A weekly 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.
Hamsley, David – To Disco, with Love: The Records that Defined an Era
Jones, Tom – Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography – 100,000 first printing.
McNally, Dennis – Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews. I'm totally uninterested in Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
Munroe, Randall – Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Someone just recommended this to me! (Thanks, Lynne.) Wasn't a huge fan of Munroe's book What If?, but might still try this one.
Palin, Michael – Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998. I have yet to read a Michael Palin (yes, the Michael Palin who was part of Monty Python) travel book, which is ridiculous, as I claim to be an Anglophile. Maybe I'll get to this one.
Pogue, David – Pogue’s Basics: Life: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying Your Day. David Pogue is a hugely prolific "technology writer and science presenter" - he launched the "Missing Manual" series. Huh. Glad I looked that guy up. I had this idea he was a member of the band The Pogues.
Rove, Karl – The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. Just seeing the name "Karl Rove" makes me throw up in my mouth a little. Or, a lot, actually.
Sacks, Oliver – Gratitude. Oliver Sacks was a hugely popular science/medicine author (and practicing neurologist) who died at the end of August. This is a collection of essays he wrote on the subjects of gratitude for life and impending death.
Simon, Carly - Boys in the Trees: A Memoir. From the ad copy: "Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie Working Girl." Huh. I didn't know any of that about Carly Simon. And that "Working Girl" song? It's awesome. Just hearing it makes me want to watch the movie again. The 80s! Big Hair! Young Harrison Ford!
Theoharis, Jeanne – The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Various – Catwoman: A Celebration of 75 Years (graphic novel)
So. What do you think? Anything look good there?