Nonfiction Previews

From Tama Janowitz to Amy Winehouse’s Mom | Memoir Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4,

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Hazzard, Kevin. A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back. Scribner. Jan. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781501110832. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501110870. MEMOIR Looking for a way to test himself, Hazzard became a paramedic in 2004 and held the job for nearly a decade, working in some of the toughest parts of Atlanta. […]

From the Armenian Genocide to the Holocaust to the Dadaab Refugee Camp | History Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 3

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Loridan-Ivens, Marceline. But You Did Not Come Back. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2016. 112p. ISBN 978080212450. $22. HISTORY When she was only 15, Loridan-Ivens was sent by the Vichy militia to the Drancy transit camp with her father, who told her that he would not survive the ordeal they were about to face. In fact, he  […]

Africa, Open Access, Stefan Zweig, & the Geography of Genius | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 2

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Peters, Justin. The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet. Scribner. Jan. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476767727. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781476767734. TECHNOLOGY Slate correspondent Peters uses the life and death of Aaron Swartz, founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons, who committed suicide after being indicted by the government for illegally […]

Middle East Fighting and U.S. Government Blues | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 1

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Chase, Simon & Ralph Pezzullo. Zero Footprint: Leave No Trace, Take No Prisoners: The True Story of a Private Military Contractor in Syria, Libya, And the World’s Most Dangerous Places. Muholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780316342247. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316342223. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316342230. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY/MILITARY/IRAQ Private military contractor Chase carries […]

Five Essential Historical Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2

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Crowley, Roger. Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. Random. Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780812994001. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780812994018. HISTORY Crowley spent some of his childhood in Malta, hung around Greece the summer after finishing school, and taught in Istanbul after reading English at Cambridge, and his enduring interest in the history of the […]

Sports, the Middle East, & the U.S. Presidential Campaign | Social Science Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Coppins, McKay. The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780316327411. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316327466. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316383714. POLITICAL SCIENCE With all the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

Kennedys and Johnsons: Three Fresh Takes | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Caroli, Betty. Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President. S. & S. Nov. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9781439191224. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781439191248. BIOGRAPHY Some folks say that Lyndon Baines Johnson married Lady Bird for her money and treated her badly. But not Caroli, who here portrays Lady Bird as […]

Cultural Conversations, from The New Yorker to Film to St. Mark’s Place | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Calhoun, Ada. St. Marks Is Dead : The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Norton. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780393240382. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE St. Mark’s Place, in lower Manhattan, occupies only three blocks, but in the intellectual life of the country it occupies a much grander space. Starting out as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear […]

Two North Korean Memoirs, a Challenge to Fracking, Ted Koppel on Cyberattack Unpreparedness, & More | More Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Briggle, Adam. A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas. Liveright: Norton. Oct. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781631490071. $26.95. SCIENCE/ENERGY Yes, philosophy professors can go activist, as Briggle did when he moved to Denton, TX, to teach at the University of North Texas. He quickly became an […]

Sing Along with Carrie Brownstein, Elvis Costello, Beyoncé, & More | Music Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Bareilles, Sara. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song. S. & S. Oct. 2015. 208p. ISBN 9781476727776. $28. MEMOIR The five-time Grammy Award–nominated American singer-songwriter and musician talks about her craft in that same revelatory style that has made her a big name since her 2007 hit, “Love Song.” The life balance she […]