Nonfiction Reading List for Summer


New Nonfiction 

 

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
By Lawson, Jenny
2012-04 – Amy Einhorn Books

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Internet star Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her comedic and pointed debut. Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. 

Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man
By Kurlansky, Mark
2012-05 – Doubleday Books

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From the author of “Cod,” “Salt,” and other informative bestsellers, comes the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture. 

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
By Baldwin, Rosecrans
2012-04 – Farrar Straus Giroux

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An offbeat, up-to-date, surprising entry in the expat canon, this is a book about a young man who witnesses his Paris preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city–exactly what he needs to uncover a Paris of his own, and fall in love with the city all over again. 

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
By Quindlen, Anna
2012-04 – Random House

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Suddenly sixty, Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist and best-selling novelist, finds herself looking back on her life. She’s not so much wondering how she got where she is but, rather, considering how the choices she made and the chances she took along the way have prepared her for the road ahead. What even to call this next stage in a woman’s life? Not elderly, certainly, yet definitely no longer young, this middle-aged morass can be hard to navigate. 

A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship
By Alvarez, Julia
2012-04 – Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

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Julia Alvarez has been called “a one-woman cultural collision” by the “Los Angeles Times Book Review,” and that has never been truer than in this story about three of her most personal relationships–with her parents, with her husband, and with a young Haitian boy known as Piti. 

Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son
By Lamott, Anne
With Lamott, Sam
2012-03 – Riverhead Books

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In “Some Assembly Required,” Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax’s life. 

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