New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2018

What’s new in August? Incisive books about the brain, reflections on “adulting” and parenthood, challenges to the concept of identity, and much more!

8/7: Chinese Street Food – Howie Southworth & Greg Matza. A pair of food authors share authentic recipes for small bites from the streets of China.

8/7: Dopesick – Beth Macy. An overview of America’s opioid crisis implicates “Big Pharma” while profiling those who have become addicted.

8/7: Everything Trump Touches Dies – Rick Wilson. An indictment of the Trump administration from a Republican strategist.

8/7: Fly Girls – Keith O’Brien. Five women, including Amelia Earhart, who competed in the national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.

8/7: Maeve in America – Maeve Higgins. An Irish comedian leaves her homeland to find herself in America.

8/7: Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret – Craig Brown. A dishy biography of the royal who lived in the shadow of her sister, Queen Elizabeth II.

8/7: Nothing Good Can Come From This – Kristi Coulter.  A humorous essay collection about the author’s journey through sobriety.

8/14: The Tangled Tree – David Quammen. An accessible exploration of genetics and evolutionary history from a notable science writer.

8/21: Aware – Daniel Siegel. Discover the science behind meditation by mastering the Wheel of Awareness.

8/21: The Chapo Guide to Revolution – Chapo Trap House. A scathing political history of both parties from the folks behind the popular podcast.

8/21: Lands of Lost Borders – Kate Harris. A PhD student quits her program to bicycle 4,000+ miles along the Silk Road.

8/21: Small Animals – Kim Brooks. A “bad mom” explores prejudices against motherhood in an age of anxiety and rush to judgment.

8/21: SummerKarl Ove Knausgaard. The author ruminates on a Norwegian summer in the fourth and final volume in his autobiographical series.

8/21: Walking Seattle – Clark Humphrey. Tour our fair city with 35 walks in the updated second edition of this popular guide. A Peak Pick!

8/28: The Disordered Mind – Eric Kandel. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist seeks insight about the human condition from “unusual” brains.

8/28: The Lies That Bind – Kwame Anthony Appiah. The columnist for “The Ethicist” column in The New York Times challenges our conceptions of identity.

8/28: Martha Stewart’s Pressure Cooker – Martha Stewart. More than 100 recipes for all pressure cookers, from the iconic lifestyle maven.

8/28: Not Quite Not White – Sharmila Sen. An immigrant from India — not quite white, black or Asian — struggles to assimilate in America.

8/28: Winners Take All – Anand Giridharadas. A critique of philanthropy that contributes to income inequality and runaway capitalism.

~posted by Frank B. 

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