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No Happy Endings

Spanning memoir and parenting, this supplemental purchase is best for large memoir collections; it can be read alongside the author's first book or on its own.

More Than You Can Handle: When Life's Overwhelming Pain Meets God's Overcoming Grace

At times folksy, at others sincere in its poignancy, this work's allure is Pyle's everyman approach, which is like a gentle friend for spiritual seekers to walk with.

Revolutionary: George Washington at War

O'Connell debunks myths and explains motives, shortcomings, and misperceptions in this historical saga that will engage both general and academic readers.

If I Can Cook/You Know God Can: African American Food Memories, Meditations, and Recipes

An appealing collection for fans of Shange's work and students of African American studies.


While not a memoir or travelog, this first-person account is ideal for anyone who likes nature writing that also manages to bring philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and history to bear with a personal guide. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (a Memoir with Recipes)

This beautifully written memoir is a wonderful story about family, love, and connecting with your roots. Recommended to readers who enjoyed Michael W. Twitty's The Cooking Gene.

Gourmet Cooking for One or Two: Incredible Meals That Are Small in Size but Big on Flavor

Readers looking to have an elegant cooking-for-one experience will appreciate this book. The single cook looking to broaden their repertoire will also want to take a look.

Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses 2019

Once again, the Pushcart collection captures the candid dismay of life, presenting a literary snapshot of humanity.

Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring

Gergel reintroduces oft-forgotten civil rights heroes in this captivating, deeply researched work that is likely to draw in general readers, historians, and legal scholars alike.

Cuba Libre! Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History

An excellent new entry on the subject, with a memorable opening line and highly enjoyable chapters. If you read only one recent book on Cuba, have it be this delightful popular history.

Big Bang

Bowman's posthumous novel is a masterpiece, certainly long but never tedious because of the rapid focus changes. For full effect, however, readers will need better than a passing knowledge of the political and social climate of the Fifties. [See Prepub Alert, 7/19/18.]

Trump Sky Alpha

This macabre vision of a future America presents a frighteningly real scenario and brings into focus the pervasive yet inane power of politicians and the Internet. Scary bedtime reading that will make you think. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

Fantastical Cakes

Bullock-Prado is a thoroughly knowledgeable and extremely fun teacher for readers dreaming of taking their baking to the next level, and who are prepared to apply the time and effort required to do so. Those simply preferring to eat cake will also enjoy flipping through these beautifully illustrated pages.

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

Arceneaux is forthcoming in such a way that readers will feel like they're having a conversation with a good friend; a personal story for all readers.

Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage

Kandor's prominence in Democratic politics means this worthwhile memoir will be a solid resource for readers seeking political resources and background on national and regional figures, and for fans of his podcast.

Prep-Ahead Breakfasts and Lunches: 75 No-Fuss Recipes To Save You Time and Money

Recommended for busy families, this title pairs well with its predecessor and Polly Conner and Rachel Tiemeyer's From Freezer to Table.

Nonfiction Summer Reading | Wyatt's World


Educated: A Memoir

Explicit descriptions of abuse can make for difficult reading, but for a student who started from a point of near illiteracy, Westover's writing is lyrical and literary in style. With no real comparison memoir, this joins the small number of Mormon exposés of recent years. [See "Editors' Spring Picks," p. 29.—Ed.]

The Seabird's Cry: The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers

An amazing tour de force that is highly recommended for all interested in natural history, conservation, the sea, and maritime history.

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

This book will likely find readers familiar with Chua's previous work, but those seeking thoughtful sociopolitical analysis of nationalism and identity will need to look elsewhere. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]

The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together

A solid choice for readers seeking information about common struggles in marriage, but this book is slim as a how-to. A best choice for readers who have a deep interest in the field of marital therapy and already have some subject-specific knowledge of psychology.

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book; Completely Revised & Updated

An essential addition to the knitter's bookshelf.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

A personal, unguarded look at border life from the perspective of a migrant and agent, recommended for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of current events.

So You Want To Be an Academic Library Director

A helpful primer on major issues likely to confront new academic library directors. Highly recommended for those transitioning into a director role or those wishing to move up the leadership ladder.

50 Cities of the U.S.A.: Explore America's Cities with 50 Fact-Filled Maps

Fun, fast trivia. While not intended for in-depth research, this is a highly entertaining delight for browsers.

How To Choose Your Major

Excellent in filling the gap for high school students without access to college counselors or interest/aptitude surveys. Students early in their college careers may also find this title beneficial.

Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers

A must-have nonfiction purchase for libraries where pop culture reigns strong.

The Challenge Culture: Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback

Readers of Simon Sinek (Leaders Eat Last) will be interested in this recommended firsthand account of employee pushback.

White Kids: Growing up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

A crucial examination of the intimate family practices by which structural privilege is passed from generation to generation.

The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

Students of 20th-century political and economic history will appreciate this detailed examination of Willkie's rise to prominence and subsequent political career. {See Prepub Alert, 11/12/17.]

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice's story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed. {See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World

A provocative and well-written look at current issues in the political landscape. For general readers interested in geopolitics as well as undergraduate programs in border studies and world politics. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]

Fight Like A Girl

Ford's quick, provocative read will appeal to anyone who desires a better understanding of the complex, intersectional issues so often lumped into phrases such as rape culture. Read alongside Susan Faludi's Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women and Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards's Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.

Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing To Deliver Economic Growth—and How To Fix It

An intriguing partnership of economic policy and political reforms for solving stagnating economic growth in the West.

Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World

Ideal for readers who find traditional science books lacking in philosophy.

Le Livre Blanc

Highly recommended for professional collections and aspirational cooks interested in elegant plating and presentation.

Veganissimo A to Z: A Compehensive Guide To Identifying and Avoiding Ingredients of Animal Origin in Everyday Products

Complete with introductory comments about the scope of the work, a section on the nuances of product labeling, vegan alternatives, and glossary, this is an invaluable guide for vegans who are attempting to become veganissimo: vegan to the highest possible standard.

Political Arithmetic: Simon Kuznets and the Empirical Tradition in Economics

Recommended to the reader with an intermediate familiarity with economic thought, in particular as a primer on Kuznets, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and national income measurement.

The Lion's World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia

Brief, simply written, and appealing, this is a worthy contemporary companion to Lewis's Narnia books, and his works of apologetics. Highly recommended for Lewis's readers as well as liberal Christians.

What's Wrong with Fat?

For both general readers and specialists.

S Is for Stitch: 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs & Charming Projects for Little Ones

The motifs are sweet, and Czepuryk provides plenty of ideas for projects beyond the quilt, such as embellishing clothing or soft fabric blocks. Embroiderers who enjoy designs for children will appreciate Czepuryk's cute motifs.

With or Without You

Billed dramatically as the debut of a prodigy—Ruta was finalist for the Keene Prize of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers—this memoir assays the author’s rise from a particularly tough childhood...

The Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation

A tribute to the editorship of Lommen and to the scholarship of the staff involved, this book is a delight to the eye and mind of anyone with a passion for books. It should have a place on the shelves of book lovers the world over.

The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography

Not funny! Recommended only for the hardest of the hardcore Chris Elliott fanboys. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/12].

The Art of Urban Sketching

Part travel book, part art instruction, this is a great guide to look at before (or instead of) your next vacation.

Food To Love

This unintimidating approach to home cooking exudes the distinctive youthful exuberance found in Donal Skehan's Good Mood Food and Sophie Wright's Home at 7, Dinner at 8.

Improv Sewing

An excellent sewing book for beginners, although experienced tailors will also enjoy the simple yet tailored patterns and creative approach.

Obama on the Couch

Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with Frank, this psychoanalysis of a political leader should interest many during 2012. The author also provides a short analysis of Obama's supporters and detractors, an important point in understanding the President's behavior.

Romare Bearden

A valuable resource on the life and art of a major American artist.

Driving Mr. Yogi

Veteran sportswriter Araton (columnist, New York Times; When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks) provides a well-rounded portrait of the lovable and legendary Yogi Berra by using Berra's return to Yankee spring training in Tampa, ever since 1999, as his framing device...

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