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New Nonfiction (with commentary): 20 April 2015

A new series, published each Monday, sharing a selected list of new nonfiction titles to be published during the week. List originally published at The Reader's Advisor Online. Text in bold is commentary.

Alexander, Elizabeth--The Light of the World: A Memoir [the author "finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband." Are there a lot of these types of memoirs lately or does it just seem like it?]
Bolick, Kate--Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own [Wow, 100,000 first printing. They anticipate a lot of people who will appreciate the label "spinster," or is there something about this author I don't know?]
Bradley, James--The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia [I find James Bradley a very boring author of history.]
Carducci/Tanguay--Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails
Churchill, Dan--Dudefood: A Guy's Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food
Dyson, Freeman--Dreams of Earth and Sky [Dyson's a physicist, meaning I won't understand these essays at all.]
Eltahawy, Mona--Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
Franta, Connor--A Work in Progress
Gaynor, Mitchell--The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle
Gessner, David--All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West [I think I'd rather just read some more Abbey and Stegner.]
Hageseth, Christian with Joseph D’Agnese--Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business [Now that's what I call a business book!]
Hamilton, Alissa--Got Milked: The Great Dairy Deception and Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk [Okay, milk's one thing, but where does she stand on ice cream?]
Hartwig, Melissa--The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
Jordan, Brad “Scarface” & Benjamin Meadows Ingram--Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap
Krakauer, Jon--Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College town [Oh, ugh, another one I don't want to read but probably should, although I find Krakauer over-dramatic sometimes. I'll be surprised if it beats the best title on this sort of subject, Ken Armstrong's Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity.]
Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach--Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battliefield [200,000 first printing.]
Little, Benilde--Welcome to My Breakdown: A Memoir [Oof, depressing memoir week.]
Lucas, Ed--Seeing Home, The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles
Miller, Shannon with Danny Peary--It's Not About Perfect\t: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life [Olympian gymnast memoir about competing and surviving ovarian cancer. Is spring the time for depressing/"inspiring" memoirs? Or are there always just a lot of them?]
Perino, Dana--And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side [The bad news is I don't know what to do with the rage this title inspires in me. Anybody who works as GEORGE W. BUSH's press secretary and still has the balls to lecture me on the "bright side" of life can take some advice from me: just go paint kindergarten-esque paintings like your former boss and have the decency to just disappear from public life.]
Prum, Eric--Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water
Quinones, Sam--Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic [Actually one of the few titles on the list this week I'd like to see.]
Perlmutter, David--Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain--for Life
Reedy, Brad--The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & The Road Home [Wow, I hope I never have to read this one.]
Reeves, Richard--Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II [I do not read about WWII, but I might break that rule for this one.]
Robinson, Ken--Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
Seierstad, Asne; Tr. Norwegian by Sarah Death--One of Us: Anders Breivik and the Massacres in Norway [I've read Seierstad's The Bookseller of Kabul, and it was very good.]
Toppo, Greg--The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter [I don't buy it, so I should probably read this one.]
Ward, James--Perfection of the Paperclip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession [This title is just nerdy enough to be appealing.]
Yoshino, Kenji--Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

So. What do you think? Anything look good there?