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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

2018 Drop-In Titles from Three Congressmen & The Pope

We’ve got the scoop on some new 2018 drop-in titles, many by some very famous people:

A FUTURE OF FAITH: The Path of Change in Politics and Society by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) & Dominique Wolton
Also available in audio
Out: August 7, 2018
In this new book, the beloved people’s Pope reveals his views on the contentious political, cultural, and religious issues of our time based on his series of twelve conversations with French reporter and sociologist Dominique Wolton.

WHERE WE GO FROM HERE by Bernie Sanders
Also available in audio
Out: October 30, 2018
In his new book, Senator Sanders 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. Don’t miss “An Evening With Senator Bernie Sanders” at BookExpo 2018 on Thursday, May 31 from 6:15-7:15pm.

THE RIGHT ANSWER: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation by John Delaney
Also available in audio
Out: May 29, 2018
Delaney, the United States Representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district, and the first declared candidate for president in 2020, delivers a passionate call for bipartisan action, entrepreneurial innovation, and a renewed commitment to the American idea that anything is possible.

THEM: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
Also available in audio
Out: October 16, 2018
New York Times bestselling author of THE VANISHING AMERICAN ADULT, Senator Ben Sasse delivers an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential political crisis dividing our nation.

TRUMP MUST GO: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (And One to Keep Him) by Bill Press
Out: August 28, 2018
Americans increasingly agree on one thing: Every day that Trump stays in office, he diminishes the United States and its people. TV and radio host Bill Press offers 100 reasons why Trump needs to be removed from office, whether by impeachment, the 25th Amendment, or the ballot box—and offers one reason not to dump Trump.

UNLOCKED: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi
Out: July 24, 2018
Discover the history of Haden’s Syndrome, the virus that created the world of John Scalzi’s inventive near-future thrillers LOCK IN and HEAD ON, in this prequel novella.

BRIGHT YOUNG DEAD by Jessica Fellowes
Also available in audio
Out: October 30, 2018
In the second book in the Golden Age-set Mitford Murders series, Mitford sisters’ chaperone Louisa Cannon must help exonerate a maid accused of murdering a man during Pamela Mitford’s 18th birthday party.

WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival by Jabari Asim
Out: October 16, 2018
Critically-acclaimed author and cultural historian Jabari Asim presents eight essays that seek to reclaim the narrative of Black history and culture in America, focusing on how Black bodies, Black words, and Black culture and society have been policed, punished, and stolen for hundreds of years. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (3/27/18 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
An April 2018 Indie Next Pick & one of Library Journal‘s Best Spring/Summer 2018 Debut Novels! “In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets—in politics and marriage—while depicting with sly humor the collision between American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience (think Chris Pavone’s THE EXPATS) will love the spot-on social commentary.” — Library Journal, starred review

LET’S NO ONE GET HURT by Jon Pineda
LET’S NO ONE GET HURT is the evocative story of a free-spirited girl trying to find herself amid memories of her long-gone mother. The fully developed characters are as memorable as the lovely, sometimes melancholy story they people. A classic coming-of-age novel that lingers with the reader long after the last page.” — Booklist, starred review

THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Shipman
“Shipman’s multigenerational creation skillfully layers the triumphs and struggles of each family member with recurring adages proven true no matter the era. She presents a thoroughly enchanting story of strength and resilience that love provides in families. Numerous recipes and delicious descriptions will further entice readers to try their hand at baking.” — Library Journal
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Sneak Peek: April 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the April 2018 Indie Next list!

THE ITALIAN PARTY by Christina Lynch
“In her gracefully written debut, as effervescent as spumante, Lynch dramatizes the allure and power of secrets—in politics and marriage—while depicting with sly humor the collision between American do-gooder naïveté and Italian culture. Italophiles and anyone interested in spying and the expat experience (think Chris Pavone’s THE EXPATS) will love the spot-on social commentary.” — Library Journal, starred review

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline
Anna is a drop-dead gorgeous sixteen-year-old with a secret dark side and when she turns up dead, all fingers point to her stepfather. “[A] nail-biting domestic thriller…. Filled with plenty of twists and complex characters, this entertaining story builds to a satisfying conclusion.” — Publishers Weekly

WAITING FOR TOMORROW by Nathacha Appanah
This compelling novel tracks the complicated relationship of a married couple, who struggle with preserving their separate identities within their relationship, their individual artistic freedoms, and integrity, and how it all relates back to their nanny. “…the characters are complicated and well-drawn and the story immersive.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2018 (Booth #2816)

YEEHAW! We can’t wait to see you in Dallas at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Peruse the program early then join us in the exhibit hall in booth #2816! Tons of ARC giveaways and the amazing events below await you!

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 3

In-booth signing with Diane Kelly
5:30-6:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Diane Kelly will sign complimentary copies of her mystery, ENFORCING THE PAW.

Wednesday, April 4

In-booth signing with Emily March
10:15-11:15am
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Booth #2816

Emily March will sign complimentary copies of her romance, THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING.

Opening Author Luncheon featuring Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman)
12:15-1:30pm
Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street | Trinity Ballroom, Sections 6-8, Level 3
Tickets required*

Kick off your TLA conference with an insightful and entertaining discussion about books. A trio of authors including Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman; THE RECIPE BOX) will share some of their writing experiences and read from their latest works at this luncheon. A book signing will take place immediately following the event for attendees.

*Tickets are $44 and must be purchased by Friday, March 16, through pre-registration.

Author Autographing Area signing with Meredith Russo
2:30-3:30pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Author Autographing Area, Aisle 4

Meredith Russo will sign complimentary copies of her award-winning YA novel, IF I WAS YOUR GIRL.

“LGBTQIA Fiction for Young Adults” featuring Meredith Russo
4:15-5:15pm
Kay B Hutchison Convention Center | Room C146

Often an underserved population, LGBTQIA readers are finding representation more prevalent in today’s young adult and middle-grade fiction. Authors including Meredith Russo (IF I WAS YOUR GIRL) will speak on the importance of building awareness and having books available for their users and community. readmoreremove

February is Black History Month!

Celebrate Black History Month with these new and forthcoming books:

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, with a foreword by Angela Davis
Also available in audio
A Most Anticipated Book of 2018 with three starred reviews! The emotional and powerful story about the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Khan-Cullors’s prose is dynamic; a rhythmic call to action that deftly illustrates the impact of living in a place that systematically demeans black personhood through neglect and aggressively racist state policy. This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections.” — Library Journal, starred review

ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
A Barnes & Noble Spring 2018 Discover Great New Writers pick! With searing honesty, intimacy, and humor in the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, America’s leading young black feminist reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give the strength to keep on fighting. “An ambitious, electrifying memoir. Recommended for readers seeking contemporary social commentary that’s unrelenting yet humorous.” — Library Journal, starred review

WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The London-based journalist and black feminist expands on her blog piece about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism are constantly shut down by those who aren’t affected by it. “A provocative read for anyone interested in race, politics, social history, and the lives of people of color; a must-read that expertly reflects the challenges of addressing structural racism.” — Library Journal, starred review

MINORITY LEADER: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
Also available in audio
The first black female governor in the U.S. combines her memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color, offering hard-won insights for navigating worlds that, until now, were largely the territory of white men alone. “Not just local appeal; there are audiences other there that could really, really benefit from this book.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. “Hawkins is a wonderful storyteller who spares no detail, and his willingness to share his wisdom in nonsaccharine terms yields an inspirational coming-of-age story. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton, with an introduction by Bryan Stevenson
Also available in audio
A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. “His memoir…is a troubling, moving, and ultimately exalting journey…. With a huge print run, Hinton’s incredible story and social-justice star Stevenson, who wrote the foreword, will draw major attention.” — Booklist, starred review

GRACE WILL LEAD US HOME: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes
“Pulitzer Prize winner Hawes shows us what happened after Dylann Roof slaughtered nine people on June 17, 2015, at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Survivors struggled to heal, relatives of the dead rose at Roof’s hearing to say, ‘I forgive you,’ and the city faced its racist past.” Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove

FIRE AND FURY Frenzy!

Media is at a fever pitch for Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House!

1st Serial Excerpt
New York Magazine (on stands 1/8, online now)

TV
1/5 The Today Show
1/7 Meet the Press
1/8 CBS This Morning
1/8 Morning Joe
1/8 MSNBC, Katy Tur
1/8 NBC Nightly News
1/8 MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell
1/8 Late Night with Stephen Colbert
1/8, Fox News, Ingraham Angle
1/9 MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews
1/10 The View
1/10 CNN, Don Lemon Show
1/13 CNN, Michael Smerconish

RADIO
NPR’s “All Things Considered” — (1/5/181/7/18book review)

PRINT
Entertainment Weekly
USA Today
New York Times
Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times
New Yorker
Economist
Boston Globe

A message from Macmillan CEO John Sargent regarding FIRE AND FURY:

Last Thursday, shortly after 7:00 a.m., we received a demand from the President of the United States to “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY. On Thursday afternoon we responded with a short statement saying that we would publish the book, and we moved the pub date forward to the next day. Later today we will send our legal response to President Trump.

Our response is firm, as it has to be. I am writing you today to explain why this is a matter of great importance. It is about much more than FIRE AND FURY.

The president is free to call news “fake” and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional. But a demand to cease and desist publication—a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government—is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional.

This is very clearly defined in Supreme Court case law, most prominently in the Pentagon Papers case. As Justice Hugo Black explained in his concurrence:

“Both the history and language of the First Amendment support the view that the press must be left free to publish news, whatever the source, without censorship, injunctions, or prior restraints. In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

Then there is Justice William Brennan’s opinion in The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan:

“Thus we consider this case against the background of a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” readmoreremove

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