Nonfiction Round-Up (2/5/20)

The making of a modern American cinematic masterpiece, the electrifying works of literature that shaped a beloved writer’s life, research into the root causes of illness, and a funny and honest guide with a celebrity OB-GYN–all in today’s nonfiction round-up.

THE BIG GOODBYE: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson

2 starred reviews!

Chinatown is beloved by cinema fans across generations, and this making-of account of the landmark 1974 film will be relished by them all…A detail-rich study of the tortured birthing of a masterpiece.”–Booklist, starred review

“On par with Wasson’s exceptional FOSSE, this portrait of a neonoir classic will weave a spell over cinephiles.”–Library Journal, starred review

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader by Vivian Gornick

“In nine essays, the author candidly discusses her rereading of literary works during different moments in her life by authors such as Elizabeth Bowen, J.L. Carr, Colette, Marguerite Duras, Natalia Ginzburg, Thomas Hardy, and Doris Lessing…A delightful entry for lovers of literature and literary criticism.”–Library Journal, starred review

CURED: The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing by Jeffrey Rediger, M.D.

“Readers with an interest in holistic medicine as well as open-minded health care providers who are willing to adopt new treatment models that focus on treating the root causes of illness will benefit most from Rediger’s call to treat more than just symptoms.”–Library Journal

THE QUEEN V.: Everything You Need to Know about Sex, Intimacy, and Down There Health Care by Dr. Jackie Walters

“In this blush-inducing guide, OBGYN Walters, aka the Queen V, delivers a humorous, no-holds-barred lowdown on sex and lady parts…Packed with facts, figures, and yes, fun, it’s empowering.”–Booklist

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