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British Television: As Time Goes By

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 4 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.

Bittman, Mark -- A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News about Food, with Wisdom and Advice on Diets, Food Safety, GMOs, Farming, and More [I love Mark Bittman, and enjoy his writing much more than Michael Pollan, who writes on similar subjects.]
Bodenheimer, George & Don Phillips -- Every Town Is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESPN, from the Mailroom to the Boardroom [100,000 first printing.]
Cistaro, Melissa -- Pieces of My Mother [A memoir. From the description: "This provocative, poignant memoir of a daughter whose mother left her behind by choice"]
Cornwell, Bernard -- Waterloo
Davis, Kenneth C. -- The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah
Denson, Bryan -- The Spy’s Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia
Fiorina, Carly -- Rising To The Challenge [Business memoir from the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Wonder if she'll explain why every HP printer I ever worked with was a jam-tastic mess.]
Garrett, Brad -- When The Balls Drop [150,000 first printing for this memoir from the comedian who played Robert on "Everybody Loves Raymond."]
Heffernan, Margaret -- Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes
Jordan, Jonathan W. -- American Warlords: How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II
Kreutzmann, Bill with Benjy Eisen -- Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead
Kyle, Taya -- American Wife [Memoir from the wife of Chris Kyle, the subject of the bestselling book American Sniper.]
Lancaster, Jen -- I Regret Nothing: A Memoir [I really don't like Jen Lancaster.]
Leader, Zachary -- Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964
Leidich, Shari K -- Two Moms in the Raw: Simple, Clean, Irresistible Recipes for Your Family's Health
Levitt, Steven D. & Stephen J. Dubner -- When to Rob a Bank: And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-intentioned Rants from the Freakonomics Guys [I really don't like the Freakonomics guys.]
Licht, Aliza -- Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media
Maangchi -- Maangchi's Real Korean Cooking
Martinez/Silverman -- Pedro [Baseball biography of Pedro Martinez.]
Mccullough, David -- Wright Brothers [Wow, McCullough must really move units. 500,000 first printing on this one.
McGonigal, Kelly -- The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
Miller, Dr. Lisa -- The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving [Oh, lord, I just cannot read one more parenting book. I tried to read Playful Parenting, which advocated turning everything into some sort of fun game, even discipline, and ended up throwing it across the room. And not in a playful way.]
Mitchell, George -- The Negotiator: A Memoir [Political memoir, but a former Democratic senator from Maine.]
Mlodinow, Leonard -- Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos [Mlodinow had a splash a few years back with the title The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, but I find him dry.]
Neiman, Susan -- Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age [I was vaguely intrigued by this title, but do I really have time for a philosophy book right now?]
Nelson, Willie -- It's a Long Story: My Life [Oh, I adore Willie Nelson. I must have this.]
Palfrey, John -- Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google [Amen, brother!]
Patrick, Wendy L. -- Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Toxic People In Your Life [Uh-oh. What if I am one of the toxic people?]
Rivers, Melissa -- The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation [A big title, and I do think Joan Rivers was quite interesting, but I'm just not in the mood for this right now.]
Rotella, Bob -- How Champions Think: In Sports and In Life
Schatzker, Mark The Dorito Effect: Why All Food Is Becoming Junk Food—And What We Can Do About It [Kind of want to read this one, although really? I like junk food. It's a problem.]
Schwartz, A. Brad -- Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles's War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News
Schweizer, Peter -- Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich [Oh God, here comes what has been called the most popular political genre for the 2016 election: anti-Hillary books.]
Weintraub, Robert -- No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
West, Kim Kardashian -- Kim Kardashian West: Selfish [Oh, my. You almost just have to go look this one up to see the cover. I know why men like Kim Kardashian, but what are her female fans in it for?]
Wilson, Pete -- What Keeps You Up at Night?: How to Find Peace While Chasing Your Dreams
Wolters, Cleary Out of Orange: A Memoir [Memoir connected to the true story in the TV series "Orange Is the New Black."]

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