Book Menage 2015
Me and "It" books: destined never to be friends.

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 29 June 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.

Atkinson, Rick - The Battle of the Bulge [Oh, my god, I barely have the energy to list yet another book about World War II, much less read one. People: OTHER WARS happened during the 20th century. OTHER WARS are happening now. Spread the interest in injustice, death, and atrocities around a little bit, wouldja? Other info to know about this one: Atkinson is a well-known author of WWII nonfiction for adults, but this is called a "YA adaptation from Atkinson's adult The Guns at Last Light."]

Cruz, Ted - A Time for Truth [Oh, my god, I don't have the energy to even mock this one. Politician + "truth" in your book title=Hilarious lack of irony. 250,000 first printing.]

Hart, Gary - The Republic Of Conscience [Oh, my god, I don't have the energy to even mock this one. Politician+ "Conscience" in your book title=Hilarious lack of irony. Not sure why Gary Hart's trying to get back into the public spotlight, but here's the description of this one: "Focusing on the years after World War II, Hart tackles major American institutions—the military, the CIA, Congress—and outlines how these establishments have led the country away from its founding principles, not closer to them."]

Laqueur, Walter - Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West [Laqueur's a well-known and prolific author of history.]

Pike, Francis - Hirohito's War: The Pacific War, 1941-1945 [Oh, my god, WWII again. Please see above.]

Powell, Jonathan - Terrorists at The Table: Why Negotiating is the Only Way to Peace [The book cover here helpfully explains Powell is the former chief of staff to Tony Blair.]

Wilson, Charlie - I Am Charlie Wilson [Here's the ad copy: "The long-awaited memoir of seven-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the iconic R&B and Funk singer-songwriter-producer—interwoven with his recollections of collaborating with fellow artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and Snoop Dogg." 75,000 first printing.]

So. What do you think? Anything look good there? Nothing is really turning me on in this list, but as you can tell, I might be rather low on energy lately.

In other news, is anyone watching Poldark? I totally enjoyed this recap of last night's episode at the Wall Street Journal. So far the series seems like a pale imitation of the books--disappointing considering it's been written for the screen by a woman, and the women in the show seem particularly vanilla--but it would be hard to be as good as the books.