Hello hello! This week’s newsletter features eight new nonfiction books out this week plus a couple of awards longlists, and a collection of great nonfiction posts recently published over at Book Riot.
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All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung – A memoir by an adopted woman exploring her Korean heritage and her childhood growing up as the only non-white person in a small town, ahead of the birth of her first child.
What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky – A collection of essays on the “cultural forces that shape us” and our obsession with self-improvement.
There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald – A memoir of “a boy and a generation who came of age as the world came apart.”
A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis – An account of 10 critical workers’ strikes in American labor history.
Behold America by Sarah Churchwell – “The entangled history of ‘America First’ and ‘the American Dream.’”
A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande – The story of “one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer.”
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister – A look at the history of female anger as a political tool. Yes, please.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore – “A sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years.”
In the last couple of weeks, two big groups have announced the longlists/finalists for their best books of the year awards. Kirkus, one of the big names in book reviewing, announced their finalists for the 2018 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. I haven’t read a single title on the longlist but, they sound amazing. The winners will be announced on Oct. 25.
The other prominent longlist is for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, given out by the American Library Association. I love the nonfiction list, it’s got a ton of variety. A three-book shortlist will be announced on Oct. 24, with the winners named in January.
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These are some of my favorite recent nonfiction posts over at Book Riot. There’s a lot, our contributors do some amazing work!
- 9 Nonfiction Titles That Should Exist (But Don’t) by Michelle Anne Schingler
- 3 Great Books About Public Speaking by Emily Westrom
- #ShoutYourAbortion and 9 Other Nonfiction Books About Abortion by Beth O’Brien
- 10 New Books on Anger, Feminism, and Unruly Women by Rebecca Hussey
- 10 Books That Make You Smarter by Carolina Ciucci
- 50 Must-Read Nonfiction Audiobooks by Rebecca Hussey
- 8 Memoirs From Former Obama Staffers by Kate Krug
- Don’t Mourn, Organize: A Labor Reading List by Nancy Snyder
- 10 of the Best True Crime Audiobooks by Beth O’Brien
- 8 Essay Collections To Look Out For This Fall by Laura Sackton