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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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Happy #BookBday (7/24/18 Edition)

Happy sunny, summer #BookBday to Beth Harbison, Marina Shiffrin, and a beautiful new set of Bintis!

EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY by Beth Harbison
Also available in audio
In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison’s most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past. “Drenching readers in Willa’s salt-and-sun-soaked memories, Harbison avoids melodrama, instead tempering tragedy with wry humor, heartfelt introspection, and an unexpected romance.” — Booklist

30 BEFORE 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too by Marina Shifrin
A charming, relatable and hilarious collection of essays documenting a young woman’s attempt to accomplish thirty life goals before turning thirty. Ranging in scope from the simple (Donate Hair) to the life-changing (Become internet Famous), each story shows readers that we don’t all have it figured out, and that’s okay. “In Shifrin’s journey to confidence and success, she provides a genuinely inspirational example without ever taking herself too seriously.” — Publishers Weekly

And Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti series is now available in beautiful new hardcover editions!

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July 2018 Nonfiction

Check out our great new nonfiction titles available this month—then make sure they get checked out at your library!

CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
Two starred reviews! “Drugs, gambling, vice, and banditry power China’s seaport mecca in this rollicking true crime saga. French’s two-fisted prose—‘When Boobee hops on a bar stool, lights an opium-tipped cigarette, and crosses her long legs, the sound of a dozen tensed-up male necks swinging round is like… a gunshot’—makes this deep noir history unforgettable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
Two starred reviews! “In this complex, exquisitely detailed account, freelance journalist and Detroit Free Press contributor Clark draws on interviews, emails, and other materials to describe the ensuing [Flint, Michigan, water] catastrophe… A potent cautionary tale of urban neglect and indifference. Infuriated readers will be heartened by the determined efforts of protesters and investigative reporters.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy
A searching examination of all the dimensions of love, marriage, mourning, and kinship from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy. “This timely look at how women are viewed (and often dismissed) by society will resonate with many readers, but particularly with those who have felt marginalized or undervalued.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Also available in audio
“Novelist Scottoline and daughter Serritella team up for the eighth in a series of entertaining mother-daughter humor books, combining entries in their ‘Chick Wit’ column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and new material. This summer beach read—which is indeed ‘like a glass of rosé, between two covers’—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

Happy #BookBday (7/10/18 Edition)

Literary fiction, romance, and humor—this #BookBday has it all!

IF YOU SEE ME, DON’T SAY HI by Neel Patel
A July 2018 Indie Next pick! A bravura debut story collection in the vein of Aziz Ansari and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, about love, family, success, and the experience of being brown in America today. “A melancholic pleasure with a sense of humor.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

SUICIDE CLUB by Rachel Heng
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! In this exceptional, page-turning debut, set in near future New York City—where the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever. “Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng’s highly imaginative debut, which deftly asks, ‘What does it really mean to be alive?’” — Library Journal, starred review

I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
Also available in audio
“Novelist Scottoline and daughter Serritella team up for the eighth in a series of entertaining mother-daughter humor books, combining entries in their ‘Chick Wit’ column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and new material. This summer beach read—which is indeed ‘like a glass of rosé, between two covers’—is sure to cheer readers spanning the generations but will be of particular appeal to mothers and daughters.” — Publishers Weekly

THE SUBWAY GIRLS by Susie Orman Schnall
From the author of THE BALANCE PROJECT comes a dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect. “Schnall nicely shows that women have always wanted to balance family and a career, and that it’s never been easy.” — Library Journal readmoreremove

June 2018 Nonfiction

Add these June nonfiction titles to your library’s shelves today:

THE THIRD BANK OF THE RIVER: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon by Chris Feliciano Arnold
A veteran journalist traces the war over the Amazon as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save the jungle from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt politicians. “A saddening, maddening story that draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote—but not invisible—part of the world.” —Kirkus Reviews

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Also available in audio
A stunning follow up to TEARS WE CANNOT STOP, WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE is another timely exploration of America’s tortured racial politics. This book exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy—of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. “After providing the backstories and historical context of the participants, Dyson offers contemporary examples of public figures who struggle for equality. The result is a moving ode to the potentiality of American social progress.” —Booklist, starred review

WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
A timely exploration of the life and work of world-changing thinkers—from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes—and how their ideas would solve the great economic problems we face today. “Few economics books are able to address major problems, present leading and sometimes conflicting theories, and be accessible to the casual reader. Yueh takes current issues affecting today’s economy and attacks them through the eyes of a dozen leading economists, from the historic to the contemporary, clearly applying their work to modern problems.” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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