November brings lots of incisive analyses of the current state of affairs, including an anonymous Trump administration official and a teenage environmental activist. Nonfiction debuts from Carmen Maria Machado and Elena Ferrante will surely pique interest. And cookbooks galore – including a classic cookbook revised for the first time in 45 years – will inspire menus for the holidays and beyond.
Peak Picks.Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir,
dissects a queer abusive relationship through dozens of different perspectives in her provocative first work of nonfiction. And Lindy West’s long-awaited follow-up to In the Dream House, Shrill, mixes caustic critiques of Trump’s America with laugh out loud humor. And the anonymous author of the The Witches Are Coming, New York Times op-ed “ I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” has more to say in A Warning.
Nobel Prize winners Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo show readers how economics can solve intractable problems in Jessica McDiarmid investigates the troubling story of the countless indigenous women who have gone missing along British Columbia’s Highway 16 in Good Economics for Hard Times. while Susannah Cahalan ( Highway of Tears, reveals the shocking history of mental illness and institutionalization in Brain on Fire) In The Great Pretender. Gregory Zuckerman profiles investor Jim Simons mastered the stock market and made billions. The Man Who Solved the Market, Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2019”
The holidays are nearly upon us. For many of us, it’s time to start thinking about making a Halloween costume, what dish to make for Thanksgiving, or what gifts to make for friends and family. Now is the time to start planning! Here are some books to guide you as the season approaches.
Laura Minter brings kids and adults together to make gross items like cat poo chocolates, or a brain piñata and tasty eyeballs, just in time for Halloween. In The Horrible Craft Book, Sharon Keightley shows quilters how to prepare appliques featuring beautiful fall colors and themes. Deck the halls Scandi-style with Norwegian sensations Arne & Carlos’s Autumn Bouquet, and 55 Christmas Balls to Knit . Make Jorid Livnik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits with Melissa Skidmore or step up your decorating game with Cassie Kitzmiller’s Beautiful Wreaths Personalize your own cards, gift wrap and decorations with Christmas Tree Book. from Lark Books and Vivienne Bolton’s Holiday Hand Lettering And Doerthe Eisterlehner keeps things festive and charming with Making Your Own Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap. along with ideas for traditional crafts in My Little Crocheted Christmas Taste of Home: Handmade Christmas. Continue reading “Ready, Set, Holidays!”
This fall, there is an embarrassment of riches for music fans and aficionados of all stripes. Here are some of the most anticipated books to look forward to over the next few months.
Continue reading “Music Memoirs, Meditations, and More”
PEAK PICKS.Two memoirs from titans in the music industry join Peak Picks this “Rocktober”:
by Prince and The Beautiful Ones by Elton John. Bill Bryson’s latest, a guide to Me and comedian Ali Wong’s first book, The Body will delight readers, while Rachel Maddow will infuriate news junkies with an expose on Big Oil in Dear Girls, Seattleite Timothy Egan embarks on Blowout. along the Via Francigena, and David Workman and Suquamish Tribe chairman Leonard Forsman honor the Salish Sea in A Pilgrimage to Eternity We Are Puget Sound. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – October 2019”
September marks the beginning of the fall publishing season, and you’ll see new releases from some big names: Malcolm Gladwell, Demi Moore, Patti Smith, Edward Snowden and Tegan & Sara, just to name a few. Happy reading!
James Poniewozik explains how Trump mastered television as a businessman, TV host and President. Audience of One.
A ruminative guide to Japan, from Pico Iyer ( A Beginner’s Guide to Japan. The Art of Stillness).
A guide to leadership from former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Call Sign Chaos. Will be at Temple de Hirsch Sinai September 16!
. Chase Jarvis argues that you don’t find fulfillment, you create it. Creative Calling Will be at Town Hall September 23!
Rachel Cusk dissects memoir, art and literary criticism through a feminist lens in her first essay collection. Coventry. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – September 2019”