Nonfiction from the 2014 Summer Newsletter

In The Noble Hustle, Colson Whitehead dives unflinchingly into the world of high-stakes poker tournaments. Though he had never played professionally, Whitehead was sent by Grantland to compete in Vegas. He had only six weeks to get up to par, physically and mentally, and the experience is a hilarious eye-opener. The Noble Hustle is part travel memoir, and part undercover study of a strange subculture. It will hook you and it won’t let go.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780385537056
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 6th, 2014

“Every sport needs its laureate. With The Boys in the Boat, the crew has found its voice in Daniel James Brown, who tells a thrilling, heart-thumping tale of a most remarkable band of rowing brothers who upstaged Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. Well-told history, packed with suspense and a likable bunch of underdogs at the heart of an improbable triumph.” —Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time

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ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

In Think Like a Freak, the authors of the mega-bestseller Freakonomics offer a blueprint of an entirely new way to solve problems. “We’d like to bury the idea that there’s a right way and a wrong way, a smart way and a foolish way, a red way and a blue way. The modern world demands that we all think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally; that we think from a different angle, with a different set of muscles, with a different set of expectations; that we think with neither fear nor favor, with neither blind optimism nor sour skepticism. That we think like—ahem—a Freak.”

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Published: William Morrow - May 12th, 2014

Rebecca Solnit’s writing is so effortlessly loose and lovely that she could make one want to read about almost any subject. This book, a meditation on the way stories can tangle together, offers up reflections on her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, Iceland, and Frankenstein. But the real meaning can be found in the way Solnit gracefully connects all these seemingly disparate entities.

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Blair
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ISBN: 9780143125495
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014

Three months after George Saunders gave a convocation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of the New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the Way is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.

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ISBN: 9780812996272
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Published: Random House - April 22nd, 2014

This vividly detailed book follows the lives of several slum dwellers in Mumbai, India, all with different positions and castes, whose lives intersect through one event. Boo completely removes herself from the narrative, letting the people pull you in, and the result is a fascinating look at a violently different culture that reads like a novel. This is nonfiction at its best.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade - April 8th, 2014

I have read everything David Sedaris has ever written and you should, too! This is his latest book of humorous essays, which explore everything from a cross-country train ride to a bout of cleaning trash along the roadway. I love Sedaris’ outlook on life, which I would describe as a combination of serious and funny, anecdotal and ever-concerned with the extraordinariness of the mundane. He will make you laugh at yourself and say, “I have totally thought that before.” No matter how peculiar the experience, Sedaris puts it to paper for the world to laugh alongside him.

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Mikaela
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ISBN: 9780316154703
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 3rd, 2014

The bestselling author of Inside of a Dog shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary in her new book. Structured around a series of eleven walks Horowitz takes, On Looking features experts on a diverse range of subjects including an urban sociologist and artist Maira Kalman. Together, they show us how much more there is to see, if only we would really look. “Horowitz writes like a poet, thinks like a scientist, and ventures like an explorer. Her book will have you looking in a new way at the world around you, and make you glad you did.” —Susan Orlean

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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 15th, 2014

 

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