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With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions happening this month, the 2016 presidential race shows no signs of slowing until November. Whether you lean left or right, there’s a book about politics for every reader:
OUR REVOLUTION: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders
The book by the U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate “offers both an account of Sanders’s campaign for the presidency and an argument for the progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda he proposes to create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP by Michael D’Antonio
Now in trade paperback, the revealing unauthorized biography about the Presidential candidate, including firsthand interviews with “the Donald” himself and others, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D’Antonio.
GIVE US THE BALLOT: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman
Soon to be available in trade paperback, Berman’s book on voting rights was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, a 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist, shortlisted for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellent in Nonfiction, and a RUSA 2016 Notable Nonfiction Book! “Berman does a superb job of making the history of the right to vote in America not only easily understandable, but riveting. This is the best kind of popular history—literate, passionate, and persuasive, balancing detail with accessibility.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
ENOUGH SAID: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? by Mark Thompson
A wide-ranging, provocative examination of free speech, political rhetoric, and the distortion of our common language by the CEO of The New York Times Company. “Thompson’s writing packs a high percentage of insights per page and his book manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
CRISIS POINT: Why We Must–and How We Can–Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America by Trent Lott & Tom Daschle with Jon Sternfeld
Two eminent former senators reach across the political aisle to identify the most corrosive sources of our current political dysfunction, and to point the way forward. “An important contribution to an ongoing debate.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE FIGHT: A Secret Service Agent’s Inside Account of Security Failings and the Political Machine by Dan Bongino
What events led a veteran Secret Service agent at the top of his profession, with no political experience, to resign his position and run for office, nearly pulling off the unlikeliest of upsets as a Republican in a deep-blue state? Bongino’s mix of current events, insider’s analysis, and tales from his time protecting three presidents, shows where America has gone wrong and how we can fight back.
OFF SCRIPT: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide by Josh King
An illuminating journey through the most catastrophic scenes of political stagecraft since the “Age of Optics” in 1988 from former presidential events production director at the White House. “King presents one of the liveliest and funniest political books of recent years; it will keep political junkies and campaign professionals guffawing and learning. He has done for advance men and women what Timothy Crouse’s THE BOYS ON THE BUS did for print journalists almost a half-century ago. His book pairs nicely with David Greenberg’s scholarly REPUBLIC OF SPIN.”
— Library Journal, starred review
THE BELTWAY BIBLE: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide to Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government by Eliot Nelson
Arranged from A-Z, Nelson’s humorous guide looks at politics and government from an insider’s perch, breaking the bureaucracy into easily-digested entries on fundamental subjects like how legislation is formed, the scope of the president’s power, and an overview of primary federal agencies.
LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
“Frank, best known for his scathing commentary about Republicans in books like WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS and THE WRECKING CREW, turns his sights on the Democrats, the supposed party of the people. Still, he offers a tough and thought-provoking look at what’s wrong with America.” — Booklist
FUTURE RIGHT: Forging a New Republican Majority by Donald Critchlow
Critchlow proposes political strategies for Republicans to take advantage of trends, mobilize new constituencies, and create a vibrant new majority that reflects the times. “Well-researched and detailed to the point of repetitiveness, Critchlow’s study—in which Donald Trump’s name goes conspicuously unmentioned—may be just what Republican loyalists need to realize that a different approach is needed.”
— Publishers Weekly
THE ART OF BEING FREE: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Way We Live Now by James Poulos
“De Tocqueville’s seminal work, Democracy in America, is still surprisingly resonant, argues Poulos, as he explores how a modern reading of the classic text might help alleviate our uniquely American malaise.” — Publishers Weekly, Fall 2016 Politics & Current Events preview
THE TRUE FLAG: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer
How should the United States act in the world? Bestselling author Kinzer’s new book brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. “Kinzer, a best-selling author who had a longtime career as a foreign correspondent (he was the New York Times’s bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent), considers the issue by going back to when the question first emerged. Heatedly relevant; with a five-city tour.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert readmoreremove
We’re seeing stars for these books about travel, history, art, poetry, and music!
THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS: Artists and the Last Age of the Exotic by Jamie James
A PW Best Summer Books of 2016 pick with THREE starred reviews! “In this exciting book, novelist and critic James examines six artists (and many interesting secondary figures) whose travels allowed them to find inspiration and belonging far from their homelands in locations across the globe. [THE GLAMOUR OF STRANGENESS] is a sharp, thought-provoking contribution to the ongoing conversation about transculturation.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[A] richly detailed, absorbing cultural history… Abundant primary sources inform James’ sharply drawn, sympathetic portraits.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“James is merrily entertaining in his exceptional erudition and nimble eloquence, and fluently and movingly insightful in his psychological, sexual, social, and aesthetic interpretations as he tells these astonishing, often tragic tales of intrepid self-creation and ardently chosen homelands.” — Booklist, starred review
LOOK: POEMS by Solmaz Sharif
A July 2016 Indie Next pick! “In form, content, and execution, Sharif’s debut is arguably the most noteworthy book of poetry yet about recent U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the greater Middle East.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In these raw, unsparing poems, Rona Jaffe Award winner Sharif closes the gap, making language itself the issue as she investigates the consequences—particularly for herself and her family—of America’s invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (“My life in the American/ Dream is a DOWNGRADE”). Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review
Check out these two funny new mysteries with starred reviews:
THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
Two starred reviews! “Agatha Christie fans will revel in Robertson’s fifth novel featuring London solicitor Nigel Heath. This is Robertson’s best work yet, a classic fair play whodunit leavened with humor.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE BRANSON BEAUTY by Claire Booth
In Booth’s taut, witty debut, Branson, MO’s new sheriff has finally rescued all 100 passengers on a sinking showboat when he discovers a young woman’s body locked in the dining room. “Touches of sly humor add appeal to Booth’s standout debut… [which] promises to be [the start of] a most engaging regional police series.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
What are you reading this #ThrillerThursday? Share your picks with us @MacmillanLib.
What’s the best way to get your library’s book club talking? Read and recommend these discussion-worthy Macmillan titles that Talia presented at yesterday’s Booklist‘s “Best Bets for Book Clubs” collection development webinar:
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (download the guide)
Tale of Shikanoko series by Lian Hearn (download the guide for all 4 books)
Book 1: EMPEROR OF THE EIGHT ISLANDS
Book 2: AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD
Book 3: LORD OF THE DARKWOOD
Book 4: THE TENGU’S GAME OF GO
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide)
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith (download the guide)
IN THE COUNTY WE LOVE by Diane Guerrero (download the guide)
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (download the guide)
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao (download the guide)
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (download the guide)
THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine (download the guide)
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande (download the guide)
Want more book club ideas? Check out suggestions from the NEA Big Read, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden & more right here.
Well, only you know what your library’s book club is reading next, but we will happily share these expert suggestions:
The NEA Big Read recently expanded their selection to “offer a selection of books that is contemporary, diverse, and relevant to our times.” Their Macmillan picks are:
The recently announced Summer 2016 Indie Next List for Reading Groups features these three Macmillan titles:
Plus our new Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden recommends SHELTER by Jung Yun (download the guide) & THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan (download the guide) in her Summer Reading List!
Last year we predicted that the movie version of THE REVENANT was going to be huge, and we’re making the same call with SILENCE by Shusaku Endo. This classic novel of enduring faith in dangerous times is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Picador just released a special expanded discussion guide for SILENCE, so we recommend getting ahead of the trend (and maybe even organizing a movie night out!).
Talia’s going to share her picks at tomorrow’s Booklist “Best Bets for Book Clubs” webinar, so here’s what Anne recommends:
The buzz continues to build for Jonathan Safran Foer’s first new novel in more than a decade—HERE I AM has THREE starred reviews!
“In his first novel in 11 years—a far longer, edgier, and more caustically funny tale than EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE—he choreographs the disintegration of the once blissfully close marriage of architect Julia and TV writer Jacob, exploring how their changing relationship affects their three sons… Foer’s voluminous, polyphonic, and boldly comedic tale of one family’s quandaries astutely and forthrightly confronts humankind’s capacity for the ludicrous and the profound, cruelty and love.” — Booklist, starred & splash page review
“Intensely imagined and richly rewarding… Foer fuses these complex strands with his never-wavering hand. That he can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The Blochs’ marriage is on a collision course, powerfully framed by reference to the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, which makes this richly conceived work more than another tale of marital woe. Rigorous questions within an accessible story; highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review