Nonfiction Roundup: November 2017

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


Promise Me, Dad book coverPromise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose” by Joe Biden

This chronicle of the vice president’s experiences in the most momentous and challenging year of his life describes how in 2015 he struggled to balance the requirements of his job with the realities of his eldest son’s failing health, a challenge marked by international crises, his growing friendship with Barack Obama and his deepening perspectives on his family ties.

Bunk book coverBunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists,Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News” by Kevin Young

The award-winning author traces the history of the hoax as a distinct American phenomenon, exploring the roles of stereotype, suspicion and racism as factors that have shaped fraudulent activities from the heyday of P. T. Barnum through the “fake news” activities of Donald Trump.

God book coverGod: A Human History” by Reza Aslan

This book, by the best selling author of “Zealot,”  explores humanity’s attempts to comprehend the divine by giving it human traits and emotions, and calls for a more expansive understanding of God to develop a more universal spirituality.


It's All Relative book coverIt’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A. J. Jacobs

In this book the author recounts his three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how after receiving an email from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history.