New Nonfiction Roundup – January 2018

Start the new year with a host of self-improvement books, provocative essay collections on race, and a trio of true crime tales from James Patterson.

1/2: Achtung Baby by Sara Zaske. Discover the parenting secrets of Germans from an American journalist who moved to Berlin.

1/2: The Better Brain Solution by Steven Masley. Worried about memory loss? The author suggests diet and lifestyle changes designed to improve brain function as we age.

1/2: The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan. Are you a millennial with money woes? This primer is the ideal resource for the young and broke.

1/2: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson. Don’t leave your belongings for your family to deal with after your death. Declutter now! A Peak Pick!

1/2: Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein. Stop judging yourself and others with a six-step program to set yourself free.

1/2: Murder, Interrupted and Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson. Two true crime thrillers from the prolific author that are part of the new Murder is Forever series in conjunction with the Discovery TV series of the same name premiering in January.

1/9: Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan. An essay collection about twelve phrases that are difficult but necessary (such as “I don’t know” and “I’m sorry”) provides much food for thought.

1/9: Treating People Well by Lea Berman. George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s White House social secretaries make their case for manners and civility in all aspects of life.

1/9: When by Daniel Pink. The bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human returns with the secrets for how to improve our timing. A Peak Pick!

1/16: How Democracies Die by Steve Levitsky. An examination of the slow decline of democracies worldwide, and how ours can be saved.

1/16: It’s Even Worse Than You Think by David Cay Johnston. A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist claims that the Trump administration’s undermining of American institutions is more destructive than we imagine.

1/16: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Seattle-based writer and activist Oluo tackles thorny issues of race in a collection of essays designed to facilitate healthy conversations. A Peak Pick!

1/16: The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson. The man behind The Ascent of Money explores how networks and hierarchies have shaped history, with implications for the age of social media.

1/16: When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors. A personal, moving memoir from one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

1/22: All-American Murder by James Patterson. An investigation into the decline and fall of former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder before committing suicide in prison.

1/23: The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris. A pediatrician reveals how the effects of childhood stress contributes to health problems in adults, and how to break the cycle.

1/23: Happiness Is a Choice You Make by John Leland. Profiles of six New Yorkers, ages 85 and up, show how members of the fastest-growing age group live fulfilling lives.

1/23: The Wizard & The Prophet by Charles C. Mann. A biography of two scientists whose contrasting views on the environment provide different paths to addressing critical issues facing the planet.

1/30: Brave by Rose McGowan. A manifesto on survival from the actress, activist and social media provocateur.

1/3o: The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. Against all odds, the son of Yemeni immigrants seeks to honor Yemen’s coffee legacy in America. Eggers will be in Seattle to discuss the book February 16th.

1/30: This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins. A debut essay collection about what it means to be a Black woman in America.

~ posted by Frank B.

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