Nonfiction new book round up – May 2017

Looking for new nonfiction to read or a new cookbook to test out? Here is a selection of nonfiction being published in May 2017.

5/2: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’ 4”, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell. A provocative look at contemporary America from the host of CNN’s United Shades of America.

5/2: Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford. A memoir from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Independence Day.

5/2: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul. A collection of essays about growing up South Asian in the West from a BuzzFeed contributor.

5/2: Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden. The first cookbook from McFadden, chef at Portland’s Ava Gene’s restaurant.

5/2: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky. An expansive and entertaining exploration of the biological origins of human behavior.

5/1: This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe. A memoir from the young star who rose to fame as the star of Precious and is now part of the Empire ensemble.

5/2: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Curious about the cosmos? Let America’s most energetic astrophysicist be your guide.

5/9: Love & Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer. The author of the bestseller Poser returns with a memoir of sex and aging, including a visit to the Seattle of her youth.

5/9: PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest by Kim O’Donnel. Explore the best of the northwest with these veggie recipes from the Seattle author.

5/9: The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone. The comedian, and mother of three, explores a variety of experiences in the quest for the key to happiness.

5/16: Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman. A compilation of articles and essays from the past 10 years from the bestselling author.

5/16: Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott. One part memoir and one part history of the pitch, as told through Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez’s perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2012.

5/16: Are You Anybody? A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor. A memoir from the beloved actor, star of Transparent and co-star of Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show.

5/17: Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness by Scott Kloos. From foraging to herbal remedies, this guide will help you identify and use wild medicinal plants in our region.

5/30: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. The comedian turned politician recalls his life, most notably as a writer for Saturday Night Live and his win as a senator from Minnesota after an eight-month recount.

5/30: Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris. This collection of diary entries over 35 years is a must-read for anyone who’s a fan of the immensely popular humorist.

~ posted by Frank B.

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