From Annie Dillard & Edward O. Wilson to Charlotte Brontë’s Fiery Heart | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Dillard, Annie. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. Ecco. Mar. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062432971. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062433015. ESSAYS On September 10, President Barack Obama awarded Dillard the National Humanities Medal “for her profound reflections on human life and nature,” as the White House citation said. “In poetry and prose, Ms. Dillard has invited […]

Bill Nye, Carly Simon, & a Biography of Joan Didion | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Nonfiction


Bingham, Emily. Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham. Tantor. ISBN 9781494567972. Read by Christina Delaine. Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta Bingham was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: […]

Skyfaring with Mark Vanhoenacker | RA Crossroads


Vanhoenacker is a pilot, but he could well be a philosopher poet. His memoir is as much a story of impressions and wordplay, of history, geography, and literature, as it is an explanation of a career in the sky.

Einstein and Friends: 100 Years of the General Theory of Relativity and Other Breakthroughs


This centenary year of the publication of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity sees many books about the scientist and his achievements. Listed here are such titles along with forthcoming and recent works on other scientific breakthroughs.

Mind, Brain, & Enlightenment | Science Previews, Feb. 2016, Pt. 3


Gelernter, David. The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness. Liveright: Norton. Feb. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780871403803. $26.95. SCIENCE Yes, he’s a Yale computer scientist and AI expert, but Gelernter powerfully discounts the notion that we can artificially replicate the thought patterns of the human mind. To understand how we think and, more deeply, […]

Diana Nyad, Notorious RBG, & Luc Sante’s Paris | Audio in Advance October 2015 | Nonfiction


Barrymore, Drew. Wildflower. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780147520715. Read by the author. Barrymore’s memoir, the first book she’s written about her life since the age of 14, includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, […]

Elizabeth Gilbert, Mary Karr, & Chrissie Hynde | Audio in Advance September 2015 | Nonfiction


Armstrong, Karen. St. Paul: The Apostle We Love To Hate. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501247804. Reader TBA. St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament. But as Armstrong (Fields of Blood) demonstrates, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the […]

Earth’s Uncertain Future | Collection Development: Climate Change, June 1, 2015


Climate change entered scientific discourse during the 1980s as scientists started to document a rapid rise in greenhouse gases and a corresponding increase in global temperatures. Their claims were quickly challenged as critics alleged the gases had little to do with any warming that might be occurring. Here the debate heats up in books, videos, and websites.

Climate Warning Bells: The Search for Sustainability


Barnham’s big claims about the viability (and necessity) of solar energy; a vision of how climate inaction might be overcome, Brecher intrigues; Seaman’s sterling addition to all photo collections, Taillant opens our eyes wide to ignored natural resources.

Four Essential Sci/Med Titles from Tim Flannery, Lisa Randall, & More | Nonfiction Previews, October 2015, Pt. 2


Flannery, Tim. Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780802124067. $27; ebk. ISBN9780802190925. NATURE Ten years ago, Flannery helped jump-start the conversation on climate change with The Weather Makers, a No. 1 international best seller that was named an ALA Notable Book and has over […]