Weekly Spotlight On…New Year, New (Nonfiction) Books!

Last week I presented a short list of fiction books coming out in the first half of 2013.  While there are plenty of fiction lovers out there, there is an equal amount of nonfiction lovers as well.  For all of you fact junkies, here is a sneak peak of nonfiction books coming out in 2013!

Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau:  searching for zionHere is book description of this moving personal journey from Amazon: “A decade in the making…Searching for Zion takes readers around the world on an unexpected adventure of faith.  Both one woman’s quest for a place to call “home” and an investigation into a people’s search for the Promised Land, this landmark work of creative nonfiction is a trenchant inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement.”

the world until yesterdayThe World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond:  From the author of the famed Guns, Germs, and Steel, The World Until Yesterday provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris:  Funnyman David Sedaris is, for david sedarisgood reason, perpetually popular, and this collection of essays looks like it is no expection.  Here is a short description of the upcoming hilarity you will find in this book: “From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences.”

world's strongest librarianThe World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne:  This book will be a hit with lilbraries and bookstores just because of the title! This memoir comes from a blog by the same name written by a man with Tourette’s who has found the strength to overcome his disability.

gulpGulp by Mary Roach: From the author who brought you Stiff, a fascinating look at the “lives” of cadavers, Roach goes again for the hilariously funny gross-out factor by taking a look at our insides, and telling us more about them than we ever thought we would want to know.

detroitDetroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff:  An exposé of the crumbling city of Detroit, written by a pulitzer prize winning journalist as he witnesses his home city lose itself to neglect and corruption.  The Huffington Post picked this as their prediction for 2013’s “sleeper hit”.

gun guysGun Guys: A Road Trip by Dan Baum:  “Dan Baum is both a lifelong gun guy and a Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey feeling like a “child of a bitter divorce with allegiance to both parents.” In Gun Guys he grabs his licensed concealed handgun and hits the road to meet some of the 40 percent of Americans who own guns.”  Sounds like a controversial book for an extremely controversial topic.

The Atlantic Ocean: Reports From Britain and America by Andrew O’Hagan:  This is a firsthand look at British homelessness from an intelligent writer of nonfiction, so be on the lookout for this thoughtful title.  Publisher’s Weekly states, “A brilliant essayist, [O’Hagan] constructs sentences that pierce like pinpricks.”

lean inLean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg: The Huffington Post’s summary of this promising work is better than anything I could come up with: “Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg has strong words for women and for the society that hinders their progress. This could become the Bible for a new movement that tries again to shatter the eternal glass ceiling.”

going clearGoing Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright: “A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.”

american isisAmerican Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson: On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, a startling new vision of Plath.  The first to draw from the recently-opened Ted Hughes archive, this biography will be sure to draw lovers of English literature and poetry.

That’s all for now, stay tuned to the blog for a weekly spotlight on upcoming movies and, as always, our monthly staff recommendations!

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