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.
Andersen, Sarah – Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah Scribbles” Collection
Anderson, William - The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder [I love letters like I love diaries, so I'll have to get this one. 50,000 first printing.]
Anner, Zach – If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny
Bell, Rob - How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living [Self-help from a pastor and the author of What We Talk About When We Talk About God, 50,000 first printing.]
Blackmon, Jimmy - Pale Horse: Hunting Terrorists and Commanding Heroes with the 101st Airborne Division
Duhigg, Charles - Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business [Duhigg had a big hit a few years back with the title The Power of Habit, which I thought was super-boring.]
Himmler, Katrin - The Private Heinrich Himmler: Letters of a Mass Murderer [On the other hand, here is a collection of letters that I might not have the stomach for.]
Lakshmi, Padma - Love, Loss, and What We Ate [You know, I always wondered, why am I seeing this name Padma Lakshmi everywhere? And yet still I had no idea who she is. Evidently she is a model, actress, and cookbook author. No wonder her name is everywhere! She was also married to Salman Rushdie (they divorced in 2007); and she has a child by Adam Dell, brother to computer magnate Michael Dell. This memoir is being called "a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn." 150,000 first printing.]
Menounos, Maria - The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking [Menounos is an "American actress, journalist, television host, and occasional professional wrestler."]
Pasricha, Neil - The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything [All these positive-thinking self-help books just sound exhausting to me. Can't I just want a few things, do some stuff, and have most everything? Oh wait, that's what I already do. Good.]
Sadik-Khan, Janette & Seth Solomonow - Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution [Sadik-Khan is New York City's transportation commissioner, and this is a book about making cities more livable. I love reading about cities* and will totally be looking into this one. 100,000 first printing.]
Senghor, Shaka - Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison ["In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. 65,000 first printing.]
Showalter, Elaine - The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography [The first full biography of Julia Ward Howe, by Elaine Showalter, one of the "founders of feminist literary criticism," according to Wikipedia.]
Thomas, Gillian - Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work
Vaynerchuk, Gary - #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness [Vaynerchuk's an inspirational/entrepreneurship author, and a very popular one at that. 150,000 first printing.]
*I like living in the city too. Whenever CRjr and LilCR and I get back from visiting family on the farm, whenever we turn back on our home road I yell, "Boys, we're back in town!"
So, what do you think? Anything look good there?