Nonfiction Roundup: January 2018

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


All-American Murder book coverJames Patterson is moving into true crime in a big way this year. He will release three true crime titles in January. Two of them, “Murder, Interrupted” and “Home Sweet Murder” will coincide with the first episodes of the television show “Murder Is Forever.” The third is “All American Murder,” the story of the professional football player Aaron Hernandez. A fourth is slated for release in February and it would not be surprising to see others announced for later in the year.


Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning book coverStep aside Marie Kondo, the next big thing in foreign decluttering guides looks like it might be coming out of Sweden.  In “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning,” Margareta Magnusson provides a charming guide for organizing the home while reflecting on what makes life meaningful and joyful.  This cleaning can be undertaken at any point in one’s life, but her main point is that it should be done before others have to do it for you.


Monk of Mokha book coverWhether he’s writing fiction or nonfiction, Dave Eggers is a pro at spinning a good tale and his newest offering, “The Monk of Mokha,” doesn’t disappoint. It centers around Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the son of Yemeni immigrants, who learns his parents’ homeland is the birthplace of coffee production. He sets out to become an expert in coffee cultivation with dreams of helping revitalize Yemen’s dormant industry. But in 2015 civil war breaks out in the country, the U. S. embassy closes and Mokhtar, who was visiting at the time, finds himself trapped in a very dangerous situation.