Reviews and Publicity

Banned Books Week 2018

Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK, SOME GIRLS ARE, and THIS ONE SUMMER have all been banned or challenged? Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers.

Good thing librarians fight for our fREADdom! Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29) is happening now and it’s the perfect time to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books.

Here are resources for librarians and free downloadable art from Banned Books Week to help spread the word. The ALA also has lots of great resources on Banned Books Week, including lists of frequently challenged booksbanned/challenged classicstop 10 frequently challenged books, the 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, and MORE free downloadable materials.

Share your love of banned books all week long!

Take a photo of your Banned Books Week display or a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtags #bannedbooksweek and #ireadbannedbooks.

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Friday Reads: Graywolf Press

Ahwoooooo! That’s the howl of Graywolf Press crushing the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist and rocking our #FridayReads with these super-star gems:

SCRIBE by Alyson Hagy
Two starred reviews for this gothic, apocalyptic, dystopian novel filled with myth and folklore from the hills of Appalachia!

“Set after a civil war and deadly fevers decimate the country, Hagy’s new novel is a slim and affecting powerhouse. Timely and timeless; a deft novel about the consequences and resilience of storytelling.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Taut and tense, with both a dreamlike quality and a strong sense of place, Hagy’s brief but powerful tale will indelibly haunt readers long after the final page is turned.” — Booklist, starred review

THE LAST ENGLISHMEN: Love, War, and the End of Empire by Deborah Baker
Two starred reviews for this sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and epic, about the waning of the British Empire in India!

“A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain. A book for any readers curious about India after 1900.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: THE NIGHT TIGER

Today’s featured Maximum Shelf Awareness pick, perfect for fans of Isabel Allende and Min Jin Lee, is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo: THE NIGHT TIGER.

In this utterly transporting story set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, an apprentice dressmaker named Ji Lin moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. Across town, 11-year-old houseboy Ren races to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: find the man’s severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.

As the days tick by, a series of unexplained deaths wreak havoc on the town, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren are pulled together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, as their increasingly dangerous paths lead them from lush plantations, to hospital storage rooms, to a ghostly dreamscape.

THE NIGHT TIGER is many things: a fine example of historical fiction, a work of magical realism, a ghost story, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age tale. Each of these is impressive, but most impressive is Choo’s ability to weave them all together in a way that feels authentic, and to use that intricate process to tell a story of colonialism and self-determination, love and death, family and tradition.” — Shelf Awareness

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Graywolf Press Rocks the 2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist!

GO GRAYWOLF PRESS!! They’ve got TWO titles shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize:

EVERYTHING UNDER by Daisy Johnson
(NEW US publication date: 10/23/18)

MILKMAN by Anna Burns
(currently scheduled for US release in Fall 2019 from Graywolf Press)

The winner will be announced October 16. Click here to see the full shortlist.

September 2018 Nonfiction

From history to education to health, these new titles are perfect for your shelves:

HEART: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, cardiologist Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. “Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
Two starred reviews! “A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE MAN I NEVER MET: A Memoir by Adam Schefter & Michael Rosenberg
This memoir by the ESPN sports analyst (co-written with Michael Rosenberg) tells the story of how he fell in love with and married the widow of a 9/11 victim. “In what at first comes across as a bizarre concept for a memoir, Schefter successfully communicates his joy in finding love and family, and in a friendship with a man he never knew.” — Publishers Weekly

TIME TO PARENT: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern
The bestselling organizational guru takes on the ultimate time-management challenge—parenting, from toddlers to teens—with concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids. “Morgenstern’s bite-size, achievable goals and skill levels are simple to digest. Backed by scientific data and personal experience, the book is full of straightforward advice presented in an intriguing way. It will appeal especially to those who like to-do lists and find joy in checking off items as they are accomplished.” — Kirkus Reviews

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson
“A film and TV writer (e.g., HBO’s The Newsroom) and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, Henderson believed that failure in the classroom resulted from unmotivated, inattentive, simply bad teaching. But when he began substitute teaching, he quickly came to believe that the problem was rampantly unchecked student behavior, which he sees as resulting from society itself. Beyond analysis, here are prescriptions, including discussion of legal infrastructure, to improve the situation. Not surprisingly, there’s a big push not just to educators but to libraries.”Library Journal, pre-pub alert

THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald
By the national bestselling author of THE WAR ON COPS comes a provocative account of the erosion of humanities, the rise of intolerance in today’s university culture, and a call to return to learning that broadens the mind and takes students outside of their narrow selves. “Ultimately, Mac Donald identifies the choice schools must make as they confront these issues: continue with the corrosive pathology of identity, or commit to academic excellence, individual responsibility, and the humanistic goal of education through unfettered academic inquiry.” — The Washington Examiner readmoreremove

Red Hot Drop-In Alert: THE THREAT

Just when you thought Fall 2018 Drop-In titles were getting Stormy, there’s another: THE THREAT: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by former FBI Deputy Director, Andrew G. McCabe, available December 4, 2018 from St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio.

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for nearly 22 years, and after sustained and unprecedented public attacks from the President of the United States, Andrew McCabe was fired from his position as Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Now in THE THREAT, McCabe will share a candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI’s agents, integrity, and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.

McCabe says, “I wrote this book because the president’s attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole. He is undermining America’s safety and security, and eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most crucial institutions of government, and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice.”

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#BookBday (9/18/18 Edition)

Hey hey, it’s your #BookBday!

BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday
“After his academic job search, his journalistic career, and his marriage proposal go down in flames, an angry young man moves into his mother’s basement and starts a radical movement that pits millennials against baby boomers. Stylishly written, cleverly observed, and boldly imagined.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE BUS ON THURSDAY by Shirley Barrett
Also available in audio
Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her. “Eleanor’s voice is bold, frank, and savagely funny. Her observations about the intersections of cancer culture and the rom-com ideology of a certain kind of 21st-century feminism are so keen as to draw blood.” — Kirkus Reviews

THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith
Also available in audio
In 1988, Spenser Collins—an African American premed student and athlete from Chicago—is “punched” to join the Delphic Club, one of Harvard’s most prestigious social groups. But when Spenser and his friend uncover a hidden inner circle within the club known as the “Ancient Nine” and realize it’s related to a disappearance in the 1920s, they realize their own lives are in danger. “Those seeking an inside look at an Ivy League secret society will get their money’s worth.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Day’s YA – AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

TGIF, YA pals!

We’ve made it to Friday and I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on spending my weekend working through my towering TBR pile (and inevitably adding to it at the Brooklyn Book Festival). If this title isn’t on your list, it should be!

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
Available in hardcover and trade paperback from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Seventeen-year-old Genesis (Gen) is having a very tough time. Her father died of a drug overdose, her mother can’t deal, and Gen’s boyfriend just abandoned her at Planned Parenthood. As Gen recovers from her procedure and attempts to heal (physically and emotionally), she realizes that the chaos surrounding her may be the path to her growth.

From the bucolic New Jersey suburbia to the gritty underground NYC theater scene, we follow Gen’s highs and lows (mostly lows). Gen’s past / flashbacks are uniquely captured throughout the book as a four-act play featuring stage directions and lighting cues.

Gen’s emotions are raw and real. The reader feels her deep angst, her profound grief, and ultimately, her hope, right along with her. And Gen is not alone in her authenticity: Delilah’s frustration as she witnesses her younger cousin’s downward spiral; Rose’s sincerity as she stands by her best friend; Seth’s kindness as he introduces Gen to an unexpected world that leads her through recovery. All of Pipkin’s secondary characters are as fully developed as our heroine. readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Business

We’re getting down to business (books) with our #FridayReads!

DEAR FOUNDER: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business by Maynard Webb & Carlye Adler, with contributions by Howard Schultz
Also available in audio
A collection of more than eighty thoughtful, wise, and wide-ranging letters from Webb to entrepreneurs on an array of business topics: how to hire your first employees, how to build and manage culture, how to raise money, how to set and reach goals, how to scale, and how to think about legacy. “Webb’s well-aimed advice will undoubtedly prove a valuable asset for many a future founder during the building and growth of a new organization.” — Publishers Weekly

CREATIVE SELECTION: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs by Ken Kocienda
An insider’s tale of creativity and innovation at Apple during the golden years of Steve Jobs, CREATIVE SELECTION shows readers how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model, and how they used this methodology to make groundbreaking and intuitive software which countless millions use every day. CREATIVE SELECTION is simply the best book I’ve read so far about Apple.” — Vector with Rene Ritchie Podcast
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2018 National Book Awards Nominees

Congratulations to the Macmillan titles longlisted for the 2018 National Book Awards!

Fiction
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley

Nonfiction
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

Poetry
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie

Translated Literature
WAIT, BLINK: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated by Kari Dickson

The finalists in each category will be named on October 10, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 14.

Congratulations to the nominees!
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