolomo, SELF-e Community Coordinator
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Teen Talk Tuesday (2/21/17 Edition)

It’s time for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya, starting now/4pm EST)! Before you tell us about your must-read YA books, we’ve got some news & resources for you:

Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL is the #1 pick on the Spring 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List! Also on the list? A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi. School Library Journal also gave a sneak peek at their must-read titles for Spring 2017, including three of our books.

There’s still time to sign up for the following events:
Booklist‘s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar on Tuesday, February 28
AAP Children’s & YA Tri-State Book Buzz 
on Wednesday, March 1 in NYC
School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog on Wednesday, May 31 in NYC
If you can’t attend any of those events, it’s OK—we’ll post the titles we discussed on the blog after they happen.

WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
Ages 12 to 18
Set at the turn of the 19th century, this richly imagined debut coming-of-age story spins a spellbinding tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST as a young woman searches for her sister who was kidnapped by the Goblin King. “There are plenty of nods to Labyrinth, but atmospherically, this first novel is most similar to another debut: Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY. …this is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and, above all, full of music.” — Booklist, starred review

NEIL GAIMAN’S MR. HERO COMPLETE COMICS VOL. 2 by James Vance, illustrated by Ted Slampyak
Also available in trade paperback. The Mr. Hero saga concludes as Jennifer Hale finally uncovers the mysterious past of the Newmatic Man! readmoreremove

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES Giveaway

If you loved Seanan McGuire‘s magical, mysterious EVERY HEART A DOORWAY (we know you did—it was an April 2016 LibraryReads pick!), then you’ll definitely want to read the next book in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES.

This standalone dark novel suitable for adult and young adult readers of urban fantasy explores what happened to EVERY HEART A DOORWAY‘s Jack and Jill before they tumbled into Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Thrust into a world of monsters and mad scientists, the twin girls find something they thought they’d never experience: choice.

We’re offering free advance readers copies of DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES to any U.S.-based librarian who requests one (limited quantity available).*

To get your copy, email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Down Among the Sticks and Bones) and remember to include your library’s mailing address.

Once you’ve read and loved it, nominate it for LibraryReads (deadline: April 20)!
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