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Nonfiction Titles Published in January 2018
The Gambler: How a Penniless Dropout Became One of the Greatest Deal Makers in Capitalist History by William C. Rempel
The rags-to-riches story of the late American self-made billionaire, aviator and recluse traces his World War II service, his inscrutable talent for poker and his genius business acumen, as well as the scandals that overshadowed the later years of his life. By the award-winning author of At the Devil's Table.
Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself by John Greenya
Drawing on research and interviews with both Neil Gorsuch's opponents and his friends, the author presents a biography of the youngest judge to be nominated to the Supreme Court in 25 years, following his career, from his early work as a lawyer and his year as a Justice Department officer to his more than 10 years on the Federal bench.
Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill by J. Randy Taraborrelli
A portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; her mother Janet Lee Auchincloss; and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, discusses their ambitions, status-seeking marriages, illicit liaisons and psychological profiles as based on interviews with close friends and family members. By the best-selling author of After Camelot.
Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison
A portrait of the divergent lives of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters shares insights into how in spite of privilege and education, his white daughters struggled with the realities of lives they were ill-prepared to manage, while the daughter he fathered with a slave did not achieve freedom until adulthood and endured a mysterious and highly ironic existence.
A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia by Sandra Allen
A first book by a Brown-educated former BuzzFeed editor stands as cautionary tribute to life with schizophrenia and describes her relationship with her afflicted uncle and how he was marginalized and labeled throughout his formative years before embarking on an adulthood shaped by the limitations, prejudices and ignorances of mental healthcare in America.
Maybe Esther: A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja. Trans by Shelley Frisch.
A Kiev native traces the story of her family in 20th-century Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Germany, conveying in a series of short meditations on the formative experiences of ancestors ranging from an assassin and a Bolshevik revolutionary to an orphanage manager and a victim of the Nazis. A first book.
Mothers of Sparta by Dawn Davies
A debut memoir by a Pushcart Special Mention recipient shares a series of autobiographical stories tracing her misfit teens and early adulthood before her three difficult pregnancies, struggles with post-partum depression, divorce, a loving if jaded early parenting life and a growing awareness that one of her children is deeply troubled.
Nino and Me: My Unusual Friendship With Justice Antonin Scalia by Bryan Garner
The influential legal scholar, author of Garner's Modern English Usage and editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary shares the story of his close friendship with Antonin Scalia, sharing insights into the late Supreme Court Justice's character and controversial views on issues ranging from contraception to gun control.
Pretty Mess by Erika Jayne
A tell-all memoir by the popular music performer and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills traces her rise to fame, her decision to accept a role on reality television, the ups and downs of her family life and the obstacles she overcame to achieve success.
Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines by Nick Nolte
The Academy Award-nominated actor famed for such films as Rich Man, Poor Man and 48 Hrs. traces the story of his life and career, touching on subjects ranging from his relationships and addiction struggles to his method-acting approaches and his experiences as a father.
Single State of Mind by Andi Dorfman
The breakout star of ABC's The Bachelorette presents a new collection of stories detailing her adventures as a single woman in New York City, from her experiences with finding her first New York apartment and her first dates on "celebrity Tinder" to her witness to her ex-fiancé's proposal to another woman on Bachelor in Paradise.
Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story by Pietro Bartolo & Lidia Tilotta
Pietro Bartolo, the doctor of the lone medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa, chronicles his efforts to rescue, welcome and care for many of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa who have washed up on the island’s shores.
Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan
The best-selling author of Glitter and Glue assesses seven phrases that can lead to more qualitative adult lives, sharing poignant and whimsical stories of growth surrounding such expressions as "I don't know," "You got this" and "I was wrong."
This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem by Elisha Waldman
Traces the author's experiences as a U.S. oncologist who spent seven years in Jerusalem caring for pediatric cancer patients from Israel and Palestine, describing the medical school training in Israel that inspired his resolve to give back, the regional politics and religious traditions that obstructed his patients' care, the cases that stood out and much more.
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele. Foreword by Angela Davis.
A lyrical memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement urges readers to understand the movement's position of love, humanity and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while calling for essential political changes. Co-written by the award-winning author of The Prisoner's Wife.
Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard
A follow-up to Autumn continues the author's autobiographical quartet based on the seasons and collects daily meditations and letters addressed directly to his unborn daughter and how her prenatal development reshaped his perspectives on everyday objects. By the award-winning author of the My Struggle series. Winter, No. 2
Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World by Paul Shapiro. Foreword by Yuval Noah Harari.
Explains a breakthrough technology that could help people avoid foodborne illness, save countless animals, begin to reverse climate change—and feed the world.
The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes
An illustrated examination of the lives of birds looks at how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year; the uses of feathers; what the migration of birds can tell us about climate change; and much more.
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
The best-selling author of The Circle traces his upbringing as a Yemeni-American in San Francisco and his dream of resurrecting the ancient art of cultivating, roasting and importing Yemeni coffee, an endeavor that is challenged by the brutal realities of Yemen's 2015 civil war.
Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education by Susan Wise Bauer
The author of The Well-trained Mind offers a critique of the U.S. public school system where she closely analyzes the traditional school structure, dissects its weaknesses, and offers a wealth of advice for parents of children whose difficulties may stem from struggling with learning differences, maturity differences, toxic classroom environments and more.
This Might Get a Little Heavy by Ralphie May & Nils Parker
In a book completed mere months before his untimely passing, a notable comedian discusses his rise from the impoverished Deep South to being one of the hottest acts in Vegas.
The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann
The award-winning author of 1491 and 1493 presents an incisive portrait of lesser-known, 20th-century scientists Norman Borlaugh and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped modern understandings about the environment and related public policies.
Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz by Omer Bartov
A cautionary examination of the sources of genocide as evidenced by the history of a World War II eastern European border town explores how the community of Buczacz, now part of the Ukraine, was once home to a diverse citizenry before the events of World War II turned neighbors, friends and family members against one another, ending the lives of its Jewish and Polish residents.
Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House by Joshua Zeitz
The author of Lincoln's Boys presents an analysis of the Johnson administration that reveals how the legendary Great Society programs were actually put into practice, profiling major figures in the liberal reforms of the 1960s while warning readers of the consequences of dismantling at-risk programs ranging from Medicare to Head Start.
Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by Jonathan Kauffman
A narrative history of the alternative-foods movement of the past half century explores the diverse fringe trends, charismatic personalities and counterculture elements that have rendered quotidian whole foods, from whole grain bread and tofu to yogurt and brown rice, part of the mainstream American diet.
A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis
"Jeanne Theoharis is one of our nation's finest civil rights scholars. She brings an incisive, urgent and unique critical perspective to our understanding of an era that is increasingly distorted and misunderstood. A More Beautiful and Terrible History is an important book that sheds new light on our recent past and yields a fresh understanding of our tumultuous present." —Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman
A political and military analyst for Israel's daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, presents an assessment of Israel's state-sponsored assassination programs that evaluates the protective beliefs that are instituted into every Israeli citizen, the role of assassination in the state's history and the ethical challenges of Israel's policies on targeted killings.
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot
In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, the author aims to reframe readers' understanding of the Vietnam War. By the New York Times best-selling author of Invisible Armies.
The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook by Niall Ferguson
A reevaluation of history's turning points as collisions between old power hierarchies and new social networks explains how networks have always existed and have been responsible for key innovations and revolutionary ideas, from clustering and degrees of separation to contagions and phase transitions. By an award-winning author.
The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Documents the true story of a scrappy teen from New York's Lower East Side who stowed away on a daring expedition to Antarctica in 1928, tracing the sensational heyday of the time and how high schooler Billy Gawronski jumped into the Hudson and snuck aboard the expedition's flagship, eventually becoming an international celebrity.
How Democracies Die by Steve Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt
A cautionary assessment of the demise of history's liberal democracies identifies such factors as the steady weakening of critical institutions, from the judiciary to the press, while sharing optimistic recommendations for how America's democratic system can be saved.
The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement by Kayleigh McEnany
An engaging collection of interviews and stories about the powerful grassroots populist movement currently transforming the landscape of political campaigns shares insights into how everyday voters from the American heartland feel about such hot-button issues as illegal immigration, national security and religious freedom.
Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World by Women's March Organizers & Conde Nast
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March comes a full-color book that offers a front-row seat to one of the most galvanizing movements in American history, with exclusive interviews with Women’s March organizers, never-before-seen photographs, and essays by feminist activists.
The Trump Factor: How He’s Making Things Worse for Most of Us by David Cay Johnston
A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of the best-selling The Making of Donald Trump examines the Trump administration's policies in its first 100 days to reveal how its actions are affecting jobs, finances, safety and more.
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum
Builds on the author's March 2017 "How to Build an Autocracy" column in The Atlantic to explain how Donald Trump has undermined America's most important institutions as part of a carefully crafted plan to institute authoritarianism, in an account that explains how ongoing changes to the presidency are likely to reverberate for decades.
How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything by Erin Falconer
The editor-in-chief of the popular Pick the Brain self-improvement website shares real-life stories and dozens of actionable resources to counsel over-scheduled, overwhelmed women how to overcome complicated patriarchal models of productivity so that they can prioritize needs and achieve more while doing less. A first book.
Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs that Hold You Back from Living a Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein
The best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back outlines a proactive, step-by-step program for eliminating judgmental habits and achieving oneness, citing judgment as the source of most discomforts while drawing on principles ranging from yoga and meditation to EFT and metaphysical teachings to explain how to release negative beliefs.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression, and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
The best-selling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs outlines revelatory arguments against common misperceptions about depression and anxiety, drawing on the work of social scientists who believe that the disorders are less related to brain chemical imbalances than to stressful factors in how people live today.
Never Get Angry Again: The Foolproof Way to Stay Calm and in Control in Any Conversation or Situation by David J. Lieberman
A comprehensive, holistic look at the underlying emotional, physical and spiritual causes of anger cites the shortcomings of traditional anger-management techniques while explaining how readers can shift their perspectives to maintain a state of calm and prevent angry feelings.
Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life by Lea Berman & Jeremy Bernard. Foreword by Laura Bush.
A guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, written by two White House Social Secretaries, is built on a premise that everyone is important and deserves to be treated well regardless of differences, covering subjects ranging from how to make friends with strangers to overcoming the challenges of difficult colleagues.
When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want by Mike Lewis. Intro by Sheryl Sandberg.
A collection of inspirational entries detailing the experiences of people who have left unfulfilling jobs outlines four fundamental steps to pursuing one's dreams, revealing how others have managed the risks, emotional fallout and setbacks of living life on their own terms. A first book.
With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix
A British cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in palliative care draws on stories from her own practice to counsel readers on how to enable a gentle and peaceful death and how modern medicine, augmented by traditional palliative approaches, can restore dignity, humanity and meaning to the end of a life.
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris
The author of The Deepest Well explores the relationship between childhood stress and adult health problems, drawing on scientific insights and personal stories to outline beneficial health interventions.
The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It by Jonathan D. Quick & Bronwyn Frye
A Harvard Medical School instructor and chair of the Global Health Council outlines recommendations for preventing the next global pandemic, drawing on the examples of epidemics ranging from smallpox and AIDS to SARS and Ebola to outline specific measures for appropriate spending, communication and innovation.
The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means To Be American by Laura Wides-Muñoz
A journalist chronicles the next chapter in civil rights—the story of a movement and a nation, witnessed through the poignant and inspiring experiences of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society’s attitudes toward one of the most contentious political matters roiling America today: immigration.
Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence by Karen Crouse
Traces the history and achievements of the small Vermont community that has likely produced more Olympians per capita than any other place in the country, assessing its model for achieving excellence and a well-rounded life based on the counterintuitive practices of moderate competition, inclusion regardless of talent, and emphasis on childhood fun. A first book.
Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence by Patrick Sharkey
Presents an eye-opening account of the transformation of cities, as well as an urgent call to action to prevent another crime wave.
Videocracy: How YouTube Is Changing the World—With Double Rainbows, Singing Foxes, and Other Trends We Can't Stop Watching by Kevin Allocca
From YouTube’s Head of Culture and Trends comes a rousing and illuminating behind-the-scenes exploration of internet video’s massive impact on our world.
The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century by Simon Baatz
A chronicle of the events surrounding the 1906 murder trial of millionaire Harry Thaw details the scandalous victimization of teen actress Evelyn Nesbit and Thaw's vengeance-fueled, public murder of legendary architect Stanford White, a case that tested the limits of the free press and raised awareness of the disproportionate power of Gilded Age tycoons.
James Patterson's Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson
A second volume in James Patterson's partnership with Discovery ID to develop all-new, ID-branded true crime stories features a new true-crime tale, which will be released in conjunction with the on-air television premiere of this series. James Patterson's Murder Is Forever No. 2
James Patterson's Murder, Interrupted by James Patterson
James Patterson is partnering with Discovery ID to develop all-new, ID-branded true crime stories, including this one, which will be released in conjunction with the on-air television premiere of this series. James Patterson's Murder Is Forever No. 1
The Patriot: The Stunning True Story of Aaron Hernandez: His Rise and Fall as a Football Superstar, His Two Explosive Trials for Murder, His Shocking Death by James Patterson & Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey.
Presents a detailed account of the Aaron Hernandez case, drawing on in-depth investigative reports, first-person accounts and previously untold stories to share insights into the youth, fame, imprisonment and suicide of the NFL star-turned-convicted murderer. Co-written by a #1 best-selling author.