New Nonfiction

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 17 August 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.

Bauer, Juli – Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook: Over 100 Gluten-Free Recipes to Help You Shine from Within
Beck, Glenn – It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate [You'll forgive me if I can't take a book about Islam by right-wing commentator Beck seriously, won't you?]
Kaplan, Janice – The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life [I weary of these Gretchen Rubin-esque "get a happier attitude" books. I figure, I'll get a better attitude when other people start falling in line. Way easier than changing my own behavior.]
Kelly, Matthew – Rediscover Jesus [Religious nonfiction from a Catholic author.]
Lieven, Dominic – The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution [Love Russian history, but certainly not because it is upbeat. Russia has had a tough few centuries.]
Maxwell, John C. – JumpStart Your Growth [Am I going to need special jumper cables for that?]
Orr, David – The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong [A "cultural biography" of Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken," which of course includes the famous lines "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by."]


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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 10 August 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.

Bevere, John – Good or God? Why Good without God Isn't Good Enough [I don't know. I'll take Good without God. Better than Asshole with the Lord.]
Day, Felicia – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir [Brother. Yet another YouTuber book. I tire of these and I haven't even read one yet. later note: Stacy Horn informs me that Day is also an actress and was on the much-beloved Buffy and the Vampire Slayer show, so maybe this will have to be my first You-Tuber memoir. 50,000+ printing.]
Lahey, Jessica – The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed  [Ooh, parenting book. You know I'll have to have it.75,000 first printing]
McCaskill, Claire – Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir  [McCaskill's a senator from Missouri; political memoir. 100,000 printing.]
McCready, Amy – The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World [Wow, double dipping this week, parenting book catnip part two!]
Mutter, John C. – The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer – [It may be sick, but I love disaster books. I must have this one. 30,000 first printing.]
Rivlin, Gary – Katrina: After the Flood [Yeah, I kind of want to read this one too. 75,000 first printing.]
Roker, Al – The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster [About the Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900. I am not going to have enough time to get all these disaster books read. 125,000 first printing.]
Taraborrelli, J. Randy – Sinatra: Behind the Legend [revised and updated for his upcoming 100th birth anniversary. I've read it--I love Sinatra, and I enjoy Taraborrelli's celebrity bios.]
Vargas Llosa, Mario – Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society [Wow, what a great week, concluding with an essay collection. Vargas Llosa is better known as a novelist, but I've never read his fiction. Essays, though? I'll always try essays.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 3 August 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.

Ananthaswamy, Anil - The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self [From the ad copy: "In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders"]
Badkhen, Anna - Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah [More ad copy: "An intrepid journalist joins the planet’s largest group of nomads on an annual migration that, like them, has endured for centuries."]
Burke, Monte - Saban: The Making of a Coach - [A biography of Nick Saban, University of Alabama football coach. I am beyond NOT INTERESTED. 100,000 first printing.]
Canfield, Jack - The 30-Day Sobriety Solution - [I really hope never to need this one, unless they're talking sobriety from sugar or YouTube binge-watching. 150,000 first printing.]
Casey, Susan - Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins [Wow, go look at the cover of this one. Beautiful. 125,000 first printing.]
Diamant, Jeff – Heist: The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft [This is actually a reprint of a 2002 book; not sure why they're reprinting it. I've read it and enjoyed it quite a bit. "Heist" books like this one can be a good way to read True Crime without things getting too gruesome.]
Downs, Paul - Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business [Written by a furniture business owner who writes a column on business ownership for the New York Times. 50,000 first printing.]
Elliott, Martha - Man In The Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer [About Michael Ross, a rapist and murderer whose death sentence was overturned, but who then requested that he be executed anyway. I might have to look at this one. For better or worse, I am in a True Crime mood lately.]
Gifford, Justin - Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim [About "Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow"]
Jackson, Shirley - Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings [OH MY GOD I MUST HAVE IT. NOW. I love Shirley Jackson.]
Jakes, T. D. - Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose [Jakes is a bestselling inspirational author.]
Levin, Mark – Plunder and Deceit [Levin is a conservative writer; this one's about big government.]
Prizant, Bary M. - Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism - [75,000 first printing.]
Rubin, Robert Alden - Going to Hell in a Hen Basket - ["An illustrated dictionary of modern malapropisms." I should be interested but I'm not.]
Ruiz, Dulce Candy - The Sweet Life: Find Passion, Embrace Fear, and Create Success on Your Own Terms [Ruiz is "one of the top beauty stars on YouTube." As is usually the case with self-help, just reading the subtitle exhausts me. I'm holding out for the self-help book that is simply subtitled: Getting to Bed on Time Every Night.]
Santamaria, Abigail - Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis [About Joy Davidman, who married C.S. Lewis and was a writer in her own right. I really like C.S. Lewis and have always found their story an interesting one; I might look into this.]
Steinmetz, Greg - The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger [Fugger was a Renaissance banker.]
Yoder, David -Pope Francis and the New Vatican [I'm even more in love with Frankie Argentina now that his approval rating in America is plunging--due at least in part to his stance on climate change and consumerism.]

So. What do you think? Anything look good there? (Incidentally: we'll start the Book Menage tomorrow. See you then!)

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 27 July 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.

Archer, Dale -The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength [The tagline of this one promises that not only is Archer an MD who understands ADHD, he has it.]
Barbassa, Juliana - Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink [A "city biography" by a journalist and native of Brazil. 50,000 first printing. I LOVE "city biographies," if we can call them that, so might look into this. I don't know much at all about South America.]
Bukowski, Charles - On Writing [A collection of correspondence in which novelist Bukowski "shares his insights on the art of creation".]
Davis, Deborah - The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure ["a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art". 60,000 first printing.]
MacAskill, William - Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference [From Wikipedia: "William MacAskill is a Scottish philosopher and cofounder of the effective altruism movement."]
McFadden, Johnjoe & Jim Al-Khalili - Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology [Yet more interesting-sounding science that I won't have the time to read, or, more likely, the brains to understand even if I do read it.]
Peralta, Dan-el Padilla - Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 20 July 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.

Bondy, Filip – The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy[Yeah, baseball books, I'm just not in the mood lately. I'll admit it, without Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte around, I just can't get myself to care.]
Bryan, Daniel with Craig Tello - Yes! My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania - [200,000 first printing. I'm going to let that speak for itself.]
Day, Michael - Being Berlusconi: The Rise and Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga [About three-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.]
Dickey, Christopher - Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South [From the ad copy: "Between the Confederacy and recognition by Great Britain stood one unlikely Englishman who hated the slave trade." This is one Civil War book I might actually want to read.]
Finnegan, William - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life [This one is getting a whole lot of press. Finnegan's better known as a war reporter, but this one is a memoir of his youth and surfing.]
Goodwin, Robert - Spain: The Center of the World, 1519–1682
Kim, Eunsun with Sébastien Falletti, Translated by David Tian - A Thousand Miles to Freedom [About the author's escape from North Korea.]
Norwich, John Julius -Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History [Looks good, but 400 pages, wow. I may not have the time for this right now.]
Sings, Miranda -Selp-Helf [Humor/memoir from a YouTube star.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 13 July 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.

Amore, Anthony M. - The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World [Amore is the head of security and chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. I'm all over this one; I LOVE art world true crime. 35,000 first printing.]
Braestrup, Kate - Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service [Braestrup is a well-known memoirist; one of her better-known titles is Here If You Need Me, in which she discussed her husband's untimely death.]
Brown, Leanne - Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day [95,000 first printing.]
Fei, Deanna - Girl in Glass: How My “Distressed Baby” Defied the Odds, Shamed a CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles [75,000 first printing.]
Knight, Molly - The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse [I like baseball, but who can keep up with the baseball books? There's like a thousand new ones every year. 50,000 first printing.]
LeDoux, Joseph - Anxious: Using the Brain To Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety [I read books about anxiety the way I used to read books about dating. Mainly for entertainment, but still quietly hoping I might still learn something useful.]
LeFevre, Jon – Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals
Link, Mardi Jo - The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance [Billed as "An inspiring and heartfelt memoir about the friendship between eight women forged over two decades." I typically HATE books about women's friendships. Will give it a pass.]
Marx, Patty - Let’s Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties [Here's the ad copy: "Former SNL writer and The New Yorker staffer Patty Marx... uses her sharp-edged humor to tackle the most difficult facet of aging: the mind's decline." I must have this one!]
Marzo, Clay & Robert Yehling - Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant's Journey with Asperger's
Mosler, Layne - Driving Hungry: A Memoir [Here's the description: "A delicious memoir that takes us from Buenos Aires to New York to Berlin as the author, driven by wanderlust and an unrelenting appetite, finds purpose, passion, and unexpected flavor." Yeah, I'm just not feeling it.]
Rosenfelt, David - Lessons from Tara: Life Advice from the World's Most Brilliant Dogs ["Brilliant" and "dog" in the same title, that's funny. If you can't tell--I'm a cat person. 50,000 first printing.]
Safina, Carl - Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
Saviano, Roberto - Zero Zero Zero: Look at Cocaine and All You See Is Powder. Look Through Cocaine and You See the World [Saviano is a super-interesting journalist and writer. I read his book Gomorrah, about the mafia in Naples, and it was fascinating. 50,000 first printing.]
Swaim, Barton - The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics
Thomas, Mathilde - French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets To Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out [I ask again: Who has the energy?]
Wald, Elijah - Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties [I never want to read anything about Bob Dylan. I don't know why, really. I just don't.]
Wilczek, Frank - Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design [Billed as a "mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis." Actually, it sounds kinda good. I wish I had more time to read and concentrate on science books.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 6 July 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.

Carter, Jimmy - A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety [I need to read more about his presidency, but I've always really liked Jimmy Carter. I'll be looking at this one. 250,000 first printing.]
Diliberto, Gioia -Diane Von Furstenberg[I currently own one pair of shorts and three pairs of pants, total, so I may not be the audience for this biography of the fashion designer. 50,000 first printing.]
DuVal, Kathleen - Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution [A "new global perspective on the Revolutionary War."]
Gameau, Damon -That Sugar Book
Hiltzik, Michael -Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-industrial Complex [Never heard of this author, but the title sounds intriguing.]
Hoffman, David E. -  The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal [For some reason I much prefer spy fiction to nonfiction, so I will probably not get this.]
Kingsbury, Karen - The Friends of Jesus[Bible study/history from the popular Christian inspirational fiction author.]
McDermid, Val - Forensics:  What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us about Crime [McDermid is a well-known mystery/suspense author. This could be interesting.]
McGinty, Sarah Myers - The College Application Essay
Neff, James - Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy Versus Jimmy Hoffa
Petranek, Stephen - How We’ll Live on Mars [Part of a new series of books based on TED talks.]
Samit, Jay- Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation [I'm not good at doing, and will never be good at doing, any of the things in this subtitle.]
Sarbacker, Stuart Ray & Kevin Kimple - Eight Limbs of Yoga: A Handbook for Living Yoga Philosophy [I am not interested in yoga, although it would probably be good for me.]
Scottoline, Lisa and Francesca Serritella- Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? [Scottoline is better known as a mystery/suspense author, but she periodically writes these collections of humorous essays, sometimes along with her daughter Serritella. I've actually enjoyed her earlier collections and may check this one out. 75,000 first printing.]
Stephens, Kate- College, Quicker
Szaky, Tom -Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Wampole, Christy - The Other Serious: Essays for the New American Generation [Essay collections are total catnip to me, so you know I'll be looking this one over.]

So. What do you think? Anything look good there? Not a long or exciting list. Is it just me or is summer the doldrums for nonfiction?

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.

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 22 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.

Clay, Alexa  - The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs
Fechtor, Jessica - Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home [Memoir by a woman who suffered a brain aneurysm at 28, and whose recovery included learning to stand at the stove and cook again.]
Goldstone, Nancy - The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom [Oooohhh, this sounds good, I think.]
Hepola, Sarah - Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget [Fairly self-explanatory title there. 200,000 first printing.]
Jamali, Naveed - How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent[Here's the description: "or three nerve-wracking years, Naveed JamaliF spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact, this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI."]
Madison, Holly - Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny [Memoir by the woman known as "Hugh Hefner's former #1 girlfriend." 100,000 first printing. Just thinking about Hugh Hefner makes me want to take a shower, so, probably won't pick it up.]
Oren, Michael B. - Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide [By the former Israeli ambassador to the United States.]
Robertson, Jep & Jessica - The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness [Memoir about recovering from sexual and other abuse, by the youngest son of Phil Robertson--the star of reality show "Duck Dynasty"--100,000 first printing.]
Schickel, Richard - Keepers: The Greatest Films—and Personal Favorites—of a Moviegoing Lifetime
Sherman, Scott - Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library [Of course, a must-read for librarian types. Here's the ad copy: "In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library."]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 15 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.

Ansari, Aziz - Modern Romance [50,000 first printing. Actually, I wasn't that interested in this one until I read the description; it's an exploration of modern love, complete with research and interviews, but written by comedian Ansari.]
Apatow, Judd - Sick in the Head [I think Apatow's movies, like Knocked Up and The Forty-Year-Old Virgin, were okay, but they're always at least 30 minutes too long. I'm guessing even if this book is good it will be 100 pages too long. 100,000 first printing.]
Bingham, Emily -Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham [It's hard not to be interested in any book about the Jazz Age, I think.]
Bourne, Joel K., Jr. -The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World [Mr. CR has begged me to stop bringing home downer books, so I can't get this one just yet.]
Carlson, Gretchen - Getting Real [I'm so proud of myself for not knowing that Carlson is a FOX news anchor before I went to look this book up. 100,000 first printing.]
Dotti, Luca -Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen
Pope Francis - Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday [Around here we call the pope Frankie Argentina, and we do so with all due respect, because I am a fan. I am not a big reader of religion or spirituality books, though.]
Keret, Etgar - The Seven Good Years [Keret is an Israeli writer best known for his fiction and short stories; this is is first collection of nonfiction; a memoir of sorts.]
Kurson, Robert -  Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship [100,000 first printing. True Adventure title from the author who brought you the very popular Shadow Divers.]
Lacey, Robert - Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty [OOooohh, I love Robert Lacey, author of titles like The Year 1000, Great Tales from English History, Ford: The Men and the Machine.]
Masear, Terry -Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood
Mr. Kate (Kate Albrecht) - A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects [I'm completely bored by DIY projects and the lifestyle. The thought of making anything with a hot-glue gun makes me die inside.]
Princenthal, Nancy - Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
Smart, Geoff - Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success
Thomas, Evan- Being Nixon: A Man Divided [Actually, I should read something about Richard Nixon. I never have.]
Witt, Stephen - How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy [This one sounds interesting too.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 8 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.

Butler, Brin-Jonathan- The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba [Meh, boxing. Meh, Hemingway.]
Caddy, Dan Awesome - Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said: Wit and Wisdom from America's Finest [After watching "Full Metal Jacket," the idea of finding a drill sergeant funny is hard for me to envision. 75,000 first printing.]
Clynes, Tom- The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star [That many "extremes" just seems like it would make me tired.]
Dunaway, Dennis and Chris Hodenfield- Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group
Fry, Stephen - More Fool Me: A Memoir [Of course I love Stephen Fry because he is British, but I don't know if I'll need to read this.]
Goldberg, Michelle - The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West
Green, Kristen – Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle [There are a lot of interesting, midlist books out there about civil rights. This sounds like it might be one of them; I'm going to look into it.]
Hajari, Nisid-  Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition [I don't know anything about this subject but would like to.]
Ham, Mary Katharine - End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun) [Politics, politics, blah blah blah.]
Lythcott-Haims, Julie - How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success [40,000 first printing. You know parenting manuals are catnip to me lately; I'll have to get this one.]
Mullin, Gerard E. – The Gut Balance Revolution
Posnanski, Joe - The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus [Here come the Father's Day books!]
Quinn, Colin - Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America [Is Colin Quinn a big enough name to sustain a 75,000 first printing? I used to find him funny and I'm always searching for humor I can stand; maybe I'll try this.]
Ryan, Shane - Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour
Tattersall, Ian - The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: And Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution [I just like the title of this one; I'll check it out.]
Vanderkam, Laura -I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time [Brother, this woman's making a real career out of this 'use your time better' shtick. I thought about it, briefly, but I'm not interested in doing as much as everyone else. Really what I want is for everyone else to do less. Let's have a slow-in!]

Wentworth, Ali – Happily Ali After [Humor, but I've never found Ali Wentworth all that funny.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 1 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.

Angelos, James - The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins [About recent Greek history. Could be interesting.]
Bright, Jake and Aubrey Hruby - The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse
Brooks, Amanda - Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion [By the fashion director for Barneys New York.]
Cadjan, Nancy - Baby Signing Essentials
Crocker, Betty - The Big Book of Chicken
Douglas, Ron - America’s Most Wanted Recipes Kids’ Menu [Evidently there's a whole series of these. 75,000 first printing.]
D'Souza, Dinesh - That’s Not Fair! Progressivism and the Politics of Envy [D'Souza is a well-known conservative writer. 200,000 first printing.]
Dundas, Zach - The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes [Sherlock Holmes is, of course, very big right now.]
Ezarik, Justine - I, Justine: An Analog Memoir [Another big YouTuber memoir, 100,000 first printing.]
Fertig, Judith - The Cake Therapist
Helwig, Jenna - Smoothie-Licious
Kidd, Chip - Judge This [The ad copy is: "A fun, playful look at the importance of first impressions—in design and in life—from acclaimed book designer Chip Kidd."]
Kim, Joseph & Stephan Talty - Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America [The author received help in escaping privation in North Korea. This one could perhaps be of interest to fans of Barbara Dimick's Nothing to Envy.]
Kozol, Jonathan - The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father, One Day at a Time [Kozol is best known for his writings about education and segregation, and I am a big fanSavage Inequalities is one of the few books I remember reading in college. This is a memoir about his father's struggle with Alzheimer's, made all the more immediate because his father was also a noted doctor in the field of neurology.]
Luzzi, Joseph - In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love [I was surprised this one has a 100,000 first printing, when the Kozol only had a 40,000. This is a memoir about how Luzzi's wife died from an accident while she was pregnant, but their daughter survived.]
Martin, Wednesday - Primates Of Park Avenue [Another big first printing: 100,000. Memoir by a woman who married into money and the Upper East Side of New York contingent of wealthy and secretive group of Upper East Side mothers.]
Mcdowell, Christina - After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir [This must be the week for books about wealth and NYC. A memoir by the daughter of a formerly wealthy "wolf of Wall Street."]
Meyer, Joyce - Let God Fight Your Battles: Being Peaceful in the Storm
Mezrich, Ben - Once Upon A Time In Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs [By the well-known author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires. Actually, I'm a fan, although Mezrich has been faulted for not being 100% accurate or truthful in his nonfiction. 125,000 first printing.]
Moore, Peter - The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future [About "nineteenth-century meteorologists (who) had to fight against convention and religious dogma." I'm totally gonna get this one.]
Morris, Bob - Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents [Memoir about caring for his elderly parents. Might appeal to fans of Roz Chast's graphic novel Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?]
Oliver, Isaac - Intimacy Idiot [They're billing Oliver as the next David Sedaris,but I can't say the cover on this one does much for me.]
Phillips, Stevie - Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me...[Memoir by the agent of Judy Garland, Robert Redford, etc.]
Robertson, Brian J. - Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World
Roth, Alvin E. - Who Gets What -- and Why [The ad copy: "A Nobel laureate reveals the often surprising rules that govern a vast array of activities — both mundane and life-changing — in which money may play little or no role." I'm going to look into this one too.]
Schwartz, Peter - In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive [In this one Schwartz is "Basing his arguments on Ayn Rand's ethics of rational self-interest." Ugh. Must be a real treat to be married to this guy.]
Smith, Mark Haskell - Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World [Investigative journalism; a guy investigates "naked culture" today. My biggest complaint about going to the doctor is that they are always telling me important stuff when I don't have underwear on. I really do prefer to have underwear on when people are telling me important things. I will not be reading this, most likely.]
Styron, William - My Generation: Collected Nonfiction [Essays, reviews, etc., from the novelist best known for Sophie's Choice.]
Unkefer, Agent Dean - 90 Church: Inside America's Notorious First Narcotics Squad
Zaleski, Philip, and Carol Zaleski - The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings [About C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 25 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.

Arnold, Jennifer - Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment [Memoir/self-help by the star of TLC's reality TV show "The Little Couple"]
Carolla, Adam - Daddy, Stop Talking [Ugh, Adam Carolla. I am not a fan. This is a daddy memoir/parenting manual, and here's the annoying ad copy: "Adam rips parenthood a new one, telling it straight about what adults must do if they don’t want to have to support their kids forever." 150,000 first printing.]
Hart, Mamrie - You Deserve A Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery [Drinking stories from a YouTube star, 100,000 first printing. Wow, YouTubers are really getting big deals.]
Holland, Mina - The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes, and the Stories Behind Them
Kenney, Lynne & Wendy Young - Bloom: 50 Things to Say, Think, and Do with Anxious, Angry, and Over-the-Top Kids
Marsh, Henry - Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery [I hate doctors and the medical establishment. Yet books on medicine and medical memoirs are total catnip for me. This one's by a brain surgeon, and I will be checking it out.]
McNish, Jacquie and Sean Silcoff - Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry [Business history, a nonfiction subgenre that can be surprisingly interesting.]
Offerman, Nick - Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers [Humor, by one of the stars of "Parks and Recreation," telling the stories of 21 of Offerman's favorite American icons.]
Otis, Ginger Adams - Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York's Bravest [Labor history, which can also make for surprisingly good reading. This one's about the FDNY.]
Trennert, Jason DeSena - My Side of the Street: Why Wolves, Flash Boys, Quants, and Masters of the Universe Don't Represent the Real Wall Street
Tworkowski, Jamie - If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For [Memoir and inspiration from the founder of the To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) organization, which is an internationally-recognized leader in suicide prevention.]
Virgin, JJ - JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook
Webb, Brandon - Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice [150,000 first printing.]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 11 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.

Abbott, Christmas -- Badass Body Diet: The Breakthrough Diet and Workout for a Tight Booty, Sexy Abs, and Lean Legs [This just seems like a lot to do. 100,00 first printing, though.]
Alt, Carol -- A Healthy You [Carol Alt is a supermodel. Evidently they don't pay enough for that, she has to be an author too?]
Batra, Ravi -- End Unemployment Now: How to Eliminate Joblessness, Debt, and Poverty Despite Congress
Bello, Maria -- Whatever...Love is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves [Maria Bello is an actress; this is a memoir/inspirational title about her coming-out story. 125,000 first printing.]
Bloom, Harold -- The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime [Bloom is an influential literary critic, but is NOT the author of the hugely influential title The Closing of the American Mind--that was Allan Bloom. I always get these two mixed up. This book is about "American" literature and how various authors influenced one another.]
Brands, H. W. -- Reagan: The Life [100,000 first printing.]
Brokaw, Tom -- A Lucky Life Interrrupted: A Memoir of Hope [Brokaw, I have not yet forgiven you for The Greatest Generation.]
Brzezinski, Mika -- Grow Your Value: Living and Working to Your Full Potential [Self-help from an MSNBC anchor.]
Davenport, Matthew J. -- First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America's First Battle of World War I
Dickman, Kyle -- On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought It
Ellis, Joseph J. --The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783 to 1789. [Ellis is a popular historian, best known for the title Founding Brothers.]
Erisman, Porter -- Alibaba's World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business
Gessen, Keith -- City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis[An essay collection, and I love the title. I must have this one.]
Gibson, D. W. -- The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century
Grunwald, Lisa & Steven Adler -- The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales from Adam and Eve to Zoloft [Wow, it's 560 pages long. Reminds me of the joke, you won't live longer if you're married, it'll just feel that way.]
Juan Reinaldo Sanchez with Axel Gyldén -- The Double Life of Fidel Castro
Leach, Penelope -- When Parents Part
Leadbetter, David with Ron Kaspriske -- The A Swing: The Alternative Approach to Great Golf
Leerhsen, Charles -- Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty [Lotta sports and disaster, big history titles this week. Books for Father's Day shopping already?]
Lewis, Matt -- Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas
Mann, Lucas -- Lord Fear: A Memoir [Here's the descriptive copy: "Lucas Mann was only thirteen years old when his brother Josh—charismatic and ambitious, funny and sadistic, violent and vulnerable—died of a heroin overdose."]
Mann, Sally -- Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs [Memoir of the American South, by a photographer.]
Maxwell, John C. -- How Successful People Win: Turn Every Setback into a Step Forward
Mays, Andrea -- The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio [Now this could be interesting.]
McChrystal, General Stanley -- Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World [Ugh. Business self-help with military overtones.]
Molina, Bengie -- Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty
Montgomery, Sy -- The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness [Just what it sounds like--the author explores "the emotional and physical world of the octopus."]
Moore, Stephen L. -- Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846 [100,000 first printing.]
Morell, Michael with Bill Harlow -- The Great War of Our Time: An Insider's Account of the CIA's Fight Against al Qa'ida
Morris, Robert -- Truly Free: Breaking the Snares That So Easily Entangle
Murray, Charles -- By the People: Rebuilding Liberty without Permission [Murray is best known as the author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American life.]
Posada, Jorge -- Journey Home
Rawlings, Richard -- Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat, and Beers[200,000 first printing. Evidently Rawlings is "The breakout star of Discovery’s hit automotive restoration show Fast N’ Loud."Who knew?]
Rebanks, James -- The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape [Ooh, set in the Lake District of Northern England.]
Revenson, Jody -- Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond
Richman, Adam -- Straight Up Tasty
Ridha, Jennifer -- Criminal That I Am: A Memoir [By the defense lawyer for convicted drug felon Cameron Douglas--with whom she fell in love.]
Rousey, Ronda -- My Fight / Your Fight [Memoir by an Olympic medalist in judo--holy cow, these types of things must really sell, 250,000 first printing.]
Shipler, David K. -- Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword [Shipler's prior book The Working Poor was okay, not great. Can't say this one sets me on fire.]
Simmons, Russell -- The Happy Vegan
Ureneck, Lou -- The Great Fire: One American's Mission To Rescue the Victims of the Armenian Genocide
Vigen, Tyler -- Spurious Correlations [Based on the website of the same name.]

So. What do you think? A long list this week. Anything look good there?

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?

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 27 April 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.

Abood, Maureen - Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from my Lebanese Kitchen
Berry, Amanda and Gina DeJesus -- Hope: A Memoir of Survival[First printing of 250,000]
Blehm, Eric -- Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
Bonsall, Joe -- On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys
Borges, Marco and Dean Ornish -- 22 Day Revolution:  The Plant-Based Program That Will Transform Your Body, Reset Your Habits, and Change Your Life[Wow, everyone's on the plant-based program lately. This one has a foreword by Beyonce.]
Brickhouse, Jamie -- Dangerous When Wet [Another son/mother memoir, with alcoholism thrown in.]
Brown, Jeffrey -- Darth Vader and Friends [A comic.]
Browne, David -- So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead
Durham, Janis Heaphy -- Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death [250,000 first printing.]
Harper, Bob -- Skinny Habits[Ugh, I dislike Bob Harper. My dream is to go on "The Biggest Loser" and lose all my weight by throttling him.]
Helwig, Jenna -- Real Baby Food: Easy, All-natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler
Lydon, John -- Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored [Lydon is also known as Johnny Rotten, frontman of the Sex Pistols. I won't get to this one, although I do love the title.]
Macdonald, Mark -- Why Kids Make You Fat
Martin, Roberto -- Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking
Murphy, Marc -- Season with Authority
Patalsky, Kathy -- Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen
Roll, Rich -- The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family
Sacks, Oliver -- On the Move: A Life [I'm not a Sacks fan, but he's a hugely popular NF author.]
Stone, Jared -- Year of the Cow:  How 420 Pounds of Beef Built a Better Life for One American Family [Man buys cow, spends year cooking it, learns more about his food, yadda yadda yadda, I weary of "shtick lit," also known as "stunt journalism," also known as, wow, they gave this guy a book deal for this?]
Sull, Donald -- Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World [I want to get this one.]
Warner, Jackie -- This Is Why You're Sick and Tired [Is it because I bought and ate too many jelly beans, on sale after Easter for 75% off?]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 20 April 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.

Alexander, Elizabeth--The Light of the World: A Memoir [the author "finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband." Are there a lot of these types of memoirs lately or does it just seem like it?]
Bolick, Kate--Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own [Wow, 100,000 first printing. They anticipate a lot of people who will appreciate the label "spinster," or is there something about this author I don't know?]
Bradley, James--The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia [I find James Bradley a very boring author of history.]
Carducci/Tanguay--Tippling Bros. A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails
Churchill, Dan--Dudefood: A Guy's Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food
Dyson, Freeman--Dreams of Earth and Sky [Dyson's a physicist, meaning I won't understand these essays at all.]
Eltahawy, Mona--Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
Franta, Connor--A Work in Progress
Gaynor, Mitchell--The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle
Gessner, David--All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West [I think I'd rather just read some more Abbey and Stegner.]
Hageseth, Christian with Joseph D’Agnese--Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business [Now that's what I call a business book!]
Hamilton, Alissa--Got Milked: The Great Dairy Deception and Why You’ll Thrive Without Milk [Okay, milk's one thing, but where does she stand on ice cream?]
Hartwig, Melissa--The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
Jordan, Brad “Scarface” & Benjamin Meadows Ingram--Diary of a Madman: The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap
Krakauer, Jon--Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College town [Oh, ugh, another one I don't want to read but probably should, although I find Krakauer over-dramatic sometimes. I'll be surprised if it beats the best title on this sort of subject, Ken Armstrong's Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity.]
Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach--Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battliefield [200,000 first printing.]
Little, Benilde--Welcome to My Breakdown: A Memoir [Oof, depressing memoir week.]
Lucas, Ed--Seeing Home, The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles
Miller, Shannon with Danny Peary--It's Not About Perfect\t: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life [Olympian gymnast memoir about competing and surviving ovarian cancer. Is spring the time for depressing/"inspiring" memoirs? Or are there always just a lot of them?]
Perino, Dana--And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side [The bad news is I don't know what to do with the rage this title inspires in me. Anybody who works as GEORGE W. BUSH's press secretary and still has the balls to lecture me on the "bright side" of life can take some advice from me: just go paint kindergarten-esque paintings like your former boss and have the decency to just disappear from public life.]
Prum, Eric--Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water
Quinones, Sam--Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic [Actually one of the few titles on the list this week I'd like to see.]
Perlmutter, David--Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain--for Life
Reedy, Brad--The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & The Road Home [Wow, I hope I never have to read this one.]
Reeves, Richard--Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II [I do not read about WWII, but I might break that rule for this one.]
Robinson, Ken--Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
Seierstad, Asne; Tr. Norwegian by Sarah Death--One of Us: Anders Breivik and the Massacres in Norway [I've read Seierstad's The Bookseller of Kabul, and it was very good.]
Toppo, Greg--The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter [I don't buy it, so I should probably read this one.]
Ward, James--Perfection of the Paperclip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationery Obsession [This title is just nerdy enough to be appealing.]
Yoshino, Kenji--Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 13 April 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.

Anderson, Pam - Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family [This is not by Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson. I checked.]
Baxter, John - Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light [I always think I should read some more books about Paris and France, but I never do.]
Branch, Miko - Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch---Naturally
Brooks, David - The Road to Character [Ugh. David Brooks. See Matt Taibbi on this "cultural conservative."]
Cox, Tom - The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat [Feel-good books about pets often annoy me, but I'll admit I had a soft spot for Dewey, the library cat.]
Eklund, Fredrik - The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone [I am the world's worst salesperson, but I read a ridiculous number of selling how-tos. I'll probably look at this one too.]
Glatt, John - The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus [I simply do not have the heart for this one.]
Grimsley, Jim - How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood
Hammer, Langdon - James Merrill: Life and Art
Jacoby, Richard - Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health [Easter has shown me that I have a serious sugar/candy problem, so yeah, I'll probably look at this one too.]
Jeremiah, David - A. D.: The Revolution That Changed the World
Karlson, Kevin; Rosselet, Dale - Peterson Reference Guides: Birding by Impression
Kramer, Bruce H. - We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying [A memoir of living with ALS.]
Kramer, Joan - In the Company of Legends
Kruse, Kevin - One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America [Morbid curiosity will probably compel me to look at this one.]
Martin, Richard - Coal Wars:The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet [Ditto from above.]
McDougall, Christopher - Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance [McDougall had a bit hit a few years back with the NF title "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.]
Meisler, Stanley - Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse
Mulgrew, Kate - Born with Teeth: A Memoir [Actress memoir.]
Perrette, Pauley - Donna Bell's Bake Shop
Quartz, Steven and Anette Asp - Cool: How the Brain's Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World [If my brain actually craves cool I'm sure my life is really, really disappointing it.]
Roberts, Cokie - Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 [I'm somewhat annoyed that Cokie keeps pumping out these works of somewhat fluffy history, but actually, I kind of enjoyed her first book, Founding Mothers.]
Rowling, J. K. - Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination [Oh brother, here come the graduation books. Here's an 80-pager comprised of Rowling's commencement speech at Harvard in 2008.]
Schlapman, Kimberly and Martha Foose - Oh Gussie! Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen
Slayton, Marina and Gregory - Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation
Somers, Suzanne - Tox-sick: From Toxic to Not Sick
Stanford, Frank - What about This: The Collected Poems of Frank Stanford
Tamny, John - Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics [I'm one of the only people on Earth who did not enjoy Freakonomics, so this will probably not be for me.]
Teege, Jennifer - My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past [This one's been getting a lot of press.]
Villani, Cédric ; Tr. French by Malcolm DeBevoise - Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure
Wachsmann, Nikolaus - KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
Welch, Jack & Suzy - The Real-Life MBA [500,000 first printing, but uch, Jack Welch. Former CEO of GE. Here's a quote from the Wikipedia page about him: "Welch has stated that he is not concerned with the discrepancy between the salaries of top-paid CEOs and those of average workers."]

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

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 6 April 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.

Acuff, Jon - Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

Ahlers, Amy - Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself

Apovian, Caroline - Age-Defying Diet: Outsmart Your Metabolism to Lose Weight–Up to 20 Pounds in 21 Days!–And Turn Back the Clock

Bamberger, Michael - Men in Green [Golf history.]

Bard, Elizabeth - Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes

Baur, Gene - Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day [Sigh. Most days I just don't have the energy to eat mindfully.]

Bergen, Candice - A Fine Romance

Bock, Laszlo - Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead [Ugh, Google. I tire of Google knowing everything about us, and now I'm supposed to let them transform the way I live and lead?]

Brett, Regina - God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work [Does God offer health insurance?]

Brower, Kate Andersen - The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

Byron, Tanya - Skeleton Cupboard: Making of a Clinical Psychologist [Oooh, sounds juicy.]

Cho, Joy - Oh Joy! 50 Ways to Create & Give Joy [Print run of 100,000. Who is this Joy Cho?]

Cryer, Jon - So That Happened: A Memoir [Oh, I do love Jon Cryer, and can't believe it took "Two and a Half Men" to make him famous.]

Elsmore, Warren - Brick Vehicles: Amazing Air, Land, and Sea Machines to Build from LEGO

Franklin, Aaron - Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Garcia, Francis and Sal Basille - Staten Italy: Nothin’ but the Best Italian-American Classics, from Our Block to Yours

Goldsmith, Marshall - Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be  [Sigh, I don't think I have the energy to create behavior that lasts.]


Grazer, Brian - A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life

Imig, Ann - Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now [You know with my current penchant for parenting books, I'm going to have to look at this one.]

Jakes, T. D. - INSTINCT for Graduates: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive and Face Your Unlimited Future [And here come the meh gift books for the poor graduates.]

Markova, Dawna - Collaborative Intelligence: Four Influential Strategies for Thinking With People Who Think Differently

Maxwell, John C. - Wisdom from Women in the Bible: Giants of the Faith Speak into Our Lives

Meyer, Joyce - Get Your Hopes Up!: Expect Something Good to Happen to You Every Day

Norris, Mary - Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen [Love this title; will be checking out the book.]

Pennington, Bill - Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius

Scaravella, Jody - Nonna's House

Schatz, Kay - Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

Smiley, Tavis, with David Ritz - My Journey with Maya

Smith, Jamie - Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy [Will probably be scary, but who can resist a spy memoir?]

Torey, Allysa - At Home with Magnolia

Voltaggio, Bryan - Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends

Yearwood, Trisha - Trisha's Table [Wow, 400,000 print run. I had no idea Trisha Yearwood was so big.]

So. What do you think? Anything look good there? A lot of cookbooks this week, it seems.

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 30 March 2015

New Nonfiction Titles: Week of March 30, 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.

Auchmutey, Jim- The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness [First, I saw this and thought, oh brother, another Baby Boomer book I don't need to have anything to do with, but it actually looks like it might be an interesting longer-timeframe look at civil rights issues.]

Barker, Travis and Gavin Edwards - Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums [A memoir by the drummer of Blink-182.]

Britton, Sarah - My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season

Butler, Shay - Fat Dad, Fat Kid ["A father-son weight loss memoir."]

Cohen, Alice Eve - The Year My Mother Came Back [Elle calls this one "a wry, magical memoir about the transcendent power of mother-daughter love." Yeah, that just doesn't do anything for me.]

Crawford, Matthew B. - The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction [This guy made a big splash with his earlier title Shop Class as Soulcraft, which I never got around to reading. Did anyone? How was it?]

Gates, Melinda - The Mother and Child Project [I am tired of the Gateses. I just am.]

Klink, Joanna - Excerpts From A Secret Prophecy

LaMarche, Una - Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer [Yeah, I'm a sucker for humor, I'll try it.]

McCurley, Lt. Col. T. Mark with Kevin Maurer - Hunter Killer

Pasricha, Neil - How To Be Truly Rich: Unlocking the 9 Secrets to Happiness

Peyser, Marc - Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Richards, Carl - One-Page Financial Plan

Ronson, Jon - So You'Ve Been Publicly Shamed [Pretty super excited about this one, actually. I am in love with Jon Ronson.]

Segersten, Alissa & Tom Malterre - The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods That Are Making You Sick and Tired—and Feel Better Fast

Simon, Scott - Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime [They must be planning for this to be a big title; looks like it's got a 100,000 first print run, which is a big number.]

Snyder, Kimberly - The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy

Sullivan, Rosemary - Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva [Go look at the cover of this one; I've got to read it.]

Szwed, John - Billie Holiday

The Editors of O The Oprah Magazine - O's Little Book of Happiness [I'll tell you what would make me happy. To make the Editors of O personally apologize for this one, which is obviously blatant profit-mongering on the Oprah name.]

Vitagliano, Christina - Gene Simmons Is A Powerful And Attractive Man

So what do you think? Anything look good there?