Articles tagged "current events"

Nonfiction Round-Up (11/13/19)

The biography of a cultural icon, a first-hand perspective on national and international matters, a memoir of legendary DEA agents, the journey into a reusable future, climate change from the U.S. military, a personal portrait of one of Hollywood’s best, & turning your passion into profit — all in today’s nonfiction round-up.

CARRIE FISHER: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller

“This is a worthy tribute to a strong, intelligent woman, and readers will appreciate Weller’s honest portrayal and thoughtful analysis.”–Booklist, starred review

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki R. Haley

A deeply personal look at the most significant current events by the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

MANHUNTERS: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña

“[Readers] wanting the real story and the brave men behind the TV show Narcos will be thrilled.”–Booklist

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2019 Kirkus Prize Finalists

The 2019 Kirkus Prize finalists have been announced, and Macmillan has two titles in the running!

TERRITORY OF LIGHT by Yuko Tsushima

2 starred reviews! A haunting, dazzling novel of loss and rebirth from one of the most significant contemporary Japanese writers.

NO VISIBLE BRUISES: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder

2 starred reviews! An award-winning journalist’s intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors.

Winners will be announced on October 24, 2020.

Nonfiction Round-Up (9/11/19)

Engineering American economics, secret CIA experimentation, poetry from an Instagram sensation, exploring masculinity in the modern world, and the devastating effects of the East India Company–all in today’s nonfiction round-up!

TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann

A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2019 + 2 starred reviews!

“This concise and cogent history of the theories that have transformed the American economy makes a potentially dry subject fascinating.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Through the stories of individuals, often from varied neighborhoods, businesses, and corporations, Lemann makes these experiences come alive.”–Library Journal, starred review

POISONER IN CHIEF: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer

“Highly recommended. This work sheds light on misdeeds done in the name of American democracy and should have wide appeal among general readers.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC: Poems by Atticus

Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving poetry collection.

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Nonfiction Round-Up (9/4/19)

Shadow wars + the power of emotions + OBAMA + becoming the best you + the life of a magazine mogul–welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

THE RUSSIA TRAP: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe by George S. Beebe

The former head of CIA’s Russia analysis shows how Washington and Moscow may be headed toward nuclear annihilation.

PERMISSION TO FEEL: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett

“While Brackett focuses on educational and child-based applications for his methods, his wise principles can easily be applied to adult situations as well. Readers looking for strategies for responding to stress, particularly in children, will find much guidance in this cogent, welcoming work.”–Publishers Weekly

LAUGHING WITH OBAMA: A Photographic Look Back at the Enduring Wit and Spirit of President Barack Obama, Edited by M. Sweeney

Laugh along with a spirited American presidency with this sequel to the best-selling HUGS FROM OBAMA.

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Nonfiction Spotlight: LEARNING FROM THE GERMANS (8/28/19)

In today’s nonfiction spotlight, we learn about confronting the evils of the past with Susan Neiman’s LEARNING FROM THE GERMANS: Race and the Memory of Evil.

In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman’s LEARNING FROM THE GERMANS delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights–era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories.

2 starred reviews!

“This exceptional piece of historical and political philosophy provides a meaningful way of looking at the Civil War’s legacy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fascinating book that assists readers in gaining a deeper understanding of the past in order to move forward. Highly recommended for all history readers and teachers.”–Library Journal, starred review

Read an excerpt here.

Maximum Shelf: AMERICAN DIRT (8/21/19)

Today’s Maximum Shelf pick is Jeanine Cummins’ AMERICAN DIRT–a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

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Drop-In Alert: FREE, MELANIA

On December 3, 2019, Flatiron Books will publish the first behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most enigmatic First Lady in U.S. history, FREE, MELANIA by CNN reporter Kate Bennett.

Melania Trump is an enigma. Regardless of your political leanings, she is fascinating–a First Lady who, in many ways, is the most modern and groundbreaking in recent history. A former model whose beauty in person leaves people breathless, a woman whose upbringing in a communist country spurred a relentless drive for stability, both for herself and for her family. A reluctant pillar in a controversial presidential administration who speaks five languages and runs the East Wing like none of her predecessors ever could–underestimate her at your own peril (as a former government official did and was summarily fired). But who is she really?

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PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019

This Fall certainly has some whoppers! Publishers Weekly has selected their most anticipated books of the season, including these Macmillan titles:

Fiction
FIND ME by André Aciman

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

Comics/Graphic Novels
MAKING COMICS by Lynda Barry

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies
HUMAN RELATIONS AND OTHER DIFFICULTIES: Essays by Mary-Kay Wilmers

Politics/Current Events
TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann

Religion/Spirituality
ASTRO POETS: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky
UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

E. Jean Carroll Explores WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR? (7/2/19)

America’s longest running advice columnist E. Jean Carroll provides a darkly funny and very personal attempt to answer a burning cultural question in her new book, WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR?: A Modest Proposal.

When E. Jean Carroll–possibly the liveliest woman in the world and author of Ask E. Jean in Elle Magazine–realized that her eight million readers and question-writers all seemed to have one thing in common–problems caused by men–she hit the road. Criss-crossing the country with her blue-haired poodle Lewis Carroll, E. Jean stopped in every town named after a woman between Eden, Vermont and Tallulah, Louisiana to ask women the crucial question: What do we need men for?

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Politics Shmolitics

You can’t go anywhere these days without running into some kind of political discussion, and these new and forthcoming books will keep your patrons in the know.

DEMOCRACY MAY NOT EXIST, BUT WE’LL MISS IT WHEN IT’S GONE by Astra Taylor
What is democracy really? What do we mean when we use the term? And can it ever truly exist? Astra Taylor, hailed as a “New Civil Rights Leader” (LA Times), provides surprising answers.

THE NEW RIGHT: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics by Michael Malice
The definitive firsthand account of the movement that permanently broke the American political consensus. As entertaining as it is informative, THE NEW RIGHT is required reading for every American across the spectrum who would like to learn more about the past, present, and future of our divided political culture.

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