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Literary Murders, Burnout, and More New Nonfiction

Hello and happy end of March, fellow nonfiction readers! I spent a good bit of the last week trying to get my life in order, but mostly succeeded in feeling like I need to jettison some baggage — literally and figuratively — to feel more on top of everything. I suspect I’ll be finding some time to read Gretchen Rubin’s latest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm, to help with that.

One thing that’s not helping is the fact that there are still (still!) so many interesting new books coming out every week. This week’s list is full again with some graphic novels, memoirs, and historical stories I am very interested in diving into. Let’s take a peek!

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Good Talk by Mira Jacob – A graphic memoir about having difficult conversations on race, color, sexuality, love, and more among families.

Murder by the Book by Claire Harman – The story of a Victorian-era murder in literary London that connects the grisly crime with the rise of the novel and popularity of sensational true crime stories.

American Messiahs by Adam Morris – A study of cult leaders in the United States and how their visions are “essential for understanding American history.”

Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski – A look at how women experience burnout differently than men and how to fight back against the societal pressures at work in this area.

Coders by Clive Thompson – In a world run by algorithms and computer code, a tech writer explores the world of computer programmers – who they are, how they think, how they become great, and how why we should be concerned.

This One Looks Like a Boy by Lorimer Shenher – A coming-of-age memoir where a Calgary detective “shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans.”

No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny – A collection of essays about how the idea of “moving on” after unimaginable loss is ridiculous and the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the losses that shape us.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young – “A provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America.”

Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt – A look at unconscious bias and how “ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior.”

How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin – The editors of Colorlines have put together essays from “organizers, artists, journalists, comedians, and filmmakers” about how to fight against white supremacy.

And that’s all 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