Nonfiction Previews

Present and Future | Social Science Previews, Sept. 2017

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Bruder, Jessica. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Norton. Sept. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780393249316. $26.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE Expanding her eye-opening Harper’s cover story, “The End of Retirement,” which shows that many Americans can no longer afford to quit work during the so-called golden years, Bruder introduces us to an intrepid bunch that give new […]

Taking Care of Body and Soul | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2017

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Brand, Russell. Fix: Freedom from All Your Addictions. Holt. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250141927. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250141934. CD: Macmillan. MEMOIR Once in thrall to heroin, alcohol, sex, food, and more, comedian and movie star Brand helps others recover from addiction as he did by explaining that the real question is not “Why are you […]

The Templars, McKinley, & More | History Previews, Sept. 2017

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Conant, Jennet. Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist. S. & S. Sept. 2017. 640p. ISBN 9781476730882. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781476730929. BIOGRAPHY Conant supervised the production of poison gas during World War I, insisted on open admissions as Harvard president, championed U.S. entrance into World War II as an adviser to Franklin Roosevelt, […]

Politics, Art, & Grief | Memoir Previews, Aug./Sept. 2017

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Ausiello, Michael. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies; A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words. Atria. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781501134968. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134982. MEMOIR A longtime entertainment journalist, now founder and editor in chief of TVLine.com, Ausiello knows how to write. But here he’s set himself a tough task: discussing what happened […]

War, the UN, & Wrongful Conviction | Social Science Previews, Aug. 2017

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Brennan, Thomas J. USMC (Ret.) & Finbarr O’Reilly. Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War. Viking. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780399562549. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399562563. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR/MILITARY Though the cause may be different, war correspondents suffer posttraumatic stress disorder at about the same rate as combat […]

Paris to Palestine to America | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Begley, Adam. The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera. Tim Duggan: Hogarth. Jul. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101902608. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101902615. HISTORY Former books editor of the New York Observer, Begley offers the portrait of an artist as both celebrity and entrepreneur. Nadar was famed for iconic photographs of folks like Manet and Sarah […]

Seven Great Beach Reads | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Fagone, Jason. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062430489. $27.99. HISTORY Now that The Imitation Game has familiarized everyone with the concept of code-breaking, it’s time to step back to its origins during World War […]

Science, Sports, & Politics | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & David Fisher. Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court. Grand Central. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781455542277. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455542253. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538727270. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. SPORTS Sports great, New York Times best-selling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador Abdul-Jabbar goes back to 1965, when as 18-year-old […]

Performing Arts | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Aikman, Becky. Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781594206719. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698405639. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FILM Former Business Week/Newsday reporter Aikman explains how 30-year-old production assistant Callie Khouri persisted in the face of considerable indifference to write a film […]

From Revolutionary America to Saddam Hussein | History Previews, Jun. 1, 2017, Pt. 1

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Bardenwerper, Will. The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781501117831. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501117855. HISTORY A decorated Airborne Ranger–qualified infantry officer in Iraq who also served four years in the Pentagon, Bardenwerper tells the morally complex story of 12 American soldiers given […]