New nonfiction roundup – October 2017

There is so much good nonfiction coming out in October, we had to split it up into categories!


10/3 – We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The author of Between the World and Me reflects on the impact of Obama’s presidency and the backlash against it.

10/3 – The Future is History by Masha Gessen. An analysis of Putin’s Russia and its return to totalitarianism.

10/3 – The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by Bandy X Lee. More than two dozen mental health experts analyze the president’s fitness for office.

10/17 – Trump is F*cking Crazy by Keith Olbermann. The fiery host of The Resistance takes on Donald Trump.

10/24 – An American Family by Khizr Khan. The Muslim American Gold Star father who challenged Trump to read the Constitution writes about his experience as an immigrant.

10/24 – I Can’t Breathe by Matt Taibbi. A riveting examination of the killing of Eric Garner, a black man who was choked to death by a New York City police officer despite his pleas for help.

10/31 – Win Bigly by Scott Adams. The Dilbert creator uses humor to examine how persuasion works “in a world where facts don’t matter.”


10/3 – The Myrtlewood Cookbook by Andrew Barton. Pacific Northwest fare from a member of Secret Restaurant Portland, a monthly supper club.

10/3 – Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi. Nothing but dessert in the latest cookbook from the author of Plenty and Jerusalem.

10/17 – The Chef and the Slow Cooker by Hugh Acheson. Innovative recipes for your slow cooker, just in time for fall.

10/17 – Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark. The author of Dinner: Changing the Game returns with recipes for your slow cooker or Instant Pot.

10/24 – Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman. The perfect cookbook for those looking for unfussy recipes that are sure to please.


10/3 – The Logical Family by Armistead Maupin. A memoir from the gay rights pioneer and author of Tales of the City.

10/10 – Grant by Ron Chernow. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Alexander Hamilton (the inspiration for the musical Hamilton) returns with an expansive biography of President Ulysses S. Grant.

10/17 – Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. The biographer who brought us Steve Jobs sets his sights on one of history’s most creative geniuses.

10/17 – Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan. The author of The Joy Luck Club looks back on her childhood and life as a writer. A Peak Pick!

10/17 – We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. A collection of essays about gender, race and sexuality from the outspoken actress.

10/24 – A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni. The esteemed poet reflects on the joyous and challenging moments that have shaped her.


10/10 – Code Girls by Liza Mundy. Discover the role that female codebreakers and cryptographers played in the effort to end World War II.

10/17 – Chief Seattle and the Town that Took His Name by David Buerge. A thorough history and enduring legacy of the Native American chief. A Peak Pick!



10/3 – The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. A second collection of poetry from the author of milk and honey. A Peak Pick!

10/10 – Devotions by Mary Oliver. A selection of poetry over five decades from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, curated by Oliver herself.



10/24 – Unqualified by Anna Faris. A comedic memoir from the Seattle-area native and star of Mom.

10/24 – Vacationland by John Hodgman. Hilarious essays from the former correspondent to The Daily Show.




10/3 – Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner. Improve your life and your community with advice from the “blue zones,” which are home to the happiest people on Earth.

10/3 – The Power of Moments by Chip Heath. Why do certain moments have extraordinary impact, and how can we create them? From the authors of Switch and Made to Stick.

10/3 – The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson. The author of The Primal Blueprint shows you how to reset your metabolism to lose weight and improve health.

10/17 – Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines. Lessons learned from one half of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

10/17 – RBG Workout by Bryant Johnson. Get fit with the workout regimen that keeps 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg fit.

10/24 – The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks. A collection of essays the late beloved scientist was working on prior to his death.


10/3 – From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty. Mortician and author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes looks at how other cultures care for and honor the dead.

10/10 – The State of Affairs by Esther Perel. A couples therapist and author of Mating in Captivity looks at a common but poorly understood fact of life – infidelity.

~ posted by Frank B.

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