Nonfiction Roundup: May 2018

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018 by Kirk

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

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Calypso book cover

David Sedaris, the master of the humorous essay, returns this months with “Calypso.” Including darkly funny musings on aging, his inability to enjoy his newly purchased beach house and the antics of his quirky family, this new collection should please his many fans as well as anyone looking for a nonfiction beach read. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: May 2018”

Nonfiction Roundup: April 2018

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2018 by Kirk

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

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Rocket Men book cover

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. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: April 2018”

Nonfiction Roundup: March 2018

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 by Kirk

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

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This Messy Magnificent Life book cover

Geneen Roth, the author of a number of popular self-help titles, returns this month with “This Messy Magnificent Life.” Here, she presents a series of insightful essays aimed at helping readers build self-esteem and assert control over all aspects of life. If you have enjoyed her previous books or are just looking for a warm and humorous pick-me-up, this one is for you. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: March 2018”

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.

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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. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: February 2018”

Nonfiction Roundup: January 2018

Posted on Monday, January 8, 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.

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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. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: January 2018”

Literary Links: Our Technological Future

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 by Kirk

Every once in a while I learn about a new technological breakthrough, and I’m struck with a sense that I’m living in a science fiction novel. The stuff of dreams when I was a kid — virtual reality, robots, artificial intelligence — is now becoming the domain of nonfiction and the nightly news. But as wondrous as these advancements are, they can also bring with them a feeling of anxiety. These things will certainly alter our society and daily lives, but will it always be for the better? There are a growing number of books that look at where our technology is heading and provide thought-provoking answers to this question. Here are a few of them.

Soonish book coverIf you want to start with a good primer on the future of technology, there is “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything” by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith. As its name suggests, this book takes a somewhat humorous approach to examining the potential benefits, challenges and pitfalls of technologies like cheap access to space, fusion power and programmable matter. Continue reading “Literary Links: Our Technological Future”

Nonfiction Roundup: December 2017

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017 by Kirk

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

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No Time to Spare book coverNo Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters” by Ursula K. Le Guin

A collection of essays from the legendary author’s blog that express her thoughts on aging, belief, the state of literature and the state of the nation. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: December 2017”

Nonfiction Roundup: November 2017

Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 by Kirk

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

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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. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: November 2017”

Nonfiction Roundup: October 2017

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 by Kirk

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

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Grant book coverGrant” by Ron Chernow

This biography is a meticulously researched portrait of the complicated Civil War general and 18th President, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration and the rise and fall of his fortunes.

 

We Were Eight Years in Power book cover

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book is a synthesis of the historic Barack Obama era featuring essays originally published in “The Atlantic,” including “Fear of a Black President” and “The Case for Reparations,” as well as new essays revisiting each year of the Obama administration. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: October 2017”

Nonfiction Roundup: September 2017

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 by Kirk

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

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What Happened book cover

What Happened” by Hillary Rodham Clinton

This book is a reflection on the former first lady’s unsuccessful bid to become president, examining the trials and tribulations she faced during the campaign, the lessons that can be learned from the election and how she has bounced back following her loss.

 

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