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Nonfiction Round-Up (11/06/19)

A graphic memoir + a female Navy pilot + an Ohio Senator’s previous desk occupants + historical cooperation between the US and Russia + Pope Francis + RBG’s life & career + elephants! + a chess grandmaster + a history of Thanksgiving + how to draw & write your own story = today’s nonfiction round-up!

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 4: A Graphic Memoir of a Childhood in the Middle East by Riad Sattouf

2 starred reviews!

“Sattouf depicts the disappointments and uncertainties of growing up in a unique multicultural world in a way that’s sometimes tense, sometimes humorous, and always brilliant.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A must for most collections, especially those with the previous books in the series.”–Library Journal, starred review

JET GIRL: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy’s Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-19 Super Hornet by Caroline Johnson

“A realistic look at a difficult, dangerous profession.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Stars for Friedman & Jackson & Smith

Three FSG nonfiction books are raking in the starred reviews:

THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
One of
Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016!

“Inspired by the pleasure he took in the ‘free’ moments he was granted when people he planned to meet were running late, columnist, reporter, and best-selling author Friedman began thinking about our hectic, smartphone-centric lives and the profound impact of the ‘three giant accelerations’: digital technology, globalization, and climate change. How can we adapt? Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering ‘moral innovation’ and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry…” — Booklist, starred review

“To meet these and other dizzying accelerations, Friedman advises developing a ‘dynamic stability,’ and he prescribes nothing less than a redesign of our workplaces, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and communities. Drawing lessons from Mother Nature about adaptability, sustainability, and interdependence, he never underestimates the challenges ahead. However, he’s optimistic about our chances as he seeks out these strategies in action… Required reading for a generation that’s ‘going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.’” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Starred Reviews for Former People

Your Russian history buffs will be delighted to hear that we have an dramatic non-fiction title coming soon on the final days of the Russian aristocracy, FORMER PEOPLE, and it's getting starred reviews!

FORMER PEOPLE is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin’s Russia. Filled with chilling tales of looted palaces and burning estates, of desperate flights in the night from marauding peasants and Red Army soldiers, of imprisonment, exile, and execution, it is the story of how a centuries’-old elite, famous for its glittering wealth, its service to the Tsar and Empire, and its promotion of the arts and culture, was dispossessed and destroyed along with the rest of old Russia.

"This is an anecdotally rich, highly informative look at decimated, uprooted former upper-class Russians." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sobering stories about the politics of power—its loss, its gain—and the deep human suffering that inevitably results." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Beware of stampedes! Your patrons will be Russian to get at this one!

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