Book List

New & Notable Nonfiction: January, 2013

  • NONFICTION

    GOOD PROSE

    JAN. 8, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

GOOD PROSE

by Tracy Kidder ; Richard Todd

Other writing guides have more nuts-and-bolts advice, but few combine the verve and plainspokenness of this book, which... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    P.G. WODEHOUSE

    JAN. 28, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

P.G. WODEHOUSE

by P.G. Wodehouse edited by Sophie Ratcliffe

Editor Ratcliffe’s (On Sympathy, 2009) generous annotations and judicious edits give scope to a rich, brilliant, happy,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE UNIVERSE WITHIN

    JAN. 15, 2013

NONFICTION

THE UNIVERSE WITHIN

by Neil Shubin

An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FAREWELL, FRED VOODOO

    JAN. 8, 2013

HISTORY

FAREWELL, FRED VOODOO

by Amy Wilentz

An extraordinarily frank cultural study/memoir that eschews platitudes of both tragedy and hope. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE REENACTMENTS

    JAN. 7, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE REENACTMENTS

by Nick Flynn

Flynn’s determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE DISASTER DIARIES

    JAN. 28, 2013

NONFICTION

THE DISASTER DIARIES

by Sam Sheridan

An upbeat and entertaining survival guide for the end of the world. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    NAKED STATISTICS

    JAN. 7, 2013

NONFICTION

NAKED STATISTICS

by Charles Wheelan

A delightful, informative guide to an often-intimidating subject. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ENGINEERS OF VICTORY

    JAN. 15, 2013

  • NONFICTION

    THE REBELLIOUS LIFE OF MRS. ROSA PARKS

    JAN. 29, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE REBELLIOUS LIFE OF MRS. ROSA PARKS

by Jeanne Theoharis

Even though her refusal to give up her bus seat sparked a revolution, Rosa Parks was no accidental heroine. She was born to... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    USEFUL ENEMIES

    JAN. 1, 2013

HISTORY

USEFUL ENEMIES

by Richard Rashke

A richly researched, gripping narrative about war, suffering, survival, corruption, injustice and morality. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    UNKNOWN PLEASURES

    JAN. 29, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

UNKNOWN PLEASURES

by Peter Hook

Electric transmissions from a bygone era, etched in blood by someone who was there in body and spirit. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE WORLD IS MOVING AROUND ME

    JAN. 15, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE WORLD IS MOVING AROUND ME

by Dany Laferrière translated by David Homel

Nonfiction with the resonance of literary fiction and the impact of real tragedy. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GOING CLEAR

    JAN. 17, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

GOING CLEAR

by Lawrence Wright

A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid “religion” and the faithful held in its sweaty grip. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

    JAN. 15, 2013

HISTORY

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

by Ward Wilson

A provocative reframing of a problem that still awaits a solution. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE FUTURE

    JAN. 29, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE FUTURE

by Al Gore

Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion. Full review >

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