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Since 2000, Amazon has posted Best of the Year lists, including an Overall Top 100 and lists for literature, art, cooking, teen, current events and more.  The 2008 lists include a number of Macmillan titles, including four #1's!

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The Last Campaign

Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

The definitive account of Robert Kennedy’s exhilarating and tragic 1968 campaign for president—a revelatory history that is especially resonant now After John...

"...into a fearless, formidable, winning candidate makes stupendous reading.  The hope he inspired….still proves..."

Thurston Clarke Thurston Clarke

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The Ten-Cent Plague

The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created—in the pulpy,...

David Hajdu David Hajdu

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Home

A Novel

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely...

"...Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely.... Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale..."

Marilynne Robinson Marilynne Robinson

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Lush Life

A Novel

So, what do you do?” Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter . . . But now he’s thirty-five years old...

"....” —Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review, on Freedomland. Prologue The Quality of Life Task..."

Richard Price Richard Price

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2666

A Novel

THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed in the...

"...THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) Composed in the.... THE  POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS” (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)   Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño’s life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America..."

By Roberto Bolaño and Natasha Wimmer

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Atmospheric Disturbances

A Novel

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein’s wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her—or almost...

"...weather of the human psyche.” —Booklist (starred review)   "Enthralling . . . Don't be surprised if this gives you a Crying of Lot 49 nostalgia hit."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Everything is other..."

Rivka Galchen Rivka Galchen

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The Challenge

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power

An inspiring legal thriller set against the backdrop of the war on terror, The Challenge tells the inside story of a historic Supreme Court showdown. At its...

"..., and their faults.  The result is a work of rare drama.”—Anthony Lewis, New York Review of Books “Mahler’s fluent..."

Jonathan Mahler Jonathan Mahler

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How Fiction Works

What makes a story a story? What is style? What’s the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How...

"..., The New York Times Book Review “It is not enough to have one Wood. What is needed is a thicket..."

James Wood James Wood

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The Story of a Marriage

A Novel

From the bestselling author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a love story full of secrets and astonishments set in 1950s San Francisco “We think we know...

Andrew Sean Greer Andrew Sean Greer

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Sweetheart

With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her...

"...weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world..."

Chelsea Cain Chelsea Cain

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Little Brother

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. WHO’S WATCHING BACK?

"...starred review on Little Brother (Featured in PW Children’s e-newsletter) “Readers will delight..."

Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow

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Sea of Poppies

A Novel

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2008 A Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2008 A Washington Post Best Book of 2008 An Economist Best Book of 2008 A New...

"...so alive and vibrant.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “In vivid settings ranging from..."

Amitav Ghosh Amitav Ghosh

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

Thomas L. Friedman’s phenomenal number-one bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see the world in a new way. In his brilliant,...

Thomas L. Friedman Thomas L. Friedman

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ABC3D

"Easily the most innovative alpabet book of the year, if not the decade... Beyond clever."—The Washington Post Prepare to be amazed. From the...

".... Charming, witty. A winner, WILL be a classic."--Ed Emberley   "...does for paper what Claymation did..."

Marion Bataille

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‘He flies through the air with the greatest of ease – the daring young man on the flying trapeze!’ Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen, for a glorious...

By Eddie Campbell and Dan Best

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Macmillan Young Listeners

Brown Bear & Friends

This wonderful compilation brings together four beloved Bear books read by Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

"...? The stories are read with warmth and humor by Academy Award-winning actress and mother Gwyneth Paltrow..."

By Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle and Gwyneth Paltrow

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This I Believe II

More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

A collection of inspiring personal philosophies from a noteworthy group of seventy-five essayists

By Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

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The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy

In the Dear John letter Daddy left for Mother and me, on a Saturday afternoon in early June 1996, on the inlaid Florentine table in the front entry of our...

Robert Leleux Robert Leleux

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

A rousing manifesto for our climate-challenged future

"...Review     Praise for The World is Flat—winner of the 2006 Audie award for best nonfiction: “Narrator..."

By Thomas L. Friedman and Oliver Wyman

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Home

A Novel

A moving novel about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who brought us Gilead....

"...from grace."--AudioFile magazine, Winner of an Earphones Award   Praise for Gilead: "Gilead..."

By Marilynne Robinson and Maggi-Meg Reed

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Seduce Me At Sunrise

Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But...

"...is…riveting from beginning to end.” —Romance Reviews Today “RITA Awardwinner Kleypas presents another..."

Lisa Kleypas Lisa Kleypas

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Liberation

Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America

An incandescent and topical second book from the author of critically acclaimed debut novel Spaceman Blues

"...moving and it never lets up. A spectacular new voice.” —Jeff VanderMeer, World Fantasy Award-winning..."

Brian Francis Slattery Brian Francis Slattery

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Cost

A Novel

THE LUMINOUS AND GRIPPING NEW NOVEL FROM “ONE OF OUR BEST WRITERS” (JONATHAN YARDLEY, THE WASHINGTON POST) When Julia Lambert, an art professor, settles into...

"...in pursuing the answer.” —The New York Times Book Review “Gripping . . . Robinson paints a chilling portrait..."

Roxana Robinson Roxana Robinson

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Watching the Spring Festival

Poems

This is Frank Bidart’s first book of lyrics—his first book not dominated by long poems. Narrative elaboration becomes speed and song. Less embattled than...

"...of art.   Bidart, winner of the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, is widely acknowledged as one..."

Frank Bidart Frank Bidart

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