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Required Friday Reading (8/10/18)

It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

2018 Alex Award Winner

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer List

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming’s skillful writing brings new vividness to Doaa Al Zamel’s dramatic story. This book amply demonstrates why Al Zamel has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing [this] inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

BUTTERFLY is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world… Teens who enjoyed I AM MALALA will find another heroine in this inspirational memoir of a Syrian swimmer who became an advocate for refugees.” Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“[A] remarkable book…Like Dadaab itself, the story has no conclusion. It is a portrait, beautifully and movingly painted. And it is more than that. At a time when newspapers are filled with daily images of refugees arriving in boats on Europe’s shores, when politicians and governments grapple with solutions to migration and erect ever larger walls and fences, it is an important reminder that a vast majority of the world’s refugees never get as far as a boat or a border of the developed world.” — Caroline Moorehead, The New York Times Book Review

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

“Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers… [She] writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country’s flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities US citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read.” — Booklist

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.” — Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.” — Publishers Weekly

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

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2017 Community Reads Recommendations

fye2017Although our Academic Marketing division created the “Books for the First-Year Experience” for colleges and universities, we strongly believe that the titles featured in this catalog foster the sort of discussion and self-reflection that make library-led, city-wide reading programs so memorable.

The updated catalog for 2017 is now available and features titles such as:

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero
GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman
ADNAN’S STORY by Rabia Chaudry
CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine

For more information about these books and other FYE titles, please visit the interactive website or download the catalog as a PDF.

Your Next Book Club Pick Is…

Well, only you know what your library’s book club is reading next, but we will happily share these expert suggestions:

NEABigReadThe NEA Big Read recently expanded their selection to “offer a selection of books that is contemporary, diverse, and relevant to our times.” Their Macmillan picks are:

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (download the guide)
We’ve also got NEA Big Read author Kao Kalia Yang’s new memoir, THE SONG POET (download the guide)

The recently announced Summer 2016 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features these three Macmillan titles:

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss (a Top 10 pick!)
EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES by Lisa Scottoline (download the guide)
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)

Plus our new Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden recommends SHELTER by Jung Yun (download the guide) & THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide) in her Summer Reading List!

Last year we predicted that the movie version of THE REVENANT was going to be huge, and we’re making the same call with SILENCE by Shusaku Endo. This classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Picador just released a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so we recommend getting ahead of the trend (and maybe even organizing a movie night out!).

Talia’s going to share her picks at tomorrow’s Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” webinar, so here’s what Anne recommends:

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New York Times Notable Books of 2015

The gray lady picked 20 Macmillan titles:

Fiction & Poetry

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
An administrative worker’s experiences pose existential questions in Phillips’s riveting, drolly surreal debut novel.

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
A meditation, in prose poems, images and essays, on what it means to be black in our racially divided society.

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
In these unadorned linked stories, Berlin examines women under duress and figures on America’s fringes.

OUTLINE by Rachel Cusk
Cusk’s heartbreaking portrait of poise, sympathy, regret and rage suggests a powerful alternate route for the biographical novel. readmoreremove

2015 PEN Award Winners

The PEN American Center announced the winners for their 2015 Literary Awards and they include four Macmillan titles:

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
THE QUEEN’S BED by Anna Whitelock

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
I AM THE BEGGAR OF THE WORLD by Eliza Griswold

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
THE DOG by Jack Livings

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2014)
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

See the full list of winners here.

Congratulations to the winners!

Pulitzer, LA Times Book Prize & Indies Choice Winners

So. Many. BOOKS! So. Many. AWARDS!

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

General Nonfiction
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert (Winner)
NO GOOD MEN AMONG THE LIVING by Anand Gopal (Finalist)
AGE OF AMBITION by Evan Osnos (Finalist)

History
ENCOUNTERS AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Winner)

2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners

CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine (Poetry)
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert (Science & Technology)

2015 Indies Choice Award Winners

Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande

Adult Nonfiction Honor Awards
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss

Adult Debut Honor Awards
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler readmoreremove

2015 PEN Literary Awards Longlist

Yesterday the PEN American Center announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards and they include 17(!) Macmillan titles:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
THE DOG by Jack Livings
THE WIVES OF LOS ALAMOS by TaraShea Nesbitt

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? by Michael Hofmann
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX by Caleb Scharf

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
THE BIG TRUCK THAT WENT BY by Jonathan M. Katz
THE BILL OF THE CENTURY by Clay Risen
THE IMPULSE SOCIETY by Paul Roberts
A CHANCE TO WIN by Jonathan Schuppe

PEN Open Book Award (For an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2014)
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
THE QUEEN’S BED by Anna Whitelock

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
BLACK NOON: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 by Art Garner

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
I AM THE BEGGAR OF THE WORLD by Eliza Griswold
BREATHTURN INTO TIMESTEAD by Paul Celan

PEN Translation Prize
THE SYMMETRY TEACHER by Andrei Bitov
THE MAN WHO LOVED DOGS by Leonardo Padura

The shortlists will be released on April 15, and the winners will be announced on May 13. To see the full list of longlists, click here.

Congrats to the nominees!

 

2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

Last night Macmillan rocked the 2014 National Book Critics Circle awards and won in three categories!

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast

FICTION
LILA by Marilynne Robinson

POETRY
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Congratulations to the winners! Click here to view the full list of awards.

 

2014 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2014 Book Prize nominees yesterday and we’ve got ten terrific nominees from Macmillan:

Current Interest
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar

Fiction
THE EMERALD LIGHT IN THE AIR by Donald Antrim

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle

Graphic Novel/Comics
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast

History
THE VICTORIAN CITY by Judith Flanders

Poetry
BLOOD LYRICS by Katie Ford
CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine

Science & Technology
MISSING MICROBES by Martin J. Blaser, MD
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 18. For more information about the award and the full list of nominees click here.

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Library Journal Best of 2014

Library Journal is first out of the gate with their “Best of 2014” list, and it includes LOTS of Macmillan books:

Top Ten
NO PLACE TO HIDE by Glenn Greenwald
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

More of the Best
FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES by Michael Pitre

SF/Fantasy
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
AREA X (ANNIHILATION, AUTHORITY, ACCEPTANCE) by Jeff VanderMeer

Mystery
THE GHOST RUNNER by Bilal Parker
MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON by Frances Brody

Historical Fiction
BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth

Thrillers
TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Women’s Fiction
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

Cookbooks
THE CUBAN TABLE: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History by Ana Sofia Pelaez

Poetry
THIS BLUE by Maureen N. McLane
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
CARIBOU by Charles Wright

Religion & Spirituality
AN AMERICAN CARDINAL: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan by Christina Boyle

Graphic Novels
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast

Memoir
THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD by Justin Hocking
BULLETPROOF VEST: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter by Maria Venegas

Science
INFINITESIMAL: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World by Amir Alexander
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

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