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12 New Nonfiction Books Out This Week

Hello and welcome to the biggest week in new releases so far this year!

There are so many new titles out this week, I had a really hard time narrowing it down to the 12 books I decided to include in this list. Keep reading to find books about bones, Chicago, medicine, organization, immigration, and more.

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The Twice-Born by Aatish Taseer – A young man embarks on a journey of self-discovery by seeking out the Brahmins, a caste devoted to sacred learning in India.

Skeleton Keys by Brian Switek – A scientific and anthropological history of our skeletons.

An American Summer by Alex Kotlowitz – The story of one summer in Chicago, about “individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity … of the human heart and soul.”

Real Queer America by Samantha Allen – A transgender reporter takes a cross-country road trip to understand queer communities across America’s heartland.

That Good Night by Sunita Puri – A physician specializing in palliative medicine writes about her attempts to “translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care” for terminally ill patients.

The Impossible Climb by Mark Synnott – A book about “free solo” climber Alex Honnold’s record-breaking ascent of El Capitan in 2017 as well as the history of climbing.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden – “A debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida.”

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara – The story of one of Disney’s first female animators who helped create the monster in Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin – A guru on happiness and personality looks at techniques to “declutter and organize to make more room for happiness.”

Survival Math by Mitchell Jackson – A story about a young man’s childhood in a small black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, “blighted by drugs, violence, poverty, and governmental neglect.”

She/He/They/Me by Robin Ryle – A creative exploration of how gender “colors every share and shape of our world” and the idea that there are an infinite number of paths we can choose.

The Wrong End of the Table by Ayser Salman – The subtitle kind of says it all, “a mostly comic memoir of a Muslim Arab American woman just trying to fit in.”

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