Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2012, Pt. 2: A Memoir from Hope Solo, Essays from Neal Stephenson

Chertavian, Gerald. A Year Up: Rediscovering America and the Talent Within. Viking. Aug. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780670023776. $26.95. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. EDUCATION
Serving as a Big Brother, technology entrepreneur Chertavian realized that the country was defined by an Opportunity Divide: lots of disadvantaged youth were eager to work‚ and to work their way up the ladder‚ but they needed guidance. So in 2000 he founded Year Up, a program for low-income young adults emphasizing training, mentoring, and internships leading to real jobs; 85 percent of graduates are employed or in college full time within four months of graduation. The mediagenic program currently helps 1300 students in nine cities nationwide. Here’s how it all works; with a nine-city tour and lots of push.

Fontaine, Claire & Mia Fontaine. Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World. Morrow. Jul. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780061688393. $24.99; eISBN 9780062109637. MEMOIR
Everyone loves finding-oneself travel memoirs, and this one has a particular hook; it follows up Come Back, the best-selling story of Claire Fontaine’s efforts to rescue her daughter, Mia, from drug addiction. A decade later, they are eager to move beyond the roles defined in that book. So they launch a six-month, 16-city, 12-country getting-restarted tour, with adventures that included a passport-eating elephant. A mother-daughter relationship book with some cool settings; a 50,000-copy first printing.

Goldman, Carrie. Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs To Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear. HarperOne: HarperCollins. Aug. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780062105073 $25.99. PARENTING
After her first-grade daughter, Katie, was roundly bullied for having what was considered a gender-inappropriate Star Wars thermos, Goldman‚ purveyor of a popular blog on the Chicago Tribune‘s online‚ wrote a post that attracted lots of attention. Katie’s story appeared in hotspots like the front page of and Germany’s Der Spiegel, and the hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie got a big rush. Here, Goldman expands her post considerably to offer concrete advice on dealing with bullying, something one in five teens (to move beyond Katie’s age group) say they have experienced in the last year. At 25,000 not the hugest printing on this list, but the issue is in the news.

Levine, Madeline. Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success. Harper: HarperCollins. Aug. 2012. 368p. ISBN 9780061824746. $25.99; eISBN 9780062196682. PARENTING
What makes a good parent? For psychologist Levine, whose New York Times best seller, The Price of Privilege, netted more than 125,000 copies in hardcover and paperback, it’s not about raising top-scoring wunderkinder. Instead of pressuring some kids to overachieve while entirely neglecting others, we need to define success in terms of having a sense of purpose and well-being. As the tiger mama debates continue raging, this book should have lots of appeal. With a 75,000-copy first printing and author appearances in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Lustig, Andrea Pomerantz. How To Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank. Avery: Penguin Group (USA). Aug. 2012. 224p. ISBN 9781592407231. $22.50. BEAUTY/STYLE
This guide from Glamour beauty sleuth Lustig could just as well have been titled How To Look Good Inexpensively. Lustig offers tips from high-priced cosmetic artists, a recipe for deluxe skincare that costs under $20, ideas for getting a really good dye at an inexpensive salon, and more. Since Lustig’s column is featured on, which draws in three million unique visitors a month, this should have readers. And who doesn’t want to be gorgeous?

Montanti, Elissa with Jennifer Haupt. I’ll Stand by You: Changing the World One Child at a Time. Dutton. Aug. 2012. 288p. ISBN 9780525952954. $25.95. MEMOIR
Billed as a memoir but more, actually. Fourteen years ago, to overcome her grief after the death of several loved ones, Staten Island lab technician Montanti decided to help collect school supplies for children in Bosnia but discovered they need something different. After helping a child horribly maimed by a landmine, she founded her one-woman organization, the Global Medical Relief Fund, which has since helped bring 150 injured children from war zones in Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere to this country for treatment. Already lots of coverage, including two 60 Minutes segments; this book shows us what can be done.

Solo, Hope with Ann Killion. Solo: A Memoir of Hope. Harper: HarperCollins. Aug. 2012. 240p. ISBN 9780062136749. $24.99. MEMOIR
Featured twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated. TV appearances ranging from The Late Show with David Letterman to Dancing with the Stars. Social media queen with 850,000 Facebook fans and 345,000 Twitter followers. Solo may have made her name as the independent-minded goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team‚ she was there for the Olympic gold in 2008‚ but she’s much more than that. Here’s her story, focusing on her relationship with her father, who taught her to love soccer but disappeared from her life for a time when he was convicted of embezzlement. Given the weight of the story and Solo’s headliner reputation, not to mention comparisons to Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, the 30,000-copy first printing seems a bit cautious.

Stephenson, Neal. Some Remarks. Morrow. Aug. 2012. 288p. ISBN 9780062024435. $25.99; eISBN 9780062133618. ESSAYS
Surprise! Not another juicy work of speculative fiction from best-selling award winner Stephenson but a collection of essays he has contributed to magazines, symposiums, websites, and blogs. It will be interesting to see the expansive Stephenson work in a smaller format as he discusses, for instance, genre, Isaac Newton, and Star Wars. With a 75,000-copy first printing and author appearances in Austin, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Diego, and Seattle. Cool.


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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.