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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

#BookBday (9/11/18 Edition)

Happy #BookBday to these just published titles!

THE DINNER LIST by Rebecca Serle
Also available in audio
A September 2018 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick & an ALA Annual 2018 “Read n’ Rave” pick! When Sabrina Nielsen arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also her favorite professor from college, her father, her ex-fiance, and Audrey Hepburn. “A bittersweet tale of love, loss, and living with the memories.” — Kirkus Reviews

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore
The #1 September 2018 Indie Next pick, A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz book, one of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts! Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists’ disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel’s various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.” — Kirkus Reviews

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
“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 readmoreremove

Sneak Peek: September 2018 Indie Next List

Four Macmillan titles made the September 2018 Indie Next List!

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayétu Moore — the #1 pick!
A BookExpo 2018 Editor’s Buzz book, one of Library Journal’s Best Fall 2018 Debuts, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Fall 2018 Debuts! Moore’s powerful debut novel blends history and magical realism in a reimagining of the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. “Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists’ disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel’s various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.” — Kirkus Reviews

SEVERANCE by Ling Ma
One of Library Journal’s Best Summer 2018 Debuts with two starred reviews! An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor. “A biting indictment of late-stage capitalism and a chilling vision of what comes after… Ma also offers lovely meditations on memory and the immigrant experience. Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
“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 readmoreremove

LibraryReads 2018 Voting Deadlines

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Here are the 2018 LibraryReads monthly list nomination deadlines:

Nominations for January 2018 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2017 AND January 2018 titles) are due November 20, 2017
Nominations for February 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due December 20, 2017
Nominations for March 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due January 20, 2018
Nominations for April 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due February 20, 2018
Nominations for May 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due March 20, 2018
Nominations for June 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due April 20, 2018
Nominations for July 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due May 20, 2018
Nominations for August 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due June 20, 2018
Nominations for September 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due July 20, 2018
Nominations for October 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due August 20, 2018
Nominations for November 2018 LibraryReads list titles are due September 20, 2018

Remember you can read in any format you like (print or e-) but please submit your votes via Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Wondering what this is all about? Read our LibraryReads FAQ to become an instant expert!

LibraryReads 2017 “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Now Open

Lovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2017 LibraryReads titles!

From now through October 15, public library staff are invited to vote for their favorites books from the “Favorite of Favorites” longlist (all LibraryReads titles from the October 2016 through September 2017 lists). Remember, anybody who works in a public library in the United States can vote in this poll!

There will be two rounds of voting before the final list is announced. Here’s the “Favorite of Favorites” voting timeline:

October 15: “Favorite of Favorites” longlist votes due
October 20: “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist votes open
December 1: “Favorite of Favorites” list released

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

Thanks for supporting LibraryReads and keep reading and nominating! (Here’s what we suggest for the January 2018 list; votes due November 20.)

LibraryReads 2016 “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Now Open

LR favorite of favoritesLovely librarians, it’s time to choose your favorite 2016 LibraryReads titles!

LibraryReads is celebrating their third year of reading and recommending great titles by inviting library staff to vote for their favorite books from the October 2015 through September 2016 lists. Remember, anybody who works in a public library in the United States can vote in this poll and you may vote even if you’ve never nominated a title (no Edelweiss or NetGalley account is needed).

There will be two rounds of voting before the final list is announced on December 1. Here’s the “Favorite of Favorites” Voting Timeline:

November 1: “Favorite of Favorites” longlist votes due
November 15: “Favorite of Favorites” shortlist votes due
December 1: “Favorite of Favorites” list released

CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

Thanks for supporting LibraryReads and keep reading and nominating!

LibraryReads 2017 Voting Deadlines

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Here are the 2017 LibraryReads monthly list nomination deadlines:

Nominations for January 2017 LibraryReads list titles (this includes December 2016 AND January 2017 titles) are due November 20, 2016
Nominations for February 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due December 20, 2015
Nominations for March 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due January 20, 2017
Nominations for April 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due February 20, 2017
Nominations for May 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due March 20, 2017
Nominations for June 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due April 20, 2017
Nominations for July 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due May 20, 2017
Nominations for August 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due June 20, 2017
Nominations for September 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due July 20, 2017
Nominations for October 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due August 20, 2017
Nominations for November 2017 LibraryReads list titles are due September 20, 2017

Remember you can read in any format you like (print or e-) but please submit your votes via Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Wondering what this is all about? Read our LibraryReads FAQ to become an instant expert!

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FSG Stars Roundup

Several starred reviews for each of these titles guarantees a spot on your library shelves!

THE NIGHT STAGES by Jane Urquhart
A female pilot recalls her affair with a man obsessed with the disappearance of his brother in this elegiac novel of intersecting memories and the sorrows of fractured families. “Highly satisfying on many levels, this novel will have book clubs basking in its big symbols and abuzz over Tamara’s final decision.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Urquhart’s poetic, almost ethereal writing invites readers to revisit certain passages and marvel. This book about unquenchable longing is a lovely addition to her distinguished, award-filled oeuvre.” Library Journal, starred review

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN by Lucia Berlin
“A posthumous collection of stories, almost uniformly narrated by hard-living women, that makes a case for the author as a major talent. A testament to a writer whose explorations of society’s rougher corners deserve wider attention.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

[Lucia Berlin] may just be the best writer you’ve never heard of… Berlin’s offbeat humor, get-on-with-it realism, and ability to layer details that echo across stories and decades give her book a tremendous staying power.” Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“Begin reading a Berlin short story and you know immediately that you are in the presence of a unique and searing literary force. An essential collection of jazzy, jolting, incisive, wryly funny, and keenly compassionate, virtuoso tales.”
Booklist, starred review

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Happy New Year 2014!

new years kittensHappy New Year! We hope your holidays were wonderful. We're rested, rejuvenated and ready for all that 2014 will bring!

Want to know what our New Year's Resolution is? It's for all the librarians we know to participate in LibraryReads!

Do you love to read? Do people often ask you what book they should read next? Are you a public librarian? If you answered yes to all of these, then my friend, you are ready for LibraryReads.

LibraryReads logoWhat is this magical LibraryReads thing we speak of? It's a monthly list of the Top Ten newly released must-read books, voted on by librarians like you! By harnessing the value of "library staff picks" into a single nation-wide discovery tool, you can help connect books to as many readers as possible.

If you're ready to start, nominations are now being accepted for books publishing in March 2013 (due February 1). Here are some titles we recommend:

SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler
TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green
PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth
THE HAVEN by Carol Lynch Williams
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer
DECODED by Mai Jia 
NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan 
THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL by Vaughn Entwistle
THE MIDNIGHT WITCH by Paula Brackston
THE OTHER HALF by Sarah Rayner 
ALWAYS UNIQUE by Nikki Turner 
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER by Anne Clinard Barnhill 
CODE ZERO by Jonathan Maberry
I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALPYSE by Wayne Gladstone
PROVIDENCE RAG by Bruce DeSilva

To vote, you must be an Edelweiss user and registered as a public librarian. If so, then you’re all set! To recommend a title, find the book page while logged into Edelweiss and click on “Your Review.” You will see the check the “Submit to LibraryReads” box on the bottom right of that box; click on it when saving your review to nominate that title.

If you are already an Edelweiss user, and logged in, but don’t see the option to “Submit to LibraryReads” when you click on “Your Review,” you may be in an Edelweiss organization that is not classified as a public library. In this case, please email support@abovethetreeline.com for help.
If you are not an Edelweiss user, please register for Edelweiss using the Organization Type “Library – Public” to join the LibraryReads community. 

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Speaking of Edelweiss, did you know you can get whitelisted* for access to Macmillan e-galleys? It's true! Here's how to get pre-approved:

1. Register for Edelweiss with your library-issued e-mail address.
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3. Wait for Anne to send you a confirmation message, then download to your heart's delight and nominate titles you love for LibraryReads

*Whitelisting is only available to librarians currently employed in the U.S. 

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