Nonfiction Previews

A Celebrity Friendship, a Musician as Healer, & More | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Achon, Julius & John Brant. The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon. Ballantine. Aug. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780553392159. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780553392166. Downloadable: Random Audio.  BIOGRAPHY Born into poverty in Uganda, Achon was forced into the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army at age 12 but escaped to become a gifted local runner. He was […]

The Idiot Brain, Fashion Photography, the Microbiome, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Burnett, Dean. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To. Norton. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780393253788. $26.95. COGNITIVE SCIENCE Ever popular, books about the brain typically extol its wonders, but Burnett lets us in on all the weird things it does, ranging from blackouts to insomnia, and all the mistakes we’ve made in trying […]

From the U.S. Post Office to the Fall of the Shah | History Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Cooper, Andrew Scott. The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran. Holt. Jul. 2016. 624p. ISBN 9780805098976. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780805098983. HISTORY/MIDDLE EAST When it comes to Iran, Cooper knows his stuff; author of The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in […]

Brazillionaires, Surveillance, & the U.S. Diplomatic Corps | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 1

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Carville, James. We’re Still Right–And They’re Still Wrong. Blue Rider. Jul. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780399576225. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780399576232. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. POLITICAL SCIENCE In his follow-up to the 1996 best seller We’re Right, They’re Wrong, Democratic stalwart Carville argues that the policies initially enacted by President Bill Clinton and continued by President Barack Obama […]

Nature, Nurture, & Technology | Science Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 5

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Balcombe, Jonathan. What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. Scientific American: Farrar. Jun. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780374288211. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374714338. NATURE/FISH Admit it; you don’t think a lot about fish. But there are actually 30,000 species of our wet, wriggly brethren, more than all mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian species combined. […]

On Hemingway, Soccer, New Possibilities, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 5

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Blume, Lesley. Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises. Eamon Dolan: Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544276000. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544237179. LITERARY HISTORY Award-winning journalist and cultural historian Blume takes us back to the summer of 1925, when a struggling newspaper stringer traveled to Pamplona, Spain, with a group […]

Four Books for Foodies | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4

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Behr, Edward. The Food and Wine of France: Eating and Drinking from Champagne to Provence. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781594204524. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399564024. COOKING Most people think French food and wine are the world’s best, but what does best mean? Behr, an important food writer who founded the food magazine The Art […]

Prison Readers, Women in Combat, Nations on the Rise | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3

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Brottman, Mikita. The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison. Harper. Jun. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780062384331. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062384355. LITERARY CRITICISM Ranging from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness to William Burroughs’s Junkie, the ten morally arresting classics on the syllabus devised by literary scholar Brottman would fire […]

Dispatches (Mostly) on War and Race | History Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 2

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Beck, Joseph Madison. My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama. Norton. Jun. 2016. ISBN 9780393285826. $25.95. MEMOIR In 1930s Alabama, the author’s father, a lawyer named Foster Beck, defended a black man accused of raping a white woman. Though there was no evidence of intercourse or violence, an all-white […]

Not-Just-Memoirs from Barbara Boxer, Tig Notaro, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1

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Boxer, Barbara. The Art of Tough: Facing Politics and Life Without Fear. Hachette. Jun. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780316311465. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316311441. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316311434. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR California’s junior senator since 1993 (following a ten-year career in the House of Representatives), Boxer proclaims, “One goal of this memoir is to inspire people […]