2017 Nominees: nonfiction (page 4)

STANTON by Walter Stahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A lively, lucid, and opinionated history, and his research supports his skepticism on some historical claims. The book should be Stanton's definitive biography for some time to come."
An exhaustive biography of the most controversial figure in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Read full book review >
LIFE IN CODE by Ellen Ullman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"What Anthony Bourdain did for chefs, Ullman does for computer geeks. A fine rejoinder and update to Doug Coupland's Microserfs and of great interest to any computer user."
A sharply written, politically charged memoir of life in the data trenches by computer pioneer Ullman (By Blood, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THE KELLOGGS by Howard Markel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A superb warts-and-all account of two men whose lives help illuminate the rise of health promotion and the modern food industry."
A dual biography of the highly successful Kellogg brothers, who "fought, litigated, and plotted against one another with a passion more akin to grand opera than the kinship of brothers." Read full book review >
LIGHTS ON, RATS OUT by Cree LeFavour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A searingly eloquent and intelligent memoir.
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A noted cookbook writer tells the story of her young-adulthood battles with mental illness and self-harming behaviors. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."
Food historian Twitty, creator of the Afroculinaria blog, serves up a splendid hearth-based history, at once personal and universal, of the African-American experience. Read full book review >
DYING by Cory Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"There is an ever expanding body of literature on coming to terms with mortality, and this entry ranks with the best."
An eloquent plea for a more humane approach to death and a moving meditation on the life that leads to that end. Read full book review >
THE WRONG WAY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE by Megan  Stielstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"In a style that is literary but never pedantic, Stielstra has crafted a collection that has such a sense of continuity that it could pass as a memoir."
Perhaps not lifesaving, but a life-enriching collection of essays by a conscientious writer and teacher who knows that asking the right questions is more important than having all the answers. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2017

"An exciting history of the second great breakthrough of 21st-century physics."
A fascinating story of astronomy that represents "the culmination of a century-long quest and the starting point for a completely new chapter in our exploration of the universe." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"A gripping addition to the literature of the period and an overdue tribute to these unique Americans."
The inspiring story of the "Ritchie Boys" and their unique contribution to the Allied victory in World War II. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Essential reading full of remarkable emotional wealth."
The Nobel laureate (2015) writes about "the wrong kind of war": oral confessions from Russian women intimately involved with fighting for the motherland. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"What could have been another average cathartic memoir becomes a page-turner thanks to lucid writing and thrilling storytelling."
A memoir from the former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. Read full book review >
AMERICAN FIRE by Monica Hesse
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2017

"A true-crime saga that works in every respect."
A captivating narrative about arson, persistent law enforcers, an unlikely romantic relationship, and a courtroom drama. Read full book review >

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