Dispatches (Mostly) on War and Race | History Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 2


Beck, Joseph Madison. My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama. Norton. Jun. 2016. ISBN 9780393285826. $25.95. MEMOIR In 1930s Alabama, the author’s father, a lawyer named Foster Beck, defended a black man accused of raping a white woman. Though there was no evidence of intercourse or violence, an all-white […]

Not-Just-Memoirs from Barbara Boxer, Tig Notaro, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1


Boxer, Barbara. The Art of Tough: Facing Politics and Life Without Fear. Hachette. Jun. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780316311465. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316311441. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316311434. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR California’s junior senator since 1993 (following a ten-year career in the House of Representatives), Boxer proclaims, “One goal of this memoir is to inspire people […]

Banks on Travel, Guy on Elizabeth I, Dickey on Pit Bulls, & More | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 4


Banks, Russell. Voyager: Travel Writings. Ecco. May 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780061857676. $25.99. ESSAYS/TRAVELOG A Pulitzer Prize and Carnegie Medal finalist, novelist Banks is also an inveterate traveler. Here he offers a collection of essays arching over decades and continents as he interviews Fidel Castro in Cuba, elopes to Edinburgh with his fourth wife, travels along […]

Feminism, the Security State, & the Internet | Social Science Previews, May 2016, Pt. 3


Bennett, Jessica. Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace. Harper Wave. May 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780062439789. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062439796. WORKPLACE CULTURE Here’s the next in the new wave of feminist manifestos, joining Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Unfinished Business, and more, inspired by a group of friends who meet […]

The Middle East | Nonfiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Hamid, Shadi. Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the Middle East. St. Martin’s. May 2016. 256p. ISBN 9781250061010. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466866720. POLITICAL SCIENCE The caliphate has always been Islam’s dominant form of governance, and since the Ottoman Caliphate was abolished in 1924, there has been a continuing struggle for some kind […]

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


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


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


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


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


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 […]