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Nonfiction Round-Up (10/16)

The truth about Artificial Intelligence and the story of one of the world’s favorite musicians make up today’s nonfiction round-up.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A Guide for Thinking Humans by Melanie Mitchell

“Mitchell gives us a history of artificial intelligence and a summation of its current state while asking pressing questions like how smart the best AI programs really are, how they work, how they fail, and how humanlike we can expect them to be.”–Library Journal, Prepub Alert

ME: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John

“The legendary pop star looks back cheerfully on a melodramatic life in this rollicking autobiography… John’s fans will love this funny, down-to-earth, and openhearted self-portrait.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Nonfiction Round-Up (10/02/19)

Forming habits…answered, the memoir of an immigrant family’s American Dream, learning the science of reading people’s faces, and a spooky addition to Augusten Burrough’s collection of memoirs. Check it all out in today’s #nonfiction round-up

GOOD HABITS, BAD HABITS: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood

“Wood’s research and perspective on the malleability of habits will bring hope to any reader looking to create long-term behavioral change.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

HERE WE ARE: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani

“This thought-provoking and thoroughly engrossing memoir offers the story of Shahani’s experience, as well as those of other families who, though they did not find the American Dream, nevertheless found home.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (7/24/19)

Dive into the mysterious workings of getting a good night’s rest, understanding cardiac disease, and the shocking story of a seriously dysfunctional family… all in today’s nonfiction round-up!

THE NOCTURNAL BRAIN: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy Leschziner

“Leschziner’s engaging style strikes just the right balance between storytelling and popular science and will appeal to a broad audience.”–Library Journal

STATE OF THE HEART: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease by Haider Warraich

Check out the author’s feature interview with NPR!

“An expansive, well-tempered profile of our most metaphorical organ.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the Thirteen Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue by John Glatt

“Veteran true-crime writer Glatt (THE LOST GIRLS, 2015) spares no gruesome detail in this nightmare-inducing account of the 13 siblings, aged 2 to 29, held captive by their parents.”–Booklist

Nonfiction Round-Up (7/10/19)

Satellites for science, becoming kind, and demystifying the 2016 election–welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

ARCHAEOLOGY FROM SPACE: How the Future Shapes Our Past by Sarah Parcak

“Exciting and futuristic, this book elicits that anything-is-possible feeling–a must-read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE KINDNESS METHOD: Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding by Shahroo Izadi

“Her involved and very reflective process may very well result in a more aware, more enriched life.”–Booklist, starred review

THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS: Donald Trump’s Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired–and Inaugurated by Allen Salkin and Aaron Short

“With complementary and contradictory views offered regarding the same occurrence, what emerges from these disparate voices is a deeper understanding of the fact that the Trump presidency was not a chimerical pursuit. With his 2020 re-election campaign underway, those who dismiss Trump as a one-hit wonder would do well to know the seriousness with which he pursued the previous campaign.”–Booklist

PW Fall 2019 Announcements

Publishers Weekly included 73 Macmillan titles in their Fall 2019 Announcements! Here’s our breakdown of the books that need to be on your radar:

Art, Architecture, and Philosophy

EXTRAORDINARY DOGS: Stories from Search and Rescue Dogs, Comfort Dogs, and Other Canine Heroes by Liz Stavrinides and John Schlimm

Business and Economics

START FINISHING: How to Go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey (Top 10)
INFLUENCE: How social media influencers are shaping our digital future by Sara McCorquodale

Comics and Graphic Novels

MAKING COMICS by Lynda Barry (Top 10)
YEAR OF THE RABBIT by Tian Veasna (Top 10)
THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Kevin Huizenga
SPRING RAIN: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolution by Andy Warner

Cooking and Food

LATERAL COOKING: One Dish Leads to Another by Niki Segnit

Essays and Literary Criticism

BUSTED IN NEW YORK AND OTHER ESSAYS by Darryl Pinckney (Top 10)
THE COLLECTOR OF LEFTOVER SOULS: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections by Eliane Brum (Top 10)
HUMAN RELATIONS AND OTHER DIFFICULTIES: Essays by Mary-Kay Wilmers (Top 10)
THE DOLPHIN LETTERS, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle by Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell; edited by Saskia Hamilton
ESSAYS ONE by Lydia Davis
EROSION: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

History

THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman (Top 10)
THE ANARCHY: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple
RETREAT FROM MOSCOW: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941-1942 by David Stahel
AGENT JACK: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter by Robert Hutton
THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPH: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America by Byron L. Dorgan

Lifestyle

GOOD HABITS, BAD HABITS: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood (Top 10)
THE MOVES THAT MATTER: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson (Top 10)
REWILDING: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali
HOW NOT TO DIET: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM
BREATHING FOR WARRIORS: Learn the Secret of Pro Athletes, Coaches, and First Responders to Unlock the Path to Endurance, Strength, Precision, and an Unshakable Mental Game by Dr. Belisa Vranich

Literary Fiction

FIND ME by André Aciman (Top 10)
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner (Top 10)
THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING by Deborah Levy
AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins
DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
SUICIDE WOODS: Stories by Benjamin Percy
DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer
FALSE BINGO: Stories by Jac Jemc
CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris

Memoirs and Biographies

CARRIE FISHER : A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (Top 10)
HIGH SCHOOL by Sara Quin and Tegan Quin (Top 10)
THE BROKEN ROAD: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy
THE UNDYING: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care by Anne Boyer
MORE MYSELF: A Journey by Alicia Keys
A MARVELOUS LIFE: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth

Mysteries and Thrillers

CITY OF WINDOWS by Robert Pobi (Top 10)
THIRTEEN by Steve Cavanagh (Top 10)
THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North (Top 10)
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY: A Constable Twitten Mystery by Lynne Truss
THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan
THE WORST KIND OF WANT by Liska Jacobs
29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan

Poetry

THE DOLPHIN: Two Versions, 1972-1973 by Robert Lowell; edited by Saskia Hamilton (Top 10)
HEED THE HOLLOW: Poems by Malcolm Tariq
LOVE AND I: Poems by Fanny Howe
I WILL DESTROY YOU: Poems by Nick Flynn

Politics and Current Events

TRANSACTION MAN: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream by Nicholas Lemann (Top 10)
WHY YOU SHOULD BE A SOCIALIST: How the Left Can Dream Big and Win Again by Nathan J. Robinson (Top 10)included under the former title WE’RE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW
THE PRICE WE PAY: What Broke American Health Care–and How to Fix It by Marty Makary
SHADOW NETWORK: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson
WE ARE THE WEATHER: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
MY TIME AMONG THE WHITES: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet
THE GREEN NEW DEAL: Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth by Jeremy Rifkin
WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties – and How to Take Them Back by David Kirby

Romance and Erotica

CHRISTMAS ANGELS by Nancy Naigle

Science

SUPERHEAVY: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table by Kit Chapman (Top 10)
THE CONTACT PARADOX: Challenging our Assumptions in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Keith Cooper
THE MISSING LYNX: The Past and Future of Britain’s Lost Mammals by Ross Barnett
TRACKING THE HIGHLAND TIGER: In Search of Scottish Wildcats by Marianne Taylor

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (Top 10)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (Top 10)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (Top 10)
BLOOD OF AN EXILE by Brian Naslund
GAMECHANGER by L. X. Beckett
SUPERNOVA ERA by Cixin Liu
WARRIOR OF THE ALTAII by Robert Jordan
THE GURKHA AND THE LORD OF TUESDAY by Saad Z. Hossain
RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi

Also, don’t miss PW’s audio announcements!

PW Spring 2019 Announcements

Publishers Weekly has chosen the stand-out books from the coming months for their 2019 Spring Announcements, and there are 81 Macmillan titles you’ll need to save room for on your shelves!

Business & Economics

THE BILLIONAIRE BOONDOGGLE: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs by Pat Garofalo (a Top 10 pick)
INVEST FOR GOOD: Increasing Your Personal Well-Being While Changing the World by Mark Mobius, Carlos Von Hardenberg, and Greg Konieczny (a Top 10 pick)
BIG BUSINESS: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen
HOW TO WIN IN A WINNER-TAKE-ALL WORLD: Career Management in the Twenty-First Century by Neil Irwin
WIN OR DIE: Leadership Secrets from ‘Game of Thrones’ by Bruce Craven

Comics & Graphic Novels

HOT COMB by Ebony Flowers (a Top 10 pick)
OFF SEASON by James Sturm (a Top 10 pick)
WHY DON’T YOU WRITE MY EULOGY NOW SO I CAN CORRECT IT?: A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast
GRASS by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, trans. by Janet Hong
CHRONIN VOLUME 1: The Knife at Your Back by Alison Wilgus

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September 2018 Nonfiction

From history to education to health, these new titles are perfect for your shelves:

HEART: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
An ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” Pick! “Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, cardiologist Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. “Throughout, Jauhar is thoughtful, self-reflective, and profoundly respectful of doctors and patients alike; readers will respond by opening their own hearts a little bit, to both grief and wonder.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE TANGO WAR: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II by Mary Jo McConahay
Two starred reviews! “A fascinating narrative of the struggle for Latin America during World War II featuring untold stories of politics, propaganda, spycraft, and intrigue. Fast-paced and informative, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand World War II and some of the forces that led to it.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE MAN I NEVER MET: A Memoir by Adam Schefter & Michael Rosenberg
This memoir by the ESPN sports analyst (co-written with Michael Rosenberg) tells the story of how he fell in love with and married the widow of a 9/11 victim. “In what at first comes across as a bizarre concept for a memoir, Schefter successfully communicates his joy in finding love and family, and in a friendship with a man he never knew.” — Publishers Weekly

TIME TO PARENT: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You by Julie Morgenstern
The bestselling organizational guru takes on the ultimate time-management challenge—parenting, from toddlers to teens—with concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids. “Morgenstern’s bite-size, achievable goals and skill levels are simple to digest. Backed by scientific data and personal experience, the book is full of straightforward advice presented in an intriguing way. It will appeal especially to those who like to-do lists and find joy in checking off items as they are accomplished.” — Kirkus Reviews

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP: How Discipline Can Set Students Free by Cinque Henderson
“A film and TV writer (e.g., HBO’s The Newsroom) and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and more, Henderson believed that failure in the classroom resulted from unmotivated, inattentive, simply bad teaching. But when he began substitute teaching, he quickly came to believe that the problem was rampantly unchecked student behavior, which he sees as resulting from society itself. Beyond analysis, here are prescriptions, including discussion of legal infrastructure, to improve the situation. Not surprisingly, there’s a big push not just to educators but to libraries.”Library Journal, pre-pub alert

THE DIVERSITY DELUSION: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald
By the national bestselling author of THE WAR ON COPS comes a provocative account of the erosion of humanities, the rise of intolerance in today’s university culture, and a call to return to learning that broadens the mind and takes students outside of their narrow selves. “Ultimately, Mac Donald identifies the choice schools must make as they confront these issues: continue with the corrosive pathology of identity, or commit to academic excellence, individual responsibility, and the humanistic goal of education through unfettered academic inquiry.” — The Washington Examiner readmoreremove

August 2018 All-Stars

We’re seeing stars for these forthcoming mysteries & nonfiction science titles!

THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson
“A complex, fascinating mix of Icelandic community and alienation, atmospheric tension, and timely issues (immigrant exploitation and vigilante justice), Jónasson’s latest series is another must-read for crime fans who follow the work of Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir.” — Booklist, starred review

“Jónasson pulls no punches as this grim tale builds to its stunning conclusion, one of the more remarkable in recent crime fiction. Fans of uncompromising plotting will be satisfied.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

GO TO MY GRAVE by Catriona McPherson
“Agatha Award-winning McPherson’s deliciously gothic country house mystery with a contemporary twist is devious and suspenseful and keeps readers guessing to the shocking end. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

“McPherson provides a virtuoso exploration of guilt, remorse, and revenge in a haunting psychological thriller. The ending will leave you astounded.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WILD FIRE: A Shetland Island Mystery by Ann Cleeves
“Throughout the Shetland Island series, Cleeves lovingly depicts the Scottish island life, and this volume is no exception. Fans may be saddened but certainly not disappointed by this final installment.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Intricately plotted and elegantly written, this installment is billed as Perez’s final case. Series fans will be sorry to see the last of him.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

ZERO SUM GAME by S.L. Huang
“This hard-to-put-down, action-packed sf debut is intelligent and entertaining. With Cas, Huang has created an indelible, flawed character who makes mathematics seem almost magical.” Library Journal, starred review & debut of the month

“A fast-paced, darkly humorous read with a lot of heart for fans of action and urban fantasy, as well as lovers of Wolverine and other morally ambiguous, gritty superheroes with a mysterious past.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (8/28/18 Edition)

What a lovely day for a #BookBday!

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts! Three adolescents—two Ghanaian “housegirls” and the daughter of wealthy immigrants—must come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other in this powerful debut novel. “Donkor’s dense descriptions of life in Ghana and London capture the dazzling disorientation of a young village girl on her own. Compelling female characters abound; it’s surprising to discover a young male writer who so successfully inhabits a female point of view.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DISORDERED MIND: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel
One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018! A Nobel Prize–winning neuroscientist’s probing investigation of what brain disorders can tell us about human nature. “Kandel’s clear and straightforward writing makes this informative scientific exploration accessible and compelling to both medical practitioners, researchers, and general readers interested in how the mysteries of human nature arise from the physical matter of the brain.” — Library Journal

THE SHADOW PRESIDENT: The Truth About Mike Pence by Michael D’Antonio & Peter Eisner
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. “Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D’Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

August 2018 Nonfiction

New nonfiction for your library’s shelves!

SMALL ANIMALS: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks
A BookExpo 2018 Editors’ Buzz Pick with two starred reviews! A compelling blend of personal memoir, investigative reporting, and sociological criticism about parenthood and fear based on the author’s personal experience. “Parents who are seeking advice, rather than reflection, will appreciate the vast number of other titles Brooks cites throughout the book. SMALL ANIMALS belongs on the shelves of every public library.” — Booklist, starred review

A FUTURE OF FAITH: The Path of Change in Politics and Society by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) & Dominique Wolton
Also available in audio
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. “The man who emerges here is affable, approachable, always unpretentious, and deeply human.” — Booklist, starred review

THE HUSBAND HUNTERS: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy by Anne de Courcy
A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married into the impoverished British aristocracy at the turn of the twentieth century. Downton Abbey fans will swoon over this trip through the privileged turn-of-the-century world of cash, class, and coronets. A highly readable social history that contains all of the juicy drama of a prime-time soap opera.” — Kirkus Reviews

MARILYN MONROE: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo
Based on new interviews and research, this ground-breaking biography reveals how Marilyn’s childhood contributed to her struggle with bi-polar disorder, and impacted her career and personal life. “There is a pervasive sadness in Casillo’s intricately nuanced portrait of this misunderstood idol, a despondency borne of her ambition to be both loved and beloved, revered and respected. A worthy addition to the Monroe canon.” — Booklist readmoreremove

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