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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 PEN Literary Awards Finalists

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UPDATE 3/28/17: Congratulations to our PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography winner: BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson!
The PEN American Center announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards and they include 7 Macmillan titles:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
HURT PEOPLE by Cote Smith

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine and Motherhood by Belle Boggs

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016)
THE BOOK OF MEMORY by Petina Gappah
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif
BLACKACRE by Monica Youn

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson

The winners will be announced on February 22 (except for debut fiction and essay, which will be announced live at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 27).
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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.

Booklist’s Best Books of 2016

Booklist revealed their Editors’ Choice picks for 2016, and they include 12 Macmillan titles:
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2016 (full list)

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
King, a master at illuminating overlooked facets of art history, tells the full, wondrous, and poignant story of Monet’s three-decade struggle to paint his monumental Water Lilies at Giverny.

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Jackson’s exhaustively researched biography of the Sioux visionary and medicine man details his life and the landmark events that shaped it, evoking awe over Black Elk’s struggle to help his embattled people preserve their culture and traditions.

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

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
Williams, an ardent and scrupulous witness to the living world, eloquently reports on her visits to a dozen national parks, interweaving vivid history, precise and rhapsodic description, personal stories, and evocative thoughts about the future.

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
This ambitious epic of Faulknerian dimension tells multiple stories across many generations, as Morgan attempts to throw her arms around the history of southern racism with the same fervor that she tackles the region’s white family dynasties.

THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN by Christine Sneed
Sneed investigates the dynamics of sexual power, the eroticism of fame, and the impossibility of sequestering pain in her marvelously lucid, empathic, and witty short stories. readmoreremove

2017 PEN Literary Awards Longlist

The PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2017 PEN Literary Awards and they include 12 Macmillan titles:

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
DREAMLAND: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

PEN Translation Prize
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Muller
MOONSTONE: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine and Motherhood by Belle Boggs

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016)
BLACKASS by A. Igoni Barrett
THE BOOK OF MEMORY by Petina Gappah
LOOK by Solmaz Sharif
BLACKACRE by Monica Youn

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
HIDE by Matthew Griffin
HURT PEOPLE by Cote Smith

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
WHAT A FISH KNOWS: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe readmoreremove

Stars for Friedman & Jackson & Smith

Three FSG nonfiction books are raking in the starred reviews:

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
One of
Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016!

“Inspired by the pleasure he took in the ‘free’ moments he was granted when people he planned to meet were running late, columnist, reporter, and best-selling author Friedman began thinking about our hectic, smartphone-centric lives and the profound impact of the ‘three giant accelerations’: digital technology, globalization, and climate change. How can we adapt? Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering ‘moral innovation’ and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry…” — Booklist, starred review

“To meet these and other dizzying accelerations, Friedman advises developing a ‘dynamic stability,’ and he prescribes nothing less than a redesign of our workplaces, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and communities. Drawing lessons from Mother Nature about adaptability, sustainability, and interdependence, he never underestimates the challenges ahead. However, he’s optimistic about our chances as he seeks out these strategies in action… Required reading for a generation that’s ‘going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.’” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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