Knausgaard, Macy, Tomalin, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Aug. 2018

Chivers, C.J. The Fighters. S. & S. Aug. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9781451676648. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781451676679. MILITARY HISTORY Part of a team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, Chivers walked the walk with American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq for over a dozen years. Now, as a writer-at-large for the New York […]

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 […]

Nonfiction: Frank Little & Labor, Forces of Nature, Gershom Scholem, Native American Women | Xpress Reviews

Appealing for those interested in the history of the American West and labor history; a must-read for anyone delving into the history of science; for specialized readers drawn to Jewish mysticism and Jewish messianism; for readers interested in the history of western Washington

Nonfiction: Best-sellerdom, Science, Women Workers, Middle East Peace, Nature, Némirovsky | Xpress Reviews

For serious book lovers and wordsmiths; Dean’s effort to combat scientific illiteracy; American women’s contribution to the success of WWI; for those hoping for peace in the Middle East; an engaging portrait of the Catskill wilderness; an important book on Némirovsky; a concluding history of World War II

Books for Our Times | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 1

Douthat, Ross. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501146923. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146947. RELIGION As conservative New York Times columnist Douthat clarifies, Pope Francis’s stewardship as 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church is not without controversy. His raising issues like communion for […]

Happy Birthday, Parks | Social Science Reviews, July 1, 2016

A coffee-table sized guide to America’s 59 national parks from Lonely Planet, and a heartwarming memoir of a man traveling to 12 national parks while coping with his mother’s terminal illness

Nonfiction on Theodore Roosevelt, Jewish Culture, Everyday Technologies, Musicians | Xpress Reviews

A revelation about Roosevelt’s jaunts in the wild, a fascinating text on the history of Jewish religion and culture, a history of everyday items and why we use them, Lichter’s interpretation of these musicians’ thoughts on classical music, a “happy gut”

James McBride’s Quest for the Real James Brown | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Nonfiction

Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681681283. Reader TBA. Traveling around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research―the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states―Ackerman not only tells […]

Survival Skills, Music Conservation, Parrots of the Wild, & More | Reference Short Takes, November 1, 2015

Emerson offers a solid (if scary) addition to the survival guide collections, an uplifting compendium for larger New Age collections, important knowledge from an expert on early musical instruments, a rich study of “the most human of birds”

Making and Breaking | Self-Help Reviews, September 15, 2015

MAKING AND BREAKING is a pertinent theme for this month’s column. The titles go from connecting with nature and other people to cutting the ties that bind to exploring New Age philosophies and the lost art of grace.