It’s still summer, but Publishers Weekly is looking ahead to Fall 2015. They recently selected their best of the best in a whopping 16 different categories and we’ve gathered all 90(!!!) Macmillan standouts into a handy Edelweiss collection and listed them here for you:
Art, Architecture & Photography: People and Places
HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES by Brandon Stanton (a Top 10 pick)
The follow-up to Stanton’s bestseller, HUMANS OF NEW YORK, presents photos of a new group of humans, complete with stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.
MYSTERIES OF THE MALL by Witold Rybczynski (a Top 10 pick and two starred reviews)
Architecture critic Rybczynski casts a seasoned eye over the modern metropolitan scene, examining cities, public places, and homes.
NEXTINCTION by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy
Steadman, a cartoonist and friend of the feathered, gives his unique take on critically endangered birds.
PATTERNALIA: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns by Jude Stewart
A book on patterns, with illustrations from polka dots to plaid: their histories, cultural resonances, and hidden meanings.
THE GLOBAL CODE: How a New Culture of Universal Values Is Reshaping Business and Marketing by Clotaire Rapaille
The bestselling author of THE CULTURE CODE explains why global marketing and business must evolve to acknowledge new, universally held human values.
Comics & Graphic Novels: Graphic Lives
KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine (a Top 10 pick)
A masterful anthology of Tomine’s recent work showcases various art styles to explore modern anxiety and mortality. Each tiny panel is its own universe of repressed emotion and foiled desire.
STEP ASIDE, POPS: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton (a Top 10 pick)
Beaton’s first collection was a sensation, and these comics are equally droll, brainy, and sometimes devastating. Her broadsides against clueless chauvinism are especially dead on.
PUKE FORCE by Brian Chippendale
Social satire written dark and dense across Chippendale’s deconstructed multiverse of walking, talking M&Ms, hamsters, and cycloptic-yet-glamorous trivia hosts. A bomb explodes in a coffee shop: the incident is played out over and over again from the perspective of each table in the shop.
Cooking & Food: Cooking from Far and Wide
SIMPLY NIGELLA by Nigella Lawson (a Top 10 pick)
Internationally bestselling author Lawson returns to the basics with everyday recipes that make our lives easier and make us feel better, more alive, and less stressed.
SPUNTINO: Comfort Food (New York Style) by Russell Norman
The bestselling author of POLPO showcases new mouthwatering recipes and stories from Spuntino, the New York–influenced diner in London that’s been wildly successful.
AUTHENTIC PORTUGUESE COOKING: More than 185 Classic Mediterranean-Style Recipes of the Azores, Madeira and Continental Portugal by Ana Patuleia Ortins
This collection of over 200 recipes highlights the traditional flavors of Portugal.
THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB GUIDE: For Social Motherf*ckers by Thug Kitchen
From the duo behind the blog and the New York Times bestseller THUG KITCHEN comes the next installment of recipes with a side of attitude.
THE BLUE BLOODS COOKBOOK by Wendy Howard Goldberg and Bridget Moynahan
More than 100 hearty, soulful comfort food recipes from the CBS television cop show Blue Bloods center around the Reagan family dinner; compiled by the show’s star, Bridget Moynahan.
Sports & Entertainment: All American—from Soul Music to Football
WHAT THE EYE HEARS: A History of Tap Dancing by Brian Seibert
This magisterial history shares the saga of African-Americans in show business wielding enormous influence as they grapple with the pain and pride of tap dancing’s complicated legacy. Seibert charts tap’s growth in vaudeville circuits and nightclubs, chronicles its spread to ubiquity on Broadway and in Hollywood, analyzes its post–WWII decline, and celebrates its reinvention.
I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas
Award-winning actress Douglas submits a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world in a testament to the power of art, the tenacity of passion, and the profound effect of how one movie can change our destiny.
PETTY: The Biography by Warren Zanes
Tom Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with rocker, writer, and friend Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage. The book is honest and evocative of Petty’s music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.
FRANK & AVA: In Love and War by John Brady
The love story of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner has been told from one side or the other, it but has never been fully explored or explained—until now. Thoroughly researched and reported, this is not another storybook version of a Hollywood romance, but a compelling drama of love and emotional war that left two celebrities wounded for life.
BEAST: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts by Doug Merlino
Following four high-level MMA fighters, Merlino bluntly examines the history, culture, business, and meaning of professional cage fighting.
Essays & Literary Criticism: Looking Back
THE ART OF THE PUBLISHER by Roberto Calasso (a Top 10 pick)
The author of ARDOR should have plenty of insights to share about the business of books. His career as a publisher goes back to the beginnings of the Italian house Adelphi in the 1960s.
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson (a Top 10 pick)
The author of several acclaimed novels, including GILEAD and LILA, will draw a wide audience to these 17 essays that critique our society and call for a renewed sense of grace in our lives.
THE CHALLENGE OF THINGS: Thinking Through Troubled Times by A.C. Grayling
A collection of recent writings from philosopher Grayling (THE GOD ARGUMENT) reflecting on the world in a time of war and conflict.
THE PLEASURE OF READING: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books that Inspired Them, edited by Antonia Fraser and Victoria Gray
Forty authors—10 of them new to this reprint of a book first published in 1992—including Margaret Atwood, Tom Stoppard, and Doris Lessing, explain what first drew, and continues to draw, them to literature.
THE ART OF PERSPECTIVE: Who Tells the Story by Christopher Castellani
The 11th entry in Graywolf’s popular Art Of series tackles every fiction writer’s most urgent issue: point of view.
CHANGING THE SUBJECT: Art and Attention in the Internet Age by Sven Birkerts
The author of THE GUTENBERG ELEGIES offers trenchant essays on the cultural consequences of continuing, all-permeating technological innovation.
MAKING A POINT: The Persnickety Story of English Punctuation by David Crystal
This volume concludes Crystal’s triumphant trilogy about the English language, combining the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it.
Literary Fiction: More Is More
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen (a Top 10 pick and three starred reviews)
In Franzen’s first novel since FREEDOM, a young woman follows a German peace activist to South America to intern for his WikiLeaks-like organization.
A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin, edited by Stephen Emerson, foreword by Lydia Davis (three starred reviews)
The women of Berlin’s stories navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators who laugh, mourn, and drink. Berlin is a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime.
SUBMISSION by Michel Houellebecq, trans. by Lorin Stein
Paris, 2022. In an alliance with the socialists, France’s new Islamic party sweeps to power, and Islamic law is enforced. Women are veiled, and polygamy is encouraged.
THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth (An ALA Annual 2015 “Read ’N Rave” selection)
This Man Booker–longlisted novel is a postapocalyptic story set a thousand years in the past. Written in a “shadow tongue” of Old English, it follows Buccmaster, a proud landowner bearing witness to the end of his world.
ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza (A PW Best of Summer 2015 selection, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce selection, and an August 2015 Indie Next pick)
It’s 2004 in Muriga, a quiet town in Spain’s northern Basque Country, a place with more secrets than inhabitants. Five years since the kidnapping and murder of a young local politician, everyone knows who pulled the trigger, but is the convicted man the only one to blame?
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller, trans. by Philip Boehm
The Nobel Prize winner’s latest: Romania at the end of the Ceausescu regime, and one of these four—schoolteacher Adina, musician Paul; factory worker Clara, and Pavel, Clara’s lover—works for the secret police and is reporting on the others.
A CLUE TO THE EXIT by Edward St. Aubyn
Charlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband, and absent father, has been given six months to live. He resolves to stake half his fortune on a couple of turns of the roulette wheel and, to his agent’s disgust, to write a novel—about death.
History: Locale Histories
GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman (a Top 10 pick, an ALA Annual 2015 “Read ’N Rave” selection, and three starred reviews)
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of passing the Voting Rights Act, Berman’s book provides a popular history of the right to vote in America, which, according to the starred PW review, is “not only easily understandable, but riveting.”
FLOODPATH: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th-Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles by Jon Wilkman
Wilkman combines urban history, a technological detective story, and life-and-death drama to tell the harrowing story of the St. Francis Dam break of 1928.
GANGSTER WARLORDS: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America by Ioan Grillo
Grillo, a Mexico City–based journalist, examines the men at the heads of drug cartels throughout Latin America: what drives them, what sustains their power, and how they can be brought down.
THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont, trans. by Alissa Valles
A dual story of the massacre told through oral histories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past.
THE OTHER PARIS by Luc Sante
Sante reveals the city’s hidden past and its seamy underside—populated by working and criminal classes that, though virtually extinct today, have shaped Paris over the past two centuries.
MASTERS OF EMPIRE: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America by Michael A. McDonnell
Historian McDonnell recounts the pivotal role the native peoples of the Great Lakes played in the history of North America.
CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
A humanitarian and journalist provides an insider account of Dabaab, in Kenya, the world’s largest and best-known refugee camp, and tells its human story.
Lifestyle: Down to Earth
THE BEST ADVICE IN SIX WORDS: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More by Larry Smith (a Top 10 pick)
Even readers who normally shun self-help should be drawn to this collection of very brief advice for the wit promised by contributors such as Daniel Handler and Gary Shteyngart.
RUN TO LOSE: A Complete Guide to Weight Loss for Runners by Jennifer Van Allen and Pamela Nisevich Bede (a Top 10 pick)
The diet industry may thrive on continual innovation, but it’s hard to beat techniques that go back millennia, as outlined by the experts from Runner’s World magazine.
THE MICRONUTRIENT MIRACLE: The 28-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy, and Reverse Disease by Jayson Calton, Ph.D., and Mira Calton, C.N.
An innovative guide to reversing illness and common ailments by tackling hidden nutritional deficiencies.
BEEKMAN 1802 STYLE: The Attraction of Opposites by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell
With three successful cookbooks under their belts, the Beekman Boys partner with Country Living magazine to share their home design tips, tricks, and resources, along with an extensive collection of images from the couple’s historic farmhouse home.
O’S LITTLE GUIDE TO FINDING YOUR TRUE PURPOSE by the editors of O, the Oprah Magazine
The second volume in O’s Little Books series collects stories of trial, error, and triumph, along with actionable advice, from such contributors as Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Cunningham, and Patti Smith.
Memoirs: True Tales
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy (a Top 10 pick, a BEA 2015 Editors Buzz selection, and an ALA Annual 2015 “Read ’N Rave” selection)
One doctor’s passionate memoir of his experience grappling with racial identity, bias, and the unique health problems of African-Americans.
THE WHITE ROAD: Journey into an Obsession by Edmund de Waal (a Top 10 pick)
After THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES, de Waal tackles a narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or “white gold.”
EMPIRE OF IMAGINATION: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons by Michael Witwer
This biography of Gygax, the godfather of all fantasy adventure games, traces his life from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wis., through the complete story behind the invention of Dungeons & Dragons, to his death in 2008 at age 70.
GREAT IS THE TRUTH: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School by Amos Kamil and Sean Elder
A journalist and Horace Mann alumnus, Kamil details a decades-long pattern of sexual abuse by teachers at the prestigious school as he and his coauthor, Elder, uncover the full story of what happened and its aftermath.
FURIOUSLY HAPPY: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
A humor memoir tinged with tragedy and pathos by blogger Lawson examines her experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, leading her to live life to the fullest.
HEMINGWAY IN LOVE by A.E. Hotchner
Hemingway’s reflective account of his destructive Paris affair and how it affected the legendary life he rebuilt after, was told in June of 1961 to his best friend, the writer A.E. Hotchner, who’s kept the story secret until now.
Mysteries: The Mystery/Thriller Boom
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny (a Top 10 pick, an August 2015 LibraryReads pick, and three starred reviews)
Bestseller Penny has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (five times). Her 11th Chief Insp. Armand Gamache novel should reinforce her position as one of today’s top traditional mystery authors.
THE GIRL IN THE ICE by Lotte Hammer
An ice melt reveals the body of a girl, half-naked and tied up, in a remote area of Greenland, where it has lain for 25 years. When Det. Chief Supt. Konrad Simonsen investigates and sees how she was attacked, it triggers a dark memory, and he realizes this was not the killer’s only victim.
THE GREAT FORGETTING by James Renner
Jack Felter, a history teacher, returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills, Ohio, where his best friend, Tony, has gone missing. The only person who seems to know anything is Tony’s last patient, a paranoid boy named Cole. Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony’s trail—and maybe save the world.
ONE YEAR AFTER by William R. Forstchen
A year after nuclear weapons detonate above the United States, the survivors of Black Mountain, N.C., are beginning to piece back the technologies they had once taken for granted. When a “federal administrator” arrives at a nearby city, Black Mountain’s residents hope that a new national government is emerging.
THE MADAGASKAR PLAN by Guy Saville
Having won WWII, the Nazis set out to establish an empire in Africa. The Jews of Europe have been resettled on Madagascar, and the British have incited a revolt. Will a neutral America come to the aid of the desperate Jews?
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
When two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper’s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it’s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it’s just another stop on a long and bloody journey.
Poetry: The Torch Carriers
THE DARKENING TRAPEZE: Last Poems by Larry Levis, edited by David St. John (a Top 10 pick)
Published 20 years after the poet’s death, this collection contains major unpublished works, including final elegies, brief lyrics, and a coda believed to be the last poem Levis wrote.
THE EMPEROR OF WATER CLOCKS: Poems by Yusef Komunyakaa (a Top 10 pick)
Pulitzer Prize winner Komunyakaa dons a number of guises throughout this densely lyrical book but retains his jazz-inflected rhythms, surreal images, and celebration of natural beauty and love.
RECONNAISSANCE: Poems by Carl Phillips
In the face of the landscape of reconnaissance, Phillips reconsiders and unravels what we think we know, mapping out the contours of a world in revision, where truth lies captured at one moment and at the next goes free, transformed.
SELECTED LATER POEMS by C.K. Williams
This generous selection of the last two decades of Williams’s poetry, capped by a gathering of new work, demonstrates his enduring vibrancy and remarkable ability to shape-shift that goes hand in hand with an essential, enduring honesty.
FOUR-LEGGED GIRL: Poems by Diane Seuss
In her third collection, written out of her own life, Seuss uses audacious, hothouse language that swerves into pain and rapture as she recounts a life lived at the edges of containment.
Politics & Current Events: The Campaign Begins
THE HEALTH GAP: The Challenge of an Unequal World by Michael Marmot
One of the world’s leading doctors and public intellectuals reveals social injustice to be the greatest killer in the world, and explains how socioeconomic status directly affects health.
SUSPICIOUS MINDS: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories and Why It Matters by Rob Brotherton
Think conspiracy theorists are just a handful of people who wear tin-foil hats and have ideas about shape-shifting reptilian aliens? Think again. This book looks at how conspiracy theories have existed throughout history, from ancient Athens and Rome to present-day theories about 9/11 and who shot J.F.K., and decodes the psychology behind these beliefs.
DOOMED TO SUCCEED: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama by Dennis Ross
A Middle East policy maker and former Clinton envoy for Arab-Israeli peace, presents a detailed account of America’s changing relationship with Israel.
WORLDMAKING: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy by David Milne
In this panoramic work, historian Milne suggests that U.S. foreign policy has been crucially divided between those who view statecraft as an art, and those who believe it can aspire toward the certainties of science.
BASE NATION: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World by David Vine
In this far-reaching examination of American power, Vine argues that the worldwide network of U.S. military bases brings with it a panoply of ills—and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run.
POLICE STATE: How America’s Cops Get Away with Murder by Gerry Spence
In this timely book, legendary lawyer Spence examines what happens when the police become the criminals, and the people become the enemy.
FIRST TOUCH by Laurelin Paige
Determined to track down her missing friend, Amber, Emily Wayborn follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis. She must seduce him to learn his secrets and find her friend. But will Emily be able to abandon her desire for Reeve in order to save Amber?
Science: Individual Thought Patterns
BRAIN STORMS: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease by Jon Palfreman (a Top 10 pick)
Palfreman, diagnosed with Parkinson’s himself, charts the international effort to best the disease, which is seen as a prime window into the brain.
CHILLED: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again by Tom Jackson (a Top 10 pick)
Refrigeration technology, crucial to many scientific breakthroughs of the last 100 years, may be a key to turning current science fiction into scientific reality.
POPULATION WARS: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence by Greg Graffin (a Top 10 pick)
The punk rocker and Cornell lecturer argues that the popular conception of evolution as “survival of the fittest” is wrong—a mistake that has allowed humans to justify wars even when less-violent solutions may be available.
A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
Former research chemist Harkup takes 14 Agatha Christie novels and investigates the poison used by the murderer in each, looking at how the chemicals interact with the body and the logistics of using them, both when Christie was writing and today.
THE BRAIN ELECTRIC: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines by Malcolm Gay
With access to many of the field’s top scientists, Gay illuminates the extraordinary race to unlock the secrets of the mind, and introduces the brave, vulnerable patient-volunteers at the heart of this research.
THE DEATH OF CANCER: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable—and How We Can Get There by Vincent T. DeVita Jr. and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
DeVita argues that America’s cancer patients are being shortchanged by timid doctors, misguided national agendas, and compromised bureaucracies.
SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time—and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything by George Musser
Musser sets out to answer the question “What is space?” offering a provocative exploration of nonlocality and a celebration of the scientists who are trying to understand it.
THE HEART HEALERS: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives by James Forrester
A world-renowned cardiac surgeon tells about the mavericks and rebels who defied the accumulated medical wisdom of the day to begin conquering heart disease.
TEN BILLION TOMORROWS: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality and Shapes the Future by Brian Clegg
A whole host of science fiction topics come to life as Clegg details the real-life technology derived from science fiction as well as its impact on the world.
THE END OF MEMORY: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s by Jay Ingram
An illuminating biography of “the Plague of the 21st Century,” which traces scientists’ efforts to understand and, they hope, prevent it.
Science Fiction & Fantasy: An Autumn of Possibilities
THE SORCERER OF THE WILDEEPS by Kai Ashante Wilson (a Top 10 pick)
Wilson brings his rich, graceful prose style to this novella of two men’s love in a fantasy world full of troubles and terrors. This is the launch title for the Tor.com novella imprint.
UPDRAFT by Fran Wilde (a Top 10 pick)
This splendid debut, in which winged traders fly among the spires of a city grown from bone, is a lyrical tale of politics, secrets, family love, and personal triumph.
DEAD RINGERS by Christopher Golden
With a deep history that reaches back to the days of Aleister Crowley, the spirits of some long-dead magicians live on by possessing the bodies of others in the present day.
FUTURISTIC VIOLENCE AND FANCY SUITS by David Wong
In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near-future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called the Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile, a young woman is caught in the middle, and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.
BARSK: The Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen
In a distant future, no human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of human genius—animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings.
DRAGON HEART by Cecelia Holland
Historical novelist Holland makes an unabashed foray into fantasy with this saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
This decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery is set in a Hollywood—and a solar system—very different from our own. This is Valente’s first novel for adults since 2011’s DEATHLESS.
THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson (An ALA Annual 2015 “Read ’N Rave” selection)
A young woman from a conquered people tries to transform an empire in this richly imagined geopolitical fantasy. As Baru pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize.
BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the galaxy’s finest institution of higher learning. But accepting the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.