New Nonfiction

New Nonfiction (with commentary): 23 March 2015

New Nonfiction Titles: Week of March 23, 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 are titles with commentary.

Campbell, Thomas – The Campbell Plan: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study’s Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

Flay, Bobby – Brunch at Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend

Goldman, Katja, Judy Bernstein Bunzl, and Lisa Rotmil – The Community Table: Recipes and Stories from the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and Beyond

Hargrove, John with Howard Chua-Eoan – Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish (Another title about whales I should check out, as CRjr is obsessed with whales, but this one doesn't sound very happy.)

Houston, Philip, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero – Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone To Tell All (This sounds intriguing, actually, but at my last job I worked with several colleagues who told me TOO MUCH, and that wasn't cool. Also: do we have to persuade anyone to tell all anymore? Don't we just go check their Facebook account and learn more than we ever wanted to know?)

Hsu, Huan – The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China

Podell, Albert – Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth (I don't read a lot of travel, actually, but this one might be fun.)

Schlender, Brett – Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader (Ugh, Steve Jobs. He's one of my reading topic "deal breakers"--I just don't want to read about him.)

Tack, Karen – Cake My Day! Easy, Eye-Popping Designs for Stunning, Fanciful, and Funny Cakes

Thomas, Abigail – What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir (Here's how Amazon sums up this memoir: "What comes after the devastating loss of Abigail's husband, a process both sudden and slow? What form does her lifelong platonic friendship take after a certain line is crossed? How to cope with her daughter’s diagnosed illness? Or the death of her beloved dog?" Yeah, with memoirs, the blurbs help me decide almost immediately if I want or don't want to read them. I don't want to read this one.)

White, Kate, ed. – Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

So what do you think? Anything look good there?


New Nonfiction (with commentary): 16 March 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 are titles with commentary.

TUESDAY NONFICTION

  • Bloomfield, April - Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden
  • Frank, Barney - Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
  • Givhan, Robin - Battle of Versailles: Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History
  • Gottfried, Sara - Your Body Cure Diet: Reset Your Metabolism to Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 21 Days
  • Gottfried, Sara - Hormone Reset Diet
  • Harden, Blaine - The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom
  • Heidler, David S. - Washington's Circle: The Creation of the President
  • Hof, Dennis - The Art of the Pimp: One Man's Search for Love, Sex, and Money
  • Magee, Jeffrey - Your Trajectory Code: How to Change Your Decisions, Actions, and Direction to Become Part of the Top 1% of High Achievers
  • Moffit, Mitchell - AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena
  • In my continuing quest to read more science, I might have to check this one out.
  • Montillo, Roseanne - Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer
  • I used to read a lot of true crime, but I must have burned through my interest in it. I have not been in the mood to read it for some time.
  • Paulson, Jr., Henry M. - Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
  • Ugh, Hank Paulson. Like he didn't screw us over enough as Secretary of the Treasury, now we're supposed to buy and read his book?
  • Taft, John G. - A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism
  • Thomas, Gordon - Gideon's Spies : The Secret History of the Mossad (Revised)
  • I was completely fascinated by George Jonas's book Vengeance, about a Mossad assassin, so I might get this one.
  • Vetri, Marc - Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto

THURSDAY NONFICTION

  • Hval, Cindy - War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation
  • Brother. If I never see the words "greatest generation" on a book again, it will be too soon.

So, what do you think? Anything look good there?


New Nonfiction (with commentary): 9 March 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 the commentary.

  • Adams, Mark - Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
  • Brencher, Hannah - If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers (I love writing and getting letters, so I might have to get this one.)
  • Cockburn, Andrew - Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins (Just the subject makes me say "blech.")
  • Dawson, Shane - I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays
  • deBuys, William - Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures
  • Enriquez, Juan;Gullans, Steve - Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth (Kind of an intriguing title, actually, and I don't read enough science.)
  • Fleming, Thomas - The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation (Boy, the Founding Fathers subject is just one that people can't get enough of?)
  • Gelles, David - Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out
  • Greitens, Eric - Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
  • Gross, Michael - House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address (MMMmmmm, New Yorky book, might have to have it.)
  • Guangcheng, Chen - The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man's Fight for Justice and Freedom in China
  • Hodgman, George - Bettyville (This is a memoir, about a man going home to Missouri--from Manhattan--to look after his aging mother. Could be interesting.)
  • Hyman, Mark - Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook
  • Joyce, Dru, II; forward by LeBron James - Beyond Championships
  • Kang, Maria - The No More Excuses Diet
  • Larson, Erik - Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
    (I am not an Erik Larson fan, but many nonfiction readers are, so I thought I'd draw your attention to this one.)
  • Lieberman, Jeffrey - Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
  • Meyer, Karl E. and Shareen Blair Brysac - China Collectors
  • Morton, Andrew - 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
  • Neiwert, David - Of Orcas And Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us
    (CRjr is obsessed with all things whale and marine animal right now, so perhaps this would be a good read-alike for me!)
  • Niequist, Shauna - Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are
  • Paddock, Bonner - First Second(s): Kilimanjaro, Ironman, and the Moments That Make a Life Beyond Limits
  • Putnam, Robert - Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (Putnam is, of course, the author of the often-cited social science title Bowling Alone, about the loss of community involvement, so this might be an important read.)
  • Sass, Cynthia - Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches Without Giving Up Carbs
  • Scott, Stuart - Every Day I Fight
  • Sehgal, Kabir - Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us
  • Stone, Curtis - Good Food, Good Life: 130 Simple Recipes You'll Love to Make and Eat
  • Wills, Garry - Future Of Catholic Church With Pope Francis

THURSDAY NONFICTION

  • Parker, Matthew - Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica
  • Rubin, Gretchen - Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Life (Ugh, Gretchen Rubin. I am not a fan. But she's very popular, so again, a good title to be aware of.)

So, what do you think? Anything look good there?


New Nonfiction: 2 March 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. Highlighting reflects titles I'll be trying to get from the library.

  • Alda, Arlene - Just Kids from the Bronx (Just looked this up--Arlene is Mrs. Alan Alda, interesting, and this is an oral history. I must have it!)
  • Barry, Dave - Live Right And Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry (My first thought here was, huh, Dave Barry's still alive. Not very nice, I know.)
  • Bissonnette, Zac - Great Beanie Baby Bubble
  • Cordain, Loren - Real Paleo Diet Cookbook: 250 All-new Recipes from the Paleo Expert
  • Coupland, Douglas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, & Shumon Basar - Age Of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present (I have no idea what this is about, but I've liked Coupland ever since I liked his novel Generation X.)
  • Dasher, Courtney - Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog With the Overbite
  • De Angelis, Barbara - Soul Shifts: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom & Practical Spirituality
  • Henderson, Bruce - Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II
  • Holland, Julie - Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy (Yes, I will be getting this one, you can stop your subtle hinting.)
  • Little, Benilde - Welcome to My Breakdown
  • Lyndsey, Anna - Girl in the Dark: A Memoir
  • MacDonald, Helen - H Is for Hawk
  • Morin, Brit - Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for a New Generation (Ugh, I should get this, but let's face it, I'm old generation and not much of a homemaker to boot.)
  • Parr, Ben - Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention (A book on public speaking, maybe? I am addicted to public speaking manuals.)
  • Potter, Jennifer - Seven Flowers: and How They Shaped the World (Ugh. Microhistory. Not for me, but perhaps you like microhistories?)
  • Reid, L. A. - L. A. Confidential
  • Schlender, Brent - Becoming Steve Jobs  
  • Schneier, Bruce - Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (Oh yeah, a downer tech book, I'm all over it.)
  • Slack, Charles - Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech (I liked Slack's history of Hetty Green, the "world's greatest miser" and stock market master, so this is history I might try.)
  • Smith, Ian K. - Shred Diet Cookbook
  • Vance, Ashlee - Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

 So what do you think? Does anything look good?


New Nonfiction: 23 February 2015

Bell, Jim - Interstellar Age: Inside the 40-Year Voyager Mission
Chogyel, Tenzin - Life Of Buddha                
Christgau, Robert - Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic As a Young Man
Dando-Collins, Stephen - Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII
Desouza, Luiza - Eat, Play, Sleep: The Essential Guide to Your Baby's First Three Months
Dhawan, Erica  and Saj-nicole Joni - Get Big Things Done
Gibson, David  and Michael McKinley - The Jesus Code
Goodman, Marc - Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It (Sounds like a real upper, doesn't it?)
Gordon, Kim - Girl in a Band
Hamid, Mohsin - Discontent And Its Civilizations
Holzer, Harold - President Lincoln Assassinated!!: The Firsthand Story Of The Murder, Manhunt, Trial, And Mourning
Kelly, Jason - The 3% Signal    
King, Greg  and Penny Wilson - Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age (Oh, well, I suppose I should read history some time, and this one sounds interesting.)
Lapin, Nicole - Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together...Finally  
MacCulloch, Diarmaid - God In America   
McClelland, Mac - Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story
McKnight, Scot - Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together
Mercola, Joseph - Effortless Healing
Price, Catherine - Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection
Rosenberg, Goran - A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz
Sessums, Kevin - I Left It on the Mountain
Stark, Susan  and Daniel J. Pierson - Reflections From Pope Francis
Strobel, Lee - The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives    
Tucker, Patrick - Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (I really have got to stop reading depressing books about the future.)
Weisinger, Hendrie - Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most

So what do you think? Anything look good there?

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 Readers' Advisor Online. Highlighting reflects titles I'll be trying to get from the library.


New Nonfiction: 16 February 2015

Baird, Mimi - He Wanted The Moon: the madness and medical genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and his daughter's quest to know him (I have no idea who Dr. Perry Baird is, but this sounds interesting all the same.)

DiSpirito, Rocco - Cook Your Butt Off!

Fraser, Steve – The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (this just sounds interesting, if sad.)


Green, Lisa - On Your Case: A Comprehensive, Compassionate (and Only Slightly Bossy) Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life


Jacquet, Jennifer - Is Shame Necessary?


Jobrani, Maz - I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man (I only know Jobrani's name because he sometimes appears on the awesome NPR program Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, but I'll check out the memoir anyway.)

Kotlikoff, Laurence J. – Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

Mayer, Catherine – Born to Be King: Prince Charles on Planet Windsor (As an Anglophile I'm probably required to look at this.)


Pilon, Mary - The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game


Turner, Jessica N. - The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You


Wilson, Charlie - I Am Charlie Wilson

So what do you think? Anything look good there?

A new series, published each Monday, sharing a selected list of new nonfiction titles from the week. List originally published at The Reader's Advisor Online. Highlighting reflects titles I'll be trying to get from the library.


New Nonfiction: 9 February 2015

So you want to try something new? Let's do this: each week on Monday I'll post a list of new nonfiction titles that will be published that week. It won't be a comprehensive list; it will in fact be quoted from the Reader's Advisor Online blog (for which, full disclosure, I also write). But: when the list is posted there, on Thursdays, what we highlight are big titles that will be of interest to the most readers. What I'll highlight here (perhaps with some explanatory notes) will be nonfiction titles I want to read. Very rarely will the highlightings overlap.

Ready? So here we go!

Axelrod, David - Believer
Bagans, Zak - I Am Haunted
Brooks, Michael - At The Edge Of Uncertainty

Greenfield, Susan - Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains (Note: For the most part I am annoyed by technology, although I do enjoy email. The very thought of taking a phone and the Internet everywhere with me in the form of a smartphone, however, gives me hives. So yeah, I'll be checking this one out.)


Harari, Yuval Noah - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Hari, Vani - The Food Babe Way (The subtitle on this one is "Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days." Sigh. That seems like a lot to do in three weeks, but I'll look at it anyway.)


Lightman, Alan - Screening Room: Family Pictures
Lovelock, James - Rough Ride To The Future
Loyd, Alexander - Beyond Willpower (Oh, Christ. Here's another one I don't really *want* to read but probably should. I've requested it from the library.)


McBride, Karyl - Will I Ever Be Free of You?: How to Navigate a High-Conflict Divorce from a Narcissist and Heal Your Family
Michaels, Shawn - Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar
Moustaki, Nikki  - Bird Market of Paris
Rae, Issa - The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Santorum, Rick & Karen - Bella's Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation
Seitz, Matt Zoller - The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Thomas, Dana - Gods And Kings
Wimbush-Bourque, Aimée - Brown Eggs And Jam Jars

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