Nonfiction from the 2016 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2016 Summer Newsletter.


Oh, the places Mary Roach has gone! She’s floated in zero gravity, she’s stuck her hand inside a cow, and she’s gotten busy in an MRI machine. Now she’s on to something completely different: the military. Turns out there is a lot of science that goes into equipping our men and women in uniform, and much of it is quite bizarre. I cracked up twice during the first chapter alone. Don’t miss our event with Mary Roach on June 24th. See page 17.  —Kat


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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245448
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016

Author of the best-selling books Cod and Salt, Mark Kurlansky delves into the history of one of the most ubiquitous human-made materials, paper. He explores how paper has helped to shape societies from ancient to modern times and has spread ideas across the globe. As you thumb through this engaging micro-history, you’ll become hyperaware of your own relationship to the page.  —Aric

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Paper: Paging Through History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

James Brown left a complicated legacy, including an indelible mark on music. This book is both an incisive commentary on the society that helped form Brown and on his lasting social legacy, as well as a poignant look at the life of the man himself from the people who knew him, written by a writer who grew up admiring him. I was left with a better picture of who Brown was and with a lot to think about.  —Flannery


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Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993509
Availability: Special Order
Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 5th, 2016

Throughout history, there have been a multitude of concrete concepts (light travels through the “ether”) and solid truths (the world is flat) that people have considered fact only to discover that the fundamental principles behind them were wrong and often absurd. In his latest work, Chuck Klosterman looks at a number of unconnected ideas in the modern world from the perspective of someone looking back. With his classic wit and humor, Klosterman will have you questioning everything with a smile.  —Aric


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But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184123
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 7th, 2016

A book about the cultural tidal wave that is the musical Hamilton is here! There are photos galore, behind–the–scenes details, and more importantly, Miranda voicing his passion for Alexander Hamilton, a complex man who still speaks so deeply to our idea of America. If that’s not enough, Hamilton just won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama!  —Jax

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Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Like many, I’ve wanted to live inside Neil Gaiman’s head for a long time. And now, for the first time, we can explore and get to know the man himself and the things he cares about. As expert a wordsmith in nonfiction as he is in fiction, Gaiman brings his viewpoint to the quotidian world it turns out he shares with us after all.  —Jocelyn

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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062262264
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 31st, 2016

This book is like sitting in the corner of a bar, so lost in conversation that you don’t notice it’s almost last call. Music critic Steve Hyden is out to explore the deeper meaning of humanity, but also he just really effing loves talking about music. Full of facts and context, philosophical about the meanings of music and rivalries to both fans and musicians, and rich with the passion Hyden brings as a true fan.  —Jocelyn


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Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal about the Meaning of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 17th, 2016


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