New Non-Fiction Roundup – September 2018

Do any of these new non-fiction books strike your fancy?  If so, click on the title to reserve your copy!  We’ve got a lot covered here, from story-telling to university culture, immigration to opioid addiction, an actress’s memoir to a book on religion in art.

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman – In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world’s great story-tellers (author of His Dark Materials trilogy) meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Pullman’s own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to him. The art of story-telling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humor and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and story-telling.

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt – The author of the best-selling The Righteous Mind and his co-author controversially link rising rates of depression and anxiety to today’s culture of safety, social media and political divides, arguing in favor of traditional wisdom that promotes grit and antifragility.

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas – The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and immigration-rights activist presents a debut memoir about how he unknowingly entered the United States with false documents as a child.

Eliza Hamilton: the Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo – From the New York Times best-selling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days.

If You Love Me: a Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opiod Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh – The founder of the Magnolia New Beginnings nonprofit peer-support group shares the gripping story of her confrontation with the opioid epidemic in the wake of her daughter’s sudden and brutal battle with substance abuse.

In Pieces by Sally Field – The Academy Award-winning actress shares insights into her difficult childhood, the artistic pursuits that helped her find her voice and the powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and mother.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – The New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus shares probing insights into such present-day issues as the role of technology in transforming humanity, the epidemic of false news and the modern relevance of nations and religion.

How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization by Mary Beard – A companion to PBS’ Civilizations chronicles the intertwined histories of art and religion to explain the irreconcilable problems that all faiths have navigated while trying to represent the divine.

Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee – The founder of the popular Aesthetics of Joy blog counsels readers on how to cultivate a happier, healthier life by making small environmental changes, revealing the unexpected impact of everyday spaces and objects on mood.


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