Histories of Paris & World War II, Biographies of Begin & Chavez | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 1

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DeJean, Joan. How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City. Bloomsbury USA. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781608195916. $28. HISTORY Everyone thinks of Paris as being remade in the 19th century under the direction of Baron Haussmann, but DeJean argues that its real rebirth occurred as it emerged from the medieval past in the […]

American Fun, SAT Prep, & the Financial Divide | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 4

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Beckman, John. American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt. Pantheon. Feb. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780307908179. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307908186. SOCIAL HISTORY Author of the debut novel The Winter Zoo, a New York Times Notable Book, Beckman challenges our understanding of American Puritanism by showing that we’ve been an essentially prankish, fun-loving nation. Colonists reveled wildly, […]

History from Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte to Kennan’s Diaries | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 3

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Berkin, Carol. Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Knopf. Feb. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780307592781. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385351621. BIOGRAPHY How many readers know that Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jerome, married a Baltimore beauty named Elizabeth Patterson, which so angered Napoleon that he insisted Jerome renounce her or lose all his powers? As […]

Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 2: Four Big Self-Help Titles

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Hyman, Mark. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability To Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast. Little, Brown. Feb. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9780316127370. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316192217. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316192224; CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. HEALTH In The Blood Sugar Solution, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best […]

Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 1: Military History & Memoir

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Alahmady, Ryadh Khalaf (“Johnny Walker”) & Jim deFelice. Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything To Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. Morrow. Feb. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780062267559. $26.99. MEMOIR/MILITARY Committed to changing his country’s government, Iraqi Alahmady worked as a translator for the U.S. military during the war, […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 5: Humor, Memoir, Sports, & More

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Barry, Dave. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About. Putnam. Jan. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780399165948. $26.95. CD: Penguin Audio. HUMOR Pulitzer Prize winner Barry is always funny, and here he is being funny about the trials of parenthood, including having to accompany his […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 5: History from the Tudors to Ariel Sharon

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Chappell, David L. Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. Random. Jan. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781400065462. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812994667. SOCIAL SCIENCE/AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, this revisionist work has […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 4: Cosmology, Technology, & the Brain

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American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How To Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2014. ed. by Debra Horwitz & others. 384p. ISBN 9780547738918. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780547834450. PETS/DOGS Why decode your dog’s behaviors? Because, explains this first-ever book from the American […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 3: Advice Books from David B. Agus, Cameron Diaz, & More

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Agus, David B., MD. A Short Guide to a Long Life. S. & S. Jan. 2014. 128p. ISBN 9781476730950. $17.95. HEALTH & FITNESS Head of the University of Southern California’s Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, Agus follows up his No. 1 New York Times best-selling The End of Illness with […]

Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 2: the Parthenon, the Staple Singer, Great Gatsby Inspiration, & More

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Connelly, Joan Breton. The Parthenon Enigma. Knopf. Jan. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780307593382. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385350501. ARCHAEOLOGY We have long regarded the Parthenon as summing up the glory that was Athens, birthplace of democracy. But after studying a lost play by Euripides, inscribed on scraps of papyrus wound around an Egyptian mummy, MacArthur fellow Connelly […]

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