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April 2018 Nonfiction

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

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE by Sloane Crosley
Also available in audio
THREE starred reviews! The New York Times–bestselling author’s brand-new collection of essays is filled with her characteristic heart and punch-packing observations, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. “Crosley is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life’s darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates this collection.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

PRESIDENT CARTER: The White House Years by Stuart E. Eizenstat, foreword by Madeleine Albright
THREE starred reviews! “This comprehensive, unflinching narrative and analytical treatment of Carter is essential for a new evaluation of an earnest, often exasperating, yet important figure in late 20th-century U.S. history.”Library Journal, starred review

DARWIN COMES TO TOWN: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen
Evolutionary biologist Schilthuizen is one of a growing number of “urban ecologists” studying how man-made environments are accelerating the evolution of animals and plants. “[Schilthuizen] does a superb job of introducing important ecological principles along the way, leaving readers with a fascinating question: ‘Can we harness the power of urban evolution to use it to make more livable cities for the future?’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate by Arno Michaelis & Pardeep Singh Kaleka
The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate. “With coauthor Fisher’s assistance, both Kaleka’s chronicling of the day of the shooting and Michaelis’ frank recounting of his former attitudes and acts make for heartbreaking reading, but their work together is inspiring and gives readers hope that the next generation can do much to heal America’s great divide.” — Booklist, starred review

SOMETHING WONDERFUL: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum
A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and created the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. “Although the biographies of Rodgers and Hammerstein are naturally threaded throughout, this is much more the story of the music rather than the men. Something wonderful, indeed.” — Booklist, starred review

THE TRAUMA CLEANER: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein
An “intriguing” (Publishers Weekly) debut biography of Sandra Pankhurst, a transgender woman who spends her life cleaning up after traumas, such as crime scenes and floods. “Had this uniquely gifted and nuanced chronicler of offensive odors stuck with describing the fragrance of ancient dried blood, antediluvian dust, and unspeakable effluents, Krasnostein’s debut would be memorable enough, but her subject’s life story is more remarkable and often just as harrowing as the scent of the derelict apartments she excavates for a living.” — Booklist, starred review

MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
Also available in audio
A guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider from a woman slated to become the first black female governor in the U.S. “Although there are many books on networking and achieving political and entrepreneurial success, Abrams’ is geared toward helping those who are on the fringes, especially African American women, find pathways to success and power. …this is an excellent guide that addresses setbacks and pitfalls and identifies strategies to overcome them.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Macmillan Wins Three 2018 Pulitzer Prizes!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books)
A deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.

Poetry
HALF-LIGHT: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.

Nonfiction
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color.

And a big round of applause for our 2018 Pulitzer finalists:

Nonfiction
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY: An American Abroad in a Post-America World by Suzy Hansen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) readmoreremove

Friday Reads — March 2018 Nonfiction

Our #FridayReads picks are all the excellent nonfiction titles available this month!

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with an introduction by Bryan Stevenson
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. “His memoir…is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey…. With a huge print run, Hinton’s incredible story and social-justice star Stevenson, who wrote the foreword, will draw major attention.” — Booklist, starred review

CAMP AUSTEN: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman
The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Scheinman was determined to leave his mother’s world behind, yet nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that’s a hybrid of academic conference and superfan extravaganza. “Scheinman is a wonderful guide to the world of Austen, and this honest and thoughtful discussion of the role Austen’s works have played in his family will delight any Janeite.” — Booklist

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. “Hawkins is a wonderful storyteller who spares no detail, and his willingness to share his wisdom in nonsaccharine terms yields an inspirational coming-of-age story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE BRIDEMAID’S DAUGHTER: From Grace Kelly’s Wedding to a Women’s Shelter – Searching for the Truth About My Mother by Nyna Giles & Eve Claxton
A daughter’s poignant search to understand her mother, Carolyn Scott—once a bridesmaid to Princess Grace and one of the first Ford models—who later chose to live for years in a homeless shelter. “A poignantly compelling memoir about family, mental health, and revisiting the past.” — Kirkus Reviews

WHERE THERE’S HOPE: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth A. Smart
Also available in audio
New York Times bestselling author, activist, and ABC News contributor Elizabeth Smart empowers those who have experience trauma to reclaim their lives and more forward with hope.

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT: The American Presidents Series: The 27th President, 1909-1913 by Jeffrey Rosen; edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. & Sean Wilentz
The only man to serve as president and chief justice, who approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders’ vision against new populist threats to American democracy.

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

March 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases

Our sales team created an Edelweiss collection of our month’s bestsellers and recently released titles — what a perfect collection development tool for you! Here are some of the top titles for March 2018:

Recent Releases:
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with a foreword by Bryan Stevenson

THE BISHOP’S PAWN by Steve Berry

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch

SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

THE MERRY SPINSTER: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

WHERE THERE’S HOPE: Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up by Elizabeth Smart

Recent Award Winners:
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (NBCC winner, Biography)

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier (NBCC & PEN Award winners, Poetry)

THE BUTCHERING ART: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris (PEN Award winner)

THE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Oscar winner)

This Edelweiss collection will be updated on a monthly basis so check back often!

Stars for PRESIDENT CARTER

Stuart Eizenstat was President Carter’s chief domestic policy adviser, and he draws on his 5,000+ pages of contemporaneous notes, as well as declassified documents, and 350 interviews with the era’s key players from both parties, to write the definitive history of the Carter Administration in PRESIDENT CARTER: The White House Years.

PRESIDENT CARTER has THREE starred reviews!

“This comprehensive, unflinching narrative and analytical treatment of Carter is essential for a new evaluation of an earnest, often exasperating, yet important figure in late 20th-century U.S. history.” Library Journal, starred review

“Eizenstat’s taut behind-the-scenes narrative gives readers unexpected reasons to appreciate Carter’s stunning accomplishment in negotiating peace between Egypt and Israel. A compelling reassessment of an oft-maligned chief executive.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winners and honorees!

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Poetry
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

2018 Lammy Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) announced the finalists for the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards (a.k.a. the “Lammys”) celebrating achievements in LGBTQ literature. We’re waving our rainbow flag in support of these nine nominees from Macmillan!

Lesbian Fiction
HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado

Gay Fiction
THE END OF EDDY by Edouard Louis

Gay Poetry
DON’T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith

Lesbian Mystery
FEVER IN THE DARK by Ellen Hart

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
ABANDON ME by Melissa Febos
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Gay Memoir/Biography
THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and the Year that Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz readmoreremove

2018 Audie Award Nominees

Listen to this great news: Macmillan Audio has 10 finalists for the 2018 Audie Awards!

Best Male Narrator
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Fiction
I LIKED MY LIFE by Abby Fabiaschi, read by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer

History/Biography
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, read by Phylicia Rashad & January LaVoy

Mystery
TELLING TALES by Ann Cleeves, read by Julia Franklin
GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst

Narration by Author or Authors
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT written and read by Elizabeth Warren

Non-Fiction
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT written and read by Elizabeth Warren
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI by Richard Lloyd Parry, read by Simon Vance

Paranormal
ELEVENTH GRAVE IN MOONLIGHT by Darynda Jones, read by Lorelei King

Thriller/Suspense
THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris, read by Georgia Maguire

Excellence in Marketing
Get Your Heart Racing Campaign by Macmillan Audio

For a full list of nominees, more information, and to listen to clips from the audiobooks, visit theaudies.com and follow the hashtag #Audies2018.

February 2018 Nonfiction

Nature, history, humor, and sex—just a few of the subjects in this month’s new nonfiction releases:

THE SEABIRD’S CRY: The Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers by Adam Nicolson
THREE starred reviews! “Marveling at lives lived in some of the harshest places on the planet, Nicolson writes lyrically of birds most of us only briefly notice when visiting a rocky shoreline, beings possessing extraordinary forms of understanding we have never shared.” Booklist, starred review

THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer
Two starred reviews! An indelible portrait of a family through three generations of boom and bust, and a legacy of fortune and ruin as big as Texas itself. “In his themes and vivid storytelling, Mealer invites comparison to James Mitchener (TEXAS) or J.D. Vance (HILLBILLY ELEGY). As tribute to the grit of the rural poor, as social history of dirt-and-oil Texas, and as rambunctious family saga, this work triumphs.” — Library Journal, starred review

LEFT BANK: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50 by Agnes Poirier
A lively, authoritative group portrait of some of the 20th century’s most revered creative minds as they lived, loved, fought, and flourished in Paris during and after World War II. “This book defies simple description; part collective biography, part cultural history, it aims to make the generation of intellectuals who shaped the Paris of the 1940s familiar to readers. For Francophiles and informed readers interested in 20th-century cultural trends.” — Library Journal

OPERATION CHAOS: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves by Matthew Sweet
An untold Cold War story about how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters; a tale that leads from a bizarre political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment. “A surprising, tragic, and, in many places, angry story of a country’s paranoia inflicting itself upon its own citizens.” — Booklist readmoreremove

2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle honored three Macmillan authors and named seven of our titles as finalists for the 2017 NBCC Awards:

Fiction
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Nonfiction
BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

Biography
PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Autobiography
ADMISSIONS: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

Poetry
WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

Criticism
THE ART OF DEATH: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News by Kevin Young

John McPhee (DRAFT NO. 4: On the Writing Process) is the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the NBCC, the award is given annually to a person or institution, who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture.

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut story collection, HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES, is the recipient of the fourth annual John Leonard Prize, established to recognize outstanding first books in any genre and named in honor of founding NBCC member John Leonard.

The recipient of the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing is Charles Finch. Finch is the author of the Charles Lenox mysteries, including THE WOMAN IN THE WATER and A BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH, which was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

The full list of nominees can be seen here. The winners will be named March 15.

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