Nonfiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 2: The End of Men in a Networked Age

Johnson, Steven. Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2012. NAp. ISBN 9781594488207. $26.95. TECHNOLOGY
Getting connected will be good for us‚ but it’s surely going to be different. That’s the argument from Johnson, Time cover boy, TED (technology, entertainment, and design) talker, author of the best-selling Where Good Ideas Come From, and expert on the cultural-technology symbiosis who commandeers nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers. If you want to stay updated.

Laskas, Jeanne Marie. Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work. Putnam. Sept. 2012. NAp. ISBN 9780399159008. $25.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE
Director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, National Magazine Award finalist for a GQ piece on coal miners, and author of long-running Washington Post Magazine column Significant Others, Laskas here profiles everyday folks who make life in America work. Good thought in these divided times.

Rinella, Steven. Meat Eater: A Natural History of an American Hunter. Spiegel & Grau. Sept. 2012. 272p. ISBN 9780385529815. $26. SPORTS/HUNTING
Host of the Discovery Channel’s The Wild Within and the new MeatEater on the Sportsman Channel, and also author of the award-winning American Buffalo, Rinella has been hunting since age ten. This panoramic account of ten hunts in which he has participated sums up his philosophy that meat eaters have a moral responsibility for acquiring what they eat instead of depending on others to kill and package meat for them. Lots of hunters and Michael Pollan fans out there for this book.

Rosin, Hanna. The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2012. NAp. ISBN 9781594488047. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE
Founder of Slate’s Double X, which offers provocative views on women’s issues, Rosin drew on recent research to write an Atlantic Monthly cover story arguing that in terms of every measure of success‚ education, work, health, and home life‚ women are currently outstripping men. This expansion of her story, which purports to range widely in terms of class and culture (the thrust is in fact global), will likely make some readers feel angry and others triumphant. The publisher’s big nonfiction for the fall.

Sifton, Sam. Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well. Random. Sept. 2012. 112p. ISBN 9781400069910. $18. COOKING
Sifton is currently the national editor of the New York Times, but he was once its lead restaurant critic, and for three years he manned its Thanksgiving Help Line for those desperate about burnt pies and separating gray. Here he examines a range of important Thanksgiving issues, e.g., to brine or not to brine? How to set the table? When do you start cooking, and how you time everything with the big football game? Now maybe that help line won’t be quite as busy; check out especially for his 78,000 Twitter followers.

Venable, David. In the Kitchen with David: A Classic Comfort Food Cookbook. Ballantine. Sept. 2012. 256p. ISBN 9780345536280. $30; eISBN 9780345536297. COOKING
The numbers speak for themselves: venerable chef Venable’s No. 1‚ rated QVC show, In the Kitchen with David, has 1.25 million viewers; 140,000 folks follow Venable on Facebook and 5000 on Twitter. He’s hosted numerous big-names chefs on his show, helping them sell out their cookbooks; now he has one of his own, with 150 recipes that aim to bring you classic comfort. So this would seem to be a no-brainer where cookbooks are hot.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

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.