Nonfiction You May Have Missed

 

artofgraceIf you haven’t taken a look at any of the more recent nonfiction releases, here are a few that were published within the last year that are worth a read. You just might find one that’s even better than fiction.

You can check out any of these notable nonfiction titles from the JMRL catalog:

The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life by Sarah L. Kaufman – A culture writer and dance critic describes how to see elegance and grace in the everyday, finding examples in the most unlikely of places, from the bustling kitchen of a high-end restaurant to strippers in a basement go-go bar.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan – Describes the author’s experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world’s most exotic locales.

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson – A highly personal meditation on race, sex and American culture by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic traces her upbringing and education in upper-class African-American circles against a backdrop of the Civil Rights era and its contradictory aftermath.

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman – Revealing the untold story of the father of Asperger’s syndrome, a landmark book reveals the secret history of autism, finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared, and provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle.

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson – A poet, critic and nonfiction author explores the possibilities and limitations of romance, love, desire and sexual identity by exploring her own relationship with a fluidly-gendered artist, Harry Dodge.

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks – Recounts the author’s life and career, sharing his experiences as a neurologist in the early 1960s, his obsession with motorcycles and speed, and finding a long-forgotten illness in the wards of a New York chronic hospital.

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper – Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper’s most engaging, thoughtful, and humorous writing, this book documents the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption.

About Abby Harris

Abby is the Public Communications Specialist for JMRL.

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