New Nonfiction Titles

Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani: From “the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world” (Vanity Fair) comes 100 personal, thought-provoking essays of the life-changing books she wouldn’t want you to miss–beautifully illustrated throughout.

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria: CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: the political, social, technological, and economic consequences that may take years to unfold and helps readers to begin thinking beyond the immediate effects of COVID-19.

Pappyland by Thompson Wright: The story of how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family’s heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in short supply.

The Hidden Habits of Genius by Craig Wright: The creator of Yale University’s popular “Genius Course” examines how fourteen key habits of genius, from curiosity and creative maladjustment to rebelliousness and obsession, have been effectively demonstrated by history’s most influential and change-promoting intellectuals.

Talking to GOATS by Jim Gray: Sportscaster and sports historian Jim Gray reviews the best interviews, the best athletes, and the best games in modern sports history. It’s like a personal introduction to the characters and careers of these heroes and villains we’ve known since childhood. He examines how money, celebrity, the media, and power interact, and how sports helps transform American society.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey: This book is an album, a record, and a story of Matthew McConaughey’s life and the graces, truths, and beauties he has seen while trying to dance between the raindrops. It’s also his guide to catching more greenlights– and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.

 A Promised Land by Barack Obama: In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency–a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

The Answer Is… by Alex Trebeck: Includes illuminating personal anecdotes with Trebek’s thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache, his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and his opinion of Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation.

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson: Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is the thrilling true story of two men who changed history: One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day—and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.

The Joy of Home Distilling by Rick Morris: By learning not just how to distill, but also what is happening at each step and why it is needed, readers will be armed with the information they need to experiment with their own spirits and concoct their own recipes.

The Invention of Medicine by Robin Lane Fox: Acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox puts the remarkable works of early Greek medical texts in a wider context and upends our understanding of medical history by establishing that they were written much earlier than previously thought and by none other than the father of medicine, the great Hippocrates himself.

Joe Biden: the life, the run and what matters now by Evan Osnos: Osnos ponders the difficulties Biden will face if elected and weighs how political circumstances, and changes in the candidate’s thinking, have altered his positions. In this nuanced portrait, Biden emerges as flawed, yet resolute, and tempered by the flame of tragedy–a man who just may be uncannily suited for his moment in history.

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