Articles tagged "Biography"

NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017!

LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
A former public defender in Washington, Forman has written a masterly account of how a generation of black officials, beginning in the 1970s, wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital. What started out as an effort to assert the value of black lives turned into an embrace of tough-on-crime policies — with devastating consequences for the very communities those officials had promised to represent. Forman argues that dismantling the American system of mass incarceration will require a new understanding of justice, one that emphasizes accountability instead of vengeance.

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Fraser’s biography of the author of “Little House on the Prairie” and other beloved books about her childhood during the era of westward migration captures the details of a life — and an improbable, iconic literary career — that has been expertly veiled by fiction. Exhaustively researched and passionately written, this book refreshes and revitalizes our understanding of Western American history, giving space to the stories of Native Americans displaced from the tribal lands by white settlers like the Ingalls family as well as to the travails of homesteaders, farmers and everyone else who rushed to the West to extract its often elusive riches. Ending with a savvy analysis of the 20th-century turn toward right-wing politics taken by Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, Fraser offers a remarkably wide-angle view of how national myths are shaped.

Dwight Garner

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November 2017 Nonfiction

November brings a bounty of excellent new nonfiction to your library’s shelves!

PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
The vice president pens a deeply moving memoir about the most challenging professional and personal year in which he lost his son to brain cancer. “The book is a backstage drama, honest, raw and rich in detail. People who have lost someone will genuinely take comfort from what he has to say….” — New York Times

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
A November 2017 LibraryReads pick & New York Times Notable Book of 2017! “The sesquicentennial observance of the birth of the author of the celebrated Little House books (65 million copies sold in 45 languages) has been the catalyst for the publication of a spate of books, now including this magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented…. But it is its marriage of biography and history—the latter providing such a rich context for the life—that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book, an unforgettable American story.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WINE LOVER’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman
A Library Journal Best Book of 2017 and a November 2017 Indie Next pick! With all her characteristic wit and feeling, celebrated essayist Fadiman examines her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine. “In this crisp, scintillating, amusing, and affecting memoir, Anne incisively and lovingly portrays her brilliant and vital father and brings into fresh focus the dynamic world of twentieth-century books and America’s discovery of wine.” — Booklist, starred review

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
Also available in audio
Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood. “High and low, perceptive and prescient (in 1987, she speculated that the American public won’t be able to resist the crassness of Donald Trump), this is a wildly entertaining, essential look at print journalism before the fall.” — Booklist, starred & signature review

SECRECY WORLD: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein
“Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bernstein, a reporter with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, recounts the story that the millions of documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm tell about how corporations and wealthy individuals hide their money in offshore accounts. …Bernstein does first-rate work in providing a map to a scandal that has yet to unfold completely.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Trump!

Love him or loathe him, there’s plenty to read (and listen to) about President Trump:

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee
Also available in audio
The consensus of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann
Also available in audio
A call to action from three of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists offering the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP by R. Sikoryak
The master of the comic book mash-up finds the POTUS to be his ultimate super-villain.

BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populists vs. The Establishment from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham
Also available in audio
Bestselling author Laura Ingraham tells the story of Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the White House at the head of a much-maligned and misunderstood populist revolt.

ROGUE SPOOKS: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Also available in audio
Morris and McGann argue that anti-Trump partisans have been secretly orchestrating an unprecedented undercover campaign to sabotage President Trump and his agenda by using U.S. intelligence agencies and assets to gather and leak embarrassing and sensitive information.

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

 

2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads launched their annual Choice Awards yesterday and Macmillan has a whopping 47 nominees in the running! Click here to vote for your favorites and we’ll keep you updated as the tournament progresses.

Voting Schedule
Opening Round: Oct. 31 – Nov. 5
Semifinal Round: Nov. 7 – 12
Final Round: Nov. 14 – 27
Winners Announced: Dec. 5

Final Round Nominees

As of Nov. 14 we have 20 books still in the running!

Mystery & Thriller
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
SECRETS IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
THE DRY by Jane Harper

Fantasy
A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab
OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson

Romance
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts

Science Fiction
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okarafor
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer

Humor
ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul

Memoir & Autobiography
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

History & Biography
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
APOLLO 8 by Jeffrey Kluger
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA by Melissa Fleming

Science & Technology
OTHER MINDS by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Food & Cookbooks
FOOD, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS by Oprah Winfrey

Debut Author
THE DRY by Jane Harper
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

Semifinal Round Nominees

Fiction
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
SOURDOUGH by Robin Sloan

Mystery & Thriller
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens

Fantasy
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones

Science Fiction
SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells

Horror
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong
DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY by Seanan McGuire
THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc

Humor
WAITING FOR THE PUNCH by Marc Maron
I NEED A LIFEGUARD EVERYWHERE BUT THE POOL by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

Nonfiction
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP by Michael Eric Dyson

Memoir & Autobiography
INSOMNIAC CITY by Bill Hayes
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
VOICE LESSONS by Cara Mentzel
HAPPINESS by Heather Harpham
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Stars for “Daughters” & “Doom”

We’re seeing stars for these new and forthcoming nonfiction titles:

THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
A finalist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction!
“Ellsberg’s brilliant and unnerving account makes a convincing case for disarmament and shows that the mere existence of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to humanity.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A must-read of the highest order, Ellsberg’s profoundly awakening chronicle is essential to our future. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ellsberg’s concussive nuclear confessions will generate heated media coverage, which will be further escalated by Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming Pentagon Papers movie, The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WINE LOVER’S DAUGHTER: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman
A November 2017 Indie Next pick!
“In this crisp, scintillating, amusing, and affecting memoir, Anne incisively and lovingly portrays her brilliant and vital father and brings into fresh focus the dynamic world of twentieth-century books and America’s discovery of wine.” — Booklist, starred review

“How she manages to fit her own life, her father’s life, her marriage, a primer on wine, the scientific study of taste, and many other subjects into such a slim volume is mind-boggling, something this reviewer is still trying to comprehend. A fascinating book with something to interest anyone; a pure reading pleasure.” — Library Journal, starred review
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Murder, Medicine, and a Female Longmire

Happy #ThrillerThursday to:

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
A Publishers Weekly Fall 2017 Top 10 Science Book with two starred reviews! “British science writer Fitzharris slices into medical history with this excellent biography of Joseph Lister… She infuses her thoughtful and finely crafted examination of this revolution with the same sense of wonder and compassion Lister himself brought to his patients, colleagues, and students.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

DARK SIGNAL by Shannon Baker
The second thrilling Kate Fox novel from critically acclaimed author Shannon Baker, starring a female Longmire. “Set in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, a landscape populated with cattle and windmills, this sophomore effort will appeal to readers who appreciate regional mysteries for their atmosphere.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

Joni Mitchell (Book) Mania!

The weekend is nearly here and we’ve got Joni Mitchell mania for our #FridayReads:

RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
An intimate new biography of Joni Mitchell, drawing on interviews with childhood friends and the cast of famous characters (Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, and more) with whom she has crossed paths and influenced, as well as insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, their imagery and style, and what they say about the woman herself. “Dazzling… A shimmering portrait of one artist’s life, illusions and all.” — Booklist, starred review

JONI: The Anthology by Barney Hoskyns
This singular collection charts every major period of Joni Mitchell’s iconic career, as they happened, with interviews, album reviews, and critical appraisal of her music and life. “A must for music lovers.” — Booklist readmoreremove

PRAIRIE FIRES and THE SHADOW DISTRICT are November 2017 LibraryReads Picks!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has two books on the November 2017 LibraryReads list!

The #9 pick is PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
“The sesquicentennial observance of the birth of the author of the celebrated Little House books (65 million copies sold in 45 languages) has been the catalyst for the publication of a spate of books, now including this magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented…. But it is its marriage of biography and history—the latter providing such a rich context for the life—that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book, an unforgettable American story.” — Booklist, starred review

Available from Metropolitan Books on November 21.

Rounding out the list at #10 is THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
Two starred reviews! “The award-winning author of the ‘Inspector Erlendur’ series (INTO OBLIVION) continues his modus operandi of simultaneously covering a current and cold case in this new series set during the war years. The inspectors, past and present, are formidable characters, and the blend of police procedural with Icelandic folklore is intriguing. VERDICT While not as dark as lndridason’s previous works, this is a welcome addition from a master of the genre. ” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Stars for the Women Who Flew for Hitler

Both Library Journal and Booklist love Biographers’ Club Prize-winner Clare Mulley’s THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER—a dual biography of Nazi Germany’s most highly decorated women pilots!

THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley

 
“Biographer Mulley comes through in a major way with this deep dive into the lives of WWII–era German aviatrixes Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg…Absolutely gripping, Mulley’s double portrait is a reminder that there are many more stories to tell from this oft-examined time.” — Booklist, starred review

 

“This compelling work has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts. It is the perfect choice for lovers of narrative non-fiction, especially those interested in strong females.” — Library Journal, starred review

June 2017 Nonfiction Stars

Check out these *stellar* nonfiction titles joining your library shelves soon:

JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley
“Worsley gives sharply drawn pictures of domesticity in the many homes that Austen inhabited, including her family’s rented houses in Bath and residences where she, her widowed mother, and sister visited as guests before they settled in Chawton, a site of pilgrimage for Janeites. A charming, well-researched journey to ‘Austen-land.’” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Her book is a lovely excavation of Austen’s home life, in which she provides readers access into places such as Pemberley without ever giving too much of herself away. This volume is sure to delight Austen fans, while Worsley’s examination of manuscripts will make new material accessible to scholars unable to visit the British Library, Hampshire Archives, Kent History and Library Centre, or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office.” Library Journal, starred review

THE ART OF DEATH: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
“From ‘The Art of’ series, this emotional, brave work interrogates and bears witness to the ultimate unknown. Will appeal to readers looking for warmth and insight—whatever their personal circumstance.” — Library Journal, starred review

“National Book Critics Circle Award winner Danticat…takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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