2017 Nominees: nonfiction (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly polished memoir of enormous heart."
The Latvian world of her grandmother draws the writer, an American, back to the old country to re-create a vanished life between farm and war. Read full book review >
ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >
JANE AUSTEN AT HOME by Lucy Worsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A charming, well-researched journey to 'Austen-land.'"
A fresh, spirited look at the beloved author by a self-proclaimed "Janeite." Read full book review >
A TWENTY MINUTE SILENCE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE by Shawn  Wen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch."
A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau (1923-2007). Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Bill Nye
Released: July 11, 2017

"Just the vade mecum for the smart teenager in the family and eminently pleasing reading for grown-up nerds as well."
Bow-tied nerd superhero Nye (Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, 2015, etc.) serves up a tasty combination of memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
HANNIBAL by Patrick N. Hunt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A thrilling page-turner about one of history's most brilliant strategists and tacticians."
An archaeologist and historian shares his vast knowledge of the life of the leader of the second Punic War (213-202 B.C.E.). Read full book review >
THE ART OF DEATH by Edwidge Danticat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"Danticat takes on an unpleasant topic with sensitivity and passion."
A guide to writing—and reading—about death. Read full book review >
CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Released: July 11, 2017

"Smart, filled rightfully with righteous indignation, and demanding broad discussion and the widest audience."
"If this chapter reads like a nightmare, it is because that's exactly what the criminal system is for an African American man"—a searing look at the interactions of law enforcement and black men by a former prosecutor. Read full book review >
ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2017

"In this well-conceived book, the author demonstrates unforgettably that national borders constitute much more than lines on a map."
An exploration of the borderlands that deftly mixes memoir, groundbreaking sociology, deep reporting, and compelling writing. Read full book review >
HENRY DAVID THOREAU by Laura Dassow Walls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 2017

"Thoreau has inspired so many esteemed biographies that it's difficult to claim any new one as definitive. However, Walls delivers a sympathetic and honest portrait that fully captures the private and public life of this singular American figure."
A superbly researched and written literary portrait that broadens our understanding of the great American writer and pre-eminent naturalist who has too long been regarded as a self-righteous scold. Read full book review >
A TRAGIC FATE by Nicholas O'Donnell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2017

"A brilliant display of legal erudition combined with historical incisiveness."
A comprehensive review of United States court cases involving art that was plundered by Nazis. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN MACHINERY by Margot Livesey
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 4, 2017

"Would-be writers will find this both useful and inspiring, while general readers can simply enjoy Livesey's keen insights and engaging prose."
From the noted creative writing teacher and novelist, a smart, unpretentious guide to "writing the life, shaping the novel." Read full book review >

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