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30 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books for Fall

  • NONFICTION

    HUMAN RELATIONS & OTHER DIFFICULTIES

    AUG. 27, 2019

  • NONFICTION

    GENDER AND OUR BRAINS

    AUG. 27, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

GENDER AND OUR BRAINS

by Gina Rippon

Well-crafted and thoroughly documented, this is a must-read for parents, teachers, and anyone of either sex who cares for... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SILVER, SWORD & STONE

    AUG. 27, 2019

HISTORY

SILVER, SWORD & STONE

by Marie Arana

A profoundly moving and relevant work that provides new ways of thinking about the “discovery of America.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WHOSE STORY IS THIS?

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

WHOSE STORY IS THIS?

by Rebecca Solnit

Despite some repetition, Solnit’s passionate, shrewd, and hopeful critiques are a road map for positive change. Keep these... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FENTANYL, INC.

    SEPT. 3, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

FENTANYL, INC.

by Ben Westhoff

Highly sobering, exemplary reportage delivered through richly detailed scenarios and diversified perspectives. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE

    SEPT. 3, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE

by Dina Nayeri

A unique, deeply thought-out refugee saga perfect for our moment. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BROOKLYN

    SEPT. 10, 2019

HISTORY

BROOKLYN

by Thomas J. Campanella

Teeming with information, this is a must-read for fans of urban history. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    EYES TO THE WIND

    SEPT. 10, 2019

  • NONFICTION

    DISRUPT, DISCREDIT, AND DIVIDE

    SEPT. 10, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

DISRUPT, DISCREDIT, AND DIVIDE

by Mike German

Important reading for our current time, especially as the Mueller Report continues to circulate. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TALKING TO STRANGERS

    SEPT. 10, 2019

HISTORY

TALKING TO STRANGERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

Another Gladwell tour de force but perhaps his most disturbing. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THINK BLACK

    SEPT. 17, 2019

  • NONFICTION

    WILDHOOD

    SEPT. 17, 2019

NONFICTION

WILDHOOD

by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz & Kathryn Bowers

A lucid, entertaining account of how creatures of many kinds learn to navigate the complex world that adulthood opens. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GENERATION FRIENDS

    SEPT. 17, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

GENERATION FRIENDS

by Saul Austerlitz

On its 25th anniversary, the show’s die-hard fans will love Austerlitz’s detailed, discerning, and sumptuous history. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SECOND FOUNDING

    SEPT. 17, 2019

HISTORY

THE SECOND FOUNDING

by Eric Foner

A convincing but definitely not uplifting account of how Reconstruction drastically changed our Constitution. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SONTAG

    SEPT. 17, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

SONTAG

by Benjamin Moser

A nuanced, authoritative portrait of a legendary artist. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BREATHE

    SEPT. 17, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BREATHE

by Imani Perry

A masterfully poetic and intimate work that anchors mothering within the long-standing tradition of black resistance and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    YEAR OF THE MONKEY

    SEPT. 24, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

YEAR OF THE MONKEY

by Patti Smith photographed by Patti Smith

A captivating, redemptive chronicle of a year in which Smith looked intently into the abyss. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A FIELD GUIDE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE

    SEPT. 24, 2019

NONFICTION

A FIELD GUIDE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE

by Dave Barry & Adam Mansbach & Alan Zweibel

Following their previous collaboration, this is another zany book for Jews and those who love them. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TOIL & TROUBLE

    OCT. 1, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

TOIL & TROUBLE

by Augusten Burroughs

An amusing foray into the witchy realms of Burroughs’ life that lacks the depth of previous memoirs. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BIG WONDERFUL THING

    OCT. 1, 2019

HISTORY

BIG WONDERFUL THING

by Stephen Harrigan

As good a state history as has ever been written and a must-read for Texas aficionados. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HATE INC.

    OCT. 8, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

HATE INC.

by Matt Taibbi

An invigorating polemic against tactics the news media use to manipulate and divide their audiences. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    EROSION

    OCT. 8, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

EROSION

by Terry Tempest Williams

Not every piece is a winner, but this anthology of grief, anger, and even hope capably reflects Williams’ wise voice. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES

    OCT. 8, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES

by Saeed Jones

A memoir of coming to terms that’s written with masterful control of both style and material. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BODY

    OCT. 15, 2019

NONFICTION

THE BODY

by Bill Bryson

A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE PROBLEM WITH EVERYTHING

    OCT. 22, 2019

  • NONFICTION

    THE PEANUTS PAPERS

    OCT. 22, 2019

NONFICTION

THE PEANUTS PAPERS

edited by Andrew Blauner

Essential reading for “Peanuts” fans and an appealing collection of personal writing for any reader. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT PRETENDER

    NOV. 5, 2019

NONFICTION

THE GREAT PRETENDER

by Susannah Cahalan

A well-told story fraught with both mystery and real-life aftershocks that set the psychiatric community on its ear. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SALMON

    MARCH 3, 2020

NONFICTION

SALMON

by Mark Kurlansky

In championing a critically important part of the natural world, Kurlansky sounds an urgent alarm that commands our... Full review >

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