Here is a quick look at the most noteworthy nonfiction titles being released in April. Visit our catalog for a more extensive list.
The Apollo 8 mission is the subject of “Rocket Men” by Robert Kurson. Less well known than the later Apollos 11 and 13, this 1968 voyage into space marked the first time mankind orbited the moon. Set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil and a tense race against the USSR, Kurson tells the riveting story of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, three astronauts who dared to go where no one had gone before.
Clemantine Wamariya’s “The Girl Who Smiled Beads” is a harrowing yet hopeful memoir of an African refugee who found a home in America. When she was six years old, Clemantine fled civil war in Rwanda with her older sister. They spent the next six years being shuffled between refugee camps before being granted asylum in America. After adjusting to her new life and moving past her trauma, the author went on to graduate from Yale and become a human rights advocate.
In “A Higher Loyalty,” Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.
This Spring’s most anticipated cookbook is “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines. Joanna and her husband, Chip, stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” have already hit it big with two best selling memoirs, and now that their show’s final episode airs this month they are moving on to new things, including opening a restaurant. To showcase her food skills, Joanna provides 125 personal recipes for everyone to enjoy.
BEST OF THE REST
- “The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table” by Rick Bragg
- “Fascism: A Warning” by Madeleine Albright
- “Look Alive Out There: Essays” by Sloane Crosley
- “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer” by Barbara Ehrenreich
- “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath” by Leslie Jamison
- “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” by Ronan Farrow