There are some great recent releases in nonfiction on our new book shelves. The variety of topics is amazing:
Alther, Lisa. Blood Feud: the Hatfields and the McCoys. This is an epic story of murder and vengeance. It all began in 1865 with the murder of a Union McCoy by a Confederate Hatfield relative. The killing and mayhem went on for decades.
Crawford, Craig. The Politics of Life. In this election season the author offers advice on how to apply political strategies to your personal life. He provides 25 rules for survival in a brutal and manipulative world.
Evans, Walker. American Photographs. Walker was a gifted photographer best known for his gritty Depression-era works. His iconic photos of the rural poor defined the United States in the 1930s.
Harnish, Verne & Fortune Magazine. The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time. Tells how Apple, Ford, IBM and others made radical choices that changed the course of business.
Hampton, Dan. Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat. From 1986 – 2006, Lt. Col. Hampton was a leader of the Flying Weasels, the elite Air Force F-16 squadrons who take on the most dangerous missions in modern air combat.
Kaplan, Robert. The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. Kaplan traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topography and proximities to other embattled lands.
Schwalbe, Will. The End of Your Life Book Club. Schwalbe helps his mother to endure cancer treatments by creating a two-person book club that brings parent and child together in a new way as her life comes to an inevitable end.
Twain, Mark. Autobiographical Writings. Not a contemporary author, but this is a new edition of a classic. The American satirist finds humor everywhere, including in his own foibles.
Williamson, Bill. Tales from the Minnesota Vikings Sideline. A collection of the greatest Viking stories ever told, featuring behind the scenes tales as well as action on the field.
The biography shelves are overflowing this fall with life stories featuring sports figures Victor Cruz, Joe Paterno, Hope Solo and Dwayne Wade; entertainers Whitney Houston, Neil Young, Amy Winehouse and Scott Stapp; authors Paul Auster and Kati Marton; chefs Julia Child and Marcus Samuelson; and the World War II stories of Witold Palecki and Trudi Kantor.