Science, Creativity, Animal Rights, & AIDS | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Ashton, Kevin. How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery. Doubleday. Jan. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781594204340. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781594204340. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SUCCESS Invention: it’s not a sudden, blazing act of genius but the accumulation of many small steps, minus many small setbacks, and the turning of chance insight […]

Taste, Touch, & the Mind-Body Connection | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Beilock, Sian. How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment To Influence How You Think and Feel. Atria. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781451626681. $26. COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Let’s agree that mind and body interact with all the power and bounce of billiard balls cue-sticked by a championship player and ask what’s […]

Memoirs from Jessie Close, Gail Godwin, Jay Williams, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

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Close, Jessie with Peter Earley. Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness. Grand Central. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781455548828. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781455548811. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579495. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Sister of the celebrated actress Glenn Close, who offers running commentary and an epilog, Close suffers from severe bipolar disorder—an illness running […]

On Ted Hughes, Prince’s Purple Rain, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 2

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Baillie, John & Susanna Wright. A Diary of Private Prayer. Scribner. Dec. 2014. 144p. ISBN 9781476754703. $15.99. RELIGION Teacher/preacher Baillie’s classic Christian devotional, first published in 1936, claims more than a million copies in print. Now, theologian Wright has updated it for modern readers. A nice, new package overall. Hall, Donald. Essays After Eighty. Houghton […]

From Medieval Knights to Murder in Palestine | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Asbridge, Thomas. The Greatest Knight. Ecco. Dec. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062262059. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780060787295. HISTORY A medieval scholar noted for writing and presenting the BBC Two series The Crusades, Asbridge tells the story of William Marshal, who lived in such harsh times (12th-century England) that he was condemned to the gallows at age five […]

James Carroll & Deepak Chopra, Mark Owen & Angelica Huston, Napoleon & Aretha Franklin | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 3

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Carroll, James. Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. Viking. Nov. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780670786039. $30. RELIGION The New York Times best-selling author of Constantine’s Sword, Carroll joins the current religious fray by considering how we can maintain faith in Christ in the 21st century. Look for a six-city tour. Cavett, Dick. […]

Big Cookbooks from Beranbaum, Goldman, & Samuelsson | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 2

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Beranbaum, Rose Levy. The Baking Bible. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2014. 576p. ISBN 9781118338612. $40. BAKING Twice winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year and the James Beard Award, Beranbaum is your go-to author for baking; her first book, The Cake Bible, is in its 47th printing. Here’s a comprehensive guide […]

Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, James Laughlin, Philip Larkin, Raymond Chandler, Penelope Fitzgerald | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 1

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Booth, James. Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love. Bloombury. Nov. 2014. 544p. ISBN 9781620407813. $35. BIOGRAPHY Philip Larkin has long been regarded as one of Britain’s most distinguished 20th-century poets—and by many as too tartly superior in his attitude toward women and minorities for comfort. Booth, literary adviser and coeditor of the Philip Larkin Society […]

Ackroyd on the Stuarts & Charlie Chaplin, Bai on Gary Hart, Hill on Diplomacy, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 5

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Ackroyd, Peter. Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 528p. ISBN 9781250003638. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466855991. HISTORY The award-winning biographer, historian, and novelist (e.g., Whitbread Novel Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize) continues his “History of England” series with a third volume focusing on […]

Controversy with Emmanuel Carrère’s Limonov & Linda Tirado’s Hand to Mouth | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 4

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Carrère, Emmanuel. Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia. Farrar. Oct. 2014. 352p. tr. from French by John Lambert. ISBN 9780374192013. $28. BIOGRAPHY Controversial politician and writer on the edge, Limonov produced attention-getting poetry in the […]

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