Still love The Oatmeal; this book, not so much.
I do not understand the appeal of David Shields at all.

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 11 May 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.

Abbott, Christmas -- Badass Body Diet: The Breakthrough Diet and Workout for a Tight Booty, Sexy Abs, and Lean Legs [This just seems like a lot to do. 100,00 first printing, though.]
Alt, Carol -- A Healthy You [Carol Alt is a supermodel. Evidently they don't pay enough for that, she has to be an author too?]
Batra, Ravi -- End Unemployment Now: How to Eliminate Joblessness, Debt, and Poverty Despite Congress
Bello, Maria -- Whatever...Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves [Maria Bello is an actress; this is a memoir/inspirational title about her coming-out story. 125,000 first printing.]
Bloom, Harold -- The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime [Bloom is an influential literary critic, but is NOT the author of the hugely influential title The Closing of the American Mind--that was Allan Bloom. I always get these two mixed up. This book is about "American" literature and how various authors influenced one another.]
Brands, H. W. -- Reagan: The Life [100,000 first printing.]
Brokaw, Tom -- A Lucky Life Interrrupted: A Memoir of Hope [Brokaw, I have not yet forgiven you for The Greatest Generation.]
Brzezinski, Mika -- Grow Your Value: Living and Working to Your Full Potential [Self-help from an MSNBC anchor.]
Davenport, Matthew J. -- First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America's First Battle of World War I
Dickman, Kyle -- On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It
Ellis, Joseph J. --The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783 to 1789. [Ellis is a popular historian, best known for the title Founding Brothers.]
Erisman, Porter -- Alibaba's World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business
Gessen, Keith -- City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis[An essay collection, and I love the title. I must have this one.]
Gibson, D. W. -- The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century
Grunwald, Lisa & Steven Adler -- The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales from Adam and Eve to Zoloft [Wow, it's 560 pages long. Reminds me of the joke, you won't live longer if you're married, it'll just feel that way.]
Juan Reinaldo Sanchez with Axel Gyldén -- The Double Life of Fidel Castro
Leach, Penelope -- When Parents Part
Leadbetter, David with Ron Kaspriske -- The A Swing: The Alternative Approach to Great Golf
Leerhsen, Charles -- Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty [Lotta sports and disaster, big history titles this week. Books for Father's Day shopping already?]
Lewis, Matt -- Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas
Mann, Lucas -- Lord Fear: A Memoir [Here's the descriptive copy: "Lucas Mann was only thirteen years old when his brother Josh—charismatic and ambitious, funny and sadistic, violent and vulnerable—died of a heroin overdose."]
Mann, Sally -- Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs [Memoir of the American South, by a photographer.]
Maxwell, John C. -- How Successful People Win: Turn Every Setback into a Step Forward
Mays, Andrea -- The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio [Now this could be interesting.]
McChrystal, General Stanley -- Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World [Ugh. Business self-help with military overtones.]
Molina, Bengie -- Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty
Montgomery, Sy -- The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness [Just what it sounds like--the author explores "the emotional and physical world of the octopus."]
Moore, Stephen L. -- Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846 [100,000 first printing.]
Morell, Michael with Bill Harlow -- The Great War of Our Time: An Insider's Account of the CIA's Fight Against al Qa'ida
Morris, Robert -- Truly Free: Breaking the Snares That So Easily Entangle
Murray, Charles -- By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission [Murray is best known as the author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American life.]
Posada, Jorge -- Journey Home
Rawlings, Richard -- Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat, and Beers[200,000 first printing. Evidently Rawlings is "The breakout star of Discovery’s hit automotive restoration show Fast N’ Loud."Who knew?]
Rebanks, James -- The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape [Ooh, set in the Lake District of Northern England.]
Revenson, Jody -- Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond
Richman, Adam -- Straight Up Tasty
Ridha, Jennifer -- Criminal That I Am: A Memoir [By the defense lawyer for convicted drug felon Cameron Douglas--with whom she fell in love.]
Rousey, Ronda -- My Fight / Your Fight [Memoir by an Olympic medalist in judo--holy cow, these types of things must really sell, 250,000 first printing.]
Shipler, David K. -- Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword [Shipler's prior book The Working Poor was okay, not great. Can't say this one sets me on fire.]
Simmons, Russell -- The Happy Vegan
Ureneck, Lou -- The Great Fire: One American's Mission To Rescue the Victims of the Armenian Genocide
Vigen, Tyler -- Spurious Correlations [Based on the website of the same name.]

So. What do you think? A long list this week. Anything look good there?