Articles tagged "Biography"

Friday Reads: Architecture

Happy Friday! Celebrate with these #FridayReads about architecture:

FALLEN GLORY: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings by James Crawford
An inviting, fascinating compendium of twenty-one of history’s most famous lost places, from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers. “No one can accuse FALLEN GLORY of lacking ambition…. It’s a narrative that spans seven millennia, five continents and even reaches into cyberspace. At over 600 pages with endnotes, it’s a commitment. I savored each page. At no time was I tempted to rush through or skip ahead. The writing is that good, and each one of the author’s subjects is fascinating and idiosyncratic…. This is a book of and for the world.” — The Wall Street Journal

YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
The first biography of iconic American architect Louis Kahn that delves fully into his life and work. “Lesser tracks with clarity and drama each demanding phase in Kahn’s evolution as an ardent and magnetic architect and teacher who had children with his wife of more than 40 years, and two of his colleagues turned lovers, while working passionately around the world to create vital, evocative, and inspiring buildings and spaces.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

2017 Tri State Children’s/YA Book Buzz Titles

Today is the Tri-State Children’s/YA Book Buzz!

Anne presented her favorite books for teens from Flatiron YA and Griffin Teen and told everyone about our new imprint, Wednesday Books! Best of all? Ali Fisher co-presented and our fur babies Kugel and Jackson kept things moving along as librarians tweeted via #bookbuzznyc.

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WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam | Out: March 7, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250095237 | Hardcover | Performing Arts/Music | Ages 12 to 18
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi | Out: March 28, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250085498 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | Out: March 28, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250100207 | Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 19 (also available in hardcover)
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell | Out: May 9, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250077080 | Hardcover | Books & Libraries | Ages 12 to 18
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin | Out: June 27, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250114846 | Hardcover | Social Themes/Pregnancy | Ages 12 to 18
I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT: My Life Spent Protecting the President by Dan Emmett | Out: June 6, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250130303 | Hardcover | Biography & Autobiography/Political | Ages 12 to 18
THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger | Out: July 25, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250116222 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: AMAZING ANIMALS by Guinness World Records | Out: August 29, 2017 | ISBN: 9781910561621 | Paperback | Nonfiction/Animals | Ages 6 to 10
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust | Out: September 5, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250077738 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 and Up
SUN WARRIOR (Tales of a New World series) | P.C. Cast | 9781250100757 | Oct. 17 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12-18
MOON CHOSEN (Tales of a New World series) | P.C. Cast | 9781250100733 | Oct. 17 | Trade Paperback | Fantasy/Contemporary | Ages 12-18
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | Out: September 19, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250129321 | Hardcover | Girls & Women | Ages 14 to 19

Download the PDF handout and check out our full Books for Teens 2017 lineup.

Booklist Spring 2017 YA webinar

Today Anne “sweet teeth” Spieth highlighted her favorite teen titles during Booklist’s Spring 2017 YA Announcements webinar (twitter hashtag #SpringYA17). For those who weren’t able to listen in, here’s what she discussed:

2017 YALSA Award Winners
AMERICAN GIRLS by Alison Umminger | Out: June 20, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250133823 | Paperback | Girls & Women | Ages 13 to 18 (also available in hardcover)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250078407) | LGBT | Ages 13 to 18
SUMMER DAYS & SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins | Out: June 13, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250079138 | Paperback | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 13 to 18 (also available in hardcover)
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250058669) | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Levithan & Nina LaCour | Out: June 6, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250098658 | Paperback | Romance/LGBT | Ages 13 to 19 (also available in hardcover)
IN REAL LIFE by Jessica Love | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781250064714) | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 14 to 18
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers | Available now in paperback (ISBN: 9780312656744) | Social Themes/Violence | Ages 13 to 18
COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn | Available now in paperback (ISBN: 9781250044600) | Social Themes/Depression | Ages 14 to 18 (also available in hardcover)
MOONCOP by Tom Gauld | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9781770462540) | Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman | Available now in hardcover (ISBN: 9780809066490) & paperback (ISBN: 9780809066506) | Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary

Winter 2017
WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS by Sara Lövestam | Out: March 7, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250095237 | Hardcover | Performing Arts/Music | Ages 12 to 18
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi | Out: March 28, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250085498 | Hardcover | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 18
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi | Out: March 28, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250100207 | Paperback | Fantasy/Epic | Ages 13 to 19 (also available in hardcover)

Spring/Summer 2017 from Flatiron Books YA
DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell | Out: May 9, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250077080 | Hardcover | Books & Libraries | Ages 12 to 18
SONGS ABOUT A GIRL by Chris Russell | Out: May 30, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250095169 | Hardcover | Performing Arts/Music | Ages 12 to 18
AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin | Out: June 27, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250114846 | Hardcover | Social Themes/Pregnancy | Ages 12 to 18

Spring/Summer 2017 from Griffin Teen
I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT: My Life Spent Protecting the President by Dan Emmett | Out: June 6, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250130303 | Hardcover | Biography & Autobiography/Political | Ages 12 to 18
THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH by Candace Ganger | Out: July 25, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250116222 | Hardcover | Romance/Contemporary | Ages 12 to 18
BAD GIRL GONE by Temple Mathews | On Sale: August 8, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250058812 | Hardcover | Ghost Stories | Ages 12 to 18

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: AMAZING ANIMALS by Guinness World Records | Out: August 29, 2017 | ISBN: 9781910561621 | Paperback | Nonfiction/Animals | Ages 6 to 10

Introducing Wednesday Books
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin | Out: September 19, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250129321 | Hardcover | Girls & Women | Ages 14 to 19
LOVE FROM THE FUNNY FARM by Jenny Fran Davis | Out: October 3, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250119766 | Hardcover | Coming of Age | Ages 14 to 19

Fall 2017 Preview
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust | Out: September 5, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250077738 | Hardcover | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Ages 12 and Up
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough | Out: October 3, 2017 | ISBN: 9781250123855 | Hardcover | Thrillers & Suspense | Ages 17 and Up

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Want even more titles? Check out the full Books for Teens 2017 lineup, get whitelisted on Edelweiss to read e-galleys of these great YA books, and download or request a copy of our double-sided poster!
You can also download the full list of slides, the Excel grid of titles, and the ppt of the Macmillan presentation here. View the the archived recording of the event here.

Graphic Novels Galore!

Bam! Pow! Zowie! Make room on your library’s shelves for these new and forthcoming graphic novels:

THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK by Joe Ollmann
Two starred reviews! “Comprising 10 years of painstaking research, this graphic biography details the life of obscure writer, occultist, traveler, and bondage fanatic William Seabrook… As both a narrative and a story in pictures, this is an early candidate for the year’s best graphic biography.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

TERMS AND CONDITIONS by R. Sikoryak
“This multilevel graphic novel takes the actual texts of the terms and conditions of iTunes and translates them into comics form in the styles of a who’s who of comics–here Peanuts, there The Sandman, Dilbert, Adventure Time, and a hundred more–all narrated by Steve Jobs. Sikoryak is an undeniably talented artist with a keen ability to capture different styles, as well as a sly conceptual satirist and prankster.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

GRIM DEATH AND BILL THE ELECTROCUTED CRIMINAL by Mike Mignola & Thomas E. Sniegoski
“In this eerie illustrated horror novel set in an unspecified American city during the early days of the Great Depression, author Sniegoski and author and artist Mignola combine words and black-and-white illustrations to creepy effect in the tale of a man who has been given a new life, with a twist. Mignola and Sniegoski have created a comic book–style character who rights wrongs in a sinister, hair-raisingly enjoyable way, with an open ending that leaves room for more episodes.” — Publishers Weekly

FIRE!! THE ZORA NEALE HURSTON STORY by Peter Bagge
A bold retelling of the life of Zora Neale Hurston, from the author of WOMAN REBEL: The Margaret Sanger Story. “Bagge depicts her life in his iconic spaghetti-limbed, cheery-colored cartoon style. It’s easy to see what attracted Bagge to the material: brilliant, outrageous, prone to visions and mysticism yet fiercely pragmatic, Hurston is an irresistible character…” — Publishers Weekly

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!

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.

Core Collection: Group Biographies (full list)

ALL WE KNOW: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen
Cohen tells the stories of three singular women who helped shaped modern culture as part of the “close-knit and fractious lesbian networks of New York, London, and Paris”: the brilliant Esther Murphy, feminist writer Mercedes de Acosta, and British fashion star Madge Garland.

AMERICAN RHAPSODY: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building by Claudia Roth Pierpont
Pierpont’s scintillating portrait gallery includes such embattled yet influential American artists as Dashiell Hammett, James Baldwin, Katharine Hepburn, and Nina Simone, as well as New York’s incandescent Chrysler Building.

THE FELLOWSHIP: The Literary Lives of the Inklings, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
The Zaleskis showcase the Oxford fantasists who called themselves the Inklings, focusing on J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield, and delving into how they shared a commitment to a vibrantly Christian creativity.

FLAPPERS: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
Mackrell chronicles with drama and panache the lives of six intrepid, stylish, trailblazing women artists who exemplify the flapper revolution: actors Lady Diana Cooper and Tallulah Bankhead, performer Josephine Baker, writers Nancy Cunard and Zelda Fitzgerald, and painter Tamara de Lempicka.

THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James
James profiles artists who undertook “transcultural” adventures, from Gauguin in Tahiti to Raden Saleh, who left Indonesia for Holland; Swiss writer Isabelle Eberhardt roaming late-nineteenth-century North Africa dressed as a man; and the avant-garde American filmmaker Maya Deren in Haiti.

GROUP F.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography by Mary Street Alinder
Alinder’s landmark group study brings into sharp focus the California photographers who fought to establish photography as an art form.

IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman
The painters and sculptors under scrutiny here—Gertrude Abercrombie, Joan Brown, Lois Maïlou Jones, Ree Morton, Christina Ramberg, Lenore Tawney, even Louise Nevelson—achieved fame only to be quickly relegated to the shadows.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti zestfully portrays five artists whose paintings helped forge the new American ethos in the midst of the Revolutionary War: Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, John Trumbull, John Singleton Copley, and Gilbert Stuart.

*Titles included were reviewed between June 2016, and February 1, 2017.

2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

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

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.

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017

These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:

Fiction
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.

Poetry
AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.

Comics/Graphic Novels
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.

Memoir
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.

Politics/Current Events
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.

Music
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove

Seeing Stars

What do these 5 books have in common? They’ve all received more than one starred review!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer — 3 stars!
“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

“VanderMeer’s deep talent for worldbuilding takes him into realms more reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD than of the Shire. Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling, intelligent story centered not around the gee-whiz novelty of a flying bear but around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be a person. VanderMeer’s talent for immersive world-building and stunning imagery is on display in this weird, challenging, but always heartfelt novel.” — Booklist, starred review

A SINGLE SPY by William Christie
“With detailed historical events, compelling characters, and plenty of heart-grabbing moments, this novel is intensely engaging from the first page. Christie’s fabulous novel of historical espionage will appeal to both World War II fiction buffs and spy novel/thriller aficionados. Extremely well done.” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review

“Part bildungsroman, part history lesson, part political exposé, Christie’s enthralling novel defies expectations while striking all the chords that make spy fiction so enjoyable.” — Kirkus Review, starred review

THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK by Joe Ollmann
“Comprising 10 years of painstaking research, this graphic biography details the life of obscure writer, occultist, traveler, and bondage fanatic William Seabrook… As both a narrative and a story in pictures, this is an early candidate for the year’s best graphic biography.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Including high adventure, sorrowful drama, and cameos by historical stars such as Man Ray, Aldous Huxley, and Gertrude Stein, this one has all the hallmarks of a classic work of biography and is an early contender for one of the best releases in 2017.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month! To celebrate, we’re having an e-Book sale all month long, and we’ve put together an Edelweiss collection of nearly 200 titles (History! Biography! Fiction! Culture!) to help you with collection development. Here are some highlights:

Nonfiction
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
A CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT: The Legacy of Barack Obama by Michael D’Antonio
THE MEANING OF MICHELLE: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King & Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.

Fiction / Graphic Novels
AND THEN THERE WAS ME by Sadeqa Johnson
BOSS by Tracy Brown
THE STREETS HAVE NO KING by JaQuavis Coleman
THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES by Edward Kelsey Moore
FIRE!! THE ZORA NEALE HURSTON STORY by Peter Bagge
THREE-FIFTHS A MAN: A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colón

Click here to view the Black History Month Edelweiss collection.

2016 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

nbcc2016The National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for their best books of 2016, including these nine Macmillan titles:

Autobiography
IN GRATITUDE by Jenny Diski
THE SONG POET: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang

Biography
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Criticism
WHITE RAGE: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hustchinson
AT THE FOUNDLING HOSPITAL by Robert Pinsky
BLACKACRE by Monica Young

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 16.

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