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New Nonfiction About Pregnancy, Evolution, and Warrior Women

Hello hello, nonfiction readers! As I started to put together this week’s new books newsletter, I realized it’s a relatively quiet week for new books in general and new nonfiction in particular. That’s ok though, I’ve still got three great titles to highlight this week… and a ton to try and squeeze in next week. Let’s get going!

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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley – Lucy Knisley is one of my favorite comics writers out there, and I have loved watching her grow up in her series of comic memoirs. Her newest is about pregnancy, from fertility issues to miscarriages, to the challenges of her successful pregnancy and dramatic labor and delivery. I think this one is going to be stellar, I can’t wait to read it.

Further Peeking | Lucy Knisley’s Instagram is great, but if you’re specifically interested in the book check out her posts with the #kidglovescomic hashtag for some great behind the scenes facts from the book.

This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution by David Sloan Wilson – David Sloan Wilson is a professor of biology and anthropology who has written several books about how to apply the ideas of evolutionary theory to contemporary human issues. In this book, he looks at how this view “provides a practical tool kit for understanding … the fast-paced changes that are having an impact on our world and ourselves.”

Backlist Reading | I enjoyed one of his previous books, The Neighborhood Project, which applied evolutionary and experimental thinking to issues that come up in local neighborhoods.

Women Warriors: An Unexpected History by Pamela D. Toler – Historically, the idea of women warriors has been that they’re the exception, not the rule. But that may not be true! In this book, Pamela Toler shares stories of women who took up arms, why they did it, and what happened when they broke out from traditional roles for women. The list of women she writes about is diverse and interesting, I can’t wait to get this one!

Further Reading | Pamela Toler’s blog – History in the Margins – is a great read. She’s got some fascinating posts about women who bucked the system that I found inspiring.

And that’s it’s for this week! You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, on email at, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot. Happy reading! – Kim