LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, August 2017

A beautiful representation of Dutch painting and Vermeer; top football titles for summer/fall; major poets on the human experience; a Cold War espionage story that seems implausible but is still true; an enchanting book on the Himalayas and Indian culture; a vibrant and dynamic Pilgrimage in Islam; Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned species

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

For art lovers, Treasures of Asian Art is a worthwhile investment; Blumenthal delivers life-and-times political history at its best; Moss’s website translates well as an excellent training guide for any level of outdoor fun; this honest account will find resonance among consumers of popular faith narratives

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

Sullivan’s valuable, accessible wisdom can be employed immediately; a careful historical portrait of Hypatia, one of antiquity’s most accomplished women; a sober and well-argued study of the basic income concept; a tour-de-force survey of what is known about why we behave the way we do

The Nordic Way to Happy | Wyatt’s World

On the heels of calm interventions such as adult coloring books and only keeping possessions that spark joy, a new lifestyle movement is afoot. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages finding meaning in the everyday.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2016

The eminently accessible Comfort & Glory will make a wonderful addition to public libraries of all sizes; a worthy memorial to novelist Conroy; in-depth, empowering memoirs from Bosworth, Viloria; authentic, accessible, and inspiring, Olympian Vonn’s Strong Is the New Beautiful

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: October 15, 2016

An outstanding portrait of Jean Cocteau; Elvis’s legacy; holiday crafts; hikers in America, On the Trail; top fall poetry; civil rights attorney Julius Chambers; navigating The Gig Economy; Whole Cooking and Nutrition is a must-have; what humans can learn from Being a Dog

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: October 1, 2016

An outstanding Feud between Nabokov and Wilson; staging Shakespeare in Swahililand and beyond; motivational Game Changers; U.S. immigration in The City of Dreams; Altman’s Treyf offers a warm portrayal of coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 15, 2016

New collections from le Carré, Le Guin, Oates, and Oliver; ten photography titles to pore over; Mindful Moments of simplicity and self-care; Johnson engages the truth-telling power of the arts; Baird has the last word on Capone; Pearl Harbor, 75 years later

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 1, 2016

The Birth of a Dream, an autobiographical masterpiece; Citizen Steinbeck; Curtis Mayfield; poets Armantrout and Pinsky; plus Hahn’s view of U.S. imperial ambitions, histories of Vietnam and the Caliphate; Table Manners; and books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month