New Nonfiction Roundup – May 2018

What’s hot in May? Stimulating science, bold biographies, moving memoirs, intriguing interviews and the promise of psychedelics. Happy reading!

5/1: Ask A Manager – Alison Green. Practical advice for graduates entering the workforce, from the “Dear Abby of the work world.”

5/1: Collu$ion – Nomi Prins. An expose on the power of central banks to control financial markets worldwide.

5/1: Happier Now – Nataly Kogan. Find joy and happiness in everyday moments – even the tough ones.

5/1: The Happiness Curve – Jonathan Rauch. Facing 50? Fear not; life gets better in the second half of life.

5/1: Not That Bad – Roxane Gay. The author returns with essays on the culture of rape, assault and harassment that women live with daily. A Peak Pick!

5/1: The Seasons of My Mother – Marcia Gay Harden. A memoir of the actress’s adventures with her mother, now suffering from Alzheimer’s.

5/1: Standing At the Edge – Joan Halifax. Learn how to embrace altruism, empathy, integrity, respect and engagement to reduce suffering and gain understanding.

5/1: Trip – Tao Lin. The author ditches pharmaceuticals for psychedelic drugs in this memoir/manifesto.

5/1: Young Washington – Peter Stark. Lessons learned from young George Washington’s experiences with the French and Indian War. From the author of Astoria.

5/8: Barracoon – Zora Neale Hurston. The esteemed author’s 1927 interview with the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade. A Peak Pick!

5/8: The Destiny Thief – Richard Russo. Nine essays from the charming Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

5/8: Figures in a Landscape – Paul Theroux. Travel the world with the latest essay collection from the intrepid adventurer.

5/8: Like Brothers – Mark & Jay Duplass. A dual memoir by the brothers who’ve acted in, written for and directed indie films and television.

5/8: The Order of Time – Carlo Rovelli. Explore the mysteries of time in this accessible science title from the author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

5/8: Paul Simon – Robert Hillburn. A definitive biography of the brilliant musician, from the biographer of Johnny Cash

5/8: The Perfectionists – Simon Winchester. The author of numerous bestsellers turns his attention to precision engineering and the quest for perfection.

5/8: The Soul of America – John Meacham. A hopeful history of when the “better angels of our nature” overrode fear and division.

5/14: How to Grill Everything – Mark Bittman. The latest entry in the series, just in time for summer!

5/15: Bullsh*t Jobs – David Graeber. Stuck in a meaningless, unfulfilling job? You’re not alone. But there is hope.

5/15: Fresh India – Meera Sodha. Fresh and flavorful vegetarian recipes that celebrate the best of India.

5/15: How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan. What started out as a history of LSD became much more for the author of The Omnivore’s DilemmaA Peak Pick!

5/15: Pops – Michael Chabon. Essays on fatherhood from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay and Moonglow.

5/15: Robin – Michael Itzkoff. A biography of the madcap comedian whose life ended too soon.

5/15: Rock Steady – Ellen Forney. This graphic memoir about surviving and thriving with bipolar disorder is the sequel to MarblesA Peak Pick!

5/15: Tip of the Iceberg – Mark Adams. Retrace the 1889 Harriman Expedition to America’s last frontier, Alaska.

5/22: Restless Wave – John McCain. The maverick Republican senator from Arizona reflects on the joys and challenges of his public and private life.

5/29: Calypso – David Sedaris. The essays in Sedaris’ latest collection are as funny as ever, but tinged with sadness as he approaches middle age and deals with the suicide of his sister. A Peak Pick!

5/29: Like a Mother – Angela Garbes. Answers for new mothers on the science and culture of pregnancy, through a feminist lens.

5/29: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh – Carl Zimmer. There’s more to heredity than DNA in this deeply researched book from a New York Times science columnist.