Nonfiction: Coronado’s Ecofriendly Gardening Solutions | Xpress Reviews

More hackneyed than hacked, Coronado’s book adds little to an already-full gardening shelf, though the happy tone will appeal to some readers

Nonfiction: Sexual Assault in the Military, Boxing, da Vinci, Jewish Holidays, Skillet Cooking | Xpress Reviews

Hall’s brave and honest work sexual assault in the military; a trip down memory lane for hard-core boxing fans; for readers already familiar with Lappin’s novels and essays; a modern take on a pilgrim’s journal for Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike; explore the stalwart skillet’s versatility

Nonfiction on Retro Cameras, Hustvedt’s Essays, and Lonely Planet Travel 2017 | Xpress Reviews

Anyone who appreciates fine photography will love this book; an excellent and fearlessly wide-ranging collection that never stops at the easy answer but continually probes deeper; a quick and engaging overview useful to travelers in planning their next escape

Nonfiction on Reversing Aging and Quantum Gravity | Xpress Reviews

We can stave off many age-related maladies for a while this way—and that is on its own a worthy endeavor; Rovelli’s work is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort

Nonfiction on Betty MacDonald, Octavia Butler, Pit Bulls, Foreign Policy, and Attica | Xpress Reviews

Appeal for anyone familiar with Betty MacDonald’s books; this approach to Butler is like no other; An intriguing option for those interested in the science behind sex; a must-have for canine enthusiasts; foreign policy that is pragmatic and nonpartisan in scope; for readers interested in technology and/or innovation; behind the Attica uprising

Nonfiction on Citizen Science, Primatology, the Iran Deal, and the Beatles | Xpress Reviews

An engaging exploration of citizen science; recommended for nonspecialists intrigued by animal intelligence; those who remain skeptical of the plan’s framework will have their views reinforced; an absorbing, reflective work that will appeal to more serious music fans and Beatles newcomers

Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

Nonfiction on the Philadelphia World’s Fair of 1926 and from “The Movie Doctors” | Xpress Reviews

Historian Keels recounts Philadelphia’s spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to celebrate the sesquicentennial of American independence with a world’s fair; this book of film reviews is a flatliner. Pull the plug STAT!

Nonfiction on Mary Astor’s Custody Trial and Taking a Vertical View | Xpress Reviews

The trial story includes a strong, smart Astor; her troubled, nervous ex-spouse; their intense, hardworking lawyers; and a kindly judge; Graham looks at satellites, bombers, drones, helicopters, elevators, skyscrapers, housing, favelas, sewers, bunkers, mines, and basements—from below ground to high in the air

Nonfiction on the Owl, Science, Financial Planning, the Fax Machine, and the Boss | Xpress Reviews

A gem for owl fans; an infographic guide to science; for those desiring a firm grip on their finances; a meticulously researched history of the fax machine; for those ready to stop slogging through life; Springsteen’s is one of rock’s finest memoirs