New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2019

Three memoirs from adult children about a parent. Three books to challenge white readers about race. Two titles examine what works, and what doesn’t, in educating our children. And a quirky new guide to Seattle. All are coming your way this August!

America is Better Than ThisOregon Senator Jeff Merkley’s manifesto against Trump’s war on migrant families is a timely polemic.

Eat More PlantsDesiree Nielsen presents more than 100 plant-based, anti-inflammatory recipes for optimal health.

Ghosts of Eden ParkKaren Abbott’s true crime tale about George Remus, “King of the Bootleggers” during the Jazz Age.

HabenA moving memoir from Haben Girma, daughter of Eritrean refugees and the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law.

How to Be an AntiracistNational Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped From the Beginning) gives readers the tools to dismantle racism. A Peak Pick!

I’m Telling the Truth But I’m LyingBassey Ikpi’s essays discuss her life as a Nigerian American slam poet coming to terms with a bipolar diagnosis.

Inconspicuous ConsumptionTatiana Schlossberg dissects our individual environment impacts by what we use, eat, wear and get around.

Is There Still Sex in the City? Candace Bushnell returns with reflections on sex after fifty.

KochlandChristopher Leonard uncovers the secrets behind Koch Industries and its powerful grip on capitalism.

Knowledge GapNatalie Wexler examines what’s broken about our education system, beginning with how we teach students to read.

The Last OceanNicci Gerrard seeks a better life for sufferers of dementia after her father’s rapid decline from the illness.

The Long AccomplishmentA memoir from Rick Moody (The Ice Storm) about a difficult year for the author and his wife.

Middle School MattersPhyllis Fagell gives the awkward transition from childhood to adolescence its due in this important book.

MotherlandElissa Altman becomes her wild, independent mother’s caretaker in this moving tribute.

The Pretty OneKeah Brown reflects on what it means to be black and disabled in America.

River of FireSister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walkingreflects on her spiritual life as an activist nun.

Seattle Walk ReportExplore 24 Seattle neighborhoods from the Instagram sensation of the same name. A Peak Pick!

Travel Light, Move FastAlexandra Fuller (Leaving Before the Rains Camecelebrates her father in her latest memoir.

Trick MirrorA highly anticipated collection of essays on contemporary culture from The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino.

White FlightsJess Row’s critique of whiteness and reparative writing in American fiction is a welcome and necessary work of literary criticism.

The Yellow HouseThis story of a New Orleans house and its inhabitants over a hundred years speaks to class, race and inequality.

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