Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1


Alexander, Brian. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250085801. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085818. ECONOMICS In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, OH, the quintessential all-American town. Seventy years later, it’s fighting for its life, with its main industry—Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s […]

History, Literature, Cultural Studies | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 4


Blackburn, Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Elissa Epel. The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger. Grand Central. Jan. 2017. 302p. ISBN 9781455587971. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455587964; lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455569939. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HEALTH & FITNESS Currently president of the Salk Institute, Blackburn was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along […]

American Intervention, Siberian Exile, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 3


Baier, Bret. Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission. Morrow. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062569035. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062569066. CD: HarperAudio. HISTORY Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor, a co-moderator for three of this year’s Republican presidential debates, and the host of Special Report with Bret Baier, the top cable news show in its […]

From Dorothy Day to Michelle Obama | Biography Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 2


Chambers, Veronica, ed. The Meaning of Michelle: 15 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781250114969. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250114976. BIOGRAPHY Edited by Chambers, whose anthologies include the best-selling Mommy Wars, and offering contributions from Roxane Gay, Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris Perry, Brittney […]

Obama, Russian Bears, & Banking | Current Events Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1


D’Antonio, Michael. A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250081391. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893276. POLITICAL SCIENCE Part of a Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize, D’Antonio is the author of numerous books, most recently Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (which the […]

Octopuses, Evolution, and the Roosevelts | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3


Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Farrar. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780374227760. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374712808. SCIENCE A professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Sydney, Godfrey-Smith is also a […]

Sugar, Fat, & Flavor | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2


Lohman, Sarah. Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. S. & S. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781476753959. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476753980. COOKING As a historical gastronomist, Lohman has worked her way through cookbooks, manuscripts, and various economic, scientific, political, and religious tracts dating from the 1700s to understand what’s cooking in America. And despite […]

On Elvis Presley & George Lucas | Nonfiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1


Connolly, Ray. Being Elvis. Liveright: Norton. Dec. 2016. 369p. ISBN 9781631492808. $27.95. BIOGRAPHY Longtime British rock journalist Connolly, also a novelist and award-winning screenwriter, interviewed numerous Sixties and Seventies stars while working for the London Evening Standard. Elvis Presley was among them. Now, on the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death, Connolly has crafted a biography […]

Queen Victoria, Pixar, Space Travel, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4


Alvarez, Walter. A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. Norton. Nov. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393292695. $26.95. SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY If you’re familiar with the “Impact Theory,” which blames dinosaur extinction on a crash-landed asteroid, then you’re familiar with Berkeley geologist Alvarez; he originated the idea. Here he argues that Big History, which […]

Megyn Kelly, Trevor Noah, Chait on Obama, & More | Current Interest Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 3


Chait, Jonathan. The Long Game: The Greatness of the Obama Presidency. Custom House: HarperCollins. Nov. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780062426970. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062426994. POLITICAL SCIENCE Author of New York magazine’s “The National Interest” column, which is read by 1.8 million readers weekly, Chait cites President Obama’s record on major policy fronts, from economics to health […]