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Nonfiction Round-Up (3/20/19)

Crazy ideas, literary criticism, political corruption, and a beautiful island…welcome to Nonfiction Wednesday!

LOONSHOTS: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall
“Physicist and biotechnology entrepreneur Bahcall examines how companies, and even countries, can encourage ‘loonshots,’ which he defines as crazy ideas that are panned by critics but can become wild successes if nurtured…. This thorough, fascinating study will appeal to a broader audience than just business wonks.”–Booklist

FAR COUNTRY: Scenes from American Culture by Franco Moretti
“‘Short in pages, and compressed in style,’ according to the author, this smart collection from Moretti…takes five introductory lectures on literary history out of the classroom…. Learned without being difficult or jargony, Moretti proves that criticism can be both thought provoking and fun.”–Publishers Weekly

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Drop-In Alert! Bill O’Reilly + Trump

The Trump exposé you’ve been waiting for comes this Fall from Bill O’Reilly, the bestselling author of the Killing series, in THE UNITED STATES OF TRUMP: How the President Really Sees America.

Not a partisan pro-Trump or anti-Trump book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man and his sphere of influence–of “how Donald Trump’s view of America was formed, and how it has changed since becoming the most powerful person in the world”–from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history.

THE UNITED STATES OF TRUMP hardcover edition available September 17, 2019 from Henry Holt & Co.
Also available in
audio.

Bernie Sanders Enters the 2020 Presidential Race

Bernie Sanders announced his intention to join the 2020 presidential race, and Macmillan has the books to reacquaint your patrons with his core beliefs and his plans for the future if elected.

OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In
Sanders shares his personal experiences from the 2016 campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he 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–and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: Two Years in the Resistance
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.

Nonfiction Round-Up (1/30/19)

Location location location! Jump from the White House, to Mar-A-Lago, to the Vatican in this week’s nonfiction round-up!

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, the former Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy—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.

MAR-A-LAGO: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace by Laurence Leamer
To know Donald J. Trump it is best to start in his natural habitat: Palm Beach, Florida. It is here he learned the techniques that took him all the way to the White House. The inside story of how he became King of Palm Beach–and how Palm Beach continues to be his spiritual home even as president–is rollicking, troubling, and told with unrivaled access and understanding.

THE POPE: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World
by Anthony McCarten

From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour comes the fascinating and revealing tale of an unprecedented transfer of power and of two very different men–who both happen to live in the Vatican. “Their stories…are dramatic and, accordingly, are used in the screenplay (of the same name) the author has written for a motion picture that will debut on Netflix in 2019.”–Booklist

Get Ready for the 2020 Election Season

The 2020 election season has officially begun, with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren launching an exploratory committee for the presidency. Here are the two books from the Senator herself explaining who she is and what she stands for:

A FIGHTING CHANCE
The inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught Warren how Washington really works—and really doesn’t.

THIS IS OUR FIGHT: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class
A passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

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

September 2018 Politics Roundup

The midterm elections are coming up! First, make sure you’re registered to vote, then take a break from the current headlines with these new books about politics:

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction & a September 2018 Indie Next Pick! “Esteemed professor and award-winning author of the bestselling WHITE RAGE Anderson examines the treacherous machinations of a government actively working to exclude voters based on undisguised racial profiling. This a whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

THE BROWNS OF CALIFORNIA: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! Pawel uses the Brown political dynasty—Jerry Brown and his father, Pat, have collectively governed California for 24 of the last 60 years—as a lens through which to examine the state’s history and role in the U.S. “Pawel expertly mines family archives, oral histories, and interviews with contemporary sources to fully and for the first time chronicle the origins and accomplishments of this remarkable clan. This fine and engaging political saga tracks both the Brown family and the growth of the state they have served.” — Booklist, starred review

THE FIELD OF BLOOD: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman
Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. “A thought-provoking and insightful read for anybody interested in American politics in the lead up to the Civil War.” — Library Journal, starred review

CAN DEMOCRACY WORK?: A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World by James Miller
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! Ranging from the theaters of Athens to the tents of Occupy Wall Street, CAN DEMOCRACY WORK? is an entertaining and insightful guide to our most cherished—and vexed—ideal. “Miller’s engaging, thoughtful exploration of some of history’s most dramatic episodes illuminates the ongoing discontent with flawed systems of self-rule.” — Publishers Weekly

MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office by Major Garrett
Also available in audio
A chronicle of the Trump administration from the inside perspective of a White House press correspondent. “Garrett’s assessment of Trump manages the difficult task of beingboth hard-hitting and even-handed, as well as smartly entertaining. The result is one of the best accounts yet of Trump’s impact.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Fall 2018 & Winter 2019 Drop-In Titles

Here’s the scoop on eight new Fall 2018 & Winter/Spring 2019 drop-in titles:

THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
Also available in audio
Available April 23, 2019
A debut from Forbes‘ third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment.

THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS: How Donald Trump went from Penthouse to White House in Fifteen Years—An Oral History by Aaron Short and Allen Salkin
Available May 21, 2019
A Rosetta Stone for understanding Donald Trump’s style, mindset, and every action, made up of over one hundred interviews with his closest associates over the last 15 years.

KUSHNER, INC.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump by Vicky Ward
Available March 19, 2019
Ward delves deeply into the lives of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, their families, friends, and enemies to create a portrait of two eternal children at play in the highest levels of power in the United States government.

THE SKRIPAL FILES: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy by Mark Urban
Available October 2, 2018
The explosive story of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and what it reveals about the growing clandestine conflict between the West and Russia.

FIRE AND FURRY: Pets Get Political by Michael Woof
Available October 23, 2018
Need a pick-me-up in these challenging times? Take a break with these political (or pawlitical) animals! Cats and dogs reach across the aisle in full-color photos paired with hilarious catchphrases that speak to our current national landscape. From kittens scratching back to petizens uniting, this is the fake mews we need right now as a nation.

A DOG NAMED BEAUTIFUL: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home by Rob Kugler
Available May 14, 2019
An uplifting and unforgettable story of a US Marine, his extraordinary dog, and the road trip of a lifetime.

HOW TO COLLEGE: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There) by Andrea Malkin Brenner & Lara Hope Schwartz
Available May 7, 2019
A crucial guide that helps students transition smoothly from high school to college, based on the authors’ experience teaching and working with thousands of first-year college students over decades.

Mike Pence Biography & Other Big Drop-In Titles

These big books were just announced! Here’s the scoop:

THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio & Peter Eisner
Available August 28, 2018
In this landmark biography of our current Vice President, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio and Emmy-nominated journalist Peter Eisner reveal that Mike Pence is the most important and powerful Christian Right politician America has ever seen. Driven as much by theology as personal ambition, Pence is now positioned to seize the big prize – the presidency – and use it to fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors.

THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
Available September 25, 2018
Also available in audio
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of EXTREME OWNERSHIP use lessons from their Navy SEAL Team combat and training experiences to explain balancing seemingly opposite principles—leading and following, focusing and detaching, being both aggressive and prudent—to become effective leaders in business and in life.

BENDING TOWARD JUSTICE: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights by Doug Jones
Available January 15, 2019
Also available in audio
The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Senator Doug Jones’ prosecution of the last living bombers.

June 2018 Nonfiction

Add these June nonfiction titles to your library’s shelves today:

THE THIRD BANK OF THE RIVER: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon by Chris Feliciano Arnold
A veteran journalist traces the war over the Amazon as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save the jungle from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt politicians. “A saddening, maddening story that draws much-needed attention to crime without punishment in a remote—but not invisible—part of the world.” —Kirkus Reviews

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Also available in audio
A stunning follow up to TEARS WE CANNOT STOP, WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE is another timely exploration of America’s tortured racial politics. This book exists at the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy—of whether we embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix our fractured racial landscape. “After providing the backstories and historical context of the participants, Dyson offers contemporary examples of public figures who struggle for equality. The result is a moving ode to the potentiality of American social progress.” —Booklist, starred review

WHAT WOULD THE GREAT ECONOMISTS DO?: How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems by Linda Yueh
A timely exploration of the life and work of world-changing thinkers—from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes—and how their ideas would solve the great economic problems we face today. “Few economics books are able to address major problems, present leading and sometimes conflicting theories, and be accessible to the casual reader. Yueh takes current issues affecting today’s economy and attacks them through the eyes of a dozen leading economists, from the historic to the contemporary, clearly applying their work to modern problems.” —Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

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