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Friday Reads: Graywolf Press

Ahwoooooo! That’s the howl of Graywolf Press crushing the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist and rocking our #FridayReads with these super-star gems:

SCRIBE by Alyson Hagy
Two starred reviews for this gothic, apocalyptic, dystopian novel filled with myth and folklore from the hills of Appalachia!

“Set after a civil war and deadly fevers decimate the country, Hagy’s new novel is a slim and affecting powerhouse. Timely and timeless; a deft novel about the consequences and resilience of storytelling.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Taut and tense, with both a dreamlike quality and a strong sense of place, Hagy’s brief but powerful tale will indelibly haunt readers long after the final page is turned.” — Booklist, starred review

THE LAST ENGLISHMEN: Love, War, and the End of Empire by Deborah Baker
Two starred reviews for this sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and epic, about the waning of the British Empire in India!

“A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain. A book for any readers curious about India after 1900.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

September 2018 Nonfiction

From history to education to health, these new titles are perfect for your shelves:

HEART: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, cardiologist Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. “Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
Two starred reviews! “A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE MAN I NEVER MET: A Memoir by Adam Schefter & Michael Rosenberg
This memoir by the ESPN sports analyst (co-written with Michael Rosenberg) tells the story of how he fell in love with and married the widow of a 9/11 victim. “In what at first comes across as a bizarre concept for a memoir, Schefter successfully communicates his joy in finding love and family, and in a friendship with a man he never knew.” — Publishers Weekly

TIME TO PARENT: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern
The bestselling organizational guru takes on the ultimate time-management challenge—parenting, from toddlers to teens—with concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids. “Morgenstern’s bite-size, achievable goals and skill levels are simple to digest. Backed by scientific data and personal experience, the book is full of straightforward advice presented in an intriguing way. It will appeal especially to those who like to-do lists and find joy in checking off items as they are accomplished.” — Kirkus Reviews

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson
“A film and TV writer (e.g., HBO’s The Newsroom) and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, Henderson believed that failure in the classroom resulted from unmotivated, inattentive, simply bad teaching. But when he began substitute teaching, he quickly came to believe that the problem was rampantly unchecked student behavior, which he sees as resulting from society itself. Beyond analysis, here are prescriptions, including discussion of legal infrastructure, to improve the situation. Not surprisingly, there’s a big push not just to educators but to libraries.”Library Journal, pre-pub alert

THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald
By the national bestselling author of THE WAR ON COPS comes a provocative account of the erosion of humanities, the rise of intolerance in today’s university culture, and a call to return to learning that broadens the mind and takes students outside of their narrow selves. “Ultimately, Mac Donald identifies the choice schools must make as they confront these issues: continue with the corrosive pathology of identity, or commit to academic excellence, individual responsibility, and the humanistic goal of education through unfettered academic inquiry.” — The Washington Examiner readmoreremove

#BookBday (9/11/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these just published titles!

THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle
Also available in audio
A September 2018 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick & an ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” pick! When Sabrina Nielsen arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also her favorite professor from college, her father, her ex-fiance, and Audrey Hepburn. “A bittersweet tale of love, loss, and living with the memories.” — Kirkus Reviews

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
The #1 September 2018 Indie Next pick, A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz book, one of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts! Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists’ disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel’s various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.” — Kirkus Reviews

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
“Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

September 2018 Stars!

We’re seeing stars for these forthcoming new books:

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
“Wonderful… Berlin’s writing achieves a dreamy, delightful effect as it provides a look back through time. This collection should further bolster Berlin’s reputation as one of the strongest short story writers of the 20th century.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Blessedly, a second volume with 22 more stories is in no way second rate but rather features more seductive, sparkling autofiction with narrators whose names echo the author’s in settings and situations that come from her roller-coaster biography (which is summarized in an appendix). No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Also available in audio
“In the same vein as best sellers such as Liza Mundy’s CODE GIRLS and Margot Lee Shetterly’s HIDDEN FIGURES, this new work from Carter presents the untold story of his grandmother Eunice Hunton Carter, the black female lawyer who prosecuted notorious mobster Lucky Luciano. With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice’s story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

August 2018 Nonfiction

New nonfiction for your library’s shelves!

SMALL ANIMALS: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
A BookExpo 2018 Editors’ Buzz Pick with two starred reviews! A compelling blend of personal memoir, investigative reporting, and sociological criticism about parenthood and fear based on the author’s personal experience. “Parents who are seeking advice, rather than reflection, will appreciate the vast number of other titles Brooks cites throughout the book. SMALL ANIMALS belongs on the shelves of every public library.” — Booklist, starred review

A FUTURE OF FAITH: The Path of Change in Politics and Society by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) & Dominique Wolton
Also available in audio
In this new book, the beloved people’s Pope reveals his views on the contentious political, cultural, and religious issues of our time based on his series of twelve conversations with French reporter and sociologist Dominique Wolton. “The man who emerges here is affable, approachable, always unpretentious, and deeply human.” — Booklist, starred review

THE HUSBAND HUNTERS: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy by Anne de Courcy
A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century. Downton Abbey fans will swoon over this trip through the privileged turn-of-the-century world of cash, class, and coronets. A highly readable social history that contains all of the juicy drama of a prime-time soap opera.” — Kirkus Reviews

MARILYN MONROE: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo
Based on new interviews and research, this ground-breaking biography reveals how Marilyn’s childhood contributed to her struggle with bi-polar disorder, and impacted her career and personal life. “There is a pervasive sadness in Casillo’s intricately nuanced portrait of this misunderstood idol, a despondency borne of her ambition to be both loved and beloved, revered and respected. A worthy addition to the Monroe canon.” — Booklist readmoreremove

August 2018 All-Stars

These forthcoming books are raking in the starred reviews—make sure to add them to your library’s shelves ASAP!

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
“As accomplished as its subject, redoubtable socialite and women’s suffrage crusader Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fowler’s engrossing successor to 2013’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, again showcases her genius for seeing beyond the myths of iconic women. Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Journalist McConahay tells the gripping and often overlooked history of Latin America during World War II. This lively book, driven by colorful personalities, strikes the ideal balance between informative and entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

CODEX 1962: A Trilogy by Sjón
“In this beguiling, surpassingly eccentric triptych, Icelandic novelist Sjón takes on, in turn, romance (classic, not Gothic), mystery, and science fiction to examine how people parse themselves into little camps and try to make their way through this harsh world . . . Unlike anything else in contemporary fiction. Strange—but stunning.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Sjón is more than a novelist; he is a storyteller in the ancient tradition, and this work may be remembered as his masterpiece.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: September 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the September 2018 Indie Next List!

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore — the #1 pick!
A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz book, one of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts! Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists’ disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel’s various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.” — Kirkus Reviews

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts with two starred reviews! An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor. “A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
“Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018

Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018 include these 5 Macmillan titles:

Fiction
A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Available October 16, 2018
Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald) follows Alva Vanderbilt and her family as they preside over Gilded Age New York.

Comics/Graphic Novels
BERLIN BOOK THREE: City of Light by Jason Lutes
Available September 4, 2018
Decades in the making, the indie-favorite Berlin trilogy reaches its conclusion in this artistic observation of the end of the Weimar Republic.

History
THE BROWNS OF CALIFORNIA: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel
Available September 4, 2018
Pawel uses the Brown political dynasty—Jerry Brown and his father, Pat, have collectively governed California for 24 of the last 60 years—as a lens through which to examine the state’s history and role in the U.S.

Music
THANKS A LOT, MR. KIBBLEWHITE: My Story by Roger Daltrey
Also available in audio
Available October 23, 2018
The Who’s lead singer relates his rise to music stardom in his first memoir. readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: October 2018 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the October 2018 LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due August 20! Click here for the full list of 2018 deadlines.

THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana de Rosnay
Also available in audio
The bestselling author of SARAH’S KEY delivers a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. “Triumphant…with raw and powerful reminisces and gorgeous descriptions. This is an emotional tour de force and a thoughtful, deliberate examination of personal tragedy and the possibility of redemption.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

INVISIBLE: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Also available in audio
A BookExpo “Shout n’ Share” & ALA Annual “Read n’ Rave” librarian pick! Carter tells the incredible true story of his grandmother, Eunice Hunton Carter, a granddaughter of slaves who became one of the most famous African American women by the 1940s for her work as a lawyer that brought down organized crime in New York City. “A vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Reviews

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Invisible.”*

A WELL BEHAVED WOMAN by Therese Anne Fowler
Also available in audio
Two starred reviews! From New York Times bestselling author Fowler comes a riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York. “Expect high demand from fans of the author’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and those who enjoy stories of the rich and famous.” — Library Journal

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife
Also available in audio
Skaife shares the behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument, the Tower of London. “This is an utterly fascinating book about one of those subjects you never thought you’d be interested in until, well, you were. A splendid and constantly surprising book.” — Booklist, starred review

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain
Also available in audio
THE LOVELY BONES meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE in LibraryReads author Chamberlain‘s new novel about a mother who must take a mind-bending leap of faith in order to save her unborn baby girl who has a heart defect. “The story is well-paced and the ending satisfyingly sweet….” — Kirkus Reviews

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

THE LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS by Paula Brackston
The New York Times bestselling author of THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER begins a new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure. “Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander collection will delight in Brackston’s new series and eagerly await its second installment. A bewitching tale of love across centuries.” — Kirkus Reviews

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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

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