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Nonfiction Round-Up (5/22/19)

Money, money, money–today’s nonfiction round-up highlights some that make it, and some that take it:

BITCOIN BILLIONAIRES: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich

“Featured in the New York Times best-selling Facebook saga THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES, basis of the film The Social Network, Harvard twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss had a life-changing fall-out with Mark Zuckerberg. Mezrich shows how they overcame the shock by vacationing in Ibiza, where they learned about cryptocurrency and, considering it either a fraud or the next big thing, risked entering the fray. Now they’re the first bitcoin billionaires.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

MONEYLAND: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World by Oliver Bullough

“[A]n eye-opening and stomach-churning exposé of financial transgressions on a global scale that threatens democracy and the institutions charged with its protection”–Booklist

Nonfiction Round-Up (5/15/19)

For this week’s nonfiction round-up, we celebrate a family memoir and a nautical history!

THE DEER CAMP: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them by Dean Kuipers

“Lushly detailed and full of eco-devotion, this candid narrative has much to say about human beings bearing burdens, coping, and aiding one another.”–Kirkus Reviews

ENDEAVOUR: The Ship That Changed the World by Peter Moore

2 starred reviews!

“A dense but enlightening history of a highly significant 18th-century vessel…. History at its most exciting and revealing.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With an acute eye, Moore limns the conflicting human impulses in the first episodes of this epoch-making drama. Maritime history that opens onto much more.”–Booklist, starred review

Nonfiction Round-Up (5/8/19)

This week’s Non-Fic picks cover our favorite topics: Baseball! Our complicated emotions! DOGS! Surviving college!

TEN INNINGS AT WRIGLEY: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink by Kevin Cook

Two starred reviews!

“Every year there is a new crop of baseball books of varying quality, with one or two of them rising above the pack. TEN INNINGS AT WRIGLEY will be among the 2019 releases that will be read for years.”–Booklist, starred review

“This is an excellent look at a momentous individual game, and the long view of the ways baseball has changed during the last 30 years is equally rewarding.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (4/24/19)

A call for female empowerment, the importance of moral journalism, navigation as a foundation of humanity, and an undiscovered lost civilization–welcome to today’s nonfiction round-up!

THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

“At a time when beneficial globalization is being threatened by nationalism, and women’s rights are in danger of being rolled back to nineteenth-century norms, Gates offers urgent reminders of why it’s necessary to help women everywhere achieve their full potential.”–Booklist, starred review

MR. STRAIGHT ARROW: The Career of John Hersey, Author of Hiroshima by Jeremy Treglown

“Treglown’s meticulous, richly interpretative reevaluation revitalizes our appreciation for the intensity, volume, variety, daring, and ‘moral imagination’ of Hersey’s work, and for how essential and transformative writing can be when it’s strong, brave, conscientious.”–Booklist, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (4/17/19)

Conspiracy theories, immigration, and a call to arms–welcome to this week’s nonfiction round-up!

REPUBLIC OF LIES: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power by Anna Merlan

“Quick to condemn racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, and anti-Muslim bias, the author supports her writing with excellent supporting documentation. An engaging and valuable explication of one of the most confusing and complex topics in today’s society.”–Library Journal

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF AIDA HERNANDEZ: A Border Story by Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Two starred reviews!
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“In this caring and unforgettable borderland saga, Bobrow-Strain reveals the profound personal toll of the immigration crisis.”–Booklist, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (4/10/19)

Today’s nonfiction round-up uncovers the fast-paced world of high-end catering and argues for big business!

HOTBOX: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business by Matt and Ted Lee

Check out the New York Times profile on brothers + authors Matt and Ted.

“Veteran cookbook authors Matt and Lee take a behind-the-scenes look at the stressful world of high-end catering… The personalities involved, as well as the sumptuous foods described, are presented in delicious detail… The authors do a great job at taking readers behind the scenes of a hectic profession many might take for granted.”–Library Journal

BIG BUSINESS: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen

“Cowen writes conversationally, making for relatively fast reading about these timely and complex economic issues ranging from globalization, social media, and national politics. Readers seeking information about the relationship between the government and businesses and the role of free enterprise in labor economics and in politics will find many insights in Cowen’s arguments.”–Booklist

Nonfiction Round-Up (4/3/19)

Dive into four memoirs and The View in today’s nonfiction round-up!

ALL SHIPS FOLLOW ME: A Family Memoir of War Across Three Continents by Mieke Eerkens

“A generational memoir of war and its long-lasting effects on descendants…. The sins of the fathers are visited on their children, indeed. Eerkens’ poignant book sheds new light on the history of World War II.”–Kirkus Reviews

I’M WRITING YOU FROM TEHRAN: A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Past and Their Country’s Future by Delphine Minoui

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“Written as a letter to her long-deceased grandfather, this memoir by journalist Minoui recounts her decade in Iran after her move to Tehran in the spring of 1998…. A wonderful choice for readers of history, current events, and fans of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir PERSEPOLIS.”–Library Journal

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Nonfiction Round-Up (3/20/19)

Crazy ideas, literary criticism, political corruption, and a beautiful island…welcome to Nonfiction Wednesday!

LOONSHOTS: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall
“Physicist and biotechnology entrepreneur Bahcall examines how companies, and even countries, can encourage ‘loonshots,’ which he defines as crazy ideas that are panned by critics but can become wild successes if nurtured…. This thorough, fascinating study will appeal to a broader audience than just business wonks.”–Booklist

FAR COUNTRY: Scenes from American Culture by Franco Moretti
“‘Short in pages, and compressed in style,’ according to the author, this smart collection from Moretti…takes five introductory lectures on literary history out of the classroom…. Learned without being difficult or jargony, Moretti proves that criticism can be both thought provoking and fun.”–Publishers Weekly

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Nonfiction Round-Up (3/13/19)

A D-Day story from those who were there, an evocative essay collection, defense of the First Amendment, and a guidebook to a better life… Welcome to this week’s Nonfiction Round-Up!

SOLDIER, SAILOR, FROGMAN, SPY, AIRMAN, GANGSTER, KILL OR DIE: How the Allies Won on D-Day by Giles Milton
“Cornelius Ryan and Stephen Ambrose have set the standard for D-Day historiography. It’s safe to say that Milton (NATHANIEL’S NUTMEG) can be now added to that list with this refreshing portrayal of how the Allies prepared, fought, lost, and won on that fateful day in 1944…. Highly recommended for World War II aficionados and those seeking a great read in military history.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (3/6/19)

A read-alike for HEAVY and FUN HOME, the return of a Pulitzer Prize-winner, and a pivotal moment in Civil Rights history = Today’s Nonfiction picks!

BENDING TOWARDS JUSTICE:The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights by Doug Jones
“This poignant and powerful story tracks changes in Southern life since the 1960s, uncovering hard truths to correct America’s moral compass with an understanding of the need for activism and political discourse to achieve social justice.”–Library Journal

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