2015 Nominees: nonfiction (page 2)

THE WORLD IS ON FIRE by Joni Tevis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"That seam glows fiercely, startlingly bright, in these rich, revelatory essays."
Evocative essays on faith, life and wonder. Read full book review >
THE JEFFERSON RULE by David Sehat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Sehat ably shows how the exploitation of the founders debases political debate and neglects policy evaluation—required reading for those desperate for sane, intelligent political arguments."
Sehat (History/Georgia State Univ.; The Myth of American Religious Freedom, 2011) indicts the political ploy of invoking the Constitution to support projects from the sublime to the absurd.Read full book review >
LORD FEAR by Lucas Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"In constructing his aching, poignant narrative, Mann offers a fine meditation on fate and on how 'the story of addiction is the story of memory, and how we never get it right.'"
An ambitious, literary-minded memoir of the author's relationship with his late brother, a much older heroin addict. Read full book review >
JONAS SALK by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
Released: May 7, 2015

"Jacobs makes a convincing case that Salk was a shy man who never succeeded in making the scientific or personal connections that could bring happiness, but his idealism proved a boon to mankind."
An extraordinarily rich biography of the doctor Americans adored and all but regarded as a saint. Read full book review >
KIDNAP IN CRETE by Rick Stroud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"A stirring adventure with an exotic setting and a thrilling cast."
In 1944, undercover British operatives kidnapped German Gen. Heinrich Kreipe on Nazi-occupied Crete. This is the tale of that exploit. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A breathtaking survey of the human mind exponentially accelerating the accumulation of knowledge, from pratfalls to ventures beyond the veil."
A selective, guided tour of the human accumulation of knowledge from American physicist and former CalTech instructor Mlodinow (Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"A book that will challenge readers as much as the author has challenged herself."
A fiercely provocative and intellectually audacious memoir that focuses on motherhood, love and gender fluidity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Other than spies, this book has little in common with spy thrillers, but it's just as captivating."
The uncommon family business of selling information to Russia proves exciting, lucrative and remarkably misguided. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF SAUL BELLOW by Zachary Leader
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Will now stand as the definitive Bellow biography."
The author of The Life of Kingsley Amis (2007) returns with the first installment of a two-volume biography of Saul Bellow (1915-2005), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"This is Ellis' ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner."
A brilliant account of six years during which four Founding Fathers, "in disregard of public opinion, carried the American story in a new direction." Read full book review >
WHIRLWIND by John Ferling
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A first-rate historian's masterful touch conveys the profound changes to colonists' 'hearts and minds.'"
From servants to citizens: a nuanced study of the American Revolution focused on how the war changed the way Americans saw themselves. Read full book review >
BATTLE LINES by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015

"In this gripping graphic narrative, the complexities of history achieve clarity, and the depth of the tragedy has a visceral impact."
A graphic rendering of epic destruction and intimate despair, as the authors make Civil War scholarship come alive for readers young and old. Read full book review >

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