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Kirkus Best Books of 2018 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews includes 8 Macmillan titles on their Best Books for 2018 list! 

Biography
MR. LEAR: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Popular Science
DARWIN COMES TO TOWN: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen
THE CONSCIOUSNESS INSTINCT: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind by Michael S. Gazzaniga

Crime and (In)Justice
CITY OF DEVILS: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark

Nature, Travel, and Sports
THE WONDERFUL MR WILLUGHBY: The First True Ornithologist by Tim Birkhead

Arts and Entertainment
THANKS A LOT MR. KIBBLEWHITE: My Story by Roger Daltrey
FRYDERYK CHOPIN: A Life and Times by Alan Walker

New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018

Another day, another favorites list! Read on for the Times’s staff critics’ choices of the best fiction and nonfiction books of 2018. 

EVENING IN PARADISE: More Stories by Lucia Berlin

KUDOS by Rachel Cusk

MOTHERHOOD by Sheila Heti

NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET by Craig Brown

AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

2019 Community Reads Recommendations

Although our Academic Marketing division created the “Books for the First-Year Experience” for colleges and universities, we strongly believe that the titles featured in this catalog foster the sort of discussion and self-reflection that make library-led, city-wide reading programs so memorable.

The updated catalog for 2019  is now available and features titles such as:

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor

ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin

For more information about these books and other titles, please visit the interactive website or download the catalog as a PDF. 

If you are a librarian actively seeking suggestions for your One City, One Book program, we are delighted to send you complimentary copies of any of the advertised titles. Please e-mail library@macmillanusa.com with your request.

It’s #PubDay! (11/27/18)

A LibraryReads Hall of Famer, the sitting Senator of Vermont, and the former editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media…welcome to this week’s #PubDay celebration!

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 
Two starred reviews! 
LibraryReads Hall of Fame Author 
December 2018 Indie Next Pick 
Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 

The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. “Penny is a master at blending the modern evils affecting the big city and the hidden secrets of the almost mythical village of Three Pines. Well-known characters return and new faces add richness to a narrative that will keep readers intrigued until the last page.”Library Journal, starred review

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: Two Years in the Resistance by Bernie Sanders 
Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was a beginning, not an end. In his new book, America’s most popular political figure speaks about what he’s been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation. “Despite a diary-like structure, this book is political, not personal; just like Sanders’s presidential bid, it’s not about his experience but about the movement he wants to represent.”Publishers Weekly

BREAKING NEWS: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger 
An urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, written by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time. “A must for anyone concerned with the state of journalism.Library Journal

NYPL Best Books of 2018

Librarians obviously have the best taste in books, so we’re super excited to share the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books for Adults

Top Ten
WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal

Edge-of-Your-Seat Reads
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Escape to Another World
SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke

Fiction
BROTHER by David Chariandy
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

For Art Lovers
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso
SHIT IS REAL by Aisha Franz
BERLIN by Jason Lutes

For History Lovers
THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke Bolander

Love Stories
TIME WAS by Ian McDonald

Memoir
ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Nonfiction
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy

Poetry
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
EYE LEVEL by Jenny Xie

#PubDay 11/20/18

A magical bomb squad, an expansive historical drama, a love letter to turtles, and eerie short stories–happy #bookbday!

CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC: Chronicles of Amicae (Volume 1) by Mirah Bolender 
This fast-paced, adventure fantasy debut features a bomb squad that defuses magic weapons of a long forgotten war and the only team member standing between the city and a massive magic-eating infestation. “This debut builds a fascinating setting that readers will want to keep coming back to.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

MASTER OF HIS FATE: The House of Falconer Series (Volume 1) by Barbara Taylor Bradford 
The first book in an expansive and intricately detailed new historical fiction series that’s filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters. “Bradford’s legion of fans will flock happily to this romantic saga…”Booklist readmoreremove

Hot Drop-In for Winter 2019: TEAM OF VIPERS

Winter 2019 is heating up with another red-hot drop-in: TEAM OF VIPERS: My 500 Extraordinary Days In the Trump White House by Cliff Sims.

TEAM OF VIPERS is the first book from a true insider—a man who was in all the meetings, met all the players, and even worked with Trump to make the enemies list. This is the definitive book on the Trump administration, one that will appeal to anyone—left or right—who wants to know what’s going on behind the curtain from someone who had the president’s absolute trust.

Author Cliff Sims was the CEO of Yellowhammer Multimedia, Alabama’s premiere source for political news, until he joined the Trump campaign in August 2016. After the election, he moved from Trump Tower to the West Wing, where he crafted the White House’s messaging. He now advises major corporations, CEOs and media personalities on a wide range of public affairs and communications issues.

On sale January 29, 2019 and totally embargoed, this is the political book of the year you won’t want to miss!

FSG All Stars

These forthcoming reads from Farrar, Straus & Giroux are shining bright with multiple starred reviews!

UNEXAMPLED COURAGE: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring by Richard Gergel 
On sale 1/22/19
“Gergel is both an astute researcher and an engaging writer, bringing this significant story to vivid life. Civil rights history at its most compelling.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“[A]n important work on the prehistory of the civil rights struggle and an insightful account of how a single incident can inspire massive social and political changes.”     Publishers Weekly, starred review

TERRITORY OF LIGHT by Yuko Tsushima 
On sale 2/12/19
“This lovely, melancholy novel painstakingly documents a year in one young woman’s life… Grace hovers above the banal and the transcendent alike. Each chapter is as elegant and self-contained as a pearl or a perfectly articulated drop of water.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Equal parts brutal and tender, Tsushima’s portrait of the strains and joys of motherhood is captivating.”Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Nonfiction Round-up (11/14/18)

Gangsters: Men + Women, food lust, and artful essays… Welcome to this week’s nonfiction round-up!

HANDSOME JOHNNY: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assassin by Lee Server 
An untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue.

“Filled with crackerjack writing and Damon Runyonesque characters, this entertaining page-turner is a rich look at one of organized crime’s most intriguing characters.”Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #PubDay! (11/13/18)

Today’s #pubday brings you a re-examining of the Constitution, food, the environment, India under British rule, aaaand a novel from Israel!

WE THE PEOPLE: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century by Erwin Chemerinsky 

From gun control to reproductive health, a conservative court will reshape the lives of all Americans for decades to come. University of California Berkeley Dean and respected legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky expertly exposes how conservatives are using the Constitution to advance their own agenda that favors business over consumers and employees, and government power over individual rights.

“Chemerinsky’s rock-solid arguments are rooted in history, in a profound progressive philosophy.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE EATING INSTINCT: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America by Virginia Sole-Smith 

An exploration, both personal and deeply reported, of how we learn to eat in today’s toxic food culture.

“Picky eaters, foodies, food historians, parents of preemies, and readers who rarely even think about food will all find the statistics Sole-Smith uncovers to be interesting and surprising.”Booklist readmoreremove

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