Non-Fiction Reviews

Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lives I Have Loved

The stunning memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I Have Loved, recounts Kate Bowler's diagnosis with Stage 4 colon cancer at 35. A professor at Duke Divininty school, Bowler is the foremost scholar of the history of Prosperity Gospel, a fundamentalist Christian doctrine that says everything a person claims in the name of God, they can have. The irony of her "terminal" diagnosis in light of the ideas has rippled into every area of her life.

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ISBN: 9780399592089
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 4th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A meditation on sense-making when there’s no sense to be made, on letting go when we can’t hold on, and on being unafraid even when we’re terrified.”—Lucy Kalanithi


The Rise of Wolf 8

COMING IN OCTOBER. Jealousy, loyalty, betrayal, revenge, romance...sound like the makings of a gripping novel? Think again. Rick McIntyre's new book, The Rise of Wolf 8, is the first in a promised trilogy of books based on his observations of the largely successful reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1995. A biologist and park ranger, McIntyre has logged more than 100,000 hours watching the wolves. If this first stunning and beautiful book is any indication of what's to come, we're in for a treat. Recommended by Kelly

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By Rick McIntyre, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781771645218
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Published: Greystone Books - October 15th, 2019

The astonishing true story of one of the first wolves to roam Yellowstone in more than 60 years.

Book One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone: A Trilogy


Underland

Underland by Robert Macfarlane takes readers under the English countryside, into the catacombs of Paris, and into a multitude of other tight spaces. An elegy to all that lies beneath our feet, the book morphs from natural history to paleontology to cultural critique. It's a gem! Recommended by Kelly

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.


Greek to Me

Mary Norris's Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen is an extended love letter to ancient Greece and its language. Like the best of the genre, this pithy memoir takes readers from the idiosyncratically personal–her teenage identification with goddesses–to the universal–the linguistic and psychological debt we all owe to the ancients. You'll take a time-traveling tour of a founding civilization without ever leaving your armchair. Recommended by Kelly

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in The New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek.


Wall of Birds

The Wall of Birds is a beautiful celebration of all the world's bird families and their evolution across the continents. Filled with gorgeous illustrations and thought-provoking essays, this would be a great gift for a novice or long-time bird lover. Recommended by Kelly

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Published: Harper Design - October 23rd, 2018

A celebration of the diversity and evolution of birds, as depicted in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's magnificent 2,500-square-foot Wall of Birds mural by artist Jane Kim.


Deep Creek

It's quite a feat to make a reader cringe in sympathy and laugh uproariously in the same chapter, which is just what Pam Houston does in her new memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. Best known for her 90's break-out short-story collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Houston tells her own story this time--of a rotten childhood, ill-fated romances, publishing rises and falls--and of the Creede, Colorado, ranch and its creatures she could barely afford but that has saved her sanity and her soul time and again.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants.


The Traveling Feast

The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes by writer Rick Bass borrows its title from Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, also a food memoir, but that's where the similarities end. In each chapter, Bass travels to a writer friend and recounts a meal, sometimes simple, sometimes sumptuous and catches himself and readers up on their lives. Though many are Western writers, such as Doug Peacock and Barry Lopez, he travels afield, even as far as David Sedaris's door. It's a culinary and literary treat! Recommended by Kelly

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 5th, 2018

Acclaimed author Rick Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this "rich smorgasbord of a memoir . . . a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute" (New York Times Book Review).

"Exuberant . . . A classic . . . This is a rich bounty of a book." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)


JELL-O Girls

Great-granddaughter of the founders of the Jell-O franchise, Allie Rowbottom, has written a tour-de-force memoir, Jell-O Girls, which marries the themes of the rise of Jell-O and similar convenience foods with the diminishment of women's power and the silencing of their voices. Like a forensic detective, she traces her own illness and those of the women in her family back to the "curse" of the product and the larger societal ills it has brought about. Recommended by Kelly.
 

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 24th, 2018

A "gorgeous" (New York Times) memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its facade - told by the inheritor of their stories.

A New York Times Editors' Choice
One of People Magazine's Best Books of Summer
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
An Indie Next Pick


The Red Caddy

Originally written in 1994, Charles Bowden’s, The Red Caddy, is the first biography of Edward Abbey to appear for some time. Like the stark beauty of the desert Abbey defended, Bowden’s lucid prose tells the truth about the man, whose racist, misogynistic image so many biographers and followers alike have tried to expunge. Instead of trying to make Abbey palatable, Bowden trusts that the power of his friend’s life, warts intact, merits an honest depiction. Caddy is freshly relevant given the recent #metoo movement.

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Published: University of Texas Press - April 25th, 2018

A passionate advocate for preserving wilderness and fighting the bureaucratic and business forces that would destroy it, Edward Abbey (1927-1989) wrote fierce, polemical books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang that continue to inspire environmental activists.


Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Our Illusion of Control

Barbara Ehrenrich’s latest offering, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Our Illusion of Control, adds to her benignly cranky repertoire of cultural critique.

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ISBN: 9781455535910
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Published: Twelve - April 10th, 2018

A New York Times bestseller!


From the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.


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