Nonfiction Previews

Three Big Biographies | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Dery, Mark. Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey. Little, Brown. Nov. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780316188548. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780316451079. BIOGRAPHY He had over 20,000 books and six cats, roomed with Frank O’Hara at Harvard, wore full-length fur coats and a full-length Edwardian beard, attended virtually every performance of […]

Current Concerns | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Addario, Lynsey. Of Love & War. Penguin Pr. Oct. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780525560029. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780525560036. Downloadable. PHOTOJOURNALISM Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Addario stuns us into awareness with 200-plus photographs featuring the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. With essays by Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, Christy Turlington, and more. Asim, Jabari. We Can’t Breathe: On […]

Outer Space, Inner Peace, & Camille Paglia | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Decker, Jessie James. Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food. Del Rey: Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062851376. pap. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780062851383. HEALTH & FITNESS Up there in the news as a recording artist and songwriter (remember the No. 1 Billboard country album, Southern Girl City Lights?), plus style entrepreneur and […]

From an MBA Mastermind to a Ravenmaster | Memoir Previews, Oct. 2018

Eichenwald, Kurt. A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir. Ballantine. Oct. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399593628. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399593635. Downloadable. MEMOIR A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a two-time winner of the George Polk Award, and a New York Times best-selling author (e.g., The Informants), Eichenwald could tell a remarkable enough story about his life, but […]

Top Biography & History / Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

  Ackroyd, Peter. Dominion: The History of England from the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781250003652. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250135537. HISTORY Ackroyd has won Whitbread and Somerset Maugham honors for fiction and James Tait Black honors for biography, but that wasn’t enough for him. In […]

Music, Arts, & Literature To Soothe the Savage Breast | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2018

Beastie Boys. Beastie Boys Book. Spiegel & Grau. Oct. 2018. 592p. ISBN 9780812995541. $50; ebk. ISBN 9780812995558. Downloadable. MUSIC Remaining band members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz tell the story of the New York City hardcore band Beastie Boys, of which LJ editor-at-large John Berry’s son John was a founding member. With […]

Eliza Hamilton, Mohandas Gandhi, & Pirates | History & Biography Previews, Sept. 2018

Bunker, Nick. Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. Knopf. Sept. 2018. 464p. ISBN 9781101874417. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101874424. BIOGRAPHY Printer, journalist, scientist, Founding Father: that’s our near-mythic image of Benjamin Franklin. But what was he like when he was young? Bunker, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for An Empire on Edge: How Britain Came To […]

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 […]