Gangsters: Men + Women, food lust, and artful essays… Welcome to this week’s nonfiction round-up!
HANDSOME JOHNNY: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli: Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, CIA Assassin by Lee Server
An untold story of golden age Hollywood, modern Las Vegas, JFK-era scandal and international intrigue.
“Filled with crackerjack writing and Damon Runyonesque characters, this entertaining page-turner is a rich look at one of organized crime’s most intriguing characters.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
THE PATCH by John McPhee
An artful assortment of nonfiction writings by John McPhee…
“[McPhee] provides a bountiful cornucopia of insightful essays that display the wide range of his interests and tastes… McPhee delights in cracking open subjects, both ordinary and esoteric, and making them accessible to the layperson in works that testify to his virtuosity as one of the greatest living American essayists.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
CRAVE: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Christine S. O’Brien
A memoir of a life spent struggling with food—from water fasts to late night binges—and the lifelong journey to find balance.
“A thoroughly engaging memoir”—Library Journal
BRINGING DOWN THE COLONEL: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took On Washington by Patricia Miller
The story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century women’s rights crusader who brought a prominent politician—and the hypocrisy of America’s control of women’s sexuality—to trial. And, surprisingly, she won.
“Though the sexual exploitation of women has been well documented, stories of women successfully bringing down their abusers have, until recently, been few and far between… A fascinating examination of a historical #MeToo episode.”—Booklist