Nonfiction Roundup: February 2018

Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018 by Kirk

Here is a quick look at the most noteworthy nonfiction titles being released this January. Visit our catalog for a more extensive list.

TOP PICKS

Feel Free book coverFrom Zadie Smith, the celebrated novelist and social commentator, comes a collection of new and previously uncollected essays. In “Feel Free,” she shows off her range of knowledge, addressing such wide ranging topics as social media, libraries and global warming. This one should be popular as Smith is scheduled to be the featured speaker at this year’s Unbound Book Festival.

 

 

Educated book cover

Educated” by Tara Westover is the chronicle of the authors journey from an isolated childhood in the wilderness of Idaho to becoming a PhD candidate at Cambridge. Born into a survivalist family that eschewed formal education of any type, she had almost no knowledge of the wider world. But when an older brother returns from college, Westover resolutely begins educating herself, eventually earning admittance to Brigham Young University, before moving on to Harvard and Cambridge.

 

Enlightenment Now book cover

Author Steven Pinker has gotten a lot of help from Bill Gates recently. Last year, Gates highly recommended Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” sending it rocketing up the best-seller lists. Now Gates has already named Pinker’s new title, “Enlightenment Now,” as his new favorite book. In it, Pinker uses a wealth of facts and figures to argue that quality of life around the world is improving in almost every respect. A great pick-me-up for anyone overwhelmed by the doom and gloom portrayed in today’s media environment.

 

BEST OF THE REST

Author: Kirk

Orders nonfiction materials for the library and does a lot of running and reading in his spare time.