Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2012!

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2012!

Huzzah! Kirkus Reviews continues their year-end celebration by inviting all of their top nonfiction picks to the party! 18 of their top 100 nonfiction selections were published or distributed by Macmillan this year:


VISIT SUNNY CHERNOBYL: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places By Andrew Blackwell 

AFTERMATH: On Marriage and Separation By Rachel Cusk 

CITY: A Guidebook for the Urban Age By P.D. Smith 

THE TENDER HOUR OF TWILIGHT: Paris in the '50s, New York in the '60s: A Memoir of Publishing's Golden Age By Richard Seaver 

WHAT MONEY CAN'T BUY: The Moral Limits of Markets By Michael J. Sandel 

POWER, INC.: the Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning that Lies Ahead By David Rothkopf 

HAITI: The Aftershocks of History By Laurent Dubois 

FREEDOM'S CAP: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War By Guy Gugliotta 

LIVING, THINKING, LOOKING: Essays By Siri Hustvedt 


THE PATAGONIAN HARE: A Memoir By Claude Lanzmann 

SAVAGE CONTINENT: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II By Keith Lowe 

DESERT AMERICA: Boom and Bust in the New "New West" By Rubén Martínez 

SUBVERSIVES: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power By Seth Rosenfeld 

RED PLENTY By Francis Spufford 

THE BIG SCREEN: The Story of the Movies By David Thomson 

RISE TO GREATNESS: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year By David Von Drehle 

See the the full Best Nonfiction of 2012 list from Kirkus Reviews. Also take a look at all of the great Macmillan titles in their Best of Fiction 2012! [...]

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It’s Video Friday!

It’s Video Friday!

Happy Friday, librarians! We have two videos for you to cue up and enjoy over your lunch break today.

The first video is an episode of "Book Lust with Nancy Pearl" featuring Nancy in conversation with memoirist Paul Auster in which they talk about his latest, WINTER JOURNAL

nancy and paul

The second video is Shelf Awareness' Book Trailer of the Day for WE KILLED: The Rise of Women in American Comedy: A Very Oral History by Yael Kohen.

Be warned: The video itself is less that 2 minutes long, but time might get away from you as you spend the next few hours looking up clips from all your favorite comediennes...

we killed trailer


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Starred Reviews for Winter Journal

Starred Reviews for Winter Journal


You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.

So begins WINTER JOURNAL, the second memoir of Paul Auster, bestselling novelist and memoirist (SUNSET PARK, etc.). 

Thirty years after the publication of his first memoir (THE INVENTION OF SOLITUDE) Auster writes about his mother's life and death. WINTER JOURNAL is a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory, by one of our most intellectually elegant writers and it's getting great reviews.

"Auster is startlingly forthright, mischievously funny, and unfailingly enrapturing as he transforms intimate memories into a zestful inquiry into the mind-body connection and the haphazard forging of a self." -Booklist (starred review)

"This is the exquisitely wrought catalogue of a man’s history through his body." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A consummate professional explores the attic of his life, converting rumination to art." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews also conducted an interview with Auster. When asked "What's the most important thing you wanted to portray about yourself?" he responds (in part), "I think basically, what I’m trying to do, is to establish some kind of common humanity. With this particular book, the idea was just to throw myself out there so that people might see their own lives reflected in mine."

Read the rest of the interview here.


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