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Booklist’s Best Biographies of 2017

Booklist recently shared their Top 10 Biography reading lists of 2017*, including these five Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Biographies (full list)

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Jackson meticulously chronicles the struggle of the Sioux visionary and medicine man Black Elk to help his embattled people preserve their culture and traditions.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WILDE: Oscar Wilde and His Family by Emer O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan tells the great Irish writer’s story in concert with those of Wilde’s physician, archaeologist, antiquarian, and folklorist father, William; translator, poet, and mythographer mother, Jane; and brother, William, a gifted and troubled society journalist.

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
With vivid specificity and poignant insights, King eloquently tells the wondrous story of the great impressionist Monet’s long struggle against war, grief, and fading eyesight to paint his monumental Water Lilies at Giverny.

NOT PRETTY ENOUGH: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hirshey
Hirshey’s entrancing biography reveals the full and astonishing tale of Helen Gurley Brown, the audacious powerhouse behind Cosmopolitan magazine, who was forever haunted by her hardscrabble Arkansas childhood.

Top 10 Biographies on Audio (full list)

IF AT BIRTH YOU DON’T SUCCEED: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner, read by the author
Reality-show winner and YouTube star Anner tells funny, outrageous stories while also admitting his regrets and fears with quiet honesty in his hilarious and heartfelt memoir.

Core Collection: Group Biographies (full list)

ALL WE KNOW: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen
Cohen tells the stories of three singular women who helped shaped modern culture as part of the “close-knit and fractious lesbian networks of New York, London, and Paris”: the brilliant Esther Murphy, feminist writer Mercedes de Acosta, and British fashion star Madge Garland.

AMERICAN RHAPSODY: Writers, Musicians, Movie Stars, and One Great Building by Claudia Roth Pierpont
Pierpont’s scintillating portrait gallery includes such embattled yet influential American artists as Dashiell Hammett, James Baldwin, Katharine Hepburn, and Nina Simone, as well as New York’s incandescent Chrysler Building.

THE FELLOWSHIP: The Literary Lives of the Inklings, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
The Zaleskis showcase the Oxford fantasists who called themselves the Inklings, focusing on J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield, and delving into how they shared a commitment to a vibrantly Christian creativity.

FLAPPERS: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
Mackrell chronicles with drama and panache the lives of six intrepid, stylish, trailblazing women artists who exemplify the flapper revolution: actors Lady Diana Cooper and Tallulah Bankhead, performer Josephine Baker, writers Nancy Cunard and Zelda Fitzgerald, and painter Tamara de Lempicka.

THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James
James profiles artists who undertook “transcultural” adventures, from Gauguin in Tahiti to Raden Saleh, who left Indonesia for Holland; Swiss writer Isabelle Eberhardt roaming late-nineteenth-century North Africa dressed as a man; and the avant-garde American filmmaker Maya Deren in Haiti.

GROUP F.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography by Mary Street Alinder
Alinder’s landmark group study brings into sharp focus the California photographers who fought to establish photography as an art form.

IDENTITY UNKNOWN: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman
The painters and sculptors under scrutiny here—Gertrude Abercrombie, Joan Brown, Lois Maïlou Jones, Ree Morton, Christina Ramberg, Lenore Tawney, even Louise Nevelson—achieved fame only to be quickly relegated to the shadows.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti zestfully portrays five artists whose paintings helped forge the new American ethos in the midst of the Revolutionary War: Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, John Trumbull, John Singleton Copley, and Gilbert Stuart.

*Titles included were reviewed between June 2016, and February 1, 2017.

2017 LA Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2017 Book Prize finalists and we’ve got 11 nominees:

Fiction
WHAT BELONGS TO YOU by Garth Greenwell

Mystery/Thriller
THE NORTH WATER by Ian McGuire

Current Interest
CITY OF THORNS by Ben Rawlence
A RAGE FOR ORDER: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert F. Worth

Biography
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson

Science & Technology
PANDEMIC: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
LIGHT: A Radiant History from Creation to the Quantum Age by Bruce Watson

Poetry
HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS by Ishion Hutchinson

Graphic Novel/Comics
BEVERLY by Nick Drnaso
DEMON: Volume 1 by Jason Shiga

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 21. For more information and the full list of nominees click here.

Booklist’s Best Books of 2016

Booklist revealed their Editors’ Choice picks for 2016, and they include 12 Macmillan titles:
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2016 (full list)

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
King, a master at illuminating overlooked facets of art history, tells the full, wondrous, and poignant story of Monet’s three-decade struggle to paint his monumental Water Lilies at Giverny.

BLACK ELK: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Jackson’s exhaustively researched biography of the Sioux visionary and medicine man details his life and the landmark events that shaped it, evoking awe over Black Elk’s struggle to help his embattled people preserve their culture and traditions.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti zestfully portrays five largely self-taught artists whose paintings helped forge the new American ethos in the midst of war and civic unrest: Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, John Trumbull, John Singleton Copley, and Gilbert Stuart.

THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
Williams, an ardent and scrupulous witness to the living world, eloquently reports on her visits to a dozen national parks, interweaving vivid history, precise and rhapsodic description, personal stories, and evocative thoughts about the future.

THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
This ambitious epic of Faulknerian dimension tells multiple stories across many generations, as Morgan attempts to throw her arms around the history of southern racism with the same fervor that she tackles the region’s white family dynasties.

THE VIRGINITY OF FAMOUS MEN by Christine Sneed
Sneed investigates the dynamics of sexual power, the eroticism of fame, and the impossibility of sequestering pain in her marvelously lucid, empathic, and witty short stories. readmoreremove

Kirkus Best Books of 2016 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2016 Nonfiction lists which include 11 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction of 2016
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi (winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Best Nonfiction!)
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel
BEING A BEAST: ADVENTURES ACROSS THE SPECIES DIVIDE by Charles Foster
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best History Books of 2016
THE BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY: IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH by Lara Feigel

Best Books of 2016 to Explain Current Politics
THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: AN OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE AGE OF ACCELERATIONS by Thomas L. Friedman
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair

Best Memoirs of 2016
THE ART OF WAITING: ON FERTILITY, MEDICINE, AND MOTHERHOOD by Belle Boggs
CONSEQUENCE: A MEMOIR by Eric Fair
IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi
RIVERINE: A MEMOIR FROM ANYWHERE BUT HERE by Angela Palm
BULLIES: A FRIENDSHIP by Alex Abramovich

Best Books of 2016 for Lovers of the Literary Arts
MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES by Ross King
AMERICAN RHAPSODY: WRITERS, MUSICIANS, MOVIE STARS, AND ONE GREAT BUILDING by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Best Books of 2016 About Shocking Tales of Injustice
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence

Best Heartrending Nonfiction of 2016
CITY OF THORNS: NINE LIVES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP by Ben Rawlence readmoreremove

Booklist’s Top Arts Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top Arts Books of 2016*, including these Macmillan titles, and Bill Ott gave a preview of IDENTITY UNKNOWN by Booklist‘s own Donna Seaman!
Top 10 Arts Books: 2016 (full list)

THE LONELY CITY: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
Laing imaginatively entwines memoir with profiles and astute interpretations as she looks to visual art in an effort to understand the true nature of loneliness.

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
With deep knowledge and mesmerizing skill, King tells the little-known story behind Monet’s 30-year effort to paint his magnificent Water Lilies at Giverny.

OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
Staiti vividly profiles the five artists whose paintings helped inspire the vision of independence and unity that generated the American Revolution and the forging of a new nation.

Core Collection: Architects and Architecture in (Mostly) America (full list)

ARCHITECTURE’S ODD COUPLE: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson by Hugh Howard
Howard portrays two iconic, outspoken, twentieth-century architects whose provocative ideas and innovative designs transformed America’s built environment, two artists who “were the yin and the yang, …the positive and negative charges that gave architecture its compass.”

BRICKS AND MORTALS: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made by Tom Wilkinson
As the real-estate market recovers from a decade-long recession and new towers rise at breakneck speed around the globe, Wilkinson skillfully evaluates 10 notable structures, past and present.

THE FLATIRON: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose with It by Alice Sparberg Alexiou
Alexiou, whose grandfather was once a co-owner of the Fuller Building, the New York landmark known as the Flatiron, recounts a tale of architectural innovation and the larger-than-life personalities responsible for this iconic structure, including the visionary architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham.

HOW ARCHITECTURE WORKS: A Humanist’s Toolkit by Witold Rybczynski
Architect and outstanding architectural writer Rybczynski takes palpable pleasure in revealing the complex, often contradictory demands of architecture, illuminating “the practical as well as the aesthetic” in this expert and invigorating guide to the field’s profound humanness. readmoreremove

Monet, Madames & the Mitford Sisters

Take a deep dive into the history of Monet, women in WWII Paris, and the Mitford Sisters in these three enthralling nonfiction titles:

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with THREE starred reviews! “Best-selling King consummately meshes biography with art history as he turns the creation of one resounding masterpiece into a portal onto the artist’s life. Never before has the full drama and significance of Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies been conveyed with such knowledge and perception, empathy and wonder.” — Booklist, starred review

LES PARISIENNES: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba
New York Times bestselling author Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris’s history and tells the stories of how women survived—or didn’t—during the Nazi occupation. “Former Reuters correspondent and biographer, most notably of Wallis Simpson (THAT WOMAN, 2012), turns in a fascinating account of how the buildup to WWII, the war itself, and its aftermath marked the lives of Parisian women. A standout social history.” — Booklist, starred review

THE SIX: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson
An enthralling biography of the Mitford sisters, daughters of the British aristocracy whose lives took different directions at the onset of WWII, all rife with scandal, controversy, and tragedy. “For readers yearning for another take on the glamorous sisters’ ‘posh past,’ Thompson’s smart, jaunty, and wittily entertaining book will amply fill their desire. Steeped in Mitford lore and mythmaking, the book offers sharply drawn portraits of each woman, teases out the complexities of their fraught, competitive relationships with one another, and sets their lives within the context of a radically changing world. ” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Stars for MAD ENCHANTMENT

Reviewers are mad for Ross King’s MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies! This BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick has THREE starred reviews:

“Best-selling King consummately meshes biography with art history as he turns the creation of one resounding masterpiece into a portal onto the artist’s life. Never before has the full drama and significance of Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies been conveyed with such knowledge and perception, empathy and wonder.” — Booklist, starred review

“Readers will rejoice at this critical and social ‘biography’ of Monet’s stunningly ambitious final signature painting cycle, Water LiliesThis work is essential. Expect strong demand.” — Library Journal, starred review

King elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist, the last Impressionist standing at the end of one of history’s most remarkable art movements.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: September 2016 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the September 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
THREE starred reviews! Foer’s “intensely imagined and richly rewarding”* new novel focuses on the unraveling of a Jewish-American family in Washington DC over a 4-week span, during which time an earthquake sets off a Pan-Israel invasion. “Foer fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

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DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
The new standalone novel from the LibraryReads author of LITTLE BLACK LIES!
A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.” — Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ on LITTLE BLACK LIES

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Daisy in Chains” and include your library’s mailing address.*

CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
This debut collection of speculative short fiction for our tech-savvy era is an ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection. “[Weinstein’s] stories look like SF but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE by Kate Saunders
Combining the strengths of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin, Laetitia Rodd towers over both of these genteel sleuths in wit, tact, and ingenuity. The book is a sheer delight, with its deliciously intricate puzzle and well-drawn characters whom readers are sure to continue to enjoy in volumes to come.” Booklist, starred review

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KAROLINA’S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland and find two sisters lost during World War II. “Readers who crave more books like Balsam’s ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS and Kristin Hannah’s best-selling THE NIGHTINGALE will be enthralled by KAROLINA’S TWINS.”
Booklist, starred review

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THE WHITE MIRROR by Elsa Hart
“Hart seamlessly melds the complex politics of 18th-century Asia with a superior fair-play plot in her second whodunit featuring Chinese librarian Li Du.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Hart, in a twist on the classic British county manor mystery, adds her characteristic elegantly crafted atmosphere and keen eye for character and writes with an ease and an assurance that makes it feel like this is her twenty-second book, not just her second.” — Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Public Library, Overland Park KS

To request a print ARC, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “White Mirror” and include your library’s mailing address.*

MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
A BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” pick with THREE starred reviews! “Best-selling King consummately meshes biography with art history as he turns the creation of one resounding masterpiece into a portal onto the artist’s life. Never before has the full drama and significance of Monet’s magnificent Water Lilies been conveyed with such knowledge and perception, empathy and wonder.” — Booklist, starred review

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BEA 2016 “Shout ‘n Share” Picks

Lovely library friends, we’re having BEA withdrawal.

We had TOO MUCH fun, from Anne & Talia’s silly Macmillan Library genie skit to the #librariansonly “Mac Snack Book Attack” where Anne gave our personal book recommendations, ARCs & homemade cookies. We love ya.

AS the genie backstage Anne @ snack attack

Y’all love us, too! Check out the Macmillan books your librarian pals recommended at the annual BEA Shout ‘n Share panel:

Lesa Holstine, Collection Development Manager at Evansville Public Library (IN) loved Rae Meadows’s I WILL SEND RAIN (“It will make you really thirsty”), Linda Castillo‘s latest Kate Burkholder mystery, AMONG THE WICKED and Louise Penny‘s new Inspector Armand Gamache mystery, A GREAT RECKONING.

Tracy Babiasz, Acquisitions and Collections Manager at Chapel Hill Public Library (NC) adored Stacey Kade’s 738 DAYS (“If you want a romance with a little bit of thriller, this one’s for you”) and THE NEXT by Stephanie Gangi.

Chicago Public Library’s Stephen Sposato, Manager, Content Curation, raved about Max Porter’s GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS and Ross King’s MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies.

Vicki Nesting, Assistant Director at St. Charles Parish Public Library (LA) stayed close to home for her pick: LET THE DEVIL OUT by Bill Loehfelm, the next book in the New Orleans-set series starring cop Maureen Coughlin.

Panel moderator Wilda Williams, Library Journal fiction editor, fell for THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF IVAN ISAENKO by Scott Stambach and also enjoyed Sposato’s pick, MAD ENCHANTMENT.

See Wilda’s full LJ write-up of Shout ‘n Share here.
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