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PW Best Books of Summer 2017

PWSummer2017Publishers 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

Pages on Politics

Happy Election Day 2015!

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.

Spotlight: ON IMMUNITY

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.

New York Public Library/Bookops’s Charlene Rue selected it as a BEA “Shout ‘n Share” pick and it’s received THREE starred reviews:

“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).

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Happy #BookBday to A FIGHTING CHANCE

Fighting chanceToday 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  

“CBS Sunday Morning” - click to watch 
NPR's “Morning Edition” - click to listen 
USA Today - click to read 
The New Yorker, review by Jill Lapore - click to read 
The Boston Globe - click to read 
“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
More Magazine, feature to run in the May issue

And much, much more still to come! 
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