New nonfiction – August 2017

Food, scandal, food, memoir, and some more food – enjoy these new nonfiction titles coming out in August 2017.

8/1: Morningstar: Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood. The accomplished author discusses the power of literature and the books that influenced her the most. A Library Reads pick for August.

8/1: Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food by Daniel Patterson. With a focus on flavor rather than recipes, this is for cooks who want to take their creations to the next level.

8/1: The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary in the Old South by Michael Twitty. A memoir of Southern cuisine that explores the culinary history of African American cuisine along with the author’s own ancestral heritage.

8/8: Science in the Soul: Selected Shorter Writings by Richard Dawkins. A new collection of essays from the controversial and provocative evolutionary biologist.

8/8: Of Mess & Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild & Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker. Popular Christian author Hatmaker empowers women with funny and inspiring stories in her first book since publicly stating her support for LGBTQ rights.

8/8: Surfing With Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning by Aaron James – In this nonfiction account, James uses the experience and ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy.

8/8: Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution by Jonathan Losos. Think we know everything about evolution? Think again as Losos explores how seemingly small changes can lead unpredictable and significant changes in evolutionary behavior.

8/8: The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel – A dual biography of the Kellogg brothers, one of whom became a revered doctor and founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, the other of whom founded the Battle Creed Toasted Corn Flak Company which eventually became General Mills, and the story of their contentious relationship.

8/8: The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris by Thomas Sancton. Is Liliane Bettencourt, heir to the L’Oreal fortune and the world’s wealthiest woman, the victim of elder abuse? Find out in this page-turning drama.

8/8: Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman. The author of Close to the Machine and one of the first female computer programmers looks back at the changes wrought by technology and the internet over the last 20 years.  

8/8: Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment by Robert Wright. The author and evolutionary psychologist explores how meditation and Buddhist principles hold the key to living a life with clarity.

8/15: The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships and Other Adventures by Dossie Easton. The third edition of this perennially popular book looks beyond monogamy to discuss non-traditional relationships in the 21st century.

8/15: Hello! My Name is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants by John Gorham. Shake up your breakfast and brunch menu with these innovative recipes from the beloved Portland restaurants.

8/15: Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy. This tour of classic and contemporary children’s books will delight adults and make you want to reread your childhood favorites and discover new ones.

8/15: Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder. The author argues that should demystify poetry and embrace it as a tool to see the world with different perspectives.

8/22: The Futilitarians: One Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving and Reading by Anne Gisleson. Members of the Existential Crisis Reading Group find comfort and answers in literature in dealing with grief and other ailments of modern life.

8/22: Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard. The author of the My Struggle fiction series begins a four volume autobiographical series corresponding with the four seasons.

8/22: For the Love of Pie: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Cheryl Perry and Felipa Lopez. The owners of Brooklyn’s Pie Corps share recipes for the perfect pie crust along with fillings for pies to enjoy from morning to night.

8/29: The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies and Bars by America’s Test Kitchen. You won’t be steered wrong with more than 200 recipes for your favorite sweets from the venerable cooks at America’s Test Kitchen.

8/29: Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark. Will robots and other forms of artificial intelligence automate jobs as we know it and surpass human intellect? Find out in this thought-provoking glimpse into the future.

~ posted by Frank B.

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