Articles tagged "history"

Nonfiction Round-Up (9/11/19)

Engineering American economics, secret CIA experimentation, poetry from an Instagram sensation, exploring masculinity in the modern world, and the devastating effects of the East India Company–all in today’s nonfiction round-up!

TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann

A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2019 + 2 starred reviews!

“This concise and cogent history of the theories that have transformed the American economy makes a potentially dry subject fascinating.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Through the stories of individuals, often from varied neighborhoods, businesses, and corporations, Lemann makes these experiences come alive.”–Library Journal, starred review

POISONER IN CHIEF: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer

“Highly recommended. This work sheds light on misdeeds done in the name of American democracy and should have wide appeal among general readers.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE TRUTH ABOUT MAGIC: Poems by Atticus

Instagram sensation Atticus returns with another romantic and deeply moving poetry collection.

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Nonfiction Spotlight: LEARNING FROM THE GERMANS (8/28/19)

In today’s nonfiction spotlight, we learn about confronting the evils of the past with Susan Neiman’s LEARNING FROM THE GERMANS: Race and the Memory of Evil.

In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman’s LEARNING FROM THE GERMANS delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman is a white woman who came of age in the civil rights–era South and a Jewish woman who has spent much of her adult life in Berlin. Working from this unique perspective, she combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with both Americans and Germans who are grappling with the evils of their own national histories.

2 starred reviews!

“This exceptional piece of historical and political philosophy provides a meaningful way of looking at the Civil War’s legacy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fascinating book that assists readers in gaining a deeper understanding of the past in order to move forward. Highly recommended for all history readers and teachers.”–Library Journal, starred review

Read an excerpt here.

Nonfiction Spotlight: EQUALITY by Charles Postel (8/21/19)

Prize-winning historian Charles Postel explores the roots of American social movements after the Civil War and their lessons for today in EQUALITY: An American Dilemma, 1866-1896.

The Civil War unleashed a torrent of claims for equality—in the chaotic years following the war, former slaves, women’s rights activists, farmhands, and factory workers all engaged in the pursuit of the meaning of equality in America. This contest resulted in experiments in collective action, as millions joined leagues and unions. In EQUALITY, Charles Postel demonstrates how taking stock of these movements forces us to rethink some of the central myths of American history.

“Historian Postel provides an excellent example of how broad topics can be researched and discussed with a balanced, rational perspective while also subtly drawing important, often new parallels between past and current situations… EQUALITY tracks a repeating cycle: when racial violence escalades, so, too, does erosion of civil rights while the gap between the haves and have-nots increases, all of which serve as catalysts for social movements in which people voice their concerns and fight for equality and justice. Informative and timely.“–Booklist

Read an excerpt here.

Nonfiction Round-Up (8/14/19)

Nazi resistance, a musical master, neurodiversity, a portrait of a scientist, and a graphic memoir… welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

LIVES RECLAIMED: A Story of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany by Mark Roseman

2 starred reviews!

“…Bund members could aid only a few imperiled Jews, and the compromises they were forced to make raise compelling moral issues not easily resolved.”–Booklist, starred review

“…Roseman writes a gripping narrative documenting the lives of the people who helped others and those who benefited from their actions. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

TEXAS FLOOD: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort

2 starred reviews!

“Fans will be thrilled with this intelligent, informative, and enlightening biography of the guitar great.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should, the content will stay with readers long after the last note has sounded.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Starred Review Round-Up (8/2/19)

Surviving childhood trauma, overcoming a hostile medical system, a cultural history of 19th century Europe, 80 years of the American Dream, and German Jewish women on the legacy of racism… All in today’s starred review round-up!

GIRL by Edna O’Brien

“In a feat of empathy and imagination, the Irish writer O’Brien portrays one girl’s torments after she is taken by jihadis in Nigeria… A heartbreaking tale and a singular achievement.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“O’Brien’s bravely investigated novel of a young woman overcoming epic torture is profoundly empathic, unnervingly human, and darkly exquisite.”–Booklist, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (7/17/19)

Women’s healthcare, tragic lives of the elite, cartoon calculus, and a travel memoir–welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

EVERYTHING BELOW THE WAIST: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block

2 starred reviews!

“Thought-provoking, empowering information that all women should have; essential for public and consumer health ­libraries.“–Library Journal, starred review

“A dense and serious work packed with important information, highly recommended for health professionals, classes in women’s studies, and any woman who seeks guidance in these issues.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

FOUR FRIENDS: Promising Lives Cut Short by William D. Cohan

“Readers who enjoy behind-the-scenes details about the lives of the elite, including their foibles, will appreciate these accounts.”–Booklist

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July Nonfiction E-Book Sale for Libraries

Expand your e-book collection with these nonfiction essentials!

From 7/17 through 7/31, twenty-nine e-Books will be discounted 25% off (with our regular lending terms), including these bestsellers and award-winners:

LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton
THE END OF THE END OF THE EARTH: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

A Meteor Shower of Stars for Macmillan!

These forthcoming titles all received multiple starred reviews!

Fiction

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

“With an aura of both enchantment and authenticity, Bardugo’s compulsively readable novel leaves a portal ajar for equally dazzling sequels.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This atmospheric contemporary novel steeped in the spirit of a mystical New Haven is part mystery, part story of a young woman finding purpose in a dark world, and is the first in a potential series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Adults are just as enamored of Bardugo’s YA novels as teens are, and many have been anxiously and curiously awaiting this one.”–Booklist, starred review

MACHINE by Susan Steinberg

“Teenagers spend a hazy summer at the shore. One girl comes to terms with both her emerging independence and the mysterious death of a girl just like her… Heartbreaking, eerie, and acutely observant.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“What makes this tale so thrilling is Steinberg’s artistry with form; she fractures narrative into its fundamental parts. Steinberg writes prose with a poet’s sense of meter and line, and a velocity recalling the novels of Joan Didion. The result is a dizzying work that perfectly evokes the feeling of spinning out of control.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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PW Fall 2019 Announcements

Publishers Weekly included 73 Macmillan titles in their Fall 2019 Announcements! Here’s our breakdown of the books that need to be on your radar:

Art, Architecture, and Philosophy

EXTRAORDINARY DOGS: Stories from Search and Rescue Dogs, Comfort Dogs, and Other Canine Heroes by Liz Stavrinides and John Schlimm

Business and Economics

START FINISHING: How to Go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey (Top 10)
INFLUENCE: How social media influencers are shaping our digital future by Sara McCorquodale

Comics and Graphic Novels

MAKING COMICS by Lynda Barry (Top 10)
YEAR OF THE RABBIT by Tian Veasna (Top 10)
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Kevin Huizenga
SPRING RAIN: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolution by Andy Warner

Cooking and Food

LATERAL COOKING: One Dish Leads to Another by Niki Segnit

Essays and Literary Criticism

BUSTED IN NEW YORK AND OTHER ESSAYS by Darryl Pinckney (Top 10)
THE COLLECTOR OF LEFTOVER SOULS: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum (Top 10)
HUMAN RELATIONS AND OTHER DIFFICULTIES: Essays by Mary-Kay Wilmers (Top 10)
THE DOLPHIN LETTERS, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle by Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell; edited by Saskia Hamilton
ESSAYS ONE by Lydia Davis
EROSION: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

History

THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman (Top 10)
THE ANARCHY: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple
RETREAT FROM MOSCOW: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 by David Stahel
AGENT JACK: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton
THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America by Byron L. Dorgan

Lifestyle

GOOD HABITS, BAD HABITS: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood (Top 10)
THE MOVES THAT MATTER: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson (Top 10)
REWILDING: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali
HOW NOT TO DIET: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM
BREATHING FOR WARRIORS: Learn the Secret of Pro Athletes, Coaches, and First Responders to Unlock the Path to Endurance, Strength, Precision, and an Unshakable Mental Game by Dr. Belisa Vranich

Literary Fiction

FIND ME by André Aciman (Top 10)
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner (Top 10)
THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING by Deborah Levy
AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins
DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
SUICIDE WOODS: Stories by Benjamin Percy
DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer
FALSE BINGO: Stories by Jac Jemc
CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

Memoirs and Biographies

CARRIE FISHER : A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (Top 10)
HIGH SCHOOL by Sara Quin and Tegan Quin (Top 10)
THE BROKEN ROAD: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy
THE UNDYING: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care by Anne Boyer
MORE MYSELF: A Journey by Alicia Keys
A MARVELOUS LIFE: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth

Mysteries and Thrillers

CITY OF WINDOWS by Robert Pobi (Top 10)
THIRTEEN by Steve Cavanagh (Top 10)
THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North (Top 10)
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY: A Constable Twitten Mystery by Lynne Truss
THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan
THE WORST KIND OF WANT by Liska Jacobs
29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan

Poetry

THE DOLPHIN: Two Versions, 1972-1973 by Robert Lowell; edited by Saskia Hamilton (Top 10)
HEED THE HOLLOW: Poems by Malcolm Tariq
LOVE AND I: Poems by Fanny Howe
I WILL DESTROY YOU: Poems by Nick Flynn

Politics and Current Events

TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann (Top 10)
WHY YOU SHOULD BE A SOCIALIST: How the Left Can Dream Big and Win Again by Nathan J. Robinson (Top 10)included under the former title WE’RE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW
THE PRICE WE PAY: What Broke American Health Care–and How to Fix It by Marty Makary
SHADOW NETWORK: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
MY TIME AMONG THE WHITES: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE GREEN NEW DEAL: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth by Jeremy Rifkin
WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties – and How to Take Them Back by David Kirby

Romance and Erotica

CHRISTMAS ANGELS by Nancy Naigle

Science

SUPERHEAVY: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table by Kit Chapman (Top 10)
THE CONTACT PARADOX: Challenging our Assumptions in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Keith Cooper
THE MISSING LYNX: The Past and Future of Britain’s Lost Mammals by Ross Barnett
TRACKING THE HIGHLAND TIGER: In Search of Scottish Wildcats by Marianne Taylor

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (Top 10)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (Top 10)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (Top 10)
BLOOD OF AN EXILE by Brian Naslund
GAMECHANGER by L. X. Beckett
SUPERNOVA ERA by Cixin Liu
WARRIOR OF THE ALTAII by Robert Jordan
THE GURKHA AND THE LORD OF TUESDAY by Saad Z. Hossain
RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi

Also, don’t miss PW’s audio announcements!

Nonfiction Round-Up (6/26/19)

Eating & branding & dressing & fast fooding & playing baseball–what more do you need in a nonfiction round-up?!

HANGRY: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones and Restore Your Joy (Including a Customizable Paleo/Mediterranean Plan!) by Sarah Fragoso and Brooke Kalanick, ND, MS

Go from feeling stressed out and frustrated––and really freaking tired!––to healthy, happy, and at home again in your body by healing your hormones and resetting your metabolism.

THIS IS NOT A T-SHIRT: A Brand, a Culture, a Community–a Life in Streetwear by Bobby Hundreds

The story of The Hundreds and the precepts that made it an iconic streetwear brand by Bobby Hundreds himself.

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