America at War, from the 1800s to Afghanistan | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 1

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Borneman, Walter R. MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific. Little, Brown. May 2016. 608p. ISBN 9780316405324. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780316405317. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316405300. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY A best-selling author of books like The Admirals, which has over 75,000 copies in print, Borneman does not offer a biography of Gen. Douglas […]

British Royals, American Jihadists, Humanitarian Doctors, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3

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Andersen, Christopher. Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne. Gallery: S. & S. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476743950. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476743974. BIOGRAPHY/ROYALTY Anderson, the author of 16 New York Times best sellers, including William and Kate and The Day Diana Died, has a way with royalty of all sorts. Here he gives […]

The Working World, from Alibaba to Technology’s Impact | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2

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Avent, Ryan. The Wealth of Humans: The Future of Work in the Twenty-First Century. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781250075802. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887190. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Economics correspondent for the Economist (recently promoted to news editor) and the primary contributor to its Free Exchange blog, Avent ranges worldwide to examine the impact of […]

Parenting Titles, from Childbirth Through Post-College | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1

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Raeburn, Paul & Kevin Zollman. The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know—Your Kids. Scientific American: Farrar. Apr. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780374160012. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374714406. PARENTING Journalist Raeburn, whose Do Fathers Matter? won a National Parenting Publications Gold Medal, has […]

From the Apostles to the Battle of the Plains of Abraham to India Today | Social Science Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3

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Anderson, William. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harper. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062419682. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062419682. LETTERS Everyone loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, it seems; Pioneer Girl, her annotated autobiography, which was published in 2014 by the South Dakota Historical Society Press, reached the No. 2 spot on the New York Times best […]

From Girls & Sex to Battling Depression, Key Women’s Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 2

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Anderson, Gillian & Jennifer Nadel. WE: A Manifesto for Modern Women. Atria. Mar. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781501126277. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501126291. SELF-HELP Award-winning actor/producer Anderson and award-winning journalist Nadel are best buddies, and together they’ve written something a little different: not a memoir of what they’ve learned from their friendship but a manifesto coming out of […]

From the Silk Roads to Los Angeles | History Previews, Feb. 2105, Pt. 5

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Brooks James F. Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat’ovi Massacre. Norton. Feb. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780393061253. $26.95. HISTORY In 1700, Awat’ovi, a peaceful Hopi community on Arizona’s Antelope Mesa, was set upon by neighboring Hopi Indians and its inhabitants brutally slain. Brooks, professor of history and anthropology at the University of California, Santa […]

Today’s Issues, Tomorrow’s Business | Social Science Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 4

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Bates, Laura. Everyday Sexism. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781250067937. $25. 99; ebk. ISBN 9781466876668. SOCIAL SCIENCE/FEMINISM On April 16, 2015, Bates’s blog, The Everyday Sexism Project, enjoyed its third anniversary and scored big as the No. 1 trending topic that day on Twitter. Bates started the blog in 2012 after she […]

Mind, Brain, & Enlightenment | Science Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 3

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Gelernter, David. The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness. Liveright: Norton. Feb. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780871403803. $26.95. SCIENCE Yes, he’s a Yale computer scientist and AI expert, but Gelernter powerfully discounts the notion that we can artificially replicate the thought patterns of the human mind. To understand how we think and, more deeply, […]

A Nina Simone Biography, Actors’ Memoirs, and Viertel on the American Musical Theater | Performing Arts Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 2

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Fisher, Carrie. The Princess Diarist. Blue Rider. Feb. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9780399173592. $24.95. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR After Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking, here’s another memoir from the erstwhile Princess Leia, just in time for the release of the latest Star Wars sequel. Not a full-length narrative arc but interconnected autobiographical essays; note […]