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2018 Drop-In Titles from Three Congressmen & The Pope

We’ve got the scoop on some new 2018 drop-in titles, many by some very famous people:

A FUTURE OF FAITH: The Path of Change in Politics and Society by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) & Dominique Wolton
Also available in audio
Out: August 7, 2018
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.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders
Also available in audio
Out: October 30, 2018
In his new book, Senator Sanders speaks about what he’s been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation. Don’t miss “An Evening With Senator Bernie Sanders” at BookExpo 2018 on Thursday, May 31 from 6:15-7:15pm.

THE RIGHT ANSWER: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation by John Delaney
Also available in audio
Out: May 29, 2018
Delaney, the United States Representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district, and the first declared candidate for president in 2020, delivers a passionate call for bipartisan action, entrepreneurial innovation, and a renewed commitment to the American idea that anything is possible.

THEM: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
Also available in audio
Out: October 16, 2018
New York Times bestselling author of THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT, Senator Ben Sasse delivers an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential political crisis dividing our nation.

TRUMP MUST GO: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (And One to Keep Him) by Bill Press
Out: August 28, 2018
Americans increasingly agree on one thing: Every day that Trump stays in office, he diminishes the United States and its people. TV and radio host Bill Press offers 100 reasons why Trump needs to be removed from office, whether by impeachment, the 25th Amendment, or the ballot box—and offers one reason not to dump Trump.

UNLOCKED: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi
Out: July 24, 2018
Discover the history of Haden’s Syndrome, the virus that created the world of John Scalzi’s inventive near-future thrillers LOCK IN and HEAD ON, in this prequel novella.

BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes
Also available in audio
Out: October 30, 2018
In the second book in the Golden Age-set Mitford Murders series, Mitford sisters’ chaperone Louisa Cannon must help exonerate a maid accused of murdering a man during Pamela Mitford’s 18th birthday party.

WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim
Out: October 16, 2018
Critically-acclaimed author and cultural historian Jabari Asim presents eight essays that seek to reclaim the narrative of Black history and culture in America, focusing on how Black bodies, Black words, and Black culture and society have been policed, punished, and stolen for hundreds of years. readmoreremove

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

Are You Ready for Some Football (Books)?!

Read your way off the sidelines and on the gridiron with these books about football:

THE LEGEND OF JESSE SMOKE by Robert Bausch
A Booklist Best Sports Fiction of 2016 pick! In this provocative and timely novel, Jesse Smoke is signed on as the first female quarterback of the Washington Redskins; yet her success is challenged by the clamors of the press, the violence of her teammates, and the institutional resistance that seeks to keep football in the hands of men. “Those unfamiliar with football will be heartened to learn that the game’s moves, strategy, and terminology are explained well enough that they’ll be able to appreciate just how thoroughly la femme here kicks male derrière.”
Kirkus Reviews

BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW: Smashmouth Football, a Little Bit of Crazy, and the ’86 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants by Jerry Barca
The first in-depth look at the team that rebuilt the New York Giants franchise, a revealing look at football in the 1980s, and how a larger than life cast of characters built something from nothing. “An entertaining look back at a popular team from three decades ago. Any football fan will enjoy this book.” — Library Journal

LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football’s Color Line by Gretchen Atwood
Atwood’s book blends American sports and cultural history to tell the story of the integration of football (in a year before Jackie Robinson did the same for baseball) and how it culminating in the dramatic 1950 NFL championship game that pitted black stars against each other. “There is enough powerful material here to recommend this title to all football fans…” — Library Journal

EAT MY SCHWARTZ: Our Story of NFL Football, Food, Family, and Faith by Geoff Schwartz & Mitch Schwartz
The first Jewish brothers in the NFL since 1923 take readers inside their lives and into the locker rooms in a revealing book on football, food, family, and faith.

HOW TO SPEAK FOOTBALL: From Ankle Breaker to Zebra—an Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab by Sally Cook, illustrated by Ross MacDonald
This illustrated dictionary includes over 125 football terms paired with amusing illustrations that decode the words and phrases that fly around the field. The “Sidelines” sections sprinkled throughout the book include fun trivia about the history of the sport, the stories behind football players’ nicknames, the most famous touchdown celebrations, and more.

Starred Nonfiction Roundup

We’re seeing stars for these books about travel, history, art, poetry, and music!

THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James
A PW Best Summer Books of 2016 pick with THREE starred reviews! “In this exciting book, novelist and critic James examines six artists (and many interesting secondary figures) whose travels allowed them to find inspiration and belonging far from their homelands in locations across the globe. [THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS] is a sharp, thought-provoking contribution to the ongoing conversation about transculturation.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history… Abundant primary sources inform James’ sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“James is merrily entertaining in his exceptional erudition and nimble eloquence, and fluently and movingly insightful in his psychological, sexual, social, and aesthetic interpretations as he tells these astonishing, often tragic tales of intrepid self-creation and ardently chosen homelands.”Booklist, starred review

LOOK: POEMS by Solmaz Sharif
A July 2016 Indie Next pick! “In form, content, and execution, Sharif’s debut is arguably the most noteworthy book of poetry yet about recent U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the greater Middle East.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In these raw, unsparing poems, Rona Jaffe Award winner Sharif closes the gap, making language itself the issue as she investigates the consequences—particularly for herself and her family—of America’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (“My life in the American/ Dream is a DOWNGRADE”). Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review
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