New Nonfiction Roundup – February 2019

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s long on ambitious essay collections, guides for aging well, and deeply affecting memoirs. Happy reading!

31-Day Food RevolutionFree yourself from industrialized food with this guide from Ocean Robbins.

The Art of Dying WellA practical guide to navigating late middle age to death from Katy Butler (Knocking On Heaven’s Door).

Brave, Not PerfectGirls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani inspires women to seek bravery and shed the myth of perfection.

Citizen JeanAn insider’s guide to Seattle from Jean Godden, formerly of The Seattle Times, The Seattle P-I, and the Seattle City Council.

Collected SchizophreniasEsmé Weijun Wang powerful essays dispel myths and shed light on mental and chronic illness.

Digital MinimalismDeclutter your digital life with this manifesto from Cal Newport. A Peak Pick!

Dinner For EveryoneMark Bittman shares 100 recipes three ways: one simple, one complex, and one vegan.

Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their MoneyBreak your bad financial habits with this guide from money expert Jill Schlesinger.

Eight DatesDrs John and Julie Schwartz Gottman of Seattle’s Love Lab empower couples to have essential conversations that strengthen relationships. A Peak Pick!

FiguringMaria Popova considers the forgotten geniuses (“mostly women, mostly queer”) of the arts and sciences in this erudite biography.

FraternityAlexandra Robbins’s expose on fraternity life follows two college freshmen.

I.M. Isaac Mizrahi traces his life from his Syrian Jewish Orthodox upbringing to his success as a fashion designer in this memoir.

Keto DietA 30-day diet plan using the popular keto diet, from Dr. Josh Axe (Eat Dirt). 

Magical NegroPoems that celebrate the “melancholies and triumphs” of  Blackness, from Morgan Parker (There Are Things More Beautiful Than Beyoncé).

Merchants of Truth.  Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson examines the radical changes in journalism over the past ten years.

Nervous StatesThis ambitious treatise from William Davies examines the decline of reason since the Enlightenment.

Nobody’s Looking at YouJanet Malcolm’s eclectic collection features essays from The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. 

ParklandDave Cullen (Columbine) considers the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the #neveragain movement.

Say NothingA riveting account of violence in Northern Ireland told through the kidnapping of a widowed mother of 10. From Patrick Radden Keefe.

Shortest Way HomeA memoir from Pete Buttigieg; Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a married gay man, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Will be at the Central Library on February 28th!

Sounds Like TitanicA memoir from violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman reveals not all classical music performances are what they seem.

The Source of Self-Regard. Selected essays, speeches and meditations from the esteemed Toni Morrison. A Peak Pick!

The ThreatFormer FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, fired hours before retirement, defends the agency he worked for while taking Trump to task.

The Ultimate Age-Defying Plan. Authors Mark Reinfield and Ashley Boudet provide simple recipes for healthy aging.

Under PressureLisa Damour (Untangled) helps parents confront the epidemic of stress and anxiety in girls.

The Unwinding of the Miracle. A moving memoir from Julie Yip-Williams chronicles her life from birth in Vietnam with a visual disability to her premature death from colon cancer at age 42.

Vietnamese Food Any DayThe latest cookbook from Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen features 80 fresh, accessible recipes.

Work OptionalWant to retire early? This guide from Tanja Hester will show you how.

ZaitounEnjoy vibrant Palestinian cuisine in this cookbook from Yasmin Khan.

ZuckedRoger McNamee uses his time at Facebook to critique the company and founder Mark Zuckerberg.

     – posted by Frank B.

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