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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

 

Download the full slide deck here.

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

June 2017 Nonfiction Stars

Check out these *stellar* nonfiction titles joining your library shelves soon:

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 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

For Your Consideration: November 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the November 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

AMERICAN DRIFTER by Chad Michael Murray & Heather Graham
RWA Lifetime Achievement Award and ITW ThrillerMaster Award recipient Heather Graham teams up with celebrated actor and celebrity icon Chad Michael Murray to weave a tale of passion and danger as a young US Army veteran suffering from PTSD drifts around Brazil and falls in love with a gangster’s mistress.

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

NEWCOMER by Keigo Higashino
In international bestseller Keigo Higashino’s new crime novel, newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga (from LibraryReads pick, MALICE) is assigned to a baffling murder in which the number of suspects keeps multiplying.

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Newcomer.”*

POISON by Galt Niederhoffer
“An award-winning filmmaker and novelist (she directed the film version of her own work, The Romantics), Niederhoffer typically investigates families under stress. Here, Abigail and Benjamin Borden look to have the perfect marriage, but small lies and shifty denials create tension that escalates into veritable menace. The publicist describes this psychological thriller as ‘stay-up-all-night-to-finish good,’ so be prepared.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

Download the e-galley from Edelweiss

MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM: A 42nd Street Library Mystery by Con Lehane
“A young woman staffer at New York City’s iconic 42nd Street Library is murdered, and crime fiction curator Raymond Ambler immediately gets involved. Shortly after he learns that the victim was working under an assumed name, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division pulls the case from its homicide division, and Raymond knows something big is up. Second in a series from the author of the Brian McNulty mysteries.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert

To request an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Murder in the Manuscript Room.”*
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Outer Space, Politics & Boredom

In addition to all the great nonfiction we wrote about the other week, we’ve got even MORE for you and your patrons:

APOLLO 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph. “Readers will relish Kluger’s multisensory prose, and the whole gamut of space flight comes alive in the details. Kluger’s laudable storytelling novelistically conveys the charged politics of the era while revealing difficult technical concepts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ALIENS: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Jim Al-Khalili
“In a series of 20 essays detailing cutting-edge scientific data and theories, renowned researchers expound on the possibility—or probability?—of extraterrestrial intelligence. An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves.” — Kirkus Reviews

GEEK GIRL RISING: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens
With a nod to tech trailblazers like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, Cabot & Walraves introduce readers to the fearless female founders, technologists, and innovators fighting at a grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that’s changing the way we live, work and connect. “This enlightening read reveals many problems embedded in start-up culture, but, more importantly, it is an invigorating call to action and testament to the wide-ranging successes of women in this field.” — Booklist

PANTSUIT NATION by Libby Chamberlain
From the fastest-growing private Facebook group in history—now with nearly 4 million engaged and impassioned members—a beautifully designed, inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, struggle, love, and celebrate in our world.

THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body—and explains how parents can encourage them. “Deeply thoughtful, delightfully personal, and bravely ecumenical in scope, Sasse’s guide for stemming the tide of delayed responsibility showcases what is both practical and possible.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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