Nonfiction on the Grateful Dead, Perfectionism, the U.S. Economy, Gay Marriage, Earhart, Sanders | Xpress Reviews

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It’s not clear why the Grateful Dead matters, relevant cataloging practices, a Game of Thrones for casual readers, new interpretations of the Earhart enigma, Stiglitz reshapes our view of economics, charming New England B&Bs, a study of Sanders’s political views that deserves close scrutiny

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

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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

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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 […]

Forming Families | LJ Reviews

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An unsatisfying but appealing story for those affected by adoption, a dreamlike and lovely account from Norbury that is well written but will struggle to find an audience

Memoirs of Traveling Light, Escaping from a Cult, & Growing Up with Rosa Parks | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Nonfiction

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Bensen, Clara. No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504662185. Reader TBA. When Clara Bensen arranged to meet Jeff Wilson on the steps of the Texas State Capitol after just a few email exchanges, it felt like something big was going to happen. Clara, a sensitive and reclusive personality, was immediately […]

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

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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 […]

Jo Baker, Haigh, Montefiore, Mukherjee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2016, Pt. 2

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Baker, Jo. A Country Road, a Tree. Knopf. May 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101947180. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947197. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL FICTION Having taken us downstairs with the Bennet family servants in Longbourn, both a LibraryReads and a Discover Great New Writers pick and a New York Times Notable Book, Baker reimagines the […]

Sean Carroll, Janine di Giovanni, Roxane Gay, Mark Kurlansky, Nathaniel Philbrick | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1

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Carroll, Sean. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton. May 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780525954828. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698409767. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SCIENCE A theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, Carroll won the Royal Society Winton Prize for The Particle at the End of the Universe, his […]

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 […]

Writing About Writers | Wyatt’s World

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These histories, autobiographies, and imaginings about well-known writers’ lives resonate with authenticity, following as they do the age-old adage to new authors—write what you know.