New Nonfiction (with commentary): 22 February 2016
22 February 2016
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.
Frank, Thomas - Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? [Frank is perhaps best known for his political book What's the Matter with Kansas? I like him, and will probably look into this book. I like how the ad copy pulls no punches: "Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal." Exactly.]
Fury, Shawn - Rise and Fire: The Origins, Evolution, and Science of the Jump Shot--and How It Transformed Basketball Forever [Wow, 35,000 first printing. Sports books of any kind must really sell.]
Gallo, Carmine - The Storyteller's Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don't [75,000 first printing. This could be a good book, in the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point and other sociology/"big idea" books like that.]
Gleiberman, Owen - Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies [Gleiberman is a long-time movie critic for Entertainment Weekly.]
Gramm, Jeff - Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism
Hayden, Michael V. - Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
Hyman, Mark, MD - Eat Fat, Get Thin: The Surprising Truth about the Fat We Eat--The Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health
Lindstrom, Martin - Small Data: The Tiny Clues that Uncover Big Trends [Another book that might appeal to fans of books like those written by Malcolm Gladwell. Might be good, but I am rather tired of all things "data." 50,000 first printing.]
Phelps, Isela - Loom Knitting Primer, Second Edition: A Beginner’s Guide to Knitting on a Loom with Over 30 Fun Projects [Ugh, knitting. I group it with all things sewing. I am NOT INTERESTED.*]
Pomroy, Haylie - Fast Metabolism Food Rx: 7 Powerful Prescriptions to Feed Your Body Back to Health [150,000 first printing.]
Rioux, Anne Boyd - Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist [Huh. Evidently she was a contemporary of Henry James and a popular novelist in the nineteenth century. Could be a good read to try or suggest for March, which is Women's History Month.]
Sernovitz, Gary - The Green and the Black [About fracking and oil.]
Shah, Sonia - Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond [Oh God, I'm a worrier and a total germophobe, so I should really leave this one alone, but I can't. I love these sorts of books.]
Teigen, Chrissy - Cravings: Recipes for What You Want to Eat [By the supermodel and wife of John Legend.]
Waldman, Michael - The Fight to Vote
Whittington, Hillary - Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached [75,000 first printing.]
*My mother gave me a sewing machine for Christmas in eighth grade, and I'm still working on forgiving her.
So, what do you think? Anything look good there?