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September 2018 Politics Roundup

The midterm elections are coming up! First, make sure you’re registered to vote, then take a break from the current headlines with these new books about politics:

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction & a September 2018 Indie Next Pick! “Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a 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

THE BROWNS OF CALIFORNIA: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! Pawel uses the Brown political dynasty—Jerry Brown and his father, Pat, have collectively governed California for 24 of the last 60 years—as a lens through which to examine the state’s history and role in the U.S. “Pawel expertly mines family archives, oral histories, and interviews with contemporary sources to fully and for the first time chronicle the origins and accomplishments of this remarkable clan. This fine and engaging political saga tracks both the Brown family and the growth of the state they have served.” — Booklist, starred review

THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman
Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. “A thought-provoking and insightful read for anybody interested in American politics in the lead up to the Civil War.” — Library Journal, starred review

CAN DEMOCRACY WORK?: A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World by James Miller
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! Ranging from the theaters of Athens to the tents of Occupy Wall Street, CAN DEMOCRACY WORK? is an entertaining and insightful guide to our most cherished—and vexed—ideal. “Miller’s engaging, thoughtful exploration of some of history’s most dramatic episodes illuminates the ongoing discontent with flawed systems of self-rule.” — Publishers Weekly

MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett
Also available in audio
A chronicle of the Trump administration from the inside perspective of a White House press correspondent. “Garrett’s assessment of Trump manages the difficult task of beingboth hard-hitting and even-handed, as well as smartly entertaining. The result is one of the best accounts yet of Trump’s impact.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Fall 2017 Drop-In Titles

We’ve got the scoop on some new Fall 2017 drop-in titles:

KILLING ENGLAND: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Out: September 19, 2017
Also available in audio
O’Reilly and Dugard’s bestselling history series continues with the story of the Revolutionary War, told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III.

BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populists vs. The Establishment from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham
Out: October 10, 2017
Also available in audio
Bestselling author Laura Ingraham tells the story of Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the White House at the head of a much-maligned and misunderstood populist revolt.

ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann
Out: September 19, 2017
Also available in audio
A call to action from three of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists offering the definitive work on the threat to our democracy posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

ROGUE SPOOKS: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Out: August 15, 2017
Also available in audio
Morris and McGann argue that anti-Trump partisans have been secretly orchestrating an unprecedented undercover campaign to sabotage President Trump and his agenda by using U.S. intelligence agencies and assets to gather and leak embarrassing and sensitive information.

ORDERS TO KILL: The Putin Regime and Political Murder by Amy Knight
Out: September 19, 2017
An in-depth and no-holds-barred account of the practice of covert murder in Russian politics, beginning in 1998, when Vladamir Putin became head of the FSB, and continuing to the present day.

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
Out: November 28, 2017
Also available in audio
Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood. readmoreremove

Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels

Booklist recently announced their Top 10 Graphic Novel picks (from March 2015 – February 2016) and three books from Macmillan made the list!

DEMOCRACY by Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa
Papadatos and Kawa’s tale follows Leander, an early follower of Cleisthenes, often called the father of democracy, in what is not only a compelling story but an expertly realized piece of historical fiction.

ROSALIE LIGHTNING by Tom Hart
With stunning, evocative artwork, Hart tells the heartbreaking tale of his daughter’s death mere weeks before her second birthday and the grief he and his wife faced in the aftermath. Extraordinarily moving and beautifully executed.

SYLLABUS: Notes From an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
Barry offers a glimpse into her creativity and teaching process in this enlightening and absorbing collection, which encourages cultivating creativity through experimentation, memory, and mindfulness. Terrifically illuminating.

Plus, SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki is a Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth pick!
With expert, deceptively simple artwork, Tamaki creates a heartbreaking and hilarious collection of wry vignettes, exploring the thrills and banalities of superhuman teens at boarding school.

 

Graphic Novel Roundup

Beat the mid-week slump with these great graphic novels:

KILLING & DYING by Adrian Tomine
A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2015 and an Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick! A woman who looks like an internet porn star, a man who keeps breaking into his former home, a stuttering girl who wants to be a stand-up comic; Tomine’s graphic story collection is an emotional meditation on mortality, family, and the creative life.

STEP ASIDE, POPS by Kate Beaton
A Publishers Weekly Fall 2015 Comics & Graphic Novels Top 10 pick! Beaton’s first collection was a sensation, and these comics are equally droll, brainy, and sometimes devastating. Her broadsides against clueless chauvinism are especially dead on.

NEIL GAIMAN’S TEKNOPHAGE by Rick Veitch & Bryan Talbot
Back in print after 20 years years and collected in one volume for the first time (also available in hardcover)! From The Phage Building, located on the planet Kahlighoul, The Teknophage, a 65 million year old reptile, plots and plans the expansion of his intergalactic empire. However, when he turns his sights towards Kahlighoul’s sister planet, Earth, the Teknophage encounters a source of resistance that he did not expect. readmoreremove

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