New Nonfiction Roundup – April 2019


Inspiration for those who want to make a difference. Sober reflections on the environment. Different perspectives on psychiatry and therapy. For nonfiction fans, April has fresh perspectives on a host of topics.

All That You Leave BehindErin Lee Carr’s memoir explores the relationship with her father, New York Times reporter David Carr.

Autumn LightA view of Japanese culture from beloved author Pico Iyer (The Art of Stillness). 

CribsheetA data-driven guide to parenting, from economist Emily Oster (Expecting Better). 

D-Day GirlsThrilling history from Sarah Rose Crown recounts the lives of ordinary British women who sabotaged the Nazi regime in France.

Everything In It’s PlaceA wide-ranging essay collection from the late Oliver Sacks.

FalterEnvironmentalist Bill McKibben argues that climate change is the beginning of the end for humanity.

Finding My VoiceA memoir from Valerie Jarrett, a close confidante of Barack and Michelle Obama. Jarrett will be at New Hope Baptist Church on April 15!

The FiveHallie Rubenhold sets the record straight on the five women killed by Jack the Ripper in 1888 Victorian London.

Greek to MeA love letter to all things Greek, especially the language, from Mary Norris (The New Yorker’s “comma queen”). A Peak Pick!

The Hill to Die OnPolitico’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer look at the Trump presidency viewed from Capitol Hill.

How to Do NothingIn a hyperconnected world, doing nothing is the ultimate form of resistance. From Jenny Odell. Odell will be at University Bookstore April 13!

I Miss You When I Blink. Mary Laura Philpott finds the courage to be imperfect in this essay collection.

Infinite PowersA survey of the impact of calculus, from ancient Greece to the present. From Steven Strogatz (The Joy of X).

Keep GoingAdvice on staying productive and creative from Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist). Kleon will be at University Temple United Methodist Church April 12!

Ladies Who PunchRamin Setoodeh’s juicy history of The View will not disappoint fans of the daytime talk show.

The Last StoneMark Bowden (Black Hawk Down) investigates the decades-old murder of two sisters in this page-turning true crime account.

Lessons from LucyA guide to aging gracefully from humorist Dave Barry, with help from his beloved dog Lucy. Barry Will be at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park on April 10!

Life Will Be the Death of Me…And You Too! Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery yields tears along with lots of dark humor.

The Light YearsChris Rush flees 1960s New Jersey for the counterculture of the southwest in this coming-of-age memoir.

Losing EarthNathaniel Rich takes a deep dive into the political battle over climate change in the 1980s, our best chance to take decisive action. Rich will be at Elliott Bay Books on April 26!

The Matriarch. Susan Page’s biography of Barbara Bush covers her life to her thoughts on the state of the Republican party.

Maybe You Should Talk to SomeoneA behind-the-scenes account of the world of a therapist, from advice columnist Lori Gottlieb.

Mind FixersAnne Harrington explores the century-long struggle between psychiatry and biology.

The Moment of Lift“If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.” An inspiring call to arms from Melinda Gates. A Peak Pick! Gates will be at McCaw Hall May 9!

NanavilleAdventures in grandparenting, from Anna Quindlen (Alternate Side). 

Next Level BasicStassi Schroeder of the Vanderpump Rules gives you permission to “embrace your best basic self.”

Notes From a Young Black ChefTop Chef contestant Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir about the intersection of race, fame and food also includes Pan-African recipes.

A Politics of Love. A call to arms to act out of love, from writer and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.

Save Me the PlumsRuth Reichl’s delightful account of her stint as editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. A Peak Pick!

The Second MountainNew York Times columnist David Brooks searches for meaning in an increasingly self-centered world. A Peak Pick! Brooks will be at Temple de Hirsch Sinai on April 29!

Serving the ServantMusic manager Danny Goldberg reflects on the life and influence of Kurt Cobain on the 25th anniversary of his death.

Southern Lady CodeA saucy essay collection from Helen Ellis (American Housewifeshows your always Southern no matter where you live.

Trillion Dollar CoachThe men behind How Google Works consider the management lessons from Silicon Valley executive Bill Campbell.

The Valedictorian of Being DeadHeather B. Armstrong recounts her struggle with depression and the experimental treatment that saved her life.

WhiteA controversial assessment of political correctness and social justice from Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho). 

Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? Witticisms from Patricia Marx about her mother, with illustrations from Roz Chast.

WolfpackInspiration from Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Abby Wambach. Wambach will be at Seattle First Baptist Church April 15!

WorkingPulitzer-Prize winning biographer Robert Caro shares insight into his work, including his notable biographies of LBJ.

~posted by Frank B. 

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