New Non-Fiction Roundup – April 2019

Happy April, y’all!  Not only is it National Library Week coming up, but it is also National Poetry Month.  But don’t you worry – while I did not include poetry titles in this particular non-fiction roundup, we will be sure to offer up some blog posts about poetry in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these titles.  Happy Reading!!

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The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Investigation by Mark Bowden – The best-selling author of Black Hawk Down documents the story of how five skilled detectives navigated the deceptions of a prisoner who hid his role in the 1975 disappearance of two young sisters.

American Spirit: Profiles in Resilience, Courage, and Faith by Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice – The best-selling author of American Wife and widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle presents an inspiring collection of stories from history and the author’s personal life that showcase the resilience of the American spirit.

Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas by Dustin Lance Black – The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and political activist presents a candid, resonant memoir of his experiences as a young gay Mormon in Texas whose polio-disabled mother taught him about surviving against all odds.

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Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America by Jared Cohen – Illuminates the evolution of American presidential power through the unique lens of the eight successors to presidents who died in office, sharing insights into the significant historical contributions of leaders who came to the office indirectly.

D-Day Girls:  The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose – The award-winning author of For All the Tea in China documents the lesser-known story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and help pave the way for Allied victory during World War II.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates,  Jr. – The NAACP Image Award-winning creator of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross chronicles America’s post-Civil War struggle for racial equality and the violent counterrevolution that resubjugated black Americans throughout the 20th century.

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The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things by Peter Wohlleben – From the New York Times best-selling author of The Hidden Life of Trees comes the final book in his The Mysteries of Nature trilogy.

I’m Writing You from Tehran by Delphine Minoui – A prize-winning French-Iranian journalist recounts how her first post-revolution visit home to 1998 Iran turned into a 10-year stay during which she witnessed remarkable political transformations and came to understand life under a volatile regime of suspicion and fear.

CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young by Peter Doggett – In honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the formation of the band itself, the author presents a biography focused on the formative and highly influential early years of what Rolling Stone magazine called “rock’s first supergroup”—Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.


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