Blockbuster Nonfiction for Summer
Do you read for information, to learn a new skill, or to find out more about the human experience? Check out these popular nonfiction titles publishing this summer!
If I understood you, would I have this look on my face? : my adventures in the art and science of relating and communicating by Alan Alda explores the actor/author’s quest to understand effective communication and to help others achieve it.
Do you want to know everything there is to know about the hit musical Hamilton? Here’s the book for you! Written by the playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, with Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton: the revolution : being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America will answer all your questions.
Do you like memoirs or biographies? There are a number publishing this summer: National Book Award Winner Sherman Alexie, of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian fame, has written a memoir. You don't have to say you love me: a memoir utilizes poetry, essays, and family photographs to explore his difficult childhood on a reservation as he was raised by alcoholic parents. Using the backdrop of her own parents’ divorce and her own long-term relationship breakup, Mandy Len Catron’s How to fall in love With anyone : a memoir in essays investigates the myths Americans create about romantic love. Catron believes our obsessing over romantic images in films, Facebook, and books limits our ability to achieve real intimacy. And for some career advice: Give a girl a knife : a memoir by Minnesotan Amy Thielen explores her rise from small-town girl to New York City chef and her triumphant and poignant return home to live in a cabin in the woods while reclaiming Midwestern cookery. Do you have a girl or woman in your life who is inspired by computers and technology but could use some encouragement? Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens offer Geek girl rising : inside the sisterhood shaking up tech. These authors profile current women shaking up the male-dominated tech world. Check out Hunger : a memoir of (my) body by Roxane Gay. Traumatized as a child, Gray purposely gained weight so she wouldn’t be seen. Honest about her own struggles, she also examines the relationship women in America have with food. A new model : what confidence, beauty, and power really look like by Ashley Graham, with Rebecca Paley encourages women to be confident and accept their body. The author was the first size 14 model to appear on the front of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The fact of a body: a murder and a memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is about capital punishment. This lawyer and author was solidly anti-death penalty until she began working on a case in Louisiana involving a murderer and child molester which challenged her convictions as well as dredging up her memories of her own abuse by a family member.
And, finally, Deborah Tannen, author of You just don't understand : women and men in conversation, offers You're the Only One I Can Tell : Women, Friendship, and the Power of Conversation. Using eighty interviews with women, aged nine to ninety-seven, Tannen draws conclusions about women’s friendships: how they work, how they fail, how social media is affecting them, and how women can make them better.
I hope you find a title or two here you will enjoy!