New Nonfiction Roundup – October 2022

Celebrate the first full month of fall with a bevy of fabulous cookbooks, celebrity biographies, moving memoirs, and so much more!

Several leading cookbook authors are releasing new books in October. “Barefoot Contessa” host Ina Garten returns with her latest crowd-pleaser, Go-To Dinners; Danielle Walker provides easy recipes to keep you Healthy in a Hurry; Tabitha Brown shares easy, delicious, and joyful plant-based inspirations in
Cooking From the Spirit; Kristin Miglore delivers 100 rule-breaking recipes in Food52 Simply Genius; and Noor Murad provides cooks with secret culinary weapons in the latest from the “Ottolenghi Test Kitchen,” Extra Good Things.

Bakers, plan your holiday treats with the The Cookie Bible, the ultimate cookie cookbook by Rose Levy Beranbaum; learn the craft of baking through 100 recipes in The King Arthur Baking School; enjoy the latest from “Great British Baking Show Winner” Nadiya Hussain with Nadiya’s Everyday Baking; or enjoy delicious baked goods for breakfast, dinner and everything in-between with Savory Baking by Erin Jeanne McDowell.

Looking to step it up a bit? Check out Preppy Kitchen, John Kanell’s debut that celebrates decadent, seasonal comfort food; Jacques Pepin: Art of the Chicken, where legendary French chef Jacques Pepin pairs 50 recipes for the humble chicken alongside paintings by the author; discover the cuisine of Puerto Rico with Illyanna Maisonet in Diasporican; and explore recipes from “Little Fat Boy” Frankie Gaw’s Taiwanese-American home in First Generation.

Enjoy 140 vegetable-forward Italian recipes with Jody Williams from her NYC restaurant Via Carota, or trace the roots of the Great Migration and its influence on west coast cuisine in Tanya Holland’s California Soul. Finally, learn how to cook for a crowd with Christian author Jen Hatmaker’s first cookbook, Feed These People: Slam-Dunk Recipes for Your Crew or just see what makes Netflix star Phil Rosenthal happy in Somebody Feed Phil: The Book.

If juicy celebrity biographies are your thing, this is the month for you! Constance Wu chronicles life in the entertainment industry as an Asian American actor, including sexual harassment on the set of “Fresh Off the Boat” in Making a Scene; Hollywood icon and humanitarian Paul Newman’s memoirs have been compiled in the raw and candid The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man; “Outlander” star Sam Heughan details his Scottish journey in Waypoints; quirky actress Geena Davis shares the story of her eccentric childhood and fascinating career in Dying of Politeness; Ralph Macchio looks back on the power of “The Karate Kid” in Waxing On; Linda Rondstadt writes a love letter to the Sonoran Borderlands and her Mexican heritage in Feels Like Home; and “Harry Potter” and “Sense and Sensibility” actor Alan Rickman reveals all through candid diary entries in Madly, Deeply.

If you prefer memoirs, we’ve got you covered. New Yorker writer Hua Hsu writes about male friendship following the senseless death of a friend in Stay True; former Secret Service agent Clint Hill reminisces about Jackie O. in My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy; Reza Aslan (Zealot) recounts the fascinating life and death of little-known missionary Howard Baskerville in An American Martyr in Persia; Jessi Hempel reveals how she came out to her family, only to have nearly her entire family come out in various ways, in The Family Outing; Nora McInerny, host of the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” embraces sadness and authenticity over “live love laugh” in Bad Vibes Only; activist Chelsea Manning chronicles her decision to leak classified military documents along with the declaration of her gender identity in Readme.txt; and Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan talks about four decades in journalism in Newsroom Confidential.

Interested in learning more about current events? New York Times columnist Maggie Haberman provides the definitive account of the life of Donald Trump in the highly anticipated Confidence Man; Anand Giridharadas honors those who are working to change minds and save democracy in The Persuaders; police officer Michael Fanone recounts how he nearly lost his life during the insurrection on January 6th in Hold the Line; Robert Draper chronicles how the Republican Party lost its mind in Weapons of Mass Delusion; Walt Bogdanich exposes the hidden influence of the world’s most powerful consulting firm in When McKinsey Comes to Town; Gabrielle Stanley Blair reframes the abortion debate by putting the focus on men and accountability in Ejaculate Responsibly; Nicholas Dawidoff tells the story of violence and injustice in New Haven, Connecticut in The Other Side of Prospect; Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden reveal how a band of misfits crusade to save the world from cybercrime in Ransomware Hunting Team; Chris Miller explains the fight between the U.S. and China for the world’s most critical technology in Chip War; and Tom Bower reveals all about Megan Markle and the wedge she drove within the British Royal Family in Revenge.

Are you a history buff? Acclaimed author Jon Meacham revisits the Lincoln presidency in And There Was Light; filmmaker Ken Burns shares his favorite photographs chronicling U.S. history in Our America; Adam Hochschild looks back at our nation immediately following the end of World War I in American Midnight while Antony Beevor looks at Eastern Europe during the same period in Russia; and Jonathan Freedland tells the story of Rudolf Vrba, who broke free from Auschwitz to warn the world of the horrors of the Holocaust in The Escape Artist.

In science and medicine, Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) takes a look at the miniscule building blocks of life and what it means to be human in The Song of the Cell; David Quammen tells the story of the scientific race to defeat the COVID virus in Breathless; and Anthony William provides answers to everything from brain fog to depression in Medical Medium Brain Saver and the companion book Medical Medium Brain Saver Protocols.

Improve the quality of your life with some of the latest books in self care: Whole30 co-founder Melissa Urban help readers end resentment, burnout and anxiety and reclaim time, health and energy in The Book of Boundaries; Drs. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman give readers 7 days to more intimacy, connection and joy in their relationships with The Love Prescription; yung pueblo presents a radically compassionate plan to let go of the past, connect with the present, and expand the future in Lighter; Annie Duke empowers readers to achieve greater success by knowing when to walk away in Quit; and Native American wellness activists Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins provide all readers with Indigenous teachings for living well in The Seven Circles.

Finally, discover more about America’s fastest growing sport – born right here in Seattle! – in Pickleball is Life.

~posted by Frank B.

New Nonfiction Roundup – September 2022

The fall publishing season kicks off with some big-name authors, critiques of current events, science and nature reads, and so much more!

POLITICS & CURRENT EVENTS
In The Divider, journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser consider how Trump evolved to emulate the foreign autocrats he admired as president, while Andrew Kirtzman looks at the rise and fall of America’s Mayor in Giuliani. Sarah Kendizor examines the rise of conspiracy culture along with the decline of faith in institutions in They Knew and David Korn takes an in-depth look at how paranoia and conspiracy theories took over the GOP in American Psychosis. Douglas Rushkoff takes a look at The Mindset, the escape fantasies of tech billionaires who plan to leave the rest of us behind, in Survival of the Richest while J. Bradford DeLong delivers an economic history of the 20th century in Slouching Towards Utopia. In Africa is Not a Country, Dipo Faloyin busts stereotypes with a history of the continent’s 54 nations and 1.4 billion people. And for those seeking a lighter touch on current events, New Yorker writer Andy Borowitz looks at how America’s politicians got dumb and dumber in Profiles in Ignorance.

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New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2022


Ease into August with the month’s best nonfiction. And don’t forget to check out the month’s Peak Picks!

Biography and Memoir.
The ever prolific James Patterson tells “the most heartbreaking story of our time” in Diana, William and Harry on the 25th anniversary of Princess Di’s death, while biographer David Maraniss covers the complicated life of Native American Jim Thorpe, America’s greatest all-around athlete, in Path Lit By Lightning. Screen star Jenifer Lewis, the “Mother of Black Hollywood,” returns with a new collection of stories in Walking in My Joy while a memoir from the late Michael K. Williams, best known as Omar Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2022”

New Nonfiction Roundup – July 2022

Kick off the summer with the latest nonfiction! From politics, current events and history to sports, entertainment and travel, July has something for everyone.

The state of the Republican Party is the subject of three books this month: Jonathan Lemire examines the unprecedented attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in The Big Lie; Mark Leibovich looks at how the GOP enabled Trump’s worst instincts in Thank You For Your Servitude; and Malcolm Nance considers how homegrown terrorists are a threat to more than democracy in They Want to Kill Americans. Stories on reproductive freedom from 28 contributors are revealed through essays, fiction, poems and plays in I Know What’s Best for You, while Ken Auletta seeks to understand how complicit the entertainment industry was in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predation in Hollywood Ending, and Paul Pringle delivers a nonfiction thriller about corruption and cover-ups at USC in Bad City. Scott Higham looks at the culpability of drug companies related to the opioid epidemic in American Cartel; Brett Scott uncovers the fusion between big finance and big tech in the war for our wallets in Cloudmoney; and Matthew Ball predicts the radical reshaping of society when The Metaverse succeeds the Internet as we know it.

Studies of leadership feature prominently in this month’s history releases. Henry Kissinger examines the strategies of six 20th century figures in Leadership; Dominic Lieven looks at the emperor in world history with In the Shadow of the Gods; and Philip Short weaves 60 years of Russian history with biography in a deeply researched account of the world’s most dangerous man, Putin.

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New Nonfiction Roundup – May 2022


Spring continues to bloom with outstanding nonfiction. In addition to May’s Peak Picks, this month is rich in reflections of current events, inspiring memoirs, fascinating histories, and more!

In the News.
In His Name is George Floyd, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa reveal how systemic racism shaped the life of the man whose murder sparked a global movement. Philanthropist Bill Gates tackles another of the world’s biggest challenges in the upbeat How to Prevent the Next Pandemic, while Jonathan Martin’s analysis of the 2020 presidential election and its threat to democracy is decidedly less than optimistic in This Will Not Pass. Bestselling author Bill McKibben examines race, inequality, religion and the environment and asks the question “what the hell happened?” in The Flag, The Cross and the Stationwagon; Marine veteran Phil Klay looks at the how twenty years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has contributed to a divided America in Uncertain Ground. And Ric Edelman answers all your questions about Bitcoin, blockchain, NFTs and all things digital in The Truth About Crypto.

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Memoirs.
There’s no shortage of celebrity memoirs this month. In Mean Baby, actor Selma Blair discusses her provocative career and life with multiple sclerosis while Simu Liu, star of Marvels’ first Asian superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings, discusses his life as a Chinese immigrant in We Were Dreamers. Jennifer Grey talks honestly about her highs (Dirty Dancing) and lows (plastic surgery gone awry) in Out of the Corner; Minnie Driver shares lessons from her unconvential upbringing and career in Managing Expectations; and Arrow and Teen Wolf star Colton Hayes reveals the consequences of stardom at a young age in Miss Memory Lane. Beloved novelist Ann Hood will entertain readers with tales of life as a TWA flight attendant in Fly Girl while activist Will Jawando will inspire with his testament to the father figures in his life in My Seven Black Fathers. Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey of The Office talk about the roots of their friendship and go behind the scenes of the beloved sitcom in The Office BFFs. In Chosen, Stephen Mills candidly discusses how he overcame sexual abuse at the hands of a social worker, while Cindy House combines essays with graphic shorts to illustrate her life twenty years sober in Mother Noise. New Yorker writer Tad Friend explores his relationship with his dying father as he raises two children of his own in In the Early Times. And Lynne Cox tells the story of a water rescue dog and his bond with his trainer in Tales of Al.

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