New Nonfiction Roundup – June 2022

Check out some of the best nonfiction books being released in June! Science and nature, historical and current events, and biographies, memoirs and essays figure prominently this month.

Biography & Memoir
Bestselling author Stuart Woods discusses his two loves – writing and sailing – in An Extravagant Life, while the world’s bestselling novelist celebrates his life and career in James Patterson by James Patterson. MSNBC anchor Katy Tur recounts how being the daughter of helicopter journalists led to her own career in news in Rough Draft; NBA All-Star Grant Hill reflects on his stellar basketball career in Game; and Nabil Ayers (a co-founder of Sonic Boom Records) recalls his journey to connect with his jazz musician father in My Life in the Sunshine. Fans of memoirs will be drawn to Blood Orange Night, Melissa Bond’s chronicle of her dependence on benzodiazepines; Corrections in Ink, where Keri Blakinger details her descent from figure skater to herion user; and If We Break, where Kathleen Buhle shares the story of how her marriage to Hunter Biden unraveled in the wake of his growing addiction to alcohol and drugs. Singer songwriter Kenny Loggins lets everyone know he’s Still Alright, and the man behind legendary sitcoms including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, and Will & Grace writes a love letter to the small screen in Directed by James Burrows. Finally, armchair travelers will be inspired by The Catch Me if You Can, where Jessica Nabongo discusses all 195 countries she visited.

Science & Nature
Pulitzer Prize-winner Ed Yong explores how animals perceive their surroundings in An Immense World and Lyndsie Bourgon delves into the illegal timber market in Tree Thieves. In The Monster’s Bones, David K. Randall tells the gripping story of the discovery of T. Rex while David Christian considers where humans are headed, far down the road, in Future Stories and microbiologist Joseph Osmundson tackles the impact of viruses through a queer and social justice lens in Virology. Ellyn Gaydos debuts with a beautiful but brutal account of farming and animal husbandry in Pig Years; Kier Holmes provides tips on turning your yard into something special on a small budget in The Garden Refresh; and Mike Unwin tells the stories of dozens of the world’s most interesting feathered friends in Around the World in 80 Birds.

Current Events
In Under the Skin, Linda Villarosa looks at the toll of racism on the health of individuals and the nation, while Marie Brenner recounts 18 months at the New York-Presbyterian hospital system during COVID in The Desperate Hours. Corban Addison reveals how a rural community in North Carolina took on Big Agriculture – and won – in Wastelands, while M. Chris Fabricant shows that forensics are not infallible in Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System. Finally, former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer takes Fox, Facebook and MAGA media to task in Battling the Big Lie.

History
Caleb Gayle considers the complex legacy of Black Creek Indians, who were both enslaved and granted citizenship, in We Refuse to Forget, while Erin Kimmerle unearths the true story of the Dozier School for Boys, which inspired Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys, in We Carry Their Bones. Fans of Lincoln in the Bardo will be drawn to the intersection of spiritualism and the Lincoln and Booth families with In the Houses of Their Dead by Terry Alford. David I. Kertzer continues to uncover the damning history of the relationship between Pope Pius XII, Mussolini and Hitler in The Pope at War, and Ukranian novelist Markiyan Kamysh reports from the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, and the illegal tourists that populate it, in Stalking the Atomic City.

Self Improvement
In The Secret Life of Secrets, Michael Slepian takes a close look at how our inner worlds shape who we are, while Muslim queer Bangladeshi Fariha Róisín explores the ways in which Eastern spiritual practices are appropriated in Who Is Wellness For? World champion debater Bo Seo reveals the secrets of effective communication and persuasion in Good Arguments and David McRaney looks at why we believe, from the eye of the beholder, in How Minds Change. Productivity expert Tiago Forte helps readers organize their digitial lives in Building a Second Brain; Russ Laraway helps managers create happy, engaged teams in When They Win, You Win; and family therapist Terrence Real offers advice to romantic partners to strengthen connections in Us.

Essays
Mary Pipher (Reviving Ophelia, Women Rowing North) meditates on impermanence, radiance and resilience in A Life in Light; edited by Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca, Somewhere We Are Human presents 41 essays, poems and artwork from undocumented writers and artists; and Keith Gessen unpacks the challenges of being an unprepared father in Raising Raffi.

~posted by Frank

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