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NONFICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN May 2017
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
The Harvard-educated comedian, talk-show host and U.S. senator chronicles the story of his unlikely senatorial campaign, detailing the ensuing months-long recount and what his service has taught him about America's deeply polarized political culture.
Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor
An anthology of riotous autobiographical essays by the beloved Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and star of Transparent and Arrested Development discusses such topics as his formative childhood years, his relationship with his depressive father and his enduring creative process.
Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours by Ben Falcone
A lighthearted and intimate look at fatherhood from the director, writer and actor from The Boss and Tammy combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with wife Melissa McCarthy have been shaped by his childhood.
Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Bascombe novels presents a memoir in two parts on the lives of his parents in the Depression-era South that explores their motivations and dreams, his traveling salesman father's early death and the family's transient lives in a series of hotels.
Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin
An uplifting memoir by the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver traces his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance and grace that create opportunities for success.
The Chick and the Dead: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine
The mortuary curator behind the popular blog by the same name presents a career memoir told through the steps of an autopsy that symbolically represent milestones in the author's life, cultural attitudes about the afterlife and her discoveries about what the living can learn from the dead.
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
A dual portrait of Winston Churchill and George Orwell focuses on the pivotal years from the mid-1930s through the 1940s, describing how both suffered nearly fatal injuries before their vision and campaigns inspired action to preserve democracy throughout the world.
Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of an American Hero by Rock Positano & John Positano. Foreword by Francis Ford Coppola.
A portrait of the iconic Yankee star by his doctor and friend describes how they supported one another throughout DiMaggio's final years, in an account that discusses such topics as DiMaggio's career-ending injuries and his relationships with first wife Dorothy Arnold and Marilyn Monroe.
Ernest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V. Dearborn
A full biography of Ernest Hemingway draws on a wide range of previously untapped material and offers particular insight into the private demons that both inspired and tormented his literary achievements.
Forging a President: How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt by William Hazelgrove
Evaluates the years spent as a cattle rancher and deputy sheriff in wild Dakota Territory that influenced Theodore Roosevelt's character as president, drawing on personal reminisces, quotes and encounters to share insights into how the 26th president's achievements were shaped by the nature and culture he experienced firsthand.
The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home by Sally Mott Freeman
Documents the extraordinary story of three brothers in World War II who found themselves at the epicenter of three of the war's most crucial moments, describing the rescue mission launched by the elder two when their youngest brother was declared missing in action in the Philippines. A first book.
Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way by Ryan White
The acclaimed music critic and author of Springsteen: Album by Album explores the life, achievements and legacy of iconic music artist and writer Jimmy Buffett, tracing the experiences that shaped Buffett's career while celebrating the enduring culture he inspired.
The Killing School: Inside the World's Deadliest Sniper Program by Brandon Webb with John David Mann
A tour of the elite three-month Navy SEAL scout and sniper training program, co-written by a veteran who was tapped to incorporate the latest technological advances into the program, explains how trainees are instructed to utilize every possible edge and how their training plays out in real combat.
Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball by Lou Piniella with Bill Madden
A candid memoir by the beloved New York Yankee reflects on his nearly half-century career as a player and manager while sharing insights and stories from some of his most memorable moments with many of the biggest names in Major League Baseball.
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer
The best-selling author of Poser describes the erotic reawakening she experienced at midlife that completely derailed her family life and career, recounting how she attempted to reconnect with her husband and reconcile her teen past with the woman she became.
The Mighty Franks: A Memoir by Michael Frank
A Los Angeles Times book critic chronicles his upbringing and education in an insular family of Hollywood screenwriters, describing how his once-beloved aunt's psychological illness forced him to reconstruct his senses of self and family.
Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt
A portrait of one of America's most beloved authors is presented through reminiscences and letters exchanged with one of her closest friends, describing how their respective experiences with the violent racism of the mid-20th-century American South shaped their families, careers and values.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach
A memoir of a young marriage that is defined by mental illness describes how the author's wife suffered mysterious psychotic breaks on either side of having a child, examining how the challenges of mental illness raise profound questions about love and responsibility.
A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham
The outspoken plus-sized model and body image activist presents a collection of provocative essays that chronicle her life in fashion and offer insight into how ideas around body image are and are not evolving in today's culture.
Note to Self by Connor Franta
A follow-up to the best-selling A Work in Progress presents a series of diary-like essays, letters, poetry and original photography documenting the author's battles with clinical depression, social anxiety and self-acceptance in his efforts to make authentic connections.
Papi: My Story by David Ortiz with Michael Holley
Published to commemorate Ortiz's retirement, a no-holds-barred memoir by the record-setting clutch slugger focuses on his most recent decades and includes coverage of such topics as his youth in the Dominican Republic, his tense relationship with Twins manager Tom Kelly, his storied achievements with the Rex Sox and his perspectives into the Boston Marathon bombing.
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
The Oscar-nominated star of Precious and Empire delivers a much-awaited memoir that shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway and her own unconventional rise to fame.
Two Paths: America Divided or United by John Kasich
The Ohio governor, and vocal Republican critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, answers the burning question of our time: "Where do Americans go from here?" Do we head down the right path ... or the garden path?
Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun
The author of St. Marks Is Dead presents poignant and witty essays on the beautiful complexity of marriage.
You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales by Sheila Nevins
A famed television producer and president of HBO Documentary Films shares frank but lighthearted advice for today's women on how to navigate the challenges of pursuing a career in a man's world, balancing the responsibilities of a working parent, aging in a youth-obsessed culture and thriving as a feminist in a dynamic marriage.
American Epic: When Music Gave America Her Voice by Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
The authors present a full-color companion book to the PBS and BBC documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots music—blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian and Native American.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The notable host of StarTalk reveals just what people need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
The Badass Life: 30 Amazing Days to a Lifetime of Great Habits-Body, Mind, and Spirit by Christmas Abbott
The CrossFit superstar and author of the best-selling The Badass Body Diet presents a day-by-day guide to encouraging healthy habits through fun, dynamic tasks designed to challenge the body while engaging the mind and spirit.
The Captain Class: The Driving Force Behind the World's Greatest Teams by Sam Walker
A former Wall Street Journal global sports editor reveals the essential contributions of unconventional players behind the world's highest-performing sports teams, explaining how their unofficial leadership examples and counterintuitive strategies helped enable remarkable, long-term successes.
The CEO Pay Machine: How It Trashes America and How to Stop It by Steven Clifford
A former top CEO examines the scandalous and corrupt reasons behind why corporate executives receive lucrative pay packages at the expense of the rest of the working force, outlining strategic approaches to understanding how the process works, why it hurts and how it can be stopped.
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
A National Endowment for the Arts fellow documents the story of how a summer job at a Louisiana law firm and the case of a convicted murderer and child molester changed her views about the death penalty and forced her to confront traumatic secrets in her own family.
Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech by Heather Cabot & Samantha Walravens
A former ABC News correspondent and the editor of the New York Times-acclaimed anthology Torn counsel today's women on how to use technology to start their own businesses, invest in women's ventures and challenge male hacker stereotypes, sharing the examples of such innovators as Debbie Sterling and Michelle Phan.
Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood by Kirk Douglas & Anne Douglas. Foreword by Michael Douglas.
The 100-year-old screen icon and his wife of 62 years share secrets to longevity in life and love as demonstrated by candid commentary and correspondences they have shared with friends, world leaders and each other.
Love What Matters: Real People. Real Stories. Real Heart by LoveWhatMatters
Collects authentic, emotional, and inspiring stories about life’s most important moments, as curated by the editors at Love What Matters, a Facebook community of over 5 million fans.
Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival by Jeffrey Gettleman
The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times East Africa bureau chief presents a memoir about finding love and purpose in one of the world's most violent and beautiful regions, tracing his life-long dream of living in Africa and his winding journey toward the personal and professional ambitions of his heart.
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott
A lighthearted exploration of the 150-year history of baseball pitching focuses on the story of one "perfect" game to profile every type of pitch and the evolving wisdom and science of players, fans and statisticians who are transforming many of the sport's most cherished beliefs.
On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen
A compassionate account of living with anxiety, complemented by deep reportage on the science of anxiety disorders, traces the author's personal journey of trying to understand and manage her own case from neuroscientific, spiritual and genetic perspectives.
The Pierre Hotel Affair: How Eight Gentlemen Thieves Plundered $28 Million in the Largest Jewel Heist in History by Nick Sacco & Daniel Simone
Chronicles the startling and sensational true story of the most famous unsolved heist in American history: the theft of $28 million in jewels from the Pierre Hotel.
Spirit of the Horse: A Celebration in Fact and Fable by William Shatner
An anthology of personal and historical anecdotes collected by the Emmy Award-winning actor best known as Star Trek's Captain Kirk explores the remarkable impact of horses on human culture while reflecting on the work of his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show.
Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 by Leigh Montville
The best-selling author of At the Altar of Speed presents an insightful portrait of the iconic heavyweight champion and activist that examines the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal to serve in the military after converting to Islam.
Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You by Jon Katz
The best-selling author of Soul of a Dog shares deeper insights into the inner and outer lives of animals to teach readers how to effectively communicate with the animal world, sharing additional information from his research and experiences with a diverse range of animal subjects.
This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information by Kyle Cassidy. Ed by Ronald Rice. Foreword by Richard Russo. Afterword by Emily St. John Mandel.
An inspiring tribute in text and photos to librarians and libraries in all 50 American states and Canada describes the diverse backgrounds and motivations of today's librarians and includes original essays by such contributors as Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin and Paula Poundstone.
Undoctored: How You Can Be Smarter than Your Doctor and Discover Real Health on Your Own by William Davis
The best-selling author of Wheat Belly argues that conventional medicine is not working today, citing unnecessary medications, big-business dietary recommendations and unnecessary procedures before outlining a six-week program for taking control of one's health.
We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson
The creator of PHD Comics and a University of California particle physicist blend infographics, cartoons and lighthearted scientific explanations to fill in gaps in layperson cosmological knowledge, offering coverage of topics ranging from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational wave and exploding black holes.
The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life by Phoebe Lapine
An uplifting guide for readers battling autoimmune disease or just seeking healthy life balance draws on the year-long wellness investigations of the award-winning Feed Me Phoebe blogger to demystify controversial fads and identify the lifestyle practices that she found most beneficial.
You're the Only One I Can Tell: Women, Friendship, and the Power of Conversation by Deborah Tannen
A New York Times best-selling author and internationally-renowned professor of linguistics at Georgetown University decodes the conversational styles of female friends and explains how language contributes to this unique, cherished and crucial connection.
The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History by Susanna Forrest
An evolutionary chronicle of the horse from its origins 56 million years ago to the present examines its prominent role in diverse societies throughout history, sharing anthropological details, personal anecdotes and archival materials to illustrate the parallel development of humans and horses.
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand for by David McCullough
A timely collection of speeches by one of the most honored historians in the United States—winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom—aims to remind readers of fundamental American principles.
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
Citing the space race, Cold War and 1967 Apollo 1 tragedy, a riveting account of the harried mission to use an untested rocket to secure America's position as the first nation to reach the moon reveals the dangers endured by its crew and the ways the mission brought inspiration and renewal to an America ravaged by assassinations and war.
Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion that Opened the West by William Hogeland
An account of how the U.S. Army was created to fight a crucial Native American war describes how George Washington and other early leaders organized the Legion of the United States under General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in response to a 1791 militia defeat in the Ohio River Valley.
The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis
An account of the 1846 Donner-Reed Party expedition parses fact from fiction to reveal the true events surrounding the tragedy, profiling the adventurous, business-savvy and adventurous characters who shaped the group and how various interpersonal factors led to their harrowing experiences. By the best-selling author of Route 66.
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Civil War by David Fisher
A latest entry in the best-selling companion series to Fox's historical docudrama, Bill O'Reilly's Legends & Lies, shares lesser-known stories about the Civil War and its leading figures to debunk common myths and reveal the significance of forgotten factors.
Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton
A revolutionary appraisal of the Old West and its role in shaping post-Civil War America retraces the pivotal evolutions of open-range cattle, the boom-and-bust cycle, the Depression, the invention of the assembly line and the dawn of the conservation movement.
MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II by Peter Eisner
An assessment of the military strategies and espionage activities in occupied Manila during World War II traces how a daring Filipino and American team hid in the Luzon hills to prepare for MacArthur's return and sabotage Japanese efforts, including a planned invasion of Australia.
The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign by Thomas Oliphant & Curtis Wilkie
A behind-the-scenes account of the 35th President's journey to the White House includes coverage of his failed vice presidential nomination in 1956, the ways his Catholic faith challenged his campaigns and the successful efforts of his team of young advisors to reinvent the traditional party.
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell
A memoir and manifesto by the comedian, hit podcast host and star of United Shades of America shares intersectional progressive views on forefront issues ranging from race relations and law enforcement to right-wing politics and parenthood.
Penguins of America by James Patterson & Jack Patterson with Florence Yue. Illus by James Madsen.
A lavishly illustrated, humorous send-up of daily life by the award-winning writer and his son features riotous illustrations that show penguins formally dressed and satirizing routine human activities, from a relaxing day at the beach to a stressful morning commute.
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
An anthology of personal favorite diary entries by the best-selling author of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls features excerpts that have inspired his famed autobiographical essays and shares insights into the intimate arenas of his life.
The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone
The Emmy Award-winning comedienne conducts a series of irreverent "scientific" experiments to discover the secret to happiness, from learning martial arts and speeding in a Lamborghini to communing with nature and volunteering.
Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State by Ali H. Soufan
The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Banners provides an account of how and why Osama bin Laden’s radical ideology keeps rising from the dead.
Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice
The controversial former Secretary of State traces her witness to key events throughout the past half century while assessing the evolution of global democracy and how it is under attack in all world regions.
Destined for War: America, China, and Thucydides's Trap by Graham Allison
A cautionary assessment of the modern state of China summarizes key historical events that have led to today's state, citing the growing breakdown in U.S.-China relations while outlining several scenarios in which both nations could slide into war in accordance with the examples of earlier conflicts.
The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight by Adrian Levy & Catherine Scott-Clark
Documents the inside story of Al Qaeda and its post-September 11 activities, drawing on interviews with the wives, military associates, spiritual advisors and radical followers of Osama bin Laden to trace his gradual loss of power and eventual defeat. By the authors of The Siege.
This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
A U.S. senator and author of A Fighting Chance presents a passionate, inspiring book about why the U.S. middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.
The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
Citing the misguided parenting and government programs that over-protect today's youth, leaving them ill-equipped to handle the demands of the real world, a guide to raising self-reliant young adults explains how to reinstate formative experiences from first jobs and delayed gratification to eating correctly and leaving home.
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
A leading social scientist presents a timely examination of the physical, psychological and moral effects of inequality that explains how inequality is attributed to factors identified by both conservatives and progressives and has a profound impact on health and value systems.
Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman
An anthology of articles, essays and columns by the cultural critic and best-selling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs celebrates more than decade of journalism and includes signature pieces, original drafts and previously unpublished passages on a wide range of subjects.
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Reveals About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
The New York Times op-ed columnist and former Google data scientist presents an insider's look at what today's vast, instantly available amounts of information can reveal about our world.
The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic
Challenging misperceptions about how today's feminists must work harder or make difficult compromises to achieve fulfillment and happiness, a former Guardian columnist and senior political writer for Cosmopolitan.com identifies irregular cultural and professional expectations that continue to enforce gender divides.
Pantsuit Nation by Libby Chamberlain
From the fastest-growing private Facebook group in history—now with nearly 4 million engaged and impassioned members—comes a full-color collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, struggle, love, and celebrate in our world.