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Publishers Weekly’s editors recently selected their Best Books of Summer 2017, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Staff Picks (full list)
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“About that thing on the cover—is it a genetically modified bird-of-paradise? Some cousin of the odoriferous corpse flower? I was intrigued from the moment I saw it, as is Rachel, the postapocalyptic scavenger who finds the improbably sentient and mutable creature—who ‘smelled of beach reeds on lazy summer afternoons and, beneath the sea salt, of passionflowers’—while picking through the fur of the gargantuan flying bear that terrorizes her devastated city. And then things start to get weird.” — Carolyn Juris, features editor
ISADORA by Amelia Gray
“Gray’s most recent book, the story collection GUTSHOT, was weird as hell and as visceral as its title. Whose life would be better for her to fictionalize, then, than that of notorious mother of modern dance Isadora Duncan? An openly bisexual communist and atheist in an era that condemned all three, Duncan was famous for wearing long, flowing scarves even up until her death, when her scarf got caught in one of the axles of the car she was riding in. Flung from the vehicle, Duncan died of a broken neck—a tragic end that will surely make for a riveting finale in Gray’s novel.” — John Maher, assistant news editor
Fiction (full list)
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald novel about siblings Alice and Paul begrudgingly attending the lavish wedding of their half-sister, Eloise, in England. Lovesick Alice and Paul—both in doomed relationships—see Eloise as the snotty daughter of a rich dad, and Donna, their mother, as a coldhearted widow who ditched all remnants of their father after his death. During the boozy pre-wedding days, the resentment and secrets come tumbling out in outbursts and hilariously bad decisions. readmoreremove
With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions happening this month, the 2016 presidential race shows no signs of slowing until November. Whether you lean left or right, there’s a book about politics for every reader:
OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
The book by the U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate “offers both an account of Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and an argument for the progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda he proposes to create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP by Michael D’Antonio
Now in trade paperback, the revealing unauthorized biography about the Presidential candidate, including firsthand interviews with “the Donald” himself and others, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio.
GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
Soon to be available in trade paperback, Berman’s book on voting rights was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, a 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist, shortlisted for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellent in Nonfiction, and a RUSA 2016 Notable Nonfiction Book! “Berman does a superb job of making the history of the right to vote in America not only easily understandable, but riveting. This is the best kind of popular history—literate, passionate, and persuasive, balancing detail with accessibility.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
ENOUGH SAID: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? by Mark Thompson
A wide-ranging, provocative examination of free speech, political rhetoric, and the distortion of our common language by the CEO of The New York Times Company. “Thompson’s writing packs a high percentage of insights per page and his book manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
CRISIS POINT: Why We Must–and How We Can–Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America by Trent Lott & Tom Daschle with Jon Sternfeld
Two eminent former senators reach across the political aisle to identify the most corrosive sources of our current political dysfunction, and to point the way forward. “An important contribution to an ongoing debate.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE FIGHT: A Secret Service Agent’s Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine by Dan Bongino
What events led a veteran Secret Service agent at the top of his profession, with no political experience, to resign his position and run for office, nearly pulling off the unlikeliest of upsets as a Republican in a deep-blue state? Bongino’s mix of current events, insider’s analysis, and tales from his time protecting three presidents, shows where America has gone wrong and how we can fight back.
OFF SCRIPT: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide by Josh King
An illuminating journey through the most catastrophic scenes of political stagecraft since the “Age of Optics” in 1988 from former presidential events production director at the White House. “King presents one of the liveliest and funniest political books of recent years; it will keep political junkies and campaign professionals guffawing and learning. He has done for advance men and women what Timothy Crouse’s THE BOYS ON THE BUS did for print journalists almost a half-century ago. His book pairs nicely with David Greenberg’s scholarly REPUBLIC OF SPIN.”
— Library Journal, starred review
THE BELTWAY BIBLE: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government by Eliot Nelson
Arranged from A-Z, Nelson’s humorous guide looks at politics and government from an insider’s perch, breaking the bureaucracy into easily-digested entries on fundamental subjects like how legislation is formed, the scope of the president’s power, and an overview of primary federal agencies.
LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
“Frank, best known for his scathing commentary about Republicans in books like WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS and THE WRECKING CREW, turns his sights on the Democrats, the supposed party of the people. Still, he offers a tough and thought-provoking look at what’s wrong with America.” — Booklist
FUTURE RIGHT: Forging a New Republican Majority by Donald Critchlow
Critchlow proposes political strategies for Republicans to take advantage of trends, mobilize new constituencies, and create a vibrant new majority that reflects the times. “Well-researched and detailed to the point of repetitiveness, Critchlow’s study—in which Donald Trump’s name goes conspicuously unmentioned—may be just what Republican loyalists need to realize that a different approach is needed.”
— Publishers Weekly
THE ART OF BEING FREE: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Way We Live Now by James Poulos
“De Tocqueville’s seminal work, Democracy in America, is still surprisingly resonant, argues Poulos, as he explores how a modern reading of the classic text might help alleviate our uniquely American malaise.” — Publishers Weekly, Fall 2016 Politics & Current Events preview
THE TRUE FLAG: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
How should the United States act in the world? Bestselling author Kinzer’s new book brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. “Kinzer, a best-selling author who had a longtime career as a foreign correspondent (he was the New York Times’s bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent), considers the issue by going back to when the question first emerged. Heatedly relevant; with a five-city tour.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove
Get out and rock the vote, then settle in with one of these books about politics:
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: Fundamentals of American Government by Matthew Spieler
In the third book in the Fundamentals of American Government civics series, Spieler clearly and concisely explains the functions and importance of the United States House of Representatives.
TURNING TEXAS BLUE: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State by Mary Beth Rogers
“This admirably slim, mildly polemical guide to electoral change in Texas will appeal to political junkies on both the left and right. Democrats will value [political strategist Rogers’s] analysis of how to reverse Democratic political fortunes, and Republicans who want to stave off a plausible, but by no means inevitable, swing to the Democrats by 2020 should also take a look.” — Publishers Weekly
LISTEN, LIBERAL by Thomas Frank
From the bestselling author of WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS comes a scathing look at the standard-bearers of liberal politics—a book that asks: what’s the matter with Democrats?
NEVER ENOUGH: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success by Michael D’Antonio
A revealing new unauthorized biography about the Presidential candidate including firsthand interviews with “the Donald” himself and others, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio.
If you love fascinating non-fiction, have we got a timely story for you: ON IMMUNITY, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Eula Biss’s investigation about why we fear vaccines.
As a new mother, Biss grew fearful of the government and medicine, ultimately realizing that she cannot immunize her child, or herself, from the world. In order to take control, she investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and how it impacts both individuals and society at large, both historically and in the present moment.
“Biss advocates eloquently for childhood immunization, making her case as an anxious new mother intent on protecting her son—and understanding the consequences. Biss frankly and optimistically looks at our ‘unkempt’ world and our shared mission to protect one another.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A thoughtful, withering critique [of] more recent fears of vaccines…. [Biss] accommodates the many sides of the topic but arrives at a clear point of view: Vaccinate.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“[A] far-reaching and unusual investigation into immunity…. Artfully mixing motherhood, myth, maladies, and metaphors into her presentation, Biss transcends medical science and trepidation.” — Booklist, starred review
More great news: ON IMMUNITY is an October 2014 Indie Next selection! Plus, Biss will be interviewed by Audie Cornish on NPR’s Morning Edition at publication (Sept 30).
Today we wish a very special #BookBday to Senator Elizabeth Warren's memoir, A FIGHTING CHANCE.
A most unlikely political star, Warren's introduction to government came when she was asked to go to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Then finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.
In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.
Early reviews are fabulous and national media is ramping up:
“In these pages, she displays a down-home charm and an effortless rapport with everyday people that makes her story more engaging than the average political tome. The book is more memoir than manifesto; Warren emerges as a committed advocate with real world sensibility, who tasted tough economic times at an early age and did not forget its bitterness.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This is a passionate memoir of one woman’s personal story and the larger story of corruption in financial circles and the need for reform that balances the interests of the American middle class against those of the corporate sector.” — Booklist, starred & boxed review
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“Rachel Maddow” airing 4/22
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” airing 4/22
“CBS This Morning” airing 4/22
“The View” airing 4/23
CNN's “Bill Weir” airing 4/23
“Morning Joe” airing 4/24 & 4/25
NPR's “On Point” airing 4/25
“This Week w/George Stephanopoulos” airing 4/27
The New York Times Book Review, to run 4/27
The Los Angeles Times, review to run 4/27
The Miami Herald, review to run 4/27
Parade, interview to run 4/27
The Washington Post, review to run 4/27
People Magazine, review to run 4/28 (5/1 issue)
Esquire Magazine, feature to run in the May issue
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