Books for the First-Year Experience from Macmillan

2015_FYE_Catalog_coverMacmillan is pleased to offer a diverse selection of broadly appealing, critically acclaimed books—all of them ideally suited for First-Year Experience and Common Reading programs.

Now, our latest catalog is online, and you can browse title by title, by theme, or by author. Then, request examination copies online, by email, by postal mail, or by fax. You can also download the catalog (5.0 MB PDF – Adobe Reader is required) to view or print. Paper-and-ink catalogs are available by postal mail upon request.

Accessible yet challenging, timely yet classic, these are books that invite campus-wide discussion while also fostering individual growth, that ask questions and make demands of all who pick them up—books meant to open doors, change minds, undercut assumptions, spark debates.

Above all, these books will help students to succeed across all manner of academic disciplines by addressing them—and stimulating them, and moving them—as only the best books can. As a class or on their own, freshmen achieve their very best, as readers and as students, when they’re “on the same page” as their peers. That’s where these books come in.

On the Run

On the Run

304 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-06566-7

Fugitive Life in an American City

Alice Goffman

“A remarkable feat of reporting.”—Alex Kotlowitz, The New York Times Book Review

Alice Goffman’s on-the-ground account—“[an] extraordinary new book (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker)—documents the effects of the American criminal justice system in a predominately African-American neighborhood in Philadelphia. Forty years in, the War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surveillance state in America’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Arrest quotas and high-tech surveillance techniques criminalize entire blocks, and transform the very associations that should stabilize young lives—family, relationships, jobs—into liabilities, as the police use such relationships to track down suspects, demand information, and threaten consequences. Goffman spent six years living in one such neighborhood in Philadelphia, and her close observations and often harrowing stories reveal the pernicious effects of this pervasive policing. Goffman introduces us to an unforgettable cast of young African American men who are caught up in this web of warrants and surveillance—some of them small-time drug dealers, others just ordinary guys dealing with limited choices. “[On the Run] is a closely observed study of the impact of the criminal justice system on everyday life in a low-income African-American neighborhood of Philadelphia.”—Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times

Alice Goffman © Richard Burros

© Richard Burros

Alice Goffman is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in Madison.

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Spare Parts

Spare Parts

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
240 pp • $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53498-1

Los Inventores
Spanish Language Edition
240 pages • $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-28450-3

Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

Joshua Davis

Spare Parts is an unforgettable tale of hope and human ingenuity. Joshua Davis offers a moving testament to how teamwork, perseverance, and a few good teachers can lift up and empower even the humblest among us.”—Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

And build a robot they did.

They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition—and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story—which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement—will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan. Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country—even as the country tried to kick them out.

“Joshua Davis tells the story of these four plucky teenagers and their robot in his fast-moving [book] . . . It’s a feel-good tale of scrappy underdogs beating long odds. But there’s more to the story, and Spare Parts illuminates the human side of two polarizing political issues: immigration and education . . . [It] is a delightful book, perfect for entertaining and inspiring . . . [These young men] have a great story to tell—a great American story.”—Peter Carlson, The Washington Post

“It’s the most American of stories: how determination and ingenuity can bring triumph over long odds. There are too few stories like these written about Latino students. Poignant and beautifully told, Spare Parts makes you feel their frustration at the obstacles and indignities faced by Cristian, Lorenzo, Luis, and Oscar—and to cheer as they rise to overcome each one of them.” —Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey

Joshua Davis © Sebastian Mlynarski

© Sebastian Mlynarski

Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired and a cofounder of Epic magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Spare Parts has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Hood College (MD); Salem State University (MA)

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I Believe in ZERO

I Believe in ZERO

St. Martin’s Press
272 pages • $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-250-06028-0

Learning From the World’s Children

Caryl M. Stern

I Believe in ZERO should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in making sure that every child has the chance to grow, thrive and reach their potential—and indeed, in changing the world!”—Lucy Liu, UNICEF Ambassador

President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl M. Stern draws on her travels around the world, offering memorable stories that present powerful and sometimes counter-intuitive lessons about life. I Believe in ZERO reflects her—and UNICEF’s—mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths of children under the age of five from 19,000 each day to zero.

Each of the stories in I Believe in ZERO focuses on a particular locale—Bangladesh, Mozambique, earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the Brazilian Amazon—and weaves together fascinating material on the country and its history, an account of the humanitarian crises at issue, and depictions of the people she meets on the ground. Stern tells of mothers coming together to affect change, of local communities with valuable perspectives of their own, and of children who continue to sustain their dreams and hopes even in the most dire of situations. Throughout, Stern traces her emerging global consciousness—and describes how these stories can positively impact our own children. “A powerfully written, heartbreaking account of making sure that all children have the opportunity to ‘dream big dreams and have a fighting chance to realize those dreams.’”—Kirkus Reviews

Caryl Stern © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

© Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Caryl M. Stern has spent more than thirty years in the non-profit sector as a child advocate and civil rights activist. Since May 2007, she’s served as President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, leading the day-to-day work of the organization’s National Office and five Regional Offices. She lives with her family in New York.

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Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped

272 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-608-19765-1

A Memoir

Jesmyn Ward

A National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee

“A brilliant book about beauty and death. The beauty is in the bodies and the voices of the young men she grew up with in the towns of coastal Mississippi, where a kind of de facto segregation persists.”—Los Angeles Times

Jesmyn’s memoir shines a light on the community she comes from, in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi, a place of quiet beauty and fierce attachment. Here, in the space of four years, she lost five young men dear to her, including her beloved brother—lost to drugs, accidents, murder, and suicide. Their deaths were seemingly unconnected, yet their lives had been connected, by identity and place, and as Jesmyn dealt with these losses, she came to a staggering truth: These young men died because of who they were and the place they were from, because certain disadvantages breed a certain kind of bad luck. Because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle.

The agonizing reality commanded Jesmyn to write, at last, their true stories and her own. Men We Reaped opens up a parallel universe, yet it points to problems whose roots are woven into the soil under all our feet. “This book reminds us that life is hard, and harder still for those who have to wonder what the value of life is . . . Ward’s words are heavy, profoud, and honest. They take us beyond the news headlines that often strip young black men of their humanity.”—Antwaun Sargent, Chicago Tribune

Jesmyn Ward © Mike Stanton

© Mike Stanton

Jesmyn Ward received her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds and Salvage the Bones, the latter of which won the 2011 National Book Award. Ward lives DeLisle, Mississippi.

Men We Reaped has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

The Good Soldiers

The Good Soldiers

336 pages • $15.00
34 black and white photos
ISBN: 978-0-312-43002-3

David Finkel

Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Winner of the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award

“A masterpiece that, like a great novel, carries you into other people’s lives, and stays with you long after you have finished reading it.”—Fred Hiatt, The Washington Post

It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. It became known as “the surge.” Among those called to carry it out were the army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion known as the Rangers. Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home—forever changed. “Mr. Finkel does a vivid job of conveying what these young men think while out on hazardous patrols, how they feel when they kill a suspected insurgent and how they react when they see one of their own comrades go down or be burned alive . . . It is Mr. Finkel’s accomplishment in this harrowing book that he not only depicts what the Iraq war is like for the soldiers of the 2-16—14 of whom die—but also the incalculable ways in which the war bends (or in some cases warps) the remaining arc of their lives. He captures the sense of comradeship the men develop among themselves. And he also captures the difficulty many of the soldiers feel in trying to adapt to ordinary life back home in the States, and the larger disconnect they continue to feel between the war that politicians and generals discussed and the war that they knew firsthand.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

David Finkel © Lucian Perkins

© Lucian Perkins

David Finkel is a staff writer for The Washington Post and the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. In 2012, he received a MacArthur Fellowship for his journalism, and in 2006 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. Finkel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Good Soldiers has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

American University (DC); Century College (MN); Framingham State University (MA); Kalamazoo College (MI)

Thank You for Your Service

Thank You for Your Service

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
272 pages • $16.00
17 black and white photos/Note on Sources
ISBN: 978-1-250-05602-3

David Finkel

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award Finalist

“Finkel sketches a panoramic view of postwar life . . . It is a book that every American should read.”—Jake Tapper, Los Angeles Times

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, Finkel shadowed the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous “surge,” a grueling fifteen-month tour of Baghdad that changed all of them forever. In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel follows many of those same men as they return home and struggle to reintegrate—both into their family lives and into American society at large. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like—not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done. This book is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for? “Together with its masterful prequel The Good Soldiers, [Thank You for Your Service] measures the wages of the war in Iraq—the wages of war, period—as well as anything I’ve read.”—The New York Times

David Finkel © Lucian Perkins

© Lucian Perkins

David Finkel is the award-winning author of The Good Soldiers. A staff writer for The Washington Post, he is also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006, and the MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2012. Finkel lives in Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

Thank You For Your Service has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Adelphi University (NY); Louisiana State University Honors College; University of Delaware