Buruma, Ian. A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781101981412. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101981429. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR A leading public intellectual, the author of numerous award-winning titles, and named among 100 top global thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy, Buruma has succeeded Robert B. Silvers as the editor of the […]
Bartlett, Karen. Architects of Death: The Family Who Engineered the Death Camps. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250117700. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250117717. HISTORY It’s wasn’t ideology, just business, but it sure was hell: journalist Bartlett tells the story of Topf and Sons, the small, respected family firm of German engineers that designed and built […]
The life story of May Morris is an excellent resource for art history students but may be too specific for public libraries; new photography titles explore the essentials of the medium; highly recommended presidential picks; an affecting and personal look into the experiences of minor migrants; Chez Panisse chef Waters writes about her childhood and Coming to My Senses
This debut explores a brutish Albanian tradition…
Abouzeid, Rania. No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria. Norton. Mar. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780393609493. $26.95. CURRENT EVENTS/MIDDLE EAST For her in-depth coverage of the Middle East, Beirut-based Abouzeid has earned numerous honors, from the George Polk Award to the European Commission’s Anna Lindh Journalist Foundation Award. Here she gives a history […]
Nonfiction from John McPhee, Reza Aslan, & Diana Preston
Title IX relates to equality for everyone in sports. Recently it has been in the news for issues other than athletics and physical education. These 30 resources will level any collection.
In a sea of WWII novels, what sets this one apart?
Two author pals wax on about this moving historical drama…
Proud B-list actor Bruce Campbell brings out a new volume of his laugh-out-loud memoirs this month–and tells us which nonfiction books have grabbed his interest recently.
Blum, Howard. We Shall Bury You! Harper. Feb. 2018. 496p. ISBN 9780062458247. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062458278. HISTORY A New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning author who typically investigates significant but little-known corners of U.S. history, Blum relies on recently declassified files to tell a story that starts with brilliant linguist/codebreaker Meredith Gardner learning that a […]
Masha Gessen describes the rise of totalitarianism in Russia, Matt Taibbi reports on the death of Eric Garner, and Nate Blakeslee documents the struggles of O-Six, an alpha female wolf in the Rockies.
Summer is always an interesting time for history books. Here are some standouts from August.
Burke Harris, Nadine, M.D. The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9780544828704. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544828728. SOCIAL SCIENCE Founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, profiled in The New Yorker, and a TED talker whose “I Was Thinking Too Small” has […]
The popular book club read that was inspired by a unique espionage group…
Bartolo, Pietro & Lidia Tilotta. Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story. Norton. Jan. 2018. 224p. ISBN 9780393651287. $25.95. MEMOIR Born into a family of fishermen, Bartolo has run the only medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa for 25 years, tending to his fellow islanders while also helping to rescue and care for the […]
Nonfiction audiobooks publishing in September 2017
Graham Allison’s new book sees China as the nation we need to pay attention to. We talked with Allison about whether the U.S. and China are destined to clash, and what sparks–like North Korea–could ignite a war no one wants.
Baatz, Simon. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9780316396653. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316396677. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316510677. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY/TRUE CRIME The seduction of 16-year-old chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit by womanizing architect Stanford White and White’s subsequent […]
Here’s a Fourth of July book list in the form of a brief history.
It’s a real grab bag in the Best History Books of July. There’s a sports book, a book on Isis, a book on historical dates, a book on the War of 1812, an oral history in translation from a Nobel Prize winner… you get my drift.
A budding journalist gets more than she bargained for when she takes a job in London on the eve of the Blitz…
Our favorites, published from January through June…
Edward Luce’s new book is getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason. At the least, it’s an informative look at the current state of world politics and economics. But it’s also a warning that history is not guaranteed.
Nonfiction releasing on audio in August 2017