Articles tagged "Biography"

2019 PEN America Literary Award Longlist

The 2019 PEN Literary Awards longlist includes 14 Macmillan titles! WOO HOO!

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley 
HALF GODS by Akil Kumarasamy 

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD
BROTHER by David Chariandy 
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie 

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
NEVADA DAYS by Bernardo Atxaga 
CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón 

PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION
ASYMMETRY: Poems by Adam Zagajewski 

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim 
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips 

PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter 

PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson 
THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman 
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold 

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING
THE CIRCUIT: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips 

Kirkus Best Books of 2018 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews includes 8 Macmillan titles on their Best Books for 2018 list! 

Biography
MR. LEAR: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Popular Science
DARWIN COMES TO TOWN: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen
THE CONSCIOUSNESS INSTINCT: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind by Michael S. Gazzaniga

Crime and (In)Justice
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark

Nature, Travel, and Sports
THE WONDERFUL MR WILLUGHBY: The First True Ornithologist by Tim Birkhead

Arts and Entertainment
THANKS A LOT MR. KIBBLEWHITE: My Story by Roger Daltrey
FRYDERYK CHOPIN: A Life and Times by Alan Walker

Max Shelf: Celadon Books

Today’s dedicated issue of Shelf Awareness gives a warm welcome to Celadon Books, Macmillan’s new imprint headed up by Jamie Raab and Deb Futter that will publish 20-24 books a year in fiction and nonfiction with commercial potential and literary merit, beginning in 2019. Their motto is “Celadon Books… Time Well Spent.”

Both Raab and Futter note that their “childhoods were steeped in use of their public libraries” and that Futter’s mother was a librarian for 50 years. Both grew up taking out a stack of books each week. They say, “We want both booksellers and librarians to know that we believe the best way to get a feel for our list is to read our books, and we’re happy to send you early copies. We also appreciate, and listen carefully to feedback, so would love to hear back from booksellers and librarians.”

Celadon has a gorgeous, amazingly curated website that regularly features librarian interviews (hey Gregg Winsor & Vicki Nesting!), and you can connect with Celadon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celadon’s First List:
Winter 2019

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.

WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx, illustrated by Roz Chast
Available April 2, 2019
A collection of witty one-line advice New Yorker writer Patricia Marx heard from her mother, accompanied by full-color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast.

WOLFPACK by Abby Wambach
Also available in audio
Available April 16, 2019
Based on her inspiring 2018 Barnard commencement speech that went viral, WOLFPACK is soccer star Abby Wambach’s inspiring message to all women: support each other, knowing that the strength of the wolf is the pack.

CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites. readmoreremove

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

September 2018 Stars!

We’re seeing stars for these forthcoming new books:

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
“Wonderful… Berlin’s writing achieves a dreamy, delightful effect as it provides a look back through time. This collection should further bolster Berlin’s reputation as one of the strongest short story writers of the 20th century.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Blessedly, a second volume with 22 more stories is in no way second rate but rather features more seductive, sparkling autofiction with narrators whose names echo the author’s in settings and situations that come from her roller-coaster biography (which is summarized in an appendix). No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Also available in audio
“In the same vein as best sellers such as Liza Mundy’s CODE GIRLS and Margot Lee Shetterly’s HIDDEN FIGURES, this new work from Carter presents the untold story of his grandmother Eunice Hunton Carter, the black female lawyer who prosecuted notorious mobster Lucky Luciano. With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice’s story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/28/18 Edition)

What a lovely day for a #BookBday!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel. “Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DISORDERED MIND: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! A Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist’s probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human nature. “Kandel’s clear and straightforward writing makes this informative scientific exploration accessible and compelling to both medical practitioners, researchers, and general readers interested in how the mysteries of human nature arise from the physical matter of the brain.” — Library Journal

THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio & Peter Eisner
In this landmark biography of our current Vice President, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio and Emmy-nominated journalist Peter Eisner reveal that Mike Pence is the most important and powerful Christian Right politician America has ever seen. Driven as much by theology as personal ambition, Pence is now positioned to seize the big prize – the presidency – and use it to fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors. “Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D’Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

August 2018 Nonfiction

New nonfiction for your library’s shelves!

SMALL ANIMALS: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
A BookExpo 2018 Editors’ Buzz Pick with two starred reviews! A compelling blend of personal memoir, investigative reporting, and sociological criticism about parenthood and fear based on the author’s personal experience. “Parents who are seeking advice, rather than reflection, will appreciate the vast number of other titles Brooks cites throughout the book. SMALL ANIMALS belongs on the shelves of every public library.” — Booklist, starred review

A FUTURE OF FAITH: The Path of Change in Politics and Society by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) & Dominique Wolton
Also available in audio
In this new book, the beloved people’s Pope reveals his views on the contentious political, cultural, and religious issues of our time based on his series of twelve conversations with French reporter and sociologist Dominique Wolton. “The man who emerges here is affable, approachable, always unpretentious, and deeply human.” — Booklist, starred review

THE HUSBAND HUNTERS: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy by Anne de Courcy
A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century. Downton Abbey fans will swoon over this trip through the privileged turn-of-the-century world of cash, class, and coronets. A highly readable social history that contains all of the juicy drama of a prime-time soap opera.” — Kirkus Reviews

MARILYN MONROE: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo
Based on new interviews and research, this ground-breaking biography reveals how Marilyn’s childhood contributed to her struggle with bi-polar disorder, and impacted her career and personal life. “There is a pervasive sadness in Casillo’s intricately nuanced portrait of this misunderstood idol, a despondency borne of her ambition to be both loved and beloved, revered and respected. A worthy addition to the Monroe canon.” — Booklist readmoreremove

FOUR Stars for FRYDERYK CHOPIN!

FRYDERYK CHOPIN: A Life and Times by Dr. Alan Walker has FOUR STARRED REVIEWS!!! Now that’s music to our ears!

“Citing a proliferation of newly available material relating to Chopin (1810-1849), award-winning musicologist Walker delivers a magnificent, elegantly written biography of the famed composer. An absorbing biography unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[FRYDERYK CHOPIN] is sure to become the definitive biography on the great composer. Accessible as well as engrossing… Heartily recommended to everyone with an interest in the subject.” Library Journal, starred review

“[An] expansive, authoritative biography. The study is packed with information and insightful analyses of Chopin’s major works that will interest professional musicians, and even nonspecialists will be entranced by Walker’s piquant storytelling and graceful prose.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Informed by the latest discoveries about the composer, Walker’s biography is a towering and beautiful achievement.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Mike Pence Biography & Other Big Drop-In Titles

These big books were just announced! Here’s the scoop:

THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio & Peter Eisner
Available August 28, 2018
In this landmark biography of our current Vice President, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio and Emmy-nominated journalist Peter Eisner reveal that Mike Pence is the most important and powerful Christian Right politician America has ever seen. Driven as much by theology as personal ambition, Pence is now positioned to seize the big prize – the presidency – and use it to fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors.

THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Available September 25, 2018
Also available in audio
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of EXTREME OWNERSHIP use lessons from their Navy SEAL Team combat and training experiences to explain balancing seemingly opposite principles—leading and following, focusing and detaching, being both aggressive and prudent—to become effective leaders in business and in life.

BENDING TOWARD JUSTICE: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights by Doug Jones
Available January 15, 2019
Also available in audio
The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Senator Doug Jones’ prosecution of the last living bombers.

June 2018 Nonfiction

Add these June nonfiction titles to your library’s shelves today:

THE THIRD BANK OF THE RIVER: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon by Chris Feliciano Arnold
A veteran journalist traces the war over the Amazon as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save the jungle from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt politicians. “A saddening, maddening story that draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote—but not invisible—part of the world.” —Kirkus Reviews

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Also available in audio
A stunning follow up to TEARS WE CANNOT STOP, WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE is another timely exploration of America’s tortured racial politics. This book exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy—of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. “After providing the backstories and historical context of the participants, Dyson offers contemporary examples of public figures who struggle for equality. The result is a moving ode to the potentiality of American social progress.” —Booklist, starred review

WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
A timely exploration of the life and work of world-changing thinkers—from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes—and how their ideas would solve the great economic problems we face today. “Few economics books are able to address major problems, present leading and sometimes conflicting theories, and be accessible to the casual reader. Yueh takes current issues affecting today’s economy and attacks them through the eyes of a dozen leading economists, from the historic to the contemporary, clearly applying their work to modern problems.” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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