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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:

WINTER JOURNAL By Paul Auster

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

LEONARDO AND THE LAST SUPPER By Ross King

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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Starred Reviews for Visit Sunny Chernobyl

You probably wouldn't think of a travelogue on the most terrifyingly polluted places in the world as a good summer read, but I'm here to argue that VISIT SUNNY CHERNOBYL by Andrew Blackwell might just be the perfect thing for a beautiful sunny day. Oh, and my buddies Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist are here to back me up.

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon—but Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere’s most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us.

Part travelogue, part expose, part environmental memoir, and part faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue’s gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer—and approaches a deeper understanding of what’s really happening to our planet in the process.

"Journalist and filmmaker Blackwell doesn’t just present a list of environmental woes but undertakes provocative meditations on how to care about the planet while recognizing that plenty of people need to make a living, sometimes to the environment’s detriment." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In each chapter, Blackwell finds he loves the polluted places for all the ways they aren’t ruined. With great verve, and without sounding preachy, he exposes the essence and interconnectedness of these environmental problems." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

It also received a starred review from Booklist!

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