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”

New Nonfiction Roundup – October 2019

PEAK PICKS.
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”

New Nonfiction Roundup – September 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!

Audience of OneJames Poniewozik explains how Trump mastered television as a businessman, TV host and President.

A Beginner’s Guide to JapanA ruminative guide to Japan, from Pico Iyer (The Art of Stillness). 

Call Sign Chaos. A guide to leadership from former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Will be at Temple de Hirsch Sinai September 16!

Creative Calling. Chase Jarvis argues that you don’t find fulfillment, you create it.  Will be at Town Hall September 23!

CoventryRachel Cusk dissects memoir, art and literary criticism through a feminist lens in her first essay collection. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – September 2019”

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. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – August 2019”

New Nonfiction Roundup – July 2019

What’s new in nonfiction this July? Page-turning chronicles of crises close to home and abroad, women stepping out of the shadow of men, and a pair of graphic adaptations highlight the best this month has to offer.

Amazing DecisionsA graphic guide to making better decisions, from Dan Ariely (Predictably Irrational). 

America’s Reluctant PrinceHistorian Steven M. Gillon looks at the life and legacy of John F. Kennedy Jr.

American PredatorMaureen Callahan delivers a gripping true crime tale of serial killer Israel Keyes. Continue reading “New Nonfiction Roundup – July 2019”