New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2019

The diet starts today!
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution or take it easy this holiday season these books, starting with Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones Kitchen featuring 100 recipes from the healthiest places in the world; it’s also a Peak Pick! Reclaim your health with Molly Carmel’s Breaking Up with Sugar or embark on a week-long detox with Clean 7, the latest by Alejandro Junger. Improve your gut health and complexion with Josh Axe and The Collagen Diet and eliminate inflammation with with Michael Symon in Fix it with Food.  Mark Sisson returns with his latest entry for keto devotees in Keto for Life while Jason Fung provides those with diabetes with insulin-friendly recipes in The Obesity Code CookbookAnd if you’re tired of diets, Christy Harrison helps you develop intuitive eating habits in Anti-Diet, Kelly Levesque develops lifestyle changes according to four archetypes in Body Love Every Day while Michael Greger eschews fads in favor of a different approach in  How Not to DietFinally, for a gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free cookbook, look no further than Alex Snodgrass’s The Defined Dish.

New Year, New You.
Ichirō Kishimi’s The Courage to Be Happy will empower people to combat trauma and the expectation of others to achieve happiness, while Tara Brach offers a four-step meditation process for those seeking refuge in difficult times in Radical Compassion. Tina Hay uses illustrations to make a boring topic accessible and fun in Napkin Finance. If you need a primer on life after work, check out Retirement 101 by Michelle Cagan. BJ Fogg shows you how small changes can have a big impact in Tiny Habits. Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas (How to Be Parisianensure that forty is fabulous in Older, But Better, But OlderFinally, Holly Whitaker finds joy in sobriety in Quit Like a Woman. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – December 2019”

New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2019

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, In the Dream House, 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 Shrill, The Witches Are Coming, mixes caustic critiques of Trump’s America with laugh out loud humor. And the anonymous author of the New York Times op-ed “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” has more to say in A Warning

Hot Topics.
Nobel Prize winners Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo show readers how economics can solve intractable problems in Good Economics for Hard TimesJessica McDiarmid investigates the troubling story of the countless indigenous women who have gone missing along British Columbia’s Highway 16 in Highway of Tears, while Susannah Cahalan (Brain on Firereveals the shocking history of mental illness and institutionalization in The Great PretenderIn The Man Who Solved the Market, Gregory Zuckerman profiles investor Jim Simons mastered the stock market and made billions. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – November 2019”

Ready, Set, Holidays!

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.

In The Horrible Craft Book, 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 Autumn BouquetSharon Keightley shows quilters how to prepare appliques featuring beautiful fall colors and themes. Deck the halls Scandi-style with Norwegian sensations Arne & Carlos’s 55 Christmas Balls to Knit and Jorid Livnik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits. Make Beautiful Wreaths with Melissa Skidmore or step up your decorating game with Cassie Kitzmiller’s Christmas Tree BookPersonalize your own cards, gift wrap and decorations with Holiday Hand Lettering from Lark Books and Vivienne Bolton’s Making Your Own Greeting Cards and Gift WrapAnd Doerthe Eisterlehner keeps things festive and charming with My Little Crocheted Christmas along with ideas for traditional crafts in Taste of Home: Handmade Christmas Continue reading “Ready, Set, Holidays!”

New Nonfiction Roundup – October 2019

Two  memoirs from titans in the music industry join Peak Picks this “Rocktober”: The Beautiful Ones by Prince and Me by Elton John. Bill Bryson’s latest, a guide to The Body and comedian Ali Wong’s first book,  Dear Girls, will delight readers, while Rachel Maddow will infuriate news junkies with an expose on Big Oil in Blowout. Seattleite Timothy Egan embarks on A Pilgrimage to Eternity along the Via Francigena, and David Workman and Suquamish Tribe chairman Leonard Forsman honor the Salish Sea in We Are Puget Sound Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – October 2019”