History, from America’s First War Correspondents to the Trial of a Khmer Rouge Prison Officer | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 1

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Brown, Frederick. The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914–1940. Knopf. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780307595157. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385351638. HISTORY Ah, France, home of the Enlightenment, where art, reason, and humanist tradition reign. In fact, Brown, a distinguished cultural historian (e.g., Flaubert, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) here shows how these ideals collapsed in […]

From Joan Barthel on Elizabeth Seton to Chelsea Handler on Travel Travails | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 4

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Barthel, Joan. American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780312571627. $26.95. BIOGRAPHY Born and raised in late 1700s New York, at a time when Catholicism was illegal, Elizabeth Seton wore monogrammed slippers to George Washington’s 65th Birthday Ball, spent fruitless time in Italy trying to cure her […]

Memoirs from Annabelle Gurwitch, Dan Jenkins, Diane Von Furstenberg, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 3

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Berman, Matt. JFK Jr., George, and Me: A Memoir. Gallery. Mar. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9781451697018. $26. MEMOIR Berman currently runs his own advertising agency, Picture Book, but in 1995 he was hired by John Kennedy Jr., to serve as the creative director of George magazine. Here he recounts his relationship with JFK Jr., both personal […]

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, David Allen Sibley, & Best Sellers Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 2

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Allitt, Patrick. A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism. Penguin Pr: Penguin Group (USA). Mar. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781594204661. $29.95. HISTORY Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, Allitt will likely raise a few hackles with this environmental history, which sweeps from the atomic bomb and postwar suburbanization, to the […]

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 […]

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