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Monday Funday With New Nonfiction

Memoirs, feminism, espionage, comedians, dogs—these new nonfiction books available this month have something for every reader:

ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
“Like DO NO HARM, Marsh’s previous memoir, ADMISSIONS is ‘wandering and ruminative, an overland trek through the doctor’s anxieties and private shames,’ our critic Jennifer Senior writes. Marsh once again recounts his miscalculations and surgical catastrophes; rails against the constraints of an increasingly depersonalized British health care system; and describes his operating theater in all of its Grand Guignol splendor.”New York Times Book Review (10 New Books We Recommend This Week, 10/12/17)

WAITING FOR THE PUNCH: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast by Marc Maron, foreword by John Oliver
From the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a collection of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the biggest names in entertainment. “From a book by a comedian, filled with the words of other comedians, readers will expect some laughs. What they might not expect are heartfelt revelations, life lessons, and perhaps even a cry or two.” — Booklist

DARE NOT LINGER: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela & Mandla Langa, prologue by Graça Machel
The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. “The title comes from Mandela himself, who noted, ‘With freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

REAL AMERICAN: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims
A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America. “Using powerfully effective prose, the author explains the impacts of racism on her daily life in both small and large ways, its chipping away at her feelings of self-worth. A compelling and important addition to any collection of personal narratives by women of color.” — Library Journal, starred review

NASTY WOMEN: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay & Kate Harding
“Twenty-three influential and eloquent feminist writers of the twenty-first century have come together to create this searing and urgent collection. This book invites readers to converse, comfort, and hold one another accountable in the hope of igniting radical, intersectional change.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

2018 Carnegie Medals Longlist

We’re thrilled to have 6 nominees on the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist!

Fiction
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott

Nonfiction
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young readmoreremove

Fall for Nonfiction

Fall for nonfiction with new books from Bill O’Reilly and Russell Brand, plus a couple of excellent memoirs:

KILLING ENGLAND: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard
O’Reilly and Dugard’s bestselling history series continues with the story of the Revolutionary War, told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III.

RECOVERY: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand
A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food, and eBay that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery.

THE BEST OF US: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
A touching memoir chronicling Maynard’s second marriage. “This haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith, is a reminder to savor every loved one and every day.” — Booklist, starred review

RIOT DAYS by Maria Alyokhina
A Pussy Rioter’s riveting, hallucinatory account of her years in Russia’s criminal system and of finding power in the most powerless of situations… “An inspirational memoir about youthful idealism and the power of popular culture to challenge the status quo.” — Kirkus Reviews

 

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction 9/13/17

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

“A breezy and engaging book that is a little philosophy and a lot self-help. This could do for unplugging what Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) did for decluttering.”–Booklist

Night: A Memoir by Elie Wiesel

A memorial edition of Elie Wiesel’s seminal memoir of surviving the Nazi death camps, with tributes by President Obama and Samantha Power

A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell

“Campbell’s captivating writing allows readers to see inside the life of a foreign correspondent and the bonds forged and broken through investigative reporting.”–Booklist, starred review

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

“The stories that Parry gives voice to are not only deeply personal but they are accompanied with essential historical and cultural context that enable the reader to understand the roles of death, grief, and responsibility in Japanese culture—and why some survivors may always remain haunted.”–Booklist, starred review

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others by Tali Sharot

“A fascinating, accessible primer on what current research teaches us about the art of persuasion…An enjoyable read.”–Publishers Weekly

2 Stars aka HAVE YOU ORDERED THESE BOOKS FOR YOUR LIBRARY YET???

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

“In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With a glorious and dramatic story, Bear begins a stunning new series set in the same world as her Eternal Sky trilogy.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Trace by Archer Mayor

“Outstanding..Mayor keeps the suspense high as he showcases each of his detectives’ special talents—Spinney’s patience and doggedness, Kunkle’s unorthodox but effective rule-bending, and Martens’s bravery and resourcefulness—in this welcome addition to the long-running series.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Trace is one of the best of a very fine series.”–Booklist, starred review

Murderous Mistral by Cay Rademacher

“Readers will be as captivated by Rademacher’s description of Blanc’s adjustment to village life as they will by the well-constructed mystery. Highly recommended for fans of international crime fiction, especially Mark Pryor’s Hugo Marston series and Peter Morfoot’s Paul Darac procedurals.”–Booklist, starred review

“Rademacher, short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger Award (for The Murderer in Ruins), has written a carefully plotted police procedural that vividly captures the landscape and scents of Provence while introducing Blanc and a small group of colleagues. VERDICT The police action and political connections will attract fans of Jeffrey Siger’s police novels set in Greece.”–Library Journal, starred review

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

A PW Fall 2017 Top 10 Science Book

“British science writer Fitzharris slices into medical history with this excellent biography of Joseph Lister… She infuses her thoughtful and finely crafted examination of this revolution with the same sense of wonder and compassion Lister himself brought to his patients, colleagues, and students. “As he neared the end of his life, Lister expressed the desire that if his story was ever told, it would be done through his scientific achievements alone,” Fitzharris notes, respecting his wish and fulfilling it in the context of a remarkable life and time.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. . . Fitzharris knows how to engage readers in fascinating and shocking details about medical history. She clearly. . . explains medical and scientific terms and techniques while also using novelistic details and narrative techniques to move the story along. In deftly capturing an ‘epochal moment when medicine and science merged,’ the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Nonfiction Spotlight (08/16/17)

Baseball, psychoanalysis, and literary luminaries are the stars of today’s Nonfiction spotlight:

Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever by Kevin Cook

“Entertaining, well-researched history…”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews

“This thorough dismantling of one of modernity’s founding figures is sure to be met with controversy.”–Booklist, starred review

The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein

“Goldstein’s ardently detailed, many-faceted story of a pivotal literary year illuminates all that these tormented visionaries had to overcome to “make the modern happen.”–Booklist

Check Out Our Stars! (08/14/17)

All of the today’s featured titles have received at least 2 starred reviews!

To Die In Spring by Ralf Rothmann

3 starred reviews!

“Brilliant…Spare and elegant, the novel paints a quietly harrowing picture of the lasting effects of human violence and offers brief, poignant glimpses into the natural world (especially when members of the animal kingdom wander unknowingly into the war zone). Directly confronting issues of responsibility, accountability, and legacy, this is an undeniably powerful work.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Searing, haunting, incandescent: Rothmann’s new novel is a vital addition to the trove of wartime fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A quietly unsettling triumph for Rothmann.”– Booklist, starred review

Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham

“From its action-packed opening sequence, this is a cinematic, fast-paced debut from a writer more known in comics, television, and film.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Jason fighting the forces of evil and learning about his powers is an amusing and captivating adventure.”–Booklist, starred review

A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell

“Campbell’s story includes not only her stark and frightening experiences in Damascus, but also her fracturing love life back home as well as background on the Iraq War and ensuing civil war and the frangible stability in Syria…. Campbell’s text races along—catching readers’ hearts as it goes…. A powerful book. In the stormwater’s swirl, Campbell has found a bright and tender leaf to follow, and the effect on readers will be transformative.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Campbell’s captivating writing allows readers to see inside the life of a foreign correspondent and the bonds forged and broken through investigative reporting.”–Booklist, starred review

Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

“Throughout his long and celebrated career, Bidart has conducted a single-minded exploration of the sources and meanings of emotional intensity, the passions, fears, and cravings that drive people to do what we do, often against our own interests . . . Relentless and ever willing to face his demons, no matter how terrifying, in the interest of making great art, Bidart is, to my ear, one of the very few major living poets who never wavers, never repeats himself (though he has always orbited the same concerns), and extends his questing and questioning through each new work. This collected poems is an almost overwhelming bounty, a permanent book.”–Publishers Weekly, boxed, starredsignature review

“Bidart’s poems strive, more than anything else, to present particular voices speaking . . . more than to express meaning. But meaning there is, of course, concerning love, death, conflict, ambition, and disappointment, found between lacunae and jump cuts like in a Godard movie or an Eliot poem.”–Booklist, starred review

 

“Great Book-Group Reads” Booklist Webinar — Macmillan Titles (08/01/17)

So you missed Booklist‘s “Great Book-Group Reads” Webinar… We got you! Here are the titles we covered:

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Hush by John Hart

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Transit by Rachel Cusk

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

 

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Nonfiction on the Shelves (07/12/17)

Mothers + daughters, a celebrated writer’s home-life, female aviators during WWII and death… All topics explored in today’s featured titles:

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella

“The Edgar Award–winning Scottoline and her writer daughter, Serritella, have been investigating human foibles in a series that now reaches its eighth title (following I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places). Expect more wit and wisdom; with library marketing.”–LJ Pre-Pub Alert

Coming of Age: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead by Deborah Beatriz Blum

“This biography gives us something equally rich: knowledge of her colorful, defiant, and courageous life—one of nonconformity, gender-bending, and paving new paths. VERDICT Through Blum’s narrative, Mead becomes more than a quotable female pioneer and transforms into a three-dimensional woman.” —Library Journal, starred review

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

“Worsley gives sharply drawn pictures of domesticity in the many homes that Austen inhabited, including her family’s rented houses in Bath and residences where she, her widowed mother, and sister visited as guests before they settled in Chawton, a site of pilgrimage for Janeites. A charming, well-researched journey to ‘Austen-land.’” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Her book is a lovely excavation of Austen’s home life, in which she provides readers access into places such as Pemberley without ever giving too much of herself away. This volume is sure to delight Austen fans, while Worsley’s examination of manuscripts will make new material accessible to scholars unable to visit the British Library, Hampshire Archives, Kent History and Library Centre, or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Record Office.” — Library Journal, starred review

The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley

“Biographer Mulley comes through in a major way with this deep dive into the lives of WWII–era German aviatrixes Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg…Absolutely gripping, Mulley’s double portrait is a reminder that there are many more stories to tell from this oft-examined time.” — Booklist, starred review

“This compelling work has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts. It is the perfect choice for lovers of narrative non-fiction, especially those interested in strong females.” — Library Journal, starred review

The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat

“From ‘The Art of’ series, this emotional, brave work interrogates and bears witness to the ultimate unknown. Will appeal to readers looking for warmth and insight—whatever their personal circumstance.” — Library Journal, starred review

“National Book Critics Circle Award winner Danticat…takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

White Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa by Stephanie Hanes

​”For every reader who has ever been inclined to support such heart-tugging philanthropic quests,​ ​Hanes provides a cautionary tale that reveals the complex motives behind such causes and the often​ ​fraudulent machinations needed to bring them to fruition.”–Booklist, starred review

Stars for the Women Who Flew for Hitler

Both Library Journal and Booklist love Biographers’ Club Prize-winner Clare Mulley’s THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER—a dual biography of Nazi Germany’s most highly decorated women pilots!

THE WOMEN WHO FLEW FOR HITLER: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry by Clare Mulley

 
“Biographer Mulley comes through in a major way with this deep dive into the lives of WWII–era German aviatrixes Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg…Absolutely gripping, Mulley’s double portrait is a reminder that there are many more stories to tell from this oft-examined time.” — Booklist, starred review

 

“This compelling work has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts. It is the perfect choice for lovers of narrative non-fiction, especially those interested in strong females.” — Library Journal, starred review

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