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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Nonfiction Roundup: August 2017

Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 by Kirk

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

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Of Mess and Moxie book coverOf Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life” by Jen Hatmaker

The New York Times best-selling author returns with another round of hilarious tales, shameless honesty and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: August 2017”

Nonfiction Roundup: July 2017

Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017 by Kirk

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

Sons and Soldiers book coverSons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned With the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler” by Bruce Henderson

Drawing on veteran interviews and archival research, this account of the lesser-known contributions of the German-born, Jewish-American soldiers, known as the Ritchie Boys, describes how they risked their lives to join major combat units and gather crucial intelligence from German POWs.

 

American Fire book coverAmerican Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land” by Monica Hesse

This Washington Post reporter documents the trial of a man who was charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia county and shares insight into the perpetrator’s struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend and the impact of the fires on their community. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: July 2017”

Nonfiction Roundup: June 2017

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 by Kirk

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

American Eclipse book coverAmerican Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World” by David Baron

This book documents the efforts of three late-19th-century scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878, and it cites how the respective ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison, juxtaposed against the challenges of the Wild West, helped America’s early pursuits as a scientific superpower. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: June 2017”