A fresh look on climate change, a poet’s take on illness in contemporary America, an illustrated guide to American history, and the memoir of America’s most famous whistleblower… welcome to this week’s nonfiction round-up! PERMANENT RECORD by Edward Snowden “Snowden’s many admirers will find his saga both captivating and inspiring.”–Publishers Weekly WE ARE THE WEATHER: […]
Prize-winning historian Charles Postel explores the roots of American social movements after the Civil War and their lessons for today in EQUALITY: An American Dilemma, 1866-1896. The Civil War unleashed a torrent of claims for equality—in the chaotic years following the war, former slaves, women’s rights activists, farmhands, and factory workers all engaged in the […]
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 […]
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 […]
November brings a bounty of excellent new nonfiction to your library’s shelves! PROMISE ME, DAD: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden The vice president pens a deeply moving memoir about the most challenging professional and personal year in which he lost his son to brain cancer. “The book is a backstage […]
Biographies, histories, manifestos and more! Take a look at the new nonfiction books perfect for your patrons this April: FEAR CITY: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein Two starred reviews! “Phillips-Fein, professor of history at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, makes municipal bonds exciting in this painstakingly […]
We’re seeing lots of stars for these terrific nonfiction titles: THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos — 3 stars! “A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that […]
In AMERICAN TREASURES: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, Stephen Puleo tells the dramatic, never-before-told history of America’s efforts to protect the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, plus the key role played by Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish during WWII. Stephen Puleo has […]
This first book in the Great American Documents series (GREAT AMERICAN DOCUMENTS, Volume 1: 1620-1830 by Ruth Ashby and illustrated by Ernie Colón) tells the history of America through twenty of the major speeches, laws, proclamations, court decisions, and essays that shaped it between 1620 and 1830.
It's already received two starred reviews!
“[Ashby and Colón] breathe accessible and cogent life into the written documents that formed U.S. policy, beginning with the Mayflower Compact (1620) and ending with the Indian Removal Act (1830)... Colón uses well-designed, full-color panel layouts to eloquently blend charts and other informative graphics with straightforward images of events, clothing, and customs as well as clear, concise metaphors, all with an eye toward promoting a solid understanding of the basic facts and their impact... School libraries would do well to include this engaging volume in their history collections.” — Booklist, starred review
“Using notable treatises, pamphlets, laws, proclamations, and other documents, [The Great American Documents]—which begins with the Mayflower Compact and ends with the Monroe Doctrine and the Indian Removal Act—weaves together nearly two dozen vignettes with clarity and synthesis. Most remarkably, it covers the culture and context of each time period with a balanced truthfulness... For those who aren’t just curious about history but who really want to understand it, this is an exemplary volume.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The cartoon approach helps refresh history and make it come alive. A good primer for students and a refresher course for their parents.” — Kirkus Reviews