Nonfiction from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.

 

With his combination of meticulous research and captivating writing, Jon Krakauer is my nonfiction hero. I’ve loved all his books and have been hoping for a new one. My wish has been answered with this painstakingly thorough exposé of a series of rapes and the failure of justice at the University of Montana. Infuriating, deeply human, and addressing an absolutely necessary topic, this is by far my most anticipated book of the year.

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Flannery
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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385538732
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 21st, 2015

With keen intelligence and an exceptional elegance with words, Kate Bolick examines the pleasures and uncertainties that accompany her life-long “spinster wish”: an insatiable craving for solitude, independence, and self-knowledge, more powerful than the desire (and pressure) for romantic partnership. Spinster charts the perception of unmarried women through history, wondering why, still, an unmarried woman past child-bearing age must be making a statement.  —Julia

Simultaneously memoir, social commentary, and biography, Spinster made me seriously consider my own desires and the impact society has on them, and inspired me to start reading the work of the women discussed within. I loved this book.   —Flannery

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Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385347136
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

The Wild West has always captured our imagination, and few writers have evoked its magic like Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner, two very different people who presented distinctive sides of the West and worked tirelessly on conservation efforts. This readable book balances the life of both authors with the author’s Western travelogues, history, and the passionate argument for the need to continue the conservation that Abbey and Stegner fought for.                                                                                      

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Flannery
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All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393089998
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 20th, 2015

What makes a hero? McDougall’s surprising thesis: Anyone can be a hero, if you care about the people around you and attune yourself to your own natural movement. Tap into that, and you can accomplish extraordinary things. Spanning from Ancient Greece to Bruce Lee, from the history of parkour to World War II, this book is an epicly enjoyable ride. I learned so much and am so inspired, I have to tell everyone: go read this book!

Reviewed by: 
Jax
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Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307594969
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 14th, 2015

I love Aziz Ansari, and love that his first book isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a comedian. This isn’t a celebrity memoir—it’s better: an incisive look at modern romance, written with a sociologist following a year-long sociological study. It’s pretty brilliant: informative, smart, and really, really funny. This is an Aziz-infused guide to dating, and as a confused single person, I’m thrilled with this practical, totally entertaining book. Thanks, Aziz!

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

More than opposable thumbs, the greatest asset to humanity, after millennia of progress, is our drive to keep asking questions. Weighing the collective human drive and ingenuity required to survive in the natural world, as well as the individual contributions of our most famous historical theorists and practitioners, Leonard Mlodinow celebrates the history of Western knowledge, finding the greatest human triumph in the progress of scientific discovery and thought.

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Jocelyn
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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307908230
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 5th, 2015

In 2006, Reggie Shaw was 19, on his way to a nice college career and a Mormon mission, when he caused a horrific car crash that killed two rocket scientists. He has no memory of what happened; records would show that he was texting. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times correspondent Matt Richtel follows the aftermath of that life-altering morning, Reggie’s desperate search for redemption, Utah laws that first banned texting while driving, and the alarming neuroscience that reveals how social technology is rewiring our brains. (Shortly after publication, an entrepreneur bought and delivered a copy of A Deadly Wandering to every member of Congress—this riveting book is that compelling and that important.)        

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Julia
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062284075
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 2nd, 2015

 

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