2012 Fall Books Preview — NonfictionSeptember 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Books
There’s something for everyone. Nonfiction authors include Bob Woodward, Naomi Wolf, Stephen Colbert, Neil Young, Christopher Hitchens, Salman Rushdie, Jon Meacham, Penny Marshall and Justin Bieber.
Week of Sept. 3
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden — Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer
The first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life — Gretchen Rubin
In the spirit of her New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place.
Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness — Jessica Valenti
New mom Valenti, whom the New York Times described as a ‘third-wave feminist’, says it’s time to rethink the American Dream of having a family.
Mortality — Christopher Hitchens
While battling cancer, the great polemicist Hitchens wrote these final observations about life, death, religion and philosophy.
On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson — William Souder
On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, a sensitive, comprehensive biography of groundbreaking environmentalist Rachel Carson.
Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal — William H. Chafe
Duke history professor Chafe (The Rise and Fall of the American Century) delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life.
500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars — Kurt Eichenwald
Misbegotten policies — torture, military tribunals, the rush toward the Iraq War — took shape under pressure and ideological prejudice, according to this gripping chronicle of the months after 9/11.
Inventing the Enemy: Essays — Umberto Eco
Italian author and academic Eco offers a collection of 14 essays written over the past decade, including the title piece which postulates that every country needs an enemy.
Week of Sept. 10
The Price of Politics — Bob Woodward
A behind-the-scenes account of how President Obama and congressional leaders struggled to restore the U.S. economy after the 2008 meltdown.
How Music Works — David Byrne
The Talking Heads’ frontman delves into the philosophies behind his life’s work.
The End of Men: And the Rise of Women — Hanna Rosin
Rosin reveals the ways in which women have pulled ahead of men, and pays close attention to the “matriarchy” of the professional world.
The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns — Sasha Issenberg
The book Politico calls “Moneyball for politics” shows how cutting-edge social science and analytics are reshaping the modern political campaign.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead — Brené Brown
Researcher and thought leader Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate — Robert D. Kaplan
Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.
Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet — Tim Gunn and Ada Calhoun
Gunn reveals the fascinating story behind each article of clothing dating back to ancient times, in a book that reads like a walking tour from museum to closet with Tim at your side.
Vagina: A New Biography — Naomi Wolf
This scientific and historical examination of female genitalia sheds light on the broader topic of understanding women.
Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work — Jeanne Marie Laskas
True tales of the people who make our life run every day, but whom we rarely think about — long-haul truckers, coal miners, even cheerleaders — by a longtime columnist for The Washington Post.
Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started — Justin Bieber
Discover what life is really like as the world’s hottest pop star
When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail — Eric Jay Dolin
Popular historian Dolin offers a lively examination of the relationship that developed when the first U.S. ship landed in China in 1794 and how it impacted both countries.
Week of Sept. 17
Joseph Anton: A Memoir — Salman Rushdie
Rushdie tells the story of the decade he spent on the run – living under the pseudonym Joseph Anton – after he was placed under a fatwa by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.
My Mother Was Nuts — Penny Marshall
A backstage pass to the comedian’s life in the limelight, starting with tap dancing as a kid back in the Bronx to her star status on Laverne & Shirley to directing Big and A League of Their Own.
Life After Death — Damien Echols
Charged with the murder of three young boys in Arkansas, Echols and his friends were sentenced to death and life in prison, but were released last year. Echols shares his story of the trial and his tribulations in prison.
The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court – Jeffrey Toobin
From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration
Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man — Walter Stahr
As secretary of state and Lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.
Future Perfect — Steven Johnson
Johnson applies the success of the hyper-connected Internet to organizational structures such as classrooms and systems of government.
Reinventing Bach — Paul Elie
Elie offers a deeply-felt appreciation of the music of Bach in its many interpretations over the years.
Week of Sept. 24
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t – Nate Silver
Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger.
The Dangerous Animals Club — Stephen Tobolowsky
The actor’s book is partly essays, partly short stories, partly memoir.
Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy — Ted Widmer
A survey of the best samplings from 265 hours of Oval Office tapes recorded during Kennedy’s presidency.
Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World — Evan Thomas
Veteran journalist Thomas argues that the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower was largely grounded in Eisenhower’s quiet, behind-the-scenes efforts at international peacekeeping.
Week of Oct. 1
Colbert’s trademark wit and sarcasm offers tongue-in-cheek advice on how to end our economic woes.
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot — Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The follow-up to O’Reilly’s bestseller “Killing Lincoln,” this book describes the events surrounding JFK’s death.
Waging Heavy Peace — Neil Young
Young describes his life from LSD-laced years in 1960s Los Angeles to his more recent musical forays.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story — Arnold Schwarzenegger
The businessman, movie star and former governor tells all in this embargoed autobiography about his journey from his childhood in Austria to living the American dream.
The End of Your Life Book Club — Will Schwalbe
The inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close.
Mao: The Real Story — Alexander V. Pantsov and Steven I. Levine
Relying on access to access to recently opened Soviet and Chinese archives, historian Pantsov and Chinese specialist Levine offer up a detailed new look at the complex and controversial life of China’s “Great Helmsman.”
Week of Oct. 8
Who I Am: A Memoir — Pete Townshend
Founder of the iconic rock ’n’ roll band The Who talks about it all — from first meeting Roger Daltrey to hanging out with Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to the creation of the rock opera Tommy to his arrest and acquittal on child pornography charges.
There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra — Chinua Achebe
This memoir by the author of “Things Fall Apart” examines what it is like to grow up in a breakaway country in the middle of a civil war.
Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand – William Mann
A definitive look — 576 pages! — at the superstar’s illustrious career.
Week of Oct. 15
Letters — Kurt Vonnegut
His posthumous correspondence reveals further multitudes of the author, in turns playful and grave, as he shared details of his life with loved ones.
We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy — Yael Kohen
More than fifty years of iconic comediennes, unmediated and unfiltered
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success — Kevin Dutton
In this engrossing journey into the lives of psychopaths and their infamously crafty behaviors, the renowned psychologist reveals that there is a scale of “madness” along which we all sit.
Lauren Conrad Beauy — Lauren Conrad, Kristin Ess, Amy Nadine
In her first guide dedicated exclusively to beauty, the former The Hills star covers everything you need to know to maximize your own beauty potential.
Week of Oct. 22
The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend — Jennifer Skiff
Inspiring and heartwarming true stories show where love, tolerance, comfort, compassion, loyalty, joyfulness, and even death have provided experiences that have led to spiritual enlightenment.
Week of Oct. 29
Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends — Pippa Middleton
In her first book, Pippa shares her tips, recipes and secrets to throwing a memorable event, much of it based on her blog, Party Times, and her work in the family business, Party Pieces.
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries — Jon Ronson
The author of the successful pop science book “The Psychopath Test” and “The Men Who Stare At Goats” explores the strange beliefs that sane individuals are willing to collectively believe in.
A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless — Danielle Steel
In her powerful memoir His Bright Light, bestselling author Steel shared the devastating story of the loss of her beloved son. In A Gift of Hope, she shows us how she transformed that pain into a campaign of service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine.
Elsewhere: The Real Story — Richard Russo
Award-winning novelist Russo writes about a childhood spent in a struggling blue-collar town with a mother who dreamed of helping to get him out.
Week of Nov. 5
Both Flesh and Not — David Foster Wallace
The late writer’s humor and ability to deftly examine a broad range of topics comes across in this collection of essays never before published in book form.
Hallucinations — Oliver Sacks
Acclaimed British neurologist Sacks delves into the many different sorts of hallucinations that can be generated by the human mind.
Week of Nov. 12
My Share of the Task: A Memoir — General Stanley McChrystal
The controversial general explains why weapons and funding are less vital than strategy for military success.
Far From The Tree — Andrew Solomon
Solomon explores the question: What happens when your child is born deaf, autistic, a prodigy, or with any kind of difference that marks them as “not normal”?
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness — Susannah Cahalan
A gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease, opening a new window into the fascinating world of brain science.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power — Jon Meacham
Mecham, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, takes on another controversial American president.
How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed — Ray Kurzweil
The bold futurist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain.
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking — Oliver Burkeman
Burkeman, a writer for the Guardian based in Brooklyn, explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection.
Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis — Mark Binelli
The fall and maybe rise of Detroit, America’s most epic urban failure, from local native and a Rolling Stone reporter.
Week of Nov. 20
Grace: A Memoir — Grace Coddington
The creative director of Vogue, who won hearts in the documentary The September Issue and stole the limelight from Anna Wintour, sold her memoir for a rumored $1.2 million.
Week of Nov. 27
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, explains how some things actually benefit from disorder.
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time — Jeff Speck
City planner and architectural designer Speck advocates for lively downtowns in mid-size cities that will allow America’s next generation to do more of their working, shopping, and living at the pace of a brisk walk.