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

DESK 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America by Sherrod Brown

“Brown has created an uplifting set of senatorial profiles that counters the negativity of this time of political divisiveness, lies, corruption, hatred, and intimidation with factual accuracy, respect, admiration, and appreciation.”–Booklist

THE RUSSIAN JOB: The Forgotten Story of How America Saved the Soviet Union from Ruin by Douglas Smith

“Smith’s true fascination may be the way the program opened the eyes of its organizers, testing their convictions and nudging them toward more nuanced impressions of Russia.”–Booklist

WOUNDED SHEPHERD: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church by Austen Ivereigh

2 starred reviews!

“A thoughtful, essential book.”–Booklist, starred review

“Highly recommended for readers seeking to understand the complexities of a papacy very different from those of the recent past.”–Library Journal, starred review

CONVERSATIONS WITH RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen

“The justice’s many admirers, as well as readers interested in constitutional law, will find this book to be full of valuable insights.”–Publishers Weekly

AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival by Françoise Malby-Anthony and Katja Willemsen

“All animal lovers will enjoy this book, particularly those concerned for the many animals in danger of extreme suffering and possible extinction at the hands of poachers.”–Library Journal

THE MOVES THAT MATTER: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life by Jonathan Rowson

“Rowson’s charming work will provide a pleasing structure for any reader looking for self-help advice, and will particularly appeal to chess players.”–Publishers Weekly

THIS LAND IS THEIR LAND: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman

“Silverman’s highly recommended work enlightens as it calls into question persistent myths about the origins of Thanksgiving.”–Booklist, starred review

MAKING COMICS by Lynda Barry

2 starred reviews + a Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2019!

“Barry’s lighthearted and genuinely fun approach is directly in service of it: banishing your inner critic, developing a disciplined (but playful) practice, and dismantling beliefs about what constitutes a ‘good’ comic is key to finding something organic, original, and true.”–Booklist, starred review

“[T]hese lessons from Barry, like her art, capture her own brand of magic: a synthesis of theory, practice, memory, imagination, and ‘a certain sort of unlearning.'”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

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