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From astute coming-of-age titles to high-profile pop fiction to books heard ’round the world, these seven Macmillan titles will be some of the most talked-about debuts of the spring 2017 season, according to Library Journal:
HOW TO BE HUMAN by Paula Cocozza
Out: May 9
Out of love and on leave from work, Mary finds comfort in the presence of a gorgeous red fox that has taken to visiting the back garden of her home in the London suburbs. But the neighbors are disturbed. “A compelling, unsettling, and wholly original debut.” (LJ 3/1/17)
THE CITY ALWAYS WINS by Omar Robert Hamilton
Out: June 13
Cofounder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, Hamilton takes us to Cairo as his idealistic protagonist joins the battle in Tahrir Square, then lands in disillusioned exile in New York. Forceful, astonishing writing and a piercing insider’s look at Egypt’s failed revolution.
MARLENA by Julie Buntin
Out: April 4
Relating the story of 15-year-old Cat, new in town and drawn to daring, desperate Marlena, Buntin captures a destructive yet essential relationship with ongoing consequences. A Discover Great New Writers pick; “an exceptional portrait, disturbing and precisely observed.” (Xpress Reviews 3/10/17) readmoreremove
The stars are aligning for these new and forthcoming nonfiction books:
HAVANA: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky
“This little gem of a book by the prolific Kurlansky is a revelation. At a most auspicious moment in the history of Cuba and Havana, Kurlansky, who has spent much time in the country as a journalist, writes an eloquent love letter to one of the world’s great cities.” — Booklist, starred review
“This extremely readable book is not preachy, not dogmatic, not shrill. As in life, there is a mixture of both good and evil, and Kurlansky, a frequent Cuba correspondent, covers it well.” — Library Journal, starred review
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
“Phillips-Fein, professor of history at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, makes municipal bonds exciting in this painstakingly researched revisionist account of the 1970s fiscal crisis that shook New York to its core. The book should be required reading for all those interested in the past, present, and future of democratic politics.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sobering, smart reading with many pointed lessons for activists.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
In case you missed the news, here’s the scoop on each of our drop-in titles:
OLD SCHOOL: Life in the Sane Lane by Bill O’Reilly & Bruce Feirstein
Out: March 28, 2017
Also available in audio, introduction read by the author
Bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein team up to make their case about the looming confrontation over values: Old School (“which values the country’s time-tested, can-do spirit and principles”) vs Snowflake (“vehemently anti-tradition as they whine about ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’”).
THIS FIGHT IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Out: April 18, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (#ShePersisted!) and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.
TWO PATHS: America Divided or United by John Kasich
Out: April 25, 2017
Also available in audio
Ohio Governor John Kasich answers the burning question of our time: “Where do we go from here?” Do we head down the right path…or the garden path?
PANTSUIT NATION by Libby Chamberlain
Out: May 9, 2017
From the fastest-growing private Facebook group in history—now with nearly 4 million engaged and impassioned members—a beautifully designed 4-color 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
Out: May 16, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
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.
THE SWAMP: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism—and How Trump Can Drain It by Eric Bolling
Out: June 27, 2017
Also available in audio, read by the author
From the New York Times bestselling author of WAKE UP AMERICA and Fox News cohost of “The Five” comes a lively, provocative history of Washington, DC political scandal. Bolling also offers a series of recommendations for President Trump: practical, hard-headed, and concise ways to drain the swamp and force Washington to be more transparent, more accountable, and more effective in how it serves those who have elected its politicians and pay the bills for their decisions.
RESCUED FROM ISIS: The Gripping True Story of How a Father Saved His Son by Dimitri Bontinck
Out: August 8, 2017
The gripping true story of how a father rescued his son from ISIS, and his continued efforts to help other families do the same.
These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.
AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove
We’re a day late to wish these new releases a happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going!
OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
Sanders fans can continue to “feel the Bern” in this personal account of his time on the presidential campaign trail. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, Sanders outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all. Fun fact: the audiobook edition is read by Sanders and actor Mark Ruffalo!
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
A bestseller in Germany, Hansen’s debut novel is about two strong-willed and very different women who have a connection around a special old house: Vera, a refugee who arrived from East Prussia in 1945, and her niece Anne, who shows up at the house 60 years later with her small son. “Hansen makes this story about the process of healing affecting, real, and memorable.” — Publishers Weekly
We loved seeing Booklist‘s Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror picks and are excited for Tor.com’s Fall 2016 season. Here’s even MORE sci-fi and fantasy we’re looking forward to this fall and in Winter 2017, plus a special video for all you lovely librarians from Leanna Renee Hieber, author of ETERNA & OMEGA (available now).
SPELLBREAKER by Blake Charlton – THREE STARS!!!
“The thrilling conclusion to the Spellwright trilogy answers some lingering questions about Leandra’s parents and brings descriptive depth to her character. … It will appeal to readers who enjoy high fantasy, complex worlds, and characters that change and grow throughout the story.” —Booklist, starred review
“There is significant emotional depth to the story, and ponderings on fate, love, and the purpose of human society give the novel some gravitas. Intricate plotting, strong characters, and a wonderfully imagined world make this a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The worldbuilding and the conflict are expertly delineated, but much of the trilogy’s focus is far more intimate: a richly textured portrait of personal growth . . . Vivid, intelligent, and painful in an authentically laudable way.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2016! In this deeply compelling debut novel, Shawl takes readers to an alternate Earth where the inhumane history of the Belgian Congo is brilliantly rewritten when Africa’s indigenous populations learn about steam power. “This highly original story blends steampunk and political intrigue in a compelling new view of a dark piece of human history.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
CLOUDBOUND by Fran Wilde
The sequel to UPDRAFT, which won the 2015 Nebula Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. “What makes this a must-read are the further explorations of Wilde’s City of Towers and the residents who soar the skies between them. Those who have always wondered what was beneath the clouds will finally get their answer.” — Library Journal
GHOST TALKERS by Mary Robinette Kowal
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is working as a medium for the Spirit Corps when she discovers a traitor. “The well-drawn characters and the story’s gripping action and deep emotion will captivate readers.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
“Launching the Nevernight fantasy series, Kristoff (the Lotus War trilogy) creates a splendid world of corruption and violence. Absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness, this beginning promises (and delivers) equal shares of beauty and decay. With a delicate balance of the ancient and the magical, this tense and brutal tale is unflinching, thrilling, and satisfying.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
REPORTS ON THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE by Wayne Gladstone
In the third and final installment of the Internet Apocalypse Trilogy, Gladstone, the would-be Internet Messiah, finds himself in exile from America, falsely accused of terrorism and murder. When the World Wide Web returns in a highly compromised and commercialized state, possibly due to the efforts of a billionaire presidential candidate, Gladstone and his pursuers must collaborate in an attempt to reclaim a free and open Internet.
Holy smokes, Henry Holt & Company is 150 this year! (We see your awesome tweets via #Holt150!)
Founded in 1866 by Henry Holt and Frederick Leypoldt, the imprint focused exclusively on publishing translations and textbooks. A fruitful relationship with Robert Frost began in 1915 with the publication of NORTH OF BOSTON, and his books became a mainstay for the company and anchored a prestigious poetry list, with five collections eventually winning the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. By the mid-twentieth century the company boasted a diverse and strong trade list (including children’s books), publishing classics by Norman Mailer, Dee Brown, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Philip Caputo, Robert Olen Butler, and W. E. B. Dubois, who won two Pulitzer Prizes.
Holtzbrinck (now Macmillan) purchased the company in 1985, and the tradition of award-winning publishing continues into the 21st century, with a list that includes the two-time Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel, Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller, and Pulitzer Prize-winners Rick Atkinson and Elizabeth Kolbert. Holt—under the imprints Henry Holt, Metropolitan Books (celebrating its 20th anniversary), and Holt Paperbacks—publishes literary fiction, history, biography, politics, current events, science, psychology, and mysteries and thrillers, by authors such as Bill O’Reilly (the Killing series), Rick Atkinson (The Liberation Trilogy), Paul Auster, Noam Chomsky, Andy Cohen, Barbara Ehrenreich, Atul Gawande, Coretta Scott King, and Elizabeth Warren.
We’re thrilled to celebrate by giving away 5 prize packs of Holt 150 totes full of 5 notable books by Hilary Mantel, Bill O’Reilly, Diane Guerrero, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Susan Faludi to lucky librarians!
To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Holt 150) by Friday, September 2. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing.*
UPDATE 9/7/16: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:
Elena S. Feiza, Algonquin Area Public Library District, Algonquin IL
Cindy Levine, Winston Salem State University, O’Kelly Library, Winston-Salem NC
Carla Hollar, Swannanoa Public Library, Swannanoa NC
Anna Brinegar, Huntington City-Township Public Library, Huntington IN
Carol Hanan, Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, Russellville AR
— Henry Holt (@HenryHolt) April 27, 2016
For more, read Publishers Weekly‘s feature story on Holt’s 150th anniversary, including notable milestones from the company’s history.
Drawn from the 14,000+ titles in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall Announcements issue (available in full here), these Macmillan titles are PW‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016:
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Foer’s first novel in 11 years is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis.
THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross
Bestseller Gross revisits the horrors of WWII in this thriller involving an Allied plot to rescue an atomic physicist from Auschwitz.
INVISIBLE PLANETS: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited and trans. by Ken Liu
This stellar anthology of 13 stories selected and translated by Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series) brings the best of Chinese science fiction to anglophones.
EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl
In this deeply compelling debut novel, Shawl takes readers to an alternate Earth where the inhumane history of the Belgian Congo is brilliantly rewritten when Africa’s indigenous populations learn about steam power.
THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984–1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
Sattouf’s dark-humored memoir of his dysfunctional family and childhood in Syria continues.
GUILTY THING: A Life of Thomas De Quincey by Frances Wilson
The riches-to-rags story of the last of the romantics—a 19th-century opium eater, celebrity journalist, and professional doppelgänger. readmoreremove
With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions happening this month, the 2016 presidential race shows no signs of slowing until November. Whether you lean left or right, there’s a book about politics for every reader:
OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
The book by the U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate “offers both an account of Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and an argument for the progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda he proposes to create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP by Michael D’Antonio
Now in trade paperback, the revealing unauthorized biography about the Presidential candidate, including firsthand interviews with “the Donald” himself and others, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio.
GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
Soon to be available in trade paperback, Berman’s book on voting rights was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, a 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist, shortlisted for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellent in Nonfiction, and a RUSA 2016 Notable Nonfiction Book! “Berman does a superb job of making the history of the right to vote in America not only easily understandable, but riveting. This is the best kind of popular history—literate, passionate, and persuasive, balancing detail with accessibility.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
ENOUGH SAID: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? by Mark Thompson
A wide-ranging, provocative examination of free speech, political rhetoric, and the distortion of our common language by the CEO of The New York Times Company. “Thompson’s writing packs a high percentage of insights per page and his book manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
CRISIS POINT: Why We Must–and How We Can–Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America by Trent Lott & Tom Daschle with Jon Sternfeld
Two eminent former senators reach across the political aisle to identify the most corrosive sources of our current political dysfunction, and to point the way forward. “An important contribution to an ongoing debate.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE FIGHT: A Secret Service Agent’s Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine by Dan Bongino
What events led a veteran Secret Service agent at the top of his profession, with no political experience, to resign his position and run for office, nearly pulling off the unlikeliest of upsets as a Republican in a deep-blue state? Bongino’s mix of current events, insider’s analysis, and tales from his time protecting three presidents, shows where America has gone wrong and how we can fight back.
OFF SCRIPT: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide by Josh King
An illuminating journey through the most catastrophic scenes of political stagecraft since the “Age of Optics” in 1988 from former presidential events production director at the White House. “King presents one of the liveliest and funniest political books of recent years; it will keep political junkies and campaign professionals guffawing and learning. He has done for advance men and women what Timothy Crouse’s THE BOYS ON THE BUS did for print journalists almost a half-century ago. His book pairs nicely with David Greenberg’s scholarly REPUBLIC OF SPIN.”
— Library Journal, starred review
THE BELTWAY BIBLE: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government by Eliot Nelson
Arranged from A-Z, Nelson’s humorous guide looks at politics and government from an insider’s perch, breaking the bureaucracy into easily-digested entries on fundamental subjects like how legislation is formed, the scope of the president’s power, and an overview of primary federal agencies.
LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
“Frank, best known for his scathing commentary about Republicans in books like WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS and THE WRECKING CREW, turns his sights on the Democrats, the supposed party of the people. Still, he offers a tough and thought-provoking look at what’s wrong with America.” — Booklist
FUTURE RIGHT: Forging a New Republican Majority by Donald Critchlow
Critchlow proposes political strategies for Republicans to take advantage of trends, mobilize new constituencies, and create a vibrant new majority that reflects the times. “Well-researched and detailed to the point of repetitiveness, Critchlow’s study—in which Donald Trump’s name goes conspicuously unmentioned—may be just what Republican loyalists need to realize that a different approach is needed.”
— Publishers Weekly
THE ART OF BEING FREE: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Way We Live Now by James Poulos
“De Tocqueville’s seminal work, Democracy in America, is still surprisingly resonant, argues Poulos, as he explores how a modern reading of the classic text might help alleviate our uniquely American malaise.” — Publishers Weekly, Fall 2016 Politics & Current Events preview
THE TRUE FLAG: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
How should the United States act in the world? Bestselling author Kinzer’s new book brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. “Kinzer, a best-selling author who had a longtime career as a foreign correspondent (he was the New York Times’s bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent), considers the issue by going back to when the question first emerged. Heatedly relevant; with a five-city tour.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove