Nonfiction Previews

Gangsters, Feminists, & Brazil | History Previews, Aug. 2018

Anderson, Sam. Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis. Crown. Aug. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780804137317. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780804137324. Downloadable. URBAN SOCIOLOGY A former book critic for New York magazine and currently critic-at-large at the New […]

From Heiress to Novelist to Impostor | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2018

Bingham, Sallie. The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke. Farrar. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780374142599. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374142599. CD. BIOGRAPHY Businesswoman, philanthropist, war correspondent, horticulturist, art collector: heiress Doris Duke was once tagged as the richest girl in the world, but obviously she was a whole lot more. Multithreat author/activist Bingham burrowed through […]

Of Current Interest | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Auerbach, David. Bitwise: A Life in Code. Pantheon. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781101871294. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871300. COMPUTERS A National Magazine Award–nominated writer and software engineer who helped develop instant messaging technology for Microsoft and the software needed to sift through Google’s data stores, Auerbach looks back at his youthful fascination with and training in computer […]

From New Matter to the Flu | Science & Medical Previews, Aug. 2018

Arnold, Catharine. Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9781250139436. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250139450. HISTORY One hundred years after the Spanish Flu scoured the globe, killing 50 million people worldwide and 550,000 in the United States (five times the number of military fatalities in […]

Two Key Education Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2018

Duncan, Arne. How Schools Work. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501173059. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501173073. EDUCATION Duncan has been deeply involved in education for three decades, from his mother’s after-school program on Chicago’s South Side to his position as Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, so he’s got a real insider’s perspective, from which he […]

History, Current Events, & More | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Ambinder, Marc. The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983. S. & S. Jul. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781476760377. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476760391. HISTORY Respected reporter and award-winning television producer Ambinder zeroes in on the nerve-wracking year when Soviet leaders so feared a nuclear strike from America that they put their intercontinental ballistic missiles […]

Memoirs with More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Daley-Ward, Yrsa. The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir. Penguin. Jun. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780143132622. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780525504535. Downloadable. MEMOIR Born in England of West Indian and West African heritage, actress/model-turned-poet Daley-Ward had a big hit with bone, self-published in 2014 and given a trade-house publication in 2017 that won strong reviews. This memoir addresses […]

Memoir & More | Last of the Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Memoir Bernstein, Jamie. Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. Harper. Jun. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062641359. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062641373. MEMOIR For the centenary in 2018 of legendary composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s birth, to be celebrated with a two-year global extravaganza involving more than 1,000 events, his daughter recalls “growing up Bernstein” and the father […]

Historical Perspectives | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Crouch, Gregory. The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Fortune in the American West. Scribner. Jun. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781501108198. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501108211. HISTORY Like so many others, Irish immigrant John Mackay rushed to 1840s California in search of gold. It didn’t pan out, but in 1859, he walked 100 miles […]

Politicians, Movie Stars, & Olympians | Memoir Previews, May 2018

Barak, Ehud. My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace. St. Martin’s. May 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781250079367. ebk. ISBN 9781466892088. CD. MEMOIR/POLITICS Barak’s life is so deeply entwined with his homeland that any memoir he offers will also be a history of Israel. Here he focuses on his efforts in 2000 to find […]