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Meet the Author, er, Raconteur: John Waters

Acclaimed spinner-of -yarns and overall cool dude John Waters shares more of himself in MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.

No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in MR. KNOW-IT-ALL he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: “Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.”

A PW Best Book of Summer 2019!

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Nonfiction Round-Up (3/13/19)

A D-Day story from those who were there, an evocative essay collection, defense of the First Amendment, and a guidebook to a better life… Welcome to this week’s Nonfiction Round-Up!

SOLDIER, SAILOR, FROGMAN, SPY, AIRMAN, GANGSTER, KILL OR DIE: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton
“Cornelius Ryan and Stephen Ambrose have set the standard for D-Day historiography. It’s safe to say that Milton (NATHANIEL’S NUTMEG) can be now added to that list with this refreshing portrayal of how the Allies prepared, fought, lost, and won on that fateful day in 1944…. Highly recommended for World War II aficionados and those seeking a great read in military history.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (2/20/19)

From American imperialism and the WWII Home Front, to an essay collection and a Russian cross-country adventure–check out today’s nonfiction picks:

THE DARKEST YEAR: The American Home Front 1941-1942 by William K. Klingaman
Two starred reviews!
“This thoroughly researched and accessible text will prove elucidating to anyone curious about social history, World War II, or the rhetoric of a country in crisis.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Klingaman uses media, literature, journals, and letters to illustrate the year, and the resulting history is riveting.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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2019 PEN America Literary Award Finalists

Macmillan has TEN finalists for the 2019 PEN American Literacy Awards!

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley
HALF GODS by Akil Kumarasamy

PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR A DEBUT NOVEL
SEVERANCE by Ling Ma

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
NEVADA DAYS by Bernardo Atxaga

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips

PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING
THE CIRCUIT: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

December 2018 Bestsellers and Recent Releases

Here’s our updated Edelweiss collection of this month’s bestsellers and recently released titles, perfect for collection development! Here are some of the top titles for December 2018:

Bestsellers
THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald 
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah 
KILLING THE SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History by Bill O’Reilly 
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
THE MAMBA MENTALITY: How I Play by Kobe Bryant 
MILKMAN by Anna Burns 
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty 
OF BLOOD AND BONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts 

Recent Releases
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH: Essays by Jonathan Franzen 
HEARTS OF THE MISSING: A Mystery by Carol Potenza 
RADIANT SHIMMERING LIGHT by Sarah Selecky 

2019 PEN America Literary Award Longlist

The 2019 PEN Literary Awards longlist includes 14 Macmillan titles! WOO HOO!

PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION
A LUCKY MAN: Stories by Jamel Brinkley 
HALF GODS by Akil Kumarasamy 

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD
BROTHER by David Chariandy 
EYE LEVEL: Poems by Jenny Xie 

PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
NEVADA DAYS by Bernardo Atxaga 
CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón 

PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION
ASYMMETRY: Poems by Adam Zagajewski 

PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY
WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim 
IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips 

PEN/BOGRAD WELD PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY
INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter 

PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson 
THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman 
AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold 

PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING
THE CIRCUIT: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips 

Title Spotlight: BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS (11/19/18)

You’ll know artist and writer Natalie Babbitt (1932–2016) from her inspiring work in children’s literature, including TUCK EVERLASTING and KNEEKNOCK RISE.

Now in BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS: On Writing and Reading Books for Children, a collection of essays and speeches written over the course of four decades, Babbitt explores what it was like to be a “little dog” in the literary world, continually being forced to justify her choice to write books for children–instead of doing something more serious. Babbitt offers incisive commentary on classic children’s books as well as contemporary works, and reveals colorful insights into her own personal creative life. Filled with a voice that rings with truth, wisdom, and humor across the years, the essays gathered in BARKING WITH THE BIG DOGS exemplify on every page true reverence for children and an endless engagement with the challenge to write the books that shape them.

“Though their subjects vary, the pieces have in common their excellence…. In terms of her emotional themes, the unifying element is, she says, the special joy that is found only in children’s literature. It is children, as well as literature, who capture and hold her attention. She is a stalwart defender of both. As for her work, it speaks, or barks, for itself.“–Booklist

Nonfiction Round-up (11/14/18)

Gangsters: Men + Women, food lust, and artful essays… Welcome to this week’s nonfiction round-up!

HANDSOME JOHNNY: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assassin by Lee Server 
An untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue.

“Filled with crackerjack writing and Damon Runyonesque characters, this entertaining page-turner is a rich look at one of organized crime’s most intriguing characters.”Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

October 2018 Bestsellers & Recent Releases (10/26/18)

Here are our top titles for October 2018:

Bestsellers:

THE DEAD RINGER by M.C. Beaton

THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win  by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain (October LibraryReads pick!)

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen

FULL DISCLOSURE by Stormy Daniels

IMPOSSIBLE OWLS: Essays by Brian Phillips

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

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Nonfiction Picks (10/24/18)

A leading thinker in African-American culture, the greatest rivalry in college basketball history (GO HEELS!), the Wild West, and Opera… Check out today’s Nonfiction picks:

MAD SCENES AND EXIT ARIAS: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
by Heidi Waleson

“This engrossing study should find a place in both academic and metropolitan-area libraries and will be of extraordinary interest to opera lovers, arts administrators, and anyone invested in the future of the performing arts.”Library Journal, starred review

WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
by Jabari Asim

2 starred reviews!

“An insightful, compact volume featuring eight pivotal essays that redress African American history and culture as it’s commonly represented in America today…A highly accessible book that would serve high school and college classrooms well in continuing the conversation about civil rights and social justice.”–Library Journal, starred review

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