New Nonfiction Roundup – September 2018

What a month for nonfiction! Investigative reports on politics and sports, reflections on art and fashion, calls to arms from activists, historical assessments and books about books await you this September. Happy reading!

9/4: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari. The author of Sapiens addresses the most urgent and complex issues we face today.

9/4: Big Game – Mark Leibovich. An immersive look at current state of the NFL.

9/4: Call Them By Their True Names – Rebecca Solnit. New essays from the feminist firebrand and author of Men Explain Things to Me

9/4: The Coddling of the American Mind – Greg Lukianoff. A controversial assessment of the climate on college campuses.

9/4: Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell. A quirky memoir from the owner of Scotland’s largest used bookstore.

9/4: Farsighted – Steven Johnson. How to make complex decisions, from the bestselling science writer of How We Got to Now

9/4: Fashion Climbing – Bill Cunningham. Posthumous memoir from the venerable fashion photographer for The New York Times. With photos!

9/4: On the Other Side of Freedom – DeRay McKesson. A call to arms from an activist and early advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement.

9/4: Small Fry – Lisa Brennan-Jobs. The daughter of Steve Jobs recounts her complicated relationship with her visionary but distant father.

9/4: How Do We Look – Mary Beard. The classicist (SPQR)examines art history from the viewers perspective in this companion to the PBS series Civilizations

9/11: Accessory to War – Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The world-famous astrophysicist explores the relationship between science and warfare.

9/11: Fear – Bob Woodward. The investigative journalist who helped uncover Watergate delves into the Trump White House. A Peak Pick! 

9/11: Rage Becomes Her – Soraya Chemaly. A guide for women to channel their (justified) anger and outrage into action.

9/11: The Real Lolita – Sarah Weinman. Was Sally Horner, held captive by a pedophile for two years, the source for Nabokov’s Lolita several years later?

9/11: We Fed an Island – Jose Andres. The inspiring story of a chef who fed survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

9/18: American Prison – Shane Bauer. A no-holds-barred investigation into the for-profit prison industry.

9/18: Cooking from Scratch – Jill Lightner. More than 100 recipes from Seattle’s very own PCC Community Markets. A Peak Pick! 

9/18: Cravings: Hungry For More – Chrissy Teigen. More simple, delicious recipes from the model and social media star (and graduate of Snohomish High School!). A Peak Pick! 

9/18: Daemon Voices – Philip Pullman. Reflections on the art of storytelling, from the author of the His Dark Materialstrilogy.

9/18: Dear America – Jose Antonio Vargas. “The most famous undocumented immigrant in America” considers the U.S. in the present day.

9/18: Heartland – Sarah Smarsh. Reflections on inequality and the working poor, with a focus on women and poverty in rural America.

9/18: In Pieces – Sally Field. The beloved actress talks about her life and craft in this candid memoir.

9/18: The Incurable Romantic – Frank Tallis. A psychologist shares stories of 11 patients who suffered from being truly “lovesick.”

9/18: Leadership in Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin. The preeminent presidential historian looks to Lincoln, LBJ and both Roosevelts for insight as heads of state in challenging times. A Peak Pick!

9/18: Rising Out of Hatred – Eli Saslow. The son of prominent white nationalist breaks free of his racist views while attending college in Florida.

9/18: Road to Disaster – Brian VanDeMark.  A historian examines the poor decisions that led to America’s failures in the Vietnam War.

9/18: These Truths – Jill Lepore. A significant (nearly 1,000 pages) survey of the contradictions embedded in America’s founding and history.

9/18: Untrue – Wednesday Martin. The author of Primates of Park Avenuechallenges our assumptions about female sexuality.

9/18: Whiskey in a Teacup – Reese Witherspoon. Southern hospitality, via the Academy Award-winning actress.

9/25: American Like Me – America Ferrera. A collection of essays from more than 30 famous people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

9/25: Beautiful Country Burn Again – Ben Fountain. Tales of the 2016 presidential election, from the author of Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

9/25: Dichotomy of Leadership – Jocko Willink & Leif Babin. The authors of Extreme Ownershipreturn with lessons on the importance of balance in leadership.

9/25: The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters – Sam Kashner. A dishy biography of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her younger sister Lee Radziwill.

9/25: Hiking with Nietzsche John Kaag. A philosopher visits Neitzche’s home twice, learning about the famous existentialist as well as himself.

9/25: How to Be a Good Creature – Sy Montgomery. An affectionate memoir, told through 13 animal friends, from the author of Soul of an Octopus.

~posted by Frank B. 

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