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FIRE AND FURY Frenzy!

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

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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

Kirkus Best Books of 2017 – Nonfiction

Kirkus Reviews announced their Best of 2017 Nonfiction lists which include 13 Macmillan titles:

Best Nonfiction (full list)
INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell
FALLEN GLORY: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings by James Crawford
FREUD: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
UNWARRANTED: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman
BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser
ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Best American History Books of 2017 (full list)
FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein
INCENDIARY: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell

Best Current Affairs/Politics Books of 2017 (full list)
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
UNWARRANTED: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman

Best Biographies of 2017 (full list)
FREUD: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
THE SONGS WE KNOW BEST: John Ashbery’s Early Life by Karin Roffman
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME: A Biography by Lucy Worsley
YOU SAY TO BRICK: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

Best Memoirs of 2017 (full list)
ADMISSIONS: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman readmoreremove

NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017!

LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
A former public defender in Washington, Forman has written a masterly account of how a generation of black officials, beginning in the 1970s, wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital. What started out as an effort to assert the value of black lives turned into an embrace of tough-on-crime policies — with devastating consequences for the very communities those officials had promised to represent. Forman argues that dismantling the American system of mass incarceration will require a new understanding of justice, one that emphasizes accountability instead of vengeance.

PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Fraser’s biography of the author of “Little House on the Prairie” and other beloved books about her childhood during the era of westward migration captures the details of a life — and an improbable, iconic literary career — that has been expertly veiled by fiction. Exhaustively researched and passionately written, this book refreshes and revitalizes our understanding of Western American history, giving space to the stories of Native Americans displaced from the tribal lands by white settlers like the Ingalls family as well as to the travails of homesteaders, farmers and everyone else who rushed to the West to extract its often elusive riches. Ending with a savvy analysis of the 20th-century turn toward right-wing politics taken by Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, Fraser offers a remarkably wide-angle view of how national myths are shaped.

Dwight Garner

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Red Hot Drop-In Alert: FIRE AND FURY

This week Henry Holt announced it will publish the first inside account of the Trump presidency: FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by bestselling author, columnist and media critic Michael Wolff on January 9, 2018.

Given extraordinary access to Donald Trump’s administration, Wolff offers a shocking fly-on-the-wall view of the people and inner workings of the West Wing. Based on more than 200 interviews with the president, most members of his senior staff, and many of the people they in turn spoke to, Wolff shows how Trump and his team careened from one crisis to the next during the administration’s first nine months. Many of Trump’s closest advisers were politically inexperienced and untested; from the start, bitter rivalries if not open warfare paralyzed the new presidency. And at the center of the White House was Trump himself: impulsive, fiery, and wholly new to the world of politics, he consistently broke the mold of presidential character, purpose, and precedent.

The book also provides searing, intimate portraits of the key players, including: Steve Bannon, the president’s bellicose former chief strategist; Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump; Reince Priebus, the outflanked former chief of staff; Sean Spicer, the much-maligned former press secretary; and key operatives Kellyanne Conway, Gary Cohn, Stephen Miller, Dina Powell, and Hope Hicks.

“The United States is in the midst of the most intense political storm since Watergate, and my aim in reporting and writing this book was to see life inside White House through the eyes of the people who are closest to the center of this hurricane,” said Wolff. “Perhaps not since the Tudors has palace intrigue been so corrosive and lethal, nor the king so volatile and so in need of instant gratification.”
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Sneak Peek: July 2017 Indie Next List

The July 2017 Indie Next list includes three Macmillan titles!

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick with three starred reviews! A woman who believes she was a witness to a crime obsesses over whether she could have prevented a death, while fearing for her sanity. “This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
One of Buzzfeed’s “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer!” Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again to care for her parents in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice. “In her tender, well-paced debut novel, which spans Ruth’s year at home, Khong writes heartbreaking family drama with charm, perfect prose, and deadpan humor.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Fall 2017 Drop-In Titles

We’ve got the scoop on some new Fall 2017 drop-in titles:

KILLING ENGLAND: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
Out: September 19, 2017
Also available in audio
O’Reilly and Dugard’s bestselling history series continues with the story of the Revolutionary War, told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain’s King George III.

BILLIONAIRE AT THE BARRICADES: The Populists vs. The Establishment from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham
Out: October 10, 2017
Also available in audio
Bestselling author Laura Ingraham tells the story of Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the White House at the head of a much-maligned and misunderstood populist revolt.

ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann
Out: September 19, 2017
Also available in audio
A call to action from three of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists offering the definitive work on the threat to our democracy posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

ROGUE SPOOKS: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Out: August 15, 2017
Also available in audio
Morris and McGann argue that anti-Trump partisans have been secretly orchestrating an unprecedented undercover campaign to sabotage President Trump and his agenda by using U.S. intelligence agencies and assets to gather and leak embarrassing and sensitive information.

ORDERS TO KILL: The Putin Regime and Political Murder by Amy Knight
Out: September 19, 2017
An in-depth and no-holds-barred account of the practice of covert murder in Russian politics, beginning in 1998, when Vladamir Putin became head of the FSB, and continuing to the present day.

THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
Out: November 28, 2017
Also available in audio
Tina Brown kept delicious daily diaries throughout her eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair. Today they provide an incendiary portrait of the flash and dash and power brokering of the Excessive Eighties in New York and Hollywood. readmoreremove

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

Stars & TV News for I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE

Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet is a German-born Muslim of Moroccan and Turkish descent, and she uses the balance between the Muslim and Western sides of her life to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.

Souad’s memoir, I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad is being developed into a TV Drama and has THREE starred reviews:

“A riveting memoir and a literary bombshell that effectively eviscerates every preconception, misconception, and prejudice readers have about the Arab world, I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE reinforces the singular significance of journalism, especially foreign journalism, at a time when it is facing its greatest challenges. Compelling, insightful, and shockingly relevant, Mekhennet’s chronicle is a must-read and nothing less than a revelation.” — Booklist, starred review

Washington Post correspondent Mekhennet offers a spellbinding fusion of history, memoir, and reportage in this enthralling account of her personal experience as a journalist and a Muslim on assignment in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The value of this work lies in Mekhennet’s commitment to ‘not taking any side, but speaking to all sides and challenging them.’”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The thrilling narrative brings up critical, persuasive insights while trying to answer the questions of where terrorism comes from and why it’s so difficult to eradicate. For readers who are interested in modern politics, the Middle East, journalism, or strong female voices.” — Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Our #FridayReads are outta-this-world new sci-fi & fantasy titles, all on library shelves now!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of Summer 2017 and Buzzfeed’s “Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

VOID STAR by Zachary Mason
Two starred reviews! A riveting, beautifully written, fugue-like novel of AIs, memory, violence, and mortality set in a near-future San Francisco. “Mason’s follow-up to THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY is a complex and spellbinding tale of a future where self-preservation, in every sense of the word, is a victory.” — Library Journal, starred review

WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
In Emrys’s debut novel, the last daughter of the people of Innsmouth must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe. “Marbled with references to the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, this inventive dark fantasy crossbreeds the cosmic horrors of the Cthulhu mythos with the espionage escapades of a Cold War thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

For Your Consideration: July 2017 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris
A Library Journal Spring 2017 Editors’ Pick with two starred reviews! A woman who believes she was a witness to a crime obsesses over whether she could have prevented a death, while fearing for her sanity. “This psychological thriller is even harder to put down than Paris’ 2016 best-seller debut [and LibraryReads pick] BEHIND CLOSED DOORS; schedule reading time accordingly. With two in a row, Paris moves directly to the thriller A-list.” — Booklist, starred review

NetGalleyLogoAvailable on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “Breakdown.”*

DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
In the electrifying ninth thriller in the New York Times bestselling series (AMONG THE WICKED was a July 2016 LibraryReads pick), a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again. “Castillo works in fine details and insight into Amish life, but this is no gentle read—there is plenty of tension and some good red herrings that will keep any mystery reader satisfied.” — Booklist

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PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box
When ND investigator Cassie Dewell’s latest plan to catch a serial killer called the Lizard King backfires, she finds herself jobless. When a troubled boy disappears, his grandmother urges Cassie to find him. With nothing else to do, she agrees, all while planning a new trap for the Lizard King. “Box’s many fans will devour this dark thriller, which is sure to be another hit for the author.” — Library Journal

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THE DARK DARK by Samantha Hunt
“These short stories are works of dark, dark magic that skitter between worlds both recognizable and wholly new. Fans of Hunt’s work (MR. SPLITFOOT, 2016, etc.) will revel in her first story collection, which marries her signature flare for the fantastic with keen observation and sharp prose. Grab your comforter and a flashlight for this tour de force collection from one of our most inventive storytellers.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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